OCTOBER 18, 2004





Tuesdays, Oct. 19, 26
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, Oct. 20, 27
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.

Spirit Seekers. 7:30 p.m., St. Philip Neri Parish Rectory Hall, 3109 Van Buren St., Alameda. Weekly gathering will utilize the “12 Steps” of Christian Spirituality process for those seeking to establish a closer relationship to God. Information: (510) 522-2299, ext. 4 or (510) 522-6005.

Wednesday, Oct. 20
Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m., St. Leander Church, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Father Bich Nguyen presiding.

Sunday, Oct. 24
Prayer-a-thon for the Missions. 3:30 p.m., Maryknoll Regional Center, 16300 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro (St. Alphonsus Parish). Participants will pray the Mission Rosary, bless the new statue of Our Lady of Maryknoll and enjoy a simple dinner. Contact Deacon Matt Dulka, (510) 276-5021 or

Tuesday, Oct. 26
11th Annual Interfaith HIV/AIDS Prayer Service. 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 2001 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda. Each year members of Alameda’s faith communities join together in prayer and song to remember and to celebrate the lives of those who are living with challenges of HIV and AIDS and to honor those who have died. Anyone whose life has been affected by HIV or AIDS is encouraged to attend. A reception will follow. Presented by the HIV/AIDS Education and Outreach Ministry of Alameda, which is sponsored by St. Albert, St. Barnabas, St. John Basilica and St. Philip Neri parishes in Alameda.

Friday, Nov. 5
Mass of Thanksgiving for the Friends of Father Augustine Tolton. 7 p.m. at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph N. Perry of Chicago, presider and homilist. Reception to follow.

Sunday, Nov. 7
Mass of Remembrance. 7 p.m. at St. Leander Church, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro (across from San Leandro BART). In memory of Msgr. Philip Ryan, former pastor of St. Leander Church, Father Matthew Regan (St. Leander clergy), and all priests, deacons, religious, and third orders who have served the Diocese of Oakland. Information: Evelyn, (510) 895-2019.

Saturday, Nov. 13
Day of Prayer. 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. The prayer team, Maryknoll Sister Mary Boyce, Kate Dougherty, Father Jesuit Father Mathieu Ndomba, and Carmen Scholl, will explore the theme “Praying with Mary of Nazareth.” Opportunities for Eucharistic liturgy, short presentations, silence, faith sharing, and spiritual direction. $12 fee includes breakfast and lunch. To register/information: Carmen Scholl, (925) 944-5970,


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. 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-PERPETUAL

Saturday, Oct. 23
Blessed Are The Peacemakers. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 2500 Bermuda Ave., San Leandro. A Day of Recollection and fasting with Carmelite Father Christopher LaRocca, O.C.D. Talks will focus on prayer and peace. A Holy Hour is included and Reconciliation will be available. Bread, olive oil and bottled water will be provided. Fasting is encouraged, but not mandatory. Free-will donation accepted. Sponsored by The Divine Mercy Prayer Group, St. Leander Parish. Information: Evelyn, (510) 895-2019.

Eco Spirituality. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., at San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. St. Joseph of Carondelet Sister Joanna Bramble will present “Embracing Our Beloved Earth.” Participants are welcome to share experiences, explore new ideas, and reflect in silence to strengthen our courage, joy, and hope for the healing of our world. (8:30 a.m. registration). $45 fee includes lunch. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Oct. 23 and Nov. 13

A Day of Retreat with Michael Barry, SSCC. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Divine Mercy Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. The Sacred Hearts priest, who is currently a provincial of his community, has been involved in Charismatic renewal since 1976 and has a special gift of inner healing. Registration fee: $20 per person. Phone: (510) 412-4715; e-mail:

Sunday, Oct. 24
Day of Dialogue. 1 – 5 p.m., at San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. “For Gays, Lesbians, Their Families and Friends” with Franciscan Father Richard Purcell. Come for a prayerful day, in this safe environment, to explore and share stories of faith and community. No cost. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

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;

Annual Charismatic Catholic Fall Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. Theme: “God’s Glory – Spirit of Jesus Working Within Us.” Retreat teacher: Redemptorist Father Dick Schiblin. All are welcome to come and participate in this upbeat and creative experience of charismatic praise, teaching and healing power of the Holy Spirit. Sponsored by the Charismatic Catholic Renewal Office in the diocese. To register or more information: (800) 474-6644.

Saturday, Oct. 30
Advanced Enneagram. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., at San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. “Deepening Insight” with Maurice Monette. Building on one’s knowledge of the Enneagram, this retreat day is designed to help you identify where you are on your spiritual path and what will help you advance. $75. (8:30 a.m. registration, lunch included). Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Saturday, Nov. 6
Traditional Prayer Practices. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Quality Time with God” with Darleen Pryds. Exploration of traditional prayer practices through lectures, experiences of prayer and discussion. Special focus on the sensuality of prayer, i.e., how prayer is experienced through our five senses. $40. (8:30 a.m. registration, lunch included.) Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Friday, Oct. 22
Mass of Healing for Divorced and Separated Catholics. 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. Sponsored by the Catholic parishes of Berkeley. Following Mass a reception and information meeting to explore the possibility of an on-going support group in Western Contra Costa and Northwestern Alameda counties will be held. RSVP: (510) 526-4811.

Tuesdays, Oct. 26, Nov. 9
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.

Tuesday, Oct. 19
Truth and Politics. 5:45 – 7 p.m. at University of San Francisco Lone Mountain Campus, 2800 Turk Blvd, Room 148, San Francisco. Patrick Floyd Hatcher, Kiriyama Distinguished Fellow at the Center for the Pacific Rim, will interview Ambassador Joseph Wilson, former ambassador to Baghdad and author of “The Politics of Truth.” Free and open to the public. Reservations recommended. Information: (415) 422-6357,

Wednesday, Oct. 20
The Wall. 7 – 9 p.m. at All Saints Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward. All are invited to attend slide presentation and talk on The Wall around and through the Holy Land. Free admission. Information: (510) 888-1581.

Friday, Oct. 22
Eden Alternative Workshop. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Mercy Retirement and Care Center, 3431 Foothill Blvd., Oakland. Speakers: Dr. William Thomas, developer of the Eden Alternative Program, which creates vibrant environments for seniors by introducing positive elements like companion animals; and Nancy Fox, executive director of Eden Alternative. Open to public. Costs: $50 fee, $7 box lunch. Phone: (510) 434-2800; website:

Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5
For Better, For Ever. 7:15 – 9:30 p.m., St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Three evenings of enrichment for married couples, sponsored by the Marriage Care Ministry at the Catholic Community of Pleasanton. Free. Advance reservations are requested. Information: Ted and Sue Selna, (925) 461-0459.

Tuesday, Oct. 26
Sports, Culture and Media. Noon – 2 p.m. at Claeys Lounge, Soda Center, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. A look at the role of sport in American culture and the ethical dilemmas involved in sports journalism featuring Fox Sports Net senior coordinating producer Kent Camera; Sports Illustrated writer John O’Keefe; Golf Digest photography editor Matt Ginella; and Oakland Raiders director of broadcasting Chris Gargano. $20 per person, includes lunch. Information/reservations: (925) 631-4035.

Wednesday, Oct. 27
Leadership and Teamwork. 7 – 9 p.m. at Moraga Room, Soda Center, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. A presentation featuring William F. “Rick” Cronk, recently retired president of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream; Paul Zingg, president of California State University, Chico; and Steve Gladstone, the University of California at Berkeley rowing coach who leadership resulted in 10 national championships. Session includes a showing of “All for One,” a film chronicling the winning ways of Cal crew and the gratification of teamwork. $10 per person. Information: (925) 631-4035.

Friday, Nov. 5
First Fridays at St. Joseph the Worker. 7:30 p.m., 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. As a prelude to the annual School of the Americas (SOA) action in Ft. Benning, GA, the 71-minute documentary on the history of SOA with commentary by Noam Chomsky, Barbara Lee, Eduardo Galeano and others will be shown. Sponsored by the Father Bill O’Donnell Social Justice Committee. Free admission.

Through Nov. 18
How to Survive Being Married to a Catholic! 7:30 – 9 p.m., on Thursday evenings, at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Norton Hall, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. Are you thinking of marrying a Catholic or are you already married to one? This workshop is for you! Using the book by the same title, we will explore the meaning of the core beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church and show why they are important to your spouse. Information: Christine, (510) 526-4811, ext. 19.

Thursday, Oct. 21
La Madre De Los Pobres Fundraising Dinner. 6:30 p.m. no-host happy hour, 7:30 p.m. dinner, at Caesar’s Restaurant, Bay and Powell streets, San Francisco. Special speaker: Franciscan Father John Vaughn, minister general emeritus, the Franciscan (OFM) Fathers and Brothers worldwide. $100 per person, $150 per couple, $750 per table of 10. Proceeds benefit the non-profit San Francisco charity that helps the poor of all faiths. RSVP: (925) 846-7031.

Saturday, Oct. 23
7th Annual “Fall Into Autumn” Luncheon and Fashion Show. 12 – 1:30 p.m. lunch, 1:30 – 3 p.m., fashion show, at St. Benedict Parish Hall, 2245 82nd Ave, Oakland. Sponsored by The Knights of Peter Claver Auxiliary, St. Benedict Court #336. Fashions and accessories are from local vendors and will be available for purchase. Donation is $35. Contact Janice Moore, (510) 562-2050 for tickets.

The Holy Spirit Italian Social Group’s Annual Dinner. 6 p.m., no-host social hour and appetizers; 7 p.m., Italian buffet dinner; 8:15 p.m., performance featuring the Mission Opera Company Singers. Includes raffle. Tickets: $25 per person. Contact: Tom Bobak, (510) 797-0978 or John Barron, (510) 794-9882.

Saturday, Nov. 6
Auction 2004, Giving From A to Z. 5:30 p.m., Ascension Community Center, 4700 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. Benefit for St. Theresa School, presented by St. Theresa Parents Club. Silent and live auction items. New this year: a raffle called “Best of Live.” Only 100 tickets will be sold for raffle and the winner gets to pick any live auction item and claim it as their own. Prizes include week-long stay in a cottage in Ireland. Auction will include a raffle for cash prizes: first prize is $3,000. Drawing tickets are $5 a piece or six for $25. For drawing tickets: Melissa Ryan, (510) 654-7926. Auction admission: $65 per person. Information/tickets: Stacy Nuti, (510) 339-2957.

Saturday, Nov. 13
Zydeco Dance. 6 – 10 p.m., St. Columba Church Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Dance lessons: 5:30 – 6 p.m. Featuring Mark St. Mary. Tickets: $10 (pre-sale), $12 (at the door). Dinner includes gumbo, red beans and rice, sweet potato pie. Presented by the St. Columba Women’s Group. Information: (510) 654-7600 or (510) 527-0232.

Saturday, Nov. 20
Hands to Hands in Education. St. David School Silent Auction. 6 – 10 p.m. at 871 Sonoma St., Richmond. The main fundraiser of the year for the elementary school is a fun opportunity to start your holiday shopping! A well-known professional auctioneer guarantees an enjoyable mid-evening pause in the bidding action. $10 tickets at the door include complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages (adults only). Information: (510) 232-2283.

Sunday, Nov. 21
Quarterly Communion and Brunch Mass. 10:30 a.m. Mass at Assumption Church, 1100 Fulton Ave., San Leandro. Brunch will follow at a restaurant. The Young Ladies Institute of Noel Institute 113 will celebrate this event. Information: Carmel Jurasin, (510) 785-4430 for reservations by
Nov. 19.

KPC Annual Gospel Concert. 2 – 5 p.m. at St. Benedict Church, 2245 82nd Ave., Oakland. Sponsored by the Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver, St. Bernard’s Court and Council No. 212. Featuring the Gospel choirs of St. Benedict, St. Patrick, and St. Louis Bertrand parishes (all in Oakland), as well as Philips Temple, CME, the Inspired Catholic Voices and special guest choirs. Tickets: $10 (advance), $12 (at the door), children under 10 (free). Proceeds fund youth scholarships and church renovations. Tickets: Al Norton, (510) 581-1895; Art Trevigne, Jr., (925) 779-9607.

Nov. 4 – 7
Comic parable. Nov. 4, 5 and 6 at 8 p.m.; Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. At the LeFevre Theatre, St. Mary’s College, Moraga. “The Firebugs,” written by Swiss novelist and architect Max Frisch, is about a town obsessed with the threat of fire and offers a darkly ironic view of life in unsettling times. Directed by Rebecca Engle. $15 (general admission), $10 (non-St. Mary’s students), $8 (St. Mary’s faculty, staff and students). Tickets: (925) 631-4670.

Friday, Nov. 5
Musical Review. 7 p.m. at All Saints Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward. The Ruach Players and Father Mark Wiesner will present music from Godspell and other standards. The performance will be followed by a reception in the gym. Tickets for open seating: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for children (12 and under). Reserved pews may be purchased. Information/tickets: All Saints Parish Office, (510) 581-2570.

Sunday, Nov. 7
Season’s Music Program. 7 p.m. at St. David Church, 5641 Esmond Ave., Richmond. The music of H.I.F. Biber, “Requiem in F Minor,” conducted by Ondine Young, music director. Singing by the St. David Festival Choir, featuring student musicians of Berkeley’s Crowden School. A free-will offering accepted at the door.

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