SEPTEMBER 20, 2004





Tuesdays, Sept. 21, 28
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, Sept. 22, 29
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.

Friday, Sept. 24
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, Sept. 25
Teaching Day and Healing Mass. 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Queen of All Saints Parish Hall, 2390 Grant St., Concord. Topic: “Marian Life in the Spirit: Jesus Heals Through the Intercession of Mary.” Information: Bea Benham, (925) 687-8232.

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. 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, Oct. 2
Fifteenth Annual Blessing of the Animals. 1:30 – 3 p.m., St. Boniface Churchyard, 133 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco. All are invited to this free event to have their pets blessed. Sponsored by Franciscan Father Floyd A. Lotito and the Franciscan Friars.

Blessing Of The Animals. 2 p.m., San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. With Franciscan Father Father Barry Brunsman. All are invited to bring four-legged and feathered friends to the Blessing in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Free. Information: (925) 837-9141

Oct. 8, 9, 10
Life in the Spirit Seminar. Oct. 8: 7:30 p.m. Healing Mass; Oct. 9 and 10: 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sacred Heart Parish Cafeteria, 4025 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland. Spiritual director: Father Gerry Juarez. Seminar will establish, reestablish, or deepen your personal relationship with Christ. No fee. Meals provided. Information: Lucy Foronda, (415) 386-7311, Jimmy Regacho, (925) 939-7701.

Sunday, Oct. 10
“International” Rosary. 2 p.m., St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. “Unite in prayer and celebrate our catholicity” in over 20 languages. Reception to follow in the St. Isidore Ministry Center. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Council 4060. Call Michael McCosker, (925) 284-1290 or website:

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.

Sept. 24-26
Women’s Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Embracing The Beloved: Opening Our Hearts Through Poetry, Presence and Prayer” with Denise Roy, author of “My Monastery Is A Minivan.” Room preference: private $190, double per person $160. 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. 1-3
Franciscan Spirituality Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Francis and Clare of Assisi: Rebuilding the Church” with Franciscan Father Bill Short. Francis and Clare lived in a church marked by conflict and crisis. Through preaching and example, hard work and contemplative silence, they brought healing and life into the Church of the 13th century. Their example can inspire today’s Catholics to bring healing to the Church. Cost: private $170, double $140 per person. Contact Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141;

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.

Saturday, Oct. 9
A Day of Prayer and Healing. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., 4 p.m. Mass with Father Dick Schiblin, CSSR. Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Presented by the Association of Christian Therapists, Region 20. With Linda Schubert, who travels internationally in the Catholic Charismatic renewal, and Santiago Salaices, a pastoral counselor and author. $20 Pre-registration by Sept. 25, $25 on Oct. 9. Information: Joan, (925) 254-5778; Sally and Herb, (510) 531-8025.

Oct. 29-31
A Retreat with Henry Nouwen as Guide. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Living as God’s Beloved” presented by St. Joseph Sister Sue Mosteller. Room preference: private $190, double per person $160. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141;

Tuesdays, Sept. 21, Oct. 5
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. 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.

Tuesdays, Sept. 28, Oct. 12
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Family Life Center, 2350 Pacheco St., Suite 201, Concord. Meets on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Facilitator Joe Gerhards, (925) 682-3314 or Lanai Cline, (925) 676-3338.

Beginning Oct. 7
Bereavement Workshop. 7:30 p.m., at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Seven-week workshop to help those who are grieving begin the healing process. Open to all regardless of religious orientation. Registration is required. Information: Mary Hagerty, (925) 846-5377.

Wednesday Sept. 22
Reading at Lone Mountain Series. 7:30 p.m., University of San Francisco’s Lone Mountain Campus, 2800 Turk Blvd., Room 148, San Francisco. Award-winning poet Diane di Prima will read from her work. Free and open to the public.

God at Work. 7:30 p.m., St. Perpetua Parish Hall, 3454 Hamlin Road, Lafayette. “Making a Living or Making a Life? Finding God in Today’s Workplace,” by Jerome P. Baggett, assistant professor of religion and society at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Begins Sept. 22 with A Sociological View; Sept. 29 – A Theological View, Oct. 6 – A Biblical View, Oct. 13 – A Spiritual View. $5 per evening or $15 for entire series. Sponsored by the Lamorinda Deanery. Information: Christoph Nauer, (925) 283-0272,

Thursday, Sept. 23
Faithful Citizenship. 7:30 p.m., St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. “Workshop on Voting as Catholics.” A short video from the USCCB will be followed by a discussion of the responsibilities of Catholic voters based on Church teaching. Contact: Cliff, (510) 845-9434.

Friday, Sept. 24
“Out of the Shadowlands: The Secret Catholic Life of C.S. Lewis and Oscar Wilde.” 7:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Parish, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Best-selling biographer Joseph Pearce will discuss C.S, Lewis, who found Christianity but never converted to Catholicism, and Oscar Wilde, who led a life of decadence and converted on his deathbed. Information: (650) 302-4417.

Saturday, Sept. 25
Hebron Update. 6 p.m. potluck supper, presentation and discussion at 7 p.m., CoHousing Common House, 2220 Sacramento St., Berkeley. Lorin Peters, a teacher at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School and Christian Peacemaker Team member, will share some images of the occupation of Palestine, discuss nonviolent approaches to change in that area and signs of hope. Peters is presenting half of the International Report Back, sponsored by the Northern California War Tax Resisters. The other half is by Nick Wright on the 10th International Conference in Brussels, Belgium, on War, Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns.

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.

Sept. 29-Nov. 3
Reflection on Acts of the Apostles. 7:30 – 8:45 p.m., Sablan Room, St. Joseph Basilica Parish, 1109 Chestnut St. Alameda. Holy Names Sister Frances Franey will present “The Church That Jesus Left Behind – A Reflection On the Acts of the Apostles.” Sponsored by Alameda’s School of Faith. $35 per single, $55 per couple. Information: (510) 749-7158.

Thursday, Sept. 30
Lonergan 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.

Saturday, Oct. 2
Election 2004. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Mary’s Center, 635 22nd St., Oakland. Conference sponsored by People of Faith for Justice and Peace will examine issues in upcoming election. Speakers: Social Service Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of JERICHO, and Barry Stenger, executive director, Franciscan Charities.

Tuesdays, Oct. 5-26
Understanding Grief. 7 – 8:30 p.m., Children’s Chapel, St. Philip Neri Parish, 3108 Van Buren St., Alameda. Presented by Betty Jo Heath, a licensed marriage and family therapist. Sponsored by Alameda’s School of Faith. Suggested donation: $50 for series. Information: (510) 749-7158.

Sept. 25-26
Our Lady of Grace Church’s 2004 Fall Festival. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sept 25; 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sept. 26, at 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. Weekend’s theme “Lights! Camera! Action!” will be reflected at booths, games and other activities. Free admission. Information: (510) 537-0806,

St. John’s Revived Festival – the “Back to the 50’s.” Noon – 9 p.m. on Sept. 25 (Saturday dinner will be served 5-7 p.m.); Noon – 6 p.m. on Sept. 26. At St. John Parish, 264 E. Lewelling Blvd, San Lorenzo. Food, fun, games and entertainment for all ages. Call Pat Capra, (510) 582-2403 or Rachel Gomez, (510) 352-4265.

Sunday, Sept. 26
Fall Champagne Brunch. 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Scott’s Seafood Restaurant, Oakland. Benefit for St. Vincent’s Day Home’s playground renovation project. Tickets: $35 adults, $10 children under 10 years. Phone: (510) 832-8324, e-mail:

Saturday, Oct. 2
Dinner Dance. 6 – 8 p.m., dinner; 8 p.m. – midnight, dancing. At Holy Spirit Hall, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Donation: $25 per person. Tickets: (510) 656-8191 or (510) 657-4043.

Spectacular XVI. 6 p.m., The Great White Tent at St. Rose Hospital, 27200 Calaroga Ave., Hayward. Featuring special hosts Sydnie Kohara and Mike Sugerman from CBS 5 Eyewitness News. RSVP by Sept. 22:
(510) 264-4007.

Sunday, Oct. 3
El Rancho Day. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., St. Joseph Elementary School, 1910 San Antonio Ave., Alameda. Includes games, prizes, booths, bingo, BBQ dinners and international foods. Proceeds benefit parish school. Information: (510) 522-4457.

8th Annual Vincenzo Wine & Food Festival. 3 – 7 p.m., St. Vincent’s School for Boys, One St. Vincent Dr., San Rafael. Includes a live and silent auction spearheaded by wine expert/auctioneer David Reynolds that will feature rare wines, unique travel and dining packages and other gifts. KCBS Radio food and wine editor Narsai David will serve as master of ceremonies. $95 per ticket. Proceeds benefit St. Vincent’s, a licensed residential treatment center for boys, 7-17. Information: (415) 592-9200;

Saturday, Oct. 9

Family Polenta Dinner. No-host cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m., at St. Catherine of Siena Parish Hall, Mellus St., Martinez. Many raffle prizes. $15 adults, $5 ages 6-12 years, free, five and under. Reservations: (925) 229-2665.

Friday, Oct. 15
St. Bonaventure Men’s Spiritual Network’s Annual Golf Tournament. 1 p.m., Boundary Oaks Golf Course, Walnut Creek. A contribution of $95 per player includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, a golf-accessory gift, a full-course dinner with wine and coffee and more. Contact: Brian Gunderson, (925) 673-5039 or Al Limberg, (925) 685-3791.

Oct. 15-16
Garage Sale. At 4243 Wilson Lane, Concord. Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. John Baptist de la Salle #1934. Call (925) 686-2005 for hours, directions.

Saturday, Oct. 16
St. Mary’s Center Annual Dinner and Auction. 6 p.m., Greek Orthodox Auditorium, 4700 Lincoln Way, Oakland. Complimentary wine 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.

Oct. 16- 17
34th Annual Holiday Boutique. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Oct. 16; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Oct. 17 at Holy Family Motherhouse, 159 Washington Blvd., Fremont. Needlework, seasonal items, holiday decorations, baked goods and refreshments will be available for purchase. Door prizes. Sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Family. Proceeds help to support their frail elder Sisters. Information: Sister Dolores Freitas, (510) 624-4583.

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.

Mondays, Sept. 20, 27
Voices of Musica Sacra. 7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Ave., Walnut Creek. Multi-faith choir is seeking new members for all voice parts. Repertoire includes music from all periods from Renaissance to contemporary with a broad range of styles. Information: (925) 680-7089.

Sunday, Sept. 26
Scanlon Fund Benefit Concert. 2 p.m., St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. Artists include: Rawn Harbor, piano (liturgist, St. Columba Parish, Oakland), Janet Sullivan Whitaker, vocals (director of music, Corpus Christi, Piedmont), April McNeely, soprano (director of music, St. Clement, Hayward). Proceeds to support music program at St. Augustine. Tickets: $15 at door.

Through 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.

Sundays, Oct. 10, 17, 24
Cathedral Concerts. 3:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Oct.10: David Hatt, organist; Oct. 17: Richard Riley, tenor; Oct. 24: Christoph Tietze, organist. A free-will offering will be requested at door. Free parking.

Through 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.

Saturday, Oct. 9
Young Adults Summit. 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “What Do You Do For A Living?” presented by Mercy Sister Mary Criscione. Join other young adults in their late teens, 20s, and 30s for a time of discussion, input, prayer and conversation focusing on how to find and create meaningful work. $25. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141;

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