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 November 9, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

East Bay debut
Rudy de Vos, the newly named director of music at Oakland’s Cathedral of Christ the Light, will perform an organ recital at 8 p.m. on Nov. 21 in the chapel at St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road in Moraga. This will be de Vos’ first opportunity to perform a full-length program in the East Bay.


Thursday, Nov. 12
Thanksgiving Program – Plight of the World’s Children
. 6 – 8 p.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Program and dinner on “State of the World’s Children: Creating Hope in the Face of Hardship.” No charge. The focus will be on the children of Guatemala City and the film, “Manos de Madres” will be shown. Sponsors: the Cathedral’s Legal Justice Center, Catholic Charities of the East Bay and the diocesan Social Justice ministry. RSVP: Jayne Fleming, (510) 466-6847 or jfleming@reedsmith.com.

Annual All Clergy and Deacon Wives Memorial Mass
. 7:30 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. A celebration of the lives of deceased deacons and the wives of deacons in the Oakland Diocese, especially those who have died within the past year. Sponsored by the diocesan deacon community. Open to all.

Dec. 3, 12

Cathedral Concerts
. At the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Dec. 3: Piedmont High Choir, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 12: Chanticleer Concert, 8 p.m.

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Monday, Nov. 9
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.

Mondays, Nov. 9, 16, 23

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.

Tuesday, Nov. 10

Contemplative Prayer
. 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd. (off Mission Tierra), Fremont. Discover a deeper encounter with God through contemplative sitting and walking. Every second Tuesday of the month. Contact blessings@msjdominicans.org or call (510) 449-7554.

Tuesdays, Nov. 10, 17, 24

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.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Rosary Prayer. 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd. (off Mission Tierra), Fremont. Examine how the mysteries of the Rosary are manifested in daily life and pray for an increase of faith, hope and love. Every third Tuesday of the month. Contact blessings@msjdominicans.org or call (510) 449-7554.

Friday, Nov. 20

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.

Taize. Join others in prayer and song around the cross
. 8:00 - 9:15 p.m. at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd. (off Mission Tierra), Fremont. Every third Friday of the month. Contact blessings@msjdominicans.org or call (510) 449-7554.

Sunday, Nov. 22

Vigil for Jesuit Martyrs
. 5 p.m. on the front steps of St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. In solidarity with the annual Mass protest at the School of the Americas (SOA), Ft. Benning, Georgia, the Father Bill O’Donnell Social Justice Committee will hold a candlelight vigil to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Jesuit massacre in El Salvador. (510) 499-0537.

Nov. 29 – Dec. 7

Immaculate Conception Novena
. At St. Philip Neri Church, 3100 Van Buren St., Alameda. All are invited to this novena which will include singing, recitation of the Rosary and group reading of the novena prayers, followed by the Liturgy of the Blessed Virgin.

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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.

Every fourth Tuesday

Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament
. 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd. (off Mission Tierra), Fremont. Every fourth Tuesday of the Month. Contact blessings@msjdominicans.org or call (510) 449-7554.

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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Nov. 13 – 15
An Experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
. At. St. Joseph Basilica Parish, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. “A Call to Deeper Conversion: Experiencing the Merciful Love of God.” Participate in a retreat experiencing without the need to pack a suitcase. Nov. 13:7:30 – 9:30 p.m.; Nov. 14: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (followed by optional Mass and dinner); and Nov. 15: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $75. Register: www.st-joseph-community.org or contact Anne Marie at (510) 995-9409 or afourre@st-joseph-community.org.

Nov. 20 – 22

Men’s Retreat: Wisdom for the Journey
. At San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. Franciscan Father Rusty Shaughnessy will facilitate this gathering. $205 private/$175 double. (925) 837-9141 or www.sandamiano.org.

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Nov. 11, 12
St. Mary’s College Women’s Guild Presents: A Whale of a Sale
.” At Soda Center, St. Mary’s College (SMC), 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Nov. 11: 4 – 7 p.m., preview sale; Nov. 12: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: sale day. All proceeds to SMC Scholarship Fund. (925) 376-4339.

Saturday, Nov. 14

Zydeco Dance. 7 – 11 p.m. at St. Columba Church Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Featuring Mark St. Mary. $15 pre-sale, $20 at the door. Food (such as gumbo, red beans and rice) will be sold at seasonable prices. Children under 13 years of age are not admitted. Sponsor: St. Columba KPC Ladies Auxiliary Court 127. (510) 654-7600 or (510) 774-2445.

Harvest Dessert Social and Dance
. 7 – 10 p.m. in Ryan O’Connell Hall, St. Leander Parish, 575 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Tickets: $10 adults, free children 12 years and under. (510) 895-5631.

Saturday, Nov. 21

A Taste of Napoli. 6 – 9 p.m. at 6520 Van Maren Lane, Citrus Heights. Bishop Francis A. Quinn will serve as the honorary chair for a food and wine tasting event on the weekend marking the arrival of the first Passionists to Citrus Heights, where the retreat center now serves all of Northern California and the Reno Diocese. $50 each; reserve accommodations for $125 double occupancy. Space is limited. (916) 725-4720, ext. 323 or www.Passionist.org/ChristTheKing/overview.

Nov. 21, 22

Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Annual Holiday Boutique and Drawing
. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Opportunity for Christmas shoppers to chose from homemade and hand crafted items ranging from fruitcakes and extra virgin olive oil to knitted Afghans and cookies. Proceeds help the Sisters with their operating expenses and the care of their elderly and retired members. (510) 657-2468; www.msjdominicans.org.

Saturday, Dec. 5

Bingo! At St. Joseph School, 1961 Plum St., Pinole. Doors open at 4 p.m. Games begin at 5 p.m. Hosted by the 5th and 6th grades.

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Tuesday, Nov. 10
Catholics@Work. 7 – 8:15 a.m. breakfast followed by speaker and/or panel discussion. Crow Canyon Country Club, Danville. Patricia Lebreton, radio host (Immaculate Heart Radio) and public speaker, will speak about her faith journey which took her away from the Catholic Church and back again. Cost: $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Mass at 6:30 a.m. Information: www.catholicsatwork.org, info@catholicsatwork.org or (925) 683-5263.

November Mission Forum
. 7:30 p.m. at Maryknoll Mission Center, 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo. Maryknoll Affiliate Lisa Kosiewicz will share stories and photos from her recent short-term mission trip to Piura, Peru where she served as a volunteer in Santisimo Sacramento Parish. (510) 276-5021; www.maryknoll.us.

Wednesdays, Nov. 11, 18, 25

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.

Thursday, Nov. 12

Business Faces the Healthcare Challenge
. 6 – 8:45 p.m. in Soda Center, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Can market-based solutions solve the health care crisis? Representatives from Safeway and Oracle will present ideas on how business, rather than government policies, can provide answers. $25 ($20 for SMC alumni, free for current students). Jacqueline Williams, jyw1@stmarys-ca.edu.edu, (925) 631-4653.

Transforming Violence Into Hope
. 7 p.m. at Valley Center for the Performing Arts, Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Presentation by Raquel Jimenez, founder of Libre, a youth engagement project on addressing youth violence in the City of Oakland. Other participants include Msgr. Tony Valdivia, Superintendent Sheila Jordan (Alameda County Office of Education), and Shaheen Mohammed. Free program. (510) 436-1265.

Facing the Holidays With a Broken Heart
. 7:30 p.m. in St. Elizabeth Seton, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Facilitator: Father Padraig Greene, parochial administrator, Catholic Community of Pleasanton, will lead a discussion for those who are facing the holidays with the absence of a loved one through death, divorce, military service, etc. No preregistration required. All are welcome regardless of religious affiliation.

Thursdays, Nov. 12, 19, Dec. 3

WINGS (Wings in God’s Spirit). 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. in the Pope Room in the Keeley Center at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave. Livermore. Program of spiritual growth organized by members from both Livermore parishes. Nov. 12: Mary Fair, “Identify and Affirm Your Talents to Live Your Strengths”; Nov. 19: Kathy Allen, “Don’t Ask Me Those Deep Theological Questions!”; Dec. 3: Father Bob Mendonca, “Shepherd and Sheep.” (925) 447-4559.

Friday, Nov. 13

Is There a “God Gene”?
12 – 2 p.m. Easton Hall, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley. Barbara Bradley Hagerty, religion correspondent for National Public Radio, will discuss her new book, “Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality.” Bring your lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Saturday, Nov. 14

St. Elizabeth High School Open House
. 1 – 3 p.m. at 1530 – 34th Ave., Oakland. Prospective students and their families are invited to meet the “family” of St. Elizabeth High and visit with teacher, administrators and current students. Reservations are encouraged but not required. (510) 532-8947.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Reconciliation: What Does It Mean For Us Today?
7:30 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Presenter: Franciscan Father Kenan Osborne, an animated and spirited Franciscan priest who will share an updated way to look into what reconciliation is all about and how to apply it in our lives. The presentation is part of the L.I.F.E. (Lessons in Faith Experience) series. A $5 free will offering is appreciated. Julie, upcatholic@aol.com or (925) 447-4549, ext. 114.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Holy Names High School Information Meeting
. 7 p.m. at 4660 Harbord Dr., Oakland. Visit the all-girls school, meet the faculty and staff and explore the benefits of a Holy Names High School education. (510) 450-1110, ext. 135.

Islamic Renaissance and the Christian Church in Indonesia
. 7 p.m. at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT), 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. Holy Cross Sister Marianne Farina, assistant professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) in Berkeley, moderate this presentation featuring Dr. Bernie Adeney-Risakotta of Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and Dr. Farsijana Adeney-Risakotta, senior researcher for Juta Women’s Christian University, also in Yogyakarta, concerning religion and democracy in the Muslim world. Information: mfarina@dspt.edu.

Nov. 20 – 21

Faith Formation Conference
. At Santa Clara Conference Center. Sponsors: Archdiocese of San Francisco, Dioceses of Oakland, Monterey, San Jose, and Stockton. Local presenters include Deacon Matt Dulka of the Oakland Diocese will lead a session on “Building Global Solidarity: From the Silicon Valley to Jamaica.” Information/registration: www.sitekreator.com/faithformationor (510) 893-4711.

Saturday, Nov. 21

Walk Thru the Bible
. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Learn about the major places and events of the New Testament. $20 early registration; $25 at the door. Check-in and continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m. Registration includes materials and meals. All are welcome. Sponsor: St. Columba Women’s Group. (510) 654-7600.

Nov. 21, 22

East Bay Natural Family Planning Classes
. 9 a.m. – noon (Part 1), 1 – 4 p.m. (Parts 2 and 3) on Nov. 21: at Our Lady of Peace Church and Shrine in Santa Clara; Nov. 22: at Lasallian Educational Opportunities (LEO) Center in Oakland. Instructors at both sites: Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Lenz. Cost: $135. www.eastbaynfp.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 24

The Missionary Connection
. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Peace Room at St. Monica Parish Center, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. Deacon Clement (Santa Maria Parish in Orinda) and Gladys Chen will share their missionary experiences in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. Learn about the many faces of God in worlds far away. Need transportation? Contact tobrien001@earthlink.net; babysitting information: (925) 283-3398.

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Thursday, Nov. 19
Catholics Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa
. 7 – 9 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. All who are struggling from a loss due to separation, divorce, death of a loved one or loneliness and depression are encouraged to participate. Joan S., (925) 939-1007.

Saturday, Dec. 5

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. 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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Nov. 14, 15
Contra Costa Chorale Sings!
7:30 p.m. in St. Jerome Church, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito on Nov. 14; 3 p.m. in Santa Maria Church, 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda, on Nov. 15. The program includes Vivaldi’s Gloria, Beethoven’s Hallelujah, Mozart’s Misericordias Domini. The Chorale consists of a 50-voice choir, soloists and instruments, including piano, organ and harpsichord.

Nov. 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6

Sunday Afternoon Recitals
. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Nov. 15: Britt LaGatta, soprano, with Stephen Repasky, organ. Langlais “Missa in simplicitate”; Nov. 22: Christophe Tietze, organist; Nov. 29: Yeonkyeong Go, violin; Dec. 6: Christophe Tietze. All recitals open to public. A free will offering will be requested at the door. Ample free parking. (510) 567-2020, ext. 213.

Friday, Nov. 20

G.K. Chesterton – A Prophet for the 21st Century
. 7:30 p.m. at St. Agnes Church, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. A Dale Ahlquist Presentation. No charge, donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments served. (925) 827-1185.

Nov. 20, 21

Holy Names High School Fall Play: “Steel Magnolias.”
7:30 p.m. in Holy Names High School Theatre, 4660 Harbord Dr., Oakland. Open to the public. Tickets: $5 (advance), $7 (at the door) for students; $10 (advance), $12 (at the door) for adults. Directions: www.hnhsoakland.org/HNHS/Directions/Directions.htm.

Sunday, Nov. 22

Holy Names University Orchestra Concert.
7:30 p.m. in the Valley Center for Performing Arts, Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. $10 (general). $5 (students/seniors). (510) 436-1330; valerio@hnu.edu; or www.hnu.edu.

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