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August 11, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Father José Leon retires
Father José Leon announced his retirement after 33 years as a priest, 32 of them at Union City's Our Lady of the Rosary, at Masses in early June. He will leave the parish Sept. 1. A celebration and farewell for Father Leon, including barbecue and activities for children, is planned for Aug. 24. Mass is at 3 p.m. For more information, dial 510-509-0448.


Aug. 11, 18, 25
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.

Aug. 12, 19, 26, Sept. 2
Perpetual Help Devotion. 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg.

Aug. 12, 26
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.

Aug. 15, 22, 20
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.

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.

Saturday, Aug. 16
Divine Mercy Ministry Summer Gathering and Mass and Apostolate Annual Summer Gathering and Study Day. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St. Pittsburg. The day will include Mass with Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ. Rev. Carl Arcosa, 925-432-6404.

August 21 to 23
The Creative Spiritual Genius of St. Teresa of Avila Today. In San Jose. A commemoration of the fifth century of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila sponsored by the Discalced Carmelite Family of the western U.S. For further information, and to register for the San Jose event, visit www.stj500westernus.com.

Saturday, Aug. 23
Hearts Wide Open: a JustFaith Introductory workshop. 9 a.m. to noon at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Speaker: Jack Jezreel. For more information visit www.oak4life.org or contact John Watkins at 510-267-8379 or email jwatkins@oakdiocese.org.

Tuesday, Sept. 2
Perpetual Help Devotion. 7 p.m. first Tuesdays at Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg.

Saturday, Sept. 6
Magnificat Prayer Breakfast. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, 45 John Glenn Drive, Concord. Presenter: Donna Ross, a leader in the Southern California charismatic community. RSVP by Aug. 30. Make check payable to Magnificat SOTI and mail to P.O. Box 4626, Walnut Creek 94596. Information: www.magnificatsoti.org or call Maribal at 925-788-7762. (Reserve early by mail or online; Price increase after Aug. 30 from $28 to $35 per person.)

Feast of Our Lady of Vailankanni. 7 p.m. Mass, followed by candlelit procession at St. James Parish, 34700 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, Dinner will be served; dinner ticket cost is $10. This is an annual event that commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary three times in 16th-century India. Information: 510-792-1962.

Sept. 26, 27, 28
21st Annual Eucharistic Conference in Fresno. Conference speakers include Rev. Stan Fortune and Sister Linda Koontz. Sponsored by The Holy Cross Ministries along with other ministries. Information: 559-271-1246 or www.holycrossministries.net.

Every third Sunday
Christ the Light Parish Homebound Ministry training. 1 p.m. in the San Luis Lorenzo Room.at 2121 Harrison St. in Oakland. Questions? Julie Cornell, 925-478-9343.

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

Wednesday, Aug. 13
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, Aug. 22
St. Joseph Basilica. 8 p.m. fourth Fridays at 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Information: www.facebook.com/TaizeOnTheIsland.

Friday, Sept. 5
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.

Sunday, Sept. 7
Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek (Ecumenical). First Sundays at a participating church. 7 p.m. at Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, 1543 Sunnyvale Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-934-4208.

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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 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. (ends with benediction) at St. Michael Parish Chapel, 458 Maple St. in Livermore. Sign-up: at www.bit.ly/EucharisticAdoration.

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 Saint 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. to 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.

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.

8 p.m. to 6 a.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. 925-439-6404.

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 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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August 15 to 17
Deliverance and Healing Retreat. St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers, Calif. Retreat master: Rev. Gregory Bramlage. Registration fees: $190 per person double occupancy, $275 private room/$375 private room. Questions? Call Christy at 522-271-1246 or Tessie at 559-824-7923. www.holycrossministries.net.

Sept. 12 to 14
A Married Couples Retreat with Rev. Mark Wiesner. At San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Registration Sept. 12 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and retreat ends on Sept. 14 with lunch. Cost is $320 per couple. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315 or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, Sept. 13
Health and Spirituality: a look at how spirituality impacts health. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Presenter: Gale Haux. $55. Questions: Kateri at 925-837-9141, ext. 315, katerik@sandamiano.org.

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Saturday, Aug. 16
11th Annual Wine in the Bay. 4 to 8 p.m. in Byron. Location will be written on ticket. Wine from local wineries, beer and olive oil tasting, silent and live auction, music and more. Vintners will donate the value of 15 percent of the wines sold to St. Anne Parish. Tickets: $40 per person; $45 after July 1. Event wine glass included. Attendees must be 21 and over. Questions/tickets: call Peggy Ann Valley, 925-890-5255 or peggy.valley@comcast.net or Linda Thomas, 925-634-3439 or lthomas@sbcglobal.net. Tickets can be purchased via PayPal at the St. Anne Parish website: www.stannechurchbyron.com and they will be held at will call.

Joy of Life Dinner. At. St. Catherine Parish Hall, 604 Mellus St. in Martinez. 5:30 p.m.: no-host wine and beer bar; 6:30 p.m.: Kit and Tom Greerty's Chicken Dinner. Benefits St. Catherine Respect Life Ministry. Tickets: $15 adults, $10: seniors and youth 13 to 17 years; free: 12 years and younger. Contact Marissa Smithwick, 925-212-1561 or Karen Glen, 925-788-7716. Tickets: www.eventbrite.com.

Saturday, Aug. 23
Tea and Silent Auction. At St. John the Baptist Parish, 264 Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. Tickets are $30 each or $210 for a table of 8. For information and tickets please call Sue Mart at 510-991-6536. Proceeds are for the Capital Campaign at St. John's.

Saturday, Aug. 30
Bingo. At St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish Hall, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd, Antioch. Doors open at 10 a.m; games begin at 10:30 a.m. Lunch approx. Noon. 10 regular games pay out $100 each. $25 per person includes 10 games, lunch. Contact Steve at 925-642-2329. No tickets sold at the door.

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Saturday, Aug. 16
Dress A Girl Around the World. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, small rooms, in Pleasanton. Come and make simple dresses for girls in third world countries. If you can't make the Sew-Fest but would like to sew, please contact us for kits that you can sew from home. Questions? Suzanne Beck, 925-352-8447 or suzbeck@yahoo.com.

Finding Life in the Darkness of Grief. 10 a.m. to noon at St. John Vianney Parish, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek. Monthly workshops for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. 925-932-0900.

Thursday, Aug. 21
Twilight By the Lake. 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Plaza, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. The first of three annual mid-summer community mixers returns. Enjoy live music, a beautiful view of the lake and complimentary appetizers. This free event takes place the third Thursdays of August, September and October. Docent-led tours will be available during the event.

Saturday, Aug. 30
NFP Summer Class. 2 to 4:30 p.m. at St. Catherine Catholic Church, Parish Life Center, St. Patrick's Room, 3450 Tennessee St., Vallejo. Information/registration: Liviu or Cathy Tomutsa, 510-245-1145.

Sept. 4 to 6
Grief ministry teams. 10 a.m. to noon at Mullins Commons, St. John Vianney Parish, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Workshop on development of grief ministry programs for parishes and school as well as for the homebound. Information: Rev. Padraig Green at padraigg@cfcsOakland.org.

Saturday, Sept. 6
Our Lady of Guadalupe School - 50th Anniversary Celebration. 2 to 4:45 p.m. at 40374 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Celebrate the golden anniversary of the school, founded as St. Leonard School in 1964. Open house, reception, historical display, music. 5 p.m., anniversary Mass; 6:30-8:30 p.m., dancing, games and dessert. RSVP: 510-657-1674, or olgschoolfremont@gmail.com.

Sept. 12, 13, 14
Retrouvaille (marriage help). East Bay/Tri-Valley Area. A lifeline for marriages, Retrouvaille is designed to help troubled marriages regain their health. The Retrouvaille Program consists of a weekend experience combined with post-weekend sessions. The program provides the tools to help put marriages in order again. The main emphasis is on communication between husband and wife. Information: Jeff and Donna Heusler, 510-648-6874. www.retrouvaille.org.

Saturday, Sept. 13
2014 Four Pillars Gala. 5 p.m. at 320 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park. St. Patrick's Seminary and University presents the 2014 Four Pillars Gala, honoring Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Sanchez-Corea. For more information or to make reservations visit www.stpatricksseminary.org or dial 650-325-5621.

Sunday, Sept. 21
Jubilee Mass Celebration for St. Agnes Parish. 10:45 a.m. Mass St. Agnes Church, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will be the celebrant. 925-689-0838. www.stagnesparish.net.

Saturday, Sept. 27
7th Annual Poor Walk. 9 to 11 a.m. at grass field at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. Siena Armanino, Katie Kuptz, Mia Malone and Sami Martello, students from Carondelet High School in Concord are coordinators of the walk intended to help those who are living in poverty and receive assistance from St. Vincent de Paul in Contra Costa County. To donate: www.fopwalk.org or 925-439-5060.

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Aug. 7, 21
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.

Sept. 11 to Oct. 30
Grief Workshops. 7:30 p.m. Thursday evenings at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. There are stepping stones that are part of each grief journey and we will explore them in this eight-week series of workshops. Open to all regardless of religious affiliation. Information: call Mary Hagerty at 925-846-5377.

Thursday, Sept. 18
Widows and Widowers Support Group. Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish welcomes participants to this new ministry. 6-7:30 p.m. The church is at 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. RSVP and information: Sandy Heinisch, 925-513-3412.

Saturday, Oct. 4
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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Sunday, Aug. 17
10th Annual Saint Mary's College of California Wine Festival. 2 to 5 p.m. at Soda Activity Center, Saint Mary's College of California, 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga. Three dozen California wineries, silent auction. Tickets: $60 per person. Price includes SMC logo wine glass, appetizers and wine tastings. $15 per designated driver, includes appetizers and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age. For tickets, or information about sponsorship opportunities, visit stmarys-ca.edu/wine or dial 925-631-8744 or email events@stmarys-ca.edu. Free on-campus parking is available.

Sunday, Sept. 28
St. John the Baptist Parish Festival. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in school yard and gym on Kearney Street in El Cerrito. Food, kids' carnival and live entertainment. 510-232-5659.



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