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March 18, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 6   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events


Friday, March 15
Taize ecumenical service. 8-9 p.m. every third Friday of the month in the Chapel of the Mission San Jose Dominicans, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Open to all faiths, Taize is an opportunity to express our communion with those who are suffering and to commit all burdens to Christ who partakes in the suffering of humanity until the end of time. Sister Marcia Krause, OP, 510-933-6333.

March 18, 25, April 1
Lectio — weekly meditation group in the tradition of John Main. 7:30 p.m. at Hesed Community, 3745 Elston Ave., Oakland. Beginners welcome. 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.

March 19, 26, April 2
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.

March 20, 27, April 3
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.

St. Raymond WINGS (Women in God's Spirit). 9:15-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays in Moran Hall, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. For women of all ages; nurture your spirit, enjoy fellowship, listen to speakers. Drop-ins are welcome. Child care is provided. Gerri Cooney, 925-551-7760.

March 21, 28 April 4
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, March 22
Taize: An evening of prayer around the cross at St. Joseph Basilica. 8 p.m. at 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. www.facebook.com/TaizeOnTheIsland. Taize prayer around the cross at Catholic Community of Pleasanton. 7:30 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Lisa Fairchild, 925-600-1765.

Saturday, March 23
"Always in Our Heart:" A memorial healing service for women and men who have lost a baby to stillbirth, miscarriage or abortion. 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley. Refreshments. For more information, Roberta Gannon, MFT at 510-601-6805 or email rlgannon@pacbell.net.

March 24, 31, April 7
Family rosary. 6 p.m. Sundays at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.

March 26, April 8
Fil/Am ministry at St. Clement Parish. 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays at the parish center, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. 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. Charles, 510-566-9267.

Friday, March 29
Tenebrae Prayer/Music service. At 7:30 p.m. in St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. A potluck soup supper will precede the service at 6:15 p.m. Information: Annette Roux at 925-210-0732.

April 2, 4
Pre-Divine Mercy feast prayer and reflection. The Diocese of Oakland Divine Mercy Apostolate and Ministry, Rev. Carl Arcosa, chaplain, is sponsoring events to prepare souls for Divine Mercy Sunday to obtain complete forgiveness of all sin and punishment with Good News and Plenary Indulgence with Rev. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, the vice-postulator to St. Faustina (about the speaker http://marian.org/marians/details.php?id=308) and Mark Mallet, Canadian singer/songwriter and Catholic evangelist (www.markmallett.com). April 2: 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Church, 2039 Mt Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Rev. Saraphim Michalenko, MIC and Mark Mallet. Contact: Mary Johnstone 925- 954-7205; April 4: St. Mary's Church, 2039 Mt Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Contact: Mary Johnstone 925-954-7205; 7 p.m. at St. Joachim Church, 21250 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward. Contact: Glenda Aragon 925-783-8904.

Friday, April 5
Taizé prayer around the cross at All Saints Catholic Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward. 7:30-8:30 p.m. every first Friday of the month. For more information, Francis Tanjuatco at 650-678-7739.

April 5, 6
Divine Mercy Mini-Conference. April 5: 7-9 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. "Forgive the Unforgivable." Concert with Mark Mallett for all ages; April 6: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Rev. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, Rev. Carl Arcosa, Rev. Jim Sullivan and Mark Mallet. Speakers, prayers and music: 5 p.m. Mass with Rev. Jerry Brown and Rev. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC. Contact: Nona Cornejo 925-339-4469 or Fran Adami 925-778-5620.

April 6 and 7
Spanish Divine Mercy Mini-Conference. 6-10 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Brentwood. "Great Encounter with God's Love of the Divine Mercy." International speakers: Gladys Garcete from Paraguay and Rafael Angel from Puerto Rico. Spanish contact: Elizabeth Gomez: 925-470-5944; English contact: Rev. Carl Arcosa 925-682-5447. For Spanish and other English events in the parishes and for more information visit www.divinemercyoakland.org.

Sunday, April 7
Divine Mercy Sunday. 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 500 Fairview Ave Brentwood. Three masses celebrated with Rev. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC. Mark Mallett singing at these three morning Masses. Blessing of Divine Mercy pictures and icons. Procession into hall from the church. Healing service with adoration/benediction/Chaplet of Mercy Veneration of first class Relic of St. Faustina. Contact: Nona Cornejo, 925-339 4469, Fran Adami, 925-778-5620.

Wednesday, April 10
Re-energize midweek with Taize around the cross. 7-8 p.m. second Wednesdays at Maryknoll Center, 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo. Ruth Picha, spiritual director. Kris East, 510-276-5021; www.maryknoll.us.

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St. John the Baptist Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 510-230-4325; stjohns@sjtbc.us.

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
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.

7-8:30 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.

6:30-7:30 p.m. at St. David of Wales Church, 5641 Esmond Ave., Richmond. 510-237-1531.

First Thursdays
Holy Hour - First Thursday (or Thursday before first Friday) at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Every Thursday before the First Friday is a day of special prayer for the new vocations to the Priesthood and religious life and for our priests, religious, deacons and seminarians. 7 p.m.: exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and celebration of The Holy Hour. All parents and relatives of priests, religious, deacons, seminarians and altar servers; also people who like to pray for new vocations are welcome. 510-482-0596.

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. B 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.

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

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.

9 a.m.-8 p.m. at St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin.

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April 5–7
Women's weekend retreat at Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame. Facilitator: Rev. Kwame Assenyoh, SVD, "Fastened Together in Christ," $110 per night. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. April 5; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 6; Mass on April 7. Information: Lucy Castro, 510-527-0232 or Karen Permillion, 510-406-2900.

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Monday, March 18
St. Joseph's celebration. At St. Philip Neri Church 3101 Van Buren St., Alameda. Mass at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Chicken, pesto, veggies, salad, rolls and lovely desserts. $15/adults, $8/children 12 years and under. Call Michael Marcheschi, 510-523-4720 or email marcheschi@dishs.org by March 13. Mail checks (ICF Branch 10) to Michael Marcheschi, 1118 San Antonio, Alameda 94501.

Tuesday, March 19
Saint Mary's College Guild Scholarship Fund Raiser Game Day and Luncheon. 9:30 a.m. in the Soda Center, at Saint Mary's College, 1928 St. Mary's Road in Moraga. A day of bridge and bunco. $35/person. Information: Shirley Holloway — 925-376-6588. Make check payable to Saint Mary's College Guild and mail to Dolores McGonigle, 828 Crossbrook Court Moraga 94556, or 925-376-4339.

Friday, March 22
St. Rose Church 28th Annual Fish Fry. 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. in the St. Rose Parish hall on Starr Street between Third and Fourth in Crockett. $16/Adults, $7/children 12 and under. Beverages will be available at a no-host refreshment bar. Home delivery is available for Crockett, Tormey and Port Costa only. No deliveries after 6 p.m. Take-out orders are available any time during serving hours. Dial 510-787-2052 before Fish Fry day for ticket, to place an order or more information.

Friday Fish Fry. 4-8 p.m. in the Community Life Center at 500 Fairview Avenue, Brentwood. Drive-up is also available. Hosted by The Knights of Columbus of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Brentwood. $12/adults, $8/kids 12 and under. Cost includes fish, french fries, cole slaw and soda or water. Dessert is provided by the Crafty Quilters and costs $1.50. 925-437-8082.

Saturday, March 23
St. Paul School Community Flea Market, Craft Faire and Food Extravaganza. Rain or shine, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul School, 1825 Church Lane, San Pablo. Creative handmade crafts, household treasures and gently used items will be sold to benefit class funds. New items include Mexican pottery and stylish purses. Coffee and doughnuts will be sold in the morning. A barbecue hamburger and hot dog lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. E-cycle will be available in the parking lot. 510-233-3080.

Saturday, April 6
Italian Catholic Federation Branch No. 13 annual Spaghetti and Meatball Family Fundraising Dinner. 5:30 p.m. no-host cocktails, 6 p.m. dinner; St. Catherine of Siena Parish Hall, 604 Mellus St., Martinez, (enter hall on Henrietta Street). Adults/seniors: $10; children 5 to 11 years old: $5; children under 5 years are free when accompanied by an adult. Family Deal includes two adults and two or three children, $25. Proceeds benefit scholarship and other programs. For tickets dial 925-229-2665.

Sunday, April 14
Italian Catholic Federation Branch No. 91 Anniversary Dinner. 4-5 p.m. social hour, 5 p.m. dinner at the Fratellanza Club, 1160 66th St., Oakland. Dinner, raffle prizes and music. $38/person. Reservations required. Contact: Giovanni Corsi, 707-996-5866 no later than April 7.

Saturday, April 20
Silent Auction. 6-9 p.m. at St. David School, 871 Sonoma St., Richmond. The event is free to attend and there will be drinks, snacks and desserts. There will be more than 100 items to bid on and there will also be a live auction after the silent auction takes place. 510-232-2283.

St. Joseph's School "Luau at the Mission." Doors open at 6:45 p.m. until 11 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Join us for an evening of live Hawaiian music and entertainment, traditional island food catered by Landeza's Island Catering, and enjoy a no-host beverage in our Luau Lounge. $40/person (adults only). Information: 510-656-6525.

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Monday, March 18
"The Bible Through the Ages; Why We Read the Bible the Way We Do" 7-8:30 p.m. in the Mullen Commons Vista Room at St. John Vianney Parish, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. A four-week course presented by Zach Flanagin, parishioner at St. John Vianney and professor of biblical studies at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, concludes. Nora Petersen, npetersen@sjvianney.org, 925- 939-7911.

Tuesday, March 19
Public lecture: "Redeeming Our Sacred Story: The Death of Jesus and Relations Between Jews and Christians." 7 p.m. in McLean Chapel, at Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. A lecture based on the forthcoming book, "Redeeming Our Sacred Story: The Death of Jesus and Relations between Jews and Christians," by Sister Mary Boys, SNJM, Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology, Union Theological Seminary, New York. Free. 510-436-1000.

Wednesday, March 20
Peace in Every Step. 7:30—9 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church, 3433 Somerset Ave., Concord. Presented by Rev. Thomas P. Bonacci, a Passionist priest who is director of The Interfaith Peace Project which promotes peace through interfaith understanding. The series, which focuses on creating personal peace, community peace and world peace, concludes with this session. Rev. Bonacci will begin speaking at 7:30 p.m., after the parish's soup supper. Information: Rev. Bonacci, 925-787-9279. Sponsored by the Our Lady of Grace Pax Christi/Social Justice group.

Soup and Talk at St. Agnes Church in Concord. 6 p.m. supper, 6:30 p.m. presentation at St. Agnes Church, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Presenter Holy Family Sister Caritas Foster on Human Trafficking … the fastest growing criminal activity throughout the world. Come for soup and the presentation or just the presentation, whichever your schedule allows. RSVP Kathie Hieb 925-686-0430 or dnkhi@astound.net.

Thursday, March 21
"Living the Spirit of Vatican II at HNU" 7 p.m. in McLean Chapel at Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Readers' Theatre: The Voices of Women at Vatican II and a panel presentation by four theologians: Mary C. Boys, SNJM, Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology, Union Theological Seminary, New York; William Hynes, president, Holy Names University; Miriam Malone, SNJM, founder, SNJM FIRE for Ministry and SNJM Theological Resources Committee; Sophia Park, SNJM, assistant professor, Holy Names University. Cost: Free. Contact for further information: Sister Carol Sellman, SNJM, sellman@hnu.edu. 510-436-1265

March 22, 24
Sacred Music of East and West. March 22: 7:30 p.m. at Church of Santa Maria, 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda; March 24: 3 p.m. at St. Michael Church, 458 Maple St., Livermore. Irina Shachneva will conduct the Slavyanka Chorus in performances of Theodore DuBois' sacred cantata, "The Seven Last Words of Christ." This rarely heard work is built around texts from the passion story, together with meditations and prayers from the Roman Catholic liturgies of Holy Week that deepen the impact of the Biblical verses. The program will also include sacred music from the Russian Orthodox Church. Tickets available online at www.slavyanka.org. For more information/group discounts, contact: Paul Andrews, 415-332-3255 or paulandrews@earthlink.net.

Saturday, March 23
Religious Life Info Day 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. at St. Catherine Priory in Anaheim. Learn about the life of a Sister … find out who they are. For single Catholic women 18-40 RSVP by March 18 at vocations@msjdominicans.org.

Saturday, April 6
The Notre Dame de Namur Alumnae of San Francisco's 110th annual Mass and luncheon. 10:30 a.m. at Mission Dolores Basilica followed by lunch at the Spanish Cultural Center, 2850 Alemany Blvd., San Francisco. Honorees are the Golden Belles of 1963, Diamond Belles of 1938, Emerald Belles of 1953, and Ruby Belles of 1973. Information/reservations: Katie O'Leary, 415-282-6588 or email nuttydames@aol.com.

Saturday, April 27
Spend a Day with Lay Dominicans. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at St. Albert the Great Priory, 5890 Birch St., Oakland. Rev. Michael Fones, OP, student master at the priory will present "The New Evangelization." Deadline for early registration is March 29. Suggested $25 donation includes lunch, snacks and a chance to win a prize. Information: Anne Regan, OP, 510-655-4046 or Susanna Krch, 510-796-5787 or susannakrchharkin@att.net.

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March 20, April 3
Divorced and/or separated group. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. bi-weekly on Wednesdays at St. Elizabeth Seton Church Chapel, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Pre-registration is required. Information/registration: Roxanne, 925-462-0750.

March 21, April 4
Breast Cancer support group. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays at St. Isidore Church, room 15, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. Call Marla prior to attending as dates and times are subject to change. Marla Hartung, 925-831-2475 or mmhartung@gmail.com; Faith Formation, 925-362-1901.

Thursday, March 21
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Joan S., 925-939-1007. If no answer please speak clearly leaving a phone call where you can be reached.

Saturday, April 6
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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