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 December 14, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 21   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Epiphany Sunday
The Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers, an independent organization which includes a number of Catholic members, will take part in the Epiphany Sunday Lessons and Carols beginning at 3 p.m. on Jan. 3 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St. in San Francisco. Admission by free will offering. Suggested offering is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and children. Potluck reception follows. http://ggbc.org or (510) 887-4311.


Saturday, Jan. 9
Charismatic Mass Celebration with Bishop Salvatore Cordileone
. 2 – 4 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. After the Mass there will be a potluck in the parish hall. (No desserts please.) Sponsor: Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office, Diocese of Oakland.

Sunday, Jan. 10

75th Anniversary Celebration of Service by Catholic Charities of the East Bay
. 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the Light. Bishop Salvatore Cordileone will preside. Reception to follow. Information: Colleen Miller, (510) 768-3115 or cmiller@cceb.org.

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Tuesday, Dec. 15
St. Mary’s High School, Berkeley
. Class of 1952 Annual Christmas Reunion. 11 a.m. Mass and luncheon, on the school campus, 1294 Albina Ave. Information/reservations: Joanne Howe, (510) 559-6227.

Dec. 15 – 23

Posadas at Corpus Christi Parish in Fremont
. 7 p.m. at 37891 Second St., piñatas follows in hall. There will be a presentation of the Pastorela on Dec. 15, 19 and 20; the Posadas and Pastorela will follow the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Dec. 20. www.corpuschristifremont.org or (510) 790-3207.

Wednesday, Dec. 16

Advent Evening Prayer. 6:45 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. 30 minutes of prayer; potluck dinner follows in cafeteria at 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 16 – 24

Simbang Gabi at St. Joseph Church in Pinole
. 5 a.m. at 837 Tennent Ave. Breakfast fellowship follows Mass. www.sjcpinole.org or (510) 724-0242.

Simbang Gabi at St. Ignatius Church in Antioch
. 5 a.m. at 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. Lilia Suarez, (925) 813-0848 or Vicky Ramin, (925) 360-1848.

Simbang Gabi at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Livermore. 5:30 a.m. at 1315 Lomitas Ave. Advent novena of Masses. Refreshments will follow each Mass. The St. Charles celebration is sponsored by the local Filipino-American community but is not exclusive, and all are welcome. www.stcharlesborromeo.org or (925) 447-4549.

Simbang Gabi at Holy Spirit Church in Fremont
. 5:30 a.m. at 37588 Fremont Blvd. Light breakfast follows Mass in parish center.

Simbang Gabi at St. Joan of Arc Church in San Ramon
. Dec. 16 – 23: 7 p.m., Dec. 24: 5 a.m. at 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd. All are invited to attend this nine-day novena of Masses to symbolically usher in the birth of Christ. Organized by the Filipino community in San Ramon. All Masses in English. Fellowship and refreshments follow after Mass in the Multipurpose room. Information: www.sjasr.org or Marietta Ocampo, (925) 525-6821 or mocampo@kw.com.

Friday, Dec. 18

Concert of Advent and Christmas Music
. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. The Catholic Community of Pleasanton Music Ministry of over 150 adults, teens, children and instrumentalists (including piano, cello and harp), invites you to experience in song the beauty and joy of the Advent and Christmas seasons. All are welcome. Free admission; a free-will offering gratefully accepted and will benefit the CCOP Rome Pilgrimage Scholarship Fund. www.ccopmusic.org or www.catholicsofpleasanton.org. (925) 484-5020.

Dec. 18 – 19

Advent Weekend Retreat
. At Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. For young men and women discerning life choice at a significant junction in their lives. (510) 789-7079, blessings@msjdominicans.org or www.msjdominicans.org.

Saturday, Dec. 19

Simbang Gabi. 5 a.m. Mass at St. Anthony Church, 971 O’Hara Ave., Oakley. Father Giopre Prado, presider; Father Rolando Bartolay, con-celebrant; Deacon Ian Mendoza. Followed by Filipino breakfast, Filipino Christmas Lantern Parade and Contest. Free raffle prizes. Florrie Brice, (925) 625-4310 or Lita Perez, (925) 625-2031.

Christmas Concert for Organ and Brass
. 7 p.m. at St. Ignatius Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. Don Pearson, the parish’s director of music, teams up with the St. Ignatius Brass Ensemble for this concert. No charge, but a free will donation will be collected . (925) 778-0768.

Annual Omnes Gentes Christmas Convert
. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish/Old Mission San Jose, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. The parish’s choirs will share their own unique sound. In addition to individual selections, the choirs join together to form one great choir. Free will offering. Free parking. Program director: Mark J. Sullivan, director of music ministries, St. Joseph Parish/Old Mission San Jose.

Christmas Music Concert
. 7:30 p.m. at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Featuring the Transfiguration Choir. Free will offerings appreciated.

O, Holy Night
. 8 p.m. at St. Albert Priory Chapel, 6172 Chabot Road, Oakland. A concert of music for the Christmas season by The Schola Cantorum of St. Albert Priory which will be joined by the Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble. $20 general; $10 students and seniors. Father Chris Renz, (510) 596-1800.

Sunday, Dec. 20

Christmas Concert. 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. St. Joseph Basilica Choir and The St. Joseph Children’s Choir present Yuletide at The Basilica featuring The Christmas Cantata by Daniel Pinkham as well as other classical and contemporary selections. This is a free concert however there will be a free will offering taken to benefit the music ministry at St. Joseph. Sue Spiersch, (510) 522-8431.

Lessons and Carols: Service of Scripture and Song to Celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary. 4 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland.

The Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra Presents Franz Schubert’s Mass No. 6 in E-flat Major. 4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. Schubert’s finest church composition with orchestra chorus and soloists: Tiffany Cromartie, soprano; Lauren Carley, mezzo-soprano; J. Raymond Meyers, tenor; Jim Molmen, tenor; and Paul Thompson, baritone. Free admission, donations appreciated. www.bcco.org, (510) 433-9599.

Christmas Mass Choir Concert with the Choir of First Presbyterian Church, Hayward. 6 p.m. at Church of the Assumption, 1100 Fulton Ave., San Leandro. 6 p.m. Free admission. (510) 352-1537; www.churchoftheassumption.net.

“Everlasting Light: The Journey,” a Christmas Musical Play
. 7 p.m. at The Chabot College Performing Arts Center, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. A joyous prelude to the Christmas season. Presented by St. Clement Parish of Hayward and Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church. Tickets: $15. Nel Penaflor, (510) 331-1996 or Penaflor4@aol.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 22

Advent and Christmas Concert and Singalong
. 7 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. This concert features the TORCH Children’s Choir, directed by Dominican Brother Corwin Low, and composed of homeschooling students from all over the diocese. Free but donations gratefully accepted. (925) 634-4154.

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Monday, Dec. 14
Prayer with a focus on Social Justice
. 7:30 – 8:15 p.m. in the Chapel, Holy Spirit/Newman Hall Parish, 2700 Dwight Way (at College), Berkeley. (510) 848-7812

Friday, Dec. 18

Taize. 8 – 9:15 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. Contact: blessings@msjdominicans.org or Sister Beth Quire, (510) 449-7554; www.msjdominicans.org.

Taize: An Evening of Prayer Around the Cross
. 8 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. All are welcome to this ecumenical, candlelit service of prayer offered in simple chant, Scripture readings, silent worship and veneration of the Cross. Information: http://taizeontheisland.co.cc or taizeonetheisland@yahoo.com.

Saturday, Dec. 19

Charismatic Healing Mass
. 7:30 – 10 P.M. at Holy Spirit Church, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Sponsor: Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office, Diocese of Oakland and the Prayer Group at Holy Spirit Parish. (925) 828-6644.

Saturday, Jan. 2

Healing Mass. 7 p.m. (prayer and worship), 7:30 p.m. (healing Mass) at Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St., Antioch. Jesuit Father Robert Faricy, theologian and emeritus professor of spirituality of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome will preside at this bilingual healing Mass (English/Spanish.) awedt@yahoo.com or (925) 757-4397.

Monday, Jan. 11

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, Jan. 11, 18, 25

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, Jan. 12, 19, 26

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.

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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

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.

9 a.m. – 6 p.m
. (Thursdays), 9 a.m. – midnight (Fridays), midnight (Fridays) to 8 a.m. (Saturdays) at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. (925) 634-4154.

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.

First, third Fridays

7:30 – 8:45 p.m. at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Charles Eduru, (510) 566-9267.

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Dec. 30 – Jan. 1
New Year’s Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presented by Franciscan Father Rusty Shaughnessy, Rena Grant, and Franciscan Brother Eric Burke. Celebrate the past year and rejoice in the new with presentations, ritual and prayer. $180 shared room/$210 private room. Kateri, (925) 837-9141, ext. 315; online registration: www.sandamiano.org.

Thursday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Vigil
. 9 p.m. – midnight at Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Dr., Burlingame. An inspirational program of meditation and reflection, including a Eucharistic Celebration ending at midnight with celebrant, Father Tom Moran. A simple potluck party follows. Free will offerings and potluck party items gratefully accepted. (650) 340-7474 or www.mercy-center.org.

Thursday, Jan. 7

Spirituality Retreat Day
. 9 a.m. registration begins, program from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat, Danville. Presenter: Brother Don Bisson, FMS. “Spirituality: Friend or Foe of Religion” is the topic for this day focusing on the contemporary challenge of being spiritual and the struggle to be in relationship with organized religion. Cost is $95 for those receiving Continuing Education Units and $75 for those not receiving units. Cost includes lunch. Kateri, (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or www.sandamiano.org.

Jan. 8 – 10

Silent Contemplative Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presenter: James Finley, Ph.D. This retreat will explore ways in which the mystics attempt to help us to understand and pass through critical phases of our journey of spiritual awakening. Registration on Jan. 8, 4 – 6:30 pm. Retreat ends on Jan. 10 with lunch at 12 noon. $195 shared room/$225 private room. Kateri, (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or www.sandamiano.org.

Jan. 22 – 24

An Experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
. At St. Joseph Community Parish Center, Alameda. “A Call to Discipleship: Experiencing Intimacy With Jesus.” Participate in a retreat experience without the need to pack a suitcase: Jan. 22: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.; Jan. 23: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (followed by optional Mass and dinner); Jan. 24: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $75; advance registration by Jan. 15. Register: www.st-joseph-community.org or contact Anne Marie, (510) 995-9409, afourre@st-stjoseph-community.org.

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Thursday, Dec. 17
Annual Christmas Party: “Dancing Trees.”
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Soda Center, at St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Tickets: $45. Proceeds will help fund scholarships for students needing financial aid. Sponsor: St. Mary’s College Guild. (925) 284-7750.

Thursday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Dinner/Dance
. At Corpus Christi Church Parish Center 37891 Second St., Fremont. No-host cocktails and appetizers: 6 – 7 p.m. Buffet dinner: 7 – 8 p.m. Champagne at midnight. Dance to big band music by “Millenium Sounds” Orchestra: 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Donation: $75.00 per person. No tickets will be sold at the door. Sponsor: Corpus Christi Stewardship Committee. (510) 792-0616.

Jan. 15 and 16

Salesian High School – 45th Annual Crab Feed
. Jan. 15: 7 p.m. (cocktails), 8 p.m. (dinner); Jan. 16: 6 p.m. (cocktails), 7 p.m. (dinner); music and dancing follow dinner. $40 per person. (510) 234-4433, ext. 1126.

Saturday, Jan. 23

Knights of Columbus Magellan Council #2730’s Crab Feed
. 6 p.m. (social hour), 7 p.m. (meal) at St. Jarlath Parish Hall, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. New York steak can be substituted. Raffle and prizes. $35 adults, $22 children. Also steak and crab: $45. David Felise, (510) 846-2789; parish office, (510) 532-2068.

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Wednesdays, Dec. 16, 23, 30
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.

Dec. 28 – 30, Jan. 5 – 7

Latin for Liturgy – Winter Intensive
. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Kozina Hall at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Students will learn how to say, sing, and enjoy the people’s prayers in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary forms of the Holy Mass. Rebecca Spencer-O’Hare at latin4all@sbcglobal.net.

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Thursday, Dec. 17
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, Jan. 2

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.

Thursdays, Jan. 14, 28

Bimonthly Grief Support
. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Information, call Mary, (925) 846-5377.

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Dec. 20, 27
Sunday Afternoon Recitals
. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Dec. 20: Garrett Collins, organist; Dec. 27: David Hatt, organistAll recitals open to public. A free will offering will be requested at the door. Ample free parking. (510) 567-2020, ext. 213.

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Thursday, Dec. 17
Mini-Reunion for the Classes of ’06, ’07, ’08 and ’09
. At Salesian High School, Richmond. Information: hmoe@salesian.com or (510) 234-4433, ext. 1104.

Monday, Dec. 21

St. Mary’s High School, Berkeley
. Annual Young Alumni Reunion: Classes 2005 – 2009. At 1294 Albina Ave. Details/reservations: Joanne Howe, (510) 559-6227.



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