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November 21, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Trio of Advent talks
Father Tom Bonacci, a Passionist priest from Pittsburgh, Penn., who has ministered in the Diocese of Oakland since 1990, will present three Advent topics at St. Joan of Arc parish, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd. in San Ramon. All programs will be from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: Nov. 29, “Unto Us A Child is Given — How Jesus is Christ for Us”; Dec. 6, “Being Christ for Others, No Time, No Talent, No Treasure — The Stewardship of Radical Self-giving”; and Dec. 13, “The Enduring Presence of Great Love — There is always one among us whom we do not know.” Call 925-830-0600 for more information.

Advent Christmas

Thursday, Dec. 1
Advent mission. 7 p.m. at St. Stanislaus Parish, 1200 Maze Blvd., Modesto Featured speaker: Father Dan Cambra from the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception in Stockbridge, MA. Topic: Divine Mercy: “Why You Need to Know God’s Message of Mercy.” Information: Anne Fultz, 209-484-2633 or afultz1966@gmail.com.

Dec. 2, 9

Christmas Concert
. Dec. 2: 7:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord; Dec. 9: 7:10-8: p.m. at St. Agnes Church, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Vintage, a musical group made up of members at St. Bonaventure Church in Concord, will perform. 925-672-9858 or www.vintagetrio.com.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Crèche display. After the 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Masses at St. Elizabeth Seton Chapel, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. The crèche displays are being represented by the Diversity Committee of The Catholic Community of Pleasanton.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Advent Day of Renewal at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Franciscan Father Rusty Shaughnessy. Come reflect on the ways we bring forth Jesus in the world just as Mary did that first Christmas. Registration: 9 a.m., program: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $30 cost includes lunch. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Thursday, Dec. 8

Advent Day of Renewal at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Franciscan Father Evan Howard. The Peace Prayer of St. Francis is a summary of the Franciscan spiritual life for everyone. Father Evan will guide you on an exploration of its riches and help you embrace its spirit this Advent season. Registration: 9 a.m., program: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.. $30 cost includes lunch. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or at www.sandamiano.org.

Dec. 9-11

Silent Advent weekend
at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Franciscan Father Rusty Shaughnessy and Dorothy Charbonneau. On this weekend, we will ask for the grace of Mary. Come experience the Joy of God tasted by Mary, Jesus’ mother. In her surrender to God she opened herself to receive the gift of God’s presence. Registration: Dec. 9; program: from 4-6 p,m. Retreat ends Dec. 11 with lunch at noon. $215 private/ $185 shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or at www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, Dec. 10

Young adult Advent retreat
. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse in Fremont. Have you ever felt that praying was more of a chore than a joy? Come and learn some new ways to pray, find your joy and give praise to God. We will explore what actually happens in our “prayer time.” Includes evening Eucharist. Presenter: Dominican Sister Rebecca Shinas. Free will offering. RSVP deadline: Dec. 5. Questions or RSVP: Dominican Sister Frances Mary Pierson, at blessings@msjdominicans.org or 510-933-6335.

Dec. 10-15

Advent mission at St. Jerome Church
, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. Two daily sessions will be held at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. The mission will cover: The Holy Eucharist, God’s Infinite Mercy, the Universal Call to Holiness, the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Four Last Things. Information: 510-525-0876.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Simbang Gabi Mass and celebration
. 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St. Oakland. The Cathedral will host this kick-off celebration of Simbang Gabi, a Filipino Christmas tradition, with Mass followed by music and food. Father Ray Sacca, 510-495-3202.

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Nov. 22, 29, Dec. 6
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.

Nov. 22, Dec. 6

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.

Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8

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. Information: 925-625-2109.

Nov. 30, Dec. 6, 13

Perpetual Help Novena/Prayer
. 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Church, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. 925-432-6404.

Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14

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.

Dec. 1, 2

Pilgrimages and youth
. 7 p.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 41933 Blacow Road, Fremont. Father Jim Sullivan, parochial vicar at the parish, describes his ministry with youth and young adults in both North and South America, and the impact pilgrimages and shrines have on the young. Light refreshments and beverages provided. In Spanish on Dec. 1, and in English on Dec. 2.

Saturday, Dec. 3
Day of Reflection
. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 41933 Blacow Road, Fremont. Father Jim Sullivan of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Fremont will lead this day of reflection which begins with Mass. Free lunch provided. RSVP: Nov. 28 to lfisher7544@comcast.net or 925-785-1969.

Dec. 5, 12

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.

Thursday, Dec. 8

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.

Dec. 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.

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.

Wednesday, Dec. 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.

Friday, Dec. 16

Taize (Prayer Around the Cross)
. 8-9 p.m. at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd. (entrance on Mission Tierra Place), Fremont. Third Fridays, 510-657-2468.

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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. Dial 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., 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.
, 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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Nov. 25-27
Scripture Retreat at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With Franciscan Fathers Garrett Galvin and Michael Guinan. The themes of the Sunday readings will be explored. Registration: Nov. 25: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Ends: Nov. 27 with lunch at noon. $215 private/$185 shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Dec. 2-4

Spirituality retreat at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With Paula D’Arcy. Participants will explore life-giving questions. Lectures, quiet prayer time and individual as well as group process time. Registration: Dec. 2 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Ends: Dec. 4 with lunch at noon. $225 private/$195 shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

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Saturday, Nov. 19
Fair Trade Holiday Boutique
. 3-7 p.m. in cafeteria at Holy Names High School, 4660 Harbord Drive in Oakland. Special pre-sale on Nov. 18 from 3-5 p.m. Items from Catholic Relief Services “Work of Human Hands” program, jewelry, clothing, coffee, holiday items, nativity sets, ornaments and more. 510-450-1110.

Nov. 29 – Dec. 4

Carondelet High School’s 22nd Annual Visions of Christmas Fundraising Events
. Tickets are available for the Holiday Teas on Nov. 29, 30, and Dec. 1, $35 per person. The Taste of Christmas Party on Dec. 3, $70 per person. Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 4, $20/adults, $15/children. Proceeds will benefit the Fund for Tuition Tickets can be purchased online: www.carondelet.net. Information: Mary Frevele, 925-686-5353, ext. 155, or mfrevele@carondeleths.org.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Bingo at St. Joseph School
, 1961 Plum St., Pinole. Doors open at 4 p.m. games begin at 5 p.m. Hosted by the Seventh and Eighth grades. 510-701-7739.

Thursday, Dec. 8

Merry Christmas luncheon
. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.in the Soda Center at St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund for St. Mary’s College students. Entertainment by the St. Mary’s College Chamber Singers; champagne cocktails; annual Christmas raffle. Sponsor: St. Mary’s Guild. Tickets: $45/person. Jeffry-Lynn Dunne, 925-284-7750, or Pat McEnaney, 925-376-3306.

Saturday, Jan. 21 2012

Moreau Catholic High School Booster Club’s 43rd Annual Crab Feed
. 5 p.m. at 27170 Mission Blvd., Hayward. All the fresh Dungeness crab, salad, French bread and pasta you can eat. Tickets: $55/person; $40/person for early birds, prior to Dec. 16. Proceeds to help funding of the Moreau Catholic Mariners in support of transportation, jersey upgrades and more. Visit www.moreaucatholic.org/crabfeed or Colleen Kelly, 510-881-4322.

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Sunday, Nov. 27
Rodeo Chamber of Commerce: Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
. 4:30 p.m. at St. Patrick School, 825 Seventh St., Rodeo. Entertainment, crafts, refreshments. Santa and his reindeers are also expected.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Annual Diocesan Guadalupe Pilgrimage and Mass
. 9 a.m.: gather at St. Louis Bertrand Church, 1410-100th Ave. in Oakland. The eight-mile pilgrimage will be followed by Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone will preside. Information: Hector Medina, 510-496-7224.

A Call to Contemplative Prayer
. 8:30 a.m.-noon at Vallambrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. This workshop is open to all who wish to learn how to deepen one’s connection with God through centering prayer. Centering prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares one to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within. $20/person cost includes scones and coffee. Rachel Alvelais, 650-325-5614 or www.vallombrosa.org.

Saturday, Dec. 3, 4

Concert of Carols. Dec. 3: 2 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord; Dec. 4: St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court in Walnut Creek. Voices of Musica Sacra presents Carols Old and New, conducted by musical director John Kendall Bailey, and featuring traditional carols from France and Spain, works by Jacobus Gallus (Handl) from Germany, 15th and 16th century carols from England, recent pieces by Gustav Holst and John Rutter, American carols ranging from shape-note singing to Charles Ives and Alfred Burt, as well as a Canadian carol. The program concludes with a carol sing-along. $20/ adults, $15/seniors and students. Information: www.vmschorus.org.

Saturday, Dec. 10

Annual Breakfast with Santa
. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in Cauchi Hall at St. Agnes School, 3886 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Tickets available through St. Agnes School for $10/person through Nov. 30. Tickets purchased Dec. 1-10 are $12. Children under four are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Pancake breakfast (served until 11:30 a.m.) and holiday crafts and activities for the kids. Registration forms at St. Agnes School, 925-689-3990, Christiansen.Lisa@gmail.com or www.stagnesconcord.com.

Magnificat Prayer Breakfast.
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Drive, Concord. All women in the Oakland Diocese are invited to this event which features guest speaker, Mother Regina Marie Gorman, a member of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart in Los Angeles. A frequent speaker at Southern California Renewal Community Conventions, Mother Gorman will examine the heart of a mother and the four women who played an important part in her life. The breakfast is open seating. Participants should arrive at 9 a.m. $25/person to Dec. 3, $35 thereafter. Only phone registrations will be accepted after Dec. 3. Online registration: www.magnificatsoti.org, e-mail: magnificatsoti@gmail.com, phone: Erin, 925-949-8953. Sponsor: Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women.

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Nov. 17, Dec. 1
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 who 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.

Saturday, Dec. 3

No More Secrets – Bimonthly Support Group for Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 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, Dec. 15

Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa
. 7-9 p.m., 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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Thursday, Dec. 15
St. Mary’s High School Class of 1952 and Friends Reunion Luncheon
. At the Christian Brothers Residence in Berkeley. $50/person. Reservations/information: Joanne Marchetti Howe, advancement office, 510-559-6227 or jhowe@smchs.org.

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