AUGUST 9, 2004





Tuesdays, Aug. 10, 17, 24
Eucharistic Adoration.
8 a.m.-8 p.m. at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. Held in Mary’s Chapel, which can be accessed from Pleasant Street. The last hour of Adoration is dedicated to the recitation of the Rosary which starts at 7 p.m.

Wednesdays, Aug. 11, 18, 25, Sept. 1
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. Information: (800) 474-6644.

Saturday, Aug. 14
Pilgrimage to Fatima. 7 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St., Antioch. Mass, Rosary procession, blessing of the sick, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Information: Fran, (925) 778-5620.

Saturday, Aug. 21
Saturday Night With Jesus – Charismatic Healing Mass. 7:30-10 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill. Personal prayer ministry will follow the Mass. Sponsored by the Charismatic Catholic Renewal Office in the Oakland Diocese. Information: (800) 474-6644.

Friday, Aug. 27
Healing Mass. 7 p.m. at Queen of All Saints Church, 2390 Grant St., Concord. Presider: Father Robert Faricy.

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. Every 4th Friday.

Saturday, Aug. 28
Prayer for Wavering. 10 a.m. at St. Michael Cemetery, 3885 East Ave., Livermore. Don King, Respect Life Ministry at St. Michael Parish, leads prayers for the unborn and for wavering expectant mothers on the last Saturday of the month. Participants gather at the statue of Our Lady adjacent to the Infants plot. This is a project of the Knights of Columbus of St. Michael and St. Charles parishes, both in Livermore.

Gregorian Chant. Cum Jubilo and Exaudi Nos, Gregorian Chant groups sing the 4:30 p.m. vigil Mass at St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St. in Berkeley. Every 4th Saturday.

Saturday, Sept. 25
Marian Life in the Spirit Seminar. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Queen of All Saints Church, 2390 Grant St., Concord. Presider: Father Robert Faricy. Information: Bea Benham, (925) 687-8232.

Eucharistic Adoration. 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., 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. Do you want to change your life and live more with God? Then become an adorer of Christ. Spend an hour with Jesus. For more information, phone (510) 412-4715.

Aug. 13-15, 20-22
Women’s Retreat. at San Damiano Retreat, Danville. “Beloved of My Heart: A Biblical Spirituality of Friendship and Love” with Sister Fran Ferder, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, co-director of Therapy and Renewal Associates (TARA), a ministerial counseling and consultation center in Seattle. The retreat weekend will reflect on the meaning and implication of being “beloved” as it finds expression in ordinary relationships, manner of communicating, acts of justice and search for the holy. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141 or website:

Saturday, Aug. 28
Single Parents Retreat. 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Rest for the Valiant” with Janet Cook and Father Barry Brunsman, OFM. On-site childcare available. $45 per adult, $14 per child. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Sept. 3-5
27th Annual SPRED Labor Day Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Phone: (510) 635-7252; e-mail:; website:

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. In the Sonoma Wine Country. Sponsored the After the Choice, the Diocese of Oakland’s post-abortion outreach. Retreat includes stories, Scripture-based spiritual exercises, sacraments, and a memorial service. Inquiries and participation are strictly confidential. Cost: $150 per person, $200 per couple. Financial assistance available. Information packet: (925) 798-7054 or e-mail: Monika at

Sept. 7-9
2nd Half of Life Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “The Best is Last” with Father Barry Brunsman, OFM. Room preference: private $160, double per person $130. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Sept. 10-12
ACDF Recovery Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Healthy Relationships” with Carol Mitchell and Peter Coster. Room preference: private $165, double per person $135. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Saturday, Sept. 11
Beyond Bunco and Bingo – A Women’s Retreat. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., St. Isidore Parish Ministry Center, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. All women are welcome to take part in a special day of camaraderie, reflection and fun facilitated by Sister Paula Hagen, a Sister of St. Benedict of St. Paul’s Monastery in St. Paul, MN and founder of the national Ministry of Mothers Sharing (M.O.M.S.) program. $40 fee includes breakfast, lunch and chance to win door prizes. To register, phone Linda Biles, (925) 820-1972.

Sept. 17-19
Married Couples Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “My Beloved” with Carol Kaplan and Father Barry Brunsman, OFM. Cost: $270 ($50 deposit). Call: Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141;

Sept. 30-Oct. 3
Men’s Cursillo Weekend. At St. Philip Neri Parish, 3108 Van Buren St., Alameda. A dynamic weekend full of the traditional activities of the Oakland Cursillo. Contact: Kathy Domanski, (925) 866-8544.

Oct. 8-11
Women’s Cursillo Weekend. At St. Philip Neri Parish, 3108 Van Buren St., Alameda. Discuss your faith, discover your unique gifts, and learn more about your journey to become more like Christ. Contact: Kathy Domanski, (925) 866-8544.

Aug. 10, 24
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Family Life Center, 2350 Pacheco St., Suite 201, Concord. Facilitator Joe Gerhards, (925) 682-3314 or Lanai Cline, (925) 676-3338

Aug. 12, 26
Summer Bi-monthly Bereavement Support Group. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. All welcome regardless of religious orientation. Meet 2nd and 4th Thursday of month. Concludes Sept. 23. Information: Mary, (925) 846-5377.

Saturday, Aug. 14
Separated and Divorced One-Day Retreat. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat, Danville. Presented by Victoria S. MacDonald. For those struggling with the impact of being separated or divorced. Focus on Scripture, stories from ancient and recent cultures, film and discussion. $45 cost includes lunch. To register: (925) 837-9141 or website:

Tuesdays, Aug. 17, Sept. 7
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.

Sept. 10, 11, 12
Retrouvaille Weekend. Program geared to help couples rebuild marriages that have become unloving and uncaring. Also for couples thinking of separation or divorce. Call Chris and Katy Huntze, area coordinators, Oakland Diocese, (925) 425-5222.

Sept. 25-26
Workshop for Recently Divorced. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Family Life Center, 2350 Pacheco St., Suite 201, Concord. Topics include self-image, stress, anger, blame, loneliness, growth and more. $35 donation. No one turned away for lack of funds. Call: Joe Gerhards, (925) 682-3314 or Lanai Cline, (925) 685-0497.

Tuesday, Aug. 10
Catholic Professional and Business Club of the Diocese of Oakland. 7 – 8:30 a.m. at the San Ramon Marriott, San Ramon. Featured speaker: Natalie Hudson, Life Principles Institute and director of Toronto Respect Life. Mass will be celebrated at 6:15 a.m. in a room reserved for that purpose. Reservations by phone: (925) 389-0704 or e-mail:

Thursday, Aug. 19
Safe Environment for Children Project. 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Our Lady of Grace Parish Hall, 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. Part of the Diocese of Oakland’s commitment to providing a safe environment for all children. Training for lay ecclesial ministers including directors of religious education, pastoral associates, youth and young adult ministers, parish life directors, any pastoral ministers. Workshop will be offered in Spanish and English. Information: contact Jennifer Nemecek, Safe Environment for Children Project, (510) 628-2183.

Tuesday, Aug. 31
Lecture. “Geishas As Performance Artists: The Smiles Behind the Art.” 5:45 p.m., University of San Francisco Lone Mountain Campus, 2800 Turk Blvd., Room 100, San Francisco. Slide presentation by Emily J. Sano, director of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. Patrick Lloyd Hatcher, a Kiriyama Fellow at USF’s Center for Pacific Rim, will lead the discussion after Sano’s presentation. Free and open to the public. Information and reservations: (415) 422-6357.

Sunday, Sept. 26
Confirmation for Adults. 12:30 - 2 p.m., St. Bonaventure Parish, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Are you an adult Catholic who missed the sacrament of confirmation? It is not too late. Refresh your knowledge and practice of your faith in a series of sessions beginning Sept. 26. Information: contact Sister Anne, (925) 672-3899.

Thursday, Sept. 30
Lecture. Jesuit Father Donald Gelpi, professor emeritus, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, will speak on “Learning to Live with Lonergan.” 7:30 p.m., Dinner Boardroom, Graduate Theological Union Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. The first in a series of four lectures commemorating the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley’s 70th anniversary and the centenary of the birth of three influential Jesuit theologians of the 20th century: John Courtney Murray, S.J., Bernard Lonergan, S.J., and Karl Rahner, S.J. Information: (510) 549-5000.

Thursday, Aug. 12
15th Annual Salad Bar Luncheon and Bingo. Noon at St. Joseph Church Hall, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Sponsored by Court Father Francisco de Lasuen, No. 1508, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Mission San Jose. $7 donation includes lunch and two bingo cards. Proceeds go to the Court’s Charities. Contact: Eleanor Chesterman, (510) 657-2758.

Saturday, Aug. 21
Young Alumni BBQ at St. Mary’s College. Noon – 5 p.m. in the Bertain “Redwood” Grove on the Moraga campus. Includes SMC affiliated bands, raffle prize, food and wine. Cost: $20 if RSVP online or “at the door”; $10 per person (if RSVP by Aug. 15). Web:

Aug. 14-15
Flea Market. Sponsored by the Youth Group at Assumption Parish, 1100 Fulton Ave., San Leandro. Proceeds benefit the Youth Group’s trip to Mexico for the Corazon House Community Building Project. Donations of new and used items are currently being accepted – exceptions: electronics, appliances or computers that are more than three years old. Call Jan Brooks, (510) 276-7608.

Saturday, Aug. 21
St. Lawrence O’Toole School Rummage Sale Benefit. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the gym below the church located at 3725 High School, Oakland. Furniture, books, clothing and household items. Priced to sell. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be available. Saleable donations will be accepted starting Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. Contact: Grace Beatty, (510) 482-6160.

Monday, Aug. 23
St. Joseph School, Fremont 9th Annual Golf Tournament. 11 a.m. check-in, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. At Castlewood Country Club. Scramble format on hill course. Information: (510) 656-6525.

Saturday, Aug. 28
Celebration of Wisdom and Freedom. St. Jude Church, 20920 McClellan Road, Cupertino. Jeri Becker, spiritual writer/artist and recently released from serving a life sentence in prison, will be a featured speaker at 15th anniversary of Catholic Women’s Network. The fee, which includes lunch, is $35 or $25 for low income, by Aug. 21. Register by phone Catholic Women’s Network, (408) 245-8663 or mail to CWN, 877 Spinosa Dr., Sunnyvale, CA 94087.

Thursday, Sept. 9
Italian Catholic Federation Branch #223 Harvestime Ravioli Dinner. At St. Theresa Hall, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. No-host cocktails, 6:15 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. Chef: Joe Scodeller, St. Theresa parishioner. Tickets: $14 for adults, $7 for children 7-12 years of age. Reservations, by check, to I.C.F. Br. #223 and mailed to Holly Raineri, 1074 Annerley Road, Piedmont, CA 94610; phone: (510) 451-0608.

Sept. 10-12
St. Raymond’s 22nd Annual Fall Festival. 6-10 p.m. on Sept. 10 and 11; 1-5 p.m. on Sept. 12. Includes live bands and casino nights, international food booths, carnival games, craft fair, water balloon maze. Call Suzanne Siu, (925) 829-3574.

Saturday, Sept. 11
50th Annual Parish Festival. 10 a.m.- 10 p.m., St. Leander Parish, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Special day of games, socializing, and food. Attendees are urged to dress like they did in the 1950s to mark the anniversary. Tickets will be on sale after Mass the weekend of Aug. 15. Contact the parish office: (510)895-5631,

Sunday, Sept. 12
Palmdale Spectacular VII – Annual Fundraiser for Holy Family Sisters. 1-5 p.m., Sisters of the Holy Family Motherhouse, 159 Washington Blvd., Fremont. Silent and live auctions. Sister Michaela O’Connor to deliver a special presentation on the history of the Palmdale Estate; also a self-guided walking tour, food, harp music. Tickets: $75. Proceeds benefit the ministries of the Holy Family Sisters. Contact: Linda Micciche, (510) 624-4581.

Noel Institute #113 Young Ladies Institute Barbecue Social. Cocktails at 2 p.m.; dinner, 3 p.m. At the home of Marie and Charles Minnihan. Cost: $10 per person, two free drinks. Raffle prizes available. Reservations and directions to the Minnihan’s home by calling Dolores Vazquez, (510) 357-5903.

Annual St. Theresa Parish Picnic. 3-6 p.m. at 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. Games and activities from 3-4 p.m., BBQ chicken dinner from 4-6 p.m. Tickets: $5 for adults, $3 children 12 and under. Tickets will be on sale after all Masses, Aug. 28-29, Sept 4-5, and at the entrance to the picnic area on the parish grounds. Questions: (510) 547-2777.

Sept. 17, 18, 19
All Saints Fiesta. 6-10 p.m. on Sept. 17, noon – 10 p.m. on Sept. 18, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Sept. 19. At All Saints Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward. Lots of food, games and entertainment! Includes raffle of $5000 in cash prizes; raffle tickets $2 each or $20 for a book of 11 tickets. Contact Alison Brathwaite, (510) 582-4216.

Saturday, Oct. 2
Dinner Dance. At Holy Spirit Hall, 375 88 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Dinner from 6-8 p.m., dancing 8 p.m.-midnight. Donation: $25 per person. Tickets: (510) 656-8191 or (510) 657-4043.

Saturday, Oct. 16
St. Mary’s Center Annual Dinner and Auction. 6 p.m. At the Greek Orthodox Auditorium, 4700 Lincoln Way, Oakland. Complimentary win reception with silent auction. Auction items include Holland American Cruise for two, Sierra cabin for a week, sports memorabilia, fine wines and fine jewelry. Tickets: $75 per person. Information: (510) 893-4723.

Sept. 24, 26
Celebration of 50th anniversary of St. Jarlath Church Building. Concert: Sept. 24, 7 p.m. at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. Followed by reception in “Rose Garden” outside main entrance to the parish hall. Anniversary Mass: Sept. 26, 11 a.m. Bishop Allen Vigneron to preside. Parish festival to follow on the church grounds. All are invited.

Aug. 27-29
Young Adult Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Facilitated by Sister Michelle L’Allier, OSF, and Michael Mansfield. Through fun, prayer, quiet, film, movement and conversation, participants will explore the questions that affect young adults when it comes to being faithful. Room preference: $130 private, $105 double per person. Contact: Sister Michelle, (925) 837-9141 or

Sept. 4-Oct. 1
Exhibit. The Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. “Keith’s Cigar Box and Panel Paintings.” A selection of wooden cigar box panels and other miniature paintings by William Keith in the William Keith Room. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Admission donation: $2, free parking. Main desk: (925) 631-4379.

Sept. 4-Oct. 17
Revelations and Reflections of Self-Taught Artists. Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Spirituality, a theme central to art for as long as humans have engaged in the creative process, is given accessible and vibrant expression in this exhibition. Coming from all walks of life and all regions of the country, self-taught artists contemplate life’s travails and unvarnished truths – often with humor, joy and spontaneity. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Admission donation: $2, free parking. Main desk: (925) 631-4379.


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