MAY 24, 2004





Vatican art in San Diego
If you’re going to San Diego this summer, you may want to schedule a visit to the Museum of Art in Balboa Park which is hosting an exhibition of rare Vatican art. There are more than 390 objects, documents and works of art on loan from the Vatican, including examples by Giotto, Michelangelo, and Bernini.

In addition to sculptures, paintings, historical documents, papal vestments, rings and jewels are some of the personal effects of Pope John Paul II.
Open through Sept. 6, the exhibition is making its final stop – and only West Coast venue — in San Diego after an 18-month North American tour.
Because large crowds are expected, advance ticket purchases are highly recommended and are available through Ticketmaster or at the San Diego Museum of Art box office. Contact the Museum by phone: (619) 232-7931, website:

May 26, June 2
Christ the King Bible Study and Charismatic Prayer Meeting. 7:30 p.m. at the Charismatic Catholic Renewal Office, 6 St. Lawrence Ct., 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 CCR Office, (800) 474-6644.

Friday, May 28
Ecumenical Candlelight Taize. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. An hour or so of silence, solitude, and serenity. Prayer song, a combination of selective and contemplative mantras, accompanied by string instruments and/or percussion; may include Scriptural reading and inspirational prayer. Held every 4th Friday.

Sunday, June 6
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. Held first Sunday of the month. Contact: Joseph Williams, (510) 272-0504.

Sunday, June 13
Celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi. 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi Monastery, 215 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park, CA. Dominican Father Roberto Corral, provincial of the Western Dominican Province, will be the celebrant and homilist at the Mass. Procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will follow.

Daily Eucharistic Adoration
Eucharistic Adoration. 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., at 1850 Church Lane. At Mary’s House Chapel, 1850 Church Lane, San Pablo.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. At Divine Mercy Center and Perpetual Adoration Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 24 hours a day.

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

Grief Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat, Danville. “Pilgrimage Through Grief,” presented by Carol Kaplan, MFT. Room preference: $170 private, $140 double per person. Begins on June 4 with registration from 4-6:30 p.m. and concludes on June 6 with lunch. Contact San Damiano by phone: (925) 837-9141, fax (925) 837-0522, website:

June 11-13
Dream Workshop. At San Damiano Retreat, Danville. “Dream With Me: Using Dreams to Find Our Center,” presented by Jeremy Taylor, a co-founder and past president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. Taylor will offer ways to understand and decode messages from the unconscious, beginning with the assumption that all dreams come in the service of health and wholeness. Room preference: $185 private, $155 double per person. Begins June 11 with registration between 4-6:30 p.m. and concludes on June 13 with lunch. Contact San Damiano by phone: (925) 837-9141, fax: (925) 837-0522, website:

Thursday, June 17
“Come and See: An Introduction to Christian Meditation.” 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat, Danville. Presented by Barbara Hazzard, OSB, founder and director of Hesed Community, a nonresident, Benedictine, Christian meditation community in Oakland. Learn about and practice silent meditation in the Christian Tradition. The day includes introductory talks, walking and sitting meditation, time for questions and brief sharing. Wear comfortable clothes. Practicing meditators are welcome. Cost: $45, includes lunch. Contact San Damiano by phone: (925) 837-9141, fax: (925) 837-0522, website:

Tuesdays, May 25, June 8
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, at the Family Life Office in Concord. Prior to attendance call Joe, (925) 682-3314 or Lanai, (925) 676-3338.

May 27, June 10
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.

Monday, June 7
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.


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.

May 30, June 6

Vatican II Forum. At Borromeo Hall, St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Father Robert Mendonca, parochial administrator at St. Charles, and Jesuit Father Richard McCafferty, in residence, explain and discuss how the documents of Vatican II apply to Catholic communities today. Sessions on May 30 and June 6 are held at 11 a.m. and repeated the following Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 3

A Night of Teaching with Father John Capuci. 7 p.m. at St. Callistus Parish Hall, 3580 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante. Father Capuci, ordained for the Boston Archdiocese, will teach on “Receiving and Using the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.” Contact Rose, (510) 232-1365 or

Wednesday, June 9
First Resort Presentation. 12:30-1:30 p.m. at 400 30th St., Suite 401, Oakland. Youth ministers and other pastoral staff members are invited to learn about this ecumenical Christian ministry which counsels women experiencing crisis pregnancies and educates teens of diverse Bay Area communities to choose sexual abstinence. RSVP to Karina at e-mail: or phone: (510) 569-1200, website:

Tuesday, June 22
Meet the Author. 7 p.m. at Sagrada Sacred Arts, 4926 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. Sister Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, will read from her new book, “Women of Bible Lands: A Pilgrimage to Compassion and Wisdom,” a book about ancient Christian, Jewish, Muslim women. Call (510) 653-7196.

St. Charles Borromeo, Livermore. 40th Anniversary. June 6: Mass at 9:30 a.m. at 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Parish picnic and festival to follow. Call (925) 447-4549.

St. Agnes Parish, Concord. 40th Anniversary Concert, “Hear the Music in You.” June 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the church at 3966 Chestnut Ave.

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.

Wednesday, June 9

Italian Catholic Federation, Branch 11, Past Presidents/Scholarship Dinner. At Fratellanza Club, 1140 66th St., Oakland. No-host cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Menu: chicken, ravioli, salad, rolls, dessert, wine/coffee. Tickets: $12 for adults, $5 for children. Reservations: Alma, (510) 530-8637 or Deanna, (925) 935-7343.

Saturday, June 12
Silent Art Auction. Vernissage 7 p.m. at 2340 Turk Blvd., San Francisco. Proceeds to assist in the funding of the renovation of the Sisters of the Presentation’s Motherhouse in order to transform it into a more appropriate environment for the senior Sisters who have spent their lives in service. Donation: $25. Phone: (415) 422-5015. Website:

Sunday, June 13
Young Ladies Institute 113, Noel Institute, Quarterly Mass/Communion and Brunch. Mass at 10:30 a.m. for members followed by lunch at Elios Restaurant in San Leandro at noon. Phone for restaurant reservations. Contact: Carmel M. Jurasin at (510) 785-4430 before June 11.

Wednesday, May 26
Leading Spirit-Inspired Lives: The Challenge and the Joy. 6:30 p.m. at St. Leo Church, 176 Ridgeway Ave., Oakland. A special evening of music, prayer and conversation. Live instrumental performances of a Celtic harpist, flutist, pianist and organist during two-hour period of private reflection and prayer. At 8:30 p.m. Sister Michaelle L’Allier, a retreat presenter from San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville, will lead participants in a reflection of the Holy Spirit. Free. More information: (510) 654-6177.

Saturday, June 5
Choral Music Concert. 7:30 p.m. at St. Leo Church, 176 Ridgeway Ave., Oakland. The Saringhimig Singers, a Bay Area Filipino choral music group directed by George Hernandez, will perform a mix of music ranging from classical sacred polyphony to American spirituals to choral arrangements of well-known Filipino folk songs. Tickets: $20 ($25 for preferred seating) in advance, $25 ($30 for preferred seating) at the door. $5 per ticket discount for advanced group purchases of five or more. It is requested that, for recording purposes, children under six years of age not be brought to the concert. Call (415) 585-3377 or (650) 766-0788.

June 19-Aug. 8
Exhibition: “Water, Land and Sky: Rediscovering A.T. DeRome.” At the Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Most of the nearly 100 works by Pacific Grove artist Albert Thomas DeRome (1885-1959) are small, jewel-like paintings, including some exquisite early watercolors, were lost in the Oakland Hills fire. This is the first comprehensive exhibition of his remaining works. Color catalog, with essay and biographical notes by professor Deborah Gilbert. Julie Armistead, guest curator.

Saturday, June 26
Choral Music Symposium. 8:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. sessions begin. At Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1020 Mocho St., Livermore. RENEW Through Music Choral Symposium is ecumenical in nature. Includes cantor training, resources for choir directors and directors of music ministries and directors of music ministries, organists and accompanists. Rob Lappa, a member at St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon and owner of Camerata Music, a print music store in Dublin, will provide reading session materials.


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