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 April 9, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 7   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

St. Elizabeth High School
all-class reunion

From 6:30-11:30 p.m. April 28 in the Gym, 1530 - 34th Ave., Oakland, $45 a person. Cocktails, dinner and dancing in honor of Classes 1967, 1972 and 1982. The event inaugurates the Sister Mary Liam Brock '57 OP Scholarship. Sister Liam is retiring after 14 years at St. Elizabeth. Reservations: 510-532-6473 or cdalton@stliz-hs.org.


April 9, 16, 23
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.

April 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 Tuesdays. Contact: Simon Medrano, president, 510-303-2965.

April 10, 17, 24
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.

Tuesdays April 10, 24
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.

April 11, 18, 25

Divorced and/or separated group. 7:30- 9:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church Chapel, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. (Bi-weekly sessions on Wednesday evenings.) Come and join others who have lost a marriage and begin to build your new life. Pre-registration is required. Information/registration: Roxanne, 925-462-0750.

April 11, 18, 26

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.

April 12, 19
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, April 14
Acts of the Apostles: The Birth of Christ. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 41933 Blacow Road, Fremont. Presented by Father Jim Sullivan, parochial vicar at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, and Greta Rosenberger of St. Philip Neri/St. Albert Parish in Alameda. RSVP: April 9 to lfisher7544@comcast.net or 925-785-1969.

April 15, 22, 29

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.

Thursday, April 12
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.

Monday, April 16
The Common Good. 7:30 p.m. at Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way in Berkeley. Leo Burke, a professor at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza School of Business, will talk about "The Endless Quest for the Common Good." As a professor and former executive with Motorola Inc., Burke wants to encourage the entrepreneurial efforts of both public and private enterprise, but seeks a new balance between individualism, and the common good. The common good is a core principle of Catholic Social Teaching.

Friday, April 20

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.

Friday, April 27
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.

April 27 – 29
Lectio/Video Divina retreat. San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Victoria MacDonald. The practice of reflecting on biblical texts is known as lectio divina. Video Divina, developed by Victoria, can also be a spiritual technique to enliven our faith. Used together, lectio and video divina can invite deeper perspectives on the sacred texts of our lives. Registration is from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. April 27 and retreat ends with lunch April 29. $220 private/ $195 shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, April 28
St. Catherine of Siena Day of Reflection. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Albert's Priory, 5890 Birch Ct., Oakland. St. Catherine of Siena was a great influence on the politics of her time. Learn more from Dominican Father Augustine Thompson, professor of history at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley. Information/registration: Ms. Anne Regan, O.P., 510-655-4046 or areganpl@att.net. Sponsor: St. Albert the Great Chapter of the Dominican Laity.

Sunday, May 6
Taize. prayer around the Cross. 7 p.m. at Hillcrest Congregational Church, 404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Members of four different denominations in Pleasant Hill gather monthly in prayer and in a spirit of Ecumenism: Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal; Christ the King Catholic Church; and St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. Every first Sunday.

Wednesday, May 9
Re-energize midweek 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.

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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.

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 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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Saturday, April 21
Young adult spring retreat. 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. at the MSJ Sisters Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd. (entrance on Mission Tierra Place), Fremont. For women and men ages 21 — 40. Theme: Celebration of Creation … deepening our awareness of God's amazing creation in praise, thanks and stewardship of this precious gift. Free will offering. Questions/RSVP by April 16. Presenters: Sisters Barbara Hagel and Pauline Bouton, 510-933-6335.

Tuesdays, May 1 — June 5

Celebrating Women Series. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With Kathy Miranda. Featuring the stories of women of scripture, saints, mystics and contemporary models (Clare of Assisi, Brigit of Kildare, Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, The Beguines and Dorothy Day). Learn more about their lives and contribution to the society of their time. Registration: 8:30 a.m. and program: 9 a.m.-noon. $20 for individual dates or $100 for the 6-week series. Option to stay for lunch ($10) is possible and must be arranged 24 hours in advance. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

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Monday, April 16
Catholic Charities of the East Bay's 28th Annual Golf Classic. 10 a.m. registration, 11:30 a.m. shotgun start at Diablo Valley Country Club, 1700 Clubhouse Road, Diablo. Enjoy a round of golf; raffles, auctions, etc. All proceeds benefit the programs of Catholic Charities of the East Bay. Joe Vallor, 510-768-3138 or jvallor@cceb.org.

Thursday, April 19
Italian Catholic Federation, Branch No. 215 hosts Salad/Bingo Luncheon. Noon at Our Lady of Guadalupe-Blacow Campus Church Hall, 41933 Blacow Road, Fremont. $10 donation includes two Bingo cards. Reservations by April 13. Raffle and door prizes available. Tickets: Fran LaTorre at 510-887-1509 or Claire Chiatello at 510-657-8563.

Saturday, April 21
SMC Annual Fashion Show. 11 a.m. in the Soda Center at St. Mary's College, 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga. The event will feature a "Spring collection" courtesy of Chico's, Walnut Creek. The event also includes Mariachi music, hors d'oeuvres and entree and a raffle. $50. Sponsor: St. Mary's College Guild. All proceeds go toward scholarships for financial aid students, 925-254-3645.

Sunday, April 22
Pilots and Pancakes breakfast. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Notre Dame Hall, St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, 1011 Chestnut St., Alameda. Adults: $7, students and seniors: $5, children 5 and under: free. Price includes: pancakes, eggs, choice of bacon or sausage, orange juice, coffee. A 50/50 raffle with tickets priced at $2 each. Proceeds to benefit SJND athletics. Information/tickets: boosters@sjnd.org or Chris Pondol, 510-995-9434 or boosters@sjnd.org. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Hosted by Saint Joseph Notre Dame Athletic Booster Club.

Thursday, April 26
Benefit luncheon and auction. 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. at Claremont Country Club, 5295 Broadway Terrace, Oakland. This 21st annual event raises funds to help house and support women and children in times of crisis. Special guest speaker: Judge Carol A. Corrigan, associate justice of the California Supreme Court. Also boutique and silent and live auctions and lunch. $70/person. Online registration is available at: oakehouse.org.

Friday, April 27
St. Paul School Black and White Gala. 6:30-11 p.m. at the Rockefeller Lodge in San Pablo. Music, dance, food, libations and socializing. Come support our Auction for Education. The proceeds from the event will go to assist families who want to attend Catholic school and professional development opportunities for the teachers. $35. Tickets/information: 510-233-3080 or http://st-paulschool.org.

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April 12 — 15
Divine Mercy Conference. At Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. Program includes Confessions, chaplet, Holy Hour, music and Spanish Mass and Presentation. Adults: $45 at the door; $25 youth. Contact: Nona Cornejo, 925-339-4469 (English); Elizabeth Gomez, 925-470-5944 (Spanish). Sponsors: IHM Divine Mercy prayer group and Mary Messenger Prayer Cenacle of the Marian Movement of Priests.

Saturday, April 14
Transforming Hearts for Justice. 1-4 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church (Catholic Community of Pleasanton), 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Jack Jezreel, founder of JustFaith Ministry, will facilitate a workshop on compassion and community; personal transformation in light of the Gospel and the world in which we live. Contacts: Meg Bowerman, JustFaith, 510-684-7139; Matt Gray, CCOP RCIA director, 925-202-5425.

Monday, April 16
Jack Jerzeel presentation. 7-9 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church, 322 St. James Drive, Piedmont. Contact: Meg Bowerman, megbowerman@gmail.com, 510-684-7139 or www.corpuschristipiedmont.org.

St. Catherine of Siena: Reformer and Consoler. 6:30-8 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish Hall, 604 Mellus St., Martinez. Stephen Cordova, consultant to the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis, Diocese of Oakland, will present a talk as part of the monthly Speakers Series. Followed by light refreshments. Pauline Porter, drestcath@yahoo.com, 925-228-2230, ext. 30.

Wednesday, April 18

Vatican Council II: 50 Years Later. 7-9:30 p.m. at St. Michael Hall, 300 block of Maple Street, Livermore. Guest speaker Father Dan Danielson, a retired priest of the Oakland Diocese. http://stm-fet.blogspot.com/p/vatican-ii-anniversary.html or 925-294-3349.

Sunday, April 22
Mass/brunch for single Catholics. 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Gregory Church, 2715 Hacienda St., San Mateo. Brunch at Heidi's Pies (1941 S. El Camino Real in San Mateo) to follow. Sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area Catholic Alumni Club (SFCAC) - a chapter of a national organization for single Catholic men and women of similar educational backgrounds. Information: Bill Lewellyn, bigfoote1@juno.com or Dorothy Hann, dorthi@hotmail.com, 925-735-0203. Website: http://catholicsingles-sfbayarea.com/.

Saturday, May 19
Dress a Girl Around the World Sew Fest. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Michael Hall, 300 block of Maple Street, Livermore. If you like to sew, please bring your sewing machine and creative imagination as we make more than 200 dresses in a single day for girls in developing countries. We also need people to setup, clean up, iron, snip, sort, fetch and carry. Suzanne Slupesky, suzbeck@ yahoo.com, 925-352-8447.

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April 12 — May 31
Grief workshop. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. People who are mourning the death of a loved one need time and space to honor their grief. In this eight-week workshop each person will have the opportunity to explore their grief journey with others. One-time $15 donation is requested. Pre-registration is requested. Mary Hagerty, 925-846-5377.

Thursday, April 19
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.

April 19, May 3
Breast cancer support group. 6:30- 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. Meets on first and third Thursdays. Contacts: Maria Hartung, 925-831-2475 or mariahartung@yahoo.com; Faith Formation, 925-362-1901.

Saturday, June 2
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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April 18 - 22
St. Mary's College production of Moliere's "The Imaginary Invalid." 8 p.m. April 18, 19, 20 and 21; 2 p.m. April 21 and 22. Directed by Reid Davis. General admission: $15; seniors (65+) $12; non-SMC students: $12; St. Mary's College community of faculty, staff and residents: $8. Information/registration: 925-631-4670. Tickets also at: www.brownpapertickets.com.

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Saturday, April 14
The Notre Dame de Namur Alumnae of San Francisco's Annual Mass and Luncheon. Begins with 10:30 a.m. Mass at Mission Dolores followed by lunch at the Spanish Cultural Center, 2850 Alemany Blvd., San Francisco. Honorees are the Belles of 1942, 1952, 1962 and 1972. Information/reservations: Katie O'Leary, 415-282-6588 or nuttydames@aol.com.

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