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 January 19, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Interfaith project
Judge John T. Noonan, Rabbi Menachem Creditor and Imam Faheem Shuaibe (left to right) will help launch a series of workshops and dialogues about human rights work in the Bay Area and worldwide at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the campus of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) in Berkeley at 2301 Vine St. Information: www.dspt.edu or faithinrights@dspt.edu.


Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3
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.

Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4

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, Jan. 23

First Annual Interfaith Respect Life East Bay Prayer Service
. 7:30 p.m. at Shiloh Christian Fellowship, 3295 School St. in Oakland. Senior Pastor Dion Evans. Information: Colleen Knutsen, (510) 267-8394 or cknutsen@oakdiocese.org.

Taize – An Evening of Prayer Around the Cross
. 8 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut Ave., 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.

Sunday, Feb. 1

Chinese New Year Celebration (The Year of the Ox)
. 3 p.m. at St. Leo Church, 176 Ridgeway, Oakland. Bishop Emeritus John Cummins will preside at the Chinese New Year Thanksgiving Mass. Information: Deacon Danny Wong, (925) 754-6068 or wongd@comcast.net.

Rosary for Life
. 3 p.m. at St. Michael Church, 458 Maple St., Livermore. Bev, (925) 846-0319.

Monday, Feb. 9

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.

Thursday, Feb. 19

God Not Guns Prayer and Discussion
. 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco. Grace Cathedral and the Bay Area Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence invite San Francisco Bay Area clergy and interfaith councils to attend this special morning of prayer and discussion addressing gun violence in the San Francisco Bay Area as a spiritual and moral crisis. (415) 749-6355 or Rebecca, rebeccan@gracecathedral.org.

Friday, Feb. 20

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. Every Third Friday. Maria Shao, (408) 839-2068 or maria49830@aol.com or Dominican Sister Beth Quire, (510) 449-7554 or beth@msjdominicans.com.

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

St. Agnes Parish, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. To enter between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. requires an access code. Call (925) 689-0838 to schedule your hour.

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

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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Jan. 23 – 25
Silent Centering Prayer Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat, Danville. Presented by the Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault. Participants will explore how centering prayer has the potential to transform Christian life. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, Jan. 24

Sacred Healing: The Body as a Healthy Temple. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Presented by Dominican Sister Joan Prohaska. This day will focus on honoring our human body as a wonderful instrument of healing. The retreat will include the use of our senses, movements, yoga, breathing and intuition. (650) 325-5614 or www.vallombrosa.org.

Friday, Jan. 30

Spiritual Transformations in the Book of Jonah, Uncovering Shame, Discovering the Sacred. At San Damiano Retreat, Danville. Presented by Peter Coster, Ph.D., a workshop that will explore the relationship between shame, spirituality and personal transformation. 6 CE units available. $95 with units, $75 for those seeking for personal growth. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Caring Caregivers: A Retreat Day for Caregivers
. 9:30 A.M. – 4 P.M. at Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. As advanced medical technologies stretch out lifespans, more and more family members, especially people in their 40s, 50s and 60s, are finding themselves caring for fragile, elderly relatives. This retreat will allow participants some time to recharge emotionally and spiritually, to reflect, and to receive support. Facilitator: Carol Kaplan, MFT. (650) 325-5614 or www.vallombrosa.org.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Writing the Sacred
. At San Damiano Retreat, Danville. Presented by Ray McGinnis and focus on McGinnis’s book, “Writing the Sacred: A Psalm-Inspired Path to Appreciating and Writing Poetry.” This is an inspiring workshop for both those who love to write as well as those who have never put pen to paper. $75 includes lunch. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

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Saturday, Jan. 24
St. Elizabeth High School’s 21st Auction and Crab Feed
. At the Colombo Club, 5321 Claremont Ave., Oakland. 5:30 p.m. social hour and silent auction, 7:30 p.m. crab feed, 8:30 p.m. live auction and raffle. $45 per person. Benefits the St. Elizabeth Tuition Assistance Fund. (510) 532-6473 or sguthrie@stliz-hs.org.
Sunday, Jan. 25

Super Bowl Pool Luncheon
. 12:30 p.m. (social), 1:30 p.m. (lunch) at St. Mary’s High School, 1294 Albina Ave., in Berkeley. Annual fundraiser for tuition assistance. Information/tickets: Joanne Howe, jhowe@stmchs.org, (510) 559-6227.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Carondelet High School Crab Feed
. Doors open, 6 p.m. in Silvio E. Garaventa Sr., Center, Carondelet High School, 1133 Winton Dr., Concord. $45 per person. Includes no-host bar, dinner, dessert, dancing, raffle prizes. Followed by dancing to live music. Robert and Lynn Velazquez, (925) 706-7636.

Holy Names High School’s 19th Annual Crab Feed and Auction
. At 4660 Harbord Dr., Oakland.6 p.m. social hour and silent auction, 7 p.m. crab dinner (roasted chicken available for non-crab lovers). $40 per person, table sponsorships available. RSVP: Jan. 16. RSVP: (510) 450-1110, ext. 112. Reservations held at the door.

St. Joan of Arc Knights of Columbus Crab Feed
. At St. Joan of Arc gymnasium, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. 6 p.m. no-host social hour, 7:15 p.m. dinner and raffle. $35 per person. Register online: www.kofc9206.org or download and mail registration form. Information: (925) 263-1776.

Saturday, Feb. 7

The Annual St. Anne’s #78 Y.L.I. Salad Bar Luncheon/Bingo
. At St. Joseph School Auditorium, 1961 Plum St., Pinole. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., lunch served at noon. Tickets: $10. Bingo extra. Cash prizes. Proceeds raised for charities. Reservations: Carol, (510) 758-5285.

St. Mary’s High School Annual Parent Association Crab Feed
. 2 p.m. at 1294 Albina Ave., Berkeley. Program includes silent auction, happy hour, raffle and dinner. Tickets/information: Joanne Howe, jhowe@stmchs.org or (510) 559-6227.

St. Leander Church’s Valentine Crab Feed
. 5:30 p.m., no-host bar, 6:30 p.m. dinner at 474 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. $35 ticket price is the same as last year. Menu includes crab, pasta, salad and bread. Tickets available at the parish office. (510) 895-5631.

All Saints Annual CYO Crab Feed
. At 22824 Second St., Hayward. No-host cocktails: 6 – 7 p.m., dinner: 7 p.m. DJ and dancing. $40 per person. Advance ticket purchase required. Carole Adami, (510) 581-6247. No tickets will be sold at the door.

St. Margaret Mary Mardi Gras
. 6 – 11 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Parish Hall, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Live dance music by the BluesBox Bayou Band, Gourmet New Orleans-style buffet catered by PJMac. Live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit the Cathedral fund. (510) 482-0596. Ticket deadline: Feb. 1.

St. Leo the Great School Annual Shrimp Feast Dinner – Mardi Gras Style
. At school gymnasium, 175 Ridgeway, Oakland. Seating: 6:30 p.m., dinner: 7 – 9 p.m., dancing: ‘til 10 p.m. $45 individual ticket/$450 table. No tickets sold at the door. Questions: Monique Mackey, (415) 385-0945, tickets: Laurie Jones, (510) 207-7010.

St. Leander Church Valentine Crab Feed
. At 474 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. No-host bar: 5:30 p.m., dinner: 6:30 p.m. Ticket price will increase from $35 to $40 on Feb. 1 and will be available at the parish center. (510) 895-5631.

Saturday, Feb. 14

Church of the Transfiguration 30th Annual Crab Feed
. At 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. No-Host cocktails: 5 p.m., dinner: 6:30 p.m. $37 per person. Menu: salad, pasta, garlic bread and all you can eat crab. (Chicken can be substituted for crab.) Dancing begins after dinner. (510) 733-2500.

Sunday, Feb. 15

Cajun/Zydeco “La-La” – Andre Thierry and the Zydeco Magic
. 3 – 7 p.m. at St. Mark Church Gym, 159 Harbour Way, Richmond. Menu includes creole food (red beans and rice, gumbo, etc.) Advance tickets: $15 adults, $5 children ages 4 – 12; at the door: $18 adults, $8 children ages 4 – 12. Tickets: Rochelle Singleton, (510) 236-9632, Henrietta Smith, (510) 235-3631 or Vernetta Buckner, (510) 412-0376. Sponsors: Knights of Peter Claver, Ladies Auxiliary Court 230.

Saturday, Feb. 21

East Bay District Council of the Italian Catholic Federation Annual Crab Feed
. At Msgr. O’Brien Hall, St. Philip Neri Parish, 3108 Van Buren St., Alameda. No-host cocktails and hors d’oeuvres: 6 p.m., dinner: 7 p.m. (Chicken in lieu of crab is available.) Tickets: adults, $35; children (13 and under), $10. Tickets: Nello, (510) 531-5490 or Leonard, (510) 581-3246. Deadline for reservations and tickets: Feb. 12.

Sunday, Feb. 22

Sacred Heart Parish’s 25th Annual Mardi Gras Dinner and Dance
. 3 p.m. at the Colombo Club, 5321 Claremont Ave., Oakland. Former parishioners, students, family and friends are invited to this major fundraiser and social event. $30 for dinner and dance; $10 for dance only. Tickets/information: Gilda Costa, (510) 652-2855 or Kim Mikus, (510) 653-4392.

Saturday, Feb. 28

Barbeque Salmon Dinner
. At St. Peter Martyr of Verona Church Hall, 740 Black Diamond St., Pittsburg. Appetizers served at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost includes appetizers of pizza, calamari, cheeses, etc., dinner of clam chowder, salad, pasta, salmon, roll, dessert and coffer. Information/tickets: Joe Torres, (925) 432-2265.

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Wednesdays, Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4
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 davidlzarri@earthlink.net.

Returning Catholics
. 7 p.m. in Room A at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. The Catholic Community of Pleasanton, St. Raymond Parish and St. Michael Parish invite those who have been away from the Church to journey home and join this Returning Catholics Program. Call Father Jerry Kennedy at (925) 474-2768 for information or if you plan to attend.

Saturday, Jan. 24

Steve Ray – “The Holy Eucharist: God’s Real Presence.”
7:30 p.m. at St. Agnes Church, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Presenter Steve Ray is a popular speaker, author and traveler who discusses the mysteries and traditions of the Church. No charge (donations gratefully accepted). Refreshments served. (925) 676-9609.

Sunday, Feb. 1

Discernment Group for Religious Life in the East Bay
. 7 – 9 p.m. at an East Bay location. The Northern California region of the National Religious Vocations Conference sponsors a discernment group for men and women interested in a vocation to the religious life. The discernment group provides a relaxed setting to ask any and all questions about becoming a religious Sister, Brother or priest. There are different themes and topics each month. Prospective participants are encouraged to contact Dominican Sister Beth Quire at (510) 449-7554 or sbquire@hotmail.com for more information.

Thursday, Feb. 12

Urban Violence: A Workshop for Pastoral Staff
. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light Parish Hall, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Father Agustino Torres, a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, will speak to parish leaders about urban violence. He will offer tools for ministers who face the reality of urban violence in their programs and classrooms, as well as tips for speaking with parents whose children have been affected by violence. The program will be followed by Mass at the Cathedral as 12:10 p.m. Pastors, DREs, youth ministers and other pastoral leaders are welcome. RSVP at www.oakdiocese.org/pastoral/. The same presentation will be made in Spanish at St. Leander Parish. 550 W. Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro, from 6:30 – 9 p.m.

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Jan. 22, Feb. 12, 26
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.

Thursday, Feb. 19

Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa
. 7 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Free. All are welcome. Information/directions: Joan S. (925) 939-1007.

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Mondays, Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2
Voices of Musica Sacra. 7 – 9:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Ave., Walnut Creek. Auditions for all voice parts will be held throughout February for the spring season. John Kendall Bailey, music director. Information: www.vmschorus.org, (925) 680-7089, or info@vmschorus.org.

Saturday, Jan. 24

The First Annual Fremont Black and White Ball
. 6 p.m. at Best House, Palmdale Estates, 159 Washington Blvd., Fremont. $110 per person/$200 couple. Admission includes dinner buffet and drinks, a tango dance lesson, live band “Trio Garufa,” special no-host wine bar sponsored by Federico’s Café, and a silent auction. Black-tie is optional. Proceeds benefit Music at the Mission program at Mission San Jose in Fremont and St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica in San Jose. Information: info@musicatmsj.org or (510) 813-4414.

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Bible Study

Saturday, Jan. 31
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.

Jan. 30, Feb. 13, 27

Friday Evening Bible Study
. 7 p.m. inside the Cathedral entrance, Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Sponsor: Cathedral Young Adult Ministry (ages 20s and 30s, single or married). To sign up or learn more about the YA Ministry, contact Mary Perez, (650) 387-6564 or mtperez0316@gmail.com.

Through Feb. 23

St. Michael/St. Charles Monday Night Bible Study Group
. 7:30 – 9:15 p.m. in Pope John XXIII Room at St. Charles Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. This study will consist of viewing several of the National Geographic Channel’s videos on such topics as “Jesus the Preacher” and “Jesus the Healer.” The evening will be broken down into discussions of what was seen, how it affects us, and what it means to our lives. Open to all. Julie, upcatholic@aol.com or (925) 447-4549, ext. 114.

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Social justice

Friday, Jan. 23
Second Annual Standing Up for Life
. Noon at Oakland City Hall, Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. The focus of this event is: “The Impact of Abortion in the African American Community.” Guest speakers include Dr. Clenard H. Childress, assistant to the national director of Life Education and Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.), the nation’s largest African American pro-life organization. Information: http://www.issues4life.org/oakland.html.

Saturday, Jan. 24

Walk For Life West Coast 2009
. 11 a.m. at Justin Herman Plaza on Market Street in San Francisco. Join thousands of pro-life women, men, families and friends for the 5th Annual Walk for Life in San Francisco marchers and proclaim the message that “Abortion hurts women” and “Women deserve better than abortion.” Preceded by 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., also in San Francisco. Information: www.walkforlifewc.com.

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St. Patrick/St. Martin de Porres School Alumni. All alumni for the Oakland-based schools are being sought to join in the celebration of 130 years of St. Patrick Parish. Mary Loggins, (510) 532-5003 or St. Martin de Porres School, (510) 832-1757.



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