APRIL 26, 2004





April 28, May 5, 12
Christ the King Bible Study and Charismatic Prayer Meeting. 7:30 p.m. at the Charismatic Renewal Office, 6 St. Lawrence Court, 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. Call the Charismatic Catholic Renewal Office, (800) 474-6644.

Fridays April 30, May 7
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, 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.

Sunday, May 2
Celebration of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, 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 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. Contact: Joseph Williams, (510) 272-0504.

Friday, May 7

Eucharistic Adoration. 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. (Saturday), at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 2500 Bermuda Ave., San Leandro. Every first Friday.

Daily Eucharistic Adoration
Eucharistic Adoration. At Mary’s House Chapel, 1850 Church Lane, San Pablo. 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. 24 hours a day.

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.

June 4-6
Rachel’s Vineyard. Sponsored by After The Choice, the Oakland Diocese’s post-abortion outreach. Includes sharing of stories, Scripture-based spiritual exercises, sacraments and a memorial service. Inquiries and participation strictly confidential. Cost: $150 per person, $200 couple. Financial assistance available. Call (925) 798-7054 or e-mail

April 27, May 11
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., 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.

Monday, May 3
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.

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

Thursdays, May 13, 27
Bereavement Support Ministry. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 3999 Bernal Ave. in Pleasanton. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday. 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, 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 at (510) 522-2299.

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. Expert panel will discuss what is known medically about the disease, grief, and programs for patients and caregivers. 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. For parish staff and stewardship leaders to enhance their present skills, develop new ones, and increase their knowledge of stewardship. The two-day rate is $95, the one-day rate is $75. Call Susan Rassas at (510) 267-8367.

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.

Respect Life Conference for Youth. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at UC Berkeley. Sponsored by Berkeley Students for Life and supported by diocesan Respect Life Ministry. Workshops on various life issues will feature local and nationally known speakers. Contact Annie:

Thursday, May 13
Lecture. “Confessions of a Muslim Reformer: Why I Fight for Women, Jews and Pluralism,” by Irshad Manji, a TV journalist and writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto. 7-9 p.m., University of San Francisco’s Swig Judaic Studies Program, McLaren Complex, 2130 Fulton St., Room 251, San Francisco. Free and open to the public. Contact: Mary Silver, (415) 422-6302, or

May 28-30
Santa Clara Nor/Cal Catholic Charismatic Convention. At. Santa Clara Convention Center, Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. Sponsored by: Nor Cal Coalition of Catholic Charismatic Diocesan Liaisons. Speakers: Father Robert Faricy, Sister Linda Koontz, Deacon Bill Brennan, Jim Murphy, and Father Jim Tarantino. Call 800-474-6644.

St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Berkeley. 125th anniversary. May 1: 4:30 p.m., Mass at church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. Bishop Emeritus John Cummins, homilist. Gala dinner to follow at the Doubletree Hotel on the Berkeley Marina. Tickets: $50 each. May 2: 126th anniversary of parish school. 9:30 a.m. Mass to feature school children. Open house and Spring Fair to follow Mass. Parish office: (510) 843-2244. Free admission to school events.

St. Ignatius Parish, Antioch. 25th Year Anniversary. At 3351 Contra Loma Blvd. Series of weekend events. May 8-9: Parishioners contribute items to outreach ministries, e.g.: Birthright and Habitat for Humanity. May 15-16: Liturgies to focus on unity among diverse cultural groups. May 22-23: Celebration of parish youth. May 29-30: Memorial service for deceased parishioners. June 4-5: Anniversary Mass and outdoor dinner dance on parish grounds. Parish office: (925) 778-0768.

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. Tickets: $27 adults, $8 children. 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.

Brother Eugene Ward, FSC Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards Night. At St. Mary’s College High School, Brother Aloysius Shea Center, 1294 Albina Ave., Berkeley. No host cocktails at 6:30 p.m., dinner and awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. $45 per person. Alumnus of the Year: Robert McGuiness ’68. Hall of Fame Inductees: Robert Allison ’71, Jerry Ardissone ’52, Nate Kirtman ’88, Don Lavagetto ’62, Denis Reed ’48, John Scudder ’44, Richard Smedley ’71, J.D. Sullivan ’46, Jafar Williams ’98, 1953 Football Team.

Family Zydeco Dance. 6:30 – 10:30 p.m., at St. Columba Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Featuring Mark St. Mary. Dance lessons: 6-6:30 p.m. Cajun creole food at reasonable price. Donation: $10. Sponsored by St. Columba Scholarship Committee. Call (510) 527-2959 or (510) 654-7600.

Saturday, May 8
Shelter Shuffle. Walkathon fundraiser for FESCO (Family Emergency Shelter Coalition). 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. start, at San Leandro Marina. Money raised will help provide emergency shelter services for families in Alameda County. Call (510) 886-5473.

Spring Tea. 12-3 p.m. at St. Agnes Church Hall, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. St. Agnes Women’s Guild fundraiser promises delicious treats, raffle and door prizes. Tickets: $13 per person. Proceeds to benefit the St. Agnes Building Fund. Call Thelma, (925) 682-2687 or Jan, (925) 672-0926.

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 held at the garden entrance. Limited seating.

Monday, May 10
3rd Annual St. Vincent’s Day Home Golf Tournament. At Sequoyah Country Club, 4550 Heafey Road, Oakland. 9:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. putting contest. Single player fee: $225. Super Ticket: $25. Proceeds to support St. Vincent’s Day Home, the oldest and largest child development center in Alameda County. Call (510) 832-8324 or visit

Saturday, May 15

Kids Collection. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at St. Isidore School Gym, 435 La Gonda Way, Danville. Buy new or gently used infant or children’s toys, clothing, furniture and baby items at this fundraiser. Proceeds raised for St. Isidore Teen Ministry Center. Items to donate? Questions? Call Renee Christensen, (925) 899-8554.

Sweet Inspirations: Art Auction and Dessert Reception. 7 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Silent auction, live auction, and desserts. Benefit for Oakland’s Elizabeth House, which provides transitional residential and support services to homeless and low-income women in need. Tickets: $25. Phone: (510) 601-1213.

Sunday, May 16
10th Annual “Gardens Galore” Garden Tour. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tour by St. Joseph Garden Club of Alameda will consist of nine Alameda gardens. Reservations: $18 in advance, $20 day of tour. $9 optional box lunch. Boutique, featuring a large selection of handcrafted items from local Bay Area vendors, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph Notre Dame High School and St. Joseph Elementary School. Call (510) 864-8503.

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.

June 26, 27
A’s vs. Giants games. Tickets to benefit Respect Life Ministry and Mary’s House (West Contra Costa’s home for single pregnant women). The Knights of Columbus have purchased tickets for games on June 26 (6:05 p.m.) and June 27 (1:05 p.m.). Upper reserve seats between home place and 3rd base. Tickets: $9 each. Optional tailgate picnic $5 extra per adult (kids under 12 free). Tickets available from Respect Life Ministry on a pre-paid basis. Final deadline: May 23. Send checks payable to “Respect Life Ministry” to Respect Life Ministry, 2350 Pacheco St., #201, Concord, CA 94520. Questions to Lou at (925) 846-5124.

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, $100 and include a gala champagne reception with von Stade following the performance. Call Barbara Johnson at (510) 865-7807.

May 2, 8, 9
Verdi Requiem. Concert by the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra. 4 p.m. on May 2; 8 p.m. on May 8; 4 p.m. on May 9, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. Admission free; donations appreciated. Call (510) 964-0665 or

Sunday, May 9
Organ recital. 3 p.m. at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco. Craig Phillips, organist, All Saints Church, Beverly Hills, CA. Works by Bruhns, Bach, Mendelssohn, Part, Philips, Messiaen, Tournemire. Free admission.

Sunday, May 16
Concert. 7 p.m. at St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St., Berkeley. Sacred and Profane, a chamber chorus conducted by Rebecca Seeman presents “In An English Garden.” Tickets: $17 general ($14 seniors/students) at the door and $15 general ($12 seniors/students) in advance by mail. Mail check payable to Sacred & Profane, c/o George-Ann Bowers, 1199 Cornell Ave., Berkeley, CA 94706. Call (510) 524-3611.

Through May 16
One-man show. 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays at The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., San Francisco. Brian Copeland, stand-up comic and local Catholic school alumnus, appears in “Not a Genuine Black Man,” his first solo show about growing up as an African American in the suburbs. Tickets: $15-22. Reservations: (415) 826-5750 or


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