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 March 5, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 5   •   Oakland, CA
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Turning lives around
Rev. Gregory Boyle, SJ, founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles organization that trains at-risk youth for jobs, is an acknowledged expert on gangs, intervention and re-entry, and serves on the U.S. Attorney General's Defending Childhood Task Force. He was recently inducted into the 2011 California Hall of Fame during ceremonies in Sacramento hosted by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. He will talk on "What Do You Say to Teens and Homeboys?" at an event and book signing at 7 p.m. March 9 at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill.


March 7, 14, 21
Lenten Days of Renewal. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Each day ends with a Mass. Ash Wednesday includes distribution of ashes. $30 a day, includes lunch. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, March 17
Lenten Day of Reflection. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 41933 Blacow Road, Fremont. Presenters: Rev. Jim Sullivan, parochial vicar at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Fremont, and Greta Rosenberger St. Philip Neri Parish in Alameda. The Scriptural Roots of Lenten Practices: Stations of the Cross, Sorrowful Mysteries, Seven Sorrows of Mary, Prayers, Fasting, Almsgiving. The day begins with Mass at 10 a.m. Free lunch. RSVP by March 12 to lfisher7544@comcast.net or 925-785-1969.

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Sunday, March 4
Family Rosary. Every Sunday at 6 p.m. at Tranfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.

March 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.

Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27
The Rosary is prayed at 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday and the Divine Mercy Devotion is prayed after the 5:30 p.m. Mass at St. Barnabas Church, 1427 Sixth St., Alameda. Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated April 15.

March 6, 13
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, March 7
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 Dr., Bay Point. 925-550-0679.

March 8, 15
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.

Thursday, March 8
Prayer Group. At 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.

Sunday, March 11
The Gospel of Mark. 4 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church, 1427 Sixth St., Alameda. You are invited to a spectacular and dramatic presentation of scripture, light and movement when Michael Reardon prayerfully and powerfully proclaims The Gospel of Mark, directed by Patrick Lane. This is a contemporary translation of scripture, proclaimed in the oral tradition of the early church, designed with music, lighting and costuming. They have given more than 1,000 performances. A reception to meet the artists will follow. A free-will offering will be taken up. For additional information, call the parish office at 510-522-8933.

March 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.

Tuesday, March 13
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.

Wednesday, March 14
Re-energize Mid-Week with Taize Around the Cross. 7-8 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, March 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), in Fremont. Third Fridays. 510-657-2468.

Sunday, March 18
The Catholic Church in the World: "Healing in the Church." 2 p.m. at Vallombrosa Retreat Center. A talk by Dominican Father Patrick LaBelle on Forgiveness: To Forgive or Not to Forgive-A Road to Happiness. $20 suggested donation. Rachel, 650-325-5614.

Friday, March 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 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.

March 26-28
Parish Mission at St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Speaker: Rev. Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM, retreat master at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Father Shaughnessy will speak twice each day, with different scripture-based themes each session and incorporating prayer and quiet. Topics: 9:30 a.m. March 26, "Discovering the Field of Dreams;" 7 p.m., "I See Me Through Your Eyes;" 9:30 a.m. March 27, "Discovering an Awareness of the Presence,", 7 p.m., "We Desire More Love Than We Deserve;" 9:30 a.m. March 28, "Discovering the Prayer of the Heart," 7 p.m. "Behold God Beholding You and Smiling.". Wednesday night session includes Mass and refreshments. Come for any part or for all.

March 26-28
St. Leander Church Parish Mission, "In Their Own Words," is a unique mission with Mark Price who brings key figures of history to life. They will speak to you about their lives and experiences with Jesus in these Bible-based theatrical presentations: 1 and 7 p.m. March 26, Doubting Thomas; 1 and 7 p.m. March 27, St. Luke; 1 and 7 p.m. March 28, Mark Price. All sessions will be in the church at 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Free admission; donations accepted. For more information, please call the parish office at 510-895-5631.

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March 23-25
Franciscan Father Joseph Chinnici, head of the Franciscan School of Theology, will lead a retreat at San Damiano March 23-25 using the testament of St. Francis and his Commentary on the Our Father, that will consider the difficulties of the journey of faith today, the importance of the communion of saints, the gift of heaven and the challenge of the prophetic action of affirmation and peace. Texts will be provided. Registration: from 4 to 6:30 pm. March 23, retreat ends with lunch March 25. $215 private/$185 shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.

Monday, March 26
A Day of Quiet and Rest. 9 a.m. (registration), 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (program) at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. We are offering a special quiet day where you can come away to escape from the noise and hectic pace of everyday life. Experience time on your own by sitting in the chapel or gardens and enjoy the serenity and beauty surrounding you. The day will begin with opening prayer and end with Eucharist. $45 cost includes lunch. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

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Saturday, March 10
Fashion Show/Luncheon. 11:30 a.m. at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive in Danville. The fashions will be provided by Chico's Danville. Tickets: $40 each or $300 for a table of eight. Sponsor: The St. Raymond Women's Guild. Noelita Conlogue, 925-828-5319 or Kathy Morte, 510-833-7819.

The Mardi Gras Masquerade Auction. 5:30 p.m. to midnight at Silvio E. Garaventa Center, Carondelet High School, Concord. Evening starts with a silent auction followed by dinner, live auction and dancing. Tickets: $45/per person. Information: www.Stagnesconcord.com.

Sunday, March 11
Memories of Broadway in Honor of Sister Barbara Dawson, RSCJ. 2-5 p.m.. at Flood Mansion, Schools of the Sacred Heart, 2222 Broadway, San Francisco. Tickets: $100; sponsorships available. Proceeds benefit the St. Martin de Porres Fund for Educational Excellence.

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Thursday, March 8
Join the Sisters of the Holy Family for a presentation on the Women and Spirit exhibit, with Sister Michaela O'Connor, SHF, at 2 p.m., repeated at 7:30 p.m. Whether you are taking a bus tour with your parish group or with the Sisters, you can learn about the exhibit by joining us. We will gather for an inspiring and lively discussion about the Women and Spirit Exhibit, with special focus on the local California story of Catholic Sisters. Location: Sisters of the Holy Family Motherhouse, 159 Washington Blvd., Fremont. Call 510-624-4500 for details or directions.

Saturday, March 10
Magnificat Prayer Breakfast. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Concord Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord. Featuring Rev. Jeremy Leatherby, a Sacramento pastor, who had dedicated his ministry to being "Our Lady's priest." $25/per person; $35 after March 3. Complimentary for all clergy. www.magnificatsoti.org, Erin, 925-899-8087, or MagnificatSOTI@yahoo.com.

March 10, 2012
CCRO Teaching Day at Old St. Raymond Church in the Dublin Heritage Center, 6600 Donlon Way, Dublin. Open to all. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring a bag lunch and something to share. Speakers Rose Payan "Come into His Presence" and Rev. Dan Danielson, "The Holy Spirit, Moving in us, in the Renewal, in the Church." How many times have you heard the plea, "The Renewal needs renewal?" Come and be renewed with a fresh breeze of the Holy Spirit blowing like a wind, flowing like a river. Stir into flame the gifts you have been given. Holy Spirit, come. For more information, contact the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office office at 925-828-6644.

Saturday, March 10
St. Patrick's Day Dinner. 6-7 p.m. social hour; 7 p.m. corned beef and cabbage dinner at St. Jarlath Parish Hall, 2620 Pleasant Ave., Oakland. Delicious dinner, fabulous raffle prizes and entertainment by the McBride Irish Dancers. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children. Dinner sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Magellan Council No. 2730. For tickets, call Michael Sullivan 510-532-8980, John West 510-276-8714 or St. Jarlath Parish Office 510-532-2068.

Friday, March 16
St. Patrick's Day Fish Fry. 4:30-8:30 p.m. at Father Howard Community Center, St. Patrick Church, 1640 10th St., Oakland. Dinner includes catfish or tilapia, potato salad, green beans, bread and dessert. Music and dancing. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children 10 and under. Lunch is available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. if pre-ordered by March 14. Dial 510-444-1081 from 1-5 p.m. or 510-532-5003 (days), 510-538-4242 (days) or 510-535-0912 (after 6 p.m.) to pre-order lunch.

Saturday, March 17
At St. Raymond Parish in Dublin — Knights of Columbus Father John C. Murphy Council No. 7987's annual St. Patrick Day Dinner. All you can eat corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and dessert. No take out. Ticket prices are $8 a person or a table of 10 will be $80. Tickets will be available at the parish office, sold at the Lenten Fish Fry's and after Masses. Doors to Moran Hall will open at 6 p.m.; dinner begins at 7 p.m. Only 480 tickets will be sold. Contact the parish office at 925-828-2640 for tickets or information.

Family Aid-Catholic Education (FACE) Gala and Auction, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Blackhawk Musuem, Danville. Wear your green! Evening begins with a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and a live auction, including a chance to win a trip to Ireland! Funds raised are for tuition assistance for low income students in 53 Catholic schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Bay Area favorite Bob Sarlatte is the evening's host with performances by the Bishop O'Dowd Jazz Combo and the McBride School of Irish Dancing. Tickets: $150. Information: www.oakdiocese.org or contact David Coy at dcoy@oakdiocese.org, 510-496-7270.

St. Joseph's Day Dinner. 6:30 p.m. in the church hall at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Honoring St. Joseph on his feast day, festive food is assembled on a decorative altar. Food is donated by attendees and leftovers are given to the needy. Raffle prizes include dinners, getaways and golf. Sponsored by the parish St. Vincent de Paul Society. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages to 12, no cost for children under 2. Tickets on sale after Masses March 10-11.

Irish Social at Msgr. O'Brien Hall, St. Philip Neri Parish, 3101 Van Buren St., Alameda. Social hour at 6 p.m., dinner, featuring corned beef and cabbage and all the trimmings, at 7 p.m. Event is sponsored by the ICF Branch 10, Alameda. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for children 12 years and younger. Reserve by March 12 by calling JoAnn Dorn at 510-710-6959. Mail checks, payable to UCF Branch 10, to JoAnn Dorn, 2907 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. List the names of each person you are making a reservation for.

St. Patrick Dinner-Dance. The annual fund-raiser for St. Patrick Parish in Rodeo is from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in St. Patrick Hall, 825 Seventh St., Rodeo. Tickets are available in the parish office.The cost is $40 a person. For more information, dial 510-799-4406.

Monday, March 19
Dress a Girl Around the World Sew Fest, 9 a.m,-2:30 p.m., St. Augustine's Hall, 3999 Bernal, Pleasanton. If you like to sew, bring your sewing machine and creative imagination as we make 100 dresses in a single day for girls in developing countries. We also need people to setup, clean up, iron, snip, sort, fetch and carry. For more information, contact Suzanne Slupesky: suzbeck@yahoo.com, 925-352-8447.

Sunday, March 25
Bishop O'Dowd 60th anniversary. 11 a.m., Mass in large gymnasium, concelebrated by Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins, Rev. Jay Matthews and former O'Dowd principals; noon to 3 p.m., lunch and opportunities to reconnect with fellow alumni, past and current faculty and staff, and past and current O'Dowd families. Performances, campus tours and memorabilia will be featured. Cost $25 per person. RSVP online at www.bishopodowd.org/events/60th.

March 29, 30 and 31
Saint Mary's High Spring Musical. At the school auditorium 1294 Albina Ave., Berkeley. The Saint Mary's College High School Performing Arts Department, under the direction of Atone Olivier, will present "Seussical the Musical" on the school stage. Please check the school website at www.saintmaryschs.org in mid-March for event and ticket details.

Friday, March 30
It's "Fish Fry" time at St. Rose of Lima in Crockett again. Mark your calendar for 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the St. Rose Parish Hall on Starr Street between Third and Fourth streets, Crockett. Adult dinner tickets are $15 and children 12 and under are $7. Beverages will be available at a no host refreshment bar. Home delivery is available for Crockett, Tormey and Port Costa only, no delivery after 6 p.m. Takeout dinners are available any time during serving hours. Dial 510-787-2052 before Fish Fry Day for tickets, to place an order for home delivery or more information.

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Saturday, March 10
Holy Spirit School 11th Annual Crab Feed and Live Auction — Holy Spirit School Main Gym, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. This year's theme is "God Bless America." Doors open at 4:30 p.m. No host cocktails. Dinner at 6:45 p.m. — includes all you can eat crab, pasta, salad, garlic bread and dessert. Tickets are $40 per person, advance purchase only. Activities include silent and live auction, live entertainment and raffle. Contact Arlene Vargas (lenvargas@sbcglobal.net) or Holy Spirit School Main Office, 510-793-3553 for tickets and event information.

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Thursday, March 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.

Thursday, March 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.

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Sunday, March 25
The Catholic Alumni Club of the Bay Area invites you to a performance of "Wiz" at 3 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Parish, San Ramon with dinner afterward at a nearby restaurant. CAC is a chapter of CACI, a national organization for single Catholic men and women college graduates or registered nurses to meet and share their faith at a variety of enjoyable, interesting and fulfilling activities. For further information on tickets and meeting information contact Dorothy Hann at 925-735-0208 or email dorthi_CAC@hotmail.com.

Through March 25
The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday in St. Mary's College Museum of Art, 1928 St. Mary's Road in Moraga. An exhibition of 36 works of art that explore the many manifestations and interpretations of The Veil and puts veils and veiling into context. The display will also look at current clichés and stereotypes about Islamic practices involving the veil-a garment that has been in existence in cultures and religions throughout human history. The exhibition is divided into three categories: The Sacred Veil, The Sensuous Veil, and The Sociopolitical Veil. The book, The Veil: Women Writers on its History, Lore, and Politic (University of California Press, www.ucpress.edu/books/) edited by curator Jennifer Heath, inspired the exhibition. 925-631-4000 or www.stmarys-ca.edu/node/3421.

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