Franciscan Father Joseph Chinnici, head of the Franciscan School of Theology, will lead a retreat at San Damiano March 23-25 using the testament of St. Francis and his Commentary on the Our Father, that willl consider the difficulties of the journey of faith today, the importance of the communion of saints, the gift of heaven and the challenge of the prophetic action of affirmation and peace. Texts will be provided. Registration: from 4 to 6:30 pm. March 23, retreat ends with lunch March 25. $215 private/$185 shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.
Feb. 22, 29, March 7, 14, 21
Lenten Days of Renewal. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Each day ends with a Mass. Ash Wednesday includes distribution of ashes. $30 a day, includes lunch. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.
Young Adult 2012 Lenten Retreat. At Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Theme: The BE-Attitudes … Our GPS." Weekend includes presentations on the beatitudes and Catholic Social Teaching, personal reflection time, sharing, Eucharistic Adoration, Confession and Mass. Presenters: Dominican Sister Rebecca Shinas. Father Mark Gazzingon and Dominican Sister Marcia Krause. Free will offering. RSVP deadline: Feb. 20. Questions: Dominican Sister Frances Mary Pierson, email@example.com or 510-933-6335.
Monday, Feb. 27
Multilingual Lenten Prayer and Meditation Service. 6-7 p.m. in sanctuary at Christ the Light Cathedral. Begin your Lenten journey by attending this one hour multi-lingual prayer and meditation service, including scripture, song, and silent meditation in front of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome. www.ctlcathedral.org.
Lenten Retreat for Men. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. The retreat, entitled "I Have Called You By Name," will be led by Dominican Father Michael Sweeney, president of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley. Come meet other men from the Oakland Diocese as we continue our walk with Christ. Sponsor: The Men's Spiritual Network of Saint Bonaventure Church in Concord. Information: www.stbonaventure.net/parish-ministries/adult-faith/mens-spiritual-network or contact Matt Remington at 925 672-4006 or Peter Nixon at 925 363-5884.
Saturday, March 17
Lenten Day of Reflection. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 41933 Blacow Road, Fremont. Presenters: Father Jim Sullivan, parochial vicar at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Fremont, and Greta Rosenberger, St. Philip Neri Parish in Alameda. The Scriptural Roots of Lenten Practices: Stations of the Cross, Sorrowful Mysteries, Seven Sorrows of Mary, Prayers, Fasting, Almsgiving. The day begins with Mass at 10 a.m. Free lunch is provided. Please RSVP by March 12 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-785-1969.
Thursday, Feb. 23
Dances of Universal Peace. 7-8:30 p.m. at Santa Sabina Center, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. This joyful form of prayer creates community while inviting participants to experience bodily the spiritual wisdom found in sacred phrases and their meanings. Dominican Father Joseph Kilikevice will lead the dances. Free. email@example.com or 415-457-7727.
Feb. 23, March 1, 8, 15
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.
Feb. 26, March 4, 11
Family Rosary. Every Sunday at 6 p.m. at Tranfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267
Parish Mission. Morning sessions after the 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., and evening sessions at 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, both in Pleasanton. All are welcome, to attend this parish mission called, Taking a New Road with Paula D'Arcy, an author, speaker and president of the Red Bird Foundation which supports the growth and spiritual development of the hurting and marginalized. D'Arcy's ministry grew from personal tragedy: after an accident involving a drunken driver that claimed the lives of her husband and 21-month daughter. Pregnant at the time, D'Arcy survived the accident to give birth to her second daughter. Sponsor: The Catholic Community of Pleasanton. Information: Lisa Fairchild, 510-600-1765.
Feb. 27, March 5, 12
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. Claire La Scola, 925-447-9800, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 27, March 12, 26
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.
Feb. 28, March 6, 13
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 St., Oakland.
Perpetual Help Novena/Prayer. 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. 925-432-6404.
Tuesdays, Feb. 28, March 13
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, 510-566-9267.
Feb. 29, March 7
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.
Thursday, March 8
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, 510-521-4478.
Wednesday, March 14
Re-energize midweek with Taize Around the Cross. 7-8 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, March 16
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.
Friday, March 23
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 or email@example.com.
Divine Mercy Center and Perpetual Adoration Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 510- 412-4715, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.DivineMercyWestCoast.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 your hour.
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. 925-757-4020.
8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mary's House of Mercy, 1850 Church Lane, San Pablo.
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 7 p.m. Saturday. 510-614-2765.
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 Drive, Pleasanton.
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 call 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.
Saturday, Feb. 25
Silent Meditation Retreat. 9:30 a.m. (registration), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (program) at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. A quiet day of reflection and practice of silent meditation in the Christian tradition includes introductory talks, meditation and brief questions and answers. With Benedictine Sister Barbara Hazzard. Practicing meditators are welcome. $70 cost includes lunch. 925-837-9141 or register online: www.sandamiano.org.
Sunday, Feb. 26
The Catholic Church in the World: "Healing in the Church." 2 p.m. at Vallombrosa Author Thomas Plante, a professor at Santa Clara University, will lead a discussion reflecting on the 10 years since the clergy sex abuse crisis in Boston; where we are now and where we need to go. Suggested donation: $20. Rachel, firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-325-5614.
Sunday, March 18
The Catholic Church in the World: "Healing in the Church." 2 p.m. at Vallombrosa Retreat Center. A talk by Dominican Father Patrick LaBelle on Forgiveness: To Forgive or Not to Forgive-A Road to Happiness. $20 suggested donation. Rachel, 650-325-5614.
Monday, March 26
A Day of Quiet and Rest. 9 a.m. (registration), 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (program) at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. We are offering a special quiet day where you can come away to escape from the noise and hectic pace of everyday life. Experience time on your own by sitting in the chapel or gardens and enjoy the serenity and beauty surrounding you. The day will begin with opening prayer and end with Eucharist. $45 cost includes lunch. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
Saturday, March 31
Young Adult Retreat Day. 9 a.m. (registration), 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (program) at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With the Young Adult Leadership Team. Enjoy a day with people in their 20's and 30's to reflect on what has shaped each person's faith journey. The day includes opportunity to enjoy the grounds, labyrinth and lunch. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
Thursday, Feb. 23
Game Day and Luncheon. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Soda Center at Saint Mary's College, 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga. Try your luck with the roll of the dice or make up a foursome, or a game of your choice. Prizes provided for winners. $32/person, payable to SMC Guild, mail checks and the names of the players to Dolores McGonigle, 828 Crossbrook Court, Moraga 94556; 925-376-4339. Deadline: Feb. 20.
Saturday, March 10
Fashion Show/Luncheon. 11:30 a.m. at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville. The fashions will be provided by Chico's Danville. Tickets: $40 each or $300 for a table of eight. Sponsor: The St. Raymond Women's Guild. Noelita Conlogue, 925-828-5319 or Kathy Morte, 510-833-7819.
The Mardi Gras Masquerade Auction. 5:30 p.m. to midnight at Silvio E. Garaventa Center, Carondelet High School, Concord. Evening starts with a silent auction followed by dinner, live auction and dancing. Tickets: $45/per person. Information: www.Stagnesconcord.com.
Sunday, March 11
Memories of Broadway in Honor of Sister Barbara Dawson, RSCJ. 2-5 p.m.. at Flood Mansion, Schools of the Sacred Heart, 2222 Broadway, San Francisco. Tickets: $100; sponsorships available. Proceeds benefit the St. Martin de Porres Fund for Educational Excellence.
Thursday, Feb. 23
Healing Mass/Mission. 7 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 500 Fairview Ave. in Brentwood. Pastor Jerry Brown and the Fil-Am Community of IHM are inviting you to attend this healing ministry of Father Fernando Suarez. Plan to arrive early. To date, the priest has prayed with literally thousands of people in need of healing, with much success for those with faith. Information/questions: 925-237-6418.
Tuesday, Feb. 28
Dinner with social justice. 6 – 8:30 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light, parish hall, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. The Legal Justice Center at the Cathedral is hosting this event, "State of the Children: Creating Hope in the Face of Hardship." Program includes a free dinner and photography exhibit. A silent auction will be held before and after the program for those who wish to support this effort for children. RSVP by Feb. 28 to Jayne Fleming at email@example.com or 415-659-4779.
Saturday, March 10
Magnificat Prayer Breakfast. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Concord Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord. Featuring Father Jeremy Leatherby, a Sacramento pastor, who had dedicated his ministry to being "Our Lady's priest." $25/per person; $35 after March 3. Complimentary for all clergy. www.magnificatsoti.org, Erin, 925-899-8087, or MagnificatSOTI@yahoo.com.
Thursdays, March 1, 15
Breast Cancer Support Group. 6:30-8:30 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 first and third Thursdays. Contacts: Maria Hartung, 925-831-2475 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Faith Formation, 925-362-1901.
Thursday, March 15
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, April 7
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.
Friday, Feb. 24
Saint Mary's High School Music Concert. 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium, 1294 Albina Ave., Berkeley. Free admission.
Saturday, March 3
Songs for the Lenten Journey. 7:15 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. Suggested free will donation: $15. Proceeds will assist The SJA Family and Music Ministries.
Through March 25
The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday in Saint Mary's College Museum of Art, 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga. An exhibition of 36 works of art that explore the many manifestations and interpretations of The Veil and puts veils and veiling into context. The display will also look at current clichés and stereotypes about Islamic practices involving the veil, a garment that has been in existence in cultures and religions throughout human history. The exhibition is divided into three categories: The Sacred Veil, The Sensuous Veil, and The Sociopolitical Veil. The book, The Veil: Women Writers on its History, Lore, and Politics (University of California Press, www.ucpress.edu/books/) edited by curator Jennifer Heath, inspired the exhibition. Heath will give a power-point talk in the Soda Center at 2 p.m. Feb. 12. 925-631-4000 or www.stmarys-ca.edu/node/3421.