DECEMBER 15, 2003
Official newspaper of the Roman Catholic
Diocese of Oakland, California encompassing all of
Alameda &
Contra Costa counties.






Sunday, Dec. 21
St. Barnabas Music Ministry presents A Service of Lessons and Carols by Hal Hopson. 4 p.m., at St. Barnabas Church, corner of Taylor and Sixth streets in Alameda, one block west of Webster St. Under the direction of Katherine LaRose and David Sundahl. Reception to follow. For more information, call the parish office, (510) 522-8933.
Advent Lessons and Carols. Celebrate the Advent season with familiar carols and readings with St. David’s Festival Choir. 6 p.m., at St. David of Wales Church, 5641 Esmond Ave at Sonoma St., Richmond. Contact,; (510) 237-1531, (310) 293-8085, (510) 233-9403.

Wednesdays, Dec. 17, 24, 31
Christ the King Bible Study and Charismatic Prayer Meeting. 7:30 p.m., each Wednesday, at the Charismatic Renewal Office, 6 Saint Lawrence Ct., near Oak Park Boulevard, Pleasant Hill. All welcome to share in charismatic praise, singing and sharing the gifts of God’s Spirit. Personal prayer for healing will follow the meeting. This prayer experience is an introduction by the Charismatic Catholic Renewal Office to the charismatic experience of the Holy Spirit. Call the Charismatic Catholic Renewal Office, (800) 474-6644.

Fridays, Dec. 19, 26
Light of the World Charismatic Prayer Group. 7 p.m., at St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St., Berkeley. Everyone welcome “to praise Jesus through prayers and song. Learn how to use the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit to guide you in your daily life.” Personal healing prayers available. Call Joan, (510) 524-9563.

Friday, Dec. 19
Healing Mass. At Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St., Antioch. 6:30 p.m. praise and worship; 7 p.m. Mass. Jesuit Father Robert Faricy, an emeritus professor of spiritual theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, will preside. A “love offering” will be taken.

Taize Prayer Around the Cross. Ecumenical candlelight retreat, 7:30 p.m. At St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Program includes about an hour of silence, solitude and serenity. Taize ecumenical services are evenings amidst candlelight and accompanied by string instruments and voices, the choir and yours, singing a selection of contemplative, soothing and mantra style chants in Latin, Spanish and English, Scriptural readings and inspirational prayer.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Saturday Night with Jesus – Charismatic Healing Mass. At Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Rd at Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, from 7:30-10 p.m. Personal prayer ministry will follow the Mass, which is sponsored by the diocesan Charismatic Catholic Renewal Office. Call the Charismatic Catholic Renewal Office, (800) 474-6644.

Sunday, Dec. 21
Contemplative Service of Gregorian Chant and Organ Music. By St. Joseph of Arimathea Compline Choir and guests artists, 9 p.m., at St. Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Seminary Collegiate Chapel, Durant Street, Berkeley (kitty-corner to the Durant Hotel at 2600 Durant).The 40-minute service is held each Sunday evening.

Friday, Jan. 2

Eucharistic Adoration. A 12-Hour Exposition at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 2500 Bermuda Ave., San Leandro. Starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 8 a.m. Followed by Benediction and a Mass. Every first Friday. Contact: Lynne Evans, (510) 895-5967.

All Night Adoration. At St. Mary Parish, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., near Alpine Road, Walnut Creek. From 8:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Adoration concludes with Mass. Held on first Fridays.

Saturday, Jan. 3

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. Held the first Saturday of each month. More information? Call Helen Fulsaas, (510) 531-2926.

Sunday, Jan. 4
Celebration of Divine Liturgy, SS. Cosmas and Damian Byzantine Catholic Community. 5:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 4025 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (at 40th Street). The SS. Cosmas and Damian Byzantine Catholic Community is an outreach of St. Elias the Prophet Melkite-Greek Catholic Church in San Jose, which is in full communion with the Church of Rome. The Byzantine Catholic community has a liturgy once a month.

Sunday, Jan. 11
Charismatic Healing Mass. 2 p.m., at St. Barnabas Church, 1427 Sixth St., at Taylor Ave., in Alameda. Every second Sunday. Anyone burdened by illness, caregivers, family members and friends are welcome. Call the parish at (510) 522-8933.

Saturday, Jan. 24
“Growing Spiritually: A Beginning Enneagram Workshop.” An ancient system for uncovering one’s personal and unique paths to God the “Enneagram” is described a powerful tool for spiritual transformation and development. During this one-day workshop participants will take a self-assessment questionnaire to determine one’s personality type, review an interpretation of the findings and explore how the Enneagram can be applied to spiritual development and growth. Maurice Monette, a spiritual counselor and personal coach who directs the MA program in organizational psychology at John F. Kennedy University, is the facilitator. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The $75 fee includes lunch. Pre-registration required. Reservations by sending $25 deposit per person to San Damiano Retreat Reservations, P.O. Box 767, Danville, CA 94526; phone: (925) 837-9141; fax: (510) 837-0522. Make checks payable to “San Damiano Retreat.”

Gregorian chant. Cum Jubilo and Exaudi Nos, Gregorian Chant groups sing the 4:30 p.m. vigil Mass at St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St., in Berkeley. Held every 4th Sunday of the month.

Daily Eucharistic Adoration
Eucharistic Adoration. At Mary’s House Chapel, 1850 Church Lane, San Pablo across from St. Paul’s Church, near San Pablo Ave. From 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., at 1850 Church Lane.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. At Divine Mercy Center and Perpetual Adoration Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, next door to St. John the Baptist Church. 24 hours a day.


Jan. 16-18
Franciscan Spirituality Retreat. Theme: “Receiving Gifts and Forgiving Debts: The Good World of Francis of Assisi,” conducted by Franciscan Father Joseph P. Chinnici, academic dean at the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley. At San Damiano Retreat, Danville. Retreat begins on Friday with registration from 4-6:30 p.m. and concludes Sunday with lunch. Room preference: $170 private; $140 per person double accommodations. Reservations by sending $25 deposit per person to San Damiano Retreat Reservations, P.O. Box 767, Danville, CA 94526; phone: (925) 837-9141; fax: (925) 837-0522. Make checks payable to San Damiano Retreat.

Jan. 23-25

Soul Sisters: Called to Connect, Bond and Heal In a Broken World. During this weekend participants will “explore the Feminine Divine” and examine how the role women can play in bringing balance and healing to a world of war and suffering. Edwina Gateley, founder of Genesis House, a house of hospitality and nurturing for women, will facilitate. Room preference: $190 private, $160 double per person. Retreat begins on Friday with registration from 4-6:30 p.m. and concludes on Sunday with lunch. Reservations by sending $25 deposit per person to: San Damiano Retreat Reservations, P.O. Box 767, Danville, CA 94526-0767; phone: (925) 837-9141. Make checks payable to San Damiano Retreat.

Feb. 3-5
Welcoming the Spirit, Living the Mission. A retreat for lay ecclesial ministers at Villa Maria in Santa Cruz, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 3, ending Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. Participants will have time to “rest and BE” in the Spirit. There will be opportunities for contemplation and faith sharing in a relaxed, tranquil environment. Registration: $210 single/$190 double occupancy. Contact: Susan Gindy, St. Monica Parish, P.O. Box 128, Moraga, CA 94556; phone: (925) 376-0500.

Feb. 13-15
Married Couples Retreat: My Beloved. Explore and reflect with your partner on the many ways of living out the experience of “the beloved” in your relationship. Franciscan Father Barry Brunsman, a retreat master at San Damiano Retreat, and Carol Kaplan, a marriage and family therapist on the Monterey Peninsula, are the presenters. Room preference: $260 per married couple. Retreat begins on Friday with registration from 4-6:30 p.m. and concludes on Sunday with lunch. Reservations by sending $50 deposit to: San Damiano Retreat Reservations, P.O. Box 767, Danville, CA 94526-0767; phone (925) 837-9141. Make checks payable to San Damiano Retreat.

Feb. 27-29
Lenten Retreat for Men. At San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. Sponsored by the St. Bonaventure Men’s Spiritual Network. Father Mark Wiesner, an experienced retreat master and parochial vicar at Assumption Parish in San Leandro, is the retreat leader. Father Wiesner has served as leader or team member on over 400 retreats and brings a youthful energy and lively wit to his ministry. Room preference: $160 double room, $190 single room. $50 deposit required with registration. Balance due by Feb. 1. Register online at, or by sending completed form and check, payable to St. Bonaventure (MSN), to Al Limberg, 4425C Treat Blvd, #237, Concord, CA 94521-2745. For more information, contact Rich Gierak at (925) 673-0504.

Sundays, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8
Natural Family Planning (NFP) Classes. Series of three classes taught by The Couple to Couple League, an international, interfaith, non-profit organization dedicated to teaching couples about the sympto-thermal method of natural family planning. CCL has been teaching NFP to couples since 1971. At St. Felicitas Parish, 1662 Manor Blvd., San Leandro, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Call Cristin and Duane Banderob, (510) 483-4468

Tuesday, Dec. 16
“Four Approaches to the Study of Mary.” A presentation by Dominican Sister Donna Maria Moses of her doctoral study. At 7:15 p.m., Dominican Sisters Dining Room, Queen of the Holy Rosary College, 43326 Mission Blvd, Mission San Jose, Fremont. Free admission.

Saturday, Jan. 10
Best Practices for Finance Councils. Workshop for parish finance councils. At St. Joan of Arc Parish, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd in San Ramon, from 9 a.m.-noon. Contact: Chuck Siebenand, phone: (510) 267-8358, e-mail: or Angie Topete, (510) 267-8364,

Fellowship of Reconciliation – Help Shape Media Coverage on Colombia and U.S. Policy. Media training in San Francisco, from 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. What does the mainstream media report on Colombia and the U.S. involvement in the conflict there? This workshop will address how individuals can access media and stimulate coverage that reflects the complexity of the situation in Colombia and the effects of U.S. military aid. With Rosi Reyes, from The SPIN Project; Philip Cryan, Colombia media critic; Mario Murillo, Media Studies professor and author of “Colombia and the United States: War, Unrest and Intervention.” Registration is $20; no one turned away for lack of funds. For more information, call (415) 595-6334.

Tuesday, Jan. 13
Street Life and Hope Among Kenyan Youth. Presentation by Maryknoll Missioner Vicki Simon, who will share stories of her time with the street children in Nairobi, Kenya, among the country’s most destitute individuals. 7:30 p.m., at Maryknoll Mission Center, St. Alphonsus Parish, 16300 Foothill Blvd, San Leandro. Contact Deacon Matt Dulka, (510) 276-5021.

Thursday, Jan. 15
Book Study. St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., near Concannon Blvd, in Livermore, will be hosting a book study on “Boundaries with Kids.” Authors Cloud and Townsend give Biblical basis for setting boundaries for our children. Great tool for parents with children of all ages. Thursday evenings: Jan. 19, Feb. 12 and 26. Cost: $15 for materials, plus childcare if needed. Call Natalie at (925) 373-4848 for more information.

Tuesday, Jan. 20
Parenting Seminar. At St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Rd, Concord, 7 p.m. Robert MacKenzie, Ed.D., uses humor and real-life anecdotes to empower parents and educators with practical, positive, and easy-to-master skills that you can use immediately to raise responsible children. Cost: $5 per person. Tickets are available at the door.

Mondays, Jan. 26-March 8
Women in the New Testament. At Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 2808 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, 10 a.m. – noon. A six-week exploration of the stories of “Soul Sisters” of the New Testament from a historical, cultural and spiritual context. Presented by Anna Horen, pastoral minister, St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon. Sponsored by the diocesan Department of Faith and Ministry.

Wednesday, Jan. 28
Re-Discovering the Catholic Faith. The first part of a 10-week series for individuals who have questions about or have issues with the Catholic Church. 7:30 p.m., at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave. in Livermore. To sign-up or for more information: Julie Gallagher at St. Charles (925) 447-4549,, Walt Callahan at St. Michael Parish in Livermore, (925) 455-5449.

Tuesday, Feb. 10
Advocating for Children Around the World. Father Pete Byrne, who has worked with and for street children, children in orphanages, and children orphaned by AIDS in Lima, Peru, will share his mission stories and offer ideas on how others can join in the important work of advocating for children. 7:30 p.m, at Maryknoll Mission Center, St. Alphonsus Parish, 16300 Foothill Blvd, San Leandro. Contact Deacon Matt Dulka at (510) 276-5021.

Tuesday, Dec. 16
Spaghetti Dinner benefiting St. Paschal Baylon School, Oakland. Music, food and fun for the entire family, 6-8 p.m., at St. Paschal School, 3710 Dorisa Ave. Tickets: $10 each. For more information, call the school: (510) 635-7922.

Saturday, Jan. 24
Crab Feed to Benefit Mt. Diablo Habitat for Humanity. 6:30 p.m., at Blake’s at Boundary Oaks, 3800 Valle Vista Road, Walnut Creek. Dancing, fun, drawings. Cost: $38 per person, open seating, reserved tables for 10. Call Hilda at (925) 288-0112 ext. 10 for information.

Friday, Jan. 30

22nd Annual Dinner Dance and Auction. Major fundraiser for St. Isidore School in Danville, which helps meet the operating expenses and educate parish children. At San Ramon Marriott, begins at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Gina or Ken Hare at (925) 362-4961.

Saturday, Jan. 31
Moreau High School Booster Club’s 35th Annual Crab Feed and Auction. No-host cocktails start at 6 p.m. Dinner/auction at 7:30 p.m. includes fresh garden salad, French bread, Penna pasta in a savory sauce, crab and dessert, dancing to a live band until midnight. Tickets: $35. Additional information: Diana (Straggas) DeFrance (Class of 1976), (510) 881-4330.

Saturday, Jan. 17
Pre-Super Bowl Party. At Assumption School Hall, 1851-136th Ave., San Leandro. Festivities include lunch at noon (featuring “Italian Delight Casserole,” salad, desserts, etc.), raffle, and football pool ($2 per square). Sponsored by Noel Institute 113, Young Ladies Institute (YLI); proceeds to benefit the Grand Presidents’ program, “Sisters Helping Sisters.” Cost: $10. Reservations by Jan. 10. Phone: Eleanor Gallagher at (510) 353-3984. Cash donations welcome.


Friday, Dec. 19
Annual Christmas Concert. At. St. Joseph Parish, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Various choir groups will be performing.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Holiday Concert. At St. Albert Priory, 6172 Chabot Rd., two blocks from Rockridge BART station, Oakland, 8 p.m. 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, 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. 28
Winter Concert. An evening of classical music featuring works by Handel, Schubert, Schumann, Faure, Puccini, Chopin and others, plus the premiere of a little known piece by Beethoven. Musicians: pianist Temirzhan Yerzhanov, TSQ (The String Quartet), soprano Carille Bruno, The Good Shepherd Choir and more. 7 p.m., at Good Shepherd Parish, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. Tickets: $10 adults, $7 seniors/students. For advance tickets: (925) 432-6404. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Tuesdays, Dec. 16, 2003, Jan. 6, 2004
Berkeley Divorced, Separated Catholics Support Group. 6-7:15 p.m., at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. Led by psychotherapist. Meets on first and third Tuesdays of the month. More information by calling Elise Miller, MFCC, (510) 526-6762.

Sunday. Dec. 21
Catholic Divorced, Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. Celebrate the first Sunday of Christmas week with tea and cookies in Albany. For more information, call Diane at (510) 527-2148.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Catholic Divorced, Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. Spend New Year’s Eve enjoying the San Francisco Chamber Concert at First Congregational Church in Berkeley, at 8 p.m. Cost: $20 (maybe less with group rate). Dinner before optional. Call Shirley S. before Dec. 20, (510) 689-5900.

Monday, Jan. 12
Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS). Information night. In multipurpose room at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd, between Crow Canyon and Bollinger Canyon roads, in San Ramon. Begins at 7:30 p.m. For anyone in the San Ramon Valley. Call Anna Horen, (925) 866-8727.

Next Voice Jan. 12, 2004
The next edition of The Catholic Voice will be published on Jan. 12, 2004. The deadline for Datelines announcements is Friday, Jan. 2.


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