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 October 3, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Blessing of animals
Oct. 4 is the feast day of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals (depicted in a stained-glass window at St. Hyacinth Church in Glen Head, N.Y.). Mercy Retirement & Care Center, 3431 Foothill Blvd., Oakland, invites owners and pets to join in the traditional Blessing of Animals in its courtyard, beginning with a pet procession at 2:30 p.m. Oct 4, and the blessing by Father William Brand, OFM, beginning at 3 p.m. Pictures of pets may be brought for a blessing if pets do not like crowds. All animals must be on a leash or in carriers. Donations of pet food, treats or pet toys for the SPCA welcome. Dial (510) 534-8540 for information.


Oct. 4, 11, 18
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., Good Shepherd Church, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. (925) 432-6404.

Oct. 4, 18

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

Oct. 5, 12, 19

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.

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.

Oct. 6, 13, 20

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. (925) 625-2109.

Saturday, Oct. 8

Day of Reflection
. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 41933 Blacow Road, Fremont. Father Jim Sullivan, parochial vicar at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, will present, “The Rosary in Scripture.” The day begins with Mass at 10 a.m. Free lunch. RSVP to lfisher7544@comcast.net or (925) 785-1969.

Oct. 10, 24

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.

Wednesday, Oct. 12

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.

Thursday, Oct. 13

Prayer Group. 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.

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. Charles Eduru, (510) 556-9267.

Friday, Oct. 21

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), Fremont. (510) 449-7554.

Saturday, Oct. 22

Come and See. 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Religious of the Sacred Heart, Oakland Community, 1726 Chestnut St., Oakland. A day of reflection to explore religious life, specifically the mission and charism of the Religious of the Sacred Heart, their internationality and why women choose this way of life at this time in history. Information: Mary McGann, RSCJ, mmcgann@rsjc.org. Register by Oct. 19 by e-mailing Regina Shin, RSCJ, rshin@rscj.org.

Friday, Oct. 28

Taize: An Evening of Prayer Around the Cross
. 8 p.m., 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, www.taizeontheisland.co.cc or taizeontheisland@yahoo.com.

Saturday, Oct. 29

Memorial Mass and Ritual of Remembrance
. 12:10 p.m., 2700 Dwight Way (at College), Berkeley. The Bereavement Ministry of Newman Hall/Holy Spirit Parish in Berkeley sponsor this special Mass to honor the memory of loved ones who have died. At the conclusion of the Eucharist, attendees will gather to celebrate the Ritual of Remembrance, a time for music, prayer-movement by the Newman Dancers, meditation and sharing. Participants are welcome to bring pictures or momentos of loved ones that will be used to create a “Table of Memories.” Carmen, (510) 204-9230 or Marcella, (510) 845-4912.

Sunday, Nov. 6

Taize Prayer Around the Cross
. 7 p.m. at Hillcrest Congregational Church, 404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Participating churches:; Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal; St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church; Christ the King Church, Seventh-Day Adventist, all in Pleasant Hill.

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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
., 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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Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25
Fall Book Series. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With Kathy Miranda. Using Joyce Rupp’s book, “The Cup of Our Life,” we will ponder the wisdom and teachings awaiting us through prayer, Scripture, reflection, journaling, creative response, sharing and ritual. $125 for six-week series. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Oct. 7-9

Married Couples Retreat
. At St. Clare’s Retreat, 2381 Laurel Glen Road, Soquel. “Miracle of the Heart” with Dominican Father Serge Propst, Weekend reservations must be made by mail and accompanied by a $10 non-refundable deposit per person. $120 single/$110 each person. stclares@sbcglobal.net or (831) 423-8093.

Saturday, Oct. 8

A Spiritual Workshop
. 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Vallombrosa Retreat, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. With Dominican Father Nathan Castle. This Oz-centric retreat is about making connections with the 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz” with Scripture. Father Castle will read from his book, “And Toto, Too: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ as a Spiritual Adventure,” and lead the discussion about how the film helped form and deepen his faith in God. $45 per person cost includes scones, coffee/tea and lunch. Rachel Alvelais, (650) 325-5614, reservationsdesk@vallomberosa.org or www.vallombrosa.org.

Oct. 21 – 22

Young Adult Fall Retreat with the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose
. 6 p.m. Oct. 21 — 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at 43326 Mission Blvd., in Fremont. Presenter: St. Joseph Sister Maryann Cantlon. Theme: Transformation. “We will examine the idea of transformation, risk and reconciliation – with God and others.” For women and men ages 21 – 40. Free will offering. RSVP: by Oct. 17 at blessings@msjdominicans.org. Send your prayer requests to: requestprayers@msjdominicans.org.

Saturday, Oct. 22

Young Adult Retreat
. 9 a.m. (registration), 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (program) at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With Paula Jenkins and Team. Come explore the goodness of creation of all Creation with us as we celebrate the joy and fullness of our lives in Christ. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Oct. 28 – 30

Married Couples Retreat
. At San Damiano Retreat. With Franciscan Father Evan Howard and Chuck and Gloria Blay. This retreat will focus on Catholic Spirituality for boomer marriages. If you are a mid-life couple, come and rediscover the gift of the Sacrament of Matrimony. Registration: Oct. 28 from 4 – 6:30 p.m. Retreat ends: Oct. 30, with lunch at noon. $310 per couple. (925) 837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

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Sunday, Oct. 16
High Tea and Fashion Show
. Noon at Kenneth C. Aitken Senior Center, 17800 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. Come and enjoy lunch and fashions featured by Cold Water Creek. Hosted by Young Ladies Institute No. 166 from All Saints Church in Hayward. Reservations/tickets: Joanne Muniz, (510) 886-3329.

Saturday, Oct. 29

St. Joseph Notre Dame Pilot Booster Club Spaghetti Dinner
. 6 p.m. (social hour), 7 p.m. (family-style dinner) at Kelly Gymnasium, St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, 1011 Chestnut St., Alameda. Proceeds benefit all SJND athletics. Boosters@sjnd.org.

Saturday, Nov. 5

St. Peter Martyr Holiday Boutique and Luncheon
. 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at 425 W. Fourth St., Pittsburg. Local artists will delight with homemade treats, handcrafted jewelry, homemade soaps and bath salts, and much more. Terry Matejcek, (925) 432-7292 or Nancy Ferris at St. Peter Martyr School, (925) 439-1014. Event will be held in the school cafeteria; parking in the back of the school.

Saturday, Nov. 12

Bay Area Crisis Nursery Fall Gala Fundraiser: The Glamour of Giving
. 6 – 11 p.m. at Diablo Country Club in Diablo. An evening of entertainment, dinner, auctions and wines. All proceeds to help prevent child abuse. Tickets: $95/person. Sandy Hathaway, (925) 685-6633 or sandy.hathaway@bacn.info.

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Oct. 8, 15
St. Columba Health Cabinet Workshop: Domestic Violence, a Public Health Emergency. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at St. Columba Parish Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Speakers will address community services, getting your life back through faith and provide resources for legal assistance. (Same workshop on two different dates.) Free continental breakfast and lunch at both sessions. RSVP for food and seating. Jan Ramsey, janramsey53@yahoo.com.

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Saturday, Oct. 8
Fifth Annual Oktoberfest
. 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. in the parish hall at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. Hosted by the Kiwanis Club. John Piercy, (510) 843-6058.

Saturday, Oct. 15

St. David School Fall Festival
. At 871 Sonoma St., Richmond. Begins with parade at 10 a.m., ends with BBQ dinner at 6 p.m. Includes game booths, ethnic food, cake walk and more. (510) 232-2283 or www.stdavidschool.org.

Saturday, Oct. 22

October Italian Polenta Festival
. At St. Isidore Church Hall, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. Menu: polenta with Italian sausage, roast chicken, desserts, drink. And raffle. Celebrating Msgr. Daniel Cardelli’s birthday. Admission: $20. Sponsor: Italian Catholic Federation branch 352, Danville. Antonio Roselli, (925) 820-1670 or tlrosellini@sbcglobal.net.

Saturday, Nov. 5

Festival of Fortune. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. A masquerade-themed benefit for St. Joseph Church. Includes hors d’oeurves, dessert, no-host bar, dancing. Raffle tickets: $100 each; event tickets: $10 each. (Must purchase raffle ticket if you wish to attend event.) Don Kaefer, (510) 427-3007 or Jill Popolizio, (510) 706-5696.

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Oct. 6, 20
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, Oct. 20

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, Dec. 3

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

Saturday, Oct. 8

Chautauqua 17: a diocesan multiethnic celebration
. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 264 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. All are invited to this celebration sponsored by the diocesan Ethnic Pastoral Centers. www.oakdiocese.org/events/chautauqua-multi-ethnic-celebration.

Saturday, Oct. 15
Family Rosary Crusade
. Noon at the Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco. This is the 50th anniversary of the Rosary Rally led by Father Patrick Peyton in Golden Gate Park in 1961; more than 500,000 people attended. Program includes the procession of the Blessed Sacrament, pray the Family Rosary, listen to keynote talk by Father Andrew Apostoli, Benediction and blessing.

Public Rosary Rally
. Noon in the parking lot at St. Callistus Church, 3580 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante. “We come to pray the Rosary to heed Mary’s call, to give praise to God for those that do, ask His pardon for those that don’t and pray for our own conversion. At Fatima in 1917 Our Lady made it clear that the Rosary is the supernatural solution of our earthly problems.” Mary Catherine, (510) 778-3350.

Fatima Rosary Event
. 5:30 p.m. at St. Isidore Church, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. A celebration of the 94th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. Program: procession of the Blessed Sacrament, a presentation by St. Isidore School students on the miracle of Fatima, recitation of the Glorious Mysteries of the rosary, Benediction and blessing, followed by a celebration dinner sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

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Friday, Oct. 14
Serra Alumni Homecoming Barbecue
. 5:30 p.m. at Serra’s Frisella Field, barbecue will be followed by the Serra Homecoming Game against Mitty at 7 p.m. Calling all Serra, Mercy (Burlingame) and Notre Dame (Belmont) alums! The event is free for Serra High School alumni and $5 for Notre Dame and Mercy alumnae. The price includes dinner and your game ticket. aehlers@serrahs.com, (650) 573-9935, ext. 183.

Saturday, Oct. 22

St. Jarlath School ’60s and ’70s Reunion Picnic. 11:30 a.m. at Rodgers Smith Park, 738 Grayson Road, Pleasant Hill. For anyone who graduated, attended or had children at SJS from 1960 to 1979. A BBQ lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, fruit, chips and desserts will be provided for a cost of $5 for 1 –3 family members; $10 for 4+ family members. (Bring your own drinks, captain chairs, softball and volleyball equipment, plus school supplies which will be donated to the school.) Raffle and 50/50 drawing. RSVP by Oct. 15. Stjarlath6070s@gmail.com, Facebook group page “St. Jarlath School 1960 through 1979” or call Jeannine Willits Songey ’76, (925) 362-9085 or Cindy Valdivia, ’76. (925) 989-9017.

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