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 February 22, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Let the music play
Rudy de Vos, director of Cathedral Music, will perform in the monthly Dedication Recital Series on March 6 at 8 p.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St. in Oakland. Admission is free but a free-will donation will be accepted.


Friday, March 5
Diocese of Oakland Blood Drive
. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in church hall, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or go to redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: OAKDIO).

Saturday, Feb. 27

World Day of the Sick Mass
. 11 a.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light. The Sacrament of the Sick will be administered. Bishop Salvatore Cordileone. (510) 587-3000.

Saturday, March 13

Cathedral Concerts. 8 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light. Oakland Symphony Chorus. Featuring Bach’s “Mass in B minor.” (510) 207-4093; www.oaklandsymphonychorus.org.

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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. A presentation and discussion led by Kathy Roberts, Scripture Study Leader from Christ the King. Sponsor: Women’s Faith Sharing at St. Monica Church. All are welcome! (925) 283-3398.

March 1 – 3

Parish Lenten Mission
. At Holy Spirit Church, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Talks will be given at 8:45 a.m. and repeated at 7 p.m. All are invited to attend. Dominican Father Dominic Briese will introduce himself during the homilies at weekend Masses (Feb. 27 and 28). (510) 797-1660 or www.holyspiritfremont.org.

Wednesday, March 3

Lenten Twilight Retreat
. 4:30 p.m. (registration), 5 – 9 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presented by Nancy Burchett. Hunt for God’s healing messages. Participants will use Lectio Divina, music and literature to see what’s already there but not often noticed. $30 cost includes dinner. Kateri, (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

One-Night Lenten Mission
. 7 p.m. in Mullen Commons Vista Room at St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Father Luke Ssemakula, parochial vicar at SVJ, will speak on “The Catholic Imagination.” Directions at http://sjvianney.org/SJV_Welcome_Directions.asp.

Voices of Peace
. 7:30 PM, Stack Hall, Our Lady of Grace Church, 3433 Somerset Avenue, Castro Valley (time approximate, following 6 p.m. Mass and a light supper). The first speaker in this Lenten interfaith series on peace will be the award-winning peace and human rights activist Samina Sundas, founder and executive director of American Muslim Voice Foundation. Stack Hall is wheelchair accessible. All are welcome. (510) 538-6071 or (510) 733-9880.

March 5, 10, 16, 23

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.

March 8 – 10

Lenten Retreat
. At St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Session times are 10 – 11:30 a.m. or 7:30 – 9 p.m. Presenter: Holy Cross Father Patrick Hannon, author of “Geography of God’s Mercy: Stories of Compassion and Mercy.” All are invited to experience how a story telling teacher and preacher walks with us as we search, discover and celebrate God’s mercy and compassion in both our every day and spiritual life. Open to all. Julie, (925) 447-4549, ext. 114, or upcatholic@aol.com. A $5 free will offering is appreciated.

March 12 – 14

Lenten Weekend Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presented by Franciscan Father Rusty Shaughnessy and Paula Jenkins. Discover the power of the word of God to awaken and renew. Registration on March 12 from 4 – 6:30 p.m. Retreat ends March 14 with lunch at noon. $180 shared room/$210 private room. Kateri, (925) 837-9141, ext., or online registration: www.sandamiano.org.

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Mondays, Feb. 22, March 1, 8
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. 23, March 2, 9

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.

Tuesdays, March 2, 16

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.

Sunday, March 7

Taize Prayer Around the Cross
. 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 1601 Mary Dr., Pleasant Hill. On every first Sunday four churches in Pleasant Hill (Hillcrest Congregational Church, Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, and Christ the King) sponsor an hour of devotional prayer in the spirit and music of Taize (the ecumenical monastic community in southern France). The prayer time (one hour) includes song, Scripture, quiet time and the opportunity to touch or kneel by the cross with your intentions, worries and burdens.

March 7, 8, 9

Parish Mission
. At St. Joseph Parish, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. “Making Holy Choices: Discerning God’s Will in Your Life (In Tough Economic Times). The mission begins with the weekend Masses, 7:30 – 9 p.m. in the church, with Father Jim Sullivan and Christine Watkins. (510) 741-4900.

Monday, March 8

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.

March 8 – 11

Parish Mission
. At Transfiguration Church, 4000 East Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Theme: “Transfiguring Our Community Through Faith.” Conducted by Passionist Father Thomas Bonacci. Morning sessions (March 9, 10, 11): 8 a.m., includes Mass followed by a session, coffee and pastries served; evening sessions (March 8, 9, 10, 11): 7 p.m. Reception after March 8 session and reconciliation on March 11 during the session. Sessions are free; free-will offerings on March 10, 11 go to Father Bonacci. (510) 538-7941.

Friday, 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.

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March 5 – 7
St. Bonaventure Parish Retreat for Men
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. The Men’s Spiritual Network of St. Bonaventure Parish in Concord is sponsoring this weekend retreat entitled, “Make Room for God.” Presented by Father Richard Mangini, St. Bonaventure pastor. Come and meet other men from the Oakland Diocese as we continue our walk with Christ. Information: www.stbonaventure.net/parish-ministries/adult-faith/mens-spiritual-network or call Matt Remington, (925) 672-4006 or Peter Nixon, (925) 363-5884.

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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.

Feb. 26, March 5, 12

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. 27

Our Lady of Guadalupe School Crab Feed
. 4:45 – 11 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church Gym. Theme: “Hawaiian Nights.” Tickets: $37.50 each includes crab, pasta (with homemade pasta sauce), mixed salad, roll, dessert and coffee. Drink tickets may be purchased separately. $350 for reserved table for 10, includes two bottles of wine. Dancing at 9 p.m. Tickets may be ordered at the school, (510) 657-1674.

High School Prom Faire
. 6 p.m. in the parish hall at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 604 Mellus St., Martinez. Models representing Alhambra High School, Carondelet High School, St. Mary’s High School and De La Salle High School will feature dresses from David’s Bridal and Tuxedos and Men’s Wearhouse. A dessert bar with chocolate fountain will be served; raffles and prom vendors. $5 at the door. Open to all students. Sponsor: Young Ladies Institute #64. Information: Christina, (925) 957-1173.

St. Joseph Elementary School Auction – “Taste of Tuscany.”
6 p.m. at the Albert H. DeWitt Officer’s Club in Alameda. Featuring a performance by Eileen Meredith, soprano with the San Francisco Opera. Includes cocktails, a buffet dinner, music, dancing, live and silent auctions. $50. Tickets/information: Linda Republicano, (510) 697-2573 or Lrepublicano@gmail.com.

Saturday, March 6

Jazz Jubilee. 5 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena School, 604 Mellus St., Martinez. 15th Annual Fundraising Auction, Dinner and Dance hosted by St. Catherine Parish and School. Program begins with cocktails and silent auction, followed by a tri-tip dinner prepared by the St. Catherine’s Knight of Columbus, a live, dancing and more. $35 per person (tables of 10 are $325). Advance ticket purchase required. Raffle tickets, $1 each or 24 for $20, for a chance to win $600, $300, or $150. Winners need not be present to win. Purchase tickets by calling the school: (925) 228-4140 by March 1.

Assumption School’s 21st Live and Silent Auction
. 5 p.m. – midnight at Willow Park Events Center, 17007 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. Theme: The Roaring Twenties. Event includes no-host bar, dinner at 7 p.m., silent and live auction, dancing, 50/50 raffle. $45 online, $50 (not online). For online tickets: http://assumptionschool-sl.maestroweb.com. Proceeds to support the school’s many enrichment programs. Donations/questions: Michelle Hammon, (510) 895-8454.

Saturday, March 13

Fashions on the Green XII
. Noon at San Ramon Royal Vista Golf Club, 9430 Fircrest Lane, San Ramon. Annual fashion show luncheon sponsored by the Oakland Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. $30 per person. Fashions provided by House of Fashions, Alamo. Information/reservations: Kay Horsell, (925) 829-0949, or write to 7687 Tuscany Dr., Dublin, CA 94568.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
. 6 p.m. at St. Jarlath Parish Hall, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. Begins with social hour followed by corned beef and cabbage dinner; Irish dancers. $15 for adults, $10 for children. Sponsor: Knights of Columbus, Magellan Council #2730. Tickets: David Felise, (510) 846-2789, Mel Goulart, (510) 533-8212.

St. John the Baptist Endowment Dinner Dance
. 6 – 11 p.m. in school gymnasium at St. John the Baptist School, 11156 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Evening includes silent and live auction, dinner and dancing to 70s disco music by DJ Paul O’Sullivan of Good Vibrations Mobile Music. The best dressed 70s attire wins $100 cash prize. $30 per person. Tickets: Rachel Epperson, (510) 223-3956 or Frances Renty Williams, (510) 384-8203. Proceeds benefit St. John’s tuition assistance and enrichment programs for students.

Irish Social
. 6 p.m. (social hour), 7 p.m. (dinner) at St. Philip Neri Parish Hall, High and Van Buren, Alameda. Corned beef/cabbage and the trimmings; Irish dancers. $20 for adults, $12 for children 12 years and under. JoAnn Dorn, (510) 523-9472 by March 9. Send check (ICF Br 10) to JoAnn Dorn, 2907 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, CA 94501.

Saturday, March 20

FACE (Family-Aid Catholic Education) Gala Auction
. 5:30 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Includes silent auction, dinner, tuition, live auction and raffle. FACE provides tuition assistance to ethnically diverse, low-income children in the Oakland Diocese Catholic schools regardless of race, religion, or gender. Tickets are $150 per person and must be purchased in advance through Debbie Crone-Palio, (510) 528-2155. KTVU news anchor Frank Somerville will host the event.

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Wed., Feb. 24, March 3
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.

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.

Saturday, March 6

St. Augustine Adult Education Presentation: “Luther, The Call for Catholic Reform.” 6 – 9 p.m. in the parish center at St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. Program includes a feature length film and a brief lecture and discussion to examine the reformation movement of the 16th century. It presents the campaign that Martin Luther, a friar of the order of St. Augustine and university professor, waged against Church practices that he believed were corrupt and evil. His efforts gave rise to social and political as well as religious upheaval that spread throughout continental Europe. Questions? Walt Sears, (925) 963-9341 or waltsears79@yahoo.com.

Diocese of Stockton Ministry Day 2010
. At St. Mary’s High School, Stockton. Over 60 workshops will be offered in English and Spanish on a variety of topics. Keynote speaker and Mass with Bishop Stephen Blaire; liturgy will be signed for the deaf. Information: stocktondiocese.org, link Shepherd the Word.

Saturday, March 13
Manhatten Forum Lecture Series
. 3 p.m. in Father Kozina Hall at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Ernest Pierucci, Esq., Senior Fellow for Catholics for the Common Good, will speak on “Prospects for Marriage and the Family in the Current Legal Environment.” This free monthly program is designed to introduce the Bay Area to the Manhattan Declaration on the sanctity of human life, traditional marriage, and religious freedom. 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.

Monday, March 15

Magnificat Ministry for Women
. 7 – 9 p.m. at St. Mary Parish, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Kathleen Beckman, author and western representative for the Magnificat Ministry for women will speak on “Is God Calling You to Live Mary’s Magnificat Spirituality?” and “Magnificat’s Eucharistic Spirituality.” Mary, (925) 954-7205.

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Thur., Feb. 25, March 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.

Wednesday, March 3

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, March 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.

March 7 and 9

University of Notre Dame Glee Club Performance
. March 7: 7:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Suggested donation: $10; March 9: 7:45 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Catholic Community of Pleasanton (CCOP), 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Special prelude by members of the CCOP Music Ministry. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Proceeds to benefit the Pope John Paul II Activity Center at CCOP. Advanced tickets/information: Zachary Gustafson, (925) 487-0985 or Zachary.gustafson@gmail.com.

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