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 June 22, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Soul balm
Oblate Father Richard McAlear, an author and international speaker who has been long active in the Catholic Charis-matic Re- newal, will preside at a Healing Mass at 7 p.m. on July 8 at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clay-ton Road, in Concord. Questions? Donna, (925) 674-0478.
Defeating torture
Ray McGovern (left), a CIA analyst for 27 years and now on staff at the Church of the Savior, and Terrence Karney, a former U.S. Army Interrogator and trainer, are among the speakers and panelists who will participate in the “Torture is a Moral Issue” conference to be held June 26-27 at the First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave. in Palo Alto. Information about the conference, sponsored by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, can be found at the website of the Santa Clara County Council of Churches: www.councilofchurches-scc.org or by phone: (408) 297-2660.


Mondays, June 22, 29, July 6
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.

Tuesdays, June 23, 30, July 7

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.

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 www.geocities.com/taizeontheisland.

Saturday, June 27

Annual Fiesta In Honor of Our Lady of Antipolo
. 5 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish, 971 O’Hara Ave., Oakley. The fiesta will begin with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with Father Kenneth Sales, as presider, and Father Olman Solis, concelebrant. Refreshments will follow in the church hall. Raffle prizes and entertainment. Attire: Filipiniana. Florrie Brice, (925) 625-4310 or Lita Perez, (925) 625-2031. Sponsor: The Filipino Community of St. Anthony Parish in Oakley.

Sunday, June 28

Patriotic Mass. 10 a.m. at The Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. The combined Oakland courts of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) will gather at the new cathedral for the first time for this traditional yearly observance of the organization which was always previously held at the former St. Francis de Sales Cathedral until it was damaged during the 1989 earthquake.

Ecumenical Evening Prayer
. 4 p.m. at St. Ignatius Parish in Antioch, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. Passionist Father Tom Bonacci will preside and preach. A reception follows in the parish hall. (925) 778-0768.

Sunday, July 5

Taize Prayer Around the Cross
. 7 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill. All are welcome to gather in prayer and in a spirit of ecumenism. Sponsored by four Pleasant Hill churches and held the first Sunday of each month.

Monday, July 13

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, July 17

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.

Saturday, Aug. 1

The World Cursillos in Christianity Movement IV World Ultreya
. At the Anaheim Arena in Anaheim. Cursillistas, those who have lived a Cursillo weekend, from around the world will attend this event which includes Holy Mass with Cardinal Juan Sandoval from the Archdiocese of Guadalajara and an address from Pope Benedict XVI. There will be seven witness talks from different language groups: Vietnamese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean, Spanish, Italian, English and Chinese. The keynote address will be given by Professor Guzman Carriquiry, under-secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity in Vatican City. Ticket prices for the one-day event are $25 and must be purchased in advance through their World Cursillo website: www.orgmcc.org. No tickets will be sold the day of the event. The Cursillo Movement is a method for living what is fundamental for being a Christian.

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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.


8 a.m. – 8:45 p.m. (Benediction at 8:45 p.m.), in the chapel at St. Michael Parish, 458 Maple St., Livermore. (925) 447-1585.

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July 3 – 5
Recovery Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presented by Sister Briegeen Moore, OCS, a Sister of St. Clare, this weekend retreat will focus on the gifts, benefits and rewards of Step Eleven … “our step out into the sun.” Topics will include prayer and meditation, emotional balance, peace of mind, and above all, the ability to Pause. Registration is from 4 – 6:30 p.m. on July 3; retreat ends on July 5 with lunch. $180 shared room/$210 private room. Kateri, (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Wednesday, July 8

Sacred Dance for Healing
. 10 a.m. – noon at Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Holly Burn-Crain, a leader of Sacred Circle dance gatherings, will lead this dance, which offers healing for body, mind, and spirit, and is held monthly at the Menlo Park retreat center. (650) 325-5614; www.vallombrosa.org.

July 9, 17, Aug. 6, 14

Summer Series with Chiara’s Lantern
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. The series theme is “Creativity, Images and Healing.” July 9: 7 – 9 p.m. ($20): Images and Healing with Rena Grant; July 17, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with lunch ($60): Soul Collage as Sacred Pathway with Kathy Miranda; Aug. 6: 7 – 9 p.m. ($20): Creative Journaling with Nancy Burchette; Aug. 14: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with lunch ($60): Journaling Toward Wholeness with Rena Grant. Call Kateri, (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, July 18

Scripture Day: The Book of Revelations
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presented by William Creasy, Ph.D., who will take participants on a guided tour of the apocalypse, in full color and in Dolby sound. Registration at 8:30 a.m. $75 cost includes lunch. Kateri, (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

July 26 – 31

5-Day Silent Contemplative Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presented by Franciscan Father Rusty Shaughnessy and Franciscan Father Rufino Zaragoza. Theme: “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives within me.” (Gal. 2:20) $295 shared room/$375 private room. Kateri: (925) 837-9141, ext. 315; online registration: www.sandamiano.org.

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Saturday June 27
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Oratory, Santa Clara
. At Our Lady of Peace Church, 2800 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., performance by Casey Groves. The performer, Casey Groves, has just returned from a month-long tour in Hawaii and seeks to heighten awareness of the life of Blessed Damien who will be canonized in the fall. $15 for adults, $5 for children (ages 5 to 14), free for children 4 and under. Information: Allaire Linebarger, (510) 305-9738 or lululine@att.net.

July 17, 18

Carnival. At Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 40382 Fremont St., Fremont. Highlights include live music and entertainment by dance and singing groups. There will also be games for children and an antique car show. Food and beverages will be sold.

Saturday, July 18

Annual Mini Luau. At St. John Church, 264 E. Lewelling, San Lorenzo. Authentic Hawaiian food, and entertainment by Na Hawaii O Kalepani. Cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. Entertainment and drawings will follow. Tickets: $25 – reservation deadline July 9. Reservations/questions: Pat, (510) 278-4161 or Cheryl, (510) 278-2906.

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Tuesday, June 23
Exploring the Encyclical on the Eucharist
. 7 p.m. in the parish hall at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2808 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. An informal discussion of Pope John Paul II’s encyclical on the Eucharist. Send questions or request a link to the document: OLLActivitiesGroup@yahoo.com.

Tuesdays, June 23, 30, July 7

Examining the New Catechism. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda, Danville. Presenter Passionist Father Thomas Bonacci is presenting this series (through July 14) on the New Catechism of the Catholic Church and how it can enhance one’s faith life.

Wednesday, June 24

Health Screening Day. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Catholic Charities of the East Bay, 433 Jefferson St., Oakland. Doctors, nurses and specialists will offer information and free services on podiatry, dental, hearing, chiropractic, optometry, osteoporosis, blood pressure, glucose test. A health screening card will be provided. (510) 768-3100.

Wed., June 24, July 1, 8

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.

June 27, 28

Natural Family Planning Classes
. June 27: at Our Lady of Peace Church/Shrine in Santa Clara; June 28: at the LEO Center, 710 40th St., Oakland. 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.

Tuesday, June 30

The Eucharist as the Heart of the Mystical Body
. 7 p.m. in the parish hall at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2808 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. All are invited for a talk by Sister Lorna Walsh, a member of the International Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Sister Walsh will be discussing how all of our lives can be Eucharistic and how this can affect our daily experience as well as how the celebration of the Eucharist is connected to the daily life of all of us. Questions: OLLActivitiesGroup@yahoo.com.

July 3 – 5

17th San Francisco International Marian Conference
. At Crowne Plaza Hotel Conference Center, 1221 Chess Dr., Foster City. Theme: “Mary, Mother of Christ.” Speakers include Deacon Alex Jones, Donna Jones, Oblate Father Richard McAlear, and Jesuit Father Robert Faricy. Program: ministry for children, sacrament of reconciliation, healing services, Eucharistic adoration and more. Registration: $85 for adults, $150 for married couples, $30 for youth and children, $180 for family (2 adults, 2 children under 18 years of age). (800) 456-4197, srm.inc@juno.com, or http://straphaelministries.org/calendar/calendar_pages/marian_conf.html. Sponsor St. Raphael Ministries.

Sun., July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2

Summer Lecture Series. 9:30 – 11 a.m. in parish hall, Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, 703 C St., Union City. Presenter: Armenak K. Hermez, an educator and active member of the parish who serves as lector, RCIA leader and retreat master. $7 per person (collected at the door). July 12: “Who was Jesus?”; July 19: “The Nicene Creed”; July 26: “Women in the Church”; Aug. 2: “The Incarnation.”

July 19, Aug. 9, 23

World Religions – An Introduction
. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Borromeo Hall, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Passionist Father Thomas Bonacci, who is director of the Interfaith Peace Project which encourages interfaith peace and mutual respect, will present this Sunday evening series on various religions of the world. July 19: Zoroastrianism and Judaism; Aug. 9: Taoism, Buddhism and Hinduism; Aug. 23: Islam. $5/evening donation for the speaker would be appreciated. Information: Julie at (925) 447-4549, ext. 114, or Jim at ThorsDad@comcast.net.

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July 9, 23, Aug. 13, 27
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.

Thursday, July 16

Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa
. 7 p.m. at St. Mary Church, in the faith formation office (behind the church), 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Free. Information/directions: Joan S., (925) 939-1007.

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Thursday, June 25
St. Mary’s Center Celebration
. 4 – 6 p.m. at 925 Brockhurst St., Oakland. All are welcome to celebrate the completion of the Center’s Garden and Courtyard, purchase of the property on Brockhurst Street, and all who made it happen. Music, art show, open house and refreshments. RSVP: (510) 923-9600, x222, or avaughan@stmaryscenter.org.

June 25 – 28

Rawn Harbor Gospel Music and Praise Dance Workshop Experience
. At St. Paul of the Shipwreck Catholic Church, Third Street and Jamestown Avenue in San Francisco. All are invited to join the parish which is closing its year-long celebration of the Jubilee Year of St. Paul with this event. June 25 and 26: 7 – 9 p.m.; June 27, 9 a.m. – noon, ending with lunch. Registration is $20 and payable at the door. The workshop will culminate at the 10:30 a.m. Gospel Mass on Sunday morning June 28. Father David Pettingill will be the guest celebrant and preacher. Information: the church office, (415) 468-3434.

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Saturday, Aug. 15
St. Anthony School, Oakland
. Classes of 1984 –1989. Students or teachers in any of these classes are invited to return to their alma mater and reunite with former classmates and teachers. Alumni spouses and children are also welcome. A cover charge will apply. For information, send your name to sareunion@yahoo.com.



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