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February 17, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events


Feb. 17, 24
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. 18, 25
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. Edwin Bisek, 510-299-0115 or ebisek@the-biseks.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. Facilitators: Kris East, Maryknoll Mission Promotion Coordinator, and John Watkins, director of the Office for Life and Justice, Diocese of Oakland. Ample parking; wheelchair accessible. Dennise at 510-303-9767.

Feb. 19, 26
St. Raymond WINGS. 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. in Moran Room, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Invitation to women of all ages. Geri Cooney, 925-551-7760.

Saturday, Feb. 22
Semi-Annual Mass of the Diocese's Confraternity of Eucharistic Devotion (CEDDO). 9 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Celebrant: Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ. Followed by meeting in parish hall. Bring a snack to share.

"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. www.facebook.com/byzantinecatholicsf.

Feb. 23
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, returning Catholics or those who want to become Catholic. 510-525-0876; saintjeromechurch@comcast.net.

Feb. 25, March 11

Fil/Am ministry, 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, St. Clement Parish Parish Center, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Simon Medrano. 510-303-2965.

Hesed Christian Meditation Group 7:30 p.m. at First Congregation Church of Oakland at 2501 Harrison St. (Across the street from the Whole Foods Market.) hesedcommunity.org or call 510-207-7367.

Feb. 26, March 12
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. $25 includes cost of the required study kit. Lily, 925-827-1946 or email lilymullen@gmail.com.

Saturday, March 8
Day of Reflection-Women of the Cross: Female Saints of the Passion in Scripture and Tradition. 9:30 a.m. in Halls A, B and C, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. Free lunch. RSVP by March 4 to Lisa at 925-785-1969 or lfisher7544@comcast.net. Bring your Bible or rosary.

March 10, 11, 12
Holy Spirit Parish Mission with Rev. Terry Hershey. Sessions are 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. 510-797-1660 or www.holyspiritfremont.org.

Saturday, March 22
Oakland English-speaking Cursillo Ultreya. 2 to 4:30 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Bring snack to share.

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

Friday, March 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, March 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) 7 p.m. 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. 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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Lenten Spirituality

Feb. 28 to March 2
Silent Women Retreat. Lenten Sojourn with St. Francis. St. Clare's Retreat, 2381 Laurel Glen Road, Soquel. 831-423-8093; stclareretreatcenter@gmail.com; www.stclaresretreatcenter.com.

Wednesday, March 5
Pre-Lenten and Ash Wednesday Days of Renewal. 9 a.m. at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With Rev. Patrick Foley (Feb. 27) and the Franciscan Friars at San Damiano. $35 cost includes lunch. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315 or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Ash Wednesday Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Brother Mark Schroeder, OFM. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315 or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

March 5 to April 16
Lenten Lecture Series. 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Stack Center at Our Lady of Grace, Castro Valley. On Wednesdays during Lent. Rev. Gregory Heidenblut, OSA, pastor and professor at St. Patrick's Seminary and University. 510-537-0806.

March 7 to 9, March 14 to 16
Silent Womens Retreat. Lenten Sojourn with St. Francis. St. Clare's Retreat, 2381 Laurel Glen Road, Soquel. Rev. Bruce Lamb, OFM Conv. 831-423-8093; stclareretreatcenter@gmail.com; www.stclaresretreatcenter.com.

Wednesday, March 12
Days of Prayer. 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Santa Sabina Center, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. 415-457-7727; info@santaSabinacenter.org. or www.santasabinacenter.org.

March 14 to 16
Silent Lenten: "Holy Spring" at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Clare Ronzani. Cost is $225 for private room and $195 for shared. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315 or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

March 21 to 23
Here in Lent, as spring begins: a weekend in the Light of Easter. The Jesuit Retreat Center, 300 Manresa Way, Los Altos. A silent retreat for women. Rev. Tom Weston, SJ. 650-917-4000; retreat@jrclosaltos.org; www.jrlosgatos.org.

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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. $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.

Living from the Center — A Henri Nouwen Retreat. The Jesuit Retreat Center, 300 Manresa Way, Los Altos. A silent retreat for men with Rev. Jim Flynn, SJ and Michael Cheney. 650-917-4000; retreat@jrclosaltos.org; www.jrlosgatos.org.

Feb. 28 to March 2
Spirituality Retreat: "Being Here" with Paula D'Arcy. At San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Cost is $240 for private room and $210 for shared. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315 or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

March 7 to 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. http://stbonaventure.net/parish-ministries/adult-faith/mens-spiritual-network or contact Peter Nixon at 925-381-7853.

31st Annual Retreat for Members of the Legal Profession. The Jesuit Retreat Center, 300 Manresa Way, Los Altos. A silent retreat for men and women with Rev. Larry Percell. 650-917-4000; retreat@jrclosaltos.org; www.jrlosgatos.org.

Tuesday, March 11
Music of Hildegard of Bingen. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Santa Sabina Center, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. 415-457-7727; info@santaSabinacenter.org. or www.santasabinacenter.org.

June 24 to July 1
A Poetic Encounter with God. At Villa Maria del Mar Retreat Center. 2-1918 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. Rev. Jack Stoeger. 831-475-1236; VillaMaria@snjuon.org or www.villamariadelmar.org.

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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. Tickets $40. Reserve online at www.dlshs.org. Contact: 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. Proceeds to the Charitable Care Fund for long-time residents who have outlived their resources. Anne Dolan, 510-534-8547, ext. 322 or go to www.mercyretirementcenter.org/register.php?event=8.

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

Saturday, March 29
St. John the Baptist School's Endowment Fundraiser. 6 to 10 p.m. at 11156 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Adults only. Tickets: $30 each or $35 at the door. 510-234-2244 or www.stjohnec.org.

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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. The Jesuit priest and founder of Los Angeles-based Homeboy Industries, will speak. Suggested donation: $10; proceeds go to Homeboy Industries. Online registration at www.dlshs.org. 925-288-8119 or hassettm@dlshs.org.

Power Point Lecture: The St. John's Bible: Art and Theology, Fr. Eric Hollas. LeFevre Theater, Saint Mary's College of California, 1928 Saint Mary Road, Moraga. Father Hollas was instrumental in initiating "The Saint John's Bible" project. Admission free. mdm5@stmarys-ca.edu, 925-631-4222 work, 925-878-9535 cell.

Friday, Feb. 21
Human Trafficking: A Modern Day Form of Slavery. 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church, Small Hall, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Learn more about a $32 million industry that enslaves more than 20 million people worldwide. Rosa Baeza, 510-877-9252 or rbaeza@svdp-alameda.org.

Saturday, Feb. 22
The World of C.S. Lewis. At Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Presenter: Joseph Pearce. $25 for adults, $15 students. www.worldofcslewis.com or 510-482-0596, ext. 255.

Friday, Feb. 28
"Discover your beauty from the inside out!" 7 p.m. at St. Felicitas Parish Hall, 1662 Manor Blvd., San Leandro. Actress Brenda Sharman discusses the false promises of our media compared with the real promises of Jesus Christ. Free. Parents and teens especially welcome. RSVP 510-351-5244.

Saturday, March 1
Magnificat SOTI 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. Guest speaker: Brenda Sharman, discusses 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. www.magnificatsoti.org or call Maribel, 925-788-7762.

Wednesday, March 12
Annual Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology Aquinas Lecture. 7:30 p.m. at 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. Presenter: Diana Fritz-Cates. Will be available on Livestream. www.dspt.edu/aquinaslecture2014 or 888- 450- 3778.

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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. Peer support group for those struggling from a loss due to separation, divorce, or the death of a loved one. Free. Joan S., 925-939-1007.

Feb. 20, March 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; 925-362-1901.

Feb. 27
Grief workshop. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Join us bi-monthly. No pre-registration is necessary. Open to all, regardless of religious affiliation. Mary Hagerty, 925-846-5377.

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. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Santa Maria Parish Library (upper tier), 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda. Sponsor: Diocese of Oakland. 510-843-6971.

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. Pre-registration is required before attending. Roxanne at 925-462-0750.

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Saturday, March 29
Huwag Kang Mangamba (Be Not Afraid) Concert, 7:30 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon. General admission: $20. http://www.sjasr.org or Ligaya De La Cruz, 925-858-5765 or Gina Atanacio, 925-980-8547.

Through April 6
Exhibition Three: Illuminating the Divine Word Anew: the Heritage Edition of "The Saint John's Bible." LeFevre Theater, at Saint Mary's College, 1824 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga. The entire new Heritage Edition of "The St. John's Bible," the first hand-written illuminated Bible manuscript commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in more than 500 years, is on display in the Museum this spring. Admission free. 925-631-4222. Inside Out: Artwork from San Quentin's Death Row. Redux Studios and Gallery, 2317 Lincoln Ave., Alameda. Open daily: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Crab feeds

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.

Saturday, March 8
St. James the Apostle. 6 p.m. in Holy Spirit Church's Hall, 37588 Fremont Blvd, Fremont. Tickets: $45. Call the parish office at 510-792-1962.

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