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October 7, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Divine Mercy Apostolate
and Ministry Events

The Diocese of Oakland Divine Mercy Apostolate and Ministry is sponsoring Parish Evangelization events throughout the diocese in October, featuring guest speaker Rev. Dan Cambra, MIC. Topics include The "ABC's" of Divine Mercy; The Feast of Divine Mercy and How to Receive the Graces of Divine Mercy Sunday; and How Divine Mercy is the Heart of the Gospel. Events will be held as follows:

Oct. 26, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Holy Spirit Parish, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Contact: Cecilia Macasero 408-439-3713 or cecemacasero@gmail.com.

Oct. 28, 7-9 p.m. at St. Barnabas Parish, 1427 6th St., Alameda. Contact: Ruby de Guzman 510-337- 0310 or sbparishoffice@comcast.net.

Oct. 29, 7-9 p.m., St. Bonaventure Parish, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord.
Contacts: Tony Sammut 925-459-2557 or asammutsam@gmail.com or Rose Carroll 925-705-0898 or rosecarroll@gmail.com.

For more information, visit the Divine Mercy website: www.divinemercyoakland.org. Rev. Carl Arcosa, chaplain, 510-552-6596.


Oct. 7, 14, 21
Lectio — weekly meditation group in the tradition of John Main. 7:30 p.m., 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 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Keeley Center, St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Claire La Scola, 925-447-9800, clairelascola@yahoo.com.

Bible study. 7 to 8:30 p.m., St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Series of five lectures by Zach Flanagin, professor of biblical studies at Saint Mary's College, Moraga. No registration is required, just come to the Mullen Commons Vista Room behind the church. Anna or Stephanie at 925-939-7911, ext. 107 or adultfaithformation@sjvianney.org.

Oct. 8, 15
Rosary and Divine Mercy prayer group. 6 p.m. rosary, 6:30 p.m., Divine Mercy Chaplet in Mary's Chapel, St. Jarlath Church, 2634 Pleasant St., Oakland.

Perpetual Help novena/prayer. 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Church, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. 925-432-6404.

Oct. 8, 22
Fil/Am ministry, 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, St. Clement Parish parish center, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Simon Medrano, president. 510-303-2965.
Transfiguration prayer group. 7:30 p.m. every other Tuesday in the church or Marian room, Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, petition prayer, Scripture reading, sharing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.

Oct. 8, 15, 22
Perpetual Help devotion Baclaran format. 8:15 or 9:15 a.m. after last morning Mass, Our Lady Queen of the World Church, 3155 Winterbrook Drive, Bay Point. 925-550-0679.

Oct. 9, 16
Contemporary Christian Morality: "What it takes to be Catholic, Christian and Humane in the 21st Century." Supper: 6 p.m., presentation: 6:45-7:45 p.m., St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. Rev. Dick Sparks, CSP, 925-944-5239.

Oct. 10, 17
Chaplet of Divine Mercy devotion. 6:30 p.m., St. Anthony Church, 971 O'Hara Ave., Oakley, followed by Bible study until 8 p.m. 925-625-2109.

Oct. 13, 20
Family rosary. 6 p.m. Sundays, Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.

RCIA Meetings. 10:15-11:30 a.m., St. Jerome Church, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. For anyone who has questions about the Catholic Church, especially returning Catholics or those who want to become Catholic. 510-525-0876; saintjeromechurch@comcast.net.

Oct. 11, 12
Healing the Family Tree program and Mass. In the parish hall, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. Oct. 11: introductory Mass at 7 p.m., Oct. 12: main program and Mass. Conducted by Rev. John Hampsch, CMF. No registration. No fee. Free will offering. Linda, 925-858-8801.

Saturday, Nov. 2
Day of Reflection "The Life of the World to Come: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell in Scripture and Tradition." Social at 9:30 a.m., presentation 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary, Halls A-C, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood, Rev. Jim Sullivan. The day will include a rosary for the souls in Purgatory. Bring your Bible, rosary and, if you like, small pictures of your deceased loved ones. Lunch is free. Please RSVP by Oct. 28 to Lisa at 925-785-1969 or lfisher7544@comcast.net.

Nov. 22 – 24
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. When was the last time you did something just for your marriage? Learn how to keep your marriage vibrant and alive. Visit website: http://oaklandwwme.org; or dial Chuck and Anna Cooper, 925-451-2855 or Ray and Roberta Montes, 510-351-2649.

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Friday, Oct. 18
Taize ecumenical service. 8 to 9 p.m. every third Friday in the Chapel of the Mission San Jose Dominicans, 43326 Mission Blvd, Fremont. Open to all faiths. Information: Sister Marcia Krause, OP, 510-933-6333.

Wednesday, Oct. 9
Re-energize midweek with Taize around the cross. 7 to 8 p.m. second Wednesdays, Maryknoll Center, 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo. Ruth Picha, spiritual director. Kris East, 510-276-5021; www.maryknoll.us.

Sunday, Nov. 3
Taize prayer around the cross — ecumenical. 7 p.m. at Hillcrest Congregational Church, 404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill Participating churches: Christ the King Catholic Church; Hillcrest Congregational Church; St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, all in Pleasant Hill the Resurrection, Episcopal, 399 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill; and Walnut Creek United Methodist Church.

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Tuesdays, Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5
Fall Book Series 2013 at San Damiano Retreat in Danville facilitated by Kathy Miranda. The book "A Tree Full of Angels: Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary" by Macrina Wiederkehr will be discussed. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $100 for the entire six-week series or $20 a session. There is an option to stay for lunch for an additional $10. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, Oct. 12
YA fall retreat: Walking with Pope Francis. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dominican Sisters of MSJ Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Open to men and women (college age to 40). Free will offering. RSVP deadline: Oct. 7 at blessings@msjdominicans.org or 510-933-6335.

Tuesday, Oct. 15
Sing the Music of Hildegard of Bingen as contemplative practice, through the Ear to the Heart. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Santa Sabina Center, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. Led by Devi Mathieu and requires no previous experience with the music of Hildegard or with medieval music. Suggested offering, $10-$20, 415-457-7727; info@santasabinacenter.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 16
Contemplative Day of Prayer. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.at Santa Sabina Center, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. Led by Father Andrew Colnaghi, OSB Cam. No reservations required. Suggested offering, $20. 415-457-7727; info@santasabinacenter.org.

Friday, Oct. 25
Vatican II: 50 Years Later. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Bishop John S. Cummins, who participated in the Vatican II sessions, will share his memories and reactions to that great event. He will help us see how what happened then is so important for what is happening now. $40 cost and includes lunch. The day will conclude with Mass at 2 p.m. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315 or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

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Friday, Oct. 11
Fund Her Future Event. At Scott's Seafood Restaurant in Oakland's Jack London Square. Annual dinner to raise funds for Holy Names High School's financial aid fund. Information: Kathryn Moir, 510-450-1110, ext. 118 or email: kmoir@hnhsoakland.org.

Saturday, Oct. 12
Saint Mary's College Guild Italian Night. 6 p.m., Soda Center, Saint Mary's College, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga. For members and their guests. $35/person. Proceeds go to Saint Mary's College Scholarship Fund. RSVP: Pat Wiegmann, 39 Carr Drive., Moraga or 925-376-8088.

Italian Catholic Federation Branch 72 - Reno's Great Italian Festival. Departure time: 7 a.m., at Good Shepherd Church, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. $48/person. Proceeds benefit the ICF Scholarship Program. Information/reservations: Joann Thilgen, 925-625-0863.

7th Annual Father Frank's Kids Fiesta. 5 to 9 p.m. at St. Isidore Church, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. Father Frank's Fiesta is a celebration of the work started by Rev. Frank Colacicco in support of the orphanages run by Nuestros Pequenos Hermanas. Program includes a buffet dinner, live entertainment by children from NPH Nicaragua and silent auction. $40/single, $75/couple, $125/family (two adults, three kids). www.fatherfrankskids.org or Catherine, 925-736-8198.

Thursday, Oct. 17
Bunco. At the Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. sponsors: Catholic Daughters and YLI. $15/person. Reservation required: Ann Zbacnik, 925-439-9413.

Sunday, Oct. 20
Benefit Concert for St. Jarlath School. 4 p.m. at St. Jarlath School Auditorium, 2634 Pleasant St., Oakland. Featuring The "In the Tradition" Piano Trio: Bill Jackman, piano; Terry Hilliard, bass; and Johnny Apperson, drums. A "mini-tribute to Jimmy Van Huesen" and more. $10, 510-532-4387.

Saturday, Oct. 26
Italian Catholic Federation Annual Family Polenta Dinner. At St. Catherine of Siena hall, 604 Mellus St., Martinez. No-host cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. $17/person, $7/children 6 to 12 years of age and free/children five and under when accompanied by an adult. Tickets: 925-229-2665.

Friday, Nov. 1
Scholarship concert benefitting St. Martin de Porres School. 6 to 7 p.m., reception in the Soda Center; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. concert at Saint Mary's College of California, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga. Entertainers include mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade. Contact: Julie Merrill, 510-832-1757 or juliemerrill@csdo.org.

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Saturday, Oct. 12
St. Mary Magdalen and School of the Madeleine Fall Festival. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1225 Milvia St., Berkeley.

Oct. 12, 13
St. Raymond Fall Festival. At 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Oct. 12 festival: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; casino night: 8 p.m.-midnight; Oct. 13 festival: noon to 4 p.m. www.st-raymond-dublin.org.

Saturday, Oct. 26
Our Lady of Guadalupe School Harvest Festival. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 40374 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. 510-657-1674.

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Tuesday, Oct. 8
Lecture: Women in the Church. 7 p.m. in McLean Chapel, Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Speaker Sister Anne Patrick, SNJM, William H. Laird professor of religion and the liberal arts. This lecture is based on Sister Anne's book, "Conscience and Calling: Ethical Reflections on Catholic Women Church Vocations." Free. Information: Sister Carol Sellman, SNJM, emerita at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, 510-436-1265.

Oct. 10 – Nov. 21
Workshop on Matthew Kelly's book, "Rediscover Catholicism." 7 to 9:30 p.m. for six Thursday evenings in the John Paul II Room, St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Register: Therese Caples, 925-683-6227 or caplesta@aol.com or visit the parish website at www.sfaconcord.org.

Oct. 10, 11
College Inauguration Celebration for James A. Donahue. At Saint Mary's College, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga. Oct. 10: presidential symposium in the Soda Center at 7 p.m.; Oct. 11: 10:30 a.m. Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ,will preside at the inaugural Mass in the College chapel; 12 p.m.: lunch for the community; 3 p.m. inaugural ceremony, on the college lawn.

Saturday, Oct. 12
Chautauqua XVII. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. Procession and Eucharistic celebration, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, celebrant. Entertainment and food will follow. www.oakdiocese.org/chautauqua.

Thursday, Oct. 17
Lecture: "The Qur'an in Muslim Faith and Practice" 7:30 p.m. at Dominican School of Philosophy and Thought, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. Mahan Mirza, dean of faculty at Zaytuna College, will lead this interreligious dialog. Dspt.edu, 510-883-2081.

Saturday, Oct. 19
CCOP Red Cross Blood Drive. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the John Paul II Activity Center, St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive., Pleasanton. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Council 6043, Pleasanton. Early sign-up: www.redcrossblood.org, enter your ZIP code/sponsor code "CCOP" or 800-733-2767.

Sunday, Oct. 20
Semi Annual Welcome Event. 3 p.m. at St. Mary Parish, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek. A casual wine and cheese gathering for new or prospective parish members led by pastor, Rev. Paulson Mundanmani and representatives of various St. Mary organizations. At 5 p.m., following the gathering, Father Paulson will offer a tour of the parish campus and facilities, interspersed with stories of the parish history, for those who are interested. RSVP to Chris and Dick Bertrand, 925-322-8353 or Welcome@StMary-WC.org.

Oct. 25, 26
Bereavement workshop. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Holy Angel St. Joseph cemetery, 2540 Church Lane, San Pablo. This two-day workshop will train parish teams to provide comfort and support to those that have experienced a loss. Presenter: Sandy Heinisch, grief minister trainer for the Diocese of Oakland, grief counselor with Contra Costa Crisis Center. $35 for both days. (To keep costs down please bring a lunch for yourself both days.) RSVP: Suzanne Tchan-Grosse, 510-384-1398 or SuSutgsr@yahoo.com. Sponsored by Holy Angel St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Saturday, Nov. 2
One-Day Congress to Conclude the Year of Faith — "It is You That I Need." 7:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., Holy Spirit Church, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Presentations will address the call for all the faithful to spread the Good News of Jesus to all of the world: the business world, the political world, our streets and our homes. Information at the parish website: holyspiritfremont.org.

Sunday, Nov. 3
Holy Rosary Health Fair. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Holy Rosary Church, 1313, A St., Antioch. Free flu vaccinations, hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol screenings, as well as chiropractic and dental referrals will be offered. A social worker will be present to assist with medical referral and resources. Blood Center of the Pacific will sponsor a blood drive. American Medical Response will be teaching Sidewalk CPR. Cal State East Bay will be conducting hearing tests. Support information for people facing unplanned pregnancy and mental health issues will be available. A Spanish translator will be on site.

Nov. 3, Dec. 1
Natural Family Planning classes. 1:30 p.m. in DeSousa House. Information : Megan Curtis at 510-207-5299 or meganecurtis@comcast.net.

Wednesday, Nov. 6
"The Conversation" — Making End of Life Decisions. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Hall, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. Sponsors: Advanced directives: Kaiser Team Physicians; Pre-planning Funerals: Holy Cross Cemetery; Catholic View on Death: Rev. Jim Sullivan, Vitas Hospice Care: Steven Swenson. Mass for the Day of the Dead at 4 p.m. RSVP to Sandy Heinisch, 925-513-3412.

Saturday, Nov. 9
Blessing of the Animals. 1 to 3 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St., Antioch. 925-757-4020.

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Thursday, Oct. 17
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 number where you can be reached.

Oct. 17, Nov. 7
Breast Cancer support group. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays, 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.

Saturday, Dec. 7
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.

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