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April 30, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 8   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Franciscan Father James E. Goode

Gospel Mass for
St. Martin de Porres

A commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the canonization of St. Martin de Porres, the first black saint of the Americas and patron of all who work for social justice, begins at 10:45 a.m. May 6 at St. Paul of the Shipwreck Church, 1122 Jamestown Ave., San Francisco. Franciscan Father James E. Goode, St. Paul's former pastor, returns for this liturgy. Father Goode is founder and pastoral director of the Solid Ground Franciscan Evangelization Ministry for African American Families in New York City; founder and president of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life; and a leading black Catholic evangelist. Information: 415-468-3434 or www.stpauloftheshipwreck.org.


April 30, May 7, 14
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.

May 1, 8, 15
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.

May 2, 16
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.

May 2, 9, 16
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.

May 3, 10, 17

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.

Sunday, May 6

Taize — prayer around the cross. 7 p.m. every first Sunday 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.

May 6, 13, 20

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.

Tuesdays, May 8, 22

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.

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.

Wednesday, May 9
Re-energize midweek with Taize around the cross. 7 p.m.-8 p.m. second Wednesdays 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. Kris East, 510-276-5021; www.maryknoll.us.

Thursday, May 10
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.

Friday, May 11
Eucharistic adoration for youth and young adults. 6:30-7:30 p.m., 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.

Sunday, May 13

Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima. 7:30 p.m. at the Grotto at Transfiguration Parish, 4009, E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Held the 13th of each month through Oct. 13. Charles, 510-566-9267.

Monday, May 14

The Rite of Exorcism. 6:30-8 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish Hall, 604 Mellus St., Martinez. Father Kenneth Nobrega, exorcist for the Diocese of Oakland, will present a talk as part of the monthly Speakers Series. Free-will donations welcome. Light refreshments following the talk. Pauline Porter, stcathspeakers@gmail.com, 925-228-2230, ext. 30.

Friday, May 18

Taize (prayer around the cross). 8-9 p.m. third Fridays at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd. (entrance on Mission Tierra Place), Fremont. 510-657-2468.

Friday, May 25
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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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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Saturday, May 5
Primavera Dinner Dance. at St. Michael Parish Hall, 372 Maple St., Livermore. No-host cocktails at 6 p.m.; dinner by "Thyme to Eat" at 7 p.m. followed by dancing to the music of Smooth Sounds. Door prizes, raffle prizes. $35/person. Reservations are required; call Don M., 925-846-8436 or Judy and Carl B, 925-846-6514. Sponsor: Italian Catholic Federation. Proceeds to benefit the ICF's Tri-Valley Scholarship program and other ICF charities.

Sunday, May 6
Friendly Manor Auxiliary Gala. 4:30-7 p.m. at Santa Maria Church, 20 Santa Maria Way in Orinda. $30 donation includes cocktails. Proceeds to benefit A Friendly Place/Manor, a facility for homeless women in Oakland. Information: Claire Bevis, 925-254-7256 or Terry Saltiel, 925-945-7833.

Friday, May 18
The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. This evening's performance is to benefit The Kenya Mission Project, the parish's effort to raise enough funds to build a 50-bed dorm to house orphans living in the Tonga Parish of Kenya. $15 each. To reserve your tickets at will call please mail a check to Carol Maes, 8240 Manca St., Oakland 94618, or e-mail her at amaesing19@yahoo.com. If you cannot attend but wish to donate in any amount, please mark your check "donation only." For more information: www.staugustineoakland.com.

Saturday, May 19

FESCO's 15th Annual Shelter Shuffle. 10 a.m. walk start. The shelter shuffle is a family-friendly walkathon to raise funds to support FESCO's mission: to help homeless families move toward self-sufficiency. Participants will walk along the San Leandro Marina Park. Information: Beth, 510-886-5473. Online registration: www.firstgiving.com/fesco2012.

Sunday, May 20
St. Jerome Catholic School Spring Festival. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Jerome School, 320 San Carlos Ave., El Cerrito. Come and enjoy live music, performers, food, carnival games, community vendors, silent auction, and raffle. This year's theme is Moving Forward with Technology. All proceeds will go toward the updating of technology resources. Information: 510-525-9484 or visit www.stjeromecatholicschool.org.

Gardens Galore XVIII. Beginning at 11 a.m. in Alameda. The St. Joseph Garden Club of Alameda will host the 18th annual "Gardens Galore" tour. The self-guided tour consists of six Alameda gardens. Reservations: $20 in advance, $25 the day of the tour. There will also be a boutique (10 a.m.- 3 p.m.) with a large selection of handcrafted items from local Bay Area vendors. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph Notre Dame High School and St. Joseph Elementary School in Alameda. Information/reservations: 510-995-9544 or visit www.alamedagardentour.com.

Sisters of the Presentation Retirement Fund Benefit reception. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 20, St. Christopher Parish, 2287 Booksin Ave., San Jose. The short film version of the exhibit, Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America, currently showing at The California Museum in Sacramento will be shown. For details: www.presentationsistersSF.org.

Saturday, June 2
SPRED the Word XXI. At St. Lawrence O'Toole-St. Cyril, 3725 High St., Oakland. The annual dinner and dance fundraiser for Special Religious Education in the Diocese of Oakland, The celebration begins with liturgy at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Information: at www.oakdiocese.org/education/spred.

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Saturday, May 5
Conference on Breast Cancer and African Americans. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Conference Center at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St. in Oakland. Program includes dialogue on proper breast health, breast cancer risks, prevention and early detection, breast cancer clinical updates as well as a keynote lecture, health exhibits/resources and networking. Sponsor: Stanford Cancer Institute. $20 fee includes breakfast, lunch and tote bag. Deadline: May 1. Pay online: http://tinyurl.com/AA-Breast-Cancer or dial 800-838-0941.

Saturday, May 19
Seventh Annual Walk to End Poverty.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Merritt in Oakland. The Walk to End Poverty is hosted by the Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership and is free. It will educate the public and bring awareness about the social issues that impact poverty throughout Alameda County. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Lake Merritt bandstand – across from the Garden Center at 666 Bellevue Ave. The walk starts promptly at 10 a.m. There will be entertainment and a community fair, including hands-on activities for children. Registration includes snacks, water, and lunch. Free T-shirts to the first 600 people who bring a non-perishable food donation. Information: Dial 510-238-2362 or visit www.OaklandCAP.org.

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.

Wearing Thin: Compassion Fatigue.
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Sonnino Mission House, 2800 Milvia St., Berkeley (near Ashby BART). A day of prayer, reflection and dialogue for those who minister with people on the margins of society — members of St. Vincent de Paul, those who work with the homeless at food pantries and soup kitchens, social justice coordinators, etc. With so much homelessness and hunger in our world, how do we keep our hope alive? How do we fight against that dreaded disease known as compassion fatigue? Facilitated by Precious Blood Father Joe Nassal, provincial director of the Kansas City Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Lunch included, donations accepted. Reservations: 510-665-7858 or email: dmatzcpps@gmail.com.

86th Anniversary Dinner of the Italian Catholic Federation Branch 10, Alameda. 5 p.m. social hour, 6 p.m. dinner in the parish hall at St. Philip Neri-St. Albert the Great Parish in Alameda. $30/ adults, $12/ children 12 years and under. RSVP by May 14 to Pat Pasquinelli, 510-522-6215. To pay in advance mail checks (ICF Branch 10) to JoAnn Dorn, 2907 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda 94501.

Wednesday, May 23
Special evening honoring Mary. 6:30 p.m. in the large hall at St. Bonaventure Catholic community, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Women's Christian Fellowship will host a special evening for women to honor our Blessed Mother. Attendees will enjoy a tri-tip and ravioli dinner. After dinner, Christine Watkins, a former anti-Christian atheist, who converted to Catholicism after receiving a miraculous healing from Jesus through Mary, will present a program entitled Mother Mary's Great Love for Us. Reservations are required; forms are available in the church foyer, at the parish office or by contacting Sue, 925-672-0220. Information: www.christinewatkins.com.

Saturday, June 2

Magnificat Prayer Breakfast. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Concord Hilton. Guest speaker: Sharon Lee Giganti, a former New Age "insider," is committed to exposing the hidden dangers of the New Age movement. $25/person; $35 after May 26. www.magnificatsoti.org or dial Erin at 925-899-8087 for information and/or tickets.

Sunday, June 3
De La Salle Alumni Honors. 3 p.m. at the Hofmann Student Center at De La Salle High School, 1130 Winton Drive, Concord. Five individuals and one team from across the generations will be recognized at the school's "Evening of Honor." A presentation will also be made to the school's 2012 Alumnus of the Year. $40/person. Advance registration is open online at www.dlshs.org/athletics. Information: Tim Roberts '88, alumni director, robertst@dlshs.org or 925-288-8171.

June 7 – 10
Birthright International Convention. At the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Hotel. The first crisis pregnancy organization established in the U.S., Birthright has been active in California for more than 40 years. In the Oakland diocese there are centers in Brentwood, Concord, Livermore and San Lorenzo. Program will include speakers, workshops and experience sharing with practical and inspirational techniques that can be applied in bringing services to women during their pregnancies. Registration fees are $215/person. This does not include the cost of lodging, which is expected to be an additional $200. Donations are most appreciated and can be arranged through local Birthright chapters. Information: www.birthrightconvention.org or www.birthright.org or 800-550-4900.

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Thursdays, May 3, 17
Breast Cancer Support Group. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays 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. Contacts: Maria Hartung, 925-831-2475 or mariahartung@yahoo.com; Faith Formation, 925-362-1901.

Thursday, May 17
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.

Through May 30
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 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.

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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May 5 and 6
Voices of Musica Sacra. 3 p.m. May 5, Piedmont Community Church in Piedmont; 3 p.m. May 6, St. Stephen Catholic Church, Walnut Creek. A concert of "French Choral Bon-Bons" including works by Debussy, Ravel, Saint Saëns, and more, with special guests College Park High School Chorus and young musicians. John Kendall Bailey, music director. Tickets at the door or online at www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/16457 or 800-838-3006, $10-$20. www.vmschorus.org.

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June 8, 9, 10
St. Mary's High Class of 1962 Golden Reunion in Berkeley. Events include a Tilden Park golf outing on June 8, Baccalaureate Mass with the Class of 2012 at St. Mary's High and reunion dinner on June 9, and receipt of Golden Diplomas with the Class of 2012 and 1962 barbecue on June 10. Spouses welcome. Information/reservations: Joanne Marchetti Howe, jhowe@stmchs.org or 510-559-6227.

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