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April 21, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 8   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events


April 21, 28, May 5
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, April 22
Spiritual Spa Day. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Peace Center, St. Monica Parish, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. The parish's Women's Faith Sharing group sponsors this opportunity to feel God's presence in our lives. Includes meditation, snacks and coffee, time to visit.

April 22, 29
Perpetual Help Devotion. 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg.

April 22, May 13
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, 2501 Harrison St. (across the street from Whole Foods Market). hesedcommunity.org or 510-207-7367.

April 23, 30
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.

April 25, May 9
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.

April 25, 26, 27
Divine Mercy Apostolate Events. April 25: 7 p.m. at St. Anne Parish, 32223 Cabello St., Union City, contact Lou Castro, 510-396-1162; April 26: 7 p.m. at Most Holy Rosary Parish, 1313 A St., Antioch, contact Andrea Vitalie, 925-778-7575 or Andre LoGrasso, 925-754-3665; April 27: 7 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg, contact Tammy Vo, 925-698-4559; Spanish: April 26 to 27 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary, parish hall, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood, contact Elizabeth Gomez 925-470-5944. Website: DivineMercyOakland.org.

Sunday, April 27
Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration. 3 p.m. at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. Includes the blessing of Divine Mercy Images, Chaplet in song. Food and fellowship after in the parish hall. Free will offering. More information: Steve 925-458-4687 and leave message.

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

Friday, April 25
St. Joseph Basilica. 8 p.m. fourth Fridays at 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Information: www.facebook.com/TaizeOnTheIsland.

Friday, May 2
All Saints Catholic Church. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. first Fridays at 22824 Second St., Hayward. Information: Francis Tanjuatco, 650-678-7739 or 650-678-7739.

Wednesday, May 14
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, May 16
Chapel of the Mission San Jose Dominicans. 8 to 9 p.m. third Fridays at 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Information: Sister Marcia Krause, OP, 510-933-6333.

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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 Saint 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 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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Saturday, May 3
Young Adult Spring Retreat. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. College to 40 years of age. Free-will donation. 510-933-6335 or 510-657-2468; www.msjdominicans.org.

May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10
Spring Book Series. 9 a.m. registration; program from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Ave., Danville. Kathy Miranda will explore Sister Joyce Rupp's book, "Dear Heart, Come Home." Time for reflection, journaling, sharing, prayer, ritual and creative expression. Cost is $20 per session or $100 for the entire six-week series. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Friday, May 9
Mother's Day of Renewal 9 a.m. registration; retreat: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat in Danville, 710 Highland Ave., Danville. Rev. Evan Howard, OFM, will lead us to reflect on the Mother of God's encouragement of prayer gatherings for families, student groups and spiritual support. $35 cost includes lunch. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, May 10
Abba-Imma, The Lord's Prayer and Chi Kung. 9 a.m. registration; the program from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Ave., Danville. Pastor Steve Harms with Kaleo and Elise Ching will explore an inspirational and thoughtful rendering of the Lord's prayer with especially choreographed Chi Kung movement. Cost is $60 and includes lunch. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Tuesday, May 13
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, May 14
Days of Prayer series ends. 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Santa Sabina Center, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. Suggested offering: $20. 415-457-7727; info@santaSabinacenter.org. or www.santasabinacenter.org.

May 23 to 25
Healing & Wholeness Retreat at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Ave., in Danville. With Carol Mitchell and Tom Gorham. Explore with us ways to enjoy our imperfection and have it work for our good and the good of the world. Registration is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. May 23 and retreat ends May 25 with lunch. Cost is $225 for private room and $195 for shared. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

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

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Thursday, April 24
Bunco Fundraiser hosted by Catholic Daughters of the Americas in Pittsburg and the Young Ladies Institute from Antioch at the Church of the Good Shepherd Hall, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. $20 per person. Light buffet, coffee, punchand coffee. Reservations required. Call Ann Zbacnik, 925-439-9413 or Eva McDowell, 925-432-4337. Make checks payable to: CDA Court St. Mary Margaret, mail to Ann Zbacnik, 169 Sequoia Drive, Pittsburg. Pre-payment reserves your seat.

Saturday, April 26
St. Anthony Columbiettes' Fifth 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.

14th Annual Spring Fling — Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Raymond No. 2057, Moran Hall at St. Raymond Parish, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Doors open at 11 a.m., salad luncheon at noon, bingo at 1 p.m. Donation: $15. Tickets: Gloria Delaney, 510-306-4639.

Saturday, April 26
Spring Fashion Show. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Saint Mary's College, 1824 St. Mary's Road in Moraga. Fashions from Specialtees of Lafayette. There will also be an onsite boutique which opens at 10 a.m. for shopping and raffle prizes. $50 per person. Ten percent of the proceeds go to the Saint Mary's College Scholarship Program. Sponsored by the Saint Mary's College Guild. For Reservations: Cyndie Harrisonat, 925-820-8002.

Polenta Dinner sponsored by Italian Catholic Federation Branch 10, Alameda. Social hour at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. at Monsignor O'Brien Hall, High Street and Van Buren Street (adjacent to St. Philip Neri Church) in Alameda. Polenta and chicken to be prepared by Ben Ratto. Adults $21, children 12 years and younger $10. Reservations: Dave Rose, 510-522-6004 or buncle@earthlink.net, by April 21.

Monday, April 28
Carondelet High School — 24th Annual "Swing for Science" Golf Tournament. 11 a.m. shotgun start at Diablo Country Club, 1700 Club House Road in Diablo. Information: Kathleen Henggeler, 925-686-5353, ext. 151; www.carondelet.net/annualevents.

Thursday, May 1
Oakland Elizabeth House 23rd Annual Benefit Luncheon and Auction. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Claremont Country Club. Event proceeds help Elizabeth House shelter and support women and children in times of crisis for up to 18 months as they strive for positive, independent living. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon will provide opening remarks, and a current EHouse resident will share her personal story. Register or donate online at oakehouse.org/events ($75/ticket). Information: Laura Keady at sfkeady@sbcglobal.net.

Saturday, May 3
Italian Catholic Federation (Branch 285) Annual Primavera Dinner Dance. No-host bar at 6 p.m., dinner catered by A Tasteful Affair at 7 p.m. Live music by the Mellotones. Reservations required. Tickets are $30; no tickets will be sold at the door. Contact Anna by May 1 at 925-484-1523.

The St. Lawrence O'Toole Parent Association Presents Havana Nights. 6:30 pm at Uptown Body and Fender in Oakland's Auto Row, 401 26th St., Oakland. Tickets are $30/adults only. Auctioneer: Pacific Auction Co. All proceeds from the auction will support SLOT's enrichment programs and will be invested toward the children's education. Information: Dena at blkjade222@gmail.com or http://stlawrenceotoole.com.

Saturday, May 10
SPRED the Word XXIII. Join our friends for a special Mass, followed by the annual fundraiser dinner dance to support the Special Religious Education Department. At St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Liturgy at 5 p.m., social at 6 p.m., dinner and dancing at 6:30 p.m. Raffles and great music by DJ Louie B. Tickets: $30 for adults, $12 for children. Register online at www.oakdiocese.org/spred or call 510-496-7228. Registration closes May 2.

Sunday, May 18
The 20th Annual "Gardens Galore" Garden Tour. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event, sponsored by St. Joseph Garden Club of Alameda, is a self-guided tour of six Alameda gardens. Reservations are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour. An optional boxed lunch is available for an additional $10. There will also be a boutique from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a large selection of handcrafted items from Bay Area vendors. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph Notre Dame High School and St. Joseph Elementary School. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Daisy's, 1347 Park Street, Alameda and Thomsen's Garden Center 1113 Lincoln Ave., Alameda. Information and reservations: 510-995-9544 or www.alamedagardentour.com.

Saturday, June 21
"Squish" Out Cancer. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Delta Bowl, 3300 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. This fundraiser supports 3-year-old Quentin of Oakley diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Tickets are $10 per person, cost includes bowling fee and shoes. Tickets: Penny at 925-625-4881 or Robin at Delta Bowl 925-757-5424. For vendor information: Fran at Columbiette10414@aol.com.

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Sunday, April 27
Singles Sunday Mass and Brunch. Will meet for Mass at 10:15 a.m. by the St. Joan's statue in front of the church at 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, followed by brunch at Katy's Korner at 2550 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Suite L, San Ramon. Singles Sunday calls attention to the role of single adults in the Church and is an opportunuity to attend Mass in the company of fellow Catholic singles. Information/RSVP: Dorothy, 925-735-0208.

Tuesday, April 29
Lecture about Syrian Crisis. 7 p.m. in the LeFevre Theatre at Saint Mary's College, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga. Speaker: Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross, a Carmelite nun and superior of St. James the Mutilated monastery near Damascus. Free. Information: Politics Professor Hisham Ahmed at 925-631-8238 or hha1@stmarys-ca.edu.

Saturday, May 3
Cinco de Mayo Celebration. St. Paul Parish in San Pablo is partnering with the city of San Pablo for a family-oriented celebration, which begins with an old-fashioned parade with floats, bands, etc. at 10 a.m. that starts on Barrett Avenue, and follows the 23rd Street route turning right onto Church Lane, finishing at the St. Paul's schoolyard at 1825 Church Lane. A day of festivities will follow including live local Latino bands, Mariachis and dancing; interactive games; ethnic food, as well as artisan, crafts, clothing and jewelry.

Sunday, May 4
Sacred and secular music, perfect for spring. The Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bell Ringers directed by Steven Meyer, founder, will perform a concert from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Admission is by free-will donation at the door. Suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. Wine and cheese reception to follow the concert. Information: www.ggbc.org or dial 510-887-4311.

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April 25, May 23
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. Contact Joy for more information: 925-939-0122.

May 1, 8
Grief Support workshops. 7:30 p.m. St Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Call Mary Hagerty at 925-846-5377.

May 1, 15
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.

Thursday, May 15
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa support group. 7 to 9 p.m. in the faith formation office at Saint 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.

Saturday, June 7
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. Roxanne at 925-462-0750.

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Saturday, April 26
The Notre Dame de Namur Alumnae of SF Annual Mass and Luncheon. Mass at 10:30 a.m. at Mission Dolores Basilica. Lunch following at the Spanish Cultural Center, 2850 Alemany Blvd., San Francisco. Contact Katie O'Leary at 415-282-6588 or email nuttydames@aol.com.

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