MARCH 29, 2003





March 31, April 7
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, April 2

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.

Sunday, April 4

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 of San Jose, which is in full communion with the Church in Rome. The community celebrates the Divine Liturgy every first Sunday at Sacred Heart. April’s liturgy will mark the celebration of the Triodion Feast, Palm Sunday. Contact: Joseph Williams, (510) 272-0504.

Wednesday, April 14

Healing Mass. 7 p.m., at St. Leander Church, 550 West Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Father Gene Wilson presiding.

Fridays, April 16, 23, 30
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.

Saturday, May 1
Mary Crowning and Mass. At St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Rosary will be recited by the Catholic Daughters, Court 1934, at 9:40 a.m., followed by Mass at 10 a.m., crowning and reception.

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.

April 2-4
Silent Women’s Lenten Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat, Danville. Presented by Bidi Millet, a member of San Damiano’s Spiritual Direction Team, and Kathy Clarke, who has experience working with adult and teenage spiritual formation and in pilgrimage retreat direction and spiritual writing. Silence is the centerpiece of this retreat; no presentation sessions are included. Program: daily liturgy, morning and evening prayer with simple ritual and meditation, daily opportunity for group spiritual direction and opportunity for sacramental reconciliation and individual spiritual direction on Saturday afternoon. Room preference: $170 private, $140 double per person accommodations. Begins with registration on Friday 4-6:30 p.m. and concludes on Sunday with lunch. Reservations by sending $25 deposit per person to San Damiano Retreat Reservation, P.O. Box 767, Danville, CA 94526-0767; phone: (925) 837-9141; fax: (925) 837-0522. Make checks payable to San Damiano Retreat.

Monday, April 5
Friends 4 Life: A Breast Cancer Support Group. Christ-centered support group meets the first Monday of every month in Walnut Creek-Pleasant Hill area, from 7-9 p.m. Open to all faiths. For more information, call Joy or Gale at (925) 939-0122 or (925) 685-0842.

Tuesdays, April 13, 27
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, April 8, 22
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.

Thursday, April 22
Widow and Widower Support Group. Sutter Delta Medical Center, 3901 Lone Tree Way in Antioch, is offering this eight-week support group at no charge beginning April 22, 2:30 p.m. in the facility’s Meditation Room. Questions? Contact Deacon Al Fleischer at (925) 516-9365.

Wednesday, March 31
Lecture. Deal Hudson, publisher and editor of “Crisis,” a Catholic monthly magazine, will address the topic: “The Primary Challenges Facing Catholic Higher Education Today.” 7:30 p.m., at Soda Activity Center, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 1
Lecture. 7 p.m., at Soda Activity Center, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Author and sociologist Richard Wood will address the topic, “Renewing American Democracy: Comparing Faith-based and Race-Based Strategies.” Wood, who wrote “Faith in Action: Religion, Race, and the Democratic Organizing in America,” explores the roles of faith and race in grassroots organizing using research he conducted on community groups in Oakland. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 2
Conference: North Korea’s Nuclear Crisis. 9:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at University of San Francisco Lone Mountain Campus, 2800 Turk St., San Francisco. Keynote address: “A Long Overdue Solution to the Korean Nuclear Crisis” by Bruce Cumings of the University of Chicago. Speakers include: Victor D. Cha, Georgetown University; Rosemary Foot, Oxford University. Cost: $35 for conference with lunch, $10 for conference only. Contact the USF Center for the Pacific Rim, phone: (415) 422-6357 or website:

Tuesday, April 6
Discussion. Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” from an Evangelical Perspective: A Discussion with the GTU Dean Arthur Holder. 12:30-2 p.m., at Dinner Boardroom, GTU Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. All are welcome. Questions? Contact: Al Tizon at (510) 526-1356 or

Wednesday, April 7
Films. 7-10 p.m., University of San Francisco, Lone Mountain campus, 2800 Turk Blvd., Room 141, San Francisco. Two movies, “Dreams from China,” a 1995 film essay about the tragedy of Tiananmen Square, and “Live from Shiva’s Dance Floor,” a 2003 short documentary that follows Timothy “Speed” Levitch as he tours lower Manhatten and Ground Zero and focuses on how he can reconcile his beliefs as a self-described cruiser with the tragedy of Sept. 11, will be shown. Free and open to the public. This event is part of The Poetics of Place: An Arts Festival Creating, Remembering and Imagining Place that is taking place at USF through April 13. For more information, contact Tracy Seeley by phone: (415) 422-6410, or e-mail:, or website:

Wednesdays, April 7, 14
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., etc. Call: (925) 672-5800.

Friday, April 9
Symposium. “Creating Place: A Symposium on Nature, Community and a Sense of Place. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at University of San Francisco, Xavier Hall, Maraschi Room, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco. Topics to be discussed include: Can civilizations and the wild coexist? What can nature teach us? And How should we inhabit the earth? The plenary address, “Is Civilization Dependent on an Extractive Economy? By Wes Jackson, president of The Land Institute and author of “Becoming Native to This Place.” Free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 15
Readings at Lone Mountain. Author John Edgar Wideman, a master prose stylist and a complex investigator of race and culture, will be reading from his work: “Philadelphia Five, Brother and Keeper, Father Along: A Meditation on Fathers and Sons, Race and Society, and Hoop Roots.” Wideman’s works have led him to be the only two-time winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. 7:30 p.m., at the University of San Francisco’s Lone Mountain Campus, 2800 Turk Blvd, Room 148, San Francisco. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 28
Alzheimer’s Disease Teleconference. The Hospice Foundation of America’s Annual National Bereavement Teleconference will focus on “Living With Grief: Alzheimer’s Disease.” 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Queen of the Holy Rosary College, Dominican Study Center, 43326 Mission Blvd, Fremont. An expert panel will discuss what is known medically about the diagnosis, progression, and treatment of the disease; explore some innovative programs for patients and caregivers coping with Alzheimer’s; focus on the particular grief issues that patients and families face during the course of this illness; and examine the challenges and opportunities that Alzheimer’s Disease presents to clinicians, caregivers, hospice workers and policy advocates. The panel also will discuss dementias other than Alzheimer’s. Moderator: Cokie Roberts, ABC News Correspondent. Advanced registration required. Continuing education fee: $25. No additional charge for participants. Contact: Sister Mary Paul, (510) 657-2468.

April 30-May 1
2004 West Coast Stewardship Conference. Noon to 5 p.m. on April 30, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 1. At the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose. The conference offers an excellent opportunity for parish staff and stewardship leaders to enhance their present skills, develop new ones, and increase their knowledge of stewardship. Program includes workshops, plenary sessions, and the latest stewardship materials from vendors and parishes. The two-day rate is $95, the one-day rate is $75. Additional information by contacting Susan Rassas at (510) 267-8367.

Thursday, April 1
Risotto and Chicken Dinner. Sponsored by Italian Catholic Federation, Branch #223. At St. Theresa Hall, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. No-host cocktails at 6:15 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets: $14 for adults, $7 for children 7-12. Limited seating. Deadline: March 27 or until seating is reached. Reservations by check payable to I.C.F. Br. #2232 and mailed to Holly Raineri, 1074 Annerley Road, Piedmont, CA 94610, phone: (510) 451-0608.

Passover Seder Meal.
6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Church Hall, 971 O’Hara Ave., Oakley. The meal, commemorating Our Lord’s last supper, will consist of specially prepared open pit roasted lamb, rice, bitter herbs, haroshes, matzoh brad, Kosher beverage, salad. Will include ritual. Donation: $10/person, $25/family. (Grape juice for children.) Reservations/information: J. Flores, (925) 625-3624, or parish rectory, (925) 625-2048.

Friday, April 2
Shrimp Fest 2004. Hosted by Moreau High School, 27170 Mission Blvd., in Hayward, at 7:30 p.m. Proceed to benefit the Cross Country Team’s participation in the Iolani Invitational in Hawaii. Dinner includes salad, all-you-can-eat fresh peel and eat shrimp, French bread, dessert and coffee. Cost: $30 per person. For tickets, call MCHS Special Events office at (510) 881-4330.

Thursday, April 15
Dominican Guild of the Eastbay Annual Salad Bar Luncheon and Bingo. Noon at St. Joseph’s Hall, 43222 Mission Blvd., Fremont. $6 ticket includes luncheon and two bingo cards. Many fine prizes for the bingo and raffle have been donated. All proceeds benefit the charitable works of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. Call Ann Mahoney, (510) 536-3474.

Annual Spring Salad Bar Luncheon
. Sponsored by the Mother of Perpetual Help Institute #159, Young Ladies Institute (Y.L.I.), 12 noon, at Rohan Hall, St. Jerome Parish, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. The proceeds will benefit students of St. John and St. John schools in El Cerrito. Tickets: $10 per person. Reservations are necessary and may be obtained by calling Annette Bishop, (510) 526-9742 or Eleanor Roure, (510) 526-4174. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Saturday, April 17

Crab Feed. Annual benefit for Mary’s House, a home for pregnant women in crisis. At St. Mary Parish, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd (near Alpine Road), Walnut Creek. No-host cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., dancing from 9 p.m.-midnight. Silent auction. Call Analyn Garcia, (510) 236-0383 or Lou Santero, (925) 846-5124. Response deadline: April 9. No tickets will be sold at the door.

36th Anniversary Dinner Dance by Italian Catholic Federation, Hayward Branch 231
. At St. Joachim Gym, 21250 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. No-host cocktails, 6-7 p.m. Italian dinner by Chef Tony Martinelli, 7-8:30 p.m. Dancing to the rhythm of The Adrian Davis Sextet, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Public invited – no minors. Donation: $25 per person. Reservations: ICF Branch 231, c/o Fran LaTorre, 28887 Granada Dr., Hayward, CA 94544; phone: (510) 887-1509.

Saturday, April 24
Young Ladies Institute (YLI) Noel Institute #113 Annual Luncheon. 12:30 p.m., at Assumption School Hall, 1851 136th Ave, San Leandro. Raffle prizes presented. Tickets: $10 per person. Reservations: call Dolores Vasquez at (510) 357-5903 by April 16.

Polenta Dinner. Sponsored by Branch #154 of the Italian Catholic Federation. At St. Jerome Church, Rohan Hall, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. No-host cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner (polenta served with chicken, sausage, salad, wine, coffee, tea, and dessert) at 7 p.m. Tickets: $13 for adults, $6 for children (6-12). Ages 5 and under free. No tickets sold at the door. Cut-off date: April 17. Raffle prizes too. Call Gino, (510) 526-8749.

Saturday, May 1

“SPRED the Word XIII” Annual Dinner/Dance. At St. Isidore Parish, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. SPRED Liturgy at 4 p.m. Vigil Mass, no-host social 5 p.m., dinner by Miraglia Catering at 6:15 p.m., followed by silent auction, raffle, Country Store and dancing. Benefiting children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities participating in SPRED Centers throughout the Oakland Diocese. For reservations, please call (510) 635-7252.

Saturday, May 10
Auction 2004. Presented by St. Joseph Elementary School in Alameda. “A Taste of Morocco,” featuring fine Mediterranean cuisine, exotic entertainment, live and silent auction. 6 p.m., at the Officer’s Club at Alameda Point, 641 West Redine Ave. For reservation, contact Mary Levy at (510) 814-0682.

March 31, April 1, 2
Student Musical. “Bells Are Ringing,” a comedy of errors, love and suspense, will be presented by De La Salle Company, made up of students of De La Salle and Carondelet high schools in Concord. 8 p.m., at the De La Salle Theater, 1130 Winton Dr., Concord. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. Call (925) 686-3310, ext. 8143 or (925) 685-2716.

April 2, 3
Spring Musical. St. Joseph Notre High School Presents: “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.” 8 p.m., at St. Joseph Elementary Learning Center, 1910 San Antonio, Alameda. Tickets: $7.50 for students, $10 for adults. Reserved seating and information: call Didi Kubicek at (510) 814-8512.

April 4, 9
Lenten musical events. 7:30 p.m., at St. Paschal Baylon Church, 3700 Dorisa Ave., Oakland. An Orthodox Lenten Concert, sung in Old Church Slavanic and performed by the Slavyanka Men’s Russian Choir, will be held April 4. “The Passion of Christ” will be presented on Good Friday, April 9. The dramatization, according to St. Luke, will be enacted with spoken text, song and mime. Directions or tickets, call: (510) 636-0335.

Sundays, April 4, 11
Concerts at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption. 3:30 p.m. at 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. April 4: Brian Swager, organist, with Harry Bernstein, flute. April 11: Allan Blasdale, organist.

Saturday, April 17
Spring Concert. An evening of classical music with world class pianist Temirzhan Yerzhanov, TSQ (The String Quartet), special appearance by UC Berkeley graduate and rising Bay Area violinist Shaw Pong Liu. Also: The Good Shepherd Choir and Instrumental Ensemble. Works by Beethoven, Cui, Mozart, and more. 7:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. Tickets: $10 adults, $7 seniors/students. Call, (925) 432-6404.

Saturday, April 24
Organ recital. The St. Mary’s College Organ Series presents Peter Locke, an organist from England. At 8 p.m., St. Mary’s College Chapel, Moraga. The cornerstone of Locke’s program will be Charles Marie Widor’s “Symphonie Romane,” a work based upon Gregorian chant melodies for the springtime feast of Easter. Free admission. Call Brother Martin Yribarren at (925) 631-4325.

Through April 25
Art Faculty Exhibition. At St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Featuring Ray Beldner, sculptor and public artist and the college’s new tenure-track professor in studio art; Carrie Brewster, an exhibiting artist and the museum’s director; Mariella Poli, Italian-born photographer in the artist-in-residence program; and Roy Schmaltz, a nationally recognized artist who has led the art department at St. Mary’s for the past 30 years. Gallery hours: Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free parking, suggested admission donation, $2.

Saturday, May 1
Benefit concert. Frederica von Stade, the internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano, recent Grammy winner, and St. Joseph parishioner, will headline a benefit concert at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda, 3 p.m. Proceeds to benefit the many outreach activities of the St. Joseph community. Tickets are $30, $1000 and include a gala champagne reception with von Stade following the performance. Reservations, information, call Barbara Johnson at (510) 865-7807.


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