Special evening honoring Mary
Women's Christian Fellowship hosts an evening for women to honor our Blessed Mother at 6:30 p.m. May 23 in the large hall at St. Bonaventure Catholic Community, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Attendees will enjoy a tri-tip and ravioli dinner. Afterward, Christine Watkins, a former anti-Christian atheist, who converted to Catholicism after receiving a miraculous healing from Jesus through Mary, will present a program entitled Mother Mary's Great Love for Us. Reservations are required; forms are available in the church foyer, at the parish office or by contacting Sue, 925-672-0220. Information: www.christinewatkins.com.
May 21, 28, June 4
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, email@example.com.
May 22, 29, June 5
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.
May 23, 30, June 6
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.
May 24, 31, June 7
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.
Friday, May 25
Taize: an evening of prayer around the cross at St. Joseph Basilica. 8 p.m. at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TaizeOnTheIsland.
May 27, June 3, 10
Family rosary. 6 p.m. Sundays at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.
May 30, June 13
Divorced and/or separated group. 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church Chapel, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. (Bi-weekly sessions on Wednesday evenings.) Come and join others who have lost a marriage and begin to build your new life. Pre-registration is required. Information/registration: Roxanne, 925-462-0750.
Friday, June 1
Taize prayer around the cross at All Saints Catholic Church. 7:30-8:30 p.m. at 22824 Second St., Hayward. At this candlelit service participants will meet God in song, the Word and silent wonder. Information: Francis Tanjuatco, 650-678-7739. Like us on Facebook: I Pray at All Saints.
Sunday, June 3
Taize! prayer around the cross in Pleasant Hill. 7 p.m. first Sundays at Christ the King Catholic Church, 199 Brandon Road. Members of four different denominations in Pleasant Hill gather monthly in prayer and in a spirit of ecumenism: Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal; Hillcrest Congregational Church, and St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.
Tuesdays, June 12, 26
Fil/Am Ministry at St. Clement Parish. 7:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesdays at the parish center, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Contact: Simon Medrano, president. 510-303-2965.
Faith sharing prayer group. 7:30 p.m. every other Tuesday in Marian room at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Bible reading, faith sharing, rosary, petitions, potluck, etc. Charles, 510-566-9267.
Wednesday, June 13
Re-energize mid-week with Taize around the cross. 7-8 p.m. second Wednesdays 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. Kris East, 510-276-5021; www.maryknoll.us.
Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima. 7:30 p.m. the 13th of each month through Oct. 13. at the Grotto at Transfiguration Parish, 4009 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Charles, 510-566-9267.
Divine Mercy Center and Perpetual Adoration Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 510- 412-4715, email@example.com, 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. Call 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 Saturday 7 p.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Scripture retreat. San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presenter: Passionist Father Thomas Bonacci, "The Passion of Jesus According to Luke" is the title of this retreat where we will explore the compassion of Jesus in the context of the Passion Narrative. Registration is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. June 1 and retreat ends on June 3 with lunch. $235 private room/ $205 shared. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
Vocation event: live-in experience. At the Motherhouse of the Mission San Jose Dominican Sisters, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. (Entrance on Mission Tierra Place.) Experience will include discernment, sharing, quiet, community, Mass, prayer, study and service. Overnight accommodations, meals and snacks provided. Freewill offering. RSVP: Sister Marcia, OP, 510-502-5797 no later than one week before the event. For a Dominican Sister video: youtu.be/fFzRD2aL1xg
Dreams retreat. San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With Jeremy Taylor. We usually think of dreams as confusing and mysterious; Taylor offers ways to understand and decode these messages from the unconscious. The weekend includes both large and small group work. Registration from 4 to 6:30 p.m. June 8; retreat ends June 10 with lunch. $235 private/$205 shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
A retreat with Meister Eckhart: Passionate for Awakening. At Hope Lutheran Church, 2830 May Road, El Sobrante. Facilitated by Rickey Cotton, a commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina, and a faculty member for Contemplative Outreach's Living Flame program. 7-9 p.m. June 22, Centering Prayer Conference on Eckhart's life and Life Context; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 23, Centering Prayer and Conferences on Meister Eckhart's core teachings, small group discussions, and silent time for prayer, walks, journaling. A simple lunch will be provided. Suggested donation (sliding scale): $25-$50. No one will be turned away.
Discernment on the mountain top. Arrowhead Retreat, Fatima House, Crest Park. Experience will include discernment, sharing, quiet, community, Mass, prayer, study and service (Live-In). Overnight accommodations, meals & snacks provided. Freewill offering. RSVP: Sister Marcia, OP, 510-502-5797 no later than one week before event.
Saturday, June 2
Father Helmut Richter's Third Annual Flea Market. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. Gail Burgarino, 925-777-1106.
SPRED the Word XXI. At St. Lawrence O'Toole-St. Cyril, 3725 High St., Oakland. The annual dinner and dance fundraiser for Special Religious Education in the Diocese of Oakland, The celebration begins with liturgy at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Information: www.oakdiocese.org/education/spred.
Saturday, June 30
Summer Sock Hop and Food Drive. 7-10 p.m. at St. Jerome Church, Rohan Hall, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. Enjoy live music by the East Bay's premiere 1950s rock 'n' roll band, Hot Rod Jukebox. Appetizers and drinks available. Admission is free; a donation of non-perishable groceries (e.g. tuna, pasta, peanut butter), is requested. Donations benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society, whose volunteers distribute groceries to the hungry in the community weekly. 510-525-0876 or visit HotRodJukebox.com.
Wednesday, May 23
Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality information night. 7:30-8:45 p.m. at Jesuit School of Theology-SCU, academic center, first floor, Manresa Lounge on right, 1735 LeRoy Ave., Berkeley. Jenny Girard Malley, 415-503-1310, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ignatiancompanions.org/.
May 23, 24, 25
St. Paul of the Shipwreck's Fourth Annual Revival. 7 p.m. at 1122 Jamestown Ave., San Francisco. Will culminate at the 10:45 a.m. Gospel Mass on Pentecost Sunday (May 27). Revival leader: Dominican Father Paul De Porres Whittington, pastor at St. Benedict the African-West Catholic Church in Chicago. He will also be the presider/homilist at the Sunday Mass. Bay Area Gospel choirs will offer their ministry of song throughout the revival. Information: www.stpauloftheshipwreck.org or dial the church office at 415-468-3434.
Saturday, June 2
Magnificat prayer breakfast. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Concord Hilton. Sharon Lee Giganti, a former New Age "insider" who is committed to exposing the hidden dangers of the New Age movement is the speaker. $25/person; $35 after May 26. www.magnificatsoti.org or dial Erin at 925-899-8087 for information and/or tickets.
Free citizenship workshop. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 2369 Barrett Ave., Richmond. Register by dialing 510-439-4267. An orientation meeting will, from 6 — 7 p.m. May 28. Items to bring: Social Security card, passport and California identification/driver's license; list all addresses (including ZIP code) for the past five years; list all employers and/or schools for the past five years, with addresses plus start and end dates. It is recommended that people complete and bring a sample application form: www.uscis.gov/files/form/n-400.pdf
Sunday, June 3
De La Salle Alumni Honors. 3 p.m. at the Hofmann Student Center at De La Salle High School, 1130 Winton Drive, Concord. Five individuals and one team from across the generations will be recognized at the school's "Evening of Honor." A presentation will also be made to the school's 2012 Alumnus of the Year. $40/person. Advance registration is open online at www.dlshs.org/athletics. Information: Tim Roberts '88, alumni director, email@example.com or 925-288-8171.
Birthright International Convention. At the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Hotel. The first crisis pregnancy organization established in the U.S., Birthright has been active in California for 40 years. In the Oakland Diocese there are centers in Brentwood, Concord, Livermore and San Lorenzo. Program will include speakers, workshops and experience sharing with practical and inspirational techniques that can be applied in bringing services to women during their pregnancies. Registration fees are $215/person. This does not include the cost of lodging, which is expected to be an additional $200. Donations are most appreciated and can be arranged through local Birthright chapters. Information: www.birthrightconvention.org or www.birthright.org or 800-550-4900.
Saturday, June 9
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Health Fair. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. On-site services include hypertension screening, nutritional information and pharmacist medication review. Sponsors: the parish's Outreach/Resource and Bereavement Ministries. 925-634-4150.
Thursday, June 14
Book signing: "Oakland Landmarks." Noon—1:30 p.m. inside the Cathedral Shop, plaza level, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Meet local historian and columnist, AnnaLee Allen and artist Heidi Wyckiff as they discuss their new book, "Oakland Landmarks" inside the Cathedral Shop. Free to the public.
June 23, 30
Bereavement workshop. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 23 in the St. Michael Convent, Maple at Fourth Street, Livermore; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 30 in the Pope John XXIII room of the Keeley Center at St. Charles Borromeo, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. The two-week grief workshop is designed to educate and prepare people to provide comfort to those who have suffered loss. Presenter: Sandy Heinisch, a grief minister, counselor and trainer with the National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved. 925-513-3412. To register: Barbara Mitchell, 925-455-0944 by June 20.
Wednesday, May 23
Peace in the Streets. 6-8:30 p.m. in parish hall at Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, (entrance at corner of Harrison Street and Grand Avenue). A free program to hear about powerful community-based approaches to restoring peace in our neighborhoods. Host: the Legal Justice Center at the Cathedral and Catholic Charities of the East Bay and Youth Alive! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-659-4779.
Through May 30
Grief workshop. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. People who are mourning the death of a loved one need time and space to honor their grief. In this eight-week workshop each person will have the opportunity to explore their grief journey with others. One-time $15 donation is requested. Pre-registration is requested. Mary Hagerty, 925-846-5377.
Saturday, June 2
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.
Thursdays, June 7, 21
Breast cancer support group. 6:30-8:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays 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. Maria Hartung, 925-831-2475 or email@example.com; Faith Formation, 925-362-1901.
Thursday, June 14
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.
June 8, 9, 10
Saint Mary's College High School Class of 1962 Golden Reunion in Berkeley. Events include a Tilden Park golf outing on June 8, Baccalaureate Mass with the Class of 2012 at Saint Mary's College High School and reunion dinner on June 9, and receipt of Golden Diplomas with the Class of 2012 and 1962 barbecue on June 10. Spouses welcome. Information/reservations: Joanne Marchetti Howe, firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-559-6227.
Saturday, June 16
Saint Mary's College High School Annual Golden Grads Luncheon. Mass at 10:30 a.m.; lunch to follow on the school campus. For alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago. Jo $40/person. Men through classes 1961 are invited to attend. Reservations: Joanne Marchetti Howe, 510-559-6227 or email@example.com.