A Publication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland
Catholic Voice Online Edition
Front Page In this Issue Around the Diocese Forum News in Brief Calendar Commentary
Mission Statement
Contact Us
Publication Dates
Back Issues

Links to head
Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland

Movie Reviews

Mass Times

Catholic Voice

January 19, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events


Mondays, Jan. 19, 26, Feb 2, 9
Weekly meditation groups in the John Main, OSB, tradition. 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the Keeley Center, St. Charles Borromeo Church 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Claire La Scola, 925-447-9800; clairlascola@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, Jan. 20
Sing the Music of Hildegard of Bingen as contemplative practice, through the Ear to the Heart. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Santa Sabina Center, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. Suggested offering, $10-20. 415-457-7727; info@santasabinacenter.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 21
Contemplative Day of Prayer led by Joe Nassal, CPPS. 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m at Santa Sabina Center, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. Includes presentation, personal and shared reflection and Eucharist. No reservations required. Suggested offering, $20. 415-457-7727; info@santasabinacenter.org.

Robert Lax: Poet-Mystic-Sage, evening of reading, reflection and conversation with Steve T. Georgiou. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Santa Sabina Center, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. No reservations required. Suggested offering, $20. 415-457-7727; info@santasabinacenter.org.

Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4
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.

St. Raymond WINGS (Women in God's Spirit). 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in Moran Hall, 11555 Shannon Ave, Dublin. Meets every Wednesday. Women of all ages invited to enjoy fellowship, listen to speakers and nurture your spirit. Winter theme: Women of the Bible and Beyond. Child care available. Contact Valerie McNamara, 925-551-5827.

Jan. 21, April 22, July 15, Oct. 21
Mindfulness Meditation. Four Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Motherhouse of the Mission San Jose Dominicans, 43326 Mission Blvd. (entrance on Mission Tierra Place). Explore ways to train your mind and heart to connect with your true inner self. Each session includes a spiritual focus and practice. Sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of MSJ Center for Education and Spirituality. Led by Sister Joan Prohaska, OP, facilitator, bodymind healing field for over 30 years, Lynette Gullings, RN, Wellness Coordinator and Sister Ingrid Clemmensen, OP, spiritual director. Free will offering. Register information at 510-933-6335.

Jan. 30, Feb. 27, March 27, April 24
Four Fridays of Evening Prayer and conversations about vocations. At Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame. Women are invited and encouraged to bring along a friend to one or all of the sessions. Jan. 30, Climbing the Mountain with Jesus; Feb. 27, Serving with Jesus; March 27, Remaining with Jesus; April 24, Walking Joyfully in the Spirit. Evening prayer at 7:30 p.m. in the Mercy Chapel. Presentations and sharing until 9:15 p.m. This event is sponsored by The Sisters of Mercy. RSVP to Sister Jean Evans, 650-373-4508. Jevans@mercywmw.org. Free event.

Jan. 27, Feb. 10, 24
Fil/Am ministry. 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, St. Clement Parish Center, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Simon Medrano. 510-303-2965.

Feb. 4, March 11, April 15, May 6
"Experience the Joy of the Gospel." Four remaining gatherings at the Dominican Sisters of MSJ Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd. (entrance on Mission Tierra Place), Fremont, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join us to pray, read and discuss Pope Francis' teaching. Facilitators: Sisters Ingrid Clemmensen, OP and Marcia Krause, OP; Copies of "The Joy of the Gospel" may be obtained online (Google 'The Joy of the Gospel'). Register/RSVP: www.msjdominicans.org.

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

Rosary in Spanish. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Center. 2100 Pear St., Pinole. 510-741-4900.

Meditation of the Next Sunday Gospel and Coronilla in Spanish. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Center, 2100 Pear St., Pinole. 510-741-4900.

Spanish Mass. 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Church. 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. 510-741-4900.

Second Saturdays
Rosary in Spanish. Immediately after 7 p.m. Spanish Mass at St. Joseph Church. 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. 510-741-4900.

back to topup arrow


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

Friday, Feb. 6
All Saints Catholic Church. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. first Fridays, 22824 Second St., Hayward. Information: Francis Tanjuatco, 650-678-7739.

Monday, Feb. 9
Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. 7:30 p.m. Led by Sister Jean Evans of the Sister of Mercy, the service will feature words of introduction to Taize prayer, and recognize liturgical composer Sister Susan Toolan, RSM.

Friday, Feb. 20
8 to 9 p.m. third Fridays, including Good Friday, at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Sister Marcia Krause, OP, 510-502-5797.

Friday, Feb. 27
St. Joseph Basilica. 8 p.m. fourth Fridays, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Information: www.facebook.com/TaizeOnTheIsland

back to topup arrow


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.

9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the chapel at St. Michael Parish, 458 Maple St., Livermore. Ends with Benediction. 925-447-1585; www.saintmichaelliv.org.

Monday to Thursday
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.

Monday to Saturday
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, Tuesdays, Thursdays
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., chapel and 2 to 9 p.m. in the church, St. Bede Parish, 26950 Patrick Ave., Hayward. 510-782-2171.

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 to 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, 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), 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 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.

7 a.m. to 7 p.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
After 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.

Every Last Saturday
Immediately after 7 p.m. Spanish Mass. Ends with benediction at 9 p.m. St. Joseph Church. 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. 510-741-4900.

back to topup arrow


Jan. 24 to 25
Aging Creatively with Wisdom, Joy and Beauty with Rena Grant and Elizabeth Bell. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Through prayer, poetry and reflection we will open to the deeper meaning and wisdom available on the spiritual path of the aging journey. Registration is on Jan. 24 from 9 to 9:15 a.m. and retreat ends on Jan. 25 with lunch. Cost is $125 for private room and $105 for shared. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Jan. 30 to Feb. 1
Centering Prayer Basics and the Psychology of the Spiritual Journey with Cherry Haisten at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Learn the basics of the method of Centering Prayer. Registration: Jan 30 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Retreat ends on Feb. 1 with lunch at noon. Cost is $235 for private room and $205 for shared. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Jan. 30 to Feb. 1
Valentine's Married Couples Retreat at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM, and Karla and Richard Obernesser. There will be a special Valentine's dinner on Jan. 31 and Sunday Mass on Feb. 1 to celebrate with a renewal of marriage vows. Registration is on Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and retreat ends on Sunday with lunch at noon. Cost is $320 per couple. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Feb. 6 to 7
"Merton at 100: A Living Legacy" at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Clare Ronzani. In this 100th anniversary year of Thomas Merton's birth. Registration is on Feb. 6 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and retreat ends on Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. Cost is $125 for private room and $105 for shared. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, Feb. 7
Women of St. Joan Eighth Annual Retreat. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Parish gym, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon. Keynote speaker is ValLimar Jansen, musician, singer and inspirational speaker. Suggested donation $40, includes the program, continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments. Tickets will not be available at the door. Register online at http://tinyurl.com/WOSJ2015 (credit cards only or dial 800-838-3006 to purchase tickets. Confirmation will be mailed or emailed to you. Contact: Kristie Schuchart at schuincal@att.net.

back to topup arrow

Young Adults

Tuesdays, Jan. 20, Feb. 10
4:12 Young Adult Ministry. 7 p.m. first and third Tuesdays in the St. Ignatius Room at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. From the passage in 1 Timothy, 4:12, about young adults. For information 4.12youngadultministry@gmail.com or Facebook, 4:12 Young Adult Ministry.

back to topup arrow


Saturday, Jan. 31
Second Annual Crab Feed to benefit St. Agnes School sponsored by St. Agnes School and St. Agnes Parish Knights of Columbus at Carondelet High School (Garaventa Center), 1133 Winton Drive, Concord. No-host happy hour at 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m. $55 per person, tickets available until Jan. 19 at St. Agnes Parish office, by phone 925-330-7313 or danisffd@sbcglobal.net.

Knights of Columbus (Lafayette Council 7683) Annual Crab Feed. In the Peace Room at St. Monica Parish, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. Begins at 6 p.m. with appetizers and no-host beverages; dinner at 7:30 p.m.; raffle and silent auction after dinner. Tickets are $50 each and 100 percent of funds go to Bay Area charities. Information: Karl Anderson, 925-283-3679 or mail checks to Karl at 510 Florence Drive, Lafayette, CA 94549-5414.

25th HNHS Crab Feed & Raffle with all proceeds benefitting HNHS students and programs. At Holy Names High School, 4660 Harbord Drive, Oakland. Social hour (no host bar) and raffle beginning at 6 p.m., crab dinner at 7 p.m. $55 per person, $100 for two. More information at hnhsoakland.org/crab. To RSVP or for information on sponsoring a table or hosting a group in a private classroom, contact Kathryn Moir: 510 450 1110, ext. 118, or kmoir@hnhsoakland.org.

Friday, Feb. 6
Italian Catholic Federation Annual Crab Feed Fundraiser. At St. Philip Neri Church, 3108 Van Buren, Alameda. No-host bar at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. $50 per person; $10 for children 10 years and younger. Chicken available in lieu of crab. Reservations by Jan. 31. Call Fran La Torre, 510-887-1509.

Saturday, Feb. 7
St. Joachim School Fifth Annual Crab Feed/Auction. 5:30 p.m.: no-host cocktail hour, 6:30 p.m. dinner served in the gym at St. Joachim School, 21250 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. Auction and raffle. Catered by The Fish Market Restaurant of San Mateo. $50 per person. This is an adult only event (18 and older). Tickets: 510-783-3177 or email Angie Huaman at ahuaman@csdo.org.

Saturday, Feb. 14
St. Leander Church Valentine Crab Feed. At Ryan O'Connell Hall, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. No-host bar 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m. $40 per person. (Purchase 20 or more tickets at one time and receive a 10 percent discount.) This event is assigned seating. Dessert silent auction, sports memorabilia silent auction. Last day to purchase tickets is Feb. 10 Information: 510-895-5631.

back to topup arrow


Saturday, Feb. 14
Guadalupana Association Dance. 6:30 to 11 p.m. $25. Café Canela Group, DJ and a drink. St. Joseph School Gym. 1961 Plum St., Pinole. 510-233-9706.

Saturday, Feb. 28
The St. Anthony Columbiettes Casino Bus Trip. The bus will leave St. Anthony Church, 971 O'Hara Ave., Oakley at 7a.m. and return approximately 9 p.m. The cost is $35 per person and will include a continental breakfast, snacks and water. The first visit is Feather Falls in Oroville, receive $10 cash back. The second is Redhawk in Placerville, receive a $10 play card. Contact: Tina at 925-628-3368 or Fran 925-437-8425.

back to topup arrow


The January Term Series aka "Jan Term" continues at Saint Mary's College of California, located at 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga. The series, which has the theme of "Lives Lived Well," is free and open to the public. The Speaker Series is an annual staple of the college's intense month-long program when students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones, explore new intellectual territory and take classes that often embody the Lasallian tradition of social action. Information: 925-631-4771, janterm@stmarys-ca.edu or stmarys-ca.edu/january-term.

Saturday, Jan. 31
Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology annual Convocation of the College of Fellows. 1:30 p.m. at 2301 Vine St., Berkeley, with a reception to follow. Three DSPT Fellows, Dana Gioia (poet), Bob Flint (lawyer) and Mary Hirschfeld (economist-theologian) will present how they view contemporary culture in their respective fields through the prism of their Catholic imagination. A reception will follow. RSVP is strongly recommended at www.dspt.edu/convocation or 510-883-2086.

back to topup arrow


Wednesday, Jan. 21
Military Peer Support Group. 7 to 8 p.m. in rectory conference room, St. Augustine, Catholic Community of Pleasanton, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. The intent is to provide a safe environment where we can openly discuss the difficulties of coping with the thoughts and feelings associated with past operations. Not associated with any government entity or other veterans' organization. Contact: Dominick Pietro, 925-462-4665 or pietr11@comcast.net.

Thursdays, Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12
Widows and Widowers Grief Support Group meets at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Contact: Sandy Heinisch, 925-513-3412 or sandynca@sbcglobal.net.

Saturday, Feb. 7
No More Secrets: bimonthly support group for survivors of clergy sexual abuse. 11 a.m. to 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 biweekly 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.

Grief support groups. 11 a.m. at St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave. Dublin. Information: matt_troiano2001@yahoo.com.

back to topup arrow


Jan. 22, Feb. 12, 26, March 12, 26
Grief workshops. 7:30 p.m., second and fourth Thursdays at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive. Pleasanton. No pre-registration necessary. Contact Mary Hagerty, 925-846-5377.

Saturday, Jan. 24
Grief workshop. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 1022 Holly St., Alameda. Facilitated by Father Padraig Greene, parish relationship director, Catholic Cemeteries. 510-205-3712 or Lilian.Dubow@gmail.com. Open to all religious denominations.

Catholic Cemeteries sponsored Parish Outreach, Jan 24 and 25 at St. Joachim Parish at 21250 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward; Jan. 31 and Feb 1 at Most Holy Rosary Parish at 1313 A St, Antioch; on Feb. 14 and 15 at St. Clement Parish at 750 Calhoun St, Hayward.

back to topup arrow


Love to sing? Come join Diablo Choral Artists, which performs significant works of sacred and secular choral music. There are openings for all voice parts (esp. tenors and basses). Rehearsals are Mondays, 7 to 9:30 p.m., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Ave., Walnut Creek. Mark Tuning, Music Director. See www.vmschorus.org for details and more information, or dial 925-680-7089, info@dcaschorus.org.

back to topup arrow



Sections on this page:

Eucharistic Adoration
Young Adults
Crab Feeds
Support Groups


Next Issue of The Catholic Voice: February 9, 2015

Send submissions by January 28 to Carrie McClish.

2121 Harrison St., Suite 100
Oakland, CA 94612

PHONE: (510) 419-1074
FAX: (510) 893-4734
EMAIL (text and photos):
REFER TO PHOTO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES to ensure that photos are suitable for publication.

Copyright © 2015 The Catholic Voice, All Rights Reserved. Site design by Sarah Kalmon-Bauer.