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 February 23, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Organ upgrade
Hector Olivera, internationally acclaimed virtuoso organist, will play a special organ dedication concert at Church of the Assumption, 1100 Fulton Ave., in San Leandro, on March 1 at 3 p.m. The new organ installed at Church of the Assumption is a custom-built Rodgers organ made in Oregon and installed by Jarvis Music Associates of Pleasanton. Olivera will also hold a workshop on the topic of German and French Organ Music for Worship, at the parish on Feb. 28 at 9:30 a.m.


Wednesday, Feb. 25
Ash Wednesday Day of Renewal
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presented by Franciscan Father Rusty Shaughnessy. “Spiritual Pilates” includes presentations, lunch, and liturgy with distribution of ashes. $25. Call Kateri, (925) 837-09141, ext. 315 or online registration: www.sandamiano.org.

Feb. 25, March 4, 11

Wednesday Morning Contemplative Prayer
. At Vallombrosa Retreat Center, 650 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Begin a new Lenten practice 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.

Feb. 27 – March 1

A Lenten Retreat for Lesbian and Gay Christians
. At Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park. A time for lesbian and gay Catholics and other Christians to listen to God’s voice, share their stories and insights with others, and celebrate the love of God. Presenter: Father Jim Schexnayder. (650) 325-5614 or www.vallombrosa.org.

Mondays, March 2, 9, 16

Six-week Lenten Series: “A Pearl of Great Price.”
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the chapel at Newman Hall/Holy Spirit Parish, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley. One-hour candlelight meeting, quiet music, a short teaching and 25 minutes of silent mediation. A question period will follow for those who wish it. Jeannie Battagin, (510) 849-2181.

March 5, 19, April 2

Lenten Evening Series. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presented by Chiara’s Lantern. Series theme is “Friends of Jesus” and will include reflections on The Bethany Family, Mary of Magdala, and The Women with the Hemorrhage. Kateri, (925) 837-9141, ext. 315; online registration: www.sandamiano.org.

March 9 – 11

Lenten Parish Mission
. At Holy Spirit Parish, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Jesuit Father Tom Allender returns to give his “Life’s Journey” parish mission talks and the Week II talks “From Anger to Forgiveness.” Mission presentations will be at 8:45 a.m. and repeated at 7 p.m. with a reception following the talks. Father Allender will also preach the homilies at all weekend Masses on March 7 and 8. All are welcome. (510) 797-1660.

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Feb. 24, March 3, 10
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. 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.

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.

Monday, March 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.

Friday, March 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, 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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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.

Friday, March 13

Annual Salad Bar Luncheon
. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Callistus Church, 3580 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante. All are invited to this annual lunch. Choose from a myriad of green salads, pasta salads, potato salads etc. as well as a large array of desserts, rolls, punch, coffee and tea. Tickets: $8 at the door. Raffle prizes will be available as well as the door prize.

Saturday, March 14

Irish Social. At St. Philip Neri Hall, High and Van Buren, Alameda. 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. dinner (corned beef and cabbage and all the trimmings). Entertainment, raffle prizes. $25 adults, $12 children 12 years and under. JoAnn Dorn, (510) 523-9472 or Jean McElroy, (510) 523-9086 by March 9. Payment in advance, send checks (Irish Social) to JoAnn Dorn, 2907 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, CA 94501. Specify group you wish to be seated with.

Friday, March 20

Moreau High School High School Shrimp Fest
. 5 – 7 p.m. at 27170 Mission Blvd., Hayward. The event will benefit the school’s visual and performing arts department. $35 per person includes all the shrimp, salad, bread and French fries you can eat. A concert by the choir follows. (510) 881-4330 or ddefrance@moreaucatholic.org.

Saturday, March 21

Panther Pride Night. 5:30 – 10 p.m. at 1294 Albina Ave., Berkeley. $65 per person includes buffet, music, entertainment, dancing and sports auction. Entertainment provided by JLaChic Production. Benefits St. Mary’s High School student/athlete and sports program. To purchase tickets online: www.Jlachic.tix.com. Information: Nancy Torres, (510) 521-3256 or coantorres@hotmail.com. Sponsor: St. Mary’s College High School Athletic Department and Booster Club.

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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.

Wed., Feb. 25, March 4, 11

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. 26

Detecting and Preventing Elder Abuse
. Noon to 2 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. A joint presentation by the Cathedral’s Legal Justice Center, the local organization Legal Assistance for Seniors, and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. To reserve a free space, contact Jayne Fleming, (510) 466-6847 or jfleming@reedsmith.com.

“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.

Wednesday, March 4

Liberation and Transformation: Restorative Work in San Quentin
. 7 p.m. at Holy Names University, Valley Center for the Performing Arts, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Jack Dison, an advocate for restorative and criminal justice reform, and Bryan Smith, a participant in the San Quentin Victim Offender Education Group, will share their experiences of restorative justice and victim-offender programs. Sponsor: Catholic Identity Committee, (510) 436-1265.

Thursday, March 5

Telling Our Stories: Crisis Response Support Network
. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Corpus Christi Parish, 322 St. James Dr., Piedmont. Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB) will present the next installment of the series, “Telling Our Stories.” The event will focus on the organization’s Crisis Response Support Network, an acclaimed program that helps families of homicide victims. Light food will be served. RSVP: cmiller@cceb.org or (510) 768-3115.

Tuesday, March 10

Catholics@Work. 7 a.m. at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville. Steve McEveety, executive director of the movie “The Passion of the Christ,” will be the featured speaker at the monthly breakfast event. McEveety will share insights about God in the Hollywood workplace while being interviewed by Thomas M. Loarie. Begins with a full buffet breakfast. (Preceded by Mass at 6:30 a.m.) $20 cost for members, $25 for non-members. Registration: www.catholicsatwork.org or (925) 525-0272.

Wednesday, 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/.

Thursday, March 19

Breaking Down Barriers: Multicultural Collaboration in Today’s American Parish
. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Christ the Light Cathedral Conference Center, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Presenter: Redemptorist Father Robert Schreiter, Vatican Council II Professor of Theology, Catholic Theological Union and editor of Global Christianity: Contested Claims. $40 cost includes continental breakfast and lunch. Registration/information: www.nplc.org/oakland or Peter Denio, (212) 431-7825 or pdenior@nplc.org. A National Pastoral Life Center regional conference hosted by the Diocese of Oakland, co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Diocese of Stockton.

Carondelet High School Parent Speaker Night
. 7 – 9 p.m. at Garaventa Center, 1133 Winton Dr., Concord. Special screening of “Red Terror on the Amber Coast.” The hour-long film chronicles the 50 years of Soviet terror waged on the Baltic republics and the Lithuanian resistance to the atrocities. Father David O’Rourke, co-producer of the documentary and parochial administrator at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Point Richmond, will introduce the film and host a short question-and-answer period. (925) 686-5353.

Speaking Christ in Dialogue with Contemporary Culture
. 7:15 – 8:45 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Speaker: Richard J. Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary and Professor of Christian Philosophy, will provide a thoughtful perspective and challenging vision on the importance of genuine dialogue between ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and other religious traditions and the wider culture. A panel of theologians and pastoral leaders, both Catholic and Protestant, will offer responses to the address. Reservations are required. Contact: Mary Verducci, St. Patrick’s Seminary, (650) 289-3321 or mary.verducci@stpatricksseminary.org. Registration deadline: March 6.

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Feb. 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.

Saturday, March 7

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. Sponsor: Diocese of Oakland. Claire Jeanette, (510) 843-6971.

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Sunday, March 1
The Journey of St. Paul
. 7:30 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Journey with Paul from his early hatred and persecution of the Church through his miraculous conversion and through his years of fighting for the Faith as he battles shipwrecks, imprisonments, stonings and privations – all for the sake of the salvation of soul. A production of Theater of the Word Incorporated. A free will offering appreciated. Contact: Patticollyer@stbonaventure.net.

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Bible Study

Feb. 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.

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Saturday, Feb. 28
Moreau Catholic High School, Hayward: Class of 1978
. At 27170 Mission Blvd., Hayward. Cocktails at 6 p.m. with hearty appetizers, socializing and dancing to follow. Tour the renovations: new library and lobby, state-of-the-art science room, and our own MCTV media center! Contact Diana (Straggas) DeFrance ’76 for further details or to make reservations, (510) 881-4330 or ddefrance@moreaucatholic.org.

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