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 November 8, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Who Gets Included?
Brian Swimme (left), noted cosmologist and physicist, and Father Brian Joyce, pastor at Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill, will kick-off a three evening series at the parish on “Who Gets Included” on Nov. 29. Father Joyce will address, “Who Gets Included in the Church’s Age Old Story” and Swimme will address, “Who Gets Included in the New Story of the Universe.” The session will begin at 7:15 p.m. at Christ the King Church, which is located at the corner of Gregory Lane and Brandon Road in Pleasant Hill.


Wednesday, Nov. 10
Faith Formation Leaders Workshop: Catechesis and the New Media
. 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in parish hall at Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. All DREs/CREs, priests, and youth ministers are invited to attend this workshop, which will include the “Do’s and Don’t’s” of Using Social Media. Presenter: Carson Weber, associate director for New Media Evangelization for the Diocese of Sacramento. Coffee and continental breakfast will be provided. RSVP: Julia Ramos, jramos@oakdiocese.org.

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Mondays, Nov. 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.
Weekly Meditation Groups in the John Main tradition. 5:30 and 7 p.m. in the Keeley Center at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Claire La Scola, (925) 447-9800 or clairelascola@yahoo.com.

Tuesdays, Nov. 9, 16, 23

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.

Wednesday, Nov. 10

Taize Prayer Gathering. 7 p.m. at Maryknoll Center, 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo. Taize is a meditative common prayer using song, chants, Scripture, reflection and periods of contemplative silence. All are welcome.

Wednesdays, Nov. 10, 17, 24

Perpetual Help Devotion Baclaran Format.
8:15 or 9:15 a.m. after last morning Mass at Our Lady Queen of the World Church, 3155 Winterbrook Dr., Bay Point. (925) 550-0679.

Nov. 11 – 14

Women’s Cursillo Weekend
. At Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland. A three-day learning, sharing experience of living in a Christian Community. Information/applications and sponsor forms: www.oakdiocesecursillo.org or contact Dave Grubbs, (925) 484-0862 or Carolyn Steele, (925) 648-4890.

Monday, Nov. 15

Mass of Remembrance
. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. All are welcome to attend this special evening to give thanks for all the persons you have loved who have died and to honor their lives as the gift they will forever be. If you wish, bring a small picture or memento of your loved one.

Friday, Nov. 19

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.

Taize (Prayer Around the Cross)
. 8 – 9:15 p.m. at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. (Entrance is on Mission Tierra Place, between Ohlone College and the Old Mission San Jose.) Feel free to invite others. If you are unable to attend, know that we hold you in special prayer.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Day of Reflection. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 41933 Blacow Road, Fremont. Presenter: Father Jim Sullivan. Topic: “Our Lady of Guadalupe: Her Story, Her Message and Her Tilma.” Lunch is provided. To ensure there is enough food, please RSVP to lfisher7544@comcast.net or (925) 785-1969.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Prayer Breakfast. 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Concord Hilton. Sponsored by Magnificat, a new lay association of Catholic women in the Oakland Diocese. Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, who recently approved this new organization, will be the guest speaker at this first major event. All interested Catholic women are invited to register and attend. Information: www.oakdiocese.org/magnificat_1prayer_breakfast.pdf.

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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 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.

7:30 – 8:30 p.m
. in the chapel at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Ave., Concord. (925) 682-5447.

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.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Tuesdays and Thursdays), 5 – 6 p.m. (Wednesdays; daily Mass 6 p.m.), in the chapel at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 843-2244.

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.

Thursdays, First Saturdays

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Thursdays), 6 p.m. – 7 a.m. Sunday (First Saturdays) at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. (925) 837-2122.

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.

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Friday, Nov. 12
A Study Day for Clergy
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presenter: Franciscan Father Garrett Galvin. The day will be spent trying to come to a deeper understanding of the Gospel of Matthew in order to gain new insights. Registration: 9 a.m. Program: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $45 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Nov. 12 – 14

2010 Charismatic Fall Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presenter: Sacred Hearts Father Pat Crowley, known internationally for his healing and teaching ministries. $186 single room /$156 shared room. Sponsor: Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office, Diocese of Oakland. Information/registration: (925) 828-6644.

Nov. 26 – 28

Recovery Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presenter: Sister Briegeen Moore, “Life is a dance – when you take the step!” The 12 Steps promise relief from the stresses of daily life. This weekend will focus on the practical application of these Steps in the inevitable changes in life’s journey. Registration on Nov. 26 from 4 – 6:30 p.m.; ends on Nov. 28 with lunch at noon. $195 shared room/$220 private room. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Scripture Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presenters: Franciscan Father Garrett Galvin and Franciscan Father Michael Guinan. Advent is rooted in the covenant made with David and Jerusalem. The goal of this retreat is to look closely at the Advent readings and gain new perspectives on Matthew’s Gospel. Registration: Nov. 26, 4 – 6:30 p.m.; ends Nov. 28 with lunch at noon. $185 shared room/$215 private room. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Vocation Retreat for Men: The Greccio Experience
. At Holy Family Friary in Castro Valley. Participants will explore Franciscan Spirituality as revealed in the incarnation, the birth of Jesus. To reserve a space or more information, contact Conventual Franciscan Father Tom Czeck, (301) 866-8463 or calfriars@yahoo.com. RSVP by Nov. 21.

Tuesday, Nov. 30

Advent Twilight Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat, Danville. Presenter: Kathy Miranda. Come away for a quiet and contemplative entry into the season of waiting. Registration: 4:30 – 5 p.m. The program: 5 – 8:30 p.m. $30 cost includes dinner. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

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Saturday, Nov. 13
Bingo Night. At St. Anthony Church, 971 O’Hara Ave., Oakley. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., first number is called at 7 p.m. $20 and $30 buy-ins, dinner is free with your buy-in. The games pay out $100 for regular bingo and $150 for (2) specials and the blackout. Door prizes at intermission. Information: columbiette10414@aol.com. Every 2nd Saturday, except December. Sponsor: St. Anthony Columbiettes and Knights of Columbus Council #10414.

St. Leander Church Fundraiser
. 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Ryan O’Connell Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. All-you-can-eat ravioli dinner with salad and garlic bread. $10/person. No-host bar; desserts $1/slice. Parish office: (510) 895-5631.

Zydeco Dance
. 7 – 11 p.m. in St. Columba Church Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Music by Mark St. Mary. Tickets: $15 pre-sale; $20 at the door. Food sold at reasonable prices. Food prepared by Lucy, formally of Lucy’s Creole Kitchen. Children under 13 years of age not admitted. (510) 654-7600 or (510) 527-0232.

Sunday, Nov. 14

2010 Harvest Season Scholarship Event.
2 – 5 p.m. at the Hume Castle, 2900 Buena Vista Way in Berkeley. (Free shuttle service is recommended.) Program includes estate wine, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Tickets: $50. Benefit for St. Martin de Porres Regional School in Oakland. www.stmdp.org.

Saturday, Nov. 20

Sock Hop. 6:30 p.m. at St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court (off San Luis Road), Walnut Creek. Includes spaghetti dinner with homemade sauce. Raffle, prizes, 50/50 and dancing. Cost: $10. Annette, (925) 210-0732.

Nov. 20, 21

Christ the King Church Holiday Boutique
. After the Masses at 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill. No admission fee. Raffle tickets for sale. (925) 682-0376.
Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Annual Holiday Boutique and Drawing. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Featuring the Dominican Sisters’ Famous Fruitcakes, baked goods, Sciabica’s Mission and assorted flavored olive oils (no Dominican Sisters’ oil is available), handmade gifts, and raffle prizes. (510) 657-2468; www.msjdominicans.org.

Saturday, Nov. 27

St. Leander’s Meridians 27th Annual 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 (1880s – 2010) will be available for sale. Free verbal appraisals are available (for pre-1975 items ONLY). Door prizes will be given away all day. Admission: $3; free to those are under 5 years old or over 65. Proceeds benefit St. Leander Parish as well as local charities. Mark, (510) 538-6245.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Bingo. At St. Joseph School, 1961 Plum St., Pinole. Doors open at 4 p.m. Games begin at 5 p.m. Hosted by the 7th and 8th grades.

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Monday, Nov. 8
Lecture: NYC Islamic Center Project
. 5:30 p.m. networking, 6 p.m. lecture, at Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco. Presenter: Munir Jiwa, founding director and professor, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union. The controversial Park51 project to build a mosque and interfaith community center near Ground Zero sparked into a national conversation about religious freedom, patriotism, and Islamophobia. Jiwa posits that the general public still equates 9/11 with Islam rather than al-Qaida. He says we must work toward mutual respect and understanding. Free for students and Commonwealth Club members; $20 non-members. Tickets: https://tickets.commonwealthclub.org/auto_choose_ga.asp?area=2

Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women
. 7 p.m. in Soda Activity Center, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Presenter: Rebecca Traister, a senior writer at Salon.com, where she has covered women in politics, media and entertainment since Oct. 2003. Sponsor: St. Mary’s College Women’s Studies Program. Diana Bianchi, (925) 631-4706.

Tuesday, Nov. 9

Catholics@Work. 6:30 a.m. Mass; 7 – 8:15 a.m. breakfast program at Crow Canyon Country Club, Danville. Featured speaker: Mother Antonia Brenner, “The Prison Angel.” Following a privileged upbringing in Beverly Hills, she raised a family, became a nun and currently lives in La Mesa Penitentiary in Tijuana where she serves the poorest of the poor. A private screening of a documentary about Mother Antonia will be offered to members. Cost: $20/members, $25/nonmembers. www.catholicsatwork.org.

Lecture and Discussion: “The Progression of Jewish Spirituality,” by Ken Cohen
. 7 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. Cohen is a prominent Bay Area scholar and lecturer. A compelling evening for anyone interested in exploring and/or developing Judeo-Christian spirituality. Goodwill offerings are accepted. Questions?: Walt Sears, (925) 963-9341 or waltsears79@yahoo.com.

The Rise of Fundamentalism
. 7:30 p.m. in Borromeo Hall, St. Charles Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Guest speaker: Passionist Father Thomas Bonacci. Julie, (925) 447-4549, ext. 114, or upcatholic@aol.com.

Sunday, Nov. 14

Public Lecture. 7:30 p.m. at Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. Presenter: Dominican Father Nicanor Austriaco. Topic: “The Theological Foundations of Virtue in Light of Evolution.” www.dspt.edu.

Monday, Nov. 15

St. Agnes School Prospective Kinders Meeting
. 7 p.m. at 3886 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Parents of prospective Kinders are invited to learn about kindergarten readiness and the school’s Kindergarten program. www.stagnesconcord.com or (925) 689-3990.

Nov. 15 – 19

Latin for Liturgy – Advent Intensive
. 6:45 – 8 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Learn to say and sing Church Latin, the basic chants of The Holy Mass, the people’s responses, and hymns for the Advent season, in an informal and energetic setting. Cost: $18 for five-night workshop, and $15 for book. www.stmargmaryoak.org, click on “Latin for Liturgy.”

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Reconciliation 101. 7 – 8:30 p.m. in parish hall at St. Michael Church, 458 Maple St., Livermore. Why do I have to tell my sins to a priest? How often should I go to Confession? What are the rules? For answers, come to a short refresher course on this oft misunderstood Sacrament of healing. Louise, (925) 447-2925.

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Thursday, Nov. 18
Catholic 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 are welcome to participate in this peer group. Joan S., (925) 939-1007.

Saturday, Dec. 4

No More Secrets – Bimonthly Support Group for Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Elementary School, faculty room, 1516 – 33rd Ave., Oakland. Street parking is available. Facilitated by a licensed psychotherapist. Survivors and their families are welcome. Sponsor: Diocese of Oakland. (510) 843-6971.



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