A Publication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland
Catholic Voice Online Edition
Front Page In this Issue Around the Diocese Letters News in Brief Calendar Commentary
Mission Statement
Contact Us
Publication Dates
Back Issues

Links to head
Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland

El Heraldo

Movie Reviews

Mass Times

Catholic Voice

 May 24, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Acting on faith
Sharon Bidwell, a JustFaith coordinator will present an introductory workshop on JustFaith, a spiritual formation program, from 7 – 9 p.m. on June 3 at St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek. The event is free but RSVP is requested. Meg Bowerman, lmjtbow@pacbell.net or (510) 531-7139.


May 29, June 19
Cathedral Concerts. 8 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light. May 29: CSU East Bay Singers. Program will feature Maurice Durufle’s “Requiem.” $7 general admission, $5 seniors, free with CSUEB or student ID. http://music.csueastbay.edu/tickets.php or (510) 885-3167. June 19: San Francisco Boys Chorus, choir-in-residence at Cathedral of Christ the Light. A docent led tour of the Cathedral is available to the public one hour prior to the concerts for a donation of $5 per person.

Saturday, June 5

Organ Dedication Series
. 8 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light. Thomas Murray, Yale University. Free-will donation. www.ctlcathedral.org.

backto topup arrow


Mondays, May 24, 31, June 7
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.

Tuesday, May 25

Charismatic Healing Mass. At St, Mary Church, Walnut Creek. 6:45 p.m.: confessions, 7 p.m.: praise and worship; 7:30 p.m.: Mass, anointing follows Mass.

Tuesdays, May 25, June 1, 8

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.

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.

Saturday, May 29

Memorial Mass. 10 a.m. at St. Catherine Cemetery on Old Carquinez Scenic Route, Concord. Event will honor the parish’s founding members and veterans of military service.

Saturday, June 5

25th Anniversary of the Restoration of Mission San Jose
. 10 a.m. at 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Bishop Emeritus John Cummins will preside at the Mass followed by a Eucharistic Procession. Festivities will conclude with a multicultural reception in the parish hall. All are welcome. www.saintjosephmsj.org.

Sunday, June 6

Taize Prayer Around the Cross
. 7 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill. The Christian churches of Pleasant Hill (CTK, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, Resurrection Episcopal, and Hillcrest Congregational Church) sponsor an hour of devotional prayer in the spirit and music of Taize (the ecumenical monastic community in southern France). All are welcome to gather in prayer and in a spirit of ecumenism.

Saturday, June 12

Feast Day of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St., Antioch. Regional retreat of the Marian Movement of Priests. Father Charles Becker, moderator of the Marian Movement of Priests, live music and more. All are welcome. Free admission. Bring your own lunch and beverage. (925) 757-4020.

backto topup arrow


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 Church, 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 Church, 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 Church, 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.

backto topup arrow


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. Led 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.

June 3 – 6

Francis of Assisi and the Hero’s Journey
. At Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame. Retreat leader Jim Neafsy will lead participants in tracing the transformative journey of Francis as well as their own search for meaning. $290/overnight three-night stay. (650) 340-7454, www.mercy-center.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.

June 4 – 6

Spirituality Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presented by Oblate Father Ronald Rolheiser. “The Deeper Secrets Inside the Gospels – The Challenge to a More Adult Discipleship” is the title for this weekend. Commuters only. Registration: June 4 from 4 – 6:30 p.m.; retreat ends on June 6 with lunch at noon. Cost: $145 for commuters. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

June 11 – 13

Father’s Day Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presented by Franciscan Father Rusty Shaughnessy and David Williams. Participants will engage in the awesome vocation of Fatherhood with a focus on “an exchange of love for love.” Registration: June 11, 4 – 6:30 p.m.; retreat ends on June 13 with lunch at noon. $180 shared room/$210 private room. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, June 12

Men’s Retreat. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the parish hall at St. Patrick Church, 19399 E. State Hwy. 120, Ripon. Theme: “Be the Man God Calls You to Be.” Guest speakers: Father Isaac Relyea, Jesse Romero and Terry Barber, who is heard on Immaculate Heart Radio 1260 AM. $30. Register at www.saintjoe.com and clicking the conference link or call Hector Hernandez, (209) 992-8186 or SK Jose Solorzano, (925) 525-7837. Sponsor: The Padre Miguel Pro Chapter of the Knights of Columbus #14499.

June 18 – 20

Dream Workshop
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presented by Dr. Jeremy Taylor. Dream work in both large and small groups will be used to decode messages from the unconscious. Registration: June 18, 4 – 6:30 p.m.; retreat ends June 20 with lunch at noon. $185 shared room/$215 private room. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

June 21 – 25

Silent Contemplative Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presented by Sister Ishpriya. A week of silence and reflection centering around spiritual maturity in a global age. Registration: June 21, 4 – 5:30 p.m.; retreat ends June 25 with lunch at noon. $295 shared room/$360 private room. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

backto topup arrow


Saturday, June 12
St. Leander’s Meridians 9th Annual Summer Sports Collectors Show
. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Leander’s Ryan O’Connell Hall, 575 West Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. A variety of vintage sports memorabilia items (1888 – 2010) will be available for sale. Free appraisals are available (for pre-1975 items only). Door prizes will be given away all day. Admission is $3, but free to those who are under five years old or over 65. Proceeds benefit St. Leander Parish as well as local charities. Mark, (510) 538-6245.

Saturday, June 19

Tapas Night. 5 – 9 p.m. at lawn area, Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St., Antioch. $30 per person. Live music provided by Julio Lacayo. All you can eat tapas and all you can drink wine and sangria. Presented by Holy Rosary Mobile Mall, which collects gently used items that people can shop for free once a month. Pipa Samson, (925) 706-1534; Chris Harrington, (925) 757-5671; Natalie Roberts (925) 757-6394.

backto topup arrow


Tuesday, May 25
Rights of Passage: Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration
. 7:15 p.m. in Norton Hall, St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. Jesuit Father William R. O’Neill, associate professor of social ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, will give a thought-provoking talk countering the myths and misinformation about this critical and timely issue. Refreshments to follow. Free and open to the public. Sponsor: The Peace and Social Justice Committee of St. Mary Magdalen Parish.

Thursday, May 27

A Reflection on the Jewish Sabbat
. 7 – 8:30 p.m. in parish center at St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. Rabbi Shelly Waldenberg, senior lecturer at Holy Names University in Oakland, will discuss the ancient roots of Shabbat and its implications for Jewish identity and spirituality. Good will offerings will be accepted. Walt Sears, (925) 963-9341.

Friday, June 4

Mothers Reflect on War
. 7:30 p.m. in chapel at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. After her son was deployed to Afghanistan in 2003, Susan Galleymore interviewed mothers across the U.S. and the Middle East about war and its consequences. She will read from her book based on those interviews called “Long Time Passing: Mothers Speak About War and Terror.” Free admission. (510) 499-0537.

Saturday, June 12

Manhattan Forum Lecture Series – Asclepius’ Snake and the Crucifix: Pagan Greek and Christian Medical Ethics
. 3-5 p.m. in Fr. Kozina Hall at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave. in Oakland. Thomas A. Cavanaugh, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco, will deliver a lecture on the current state of medical ethics and the potential role that insights from ancient Greek philosophy and the Christian tradition could play in its renewal. Admission is free. www.sapi.org or (888) 619-7882.

June 26 – Aug. 28

Latin Grammar Class. 9 – 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Information: stmargmaryoak.org, click on “Latin for Liturgy.”

backto topup arrow


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.

Friday, June 4

CCOP Music Ministry 2nd Annual Spring Concert
. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Join the adult, teen and children’s choirs, cantors, and instrumentalists of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton’s music ministry as they make joyful music under the direction of Joe Hebert. All ages welcome. Refreshments to follow. Free will offering appreciated.

Saturday, June 5

Make Our Garden Grow
. 7:30 p.m. at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 Lacassie Ave., Walnut Creek. The Cantare Chorale, Chamber Ensemble and Nova join forces for a season finale with songs by Leonard Bernstein, Rene Clausen, Norman Dello Joio, James Mulholland, Stephen Paulus, among others. Also included: an Armed Forces Medley in honor of our veterans, African American spirituals and gospel songs, and a medley from one of Broadway’s finest musicals, Les Miserables. $40 general, $35 senior, $10 youth. www.cantareconvivo.org or (510) 836-0789.

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.

backto topup arrow

Bible Study

Monday, May 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.

backto topup arrow

Social justice

May 28, June 4, 11
Pro-Life Action. 9 a.m. at the Planned Parenthood Center, 2185 Pacheco St., Concord. Pro-life people from Queen of All Saints Church in Concord gather to pray. For more pro-life information and news: David, (925) 686-9277 or davidlzarri@earthlink.net.

Sunday, July 18

AIDS Walk San Francisco
. 10:30 a.m. at Sharon Meadow, San Francisco. Walkers from throughout the diocese will take part in this 10K fundraising walk benefitting the S.F. AIDS Foundation and other Bay Area HIV/AIDS services organizations. The walk is dog friendly and stroller friendly. To register online: go to http://www.aidswalk.net/sanfran/takeaction/register/html click on “register and join a team.” Select “Catholic Charities of the East Bay – Team #4104” from the drop down list and click “continue.” Fill in the information and you will be contacted. For more information: Bill Dow, (510) 865-1942, willydow@comcast.net.

backto topup arrow


Saturday, June 12
Annual Gold Club Luncheon
. At St. Mary’s High School, 1294 Albina Ave., Berkeley. The reunion begins with a 10:30 a.m. Mass followed by a social and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $40 per person. Joanne Howe, (510) 559-6227.

backto topup arrow


Saturday, June 5
CCOP Music Ministry Spring Golf Tournament.
10 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. tee-off start at Sunol Valley Golf Course in Sunol. Program includes awards dinner, raffle and dinner. Proceeds benefit the Catholic Community of Pleasanton Music Ministry’s Rome Pilgrimage Scholarship. ccopmusic.org/golf or Maria Lata, (925) 803-6262.

4th Annual Golf Tournament (St. John School, San Lorenzo)
. 11 a.m. at Skywest Golf Course in Hayward. $125 per person cost includes green fees, cart, goody bag. Tri Tip dinner at 5:30 p.m. Also DJ, raffle. Valarie, (510) 276-6632.

Monday, June 14

Moreau Golf Classic
. At TPC Stonebrae golf course in Hayward. Benefitting the Gary Stone Scholarship Fund. For more information or make a donation, contact Diana (Straggas) DeFrance. (510) 881-4330 or ddefrance@moreaucatholic.org.



Sections on this page:

Eucharist Adoration
Bible Study
Social Justice


Next Issue of The Catholic Voice: June 7, 2010

Send submissions by May 28 to Carrie McClish.

2121 Harrison St., Suite 100
Oakland, CA 94612

PHONE: (510) 419-1074
FAX: (510) 893-4734
EMAIL (text and photos):
REFER TO PHOTO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES to ensure that photos are suitable for publication.

Copyright © 2008 The Catholic Voice, All Rights Reserved. Site design by Sarah Kalmon-Bauer.