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 May 10, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA
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Vicki Abeles, director of the documentary “The Race to Nowhere,” which focuses on the pressures faced by youth, parents and teachers in the achievement-obsessed educational system and culture, will attend a screening of the film on May 18 at 7 p.m. in the John Paul II Activity Center at St. Elizabeth Seton Church (Catholic Community of Pleasanton) which is located at 4005 Stoneridge Dr. in Pleasanton. A discussion will follow the film. Tickets can be purchased in advance ($15) at www.RTNpleasanton.eventbrite.com or at the door for $20. For more information about the film: www.racetonowhere.com.


Sunday, May 16
Organ Dedication Series
. 5 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Susan Jane Matthews, St. Paul’s (Episcopal), Burlingame, CA. Free-will donation.

Saturday, May 29
Cathedral Concerts
. 8 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light. CSU East Bay Singers. Program will feature Maurice Durufle’s “Requiem.” $7 general admission, $5 seniors, free with CSUEB or student ID. (510) 885-3167. A docent led tour of the Cathedral is available to the public one hour prior to the concert for a donation of $5 per person.

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Mondays, May 10, 17, 24
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, May 11, 18, 25

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.

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.

Saturday, May 15

Celebrate Pentecost! 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. at Queen of the Holy Rosary Center, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Young adults (21 – 40) are welcome to pray and praise with Dominican Sister Rebecca. Come for a while or plan to stay all day. RSVP: blessings@msjdominicans.org or call (510) 933-6335 by May 10. Information: www.msjdominicans.org.

May 19, 20, 21 and 23

St. Paul of the Shipwreck’s Second Pentecost Revival
. 10:30 a.m. at 1122 Jamestown Ave. in San Francisco. People of all faiths and ethnicities are welcome to this event. Redemptorist Father Maurice Nutt, pastor at Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Church in Memphis, Tennessee, will be spiritual director for the revival and celebrant/homilist at the Sunday Mass. Guest choirs from throughout the Bay Area as well as the parish’s own Inspirational Voices of Shipwreck will minister nightly. Information: (415) 468-3434 or www.stpauloftheshipwreck.org.

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.

Friday, May 21

Taize. 8 – 9:15 p.m. at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Every third Tuesday. Information: Sister Beth, (510) 449-7554 or www.msjdominicans.org.

Friday, May 28

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: taizeontheisland@yahoo.com or www.taizeontheisland.co.cc.

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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.

Monday – Saturday

9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the Holy Spirit Chapel at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, 2500 Bermuda Ave., San Leandro. (510) 614-2765.

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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May 21 – 22
Discernment Retreat
. Catholic women ages 21 – 40ish. Discern the call to Religious Life with the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. Information/RSVP: blessings@msjdominicans.org or call (5100 933-6335

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.

May 28 – 30

Healing and Wholeness Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Led by Carol Mitchell and Tom Gorham, this retreat, titled “From Toxic Shame to Amazing Grace,” will focus on the crippling effect that shame can have on our lives as well as how shame can be overcome by grace. There is an option to stay until May 31. Registration on May 28 from 4 – 6:30 p.m. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, May 29

Nature and Healing Retreat
. 9 a.m. (registration), program from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Lead by Dominican Sister Joan Prohaska, during this day participants will focus on connecting with nature as a form of healing oneself. $60 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at: www.sandamiano.org.

Friday, June 4

Spiritual Spa Day for Women
. 8:30 a.m. (registration), program from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Come and explore where you experience God’s overflowing goodness in your life through prayer, reflection, movement, working with images and chair massage. $75 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

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Saturday, May 15
Sixth Annual Classic American Car and Motorcycle Show
. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. John School, 270 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. Featuring food, live DJ and show cars and motorcycles galore. Free attendance for spectators. Come dressed 1950s style.

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.

Ninth Annual Emmaus Sponsored Monte Carlo Night.
6 – 11 p.m. at Hannah Nicole Vineyard in Brentwood. $60 donation includes dinner, dancing and gaming, one glass of wine and 200 chips. No-host bar, door prizes, raffles and sports memorabilia silent auction. Proceeds help the Emmaus ministry of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Brentwood and the church building fund. Kathy Vigil, (925) 634-0549.

Sunday, May 16

St. Jerome School Spring Festival.
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at 320 San Carlos Ave., El Cerrito. Annual fundraiser with food, carnival games with prizes, raffle, silent auction and live music by Hot Rod Jukebox. Contact: kishagrove@yahoo.com.

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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Tuesday, May 11
Catholics@Work. 7 – 8:15 a.m. breakfast program, at Crow Canyon County Club, Danville. Bishop Thomas Curry, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles and an expert on religious liberty, is the guest speaker. Mass is offered at 6:30 a.m. Cost: $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Information/registration on website: www.catholicsatwork.org.

Catholics Coming Home: Questions about the Church?
7 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. An eight-week series begins for those who have been inactive in their faith or have been away from the Church. Receive answers to your questions and help with your journey of faith. Deacon Charlie, (925) 830-0600.

Wednesday, May 12

How is Being a Priest Like Being a Businessman?
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Chancellor Hotel, 433 Powell St., San Francisco. Father Andrew Johnson, a pioneer in finance, widower and father of six who followed a call to the ordained priesthood, delivers his reflections on business, life, the priesthood and the Church for this event sponsored by the Catholic Professional and Business Club of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. $20 for members, $30 for non-members; includes appetizers and no-host bar. Pay at the door. www.cpbc-sf.org.

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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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.

Sunday, May 16

Spring Concert Presented By The Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers
. 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Donation: $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and children. (510) 887-4311; www.ggbc.org.

May 22, 23

From The Heart
. May 22: 5 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto; May 23: 3:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Soli Deo Gloria and Orchestra Gloria, conducted by Allen H. Simon with organist Angela Kraft Cross present a concert of choral and orchestral music composed in loving memory of mothers and fathers featuring the Durufle Requiem and works by Rutter, Daley, Chatman, plus four specially-commissioned premieres by Bay Area composers: Conrad Susa, Jan Lyon, Julia Simon and artistic director Allen H. Simon. Tickets: $25 general, $20 student/senior (at the door); discount for advance purchase. Free for students in grades K – 8. To purchase by phone: 888-SDG-SONG or online: www.sdgloria.org.

June 1, 4, 6, 8

Voices of Musica Sacra – Complete Choral Works of Samuel Barber
. June 1: 7:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin St., San Francisco; June 4: 7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek; June 6: 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley; June 8: 7:30 p.m. at Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive., Lafayette. A celebration of the centenary of Samuel Barber, one of America’s greatest composers by performing his entire output for chorus. John Kendall Bailey, music director. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors/students through website link www.vmschorus.org or (800) 838-3006, or at door.

Through July

Open Space Inside Out: the Architectural Drawings of Arnold S. Constable
. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Wed. at Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. 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. www.dspt.edu.

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Bible Study

May 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. 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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