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 January 11, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

African American Celebrations
Sister Anita Baird, a member of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary and founding director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice, will be the Jan. 17 guest speaker at the African American Celebrations at St. Columba Parish, 6401 San Pablo Ave. in Oakland. The theme for this year’s Celebrations is “Wait on the Lord and Be of Good Courage.” For more information contact the parish office at (510) 654-7600.


Sunday, Jan. 17
Cursillo Gathering Mass
. 10 a.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light. All Cursillo communities (English-speaking, Filipino, Korean, Hispanic, Vietnamese and Chinese) of the Oakland Diocese are invited to Mass with Bishop Salvatore Cordileone. Docent-led cathedral tours are also offered at 1 p.m. Information: David Grubbs, drgrubbs@pacbell.net.

Friday, Jan. 22

East Bay Memorial Prayer Service
. 7 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Theme: “Honoring the Sanctity of Life Month.” Speakers include Bishop Salvatore Cordileone; Pastor Antione Lamar Miller, Rehoboth Christian Fellowship; and Prima Marquez-Mosely, Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley. Information: www.issues4life.org/eastbayprayer.html.

Saturday, Jan. 23

Cathedral Concerts. 8 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light. Head-Royce High School Choir.

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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.

Tuesday, Jan. 19

Mass of Remembrance
. 7 p.m. at St. Michael Church, 458 Maple St., Livermore. Bilingual mass sponsored by the parish’s Grief Support Ministry will honor and celebrate the memory of loved ones who have died. You may bring photographs of the people you are remembering to a place on a table before the altar during Mass. During a Ritual of Remembrance you will be invited to bring a rose (provided) to the altar, light a candle, and speak about your loved ones, if you desire. Barbara, (925) 455-0944 or Mary, (925) 784-8587.

Jan. 19, Feb. 2

Faith Sharing and Prayer Group
. 7:30 – 9 p.m. in parish hall at Transfiguration Parish, 4000 East Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, Bible reading, sharing and petition prayers. All ages welcome. Every other Tuesday. Charles, (510) 566-9267.

Thursday, Jan. 21

Memorial Mass. 7 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Emeritus Bishop John Cummins will preside at this memorial Mass for the late Father William Macchi, who served as pastor at St. Francis from 1991-2000. All are welcome.

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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. 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 Fridays

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

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Jan. 21 – April 15
Parables of the Kingdom, Parts One and Two
. 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. (Thursdays) at Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Dr., Burlingame. Participants will study some of the most memorable teachings of Jesus found in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Part of Mercy Center’s weekly Shared Scripture Program. Catherine Wilkinson, cwilkinson@mercywmw.org; www.mercy-center.org; or (650) 340-7474

Jan. 22 – 24
Franciscan Spirituality Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat, Danville. “The Pearl of Great Price: God’s Goodness” presented by Franciscan Father Joseph Chinnici. Using a portion of Jesus’ parable in Matthew’s Gospel and Clare’s Third Letter to Agnes of Prague, participants will gather the treasures and graces “hidden in the field” of these two sacred writings. Registration is on Friday from 4:00 to 6:30 pm. Retreat ends on Sunday with lunch at 12 noon. Cost is $175 for shared room & $205 for private room. Kateri, (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or www.sandamiano.org.

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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Saturday, Jan. 16
Salad Bar Luncheon and Bingo
. Noon in the All Saints Gym, 22824 Second St., Hayward. Tickets: $15. Bingo pot split 50/50. Raffle prizes. All are welcome. Reservations: Eugenia, (510) 785-4680. Sponsor: All Saints Young Women’s Institute, #166. Funds raised for charitable causes.

Saturday, Feb. 6

La Troisieme Fete: Mardi Gras!
6 p.m. in Father Kozina Hall at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Featuring dinner at Pat O’Brien’s Supper Club and Lounge, dancing to BluesBox Bayou Band until 11 p.m., coronation of Mardi Gras King and Queen. Leave name and phone number at (510) 482-0596 or www.stmargmaryoak.org. Proceeds to help refurbish the church and rectory.

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Mondays, Jan. 11, 18, 25
Six-Week Winter Bible Study
. (St. Charles and St. Michael parishes) 7:30 – 9 p.m. in the Pope Room at St. Charles, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Topic: 2 Corinthians: Power in Weakness. Learn what Paul means when he talks about God’s power in human weakness. Information/reserve material ($10.book): Julie, upcatholic@aol.com or (925) 447-4549, ext. 114.

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Islam: Understanding the Faith
. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Presenter: Dr. Farid Senzai, assistant professor of political science from Santa Clara University, will share the basic history and founding of Islam. There will be a discussion of the pillars and articles of faith and Dr. Senzai will show how Islam relates to Judaism and Christianity. Part of the parish’s LIFE (Lessons in Faith Experience) series. $5 free will donation. Julie, upcatholic@aol.com or (925) 447-4549, ext. 114.

Wednesdays, Jan. 13, 20, 27

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, Jan. 14

Introduction to the Bible
. 7 p.m. at St. John Vianney Parish, Mullen Commons, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Presenter: Zach Flanagin, assistant professor of Biblical Studies at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. No registration required. (925) 939-7911, ext. 107 or npetersen@sjvianney.org.

Jan. 26 – 28

Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference
. On the campus of the Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley. This year’s program will explore the increasingly popular phrase “spiritual but not religious.” Workshops, which are open to the public, are lead by leaders in theology, education and ministry. www.psr.edu or (510) 849-8227.

Thursday, Jan. 28

Catholic Charities USA Centennial Leadership Summit
. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Santa Clara University, The Mission Room, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. Featured speakers and presenters include: Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA; Kirk Hanson, executive director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University; Catherine Manfredo, executive director, Catholic Charities of Fresno. One of eight leadership summits across the country where people from all walks are life will take part in a conversation to identify ways to reduce poverty 50 percent by the year 2020. Information: www.CatholicCharitiesUSA.org/centennial.

Sunday, Jan 31

St. Agnes Elementary School, Concord. Open House
. After 9 a.m. Mass at 3886 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Applications for next school year for grades K-8 will be available and accepted through February. Information: www.stagnesconcord.com or (925) 689-3990.

Queen of All Saints School Information Day
. 3 p.m. at 2391 Grant St., Concord. Family Mass at 5 p.m. (925) 685-8700 or www.qasconcord.org.

Saturday, Feb. 13

Setting the Table for Everyone: A Conference on Global Solidarity
. 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Catholics from parishes throughout the Bay Area are invited to a day of workshops and networking opportunities. Participants will gain a better understanding of – and tools for – teaching the Catholic principles of human dignity, solidarity and social justice, particularly in this global economy. Keynote speaker: Jesuit Father William O’Neill, professor of social ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. Registration: $15 ($10 students) before Feb. 5 and $20 ($15 at the door). Sponsors: Diocese of Oakland, Just Faith, Catholic Relief Services. There will be food for purchase (so bring cash) or bring your own bag lunch. Online registration: www.oakdiocese.org/pastoral/SocialJustice/ or jwatkins@oakdiocese.org or (510) 267-8379.

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Crab feeds

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

Moreau High School’s Booster Club Annual Crab Feed
. At 27170 Mission Blvd., Hayward. 5:30 p.m.: cocktails and raffle preview; 7:30 p.m.: dinner. Auction and dancing until midnight. $50 per person. Online purchase: moreaucatholic.org/alumni. (510) 881-4300.

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.

Saturday, Jan. 30

St. Elizabeth High School 22nd Annual Crab Feed and Auction
. At St. Theresa Parish Event Center, 4850 Clarewood Dr., Oakland. 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.: social hour and auction, 7:30 p.m.: dinner, 8:30 p.m.: live auction. $50 per person. Reservation deadline: Jan. 22. Proceeds benefit St. Elizabeth Tuition Assistance Program. (510) 532-6473.

Holy Names High School 20th Annual Crab Feed and Silent Auction
. 6 p.m. social hour and silent auction (no-host bar), 7 p.m. dinner at 4660 Harbord Dr., Oakland. Tickets: $45 per person. Roasted half-chicken available for non-crab eaters. Table sponsorships available. No ticket sales at the door. Adults only. Reservations are held at the door. RSVP by Jan. 15. (510) 450-1110, ext. 112. Proceeds benefit Holy Names High School students and programs.

Knights of Columbus Council #7683 15th Annual Crab Feed
. In Peace Room at St. Monica Parish, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. 6 p.m.: appetizers and no-host cocktails; 7:30 p.m. dinner. Chicken is available when ordered in advance. Raffle follows dinner. Tickets: $50; must be reserved and paid for in advance and are non-refundable. Karl Anderson, (925) 283-3679.

Saturday, Feb. 6

St. Leander Parish Valentine Crab Feed
. In Ryan O’Connell Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro. Social hour 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m. Crab, pasta, bread, salad. Dessert silent auction; sports memorabilia silent auction; 50-50 raffle. Tickets: $35; $40 after Jan. 31. The Parish Office, (510) 895-5631.
Carondelet Hawaiian Style Crab Feed. In the Silvio E. Garaventa Sr., Center at Carondelet High School, 1133 Winton Dr., Concord. Doors open at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7:30 p.m.; dancing at 9 p.m. Tickets: $45 per person. Lynn Velazquez, (925) 706-7636.

St. Joan of Arc Knights of Columbus Council 9206 Crab and Pasta Feed
. In gymnasium at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. 6 p.m.: no host cocktails; 7:15 p.m.: dinner. Martini bar and raffle prizes. Proceeds to benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. $40 per person ($360 for a table of 10) until Jan. 25; $45 per person ($405 for a table of 10) after Jan. 25. No tickets will be sold at the door. Online registration: www.kofc9206.org. (925) 263-1776.

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Thursdays, Jan. 14, 28
Bimonthly Grief Support. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Join others who are struggling with the reality of the death of a loved one. Mary, (925) 846-5377.

Jan. 20, Feb. 3, 17

Divorced And/Or Separated Group
. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Chapel, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Come and join others who have lost a marriage and begin to build your new life. Pre-registration required. Lisa, (925) 600-1765. Sponsor: Catholic Community of Pleasanton.

Thursday, Jan. 21

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.

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Jan. 17, 24
Sunday Afternoon Recitals
. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Jan. 17: Gail Archer (New York), organist; Jan. 24: Garrett Collins, organist. All recitals open to public. A free will offering will be requested at the door. Ample free parking. (510) 567-2020, ext. 213.

Through March 2
Voices of Musica Sacra Auditions
. 7 – 9:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Ave., Walnut Creek. Voices of Musica Sacra, a community chorus of 40 singers which sings primarily classical, sacred choral music, is holding auditions for all vocal parts (especially need tenors and basses) in conjunction with Monday rehearsals for June concerts – The Complete Choral Works of Samuel Barber. John Kendall Bailey, music director. Information/schedule: (925) 680-7089, infor@vmschorus.org or www.vmschorus.org.

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Social Justice

Monday, Jan. 18
Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration
. Noon at Civic Park Community Center Assembly Hall, 1365 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Speakers: Rev. Phil Lawson, interfaith program director for East Bay Housing Organizations, who leads the Interfaith Action in Housing Program, and Marianne Williamson, best selling author and co-founder of The Peace Alliance, a grassroots campaign supporting legislation to establish a U.S. Department of Peace. Free, donations accepted. Non-perishable food items and/or large size disposable diapers will be collected for the Monument Crisis Center. Sponsors: The City of Walnut Creek, the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, and the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center. (925) 933-7850 or www.mtdpc.org.

Saturday, Jan. 23

Sixth Annual Walk for Life West Coast
. 11 a.m. at Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco. Speakers include Lila Rose, a college student-led pro-life advocacy organization and Rev. Clenard Childress, director of LEARN, an African American pro-life organization. Program and related activities: www.walkforlifewc.com.

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