Jesuit Father John Dear, author and longtime
activist, will talk about his latest book, “Lazarus, Come
Forth!” which offers a compelling new reading of the Lazarus
story at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Holy Spirit Parish/Newman Hall, 2700
Dwight Way, Berkeley. The book is an extended mediation on Lazarus
as a representative of all humanity and his story as a call to walk
into the “new life of resurrection and peace.” Dial
510-499-0537 for more inforamtion.
Jan. 23-Feb. 20
Bible study. 7:30-9 p.m. in the Pope Room at St. Charles Borromeo
Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Topic: Jesus and the Gospels. The
group will look at the oral tradition of the Gospels, take a look at the
Gospel of Mark and then discuss Jesus in and through the Gospels. But
the most important part of each evening is how individuals can live out
the Gospel message today. All are welcome, beginners to the experienced.
Contact Julie, 925-447-4549, ext. 114, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6
Weekly meditation groups in the John Main tradition. 5:30 and 7 p.m.
in the Keeley Center at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave.,
Livermore. Contact Claire La Scola, 925-447-9800, email@example.com.
Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7
Rosary and Divine Mercy prayer group. 6 p.m. Rosary, 6:30 p.m., Divine
Mercy Chaplet in Mary’s Chapel at St. Jarlath Church, 2634 Pleasant
Perpetual Help Novena/Prayer. 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church, 3200 Harbor
St., Pittsburg. 925-432-6404.
Jan. 24, Feb. 13
Fil/Am Ministry at St. Clement Parish. 7:30 p.m. at the parish center,
750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Meets every second and fourth Monday. Contact:
Simon Medrano, president. 510-303-2965.
Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8
Perpetual Help Devotion Baclaran Format. 8:15 or 9:15 a.m. after last
morning Mass at Our Lady Queen of the World Church, 3155 Winterbrook Drive,
Bay Point. 925-550-0679.
Jan. 26, Feb. 2. 9
Chaplet of Divine Mercy Devotion. 6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Church,
971 O’Hara Ave., Oakley. Followed by Bible study until 8 p.m. 925-625-2109.
Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12
Family rosary. Every Sunday at 6 p.m. at Transfiguration Church,
4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru,
Tuesday, Jan. 31
Faith sharing prayer group. 7:30 p.m. in Marian room at Transfiguration
Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Bible reading, faith
sharing, rosary, petitions, potluck, etc. Every other Tuesday. Charles,
Thursday, Feb. 9
Prayer group. At St. Philip Neri Church, 3100 Van Buren St., Alameda.
Meets second Thursday of the month at 9 a.m., after 8:30 a.m. Mass. Roberta,
Friday, Feb. 10
Eucharistic Adoration for youth and young adults. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at
St. Patrick Church, 825 Seventh St., Rodeo. Encounter Jesus in the Holy
Eucharist through adoration, praise and thanksgiving with prayerful music,
guided meditation and the opportunity for Confession. 510-799-4406.
Wednesday, Feb. 8
Re-energize mid-week with Taize Around the Cross. 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at
Maryknoll Center, 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo. In the midst of a hectic
week, experience the re-energizing power of Christ with music and contemplative
prayer led by Ruth Picha, spiritual director. Second Wednesdays. Kris
East, 510-276-5021; www.maryknoll.us.
Friday, Feb. 17
Taize (prayer around the Cross). 8-9 p.m. at the Dominican Sisters
of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd. (entrance on Mission
Tierra Place), Fremont. Third Fridays. 510-657-2468.
Taize: an evening of prayer around the Cross. 8 p.m. at St. Joseph
Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Taize is an ecumenical, candlelit
service of prayer for peace and reconciliation offered in simple chant,
Scripture readings, silent worship and veneration of the Cross. www.taizeontheisland.co.cc
Divine Mercy Center and Perpetual Adoration Chapel, 11152 San Pablo
Ave., El Cerrito. 510-412-4715, firstname.lastname@example.org,
St. Agnes Parish, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. To enter between
10 p.m. and 6 a.m. requires an access code. Dial 925 689-0838 to schedule
Holy Spirit Parish, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. 510-797-1660.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Most Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St., Antioch.
8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mary’s House of Mercy, 1850 Church Lane, San
9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday in the convent),
2-9 p.m. (Wednesdays in the church) at St. Bede Church, 26950 Patrick
Ave., Hayward. 510-782-2171.
9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel, 2500 Bermuda
Ave., San Leandro. First Fridays: 9:30 a.m. all night to Saturday 7 p.m.
7:30-8:30 p.m. in the chapel at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860
Oak Grove Ave., Concord. 925-682-5447.
12:45-6:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge
8 a.m.-6:45 p.m. Benediction in Mary’s Chapel at St. Jarlath
Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Tuesdays and Thursdays), 5-6 p.m. (Wednesdays;
daily Mass 6 p.m.), in the chapel at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640
Addison St., Berkeley. 510-843-2244.
Every Fourth Tuesday
7:30-8:30 p.m. at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Motherhouse
Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd. (off Mission Tierra), Fremont. Contact email@example.com
or dial 510-449-7554.
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
7 a.m.-9 p.m. (Thursdays. and Fridays), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Saturdays)
at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. 925-891-8900.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Thursdays), 9 a.m.-midnight (Fridays), midnight
(Fridays) to 8 a.m. (Saturdays) at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 500
Fairview Ave., Brentwood. 925-634-4154.
Thursdays, First Saturdays
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Thursdays), 6 p.m.-7 a.m. Sunday (first Saturdays)
at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. 925-837-2122.
8 a.m.-8:45 p.m. (Benediction at 8:45 p.m.), in the chapel at St.
Michael Church, 458 Maple St., Livermore. 925-447-1585.
1-8 p.m. at St. Monica Church, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. 925-376-6900.
7:30-8:45 p.m. at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley
Blvd., Castro Valley. Charles, 510-566-9267.
The Depth of Welcoming Prayer. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville.
Retreat director: Cherry Haisten, program director of The Center at St.
Andrew’s, a healing and lifelong learning ministry of St. Andrew’s
Episcopal Church in Seattle. A weekend of learning and practicing this
transformative prayer that can be carried into the minutes and hours of
each day to bring hospitality to the people and events that are encountered
in ordinary life. Registration: Jan. 27, from 4-6:30 p.m. and social at
6 p.m. Concludes: Jan. 29 with lunch. $225 private/$195 shared. 925-837-9141,
ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.
Engaging the Heart. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak
Grove Ave., Menlo Park. One-day Pre-Cana (Catholic marriage preparation)
program. Presentations/workshops by Catholic professionals on various
aspects of married life, such as intimacy, communication and spirituality.
$225 fee includes lunch. firstname.lastname@example.org,
Recovery Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With Jesuit
Father Tom Weston. A weekend retreat for women and men in 12-step recovery.
Includes fellowship, quiet time, and an opportunity for rest, renewal
and reflection. Registration: Feb. 3, 4-6:30 p.m.; ends Feb. 5 with lunch.
$220 private/$195 shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online:
Married Couples Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With
Franciscan Father Rusty Shaughnessey and Richard and Karla Obernesser.
Share this Valentine’s weekend with your spouse and experience a
peaceful time away at San Damiano. Registration: Feb. 10, 4-6:30 p.m.;
ends Feb. 12 with lunch. $310/ couple. . 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register
Spiritual Respite for Family Members and Caregivers of Those with Mental
Illness. 9 a.m. (registration), 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (program) at San
Damiano Retreat in Danville. With Cindy Tuttle. There are unique challenges
facing those who journey with the mentally ill. The retreat day begins
with the sharing of each person’s story followed by time for prayer,
reflection and sharing. Participants will also explore how music, art
and poetry can support one’s faith in times of great challenge.
$60 cost includes lunch. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.
27 and 28
10th Anniversary Celebration of Dance at Moreau Catholic High School.
7 p.m. in Teves Theatre, 27170 Mission Blvd., Hayward. Featuring current
and alumnae dancers and choreographers. $15/general admission; $10/students
and seniors. Tickets are available online: moreaucatholic.org/gala.
Saturday, Feb. 11
Bingo. At St. Joseph School, 1961 Plum St., Pinole. Doors open
at 4 p.m., games begin at 5 p.m. Hosted by first and second grades and
Carnival Christie: Le Cinquieme Mardi Gras. 6 p.m. in Father Kozina
parish hall at 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Hosted by the Twelfth Night
Revelers of the Spirited Guild of St. Anne. This year’s Mardi Gras
is dedicated to both the St. Margaret Mary Sacred Music program and building
fund and the Jubilate Deo Sacred Music Society of the Cathedral of Christ
the Light. Benefactor tickets are $150, general ticket price is $75. No
tickets will be sold at the door. Formal affair, sit-down dinner
with silent and live auctions, live music and dancing. Lucia LaRocca,
email@example.com or www.stmargmaryoak.org/mardigras.
26, Feb. 9
Stepping Stones on your Grief Journey workshop. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth
Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. The death of a loved
one is unlike any other loss-it leaves most of us in a state of shock,
confusion and sadness. Join this bi-monthly workshop and let us accompany
you on your healing journey. No pre-registration is necessary. Open to
all regardless of religious affiliation. Mary Hagerty, 925-846-5377.
Feb. 3, 4, 10, 11
Birthright of Concord Volunteer Training Session. At 3106 Clayton
Road, Concord. Persons interested in supporting the programs of Birthright,
a crisis pregnancy center, and working with and offering pregnant women
alternatives to abortion. Areas of need: client counselor; office assistance;
outreach to schools and agencies; public relations; organizing maternity
and baby clothing closets; board member; fundraising. No previous experience
needed, only a non-judgmental and loving attitude. For an application:
Friday, Feb. 4
Ars Celebrandi: Moved by the Spirit. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Mary’s
College, Claeys Lounge, Soda Activity Center, 1928 St. Mary’s Road,
Moraga. Christian Brother William Woeger, founder and director of the
Cathedral Arts Project based at Omaha’s St. Cecilia Cathedral, is
the guest artist/speaker for this liturgical conference. Discover how
attention to the details that create liturgical art can inspire Catholics
to enthusiastically attend Mass, engaged by the beauty and tension of
liturgy. $10 cost includes continental breakfast and lunch. RSVP: Jan.
27. Presented by the Catholic Liturgical Arts Committee at St. Mary’s
College. Sponsor: the Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture
and Action and a generous grant from the Lebherz Family Foundation. Louis
Lebherz, director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, Feb 11
Second Annual Bay Area Social Justice Forum. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Holy
Names University, Valley Center for the Performing Arts, 3500 Mountain
Blvd., Oakland. Guest speakers: Holy Cross Father Daniel Groody, author,
filmmaker and professor at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and
Jack Weinstein, regional director of Facing History and Ourselves. Workshops
will be offered on a variety of topics. Online registration: www.hnu.edu/SocialJustice.
Sister Susan Wells, 510-436-1280.
Tuesday, Feb. 14
Catholics@Work breakfast event. 7 a.m. at the Crow Canyon Country
Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville. (Mass at 6:30 a.m.) Patrick Coffin,
author and host of the radio show, Catholic Answers Live, will be the
guest speaker. His radio program is heard on more than 180 stations across
the U.S. and on Sirius Satellite. $20/ members; $25/ non-member. www.catholicsatwork.org.
Retrovaille. A program for couples with troubled marriages, including
separated or divorced couples. This program offers the opportunity to
rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive
way. Registration/information: www.HelpOurMarriage.com
Feb. 2, 16
Breast Cancer Support Group. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at St. Isidore Church,
440 La Gonda Way, Danville. All women who have been diagnosed with breast
cancer or are a breast cancer survivor, are invited to these informal
meetings which are led by a breast cancer survivor. Support groups have
been shown to decrease distress and improve quality of life. Meets on
1st and 3rd Thursdays. Contacts: Maria Hartung, (925) 831-2475 or email@example.com;
Faith Formation, 925-362-1901.
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7-9 p.m.
at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. All who are struggling
from a loss due to separation, divorce, death of a loved one are welcome
to participate in this peer group. Joan S., 925-939-1007.
Saturday, Feb. 4
No More Secrets-Bimonthly Support Group for Survivors of Clergy Sexual
Abuse. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Elementary School, faculty
room, 1516-33rd Ave., Oakland. Street parking is available. Facilitated
by a licensed psychotherapist. Survivors and their families are welcome.
Sponsor: Diocese of Oakland. 510-843-6971.
St. Joseph Notre Dame High School’s 31ST Annual Crab Feed and Auction.
On campus at 1011 Chestnut St. in Alameda, in the Kelly Gymnasium. 5 p.m.:
no-host cocktail hour and silent auction; 6:30 p.m.: dinner and live auction;
8:30 p.m.: dancing. The theme this year is Mardi Gras and all are encouraged
to come to the event dressed in festive attire. Proceeds will go to tuition
assistance and athletics. $65/person. Tickets/information: www.sjnd.org;
Nicole Catania, 510-995-9452, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Elizabeth High School’s 24th Annual Auction and Crab Feed.
5:45-9 p.m. at St. Theresa Parish Event Center, 4850 Clarewood Drive,
Oakland. Good friends, wonderful food and a great selection of auction
items. Proceeds benefit the tuition assistance fund at St. Elizabeth High
School in Oakland. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Information:
Holy Names High School’s Annual Crab Feed and Auction. At 4660
Harbord Drive, Oakland. 6 p.m.: appetizers, no-host wine and beer, view
and bid on auction items. Menu: mixed green salad, potato salad, fresh
sourdough bread, and “all the fresh cracked Dungeness crab you can
eat!” Dessert will be served with coffee or tea. A half-roasted
chicken is available to non-crab diners. $55/person. Online reservation/tickets:
www.hnhsoakland.org or Kathryn Moir, 510-450-1110 ext. 118, or email@example.com.
Proceeds benefit the school’s tuition assistance program.
Knights of Columbus Council No. 7683 Annual Crab Feed. In the Peace
room at St. Monica Parish, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. 6 p.m.: appetizers
and no-host cocktails, 7:30 p.m.: dinner. Dinner: salad, pasta, fresh
cracked crab and dessert. Chicken is available when ordered in advance.
Raffle follows dinner, proceeds to Bay Area charities. Tickets: $55/each
or $400 /tables for eight. Non-refundable tickets must be reserved and
paid for in advance. Karl Anderson, 925-283-3679; mail checks to Karl
at 510 Florence Drive, Lafayette.
Saturday, Feb. 4
St. Patrick Church’s Annual Crab Feed. 6 p.m. at the parish
hall, 825 Seventh St., Rodeo. Begins with social hour with a live jazz
ensemble. All drinks, beer and wine are included in the cost of the ticket
at $45. All the crab you can eat plus fresh garlic bread. A raffle will
follow dinner. Proceeds of the event will benefit the parish and Knights
of Columbus, sponsor of the event. Tickets: Gavin, 510-504-8294, or Matt,
St. Mary’s High School Crab Feed. In the school gym, 1294 Albina
Ave., Berkeley. Details and registration available on the school website,
www.saintmaryschs.org. $40/person, $380/ table of 10. Chicken dinner optional.
Sells out quickly. Silent auction before dinner. Auction donations welcome.
Joanne Marchetti Howe, 510-559-6227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Saints CYO Crab Feed. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. in the All Saints Gym, 228234
Second St., Hayward. $40/person. This is an adult-only event. Daycare
provided by Kids Klub for a fee. Proceeds help support CYO Youth Sports
at All Saints. 510-581-6247.
Saturday, Feb. 11
St. Leander Parish Valentine Crab Feed. In Ryan O’Connell Hall,
575 W. Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro. Social hour 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30
p.m. Crab, pasta, bread, salad, dessert silent auction; sports memorabilia
silent auction; raffle. Assigned seating. Tickets are $35; $40 if purchased
after Feb. 5. Tickets: contact the Parish Office at 510-895-5631.