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 December 12, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 21   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Song at St. Augustine
“Advent Graces,” an evening of song, Scripture and prayer featuring Janèt Sullivan Whitaker, a nationally known vocal artist, composer and member of the pastoral staff at Corpus Christi Church in Piedmont, will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 18, at St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. The event is free. A collection will be taken for Elizabeth House, St. Augustine’s ministry to women and families at risk. For more information, contact St. Augustine Parish at 510-653-8631


Friday, Dec. 16
With Your Spirit — Advent/Christmas concert and celebration
. 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Come and enjoy the sounds of the many choirs of the Music Ministry, sing-along carols, parish ministry procession, Scripture readings. Food and merriment will follow. Mark J. Sullivan, 925-474-2776, or mjsullivan@catholicsofpleasanton.org.

Saturday, Dec. 17

Through Advent to Christmas
: A concert presentation of choral music and handbell selections by the Golden Gate Boys Choir. 7:30 p.m. at St. Ignatius Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. (Free will offering collected from the audience members.) Information: 510-887-4311 or www.ggbc.org.

Sunday, Dec. 19

Advent speaker. 7:30 p.m. at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. Legendary LSU Coach Dale Brown will share his story in a talk entitled Contemplating the Call to Courage. Free will offering.

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Dec. 12, 19, 28
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.

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.

Dec. 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.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Re-energize midweek 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.

Dec. 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.

Dec. 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. 925-625-2109

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.

Dec. 18, 25

Family Rosary
. 6 p.m. Sundays at Tranfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267

Tuesday, Dec. 20

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

Dec. 20, 27

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

Friday, Jan. 6

Taize (prayer around the Cross)
. 7:30-8:30 p.m. at All Saints Church, 22824 2nd St., Hayward. Join us for this candlelit prayer service where we meet God in song, the Word and silent wonder. Like us on Facebook: I Pray at All Saints. (Every first Friday of the month.) Francis Tanjuatco, 650-678-7739.

Thursday, Jan. 12

Prayer group. At St. Philip Neri Church, 3100 Van Buren St., Alameda. Meets second Thursdays at 9 a.m., after 8:30 a.m. Mass. Roberta, 510-521-4478.

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Divine Mercy Center and Perpetual Adoration Chapel
, 11152 San Pablo Ave., San Pablo. 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 Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel, 2500 Bermuda Ave., San Leandro. First Fridays: 9:30 a.m. all night to Saturday 7 p.m. 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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Sunday, Dec. 18
Christmas lessons and carols
. 2 p.m. in the chapel at Vallombrosa Retreat Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Come and celebrate the season with us through music, prayer and reflection as we make our way from Advent toward Christmas. The Vallombrosa Choir, under the direction of Patrick Feehan, will perform. Suggested donation: $20/person. rachel@vallombrosa.org or 650-325-5614.

Dec. 30 – Jan. 1

New Year’s retreat. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With Franciscan Father Rusty Shaughnessy and Franciscan Father Ray Bucher. On this threshold retreat, we will taste the grace of blessings, the doors they can open and the healing and transformation. Registration: Dec. 30 from 4-6:30 p.m., ends Jan.1 with brunch. $215 private/$185 shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Friday, Jan. 6

Campus Ministers Retreat.
At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With Franciscan Father Rusty Shaughnessy and Eunice Park. All high school and college ministers are invited. There will be time for sharing, networking and prayer. Registration: Jan.6 at 9 a.m., program: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $45 cost includes lunch. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, Jan. 14

The Creative Spirit in Aging
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With Rena Grant and Elizabeth Bell. Through prayers of the world’s traditions, music and poetry, we reflect on our lives to find deeper meaning and wisdom and to notice the journey of aging as a spiritual process. Registration at 9 a.m., program 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $65 cost includes lunch. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

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Crab feeds

Jan. 13 and 14
Salesian High School Crab Feed
. At Salesian High School, 2851 Salesian Ave., Richmond. Jan. 13, 7 p.m. cocktail hour, 8 p.m. dinner; Jan. 14: 6 p.m. cocktail hour, 7 p.m. dinner, music and dancing follow. $40/person. Reservations deadline: Jan. 13. Tickets/information: 510-234-4433, ext. 1126.

Saturday, Jan. 14

Second Annual St. Joachim School Crab Feed and Auction
. At 21250 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. 5:45 p.m. cocktails/6:30 p.m. dinner. Menu/catered by The Fish Market Restaurant, San Mateo. New England clam chowder, fresh cracked crab, marinara pasta, bread, etc. No host bar – wine and beer. $45/person (18 and older). Proceeds to benefit the school’s tuition assistance program. Angie Huaman, 510-783-3177.

Jan. 20 and 21

Annual Crab Feast
. Doors open at 6 p.m., serving will begin at 7 p.m. In Moran Hall at St. Raymond Parish in Dublin. $35 — all you can eat. Menu: salad, bread, pasta, crab and dessert, along with coffee and tea. Roasted chicken is available for those who don’t want a crab dinner; the chicken dinner ticket must be purchased in advance. Tickets: kofc7987@gmail.com or the church business office. Sponsor: Knights of Columbus, Father John C. Murphy Council No. 7987 and St. Raymond School.

Saturday, Jan. 21

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, or 510-881-4322.

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Tuesday, Dec. 13
Catholics@Work Breakfast event
. 7 a.m. at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville. (Mass is offered at 6:30 a.m.) Begins with a full buffet breakfast, followed by program. Guest speaker: Benjamin Glenn, one of Silicon Valley’s top property attorneys, will share his journey into history and how it brought him into full communion with the Catholic Church. $20/members, $25/non-members. To register: www.catholicsatwork.org.

Dec. 22, Jan. 12, 26

Stepping Stones on your Grief Journey workshop
. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. The death of a loved one is unlike any other loss – it leaves most of us in a state of shock, confusion and sadness. Join this bi-monthly workshop and let us accompany you on your healing journey. No pre-registration is necessary. Open to all regardless of religious affiliation. Mary Hagerty, 925-846-5377.

Sunday, Jan. 8

Diocese of Oakland 50th Anniversary
. The Diocese of Oakland was created on Jan. 13, 1962. The diocesan Office of Worship asks each parish to anticipate the Golden Jubilee on Epiphany Sunday.

Jan. 9 – March 12

Screening of Father Robert Barron’s Catholicism series
. 6-9 p.m. in St. Michael Parish Hall, 300 block of Maple St., Livermore. One episode will be featured per night for 10 consecutive Mondays. Suzanne Slupesky, a Catholic theology scholar, will lead a question and answer session. Free admission.

Jan. 20 – 22

18th Annual Marian Eucharistic Conference
. At Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Fresno. Theme: “Be Not Afraid.” Speakers include: Father Stan Fortuna, a preacher and jazz musician who ministers to the poor in New York’s South Bronx; Father Christopher Crotty, a member of the Congregation of the Fathers Mercy, a frequent speaker at parish missions and retreats across the country; and Father Richard McAlear, an Oblate of Mary Immaculate priest, known for his worldwide healing ministry. Early registration: $55/person; $65 after Jan. 5. www.holycrossministries.net or 559-271-1246.

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Thursday, Dec. 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. 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.

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, Feb. 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.

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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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