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 April 26 , 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 8   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Getting to know Paul
Zach Flanagin, professor of Biblical Studies at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, will offer a new Bible Study series on, “An Introduction to Paul and His Letters,” on Mondays from April 26 – May 17, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., at St. John Vianney Church, in the Mullen Commons Vista Room, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, in Walnut Creek. The series promises more understanding of Paul and the early church. The first session on April 26 will address, “Who is Paul and how do you read one of his letter?” No registration necessary. For more information contact Nora Petersen, (925) 939-7911, ext. 107, or npetersen@sjvianney.org.


Saturday, May 1
6th Annual African American Breast Cancer Conference
. 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Conference Center at Cathedral of Christ the Light. Theme: “Each One Reach One: Working Together to Make a Change.” Open to general public. Registration: $20 per person. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available for additional $15. Registration deadline: April 28. Limited scholarships available for those experiencing financial hardship. Pamela Ratliff, 1-888-315-5988 or education@cpic.org.

Sunday, May 16

Organ Dedication Series. 8 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Susan Jane Matthews, St. Paul’s (Episcopal), Burlingame, CA. Free-will donation.

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Mondays, April 26, May 3, 10
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, April 27, May 4, 11

Rosary and Prayer Group. 6 p.m. (1st Rosary prolife), 7 p.m. (2nd Rosary, bilingual/Eng-Span) in the chapel next to the parish office at St. Jarlath Parish, 2634 Pleasant St., Oakland.

Monday, May 10

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.

May 13 – 16

Women’s Cursillo Weekend
. At Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Information/forms: www.oakdiocesecursillo.org or contact Dave Grubbs, (925) 484-0862, or Carolyn Steele, (925) 648-4890.

May 20 – 23

Men’s Cursillo Weekend
. At Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Information/forms: www.oakdiocesecursillo.org or contact Dave Grubbs, (925) 484-0862, or Carolyn Steele, (925) 648-4890.

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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. – 6:45 p.m. Benediction 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.

1 – 8 p.m. at St. Monica Church, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. (925) 376-6900.

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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Friday, May 7
Mother’s Day of Renewal
. 9 a.m. registration, 9:30 – 3 p.m. program at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Led by Franciscan Father Evan Howard. All mothers, grandmothers and those with mothers are invited to this day. $25 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

May 21 – 23

Ecology and Spirituality Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presented by Anne and Terry Symens-Bucher this retreat titled, “Francis of Assisi and The Great Turning,” will draw on Franciscan spirituality and Joanna Macy’s “Work That Reconnects.” Come and explore the opportunity to change the way we think about our relationship to the Earth. Registration on May 21 from 4 – 6:30 p.m.; retreats ends on May 23 at 4 p.m. $180 shared room/$210 private room. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Al-Alon Recovery Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presented by Jesuit Father Tom Weston. Adult children of alcoholics, those married to alcoholics and the parents of alcoholics are welcome for this opportunity for prayer, quiet, discussion and conversation. Registration on May 21 from 4 – 6:30 p.m.; retreat ends on May 23 with lunch at noon $195 shared room/$220 private room. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Healing for Those Living with Abortion Heartbreak
. At Angela Center in Santa Rosa. Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat offers a loving and supporting environment where women and men can reconcile painful post-abortion emotions and begin the process of renewal and healing. rachelsvineyard@gmail.com or www.rachelsvineyard.org.

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Wednesday, April 28
ICF Branch 72 Turnaround Bus
Trip. 9 a.m. departure from Good Shepherd Church, 3200 Harbor St., in Pittsburg to Red Hawk Casino, Placerville. Return at 6 p.m. $28 per person; $15 back. Valid ID required. Joann Thilgen, (925) 625-0863.

Saturday, May 1
Casino Bus Trip. Depart: 8 a.m. at San Pablo Park, Park and Oregon, in Berkeley to Red Hawk Casino in Placerville. Cost: $30; refund $15 redemption coupon for play; $5 food credit. Gloria Wheeler, (510) 236-6595 or Myrtle Newsome, (510) 848-5374. Sponsor: The Isabel Kellum Scholarship Committee at St. Columba Parish in Oakland.

Bingo Luncheon
. In small hall at Good Shepherd Church, 3200 Harbor St. in Pittsburg. 12:30 p.m. social, 1 p.m. luncheon (salad, sliced barbecue beef on a roll, chili, dessert and beverage), followed by bingo and 50/50 raffle. $12 for adults, $6 for children (6-12 years), free for youth under 5. Patty Jarrett, (925) 228-0810. Sponsor: Italian Catholic Federation Branch 72. Proceeds support the ICF’s charitable programs including seminarian education and Cooley’s Anemia Research at Children’s Hospital in Oakland.

Italian Catholic Federation Branch #385 Annual Primavera Dinner Dance
. At St. Michael Hall, 372 Maple St., Livermore. No-host cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by full course Italian dinner by Chef Tony Martinelli at 7 p.m. Music by Joe Buonsante’s Smooth Sounds. Raffle. $35 per person. Proceeds benefit the Tri-Valley Scholarship program and other ICF charities. Rose S.: (925) 846-4227 or Helen W.: (925) 462-3798.

Gala Dinner Dance
. At the Colombo Club in Oakland. Evening includes no-host cocktails, dinner, raffle, live auction and dancing. Honoring Holy Family Sister Mario Raffaelli and a memorial tribute to Andy Bianco. $50. Prepaid reservations required. (510) 530-0761.

Saturday, May 8

2nd Annual St. Isidore School Foundation Crab and Pasta Feast
. 5:30 p.m. in the Msgr. Cardelli Activities Center, 440 LaGonda Way, in Danville. To reserve seats or tables for 10, mail a check for $40 per person and include your name, address, and with whom you would like to be seated and sent to St. Isidore School Foundation, Attn: Crab and Pasta Feast, 440 LaGonda Way, #5, Danville, CA 94526. All proceeds benefit the foundation.

Sunday, May 9

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Best House and Garden
. At 159 Washington Blvd., Fremont. Seatings: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Reserved seating only. $40 for adults, $15 children 4-12 years old, free for children under three. Information/reservations: (510) 624-4581. Sponsor: Sisters of the Holy Family.

Saturday, May 15

SPRED the Word XIX
. 5 p.m. liturgy, 6:15 p.m. registration, 6:45 p.m. dinner at St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Includes dinner and dancing with DJ Louie Barranco. Tickets: $30 adults, $12 children, $285 table of 10. For tickets call (510) 635-7252. Reservation deadline: May 1. No tickets sold at door. Proceeds benefit SPRED which integrates children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities into the faith and the life of the church.

Sunday, May 16

Gardens Galore XVI
. The annual self-guided garden tour, which starts at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, 1011 Chestnut St., Alameda, consists of six Alameda gardens and will be held from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Reservations are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour. An optional boxed lunch is available for an additional $10. There will also be a boutique, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., with a large selection of handcrafted items from local Bay Area vendors. Items for sale will include things for home, garden and gift-giving. Sponsor: the St. Joseph Garden Club. Proceeds will benefit St. Joseph Notre Dame High School and St. Joseph Elementary School in Alameda. (510) 995-9544.

84th Anniversary Dinner of Italian Catholic Federation, Branch 10
. 5 p.m. (social hour), 6 p.m. (dinner) at St. Philip Neri Parish Hall, High and Van Buren, Alameda. $30 for adults, $12 children under 12 years. Chef Mario Galetto. Menu: antipasto, farfalle pasta, roasted children and all the trimmings and more. Henry Ramirez singing Italian songs. Reservations by May 10. Lea Murphy, (510) 523-6904.

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Monday, April 26
Maryknoll Mission Forum
. 7 p.m. at 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo. Special presentation by Maryknoll Father Bob McCahill who spent over 32 years living simply among the poor in Bangladesh. Father McCahill will also preach at all Masses at St. John the Baptist Parish in San Lorenzo on April 24 and 25. (510) 276-5021 or www.maryknoll.us.

Tuesday, April 27

The Death of “Death Panels”: Reforming End-of-Life Decision Making
. 7 p.m. (lecture) at Pacific School of Religion, Chapel of the Great Commission, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley; 8 p.m. (reception) in Bade Museum, across from the chapel. Margaret R. McLean, one of the regions top commentators and consultants on the ethical dimension of advances in medicine and biotechnology, will discuss end-of-life issues at the Graduate Theological Union’s Seventh Annual McCoy Memorial Lecture on Religion, Ethics and Public Life. Free and open to the public.

April 27, May 4

The Interfaith Practice of Jesus
. 7 – 9 p.m. in La Casa Building at Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center, 6520 Van Maren Lane, Citrus Heights. Passionist Father Tom Bonacci presents this adult spirituality series. $12 per session ($10 for seniors). Overnight accommodations are available for a separate fee. Registration/information: (916) 725-4720, ext. 302, or visit Passionist.org/ChristTheKing/overview.

Wednesday, April 28

Human Trafficking. 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 825 Seventh St. in Rodeo. Holy Family Sister Caritas Foster will discuss the issue of human trafficking – what it is and what Christians can do to change or eliminate it. All are invited to attend.

Saturday, May 8

Conflict and Accommodation: Matteo Ricci’s Approach to Catholic Evangelization in China. 3 – 5 p.m. in Father Kozina Hall at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Anthony E. Clark, professor of Asian History at Whitworth University, will deliver a lecture on Ricci, one of the earliest and most influential missionaries to China. Free admission. http://www.sapi.org or (888) 619-7882.

Tuesday, May 18

East Bay Brews and Views
. 7 p.m. (happy hour), 7:30 p.m. (speaker) at the Park Avenue Bar and Grill, 4184 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. “Miracles Can Happen,” Christine Watkins. Everyone is invited to join this speaker series formerly known as Theology on Tap. Sponsor: St. Leo Parish in Oakland and Park Avenue Bar and Grill. Information: www.churchofstleothegreat.org.

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Thursday, May 20
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.

Through June 3

Stepping Stones On Your Grief Journey
. 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. Meetings are open to all, regardless of religious orientation. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. A one-time donation of $15 is requested. Mary, (925) 846-5377.

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April 26 – May 1
Winton Arts Festival (Carondelet and De La Salle high schools)
. April 26 and 27: Annual Choral Concert, 7:30 p.m. in Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, $15 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students; April 29, 30 and May 1: Company Show, “All in the Timing: A Series of One-Act Comedies,” 7 p.m. in Brother Celestine Cormier Theater, De La Salle High. $10 adults, $5 students.

Sunday, May 2

Open Space Inside Out: the Architectural Drawings of Arnold S. Constable
. 4 – 6 p.m. at Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. Opening reception for this art exhibit featuring pen and ink wash drawings of Constable who played a prominent role in the creation of worship spaces throughout the Bay Area including St. Albert Priory in Oakland and St. Catherine of Siena Church in Martinez. The exhibition will be display through July. www.dspt.edu.

May 2, 8, 9

Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra presents Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B Minor. May 2: 4:30 p.m.; May 8: 8 p.m.; and May 9: 4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. Arlene Sagan, conductor. Soloists: Elspeth Franks, soprano; Sonia Gariaeff, mezzo-soprano; Brian Thorsett, tenor; Hugh M. Davies, baritone. Free admission; donations appreciated. www.bcco.org; (510) 433-9599.

May 15, 16
Choral Concerts
. May 15: 2 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road in Concord; May 16: 7 p.m. at Santa Maria Church, 40 Santa Maria Way in Orinda. Christine Wong (St. Monica Parish, Moraga) Richard Mix (St. David of Wales Parish, Richmond), and Kerry Leyden (St. Francis of Assisi Parish), will be in concert with the Contra Costa Chorale performing Haydn’s “Lord Nelson’s Mass”; Halsey Stevens’ “Magnificat,” and other choral works for organ, trumpet and timpani. Tickets: $15 general admission, $12 seniors. www.ccchorale.org.

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Bible Study

April 26, May 3, 17, 24
Exploring the Gospel of St. Luke
. 7:30 p.m. in Borromeo Hall at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Join Passionist Father Thomas Bonacci, Scripture scholar, as he looks at Luke’s unique contribution to the Gospel traditions of Jesus who models what it means to be “Spirit-filled” people. Anyone who is interested in understanding more about Luke’s Gospel is invited. $5 free-will donation for Father Bonacci would be appreciated. Information: Julie at upcatholic@aol.com or (925) 447-4549, ext. 114.

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May 15, 16
Our Lady of Grace School Alumni Event Weekend
. At 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. May 15: evening social with hors d’oeuvres and desserts, sparking wine in a souvenir glass, and no-host wine and beer bar, $25 person or $45 couple; May 16: alumni Mass and family day with picnic lunch and prizes for the kids., $6 adults, $4 kids 10 and under. A memory walk through the school will be held on both days. RSVP by May 1. Information/RSVP: go to olgschool.org and click on the alumni page or call the school office at (510) 581-3155.

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Monday, April 26
10th Annual Frank LaPorte Golf Classic
. At Stonebrae, Hayward Hills. This annual event, named for the beloved former championship basketball coach at Alameda’s St. Joseph Notre Dame High School (SJND), includes a round of golf; fine food and drink with cocktails; games and prizes; live and silent auctions. Two former Oakland Raiders, Raymond Chester and George Atkinson, will be playing. Proceeds go toward tuition assistance for SJND students. Vicki Bargagliotti, (510) 995-9455 or vbargagliotti@sjnd.org.

Monday, May 3

19th Annual Salesian Golf Tournament
. At the Richmond Country Club. 10 a.m. registration, noon shotgun start. $175 per individual player or $700 per foursome for 18 holes, cart, dinner. Raffle and auction will follow dinner. All proceeds benefit tuition assistance. Contact: Henry Moe, (510) 234-4433, ext. 1104 or hmoe@salesian.com. Registration forms can also be downloaded at www.salesian.com on the alumni link.



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