JANUARY 26, 2004




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


Tuesdays, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10
Eucharistic Adoration. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. every Tuesday in Mary’s Chapel at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St. (at Fruitvale Ave.) The last hour of Adoration is dedicated to the recitation of the Rosary.

Wednesdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11
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. An introduction to the charismatic experience of the Holy Spirit. Call the Charismatic Catholic Renewal Office, (800) 474-6644.

Fridays, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20

Charismatic Prayer Group. 7:30 p.m. at St. John Church, 11150 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito. Everyone is welcome to praise, sing and seek the powerful gifts of the Holy Spirit. Healing prayers for personal needs are offered. Call Tom at (510) 236-2419.

Sunday, Feb. 1
Chinese New Year High Mass. Bishop Allen Vigneron will preside at the 3 p.m. liturgy at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 703 C St., in Union City. A celebration dinner will follow at Lucky Palace Chinese Restaurant.
Celebration of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, SS. Cosmas and Damian Byzantine Catholic Community. 5:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 4025 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland. The SS. Cosmas and Damian Byzantine Catholic Community is an outreach of St. Elias the Prophet Melkite-Greek Catholic Church in San Jose, which is in full-communion with the Church in Rome. The Byzantine Catholic community has a liturgy once a month. Information: e-mail to, or call Joseph Williams at (510) 272-0504.

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. 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, opportunities for contemplation and faith sharing. Registration: $210 single/$190 double occupancy. Contact: Susan Gindy, St. Monica Parish, P.O. Box 128, Moraga, CA 94556; phone: (925) 376-0500.

Monday, Jan 26
The Way Things Are: An Evening of Conversation with Huston Smith on the Spiritual Life. 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way. The world-renowned religious scholar offers another lens onto the extraordinary ability to dialogue with, understand and communicate the core values of the world’s religious traditions. A pre-conference event for Pacific School of Religion’s Earl Lectures. $10 suggested donation at the door. Contact: (510) 848-3696, ext. 23.

Mondays, Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 23

Women in the New Testament. At Our Lady of Lourdes Hall, 2808 Lakeshore Ave. in Oakland, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Examines how Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalen and other New Testament women continue to speak to us today. Presented by Anna Horen, pastoral minister at St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon. Sponsored by the diocesan Department of Faith and Ministry Formation. Fee: $90. Register by phone: (510) 628-2180, fax: (510) 273-4983, or e-mail:

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. Contact the Earl Lectures conference office at (510) 849-8274 or visit the website:

Wednesday, Jan. 28
Re-Discovering the Catholic Faith. 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 at St. Charles (925) 447-4549,, Walt Callahan at St. Michael Parish in Livermore, (925) 455-5449.

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.

Feb. 6-8
Retrouvaille Weekend. A program for couples with troubled marriages seeking to heal their 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

Does the Death Penalty Meet God’s Requirements? One-day conference presented by the California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty. At Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, 1422 Madison St., Oakland. 1 p.m. registration. Afternoon speakers. 6 p.m. banquet followed by workshops. Closing ritual at 8:45 p.m.

Speakers include murder victim’s family member Bill Pelke, exonerated death row prisoner Juan Melendez, and activist Abe Bonowitz from the National Journey of Hope. An interfaith panel of religious leaders working against the death penalty will discuss effective strategies for congregations. Stefanie Faucher will speak about California’s moratorium campaign and how racism affects who lives and dies on death row. $25 fee includes conference and banquet, $10 for students. No one turned away. Call John Marsh at (415) 860-3452 or website:

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Reading of the Sacred Texts. The Honorable John T. Noonan, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Robbins Professor of Law, emeritus, at the University of California, Berkeley, will talk about “The Structure or the Spirit: Interpreting the Constitution of the United States.” 7:30 p.m. in the dinner boardroom, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union’s Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley. Call (510) 649-2541.

Feb. 13-14
Effective Fathers Seminars. At. St. Anne Church, Byron. A program for fathers and grandfathers who are interested in shaping the spiritual and moral development of their children and grandchildren. Includes Scripture-based presentations and small group discussions. Contact: Deacon Ron Horan at (925) 516-3701.

Tuesdays, Jan. 27, Feb. 10, 24
Ministry of Mothers Sharing (M.O.M.S.) Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 9:30-11 a.m. in the ministry center at Christ the King Parish, 195 Brandon Road in Pleasant Hill.

Thursdays, Feb. 12, 26

Bereavement Support Ministry. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 3999 Bernal Ave. in Pleasanton. Meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. All are welcome regardless of religious orientation. Call Mary at (925) 846-5377.

Wednesday, Jan. 28
Fundraiser for St. John the Baptist School in El Cerrito. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., at Chevys Mexican Restaurant, 3101 Garrity Way in Richmond (near Hilltop Mall). 20 percent of all purchases for lunch, dinner or take-out will go to the school. All you have to do is tell the waiter you are there to support St. John’s. Call Nicole at (510) 223-8217.

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.

Annual St. Anne’s #78 YLI Pasta Dinner. 5:30-8 p.m. at St. Joseph’s School Auditorium, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. Tickets: $7 for adults, $4 for children 10 years and under. Proceeds go to various YLI charities. Call (510) 724-9568.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Baked Potato Luncheon at St. Paschal Church. At 3700 Dorisa Ave. in Oakland. Social at 11:30 a.m., lunch 12:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Oakland Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. Menu: baked potatoes with all the fixings, salad, dessert, and refreshments. Cost: $10. Reservations by Jan. 27 to Rosemarie Pierce at (510) 531-1878.

St. Elizabeth High School’s 16th Annual Auction and Crab Feed. At St. Joan of Arc Parish Gym, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon. Cost: $35 per person. Social hour and silent auction, 6:30 p.m. Crab dinner (chicken available for non-crab lovers), 7:45 p.m. Live auction and raffle, 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the SEHS Tuition Assistance Fund. Contact: Kathy McPhee at (510) 532-6473.

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, 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.

Thursday, Feb. 5
Polenta and Stew Dinner. Sponsored by the Italian Catholic Federation, Branch #223, at St. Theresa Parish Hall, 30 Mandalay Rd, in Oakland. No-host cocktails 6:15 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m. Reservations by check made payable to ICF Br. #233 and mailed to Holly Raineri, 1074 Annerley Rd, Piedmont, CA 94610. Tickets: $14 for adults, $7 for children (7-12 years of age.) Seating limited.

Feb. 6-7
Crab Feed Fundraiser for St. David School in Richmond. At St. David School, 871 Sonoma St., Richmond. Begins at 6 p.m. Tickets: $30 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. No children on Feb. 7. Call (510) 232-2283.

Saturday, Feb. 7
The Young Men’s Institute, Hayward Council #76’s 26th Annual Crab Feed. At All Saints Gym, 22870 Second St. in Hayward. Cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Includes crab, pasta, salad, bread, and dancing afterwards. Tickets: $28 per person. Net proceeds will go to the Council’s Scholarship program. Call Paul Koslosky at (510) 889-0576.
First Wine and Chocolate Affair for St. Paschal Baylon School. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Silent auction included in event. Tickets: $30 per person (price includes commemorative wine glass, three wine tastes, appetizers and door prize eligibility.) Tickets on sale at school office, 3710 Dorisa Ave., Oakland. Call (510) 635-7922.

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Polenta Dinner and Raffle. Sponsored by Italian Catholic Federation, Branch 11. at Fratellanza Club, 1140 66th St., Oakland. No host cocktails at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m.(Salad, polenta with beef stew, cabbage with sausage, wine and dessert.) Tickets: $12 for adults, $5 for children. Reservations: call Alma at (510) 530-8637 or Deanna at (925) 935-7343.

Friday, Feb. 13
Valentine Mass and Dance. The Catholic Community of Pleasanton will celebrate a Valentine Mass with renewal of marriage vows followed by a dance at St. Augustine Church and Hall, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. 7:30 p.m. $15 per couple. Child care available. Call Ted and Sue at (925) 426-6025 or Mario and Aileen at (925) 292-0581.

Saturday, Feb. 14

Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance Ball. A fundraising event sponsored by the Filipino-American Community of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Concord. 6 p.m. at the Parish Family Center, 860 Oak Grove Rd, Concord. Tickets: $25 each. Proceeds go to the church improvement projects. Tax-deductible advertisements are also available in the souvenir program booklet. For more information and ticket sales, call Ritzi Ramos at (925) 957-9080 or Tony Lansang at (925) 933-1701.

Church of the Assumption’s 2nd Annual “Bring Your Favorite Crab to Dinner” Crab Feed. 6 p.m. in the Msgr. Brown Hall, 1100 Fulton Ave., San Leandro. Tickets: $20 for adults, $10 for children 10 years and under, free for children under 5. Call the parish office at (510) 352-1537.

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, food, silent auction and a raffle (prizes include a week’s stay in Maui with $1000 in spending money). Tickets: $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.

Tuesday, Feb. 24
9th Annual Pasta Feed Fundraiser Benefiting St. David School in Richmond. 6-9 p.m. at St. David School, 871 Sonoma St., Richmond. Menu: homemade Italian pasta. Includes raffle and auction. Pre-sale: $8 for adults, $4 for children. At the door: $10 for adults and $5 for children. Call the school at (510) 232-2283.

Saturday, Feb. 28
Annual Crab Feed Benefiting Our Lady of the Rosary School in Union City. 6 p.m. to midnight. Tickets: $30 each. The evening includes dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and a raffle. Contact the school office at (510) 471-3765.

Italian Catholic Federation, Hayward Branch 231’s Annual Polenta Dinner.
Benefit for St. Joachim Grammar School and Cooley’s Anemia. At St. Joachim’s Hall, 21250 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $12 for adults and teenagers (13-17 years), $6 for children (6-12 years). Reservations by Feb. 23. Call John Dalri at (510) 471-6915 or Fran La Torre at (510) 887-1509.

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. 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.

Sundays, Feb. 1, 15, 22

Cathedral Concerts at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption. 3:30 p.m., at 1111 Gough St. in San Francisco. Feb. 1.: California Baroque Ensemble with Ruth Onstad, soprano Feb. 15: Eric Huenneke (Concord, MA), organist; Feb. 22: Harry Bernstein Ensemble. All concerts are open to the public. A free-will offering will be requested at the door.

Saturday, Feb. 7
Organ Concert. 3 p.m. at St. Leo Church, 176 Ridgeway Ave. (at Piedmont), in Oakland. The featured organist is William Visscher. All are invited to attend. A free will offering is encouraged. Call: (510) 654-6177.

Saturday, Jan. 31
Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. 9 a.m. at Antioch High School Gym, 700 West 18th St., Antioch. For boys and girls ages 10-14. Free. Must register at the gym and have copy of birth certificate. Call: Steve Rojek at (925) 757-1276.


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