FEBRUARY 23, 2003





Tuesdays, Feb. 24, March 2, 9
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. 25, March 3, 10

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 prayer experience is an introduction to the charismatic experience of the Holy Spirit. Call the Charismatic Catholic Renewal Office, (800) 474-6644.

Fridays, Feb. 27, March 12, 19, 26

Light of the World Charismatic Prayer Group. 7:30 p.m. at St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St., Berkeley. Everyone 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. More information: call Joan, (510) 524-9563.

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.

Friday, March 5

Lenten Prayer Service and Fish Fry Dinner. At St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Prayer service begins at 5 p.m. and dinner afterwards. $10 donation. Contact parish office at (510) 654-7600 or Suzette Warren at (510) 534-0271.

First Friday Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St., Berkeley. Blessing with oil and personal healing prayers after Mass. Mass is celebrated each month on the First Friday in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Everyone is invited! Call Joan, (510) 524-9563.

Eucharistic Adoration. At Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 2500 Bermuda Ave., San Leandro. Every 1st Friday of the month. Starts at 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. On March 5, 2nd Anniversary: after the adoration at 8 a.m. (March 6), Benediction and Mass, full breakfast will be served. Free. Contact: (510) 482-2513 or (510) 895-5967.

Sunday, March 7
Celebration of the Divine Liturgy, 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 of Rome. The community has a liturgy every First Sunday at Sacred Heart. March’s liturgy will include the Mystery of Holy Anointing (Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick), which will be administered before the Divine Liturgy.

March 7, 8, 9, 10
Lenten Mission. 7-8:45 p.m. at St. Perpetua Parish, 3454 Hamlin Rd, Lafayette. Rick Gaillardetz, accomplished theologian, author, and professor of Catholic Studies in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toledo, will present the mission, which has at its theme, “Becoming His Disciples, A Lenten Invitation.” He will speak on four topics of the Catholic faith that should bring meaning and purpose to our daily lives. “Finding God in Daily Life” on March 7, “Sexuality and Christian Living” on March 8, “Christian Forgiveness, Peacemaking and Discipleship” on March 9, and “Why Belong to the Church?” on March 10. Morning sessions will also be offered at about 9:15 a.m., following the 8:30 a.m. Mass. A charge of $5 per session or $15 for all four sessions is requested. Contact: Christoph Nauer at (925) 283-0272 or Directions:

Sunday, March 14
26th Annual SPRED Diocesan Liturgy. 10:30 a.m. at St. Paschal Baylon Parish, 3700 Dorisa Ave., Oakland. Bishop Allen Vigneron, presider.

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.


Friday, Feb. 27
A Lenten Twilight Retreat for Young Adults (18-30’s). 6 p.m.-midnight, at Holy Spirit/Newman Hall Parish, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley. Free will donation. Dinner included. RSVP: Sister Kathy Littrell, SHF, (510) 267-8374 or

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.

Saturday, March 6

Fifth Annual Lenten Retreat. Hosted by the Corpus Christi Women’s Group. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland. A $30 contribution is appreciated (included breakfast, lunch and materials). Contact: Mary Pryor, (510) 482-2091 or Cynthia Funai, (510) 482-3358.


Tuesdays, Feb. 24, March 9, 23
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. 24, March 2, 9

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.

Thursdays, Feb. 26, March 11, 25

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, 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.


Saturday, Feb. 28
Black History Lecture. 1:30 p.m., at Salem Lutheran Home, 2361 E. 29th St., Oakland. Robert L. Allen, who teaches African American and Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, will discuss his book “The Port Chicago Mutiny,” which details the July 1944 blast at the Port Chicago Naval Depot, now part of the Concord Naval Weapons Station, which killed 320 men. Allen portrays the injustice that over 40 black sailors, who were later court-martialed, experienced after refusing to work under dangerous conditions. The talk is free and open to the public.

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:

Wednesday, March 3

Civil War Lecture. 7:30-8:30 p.m., in the Soda Activity Center, St. Mary’s College in Moraga. Carl Guarneri, Civil War historian and St. Mary’s professor, will offer a lecture and slide presentation on “Winslow Homer: An Artist’s View of the War Between the States.” The presentation is held in conjunction with the Hearst Art Gallery’s current exhibition, “Winslow Homer: The Illustrator.” The lecture is free for SMC students, teachers and Hearst Art Gallery members. $5 donation for other adults. The gallery, located across the street from the Soda Activity Center, will be open from 7-7:25 p.m., and from 8:30-9 p.m., for lecture attendees. For lecture reservations: (925) 631-4379.

Monday, March 8

Movie Forum. The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley will sponsor a forum on the controversial Mel Gibson film, “The Passion of The Christ.” 7 p.m. in the dinner boardroom, GTU Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road Berkeley. Co-chaired by GTU Dean Arthur Holder and Naomi Seidman, director of the Center for Jewish Studies, the forum will feature: David Biale, professor of Jewish history at UC Davis and editor of the recent Cultures of the Jews; Margaret Miles, GTU emerita dean and professor of historical theology; and Michael Morris, a film scholar, art historian and professor of religion and the arts at Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, a GTU member school. All are welcome. Free admission. More information: (510) 649-2482 or e-mail:

Tuesday, March 9
Cathedral Talk. 7 p.m., at St. Callistus Church, 3580 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante. Robert A. Scott, author of “The Gothic Enterprise” will talk about one of the great treasures of the Catholic tradition, the Gothic cathedrals of Europe. Includes slide presentation and detailed scale model. Signed books will be available. Contact, (510) 223-1153.

Thursday, March 11
Ecumenical Presentation. Holy Cross Father Lucien Coutu, author and founder of the Emmaus Center, Montreal, Canada, and winner of the 2003 Order of Merit from the Canadian Center for Ecumenism, will discuss, “Standing in God’s Holy Fire: Ecumenical Dialogue and Hesychast Meditation.” 7-8:30 p.m., in the Richard S. Dinner Boardroom, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. Father Coutu founded the Emmaus Center for Eastern Christian Spirituality, which organizes mutual and enriching encounters for Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Eastern Catholic and pre-Chalcedonian Christians.
Local archaeology. “Recent Archaeological Finds in the Vicinity of the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse: A Report,” by Andrew Galvan, historian and new curator at San Francisco’s Mission Dolores. 7:15 p.m. at the Motherhouse Dining Room, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Free admission. Advance registration recommended. Call: (510) 657-2468.

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.


Fridays, Feb. 27, March 12, 26
Lenten Friday Fish Fry. Hosted by the Knights of Columbus (George A. Coit Council #2692) in the parish center at Holy Spirit Church (Central Ave. and Fremont Blvd. in Fremont) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $6 for adults, $3.50 for children under 10.

Saturday, Feb. 28
Casa Vincentia Annual Crab Dinner. At St. Theresa’s Church Hall, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. No-host cocktails begin at 6 p.m., dinner to follow. Contact: Barbara Jackson at (510) 729-0316.
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. Donations may be sent to Helen Wirtenson, 4071 Moselle Court, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

Wednesday, March 3
Luncheon Lecture. Gerald Lutz, CEO of the Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation, will give a lecture on “Challenges of Saving a Historic Aircraft Carrier.” Lunch at noon, program begins at 12:45 p.m. and concludes no later than 1:30 p.m. At the Carnelian Room, 55 California St., 52nd Floor (between Montgomery and Kearny). Sponsored by the University of San Francisco MBA Alumni Society as part of the society’s monthly luncheon series. $35 fee includes lunch. Reservations are mandatory by calling (415) 422-6431.

Friday, March 5
Basketball Fundraiser. Join the Golden State Warriors and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County for a game featuring the New Jersey Nets and the Warriors. 7:30 p.m. at the Oakland Arena. Purchase of upper sideline or upper corner tickets will benefit the SVDP. Call Andy Berlind, (510) 986-2214 and mention the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Saturday, March 13
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner to Benefit the Poor and Homeless. Sponsored by the St. Leander Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. At Ryan O’Connell Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Social hour at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Menu: corned beef or chicken, cabbage, potatoes, rolls, dessert, coffee, tea, punch. Adults: $15 for adults, $7.50 for children 12 and under. Call: (510) 895-5631. Deadline: March 16. No tickets sold at the door.

FACE (Family Aid – Catholic Education) Auction and Dinner Gala. Join Bishop Allen H. Vigneron for a special evening to support the FACE students. Cocktails and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. with dinner and live auction at 7:30 p.m., at the Greek Orthodox Community Center in Oakland. Tickets: $125 per person. $10,000 cash drawing, $75 suggested donation (need not be present to win). FACE has provided tuition assistance for students attending Catholic elementary and high schools in the Oakland Diocese for over 25 years. Contact the FACE office at (510) 628-2155.

Dinner, Dance and Karaoke Night. Sponsored by St. John the Baptist School, 11156 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Begins at 6 p.m. Program includes live and silent auction and raffle. Cost: $30 per person. All proceeds go to the Endowment Fund, which benefits the enrichment programs and provides tuition assistance. Contact: Nicole Forte, (510) 223-8217.

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:

Friday, March 19
St. Patrick’s Day Fish Fry. 4:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Parish, Father Howard Community Center, 1630 10th St., Oakland. Dinner includes: catfish or red snapper, potato salad, green beans, bread and dessert. Lunch is available from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. if pre-ordered by March 16. To pre-order call, (510) 444-1081 (mornings), (510) 532-5003, (510) 538-4242 (daytime) or (510) 535-0912 (after 6 p.m.) Music and dancing. Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children 10 and under.

Saturday, March 20
Annual Spring Auction to Benefit All Saints School, Hayward. At All Saints Pavilion, behind the school on the corner of 2nd and E Streets in Hayward. Begins with 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 gymnasium). Tickets: $30 per person. Tickets will not be sold at the door. For reservations: (510) 582-1910.

Saturday, March 27
All That Jazz: An auction benefiting the School of the Madeleine, Berkeley. 6:30-10 p.m. at the Faculty Club of the University of California, Berkeley. This is the Parents’ Association’s major fundraiser of the year. Program includes music, hor d’oeuvres, wine and dessert with live and silent auctions. Tickets: $45. For reservations or more information, contact the Parents’ Association at (510) 466-5152.

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, March 7, 14, 21, 28
Cathedral Concerts at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption. 3:30 p.m., at 1111 Gough St. in San Francisco. March 7: Emma Lou Diemer, organist; March 14: Daniel Zaretsky (Russia), organist; March 21: Christoph Tietze, organist, works by Bach; March 28: David Hatt, organist, works by Bach.

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.

Chorale Concert. 7 p.m., The Valley Concert Chorale will perform Johannes Brahms’ “Requiem” at St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Tickets: $18 for adults, $15 for seniors 62 and over, free for students 18 and under. Advance ticket purchase discounts are available. For tickets or information, call (925) 866-4003 or e-mail to


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