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 March 21, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 6   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Captivating memoir
Brian Copeland, local radio and TV host, will perform his acclaimed one-man stage show, “Not a Genuine Black Man,” at 3 p.m. April 10 at Holy Names High School, 4660 Harbord Drive, Oakland. $50/person, $35/individuals 65 years and above. Those who purchase a cabaret table ($1,000) or front row seating ($100) gain admittance to a VIP reception with Copeland after the performance. RSVP: Kathryn Moir, (510) 450-1110, ext., 118, or kmoir@hnhsoakland.org.


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.) All are welcome. (510) 832-5057.

Monday, March 28

Multilingual Lenten Prayer and Meditation Service
. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. The service will include readings, prayer, song, meditation, and more, all in the presence of the exposed Blessed Sacrament. Parking is free in the Cathedral’s garage. (510) 832-5057.

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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 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.

March 21 – 25

Parish Lenten Mission
. At St. Edward Church, 5788 Thornton Ave., Newark. Speaker: Mark Shea, noted Catholic author. Two sessions daily, at 9:45 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 21: 101 Reasons Not to Be Catholic; March 22: Making Sense Out of Scripture: Reading the Bible as the First Christians Did; March 23: This is My Body: An Evangelical Discovers the Real Presence; March 24: Mary, Mother of the Son.

March 21, 28, April 4, 11

Lenten Scripture Group. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the rectory, St. Leander Church, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leander. (510) 895-5631.

March 23, 30, April 6, 13

Lenten Soup Suppers. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Cauchi Hall, St. Agnes Church, 3866 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Program includes soup, bread, drink and presentation. Free-will offering. March 23: “Hammers, Houses and Hearts,” Mexican youth work camp; March 30: “Help is Just a Call Away,” Mike Van Hofwegen, Michael Chavez Center for Economic Opportunity”; April 6: “St. Agnes Does It,” JustFaith Ministry Members; April 13: “Open Arms = Open Doors,” Bernadette Haight, Contra Costa Interfaith Coalition. Sponsor: JustFaith Crossing Borders Group, Jack and Donna Walton, (925) 825-7931 or jdwalton@astound.net.

March 23, 30, April 6

Lenten Movie Series. 7:30 p.m. in Stack Hall, Our Lady of Grace Church 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. The focus is on Christian heroes. Each week a film will be shown about a Christian who lived out the Gospel message in a positive way. Discussion will follow each film. All are welcome. Ample parking. Sponsor: The Pax Christi/Social Justice Group at the parish.

March 23 – April 20

Prayer Wednesdays of Lent
. 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in main parlor, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. All are invited to join the sisters for a spiritual journey in preparation for Easter. blessings@msjdominicans.org or Sister Beth Quire, OP, (510) 499-7554.

March 27, April 3, 10

Lenten Vespers. 5 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Also sung evening prayer, followed by benediction and Mass.

Saturday, April 2

Day of Reflection
. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 41933 Blacow Road, Fremont. Father Jim Sullivan, parochial vicar at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Fremont, is presenting a day of reflection on the Passion Narratives. Begins with Mass at 10 a.m. Free lunch is provided. RSVP by March 28 to lfisher7544@comcast.net, (925) 785-1969.

April 9 – 14

St. Jerome Church Parish Lenten Retreat
. At 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. All are welcome to attend this retreat with Dominican Father Antoninus Wall. Preaching at all weekend Masses, April 9 and 10. Sessions: after 8:30 a.m. Mass and 7 p.m. Confessions will be available at all sessions. (510) 525-0876.

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March 21, 28, April 4
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.

March 22, 29, April 5

Rosary and Prayer Group. 6 p.m. (first Rosary, prolife), 7 p.m. (second Rosary, bilingual/English-Spanish) 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.

March 23, 30, April 6

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.

Thursday, March 24

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

March 24, 31, April 7

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, April 6

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

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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.

Holy Spirit Parish
, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. (510) 797-1660.

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

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

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

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

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 call (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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March 25 – 27
Men’s Alumni Lenten Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat, Danville. Presenters: Franciscan Brother Joachim Grant and Franciscan Father Evan Howard. All Catholic men who have supported the center’s men’s retreats over the years and Brother Grant’s retreats are welcome to this weekend. Registration: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 25; ends at noon March 27 with lunch. $195 private/$170 shared. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, March 26

Marriage Care Lenten Retreat
. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John Paul II Activity Center at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Join Father Padraig Greene and the Marriage Care team to spend a day discovering, exploring and celebrating God’s love in your marriage. Coffee, tea and bagels will be served at 9 a.m. Bring your lunch. A $10 freewill donation per couple would be appreciated. Register: marriagecare@comcast.net.

Saturday, April 9

Young Adult Retreat Day
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With the young adult leadership team. Young adults will be encouraged to reflect on how actions inspire and move us, how we can act together to make an impact on the world and how we can find time for these things in our lives. Registration: 9 a.m.; day: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $55/person, includes lunch. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or online registration: www.sandamiano.org.

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Tuesday, March 22
Birthright of Concord Annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon
. Noon at Zio Fraedo’s, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Honoring Birthright donors and volunteers. RSVP: (925) 798-7227.

Friday, March 25

St. Rose of Lima Church 26th Annual Fish Fry
. 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall in Crockett on Starr Street between Third and Fourth. Beverages will be available at a no-host refreshment bar. Home delivery is available in Crockett, Tormey and Port Costa. Takeout dinners available during serving hours. (510) 787-2052.

Fridays, March 25, April 1, 8

Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fry Dinners
. 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Raymond Moran Hall. All you can eat deep-fried battered fish, baked fish, French fries, cole slaw and bread. Grilled cheese sandwiches also available. Dessert by Catholic Daughters.

Saturday, March 26

14th Annual Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction – St. Francis of Assisi School
. 6 p.m. at the Clubhouse at Boundary Oak Golf Course, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek. $75/person cost includes sit-down dinner. To register or to make a donation: www.sfaconcord.net or contact Stephanie Cline, (925) 906-0962. Proceeds benefit St. Francis of Assisi School.

Saturday, April 2

All You Can Eat Crab Feed. 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Sponsor: Committee for the Restoration of Mission San Jose. (510) 648-5432 or crmsj1797@aol.com.

Saturday, April 9

Bingo. At St. Joseph School, 1961 Plum St., Pinole. Doors open at 4 p.m., games begin at 5 p.m. Hosted by the 3rd and 4th grades.

Assumption School’s 22nd Annual Live and Silent Auction
. At Willow Park Event Center, 17007 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. 5 p.m. silent auction followed by 7 p.m. family-style dinner, live auction, dancing and raffles. Proceeds to benefit the school’s current operating programs. Online registration: $45/person, at http://assumptionschool-sl.maestroweb.com. Mail or check registration: $50/person, payable to Assumption Auction, 1851-136th Ave., San Leandro 94578. Information: Susan McCue, (510) 638-7434.

I.C.F. Branch #215 Polenta Dinner with Sausages and Beef Stew
. At Corpus Christi Church Hall, 37891-2nd St., Fremont. 6 p.m. no-host cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner. $20/person. Reservations deadline: April 1. Reservations: Norma, (510) 651-1641.

Saturday, April 9

15th Annual S. Gonzaga Tea Event.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in parish hall at St. Joseph Church, 43222 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Fundraiser to support Catholic education. Sponsor: St. Joseph School (510) 656-6525; www.sjsmsj.org.

Saturday, April 16

St. Anne’s Y.L.I.’s Annual Salad Bar Luncheon
. St Joseph School Auditorium, Pinole. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. $10/person. Anjee’s Dance Etc. will be providing entertainment. Proceeds help us give back to our community, such as St. Joseph’s Scholarship Fund. Lynn Jansen, (510) 223-0848.

Fashion Show
. Noon at Good Shepherd Church Hall, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg.
Salad lunch, dessert, and beverages, raffles and prizes. $10/person. Lucille Fillenworth, (925) 252-9916 or Mary Meeker, (925) 252-1550. Sponsor: St. Mary Margaret Court 1450 Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

Spring Auction Gala
. 5:30 p.m. at Blackhawk Auto Museum, Dublin. The Spring Auction is De La Salle High School’s annual gala event. Sit-down dinner, fully hosted bar, music, dancing. $125/person. Proceeds benefit co-curricular activities. Heather Pastorini, (925) 288-8106 or pastorinih@dlshs.org.

Teves Theatre Renovation Benefit Concert
. 7 p.m. at Moreau Catholic High School, 27170 Mission Blvd., Hayward. Featuring performances by current students and alumni in band, dance, theater and choir in support of a renovation of the school’s theater. $30/person, $10/Moreau students, includes appetizers and refreshments. Purchase tickets or make a donation at www.moreaucatholic.org/teves or (510) 881-4300.

Thursday, April 28

Spring Luncheon. Noon at St. Jerome’s Rohan Hall, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. Proceeds benefit the students at St. Jerome and St. John schools. Reservations are necessary. Annette Bishop, (510) 526-9742 or June Felker, (510) 524-9827. Deadline: April 25 No tickets will be sold at the door. Sponsor: Y.L.I., Mother of Perpetual Help Institute No. 159.

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Wednesday, March 30
Fair Trade Lecture and Discussion
. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 825 Seventh Street, Rodeo. Speakers: Thomas Awiapo, Catholic Relief Services, and Mick Smith, Fair Trade Ambassador for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Fair Trade coffee is the best known import but other foods will be discussed. Sponsor: The Social Justice group at St. Patrick. Joe Trevors, (510) 691-3745.

Friday, April 1

May Superman Pray?
A Conference on the Role of Faith-based Schools in School Choice. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Boalt Hall Law School, University of California at Berkeley. Sponsor: American Center for School Choice and faith-based student groups at Boalt Hall, including Catholic, Christian, Jewish and Muslim students, speakers and participants. National leaders in school choice and faith communities will speak. Registration: $40/person. Peter Hanley, (650) 533-9256.

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Thursday, March 24
Stepping Stones on Your Grief Journey
. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, 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 are open to all regardless of religious affiliation. Mary Hagerty, (925) 846-5377.

Saturday, April 2

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.

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Sunday, April 3
Bukas Palad Music Ministry – 2011 U.S. Concert Tour (Bay Area)
. 5 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. $20/person. Marietta Ocampo, (925) 525-6821, mocampo@kw.com, or Ramon Santana, (925) 285-4732, monsantana@sbcglobal.net, www.bukaspalad.com.

April 5 – 13

St. Mary’s College Production: Angels Among Us
. In front of St. Mary’s College Chapel or in LeFevre Theatre (in case of rain), at 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. The production – nine short plays organized into two parts – will feature SMC students acting out stories from the Bible. Chair seating: $10/general, $5/St. Mary’s faculty, staff and students; standing or sitting on ground: free. Information: (925) 631-4670 or website, www.stmarys-ca.edu/arts.

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