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November 4, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CACalendar of Events


Nov. 5, 12, 19
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.

Saturday, Nov. 9
African-American Celebration at the Cathedral. 5:30 p.m. Mass at 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Rev. Jay Matthews, homilist; Rev. Raymond Sacca, principal celebrant. www.ctlcathedral.org.

Charismatic Healing Mass — "Saturday Night with Jesus." 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Most Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St., Antioch. Sponsor: Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office. Information: CCRO, 925-828-6644.

Nov. 10, 17, 24
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 to 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.

Nov. 11, 18, 25
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.

Nov. 12, 19, 26
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.

Nov. 12, 26
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.

Monday, Nov. 18
Mass of Remembrance. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Invite your family and friends to join us on this special evening, to cherish those we love so much, and to honor their lives as the gift they forever be. All are welcome regardless of religious affiliation. Please bring a small picture or memento of your loved one. Questions: Dave Wellbeloved at 925-519-2310.

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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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.

Sunday, Dec. 1
Taize prayer around the cross — ecumenical. 7 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill. Participating churches:; Hillcrest Congregational Church; St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church; and Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal, all in Pleasant Hill; and Walnut Creek United Methodist Church.

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Friday, Nov. 8
Scripture Day Open to Pastors, Clergy and Laity. At San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive in Danville. With Rev. Garrett Galvin, OFM. "Matthew: A Gospel Focused on the Law of Love." Pastors and clergy will find this day helpful for their homily preparations for the coming year. All others who have an interest in furthering their knowledge of scripture are welcome. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the day goes from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $45 and includes lunch. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Curious About Islam? at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive in Danville with Brother Mike Minton, OFM. A relaxed introduction to Islam, it will include resources calling Catholic Christians to interreligious dialogue, the basics that Islam teaches about Christianity and an opportunity to process your own feelings and thoughts about Islam. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the retreat goes from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $30 and includes lunch. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Nov. 8 to 10
Men's Retreat at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive in Danville with Rev. Patrick Foley, Ph.D. If Faith is going to make any real difference in men's lives, it has to be more than words and documents. It has to become belief, strong enough to challenge ideals and motivate action in daily life. This weekend is all about how to do that. Registration is on Friday from 4:00 to 6:30 pm. and retreat ends on Sunday with lunch. Cost is $230 for private room and $205 for shared. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315 or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Nov. 15 to 17
Discernment Retreat. Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Is God calling you to consider consecrated life as a Dominican Sister? For single Catholic women 18 to 40. RSVP by Nov. 11. Information: vocations@msjdominicans.org or 510-933-6335.

Saturday, Nov. 16
Personal Growth Workshop. At San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive in Danville with David Richo. "Adult Love for Ourselves, Others and Everyone." We were made to love and be loved. Loving ourselves and others is in our genetic code. It's nothing other than the purpose of our lives — but knowing that doesn't make it easy to do. The day will be based on Richo's new book: "How to be an Adult in Love." Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the day goes from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $105 for those who wish CEU's and $85 otherwise and includes lunch. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

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Saturday, Nov. 9
Italian Catholic Federation Branch 10 District Communion and Mass. 5 p.m. Mass at St. Philip Neri Church, 3101 Van Buren St., Alameda. Followed by light supper in church hall. Free to ICF members and their families. RSVP to Dave Rose, 510-522-6004.

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.

Sunday, Nov. 17

A Mini-Tribute to Duke Ellington and more — Benefit concert for St. Jarlath School. 4 p.m. in the St. Jarlath School auditorium, 2634 Pleasant St., Oakland. Featuring the "In The Tradition" Piano Trio (Bill Jackman, piano; Terry Hilliard, bass; Johnny Apperson, drums.) Including a "Dancing to Jazz" demonstration and the world premiere of "The Dimond Blues." Tickets: $10.

Saturday, Nov. 23

29th Annual Sports Collectors Show. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Leanders' Ryan O'Connell Hall, 575 Estudillo Ave. San Leandro. A variety of Vintage Sports Memorabilia items (1880s-2010s) will be available for sale. Free verbal appraisals are available (for pre 1975 items ONLY). Door prizes will be given away all day. Admission is $4, and $2 for those who are under 5 years old or over 65. Proceeds benefit St. Leander's Parish as well as local charities. Sponsored by St. Leander's Meridians. Information, call Mark at 510-538-6245.

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Nov. 5, 6
Sacred Relics of the Saints: Treasures of the Church. Nov. 5: 7 p.m. at St. Edward Church, 5788 Thornton Ave., Newark; Nov. 6: 7 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Church, 3100 Van Buren St., Alameda. Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will be 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.

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.

"What is Really Happening in Syria Today?" 7 p.m. in Stack Hall at Our Lady of Grace Church, 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. Speaker: Mother Agnes Mariam, a Carmelite nun and Mother Superior at the Monastery and Convent of St. James the Mutilated in Qara, Syria. Mother Agnes tells a story that is very different from what we get in the Western press. She is one of the main organizers of Mussalaha («Reconciliation»), a popular movement in Syria that mediates disputes and organizes ceasefires between opposing forces. Co-sponsored by Our Lady of Grace/Pax Christi Social Justice Group, All Saints Justice & Peace Ministry and South Alameda Peace and Justice Coalition.

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.

Italian Catholic Federation Branch 10 District Communion and Mass. 5 p.m. Mass at St. Philip Neri Church, 3101 Van Buren St., Alameda. Followed by light supper in church hall. Free to ICF members and their families. RSVP to Dave Rose, 510-522-6004.

Nov. 10, 17, 24
National Black Catholic Month celebration. 10:45 a.m. gospel Mass at St. Paul of the Shipwreck Catholic Church, on Jamestown Avenue between Third and Jennings, San Francisco. Nov. 10: Msgr. James Tarantino, Charismatic preacher, evangelist and vicar general of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, will be the guest preacher and homilist; Nov. 17: Rev. Paul Gawlowski, pastor, will be the presider and homilist; the worship service will be led by Shipwreck's Youth and Young Adult Ministry; Nov. 24: Rev. Bart Landry, CSP, Old Saint Mary's Cathedral, will be the guest presider and homilist. 415-468-3434 or www.stpauloftheshipwreck.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 12
Catholics@Work. 7 to 8:15 a.m. at Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville. Mass offered at 6:30 a.m. A full buffet breakfast will be served. Guest speaker: Jed York, CEO, San Francisco 49ers. $20 members/$25 nonmembers. Register: www.catholicsatwork.com.

Saturday, Nov. 16
Annual Sock Hop, "Bustles and Boots." 6:30 p.m. in the parish center, St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. Food, music, dancing and raffle. $10/person, children under 12 free. Information: Annette Roux, 925-849-4870.

Spiritual Warfare Conference and Healing Service. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Family Parish, 4848 Pearl Avenue, San Jose. Featuring Rev. Kenneth Nobrega, exorcist and vocations director for the Diocese of Oakland; Rev. Michael Hendrickson, pastor of St. Francis Cabrini in San Jose; Rev. Samuel Leonard, IVE, parochial vicar at Our Lady of Peace in Santa Clara; and Col. Michael Goedrich, Army Reserve. Sponsored by OLG4LIFE. $20 adults/$15 youth. Send name and payment to OLG4LIFE P.O. Box 327 San Martin, CA 95046. For more information call Monica at 408-710-5825 or e-mail OLG4LIFE@gmail.com.

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

Saturday, Dec. 7
Olive Harvest. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 43325 Mission Blvd, Fremont. Join the festivities with the Dominican Sisters at the annual olive harvest. Wear your "grubbies" and warm clothes. Bring work gloves and a small ladder, if possible. Coffee, hot chocolate and snacks provided to harvesters. Lunch will be available for a nominal fee. 510-933-6334.

Saturday, Dec. 14
Magnificat Prayer Breakfast. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Crowne Plaza, 45 John Glenn Drive, Concord. Speakers Marie and Deacon Robert Schaefer will share the story of their faith journey. $25/$30 after Dec. 7. Tickets: go to magnificatsoti.org or call Maribel, 415-756-0468.

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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.

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.

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.

Saturday, Nov. 23
Organ Series. At St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. 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 us at: 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, Nov. 9
Saint Mary's College High School Class of 1988 25-year reunion. Barbecue and football game at the school campus, 1294 Albina Ave., Berkeley. $40/person. For information/reservations, Joanne Marchetti Howe, 510- 559-6227 or jhowe@stmchs.org.

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