Dolores Huerta will be the keynote speaker at the Second Annual BOCA
(Berkeley Organizing Congregation for Action) Benefit Honoring Father
Bill O’Donnell, Aug. 21 at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640
Addison St. in Berkeley, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Huerta, a co-founder
of the United Farm Workers of America, will receive the first Annual
Father Bill Award for exemplifying Father O’Donnell’s
dedication to peace and justice causes, especially those concerning
working class families. Free admittance. The benefit will feature
music, Mexican food, a bake sale, raffle, silent auction and a book
sale. Information: (510) 658-2467 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesdays, Aug. 9, 16, 23,
30 Eucharistic Adoration. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. in Mary’s
Chapel at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. Come and spend
an hour with Jesus.
One Spirit Prayer Group. 1 – 2:30 p.m. at Santa
Maria Church, 20 Santa Maria Way, Orinda. All are welcome to join us regularly,
or on a drop-in basis, as we pray each week.
Wednesday, Aug. 10 Mass of Thanksgiving. 7 p.m. at St. Anthony Church, 1535
16th Ave., Oakland. Celebration of the Episcopal ordination of Bishop
Larry Silva of Honolulu. Reception to follow in gymnasium of St. Anthony
School. RSVP to Jenny Vazquez at (510) 534-2117 or email@example.com.
Fridays, Aug. 12, 19, 26
Light of the World Charismatic Prayer Group. 7 p.m. at St. Ambrose Church,
1145 Gilman St., Berkeley. Join with others to praise, pray, and sing
joyfully to the Lord. Personal healing prayers available. Information:
Joan, (510) 524-9563.
Sunday, Aug. 14 Oakland Pastor to be Installed. 9 a.m. at St. Patrick
Parish, 1023 Peralta St., Oakland. Jesuit Father Peter McGrath will preside
at installation of Jesuit Father Gregory Chisholm as pastor at St. Patrick
Parish. Bilingual liturgy (English/Spanish). Parish picnic to follow.
RSVP required by calling (510) 444-1081.
Wednesday, Aug. 17 Monthly Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m. at St. Leander Church,
550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Every third Wednesday. Information:
Miguel Lopez, (510) 533-9950.
Friday, Aug. 19 CDWS Home Mass and Potluck Dinner. Private home in Lafayette.
Sponsored by the Catholic Divorced, Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa.
Bring yourself along with a casserole, salad, or a dessert (serving tools
included) and a beverage to share. RSVP Mary Louise at (925) 939-4808
for address, directions, etc.
Wednesday, Aug. 31 Sharing Christ’s Presence. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
at St. Agnes Parish, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Exposition of the Blessed
Sacrament, music and song, Scripture readings and private reflection.
Every last Wednesday. Contact Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Sept. 2 First Friday Healing Mass. 7 p.m. at St. Ambrose Church,
1145 Gilman St., Berkeley. Mass is celebrated every First Friday in honor
of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Persoanl healing prayers after Mass. Information:
Joan, (510) 524-9563.
Sunday, Sept. 18 Noll Institute YLI Quarterly Communion. 10:30 a.m. Mass
at St. Felicitas Church, 1662 Manor Blvd., San Leandro. Brunch to follow
at Baker’s Square on Hesperian Blvd. in San Leandro. Reservations/information:
Carmel M. Jurasin, (510) 785-4430.
Monday, Sept. 19 Healing Mass with Father Richard McAlear, OMI. 7:30 p.m.
at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Father McAlear
is director of renewal for the Oblates of Mary.
Sunday, Aug. 14 Day of Dialogue for Gays, Lesbians, Their Friends and Families.
1 – 5 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Presenter:
Franciscan Father Richard Purcell, OFM. Come for a prayerful day in this
safe environment to explore and share stories of faith and community.
Information: Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141, ext. 306.
Aug. 26 – 28 Young Adults Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center,
Danville. “Making Room for Love” with Sister Michelle L’Allier,
OSF, and Father Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM. Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141,
Saturday, Aug. 27 Single Parents Day. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville.
“Finding Heart Again” with Father Barry Brunsman, OFM. Child
care available. Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141, ext. 306.
Their Eyes Were Opened and They Recognized Him … Women’s
Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. Sponsored by
the Women’s Christian Fellowship group at St. Bonaventure Parish
in Concord. Directed by Oblate Father Richard McAlear. Cost per person:
$200 single/$170 double, for lodging, meals, and materials. Martha, (925)
Aug. 11, 18 Delta Catholic Young Adults Theology on Tap Series. At
Carpaccios Restaurant, 2241 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Socializing at 7 p.m.,
talks begin at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4: “Relationships: Dating and the
Mystery of Catholic Marriage” by Ralph and Bridgett Desimone; Aug.
11: “Who Am I Meant to Be? Discovering Our Call” by Father
Paulson Mundanmuni; Aug. 18: “Conversion: Coming Back Full Force”
by Dominican Father Francis Le. Information: Kirsten, (925) 634-6625 or
Wednesday, Sept. 7 The Bishop’s Annual Public Policy Breakfast. 7:30
a.m. – 10 a.m. at Santa Maria Church, 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda.
Keynote speaker Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic
Conference, will discuss “Who Cares for the Poor? The Role of Government
and the Faith Community in Serving the Common Good.” A panel of
faith- and community-based representatives will provide local perspectives
on the topic. Limited seating. RSVP to Akili Harrison at (510) 768-3137
Saturday, Sept. 10 JustFaith Workshop. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Bonaventure
Parish, 5562 Clayton Road in Concord. Jack Jezreel, JustFaith founder,
will discuss Christian social justice teaching and will challenge and
inspire attendees to live according to the Gospel. Of particular interest
to those thinking of starting a JustFaith group in their parish. $10 donation
per person will be requested. Bring a sandwich; a community soup will
be provided. Tom Stucker, (510) 604-8391 or Stucker_T@msn.com.
Thursday, Aug. 11 16th Annual Salad Bar Luncheon and Bingo. Noon at St.
Joseph Church Hall, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. $7 donation includes
lunch and two bingo cards. Mail request for tickets to: Eleanor Chesterman,
766 Emerson Ct., Fremont, CA 94539 or phone: (510) 657-2758. Make checks
payable to: CDA CT. #1508. Pre-paid tickets may be picked up at the door.
Sponsored by the Court Father Francisco de Lasuen, No. 1508, Catholic
Daughters of the Americas, Mission San Jose. Proceeds go to the Court’s
Saturday, Aug. 13 Father Richard’s Day With the A’s. 1:05 p.m.
at the Oakland Coliseum. A’s vs Minnesota Twins. St. Joseph Parish
in Pinole is honoring Father Richard Gagliardi, a great A’s fan
in residence at the parish. Plaza tickets available for $17 (regular $26).
Call Bill and Susan Gahan, (510) 741-1756.
Catholic Singles Network Rotational Dinner Party. 7
p.m. at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 5121 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton.
Guests have the opportunity to meet new people by rotating to a different
table after every course. Door prizes will be given throughout the evening.
Cost is $45 for CSN members; $62 for non-members. Reservations are necessary.
Catholic singles 21 and over welcome. Information: Mimie, 1-888-208-9555,
ext. 89 or email@example.com.
Saturday, Aug. 20 India Night Fundraiser. At St. Ambrose Parish Hall, 1145
Gilman St., Berkeley. No-host bar opens at 5:30 p.m., “Indian Style”
dinner, entertainment and exhibits to follow. $7.50 for adults, $3 children
10 and under. Proceeds benefit Salesian Mission at Prakash Palya, India.
Reservations: E. Williams, (510) 524-3477 or J. Kim-Selby, (510) 235-6179.
Ticket deadline: Aug. 15. No tickets at the door.
Saturday, Sept. 10
51st Annual St. Leander Parish and School Festival.
10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on the school grounds across from the church.
Includes commemoration of the 125th year anniversary of St. Mary’s/St.
Leander School with memorabilia and the guest return of Sister Stella
who began teaching there almost 50 years ago. Over 30 food and game booths;
continuous live entertainment. A pancake breakfast on Sept. 11, 7:30 –
11 a.m. at Ryan-O’Connell Hall, will conclude the festivities.
The Red and Black Ball. 8 p.m. – midnight at Salesian
High School, 2851 Salesian Ave., Richmond. An elegant evening featuring
three musical venues, dancing, culinary treats and specialty bars. Black
tie is optional, red and black attire requested. Adults only. Proceeds
benefit the Salesian High School Tuition Assistance Fund. Tickets: $75.
Discounts available for parties of 10 or more and guests under 30 years
old. Tickets/ information: Lynn Wade, (510) 234-4433, ext. 1002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Sept. 11 Noll Institute 113 Young Ladies Institute Annual Outdoor Barbecue.
At 5687 Coldwater Dr. in Castro Valley. Liquid refreshments,
buffet, and raffle prizes. $10 per person. Margaret Roth, (925) 932-2094
Sept. 17 – 18 Palmdale Spectacular VIII – Fabulous Silent and Live Auction.
At the Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Holy Family, 159 Washington
Blvd., Fremont. Sept. 17: auction preview, 1 – 4 p.m. and liturgy
at 4:30 p.m.; Sept. 18: 1 – 5 p.m. Proceeds to support the ministries
of the Holy Family Sisters. Linda Micciche, (510) 624-4581.
Aug. 9, 23 Breast Cancer Prayer and Support Group. 7 p.m. at St.
Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Room B, Pleasanton. Second
and fourth Tuesdays. Mary Merucci, (925) 846-8436; Donna Carlson, (925)
461-8411; or Helen Wirtenson, (925) 462-3798.
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa.
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. near St. Agnes Church in Concord. Second and fourth
Tuesdays. Joe Gerhards, (925) 682-3314.
Wednesdays, Aug. 10, 24 Caregivers’ Circle of Caring. 6:45 p.m. in the
teacher’s lounge at St. Philip Neri School, High St. and Van Buren
in Alameda. All faiths welcome. Information: Margie, (510) 522-6005 or
Saturday, Sept. 3 Monthly Support Group for Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse.
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Road,
Oakland. (510) 267-8373.
Monday, Sept. 5 Friends for Life: A Cancer Support Group. 7 – 9
p.m. in Walnut Creek-Pleasant Hill area. A Christ-centered support group
that is open to all faiths. Joy or Gale at (925) 939-0122 or (925) 685-0842.
Nov. 4 – 6 Widowed, Separated, Divorced Weekend. At Vallombrosa
Retreat Center in Menlo Park. Sponsored by the Beginning Experience Ministry
in the San Jose Diocese, a peer ministry for widowed, separated and divorced
men and women. The weekend is designed to be a time of closure on the
past and new beginning in the present. La Verne, (650) 355-3978; Ward,
(415) 821-3390; or Nicole, (408) 578-5654; website: www.beginningexperience.org.
Through Aug. 14 Living Color: Inside the Outsiders. At the Hearst Art
Gallery of St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga.
Gallery hours: Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. Featuring more than
100 recent works by the Outsiders, Northern California’s premier
group of plein-air painters. $5 general, includes reception admission;
free to members. (925) 631-4069. Website: http://gallery.stmarys-ca.edu.
Sept. 10 – 11 Olivewood Carvings Exhibition. At Santa Maria Church,
40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda. Sept. 10: prior to and after the 5 p.m. liturgy;
Sept. 11: before and after the 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. liturgies. The Bethlehem
Christian Families’ organization will exhibit a collection of exquisite
olivewood carvings from the Holy Land. The exhibit will feature biblical
characters, Christmas crèches, and other carvings. Items will be
available for purchasing.
Saturday, Sept. 10 Salesian High School Class Reunions. Classes of 1975,
’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, and ’00. 6 – 8
p.m. at Salesian High School, 2851 Salesian Ave., Richmond. Join classmates
for an elegant, catered dinner. $75 ticket includes admittance to The
Red & Black Ball from 8 p.m. to midnight. Discounts available for
parties of 10 or more and guests under 30 years old. Information/tickets:
Henry Moe, (510) 234-4433, ext. 1104 or email@example.com.
Saturday, Aug. 13 Good Shepherd Parish, Pittsburg. 40th Anniversary. 5:30
p.m. at 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. Bishop Allen Vigneron will preside
at Anniversary Mass. A social hour and a catered dinner will follow. Music
by Vocalease and the Boogie Men. Semi-formal. Tickets: $50. Information/tickets:
(925) 252-0421 or (925) 432-6404.
Sunday, Sept. 4 St. Benedict Parish, Oakland. 75th Anniversary. 11 a.m.
Mass at 2245 82nd Ave., Oakland. Bishop Allen Vigneron, presider.
Thursday, Oct. 6
Holy Names High School, Oakland. 75th Anniversary in the Oakland Hills.
6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner at Scott’s Restaurant in Oakland.
Emceed by HNHS alum Debbie DeCoudreaux (’69) who recently starred
in San Francisco’s production of Teatro Zinzanni. Information/tickets:
(510) 450-1110, ext. 112 or 118.
Monday, Aug. 29 St. Joseph School (Fremont) 10th Annual Golf Tournament.
11 a.m. check-in, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start at Castlewood Golf Course in
Sunol. Scramble Format on Hill Course. Information: (510) 656-6525.
Saturday, Sept. 24 Ninth Annual Young Adult Conference/Fall Fest. 10 a.m.
– 11 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco.
Sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Francisco Department of Pastoral Ministries,
Office of Young Adult Ministry and Campus Ministry. Theme: “Step
Out and Trust.” For couples and singles in their late teens, 20s
and 30s and includes two workshops, keynote, exhibits, liturgy, dinner
and dance. Registration: $30 before Aug. 30, $35 after Aug. 30; $40 on
day of event. Pre-purchased box lunches ($9) will be distributed after
the keynote; must be ordered by Sept. 9. Participants may also bring lunch
or purchase meal at a local restaurant. Information:www.sfyam.org.