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November 20, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Thanksgiving meals
for all needing one

There will be room at the table for those seeking a Thanksgiving meal, with turkey and all the trimmings. No reservation required at these locations, which welcome guests.

St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County's Free Dining Room will serve Thanksgiving lunch from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Nov. 23 at 675 23rd St., Oakland. The volunteer roster is full, but donations are welcome at St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, 2272 San Pablo Ave., Oakland 94612.

St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County's Family Resource Center will serve Thanksgiving meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2210 Gladstone Drive, Pittsburg. Donations are welcome at St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County, 2210 Gladstone Drive, Pittsburg 94565.

The Tri-Valley Outreach Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from noon to 4 p.m. at St. Raymond Parish, 11555 Shannon Ave, Dublin. Additional information and volunteer signup information are available at www.tvc-thanksgiving.com.


ADVENT/CHRISTMAS SPIRITUALITY

Nov. 28 to Dec. 19
"Mary of Advent" series with Jan Stegner. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Cost is $35 per session or $105 for whole series and includes lunch. Information/registration, www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, ext. 315.

Dec. 1 to 3
Advent Silent Retreat Weekend with Father Patrick Foley. Cost is $205 for shared room and $235 for private room. San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Information/registration: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, ext. 315.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Silent Christian Meditation; "My Soul Magnifies the Lord" with Sister Barbara Hazzard, OSB. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Cost is $55 and includes lunch. Information/registration: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, ext.315.

"What Sweeter Music" — A Festival of Lessons and Carols. 7:30 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Freewill offering; reception afterward.

Dec. 2 and 3
Famous Christmas Bake Sale and Raffle sponsored by Members of St. Gerard Women's Club of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Dec. 2: after the 4:30 p.m. Mass; Dec. 3: starting at 7:30 a.m. Mass at 264 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. There will be a Continental breakfast and the raffle will be held after the 11:30 a.m. Mass, both on Dec. 3. Information: Evelyn McMillen, 510-481-2467, or Cheryl Hoffmann, 510-278-2906.

Friday, Dec. 8
Advent Day of Renewal with Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Cost is $40 and includes lunch. Information/registration: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, ext. 315.

Saturday, Dec. 9
Advent Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by Magnificat SOTI, A Ministry for Catholic Women. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Crowne Plaza, 45 John Glenn Drive, Concord. A morning of praise, prayer and inspiration by our speaker Father Gary Thomas, the mandated exorcist for the Diocese of San Jose. Men are always welcome to attend. Tickets are $33/$40 after Dec. 2. Information/reservations: www.magnificat-ministry.net or contact: Kim Sullivan, 925-683-8220 or Magnificatsotirsvp@gmail.com.

Third Annual Advent Tea, sponsored by CDA Court Mary, Queen of the World, 2400. Noon to 2 p.m. at St. Felicitas Hall, 1662 Manor Blvd., San Leandro. Guest speaker: Kathleen Kennedy. Guest vocalist: Trisha Brittain. Reserve tickets. $5 per person. Contact Laura Vaca, 510-357-6886.

Sunday, Dec. 10
Christmas Nativity Display. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Chapel, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Treasured displays of Christmas Nativity Scenes from around the world. Sponsored by the Italian Catholic Federation.

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New Events

Saturday, Dec. 2
Winter Dance Party, Presented by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Doors open at 5 p.m.; event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Good Shepherd Hall, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. $10 advance, $12 at the door. Benefits CDA charities. Information: Josie, 925-432-2265 or 925-216-7766.

Monday, Dec. 11
Dinner at Gianni's Italian Bistro (benefitting San Damiano Retreat). 5 to 8 p.m. at Gianni's Italian Bistro, 2065 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. Volunteers and supporters of San Damiano will be your servers for the evening with all tips going to San Damiano. Reservations required: 925-820-6969 or opentable.com.

Sunday, Dec. 17
Pasta Dinner at San Damiano. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. $15 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under. Information: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141.

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SPIRITUALITY

Nov. 20, 27, Dec. 4
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 or clairelascola@gmail.com.

Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 8
Men of St. Joseph meeting. 7 to 8 a.m. Tuesdays in Ourspace room, at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Information: michaelgallagher1025@outlook.com.

Nov. 22, 29, Dec. 6
Perpetual Help Devotion Baclaran format. Wednesdays, 8:15 a.m. after last morning Mass, Our Lady Queen of the World Church, 3155 Winterbrook Drive, Bay Point. 925-550-0679.

Nov. 28, Dec. 12
Fil/Am ministry. 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, St. Clement Parish Center, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Simon Medrano, 510-303-2965.

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.

First Wednesdays
Catholic Men's Night. 7 p.m. at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Adoration, Confession and rosary for men. Food and drink follow. Contact: michaelgallagher1025@outlook.com.

Thursdays
Holy Hour for Vocations. 7 p.m. at Corpus Christi Parish, 37891 Second St., Fremont. 510-790-3207.

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.

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

Friday, Dec. 15
8 to 9 p.m. third Fridays at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Chapel, 43326 Mission Circle, Fremont. Information: contact Teresa Schmidt, 510-933-6366.

8 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Every fourth Friday, (every third Friday in November and December). Information: www.facebook.com/TaizeOnTheIsland.

Sunday, Dec. 17
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Resurrection, 399 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Ecumenical services held the third Sunday of the month at different sites.

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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.

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
6 a.m. to 10 p.m. at St. Agnes Parish, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord.

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.

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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RETREATS

Nov. 24 to 28
"Attitude of Gratitude as Thanksgiving" (Healing and Wholeness Retreat) with Tom Gorham and Davida Coady, MD. San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Cost is $205 for shared room and $235 for private room. Information/registration, www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, ext. 315.

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Events

Saturday, Nov. 25
St. Leander's Meridians 33rd Annual Sports Collectors Show. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ryan O'Connell Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Vintage sports memorabilia (1880's-2010's). Free verbal appraisals for pre-1975 items only. Door prizes. Admission $4; $2 for those who are under 5 years old or over 65. Information, Mark at 510-538-6245.

Wednesday, Nov. 29
Holiday Potluck given by Compassionate Friends of Walnut Creek. 6 to 9 p.m. at St. John Vianney Parish, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Open to anyone who has lost a child. Guest speaker: Alan Pedersen, past executive director, Compassionate Friends. Information: Nancy Juracka at 925-943-3217 or nancyjuracka@yahoo.com.

Lecture: Personhood and the Medieval Imagination. 7:30 p.m. at Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. Presented by Rev. Emery De Gaal, chairperson and professor of the Department of Dogmatic Theology and Pre-theology at Mundelein Seminary, Illinois. Free. Information/RSVP: dspt.edu/personhood-imagination.

Dec. 3, 9 and 10
Voci Women's Vocal Ensemble Concerts. Dec. 3: 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. (Donations benefit Alameda Food Bank.); Dec. 9: 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Ave., Oakland; Dec. 10: 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. Suggested donations for Dec. 9 and 10 performances: $30 at the door; $25 advance, $15 students, free to children between 6 and 12 years. Voci Concerts to feature Baroque and Renaissance Masterworks. Details, www.vocisings.com or 510-531-8714.

Sunday, Dec. 10
Open House Sponsored by the St. Elijah Secular Carmelites. Following the 11 a.m. Mass at St. John the Baptist Church, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Refreshments, meet and greet. Contact Peter, 510-691-9800 or Theresa, theresalthomas@sbcglobal.net.

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SUPPORT GROUPS

Through Nov. 29
Grief support group at St. Columba Parish, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Six-week peer ministry grief support group began Oct. 17 in collaboration with Deacon Chuck McNeil from the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Contact the parish office at 510-654-7600 for more information.

Thursday, Dec. 21
Catholic Divorced Widowed Separated of Contra Costa Support Group. 7 p.m. third Thursdays at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Contact Joan S. at 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 pie411@comcast.net.

Thursdays
Widows/widowers grief support group. 5 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. Information: Sandy Heinisch, 925-513-3412 or sandynca@sbcglobal.net.

Parents Who Have Lost a Child Grief Support Group. At Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. Information: Sandy Heinisch, 925-513-3412 or sandynca@sbcglobal.net.

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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.

Events

Nov. 25 and 26
Parish Outreach — St. Margaret Mary Parish, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Information: 510-482-0596.

Friday, Dec. 1
Remembrance Tree Celebration. 6:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery; 2200 E. 18th St., Antioch 94509. Information: 925-757-0658.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Remembrance Tree Celebration. After the 11 a.m. Mass at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 1965 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette; information: 925-932-0900.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Remembrance Tree Celebration. After the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery; 2540 Church Lane; San Pablo. Information: 510-234-2012.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Remembrance Tree Celebration. At 4 p.m. at Sorensen Chapel; 1140 'B' St., Hayward. Information: 510-581-1234.

Thursday, Dec. 7
Remembrance Tree Celebration. 6:30 p.m. at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery; 1051 Harder Road, Hayward. Information: 510-537-6600.

Grief Support

Saturday, Nov. 25
Coping with Grief Through the Holidays. 11 a.m. fourth Saturdays at Holy Angels/Cooper Chapel, 1580 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland. Information: 510-533-4114.

Tuesday, Dec. 12
Coping with Grief Through the Holidays. 7 p.m. second Thursdays at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 1965 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette. Information: 925-932-0900.

Thursday, Dec. 14
Coping with Grief Through the Holidays. 2 p.m. second Thursdays at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, 2540 Church Lane, San Pablo. Information: 510-234-2012.

Thursday, Dec. 14
Coping with Grief Through the Holidays. 7 p.m. second Thursdays at Sorensen Chapel, 1140 'B' St., Hayward.Information: 510-581-1234.

Saturday, Dec. 23
Coping with Grief Through the Holidays. 11 a.m. fourth Saturdays at Holy Angels/Cooper Chapel; 1580 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland. Information: 510-533-4114.

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