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January 6, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA
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Saint Mary's offers speakers series

A series of speakers will examine poetry, diversity in the employment world and environmental and juvenile justice as part of Saint Mary's College's Jan Term program.

During the month of January, every undergraduate is invited to explore a single topic in great depth and at an accelerated pace, either on campus, or at locales as exotic as Rwanda, Martinique and Sundance, Utah. The talks are open to the public.

Each presentation in the series begins at 7 p.m. in the Soda Activity Center, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga.

Speakers are:

Jan. 7: Cheri Chastain, sustainability coordinator for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., "Brewing a Successful Sustainability Program."

Jan. 14: Kevin Coval, Chicago writer and community organizer, "Socially Engaged Arts and Hip Hop Poetics."

Jan. 21: Richard Ross, fine arts photographer and professor, "Juvenile In Justice: Art, Journalism, Sociology and Criminal Justice."

Jan. 22: Geraldine Moriba, writer/reporter for CNN and vice president for diversity and inclusion at CNN Worldwide, "Gender, Race and the Metamorphosis of the News Industry."

Jan. 30: Robert Hass, former U.S. Poet Laureate and Saint Mary's College alumnus, "Thinking About Ovid in the 21st Century: Metamorphosis, Myth and the Carbon Cycle."


Jan. 6, 13
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.

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.

Jan. 7, 14, 21
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.

Jan. 8, 15, 22
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. Child care is provided. Information: Geri Cooney, 925-551-7760.

Jan. 12, 19
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.

Jan. 14, 28
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.

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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.

6-9 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley, 510-526-4811.

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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.

Friday, Jan. 17
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.

Friday, Feb. 7
Taize Prayer Around the Cross at All Saints Catholic Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward. Every first Friday of the month from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Quiet your mind, open your heart and feed your soul during this simple and sacred candlelight prayer service. Information: Francis Tanjuatco, 650-678-7739 or 650-678-7739.

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Jan. 10 to 12
Religious Life Discernment Retreat with the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. (Friday, 6 p.m. to Sunday 2 p.m.) at Flintridge Sacred Heart Priory, 440 St. Katherine Drive, La Canada Flintridge. For single, Catholic women college to 40. Looking for a sign? Maybe this is it? Is God calling you to consider consecrated life as a Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose? RSVP by Jan. 8 at vocations@msjdominican.org or 510-933-6335. Free will offering appreciated.

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. Spa Day includes: prayer and ritual, time for reflection and journaling, creative expression, movement, singing bowls and small group discussions. Cost is $70 and includes lunch. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Jan. 24 to 26
Men and Women: Rev. Bruce Lamb, OFM. Conv. At St. Clare's Retreat, 2381 Laurel Glen Road in Soquel. Web: www.stclaresretreatcenter.com; email: stclaresretreatcenter@gmail.com; phone: 831-423-8093.

Healing and Wholeness Retreat at San Damiano Retreat in Danville, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. With Carol Mitchell and Tom Gorham. The weekend workshop will target the spiritual and psychological benefits of a positive view of the world, namely, living with gratitude and recognizing the grace in our lives that we often take for granted. Registration is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and retreat ends with lunch Jan. 26. Cost is $225 for private room and $195 for shared. Dial 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, 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.

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. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Feb. 7 to 9
Franciscan Retreat at San Damiano Retreat in Danville, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. With Sister Margaret Carney, OSF. "From Francis of Assisi to Pope Francis: Finding the Tools to Rebuild the Church." Francis and Clare heard Christ invite them to "rebuild" the church of their day. Pope Francis issues the same invitation. Registration is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and retreat ends with lunch Feb. 9. Cost is $230 for private room and $205 for shared. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Feb. 14 to 16
Married Couples Retreat at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. With Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM and Karla and Richard Obernesser. On this weekend for married couples we will ignite the fire called compassion. Compassion crosses all borders to embrace and to transform. Registration is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and retreat ends with lunch Feb. 16. Cost is $320 per couple. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

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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
St. Lawrence O'Toole's School 56th Annual crab feed. 6 p.m. in the gym at 3695 High St. in Oakland. Tickets are $50. All proceeds go to the purchase of new textbooks and smart boards for classrooms. To purchase tickets go to Slot.crabfeed@gmail.com.

Moreau Catholic High School crab feed. 5 p.m. to midnight at 27170 Mission Blvd., Hayward. Come join the fun at Moreau Catholic High School to enjoy delicious crab and be part of a 45-year-old tradition. "There is something for everyone (age 21-100!)," according to Athletics Assistant, Heidi Muhr. Tickets: http://www.moreaucatholic.org/s/768/2col.aspx?sid=768&gid=1&pgid=951.

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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.

Friday, Feb. 7
Annual Lay Ecclesial Ministers Convocation. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 2601 San Ramon Valley Road in San Ramon. Theme: "Salt and Light: Exploring the New Evangelization." Hosted by the Diocese of Oakland's Lay Ecclesial Ministers Council. Two speakers will be offering simultaneous presentations on the same subject in English and Spanish. Both groups are combined for the morning hospitality, opening prayer, lunch and closing. Questions: Robin Lang, 510-582-9266 or robus2@aol.com.

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Jan. 9, 23, Feb. 13, 27
Grief workshop. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Join us bimonthly 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.

Thursday, Jan. 16
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.

Jan. 16, Feb. 6
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, 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.

Every other Wednesday
Divorce and/or Separated Group continues its biweekly sessions 7:30-9:30 p.m. on alternating Wednesdays at St. Elizabeth Seton Chapel in Pleasanton. Come and join others who have lost a marriage and begin to build your new life. Pre-Registration is required before attending. Contact Roxanne at 925-462-0750 to register and for dates.

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