APRIL 12, 2003





April 9-17
Divine Mercy Novena. 6:30 p.m. at Divine Mercy Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito.

Wednesday, April 14
Healing Mass. 7 p.m., at 550 West Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Father Gene Wilson presiding.

Wednesdays, April 14, 21
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. Personal prayer for healing will follow. An introduction to the charismatic experience of the Holy Spirit. Call the Charismatic Catholic Renewal Office, (800) 474-6644.

Fridays, April 16, 23
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. Call Joan, (510) 524-9563.

Saturday, April 17

Vigil of Divine Mercy. At St. Paul Church, 1845 Church Lane, San Pablo. 7:30 a.m., Holy Mass followed by the Rosary and Chaplet of the Divine Mercy; 9 a.m., procession from St. Paul Church to the Divine Mercy Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito. Novena will be recited after the procession. Confession available after the procession.

Sunday, April 18
Divine Mercy Sunday. At. St. John the Baptist Parish, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., confession, Divine Mercy Chapel. 2:30 p.m., Mass at the church. Father George E. Schultze, celebrant.
Feast of Divine Mercy. 2:30 p.m. at St. Leander Church, 550 West Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament, with Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3 p.m., followed by prayer, intercessions, and silent adoration. Benediction and blessing of religious articles to follow. Call Evelyn at (510) 895-2019.

Wednesday, April 21
Mary, Mother and Queen of Mary Commemorative Mass. 10 a.m. at Maryknoll Center, 16300 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy, reflections, testimonies, and fellowship will follow. Call Juanita, (510) 276-5021 or Evelyn, (510) 895-2019.

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.


April 22-25
Men’s 3-Day Cursillo Weekend. A dynamic weekend full of the traditional activities of the Oakland Cursillo. At the St. Anthony Claret Retreat Center, 1 Rialto Dr., Clayton. Call Kathy Domanski, (925) 866-8544.

Friday, April 23
A Twilight Retreat for Young Adults (18-30s). “Social Responsibility-Living Our Lives: Integrating Catholic Social Teaching.” 6 p.m.-midnight. Dinner included. Donation only. At St. Gabriel Church, Bishop Francis A. Quinn Center, 2559 40th Ave., San Francisco. RSVP: Sister Kathy Littrell, SHF at (510) 267-8374 or

April 29-May 2
Women’s 3-Day Cursillo Weekend. Discuss your faith, discover your unique gifts, and learn more about your journey to become more like Christ. At the St. Anthony Claret Retreat Center, 1 Rialto Dr., Clayton. Call Kathy Domanski, (925) 866-8544.

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. 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Family Life Office in Concord. Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings Call Joe, (925) 682-3314 or Lanai, (925) 676-3338.

Mondays, April 19-May 24
Caregiver Workshop. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. Six-week class will teach family caregivers clear and effective tools to prevent caregiver burn-out, reduce personal stress, change negative thinking and make difficult decisions. Cost: $75 donation is suggested. To register: Beth Logan, Family Caregiver Alliance, (800) 445-8106.

Thursday, April 22
Widow and Widower Support Group. 2:30 p.m. Meditation Room, Sutter Delta Medical Center, 3901 Lone Tree Way in Antioch. Free eight-week support group. Contact Deacon Al Fleischer at (925) 516-9365.
Bereavement Support Ministry. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 3999 Bernal Ave. in Pleasanton. Meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday. All are welcome regardless of religious orientation. Call Mary at (925) 846-5377.
Caregivers’ Circle of Caring. 6:45 p.m. in the Teachers Lounge at St. Philip Neri School, High Street at Van Buren, Alameda. Support group for caregivers. Meets the second and fourth Thursdays. All faiths welcome. Call Margie, (510) 522-6005, or parish office, (510) 522-2299.

Thursday, May 6
Bereavement Workshop. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Seven-week workshop for those dealing with the death of a loved one. Meets every Thursday evening through June 17. Contact Mary Hagerty at (925) 846-5377. Open to all regardless of religious orientation.

Wednesday, April 21
Panel Discussion on “Faithful Citizenship – A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility.” 7:30 p.m., St. Monica Parish, Fireside Room, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. “Faithful Citizenship,” a document published by the Catholic Conference of American Bishops, is a “statement that poses challenging questions and offers a framework for responding to the political discussions of our day.” Booklets and a summary of the document are available at St. Monica Parish Center or online at

Saturday, May 1
Theology on the Move. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley. Alejandro Garcia-Rivera, Ph.D., associate professor of systematic theology, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, will present, “My God, My God: The Image of God in the Face of Suffering.” $45 includes lunch (for tri-school alumni $40) Contact: Suzanne Bregman, (510) 883-2056.

Centering Prayer Workshop. 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., at St. Perpetua Church Chapel, 3453 Hamlin Road, Lafayette. Eileen Halliburton, presenter. Suggested donation for Saturday workshop and six consecutive Monday night sessions: $35. Bring a bag lunch. Contact: Mary Gregory, (925) 938-6712 or Carol Weyer, (925) 932-1845.

Thursday, April 15
Annual Spring Salad Bar Luncheon. 12 noon at Rohan Hall, St. Jerome Parish, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. Sponsored by the Mother of Perpetual Help Institute #159. Proceeds to benefit students at St. John and St. Jerome schools in El Cerrito. Cost: $10 per person. Reservations are necessary. Call Annette Bishop, (510) 526-9742 or Eleanor Roure, (510) 526-4174. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Saturday, April 17
Italian Pasta Fest. 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Queen of All Saints Church Hall, 2390 Grant St., Concord. Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Hosted by the Knights of Columbus, Queen of All Saints Council #13195. Benefits the QAS Knights of Columbus Community Charities. Tickets sold at the door.

Crab Feed. Annual benefit for Mary’s House, a home for pregnant women in crisis. At St. Mary Parish, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., 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. No tickets will be sold at the door.

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

Sunday, April 18
Pancake Breakfast. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Queen of All Saints Council #13195. 8 a.m.-noon at Queen of All Saints Church Hall, 2390 Grant St., Concord. Menu includes breakfast meat, eggs, fruit, beverages and all the pancakes you can eat. Cost: $3 for adults. Proceeds benefit the QAS Knights of Columbus Community Charities.

Saturday, April 24
St. Alphonsus Adult Social Club Annual Salad Bar and Bingo. 11:30 a.m. at Troik Hall, St. Alphonsus Liguori Church, 16290 Foothill Blvd, San Leandro. $7 ticket includes luncheon and two bingo cards. Raffle and prizes. Proceeds benefit church building fund. Call Margaret, (510) 278-4322, Isabel, (510) 276-8405. Tickets also sold at door.

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. Call Dolores Vasquez, (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 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. Call Gino Martinucci, (510) 526-8749.

St. Mary’s College Celebrity Waiter Dinner. Fundraiser for student scholarships. Reception at 5 p.m. Dinner and auction at 6 p.m. $100 per person (plus tips). More information at website: or phone: (925) 631-4200.

Sunday, April 25
Lisbon Festival 2004. 2-5 p.m., at Castro Valley Community Center, 18988 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley. Benefit for the Centro Social Msgr. Julio A. Martins, a children’s day care center in Ligares, Portugal. The center honors the late Msgr. Martins, pastor at All Saints Parish in Hayward from 1942-64. Event includes afternoon of music featuring Portuguese artist, dance, arts and crafts and raffle. Call Maryann Evans, (510) 581-8060 or Mary Martins, (415) 447-5449.

Spring Cocktail Party. 4-7 p.m. at St. Monica Parish, Fireside Room, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. Fundraiser by the auxiliary group of A Friendly Place, a day center founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph that provides transitional housing, shelter and other services for homeless women in Oakland. Tickets: $20 per person. Contact: (510) 451-8923.

Saturday, May 1

SPRED the Word XIII Annual Dinner/Dance. At St. Isidore Parish, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. SPRED liturgy at the 4 p.m. vigil Mass, no-host social at 5 p.m., dinner by Miraglia Catering at 6:15 p.m. followed by silent auction, raffle, Country Store and dancing. Make reservations by April 25 to receive “early bird special” – $25/person ($27/person after April 25). Children’s tickets: $8. No ticket sales at the door. Benefiting children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities participating in local SPRED centers. Reservations: (510) 635-7252, website:

Primavera Dinner Dance. At St. Michael’s Hall, 372 Maple St., Livermore. No-host social hour at 6 p.m. Multi-course Italian feast by Chef Tony Martinelli at 7 p.m. Music by DJ Joe Buonsante and his Smooth Sounds. Sponsored by St. Filomena Branch 285 of the Italian Catholic Federation (ICF), Livermore/Pleasanton. Tickets: $23 per person. Proceeds to support the charitable projects of the ICF. Reservations: Don Merucci, (925) 846-8436 or Mary Gieri, (925) 447-8471, or Rose Stack, (925) 846-4227.

Saturday, May 8
Auction 2004. 6 p.m., at the Officer’s Club at Alameda Point, 641 West Redine Ave., Alameda. Presented by St. Joseph Elementary School in Alameda. “A Taste of Morocco,” featuring fine Mediterranean cuisine, exotic entertainment, live and silent auction. Contact Mary Levy at (510) 814-0682.

Sunday, May 9
Mother's Day Champagne Brunch. Sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Family. 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Reserved seating only, Best House and Garden. SHF, 159 Washington Blvd, Fremont. Cost: $40 for adults, $15 for children 4-12, free for children three years old and under. Information: (510) 624-4512. Reservations will be held at the garden entrance. Limited seating.

Saturday, June 5

Benefit Salad Bar Luncheon and Weekenders Fashion Show. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church Hall, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court De La Salle #1934. Door prizes, raffle prizes, music and other attractions. Tickets: $15 per person. Reservations: Anne Plachy at (925) 932-6072 by May 22.

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. 7:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. Tickets: $10 adults, $7 seniors/students. Call (925) 432-6404.

Thursday, April 22
Sacred Sounds of Spring. An evening of song and celebration, including the premiere of Mercy Sister Suzanne Toolan’s musical meditation on the life of Christ. Admission: $25. Includes champagne reception, fabulous desserts and fun! $10,000 prize; $100 raffle ticket; limit 300 tickets. All proceeds benefit the outreach ministries of Mercy Center. Call (650) 340-7474.


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