FEBRUARY 21, 2005





Wednesdays, Feb. 23, Mar. 2, 9
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.

Friday, Feb. 25

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

Sunday, Feb. 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.

St. Patrick's African American History Celebration. 10 a.m. Gospel Mass at 1023 Peralta St., Oakland. Feb. 27: Rev. Steven Bailey, pastor, Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, San Francisco, guest speaker.

Friday, March 4
Catholic Ladies' Aid Society Day of Recollection. 9:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. session starts. At Mercy Retirement and Care Center, 3431 Foothill Blvd., Oakland. Speaker: Father Antonio Valdivia, pastor, St. Louis Bertrand Parish, Oakland. Luncheon fee: $10. Reservations: Bernadette Bisio, (510) 234-8865. Seating limited.

Saturday, March 5
Day of Prayer. 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. The theme, “Prayer With the Cross, No Greater Love,” will be explored by the prayer team: Mercy Sister Mary Boyce, Kate Dougherty, Jesuit Father Mathieu Ndomba, Jessie Schmidt, and Carmen Scholl. Opportunities for liturgy, presentations, silence, faith sharing, and spiritual direction. $12 fee includes breakfast and lunch. Registration contact Carmen Scholl, (925) 944-5970,
March 13 - 16

Parish Mission. 7 - 9 p.m. at St. Agnes Church, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Conducted by Father Larry Richards, nationally renowned speaker and retreat director. Father Richards will also be the homilist at the weekend Masses. All are welcome. Information: Glenna, (925) 689-0838 or Tom, (925) 687-2761.

Saturday, March 19
Legion of Mary Annual Consecration to Jesus and Mary. 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 4025 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland. Begins with legion prayers and Holy Mass followed by potluck lunch. All active and auxiliary members in the diocese are invited. Information: Lisa, (510) 521-5185 or

Feb. 21 - 24
Lenten Parish Mission. At Holy Spirit Parish, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Redemptorist Father Charlie Wehrley will preside at the 8 a.m. Masses and present the mission at 8:45; repeated at 7:30 p.m. Theme: Forgiveness.

Tuesday, Feb. 22
Contemplative Creativity, 7 - 9 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Presented by Rena Grant and Kathy Miranda. Pre-registration encouraged. $15. Call Lorraine Steele (925) 837-9141; website:

Feb. 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 classes. $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. Reservations: Angie, (510) 635-6341 or and leave phone number and time preference.

Wednesdays, Feb. 23 - Mar. 16
Living the Gospel Message Around the World. 7:30 p.m. in room A-2, Augustine Center, Our Lady of Grace Church, 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. (Follows the 6 p.m. Mass and soup dinner.) Feb. 23: “Why We Talk About Peace and Justice,” Father Dick Schiblin, presenter; March 2: “War in the Cradle of Civilization,” Carolyn Scarr; March 9: “What's Going On in Haiti?,” Pierre Labossiere; March 16: “Jubilee Justice - What is the Effect of Debt in Third World Countries,” Edna Pucci. Sponsored by the Pax Christi Social Justice Group of OLG. Information: Mary Ellen, (510) 537-0806.

Feb. 23 - March 16
Bible Study on Holy Week Liturgies. 7 - 9 p.m., at St. John the Baptist Parish, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Taught by Father Thomas Doyle, a widely-recognized speaker on Church issues. Information: (510) 232-5659.

Feb. 25 - 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. 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. Time for prayer, reflection, Benediction. Contact: Raph Martin, (510) 530-4343 or

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. Cost: $15/person. Reservations: 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, liturgical music composer. $35. Pre-registration preferred. Bring bag lunch. Register: (650) 340-7454.

March 6 - 9
Lenten Mission. Sessions begin with 9 a.m. Mass (babysitting will be provided); repeated at 7:30 p.m. At St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave, Livermore. Franciscan Father Ed Shea will present “Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace.” Includes reflection on Prayer of St. Francis, Benediction, Reconciliation and Mass. Contact: Julie, (925) 447-4549 or

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

Friday, March 11
St. Patrick's Day “Let-Tuce Eat Together” Salad Bar Luncheon. 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Callistus Church Hall, 3580 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante. $8 per person. Tickets: (510) 223-9633.

Saturday, March 19
St. Anne's Y.L.I. #78 Lenten Retreat. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at St. Joseph's School auditorium, Pinole. Retreat director: Barbara Shleman Ryan. $20 cost includes lunch. Reservations: Rose Anne Wright, (510) 724-3272 or Kathy Brilz, (510) 724-7331.

Tuesday, March 1
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:

March 4 - 6
Men's and Women's Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Following the Path of The Heart” with Miriam Therese Winter, MMS. $190/$160. Call Lorraine Steele (925) 837-9141; website:

Thursday, March 10
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 a.m. $20 includes lunch. Call Lorraine Steele (925) 837-9141; website:

March 11 - 13
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. Vallejo. The Encounter weekend is a powerful experience for couples who believe that their Sacrament of Matrimony is a sign of love in a world that hungers for stability and commitment. Contact: Mike and Jeanne Emry, (925) 672-2016 or visit

Women's Lenten Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Lenten Listening: Remembering the Soul's Voice” with Victoria S. MacDonald, MA. Through Scripture, poetry, music, media, meditation, and reflection, come discover ways to recognize the sacred sound of your God within you. $170/$140. Call Lorraine Steele (925) 837-9141; website:

Feb. 22, March 1, 8
Being Catholic, Being American: The Story of the U.S. Church. 7:30 - 9 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Children's Chapel, Van Buren and Fountain, Alameda. Holy Names Sister Margaret Campbell, professor emeritus of religious studies at Holy Names University in Oakland, series instructor. Suggested donation: $35.

Friday, Feb. 25
For Better, For Worse. 7:30 p.m. in parish hall at St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Presentation for married couples. Information: Karen Laible, (925) 484-5020.

Saturday, Feb. 26
People of Faith for Justice and Peace. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Center, 635 22nd St., Oakland. Topic: Further Reflections on the War in Iraq. Speakers: Redemptorist Father Richard Schiblin from Holy Redeemer Center, Oakland and Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and chair of the Peace and Justice Program,University of San Francisco. Suggested donation: $10 at the door. Information: Father Richard Schiblin, (510) 562-9740 or Pat Gallagher, (510) 797-9035.

Tuesday, March 1
Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology - The Aquinas Lecture. 7:30 p.m. in the Richard S. Dinner Board Room, Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. “Gratitude and Religion of the Day: A Theological Enquiry into a Pastoral Question” by Oakland Bishop Allen H. Vigneron. Free admission. Reception following at nearby Dominican School. Information: Scott Connolly, (510) 883-2085 or

Saturday, March 19
Forgiveness: A Gift to Yourself. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Albert Parish, 1022 Holly St., Alameda. Dr. Jaime Galindo, psychologist at the Ann Martin Center, will examine what forgiveness is and what is not, and how to develop skills. Suggested donation: $35.

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 5
Evening of Magic by Salesian Father Matthew Vellankal. 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 41933 Blacow Road, Fremont. Proceeds to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society. $10 adults; $5 kids 16 and under; free for kids three and under. Family package: $25 for two adults, two or more children. Tickets: (510) 657-9487 or (510) 656-8144.

World Youth Day Fundraising Dinner and Concert. 6:30 p.m. doors open with no-host bar. 7:30 p.m. dinner. At St. Francis Family Center, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. St. Francis Knights of Columbus Council 13179 in conjunction with Outback Steakhouse is hosting a fundraising dinner and concert to sent David Bettencourt to Germany to attend the 20th World Youth Day in August 2005. Entertainment: Great Harvest of the Lord Gospel Choir. Tickets: $25 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under. Tickets/information: Basil Fedynyshyn at (925) 977-9381 or

Golden Gate Boys Choir. 6:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Broadway at Lawton, Oakland. Menu includes crab or BBQ dinners at $32 each, special hot dog dinner for kids, $12. Also silent auction and hand bell performance. Contact (510) 887-4311 or visit

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.

Friday, March 18
Swinging Bingo. 7 p.m. at St. Michael Parish Hall, 372 Maple St., Livermore. $10 per person, includes one bingo packet for 10 games. Swing music for listening or dancing. Refreshments for purchase. Fundraiser for Children's Hospital Oakland Cooley's Anemia Research and Italian Catholic Federation Branch 285 Tri-Valley Scholarship Program. Reservation deadline: March 15. Contact: Don Merucci, (925) 846-8436 or Maureen Gerigk, (925) 443-0671.

Saturday, March 19
Oakland Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Annual Lunch and Fashion Show. Noon at the Royal Vista Golf Club, 9430 Fircrest Lane, San Ramon. Fashions: House of Fashions in Alamo. Tickets: $30 pre-paid. Reservations: Kay Horsell, (925) 829-0949.

8th Annual Auction and Casino Night. 5:30 p.m. dinner, followed by casino games and silent and live auctions. Sponsored by St. Francis of Assisi School's PACE. Tickets: $50 per person, which includes dinner, gambling and dancing. Contact: Jessica Semenchuk, (925) 686-4524.

Newman Boomer Monthly Dinner. 6:30 p.m. at Bosphorus Anatolean Restaurant, 1025 University Avenue, Berkeley. Join our social group - composed of single baby boomers in their 40s and 50s - for a lively meal. Reservation deadline: March 16. Call John, (510) 669-9339 or Mary, (510) 912-1823, for reservations or questions about the group. To get on free event mailing list, send your name, phone number, and e-mail address to

Spring Auction. 6:30 - 10 p.m. at the Faculty Club, University of California, Berkeley. Live and silent auctions and raffle. Benefits the School of the Madeleine, Berkeley. Tickets: $45 in advance. $50 at door. Reservations: (510) 466-5152.

Sunday, March 20
Italian Catholic Federation Branch 91 Anniversary Dinner. 4 p.m. cocktails, 5 p.m. dinner, at St. Lawrence O'Toole Gym, 3725 High St., Oakland. Tickets: $25 includes cocktails. Reservations: Dolores Mazzini, (510) 536-4216. Deadline: March 14.

Monday, March 21
Noel Institute 113 Young Ladies Institute Annual Bistro Social. 6 p.m. at Assumption Parish Hall, 1100 Fulton Ave., San Leandro. Tickets: $5. Reservations deadline: March 18. Contact: Dolores Vazquez, (510) 357-5903.

Tuesdays, Feb. 22, March 8
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. near St. Agnes Church in Concord. Contact Joe Gerhards, (925) 682-3314.

Friday, Feb. 25
Benefit Concert for Livermore Habitat for Humanity. 7:30 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Special evening of original song with Janet Sullivan Whitaker, composer and music ministry director at Corpus Christi Parish in Piedmont. Advance tickets are not required. A free- will donation will be requested.

Music of the Americas. 8 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Cantare Chorale and Coro Hispano de San Francisco join together to present a collaborative program featuring 120 combined voices. Pre-concert talk with David Morales, director, Cantare con Vivo, and Juan Petro Gaffney, Coro Hispano de San Francisco, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20, general admission; $17 seniors (65+); $5 youth (under 21). Tickets available by phone, (925) 798-1300, or at the door.

Wednesday, March 2
Works of Love are Works of Peace. 7 - 8 p.m. at Benson Center, St. Isidore Parish, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. An evening of sharing with renowned photographer Don Collopy includes a slide show documenting the photographer's journey with Mother Teresa while preparing a book of her life. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and school Parent Teacher Group. Contact: Kate Kragen, (925) 930-9911.

Next Voice: March 7. Send submissions, by Feb. 24 to Carrie McClish, 3014 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, 94610; phone: (510) 419-1074; fax: (510) 893-4734; e-mail:

Items for the Calendar can be emailed to:


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