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 May 23, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

SF Boys Chorus to perform June 4
The 2010-11 concert season at the Cathedral of Christ the Light concludes with a performance by the San Francisco Boys Chorus at 8 p.m. June 4. The Cathedral’s Chorus-in-Residence will perform its spring concert, “To Russia with Song,” which celebrates its upcoming tour to Copenhagen, Denmark, and St. Petersburg, Russia. The program is scheduled to include featuring excerpts from Mozart’s Requiem, as well as American folksongs, spirituals and Broadway tunes. The cathedral is at 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Tickets: $15-$30, www.sfbc.org and www.ctlcathedral.org.

Muslim/Christian interaction
San Damiano Retreat in Danville will offer a weekend retreat July 15-17 — “Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt; A 21st Century Message of Peace and Possibility” — with Sister Kathy Warren, OSF, an author who often gives workshops related to Muslim/Christian interaction and peacemaking. During the Fifth Crusade, Francis of Assisi ventured beyond his life in Assisi to enter into a relationship with Sultan Malek el-Kamil (depicted in the icon above). He could “see” the possibility of hope and peace. People of all faiths are welcome to come and engage in open, respectful conversation. Registration is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. July 15, and the retreat ends with lunch at noon July 17. Cost is $220 for private room and $195 for shared. Dial (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.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.) Take time out from your busy schedule to spend an hour with the Lord. All are welcome. Free parking at the Cathedral. (510) 832-5057.

Sunday, June 5

Neophyte Mass. 10 a.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light. Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone will be the principal celebrant at this first Neophyte Mass. All those baptized at Easter and their godparents, as well as those previously baptized who completed the sacraments of initiation during the past year are invited. Catechumenate ministers are asked to RSVP by May 24 to Anne Marie Fourre at afourre@sjbalameda.org or (510) 995-9409 regarding the number of neophytes (both adults and children), sponsors and guests who plan to attend.

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May 23, June 13
Fil/Am Ministry at St. Clement Parish
. 7:30 p.m. at the parish center, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Meets every second and fourth Monday. Contact: Simon Medrano, president. (510) 303-2965.

May 24, 31, June 7

Rosary and Divine Mercy Prayer Group
. 6 p.m. Rosary, 6:30 p.m., Divine Mercy Chaplet in Mary’s Chapel at Saint Jarlath Church, 2634 Pleasant St., Oakland.
Perpetual Help Novena/Prayer. 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. (925) 432-6404.

May 24, June 14

Faith Sharing Prayer Group
. 7:30 p.m. in Marian room at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Bible reading, faith sharing, rosary, petitions, potluck, etc. Every other Tuesday. Charles (510) 566-9267.

May 25, June 1, 8

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.

May 26, June 7, 14

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.

Sunday, May 29

St. Ignatius Church Fil-Am Society’s celebration of the Santacruzan
. At 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. 3 p.m.: Mass; 4:15 p.m.: grand procession; followed by cultural food and spirited entertainment. This most famous of Filipino festivals honors the Blessed Mother Mary and re-enacts the finding of the Holy Cross by St. Helena. Free. Clarita Perez, (925) 759-4488.

May 30, June 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, clairelascola@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, June 1
Taizé Prayer Around the Cross
. 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at All Saints Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward. Join us for this candlelit prayer service where we meet God in song, the Word and silent wonder. Quiet your mind, open your heart, and feed your soul. Participating churches: All Saints, Transfiguration, Our Lady of Grace, St Bede, St. Clement, St Joachim. Francis Tanjuatco, (650) 678-7739.

Sunday, June 5

Ethiopian Catholic Community of the Bay Area
. Mass (Ge’ez Rite) noon, Divine Mercy Center and Perpetual Adoration Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Principal celebrant, Auxiliary Bishop Abune Matheos, newly appointed prelate for the Ethiopian Catholic Diaspora for the United States and Canada. All are welcome. Reception after Mass at the Father John Maxwell Conference Room, St. John the Baptist Church, 11150 San Pablo Ave. (next door). Contact Elizabeth Kristos, (510) 734-8609.

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 Christ the King Church, all in Pleasant Hill.

Thursday, June 9

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.

June 9 – 12

St. Paul of the Shipwreck’s Third Annual Pentecost Revival
. At Third Street and Jamestown Avenue in San Francisco. At 7 p.m. June 9 and 10, revival; at 10:30 a.m. June 12, celebration of the church’s birthday. Sister Anita Baird, a member of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, a religious congregation, will be the spiritual director for the revival and will deliver the message at the Gospel Mass on Pentecost Sunday. Sister Baird is founding director of the Office of Racial Justice to the Archdiocese of Chicago. www.stpauloftheshipwreck.org or call the church office, (415) 468-3434.

Saturday, June 18

Magnificat Prayer Breakfast
. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Concord Hilton in Concord. All women of the Oakland Diocese are invited to this event featuring Barbara McGuigan, founder of Voice of Virtue International. $25/person, must be mailed by June 5; $35 after June 5 and only phone registration. Registration forms: www.magnificatsoti.org, magnificatsoti@gmail.com or call Erin, (925) 899-8087. All clergy complimentary.

Friday, June 24

Taize: An Evening of Prayer Around the Cross
. 8 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Taize is an ecumenical, candlelit service of prayer offered in simple chant, Scripture readings, silent worship and veneration of the Cross. All are welcome. www.taizeontheisland.co.cc or taizeontheisland@yahoo.com.

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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.-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 dial (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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May 23 – 27
Silent Contemplative Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Take time to be still and to listen deeply to the Divine Mystery within with Sister Ishpriya. May 23: registration, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., May 27: retreat ends at 11 a.m. $360 private/$300 shared. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

June 3 – 5

Scripture Retreat.
At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Join Passionist Father Tom Bonacci for this retreat, “The Voice of Women in Ancient Texts,” and celebrate the fullness of what it means to be a human person. Registration: June 3, 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; June 5: retreat ends with lunch at noon. $225 private/$195 shared. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

June 17 – 19

Dreams Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. On this retreat with Jeremy Taylor, titled “Using Dream Work to Celebrate Wholeness,” we will look at the ways our unconscious mind helps knit together the parts of ourselves in need of inclusion for us to be whole and happy beings. Everyone is welcome. Registration: June 17, from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Retreat ends June 19 with lunch at noon. $225 private/$195 shared. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

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May 28, 29
Memorial Day Weekend Used Book Sale
. In Father Kozina Hall at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Used secular and Catholic books, fiction and non-fiction, CD’s, DVD’s, Bibles, missals and much more. Proceeds to be used for the parish’s Saint Joseph Guardian of the Redeemer Library. Lily Mullen, (925) 827-1946.

Saturday, June 18

Summer Sock Hop. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at St. Jerome Church, Rohan Hall, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. All-ages music and dancing with 1950’s rock’n roll Hot Rod Julebox. Appetizers and drinks available. Free admission, but a donation of food is requested to benefit the St. Vincent de Pau; Society’s food distribution to the hungry in our community each week. Suggested food donation is one grocery bag per person with non-perishable items such as tuna, spam, pasta, peanut butter and cereal. (510) 525-0876.

San Leander’s Meridians’ 10th Annual Summer Sports Collectors Show
. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Saint Leanders’ Ryan O’Connell Hall, 575 W. 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 is $3, but is free to those who are under 5 years old or over 65. Proceeds benefit St. Leander’s Parish as well as local charities. Information, Mark at 510-538-6245.

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Sunday, May 29
Film: “Karol: The Pope, The Man.” 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at Saint Michael Hall, 348 Maple St., Livermore. This highly acclaimed feature film by Ignatius Press focuses on the papacy of John Paul II and the tremendous impact he had on the Church and the world. Details: http:/stm-fet.blogspot.com. Free.

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Thursday June 2
Stepping Stones On Your Grief Journey
. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Continuation of eight-week series. Pre-registration required. A one-time $15 donation is requested. Mary Hagerty, (925) 846-5377.

Saturday, June 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.

Thursday, June 21

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.

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Saturday, May 28
Meet and Greet. 4:30 p.m. at Mimi’s Café, 4775 Hacienda Drive, Dublin. Sponsor: The Catholic Alumni Club of the Bay Area. CAC is a chapter of CACI, a national organization for single Catholic professional men and women to meet and share their faith at variety of enjoyable and interesting activities. Membership is open to men and women who are single, Catholic, free to marry in the Catholic Church, at least 21 years of age, four-year or two-year college degree or equivalent or registered nurse. Dorothy Hann, dorthi@hotmail.com, (925) 735-0208, http://catholicsingles-sfbayarea.com.

Sunday, June 12

Celebrating the Ministry of Karen Mangini
. Mass: 1 p.m. at St. Agnes Church, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord; Dinner reception: 6 p.m. at the Concord Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord. Reservation deadline: June 6. $35/adults; $25 youth. Information: www.stagnesconcord.com under school info/forms section. Response cards should be mailed to St. Agnes School Office/Retirement Celebration, 3990 Chestnut Ave., Concord 94521; or Lisa Karmann, (925) 586-7647.

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May 28, 29
Saint Mary’s High School Golden Reunion Weekend
. The Class of 1961 will join the Class of 2011 for the annual Baccalaureate Mass on the Berkeley school campus on May 28, and for the May 20 graduation at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. A Saturday reunion dinner follows the Mass and a family barbeque follows the graduation on May 29. For details, cost and reservation: Joanne Howe, (510) 559-6227 or jhowe@stmchs.org.

Saturday, June 25

Carondelet High School Five Year Reunion, Class of 2006
. 7:30 p.m. at Pyramid Alehouse. Information: Mary Frevele, mfrevele@Carondeleths.org or (925) 686-5353, ext. 155.

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Monday June 13
Moreau Golf Classic. At Stonebrae Golf Course in Hayward. Proceeds benefiting the Brother Gary Stone Scholarship Fund. Holy Cross Brother Gary Stone was a teacher and vice principal at Moreau Catholic who died at the age of 39 in 1979. The Fund was created in 1982 to honor the late Brother. Information: Diana (Straggas) DeFrance, 27170 Mission Blvd., Hayward; (510) 881-4330.



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