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February 3, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 3   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events


Feb. 3, 10, 17
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.

Feb. 4, 11, 18
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.

Understanding the Scriptures. 7:30 p.m. in the library at St. Edward School, 5788 Thornton Ave., Newark. The course is based on a book by Scott Hahn, and taught by Edwin Bisek. The class covers the history of the Bible, Old Testament all the way to the Book of Revelation. We will learn about how the Old Testament predicts and prepares for events in the New Testament. Information: Edwin Bisek, 510-299-0115 or ebisek@the-biseks.com.

Feb. 5, 12, 19
St. Raymond WINGS. 9:15 to 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.

Feb. 9, 16
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.

Feb. 11, 25
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.
Hesed Christian Meditation Group (formerly Lectio Meditation Group in the tradition of John Main), 7:30 p.m. at First Congregation Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St. (Across the street from the Whole Foods Market.) For more information visit hesedcommunity.org or call 510-2077367.

Feb. 12, 26
Jeff Cavins' DVD study on Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come. 7 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Began Jan 8; continues every second and fourth Wednesday of the month until May. The cost of the required study kit is $25. Information/registration: Lily, 925-827-1946 or email lilymullen@gmail.com.

Wednesday, February 19
Reflections on Pope Francis' First Encyclical, "The Joy of the Gospel." 7-8:30 p.m. in Stack Hall at Our Lady of Grace Church, 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. Are you curious about Pope Francis' recent encyclical, "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel") and wondered what it is all about? Then come to our forum on the pope's encyclical. The facilitators of this special event are Kris East, Maryknoll Mission Promotion Coordinator, and John Watkins, director of the Office for Life and Justice, Diocese of Oakland. Ample parking and wheelchair accessible. Questions? Dennise at 510-303-9767.

Saturday, Feb. 22
"Icons: Union & Communion Between Heaven & Earth." at Our Lady of Fatima Russian Byzantine Catholic Parish, 5920 Geary Blvd., San Francisco. A day of worship, retreat, and community with Abbot Damian of Holy Transfiguration Monastery, a Monastery of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, located in Redwood Valley. 10 a.m. (Divine liturgy); 12 noon: Agape Meal; 1 p.m.: Abbot Damian Spiritual Conference; 4 p.m.: Vespers. All are welcome anytime during the day. 415-752-2052. There is no fee for this event. For questions contact the parish. Updates may be found in our Facebook "events" section: www.facebook.com/byzantinecatholicsf

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(An ecumenical, candlelit service of prayer in simple chant, Scripture readings, silent worship and veneration of the Cross.)

Friday, Feb. 7
All Saints Catholic Church. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. every first Friday at 22824 Second St., Hayward. Information: Francis Tanjuatco, 650-678-7739 or 650-678-7739 (cell).

Wednesday, Feb. 12
Maryknoll Center. 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.

Friday, Feb. 21
Chapel of the Mission San Jose Dominicans. 8 to 9 p.m. every third Friday at 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Information: Sister Marcia Krause, OP, 510-933-6333.

Friday, Feb. 28
St. Joseph Basilica. 8 p.m. every fourth Friday at 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Information: www.facebook.com/TaizeOnTheIsland, and www.taizeontheisland.co.cc

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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. to 5 p.m. at Most Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St., Antioch. 925-757-4020.

2:30 to 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. to 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. to 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 to 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 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton.

8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Benediction in Mary's Chapel at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
6:30 to 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 to 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.

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
7 a.m. to 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. to 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. to 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.

7:30 to 8:30 p.m. every third Friday 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.

8 a.m. to 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 to 5 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 606 Mellus St., Martinez. 925-324-3589.

1 to 8 p.m. at St. Monica Church, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. 925-376-6900.

First Fridays
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Philip Neri, 3100 Van Buren St., Alameda 510-373-5200.

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

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

6 to 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 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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Feb. 7 to 9
Franciscan Retreat at San Damiano Retreat. 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. Our Pope Francis issues the same invitation. This weekend will help us answer that call. Registration is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and retreat ends on Feb. 9 with lunch. 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 on Feb. 16 with lunch. Cost is $320 per couple. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315 or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, Feb. 15
The Satisfied Soul: Transforming Your Food and Weight Worries, at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the day goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Do you ever wonder what the struggle with weight and appearance is all about? It's the soul, not the body, that's starving. Discover the underlying causes of food and weight issues, create a healthy relationship with food and your body, nourish your starving soul. This workshop, with Shoshana Kobrin, is a hands-on, participatory workshop. Cost: $90, or $110 if you request CEU's. Lunch is included. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Feb. 21 to 23
Knights of Columbus Married Couples Retreat at St. Clare's Retreat, 2381 Laurel Glen Road, Soquel. Theme: Sole Mates — Walking Together with Christ. Retreat director: Rev. Mark Wiesner; Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows. You do not have to be a knight to attend. $260 per couple. 831-423-8093 or www.stclairesretreatcenter.com.

Retrovaille Weekend. For couples who would like to save or strengthen their marriages. Information: 510-648-6874 or www.HelpOurMarriage.com.

Wednesday, March 5
Pre-Lenten and Ash Wednesday Days of Renewal at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Enter Lent with Fr. Patrick Foley (February 27) and the Franciscan Friars at San Damiano for these two days of presentations, prayer, lunch and Eucharist. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the days go from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315 or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

March 7-9
St. Bonaventure Annual Men's Retreat at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. The 2014 Men's Spiritual Network retreat has as its theme: "How to Listen to God." The retreat master will be Father Dan Danielson. All men of the diocese welcome. Information/registration: http://stbonaventure.net/parish-ministries/adult-faith/mens-spiritual-network or contact Peter Nixon at 925-381-7853.

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Thursday, Feb. 13
Saint Mary's College Guild presents: Game Day and Luncheon. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Soda Center, Saint Mary's College in Moraga. Join friends for a day of bridge and bunco. A delicious buffet luncheon served at noon; wine will be available. $35 per person. Make check payable to: Saint Mary's College Guild. Mail to: Dolores McGonigle 925-376-4339, 828 Crossbrook Court, Moraga, CA 94556. Proceeds given to St. Mary's College Scholarship Fund. Questions: Shirley Holloway at 925-376-6588.

Thursday, Feb. 27
De La Salle High School, "A Taste of De La Salle." Celebrating food and wine. 6 to 9 p.m., on the De La Salle campus, 1130 Winton Drive, Concord. An annual funfest to benefit co-curricular activities. Featuring 16 fine wineries and 12 great restaurants and caterers, with specialty vendors, silent auctions, and wines available for purchase. Tickets $40. Reserve online at www.dlshs.org. Information, Lauren Seeno at 925-288-8184 or e-mail seenol@dlshs.org.

Saturday, March 1
Mercy Retirement and Care Center Heart of Mercy gala dinner honoring Sister Patty Creedon, Dorothy Lee and Father Michael Norkett. 5:30 p.m. at the Oakland Rotunda. Tickets: $150. All proceeds go to the Charitable Care Fund for long-time residents who have outlived their resources. Tickets/information: Anne Dolan, 510-534-8547, ext. 322 or go to www.mercyretirementcenter.org/register.php?event=8.

Saturday, March 8
Eighth Annual Salmon Dinner. At St. Peter Martyr Church, 740 Black Diamond St., Pittsburg. 6 p.m.: appetizers; 6:30 p.m.: dinner. $25/person; free/children under 10. Tickets can be purchased at the church or call Joe or Josie Torres, 925-432-2265.

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Monday, Feb. 3
Scripture Study Series. 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Mullen Commons Vista Room, St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. The four-week class exploring the theology of John's Gospel taught by Zach Flanagin, a professor at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, will conclude. Information: Stephanie Baker, 925-939-7911, ext. 107, or adultfaithformation@sjvianney.org.

Feb. 6, 19
The Last Gift Box workshop. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Newman Hall/Holy Spirit Parish, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley. The Dead Box or A Gift to Those Who Follow Me, a book written by Tina Cole Kreitz. It is basically a to-do book that one writes for those they leave behind, removing "the questions that arise when someone dies." The two-session course covers how one prepares "their gift," such as organizing important papers and making sure that your survivors know what exactly your wishes are. The book is $20 and the workshop is $40 including the book. Information/registration: Tina Kreitz, Tinawriter2013@gmail.com.

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, 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.

Saturday, Feb. 8
Diocesan Choir Festival. 8 p.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Choirs from throughout the diocese will gather to share their musical gifts. www.ctlcathedral.org.

Monday, Feb. 10
Prayer: Solemn Vespers. 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland. Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will preside at Evening Prayer and give a special blessing to liturgical musicians who minister throughout the diocese.

Saturday, Feb. 15
Bay Area Social Justice Forum: The Dream Lives On." 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Holy Names University, Valley Center for Performing Arts, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Keynote speaker: Clayborne Carson, director of The Martin Luther King Research and Education Institute at Stanford University and editor of "The King Papers." Cost: $35; $40 at the door. Information: Keegan Mills, Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement, 510-436-1280 or kmills@hnu.edu.

Wednesday, Feb. 19
An Evening with Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries. 7 to 9 p.m. at De La Salle High School Theater, 1130 Winton Drive, Concord. Father Gregory Boyle, SJ, founder of Los Angeles-based Homeboy Industries, will speak on "Compassion and Kinship" and will sign copies of his book, "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion." An expert on gangs, intervention, and re-entry, Fr. Greg has received numerous awards, and recognitions. A suggested donation of $10 can be made at the door, and all proceeds go to Homeboy Industries. Registration is online at www.dlshs.org. For information: Campus Ministry office, 925-288-8119 or hassettm@dlshs.org.

Friday, Feb. 28
"Discover your beauty from the inside out!" 7 p.m. at St. Felicitas Parish Hall, 1662 Manor Blvd., San Leandro. Join Brenda Sharman, professional model and actress, as she discusses the false promises of our media compared with the real promises of Jesus Christ. Through her conversion she realized that contrary to what most advertisers and designers say, it's more important to be "holy" than to be "hot." She is founding national director of Pure Fashion, a program which helps teen girls realize their inherent dignity and cultivates in them a desire to live, act and dress in accordance with that dignity. Free. Parents and teens especially welcome. RSVP 510-351-5244.

Saturday, March 1
March Prayer Breakfast. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Crowne Plaza, 45 John Glenn Drive, Concord. Magnificat SOTI, a Ministry to Catholic Women, welcomes Brenda Sharman, model, actress and beauty queen as our guest speaker. Sharman has a fascinating story of her life in the fashion industry and how her conversion to Catholicism led her to a new insight and definition of what is beautiful. Tickets: $28; $35 after Feb. 22. Information/reservations go to: www.magnificatsoti.org or call Maribel @ 925-788-7762.

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Feb. 6, 20
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.

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.

Thursday, Feb. 20
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa support group. 7 to 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.

Feb. 28, March 28
FRIENDS 4 LIFE Breast Cancer Support Group. Meets the fourth Friday of each month from 1-2:30 p.m. in Walnut Creek-Pleasant Hill. Call Joy for more information: 925-939-0122.

Saturday, April 5
No More Secrets — bimonthly support group for survivors of clergy sexual abuse. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Facilitated by a licensed psychotherapist. Survivors and their families are welcome. Sponsor: Diocese of Oakland. Please call for location 510-267-8334.

Every Other Wednesday
Divorced and/or Separated Group continues its bi-weekly sessions 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on alternating Wednesdays at St. Elizabeth Seton Chapel, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, 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, or for additional information.

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Crab Feeds

Friday, Feb. 7
East Bay District of Italian Catholic Federation. At St. Philip Neri, Msgr. O'Brien Hall, 3108 Van Buren, Alameda. Cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. $50/per person, $10/children 10 and under. Call Fran LaTorre at 510-887-1509 by Jan. 31.

Saturday, Feb. 8
Queen of All Saints. In the parish hall at 2391 Grant St., Concord. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. No-host bar available Tri-tip is available in lieu of crab if ordered in advance. Silent auction; raffle. Tickets: $40/person or $350/table of 10. Call the parish office, 925-825-0350.

St. Joachim School. At St. Joachim School gym, 21250 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. 5:30 p.m. no-host cocktail hour; 6:30 p.m. dinner; 8:30 p.m. live auction/auction. $45/person. Adults only. Angie Huaman, 510-783-3177, ext. 221 or a ahuaman@csdo.org. Funds go to help the school.

Saturday, Feb. 15
St. Leander Church. At Ryan-O'Connell Hall, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. 5:30 p.m. no-host bar, 6:30 p.m. dinner. $40/person. Purchase 20 or more tickets at one time and receive a 10 percent discount. This event is "assigned seating." After dinner: dessert, silent auction, sports memorabilia silent auction. Last day to purchase tickets is Feb. 11. 510-895-5631.

Saturday, Feb. 22
St. Ignatius Knights of Columbus. 6:30 p.m., St. Ignatius School Hall, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. $45 per person. Tickets: 925-642-2329.

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Sunday, Feb. 9
Art Exhibit and Lecture. 4 p.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland. An exhibit of the art of Martin Erspamer, OSB, a monk of St. Meinrad Abbey in Illinois.

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