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March 9, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO.5   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Lenten events

March 9, 16, 23
Lenten Series with Msgr. Ted Krauss. 9 a.m. Mondays in the parish center at St. Anne Parish, 1600 Rossmoor Pkwy., Walnut Creek. Hospitality; sessions conclude no later than 10:15 a.m. Information: 925-932-2324, ext. 21, or email sasheila@comcast.net.

March 11, 18, 25
Taize: prayer during Lent, 7 p.m. Wednesdays at San Damiano Retreat Chapel, 710 Highland Drive, Danville.

March 13, 20, 27
Way of the Cross, a multimedia presentation of the Passion and Death of the Lord, presented by The Mystery Players of Salesian College Preparatory in Richmond. The Mystery Players are made up of 24 teens and two adults. Remaining performances: March 13, 7:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, Rodeo; March 20, 8 p.m. at St. Patrick, Larkspur; March 27, 7 p.m. at St. Agnes, Concord. The schedule may change. Information: salesian.com.

Tuesday, March 17
Lenten Day of Renewal with Rev. Patrick Foley, San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Registration begins at 9 a.m., program from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., ending with Eucharist. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Saturday, March 21
Lenten Silent Meditation Day with Sister Barbara Hazzard, San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Registration begins at 9 a.m., program from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $55 and includes lunch. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

March 27 to 29
Maryknoll Holy Week Retreat. At Maryknoll Regional Mission House, 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo. Join us for a special retreat weekend on the eve of Holy Week to center ourselves in preparation for Holy Week, the Triduum and Easter season. Suggested donation is $100 for those spending the night and $75 for those commuting. All meals are included. Nobody is turned away for inability to pay. Information: Kris East, 510-276-5021, 1-888-444-8957 or keast@maryknoll.org.

Saturday, March 28
Lenten Day of Renewal with Rev. Vince Mesi, OFM, at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. We explore the deeper meaning of the Sacred Pascal Triduum — Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the day goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., ending with Sunday Mass at 4 p.m. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

April 2 to 5
Holy Week Retreat at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Fr. Vince Mesi, OFM and Br. Mike Minton, OFM. Join the friars and staff as we walk through these high holy days of our church year with Jesus. Focusing on the liturgies, we'll follow the same steps that led Jesus to the cross, the tomb and joyfully to resurrection! Registration is from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and ends with brunch on Easter Sunday. Cost is $255 for private room and $220 for shared. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315 or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

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Mondays, March 9, 16, 23
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.

March 10, 24, April 14
Fil/Am ministry. 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, St. Clement Parish Center, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Simon Medrano, 510-303-2965.

March 11, 18, 25
St. Raymond WINGS (Women in God's Spirit). 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays in Moran Hall, 11555 Shannon Ave, Dublin. 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.

March 11, April 15, May 6
"Experience the Joy of the Gospel." Three remaining gatherings at the Dominican Sisters of MSJ Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd. (entrance on Mission Tierra Place), Fremont, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 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.

March 15, 22, 29
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.

March 15, 22, 29, April 5
Rediscover Catholicism from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Sundays at St. Patrick Church (rectory), 1023 Peralta St., Oakland. An ongoing breakfast roundtable discussion based on the book of the same name by Matthew Kelly. Information: 510-444-1081 or sabrinamailbox-chaplain@yahoo.com.

March 27, April 24
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 free sessions. 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.

April 22, July 15, Oct. 21
Mindfulness Meditation, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Motherhouse of the Mission San Jose Dominicans, 43326 Mission Blvd. (entrance on Mission Tierra Place), Fremont. 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; Lynette Gullings, RN, and Sister Ingrid Clemmensen, OP, spiritual director. Free will offering. Register, information at 510-933-6335.

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.

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

March 11, 18 and 25
Taize Prayer During Lent. 7 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Chapel, 710 Highland Drive, Danville.

Sunday, March 15
Ecumenical Taize in Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek. 7:30 p.m. at the Walnut Creek Methodist Church, 1543 Sunnyvale Ave., Walnut Creek..

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

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

Friday, April 3
All Saints Catholic Church. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. first Fridays, 22824 Second St., Hayward. Information: Francis Tanjuatco, 650-678-7739 or 650-678-7739.

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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.

9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in 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. 925-432-6404.

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. (Not on Good Friday.)

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.

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Monday, March 9
Quiet Day with Rena Grant at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the day goes from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and ends with Eucharist. $45 includes lunch. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

Tuesday, March 10
Sing the Music of Hildegard of Bingen as contemplative practice. 7 to 8:30 p.m., Santa Sabina Center, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. This gentle, contemplative practice of listening and singing the music of Hildegard together is led by Devi Mathieu and requires no previous experience with the music of Hildegard or with medieval music. Suggested offering, $10 to $20. 415-457-7727;  info@santasabinacenter.org.

Wednesday, March 11
Contemplative Day of Prayer led by Sister Marie Sagues. 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m Santa Sabina Center, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. "Compassion, Holy and Human." The day includes presentation, personal 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., Santa Sabina Center, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. No reservations required. Suggested offering, $20. 415-457-7727; info@santasabinacenter.org

March 20 to 22
Physicians' Retreat: Prayer and the Practice of Medicine. The Jesuit Retreat Center, 300 Manresa Way, Los Altos. 650-917-4000 or retreat@jrclosaltos.org, jrclosaltos.org/retreats.

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young adults

4:12 Young Adult Ministry 11:30 a.m. Sundays at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. New winter schedule. We will be gathering as a community of young adults aged 18 to 35 (single, married, working, in school and everyone in between) to attend Mass together at St. Charles. If you are going to Mass, why not go with friends? We will be starting a small faith sharing group in Lent as well. Questions?: 4:12youngadultministry@gmail.com.

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Saturday, March 14
Annual Irish Social. 7 p.m. in the Msgr. O'Brien Hall, St. Philip Neri Church, 3101 Van Buren St., Alameda. Sponsored by the Italian Catholic Federation, Branch 10. Prices are $25 for adults and $12 for guests 12 and under. Information/reservations, contact Jeanette Zugnoni, 510-523-8005.

St. Patrick Dinner Dance
, St. Patrick Parish, Rodeo, 825 Seventh St., Rodeo, 6 p.m. bar, 7 p.m. dinner, Tickets $45 per person available at the Parish office, 510-799-4406 or parishoffice@stpatrickrodeo.org.

St. Patrick's Day arrives early as the University of Notre Dame's nationally recognized Glee Club performs at 8 p.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Proceeds benefit FACE (Family Aid Catholic Education), which provides financial needs-based tuition grants to students who attend Catholic schools in the Diocese of Oakland. Presented by the San Ramon school catering company, Choice lunch. Tickets are $20 per person. More at www.faceofoakland.org.

De La Salle High School: An Evening in the Emerald City: Annual FETE Auction. 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Diablo Country Club, Diablo. The FETE Auction (Furthering Education Through Excellence) is our annual spring gala "fun"draising event, with hosted bars, dinner, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit co-curricular activities at De La Salle. Tickets are $125. Registration is online at www.dlshs.org. For information, contact Lauren Seeno at 925-288-8184 or seenol@dlshs.org.

Sunday, March 15

90th anniversary celebration of St. James School. 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. James Church, 1086 Guerrero St., San Francisco, followed by reception at 321 Fair Oaks St. 415-647-8972, www.saintjamessf.org.

St. Mary's College Guild St. Patrick Day Fundraiser For Scholarships. 5:30 p.m. SMC Soda Center, 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga. Traditional Irish dinner; silent auction, dancing. Benefits students seeking financial aid. Tickets: $45 per person. Cynthia Kelly, 925-388-0437.

Thursday, March 19
Feast of St. Joseph. 5:15 p.m. Mass at St. Philip Neri Church, 3101 Van Buren St., Alameda. Following Mass dinner will be in the Msgr. O'Brien Hall, corner of High and Van Buren streets. Bring desserts to share for the St. Joseph Table. Adults $16, children $8. Reservations, call Michael Marcheschi, 510-523-4720 before March 16. Sponsored by Branch 10 of the Italian Catholic Federation.

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fish fry

Friday, March 13
St. Patrick's Church Annual Fish Fry in the Father Howard Community Center, 1640 10th St., Oakland. Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. if pre-ordered by March 11. Dinner 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dinner includes catfish or tilapia fish, potato salad, green beans and more. To pre-order lunch call: 510-444-1081, Parish office (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.); Mary Loggins, 510-532-5003, Mary Washington 510-535-0912. Music and dancing: $18 adults, $10 children (under 10).

March 13 to 27
Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fry. 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. 5 to 7 p.m., $7 per person all you can eat.

Lenten Fish Fry. St. Philip Neri Church, 3101 Van Buren St., Alameda. Every Friday through March 27, the Friday before Palm Sunday. The simple dinner follows Stations of the Cross which begin at 6:30 p.m. Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for young persons 12 and under. Reservations unnecessary. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Branch 10, Alameda.

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Tuesday, March 10
Catholics@Work Breakfast event 7 a.m. (6:30 a.m. Mass) at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville. Chris Lowney, author of "Heroic Leadership" and "Why He Leads the Way Leads," will discuss "what makes Pope Francis tick. $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Thomas M. Loarie, Tom.Loarie@gmail.com or CatholicsAtWork.org.

Wednesday, March 18

The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis. Noon at 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Garry Wills, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author, will talk about his new book. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased on line: www.firehousearts.org/events.

March 21, April 11
Dress a Girl Around the World Sew-fests. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Michael Parish Hall, corner of Third and Maple streets, Livermore; we make simple dresses for girls sizes 2 to 14 in Third World countries. You can sew from home too — ask for a home kit. Information: Suzanne Beck, 925-352-8447 or suzbeck@yahoo.com.

Sunday, March 22
Celebration of Impending Beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero. 2 p.m. at Oakland Catholic Worker, 4848 International Blvd. at 50th Ave. Mass with Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ. Salvadoran tamales and pupusas afterward.

March 22, 24
Remembering Romero. 7 p.m., Holy Spirit/Newman Hall Parish, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley. March 22: 7 p.m. viewing of movie "Romero," in the Lounge This important film chronicles the transformation of Romero from an apolitical, complacent priest to a committed activist. March 24: 5:30 p.m., Special Mass to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the assassination of Bishop Oscar Romero; potluck to follow (bring finger foods). Information: Contact Kara, kara4peace@aol.com.

Wednesday, March 25
Birthright Celebration. Noon at Zio Fraedo's, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Hosted by Birthright Center of Walnut Creek/Concord. It is a St. Patrick's luncheon and appreciation event for volunteers who support pregnant moms in crisis. The program will include a special guest who will share her inspirational story. $30 cost for corned beef, chicken cordon bleu or pasta primavera. RSVP with your meal choice at 925-798-7227 with your phone number by March 16.

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Thursdays, March 12, 19, 26
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.

Thursday, March 12
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek. Further information: Joan S., 925-939-1007.

Saturday, April 4
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 Third Wednesday
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.

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.

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March 12, 26, April 9
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.



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Young Adults
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