JANUARY 10, 2005





Tuesdays, Jan. 11, 18
Eucharistic Adoration. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. Held in Mary’s Chapel, which can be accessed from Pleasant Street. The last hour of Adoration is dedicated to the recitation of the Rosary, which starts at 7 p.m.

Wednesdays, Jan. 12, 19, 26
Christ the King Bible Study and Charismatic Prayer Meeting. 7:30 p.m. at the Charismatic Catholic Renewal Office, 6 St. Lawrence Ct, Pleasant Hill. All are welcome to share in charismatic praise, singing and sharing the gifts of God’s Spirit. Information: (800) 474-6644.

Saturday, Jan. 15
Charismatic Healing Mass. 7:30 – 10 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Personal prayer ministry will follow the Mass. All are welcome to come and worship. Sponsored by the diocese’s Charismatic Catholic Renewal Office. Information: (800) 474-6644.

Sunday, Jan. 16
African American Celebration. At St. Columba Parish, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. 8 a.m. Mass: Ron Bazille, parishioner and pastoral council president, St. Columba Parish; 10:30 a.m. Mass: Divine Word Father Ken Hamilton, Bowman Francis Ministry. Information: (510) 654-7600.

Wednesday, Jan. 19
Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. Leander Church, 550 West Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Father John Prochaska presiding.
Friday, Jan. 21

Candlelight Rosary. 7 p.m. at St. Isidore Parish, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. Followed by dessert reception. All are welcome.

Sunday, Jan. 23
African American Celebration. At. St. Columba Parish, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Mass: Father George Clements, founder, One Church, One Family, Alexandria, VA.

Friday, Jan. 28
Attention Cursillistas: Ultreya. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. Information: phone Carl, (510) 223-1003.

Eucharistic Adoration. 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Mary’s House Chapel, 1850 Church Lane, San Pablo.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. At Divine Mercy Center and Perpetual Adoration Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 24 hours a day. Do you want to change your life and live more with God? Then become an adorer of Christ. Spend an hour with Jesus. For more information, phone (510) 412-PERPETUAL.

Jan. 14 – 16
Silent Contemplative Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Experiencing The Presence Of God” with James Finley. This silent retreat is devoted to exploring meditation as a way of entering into the rich mystical heritage of the Christian faith. Saint Benedict, Saint John of the Cross, The Cloud of Unknowing, and other classical sources of Christian contemplative wisdom will be explored. Time will be given for group meditation, personal reflection, and discussion of the themes presented. $190/160. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Jan. 14 – 17
Men’s Cursillo Weekend. At St. Philip Neri Parish, 3108 Van Buren St., Alameda. For information and forms: Kathy Domanski, (925) 866-8544.

Jan. 21 – 23
Franciscan Spirituality Retreat. A San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Discipleship” with John Vaughn, OFM. Francis and Clare were, in their own way and time, first of all disciples of Jesus. He was their only teacher and they learned from him in and through the Church of their day. That Church included prelates, the poor, nobles, a caste system, dangers from within as well as from without, and world conflicts. Join us as we explore how their age, so different from ours, has some familiar aspects. $180/$150. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Saturday, Jan. 22
Beginning Enneagram. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Growing Spiritually” with Maurice Monette, M.Div., Ed.D. The “Enneagram” is an ancient system for uncovering our personal and unique paths to God, as well as the personality habits that constrict our spirits and prevent us from finding God. Explore the strengths and weaknesses of various personality types and methods for achieving the highest levels of human and spiritual development. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.. Lunch included). $80. Call Lorraine Steele, (925)837-9141; website:

Jan. 28 – 30
Married Couples Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Marriage With A Warm Heart” with Carol Kaplan, MFT, and Barry Brunsman, OFM. Those who enter marriage, heart and soul, have a special energy and passion in their relationship. Often, difficulties and/or obstacles arise and can be transformed. This transformation can then illuminate and deepen relationships. Take time to explore, reflect, and pray with your spouse. ($50 deposit) $270 per couple. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Feb. 18 – 21
Women’s Cursillo Weekend. At St. Raymond Parish, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Information and forms: Kathy Domanski, (925) 866-8544.

Mondays, Jan. 10 - Feb. 28
Seven Weeks with Isaiah. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Pope John XXIII room at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Kick off the new year with Isaiah 40 – 55. The focus of the Bible Study prayer session will be “Build a Highway for God.” Father Ray Sacca, pastor at St. Michael Parish, Livermore, will open the session with an overview of Isaiah. Materials cost: $10. Questions: Julie Gallagher, (925) 447-4549,

Wednesdays, Jan. 12 - Feb. 2
The Gospel According to Matthew (or what can we learn from a tax collector?). 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. in the Sablan Room at St. Joseph Basilica Parish, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Holy Names Sister Frances Franey, who began this five-part series last week, continues this exploration of Matthew’s Gospel. Suggested donation: $35, ($55 per couple). Information/registration by phone: (510) 749-7159 or e-mail:

Thursday, Jan. 13
The Catholic Church: Judaism Fulfilled: An Evening with Author Roy Schoeman. 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Hall, 2039 Mt. Diablo. Blvd., Walnut Creek. Born in New York of conservative Jewish parents, Schoeman, who was educated at top U.S. business schools, experienced an unexpected and instantaneous conversion to Catholicism that led to a dramatic refocus of his life. He pursued theological studies, helped produce and host a Catholic television talk show and has written for several Catholic publications. Schoeman will talk about his new book, “Salvation is from the Jews.” Fee: $10 for adults, $5 children under 12, free for 5 years and below. Contact: Phil Sevilla, (925) 682-8649.

Tuesday, Jan. 18
Where Do Moral Values Come From? 7:30 p.m. in Borromeo Hall at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Paulist Father Richard Sparks, pastor at Holy Spirit/Newman Hall Parish in Berkeley, will examine “What Does It Mean to be Morally Mature and a Catholic/Christian Today?” A free will offering of $5 would be appreciated. Questions: Julie,; (925) 447-4549.

Wednesday, Jan. 19
Re-Discovering the Catholic Faith. 7:30 p.m., in the Ignatius Room at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas, Ave., Livermore. Beginning of a nine-week class for those who have been away from the Church for a while as well as those who have questions about the Church. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Julie at or (925) 447-4549.

Jan. 21-22
Called and Gifted Workshop. At St. Joseph Parish, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. An opportunity for lay Catholics to deepen their relationship with Jesus and to discover God’s plan for their life. St. Joseph Parish is sponsoring a teaching team from the Catherine of Siena Institute in Colorado Springs to offer this workshop. Everyone is invited to participate. No charge, but a free-will offering will be taken. Information: Sister Elaine Sanchez, (510) 624-4583.

Monday, Jan. 24
“Ecumenism: Reconciliation and Overcoming Violence.” 8 p.m. at the Pacific Rim room, Lone Mountain Campus, University of San Francisco. The Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, newly appointed Secretary-General of the Anglican Communion, will deliver the XXVI Paul Wattson Christian Unity Lecture. Free and open to the public. Information: Gary McDonald, (415) 422-2699.

Thursday, Jan. 27
The Power of the Parent Seminar. 7 p.m. at St. Perpetua Church, 3454 Hamlin Road, Lafayette. Author Mark Viator will take the audience through the hilarious journey known as parenting and along the way attendees will learn easy and effective ways to create a lasting and unbreakable bond with their children. Admission: $10 per person or $15 per couple. To pre-register, call (925) 283-0272, ext. 203. Childcare is available with a pre-paid registration (include the number and ages of the children) by Jan. 23. For directions visit:

Thursday, Feb. 10
World War II and Italian Americans. 7:30 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Parish Hall, High Street and Van Buren, Alameda. Lawrence DiStasi will talk and lead a discussion about World War II restrictions on the 600,000 Italian Americans who were designated “enemy aliens.” Many of these people live in the East Bay. Those who remember the wartime restrictions and/or family members who were forced to move will be invited to share their stories and memories. Information: Jean McElroy, (510) 523-9086.

Saturday, Jan. 15
St. Lawrence O’Toole School Silent Auction. 5:30 – 7:15 p.m. at the school, 3695 High St., Oakland. No-host bar and finger foods will be served. Proceeds to benefit the school and sport programs. Information: (510) 326-5331.

Friday, Jan. 21
St. Anthony Fish Fry Fundraiser. 3 – 8 p.m. at St. Anthony Church Social Hall, 971 O’Hara Ave., Oakley. The complete dinners will be available for a donation of $7. All proceeds will go towards the community center project. Sponsored by The Ladies Guild of St. Anthony. Information: (925) 625-2109.

Annual Polenta Dinner. 6:30 p.m, no-host bar; 7 p.m., dinner, at St. Philip Neri Parish Hall, High Street and Van Buren, Alameda. Tickets: $15 for adults, $8 children under 12. Contact: Pat Pasquinelli, (510) 521-2485.

Sunday, Jan. 30
Sacred Heart Parish’s 21st Annual Mardi Gras Dinner Dance. At the Colombo Club, 5321 Claremont Ave., Oakland. No-host cocktails begin at 3 p.m., dinner to follow at 4 p.m. Dance to the music of The Banez Brothers after dinner. A raffle will be held; top prize: $500 cash. Tickets: $25. Reservations: phone Kim Mikus, (510) 653-4392, or Gilda Costa, (510) 652-2855.

Saturday, Feb. 5
Noel’s Institute 113 Young Ladies Institute (YLI) Pre-Superbowl Party. Noon at Assumption School Hall, 1851-136th Ave., San Leandro. Tickets: $10 per person. Proceeds to benefit the Grand President’s Program, the American Red Cross. Deadline for reservations: Jan. 31. “Football scoreboard” is $2 a square for participants. Information: (510) 785-4430.

Jan. 14, 15
40th Annual Salesian High Crab Feed. Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.; Jan. 15: 6 p.m. Homemade appetizers and fresh cracked crab, salad, dinner rolls, dessert. Tickets: $35. Jan. 15 event includes dance. First 200 tickets sold will receive a free adult-sized crab hat ($10 value). Contact: Jeff Ibrahim, (510) 234-4433, ext. 1002.

Saturday, Jan. 15
St. Alphonsus Annual Crab Feed. 6 p.m., happy hour; 7 p.m., dinner, at Troik Hall, 16292 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. Tickets: $30 at the door. Information: (510) 278-4175 or (510) 614-8130.

Saturday, Jan. 22
St. Columba Parish Crab Feed. 6 p.m. at 5401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. No-host bar. $30. No tickets sold at the door. For information or reservations, call Elaine at (510) 632-7864.

Saturday, Jan. 29
Moreau Catholic High School Booster Club 36th Annual Crab Feed. At Moreau High School, 27170 Mission Blvd. Hayward. 6:30 p.m., cocktail hour; 7:30 p.m., dinner; 9 p.m., dancing. An auction and raffle benefiting MCHS athletic programs will also be held. This year the crab feed will have two seatings: main gym seating (adults 21 and over where alcohol will be available); and family seating (all ages where alcohol will not be available). Prices: $35 adults, $25 child 10 and under. Information: (510) 881-4330.

15th Annual Crab Feed and Silent Auction. 6 p.m., social hour and silent auction (no-host bar); 7 p.m., crab dinner, at Holy Names High School, 4660 Harbord Dr., Oakland. Adults only. Tickets: $35 each. No ticket sales at the door. RSVP by Jan. 14. Proceeds to benefit Holy Names High School students and programs. Reservations/Information: (510) 450-1110, ext. 112.

Friday, Feb. 4
Annual East Bay District Crab Feed (Italian Catholic Federation). 6:30 p.m., no-host bar; 7:30 p.m., dinner. Tickets: $30 for adults, children under 12 for $10. Chicken in lieu of crab. Contact: Dave Rose, (510) 521-6004.

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