FEBRUARY 9, 2003





Tuesdays, Feb. 10, 17, 24
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, Feb. 11, 18, 25
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 is an introduction to the charismatic experience of the Holy Spirit. Call (800) 474-6644.

Fridays, Feb. 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.

Light of the World Charismatic Prayer Group. 7 p.m. at St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St., Berkeley. Everyone is welcome to praise Jesus through prayers and songs. Learn how to use the power of the Holy Spirit to guide you in your daily life. Personal healing prayers available. Call Joan at (510) 524-9563.

Wednesday, Feb. 18
Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m., at St. Leander Church, 550 West Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Father Greg Schmitt, presiding. All are invited.

Sunday, March 14
26th Annual SPRED Diocesan Liturgy. 10:30 a.m. at St. Paschal Baylon Parish, 3700 Dorisa Ave., Oakland; exit Freeway 580 at 98th/Golf Links Road. Bishop Allen Vigneron will preside at liturgy.

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.

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. 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.

Tuesdays, 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.

Tuesdays, Feb. 10, 17, 24
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7:30 p.m. at Family Life Office, 2350 Pacheco St., Suite 201, Concord. Support group meets every Tuesday. Other events: Group Mass and Potluck on Feb. 21, 4:30 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., in Walnut Creek. To RSVP or more information, call Char, (925) 932-5054. Group dinner at China Gourmet in Martinez on Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m. RSVP by calling Dennis at (925) 770-0505.

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.

Caregivers’ Circle of Caring. A support group for caregivers. Meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, at 6:45 p.m. in the Teachers Lounge at St. Philip Neri School, High Street at Van Buren, Alameda. All faiths welcome. Call Margie at (510) 522-6005, or the parish office during business hours at (510) 522-2299, Monday through Friday.

Tuesdays, Feb. 17 , March 2, 16
Berkeley Divorced, Separated Catholics Support Group. 6-7:15 p.m. at. St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. Led by psychotherapist. Meets on first and third Tuesdays of the month. Contact: Suzanne Lavois, (510) 655-3900.

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.

Tuesday, Feb. 17
Lecture: Afghanistan at the Crossroads. A conversation between novelist Khaled Hosseini, author of “The Kite Runner” (Riverhead Books, 2003) and Theodore L. Eliot, Jr., U.S. ambassador to Kabul (1973-78). 5:45 p.m., University of San Francisco, USF Lone Mountain Campus, 2800 Turk Blvd. (between Masonic and Parker), room 100. Born in Kabul in 1965 Hosseini’s family received asylum in the U.S. in 1980. Eliot served 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service including postings in Moscow and Tehran. Free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended: (415) 422-6357.

Saturday, Feb. 21
Annual St. Mary’s Conference. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Hilton Hotel, Concord. Msgr. James Lisante, director of The Christophers, and Dr. Donna Orsuto, lecturer on lay spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University, are among presenters. Program includes lectures, a healing service and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. $55 fee includes lunch. Phone: (510) 724-7272 (day), (510) 799-0474 (evenings), website:

Saturday, Feb. 28
The Hispanic Theological Initiative Annual Western Region Conference. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., in the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. Papers and panels will seek to understand how churches can best serve Latina and Latino migrants in ways that will nourish their personhood and the dignity of their communities. Sponsored by the Hispanic Theological Initiative based in Princeton with participation of the GTU. Presenters include Jesuit Father Allan Figueroa Deck, executive director of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA, co-founder and first president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States and of the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry. Contact: (510) 649-2422 or website:

March 13-14
Workshop for the Recently Divorced. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at The Family Life Center, 2350 Pacheco St., Suite 201, Concord. Designed to help the recently divorced deal with the stages of grief and healing using the book “Divorce and Beyond.” Topics include self-image, stress, anger, blame, guilt, loneliness, growth and more. $35 donation requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Call Joe Gerhards at (925) 682-3314 or Euclid Viegas at (510) 685-0497. Sponsored as a service and outreach of the Catholic Divorced, Widowed and Separated (CDWS) of Contra Costa County.

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. Menu: 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.
Thursday, Feb. 12

Annual Black History Night. Sponsored by St. Paschal Baylon School, 3710 Dorisa Ave., Oakland. Potluck dinner will begin at 6 p.m., followed by performance at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 per adult. Call the school office at (510) 635-7922.

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 will go to the church improvement projects. Tax-deductible advertisements are also available in the souvenir program booklet. Call Ritzi Ramos at (925) 957-9080 or Tony Lansang at (925) 933-1701.

All Saints Church CYO Crab Feed. At All Saints Gym, 22870 Second St., Hayward. No-host cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Includes all you can eat crab with pasta, salad, garlic bread, and dessert. Music while you eat and dancing to follow. Tickets: $32 per person. Net proceeds will go to the All Saints CYO programs. Contact Elia Lonsdale at (510) 538-9939.

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.
St. Alphonsus Crab Feed. Social hour at 6 p.m. Crab feast – “all you can eat” – at 7 p.m. At 16290 Foothill Blvd, San Leandro. Tickets: $30 for adults, $15 for children under 12. Call: (510) 278-4175.

Friday, Feb. 20

Children’s Choice Awards Dinner. 6 p.m., at Scott’s Restaurant, Jack London Square, Oakland. St. Vincent’s Day Home, the oldest and largest child development center in Alameda County, will honor four supporters: Justice Carol Corrigan, an associate justice of the California Court of Appeal; Maude Pevere, 1997-2003 board of directors’ member; Shawna Jones, head teacher at Day Home and distinguished alumna; and HP Invent (the Hewlett Packard Company). Tickets: $100 per person. Proceeds to support St. Vincent’s Day Home. Call (510) 832-8324 or visit website

Annual Mardi Gras Party Sponsored by St. Anne Parish in Byron. 6-11 p.m. at Brentwood Veterans Hall, 757 First St., Brentwood. Includes favors, catered dinner, no-host cocktails, silent auction, raffle, best costume prizes and dancing. Costumes are optional. Proceeds to benefit the St. Anne Building Fund. Tickets: $20 per person (in advance), includes beverage of choice; $30 at the door. Contact Greg at (925) 634-4990 or Bob at (925) 240-0509.

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.

St. Augustine Parish Costumed/Masked Mardi Gras Party. 6-10 p.m., in the parish hall at 410 Alcatraz Ave. in Oakland (Colby Street entrance). An evening of food, music, dancing and “Big Fun” in the style of Ole New Orleans. Dinner includes NOLA favorites: chicken (fried or baked), red beans and rice, gumbo, and King Cake. Judged cooking contest for those who bring their own food. Party goers are asked to wear costumes or masks or semi-formal attire that feature the colors purple, green and gold. Raffle contests will be held. Tickets: $25 per person, $230 for table of 10. Call (510) 652-6727, (510) 653-8631, (510) 832-5232, ext. 2 or e-mail:

Annual Mardi Gras sponsored by Isle City #51 YLI. 7 p.m. at Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Dinners are $25. Choice of prime rib, chicken and fish. Social hour at 6 p.m. Reservations: (510) 865-4413 or (510) 523-1500.

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: homestyle, 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.

Disco Bingo. 7 p.m. at St. Michael Parish Hall, 372 Maple St., Livermore. A night of bingo and dancing sponsored by Branch #285 of the Italian Catholic Federation. $10 charge includes one bingo pad for 10 games and dancing to the music of DJ Joe Buonsante, JB Smooth Sounds Productions. Beverages, cookies and chips will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cooley’s Anemia research at Oakland Children’s Hospital and the ICF Scholarship Program. Reservations (by Feb. 23) to: Mary G. at (925) 447-8471 or Helen W. at (925) 462-3798. Or send donations to Helen Wirtenson, 4071 Moselle
Court, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

Sunday, March 14
St. Patrick’s Day Party. Sponsored by the Young Men’s Institute, Oakland American Council #8. At St. Lawrence O’Toole Gym, 3725 High St., Oakland. Cocktails at 3 p.m. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Corn beef and cabbage and all the trimmings. Music and dancing to follow. Tickets: $25 for adults, free for children under 10. Call Stu MacIntyre at (510) 451-2712.
Fourth Annual Spring Fest. A wine tasting and auction event benefiting The St. Rose Hospital Foundation. 3-5 p.m., at the Hayward City Hall Rotunda, 777 B St., Hayward. Proceeds to provide funds to buy new digital diagnostic radiology and fluoroscopy equipment. Phone: (510) 264-4007 or e-mail:

Saturday, March 20
Annual Spring Auction to Benefit All Saints School, Hayward. No-host bar and silent auction at 5 p.m., steak and shrimp dinner at 7 p.m., followed by the oral auction and dancing (in the school’s gymnasium) Tickets: $30 per person. Reservations: (510) 582-1910.

Wednesday, March 31

A Day at the Races Sponsored by Confraternity of St. Anne at St. Edward Parish in Newark. $25 donation includes admission to Golden Gate Fields in Albany and a bountiful buffet. Tickets are limited, early reservations are appreciated. Call Helen Bettencourt at (510) 793-1594.


Sundays, Feb. 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 18
“Fool For Christ: The Story of Dorothy Day.” Sarah Melici, a stage, film, TV actress will perform her one-woman play at LeFevre Theater, St. Mary’s College at 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. The one-hour play portrays Day’s lifelong pursuit of social justice and civil rights. Day was one of the founders of the Catholic Worker newspaper.
Sunday, March 21

Organ Recital. 3 p.m., at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco. Olivier Latry, titular organist of Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris. Works by Bach, Franck, Widor, Liszt, Vierne, Messiaen, Dupre, and improvisation. Free admission.


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