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 February 9, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 3   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Imagining the future
Frederick Parrella, a professor of theology in the religious studies department of Santa Clara University, will lead a presentation on “The Future of the Catholic Church,” on Feb. 10 at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave. in Livermore starting at 7:30 p.m. A $5 freewill donation will help cover the speaker cost. Information: Julie at upcatholic@aol.com or (925) 447-4549, ext. 114.


Feb. 25, March 4, 11
Wednesday Morning Contemplative Prayer
. At Vallombrosa Retreat Center, 650 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Begin a new Lenten practice on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 25) with quiet contemplative prayer. Gather in the retreat center’s chapel for an hour of gentle music, Scripture and silent reflection. Optional continental breakfast follows. Led by Dominican Sister Ingrid Clemmensen, Vallombrosa’s program director. (650) 325-5614 or www.vallombrosa.org.

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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.

Feb. 10, 17, 24

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.

Feb. 11, 18, 25

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.

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.

Feb. 26 – March 1

Men’s Cursillo. At Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Nita Volker, (925) 828-9442 or Carolyn Steele, (925) 648-4890.

Friday, Feb. 27

Taizé: An Evening of Prayer Around the Cross
. 8 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Taizé is an ecumenical, candlelit service of prayer offered in simple chant, Scripture readings, silent worship and veneration of the Cross. All are welcome. For further information: taizeontheisland@yahoo.com or www.geocities.com/taizeontheisland.

March 5 – 8
Women’s Cursillo
. At Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Nita Volker, (925) 828-9442 or Carolyn Steele, (925) 648-4890.

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Divine Mercy Center and Perpetual Adoration Chapel
, 1850 Church Lane, San Pablo. (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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March 6 – 8
Retreat for Men
. At San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. Passionists Father Tom Bonacci, parochial vicar at St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch, will led this retreat entitled, “Encouraging One Another to Live in Faith, Hope and Love.” Information: Matt Remington, (925) 672-4006 or Peter Nixon, (925) 363-5884; online: www.stbonaventure.net/parish-ministries/adult-faith/mens-spiritual-network. Sponsor: The Men’s Spiritual Network of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Concord.

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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.

Feb. 14 and 15
Salesian High School Free Electronic Waste Recycling Fundraiser Event
. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Save Mart/Food Maxx parking lot, 13220 San Pablo Ave., San Pablo. Examples of accepted materials: televisions, monitors, computer systems, printers, copy and fax machines, household and cell phones, computer components, keyboards, and more. There will also be a coat drive and food bank collection on both days. (888) 832-9839 or www.unwaste.com.

Sunday, Feb. 15

Pancake Breakfast. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 301 West Richmond Ave., Point Richmond. $8 per person. (510) 232-1843.

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.

Thursday, Feb. 19

Bridge and Bunco. 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Soda Center, at St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. $28 per person. Luncheon will be served at 12:30 p.m. Wine will be available. Table prizes for winners. Shirley Holloway, (925) 376-6588. Sponsor: St. Mary’s College Guild.

Friday, Feb. 20

Bingo Bash! 7 p.m. at St. Michael Parish Hall, 372 Maple St., Livermore. Italian Catholic Federation Branch #285 fundraiser for Children’s Hospital-Oakland, Cooley Anemia Research and scholarships. $10 per person fee includes one bingo packet for 10 games. Beverages, cookies, and chips available for purchase. Music by DJ Joe Buonsante plus surprise entertainment. Reservations deadline: Feb. 17. Rose S., (925) 846-4227 or Helen W., (925) 462-3798. Donations may also be mailed to Helen Wirtenson, 4071 Moselle Ct., Pleasanton, CA 94566.

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.) $35 adults; $12 children (13 and under). Nello, (510) 531-5490 or Leonard, (510) 581-3246. Deadline for reservations and tickets: Feb. 12.

St. Stephen Parish Mardi Gras
. 6:30 p.m. at 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. $15 per person, $25 couple. Mass on Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. Annette, (925) 210-0732.

Third Annual Mardi Gras Casino Night
. At St. John the Baptist Church, 264 East Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. 6:30 p.m.: no-host bar and hors d’oeuvres; 7 p.m.: casino opens; 8 p.m.: poker tournament. Poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, and big money wheel. $20 per person and receive $20 in casino script. Prize-winners must be present to win. (510) 351-5050.

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.

I.C.F. Branch 72 Pasta Dinner/Raffle/Bingo
. 4:15 p.m. social, 5 p.m. dinner, at Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. Menu: pasta, sausage, salad, bread, dessert and coffee. $12 adults, $6 children (6 – 12 years), free (under age 5). Patty Jarrett, (925) 228-0810.

Isle City Y.L.I #51 of Alameda Annual Mardi Gras Dinner
. 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Catered by Pete McDonough. $25 dinner: choice of roast beef or salmon. Afghan raffle and other prizes. Reservations (Feb. 17 deadline): Kay Canalia, (510) 865-4413.

Tuesday, Feb. 24

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County – Guest Chef Event Dinner.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Free Dining Room, 675 – 23rd St., Oakland. Executive Chef Jason Moniz of Flora Restaurant will prepare this special Mardi Gras dinner with the Kitchen of Champions Culinary Program students. $100 per person dinner price includes wine. $175 for two people, $650 for eight people (one table). (510) 636-4261.

Friday, Feb. 27

Crab Feed Fundraiser for Special Religious Education (SPRED)
. At St. Paschal Baylon Parish, 3700 Dorisa Ave., Oakland. No-host bar at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. $40 per person. No tickets will be sold at the door. Stephen Baccari, stephenspred@yahoo.com or Virginia Munoz, (510) 847-9195.

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 coffee. Joe Torres, (925) 432-2265.

Saturday, March 7

Assumption School’s 20th Annual Live/Silent Auction
. 5 p.m. at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant in Jack London’s Square in Oakland. Information/tickets: Michelle Hammon, (510) 895-8454 or visit www.assumptionschool-sl.maestroweb.com. \
St. Joseph’s School (Pinole) 15th Annual Casino de Monte Carlo Event. 5 – 9 p.m.: Casino gaming and silent auction, 9 p.m.: live auction. $50 per person (includes $20 gaming script); senior discount: $45 (age 55 or older). Ticket sales/reservations: Tina Campos, (510) 799-4977; information: St. Joseph School office, (510) 724-0242.

2nd Annual Crab Feed Fundraiser for St. Anthony Church of Oakland
. In gymnasium at 1535 – 16th Ave., Oakland. No-host social hour at 5:30 p.m., dinner served at 7:15 p.m. $35 per person. Information/tickets: (510) 534-2117, M-F, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; after 3 p.m.: (510) 289-5122. Sponsor: Knights of Columbus, Council 4840, Cdl Merry Del Val, Oakland.

Sunday, March 8

American Council #8 Y.M.I. Annual St. Patrick’s Dinner Party
. At St. Lawrence O’Toole Gym, 3725 High St., Oakland. No-host cocktails at 3 p.m., Corned beef and cabbage dinner at 5 p.m., followed by Irish entertainment. Donation per person: $30 adults, $11 children under 12. Mail checks payable to American Council #8 to Stuart MacIntyre, 478 Jean St., Oakland, CA 94610, (510) 451-2712. Reservation deadline: March 3.

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Tuesday, Feb. 10
Catholics@Work. 7 a.m. at 711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville. Sister Diana Momeka, a Dominican Sister of the Congregation of St. Catherine of Siena based in Mosul, Iraq, will be the featured speaker at this breakfast event. A full buffet breakfast will be served starting at 7 a.m., preceded by Mass at 6:30 a.m. at the same location. $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Information: www.catholicsatwork.org.

Wednesdays, Feb. 11, 18, 25

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.

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 in Spanish at St. Leander Parish. 550 W. Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro, from 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Feb. 18, March 18
Year of St. Paul Lecture Series
. 7 p.m. in gymnasium, St. Bede Church, 26950 Patrick Ave., Hayward. David Mammola, an instructor in the diocesan Serra Catechetical Institute and at Concord’s Carondelet High School, will present the monthly series in English; Mary Ann Wiesinger and Dominican Sister Lorena Ramirez will present the series in Spanish at 7:15 p.m. in St. Bede social hall. Download a flyer at: www.oakdiocese.org/pastoral/.

Friday, Feb. 20

Embracing Our Dying. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Parish, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Father Richard Gula, a moral theologian and professor at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, will discuss end-of-life issues that include making the decision to treat or not treat an illness, Church teachings on obligatory and optional treatments, the patient’s right to exercise informed consent and DNR (do not resuscitate) orders.

Saturday, Feb. 21

Vocation Information Event at Jesuit School of Theology
. 9:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Chardin House, 2621 Ridge Road, Berkeley. This informal gathering is for single men, ages 18 – 45, interested in learning more about the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and/or exploring a vocation to religious life. Event includes prayer periods, Mass, vocation stories from Jesuits, and panel discussion. No cost; lunch is provided. RSVP requested. Register: Radmar Jao, S.J., rjao@calprov.org or (510) 225-6137. Information: Jesuit Brother Jim Siwicki, jsiwicki@calprov.org or (408) 884-1613.

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Female Leaders and Preachers in Christian History
. 10 a.m. at St. Monica Parish, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. Darleen Pryds, laywoman, professor of Christian spirituality and medieval history at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, will lead participants in some reflections and group discussion. Sponsor: St. Monica, Moraga, Women’s Faithsharing.

Thursday, Feb. 26

“Our World’s Food Crisis.” 7:30 p.m. at 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. Brian Wright, a member of St. Mary Magdalen Parish and professor of agricultural economics at University of California, Berkeley, will participate in the parish’s social justice speaker series. Coffee available until 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 28

Presentation on Oberammergau Passion Play
. 1 p.m. at St. John Parish, 264 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. Father Mike Lacey, St. John pastor, will be the spiritual director for the Sept. 17 – 27 2010 tour to Oberammergau, which is held only every 10 years. Maureen Dinnocenzo, (866) 476-7476.

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Feb. 12, 26, March 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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Feb. 18—21
Annual Rawn Harbor Choir Experience 2009
. At St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Conducted by Rawn Harbor, director of liturgy at St. Columba Parish, the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, and the University of San Francisco in San Francisco. Rehearsals: Feb. 18 – 20, 7 – 9 p.m. and Feb. 21, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Lunch will be provided.) The Workshop Choir sings at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Feb. 22. $20 donation for the workshop. (510) 654-7600 or Alice McGaugh, choir president, (510) 549-3467 (evenings)

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Bible Study

Feb. 12, 26, March 12, 26
Bible Study of the Book of Proverbs
. 7 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Sponsor: Cathedral Young Adult Ministry (ages 20s and 30s, single or married). To sign up, class location, or more information: 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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Saturday, Feb. 21
St. Mary’s High School, Berkeley
. 1294 Albina Ave., Peralta Park, Berkeley. The Class of 1973 will hold its 35-year reunion with a dinner on the school campus and a tour of the new Brady Park track and field complex. Information/reservations: Joanne Howe, (510) 559-6227 or jhowe@stmchs.org.



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