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November 9, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events


Father Thomas Merton
Merton Legacy
Trust & Thomas
Merton Center/ CNS

Dominican Sisters celebrate Thomas Merton centenary
Staff Report Through their Center for Education & Spirituality, the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose have provided opportunities to celebrate the centenary of Thomas Merton, described as "writer, monk, mystic, poet and prophet."

A retreat, a day of prayer and a book group are among the offerings.

"Thomas Merton: A Living Legacy Retreat Day" is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Motherhouse. The retreat will be led by Clare Ronzani and Bruce Lescher, who have explored Merton's spirituality for more than 30 years. They have a particular interest in the contemplative and prophetic dimensions of his vision. They teach at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University.

The donation of $25 includes lunch. Register by Dec. 1 at http://bit.ly/MertonRetreat1.

"Thomas Merton: Spirituality for Today," a contemplative day of prayer, will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Motherhouse. Presenters Sister Susannah Malarkey, OP, and Harriet Hope have led monthly "Thomas Merton Reflection Evenings" for 20 years at the Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael and are members of the International Thomas Merton Society.

The donation $25 donation includes lunch. Register by Jan. 11 at http://bit.ly/MertonPrayer1a.

A four-session book group, "Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master,"which started meeting last month, began reading "The Intimate Merton," composed of journal entries covering 29 years of his life. The group is facilitated by Sister Ingrid Clemmensen, OP, Sister Ramona Bascom, OP, and Mary Ellen Parker.

Two more meetings are scheduled, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19, in the Motherhouse Library. A donation of $10 per session is requested. Dial 510-933-6360 for information.

The Dominican Sisters' Motherhouse is at 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont.


NEW EVENTS

Tuesday, Nov. 10
Catholics@Work Breakfast Event. 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr. in Danville. Optional Mass at 6:30 a.m. George Bassilios, a deacon in the Orthodox Coptic Church, will talk about faith and challenges in the contemporary world. $20 for members, $30 for non-members. Catholicsatwork.org to register.

Thursday, Nov. 12
Saint Mary's College Guild's Harvest Luncheon. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Soda Center, Saint Mary's College, 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga. $35 per person. Benefits the Saint Mary's College Scholarship Fund. Information: Dolores at 925-376-4339.

Nov. 12, 14
Amazing Grace: A Children's Opera. Nov. 12: 6 p.m. premiere; Nov. 14: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Buriel Clay Theater, African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., San Francisco. Students from St. Martin de Porres Regional School in Oakland will be in the chorus. Information: https://operaparallele.org/amazing-grace. Tickets are free but should be reserved at http://brownpapertickets.com/event/2411961.

Friday, Nov. 13
Lecture: Thomas O'Meara, OP, speaks on "Extraterrestrials and Christian Revelation." 7 p.m., Valley Center for the Performing Arts, Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Register online at www.hnu.edu/sophiaforum or RSVP to 510-436-1046.

All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry. 5 to7 p.m., St. Raymond Parish, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. $7 per person, $3 for kids 6-12, 5 and under free; takeout $7 per box. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Council 7987.

Nov. 13 and 14
St. Albert the Great Catholic Church's Autumn Harvest Sale. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1022 Holly St., Alameda. Information: 510-373-5220 and leave a message for Jane Hageman or Lea Murphy.

St. Bonaventure Church Gala: "Singing in the Rain," 6 to 8 p.m. in the large hall, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord; Nov. 14: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Classy Crafters Boutique and Country Kitchen. Free admission. Proceeds benefit St. Bonaventure Food Pantry. Information: 925-672-5800.

Nov. 13, 14, 20 and 21
The Moreau Catholic Theatre Ensemble Players present the Tony-Award winning drama, The Diary of Anne Frank. Nov. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. in the Teves Theatre on the Moreau Catholic campus, 27170 Mission Blvd., Hayward. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 students and seniors, and $5 for Moreau students and alumni. Tickets will be available at the theatre door and online at www.moreaucatholic.org/marinermall.

Saturday, Nov. 14
Priesthood Discernment Group Meeting. 6 to 9 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. Information: Rev. Neal Clemens at NClemens@oakdiocese.org or dial 510-267-8345.

Zydeco Dance. 6 to 10 p.m. at St. Columba Church Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Featuring Mark St. Mary. Presented by the St. Columba Ladies of Peter Claver. Tickets $15 pre-sale/ $20 at the door. Food for sale. Children under 13 not admitted. Information: 510-527-0232 or 510-549-9168.

Sunday, Nov. 15
Church of the Good Shepherd's fourth annual Christmas Crafts Fundraiser. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., church hall, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. Questions: Awilda Graff, 925-642-0876.

Dan Schutte Concert/Retreat. 7 p.m., St John Vianney Parish, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Music, prayer and reflection for Advent and the Year of Mercy.
An Evening of Aloha. 5 p.m. in the Ivaldi Student Center, Moreau Catholic High School, 27170 Mission Blvd., Hayward. Patrick Landeza featuring Moreau Catholic's Music, Dance and Ukulele Ministry. Tickets: $15 general and $5 for Moreau students; available online at moreaucatholic.org by calling 510-881-4346. A fundraising event for music ministry.

Friday, Nov. 20
"A Cinema Divina Presentation: Finding God at the Movies," a talk, discussion and film presentation by Margaret Turek, director of Faith Formation and Evangelization for the Diocese of Oakland, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Parish, 34700 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Free admission, free dinner refreshments, rosary prayer, music by the St. James the Apostle Parish Choir. Information: Brother Larry, 510-825-3598.

Executive Sleep Out event with Covenant House. A fundraising and awareness-building event organized by Covenant House Oakland. Participants, who must be lease at 23, will sleep outdoors in solidarity with homeless youth. Coaching and materials will be provided. CaliforniaSleepOut@cova.org or dial 510-379-1008.

Saturday, Nov. 21
Saint Mary's College Leadership for Social Justice Conference "Living Truths: Migrating Voices," 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Soda Center, Saint Mary's College, 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga, features keynote address by U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera at 9:30 a.m. Conference pass: $10 - Saint Mary's alumni, faculty, staff, and students, $20 – general. stmarys-ca.edu/LSJCONFERENCE or Ryan Lamberton, 925-631-4015 or at rml4@stmarys-ca.edu.

A Day of Reflection and Prayer, sponsored by the Hesed Community. "Embracing our Bodies: Celebrating the Importance of our Bodies as Vessels for the Spiritual Journey," presented by Rev. Kevin Schindler-McGraw, OFM Conv., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Social Hall, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2308 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. Donation of $50 includes lunch. Registration or information: Mary Desmond, 925-682-5257, maryjdes@gmail.com. Mail checks, payable to Hesed Community, to 1666 Mendocino Drive, Concord, CA 94521. Credit card payments will also be accepted.

St. Paul Street Evangelization. 10-11:30 a.m., Stack Center, Our Lady of Grace Parish, 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. National Program Director Adam Janke will give a talk, "10 Great Ways to Start a Faith Conversation." This is an opportunity to learn about St. Paul Street Evangelization. Free. Information: info@stpaulse.com, www.stpaulse.com.

Monday, Nov. 23
St. Paul Street Evangelization will meet at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Center, 2100 Pear St., Pinole. The evangelists meet people in the Berkeley area on selected Saturday mornings. Topics at the meeting include brief overview of the ministry for those who are new; the role of and need for prayer warriors; debrief of the most recent outing; location and time for the next evangelization outing; and, for those who are interested, some evangelization training. Contact: dave.brandt456@gmail.com.

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SPIRITUALITY

Nov. 9, 16, 23
Care for Our Common Home — Laudato Si the pope's encyclical. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. Nov. 9: Our Common Home, Nov. 16: The Gospel of Creation, Nov. 23: Ecological conversion. By Rev. Tom Bonacci. Information: Dorothy Hann, dorthi_cac@outlook.com.

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

Tai chi class. 8 to 9 a.m. Mondays in the parish hall at St. Columba Church, 6409 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Sponsored by St. Columba Parish Health Cabinet, free. Kate Hobbs, 510-507-6304.

Nov. 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.

Nov. 11, 18
Perpetual Help Devotion Baclaran format. 8:15 or 9:15 a.m. after last morning Mass, Wednesdays, Our Lady Queen of the World Church, 3155 Winterbrook Drive, Bay Point. 925-550-0679.

Nov. 12 to 15
Preparing for the Year of Mercy. At All Saints Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward. Nov. 11: 7 p.m. begins with a concert by Amanda Vernon and All Saints Unplugged. Followed by a reflection by Amanda; two events on Nov. 12: 10.30 a.m., the Rite of the Sacrament of Anointing, 7:30 p.m.: a Charismatic Healing Mass, with the Tongan Choir Singing; Nov. 13: Dramatic Multimedia presentation and Holy Hour: 7 to 9 p.m., presented by Dave and Joan Maroney, founders and directors of Mother of Mercy Messengers; Nov. 14: the Maroneys will lead Divine Mercy for America Day of Reflection, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. includes free lunch, please RSVP so that organizers will know how much food to make: RSVP to joannbergersen@att.net. Nov. 14 and 15: weekend Mass homilies will focus on God's Mercy.

Nov. 12, 19
Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master — A four-part Book Club Series continues. 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. $10 donation per session. Sponsor: the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Center for Education and Spirituality.

Saturday, Nov. 14
A Day of Reflection: "The Last Four Things." 9:30 a.m. coffee/social, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, in halls A to C, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. Presenter: Rev. Jim Sullivan. Bring your Bible and rosary. Lunch provided. RSVP by Nov. 11 to Lisa at 925-785-1969 or lfisher7544@comcast.net.

Monday, Nov. 16
Special Mass of Remembrance. 7:30 p.m. at St Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. If you wish, bring a small picture or memento of your loved ones.

Wednesday, Nov. 18
Real Life Catholic's Re-boot Live. 7 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Raymond Parish, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Presenter: Chris Stefanick, guitarist and songwriter. $19 per person — buy online https://reallifecatholic-hfjzq.formstack.com/forms/st_raymonds, or from the parish office, 925-828-2460, Bit.ly/RebootLive.

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

Tuesday evenings
Lectio Divina. Through December. 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the Dominican Spirit Center, Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Co-sponsored by Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Center for Education and Spirituality and St. Joseph Parish.

Wednesdays
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.

Wednesdays, Nov. 11, Dec. 9 and Jan. 13, 2016
Mindfulness Meditation for Healing and Wholeness. 10:30 a.m. to noon at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont

Saturday, Nov. 14
Ecumenical prayer service. 8:45 to 9 a.m. in San Damiano Retreat Center's Chapel, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Information: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, ext. 315.

Saturdays thru December
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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TAIZE

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

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

Taizé in Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek, 7:30 p.m. third Sundays at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Ave., Pleasant Hill.

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

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RETREATS

Nov. 12 to 15
Merton Centenary Retreat with Bonnie Thurman. At Santa Sabina Center, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. Merton scholar Bonnie Thurston will explore Merton's contemplative center in Christianity, his interest in and the gifts he received from Buddhism and Islam, and his writings and ideas about interfaith dialog. $450 fee, registration deposit $150. 415-457-7727 or info@santasabinacenter.org.

Nov. 13 to 15
St. Ignatius and Ignatian Spirituality. The Jesuit Retreat Center, 300 Manresa Way, Los Altos. Revs. Kevin Leidich, SJ, and Chi Ngo, CJ. 650-917-4000.

Saturday, Nov. 14
Day for Veterans — Journeying in the Spirit. San Damiano Retreat Center, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. This day will bring together veterans of all wars for conversation, reflection and networking. Cost $15. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315 or register online at www.sandamiano.org.

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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. We gather as a community of young adults aged 18 to 35 to attend Mass. If you are going to Mass, why not go with friends? Questions? 4.12youngadultministry@gmail.com.

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Fundraisers

Saturday, Nov. 14
We Are Family — a '70s themed dinner dance. At St. Joachim Church, 21250 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. $35 adults; $10, 3 to 7 years old. Information: Ron Ytem, 510-298-1368 or www.stjoachim.net.

Nov. 21 to 22
Holiday Boutique. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont.

Dec. 1 to 6
Carondelet High School's Visions of Christmas. Seven events in six days including five holiday teas (one with a fashion show), a free open house and family breakfast with Santa and more. Information: Kathleen Henggeler, 925-686-5353, ext. 151 or www.carondelet.net/visions.

Saturday, Jan. 9
Surf and Turf Crab Dinner, including grilled tri-tip. 6 p.m. at St. Agnes Church, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Sponsored by the St. Agnes KofC Council 15344. Tickets at church office and after all weekend Masses starting Nov.14. $40 if purchased by Dec. 14. Mike McDermott, mtmcder@pacbell.net or 925-676-2384.

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SUPPORT GROUPS

Thursdays
Widow/Widowers Support Group. 6 to 7:15 p.m., Hall B, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. Contact: Sandy Heinisch, 925-513-3412 or Mary Ann Smith, 925-240-1706.

Thursday, Nov. 19
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Call Joan S. at 925-939-1007.

CFCS GRIEF MINISTRY SUPPORT GROUPS
Presented by the Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services Grief Ministries, Diocese of Oakland. Sessions are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation. Facilitated by Rev. Padraig Greene, parish relationship director.

Thursday, Nov. 12
Why Does it Hurt So Much? 7 p.m. second Thursdays at Sorensen Chapel; 1140 B St., Hayward; 510-581-1234

Saturday, Nov. 14
Suicide Support — noon second Saturdays at St. John Vianney Parish, Mullen Commons: 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek; 925-939-8149. Information: 925-939-8149.

Loss of a Child. 10 a.m. second Saturdays at St. John Vianney Parish, Mullen Commons: 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek; 925-939-8149. Information: 925-939-8149.

Nov. 10, 24
Why Does it Hurt So Much? — 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays at St. John Vianney Parish, Mullen Commons: 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek; 925-939-8149. Information: 925-939-8149.

Nov. 21, Dec. 19
Getting Through the Holidays. 11 a.m. at Cooper's Chapel, 1580 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland. 510-533-4114. Meet with others in a safe environment who are dealing with loss.

Saturday, Nov. 28
Why Does it Hurt So Much? — 11 a.m. every last Saturday of the month at Cooper Chapel, 1580 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland, 510-533-4114

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