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March 14, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 5   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

SPRED the Word at 25
April 23 is the silver anniversary of SPRED the Word. The annual celebration begins with a SPRED — Special Religious Education Department — Mass followed by a dinner-dance fundraiser. What began 24 years ago as an appreciation dinner for SPRED catechists and is now a grand event for SPRED families, catechists and friends, while raising funds for SPRED's annual program expenses. The SPRED ministry serves more than 200 children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities, bringing them into the faith and love of the Church. St. Raymond Parish, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin, is hosting. The celebration begins with Mass at 5 p.m., followed by an Italian dinner in the parish hall. Dancing to the music of DJ Louie rounds out the night. Tickets: $30, available online only at www.oakdiocese.org/spredtheword. Current SPRED catechists must call the SPRED office for their complimentary ticket.

New Events

March 14, 16
Courses to explore at The School of Applied Theology at St. Albert's Priory, 5890 Birch Court, Oakland. Poetry: Exploring Other Modes of Understanding, by Jim Conlon, 10 a.m. to noon March 14, $40; Comfort Circles: A Sacred Space for Cultivating Compassion and Connection, by Colette Lafia, 10 a.m. to noon March 16, $40; A Sophistcate's Primer on the Papal Encyclical on the Environment: Laudato Si, by Ron Olowin, 7 to 9 p.m. March 16, $30. Register: www.satgtu.org/course-offerings; 510-652-1651.

Tuesday, March 15
Themes of Baptism in Mark. 1 to 3 p.m., School of Applied Theology, St. Albert's Priory, 5890 Birch Court, Oakland. Brother Mark McVann, FSC, will explore the meaning of Baptism as a reenactment of the death and resurrection of Jesus and how these ideas are developed in the Gospel of Mark. Cost: $120. Register: satgtu.org/course-offerings. 510-652-1651, info@satgtu.org.

Thursday, April 7
The 2016 Oakland Elizabeth House Luncheon, Claremont Country Club, 5295 Broadway Terrace, Oakland. 10:30 a.m., reception; noon to 2 p.m., boutique. Featuring radio host Brian Copeland, live action. Details: ehouseluncheon@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 9
Spring concert to benefit St. Martin de Porres School, Oakland. Performances by the school's violinists. 4:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. concert, Saint Mary's College, Moraga. Tickets: $100 at www.stmpd.eventbrite.com/e/stmdpbenefit or dial Julie Merrill at 510-832-1757.

Tuesday, April 12
Catholics@Work April Special Evening presentation for the whole family: 7 p.m., Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville. Raymond Arroyo, author and host of "The World Over Live" on EWTN. $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Register at CatholicsAtWork.com.

Saturday, April 16
IHM Ministry of Caring. 2 to 5 p.m., Father Garcia Hall, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. A panel of speakers discusses human trafficking. Contact: Kate Friend 925-522-9244.

Friday, April 22
Concert, 7 p.m., All Saints Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward. Fundraiser for Fil-Am group. Tickets at the church office and at the door. 510-682-3336.

Saturday, April 23
Join Father Jim Sullivan and bring your Bible for a day of reflection, "The Messiah of Mercy," 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. Coffee social at 9:30 a.m., lunch. RSVP by April 19 to Lisa at 925-785-1969 or lfisher7544@comcast.com.

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Mondays, March 14, 21
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.

March 19, 26, April 2
Days of Prayer. 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturdays at Santa Sabina Retreat, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael.

Tuesday, March 22
Fil/Am ministry. 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, St. Clement Parish Center, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Simon Medrano, 510-303-2965.

Men of St. Joseph. 7 a.m., St. Mary church, Ourspace room, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Contact: MichaelGallager1025@outlook.com.

Wednesdays, March 16, 23, 30
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.

Rosary in Spanish. 7:30 p.m., 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.

Thursday, March 24
St. Paul Street Evangelization meeting. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish, 2100 Pear St., Pinole. Contact: David Brandt, dave.brandt456@icloud.com

Ecumenical Prayer Service, 8:45 to 9 a.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center's Chapel, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Free. Information: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141.

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

April 13, May 11
Mindfulness Meditation for Healing and Wholeness. 10:30 a.m. to noon at 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Registration and refreshments begin at 10 a.m. Presented by the Dominican Sisters of MSJ Center for Education & Spirituality. Registration: http://bit.ly/CESMindfulness2 or dial 510-933-6360.

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

Friday, March 18
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.

Sunday, March 20
Prayer Around the Cross: Worship through Song, Scripture and Silence in the style of Taize. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m . at Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, 1543 Sunnyvale Ave., Walnut Creek. Third Sundays at a different church in the Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek area.

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

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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.

St. Michael Parish, 458 Maple St. at Fourth St. in Livermore. To schedule Holy Hour email: Adoration@StMichaelLivermore.com

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Most Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St., Antioch. 925-757-4020.

Monday to Thursday
2:30 to 3:30 p.m., 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. 9:30 a.m. first Fridays: all night to 7 p.m. Saturday. 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, Fridays
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the convent chapel; and 2 to 9 p.m. in the church on Wednesdays at St. Bede Parish, 26950 Patrick Ave., Hayward, 510-782-2171.

Mondays, Wednesdays
12:45 to 6:30 p.m., 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 Church, 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.

After the 8 a.m. Mass with Vespers at 5:30 p.m. followed by Benediction at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. 510-522-0181.

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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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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Thursday, March 17
Birthright Celebration. Noon at Zio Fraedo's, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Hosted by Birthright Pregnancy Center of Walnut Creek/Concord. St. Patrick's lunch, appreciation for volunteers. $40 for corned beef, chicken cordon bleu or pasta primavera. RSVP with your meal choice at 925-798-7227 or reserve online at www.birthright.org/concord.

Friday, March 18
St. Patrick's Church Annual Fish Fry. Father Howard Community Center, 1640 10th St., Oakland. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (if pre-ordered by March 16). Dinner served 4:30-8:30 p.m. Adults, $18, children (under 10), $10. 510-532-5003 or 510-535-0912.

Friday Night Lenten Fish Fry. 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Raymond Parish, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Alternatives: grilled cheese sandwiches, pasta and baked fish sticks and mozzarella sticks for the kids. $7 per person, $7 takeout per box, $3 for kids 6 to 12 years, free for kids under 5 years. Sponsor: Knights of Columbus, Council 7987.

Saturday, April 9
Annual Spring Boutique hosted by the St. Anthony Columbiettes. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 971 O'Hara Ave., Oakley. Free admission to 20 vendors; door prizes, raffles. Information: Fran, Columbiettes10414@aol.com.

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Thursday, March 17
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa, 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Contact: Joan S., 925-939-1007.

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.

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Monday, March 14
"Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times," a performance by Sister Nancy Murray, OP, 7:30 p.m. at Saint Mary's College Chapel, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga. Free. Contact: Father Dave Gentry-Akin dgentry@stmarys-ca.edu or 925-631-4790.

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Grief Support

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.

Workshops for those Who Have Suffered a Loss: 7:30 p.m. (second and fourth Tuesdays) at St. John Vianney Parish, Mullen Commons; 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, 925-939-8149;

7 p.m. at Holy Angels-Sorenson Chapel, (second Tuesdays) at 1440 B St., Hayward. Dial 510- 581-1234 for information; 11 a.m. (fourth Saturdays) at Holy Angels-Cooper Chapel, 1580 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland. 510-533-4114.

Workshops for Loss of Child. 10 a.m. (second Saturdays) at St. John Vianney Parish, Mullen Commons; 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Dial 925-939-8149 for information.

Workshops for Suicide Support. Noon (second Saturdays) at St. John Vianney Parish, Mullen Commons; 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Dial 925-939-8149 for information.



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