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 October 5, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Leper saint portrayed
Dan Cawthon portrays Father Damien de Veuster, the leper priest of Molokai, Friday, Oct. 16 at St. Theresa Church, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland, 7:30 p.m. Father Damien will be canonized on Oct. 11.

Sports Faith speaker
Pat McCaskey, grandson of George Halas, owner of the Chicago Bears and founder/chairman of Sports Faith International, will speak, Oct. 13, at Catholics@Work breakfast. Mass at 6:30 a.m. followed by breakfast and program, 7 – 8:15 a.m. Crow Canyon Country Club, Danville. Members $20; non-members $25. www.catholicsatwork.org/EventDesc.aspx.


Saturday, Oct. 10
Artists Vocal Ensemble: Kirchenabendmusik
. Music of Mendelssohn, Mozart, Haydn and Schubert, directed by Jonathan Dimmock. Proceeds will go to the Legal Justice Center and Order of Malta Medical Clinic at the Cathedral. Tickets available at the door, $20 general admission and $10 for students and seniors. 8 p.m. at the Cathedral. (510) 496-7227, rdevos@oakdiocese.org.

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First Tuesday of the month
Lectio Divina – Faith Sharing with Scripture
. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd. (off Mission Tierra), Fremont.

Friday, Oct. 9

Human Rosary in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary
. Sixty people representing each bead will light a candle as we recite the prayers of the Rosary. 7 p.m. Multilingual and multicultural. All Saints Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward.

Tuesday, Oct. 13

Contemplative Prayer. Discover a deeper encounter with God through contemplative sitting and walking. 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd. (off Mission Tierra), Fremont. Every second Tuesday of the month. Sr. Frances Mary Pierson, (510) 933-6335, sfmpeace3@msjdominicans.org.

Saturday, Oct. 17
International Rosary and reception
. The Rosary will be recited by 50 parishioners in different languages and dialects, followed by candlelight procession to newly completed DeSousa House for International Food Tasting Reception. 6:30 p.m., Holy Spirit Parish, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. All are welcome.

Tuesday, Oct. 20

Rosary Prayer. Examine how the mysteries of the Rosary are manifested in daily life and pray for an increase of faith, hope and love. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd. (off Mission Tierra), Fremont. Sr. Frances Mary Pierson, (510) 933-6335, sfmpeace3@msjdominicans.org.

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


St. Jarlath Church, Mary’s Chapel, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. Rosary and Adoration, 6 p.m.; Benediction, 6:45 p.m. English and Spanish.

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.


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.

Fourth Tuesdays

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament
. Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd. (off Mission Tierra), Fremont.

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Saturday, Oct. 10
World Marriage Encounter
. Enrichment for all married couples based on Gary Chapman’s “The Five Love Languages.” Free events for children. $35 per couple or family gets breakfast, lunch, activities, materials and a copy of the book. Church of the Assumption, 1100 Fulton Ave., San Leandro. Optional breakfast and greeting at 9:30 a.m., program 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Open to all married couples, prior Marriage Encounter attendance not required. Register: www.lovemoredeeply.org or mail to Richard and Theresa Rieve, 5321 Dent Ave., San Jose, 95118, (408) 266-1561.

Young Adult Day at San Damiano Retreat Center
. Join young adults (age 22 - 40) for a day of interaction, reflection, fellowship and activities. 710 Highland Drive, Danville. 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., registration begins at 9. $45, lunch included. Kateri, (925) 837-9141 ext. 315 or www.sandamiano.org to register.

Oct. 15 – 18

Women’s Cursillo Weekend
. A three-day learning and sharing experience of living in a Christian Community. Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Rd., Oakland. www.oakdiocesecursillo.org; Dave Grubbs, (925) 484-0862; or Carolyn Steele, (925) 648-4890.

Saturday, Oct. 17

Workshop: Transforming Addictions, “The Journey Through Hunger.”
San Damiano Retreat Center, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Presented by Shoshana Kobrin. Registration at 8:30 a.m.; program 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Lunch included. Cost: $75 or $95 if receiving continuing education units (six units available). Kateri, (925) 837-9141 ext. 315 or www.sandamiano.org to register.

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Friday, Oct. 16
Holy Names High School Fund Her Future Dinner
. Scott’s Seafood, Jack London Square, Oakland. Cocktails, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. Music by Holy Names’ orchestra and vocal ensemble. Tickets: $75 each; tables seat 10. Funds go to Holy Names’ student financial aid program. Contact school for reservations. www.hnhsoakland.org/HNHS/SupportingHNHS/FundHerFutureSponsor.htm

Saturday, Oct. 17

American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk
. Join St. Columba Striders team for the walk at Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Meet at St. Columba parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Registration, 7 – 8 a.m.; race begins at 8 a.m. Information, Marianela, cartmari@sbcglobal.net; Meg, imjtbow@pacbell.net. Donate at http://makingstrides.acsevents.org or at the Oct. 11 St. Columba Masses. No donation is too small!

Youth Challenge Hike-a-thon at Mount Diablo
. Help support Catholic Charities of the East Bay and raise awareness of its programs. 9 a.m. at Mt. Diablo State Park, Clayton. Trish Williams, (925) 689-0838 ext. 209, pax_trish@hotmail.com.

Sunday, Oct. 18
Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology Sunday in Spain Dinner and Auction
. Appetizers and cocktails, 2 p.m.; cooking demonstration and dinner, 3 p.m. Live auction and address by president Dominican Fr. Michael Sweeney to follow. DSPT courtyard, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. Free parking. Tickets: $75 per person, $575 for table of 8 in advance or at the door. www.dspt.edu, (510) 883-2085, advancement@dspt.edu.

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“Letter and Spirit” video series
. 7 p.m., The Gathering Place (Ministry Center), St. Agnes Parish, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Dr. Scott Hahn opens up Scripture and helps us know the church. David Zarri, (925) 686-9277, davidlzarri@earthlink.net.

Thursdays through May 2010

Scripture Study – Acts of the Apostles at St. Bonaventure Church, Concord
. Thursdays through May 2010, 9:45 a.m. in Large Hall or 7:30 p.m. in Music Room. Patti Collyer, (925) 672-3278.

Mondays through Dec. 7

Moms’ Group – Biblical and Practical Wisdom for Mothers and Wives
. St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Rd., Concord. Mondays through Dec. 7, 9:45 – 11:30 a.m., hospitality room. Childcare available. Patti Collyer, (925) 672-3278.

Oct. 5, 6, 7

Parish Mission. At St. Theresa Parish, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. Jesuit Fr. Tom Allender presents “Life’s Journey” Week 2 parish mission talks, “From Anger to Forgiveness.” 9:30 a.m., following the 8:30 a.m. Mass and hospitality. Daily talks repeated at 7 p.m. All are welcome. No pre-registration required. Father Allender will be available after each session for book signing of “God Loves an Unmade Bed.” (510) 547-2777, ext. 20, www.sttheresaoakland.org.

Oct. 7 – Dec. 16

Divorced and separated workshop
. Wednesday evenings, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Chapel at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Come and join others who have lost a marriage and begin to build your new life again. Pre-registration is required. Lisa at (925) 600-1765. No fee.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

St. Patrick’s Seminary & University Speaker Series
. Dr. Ruth Ohm presents “Priest in the New Testament,” one of four lectures in the Year for Priests series. Olier Hall, 320 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park. 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 per lecture or $35 for all four. www.stpatricksseminary.org, (650) 289-3321.

Thursday, Oct. 8

Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS) fall workshop
. Moms of all ages and denominations are invited to a six-week workshop, Thursdays at 7 p.m. Connect with other Christian moms and take some time for yourself. St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Pleasanton. Kim Rice-Masek, (925) 462-2088.

“Our Life is Christ, Our Message is Christ, the Way is Christ.”
Presentation by Father Gus Acob, parochial administrator of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, at parish’s Keeley Center, 9:15 – 11:15 a.m., 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. (925) 447-4549. For childcare (nominal fee), call Cheryl, (925) 292-0506.

Oct. 8, 15, 22

Journey into God, 7:30 p.m. at the counseling office in the rectory of St. Bonaventure’s Church, 5562 Clayton Rd., Concord. Subject is “The Soul’s Journey into God,” with study and contemplative practice. Seating is limited. Phil Rohrer, MFT, philiprohrer@gmail.com. (925) 686-2328, ext. 3.

Tuesday, Oct. 13

L.I.F.E. (Lessons in Faith Experience) Season kick-off
. St. Charles Borromeo, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. 7:30 p.m. in Borromeo Hall. Topic: “The Missing Books of the Bible,” presented by associate professor Catherine Murphy of Santa Clara University. Suggested donation $5. Julie, upcatholic@aol.com, (925) 447-4549 ext. 114.

Thursday, Oct. 15

“Gandhi and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters.”
Peace activist and writer James Douglass will discuss the history behind Gandhi’s assassination and its effects. He will receive a Pace e Bene Nonviolence Award. 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Ave., Oakland. Suggested donation $10 - $20. Co-sponsored by JustFaith Oakland Diocese. (510) 268-8765, kenpreston@paceebene.org, www.paceebene.org.

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Tuesday, Oct. 6
Brews & Views “St. Joseph and Women.”
 Join St. Leo’s Brews & Views, formerly Theology on Tap, for happy hour and discussion with Dolores Meehan, “Finding St. Joseph in a contraceptive age – how to change the course of our hook-up society.” Everyone is invited. Park Avenue Bar & Grill, 4184 Piedmont Ave., Oakland (between 41st and Linda Ave.). Happy hour at 7 p.m., speaker at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 10

Old School Dance. Sponsored by the African American committee of St. Columba Parish, Oakland. Music by Hillside Productions. Food, fun, door prizes. St. Columba Church hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave. at Alcatraz, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Tickets in advance: $15. At door, $20. Call (510) 654-7600.

Saturday, Oct. 17

St. Philip Neri Ravioli Dinner
. Parish Hall, 3108 Van Buren, Alameda. Social hour at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 adults; $8 children 12 and under. Respond by Oct. 12 to Pat Pasquinelli, (510) 522-6215.

Family Night Out Polenta Dinner
. St. Catherine of Siena Parish Hall, 604 Mellus St., Martinez (enter on Henrietta St.). No-host cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner of chicken, sausage and polenta at 7 p.m. Tickets: adults $16, 12 years and under $6; 5 years and under are free. Sponsored by Italian Catholic Federation Branch #13. Tickets: After Masses or Mary Cook, (925) 229-2665.

Sunday, Oct. 18

St. Callistus Autumn Breakfast
. Church hall, 3580 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante. All are invited. 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. Tickets: adults $7; $5 children 5 – 12, no charge under 5. Scrambled eggs, homemade sausage, homemade biscuits and cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, coffee and juice. Josie Rocco, Guild president, (510) 222-9411.

27th Day of Autumn Sunday Abalone Dinner
. Happy hour, 5:30 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. St. Mary’s Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. R.S.V.P. by Oct. 16: Fr. Paulson’s office, (925) 891-8900, rectory@stmary-wc.org.

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Saturday, Oct. 10
School of the Madeleine Annual Fall Festival
. Bring the whole family for food, games, crafts, live music, a haunted house, white elephant sale and used books. Events free to the public; tickets for games and activities available at festival. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 1225 Milvia St., Berkeley. (510) 528-5467.

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Oct. 8-11
“Company,” a musical presented by Notre Dame de Namur University
. The Tony-winning musical examines the aspects of long-term relationships and married life. Oct. 8, 9 & 10: 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 11: 2 p.m. General admission $20, students and seniors $10. Taube Conference Center, NDNU campus, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont. Box office, (650) 508-3729, or email concerts@ndnu.edu.

Tuesday, Oct. 13

Screening of “The 13th Day.”
Come watch a new movie dramatizing the true story of the Blessed Virgin’s appearances to three shepherd children from Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Screenings at 12:30 p.m. (Spanish subtitles) and 7 p.m., Holy Spirit Catholic Church, De Sousa House, Valley Theater, 37648 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. R.S.V.P. www.CatholicScreenings.com.

Thursday, Oct. 15

“Forgiveness: Steps to Victory.”
Women in God’s Spirit (WINGS) at St. Charles and St. Michael parishes present author Linda Schubert with music by Theresa Huether. Pope Room, Keeley Center, St. Charles of Borromeo campus, 9:15 – 11:15 a.m., 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. (925) 447-4549. For childcare (nominal fee), call Cheryl, (925) 292-0506.

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Saturday, Oct. 17
St. Joseph’s Presentation Academy (Berkeley) Class of 1950
. 11:30 a.m. at the home of Marie Belice Carayanis, 4460 Fieldcrest Dr., El Sobrante. Lunch, $20. Reservations: (510) 387-0581, (510) 223-8972 or marieandnick@sbcglobal.net. Please tell your fellow classmates.

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Friday, Oct. 9
14th Annual Golf Tournament for St. Joseph School in Fremont
. Summitpointe Golf Course, Milpitas. Registration, 12 p.m.; shotgun tee-off, 1 p.m.; dinner at Summitpointe, 6:30 p.m. Cost: $125 per player. (510) 656-6525.

Monday, Oct. 12

Bishop O’Dowd High School 19th Annual Dragon Classic
. Sequoyah Country Club, 4550 Heafey Rd., Oakland. Shotgun start, 11 a.m.; $295 per person for 18 holes, prizes, dinner and refreshments. Dinner only, $55. Sponsorship available. Grand prize: 52-Card Scottsdale golf weekend, $100 to enter. No-host bar and silent auction, 4:30 p.m.; dinner and live auction, 5:30 p.m. Click here for registration and drawing.



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