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 October 1, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA
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Georges Rouault's "Le Christ en Cross"
1936, color aquatint,
From the Collection of Saint Mary's Museum of Art, Gift of the Stricker Family
Credit: On loan from Trotter Galleries, Carmel and Monterey

Saint Mary's opens three exhibitions

Three exhibits will open Oct. 6, as Saint Mary's College of California celebrates its sesquicentennial.

They are:

The Art of the Cross

Christ's death and resurrection is the central tenet of the Christian faith and a reoccurring subject throughout 2,000 years of art history. "The Art of the Cross" presents works by Marc Chagall and others on loan from Christians in the Visual Arts (civa.org), and rarely seen works from the Saint Mary's College collection by Salvador Dali and others.

Nyame Brown: John Henry's Adventures in a Post-Black World

Inspired by bedtime stories told by the artist's father, Nyame Brown weaves the traditional but tragic African-American folklore hero, John Henry, into a series of fantastic paintings. A railroad spike driver, Henry beat a new steel-driving machine then collapsed with his hammer still in his hand. Brown is a member of the art faculty at Saint Mary's College.

Missions of Will Sparks

The mission paintings of Will Sparks (1862-1937) are known for their rich color, air of mystery and subtle reverie. This rare complete series of the 37 Alta and Baja California missions once belonged to Alma de Bretteville Spreckels. The series is on loan from Trotter Galleries, Carmel and Monterey.

"The Art of the Cross" exhibition will close Dec. 16, while the Nyame Brown and Will Sparks exhibitions will close Dec. 9.

On the opening day of the exhibitions, Oct. 6, Brown will speak about the John Henry series in the studio gallery at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., Darwin Marable will present a slide lecture, "2000 Years of the Cross in Art," in the Brother Kyran Room /Art 105. The program will be repeated at 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Adult admission is $5; free admission is offered to Saint Mary's students, faculty, staff and museum members and youth through 12th grade.

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Oct. 1, 8
Lectio — weekly meditation group in the tradition of John Main. 7:30 p.m. at Hesed Community, 3745 Elston Ave., Oakland, info@HesedCommunity.org, suzannetindall@gmail.com or 510-482-5573.

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.

Oct. 2, 9
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 ovena/prayer. 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. 925-432-6404.

Oct. 3, 10, 17
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.

Oct. 4, 11, 18
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, Oct. 5
Taizé prayer around the cross at All Saints Catholic Church. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., first Fridays at 22824 Second St. Hayward. Francis Tanjuatco at 650-678-7739.

Oct. 7, 14, 21
Family rosary. 6 p.m. Sundays at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.

Tuesdays, Oct. 9, 23
Fil/Am Ministry at St. Clement Parish. 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays at the parish center, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Contact: Simon Medrano, president. 510-303-2965.

Faith sharing prayer group. 7:30 p.m. every other Tuesday in Marian room at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Bible reading, faith sharing, rosary, petitions, potluck, etc. Charles, 510-566-9267.

Wednesday, Oct. 10
Re-energize midweek with Taize around the cross. 7 to 8 p.m. second Wednesdays at Maryknoll Center, 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo. 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.

Oct. 12, 13, 15, 19, 22, 24, 25
Divine Mercy Parish Mission. Oct. 12: 7-10 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church, 34700 Fremont Blvd., Fremont; Oct. 13: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood; Oct. 13: 7-10 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito; Oct. 15: 7-10 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 606 Mellus St., Martinez; Oct. 19: 7-10 p.m. at St. Joachim Church, 21250 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward; Oct. 24: 7-10 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord; Oct. 24: 7-10 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 264 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo; Oct. 25: 7-10 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. www.divinemercyoakland.org.

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

Friday, Oct. 26
Taize: an evening of prayer around the cross at St. Joseph Basilica. 8 p.m. at 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. to 5 p.m. at Most Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St., Antioch. 925-757-4020.

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mary's House of Mercy, 1850 Church Lane, San Pablo.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday in the convent, 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays in the church at St. Bede Church, 26950 Patrick Ave., Hayward. 510-782-2171.

Monday – Saturday
9:30 a.m. to 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 to 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 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton.

8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Benediction in Mary's Chapel at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 to 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 to 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. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. 925-891-8900.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 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. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday first Saturdays at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. 925-837-2122.

8 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. (benediction at 8:45 p.m.), in the chapel at St. Michael Church, 458 Maple St., Livermore. 925-447-1585.

Noon to 5 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 606 Mellus St., Martinez. 925-324-3589.

1 to 8 p.m. at St. Monica Church, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. 925-376-6900.

First Fridays
7:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Charles, 510-566-9267.

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Oct. 5-7
Franciscan Spirituality Retreat at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Darleen Pryds. This retreat uses experiential reflections and lessons from the rich legacy of lay people in the Franciscan tradition to reconsider how to live and to provide opportunities for all participants to engage more deeply in a spiritual path that is Franciscan in tone. Registration is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5; retreat ends on Oct. 7 with lunch. $215 for private room/$185 for shared. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, Oct. 6
"The Serenity to Accept Ourselves, Others, and Reality." 9 a.m. registration, the workshop is from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with David Richo. The things that have happened to us are forms of grace. When we open ourselves to this grace, we find the serenity to accept the things and people we cannot change. Cost of $85 ($105 for CEU's) includes lunch. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, Oct. 13
Young Adult Retreat Day at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With Paula Jenkins and the Young Adult Leadership Team. This day for young adults in their 20s and 30s will be a time to reflect, pray and listen to input from the team and one another. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the retreat is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $55 cost includes lunch. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Oct. 15 – 17
"Fruits of the Holy Spirit" Parish Mission with Father Tom Allender S.J. Morning sessions will be held at St. Philip Neri Church, 3100 Van Buren St., Alameda following the 8:30 a.m. Mass and hospitality. Evening sessions will be held at St. Albert, 1022 Holly St., Alameda at 7 p.m., hospitality will follow in the church hall. 510-373-5200 or visit saspn.org.

Oct. 19 – 20
Young adult retreat. At Dominican Sisters Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont (entrance on Mission Tierra). Oct. 19: 4:30 p.m., arrivals; 6 p.m.: dinner; 7 p.m.: retreat begins; Oct: 20: retreat ends with 7 p.m. dinner. Retreat guides: Sister Ingrid Clemmensen, OP, and Sister Pauline Bolton, OP. Free will offering. RSVP by Oct. 15. blessings@msjdominicans.org or 510-933-6335.

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Friday, Oct. 12
St. Joseph School's 17th Golf Tournament. At SummitPointe Golf Course, Milpitas, $125 Golf Package includes green fees, golf cart, and more. Registration begins: 11:30 a.m., Shotgun tee off at 12:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Register: Lauri Kaefer, 510-656-6525 or send a check to 43222 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph School's technology and Endowment.

Saturday, Oct. 13
Saint Mary's Center Celebration: "Here We Are." At the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 4700 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. 5:30 p.m.: silent auction, raffle and wine reception; 7 p.m.: dinner and live auction. After dinner dancing with Vocal Ease and the Boogiemen. $75/person. Benefits anti-poverty programs that provide food, housing, education, counseling, social justice and community at St. Mary's Center. 510-923-9600, ext. 222.

Sunday, Oct. 14
Italian Catholic Federation, Branch No. 223, ravioli dinner. 4 p.m.: no-host cocktails; 5 p.m. dinner at St. Theresa Parish Event Center, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. Adults: $18, children 7-17 years: $8. Reservations a must. Deadline: Oct. 6 or whenever seating limitation is met. Yoli Moglia, 510-547-3800.

Monday, Oct. 15
Saint Mary's College High School's 28th Golf Invitational. At Mira Vista Golf and Country Club in El Cerrito. Information/reservations: Joanne Marchetti Howe at 510-559-6227 or jhowe@stmchs.org. Benefits school tuition assistance.

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Oct. 6 and 7
34th Oktoberfest at St. Joseph School. Oct. 6: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Oct. 7: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 1961 Plum St. in Pinole. Program includes: games and prizes for all ages, ethnic food, drink and dessert booths, pasta dinner, Walk/Run, and the 30 Day "Daily" Cash Drawing on Oct. 7, Grand prize: $2,000. 510-724-0242.

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OCTOBER 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Love, Sex and the Mystery of the Human Person. 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 14112 Azores Place near Bermuda, San Leandro (close to San Leandro Marina). A five-part course on Blessed John Paul II's Love and Responsibility. Participants will gain a rich understanding on relationships between the sexes and the human person as a whole. Speaker Jim Brady provides a lively presentation utilizing Ed Sri's book, Men, Women and the Mystery of Love and video on John Paul's teaching. Cost is either $5 per session or $20 which covers all five sessions and your own copy of Sri's book. Light refreshments. Information and book request: Jim Brady, 510-393-9396 or Rev. Jan Rudzewicz, 925-348-1284.

Oct. 12 – 14
San Jose beginning experience weekend. At the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos. Going through grief because of the loss of a loved one? Having trouble with closure? Beginning Experience is a program that helps the widowed, separated and divorced take the next step on the path of their new life that has already begun. To register: dial, 650-697-6304 or email SJBeginExp@aol.com or for additional information visit the website: www.beginningexperience.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 16
Vatican II: Recalling Our Past. Looking to Our Future. 7:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit-Newman Hall Parish, Berkeley. Father Joseph Komonchak, from The Catholic University of America will kick-off this year long series of public lectures. He will deliver the keynote address, "Interpreting Vatican II." The series presented by the theological faculties of the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University, the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology and the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, will continue until April 2013. For more information about commemoration events: http://scu.edu/jst/news/VaticanII.cfm.

Wednesday, Oct. 17

An Evening with Father Greg Boyle. 7 to 9 p.m. in the Valley Center for Performing Arts at Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Presentation and book signing by the founder of Homeboy Industries and author of Tattoos On The Heart. Suggested donation: $10-$25. Proceeds go to Homeboy Industries.

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Oct. 3, 17
Divorced and/or Separated Group. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. bi-weekly on Wednesday evenings at St. Elizabeth Seton Church Chapel, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. 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.

Oct. 4, 18
Breast Cancer Support Group. 6:30 p.m. to 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. Contact Marla prior to attending as dates and times are subject to change. Contacts: Marla Hartung, 925-831-2475 or mmhartung@gmail.com; Faith Formation, 925-362-1901.

Saturday, Oct. 6
No More Secrets — Bimonthly Support Group for Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse. 11 a.m. to 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.

Thursday, Oct. 18
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7 to 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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Oct. 19, 20
St. Elizabeth High School Class of 1952 60th Reunion. At the Marriott Hotel in Pleasanton. Oct. 19: Cocktails start at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $50. Brunch follows at 10 a.m. Oct. 20, also at the Marriott. Tickets: $24. Reservations: Jackie Madera, 925-685-9083.

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