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 August 8, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

‘Miracle Mysteries’
Author Christine Watkins of Alameda will give a talk and sign books at 7 p.m. Aug. 11, on the second floor of the Barnes and Noble, 5604 Bay St., Emeryville, (510) 547-9095. Watkins will share her story of healing from sin, the New Age and near-death, to new life in Christ, as well as other stories of miraculous healings and conversions involving Mary of Medjugorje, recounted on the ABC News Nightline special: “The Miracle Mysteries.” A free rosary, blessed by the Virgin Mary herself, during one of her apparitions in Medjugorje, will be given to those who attend and purchase Watkins’ book, “Full of Grace: Miraculous Stories of Healing and Conversion through Mary’s Intercession.” For more information, see www.christinewatkins.com.


Aug. 27
Art historian Barbara Mitchell
will offer a slide lecture on “The Second Coming of Christ and the Last Judgment in Art” that will illustrate painting and sculpture on these themes from Early Christian times to the present at 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall at the Cathedral. (925) 455-0944.

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 at 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.

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Aug. 9, 16, 23
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.

Aug. 9, 16, 23

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.

Aug. 16, 30

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.

Wednesday, Aug. 10

Re-energize Mid-Week with Taize Around the Cross
. 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at Maryknoll Center, 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo. In the midst of a hectic week, experience the re-energizing power of Christ with music and contemplative prayer led by Ruth Picha, spiritual director. Second Wednesdays. Kris East, (510) 276-5021; www.maryknoll.us.

Saturday, Aug. 13

Rosary in Honor of Our Lady of Fatima
. 7:30 p.m. at the grotto outside Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, petitions, singing. The 13th of every month through Oct. 13. Charles Eduru, (510) 556-9267.

Sunday, Sept. 4

Taize Prayer Around the Cross
. 7 p.m. at Seventh-Day Adventist, 800 Grayson 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; and Christ the King Church, all in Pleasant Hill.

Thursday, Sept. 8

Hope and Faith. 7-8 p.m. at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. Marie Lawson Fiala, author of “Letters From a Distant Shore,” will talk about how a global network of family and friends along with prayer and faith helped her when her 13-year-old son suffered a massive hemorrhage in the brain. Reception to follow. $10 fee. Shelley Britanik, (925) 997-5734 or Denise Clark, (925) 719-2348.

Aug. 10, 17, 24, 31

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.

Thursday, Aug. 11

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.

Aug. 11, 18, 25

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.

Friday, Aug. 19

Taize (Prayer Around the Cross)
. 8 – 9:15 p.m. at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd. (entrance is on Mission Tierra Place between Ohlone College and the Old Mission San Jose) in Fremont. Open to all. If you are unable to attend, know that you will be held in special prayer. (510) 449-7554.

Aug. 8, 22

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.

Tuesdays, Aug. 16, 30

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

Friday, Aug. 26

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., El Cerrito (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 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. 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.-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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Friday, Aug. 12
Celebrating the Season of Joy!
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Join Nancy Burchett, Rena Grant and Kathy Miranda for this series. Through various forms of creative expression, participants will identify ways that joy surrounds us and is within us. Registration: 8:30 a.m. $60 cost includes lunch. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, www.sandamiano.org.

Aug. 12 – 14

Latino Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presenter: Franciscan Father Oscar Mendez. Topic: “Conozcamos mas a San Pedro, el discipulo de Jesus.” Registration: from 4-6:30 p.m. Aug. 12 Ends: with lunch at noon Aug. 14. $180 private/$150 shared. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315., register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, Aug. 20

“Faith in the Arts” Series: Workshop for Musicians.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Vallambrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park. Dan Schutte, composer and musician, will explore the musical settings of the new missal. This workshop is for liturgical musicians, choir members and those in catechetical ministry to help guide parish communities through the transition to the new missal. Includes presentations, time for discussion about the new missal, and time for reflection and song. $45 fee includes lunch. Scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance. Rachel Alvelais, Rachel@vallombrosa.org or (650) 325-6514.

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Thursday, August 11
22nd Annual Salad Luncheon and Bingo
. Noon at St. Joseph Church Hall (next to the Old Mission), 43148 Mission Blvd. in Fremont. $10 donation includes lunch and two bingo cards. Tickets: Eleanor Chesterman, (510) 657-2758. Make checks payable to CDA Ct. #1508. Prepaid tickets may be picked up at the door on August 11. Proceeds go to the Court’s charities. Sponsor: Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Father Francisco de Lasuen #1508.

Saturday, Aug. 20

8th Annual Wine in the Bay
. 4-8 p.m. in a lovely shaded yard in Brentwood. Jazz music by award-winning guitarist, David Trevors and DJ/MC David Fox, a highly sought after host/DJ and MC for corporate America. Includes wine tastings by Bloomfield Vineyards, Cline Cellars, Fenestra Winery and more; beer tastings by Schooner’s Grill and Brewery and Lagunitas Brewery Co.; olive oil tastings by Olio Bello d’Olive. Hors d’oeuvres by Discovery Bay Steakhouse, Oriental House and Trader Joe’s and appetizers by women at St. Anne Church. Silent and live auctions, artisan crafts for sale and much, more. Tickets: $40 each. Sponsor: St. Anne Women’s Fellowship. Kathy, (925) 684-7095 or Linda, (925) 634-3439.

Saturday, Sept. 10

The Salesian High School Red and Black Ball.
8 – 11 p.m. at Salesian High. Features a variety of musical settings, dancing, culinary treats, and specialty bars. Tickets: $45/person. Stephanie Tristan, (510) 234-4433, ext. 7216 or stristan@salesian.com.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Bingo! At Saint Joseph School, 1961 Plum St. in Pinole. Doors open at 4 p.m. Games begin at 5 p.m. Hosted by the 5th and 6th grades.

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Saturday, Aug. 27
JustFaith Workshop. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church in San Ramon. The vision of the Gospels and Catholic Social Teaching speaks to life-giving choices on behalf of a world that struggles to survive.! A workshop with Jack Jezreel introducing the JustFaith program will be held from 10 a.m.-:30 p.m. August 27 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in San Ramon. All are welcome, light refreshments will be served. $25 or free will donation toward speaker travel expenses. For more information and RSVP: contact Meg Bowerman, LMJTBOW@pacbell.net.

Tuesday, Sept. 13

Talk by Megan McKenna
. 7:30 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo, 1315 Lomitas Ave. in Livermore. The author, storyteller and lecturer will talk about her book, “Harm Not the Earth”. During the evening McKenna will also look at the creation stories in Genesis and stories from around the world. A free will donation of $5 going to McKenna will be asked. Julie, (925) 447-4549. ext. 114, or upcatholic@aol.com.

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Aug. 17-26
St. Patrick Parish, 825 Seventh St., Rodeo, will honor Mary, Queen of Poland, Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the “Black Madonna,” with a novena from Aug. 17-25. On her feast day, Aug. 26, there will be Mass at 7:30 a.m. Beginning at 6 p.m., there will be prayers, a rosary, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction and talks about the Legion of Mary and the Miracles of Our Lady of Czestochowa. All are invited. For more information, contact Father Rafal Duda, (510) 799-4406 or Enry Tiangsing, (510) 245-0152.

Sept. 6, 10

“Remember Them” monument events
. Sept. 6: 1 p.m. at the Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park next to the Fox Theater in Oakland, unveiling of first phase of the “Remember Them” monument, which will feature 25 people who fought for social justice, peace and freedom such as Rosa Parks, Oskar Schindler, Cesar Chavez, and Mother Teresa. Open to public. Sept. 10: Gala Fundraising Dinner at the Fox Theater, featuring Sheila E., Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo. Program includes inspirational readings by CCH Pounder, Noah Wyle and Sheryl Lee Ralph and singing by the All Faith Gospel Choir. Information: www.remember-them.org or (510) 874-4810.

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Aug. 18
Breast Cancer Support Group
. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. All women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer or are a breast cancer survivor, are invited to these informal meetings which are led by a breast cancer survivor. Support groups have been shown to decrease distress and improve quality of life. Meets on first and third Thursdays. Contacts: Maria Hartung, (925) 831-2475 or mariahartung@yahoo.com; Faith Formation, (925) 362-1901.

Thursday, Aug. 18

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.

Saturday, Oct. 1

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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Friday, Sept. 16
The SJV “Open” Shotgun
. Start at noon, scramble format at Boundary Oak Golf Club, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek. “Open” because it is open to players of all levels and age groups. A banquet including silent auction and raffle prizes will be held after golf at the Monsignor William Mullen Commons at St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Golf and banquet: $125; banquet only starting at 5:30 p.m.: $30. Donations can also be made for the silent auction or raffle. Become a business sponsor: $150. David Mechler, (925) 997-2868, dave@msfrank.com or Joanna Mechler, (925) 963-6170, jomechler@gmail.com.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Saint Elizabeth High School Tony Lema Golf Tournament
. Named for professional golfer Tony Lema, ’52, who died with his wife Betty in a small plane crash in 1966. Proceeds benefit St. Elizabeth High School. Members of the Lema family will play in the tournament. Constance Dalton, (510) 532-8947, ext. 120 or cdalton@stliz-hs.org, or www.stliz-hs.org.

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Saturday, Aug. 20
Moreau Catholic High School – Class of 1976
35-Year. 6-11 p.m. at Moreau Catholic in Hayward. Cost: $60. No ticket sales at door. Vanessa, vptravler@jino.com or alumni office: (510) 881-4300. Online registration: www.moreaucatholic.org/1976reunion

Sunday, Aug. 28

Holy Names High School – Class of 1971 40th Reunion
. 11 a.m.-3 pm. in the social hall at Holy Names High School. An informal get-together that includes catered barbecue and petite pot luck (salads and desserts), a talent show and photo slide show. Invitations have already been mailed to the classmates for whom we have current contact information. RSVP to Margaret Stephens at Margaret.i.stephens@gmail.com or (510) 922-8153 or Marianne Landis at marianne456@comcast.net.

Saturday, Sept. 30

The Salesian High School Grand Reunion
for the Classes of 1966, ’71, ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, 2001 and 2006. 6-8 p.m. at Salesian High School in Richmond. Presentation High graduates of these years are also invited. Then, plan to attend the Red and Black Ball until 11 p.m. These are two separate events. Ball tickets: $45/person and guests are welcomed to attend.

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Sept. 16 – 18
Annual Fiesta at All Saints School in Hayward
. At 22824 Second St., Sept. 16, 6-10 p.m.; Sept. 17, 1-10 p.m.; Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (510) 582-1910.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Good Time Faire. 11a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Philip Neri-St. Albert the Great Church, 1335 High St., Alameda.



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