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March 10, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 5   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Growing hopes and dreams
St. Martin de Porres School's annual Spring Gala moves across the bay this year. The event, which benefits the Oakland school's tuition assistance fund, will be held at Scott's Restaurant, 2 Jack London Square, Oakland, from 2 to 5 p.m. April 6. More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid to attend the school's two Oakland campuses. Devoted friend of the school, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade will be there, and student and guest artists will perform. Enjoy fine wines, hors d'oeuvres, auctions and entertainment. Tickets are $125. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Julie Merrill, development coordinator, at juliemerrill@csdo.org or


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; www.holyspiritfremont.org.

March 10, 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.

March 11, 18, 25
Perpetual Help Devotion. 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg.

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.

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.

March 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. Geri Cooney, 925-551-7760.

March 12, 26
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.

Sunday, March 16
ICF Bishop's Day. Mass at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church, 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. Dinner is $45; reservations are necessary. Deadline is March 10. Call your branch president or Rosalind Crudo, 510-537-6657, for reservations.
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.

March 16, 23, 30
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.

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, April 4
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, March 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, March 28
St. Joseph Basilica. 8 p.m. every fourth Friday at 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Information: www.facebook.com/TaizeOnTheIsland.

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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. to 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. to 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 and Third Fridays
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. Also Mass on First Tuesdays, 7 p.m. 925-432-6404.

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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March 11 to April 8
2014 Lenten Series: Conversion. 8:40 a.m., Tuesdays, in the parish center, at St. Anne Church, 1600 Rossmoor Parkway, Walnut Creek. Leader: Msgr. Ted Kraus, a retired priest of the Oakland diocese. No RSVP. Sheila Wilkins, 925-932-2324, ext. 21 or sasheila@comcast.net.

March 12 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 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.

Silent Women Retreat. Lenten Sojourn with St. Francis. St. Clare's Retreat, 2381 Laurel Glen Road, Soquel. Rev. Bruce Lamb, OFM Conv. 831-423-8093; stclaresretreatcenter@gmail.com; www.stclaresretreatcenter.com.

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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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.

Wednesday, March 12
Contemplative Day of Prayer 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Santa Sabina Center, 25 Magnolia Avenue, San Rafael. Led by Sister Marietta Fahey, SHF, Sustaining Presence: Opening to Mystery Unfolding in Jesus' Journey and Our Own. No reservations required. Suggested offering, $20. 415-457-7727;  info@santasabinacenter.org.

Wednesday, March 19
St. Francis & the Sultan. 9 a.m. registration; 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., program, at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Brother Mike Minton, OFM. $45 includes lunch. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315 or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

March 24 through March 27
Lenten Mission. 7 to 8:30 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church located on the corner of Estudillo and Mellus Streets, Martinez. Speaker, Father Jose Arong, OMI, will present: Living Our Faith In Light of Pope Francis' Encyclical "Lumen Fidei." Information: St. Catherine Parish Office at 925.228-2230.

Saturday, March 29
YA LENTEN RETREAT 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd. Fremont. (Entrance on Mission Tierra Place). Theme: "In silence I am Found." For women and men (college to 40). Directed by the Verbum Dei Sisters in collaboration with the Dominican Sisters of MSJ. A free-will offering is appreciated. RSVP by March 24 at blessings@msjdominicans.org or 510-933-6335.

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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Saturday, March 15
"The Language of Sports" - The 12th Annual Scholarship Benefit for the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Saint Mary's College of California. 5 p.m. in the Dolby Chadwick Gallery, 210 Post St. San Francisco. Panel: Janie McCauley, sports writer; Tom Meschery, former NBA All-star, coach, and Mary Vollmer, former SMC basketball player. In support for scholarships for SMC's MFA Creative Arts program. $100/person, $50 for SMC alumni. RSVP online at stmarys-ca.edu/mfabenefit.

Sunday, March 16
Benefit Concert for St. Jarlath School. 4 p.m. at St. Jarlath School Auditorium, 2634 Pleasant St., Oakland. Tickets: $10. Information: 510-532-4387. Including a "Dancing to Jazz" demonstration.

Friday, March 21
"Stand up for Champions" Comedy Evening. 7 p.m. reception, 8 p.m. curtain in Teves Theater at Moreau Catholic High School, 27170 Mission Blvd, Hayward. Featuring seven top headliners including alumnus Brian Copeland. In support of the Campaign for Champions to build a new athletics and student activities complex. Please register at the Moreau Catholic website: www.moreaucatholic.org.

Saturday, March 29
Annual Booster Club Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament. 5:30 p.m. in Garin Gym at Moreau Catholic High School. 27170 Mission Blvd, Hayward. Tickets are $100, includes many prizes. This tournament is a fundraiser run by the Mariner Booster Club, and all proceeds will go to support the athletic department. To register, visit www.moreaucatholic.org.

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.

Saturday, April 26
St. Anthony Columbiettes' 5th Annual Spring Boutique. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St Anthony Church, 971 O'Hara Ave., Oakley. Admission is free. Contact Fran at Columbiettes10414@aol.com.

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Saturday, March 15
13th Annual Holy Spirit School Crab Feed and Auction. 4:30 p.m., 3930 Parish Ave. Parish Center/Gym, Fremont. $45 per person No outside beverages allowed. Purchase tickets at Holy Spirit School Front Office. Presale only, no tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets: Arlene Vargas at hsscrabfeed@gmail.com.

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Friday, March 14
4:30 to 8:30 p.m. (dinner) in the Father Howard Community Center, St. Patrick Parish, 1640 10th St., Oakland. Lunch available (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) if pre-ordered by March 12. To pre-order lunch call parish office, 510-444-1081 (between 1 and 5 p.m.); Mary Loggins, 510-532-5003; Mary Washington, 510-535-0912. Music and dancing, $17 adults, $9 children under 10.

Friday, March 14, 21, 28
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Raymond Church, Dublin. $5 all you can eat. Sponsored by St. Raymond's Knight of Columbus.

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Tuesday, March 11
Nuns on the Bus: Immigration, Faith and Private Life. 7 p.m. at Soda Activity Center, Saint Mary's College, 1928 St. Mary's Way, Moraga. Lecture by Social Service Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a national Catholic social justice lobby. Information: stmarys-ca.edu/NunsOnTheBus or 925-631-4755 or jpigza@stmarys-ca.edu.

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.

Saturday, March 15
Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary's Spring Awards Luncheon. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 Powell St., Emeryville. To include book signing by Jerri Lange, "Jerri — A Black Woman's Life in the Media." Donation: $40.

Tuesday, March 18
Journalist John L. Allen, Jr. talk, book-signing. 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. The subject of Allen's talk is about "The Global War Against Christians." Admission is free. Visit: oakdiocese.org/JohnAllen.

Friday, March 21
Covenant of Love Workshops at: St. Michael's, Livermore: 7 to 9 p.m. March 21, Scott and Julie Genung; St. Joseph's, Alameda: 2 to 4 p.m. March 22, Michelle Call; St. Anne's, Union City: 7 to 9 p.m. March 22, Inez Albores/M Streett; St. Catherine's, Martinez: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23, Father Leo Asuncion/M Streett; St. Edward's, Newark:. 7 to 9 p.m. April 1, Rev. Jeff Keyes, CPPS/Scott and Julie Genung; St. Francis, Concord: 7 to 8:30 p. m. April 2, Mike and Therese Caples/M. Streett; Immaculate Heart, Brentwood: 7 to 9 p.m. April 3, Joe and Peggy Murray.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Going Forth with Joy: Mission in the Spirit of Jesus and Pope Francis. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Maryknoll Regional Mission House and St. John the Baptist Parish, 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo. A mission symposium with esteemed mission theologian, Rev. Anthony Gittins, CCSp professor emeritus Catholic Theological Union. Lunch included. www.maryknoll.us or contact Kris East at 510-276-5021 or keast@maryknoll.org. Suggested donation: $40. Lecture site only is wheelchair accessible.

Thursday, April 3
Lecture by Sister Gloria Schaab, SSJ. 7:30 p.m. in the chapel at Saint Mary's College, 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga. Sister Gloria Schaab, SSJ, an associate professor of theology at Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida, will speak.

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March 13 to May 8
8-Week Grief Support Workshops. 7:30 p.m. St Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Thursday evenings. Call Mary Hagerty at 925-846-5377.

Thursday, March 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.

March 20, April 3
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.

Saturday, March 22
Grief workshop. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1965 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette. RSVP: 925-932-0900.

March 28, April 25
FRIENDS 4 LIFE Breast Cancer Support Group. Meets the fourth Friday of each month from 1 to 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. – 1 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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Friday, March 14
Band Pops Concert. 6 p.m. reception; 7 p.m. concert at Teves Theater at Moreau Catholic High School, 27170 Mission Blvd., Hayward. Proceeds will go to Campaign for Champions fund to build a new athletics and student activities complex. Please register at www.moreaucatholic.org.

Saturday, March 22
Concert: Diablo Choral Artists (formerly Voices of Musica Sacra). 8 p.m, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Ave., Walnut Creek. "Dona Nobis Pacem," a concert of songs of struggle and peace, both ancient and modern. Mark Tuning, music director; John R.S. Walko, accompanist. Details www.vmschorus.org, info@vmschorus.org.

March 22, 23
Concert: Diablo Choral Artists (formerly Voices of Musica Sacra). 3:30 p.m., St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Details www.vmschorus.org, info@vmschorus.org.

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. www.sjasr.org or Ligaya De La Cruz, 925-858-5765 or Gina Atanacio, 925-980-8547.

Sunday, March 30
Film: Mary of Nazareth. 1 p.m. at Century 16 Theater at Hilltop, 3200 Klose, Richmond. $12/person. No tickets sold at door. Buy tickets from A Little Peace of Heaven Catholic store, 800 Tennett Ave., Pinole. 510-724-3887 or ALittlePeaceofHeaven.CO. (there is no "m.") St. David of Wales Parish, 510-237-1531.

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