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December 16, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 21   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events


Dec. 3, 11
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.

Dec. 10, 24
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.

Dec. 16, 23, 30
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.

Tuesday, Dec. 17
Women's Faith Sharing/Spiritual Spa Day. 9:30-11:30 a.m. at St. Monica Peace Center, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. Join us as we take a break from the secular Christmas chaos and craziness. Women from all parishes are invited.

Dec. 17, 24, 31
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.

Dec. 18, Jan. 8
St. Raymond WINGS. 9:15-11:15 a.m. in Moran Room, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Invitation to women of all ages. Make plans to treat yourself to some special time just for you: to nurture your spirit, enjoy fellowship and to gain insight from inspirational speakers. Drop-ins are always welcome. Childcare is provided. Information: Geri Cooney, 925-551-7760.

Dec. 22, 29
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.

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Advent/Christmas events

Monday, Dec. 16, 23
Advent Lecture Series ends. (Mondays in the season of Advent from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) in the Stack Center at Our Lady of Grace Parish, 3433 Somerset, Castro Valley. Rev. Gregory Heidenblut, OSA, will complete his annual lecture series during the Season of Advent with a challenging and informative discussion of Mary's role in the history of salvation. Dec. 16 — Dogma 4: Assumption of Mary; Dec.23 — Marian Apparitions: Approved vs. Suspect, Titles given to Mary and Popular. Information, contact Our Lady of Grace Parish at 510-537-0806 or contact Father Greg at parish@olgcv.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 17
Maryknoll Christmas Around the World. 6 p.m. at Maryknoll Mission House, 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo. Reception, dinner, program. RSVP: 510-276-5021 or keast@maryknoll.org.

Sunday, Dec. 22
Holiday Concert. 1 p.m. at St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Presenting, the St. Martin de Porres School Choir. Donation: $8. Refreshments in the church hall. Sponsored by the Friends of St. Martin de Porres School. Contact information: Edna Coleman, 510-669-1072 or Joanne Dickerson-Harper 510-653-0938.

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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.

6-9 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Dominican Parish, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. A priest will be available to hear confessions, 510-526-4811.

First Fridays
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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Friday, Dec. 20
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, Jan. 5
Taize prayer around the cross — ecumenical. 7 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill. Participating churches: Hillcrest Congregational Church, 404 Gregory Lane, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church; and Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal, all in Pleasant Hill; and Walnut Creek United Methodist Church.

Wednesday, Jan. 8
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.

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Dec. 30 - Jan. 1
New Year's Retreat at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Rev. Patrick Foley. Have you seen or felt God's presence in your life in the past year? How might God be leading you in the coming year? Here is the place and the time to ponder these questions. Registration is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 30 and retreat ends on Jan. 1 with brunch. Cost is $225 for private room and $195 for shared. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Friday, Jan. 17
Spiritual Spa Day for Women. Registration begins at 8:30 am and the day goes from 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm. at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. With Rena Grant and Kathy Miranda. This Spa Day will include: prayer and ritual, time for reflection and journaling, creative expression, movement, singing bowls, and small group discussions. Cost is $70 and includes lunch. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Jan. 31 to Feb. 2
Annual Woman's Spiritual Retreat. At San Damiano at 710 Highland Drive, Danville. "Journey With Jesus to the Fullness of Life" with Rev. Tom Bonacci. Sponsored by the Women of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton. Contact: Myrna, 925-462-3106 or Sue, 925-989-6713.

Saturday, Feb. 1
Aging and Spiritual Growth: The Creative Spirit in Aging at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the day goes from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. With Rena Grant and Elizabeth Bell. Through prayer, music and poetry, we will reflect on our lives to find deeper meaning and wisdom and to notice the journey of aging as a spiritual process. Cost is $65 and includes lunch. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

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Jan. 10, 11
Faustina – a live multi-media drama play. Jan. 10: 7:30 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 500 Fairview St. in Brentwood. Information: 925-339-4469; Jan. 11: 8 p,m, at St. Anne's Church, 32223 Cabello St. in Union City. Proceeds go to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan through the Archdiocese of Jaro, Iloilo and Capiz, Philippines. Information: 510-695-9110. Tickets: $20. Group/youth discount available. Sponsors: Diocese of Oakland Divine Mercy Ministry and Apostolate and Flipside Network. www.divinemercyoakland.org.

Jan. 17, 18
49th Annual Salesian High School crab feed. In the gym at 2851 Salesian Ave., Richmond. Jan. 17: cocktail hour at 7 p.m.; dinner served at 8 p.m. Jan. 18: cocktail hour at 6 p.m.; dinner served at 7 p.m. Music by GTS Band and dancing will follow dinner on Jan. 18 only. Tickets are $45 per person. Tickets/Information, leave a message at 510-234-4433, ext. 1126.

Saturday, Jan. 25
45th Annual Moreau Catholic High School Crab Feed and Auction. 5 p.m. in main gym at 27170 Mission Blvd., Hayward. Sponsored by the Moreau High School Boost Club. Information: moreaucatholic.org/crabfeed or 510-881-4335.

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Saturday, Dec. 28
Listen for Life Concert. 3:45-4:45 p.m. (prior to 5 p.m. Mass) at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2808 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. Internationally-renowned musicians Donna Stoering (piano/voice) and Erin Nolan (viola) are performing this one-hour concert to raise funds that will directly benefit the homeless, immigrants, families and children of Oakland who are served by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Our Lady of Lourdes Conference. Donations will be collected at the event or made directly through www.NourishYourNeighborhood.eventbrite.com. Information: contact Margaret Wilkinson, conference president, 510-547-8999 or visit listenforlife.org website.

Jan. 6, 13, 17 and Feb. 3
Scripture Study Series. 7-8:30 p.m. in the Mullen Commons Vista Room, St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. In preparation for the 2014 Lenten journey, Zach Flanagin, a professor at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, will teach the four-week class exploring the theology of John's Gospel, focusing especially on his portrait of Jesus Christ as God's incarnate Word and his exhortation to a Christian discipleship characterized by faith and love. Information: Stephanie Baker, 925-939-7911, ext. 107, or adultfaithformation@sjvianney.org.

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Thursday, Dec. 19
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa support group. 7-9 p.m. in the faith formation office at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. If you are struggling from a loss due to separation, divorce, or the death of a loved one - you are not alone. This peer support group is open to anyone. Meetings are free. Information: Joan S., 925-939-1007.

Dec. 26, Jan. 9, 23, Feb. 13, 27
Grief workshop. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Join us bi-monthly and let us accompany you on your healing journey. No pre-registration is necessary. These sessions are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation. Dial Mary Hagerty, 925-846-5377.

Jan. 2, 16
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, Jan. 16

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, Feb. 1
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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Tuesday, Dec. 17
Saint Mary's High Class of 1952 and Friends annual luncheon. At 11:30 a.m. on the high school campus,1294 Albina Ave., Berkeley. For information and reservations, contact Joanne Marchetti Howe at 510-559-6224. $50 each.

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