NOVEMBER 8, 2004





Tuesdays, Nov. 9, 16, 23
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, Nov. 10, 17, 24
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.

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,

Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. Ignatius Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. Sponsored by Acts 1:8 Prayer Group. Information: Connie, (925) 754-2542.

Wednesday, Nov. 17
Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. Leander Church, 550 West Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Father Larry D’Anjou to preside. All are invited.

Friday, Nov. 19

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.

Dec. 8 – 9
National Night of Prayer for Life. 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. at Queen of All Saints Church, 2390 Grant St., Concord. The 20 decades of the Rosary will be prayed plus the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and other prayers led by adjoining parishes.


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-PERPETUAL

Nov. 19-21
Men’s Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Franciscan Father Gavin Griffith, a practitioner of the healing power of humor and story, will present “Free to be Faithful.” A weekend of presentations and focused meditation time. $170 private/$140 double. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Nov. 26-28
Recovery Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Gratitude & Service” with Jesuit Father Tom Weston, who is active in Jesuit retreat and renewal ministries. An opportunity for those in recovery to examine the gifts that the Higher Power has given through the fellowship and the steps. $185 private/$155 double. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Thursday, Dec. 2
Advent Day of Renewal. 9:30 am – 3 pm at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Birthing the Beloved Again” with Franciscan Father Barry Brunsman, a retreat master at San Damiano. Spend a treasured time of remembering, reflecting, preparing, and praying the birthing of Jesus into our lives. (9 am registration, lunch included.) $20. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Tuesday, Nov. 9
Church’s Mission Efforts in Southeast Asia. 7:30 p.m. at Maryknoll Center, 16300 Foothill Blvd, San Leandro. Linda Batton, mission director for the San Jose Diocese, will discuss her recent trip to Southeast Asia where she experienced firsthand the Church’s efforts to bring the Good News to people there. Information: Deacon Matt Dulka or Juanita, (510) 276-5021; e-mail:; website:

Nov. 11, 18
How to Survive Being Married to a Catholic! 7:30 – 9 p.m. 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.

Tuesday, Nov. 16
Cloning in a Brave New World. 7 – 9 p.m. at Kerry House, 4092 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. Dr. Jim Duffy, S.J., who graduated and completed a residency at Georgetown University Medical Center, will lead a lively roundtable discussion on the science, politics and ethics behind recent cloning and stem cell research. Sponsored by St. Leo Parish, Oakland, and East Bay Theology on Tap. Information:

Liturgy As a Model for Christian Living. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in Borromeo Hall at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Jesuit Father Tom Scirghi, associate professor of liturgy at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, will use the four-fold action of the Eucharistic Prayer, “Jesus took, blessed, broke, and gave,” to show how they apply to us. A free will offering of $5 will be appreciated. Information: Julie, (925) 447-4549 or

Wednesday, Nov. 17
The Deadliest Sin. 5:45 – 7 p.m., USF Lone Mountain Campus, Room 100, 2800 Turk Blvd., San Francisco. Robert A.F. Thurman, who holds the first endowed chair in Buddhist Studies in the West, the Hey Tsong Khapa Chair in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, discusses his book, “Anger,” which he calls the deadliest of sins. Free and open to the public. Reservations recommended. Phone: (415) 422-6357.

Distress, Denial and Disappointment in Sudan. 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Sinbad’s Restaurant at Pier Two on The Embarcadero, San Francisco. William F. Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International USA will discuss the human rights organization’s findings from its September mission to the Darfur region of Sudan. Cocktails: 6 – 6:30 p.m. (cash bar). Admission on a sliding scale: $15 – 25, includes new membership to Amnesty International USA. No charge for current members. Free parking.

Tuesdays, Nov. 9, 23
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa (CDWS). 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.

Saturday, Nov. 20
CDWS Mass and Potluck. 4:30 p.m. Mass at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, followed by potluck in the social hall. Participants are invited to bring a dish to share. Coffee and dessert will be provided. Discussion on the future of the Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa in the wake of the upcoming closure of the Family Life Office, is scheduled. Information: Char, (925) 932-5054.

Monday, Nov. 29
An Advent Evening for Divorced/Separated Persons. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph School Library, 43222 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Father Padraig Green and team will facilitate an evening of prayer, reflection and healing. Information: Leanne, (510) 468-1544.

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). Food will be sold at reasonable prices. Adults only. Presented by the St. Columba Women’s Group. Information: (510) 654-7600 or (510) 527-0232.

Friday, Nov. 19
A Casino Night. 7 – 11 p.m. at St. Rose Parish Hall, 555 Third Ave., Crockett. No-host refreshment bar, sandwich and dessert buffet, games, door and raffle prizes. $5 donation per person (includes starter bag of gaming chips). Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Phone: (510) 787-2052. Proceeds benefit St. Rose Parish.

Nov. 20, 21
Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Holiday Boutique. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Dominican Sisters Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Sale items include: hand-made afghans, the Sister’s famous extra-virgin olive oil and homemade fruitcakes and cookies. Admission is free. Proceeds will be used for needed safety improvements at the Motherhouse.

Holiday Market. Nov. 20: 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. and Nov. 21: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at All Saints Church, corner of 2nd and D streets in Hayward. To benefit All Saints’ sister parish in Tanlajas, Mexico. “Heavenly” cream puffs, baked goods, handcrafted goods, prizes, etc. Parking behind school from High and D streets.

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! $10 tickets at the door include complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages (adults only). Information: (510) 232-2283.

Fiesta Dance Night. 7:30 p.m. – Midnight at St. Lawrence O’Toole-St. Cyril Parish Gym, 3725 High St., Oakland. An evening of Salsa, Merengue, Cha-Cha, Cumbia and Latin dance. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., Salsa lessons from 8 – 9 p.m., dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight to music provided by DJ Sky. $8 per person at door. Proceeds benefit St. Lawrence-St. Cyril capital improvement fund.

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.

Saturday, Nov. 27
Annual Sport Collector Show. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Leander’s Ryan-O’Connell Church Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. A variety of vintage sports memorabilia (1880 – 2004) will be for sale. Proceeds to benefit St. Leander Parish and local charities. Door prizes. Sponsored by the Meridians of St. Leander Parish. Admission: $2, those over 65 and under five are free. Contact: Mark, (510) 538-6245.

Old School Flashback Dance Party. 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. at St. Columba Parish Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Music by Hillside Productions. Food and raffle. No-host bar. Proceeds to benefit St. Columba African American Celebration 2005. $10 donation. Tickets: Elaine Lemay, (510) 632-7864, or parish office, (510) 654-7600.

Saturday, Dec. 4
Winter Wonderland. 5:30 p.m. at Bishop O’Dowd High School, 9500 Stearns Ave., Oakland. Annual school fundraiser includes a live and silent auction featuring tickets to sporting and cultural events, dinners and holiday and craft items as well as a talent show featuring students and faculty. Proceeds from the auction support the school’s tuition assistance endowment and general operating funds. Tickets: $25 per person ($30 after Nov. 12). No-host wine and beer bar will be available. Buy tickets in advance by downloading an invitation at website: phone: (510) 577-9100, ext. 304. Information: Kathy Dwyer,

Nov. 12, 13, 19, 20
A Cry of Players. 8 p.m. at the Lindland Theatre (on the campus of Archbishop Riordan High School), 175 Phelan Ave., San Francisco. A bawdy tale by playwright William Gibson of the young Bard of Avon, and the passion that erupts when a troupe of actors play through his Stratford. Tickets: $8 adults, $5 students/seniors. Presentation by the Drama Department at Archbishop Riordan High School. Information: (415) 587-5866.

Sunday, Nov. 14
Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers Concert. 2 p.m. at Newark Community Center, 35233 C Newark Blvd., Newark. Free admission. Boys with an interest in the GGBC program may audition for the choir immediately following the concert. Information: (510) 887-4311.

Sundays Nov. 14, 21
Cathedral Concerts. 3:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Nov. 14: Arthur Johnson (Reno, NV), organist; Nov. 21: David Brock (Incline Village, NV), organist. Free-will offering requested at door. Free parking.

Saturday, Nov. 20
Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers Concert. 7 p.m. at St. Albert Church, 1022 Holly St., Alameda. The GGBCB is launching its new after school program in Alameda with this special free concert. Information: (510) 887-4311.

Dec. 4 and 5
Psallite! A Candlelight Christmas. 8 p.m. at St. Ignatius Church, Fulton and Parker, San Francisco. San Francisco’s Bach Choir will present music from the late Renaissance and early Baroque as well as antiphonal singing, chant, processions, bells and carols with its Period Consort. A pre-concert lecture by Alexandra Amati-Camperi, professor at the University of San Francisco Department of Music, on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. is open to all ticket holders. Tickets: $26, $22 and $15 for students (in advance); $30, $25, $18 for students (at the door). Box office: (415) 441-4942 or

Through Dec. 12
The Holy Art of Imperial Russia. Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. One hundred Romanov era (1700 – 1917) painted icon panels, some with decorative metal covers, will be on view. Gallery hours: Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 19

Advent Lessons and Carols. 7 p.m. at St. David Church, 5641 Esmond Ave., Richmond. Free admission. A $10 donation is suggested.

Next Voice: Nov. 22. Send submissions, by Nov.11, to Carrie McClish, 3014 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, 94610; phone: (510) 419-1074; fax: (510) 893-4734; e-mail:

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