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 September 5, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Healing service in Concord
Oblate Father Richard McAlear (left), known for his worldwide healing ministry, and Father Richard Mangini, pastor of St. Bonaventure in Concord, will preside at a Mass and healing service at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at St. Bonaventure Parish, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord.


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, Sept. 11

A National Requiem of Remembrance: “Looking Back, Moving Forward.
” 5:30-7 p.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Join the Oakland Symphony Chorus and Oakland Civic Orchestra as they perform Mozart’s Requiem on the 10th year anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Oakland’s Mayor Jean Quan and other elected city officials will be present. This is a community-wide event. All are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, Sept. 15

Twilight by the Lake – Mixers on the Cathedral Plaza
. 5-7:30 p.m. Cathedral Center of Christ the Light, plaza level, 2121 Harrison St. in Oakland. Enjoy live music, complimentary appetizers and a beautiful view of the lake. Free admission. All are welcome. (510) 893-4711.

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Thursday, Sept. 8
Hope and Faith. 7-8 p.m. at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way in 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.

Prayer Group
. At St. Philip Neri Church, 3101 Van Buren St., Alameda. Meets second Thursday of the month at 9 a.m., following 8:30 a.m. Mass. Roberta, (510) 521-4478.

Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29

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.

Saturday, Sept. 10

Magnificat Prayer Breakfast
. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Concord Hilton. Author and retreat leader Kathleen Beckman to speak. Eucharistic Healing Service follows. $35. Open seating but reservations for tables of nine. Erin, (925) 899-8087 or www.magnificatsoti.org.

Mother Vailankanni Festival
. 6:30 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church, 34700 Fremont, Blvd.. Fremont. Begins with Thanksgiving prayer and witnesses followed by Holy Rosary, candlelight vigil Mass and procession, fellowship and dinner. vailankanni.novena@gmail.com or Rose, (510) 862-9156; Kunjuimol, (510) 790-1206

Sept. 12, 26

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.

Sept. 12, 19, 26
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@gmail.com

Tuesday, Sept. 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.

Sept. 13, 20, 27

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

Wednesday, Sept. 14

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.

Sept. 14, 21, 28

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, Sept. 15

Healing Services. At 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. Led by Oblate Father Richard McAlear. Morning service: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; evening service: 7-8:30 p.m. (510) 525-0876.

Friday, Sept. 16

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 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.

Sept. 16 – 18

Holy Spirit Conference
. At Archbishop Riordan High School, 175 Phelan Ave., San Francisco. Experience the fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit. Worship and celebrate joy-filled healing Masses. Featured speakers include Msgr. James Tarantino and Father Dan Nascimento of the San Francisco Archdiocese. $20/day, $30 weekend. $10 youth with lunch. (415) 564-PRAY (English) ; (415) 350-8677 (Youth); (408) 661-6751 (Vietnamese); (415) 307-6199 (Indonesian). SFSpirit.com.

Sept. 20, Oct. 4

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.

Friday, Sept. 23

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.

Sunday, Oct. 2

Taize Prayer Around the Cross
. 7 p.m. at Resurrection Episcopal, 300 Gregory Lane, 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, Seventh-Day Adventist, 800 Grayson Road, all in Pleasant Hill.

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Sept. 9 – 11
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats
. This confidential interdenominational retreat will take place in Menlo Park, offering a loving and supportive environment where women and men can reconcile painful post-abortive emotions and begin the process of renewal and healing. Rachel’s Vineyard is therapy for the soul. For confidential inquiries: (415) 260-4406 or email christinew@firstresort.net www.rachelsvineyard.org

Sunday Sept. 11

St. Augustine Concerts Presents: The Scanlon Music Fund 9/11 Commemorative Benefit Concert. 3 p.m. at 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. Various artists. $20 tickets available at the door. (510) 653-8631.

Oct. 7 and 8

24 Hour Eucharistic Adoration
. At St. Jarlath Parish, 3210 Fruitvale Ave. in Oakland. Mass and Exposition begin at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 7 and will continue for 24 hours, concluding with 7:30 a.m. Mass on Oct. 8.

Saturday, Oct. 8

Chautauqua 17: A Diocesan Multi-Ethnic Celebration
. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Parish, 264 E. Lewelling Blvd. in San Lorenzo. All are invited to attend this celebration sponsored by the diocesan Ethnic Pastoral Centers. www.oakdiocese.org/chautauqua17.htm.

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Saturday, Sept. 10
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.

Sept. 16 – 18

St. Elizabeth High School Class of 1961
. 50th Reunion. Sept. 16: cocktails and social hour; Sept 17: tour of high school, lunch and dinner dance; Sept. 18: picnic. Steve Dombrink, (510) 763-5042 or dombrink@ gmail.com.

Saturday, Sept. 24

Christ the King School 50th Anniversary Open House
. At 195 Brandon Road in Pleasant Hill. Family, friends and alumni are welcome to celebrate 50 years of Catholic education in Pleasant Hill, with 5 p.m. Mass followed by refreshments and the unveiling of our new amphitheater. (925) 685-1109 or dwilson@ctkschool.org.

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

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Monday, Sept. 12
East Africa visit. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in Stack Center at Our Lady of Grace Church, at 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. All are welcome to hear the stories of six people who traveled earlier this summer in Kenya and Tanzania where they visited a school for Masaai girls and the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa, and more. Michael Dulka, (510) 276-5021.

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.

Lecture. 7-8:45 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. Passionist Father Tom Bonacci will present “All Things Sacred,” the second part of a lecture series that began last month. The four great religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Judaism, are summarized as participants explore what it means for humanity to experience the Divine. Walt Sears, (925) 963-9341 or waltsears79@yahoo.com.

Friday, Sept. 16

Scripture for Today’s Spiritually Hungry Catholics
. 10:45 a.m. in Gibson Center at Corpus Christi Parish, 322 St. James Drive, Piedmont. Start of 10-week Scripture study series on the First Epistle of John and its relationship to Baptism and Discipleship. Persons of all denominations are welcome. $30/suggested donation for series. (925) 287-1287.

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Talk by Papal Theologian
. 7:30 p.m. at Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. Father Wojciech Giertych, a Dominican friar of the Polish province who has been serving as the theologian to the papal household since 2005. Free and open to public. www.dspt.edu or (510) 849-2030.

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Sept. 8 – Oct. 27
Healing Your Grief Workshops
. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church 4001 Stoneridge Drive in Pleasanton. Grieving people need time and space to honor their grief. Pre-registration required. Space is limited. One-time $15 donation is requested. Mary Hagerty, (925) 846-5377.

Tuesday, Sept. 15

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. Meets on first and third Thursdays. Contacts: Maria Hartung, (925) 831-2475 or mariahartung@yahoo.com; Faith Formation, (925) 362-1901.

Thursday, Sept. 15

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.

Sept. 22 – Oct. 27

Companions on your Grief Journey
. Thursday evenings at St. John Vianney Parish, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. The death of a loved one is unlike any other loss and leaves most of us in a state of shock, confusion and sadness. Take time and space to honor your grief. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Nora Petersen, (925) 939-7911, ext. 107, or npetersen@sjvianney.org.

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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Sunday, Sept. 11
St. Francis of Assisi Annual International Festival
. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Free admission. Multicultural Mass at 10:30 a.m., followed by food, exhibits, family games, raffles and more. Main raffle prizes: $2,000, $1,000 and $500. Tickets: $10 each or 5 tickets for $40. (925) 682-5447 for raffle tickets or information.

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

57th Annual St. Leander Church Festival
. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at 575 W. Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro. International food booths, games for all ages, raffles and more. BBQ chicken dinner from 4-7 p.m., $10/adults, $5children 12 and under. Gala preview, used book sale and popular “Granny’s Attic: on Sept. 16: 5-8 p.m. $3 donation at door includes wine and cheese. (510) 895-5631.

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

Sept. 17 – 18

All Saints Parish Festival
. 22824 Second St., Hayward. Various food game booths, live music and more. (510) 581-2570 or www.allsaintsfiesta.org.

Sunday, Sept. 18

Annual St. Anthony Festival
. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 971 O’Hara Ave., Oakley. Food, vendors, music, stage performances, kids’ carnival and more. Proceeds benefit the Modular Project. Columbiette10414@aol.com.

St. John the Baptist Parish Festival
. 11 a.m. -4 p.m. at 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. (510) 232-5659. International food booths, kids’ carnival games with prizes, live entertainment, country store, garden plants and more. (510) 232-5659.

Sept. 24, Oct. 15

St. David School Annual Pasta Feed and Fall Festival
. At 871 Sonoma St., Richmond, Sept. 24 Pasta feed: 6 p.m. $12 adults, $5 children 12 and under. Oct. 15 Fall Festival: begins with parade at 10 a.m., ends with BBQ dinner at 6 p.m. Also includes game booths, ethnic food, a cake walk and more (510) 232-2283 or www.stdavidschool.org.

Sept. 24 – 25

St. Clement Parish/School Festival
. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Live entertainment, music, dancing, international food, games and Karaoke singing contest.

Saturday, Sept. 25

St. Jerome Parish Festival
. Noon-4 p.m. at 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. Games and prizes for all ages; arts, crafts and gifts for sale; tri-tip BBQ lunch and more. StJeromeEC.org, (510) 525-0876.

Saturday, Oct. 1

El Rancho Day Carnival
. Noon-7 p.m. at St. Joseph Elementary School, 1910 San Antonio Ave., Alameda.

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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” to players of all levels and age groups. A banquet including silent auction and raffle prizes will be held after golf at the Msgr. William Mullen Commons at St. John Vianney Church. $125/golf and banquet; $30/banquet only starting at 5:30 p.m. Donations also welcome. David Mechler, (925) 997-2868, dave@msfrank.com or Joanna Mechler, (925) 963-6170, jomechler@gmail.com.

Saturday, Sept. 17

St. 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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