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 January 23, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

The Lazarus Story
Jesuit Father John Dear, author and longtime activist, will talk about his latest book, “Lazarus, Come Forth!” which offers a compelling new reading of the Lazarus story at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Holy Spirit Parish/Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley. The book is an extended mediation on Lazarus as a representative of all humanity and his story as a call to walk into the “new life of resurrection and peace.” Dial 510-499-0537 for more inforamtion.


Jan. 23-Feb. 20
Bible study. 7:30-9 p.m. in the Pope Room at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Topic: Jesus and the Gospels. The group will look at the oral tradition of the Gospels, take a look at the Gospel of Mark and then discuss Jesus in and through the Gospels. But the most important part of each evening is how individuals can live out the Gospel message today. All are welcome, beginners to the experienced. Contact Julie, 925-447-4549, ext. 114, or upcatholic@aol.com.

Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6

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. Contact Claire La Scola, 925-447-9800, clairelascola@yahoo.com.

Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7

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.

Jan. 24, Feb. 13

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.

Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8
Perpetual Help Devotion Baclaran Forma
t. 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.

Jan. 26, Feb. 2. 9
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.

Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12

Family rosary. Every Sunday at 6 p.m. at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.

Tuesday, Jan. 31

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.

Thursday, Feb. 9

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.

Friday, Feb. 10

Eucharistic Adoration for youth and young adults
. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 825 Seventh St., Rodeo. Encounter Jesus in the Holy Eucharist through adoration, praise and thanksgiving with prayerful music, guided meditation and the opportunity for Confession. 510-799-4406.

Wednesday, Feb. 8

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, Feb. 17

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.

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 for peace and reconciliation offered in simple chant, Scripture readings, silent worship and veneration of the Cross. 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. Dial 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.


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.


9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. in the 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 Dr., 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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Jan. 27-29
The Depth of Welcoming Prayer
. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Retreat director: Cherry Haisten, program director of The Center at St. Andrew’s, a healing and lifelong learning ministry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Seattle. A weekend of learning and practicing this transformative prayer that can be carried into the minutes and hours of each day to bring hospitality to the people and events that are encountered in ordinary life. Registration: Jan. 27, from 4-6:30 p.m. and social at 6 p.m. Concludes: Jan. 29 with lunch. $225 private/$195 shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Engaging the Heart. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. One-day Pre-Cana (Catholic marriage preparation) program. Presentations/workshops by Catholic professionals on various aspects of married life, such as intimacy, communication and spirituality. $225 fee includes lunch. info@vallombrosa.org, vallombrosa.com, or 650-325-5614.

Feb. 3-5

Recovery Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville
. With Jesuit Father Tom Weston. A weekend retreat for women and men in 12-step recovery. Includes fellowship, quiet time, and an opportunity for rest, renewal and reflection. Registration: Feb. 3, 4-6:30 p.m.; ends Feb. 5 with lunch. $220 private/$195 shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Feb. 10-12

Married Couples Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville
. With Franciscan Father Rusty Shaughnessey and Richard and Karla Obernesser. Share this Valentine’s weekend with your spouse and experience a peaceful time away at San Damiano. Registration: Feb. 10, 4-6:30 p.m.; ends Feb. 12 with lunch. $310/ couple. . 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Feb. 18

Spiritual Respite for Family Members and Caregivers of Those with Mental Illness
. 9 a.m. (registration), 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (program) at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With Cindy Tuttle. There are unique challenges facing those who journey with the mentally ill. The retreat day begins with the sharing of each person’s story followed by time for prayer, reflection and sharing. Participants will also explore how music, art and poetry can support one’s faith in times of great challenge. $60 cost includes lunch. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

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Jan. 27 and 28
10th Anniversary Celebration of Dance at Moreau Catholic High School
. 7 p.m. in Teves Theatre, 27170 Mission Blvd., Hayward. Featuring current and alumnae dancers and choreographers. $15/general admission; $10/students and seniors. Tickets are available online: moreaucatholic.org/gala.

Saturday, Feb. 11

Bingo. At St. Joseph School, 1961 Plum St., Pinole. Doors open at 4 p.m., games begin at 5 p.m. Hosted by first and second grades and kindergarten classes.

Carnival Christie: Le Cinquieme Mardi Gras
. 6 p.m. in Father Kozina parish hall at 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Hosted by the Twelfth Night Revelers of the Spirited Guild of St. Anne. This year’s Mardi Gras is dedicated to both the St. Margaret Mary Sacred Music program and building fund and the Jubilate Deo Sacred Music Society of the Cathedral of Christ the Light. Benefactor tickets are $150, general ticket price is $75. No tickets will be sold at the door. Formal affair, sit-down dinner with silent and live auctions, live music and dancing. Lucia LaRocca, ldlarocca@aol.com or www.stmargmaryoak.org/mardigras.

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Jan. 26, Feb. 9
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.

Feb. 3, 4, 10, 11

Birthright of Concord Volunteer Training Session
. At 3106 Clayton Road, Concord. Persons interested in supporting the programs of Birthright, a crisis pregnancy center, and working with and offering pregnant women alternatives to abortion. Areas of need: client counselor; office assistance; outreach to schools and agencies; public relations; organizing maternity and baby clothing closets; board member; fundraising. No previous experience needed, only a non-judgmental and loving attitude. For an application: 925-798-7227.

Friday, Feb. 4

Ars Celebrandi: Moved by the Spirit
. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Mary’s College, Claeys Lounge, Soda Activity Center, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Christian Brother William Woeger, founder and director of the Cathedral Arts Project based at Omaha’s St. Cecilia Cathedral, is the guest artist/speaker for this liturgical conference. Discover how attention to the details that create liturgical art can inspire Catholics to enthusiastically attend Mass, engaged by the beauty and tension of liturgy. $10 cost includes continental breakfast and lunch. RSVP: Jan. 27. Presented by the Catholic Liturgical Arts Committee at St. Mary’s College. Sponsor: the Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture and Action and a generous grant from the Lebherz Family Foundation. Louis Lebherz, director, lpl2@stmarys-ca.edu or 831-392-5315.

Saturday, Feb 11

Second Annual Bay Area Social Justice Forum
. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Holy Names University, Valley Center for the Performing Arts, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Guest speakers: Holy Cross Father Daniel Groody, author, filmmaker and professor at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and Jack Weinstein, regional director of Facing History and Ourselves. Workshops will be offered on a variety of topics. Online registration: www.hnu.edu/SocialJustice. Sister Susan Wells, 510-436-1280.

Tuesday, Feb. 14

Catholics@Work breakfast event
. 7 a.m. at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville. (Mass at 6:30 a.m.) Patrick Coffin, author and host of the radio show, Catholic Answers Live, will be the guest speaker. His radio program is heard on more than 180 stations across the U.S. and on Sirius Satellite. $20/ members; $25/ non-member. www.catholicsatwork.org.

Feb. 17-19

Retrovaille. A program for couples with troubled marriages, including separated or divorced couples. This program offers the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive way. Registration/information: www.HelpOurMarriage.com or 800-470-2230.

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Thursdays, Feb. 2, 16
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 1st and 3rd 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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Crab feeds

Saturday, Jan. 28
St. Joseph Notre Dame High School’s 31ST Annual Crab Feed and Auction
. On campus at 1011 Chestnut St. in Alameda, in the Kelly Gymnasium. 5 p.m.: no-host cocktail hour and silent auction; 6:30 p.m.: dinner and live auction; 8:30 p.m.: dancing. The theme this year is Mardi Gras and all are encouraged to come to the event dressed in festive attire. Proceeds will go to tuition assistance and athletics. $65/person. Tickets/information: www.sjnd.org; Nicole Catania, 510-995-9452, or ncatania@sjnd.org.

St. Elizabeth High School’s 24th Annual Auction and Crab Feed
. 5:45-9 p.m. at St. Theresa Parish Event Center, 4850 Clarewood Drive, Oakland. Good friends, wonderful food and a great selection of auction items. Proceeds benefit the tuition assistance fund at St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Information: 510-532-6473.

Holy Names High School’s Annual Crab Feed and Auction
. At 4660 Harbord Drive, Oakland. 6 p.m.: appetizers, no-host wine and beer, view and bid on auction items. Menu: mixed green salad, potato salad, fresh sourdough bread, and “all the fresh cracked Dungeness crab you can eat!” Dessert will be served with coffee or tea. A half-roasted chicken is available to non-crab diners. $55/person. Online reservation/tickets: www.hnhsoakland.org or Kathryn Moir, 510-450-1110 ext. 118, or kmoir@hnhsoakland.org. Proceeds benefit the school’s tuition assistance program.

Knights of Columbus Council No. 7683 Annual Crab Feed
. In the Peace room at St. Monica Parish, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. 6 p.m.: appetizers and no-host cocktails, 7:30 p.m.: dinner. Dinner: salad, pasta, fresh cracked crab and dessert. Chicken is available when ordered in advance. Raffle follows dinner, proceeds to Bay Area charities. Tickets: $55/each or $400 /tables for eight. Non-refundable tickets must be reserved and paid for in advance. Karl Anderson, 925-283-3679; mail checks to Karl at 510 Florence Drive, Lafayette.

Saturday, Feb. 4

St. Patrick Church’s Annual Crab Feed
. 6 p.m. at the parish hall, 825 Seventh St., Rodeo. Begins with social hour with a live jazz ensemble. All drinks, beer and wine are included in the cost of the ticket at $45. All the crab you can eat plus fresh garlic bread. A raffle will follow dinner. Proceeds of the event will benefit the parish and Knights of Columbus, sponsor of the event. Tickets: Gavin, 510-504-8294, or Matt, 510-799-0128.

St. Mary’s High School Crab Feed
. In the school gym, 1294 Albina Ave., Berkeley. Details and registration available on the school website, www.saintmaryschs.org. $40/person, $380/ table of 10. Chicken dinner optional. Sells out quickly. Silent auction before dinner. Auction donations welcome. Joanne Marchetti Howe, 510-559-6227 or jhowe@stmchs.org.

All Saints CYO Crab Feed
. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. in the All Saints Gym, 228234 Second St., Hayward. $40/person. This is an adult-only event. Daycare provided by Kids Klub for a fee. Proceeds help support CYO Youth Sports at All Saints. 510-581-6247.

Saturday, Feb. 11

St. Leander Parish Valentine Crab Feed
. In Ryan O’Connell Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro. Social hour 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m. Crab, pasta, bread, salad, dessert silent auction; sports memorabilia silent auction; raffle. Assigned seating. Tickets are $35; $40 if purchased after Feb. 5. Tickets: contact the Parish Office at 510-895-5631.



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