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 February 21, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

New era, new challenges
Peter Steinfels, co-director of the Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University in New York, will speak at 7:30 p.m. March 7 at Holy Spirit/Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way in Berkeley. The topic of his talk is “What Catholicism will we choose for the 21st Century?” The Chicago native, who has taught at Georgetown and Notre Dame universities, is a former editor of Commonweal Magazine and religion editor for The New York Times.


Monday, 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.

First Wednesdays, Fridays

Solemn Vespers/Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction
. First Wednesdays: 6 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. First Fridays: After 7:10 a.m. Mass – noon, in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel (immediately behind the altar.) Take time out from your busy schedule to spend an hour with the Lord. All are welcome. (510) 832-5057.

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March 9 – 20
Prayer Wednesdays of Lent.
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. in main parlor, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd. Fremont. blessings@msjdominicans.org or S. Beth Quire, OP, (510) 499-7554.

March 9, 16, 22

Lenten Days of Renewal
. At San Damiano Retreat, Danville. Various presenters will share their Lenten reflections, ending with Eucharist. Registration: 9 a.m., program 9:30 – 3 p.m. $25/person includes lunch. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

March 21, 22, 23

St. Felicitas Lenten Parish Mission
. At 9 a.m., repeats at 7 p.m. in St. Felicitas Church, 1662 Manor Blvd, San Leandro. Nationally-renowned author and preacher Father Tom Allender will give a very unique parish mission called, “Life’s Journey.” March 21: “The Difference Between Loving God and Letting God Love Us”; March 22: “Transforming Our Fears Into Faith”; March 23: “The Journey to Becoming a Whole Person.” (510) 351-5244.

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Mon., Feb. 21, 28, March 7
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, Feb. 22, March 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.

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

Wed., Feb. 23, March 2, 9

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.

Thur., Feb. 24, March 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.

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.

Tuesday, Feb. 22

Women’s Faith Sharing at St. Monica Church
. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in Peace Center, St. Monica Parish, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. Presenter: Father Mark Wiesner, pastor at St. Augustine Parish in Oakland. Theme: “You Expect Me to Follow That?” All are welcome.

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 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 Feb. 27

Grand Ultreya/Annual Meeting for Cursillo members and guests
. 1:30 p.m., upper building, Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland. The afternoon includes election of Sacretariate positions for 2011 – 2013, then approval of changes to the by-laws. Discussion on leadership and service, prayer. (925) 787-9378.

Feb. 27 – April 17

Old Testament Bible Study
. 8 – 9 p.m. classroom 1, St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. (925) 830-3399 or pk2917@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, March 2

Taizé Prayer Around the Cross
. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at All Saints Church, 22824 2nd St, Hayward. All are welcome for this candlelit prayer service where we meet God in song, the Word, and silent wonder. Come lay your burdens at the cross. Participating churches: All Saints, Transfiguration, Our Lady of Grace, St Bede, St. Clement, St Joachim. Information: Francis Tanjuatco, (650) 678-7739.

Sunday, March 6

Ecumenical Taize Prayer Around the Cross
. 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 1601 Mary Drive, 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 Christ the King, all in Pleasant Hill.

Thursday, March 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.

Saturday, March 12

Prayer Breakfast. 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Concord Hilton, Concord. Guest speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Kim will share insights about the transforming love of Christ in her own life. Open to all women in the Oakland Diocese. $25/person by March 5; $35 thereafter. All clergy complimentary; call Grace to pre-register: (925) 949-8953. Sponsor: Magnificat: A Ministry to Catholic Women. Amy Scheid, (925) 899-5321, www.magnificatsoti.org or magnificatsolt@gmail.com.

Friday, March 18

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.

Friday, March 25

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 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.

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Feb. 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.

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.

March 4 – 6

Men’s Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Join the St. Bonaventure Men’s Group and retreat master, Father Aidan McAleenan, pastor at St. Columba Parish in Oakland. $199 double room/$262 single room. Includes six meals beginning with Friday supper. Registration/information; Peter Nixon, (925) 363-5884 or Matt Remington, (925) 672-4006.

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Saturday, Feb. 26
Carnival Christi: Le Quatrieme Mardi Gras: fourth annual Mardi Gras Dinner Dance and Auction. 5 p.m. Mass, followed by dinner dance and auction. Proceeds to benefit St. Margaret Mary building fun and Order of Malta Health Clinic at the Cathedral of Christ the Light. (Health clinic open to poor and uninsured of Oakland.) Tickets must be purchased in advance: benefactors: $100/person and general: $75/person. Sponsor: St. Anne’s Guild at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Oakland and Order of Malta. Lucia La Rocca, ldlarocca@aol.com. Information: www.stmargmaryoak.org.

A “Think Spring” Luncheon and Fashion Show
. 11:30 a.m. at St. Catherine’s School Hall, Castro and Henrietta streets, Martinez. $13/person. Reservations: Annette Liberty, (925) 228-8428.

Feb. 26 – 27

Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction
. At St. Joseph School, 43222 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Feb.: 26: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. take out only; Feb. 27: 1:30 – 5 p.m.: take out or dine in. Dinner, no-host wine bar, raffle prizes and silent auction. $8/adult, $6/child (3 – 12), seniors (65+). Tickets available at St. Joseph School office or call (510) 656-6525 or tgasiorowski@sjsmsj.org. Hosted by St. Joseph School 6th graders and their parents; proceeds benefit St. Joseph School 6th-grade science camp.

Thursday, March 3

Bacchanalia Food and Wine Fest
. 6 p.m. at De La Salle High School, 1130 Winton Dr., Concord. Seventeen wineries and 10 restaurants will be sharing their best. Live music, silent auction, boutique shopping. Funds raised support student activities. $40/person. Register online: www.dlshs.org. Beth Garland, (925) 288-8184 or garlandb@dlshs.org.

Magdalene’ s Embrace – A Benefit for Haiti.
In Valley Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. A program of choral music, prayer and sacred dance inspired by the life of Mary Magdalene. Proceeds to the Little Sisters of St. Therese in Haiti. Donation: $35. Call Sagrada Sacred Arts, (510) 653-7196.

Friday, March 4

Irish Cultural Night. 6 – 10 p.m. in Soda Center at St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Silent auction, Irish music, dinner of traditional corned beef and cabbage or chicken pesto. $35/person. Sponsor: St. Mary’s College Guild. (925) 376-3201.

Saturday, March 5

Fashions on the Green XIII
. Noon at San Ramon Royal Vista Golf Club, 9430 Fircrest Lane, San Ramon. Annual fashion show and luncheon 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.

An Old Fashioned Zydeco Mardi Gras Dinner Dance
. 6 – 10 p.m. in the hall at St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. $25/donation, dinner (served 7 – 8 p.m.) included. No-host bar. Adults only. (510) 654-7600 or (510) 527-0232.

Sunday, March 13

A Class Act on Broadway
. 2 – 5 p.m. at Flood Mansion, Schools of the Sacred Heart, 2222 Broadway, San Francisco. Fine wines, buffet supper with reserved tables. Entertainment by famed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and the St. Martin de Porres Choir. $100/person. Proceeds to St. Martin de Porres School, Oakland. www.stmdp.org or (510) 652-2220.

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Saturday, Feb. 26
Art as a Way to God – Conference on Liturgical Arts
. 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Hagerty Lounge at St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. A special gathering for those involved in all aspects of liturgical arts, including movement, drama, music, architecture and environment. Keynote address: Christopher Walker, noted composer and liturgist. Louis Lebherz, (925) 631-4670 or lplopera@sbcglobal.net.

Tuesday, March 8

Catholics@Work Breakfast Event
. 6:30 a.m. Mass, 7 a.m. breakfast and program at Crow Canyon Country Clup, 711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville. Featured speakers: Bill Moyer, Sr. and his son, Billy, co-founders of the SOS Leadership Institute and co-authors of “Beyond Success to Significance.” The Moyers will share their personal journeys – one well traveled and the other just beginning – with the challenges and rewards of changing one’s personal perspective from “Success to Significance.” $20/members, $25/non-members. www.catholicsatwork.org.

Sunday, March 13

Art History Seminar – The Second Coming of Christ and the Last Judgment in Art. 4 – 5:30 p.m. at St. Michael Church, in the large hall, 458 Maple St., Livermore. In this slide lecture, art historian Barbara Mitchell will illustrate Christian art depicting the end times. Free.

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crab feedS

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.

Saturday, March 5
Mercy Retirement and Care Center, 1st Annual Crab Feed
. At Mercy Retirement and Care Center, 3431 Foothill Blvd., Oakland. 6 p.m.: social hour with appetizers, no-host bar; 7 p.m.: crab feed with pasta. Grilled chicken available for non-crab eaters. $40/person; Must be reserved and paid in advance. Proceeds benefit the Charitable Care Fund. Call Ann Dolan, (510) 534-8547, ext. 322.

East Bay District Council of the Italian Catholic Federation Annual Crab Feed
. In Msgr. O’Brien Hall, St. Philip Neri Church, 3108 Van Buren St., Alameda. 7 p.m.: no-host cocktails and hors d’oeuvres; 7 p.m.: dinner (chicken in lieu of crab is available). $40/adults; $10/children (10 and under). Nola, (510) 531-5490 or Leonard, (510) 581-3246. Reservation deadline: Feb. 26.

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Feb. 24, March 10
Stepping Stones on Your Grief Journey
. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. 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.

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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