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 September 7, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Focus on youth
Eboo Patel, White House advisor on faith-based and neighborhood partnerships, will discuss the necessity of interfaith engagement and how young people can help foster religious pluralism through shared values and service, on Sept. 15 in the Soda Activity Center at St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, in Moraga, at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.


Thursday, Sept. 17
Parish Bookkeepers and Business Managers Workshop
. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Diocesan Chancery offices, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Parish bookkeepers and business managers are invited to attend this workshop and thank you luncheon. Following lunch, there will be a tour of the Cathedral. RSVP by Sept. 8 to Lisa Oberempt, (510) 267-8376 or loberempt@oakdiocese.org.

Sept. 23, 24

Introduction to Catholic Planned Giving
. Sept. 23: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Cathedral Conference Center, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland; Sept. 24: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Diocesan Youth Retreat Center, Lafayette. Pastors, lay volunteers on parish development, stewardship, finance committees and others who are working in Catholic fundraising are encouraged to attend this session to update their knowledge of planned giving. RSVP: Lisa Lee, llee@oakdiocese.org or John Neudecker, jneudecker@oakdiocese.org.

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Mondays, Sept. 7, 14, 21
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.

Sept. 8, 15, 22

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, Sept. 14

Mass for the Sick. 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, Sept. 18

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.

Friday, Sept. 25

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.

Oct. 1 – 4

Men’s Cursillo Weekend
. At Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland Information: www.oakdiocesecursillo.org or Dave Grubbs, (925) 484-0862, Carolyn Steele, (925) 648-4890.

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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.

Sept. 25 – 27

Recovery Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presenter: Jesuit Father Tom Weston. “A Simple and Practical Life: Living in the World of Recover,” includes reflection time, presentations, prayer, community, and rest. All members of 12-step recovery programs are welcome. $195 shared room/$220 private room. Kateri, (925) 837-9141, ext., or online registration: www.sandamiano.org.

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Sept. 15 – 18
Mini-Retreat with Father Jose Arong, OMI
. 7 – 9 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. Spiritual preparation for the celebration of the Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz on Sept. 26, 5 p.m. Mass also at St. Joseph Church. (510) 741-4900.

Sept. 18 – 20

Women’s Retreat: His Mercies Are New Every Morning
. At Presentation Center in Los Gatos. This is the St. Bonaventure Women’s Christian Fellowship’s 16th Annual Retreat. Retreat Master: Father Michael Renninger of Richmond, VA. Dot, (925) 287-0246 or stbonaventure.net and link to Adult Faith Formation/Women’s Christian Fellowship.

Married Couples Retreat: Marriage As Partnership
. At San Damiano Retreat, Danville. Join with other married couple for presentations, discussion, Eucharist, prayer and optional spiritual direction. Presented by Richard and Karla Obernesser and Franciscan Father Rusty Shaughnessy. $300 per couple. Kateri, (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or online registration: www.sandamiano.org.

Oct. 2 – 4

Renew Broken Hearts Retreat
. Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat, Santa Rosa. A confidential retreat, sponsored by the Diocese of Oakland, will offer a loving and supportive environment where women and men can reconcile painful post-abortive emotions and begin the process of renewal and healing. For confidential inquiries: (707) 967-1101 or rachelsvineyard@gmail.com.

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Saturday, Sept. 12
St. Leander Church 55th Annual Festival
. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. at 575 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. International food booths, games for all ages, raffles, entertainment. BBQ chicken dinner from 4 – 7 p.m.; $10 for adults, $5 children 12 and under. Gala preview and sale at the popular “Granny’s Attic” on Sept. 11 from 5 – 8 p.m. (510) 895-5631.

Sunday, Sept. 13

International Festival
. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. a St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. begins with outdoor multilingual Mass. Highlights: foods and entertainment that reflects the many ethnic communities that make up the parish. No fee for entering the festival; refreshments and games for purchase. Fundraiser benefits church ministry and community services. (925) 682-5447.

Friday, Sept. 18

St. Patrick’s Seminary and University Four Pillars Gala
. 6 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Honoring San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice. Includes hosted cocktail reception, silent wine and art auction, 7:30 p.m. dinner, and award presentation. Black tie optional. $150 per person. (650) 289-3321.

Saturday, Sept. 19

Big Garage Sale. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 1048 Grant Ave., San Lorenzo. Birthright of San Lorenzo is participating in this San Lorenzo community-wide garage sale. Money from your purchase will support life. (510) 481-9644.

Hawaiian Luau Party
. At St. Columba Parish, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Doors open at 5 p.m., buffet dinner at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Entertainment by Hula Kalau Ko ‘Olina. $20 donation. (510) 654-7600.

Casino Night
. 6 p.m. in the parish center gym at Holy Spirit Parish, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Professional gaming, “Rat Pack” entertainment, 50s music, dancing and more. $35 admission (advanced tickets), $45 (at the door.) Advanced ticket sales: (510) 797-1660.

Sept. 19, 20

St. John the Baptist School/Parish Annual Festival
. At 264 East Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. Sept. 19: Noon – 10 p.m.; Sept. 20: noon – 7 p.m. Games, food, raffle, and more. (510) 351-5050.

St. John the Baptist’s Annual Parish Festival (El Cerrito)
. Sept. 19: 6 p.m., Happy Hour followed by dinner. Dinner prices are reduced from last year — $40 for adults ($45 after Sept. 14), $30 for seniors, $20 for children 12 and under. Sept. 20: festival hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and includes ethnic foods, live entertainment. (510) 232-5659.

Sunday, Sept. 20

Benefit for St. Martin de Porres School Scholarship Fund
. At a private home on the Alameda Gold Coast. Afternoon of fine food, wine and music featuring Frederica Von Stade and the St. Martin de Porres Children Choir. Tickets: $75 each. Julie Merrill, (510) 652-2220, ext. 32 or julie08stmdp@comcast.net.

Saturday, Sept. 26

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County – Walk for the Poor
. Walk with friends and family around Moreau Catholic High School athletic field in Hayward. Funds raised can be directed at your local SVdP Parish Conference or the SVdP District Council. 9 a.m. registration. Information/registration: www.svdpfriendsofthepoorwalk.org or call Brian, (510) 636-4253.

Sunday, Sept. 27

Italian Dinner. 4 p.m. at St. Theresa Church Hall, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. Begins with no-host cocktails and followed by dinner prepared by Chefs Peter Nuti and Bill Curotto. $18 adults, $8 youth 7 - 17 years of age. Reservations (payable to I.C.F. Br. #223) and mailed to Holly Raineri, 1074 Annerley Road, Piedmont, CA 94610; (510) 451-0608. Deadline: Sept. 18. Sponsor: Italian Catholic Federation, Branch 223.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County – Guest Chef Event
2nd Anniversary Dinner Featuring Executive Chef Matt Colgan of A. Cote. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the St. Vincent de Paul Free Dining Room, 675-23rd St., Oakland. Chef Colgan will prepare this special dinner with the Kitchen of Champions Culinary program students. Dinner price includes wine: $71 per person, $125 for two people, $475 for eight people (one table). (510) 636-4261.

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Tuesday, Sept. 8
Oakland Bishop Cordileone to Speak at Catholics@Work Event
. 7 – 8:15 a.m. at Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville. Mass will be offered at 6:30 a.m. A full buffet breakfast will be served. $20/members; $25/non-members. (925) 683-5263 or www.catholicsatwork.org.

Mission Forum. 7:30 p.m. at Maryknoll Mission Center, 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo. A presentation will be made by Kris East and Herb and Peggy Casey who journeyed to El Salvador in June. (510) 276-5021; www.maryknoll.us.

Wednesdays, Sept. 9, 16, 23

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.

Saturday, Sept. 12

Annual Respect Life Conference
. 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, St. Francis Hall, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Cathy McConn, founder of the Gabriel Project in Houston, will teach practical techniques for a parish-wide assistance ministry for women with unplanned pregnancies. $20; scholarships available. (415) 614-5533 or evansv@sfarchdiocese.org.

Junior High Youth Rally
. Noon at parish hall at St. Michael Parish, 458 Maple St., Livermore. A fun day of talks, songs, and games followed by Mass and dinner. Contact your parish youth minister or Chris and Patty Conley. (925) 447-1585.

Communion to the Sick
. 1 – 3 p.m. at Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. This half-day workshop for laity and Catholic medical professionals will focus on principles for pastoral care of the sick in light of the updated “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services” of the USCCB. A lay panel will provide an overview of “Communion in a Hospital/Institution from Pastoral Care of the Sick,” from 3 – 3:30 p.m. Pyx available for an additional cost. $10 for non-SPM students; $5 for SPM/SCI students/alum. Sandra, smartinez@oakdiocese.org or (510) 267-8371.

Monday, Sept. 14

Bible Study. 7:30 p.m. in the Pope John XXIII room, St. Charles Parish. 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Beginning of –week study of 1 Corinthians. $10 cost includes materials. Julie at upcatholic@aol.com or (925) 444-4549, ext. 114.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

“Catholicism, Buddhism and Hinduism.”
10 a.m. at St. Monica Parish Center Peace Room, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. Presenter: Salesian Father George Alengaden, professor, Dominican School of Theology and Santa Maria Parish, Orinda. Sponsor: St. Monica, Moraga, Women’s Faithsharing. Tobrien001@earthlink.net.

Evolution. 7 – 8:45 p.m. at St. Augustine Parish, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. Holy Names Sister Nancy Teskey, associate academic dean at Oakland’s Holy Names University, will present “Evolution: Questions of Science, Questions of Faith.” $8 donation accepted at the door. Walt Sears, (925) 963-9341.

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Friday, Sept. 11
St. John Vianney Parish 2nd Annual Golf Tournament.
1 p.m. shot gun start, scramble format, at Boundary Oak Golf Club, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek. Banquet to follow at Mullin Commons at parish, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Golf and banquet: $125, $30 banquet only. David Mechler, (925) 997-2868, Dave@msfrank.com; Joanna Mechler, (925) 963-6170, jmechler@sbcglobal.net.

Monday, Sept. 14

St. Mary’s High School’s 25th Annual Golf Invitational
. At Richmond Country Club. 1 Markovich Lane, Berkeley. Proceeds benefit tuition assistance at St. Mary’s. Visit “Advancement/Alumni” link at www.saintmaryschs.org or contact Peter Boero, (510) 559-6220.

Monday, Sept. 21

Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
. At the Oakland Metropolitan Links. Registration is $150 per player. Substantial discounts for two or more foursomes. Sponsorship opportunities available. Visit www.dspt.edu or call (510) 883-2085.

Friday, Sept. 25

Tony Lema Golf Tournament
. Benefits St. Elizabeth High School Scholarship Fund. At Monarch Bay Golf Club, 13800 Monarch Bay Dr., San Leandro. Check-in at 11 a.m.; shotgun 1 p.m. $200 single ($30 is tax deductible), $770 foursomes. Sponsorship opportunities available. (510) 532-6473.

Saturday, Sept. 26

4th Annual St. Joan of Arc Knights of Columbus Charity Golf Tournament, Wine Tasting and Awards Banquet. At San Ramon Golf Course. Golf package: $140 per person. Wine tasting and dinner only: $40 per person. Proceeds benefit the Downs Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area. (925) 263-1776.

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Friday, Sept. 11
Jesse Manibusan in Concert
. 7:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Popular Catholic musician Jesse Manibusan, formerly of Alameda, will share his faith in song during this one-night only concert. Sylvia, (510) 683-3998 or Kerey, (510) 797-3409.

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Saturday, Sept. 12
Salesian High School Grand Reunion with Special Invites to Presentation High School Alumnae of the Same Years. Classes of 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004. 6 – 8 p.m. at Salesian High School, 2851 Salesian Ave., Richmond. Join your classmates for an elegant, catered evening. Henry Moe, (510) 234-4433, ext. 1104, or hmoe@salesian.com.

The Red and Black Ball
. 8 p.m. – midnight at Salesian High School, 2851 Salesian Ave., Richmond. An elegant evening featuring a variety of musical settings throughout the campus, dancing, culinary treats and specialty bars. Live entertainment in the jazz pavilion, R&B in Club Bosco and rock ‘n roll in the student union. Black tie optional, red and black attire requested. Ticket prices: $40 for adults 18 – 30 years of age; $60 for all other adults; $500 for parties of 10 or more. Henry Moe, (510) 234-4433, ext. 1104 or hmoe@salesian.com. Proceeds benefit the Salesian High School Tuition Assistance Fund.

Saturday, Sept. 26

St. Mary’s High School Alumni Homecoming Event
. At Brady Park at the high school, 1294 Albina Ave., Peralta Park, Berkeley. School alumni are invited to attend St. Mary’s 2009 Homecoming game against long-time rival Salesian High School. A $20 per person Homecoming package price includes entry to the junior varsity and varsity games, a noon barbeque, and a “fifth quarter” social on campus. $8 for children 12 and under. Reservations can be made online at www.saintmaryschs.org via the Advancement/Alumni link. Deadline: Sept. 24.

Saturday, Oct. 3

School of the Madeleine, Berkeley
. Class of 1967 Reunion. 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. Sheila Marie Larkin, oaklandshe@yahoo.com.



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