JANUARY 12, 2003
Official newspaper of the Roman Catholic
Diocese of Oakland, California encompassing all of
Alameda &
Contra Costa counties.






Wednesdays, Jan. 14, 21, 28
Christ the King Bible Study and Charismatic Prayer Meeting
. 7:30 p.m. at the Charismatic Renewal Office, 6 St. Lawrence Court, near Oak Park Blvd. in Pleasant Hill. All are welcome to share in charismatic praise, singing and sharing the gifts of God’s Spirit to the glory of Christ Jesus. Personal prayer for healing will follow the meeting. This prayer experience is an introduction to the charismatic experience of the Holy Spirit. Call the Charismatic Catholic Renewal Office, (800) 474-6644.

Friday, Jan. 23
Annual Family Candlelight Rosary and Benediction Commemorating the 31st Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. 7:30 p.m. at St. Isidore Church, 445 La Gonda Way, Danville. For more information, call (925) 820-4246 or (925) 838-2182.

Saturday, Jan. 24
“Growing Spiritually: A Beginning Enneagram Workshop.” Participants will take a self-assessment questionnaire to determine one’s personality type, review an interpretation of the findings and explore how the Enneagram can be applied to spiritual development and growth. Maurice Monette, a spiritual counselor and personal coach who directs the MA program in organizational psychology at John F. Kennedy University, is the facilitator. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The $75 fee includes lunch. Pre-registration required. Reservations by sending $25 deposit per person to San Damiano Retreat Reservations, P.O. Box 767, Danville, CA 94526; phone: (925) 837-9141; fax: (510) 837-0522. Make checks payable to “San Damiano Retreat.”

Gregorian chant. Cum Jubilo and Exaudi Nos, Gregorian Chant groups sing the 4:30 p.m. vigil Mass at St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St., in Berkeley. Held every 4th Sunday of the month.

Daily Eucharistic Adoration
Eucharistic Adoration. At Mary’s House Chapel, 1850 Church Lane, San Pablo across from St. Paul’s Church, near San Pablo Ave. From 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., at 1850 Church Lane.
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. At Divine Mercy Center and Perpetual Adoration Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, next door to St. John the Baptist Church. 24 hours a day.


Jan. 16-18
Franciscan Spirituality Retreat. Theme: “Receiving Gifts and Forgiving Debts: The Good World of Francis of Assisi,” conducted by Franciscan Father Joseph P. Chinnici, academic dean at the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley. At San Damiano Retreat, Danville. Retreat begins on Friday with registration from 4-6:30 p.m. and concludes Sunday with lunch. Room preference: $170 private; $140 per person double accommodations. Reservations by sending $25 deposit per person to San Damiano Retreat Reservations, P.O. Box 767, Danville, CA 94526; phone: (925) 837-9141; fax: (925) 837-0522. Make checks payable to San Damiano Retreat.

Saturday, Jan. 17
Closing Doors…A Sign of Spiritual Maturity. A one-day retreat for divorced and separated people. From 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Holy Family Retreat Center in Fremont. Father Padraig Green, parochial vicar at the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, will facilitate the retreat, which is open to people of all denominations. Come for a day to relax, to reflect, to strengthen, to heal, and to close doors. Cost is $5 per person. Space is limited. RSVP to Elaine Zolfarelli at (925) 484-1776.

Jan. 23-25
Soul Sisters: Called to Connect, Bond and Heal In a Broken World. Participants will “explore the Feminine Divine” and examine how the role women can play in bringing balance and healing to a world of war and suffering. Edwina Gateley, founder of Genesis House, a house of hospitality and nurturing for women, will facilitate. Room preference: $190 private, $160 double per person. Retreat begins on Friday with registration from 4-6:30 p.m. and concludes on Sunday with lunch. Reservations by sending $25 deposit per person to: San Damiano Retreat Reservations, P.O. Box 767, Danville, CA 94526-0767; phone: (925) 837-9141. Make checks payable to San Damiano Retreat.

Jan. 30-Feb 3
2004 Winter Charismatic Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat House in Danville. Sponsored by the Charismatic Catholic Renewal Office, Diocese of Oakland. The theme is “Spirit-Living in God’s Changing World” (1 Cor. 3-16) Room preference: $154 single, $258, ($129 per person) double occupancy. Registration begins at 6 p.m. Friday. Retreat ends after lunch on Sunday. Call CCRO Renewal Office at (800) 474-6644.

Feb. 3-5

Welcoming the Spirit, Living the Mission. A retreat for lay ecclesial ministers at Villa Maria in Santa Cruz, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 3, ending Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. Participants will have time to “rest and BE” in the Spirit. There will be opportunities for contemplation and faith sharing in a relaxed, tranquil environment. Registration: $210 single/$190 double occupancy. Contact: Susan Gindy, St. Monica Parish, P.O. Box 128, Moraga, CA 94556; phone: (925) 376-0500.

Feb. 27-29

Lenten Retreat for Men. At San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. Sponsored by the St. Bonaventure Men’s Spiritual Network. Father Mark Wiesner, an experienced retreat master and parochial administrator at St. Augustine Parish in Oakland, is the retreat leader. Father Wiesner has served as leader or team member on over 400 retreats and brings a youthful energy and lively wit to his ministry. Room preference: $160 double room, $190 single room. $50 deposit required with registration. Balance due by Feb. 1. Register online at, or by sending completed form and check, payable to St. Bonaventure (MSN), to Al Limberg, 4425C Treat Blvd, #237, Concord, CA 94521-2745. Contact: Rich Gierak at (925) 673-0504.

Tuesday, Jan. 20
Parenting Seminar. At St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Rd, Concord, 7 p.m. Robert MacKenzie, Ed.D., uses humor and real-life anecdotes to empower parents and educators with practical, positive, and easy-to-master skills that you can use immediately to raise responsible children. Cost: $5 per person. Tickets are available at the door.

Friday, Jan. 23
Birthing A Dream: A Lived Experience – Maurice Lange, OMI. 7-9 p.m., Holy Names College, Heafey Hall, Room 659, 3500 Mountain Blvd, Oakland. In what manner do we respond to Earth’s allurement? How do we give birth to our dreams? Does our dreaming reflect a sensitivity to the yearning all around? Honoring the intuitive. Through the story of Oblate Ecological Initiative (which includes an ecological learning center and a community-supportive garden), your vision will be inspired, challenged and nourished. $15 at the door. Open to the public.

Monday, Jan. 26
The 25th Paul Wattson Christian Unity Lecture. Dr. Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University, will deliver a public lecture on “Ecumenism and Globalization” at 8 p.m., in the Pacific Rim Room at the University of San Francisco Lone Mountain Campus. A prolific writer, Dr. Jenkins’ most recent book is “The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice” (Oxford University Press, 2003). The Wattson Lectures honor the memory of the Rev. Paul James Francis Wattson, S.A. (1863-1940), founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and pioneer for the cause of Christian Unity. To mark the 25th anniversary of the USF Wattson Lecture/Seminar Series, the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement will honor USF with the Paul Wattson Christian Unity Award for consistent commitment in fostering ecumenical and interreligious dialogue and activities. Jesuit Father Stephen A. Privett, USF president, will accept on behalf of the faculty and staff. Call Gary McDonald, (415) 422-2699.

Jan. 27-29
103rd Annual Earl Lectures and Pastoral Conference. At First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way. A three-day conference sponsored by the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley featuring lectures, workshops, creative worship and conversations with pastors, scholars, community organizers and artists on issues of faith and vocation. Theme: “We Are Called: Vocation in a Swiftly Changing World.” Lectures are free of charge; conference workshops are $75. Lecturers and preachers include: Karen Lebacqz , Robert Gordon Sproul Professor of Theological Ethics at PSR and United Church of Christ minister and Vincent G. Harding, professor of Religion and Social Transformation at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Harding was the first director of the Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Contact the Earl Lectures conference office at (510) 849-8274 or visit the website:

Wednesday, Jan. 28
An American Tragedy. An interview with Koret Distinguished Lecturer Chalmers Johnson, author of “The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic” (Metropolitan Books, 2004), Room 148, University of San Francisco Lone Mountain Campus, 2800 Turk Blvd., San Francisco, 5:45 p.m. Free and open to the public. Information and reservations: the USF Center for the Pacific Rim at (415) 422-6357.
Re-Discovering the Catholic Faith. Start of a 10-week series for individuals who have questions about or have issues with the Catholic Church. 7:30 p.m., at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave. in Livermore. To sign-up or for more information: Julie Gallagher, (925) 447-4549,, Walt Callahan, (925) 455-5409.

Wednesday, Feb. 4
Jesuit Asia, Past and Present: India, China and Japan. 5:45 p.m., University of San Francisco Lone Mountain Campus, Room 100, 2800 Turk, between Masonic and Parker, in San Francisco. Paul Rule, honorary associate in the history department at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, where he retired as senior lecturer in history and religious studies in 2002, will discuss early Jesuit encounters with indigenous religions and cultures in Asia, including special missions to tribal people in India – the Jesuit “sannyasis,” to the villages of minority peoples in rural China with sinologists and teachers of Sino-Christian meditation; and to Japan where the exponents of Zen Christianity have continued the Jesuit tradition.

Feb. 6-8
Retrouvaille Weekend. A program for couples with troubled marriages seeking to heal their troubled relationships. Participants will learn communication tools and resources to explore other areas of the marital relationship. For reservations and/or more confidential information, contact Chris and Katy Huntze at (925) 425-5222 or e-mail:

Saturday, Feb. 7
Religion and the Visual Arts: Language Shaping Soul Conference. 8:45 a.m.–5: 30 p.m., dinner boardroom, Graduate Theological Union’s Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. The conference will focus on the theological themes in three works of art: the Junko Chodos exhibit “Requiem for an Executed Bird”; Stephen de Staebler’s “Winged Figure”; and Daniel Solomon’s Beth Israel Memorial Chapel. A continental breakfast, lunch, and wine and cheese reception is included in the $50 conference fee (students $15). Co-sponsored by the GTU’s Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education (CARE) and the Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture. To register, contact Dr. Doug Adams (510) 849-8285 or

Thursdays Jan. 8, 15, 22
Widow and Widower Support Group. Sessions began Jan. 8, at 2:30 p.m., at Sutter Delta Medical Center, at 3901 Lone Tree Way in Concord. Participants gather in the facility’s Meditation Room. No charge. Contact: Deacon Al Fleischer at (925) 516-9365.

Thursdays, Jan. 8, 22
Bereavement Support Group. When you have lost a loved one through death it can leave you in a state of shock, confusion and sadness. You may not know why you’re crying but we do. We have been there, too. Join us for a bi-monthly bereavement support group. We meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, beginning Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Concludes April 8. All are welcome regardless of religious orientation. Call Mary at (925) 846-5377.

Jan. 16-17
Salesian High School Crab Feed. At 2851 Salesian Ave. in Richmond. 7 p.m. on Jan. 16 and 6 p.m. on Jan. 17. Tickets: $30, includes dancing to music by Pistello on Jan. 17, No outside alcohol permitted. Reservations required: (510) 234-4433, ext. 1015.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Pre-Super Bowl Party. At Assumption School Hall, 1851-136th Ave., San Leandro. Festivities include lunch at noon (featuring “Italian Delight Casserole,” salad, desserts, etc.), raffle, and football pool ($2 per square). Sponsored by Noel Institute 113, Young Ladies Institute (YLI); proceeds to benefit the Grand Presidents’ program, “Sisters Helping Sisters.” Cost: $10. Reservations by Jan. 10. Phone: Eleanor Gallagher at (510) 353-3984. Cash donations welcome.

Saturday, Jan. 24
Bay Area Crisis Nursery Crab Feed. 5-9 p.m. in the St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Tickets: $30 per person. All you can eat crab, pasta, no-host bar. Upgrade your coffee and cookies via the Silent Dessert Auction – delectable desserts from local bakeries. Raffle to win 6 days, 7 nights at St. Hippolyte outside Montreal – airfare for two included. All proceeds benefit the Bay Area Crisis Nursery’s efforts to prevent child abuse. Phone BACN at (925) 685-8052. Tables for 8-16 available.

St. Jarlath Crab Feed. At St. Jarlath Parish Hall, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. 6-7 p.m. social hour. Crab served from 7-10 p.m. Dinner includes salad, spaghetti, garlic bread and French bread. Adults $27, children (14 and under), $16. (You may have to choose New York Steak instead of crab.) Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Magellan Council, #2730. Call Mel Goulart at (510) 533-8212 or St. Jarlath Church at (510) 532-2068.
St. Louis Bertrand 18th Annual Crabfeed and Big Raffle Fundraiser. 6 p.m., at 1410 100th Ave. in Oakland. Dinner tickets: $30. Raffle tickets: $2 each, book of 12 for $20. Big raffle! Grand prize: $1000, 1st Prize: $500, 2nd Prize: $250, 3rd prize: $150. Questions? Call the parish at (510) 568-1080.
Crab Feed to Benefit Mt. Diablo Habitat for Humanity. 6:30 p.m., at Blake’s at Boundary Oaks, 3800 Valle Vista Road, Walnut Creek. Dancing, fun, drawings. Cost: $38 per person, open seating, reserved tables for 10. Call Hilda at (925) 288-0112 ext. 10 for information.

14th Annual Crab Feed at Holy Names High School. At 4660 Harbord Dr. in Oakland. 6 p.m. social hour and silent auction (no host bar), 7 p.m. fabulous crab dinner. $35 per person. RSVP by Jan. 16. Attire: casual, $10 corkage fee. Adults only, please. Questions: (510) 450-1110, ext. 112.
St. Mary’s High School Crab Feed. 6 p.m. at 1294 Albina Ave., Berkeley. Event includes auction, dance. Tickets: $30. Contact: (510) 245-8726 or (510) 658-1267.

Sunday, Jan. 25
“Holy Hotcakes” pancake breakfast. Hosted by Holy Rosary School, 25 East 15th St. in Antioch, in the parish hall after the 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Masses. A boutique featuring specialty baskets is hosted by the parents. Open house for prospective families will also be held that day. Come and meet the teachers and staff and see all the good work students are doing in the classroom. Contact the school at (925) 757-1270.

Friday, Jan. 30
22nd Annual Dinner Dance and Auction. Major fundraiser for St. Isidore School in Danville, which helps meet the operating expenses and educate parish children. At San Ramon Marriott, begins at 5 p.m. Contact Gina or Ken Hare at (925) 362-4961.

Saturday, Jan. 31
Moreau High School Booster Club’s 35th Annual Crab Feed and Auction. No-host cocktails start at 6 p.m. Dinner/auction at 7:30 p.m. includes fresh garden salad, French bread, Penna pasta in a savory sauce, crab and dessert, dancing to a live band until midnight. Tickets: $35. Call: Diana (Straggas) DeFrance (Class of 1976), (510) 881-4330.

Crab Feed to Benefit St. Paul School in San Pablo. 6 p.m. in parish hall at St. Callistus Church Parish Hall, 3580 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante. Tickets: $28. Contact: (510) 233-3080, ext. 0.

St. Joseph Notre Dame High School Crab Feed. Program includes silent auction and raffle drawing. Begins with 6 p.m. cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. $39 per person. Reserve a table of 8 and get 10 percent off the ticket price. For reservations, send a check and list of names in your party to: SJND Crab Feed, 1011 Chestnut St., Alameda, CA 94501. For more information, call (510) 814-7152.

Saturday, Feb. 21
Mardi Gras 2004. St. Joseph Parish in Fremont will celebrate Mardi Gras with this fun-filled, adult-only fundraiser that includes dancing to the beat of a DJ, scrumptious food, silent auction and a raffle (prizes include a week’s stay in Maui with $1000 in spending money). Tickets are $35 per person; raffle tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25. Need not be present to win. Attire: festive costume or semi-formal. Contact Teresa Rogers at (510) 651-9565, e-mail:, or mail: St. Joseph Parish, Attn: Mardi Gras Committee, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539.

Sunday, Feb. 22
20th Annual Mardi Gras Dinner Dance Fundraiser for Sacred Heart Parish, Oakland. 3-10 p.m., at the Colombo Club, 5321 Claremont Ave, Oakland. No host bar 3-4:30 p.m., dinner at 4:30 p.m. and dancing to follow at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25, with choice of baked half chicken or sirloin of beef. For ticket reservations and raffle tickets (1st prize $500, 2nd prize $300, and 3rd prize $200), phone: Gilda Costa at (510) 652-2855 or Kim Mikus at (510) 653-4392.


Thursday, Jan. 29
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. 4 p.m. at the LeFevre Theatre, St. Mary’s College in Moraga, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. The St. Mary’s College Performing Arts Department will present a stage adaptation of the classic story. This new adaptation is a magical hour of children-focused entertainment with the entire production – design, building of set and performance, done by the students enrolled in the January Term course, “Children’s Theatre,” under the direction of story adapter and class instructor, Michael Cook. Suitable for grades K-3. All tickets are $6.

Jan. 17-March 7
Winslow Homer The Illustrator: His Wood Engravings 1857-1888. At Hearst Art Galley, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road in Moraga, directly behind the chapel. The exhibition begins with the 1857 work of Homer, a then little known but promising 21-year-old artist, and spans over a 30-year period as he developed into a major figure in 19th century American art. Opening reception, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2-4 p.m. Contact: (925) 631-4379.


The next issue of The Catholic Voice will be published on Jan. 26. The deadline for Datelines announcements is Jan. 14.


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