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 November 17, 2008   •   VOL. 46, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

In a new light
In a dramatic presentation that blends the oral tradition of the early Church and contemporary music, lighting and costuming, Michael Reardon will proclaim The Advent Narratives at St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave. in Dublin on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets to the event, directed by Patrick Lane, are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and are available at the parish office, (925) 828-2460. Limited tickets at the door.


Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16
Rosary and Prayer Group. 6:30 p.m. (1st Rosary), 7 p.m. (2nd Rosary) in the chapel next to the parish office at St. Jarlath Parish, 2634 Pleasant St., Oakland.

Monday, Dec. 8

Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. Edward Church, 5788 Thornton Ave., Newark. Bert/Norma, Abba Father Prayer Group, (510) 793-1750. Every second Monday.

Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17

Christ the King Bible Study and Charismatic Prayer Meeting
. 7:30 p.m. at 6 Saint Lawrence Court, Pleasant Hill. Share in charismatic praise, singing and openness to the gifts of God’s Spirit. Sponsor: Charismatic Catholic Renewal. (800) 474-6644.

Friday, Nov. 21

Taize – Prayer Around the Cross
. 8 p.m. at Motherhouse Chapel, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Join others in prayer and song around the cross. Maria Shao, (408) 839-2068 or maria49830@aol.com or Sister Beth Quire, O.P., (510) 449-7554 or beth@msjdominicans.com.

Taize – Prayer for Peace
. 8 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Taize is an ecumenical, candlelit service of prayer offered in simple chant, Scripture readings, silent worship and veneration of the cross. All are welcome. Information: taizeontheisland@yahoo.com or www.geocities.com/taizeontheisland.

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Tuesday, Nov. 25
Preparing for Advent with the Gospel of Mark. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Corpus Christi Parish, 322 St. James Dr., Piedmont. Passionists Father Tom Bonacci will be sharing insights into the Gospel of Mark as Catholics prepare for the Advent season. Raph Martin, (510) 530-4343, ext. 16.

Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17

Advent Lectio Divina. 7:30 – 9 p.m. in Main Parlor, at Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Take time for the real meaning of the season. Join the Sisters for prayer. Sister Beth Quire, O.P., (510) 657-2468 or beth@msjdominicans.org.

Dec. 2, 8, 11

Advent Days of Renewal
. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Presented by Franciscan Father Rusty Shaughnessy and Franciscan Father Evan Howard and Rena Grant, MA. Spend a winter day preparing your hearts for the Advent Season and Christmas. $25 cost includes lunch; liturgy at 2 p.m. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, Dec. 6
Day of Prayer and Reflection
. At St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Begins at 8:30 a.m. Mass and closes at 3:30 p.m. Theme: The Christmas Story As Discernment. Participants will consider Christian decision-making from the viewpoint of the Holy Family. The day will include silence, prayer, theology, and faith-sharing based on the events surrounding the birth of Christ. $25 fee includes breakfast and lunch. Information/registration: Carmen Scholl, (925) 944-5970 or cascholl@astound.net.

Advent Day of Prayer. 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Vallombrosa Retreat Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Through silence, guided meditations, contemplative walks and other practices, participants will have the opportunity to deepen one’s longing for Christ and receive Him anew with open hearts and minds. $50 per person. Presenter: Carmen de la Vega Neafsey, M.A. (650) 325-5614 or www.vallombrosa.org.

Sunday, Dec. 7

Mixed Blessings. 3:30 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Church, 3108 Van Buren St., Alameda. A world-premiere performance by the chorus, Soli Deo Gloria, presents the human side to the divine Christmas story. Written by artistic director Allen Simon. Tickets: $25 general, $20 student/senior at the door; discount for advance purchase. 888/SDG-SONG or www.sdgloria.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Annual Celebration of Advent and Christmas Around the World
. 5:30 p.m. at Maryknoll Mission Center, 16300 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. Begins with Mass followed by happy hour, a meal and entertainment. (510) 276-5021.

Dec. 12 – 14

Silent Advent Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Presented by Rena Grant, MA, and Franciscan Father Rusty Shaughnessy. An opportunity to reflect and listen to the voice of God. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

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9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Most Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St., Antioch. (925) 757-4020.

Sunday – Monday

24 Hours a Day. Divine Mercy Center and Perpetual Adoration Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. (510) 412-4715, divinemercyjesus@aol.com, or www.DivineMercyWestCoast.org.

Monday – Friday

8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mary’s House of Mercy, 1850 Church Lane, El Cerrito.

Mondays, Wednesdays

12:45 – 6:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton.


8 a.m. – 8 p.m. in Mary’s Chapel at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland.

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

7 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Thursdays. and Fridays), 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Saturdays) at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. (925) 891-8900.

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Nov. 21 – 23
Men’s Retreat: “Authenticity, An Adventurous Vocation.” At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presenters: Franciscan Father Rusty Shaughnessy and Michael John Poirier. This weekend is about “awakening to the sacred … to the voice of God calling … daring us to do soul work.” $205 private room/$175 shared room (per person). (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or www.sandamiano.org.

Nov. 28 – 30

Recovery Retreat: “New Life – The Exciting Adventure of the 12-Step Program.” At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Presenter: Sister Briegeen Moore, a Sister of St. Clare, aka “Sr. B.” This weekend will focus on the opportunities presented in the 12-step program for newness of life, freedom, happiness, hope, courage and relationship with God. $210 private room/$180 shared room (per person.) (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or www.sandamiano.org.

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Nov. 19, 20
St. Mary’s College Women’s Guild Boutique. At Soda Center, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Presale on Nov. 19, 4 – 7 p.m.; Boutique on Nov. 20, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Proceeds will go to SMC Scholarship Fund. (925) 376-4339.

Thursday, Nov. 20

Celebrating Sister Dorothy Stang. 11:30 a.m. at Ralston Hall Mansion, on the Notre Dame de Namur University campus, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont. A luncheon with actor and social justice advocate Martin Sheen to celebrate the life of the late Notre Dame Sister Dorothy Stang, who was murdered in February 2005 in Brazil where she spent 39 years working as a missionary to preserve the land of the poor in the Amazon rainforest. Sheen recently narrated an award-winning documentary by director Daniel Junge, “They Killed Sister Dorothy.” The luncheon is a fundraiser for NDNU’s Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement. $100 per person; seating limited to the first 150 guests. RSVP by Nov. 14 to (650) 508-4120 or dsc@ndnu.edu.

Saturday, Nov. 22

24th Annual Sports Collectors Show
. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Leander’s Ryan O’Connell Hall, 575 West Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. A variety of vintage sports memorabilia items (1800’s – 2008) will be available for sale. Free appraisals are available (for pre-1975 items only). Door prizes will be given away all day. $3 general admission; free to those under 5 years old or over 65. Proceeds benefit St. Leander Parish and local charities. Mark, (510) 538-6245.

Nov. 22 – 23

Dominican Sisters’ Holiday Boutique. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (both days) at the Dominican Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. (Entrance to the property is from Mission Tierra Place which is right part the old Mission.) Items for purchase include the Sisters’ famous California extra-virgin olive oil, homemade fruitcakes, other baked goods and assorted other handmade items, e.g., afghans, crocheted and knitted articles. Lunch is also available. Free admission. Proceeds will be used for the ongoing ministries of the Dominican Sisters. Information: Sister Barbara Larner, O.P., (510) 657-2468, ext. 6310 or blarner@msjdominicans.org.

Dec. 2 – 7

Visions of Christmas. At Carondelet High School, the Silvio E. Garaventa Sr. Center, Carondelet High School, 1133 Winton Dr., Concord. This is the 19th year of the school’s largest fundraiser. The schedule of events includes silent auctions, teas, boutiques, fashion show, dinner, culminating with the family breakfast with Santa on Dec. 7. Cyndie Harrison, (925) 686-5353, ext. 151, Marybeth Anicich, ext. 153, or visit www.carondelet.net/development/support-visions.php.

Dec. 13, 14

Christmas Nativity Open House
. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 37445 Niles Blvd., Fremont. All are invited visit a 109-year-old Victorian house decorated for the holidays with 300 Nativity sets. There is no cost for admittance, but donations are gratefully accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, which serves homeless and low-income men, women and children. (510) 794-1368.

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Monday, Nov. 17
Theology of the Body. The St. Anthony of Padua Institute will offer a four-part, intensive series on the Theology of the Body to help participants who may be interested in leading a study/discussion group in their own parishes on the Theology of the Body. Also open to anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of this work. Classes will be led by Ed Hopfner, the new coordinator for marriage and family life for the Oakland Diocese, who will contact all students via e-mail prior to the start of classes. (888) 619-7882 or www.StAnthonyPaduaInstitute.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 18

Life After Death: Hollywood’s Response to the Passion of the Christ
. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Speaker: Ryan Parker, the creator, editor and main contributor of poptheology.com, a website that examines the religious and theological dimensions of popular culture. Other films, including the Chronicles of Narnia series, will be explored. Open to all. $5 freewill donation is requested to offset speaker fees. Julie, upcatholic@aol.com or (925) 447-4549, ext. 114.

Nov. 19, Dec. 3

WINGS, Women in God’s Spirit
. 9:15 – 11:20 a.m. in Moran Hall at St. Raymond Parish, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. The theme for the fall season is “They will know we are Christians by our love.” The speakers will reference the Beatitudes, also Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. (925) 828-3623.

Thursday, Nov. 20

Franciscan Vision Lecture Series
. 5:10 – 6:10 p.m. at Franciscan School of Theology, 1712 Euclid Ave., Berkeley. Franciscan Father Mario DeCicco, FST president, will offer a presentation on “Paul and Francis on the Mystery of Christ with a Nod to Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.” A soup supper will follow. Clare Ronzani, (510) 848-5232, ext. 14, or cronzani@fst.edu.

Friday, Nov. 21

Coping With Loss During the Holidays
. 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Pope John Conference Room at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Dr. Nancy Oehrle, a managing partner at the Del Valle Clinic in Livermore, will talk about and share thoughts and ideas for coping with the loss and absence of loved ones during the holiday season. (925) 455-0944.

Saturday, Nov. 22

Walk Thru the Bible. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Check-in begins at 8 a.m.) at St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Learn about the major people, places and events of the Old Testament. $20 early registration; $25 at the door. Registration includes materials and meals. Hosted by the St. Columba Women’s Group. (510) 654-7600.

Planning a Loved One’s Funeral – Informational Workshop
. 10 – 11:30 a.m. at St. Mark Parish, 159 Harbour Way, Richmond. Representatives from Holy Angels Funeral and Cremation Center will discuss and answer questions about what goes into funeral and cemetery arrangements and what burial and cremation options are available. This workshop will be conducted in both English and Spanish. Contact Gilbert Briones at (510) 234-2012 or GilbertB@catholiccemeteries.org for more information. All are welcome.

Wed., Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10
Father Corapi DVD Catechism Series
. 7 – 8 p.m. in Cauchi Hall, St. Agnes Parish, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Father John Corapi, S.O.L.T. teaches The Catechism of the Catholic Church in this series. David Zarri, (925) 686-9277 or davidzarri@earthlink.net.

Sunday, Nov. 30

Lecture. Noon to 1:30 p.m. in the sanctuary, St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. Franciscan Father Michael Guinan, professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), will present “Called to be Images of the Creator God.” (925) 963-9341. Presented by St. Augustine Adult Education.

Dec. 2, Jan. 13

Information Nights. 7 p.m. at St. Philip Neri School, 1335 High St., Alameda. Discover St. Philip Neri’s commitment to excellence in education. Childcare will be provided. (510) 521-0787.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

An Evening With the Stars. 7 p.m. at St. Agnes School, Cauchi Hall, 3886 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Parents who have a potential “star” who is ready to begin kindergarten in the 2009-2010 school year are invited to attend this program to learn more about the school and meet the teacher, Julie Ghelfi, and principal, Karen Mangini. (925) 689-3990.

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Nov. 22, 23
Christ the King Holiday Boutique. Nov. 22: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Nov. 23: 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Brandon Road and Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill.

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Saturday, Dec. 6
No More Secrets – Monthly Support Group for Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Holy Names University, Brennan Hall, Room 75, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Facilitated by a licensed psychotherapist. Survivors and their families are welcome. Claire Jeanette, (510) 843-6971.

Dec. 11, Jan. 8, 22

Grief Support Group. At St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. The death of a loved one is unlike any other loss. Let others accompany you on your healing journey. Meetings will be on the second and fourth Thursdays. All are welcome regardless of religious affiliation. Mary, (925) 846-5377.

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Nov. 21, 22
Holy Names High School Presents: “Daisy Pulls It Off.” 7:30 p.m. at 4660 Harbord Dr., Oakland. The action takes place in a girl’s school in England in 1927 and includes suspense, a hidden treasure, danger, mystery and more. Open to the public. Students: $5 in advance, $7 at the door; Adults: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. (510) 450-1110, ext. 135.

Nov. 20, 21, 22

St. Mary’s College Performing Arts Department presents: “Abundance.” 8 p.m. in the LeFevre Theatre, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. “Abundance,” by playwright Beth Henley, is a rambunctious romantic comedy about mail-order brides in 1970s Wyoming. Recasting the epic Western as a woman’s story, this production follows a pair of female adventurers as they chase love, luck and the elusive promise of plenty across 25 years on the frontier. General admission: $15; non-SMC students: $10; SMC faculty, staff and students: $10. (925) 631-4670.

Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14

Sunday Afternoon Recitals. 3:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Nov. 30: Christoph Tietze, organist; Dec. 7: David Brock (Incline Village, N.Y.), organist; Dec. 14: Vytenis Vasyliunas (Germany), organist. Freewill offering will be requested at the door.

Saturday, Dec. 6

A Musical Celebration for Christmas. 8 p.m. St. Mary’s College Chapel, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. The Sonos Handbell Quartet teams up with the dynamic voices of the San Francisco Choral Artists to welcome the Christmas season. Suggested donation: $25 general; $20 seniors (65+); $12 SMC faculty, staff and non-SMC students; $2 SMC students. (925) 631-4381 or www.stmarys-ca.edu (click on “Arts”).

Christmas Concert by VINTAGE with their special guests: Katy and Dell Burchett and The Cupcakes. 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. St. Bonaventure Catholic Community, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Admission free.

Through Dec. 14

The Second Golden Age of Dutch Art. At the Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Gallery hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This exhibition features over 60 19th century Dutch masterpieces from the collection of Jan and Mary Ann Beekhuis which features a range of different artists and styles such as Impressionism, Realism, Romantics and the Hague School. $3 suggested donation. Free parking. (925) 631-4379.

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Bible Study

Saturday, Dec. 6
Revelation Bible Study Group
. At St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Exploration of the Catechism, the Bible, and the Gospel of St. Mark; Church teaching on “the last days.” Meets Saturdays in Advent and January 2009. Rebecca O’Hare, latin4all@sbcglobal.net.



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