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 October 19, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 18   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Art at the cathedral

Barbara Mitchell, retired art historian, will discuss Latin American art in the Cathedral of Christ the Light, including this image of Christ teaching in the temple, Oct. 25, 4 – 6 p.m., at St. Michael Parish hall, Maple Street at Third Street, Livermore. Mitchell is a cathedral docent. Her presentation will put the cathedral art works from Mexico and Peru in an historical and cultural context. Free. Sponsored by the St. Michael Faith Enrichment group.


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.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Lectio Divina. Daughters of St. Paul invite you to this sacred reading and praying with Scripture. Will meet every other Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Pauline Books & Media Center, 2640 Broadway, Redwood City, (650) 369-4230.

Tuesday, Nov. 3

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. Every first Tuesday of the month. Sr. Frances Mary Pierson, (510) 933-6335, sfmpeace3@msjdominicans.org.

Monday, Nov. 9

Mass of Remembrance
. Remember, honor and give thanks for loved ones who have died. Feel free to bring a small picture or memento of your loved one. St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. 7:30 p.m., reception immediately following liturgy.

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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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Oct. 23 – 25
Silent Contemplative Retreat
. “Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Through the Hours,” presented by Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB. Registration: Friday, 4 – 6:30 p.m.; retreat ends Sunday with noon lunch. Cost: $195, shared room; $225, private room. San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Register: Kateri, (925) 837-9141 ext. 315 or www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, Oct. 24

Day Retreat of Teaching and Healing
. Sponsored by Catholic Charismatic Renewal of San Jose, Building Community with Unity and Love, and the San Jose Diocesan Service Committee. Br. Bob Canton speaker. St. Frances Cabrini Parish, Essig Hall, 15333 Woodard Rd., San Jose. Registration, 9 a.m.; retreat 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free-will donation. Information: Victor, (408) 978-9515 or

Sunday, Oct. 25

Day of Dialogue for Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgendered people
. Facilitated by Richard Purcell, OFM. Peaceful, safe place for sharing stories, support and prayer. Family, friends and supporters welcome. 1 – 5 p.m., no fee. San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Register: Kateri, (925) 837-9141 ext. 315 or www.sandamiano.org.

Friday, Oct. 30

Spiritual Spa Day for Women
. San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Chiara’s Lantern presents a day of presentations, prayer and reflection. Registration: 9 a.m.; activities and lunch, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost: $75. Register: Kateri, (925) 837-9141 ext. 315 or www.sandamiano.org.

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Oct. 24 – 25
Boutique and Bake Sale
. St. John’s Community Center, before and after the 4:30 vigil Mass, Sunday after all Masses until 1 p.m. Continental breakfast will be served. Benefits charities for the year. 264 E. Lewelling Blvd. San Lorenzo.

Saturday, Nov. 7

Holy Names High School Barnes and Noble Book Fair
. Plan to attend the school’s first-ever book fair at the Emeryville Barnes and Noble. Proceeds directly benefit HNHS. Information: Nancy Barrett, (510) 450-1110 ext. 117, or www.hnhsoakland.org.

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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. 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.

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. 20

“Yeshua, Understanding the Jesus We Never Knew.”
9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Peace Room, St. Monica Parish Center, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. Jeff Sloane of Santa Maria Parish will apply his background in psychology and religious studies to share new perspectives on Jesus. Transportation: tobrien001@earthlink.net; babysitting: (925) 283-3398.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

“Kierkegaard and Hegel on Faith and Knowledge.”
7:30 p.m. Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley. Professor Jon Stewart of Univ. of Copenhagen, Denmark, will address Kierkegaard’s ideas and his objections to Hegel’s philosophy on religion.

Thursday, Oct. 22

“The Wounded Body of Christ and the Modern Social Conscience.”
2009 Dillenberger Lecture presented by Terrence E. Dempsey, S.J., and professor May O’Rourke of Saint Louis University. 6 – 7 p.m., reception preceding at 5 p.m. Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley.

Women in God’s Spirit (WINGS) “Becoming a Counseling Mentor.”
WINGS of St. Charles and St. Michael parishes presents teacher and mentor Sheril Phillips. Pope Room, Keeley Center, St. Charles of Borromeo campus, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. (925) 447-4549. Childcare (nominal fee): Cheryl, (925) 292-0506.

“A Medieval Theology of the Body – Lay Franciscan Women and Somatic Theology.” Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, 5:10 – 6:10 p.m. Assoc. prof. Darleen Pryds will explore how lay Franciscan women embodied Franciscan theology. Soup supper following presentation. Reservations: (510) 848-5232 or cronzani@fst.edu. Information: www.fst.edu.

Oct. 24, Nov. 14, Dec. 5

School for Pastoral Ministry, Theology of Sacraments course
. A three-part course on the Seven Sacraments open to audit. Holy Names University campus in Oakland, each class meets 1 – 3:30 p.m. Cost: non-SPM students, $30 or $10 per session; SPM/SCI students/alumni, $15 or $5 per session. Register: Sandra at smartinez@oakdiocese.org or (510) 267-8371. Deadline: Oct. 21.

Saturday, Oct. 24

“Healing the Wounded Heart – An Exploration of Restorative Justice.”
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Cathedral of St. Mary, San Francisco. Training conference explores how restorative justice can bring healing to everyone who has been affected by crime and the justice system. Free. Register: (916) 313-4013, www.restorejustice.com.

“The Journey through Separation and Beyond.”
With Victoria MacDonald. 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost: $60, includes lunch. Presentation Center, 19480 Bear Creek Rd., Los Gatos. For those currently separated or divorced and family members. Information: (408)354-2346 or info@presentationcenter.org.

“Trafficking – Humans as Merchandise” Lecture
. St. Mary Magdalen Parish Hall, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $5 – $20. Presented by Western Dominican Justice Promoters. Features Melissa Farley and Sr. Jean Schafer. Information: Sr. Stella Goodpasture,
stellamsj@igc.org, (510) 261-2349.

Monday, Oct. 26

Christ Is Our Hope DVD Series
. 7:30 p.m., St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Rd., Concord. Steve Ray presents “Christ Their Hope: Sufferings & Martyrdom in the Early Church.” Information: Patti Collyer, (925) 672-3278.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

“Catholic Annulments.”
10 a.m. and 7 p.m., St. Joan of Arc Parish speaker series, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. Fr. Robert Herbst, O.F.M. Conv. JCD, serves on the Tribunal for Oakland Diocese. He will discuss annulments and the annulment process. Suggested donation: $5. Information: (925) 830-0600.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Creative Writing Reading Series
. Susan Steinberg, University of San Francisco teacher and author of “The End of Free Love and Hydroplane,” will present, 7:30 p.m., Soda Activity Center, Saint Mary’s College of California, 1928 St. Mary’s Rd., Moraga. Information: (925) 631-4457.

Thursday, Oct. 29

Women in God’s Spirit (WINGS) “Being a Leader Led by the Spirit.”
WINGS of St. Charles and St. Michael parishes presents leadership trainer and retreat director Carolyn Suty. Pope Room, Keeley Center, St. Charles of Borromeo campus, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. (925) 447-4549. Childcare (nominal fee): Cheryl, (925) 292-0506.

Oct. 30 – Nov. 2

Natural Family Planning Training Seminar
. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame. The Archdiocese of San Francisco is sponsoring a teacher training seminar for those who want to teach Natural Family Planning. NFP is approved by the Catholic Church to achieve or avoid pregnancies. Oct. 30: class in the evening; Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and 2: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $575 per person or $675 per couple, plus a small daily charge for breakfast and snacks. Sue, boma-usa@msn.com or Finola, (650) 868-3090.

Saturday, Oct. 31

Book review of Julia Childs’ “My Life in France.”
1 p.m., conference room, St. John the Baptist Church, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito (enter on Kearney St. in back of church). Donation: $14 to benefit the Cameron Early Intervention School. Reservations: By Oct. 26 to Theresa Parella, (510) 525-4534; Gloria Martinucci, (510) 526-8749.

Thursday, Nov. 5

Vincenza Scarpaci Book Reading
. Professor and author Scarpaci reads from her new book, “The Journey of the Italians in America.” 12 – 1 p.m. St. Mary’s College of California, Hagarty Lounge, 1928 Saint Mary’s Rd., Moraga. Information: Maria, (925) 631-4044 or mdeangel@stmarys-ca.edu.

Women in God’s Spirit (WINGS)
. Retreat leader Fr. Mark Wiesner presents, “You Expect Me to Follow THAT?” He has served as communications director and media spokesperson for the Diocese of Oakland. Pope Room, Keeley Center, St. Charles of Borromeo campus, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. 9:15 – 11:15 a.m., (925) 447-4549. Childcare (nominal fee): Cheryl, (925) 292-0506.

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Tuesday, Oct. 20
Brews & Views “Aquinas’ Eucharistic Theology.”
Join St. Leo’s Brews & Views, formerly Theology on Tap, for happy hour and discussion with Br. Matthew Augustine on the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. 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.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

Tea and Tour. Holy Names High School Theatre, 3:30 – 5 p.m., 4660 Harbord Dr., Oakland. www.hnhsoakland.org/HNHS/Directions/Directions.htm.

Sunday, Oct. 25

Pre-Halloween Cajun/Zydeco “LA-LA.”
Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary Court 230 presents Andre Thierry and the Zydeco Magic. 3 – 7 p.m., St. Mark’s Church gym, 159 Harbour Wy., Richmond. Enjoy red beans and rice, gumbo, hot dogs, sweets, beer, wine and more. Tickets: $15 adults, children under 12 are free. Rochelle, (510) 236-9632; Henrietta, (510) 235-3631; Vernetta, (510) 412-0376; Zenobia, (510) 215-6828.

Friday, Oct. 30

St. James the Apostle Church Black and White (formal) Dinner/Dance
. Newark/Fremont Hilton, 39900 Balentine Dr., Newark at 7 p.m. Tickets: $55/person, $500/table of 10. Proceeds to help build St. James the Apostle’s new facilities. Information: Yoly, (510) 378-1966; Marie, (510) 468-5595; Elmie, (209) 482-8161. You are welcome to sponsor a priest.

Saturday, Oct. 31

Oakland Council of Catholic Women’s Woman of the Year
. St. Jerome Church, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. Coffee and registration, 10 a.m.; Mass with Bishop Cordileone, 11 a.m.; lunch, 12 p.m.; Woman of the Year recognition, 1 p.m. Cost: $25/person, payable to ODCCW. Register: By Oct. 26, Kay Horsell, 7687 Tuscany Dr., Dublin, 94568; (925) 829-0949.

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Brews & Views “Jail Justice: Religion and Restorative Justice, Prisons and Public Policy.” St. Leo’s Brews & Views, formerly Theology on Tap, presents discussion with San Quentin prison chaplain Kurt Denk, S.J., on alternatives to the prison crisis. 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, Nov. 7

Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School Booster Club Spaghetti Dinner
. Social hour, basket raffle, silent auction at 6 p.m. Family style dinner at 7 p.m. SJND Kelly Gymnasium, 1011 Chestnut St., Alameda. Tickets: $25 adults; $20 booster club members; $15 new booster club members; $12 students. Benefits all SJND athletics. Reservations: by Oct. 26, jcosta@sjnd.org.

Sunday, Nov. 8

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
. 27th annual dinner honoring Robert Rubin of Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and professors Beatriz Manz and Harley Shaiken, St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Berkeley. 5:30 p.m. Donation: $25-200. RSVP by Oct. 26, (510) 540-5296; email: maureenduignan@yahoo.com or nadia_rojas@berkeley.edu.

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Friday, Oct. 30
2nd Annual Health Fair
. Includes flu shots. Catholic Charities of the East Bay, 433 Jefferson St., Oakland. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Open to all adults and seniors living in Alameda County. Free health screenings, flu shots, blood pressure checks and more. Presentations on the latest in Medi-Cal and Medi-Care. All services are free, including parking. Good prizes. Information: Bau D Ta, (510) 768-3159, (510) 867-0379, bta@cceb.org, or visit www.cceb.org.

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Thursday, Oct. 22
“Damien: A One-Man Play Celebrating Blessed Damien’s Canonization.”
7:30 p.m., Galleria at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley. Tickets: $10 at the door, $5 for students. Story of the Catholic priest who served those suffering from leprosy on the Hawaiian Island of Moloka’i. Light reception to follow. Information: 888-450-3778.

Oct. 22 – 24

Saint Mary’s High School “Alice in Wonderland.”
Auditorium, 1294 Albina Ave., Berkeley, 7:30 p.m. Admission: $8 adults; $6 students/children. It’s a modern twist on a classic tale. Details: www.saintmaryschs.org closer to the performance date.

Sunday, Oct. 25

Voices of Musica Sacra “Classic Hymns.”
Works by Bach, Duruflé, Vaughan Williams, Parry & Stanford. 3 p.m. at St. Anne Church, 1600 Rossmoor Pkwy., Walnut Creek. Suggested donation: $20 adults, $15 students/seniors, children 5-12 free. Tickets: at door or in advance, www.vmschorus.org, 1-800-838-3006.

Ecumenical Hymn Festival
. St. Ignatius Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. “Friends of Music” concert features Daniel Lockert, organist; Jenny Matteucci, soprano soloist; and the Broadway Chorus, 4 p.m., reception following. Free-will donation. Information: (925) 778-0768 or stignatiusofantioch@sbcglobal.net.

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