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March 28, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 6   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Year of Mercy Events

Confession available at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 11 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday; 4:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday

Pilgrimages to the Cathedral of Christ the Light. Sign up at http://jubileeofmercy-eb.org
April 1-2, "Hearts on Fire: Living Faith in Daily Life with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola," presented by the Apostleship of Prayer, a retreat for young adults, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 2808 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Registration: http://apostleshipofprayer.org/hof-events/2016/2/12/hearts-on-fire-oakland-ca.

April 2, Pray, learn and act on issues of human trafficking, including labor trafficking and sex trafficking of minors. All Saints Parish, 22824 Second St., Hayward, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Hosts: Office of Life and Justice, Shared Hope International, Maryknoll, Catholic Charities of the East Bay

April 5, Join clergy from Deanery 9 as they attend the Concord City Council meeting to speak on the need for affordable housing, good jobs, open space and accessible transit at the Concord Naval Weapons Station. Meeting at 6 p.m. at the Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle, Concord.

April 12-14, Year of Mercy Enrichment Series 7-8:30 p.m. nightly, St. Anne Parish, 32223 Cabello St., Union City. April 12: "Spirituality of Mercy," presented by Margaret Turek; April 13: "Prayer as a Path to Mercy," presented by Patti Collyer; April 14: "Reconciliation," presented by Rev. Geoffrey Baraan, with opportunity for confession. Contact: Sandra Martinez, 510-267-8371.

April 16, 2-5 p.m., Seminar on Human Trafficking, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. Contact: Kate Friend 925-522-9244.

Oct. 9-19 Catholic Voice pilgrimage to Italy.

Nov. 20, 10 a.m. Mass at Cathedral of Christ the Light: Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ will close the Jubilee of Mercy.

Details: www.jubileeofmercy-eb.org

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New Events

March 29, April 5, 12
Courses at the School of Applied Theology, St. Albert's Priory, 5890 Birch Court, Oakland: 10 a.m. to noon March 29: The Soul's Journey Through the Great Turning, presented by Anne and Terry Symens-Bucher. Cost: $40; April 5: Masters of the Cosmos and the Soul: Thomas Berry and Thomas Merton in Conversation, presented by Jim Conlon. $40; 7:30 p.m.; April 12: Fully Human, Fully Alive, presented by James Clarke and Carol Quinlivan. Cost: $30. (No one turned away for lack of funds.) Registration/information: www.satgtu.org or 510-652-1651.

Wednesday, March 30
Israel and Palestine presentation. 7 p.m. in the Oak View Room of the Walnut Creek Public Library at 1644 North Broadway, Walnut Creek. Several local organizations including Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center, Rossmoor Voices for Justice in Palestine, FriendlyFavors.org and If Americans Knew is inviting the public to a presentation organized by Alison Weir, journalist and author of Against Our Better Judgement: the Hidden History of how the U.S. was used to create Israel. Cost: Free.

Thursday, March 31
Discovering Christ class. The 10-week course begins at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary's Library, 500 Fairview Ave, Brentwood. A small-group discussion course about how the life and teachings of Jesus Christ provide guidance. Contact Linda Kortuem: 925-634-4154. Email: linda.kortuem@yahoo.com.

Saturday, April 2
Post Mardi Gras Zydeco Dance. 6 to 10 p.m. at St. Columba Church Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Music by Mark St. Mary. Tickets: $15 pre-sale; $20 at the door. Call for tickets: 510-527-0232 or 510-282-1200. Food sold at reasonable prices. No children under the age of 13.

April 2 and April 16
Gardening Workshops at San Damiano. 10 a.m. to noon, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. $20 per workshop. For more information/registration, go to www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141.

Thursday, April 7
An Evening with Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins. Book talk: " Vatican II, Berkeley and Beyond." 7 to 9 p.m., Studio Theatre, Valley Center for the Performing Arts, Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. Refreshments. Free. RSVP: Sister Carol Sellman, sellman@hnu.edu or 510-436-1265.

April 7-May 26
Grief Support Workshop. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Eight consecutive Thursdays. A one-time donation of $15 is requested. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call Eleanor Flatley at 925-846-8708.

Saturday, April 9
Italian Catholic Federation polenta dinner. 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. dinner in Rohan Hall at St. Jerome Church, 303 Carmel St., El Cerrito. Polenta served with chicken, sausage, salad, wine, coffee and dessert. Adults: $22, Children (ages 6 to 12) $6. Reservations a must. Call Dee Yonke: 510-236-0689 by April 4. Questions? Call Lorraine Acuña, 510-697-3128.

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.

Sunday, April 10
The Lamb of God musical returns to the Bay Area. 7 p.m. at Saint Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Admission is free with ticket. LambOfGodEaster.com or TempleHillEvents.com.

Late Night Catechism. 7 p.m., Holy Names University Regent's Theatre, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland. One time performance with wine and cheese reception at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 Mezzanine and $50 for Orchestra and Box seats, discounts available for groups of 10 or more, 800-838-3006, ext. 1, or http://ICFLNC.brownpapertickets.com. Presented by the Central Council of the ICF.

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.

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, will speak on "Living Mercy in Public Life" from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame. Free. Register at 650- 340-7474.

Monday, April 25
Carondelet High School's Annual "Swing for Science" Golf Tournament. Registration and continental breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m. 11 a.m. Shotgun Start, Diablo Country Club, 1700 Club House Road, Diablo. Contact: Lynn Nicks, 925-686-5353, ext.154, or www.carondelet.net/golf.

Monday, May 2
25th Annual Salesian College Preparatory Golf Tournament and Auction. Sign-in begins at 10 a.m., tourney starts at noon. Richmond Country Club. Tournament proceeds support tuition assistance for students in need. $195/golfer or $750/foursome. Includes 18 holes of golf, complimentary beverages on the course, boxed lunch, buffet dinner and more. Register at www.salesian.com/golftournament or contact Patrick Conway at 510-234-4433, ext. 1105 or pconway@salesian.com for information on sponsorship opportunities.

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April 2, 9, 16
Days of Prayer. 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturdays at Santa Sabina Retreat, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael.

Mondays, April 4, 11, 18
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.

Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 19
Men of St. Joseph. 7 a.m., St. Mary Church, Ourspace room, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Contact: MichaelGallager1025@outlook.com.

Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 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.

April 12, 26
Fil/Am ministry. 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, St. Clement Parish Center, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Simon Medrano, 510-303-2965.

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.

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.

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.

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

Friday, April 16
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, April 17
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, April 22
8 p.m. fourth Fridays, St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Information: www.facebook.com/TaizeOnTheIsland.

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Wednesday, April 6
Intimacy with Christ at Easter. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos, 300 Manresa Way, Los Altos. A day of meditation, reflection, journaling and a healing ritual, with a buffet lunch. Presenter: Stephanie Friedrich, SNJMA. Cost: $35. Information: 650-917-4000.

April 8 to 12
"Recovery Retreat" with Rev. Tom Weston, SJ. San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. A 12-step retreat for families and friends of alcoholics and addicts. Cost is $205 (shared room), www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141.

April 8, 15, 22
Conscious Aging Workshops. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame. Led by Barbara Byrum. Free introductory session on April 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This program is for women only and limited to 15 participants. Bring a bag lunch. $180/series. Visit www.mercy-center.org or call 650-340-7454 for more information.

Wednesday, April 20
Contemplative Awareness: A Spiritual Quest. 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Villa Maria del Mar, 21918 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. Cost: $15. Information: 831-475-1236, email: villamaria@snjmmuson.org.

April 22 to 24
"Praying with Icons" with Brother Robert Lentz, OFM, and Rev. Michael Reyes, OFM, at San Damiano Retreat Center, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Renowned iconographer will led us into the meaning of icons. Cost, $205 (shared room). Information /registration to www.sandamiano.org or call 925-837-9141.

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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, 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.

Saturday, April 23
SPRED the Word XXV. 5 to 9:30 p.m. St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Mass and "SPRED the Word" dinner, dance fundraiser. Online registration is available. Adults: $30, kids $12. No tickets at the door. Register: 510-496-7228.

Tuesdays or Wednesdays
The St. Bonaventure Crafty Crafters invite you to join them from 6 to 9 p.m. and/or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Bring your supplies. Proceeds benefit the St. Bonaventure Food Pantry which supports 600 individuals a month.

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Third Wednesdays
Military Peer Support Group. 7 to 8 p.m. in rectory at St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Veterans share life challenges and opportunities. Contact: Dom Pietro at 925-462-4665 or email at pie411@comcast.net. All ages welcome.

Thursday, April 21
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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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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New Events
Young Adults
Support Groups
Grief Support


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