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 February 8, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 3   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Back to alma mater
Brian Copeland, KGO AM radio talk show host, will bring his acclaimed one-man stage show, “Not a Genuine Black Man” to his alma mater for a special benefit performance at 7 p.m. in Teves Theatre at Moreau Catholic High School, 271170 Mission Blvd. in Hayward on Feb. 27. Proceeds will benefit the school’s Theatre Arts program. $30 general admission; $20 all students with school ID; $25 MCHS alumni; $70 and $100 VIP packages. Purchase tickets online at www.moreaucatholic.orgor call (510) 881-4300.


Saturday, Feb. 27
World Day of the Sick Mass
. 11 a.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Bishop Salvatore Cordileone will be principal celebrant at this liturgy coordinated by the Order of Malta Health Clinic at the Cathedral. The Sacrament of the Sick will be administered to all who suffer from a serious, acute or chronic illness. Special seating and an area for wheelchairs will be available. Suggested arrival time: 10:30 a.m. for access to these areas. Parking, including disabled spaces, will be available in the Cathedral garage free of charge for first 200 vehicles. Attendants will be available to those who require assistance. (510) 587-3000.

Thursday, Feb. 11

Organ Dedication Concert
. 8 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light. Olivier Latry, titular organist at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, will perform. No charge for admission, but tickets are required. A limited number of tickets are available at the Cathedral Shop: (510) 496-7280.

Saturday, March 6

Dedication Recital Series
. 8 p.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Rudy de Vos, director, Cathedral Music. Free will donation at all organ concerts.

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Feb. 10 – 13, 14
African American Celebrations at St. Columba Parish
. At 6401 San Pablo Ave. in Oakland. Theme: “Wait on the Lord and Be of Good Courage.” Feb. 10 – 13: The Rawn Harbor Experience; Feb. 14: Father Ken Hamilton and the Rawn Harbor Workshop Choir. (510) 654-7600.

Mondays, Feb. 8, 15, 22

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, Feb. 9, 16, 23

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.

Saturday, Feb. 13

Cursillo Annual Meeting with Mass and Ultreya
. Program starts at 1:10 p.m., Mass at 2 p.m., in the parish hall at Mary Help of Christians Church, 2611 E. 9th St., Oakland. Fellowship follows Mass. David Grubbs, drgrubbs@pacbell.net.

Feb. 13, 14

Vietnamese New Year – “TET” – Celebrations
. Feb. 13: St. Anthony Church, 1535 – 16th Ave, Oakland, 5 p.m.; Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 14: Our Lady, Queen of the World Church, 3155 Winterbrook Dr., Bay Point, 2 p.m.; St. Paul Church, 1845 Church Lane, San Pablo, 3 p.m. The programs will include liturgy, reception and entertainment.

Feb. 16, March 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.

Feb. and March 19

Taize – Prayer Around the Cross
. 8 p.m. at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Join others in prayer and song around the cross. Third Friday of each month. Dominican Sister Beth Quire, (510) 449-7554 or beth@msjdominicans.org.

Feb. 21 – 25

Parish Mission. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. in St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court in Walnut Creek. Presentation by Capuchin Franciscan Father Richard Hart; video and dialogue in parish center at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 21: “Sharing Our Faith”; Feb. 22: “Why Do We Need to Share Our Faith?”; Feb. 23: “How to Share Our Faith”; Feb. 24: “How Forgiving Are We?”; Feb. 25: Mass – Needed to Strengthen Us. Sacrament of Penance available Feb. 24; visiting priests will be onsite. Social with light refreshments in the parish center following each session except Feb. 24.

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Wednesday, Feb. 17
Lenten Day of Prayer
. 9:30 a.m. at Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center, 6520 Van Maren Lane in Citrus Heights. Program includes lunch, Eucharist and ashes. Retreatants are welcome to stay in the afternoon for individual reflection on the retreat center grounds. $35. Separate fee for overnight accommodations. (916) 725-4720, ext. 302, or visit Passionist.org/ChristTheKing/overview.

Feb. 17, March 5, 10

Lenten Days of Renewal
. 9 a.m. (registration); 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. $25 cost includes lunch. Kateri, (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Feb. 19 – 20

Young Adult Retreat (ages 21 – 36)
. 6 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Mission San Jose Dominican Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. (Entrance on Mission Tierra Place.) “Jumpstart Your Spiritual Life: Reconciliation and Forgiveness.” Director: Dominican Sister Rebecca Shinas. Free-will offering. Reservations: Sister Frances Mary, (510) 933-6335 or blessings@msjdominicans.org by Feb. 15.

Sunday, Feb. 21

Lenten Prayer Service with Vallombrosa Choir
. 2 – 3 p.m. in chapel at Vallombrosa Retreat Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. (650) 325-0908 or www.vallombrosa.org.

Feb. 21, March 7

Busy Person’s Lenten Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presented by the Spiritual Direction Team. The purpose of this retreat is to provide two weeks of prayer and reflection at home in the midst of your daily schedule. It includes two gathering sessions (2 – 4 p.m.) with others for opening and closing of the retreat. $90. Kateri, (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

From Hole-i-ness to Holiness – A Lenten Journey
. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at St. Monica Parish Center, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. Women’s Faith Sharing at St. Monica Church is pleased to host a presentation and discussion led by Kathy Roberts. Scripture Study Leader from Christ the King. All are welcome! Questions? (925) 283-3398.

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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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Feb. 12 – 14
Married Couples Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presenters: Franciscan Father Rusty Shaughnessy and Richard and Karla Obernesser. Join other couples this Valentine’s weekend and explore sacred Scripture and discover the many blessings of love. Registration on Feb. 12, 4 – 6:30 p.m. Retreat ends on Feb. 14 with lunch at noon. $310 per couple. Kateri, (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or online registration: www.sandamiano.org.

Friday, Feb. 19

Personal Growth Workshop
. 8:30 a.m. (registration); 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presenter: Shoshana Kobrin, MA, MFT, “Love, Anger, Power and Food.” Encounter the life-enhancing experience of replacing your food and weight worries with the discovery of the strength and spirituality that dwells within you. $95 cost for those receiving Continuing Education Units, $75 for those not receiving units. Kateri, (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or online registration at www.sandamiano.org.

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Tuesday, Feb. 16
St. Theresa Women’s Mardi Gras Luncheon
. 11:30 a.m. at 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. Join the Women’s Guild of St. Theresa for a luncheon of sparkle, silver and gold and champagne before the spiritual journey of Lent begins. $20 donation. Raffle and door prizes. Tickets/reservations: Margaret Zimmerman, (510) 547-1857.

Fridays, Feb. 19, 26

Friday Night Fish Fry. In parish hall at St. Philip Neri Church, 3108 Van Buren St., Alameda. Dinner at 6 p.m., after 5:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross in the church. Menu: fried calamari-fish filets, salad, meatless pasta and rolls. $10 for adults, $5 children. No reservations required. Sponsor: I.C.F. Branch 10, Alameda.

Saturday, Feb. 20

East Bay District Council of the Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) Annual Crab Feed. At. Msgr. O’Brien Hall, St. Philip Neri Parish, 3108 Van Buren St., Alameda. 6 p.m.: no-host cocktails and hors d’oeuvres; 7 p.m.: dinner (chicken in lieu of crab is available). Tickets: $35 adults, $10 children 13 and under. Nello, (510) 531-5490 or Leonard, (510) 581-3246. Deadline for reservations and tickets is Feb. 12.

Italian Catholic Federation (I.C.F.), Branch #285 Bingo Bash
. 7 p.m. in parish hall at St. Michael Parish, 372 Maple St., Livermore. Proceeds to aid Cooley’s Anemia research at Children’s Hospital-Oakland and I.C.F.’s college scholarship fund. Program includes 10 games of bingo, dancing to the music of DJ Joe Buonsante, a raffle and surprise entertainment. $10 per person. Beverages, snacks available for purchase. Reservation deadline: Feb. 17. Rose, (925) 846-4227. Donations would also be appreciated; mail to Helen Wirtenson, 4071 Moselle Ct., Pleasanton, CA 94566.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, Guest Chef Series
. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at SVDP Free Dining Room, 675 – 23rd St., Oakland. Guest Chef Dean Dupuis of Pican will work with SVDP’s Kitchen of Champions students. Tickets: $71 per person, $125 for two; $475 for table of eight. Tickets must be purchased in advance. RSVP, (510) 636-4261. Proceeds benefit the Kitchen of Champions Culinary Program.

Thursday, Feb. 25

St. Mary’s College Guild Game Day and Luncheon
. 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Soda Center at St. Mary’s College, 1924 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Featuring Bridge and Bunco; luncheon at 12 noon. $30 per person. Questions: Shirley Holloway, (925) 376-6588. Make check payable to St. Mary’s College Guild; mail to Pat Wiegmann, 39 Carr Dr., Moraga, CA 94566. (925) 376-6088. Reservations deadline: Feb. 20.

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Wednesday, Feb. 10
Returning Catholics. 7 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. If you or someone you know are out of the habit of Sunday Mass, have misgivings about the Catholic Church, have questions about divorce and remarriage issues, or are generally confused about current Catholic practices and beliefs, this eight-week process offers support and information for Catholics who have been away from practice of the faith for whatever reason and are considering returning. Nora Petersen, (925) 939-7911, ext. 107, or npetersen@sjvianney.org.

Wednesdays, Feb. 10, 17, 24

Dr. Scott Hahn’s video series, “Letter and Spirit.”
7 – 7:30 p.m. in the ministry center, St. Agnes Parish, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Learn how to more fully understand Sacred Scripture in the Mass. David Zarri, (925) 686-9277 or davidlzarri@earthlink.net.

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Social Justice in Action
. 7 p.m. in St. Patrick Church, 7th St., Rodeo. Speakers: Carolyn Krantz, director of the Family to Family program at Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB) and Solomon Belette, CEO at CCEB.

Thursday, Feb. 11

Special pre-release screening of “Race to Nowhere.”
6:45 p.m. at Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland. Since its debut at the Mill Valley Film Festival, this film sparked a national conversation about the debilitating pressures American schoolchildren and their teachers face moving into the 21st century. $10 at the door or in advance. Complimentary popcorn will be served. A discussion with director Vicki Abeles from Lafayette, will follow the film. Due to sensitive content, it is not recommended for children. This screening is sponsored by Corpus Christi School and Reel Link Films.

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.

St. Valentine’s Day Marriage Enrichment Program
. Noon – 5 p.m. at St. Michael Parish, 458 Maple St., Livermore. (Event located in parish hall at corner of 3rd and Maple streets). Guest speakers: Rev. James Sullivan and Sheila Moller, MFT. No charge.

Manhatten Forum Lecture Series
. 3 p.m. in Father Kozina Hall, St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Free monthly program designed to introduce the Bay Area to the Manhattan Declaration on the sanctity of human life, traditional marriage, and religious freedom. Dominican Father Michael Sweeney, president, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, will speak on “The Common Good and the Apostolate of the Laity.” Lecture will be followed by Mass at 5 p.m. and reception at 6 p.m. Sponsor: St. Anthony of Padua Institute. Information: www.sapi.org.

Feb. 13 through March 27

A Quick Journey Through the Bible
. Saturdays from 9 – 11 a.m. in St. Augustine Parish Hall, Room 8, at 3999 Bernal Ave. in Pleasanton. Pre-registration suggested. Materials cost $20; scholarships available. Suzanne Slupesky, (925) 352-8447 or suzanneslu@yahoo.com.

Feb. 19 – 22

Marriage Encounter Weekend
. For married couples who would you like to experience new romance, deeper communication, and feel closer to your spouse. For more information, contact Ray and Roberta Montes, (510) 351-2649 evenings after 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 25

Lecture: Prayer in the Bible
. 7 p.m. at Pauline Books and Media, 2640 Broadway (at El Camino Real), Redwood City. Prayer and encounter with God as portrayed in the Bible is the theme of this lecture. Carlo Perez. Alexander Quiros-Castillo and Tom Martin, seminarians from St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, share some of what they have learned and made their own from a course called “Prayer in the Bible” by Rev. John Kselman, S.S.

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Thursdays, Feb. 11, 25
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.

Feb. 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, Feb. 18

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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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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