NOVEMBER 8, 2004





Tuesday, Nov. 30
Christmas Concert. 7:30 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Featuring the Vintage Harmonic Trio (Joyce and Santiago Martinez and Roxanne Pardi.) Free admission. Hear their newly released Christmas CD. A portion of the proceeds from the CD sales will go to the parish’s capital campaign fund.

Friday, Dec. 3
Procession, Blessing of Christmas Lights. 6 p.m., Hillcrest Ave. and Fordham Way, Livermore. The 22nd anniversary of Deacon Dave Rezendez’s “Ministry of Lights” Community Service. Approximately 250,000-plus lights will be turned on and dedicated to “All God’s Children – Respecting Our Differences.” This year’s theme remains a secret until the Blessing of Lights. Display will open Sunday – Thursday, 6 – 9:30 p.m.; 6 – 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Subject to close in rain or wind conditions.

Saturday, Dec. 4
Festival of Lessons and Carols. 7 p.m. at 3600 St. Leonard’s Way, Fremont. The Music Ministry of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Fremont is presenting this event, which reflects on and celebrates the mystery of our redemption. Information/directions: phone the parish office, (510) 657-4043 or e-mail, Joe Albano,

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir 19th Annual Christmas Concert. 7:30 p.m. at Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. With guest Malcolm Williams. Tickets: Available through all Ticketmaster outlets and at Paramount Box Office. $30/$25/$20/$10; $5 discount for seniors 62+. Day of show add $5. Information by phone: (510) 839-4361; e-mail:; website:

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

Tuesday, Dec. 7
Christmas Around the World Celebration. 5 p.m. at 16300 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro. Mass at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and special program featuring Maryknoll Father Jim Eble. Father Elbe will share how the folks in Tanzania prepare for and celebrate Christmas. RSVP required. (510) 276-5021.

Dec. 10 and 12
Voices of Musica Sacra. Dec. 10: 8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Ave., Walnut Creek; Dec. 12: 3 p.m. at Santa Maria Church, 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda. Simon Berry conducts 36-member multi-faith choir in two versions of “Magnificat!” by Giovanni Perolesi and Charles Stanford, Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Advent crols, with strings and organ. Tickets: $15 general, $12 seniors and students, $30 families – on sale at door.

Friday, Dec. 10
Advent Graces. 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary-St. Francis de Sales Church, 707 Jefferson St., Oakland. Janet S. Whitaker, internationally known composer of church music and music director at Corpus Christi Parish in Piedmont, will lead a concert that will feature some new compositions as well as old favorites and music of the season. Doors open at 7 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken up to benefit Casa Vincentia. Information: (510) 832-5057.

“A Warm and Fuzzy Christmas.” 7:30 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Annual Christmas Concert of the choral groups of De La Salle and Carondelet high schools, both in Concord. Free admission.

Sunday, Dec. 12
Songs of Advent and Christmas. 3:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. The four choirs of Holy Spirit Church, Fremont, plus the Couples for Christ choir of North Fremont and Union City, will sing a variety of short choral pieces and favorite carols for all to sing. Free will donations will be accepted for the parish capital campaign. Information: 510-797-3409.

Advent Lessons and Carols. 5 – 6 p.m., St. Barnabas Church, 1427 Sixth St., Alameda. Reception follows. Free admission. Information: (510) 522-8933, x 13.

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.

Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8
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. 27
Prayers for the Unborn.
10 a.m. at St. Michael Cemetery, Livermore. Don King, of the Livermore Council, Knights of Columbus, continues to lead prayers for the unborn on the last Saturday of each month. Meeting at the infants’ plot. Five decades of the Rosary are prayed.
Information: (925) 443-0768.

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.

Saturday, Dec. 11
Expectant Family Mass. 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Join other families who are awaiting the birth of a new baby for a special liturgy and Blessing of Mothers. Refreshments to follow. Information: (510) 656-2364.


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. 26 – 28
Recovery Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Gratitude and Service” with Jesuit Father Tom Weston. An opportunity for those in recovery to examine the gifts that the Higher Power has given through the fellowship and the steps. $185/$155. 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:

Dec. 3 – 5 At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Joy in Our Lives” with Tricia Nickel, MA, MFT and Peter Coster, M.Div., MA, MFT. Learn how to return to your spiritual center (Higher Power) no matter what the other circumstances. (Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families retreats use the 12-step process.) $165/135. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Grief Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Embracing Our Loss” with Carol Kaplan, MFT. Loss hurts…yet out of our pain, profound and transforming healing can occur. Focusing on how loss affects the physical, emotional, and spiritual, this retreat will help hold sacred the grieving process. $170/$140. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Wednesday, Dec. 8
Advent Day of Renewal. 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Befriending Mary, Beloved of God” with Sister Michelle L’Allier, OSF. Advent can be a wondrous time of expectation and hope as well as of stress and anxiety. Come for a pause that refreshes and inspires as we explore with Mary the preparation for the birth of Jesus. $20. (9 a.m. registration, lunch included.) Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Dec. 10 – 12
Silent Advent Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Birth of the Beloved” with Suzanne Bregman, MA, and Franciscan Father Barry Brunsman. Opportunity to rest in God’s unconditional, providential love. $170/$140. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Saturday, Dec. 11
Christian Meditation. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Come and See” with Tom Lehmkuhl. Opportunity to learn about the value of a more contemplative style of living, one that incorporates silent meditation in the Christian tradition. Day includes talks, walking and sitting meditation, time for questions, and brief sharing. Practicing meditators are welcome. $55. (9:30 p.m. registration, lunch included.) Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141;

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.

Monday, Dec. 6
Friends 4 Life – A Breast Cancer Support Group. Christ-centered support group meets every first Monday from 7 – 9 p.m. in Walnut Creek – Pleasant Hill area. Open to all faiths. Ongoing. Contact Joy or Gale, (925) 939-0122 or (925) 685-0842.

Tuesday, Nov. 30
Religious Existentialism and Double Expresso: Here or to Go? 7:30 – 8:15 p.m. at The Kerry House, 4092 Piedmont, Ave., Oakland. Daniel Hendrickson, a Jesuit of the Wisconsin Province in Berkeley preparing for priestly ordination, will introduce this East Bay Theology on Tap discussion. Information:

Friday, Dec. 3
First Friday at St. Joseph the Worker. 7:30 p.m. at 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. On the first anniversary of the death of Father Bill O’Donnell the film “Bad Company,” the priest’s 1998 “conversation” with Martin Sheen will be shown. Free admission. Information: (510) 482-1062.

Monday, Dec. 6
Vietnam War’s Impact in California. 5:45 p.m. at USF Lone Mountain Campus, Room 100, 2800 Turk Blvd., San Francisco. Marcia Eymann, curator of historical photography, Oakland Museum of California and project director of the exhibit “What’s Going On? – California and the Vietnam Era” on view at the museum from Aug. 28, 2004 to Feb. 27, 2004, will present the best of this exhibit in a slide lecture. Free admission. Reservations recommended. Phone: USF Center for the Pacific Rim: (415) 422-6357.

Tuesday, Dec. 7
The Spirituality of Sports. 7:30 – 8:15 p.m. at The Kerry House, 4092 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. Darleen Pryds, associate professor of Christian Spirituality and Medieval Religious Church History at the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, will introduce this East Bay Theology on Tap discussion. Information:

Monday, Dec. 13
Young Ladies Institute (YLI) Noel Institute 113 Meeting and Social. 7 p.m. at Assumption School Hall, 1100 Fulton Ave., San Leandro. Official visit of YLI Grand President Pat Fontana. Preceded by no-host cocktails at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. at Harry’s Hof Brau, 14900 East 14th St., San Leandro. Dinner: $10.95 or 11.95 per person; 16 choices of entrees from the menu. Information: (510) 785-4430.

Jan. 21-22, 2005
Called and Gifted Workshop. At St. Joseph Parish, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. An opportunity for lay Catholics to deepen their relationship with Jesus and to discover God’s plan for their life. St. Joseph Parish is sponsoring a teaching team from the Catherine of Siena Institute in Colorado Springs to offer this workshop. Everyone is invited to participate. No charge, but a free-will offering will be taken. Information, Sister Elaine Sanchez, (510) 624-4583.

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.

Wednesday, Dec. 1
5th Annual FESCO Luncheon. Noon in Oliver Hall, 21455 Birch St., Hayward. Eden United Church of Christ in Hayward is sponsor of this event in support of the Family Emergency Shelter Coalition, a non-profit organization comprised of over 30 churches, including several Catholic parishes, in the Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo and San Leandro area. FESCO provide homeless families with food, shelter, clothing, counseling and links to community resources. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance from the Church Administrator, Eden UCC, 21455 Birch St., Hayward or phone: (510) 582-9553.

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 or phone: (510) 577-9100, ext. 304. Information: Kathy Dwyer,

Sunday, Dec. 19
American Council #8 Young Men’s Institute Christmas Party. At Eagles Lodge, 2305 Alameda Ave., Alameda. No-host social hour 5 p.m., dinner 6 p.m. Choice of prime rib or salmon. Live music, dancing and visit from Santa. Price: $26. Reservation deadline: Dec. 11. Send checks along with reservations to: Walter Corvello, 1151 Washington Ave., Alameda, CA 94706, telephone (510) 524-0187.

Friday, Dec. 31
Black and White New Year’s Ball. At Sunol Valley Golf Course, 6900 Mission Road, Sunol. No-host cocktails at 7:30 p.m. Dinner at 8:30 p.m. Champagne toast at midnight. Come and celebrate the New Year with friends from Fremont’s St. Joseph School, Parish and alumni. Step out in stunning gown or in a tuxedo – or opt for a more casual elegant look like a chic black dress or classic cut suit. Information: Liz Brazil,, or Eva Canova,, or phone the school office, (510) 656-6525.

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. Gallery hours: Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Next Voice: Dec. 13. Send submissions, by Dec. 3, to Carrie McClish, 3014 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, 94610; phone: (510) 419-1074; fax: (510) 893-4734; e-mail:

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