JANUARY 24, 2005




Democracy in danger
Father Gerard Jean-Juste, acclaimed Haitian human rights advocate who last year was arrested while feeding children at his church and freed after an international outcry, will speak on “Democracy Under Siege: Human Rights in Haiti Today” at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St. in Berkeley. Donation: $5 – 15. A reception precedes the event: $50. Information: (510) 558-9010. Sponsors: What If? Foundation; Haiti Action Committee.

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.
Sunday, Jan. 30

African American Celebration. At St. Columba Parish, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. 8:30 and 10 a.m.: Kathy Ward, guest pastor, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Oakland.

Sunday, Feb. 6
African American Celebration. At St. Columba Parish, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. 8 and 10:30 a.m.: Rev. Brian Hunter, Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland. 10:30 a.m. Mass: Rawn Harbor Gospel Workshop Choir led by Rawn Harbor, director of liturgy, St. Columba Parish and the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley; faculty, University of San Francisco.

St. Patrick’s African American History Celebration. 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, 1023 Peralta St., Oakland. Jesuit Father Eddie Fernandez, presiding. Rev. Ken Chambers, pastor, West Side Baptist Church, guest speaker.

Memorial Mass for Victims of the Tsunami Tragedy. 2 p.m. at St. Anne Church, 32223 Cabello St., Union City. Celebrant: Father Larry Silva, diocesan vicar general.

Saturday, Feb. 12
Charismatic Teaching Day. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Raymond Parish, Moran Hall, 11555 Shannon Ave., Danville. Speaker: Redemptorist Father Dick Schiblin, former director at Holy Redeemer Center in Oakland, will discuss “Christian Spirituality.” Bring a bag lunch. A love offering will be taken. Information: (925) 828-1945 or (925) 551-5827.


Tuesdays, Feb. 1 – March 8
Six-week Lenten Series. 7 – 9 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. In preparation for the season of Lent, various themes are being presented each week to explore a contemplative approach to life. Prayer (meditation, Lectio Divina, Quaker style silence), journaling, and art are the topics presented by Rena Grant, Ana Clarke, Nancy Burchett and Kathy Miranda. Pre-registration is encouraged. $15 per session, $75 for entire series. For topics and presenters, call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141 or visit website:

Tuesdays, Feb. 8 – March 15 12:45 p.m. following the noon Mass at Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Redemptorist Father Greg Schmitt will conduct this five-session class on Matthew’s Passion account. Each class session will run about 75 minutes. $25 donation is requested for entire series. May also be offered at 7 p.m. if minimum of seven persons sign up for this time slot. To make reservations phone: Angie, (510) 635-6341 or e-mail: hrcoakland@aol.comand leave phone number and time preference.

Wednesdays, Feb. 9, 16, 23
Bible Study on Holy Week Liturgies. 7 – 9 p.m., at St. John the Baptist Parish, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Father Thomas Doyle, a widely-recognized speaker on Church issues, will teach this adult-education course on the liturgies and Scriptural lessons of Holy Week and the Easter Vigil. Information and directions, contact the rectory at (510) 232-5659.

Jan. 28 – 30 At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Marriage With A Warm Heart” with Carol Kaplan, MFT, Barry Brunsman, OFM. Take time to explore, reflect, and pray with your spouse. $50 deposit, $270 per couple. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Feb. 4 – 6
Seeing With Eyes of the Heart: Science and Mysticism Weekend Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Presenters Mary Schmitt, a neurophysiologist, and Carondelet Sister Joanna Bramble, development director at St. Mary’s Center in Oakland, will examine how new scientific breakthroughs converge with timeless mystical voices to proclaims a new way of seeing, and thus being. Double-per person: $155; private room: $185. To register: phone (925) 837-9141, website:

Feb. 6 – 10
A Living Church for a Living People. At Sacred Heart Parish, 4025 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland. Retreat begins Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 – 10 sessions: 8 a.m. Mass followed by a retreat session; 7 p.m. evening retreat session. Father Robert Morin, a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, presenter. Focus on the Church’s immense resources and strengths. No charge, no registration.

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

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). For directions visit:

Friday, Feb. 4
First Fridays at St. Joseph the Worker Church. 7:30 p.m. at 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. Stephanie Black’s award-winning documentary, “Life and Debt,” examines the devastating effects of globalization upon local agriculture and industry in Jamaica. Admission: free. Information: (510) 482-1062.

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.

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.

Feb. 4, 5
47th Annual Round the Town Luncheon and Dinner. Annual fundraiser for Alameda’s St. Joseph Elementary School features an elegant gourmet meal served in many of Alameda’s finest homes. Locals open their houses and serve patrons in style to benefit St. Joseph School enrichment programs and selected charities. Supporters can choose lunch or dinner on Feb. 4; dinner is the meal offered on Feb. 5. Reservations are required; participants will learn meal locations. $25 for dinner, $18 for lunch. Phone: (510) 814-0682.

Saturday, Feb. 5
Noel’s Institute 113 Young Ladies Institute (YLI) Pre-Super Bowl 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.

Thursday, Feb. 10
Valentine Polenta and Stew Dinner. 6:15 no-host cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner, at St. Theresa’s Hall, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. $14 adults, $7 children 7 – 12 years. Reservations: by check payable to I.C.F. Branch #223 and mailed to Holly Raineri, 1074 Annerley Road, Piedmont, CA 94610; (510) 451-0608.

Friday, Feb. 11
Valentine’s Evening for Couples. At St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., renewal of vows at 8 p.m., dancing to follow. Information: Ted and Sue Selna, (925) 426-6025.

Sunday, Feb. 27
American Council #8 Y.M.I. Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party. 3 p.m. no-host cocktails, 5 p.m. dinner, at St. Lawrence O’Toole Gym, 3725 High St., Oakland. Dinner followed by entertainment (Irish band and step dancers) and dancing. Donation: $27 per person. Reservations deadline: Feb. 21. No tickets sold at the door. Send checks with reservations to: American Council #8-Y.M.I., c/o Stuart McIntyre, 478 Jean St., Oakland, CA 94610; (510) 451-2712.

Saturday, Jan. 29
Moreau Catholic High School Booster Club. At 27170 Mission Blvd. Hayward. 6:30 p.m., cocktail hour; 7:30 p.m., dinner; 9 p.m., dancing. Includes an auction and raffle benefiting MCHS athletic programs. Two seatings: main gym seating (adults 21 and over where alcohol will be available); and family seating (all ages/no alcohol). Prices: $35 adults, $25 children 10 and under. Information: (510) 881-4330.

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

Friday, Feb. 4
East Bay District 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.

Feb. 11, 12
St. David School. 6 p.m. at 871 Sonoma St., Richmond. Feb. 11: Family night, adults $28, children $5; Feb. 12: Adults only, $28 music/dancing. Tickets: (510) 232-2283.

Saturday, Feb. 12
Church of the Transfiguration. At 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Doors open at 5 p.m. for fellowship and no-host bar. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $35, includes dinner, dessert and coffee bar. Raffle prizes. Dancing until midnight. Tickets or information: MaryAnn Evans, (510) 581-8060.

Our Lady of the Rosary School. 6 – 7 p.m. no-host cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner, 9 – 11:30 p.m. dance, at 703 C St., Union City. Tickets: $30 per person. Silent auction and raffle. Tickets: (510) 471-3765.

Sunday, Jan. 30
Covenant of Compassion with Homeless People. 3 – 4 p.m. at San Francisco Civic Center Plaza. A dramatic event at which homeless people will share – through their own poetry – their own perspective on the state of homelessness. Information: Sister Bernie Galvin, (415) 929-0781 or

Sunday, Feb. 6
Liturgical Music and Dance Concert in Honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. 4 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 2808 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. The parish’s music and dance ministries will sing and dance Her praises in musical settings throughout history. There will be a blessing of service ministries at the concert. Good will offering at the door. All proceeds will go towards tsunami relief. Information: (510) 451-1790, ext. 204.

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