DECEMBER 13, 2004





Dec. 16 – 24
Simbang Gabi. 5 a.m. at St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. Traditional Filipino novena. The prayers are followed by a traditional breakfast of fish, coffee, bread and other foods.

Simbang Gabi. 5:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Joint effort of the Filipino-American group from the parishes St. Francis of Assisi, St. Agnes, St. Bonaventure, Queen of All Saints, all of Concord; St. Catherine, Martinez; and Christ the King, Pleasant Hill. Enjoy Filipino Christmas carols and native breakfast. Contact: Tony Lansaag, (925) 933-1701 or Armando Ramos, (925) 957-9080.

Sunday, Dec. 19
Advent Prayer Service and Concert. 4 p.m. at St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court in Walnut Creek. This traditional “Advent Lessons and Carols” service is comprised of Scriptural and Christmas readings and music (instrumental and choral) that tell the story of the coming of the Messiah, and includes community caroling. Refreshments to follow.
Advent Lessons and Carols. 7 p.m. at St. David Church, 5641 Esmond Ave., Richmond. Free admission. A $10 donation is suggested.

Wednesday, Dec. 15
Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. Leander Church, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Father Gene Wilson presiding. Bring family and friends.

Wednesdays, Dec. 15, 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.

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, Dec. 18
Saturday Night With Jesus – Charismatic Healing Mass. 7:30 – 10 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill. Personal prayer ministry to follow the Mass. All are welcome to come and worship. Information: (800) 474-6644.

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

Jan. 2 – 7, 2005
5-Day Silent Directed Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Led by the San Damiano Spiritual Direction Team. Come and renew for the New Year! This retreat will offer Morning Prayer, daily Eucharist, Evening Prayer, and daily individual spiritual direction – personally tailored. $400/private room. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Jan. 7 – 9
Single Adults Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Hearts On Fire: Fully Living Your Dream” with Michelle L’Allier, OSF and Franciscan Father Barry Brunsman. What do you see for yourself as this New Year begins? Come together with other singles to find your passions, clarify what holds heart and meaning for you, and enkindle your dreams. With renewed enthusiasm, we will explore resources and tools to meet the challenges of manifesting these dreams. $170/140. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Jan. 14 – 16
Silent Contemplative Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Experiencing The Presence Of God” with James Finley. This silent retreat is devoted to exploring meditation as a way of entering into the rich mystical heritage of the Christian faith. Saint Benedict, Saint John of the Cross, The Cloud of Unknowing, and other classical sources of Christian contemplative wisdom will be explored. Time will be given for group meditation, personal reflection, and discussion of the themes presented. $190/160. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Jan. 21 – 23
Franciscan Spirituality Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Discipleship” with Franciscan Father John Vaughn. Francis and Clare were, in their own way and time, first of all disciples of Jesus. He was their only teacher and they learned from him in and through the Church of their day. That Church included prelates, the poor, nobles, a caste system, dangers from within as well as from without, and world conflicts. Join us as we explore how their age, so different from ours, has some familiar aspects. $180/$150. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Saturday, Jan. 22
Retreat for Divorced and Separated People. 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Holy Family Motherhouse, 159 Washington Blvd., Fremont. Cost: $10 per person, includes lunch. Open to people of all faiths. Space is limited. Register by Jan 10 by e-mailing For information, contact Michelle Callaghan, (925) 461-6300, ext. 224.

Beginning Enneagram. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Growing Spiritually” with Maurice Monette. The “Enneagram” is an ancient system for uncovering our personal and unique paths to God, as well as the personality habits that constrict our spirits and prevent us from finding God. Explore the strengths and weaknesses of various personality types and methods for achieving the highest levels of human and spiritual development. 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. (Registration begins at 8:30 am • lunch included) $80. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141; website:

Tuesdays, Dec. 14, 28
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.

Divorced and Separated Catholics Support Group. 7 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. Meets on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Lynn McLeod, a licensed therapist, is the group facilitator.

Bereavement Support Group. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. All are welcome, regardless of religious orientation. Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings. The group, which began Dec. 9 concludes April 28. Contact Mary Hagerty, (925) 846-5377.

Monday, Jan. 3
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.

Thursday, Dec. 16
Jesus Talk. 7:30 p.m. at Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley. A book forum with John L. Kater, Jr., professor of ministry development and director of the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership. Kater’s book, “Jesus, My Mentor: A Spirituality for Living,” was recently published by Chalice Press. Joining in the discussion: Toinette Eugene, director, diocesan African American Pastoral Center, and L. William Countryman, Sherman E. Johnson Professor in Biblical Studies at CDSP. Light refreshments will be served. Information: (510) 204-0705.

Jan. 7, 8, 2005
Called and Gifted Workshop. At Fr. Vicente Dominican Hall, Most Holy Rosary Parish, 1313 A St., Antioch. A two-day program that will help participants identify one’s gifts and discover one’s own call and how to answer it. Free will offering. Information: Lisa Promani, (925) 634-6625,

Mondays, Jan. 10, 17, 24
Seven Weeks with Isaiah. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Pope John XXIII room at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Kick off the new year with Isaiah 40 – 55. The focus of the Bible Study prayer session will be “Build a Highway for God.” Father Ray Sacca, pastor at St. Michael Parish, Livermore, will open the session with an overview of Isaiah. Materials cost: $10. Questions: Julie Gallagher, (925) 447-4549,

Tuesday, Jan. 18
Where Do Moral Values Come From? 7:30 p.m. in Borromeo Hall at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Paulist Father Richard Sparks, pastor at Holy Spirit/Newman Hall Parish in Berkeley, will examine “What Does It Mean to be Morally Mature and a Catholic/Christian Today?” A free will offering of $5 would be appreciated. Questions: Julie,; (925) 447-4549.

Jan. 21-22
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.

Jan. 25 – 27
104th Annual Earl Lectures and Pastoral Conference. First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. Ecumenical gathering of pastors, lay leaders, scholars and students comprised of lectures, workshops, pastoral conferences, panels and worship services. This year’s theme is “Sex and the City of God: Intimacy and Wholeness.” Lecturers and preachers include Bishop V. Gene Robinson of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire and the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church; Rev. Douglass Fitch, pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church, San Francisco; and Christine E. Gudorf, a Catholic theologian and professor of Christian Ethics at Florida International University. Information: www.psr.eduor (510) 849-8274, (800) 999-0528.

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.
Friday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Ball. 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. at the Holy Spirit Parish Center, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Tickets: $35 per person. Attire is semi-formal. Program includes food, raffle, door prizes and “pan de sal” snack at midnight. Music provided by Limos DJ and Entertainment. Sponsored by the Holy Spirit Filipino Society. Proceeds benefit both Holy Spirit Parish and School. Reservations: Rolly or Marina Salazar, (510) 792-9621.

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.

Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005
Sacred Heart Parish’s 21st Annual Mardi Gras Dinner Dance. At the Colombo Club, 5321 Claremont Ave., Oakland. No-host cocktails begin at 3 p.m., dinner to follow at 4 p.m. Dance to the music of The Banez Brothers after dinner. A raffle will be held; top prize: $500 cash. Tickets: $25. Reservations: phone Kim Mikus, (510) 653-4392 or Gilda Costa, (510) 652-2855.

Jan. 14, 15, 2005
40th Annual Salesian High Crab Feed. Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.; Jan. 15: 6 p.m. Homemade appetizers and fresh cracked crab, salad, dinner rolls, dessert. Tickets: $35. Jan. 15 event includes dance. First 200 tickets sold will receive a free adult-sized crab hat ($10 value). Contact: Jeff Ibrahim, (510) 234-4433, ext. 1002.

Saturday, Jan. 29
Moreau Catholic High School Booster Club 36th Annual Crab Feed. At Moreau High School, 27170 Mission Blvd. Hayward. 6:30 p.m., cocktail hour; 7:30 p.m., dinner; 9 p.m., dancing. An auction and raffle benefiting MCHS athletic programs will also be held. This year the crab feed will have two seatings: main gym seating (adults 21 and over where alcohol will be available); and family seating (all ages where alcohol will not be available). Prices: $35 adults, $25 child 10 and under. Information: (510) 881-4330.

15th Annual Crab Feed and Silent Auction. 6 p.m., social hour and silent auction (no-host bar); 7 p.m., crab dinner, at Holy Names High School, 4660 Harbord Dr., Oakland. Adults only. Tickets: $35 each. No ticket sales at the door. RSVP by Jan. 14. Proceeds benefit Holy Names High School students and programs. Reservations/Information: (510) 450-1110, ext. 112.

Sundays, Dec. 19, 26
Cathedral Concerts. 3:30 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Dec. 19: Christoph Tietze, organist; Dec. 26: David Hatt, organist. Open to public. Free-will offering requested at door.

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