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December 12, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 21   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events


Adoration of Magi
The adoration of the Magi is depicted in a 14th-century painting by Giotto di Bondone. The feast of the Nativity of Christ, a holy day of obligation, is celebrated Dec. 25.
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Christmas Spirtuality

Dec. 14 and 21
Advent Taize Prayer Service. 7 to 8 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Information: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, extension 315.

Friday, Dec. 16

The Many Sounds of Christmas — Third Annual Holiday Concert at St. Columba Church. 7 to 9 p.m. at 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. O. Mark Wilson, music director. Featured performers include Joe Hebert, Geri Whitmore and Sidney Ragland. MC is Miranda Wilson. Tickets: $30; $35 at the door. All proceeds benefit the St. Columba African American Celebration Series. Information: http://bit.ly/stcolumba or 510-550-4060.

Christ, the Morning Star — Christmas Concert. 7:30 to 9 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Come and celebrate the joys of Christmas, presented by the music ministries of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton. Classical, Gospel and traditional holiday songs will be performed by the adult, teen and children's choirs along with soloists. The audience will be invited to sing along as well. Free-will offering. Information: www.CatholicsofPleasanton.org.

Saturday, Dec. 17

A Holiday Celebration by the San Francisco Boys Chorus at 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Special appearance by the Crowden Music Singers. Tickets are on sale at Eventbrite and through www.sfbc.org/tickets.

Sunday, Dec. 18

Morning Star — A Christmas Concert featuring St. Philip Neri-St. Albert the Great Choir. 3 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Church, 3101 Van Buren St., Alameda.

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New Events

Tuesday, Dec. 13
Sing the Music of Hildegard of Bingen as contemplative practice, through the Ear to the Heart. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 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. No reservations required. Suggested offering: $10 to $20. 415-457-7727; info@santasabinacenter.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 14
Contemplative Day of Prayer led by Sister Marietta Fahey, SHF. 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Santa Sabina Center, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. Theme: "Longing for Light: Listening to our deep longings in seasons of darkness, we lean toward LIFE." In quiet reflection and prayer we will listen to life deep within. In quiet and trust, we receive all the PRESENCE we need." No reservations required. Suggested offering: $20. 415-457-7727; info@santasabinacenter.org.

Dec. 30 to Jan. 1

New Year's Retreat — "How Jesus' Family is Just Like Yours." At San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Ave., Danville. Led by Rev. Pat Foley and Rev. Ken Laverone, OFM. Cost: $235 private room/$205 shared room. Information/registration: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, extension 315.

Saturday, Dec. 31

Memorial Cross Service. 3 p.m. at St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. For the past eight years, the parish community has commemorated the lives lost through violence in the city of Oakland. Attendance is open to all who wish to join the parish to reflect and offer encouragement to those directly or indirectly affected. 510-654-7600.

New Year's Eve Retreat. 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Chapel, 43326 Mission Circle, Fremont. Reflection-Eucharist-Festive Dessert (provided by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose). Freewill offering. Presented by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Center for Education & Spirituality. RSVP by Dec. 28 at http://bit.ly/NewYearsRetreat16 or call 510-933-6360.

Jan. 1, 14, 21, 28

Creating Authentic Relationships series with Barbara Gordon Kaleva. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Saturdays in January. $30 per session or $100 for the whole series (includes lunch). Information/ registration: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141 extension 315.

Monday, Jan. 16

Transforming Our Society: Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Tough Mind and Tender Heart." Noon at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 Lacassie Ave., Walnut Creek. Keynote speaker: Rev. Kwame Assenyoh, parochial vicar at Catholic Community of Pleasanton. Music: St. Benedict's Gospel Choir (Oakland) and Dwight Stone's piano music. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Sponsors: Social Justice Alliance of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa Country and the Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center.

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SPIRITUALITY

Dec. 12, 19, 26, Jan. 2, 9
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, St. Columba Church, 6409 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Sponsored by St. Columba Parish Health Cabinet, free. Kate Hobbs, 510-507-6304.

Dec. 13, 20, 27, Jan. 3
Men of St. Joseph meeting at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, 7 to 8 a.m. Tuesdays at Ourspace room, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Information: michaelgallagher1025@outlook.com.

Dec. 13, 27, Jan 10
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, Dec. 14, 21, 28
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.

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

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.

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

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TAIZE

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

Friday, Dec. 16
8 to 9 p.m. at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, Chapel, 43326 Mission Circle, Fremont. Information: Sister Marcia Krause, OP, 510-502-5797.

Sunday, Dec. 18
Prayer Around the Cross: Worship through Song, Scripture and Silence in the style of Taizé. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 399 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Third Sundays at a different church in the Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek area.

Friday, Dec. 23
8 p.m. fourth Fridays, St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Information: www.facebook.com/TaizeOnTheIsland.

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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Perpetual
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. To schedule: 925-689-0838.

Holy Spirit Parish, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. 510-797-1660.

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

Daily
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 midnight every First Friday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel, 2500 Bermuda Ave., San Leandro. 510-614-2765.

Mondays

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.

Tuesdays

8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. benediction in Mary's Chapel at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland.

Wednesdays

6 to 7 p.m.: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; Confessions: 6 to 6:45 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. 510-843-2244;
www.stjosephtheworkerchurch.org.

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.

Fridays

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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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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Events

Monday, Dec. 12
The Primacy of the Gospel. 7 p.m. at St. Columba Parish Chapel, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. This series on the primacy of the Gospel in our Christian tradition concludes. Free. 510-654-7600, StColumba1898@gmail.com; www.stcolumba-oak.com.

Dec. 12, 19

Living with Alzheimer's: For people with early-stage Alzheimer's and care partners. At Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Circle, Fremont. Additional information, including meeting times and room location will be provided after registration is complete. Register: Lan Trinh, 408-372-9982.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Mindfulness Meditation for Healing and Wholeness. 10:30 a.m. to noon at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Circle, Fremont. Each session includes a spiritual focus and practice. Registration: http://bit.ly/CESMindfulness2 or 510-933-6360. Presented by Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Center for Education & Spirituality.

Dec. 17 and 18

St. Gerard Women's Club Christmas Bake Sale and Raffle. After 4:30 p.m. Mass, Dec. 17, and after all Masses, Dec. 18 at St. John the Baptist Church, 264 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. Brenda Silva, 510-276-8745; Cheryl Hoffmann, 510-278-2906.

Wednesdays, Dec. 21, Jan. 4

The Cup of Our Life: A Women's Spirituality Group. 1 to 3 p.m., large parlor, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Circle, Fremont. Join us, using the book "The Cup of Our Life" to explore our relationship with God, encountered in our daily lives and experience. $10 per session. Facilitator: Sister Ingrid Clemmensen, OP. Register: http://bit.ly/2016CupofLife or call for more information, 510-933-6360. Presented by Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Center for Education & Spirituality.

Dec. 30 to Jan. 1

New Year's Retreat: Did You Miss What Just Happened? with Father Pat Foley. San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Cost: $235 for a private room and $205 for shared room. Information/registration: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, extension 315.

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SUPPORT GROUPS

Thursday, Dec. 15
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa, 7 to 9 p.m. third Thursdays at St. Mary of the Immaculate 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.

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.

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Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Service, Ministry Events & 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.

Dec. 13, 27
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. Information: 925-939-8149.

Holiday Workshop Schedule

The Uninvited Guest this Holiday Season — GRIEF.

Sunday, Dec. 25
1 to 3 p.m. at St. John Vianney Parish, Mullen Commons, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Information: 925-939-8149.

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