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 February 7, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 3   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Reading into Scripture
Zach Flanagin, an associate professor at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, will lead a new Scripture study series, “Not to abolish but to fulfill” (Mt 5:17) – The Relationship between the Old and New Testament, in the Vista Room at St. John Vianney Church in Walnut Creek. Flanagin will explore how Christians read the Old and New Testament in the light of Christ. The series begins Feb. 7 and continues Feb. 14, 28 and March 7. No fee. The church is at 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek.


Sunday, Feb. 20
Third Sundays at the Cathedral
. 5 p.m. at 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Matthew Walsh, director of music, St. Monica Church, San Francisco. Free admission. Free-will donations accepted. A docent-led tour of the Cathedral will be available an hour before the concert at $5/person.

Saturday, Feb. 21

Songs of Trial and Hope. I Cantori. 8 p.m. Choral ensemble from Walla Walla University. Kraig Scott, director. Tickets: $20/person. ($10 for seniors/students.) 7 p.m.: Cathedral tour, $5/person.

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Mondays, Feb. 7, 14, 21
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, 8, 15, 22

Rosary and Prayer Group
. 6 p.m. (1st Rosary pro-life), 7 p.m. (2nd 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, Feb. 9, 16, 23

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 Drive, Bay Point. (925) 550-0679.

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.

Thursdays, Feb. 10, 17, 24

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.

Feb. 14, 28

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.

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.ccwww.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. (510) 449-7554.

Saturday, Feb. 26

Annual Bishop’s Day. Mass: 10:30 a.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg; Reception: Delta View Golf Club, Wedgwood Banquet Center, 2222 Golf Club Road, Pittsburg. Honoring Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone. Sponsor: The Contra Costa and East Bay districts of the Italian Catholic Federation. $29/adults; $15/children 10 and younger. RSVP: Patty, (925) 228-0818.

Sunday, March 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.

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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 Drive, 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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Feb. 8. 15, 22, March 1, 8
Women’s Spirituality Series. At San Damiano Retreat, Danville. With Kathy Miranda. Using an open door as a metaphor for the pathway to spiritual growth, we will use Joyce Rupp’s process to take time to be with some important questions. Registration: 9 a.m., series: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Option to stay for lunch. $25/session. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at 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. Free-will offering. RSVP by Feb. 7 at vocations@msjdominicans.org or (510) 933-6333.

Feb. 11 – 13

Maryknoll Retreat: Forgiveness, the Path to God
. At Maryknoll Regional Center, 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo. This retreat weekend will provide time and space to examine the importance of forgiveness and to explore where in our lives we need to forgive and be forgiven. Through silence, community prayer and faith sharing participants will journey within to seek the healing love of God so that they will be empowered to be instruments of forgiveness and peace with others. The retreat is limited to 12 people. Suggested donation: $100 to cover the costs of accommodation, food and materials. Those who are financially challenged can give what they can. sanfrancisco@maryknoll.org or (510) 276-5021.

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: Feb. 11, 4 – 6:30 p.m.; 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. – 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.vallambrosa.org.

Sunday, Feb. 13

Love Never Fails: An Afternoon for Married Couples
. 2 – 6 p.m. in the parish hall at St. Michael Parish, 458 Maple St. in 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. – 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. – 4 p.m., $75 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

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Saturday, Feb. 12
Polenta Dinner. At St. Philip Neri Parish Hall, Alameda. Social hour: 6 p.m.; Dinner: 7 p.m. $20/adults, $8/children 12 years and under. RSVP: Pat Pasquinelli, (510) 522-6215.

Saturday, March 5

Fashions on the Green XIII
. Noon at San Ramon Royal Vista Golf Club, 9430 Fircrest Lane, San Ramon. This annual fashion show and luncheon is presented by the Oakland Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. Fashions by Draper’s and Damon’s in Walnut Creek. $30/person, pre-paid. Reservations by March 4 to Kay Horsell, 7687 Tuscany Dr., Dublin, CA 94568; (925) 829-0949.

1st Annual 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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Tuesday, Feb. 8
Catholics@Work Breakfast
. 6:30 a.m.: Mass; 7 – 8:15 a.m.: breakfast program, at Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville. Featured speaker Dick Lyles, CEO of Origin Entertainment, host of The Catholic Business Hour on EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network, will identify key trends in the workplace and share his view on lay Catholic leadership. Cost: $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers.
Understanding Islam. 7 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Presenter Dr. Amer Araim will introduce his new book, which chronicles his efforts to build bridges between the Muslim community, other faith groups and the community of large, and especially the dialogue begun at St. Bonaventure some nine years ago. This gathering will continue that dialogue. (925) 672-5800, ext. 2217.

Non-Violent Approaches to Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
. 7:30 p.m. at St. Charles Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Presentation by Dennis and Marcia Elchesen, who, during a recent visit to the Holy Land, met many individuals and groups that are working to achieve peaceful existence and mutual respect among Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities. Julie, upcatholic@aol.com or (925) 447-4549, ext. 114.

Thursday, Feb. 10

Making the Mystics More Accessible
. 7 – 8:45 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. Bill Dohar will look at the lives of Theresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day and others who have been called “mystics” in the Catholic tradition and how to gain access to the spirituality their lives embodied. Free will offerings accepted. Walt Sears, (925) 963-9341. Sponsor: Adult Education Ministry at St. Augustine.

Thursday, Feb. 17

The Porziuncola: Special Place with Special Meaning
. 5:10 – 6:10 p.m. at Franciscan School of Theology (FST) in Berkeley. Franciscan Father Michael Guinan, professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at FST, will talk about the tiny chapel of Assisi, known as the Porziuncola. (510) 848-5232 or www.fst.edu.

Through March 7

St. Charles/St. Michael’s Bible Study
. 7:30 – 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.

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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.

Church of the Assumption Annual Crab Feed
. In the gym at 1100 Fulton Ave., San Leandro. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner: 7 p.m. Reserved seating, tickets will not be sold at the door. $35/adults; $30/seniors (62 years and over); $10/kids (ages 6 – 12); free/kids five years and younger. Tickets: contact the rectory, (510) 352-1537.

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.

Saturday, Feb. 26

Our Lady of Guadalupe School Annual Crab Feed and Auction
. At Holy Spirit Church Hall, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; dinner: 6 – 7:30 p.m.; dancing: 9 p.m. $40/person. Ticket deadline: Feb. 16. Must be 21 or older to attend. Lorrie, (510) 657-1674.

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Feb. 10, 24
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.

Thursday, Feb. 17

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.

Through 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, April 2

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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Sunday, Feb. 20
“Faith in the Arts” with Bob Hurd. 2 p.m. in the Vallombrosa Chapel, at Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Composer Bob Hurd will join the Vallombrosa Choir, under the direction of Patrick Feehan, for this concert of song and reflection. The program will include Hurd’s well-known songs as well as his newer works. Open to the public. Suggested donation: $25. www.vallombrosa.org or (650) 325-5614.



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