NOVEMBER 17, 2003
Official newspaper of the Roman Catholic
Diocese of Oakland, California encompassing all of
Alameda &
Contra Costa counties.






Holiday music
Janet Sullivan Whitaker will present a concert of holiday music, “Advent Graces,” in the St. Augustine Concert series Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz St., Oakland. Whitaker is a professional pastoral musician, a published composer of Catholic liturgical music and a 25-year veteran of active music ministry in the Oakland Diocese. Tickets for the concert are $15 general admission. Ticket information may be obtained by calling St. Augustine parish office, (510) 653-8631.

Monday, Nov. 17
East Bay Meeting, Voice of the Faithful. 7-9 p.m., at St. Charles Borromeo Parish Hall, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Speakers: Sister Barbara Flannery, chancellor of the Oakland Diocese, and chair of the Diocesan Ministry for Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse; and clinical psychologist Dr. James Jenkins. Tell a friend; better, bring a friend.

Tuesday, Nov. 18
Discussion on the Trinity: “Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” By Joyce Dolan, 7 p.m., in St. Charles Borromeo Parish Hall, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Will answer questions about the Trinity and discuss where the Bible talks about the Trinity. More information and reservations by calling Julie Gallagher, (925) 447-4559.

Thursday, Nov. 20

Workshop: “Understanding Children’s Grief.” For parents, grandparents, teachers, aunts, uncles and anyone who loves a young person going through loss, 7-9 p.m., at St. Michael Parish Hall, Third and Maple Streets, Livermore. Sponsored by the Grief Support Ministry of St. Michael and St. Charles Borromeo Parishes and led by Ninette Larson, MA, MFT, a licensed therapist with a specialization in grief therapy. For the past seven years, she ran the children and teens grief groups at Hope Hospice in Dublin and created the Grief Education Program to educate professionals and lay people about healthy grief. The program is supported by grants and is free to participants. No RSVP is necessary.

Saturday, Nov. 22
YLI Isle City No. 51 100th Anniversary Celebration. 10 a.m. Mass, at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Luncheon to follow at 12:30 p.m., at Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Official visit of Grand President Barbara Lovio. More information from Chairman Dolores Hickey, (510) 522-0535.

Tuesday, Nov. 25
School for Pastoral Ministry Information Meeting. 7-8 p.m., at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. For: individuals and couples interested in exploring their call to ministry; lay ministers who would like to build their practical ministerial skills; catechists and Catholic school teachers who wish for a more solid foundation in their faith and/or certification as Master Catechists; and, for men interested in the permanent deaconate. Next 3-year program begins Jan. 31, 2004. School meets one Saturday per month at Holy Names College, Oakland. Typical school day: 8 a.m. Mass followed by class 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. More information by contacting the school registrar, Mary Lue Daniels, (510) 273-4997.

Saturday, Dec. 6
Noel Institute No. 113, Young Ladies Institute, 80th Anniversary Celebration. Mass 10:30 a.m., at Church of the Assumption, 1100 Fulton Ave., San Leandro. Luncheon to follow at Assumption School Hall. Official visit by Grand President Barbara Lovio. Reservations necessary by Nov. 26. Seating limited. Luncheon reservations by contacting Dolores Vasquez, (510) 357-5903.

Rosary Rally for Peace in Oakland
. 4 p.m., at St. Jarlath Church, Pleasant Street at Fruitvale Avenue, just off Highway 580. Prayer for peace in the city of Oakland to help stop the killings. “Bring friends and family” to pray the rosary. Sponsored by Legion of Mary Queen of Peace Unit. Will be held on the first Saturday of each month. More information by calling Helen Fulsaas, (510) 531-2926.

Tuesday, Dec. 9
Mission Forum. Presented by Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, 7:30 p.m., at the Maryknoll Mission Center, located at the former convent at St. Alphonsus Parish, 16300 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. Topic and speakers: “Christmas Around the World,” by missioners who will share stories of how Christmas is celebrated by people in different cultures around the world. Begins with Holiday Reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program. More information by calling Deacon Matt Dulka or Juanita Agcaoili at the center, (510) 276-5021.

Tuesday, Nov. 18
“Men Awakening to Spirituality” Fall Program. 7:15, in Kids Klub, Moran Hall, St. Raymond Parish, 11555 Shannon Ave., near San Ramon Valley Boulevard, Dublin. The program is designed to help men address their spiritual issues while dealing with modern life. All men welcome to attend. Registration not necessary. The evening includes a speaker, small discussion groups and brief prayer/meditation. Evening’s speaker and topic: Deacon Tim Moore, “Journey of a Deacon.” More information by contacting Steve Izo, (925) 648-7977.

Wednesday, Nov. 19
Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m., at St. Leander Church, 550 West Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Father Larry D’Anjou will preside. All are invited.

Friday, Nov. 21

Taize Prayer Around the Cross. Ecumenical candlelight retreat, 7:30 p, 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, percussion and voices, the choir and those attending.

Saturday, Nov. 22
Living With Loss Through the Holidays. Prayer, ritual and input on how to live through the holidays with a sense of peace and hope, 2 p.m., at All Saints Episcopal Church, Fireside Room, 911 Dowling Blvd., San Leandro, conducted and directed by Holy Names Sister Margaret Lynch. Presented by Santos-Robinson Mortuary. To register, call (510) 653-3486.

Monday, Nov. 24
Mass of Remembrance. Thanksgiving celebration “to honor those people whom we have loved who have died and have left behind memories and heart prints,” 7:30 p.m., at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Those who wish can bring a small picture or memento of their loved one to share. More information by calling Laura, (925) 846-2326.

Saturday, Dec. 13

Introduction to Christian Meditation: “Come and See.” At San Damiano Retreat, Danville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., presented by Benedictine Sister Barbara Hazzard, foundress and director of Hesed Community, a non-resident, Benedictine, Christian meditation community in Oakland. Opportunity to learn about and practice silent meditation in the Christian tradition. The day includes introductory talks, walking and sitting meditation, and time for questions and brief sharing. Practicing meditators are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes. Those who have a meditation pillow or bench can bring them. Registration begin at 9:30 a.m. $45, includes lunch. Reservations by sending $25 deposit per person to: San Damiano Reservations, P.O. Box 767, Danville, CA 94526, telephone (925) 837-9141. Make checks payable to San Damiano Retreat.

Thursday, Dec. 4
Advent Retreat. Day of peaceful reflection with Ruth Picha, who has years of experience leading retreats and is currently studying to be a spiritual director, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Rd., Oakland. Opportunity to delight in the gift of your creation and your life, that God has allowed you to be here at this time in history. Cost: $25, includes lunch. Remit payment to: Department of Faith and Ministry Formation, Attn: Peggy Bazyk, Diocese of Oakland, 3014 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland CA 94610. More information by calling Peggy Bazyk, (510) 273-4981, or e-mail:

Monday, Friday, Dec. 8, 12
Advent Days of Renewal: “Jesus Loved Being Human.” 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., at San Damiano Retreat, Danville, facilitated by Franciscan Father Barry Brunsman, retreat master at San Damiano, and Franciscan Sister Michelle L’Allier, who has an MA in theology and spirituality from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. “Incarnation is an awesome concept; divinity surrounding human action. In the days of renewal, prepare for the birthing of Christ this Advent. See how all that Jesus did made sacred our humanity.” $20 each day, includes lunch. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. Pre-registration required. Reservations by sending $18 deposit per person to: San Damiano Reservations, P.O. Box 767, Danville, CA 94526, telephone (925) 837-9141. Make checks payable to San Damiano Retreat.

Friday to Sunday, Dec. 12-14
Silent Advent Retreat: “Love Being Human.” At San Damiano Retreat, Danville, facilitated by Franciscan Father Barry Brunsman. Will enter into the awesome concept of Incarnation and see how every human action is an action of the divine. Explore how Jesus is birthed of God, entered the womb of Mary and lives in our hearts. In silence, presentation and prayer, discover the treasure of “our humanity.” Room preference: $160 private, $130 per person double accommodations. Retreat begins with registration Friday 4-6:30 p.m. and concludes with lunch on Sunday, Reservations by sending $25 deposit per person to: San Damiano Reservations, P.O. Box 767, Danville, CA 94526, telephone (925) 837-9141. Make checks payable to San Damiano Retreat.

Saturday, Nov. 22
Half-Day Retreat for Women. Offered by the Catholic Community of St. Charles, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in Borromeo Hall, at the parish. Dominican Sister Rebecca Shinas will present a morning of reflection and renewal. Topic: “Women Giving Thanks.” Contact Julie Gallagher, (925) 447-4549 or for more information.

Friday to Sunday, Nov. 28-30
Recovery Retreat: “Holiday Holidaze.” At San Damiano Retreat, Danville, conducted by Franciscan Father Gavin Griffith, who has been in recovery for over 30 years. He is a practitioner of the healing power of humor and story. The holidaze of the holidays can be extremely stressful for people in recovery. At San Damiano, leave the hustle and bustle of the season and explore stress reduction tools for your serenity. Room preference: $170 private, $140 per person double accommodations. Retreat begins with registration Friday 4-6:30 p.m. and concludes with lunch on Sunday, Reservations by sending $25 deposit per person to: San Damiano Reservations, P.O. Box 767, Danville, CA 94526, telephone (925) 837-9141. Make checks payable to San Damiano Retreat.

Friday to Sunday, Dec. 5-7
Grief Retreat: “Bereavement Reconsidered.” At San Damiano Retreat, Danville, facilitated by Carol Kaplan , licensed marriage and family therapist, who has worked extensively for over 20 years with adults and children in the resolution of their grief. The retreat will focus on the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of the grieving process. Will also consider different perspectives on death and grief, to see what unexpected gifts can be part of the experience. Room preference: $160 private, $135 per person double accommodations. Retreat begins with registration Friday 4-6:30 p.m. and concludes with lunch on Sunday, Reservations by sending $25 deposit per person to: San Damiano Reservations, P.O. Box 767, Danville, CA 94526, telephone (925) 837-9141. Make checks payable to San Damiano Retreat.


Friday, Dec. 5
Advent Twilight Retreat. Evening of prayer, reflection and conversation, 6 p.m.-midnight, at Maryknoll Center, located in former convent at St. Alphonsus Parish, 16300 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. Dinner included. Free-will donation. RSVP: Sister Kathy Litrell, Diocese of Oakland, (510) 267-8374, or

Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 22, 23
Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Holiday Boutique. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days, at the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont, (located behind old Mission San Jose). California extra virgin olive oil, homemade fruitcakes, oil paintings, ceramics, handmade knitwear, cards, Christmas and novelty gift items. Proceeds used for the care of the elderly Dominican Sisters.

St. Stephen Parish Holiday Boutique. Second annual event, at St. Stephen Parish Hall, 1101 Keaveny Court (off San Luis Road), Walnut Creek. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Sunday. Beautiful items, including home décor, holiday ornaments, jewelry, quilts, baked goods, clothing, beauty products, and more. More information by calling (925) 939-3040.

Saturday, Dec. 6
St. Isidore Parish Christmas Tea Luncheon. Second annual event, 1-3:30 p.m., at the parish, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. All women and girls invited to share this special time together. Raffle, entertainment and catering provided. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 girls or $130 for a table of eight. See website for more details: RSVP by Nov. 23 to Trish Nelson, (925) 736-7193.

Bishop O’Dowd High School Holiday Auction and Talent Show: “Winter Wonderland.” At the school, 9500 Stearns Ave., Oakland. Begins 5:30 p.m. and includes pasta dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, silent and live auctions and talent show celebrating the multi-faceted talents of Bishop O’Dowd students, staff and families. A no-host wine and beer bar will be available. Silent auction precedes the live auction and talent show with items including family tour of the Pixar Studios in Emeryville and a pair of courtside tickets to an LA Lakers game as well as dinner certificates to great restaurants. Tickets: $25 per person. Proceeds will help maintain the school’s general operating and endowment funds, tuition assistance and teacher/ classroom enrichment projects. More information and tickets by calling the Bishop O’Dowd Development Office, (510) 577-9100, ext. 304.

Sunday, Dec. 7
Holiday Charity Event: “Open Hearts, Open Hands, Open Homes.” Hosted by Feed Nicaragua., a San Ramon-based non-profit organization dedicated to feeding underprivileged children and seniors in Nicaragua. Family event, 2 to 8 p.m., that will appeal to children, singles, seniors and all family members by offering festive holiday entertainment and the opportunity to visit some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the East Bay. Activities to include: chef demonstration by professional Chef Paul, wine tasting, children’s activities; and performances by local musicians. Contributions start at $45 per person, family discount packages available. Reservations available at Macy’s Furniture Stores in Pleasanton and Concord and at Bank of the West, or visit When reservations are made, maps will be furnished showing which homes to visit and information about the activities there.

Intercultural Holiday Celebration. Sponsored by Women’s Federation for World Peace. Annual benefit for “The Sun of Mozambique” School, 2-4 p.m., at Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro (exit HW 880 Marina West, go left on Merced and keep going straight, Merced turns into Wicks). Silent auction features African paintings and hand-carved wood crafts, gift certificates and other items. Features Masankho Banda with African dance and story; Kinuko Mototake, Okinawa dance; Marilynn Senesky, spiritual songs; and children’s choir, Christmas carols. Admission (donation): $15 per person in advance, $17 at the door; $30 per family in advance, $35 at the door. Advance tickets purchased by contacting Toshiko, (510) 276-6392, or to

Saturday, Dec. 13
Breakfast With Santa. 9:30-11:30 a.m., at Sisters of the Presentation Motherhouse, 2340 Turk Blvd., San Francisco. Everyone welcome – families, Presentation alumnae, new friends and long-time friends. Pancake breakfast will be served, photos taken with Santa and special Christmas gifts will be given. Cost: $7 adults, $5 children. More information and to RSVP by calling Helen Harwood, (415) 422-5021.

Catholic Divorced, Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa Christmas Party and Potluck Dinner.
7 p.m., in Diablo Room, Hillside Clubhouse of Rossmoor, Walnut Creek. More information by calling Virginia Lawrence, (925) 459-0798.

Saturday, Sunday, Dec. 13, 14
All Saints Parish Boutique and Pastry Sale. In Senior Center, at the parish, 22824 Second St., at D Street, Hayward. Saturday 4:30-8:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Raffle also. All proceeds will go to the parish’s Sister Parish, Parroquia Santa Ana, in Tanlajas, Mexico.


Saturday, Dec. 6
On Stage: “The Sister Thea Bowman” Story. At Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, 2071 Addison St., Berkeley, sponsored by Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver Council No. 95 and Prescott Joseph Community Center. Champagne reception 1 p.m., performance 2 p.m. Ticket cost and more information by calling Prescott Joseph Community Center, (510) 208-5651.

St. Mary’s College Holiday Concert.
Presented by the college’s Committee for Lectures, Art and Music, 8 p.m., in the college chapel, 1928 Saint Mary’s Road, Moraga. Features Sonos Handbell Quartet, San Francisco Choral Artists and the chapel’s Austin pipe organ. Suggested donation: $20 general, $19 seniors, $10 students. Reservations suggested and made by calling the CLAM office, (925) 631-4670.

Saturdays, Dec. 6, 20
Holiday Concerts. At St. Albert Priory, 6172 Chabot Rd., two blocks from Rockridge BART station, Oakland. Both concerts at 8 p.m. Dec. 6 – San Francisco State University Chamber Singers, under direction of Joshua Habermann, will perform selections from Brahms, Conte’s “Ave Maria,” Head’s “Little Road to Bethlehem” and other sacred traditional holiday melodies, all performed a cappella and by candlelight. Dec. 20 – Schola Cantorum of St. Albert’s Priory and the Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble, performing English and French carols, and music by Palestrina, Holst and Rutter, among others. The instrumental ensemble, Alta Sonora, will accompany many of the selections. Tickets for both concerts, available for $20 donation, can be obtained in advance by calling St. Albert Priory, (510) 596-1800. Concertgoers invited to coffee and dessert reception in the cloister garden immediately following the concerts.

Sunday, Dec. 7
Holiday Concert. By Sacred and Profane, a chamber chorus directed by Eduardo Mendelievich, 7 p.m., at St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St., at Cornell, Berkeley. Concert highlights include J.S. Bach’s “Lobet den Hern,” and music by Taverner, des Prez, Poulenc, and Holten. Tickets are $17 general, $14 seniors and students at the door, and $15 general, $12 seniors and students in advance by mail. Advance ticket purchase encouraged. Mail check payable to Sacred and Profane, c/o George-Ann Bowers, 1199 Cornell Avenue, Berkeley, Ca 94706. Tickets will be held at the door or mailed if stamped, self-addressed envelope included with the order. Ticket and concert information by calling (510) 524-3611.

Sunday, Dec. 14
St. Augustine Concert. 2 p.m., at St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland, presenting April McNeeley, soprano, and the Cal State Hayward University Community Chorus. Program: “Exultate Jubilate,” by W.A. Mozart, “Veni Sancte Spiritus,” by Frank La Rocca, and “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi. Tickets: $15 general admission. Ticket information by calling (510) 653-8631.

Bella Musica Chorus and Orchestra Fall Concert: “La Rose Complete.” 4 p.m., at Corpus Christi Church, 322 St. James Drive, at Park Boulevard, Piedmont. Program: Benjamin Britten’s “Hymn to St. Cecilia,” Morten Lauridsen’s “Les Chansons des Roses,” and Renaissance works of Byrd and Holborne. $12 recommended donation, $10 seniors and students. Wheelchair accessible. Tickets and more information by calling (510) 525-5393 or


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