MARCH 8, 2003





Tuesdays, March 9, 16, 23
Eucharistic Adoration. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. every Tuesday in Mary’s Chapel at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St. (at Fruitvale), Oakland. The last hour of Adoration is dedicated to the recitation of the Rosary.

Wednesdays, March 10, 17, 24

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.

Friday, March 12
Annual Day of Recollection for Officers, Members and Guests of the Catholic Ladies’ Aid Society. 10 a.m.-2:15 p.m. at Mercy Care Retirement and Care Center, 3431 Foothill Blvd., Oakland. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Spiritual director: Father Tony Valdivia, pastor, St. Louis Bertrand Parish, Oakland. Cost: $10, including lunch. Call Bernadette Bisio at (510) 234-8865.

Fridays, 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.

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. Reception to follow.

Saturday, March 20
Saturday Night With Jesus – Charismatic Healing Mass. At St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton, 7:30-10 p.m. Personal prayer ministry will follow the Mass. All are welcome to come and worship. Sponsored by the diocesam Charismatic Catholic Renewal Office. Phone: (800) 474-6644.

Saturday, March 27
Gregorian Chant. Cum Jubilo and Exaudi Nos, Gregorian Chant groups sing the 4:30 pm Vigil Mass at St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St. in Berkeley. Held every 4th Saturday of the month.

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.

Lenten Spirituality
March 10, 17, 24
Lenten Reflection Series. At Our Lady of Grace Parish, 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. Each session will focus on a problem in society and the Gospel response. March 10: “A Crisis in Health Care,” by Michael Mahoney, president and CEO, St. Rose Hospital, Hayward; March 17: “The Plight of the Immigrant,” by Sister Barbara Dawson, director of public policy, Catholic Charities of the East Bay”; March 24: “Ending Homelessness,” by Maurine Behrend, consultant for Catholic Housing Initiative of the East Bay.

Lenten Soup Suppers. At St. Stephen Parish, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. March 10: Supper followed by speaker Wendy Kaufmyn, “Hebrew History, Part 2”; March 17: speaker John Gressel, clinical psychologist, “Relationships and Religion”; March 24: video on the history of the Mass/discussion. Contact: Annette Roux, (925) 939-3826 or

Thursday, March 11

Day of Recollection. 9:30 a.m., at St. Anne Parish, 1600 Rossmoor Parkway, Walnut Creek. Presented by Father Leo Edgerly, pastor at Corpus Christi Parish in Piedmont. Day begins with three conferences plus time for private prayer. Benediction at 11:45 a.m. followed by Mass. Bring a sandwich.

March 15-18
Week of Lenten Renewal. At St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Benedictine Father Simon O’Donnell from St. Andrew’s Abbey in Valyermo, CA, will lead participants on a journey of renewal and preparation for Easter. Program includes Masses at 9 a.m., presentations from 9:30-10:30 a.m., presentation from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Compline or night prayer from 8:30-8:40 p.m. Childcare will be provided at both morning and evening sessions. Father O’Donnell will also offer homily messages at all Masses the weekend of March 13-14.
Parish Mission. At Holy Spirit Parish, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Jesuit Father Tom Allender will preside at the 8 a.m. daily Masses and present his “Life’s Journey” Mission talk at 8:45 a.m. The talk will be repeated at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Father Allender will preach at all weekend Masses March 13-14.

Wednesday March 17
Day of Recollection. At St. Columba Parish, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Speaker: Father Leo Edgerly. 10 a.m. with Mass at noon. Lunch will be served. Sponsored by the St. Columba HOPE group.

March 20-25
Parish Mission. At St. Joan of Arc Parish, 2601 San Ramon Valley Road, San Ramon. Presented by Dominican Father Michael Sweeny from the Siena Institute. Father Sweeny will preach at all Masses the weekend of March 20-21. Specific topic meetings will be held mornings (9:45-11 a.m.) and evenings (7:30-9 p.m.) Childcare available. Contact: Anna Horen, (925) 830-0600.

Support Groups
Tuesdays, 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.

Catholic Divorced, Widowed and Separated (CDWS) of Contra Costa County Support Group. Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings of each month at the Family Life Office in Concord. Prior to attendance call Joe, (925) 682-3314 or Lanai, (925) 676-3338.

Thursdays, 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.

Tuesday, March 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.

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.

Wednesdays, March 10, 17
Book review. 7:30 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Jesuit Father David Lawrence, parochial vicar at St. Bonaventure, leads a review of the book “Eight Spiritual Heroes, Their Search for God” by Brennan R. Hill. The book surveys the faith journeys of Mohandas Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Oscar Romero, Edith Stein, Daniel Berrigan and Mother Teresa. To register: (925) 672-5800.

Thursday, March 11
Lecture. 7 p.m., Great Hall, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, 2770 Marin Ave., Berkeley. Rabbi Barry Cytron, director of the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish Christian Learning in St. Paul, Minn., will talk about “Dabru Emet (Speaking the Truth): A New Statement On Jews and Christians for Our Time.” Presented by the PLTS and the Graduate Theological Union’s Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies. Refreshments and conversation will follow. Free and open to the public. Contact: (510) 649-2482 or

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.

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.

Thursday, March 18
Poetry focus. “The Early Poetry of Seamus Heaney,” a presentation by Sister Katherine Jean Cowan. 7:15 p.m. at the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse Dining Room, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Free admission. Advance registration recommended. Call: Sister Mary Paul, (510) 657-2468.

Tuesday, March 30
Maryknoll Mission – International Service Opportunities Night. 7 p.m. at the Jesuit School of Theology Lounge, 1735 LeRoy Ave., Berkeley. Mary Mallahan Hicken, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner for 22 years, will share her stories about her mission experience, including her recent Maryknoll Friends Across Borders trip to Kenya. International Service Opportunities directories will be available. Open to all. Call (510) 889-1787, e-mail:


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. A delicious meal and a great time are promised to all.

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. $15 for adults, $7.50 for children 12 and under. Call: (510) 895-5631. Deadline: March 16. No tickets sold at the door.

Bishop’s Seminarian Burse. 12:30 p.m., at St. Felicitas Parish, Msgr. McGinty Hall, 1650 Manor Blvd., San Leandro. Hosted by The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Mary Queen of the World No. 2400. Salad bar buffet luncheon with all the Courts in the Oakland Diocese participating. Tickets: $10 donation. Call: Margaret Rasmussen, (925) 829-4885 or Gloria Delaney at (510) 357-1083.

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 auctions 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:

Sunday, March 14
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner. 3-5 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 41933 Blacow Road, Fremont. Menu: Corned Beef and Cabbage A La Marilyn. Tickets: $8 for adults, $4 for children 10 and under.

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.

Friday, March 26
7th Annual Casino Night and Auction. Sponsored by St. Francis of Assisi School’s PACE. At Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road, Concord. The enchanting “Evening in Tuscany” themed fun begins at 5:30 p.m. with catered dinner by Englund’s, beverages and great music. Casino games (blackjack, craps, routlette) and prizes to be bid on during silent and live auctions. Tickets: $40. Includes $25 in gambling chips, 1 drink ticket, and dinner. Contact: Jessica Semenchuk, (925) 686-4524.

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.

8th Annual Sister Gonzaga Event. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at St. Joseph School, 43222 Mission Blvd, Fremont. Fabulous afternoon tea around the theme, “Literature and Tea.” Includes a silent auction, a gourmet menu, and entertainment. Proceeds to support tuition assistance at St. Joseph School and the Vision of Hope Program. Contact: Janice Sung, (510) 656-0726 or Karen Foster, (925) 454-5281.

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.

March 13, 14
Concert. J.S. Bach: Saint Matthew Passion by the San Francisco Bach Choir with Orchestra. 8 p.m. on March 13, 4 p.m. (with lecture at 3 p.m.) on March 14. At Calvary Presbyterian Church, Fillmore and Jackson, San Francisco. Known as the “great Passion” because of its scope, stunning emotional range and theatrically dramatic presentation of the last days of Christ, the “Passion According to St. Matthew” is one of the world’s great works of art. The San Francisco Bach Choir presents it as Bach intended: with two choirs, two orchestras, a children’s chorus, a world-class roster of soloists including Alan Bennett as the “Evangelist,” and its own Baroque Orchestra. Tickets: $26, $22, and $15 for students (advance sales); $30, $25, and $18 for students (at the door). Phone: (415) 441-4942 or web site:

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

Saturday, March 20
Spring Concert. 2 p.m. at St. Ambrose Parish, 1145 Gilman St., Berkeley. Benefit concert by the Berkeley Broadway Singers performing show tunes and pop music. Advance tickets available at the rectory. Tickets sold at the door: $8 for adults, $5 for seniors. Call (510) 524-7840.

Sunday, March 21
St. Augustine Concerts. 2 p.m. at 400 Alcatraz St., Oakland. The Cal State Hayward University Chorus will perform Anton Bruckner’s “Locus Iste,” plus two of J.S. Bach’s earliest cantatas. Tickets: $15 general admission. Contact: (510) 419-0740.

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.

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