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August 8, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

New Events

Saturday, August 13
Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy Monthly Speaker Series. 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saint Mary's Cathedral Event Center, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. "Mary, Mother of Mercy" will be the topic of a talk given by Rev. Gladstone Stevens,PSS, president-rector at St. Patrick Seminary and University, Menlo Park. Free. The chaplet of Divine Mercy begins at 10:15 a.m. Information: 415-567-2020 or www.stmarycathedralsf.org.

Saturday, Aug. 20
RCIA Crossfit. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. John Vianney Parish, Mullens Commons, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. A "spiritual workout" to strengthen and inspire; keynote talk by Bill Keimig of the Catechetical Institute; break out sessions; praise and worship; and closing prayer. Registration is $20. Space is limited; early registration is suggested. Information/registration: visit oakdiocese.org/rcia-crossfit.

St. Anne Parish 13th Annual Wine in the Bay. 4 to 8 p.m., Bella Torre Estates in Byron. Wineries, breweries, food, music, art, etc. $50 per person. Attendees must be 21. Contact: Peggy Ann Valley, 925-890-5255 or peggy.valley@comcast.net or Linda Thomas, 925-634-3439 or lsthomas@sbcglobal.net. Tickets can also be purchased via PayPal at the parish web site: www.stannechurchbyron.com and they will be held at "will call."

Saturday, Aug. 27
Catechist Crossfit. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Joachim Parish, 21250 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. Activities include a keynote talk by Bob Rice, nationally acclaimed speaker and author; breakout sessions; Mass; praise and worship; and closing prayer. Registration is $25, which includes lunch. Information/registration: visit oakdiocese.org/crossfit.

The St. Catherine of Siena's Young Ladies Institute 64 presents the "Hooray for Hollywood" Fashion Show & Salad Bar Luncheon. Show time begins at 11:30 a.m. in the parish hall, 604 Mellus St., Martinez. Fashions provided by Dressbarn in El Cerrito. The event benefits YLI programs including Fulfilling the Promise Campaign and the Golden Jubilee Burse Seminarian program. Tickets $15, contact Willy Brouette, 925-228-9072. No ticket sales at door.

September to June
Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality 10-month program is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 year. For more information: Paul Loh at paul.loh1962@gmail.com or 510-384-4576 or Harry Hutzel at harry.hutzel@yahoo.com or 650-392-4856.

Sept. 6, 7, 12, 17, 19, 20, 21
Courses at the School of Applied Theology, St. Albert Priory, 5890 Birch Court, Oakland: Sept. 6 to 7 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Living Contemplatively, by Rev. Michael Fish, OSB Cam.; Sept. 12 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.): Transitions — Who We Are and Where We Are Going, by Bede Healey, OSB Cam; Sept. 17 (9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Sleeping and Dreaming Qigong, by Kaleo and Elise Ching; Sept. 19, 20 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Sept. 21 (10 a.m. to noon): Praying Our Experiences, by Bernard LoCoco, FSC. For more information and registration go to www.satgtu.org/course-offerings or dial 510-652-1651.

Sundays, Sept. 18 to Nov. 20
Alpha Course at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, 10:15 a.m. Sundays in the multi-purpose room; Explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share your point of view. RSVP: Rosemarie, RMcKenney@sjasr.org.

Weekends and evenings, Sept. 19 to Nov. 17
Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible, an eight-week study course at St. Joan of Arc, 2601 San Ramon Valley Road in San Ramon. RSVP: Rosemarie, RMcKenney@sjasr.org.

Sept. 18 to April 13
Bible Timeline: Story of Salvation. A 24-week study course at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 2601 San Ramon Valley Road in San Ramon. RSVP: Rosemarie, RMcKenney@sjasr.org.

Sept. 15
Addressing End of Life Care Options — Reflections of a Hospice Nurse. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Presenter: Colleen R. Baker, RN. Cost is $10. Information/registration: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, ext. 315.

Sept. 17, 24
4th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk/Run The national walk/run provides funding for local Society of St. Vincent de Paul conferences and councils.

Sept. 17: Event beneficiary: St. John the Baptist, El Cerrito. Hosted by the Western Contra Costa County SVdP at St. Paul Church, 1825 San Pablo Ave., San Pablo, registration at 8:30 a.m.; Walk/Run at 9 a.m. Contact: Patrick J. Moran, 510-323-5962 or patrickmoran84@yahoo.com; Event beneficiary: Brentwood and surrounding area served by the SVdP conference of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish at IHM Parish, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sept. 24: Event beneficiary: St. Agnes Parish. Event begins at 9 a.m. in the parking lot at St. Agnes Parish, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Contact: MaryAnn Liebschutz, 530-400-9519 or momlieb452@yahoo.com; Event beneficiary: District Council of Contra Costa County. The event begins at 9 a.m. on St. Isidore Grass Field, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. Contact Barbara Hunt, 925-838-9094 or b.hunt@svdp-cc.org.

Saturday, Sept. 17
St. Martin de Porres Family of Schools All Class Reunion. At St. Columba Parish Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave, Oakland. Event for alumni of Sacred Heart, St. Patrick and St. Columba elementary schools. $50 per person. Cash raffle. Music, no host bar, friendship. Proceeds go to Emeritus Bishop John Cummins Scholarship Fund. Visit website at stmdp.org or Eventbrite.com for ticket sales.

Sunday, Sept. 18
An Affair to Remember — San Damiano's Fall Auction and Dinner at the retreat center, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Cost is $75. For more information and to register go to www.sandamiano.org or dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315.


August 8, 15, 22, 29
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, August 9, 16, 23, 30
Men of St Joseph meeting at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, Tuesdays, 7 to 8 a.m., at Ourspace room, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Information: michaelgallagher1025@outlook.com.

August 9, 23
Fil/Am ministry. 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, St. Clement Parish Center, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Simon Medrano, 510-303-2965.

Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24, 31
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.

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.)

Sunday, Aug. 21
Prayer Around the Cross: Worship through Song, Scripture and Silence in the style of Taize. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill. Third Sundays at a different church in the Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek area.

Friday, Aug. 26
8 p.m. fourth Fridays, St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Information: www.facebook.com/TaizťOnTheIsland.

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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, First Friday
9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12 midnight every First Friday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel, 2500 Bermuda Ave., San Leandro. 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 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 Circle (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, St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. 510-522-0181.

First Saturdays
Immediately following 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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Aug. 19 to 21
Catholic Men's Fellowship at Old Oak Ranch Road in Sonora. Men are invited for a weekend of reflective spirituality. Retreat leader: Rev. Samuel West, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Sonora. $180 donation for lodging and meals. Online registration and PayPal payment at www.CatholicMen.org; For more information or mail registration, 209-264-2263 or SonoraCMF@gmail.com.

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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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Saturday, Aug. 13
Chorus Without Borders Benefit Concert for St. Mary's Center. 2 p.m. at Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill Drive, Oakland. Performers include The Rockridge Chorale, The Minsteracres Rubato Singers (Northumberland, England) and The Variety Pack Singers (East Bay). Benefits St. Mary's Center program for homeless seniors with mental illness. Tickets: $20. For details and online tickets go to www.rockridgechorale.org; Teresa: 510-388-5710 teresa_countryman@rockridgechorale.org.

Third Annual Joy of Life Dinner. At St. Catherine Parish Hall, 604 Mellus St., Martinez. 5:30 p.m. free-will donation beverage bar; 6:30 p.m. chicken dinner. Live music, raffle, face painting and balloon animals. Benefit for St. Catherine Respect Life Ministry. Tickets: $15 adult, $10 senior and youth (13 to 17) and free for children 12 years and younger. Limited tickets sold at the door.

Friday, Sept. 5
Tony Lema Invitational, benefiting St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland. Noon (shotgun start) at Oak Golf Club in Walnut Creek. $175 per player includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner, registration gifts, prizes and contests. Live and silent auctions. Registration: www.stliz-hs.org and click under the Support SEHS tab. Information: Brandon Garcelon, bgarcelon@stliz.org or 510-532-8947, ext. 9120.

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Tuesday, August 23
Healing the Heart Grief Workshop. 7:30 to 9 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Six-week Christ-centered program open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. Information/registration: Helene Billeci, 925-686-4870, free but registration is required by Aug. 10. Parish office: 925-672-5800.

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Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Service, Ministry Events & Support GroupS

Aug. 11, 25
Grief Workshop. 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Pre-registration unnecessary. Information: Eleanor, 925-846-8708.

Thursday, August 18
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa, 7 to 9 p.m. third Thursdays at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Contact: Joan S., 925-939-1007.

Third Wednesdays
Military Peer Support Group. 7 to 8 p.m. in the 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.

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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Friday, August 19
A Night of Catholic Comedy — Late Night Catechism: Sister's Summer School. 8 p.m. at Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. The solo show, which has been described as part catechism class, part stand-up, will take audience members, especially those who attended Catholic school, back to the "good old days" when Sister ruled the classroom and could inspire utter silence with a single glare. Tickets are $35 to $60 for adults, $16 for students/military personnel. For tickets or more information dial 925-373-6800 or visit www.lvpac.org and click "summer shows."

Through August 28
Summer exhibits at Saint Mary's College Museum of Art, 1928 Saint Mary's College Road, Moraga. Reflections in Water: Selections by the California Art Club. California Art Club artists share the serenity they have found by the water's edge as they reconnect with nature, recharge the spirit and reflect upon life's many wonders. Information: 925-631-4379.

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Parish Celebrations

Sunday, Aug. 14
St. Stephen Parish 50th Anniversary Mass and Luncheon. 10 a.m. Mass at St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. Luncheon to follow in parish hall. 925-939-3826.

Sunday, Sept. 25
St. Jerome Parish 75th Jubilee Celebration. 11 a.m. Mass at 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. Dinner at Galileo Club in Richmond will follow. Information: 510-525-0876 or stjeromeec.org.

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Grief Support

Sessions are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation. Facilitated by Rev. Padraig Greene, parish relationship director.

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 23
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.

Wednesday, Aug. 10
Why Does it Hurt so Much? 7 p.m. second Wednesdays at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery; 1965 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette. 925-932-0900.

Thursday, Aug. 11
Why Does it Hurt so Much? 2 p.m. second Thursdays at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery; 2540 Church Lane, San Pablo, 510-234-2012.

Why Does it Hurt so Much? 7 p.m. second Thursdays at Holy Angels/Sorensen Chapel; 1140 B St., Hayward, 510-581-1234.

Saturday, Aug. 13
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.
Suicide support, noon second Saturdays, St. John Vianney Parish, Mullen Commons; 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, 925-939-8149.

Saturday, Aug. 27
Why Does it Hurt so Much? 11 a.m. fourth Saturdays at Holy Angels/Cooper Chapel; 1580 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland, 510-533-4114.



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