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 January 24, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

The Spirit is our help
Father Mark Wiesner, pastor at St. Augustine in Oakland, will present a Men’s Retreat on the theme, “The Gift of the Holy Spirit” from Jan. 28-30 at St. Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. $250/single, $190/shared; $150/person/two-day “no overnight.” Registration/information: www.staugustineoakland.com/mensretreat.


Mondays, Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7
Weekly Meditation Groups in the John Main tradition. 5:30 p.m. 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.

Jan. 24, Feb. 14

Fil/Am Ministry at St. Clement Parish
. 7:30 p.m. at the parish center, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Meets every second and fourth Mondays. Contact: Simon Medrano, president. (510) 303-2965.

Tuesdays, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8

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

Perpetual Help Novena/Prayer
. 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. (925) 432-6404.

Wednesdays, Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9

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

Thursdays, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10

Chaplet of Divine Mercy Devotion. 6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Church, 971 O’Hara Ave., Oakley. Followed by Bible study until 8 p.m. All are welcome. (925) 625-2109.

Wednesday, Feb. 2

Taize Prayer Around the Cross
. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at All Saints Church, 22824 2nd St., Hayward. All are welcome for this meditative form of prayer where we meet God in song, the Word and silent wonder. Come lay your burdens at the cross. Francis Tanjuatco, (650) 678-7739.

Sunday, Feb. 6

Ecumenical Taize Prayer Around the Cross
. 7 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill. All are welcome who wish to gather in prayer and in a spirit of ecumenism. Participating churches: Hillcrest Congregational Church; Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal; St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Seventh-Day Adventist Church and CTK, all in Pleasant Hill.

Second Thursdays, Feb. 10

Prayer Group. At St. Philip Neri Church, 3100 Van Buren St., Alameda. Meets second Thursday of the month at 9 a.m., following 8:30 a.m. Mass. Roberta, (510) 521-4478.

Friday, Feb. 18

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 p.m. to 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. (510) 449-7554.

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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. to 5 p.m. at Most Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St., Antioch. (925) 757-4020.

Monday – Friday

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mary’s House of Mercy, 1850 Church Lane, San Pablo.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday in the convent), 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Wednesdays in the church) at St. Bede Church, 26950 Patrick Ave., Hayward. (510) 782-2171.

Monday – Saturday

9:30 a.m. to 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 to 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 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Tuesdays and Thursdays), 5 to 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.

8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m
. Benediction in Mary’s Chapel at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland.

Every fourth Tuesday

7:30 p.m. to 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 diall (510) 449-7554.

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Thursdays. and Fridays), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Saturdays) at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. (925) 891-8900.

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


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

First Fridays

7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Charles, (510) 566-9267.

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Feb. 4 – 6
Spirituality Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presenter: Megan McKenna. “The Gospels as Jubilee Joy” is the title for this retreat. The gospels are the announcements that joy has entered the world in the person of Jesus and that we are all immersed in this Good News. Registration: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Feb. 4, ends Feb. 6 with lunch at noon. $195 shared room/$225 private room. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

A Weekend Retreat
. At Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame. With Nancee Sobanya, grief counselor and educator. The workshop explores the powerful and mysterious nature of grief. During the weekend participants will learn how to navigate the new terrain of grief and orient themselves to that light inside that can draw us forward. (650) 340-7454 or www.mercy-center.org.

Saturday, Feb. 5

Women’s Retreat. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the gym at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon. Presented by the Women of St. Joan. Father Jeremy Leatherby and other speakers will gather for a day filled with prayer, music, sharing, and making new friends. The formal program begins at 9 a.m. Buffet lunch and afternoon snacks will be provided. Registration: Rose Holland, rose.holland85@gmail.com or Liz Mooring, (925) 336-1105.

Integrating the Moral and Spiritual Life
. At San Damiano Retreat, Danville. 9 a.m.: registration, program: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presenter: Father Rich Gula, SS. Participants will be invited to explore the interrelationship between the goodness of the moral life and the holiness of the spiritual life. $75 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Feb. 11 – 12

Religious Life Discernment Retreat
. At Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. For single Catholic women, 18 – 40. Freewill offering. RSVP by Feb. 7 at vocations@msjdominicans.org or (510) 933-6333.

Feb. 11 – 13

Married Couples Retreat.
At San Damiano Retreat, Danville. With Franciscan Father Rusty Shaughnessy and Karla and Richard Obernesser. On this St. Valentine’s weekend, participants will focus on the kiss and all that it symbolizes. Registration: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11, ends Feb. 13 with lunch at noon. $310/couple. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315 or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, Feb. 12

REFOCCUS: Marriage Preparation and Enrichment
. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Vallombrosa Retreat Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Are you civilly married, that is, married outside of the Catholic Church? Has your marriage been “blessed” by the Catholic Church? REFOCCUS is a program intended for both marriage enrichment and as a marriage preparation tool for couples civilly married more than two years and are seeking a Catholic wedding. Speaker: Dominican Father George Matanic. $150 fee includes REFFOCUS materials, lunch, refreshments and registration fee. (650) 325-5614 or www.vallombrosa.org.

Sunday, Feb. 13

Love Never Fails: An Afternoon for Married Couples
. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the parish hall at St. Michael Parish, 458 Maple St., Livermore. Couples from World Wide Marriage Encounter will share testimonials on refreshing one’s marriage, faith in the home, and couples celebrating their lives together. Program concludes with a blessing of marriages. Contact: Debbie Post, enrichment team coordinator at St. Michael Church, DebbieJaneStineman@yahoo.com or (925) 443-5314.

Friday, Feb. 18

Personal Growth Workshop
. At San Damiano Retreat, Danville. Presenter: Pewter Coster, MFT, Ph.D. Participants will explore procrastination – why we do it and how to stop it. Registration: 9 a.m., workshop: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $95 cost for those requesting CE units and $75 for others and includes lunch. (925) 837-9141, ext., 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, Feb. 26

Singles Workshop. At San Damiano Retreat, Danville. Presenter: Shoshana Kobrin, MS, MFT. This workshop will clarify your mindset about relationships and the characteristics and values you need in a partner. Registration: 8:30 a.m., workshop: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $75 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

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Thursday, Feb. 24
Game Day and Luncheon
. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Soda Center, St, Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Try your luck with the roll of the dice for bunco or make up a foursome for bridge or a game of your choice. $32/person, payable to SMC Guild. Registration: Dolores McGonigle, 828 Crossbrook Court, Moraga 94556 or (925) 376-4339. Deadline: Feb. 21. Proceeds: scholarships for St. Mary College students.

Saturday, March 5

Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction – St. Leander School
. At Ryan O’Connell Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Hall, San Leandro. 5 p.m.:no-host beer/wine; 6 p.m.: dinner; 7:30 p.m.: dessert and entertainment. Pre-sale until Feb. 5. $13/adult, $8/child (4 – 12), free (children 3 and under). All you can eat spaghetti and mac and cheese. Tickets available at school office, Christine Chan, (510) 351-4144 or cchan@csdo.org. Proceeds will benefit St. Leander School’s Tuition Assistance Fund.

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Monday, Jan. 24
Catechism and Culture for Latin Rite Catholics
. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Participants will study of both the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Council of Trent catechism over the course of a year. Begins Jan. 24 but folks can start anytime. Information: Rebecca Spencer-O’Hare, latin4all@sbcglobal.net or www.stmargmaryoak.org and click on “Latin for Liturgy.”

Jan. 24 – March 7

St. Charles/St. Michael’s Bible Study
. 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave. in Livermore. The theme for the Bible study group is “A Call to Justice: Amos/Micah/Hosea.” God stood by his people and did the right thing for them – the Bible calls this “justice.” We too are called to live out this understanding of “justice” in every aspect of our daily lives. This group is open to all. To reserve materials ($10 cost) or have questions, contact Julie, (925) 447-4549, ext. 114, or upcatholic@aol.com.

Wednesday, Feb. 2

Internship Faire. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Valley Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Following the faire Robert Grant will speak on Community Mental Health Trauma and Spirituality at 8 p.m. Questions? Dr. Shoemaker, (510) 436-1543. Host: Holy Names University Counseling and Forensic Psychology Master of Arts Program.

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Jan. 27, Feb. 10
Stepping Stones on Your Grief Journey
. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. The death of a loved one is unlike any other loss. Whether the death was sudden and tragic or one with warning and preparation, the reality of death leaves most of us in a state of shock, confusion and sadness. Join us bi-monthly and let us accompany you on your healing journey. Topics include “Coming to Grips with the New Normal,” “Dealing With Their Belongings,” and “I’m Fine, and Other Lies.” These sessions, which are open to all regardless of religious affiliation, will continue to March 24. Mary Hagerty, (925) 846-5377.

Jan. 27 – March 3

Companions on Your Grief Journey
. At St. John Vianney, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. The death of a loved one leaves most of us in a state of shock, confusion and sadness. Take the time and space to honor your grief and let us help you with the grieving process. Thursday evenings. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Nora Petersen, (925) 939-7911, ext. 107 or npetersen@sjvianney.org.

Saturday, Feb. 5

No More Secrets – Bimonthly Support Group for Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse. 11 a.m. to 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.

Thursday, Feb. 17

Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa
. 7 to 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.

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Sunday, Jan. 30
Annual Super Bowl Pool and Lunch
. 12:30 p.m. social, 1:30 p.m. lunch, at St. Mary’s High School, 1294 Albina Ave., Berkeley. Alums and friends of the high school are welcome. Proceeds benefit the St. Mary’s Memorial Scholarship Fund. Details/reservations: www.saintmaryschs.org or Joanne Howe, (510) 559-6227.

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crab feeds

Saturday, Jan. 29
Knights of Columbus No. 7683, 16th Annual Crab Feed
. At St. Monica’s Peace Room, St. Monica Church, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. Appetizers and no-host cocktails: 6 p.m. dinner: 7:30 p.m. Chicken is available if ordered in advance. Tickets: $50, must be reserved and paid for in advance. Non-refundable. Karl Anderson, (925) 283-3679.

Holy Names High School’s 21st Annual Crab Feed and Silent Auction
. At 4660 Harbord Drive, Oakland. 6 p.m.: social hour and silent auction (no-host bar); 7 p.m.: crab dinner. Proceeds benefit Holy Names High School students and programs. Presented by the parents and HNHS Alumnae Association. (510) 450-1110, ext. 112.

Saturday, Feb. 5

Knights of Columbus, Council 7663 Annual Crab Feed
. At St. Patrick Parish Hall, 825 Seventh St., Rodeo. 6 p.m.: no-host bar with live jazz music; dinner: 7:15 p.m. Raffle with many prizes after dinner. $45/person. Ticket deadline: Jan. 31. Gavin, (510) 504-8294 or Matt, (510) 799-0128.

St. John’s CYO Crab Feed
. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: no-host cocktails, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: dinner and raffle, 9 p.m. – midnight: dancing, at 264 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. $40/person includes all you can eat crab, pasta, salad and garlic bread. Must be 21 or older to attend. Emily Babcock, (510) 331-4256.

St. Leo the Great School Annual Crab Feed
. In the gym at 171 Ridgway Ave., Oakland. 6:30 p.m.: seating, 7 p.m.: dining, 8:30 – 10 p.m. dancing. Raffles and auction. All you can eat warm seasoned crab, w/salad, rolls and pasta. $50/person, $500/table, “To Go” $50/person. Monique, (510) 385-0945.

Saturday, Feb. 12

St. Leander Parish Valentine Crab Feed
. In Ryan O’Connell Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Social Hour: 5:30 p.m., Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Crab, pasta, dessert, silent auction, sports memorabilia, 50-50 raffle. Tickets: $35; $40 after Feb. 6. Parish office, (510) 895-5631.

St. Joan of Arc Knights of Columbus Crab Feed
. In gymnasium, St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. To benefit the Contra Costa and Solano County Food Bank and the parish. $45/person. Register online: www.kofc9206.org or (925) 263-1776.

Saturday, Feb. 19

32nd Annual Crab Feed/The Church of the Transfiguration
. At 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd. 5 p.m.: no-host cocktails; dinner: 6:30 p.m. Dancing after dinner. $37/person. (510) 733-2500.



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