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 May 25, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Memorial Day
The Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers, which has members from a number of local Catholic schools, will participate in the Memorial Day Mass on May 25 at 11 a.m. at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, at 1965 Reliez Valley Road in Lafayette. Information: Steve Meyer, (510) 887-4311 or www.ggbc.org.

The Year of Paul
Passionist Father Thomas Bonacci, in residence at St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch, will lead the retreat “Paul and World Spirituality” the weekend of May 29-31 at San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. As the year of Paul comes to a close, participants will gather to pray, ponder and explore the life and work of Paul from the perspectives of the world’s faith traditions. $180 shared room/$210 private room. For more information/registration contact Kateri, (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or www.sandamiano.org.


Monday, May 25
Memorial Day Prayer Service
. 10 a.m. at St. Stephen Cemetery, Monument Court and N. Miguel Road, Concord.

Mondays, May 25, June 1, 8

Filipino Ministry at St. Clement Parish
. 7:30 p.m. at the parish center, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Contact: Simon Medrano, chairman, (510) 303-2965.

May 26, June 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, June 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.

Saturday, June 13

Tanglaw 2009: Celebrating the Filipino Catholic Spirit
. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. The event will include a liturgy, food booths, and entertainment programs.

Monday, June 15

Interfaith Prayer Service for Those Touched By Cancer
. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut, Alameda. Information: Jo Berning, (510) 521-0247.

Friday, June 19

Taize – Prayer Around the Cross
. 8 p.m. at Mother-house 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.

Friday, June 26

Taize: An Evening of Prayer Around the Cross
. 8 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. An ecumenical, candlelit service of prayer offered in simple chant, Scripture readings, silent worship and veneration of the Cross. taizeontheisland@yahoo.com or geocities.com/taizeontheisland.

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Divine Mercy Center and Perpetual Adoration Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave. (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, San Pablo.

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday in the convent), 2 – 9 p.m. (Wednesdays in the church) at St. Bede Parish, 26950 Patrick Ave., Hayward. (510) 782-2171.

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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May 29 – 31
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend
. In Pleasanton. An opportunity for married couples to strengthen and renew their relationships. Ray and Roberta Montez, (916) 806-4601 or Joe and Sue Talarico, (925) 680-7767 or go to http://www.rekindleyourmarriage.org.

A Weekend with Dorothy Day
. At 19480 Bear Creek Road, Los Gatos. Led by Father Kevin Joyce. $220 semi-private, $250 private. Discover the social demands of the Gospel through traditional Catholic spirituality. Olivia Batt, (408) 354-2346, ext. 206 or marketing@presentationcenter.org.

Building Franciscan Ecological Consciousness
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Led by Franciscan Father Franklin Fong and Franciscan Brother James Lockman this retreat will offer a variety of ways to enter more deeply into right relationship with Nature. Registration is from 4 to 6:30p.m. on May 29, retreat ends with lunch on May 31. $180 shared room/$210 private room. Kateri, (925)837-9141, ext. 315 or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

May 29 – June 1

Praying the Mystics: Teresa, John and Ignatius
. At Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park. Carmen de la Vega Neafsey, MA, and James Neafsey, DMin., who have studied the lives and works of these Spanish mystics for over 30 years, will lead this weekend retreat which will explore the lives and spirituality of three Christian saints and mystics – Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and Ignatius of Loyola. (650) 325-5614 or www.vallombrosa.org.

June 15 – 18
Parish Retreat.
At El Retiro Retreat Center in Los Altos. All are welcome to join Father Hugo Hernandez and the Prayer Day Team of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Concord for this first annual parish retreat. The theme is “Ignatian Spirituality and Discernment.” Information/registration: Carmen Scholl, (925) 944-5970 or cascholl@astound.net.

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Friday, May 29
Supreme Cause – Dance For a Cause
. 6 – 9 p.m. at Moreau High School, 27170 Mission Blvd., Hayward. Proceeds benefit the Philippine Summer Immersion Program. Performers include the Bay Area hip-hop sensation, Supreme Soul, Tamali’I, a Polynesian dance group, and Moreau’s best dancers. The $20 ticket will fund the construction of two homes for impoverished families in the Philippines. Tickets can be purchased online at www.knowyourmerch.com. Call Father Tito Bonoan at (510) 881-4336 to volunteer or for more information.

Friday, June 5

Texas Hold ‘Em. 5 p.m. at parish hall, St. Edward Parish, 5788 Thornton Ave., Newark. $50 a ticket includes dinner/drink, tournament entrance, and 1,000 chips; buy ins are $10 for 800 chips (when player’s chips go down to 200 or less); last round buy-ins are $20 for 2,000 chips. First prize is a $500 Visa gift card. Dollie, (510) 557-8750; St. Edward, (510) 797-0241.

Saturday, June 6

Gala Dinner Dance. At the Alameda Elks Lodge. Begins at 5:30 p.m. with no-host bar hour followed by dinner, raffle, live auction and dancing to the Leonard Rossi Band. Featuring a memorial to longtime parishioner Bob Valva. $50 per person, $350 per table (seats eight). Prepaid reservations only – no tickets sold at the door. Proceeds benefit St. Lawrence O’Toole-St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish in Oakland. (510) 530-0761.

Sunday, June 7

Baby Shower for Birthright International
. After all Masses in parish hall at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. The baby shower benefits Birthright International, the world’s oldest pregnancy support agency. Suggested gifts include maternity clothes, nursing bras, nursing pads, crib sheets, baby towels, receiving blankets, diapers sizes 4,5,6, or cash donations. RSVP with any questions to Jim Crowley, (925) 944-0359.

Wednesday, June 10

Italian Catholic Federation Ravioli Dinner and Raffle, Branch 11
. At the Fratellanza Club, 1140-66th St., Oakland. No host-cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. $17 for adults, $7 children. Reservations deadline: June 7. Deanna, (925) 935-7343.

Sunday, June 14

Altar Society Fundraiser
. 3 p.m. at St. Patrick Parish, 825 Seventh St., Rodeo. An elegant afternoon tea for local women. Tickets: $15. Contact the parish office for tickets/information: (510) 799-4406.

Saturday, June 20

Salad and Bunco. At St. John Church Community Center, 264 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; dinner at noon. Italian menu. Cash prizes. Tickets: $10. Limited seating. Pat: (510) 278-4161; JoLynn: (510) 427-1893. Sponsor: Columbian Ladies at St. John Parish.

Fourth Annual “Spring Into Summer” Tea and Fashion Show
. In the parish hall at St. Columba Parish, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Doors open at 11 a.m., tea time is at 12 p.m., and the fashion show begins at 1 p.m. $20 donation. (No children under 13 years old.) Sponsor: The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Peter Claver, Court #127. The tea and fashion show are under the direction of Darrin Doss of D-Square Productions.

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Wed., May 27, June 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 davidlzarri@earthlink.net.

May 27, June 17

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 on “St. Paul: Man, Message, Mission” 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/.

Sunday, May 31

Can There Be Peace on Earth?
2 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. In August 2008 Margaret and Gus Nystrom spent two weeks in Israel/Palestine with an interfaith peace delegation. The group included Christians, Jews and Muslims. They visited both Palestinian refugee groups and Israeli settlements and met many diverse organizations. All are invited to listen to their experiences and observations and see photos from their trip. (925) 256-7728.

A Conversion Journey
. 7 p.m. at St. Agnes Church, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Roy Schoeman, author of “Salvation is From the Jews,” will discuss “My Conversion to Catholicism and The Role of Judaism in Salvation.” (925) 827-1185.

Monday, June 15

Summer Session at Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
, (DSPT) Berkeley. At 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. Icon writing, lay preaching, and Basic Latin are among the courses being offered this summer at the theology school. Visit www.dspt.edu for course, tuition and registration information. A 30 percent discount on tuition (for CEU or audit) is available for Catholic school teachers, diocesan employees, and participants in the Serra Catechetical Institute and the diocesan School for Pastoral Ministry who register by May 29.

June 15 – 18

The Orientale Lumen XIII Conference
. At the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. The conference will bring together Eastern Catholics, Eastern Orthodox Roman Catholics and Oriental Orthodox to foster more “face-to-face” ecumenical dialogue and exchange. Information: http://www.olconference.com/OL_FutCon_OL_XIII.

June 27, 28

Natural Family Planning Classes
. June 27: at the LEO Center, 710 40th St., Oakland; June 28: at Our Lady of Peace Church/Shrine in Santa Clara. Monthly classes at both sites offers information on church-approved methods of achieving or postponing a pregnancy. One-time cost for materials ($135) collected at first class. Scholarships available. Information: Dr. Tom/Debbie Lenz at (925) 672-0727; tlenzmd@aol.com; or www.eastbaynfp.com.

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Saturday, June 6
St. John School 3rd Annual Golf Tournament
. At Skywest Golf Course, 1401 Golf Course Road, Hayward. This fundraiser for the San Lorenzo school will feature a number of format and skills events, including a chance to win a Chevy Malibu, courtesy of F.H. Dailey Chevrolet in San Leandro. Competitions include a putting contest, closest to the pin and the longest drive. Special guest will be Carlos Briones, local golf protégé and 2008 graduate of St. John School who recently became the youngest player ever to win the 92-year-old San Francisco City Golf Championship. Following a day of golf festivities will continue back at the St. John Community Center Gym, 270 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo, where participants can enjoy a tri tip BBQ dinner, dancing and raffle, beginning with no-host cocktails at 5:30 p.m. Entry fee: $125 includes green fees, cart, goodie bag, and BBQ dinner-dance. Tickets for the dinner-dance only are available for $25 per person. Valarie Mathewson, (510) 276-6632.

Saturday, June 20

“Swing for St. Anne’s” 10th Annual Golf Tournament
. 8 a.m. shotgun start at Skywest Golf Course, 1401 Golf Course Road, Hayward. Program includes an awards dinner dance at St. Anne’s Social at 6 p.m. Proceeds will go to much needed repairs and maintenance of St. Anne Church in Union City, including the roof, doors and adjacent sidewalk. Donations, sponsorships accepted. Jim Soltau, c/o St. Anne Church, P.O. Box 292, Union City, CA 94587; Al Visitacion, (510) 489-3342.

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Through June 4
Grief Support Group
. 7:30 p.m. 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. Preregistration is required. Space is limited. A $15 donation is requested. All are welcome regardless of religious affiliation. Mary, (925) 846-5377.

Saturday, June 6

No More Secrets – Monthly Support Group for Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse
. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Elementary School, faculty room, 1516 – 33rd Ave., Oakland. (Please note new location.) Street parking is available. Facilitated by a licensed psychotherapist. Survivors and their families are welcome. Sponsor: Diocese of Oakland. Claire Jeanette, (510) 843-6971.

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June 6, 7
Mostly Mendelson Concert by Voices of Musica Sacra
. June 6: 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley; June 7: 3 p.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. Details: www.vmschorus.org; tickets: $15/$20. (925) 944-5239 or info@vmschorus.org.

Through July 3
Exhibition: “Sacred Mountain: Images of Mount Diablo and Mount Fuji.”
At Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Featuring nearly 100 works of art, including paintings, woodblock prints, photographs, works on paper, textiles, and decorative objects, circa 1650—2009. $3. www.stmarys-ca.edu/arts/hearst-art-gallery.

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Saturday, May 30
Golden Diploma Ceremony and Reception
. 5 p.m. at Christ the Light Cathedral, Oakland. The Class of 1959 of Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School, invited to attend the Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2009, will be the guests of honor at a welcome reception immediately following the Mass. The Class of 1959 Reunion Committee has also planned a gathering for May 29. For more information, Irene Aguirre Marchello, (406) 883-6184 or irenem@lambros.com or Ron Simon, (510) 769-1321 or rivercat60@sbcglobal.net.

Saturday, June 6

A Reunion for the Women of the School of the Madeleine, Berkeley
. Class of 1959. Contact Fran Hurley Heaton at franheaton@yahoo.com for information.

Saturday, June 20

St. Mary’s High (Berkeley) Class of 1964
. 4:30 p.m. at the Peralta Park campus. Forty-fifth reunion celebration includes a BBQ and tour of the new Brady Park track and field complex. $50 per person; spouses are invited. Reservations/information: Joanne Marchetti Howe, (510) 559-6227 or jhowe@stmchs.org.

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