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October 21, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 18   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events


Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4
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. 7-8:30 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.

Tuesday, Oct. 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.

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.

Women's Faith Sharing. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at St. Monica Parish Peace Center, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. Kim Sullivan, a parishioner at St. Monica will speak about "Passion, Purpose, Prayer and Peace." Women from all parishes are invited.

Oct. 25–26
40 Hours of Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Reparation for 40 Years of Abortion on Demand. St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Beginning Oct. 25 following 8:30 a.m. Mass with a procession to the chapel; concluding Oct. 26 at midnight with Benediction. All are invited to come and offer prayers for the restoration of the Culture of Life in our community and diocese.

Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10
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.

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. 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 http://oaklandwwme.org; or dial Chuck and Anna Cooper, 925-451-2855 or Ray and Roberta Montes, 510-351-2649.

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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.

2:30-3:30 p.m. in St. Felicitas Church Chapel (inside St. Joseph Center/Office), 1662 Manor Blvd., San Leandro. 510-351-5244.

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

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 it 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. 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.

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.-5 p.m. at St. Philip Neri, 3100 Van Buren St., Alameda 510-373-5200.

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

12:30-4:45 p.m. at St. Felicitas Church, 1662 Manor Blvd., San Leandro. 510-351-5244.

First Saturdays
Following 8:30 a.m. Mass until 3:30 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, Mullen Commons Library, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. 925-939-7911.

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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; and Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal, all in Pleasant Hill the Resurrection; and Walnut Creek United Methodist Church.

Wednesday, Nov. 13
Re-energize midweek with Taize around the cross. 7-8 p.m. second Wednesdays, Maryknoll Center, 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo. Ruth Picha, spiritual director. Kris East, 510-276-5021; www.maryknoll.us.

Friday, Nov. 15
Taize ecumenical service. 8-9 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.

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Nov. 11 through Dec. 23
Advent Lecture Series. Mondays in the Season of Advent from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Stack Center, Our Lady of Grace Parish, 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. Rev. Gregory Heidenblut, OSA will continue his annual lecture series during the Season of Advent with a challenging and informative discussion of Mary's role in the history of salvation. This six-week series, Mary of Nazareth, Myths and Realities: A Journey with Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, will focus on the myths and realities associated with Mary the mother of Jesus. No session on Dec. 2, because of the Clergy Conference for the Diocese of Oakland. Contact: Our Lady of Grace Parish at 510-537-0806 or Father Greg at parish@olgcv.org.

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Thursday, Oct. 24
"Awakening": Fundraising Concert for Incarnation Monastery. 7:30 p.m. at Newman Hall/Holy Spirit Church, 2700 Dwight Way), Berkeley. Rev. Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam. draws together texts from many religious traditions as well as from contemporary poetry to take the listener on a musical tour through the many faces and voices of the sacred in song. Reception to follow. CDs, books, artwork for sale. Suggested donation: $20.

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 5 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.

Saturday, Nov. 2
Grandparents holiday boutique and luncheon. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit St. Peter Martyr School, Pittsburg. Assortment of gift items from 20 vendors including homemade jams, cookies, candies, knitted and crochet items, quilted baby items, candles and many more handcrafts; picture with Santa available; raffle which includes queen size quilt; also enjoy a hot lunch, music, face painting.

Saturday, Nov. 9
Zydeco Dance. 6 p.m. at St. Columba Church Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Featuring Mark St. Mary. Great food (gumbo, red beans and rice, etc.) at reasonable prices. $15/pre-sale tickets; $20 at the door. Presented by the St. Columba Ladies of Peter Claver. Information: 510-527-0232 or 510-549-9168.

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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 Angels St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Oct. 25, 26, Nov. 1, 2
"You Have the Right to Remain Dead." A presentation by Saint Mary's College High School Performing Arts Department. All ages are welcome to this 1950s whodunit murder mystery. Full audience participation; simulated gunshot sounds, ending changes nightly. Limited tickets. Prepaid reserved only. Friday shows include served appetizers and dessert: $15 for adults 18 and older; $10 for students and children. Saturday shows with a catered three-course pasta dinner: $25 for adults 18 and older; $15 for students and children. Prizes awarded for audience Halloween costumes on Oct. 26. Contact Caiti Kelly at 510-559-6250 or ckelly@stmchs.org.

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. 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 Church 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.

Sacred Relics of the Saints: Treasures of the Church. 7 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Church, 3100 Van Buren St., Alameda. Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will present his very special ministry to teach about these holy objects. He will bring with him over 150 relics, some as old as 2,000 years. Bring your articles of devotion (such as rosaries, holy cards, etc.) and pictures of ill friends/family members which you will be able to touch to the reliquaries as a means of intercession. See www.treasuresofthechurch.com.

Friday, Nov. 8
Poetry reading: Homage to Seamus Heaney, the great Irish poet who died recently. 7:30 p.m. in the Gibson Center at Corpus Christi Parish, 322 St. James Drive, Piedmont. Presenters: Kevin Kelly and Father Basil De Pinto.

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, Nov. 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 number where you can be reached.

Nov. 17, Dec. 5
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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Nov. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 24
Saint Mary's College, Performing Arts Department, Theatre Program presents "And when we awoke there was light and light," 8 p.m. Nov, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 and 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at LeFevre Theatre, Saint Mary's College, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga. Laura Jacqmin's contemporary fable about teenage idealism and activism in the age of global connections. Guest director Susannah Martin stages the production. Tickets: $10 general; $8 seniors (65+) and non-SMC students; $5 SMC students, faculty and staff. Order online at: www.brownpapertickets.com; call 925-631-4670; or at the door.

Oct. 27, Nov. 23
Concert Series. At St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. Oct. 27, 4 p.m.: Great Hymn Festival 2013 with choirs from surrounding churches. Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m.: Music for Organ and Strings. Don Pearson and William Vaughan organists, in a Concert of Music for Two Organs — the debut of the Heissler Portativ Organ. Call the parish office for more information: 925-778-0768 or email: st.ignatius@sbcglobal.net. Receptions will follow in the Parish Hall. A freewill offering will be taken during each concert.

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Saturday, Oct. 26
St. Perpetua Alumni Mass and Reception. 5 p.m. Mass followed by reception (6 to 9 p.m.) Calling all St. Perpetua School adult alumni and alumni parents, come join us in celebrating 50 years of St. Perpetua education. $50 a person, with special discount for young adult alumni. http://stperpetua.org/50thanniversary. Contact: Renee Kalmes Nelson at rkalmes@exponent.com, 925-283-9033 or Maureen Vierengel at Vierengel_six@comcast.net, 925-938-6350.

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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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