FEBRUARY 7, 2005





Faithful dissent
Robert McClory, distinguished professor of journalism at Northwestern University and author of “Faithful Dissenters: Stories of Men and Women Who Loved and Changed the Church,” will open the Lenten series at Christ the King Parish, 199 Brandon Road, in Pleasant Hill on Feb. 11. McClory will speak on “Conflict in Church History.”

Cultivate the spirit
Father Thomas Keating, a Trappist monk and founder of the Centering Prayer movement, will speak about the campaign to expand the spiritual practice, at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Road in Pleasant Hill on Feb. 27. The event, held from 2 – 5 p.m., will mark the 20th anniversary of Contemplative Outreach and will include a group practice of centering prayer. A donation to the campaign will be requested. RSVP by Feb. 18 to Jeanne Pletz at (925) 837-6971.

Wednesdays, Feb. 9, 16, 23
Christ the King Bible Study and Charismatic Prayer Meeting. 7:30 p.m. at 6 St. Lawrence Court, Pleasant Hill. All are welcome to share in charismatic praise, singing and sharing the gifts of God’s Spirit. Information: (800) 474-6644.

Saturday, Feb. 12
East Bay District #2, YLI Annual Day of Reflection. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at St. John’s Conference Room, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Speaker: Holy Names Sister Roberta Carson. Bring a bag lunch. Call Brenda McKinley, (510) 527-6284.

Charismatic Teaching Day. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Raymond Parish, Moran Hall, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. 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.

Sundays, Feb. 13, 20, 27
African American History Celebration at St. Louis Bertrand Parish. 9 a.m. Mass at 1410 100th Ave., Oakland. Father Tony Valdivia, pastor, and guest speakers. Feb. 13: Father James Matthews, pastor, St. Benedict Parish, Oakland; Feb. 20: Toinette Eugene, diocesan African American Catholic Community; Feb. 27: TBA.

St. Patrick’s African American History Celebration. 10 a.m. Gospel Mass at 1023 Peralta St., Oakland. Feb. 13: Divine Word Father Ken Hamilton presiding. Feb. 20: Youth Sunday, Jesuit Father Bill O’Neill guest speaker, co-presider, and Jesuit Father Eddie Fernandez, presiding. Feb. 27: Rev. Steven Bailey, pastor, Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, San Francisco, guest speaker.

Wednesday, Feb. 16
Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. Leander Church, 550 West Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Redemptorist Father Richard Schiblin presiding.

Friday, Feb. 25
Ultreya. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. Information: call Carl, (510) 223-1003.

Feb. 8, 22, March 1, 8, 15
Matthew’s Passion. 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.

Feb. 11 – March 18
Lenten Retreat: Friday Evenings. 6:45 – 7:25 p.m., supper of soup and bread. (Soup is meatless/vegetarian.) 7:30 – 9 p.m. presentation. At Corpus Christi Parish, 322 St. James Dr., Piedmont. Focus on a renewed understanding of Christ’s Eucharistic presence among us and how, as Church, we are called to live out our vocation to be the Body of Christ for today. Feb. 11: Michael Reardon, proclamation of the Gospel of John; Feb. 18: Rev. Molly Darling, Episcopal priest, on Eucharist and Scripture; Feb. 25: Franciscan Father Kenan Osborne, on Eucharistic theology; March 4: Father Leo Edgerly, on Eucharist and reconciliation; March 11: Father Daniel Danielson, on Eucharist and social justice; and March 18: Bishop Allen Vigneron, on Eucharist and spirituality. After each presentation there will be time for prayer and reflection followed by Benediction. Contact: Raph Martin, (510) 530-4343 or

Feb. 21 – 24
Parish Mission. 9 a.m. (repeated at 7:30 p.m.) at Church of the Transfiguration, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Father J. Patrick Foley, retreat leader, will discuss “The Lenten Journey: Christ’s and Yours.” The mission will include quiet prayer, reflective music, uplifting conferences and an opportunity to connect with God. Babysitting will be provided for the evening sessions.

Sunday, Feb. 27

East Bay District #2 YLI Annual 3rd Sunday of Lent Communion-Luncheon. Noon Mass at St. Albert the Great Church, 1022 Holly St., Alameda. Luncheon will follow the Mass. Cost: $15/person. Reservations: call Thelma Soldavini, (510) 236-9095.

Sunday, March 6
From the Depth to the Height: A Lenten Journey Through Meditation, Dance and Music. 1 – 5 p.m. at Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Dr., Burlingame. Presented by Carla De Sola, a pioneer in liturgical dance, and Mercy Sister Suzanne Toolan, internationally known composer of liturgical music (“I Am The Bread of Life.”). $35. Pre-registration preferred. Bring bag lunch. To register call: (650) 340-7454. Visa, Mastercard accepted.

Tuesdays through March 8
Six-week Lenten Series. 7 – 9 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Various themes are presented each week: Prayer (meditation, Lectio Divina, Quaker style silence), journaling, and art 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:

Wednesdays through March 16
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 lecture on the liturgies and Scriptural lessons of Holy Week and the Easter Vigil. Information and directions, contact the rectory at (510) 232-5659.

Wednesday, Feb. 9
Lenten Day of Renewal. 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Fired With Courage Through Suffering” with Barry Brunsman, OFM. Pre-registration required. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. $20 fee includes lunch. Call Lorraine Steele (925) 837-9141; website:

Feb. 11 – 13
Men’s Lenten Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Franciscan Father Evan Howard and Dennis Hock present “Journey of the Male Spirit.” $170 private/$140 double per person. Call Lorraine Steele (925) 837-9141; website:

Sunday, Feb. 13
Day of Dialogue. 1 – 5 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Presenter: Franciscan Father Richard Purcell. Come for a prayerful day in this safe environment to explore and share stories of faith and community. This day of dialogue is open to gays and lesbians, their friends and families. No Cost. Call Lorraine Steele (925) 837-9141; website:

Thursday, Feb. 17
Lenten Day of Renewal. 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Preparing Our Hearts For Love” with Franciscan Sister Michelle L’Allier. Pre-registration required. Check-in begins at 9:00 am. $20 includes lunch. 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.
Wednesday, Feb. 23

Lenten Day of Renewal. 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Fired With Courage Through Suffering” with Franciscan Father Barry Brunsman. Pre-registration required. Check-in begins at 9:00 am. $20 includes lunch. Call Lorraine Steele (925) 837-9141; website:

Monday, Feb. 14
Conversion Story. 7 p.m. at Our Lady, Queen of the World Church, 3155 Winterbrook Dr., Bay Point. Father Donald Calloway, a member of the Congregation of the Marians of the Immaculate will share the story of his spiritual journey – an agnostic who lived for “wine, women and song” to a religious conversion to Catholicism and the priesthood. Free-will offering.

Tuesday, Feb. 15
Pam Stenzel on “Sex, Love Relationships and Your Teen.” 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Carondelet High School, 1133 Winton Dr., Concord. The nationally-known speaker on teen sexuality will focus on the crucial role of parents in fostering their teens’ physical, emotional and spiritual health. Free admission. Open to all parents of teens in the diocese.. Contact: Rita Billeci, (510) 893-4711 or John Cardoza, (925) 686-5353.

Thursday, Feb. 24
God’s Politics. 8 p.m. at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco. The Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners magazine, will discuss and sign his new book “God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It.” Benefits Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service. Tickets: $10. Information: Ken Preston-Pile, (510) 268-8765,

Thursday, Feb. 10
Valentine Polenta and Stew Dinner. 6:15 p.m. 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.

Fridays, Feb. 11, 18
Friday Night Fish Fry. At St. Philip Neri Parish Hall, High Street and Van Buren, Alameda. Dinner available immediately after 5 p.m. Stations of the Cross; until 7 p.m. Adults $10, $5 children under 12 years. Reservations not required. Information: Jean, (510) 523-9086. Sponsored by Italian Catholic Federation Branch 10.

Saturday, Feb. 12
Flea Market. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Salesian High School, 2851 Salesian Ave., Richmond. Clothing, crafts, toys, electronics and furniture. Sponsored by Salesian’s Booster Club. Information: (510) 233-1081.

Saturday, Feb. 19
Newman Boomers Monthly Dinner. 6:15 p.m. at Filippo’s Berkeley Elmwood Restaurant, 2930 College Avenue, Berkeley. Join our social group – composed of single baby boomers in their 40s and 50s – for a lively meal. Reservation deadline: February 16. For reservations or questions call John, (510) 669-9339 or Mary, (510) 912-1823.

Friday, Feb. 25
St. Vincent’s Day Home Annual Children’s Choice Awards Dinner. 6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant in Oakland’s Jack London’s Square. Honoree: ChevronTexaco, which is funding the first year of operation of the Headco Family Learning Center. Tickets: $100 per person; sponsorships available. Information: Sister Ann Maureen, (510) 832-8324.

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 MacIntyre, 478 Jean St., Oakland, CA 94610; (510) 451-2712.

Saturday, March 12
St. Mary’s College Guild Luncheon and Fashion Show. At Soda Activity Center, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. $40 ticket includes social hour and hors d’oeuvres, which begins at 11 a.m. Fashions by Drapers & Damon’s of Walnut Creek. Reservations: Mary Powers, (925) 672-6761.

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. Raffle prizes. Dancing until midnight. Tickets: 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.

Church of the Assumption. 6 p.m. no-host bar. 7 p.m. dinner. 1100 Fulton Ave., San Leandro. Tickets: $25 for adults, $10 for children 6-12 years and free to children 5 and younger. All tickets must be purchased by Feb. 9. No tickets will be sold at the door. Contact: Gloria Calegari, (510) 352-1537.

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