Saint Mary's College's Eighth Annual Summer Festival will be from 2-5 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Soda Activity Center at Saint Mary's, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga. Enjoy an afternoon of socializing and wine tasting with an assortment of rich red and lively white wines from regional wineries including Concannon Vineyard, Fenestra Winery, R&B Cellars and Lost Coast Brewery. Cost: $60 per person (includes SMC logo wine glass, appetizers and wine tastings); $15 designated driver (includes appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages). Information/tickets: visit stmarys-ca.edu/wine, send an email to email@example.com, or dial 925-631-8744.
Wednesday, Aug. 8
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.
Aug. 8, 15, 22, 29
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.
Aug. 12, 19, 26
Family Rosary. 6 p.m. Sundays at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.
Monday, Aug. 13
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.
August 13, 20, 27
Lectio-weekly meditation Group in the tradition of John Main. 7:30 p.m. at Hesed Community, 3745 Elston Ave., Oakland. Beginners welcome. info@HesedCommunity.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-482-5573.
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.
Tuesdays, Aug. 14, 28
Fil/Am Ministry at St. Clement Parish. 7:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday 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.
August 14, 21, 28
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.
Friday, Aug. 24
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.
Aug. 29, 16, 23
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. All are welcome. 925-625-2109.
Sunday, Sept. 2
Prayer Around the Cross in Pleasant Hill. 7 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill. Members of four different denominations in Pleasant Hill gather monthly in prayer and in a spirit of ecumenism. Each of the churches hosts the prayer service during the year. Participating churches: Hillcrest Congregational Church; Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal; Christ the King Catholic Church and St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.
Friday, Sept. 7
Taizé Prayer Around the Cross at All Saints Catholic Church. 7:30-8:30 p.m. at 22824 Second St., Hayward. Quiet your mind, open your heart and feed your soul during this simple and sacred candlelight prayer service. (First Fridays). For more information call Francis Tanjuatco at 650-678-7739.
Aug. 18, 20, 23
Diocesan Workshops on the Rite of the Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aug. 18 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Concord (English workshop); 1:30-4:30 p.m. (Spanish workshop); 6-9 p.m. Aug. 20 at St. Patrick Parish, Rodeo (English workshop); 6-9 p.m. Aug. 23 at St. Leander, San Leandro (Spanish workshop). To register, visit: www.oakdiocese.org/registration or contact Samuel Vasquez, 510-267-8394.
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. 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 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.
Retiro Latino. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Presenters: Rev. Oscar Mendez, OFM and Rev. Martin Carbajo Nunez, OFM. Registration from 4–6:30 p.m. Aug. 10 and retreat ends Aug. 12 with lunch. $180 private/$150 shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.
2012 Summer Charismatic Retreat. At the San Damiano Retreat Center, Highland Drive in Danville. Presenter: Rev. Bill Adams, CSSR. Theme: "Receiving All God Has for Me" – exploring ways we can open ourselves to the presence, wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit. $198/single occupancy (includes six meals); $168/double occupancy. Sponsor: Catholic Renewal Office, Diocese of Oakland. Information: CCRO, 925-828-6644.
Young Adult Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Rev. Rusty Shaughnnessy, OFM, and Paula Jenkins. Participants will explore their faith and relationship to God, themselves and others through presentations, prayer and reflection. Registration: from 4-6:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and retreat ends on Aug. 26 with lunch. $220 private/$190 shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.
Thursday, Aug. 9
23rd Annual Salad Luncheon and Bingo. Noon at St. Joseph Church Hall (next to Old Mission), 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. $10 donation includes lunch and two Bingo cards. Tickets: Eleanor Chesterman, 510-657-2758 or Regina Dennie, 510-656-3892. Make checks payable to CDA Ct. No. 1508. Prepaid tickets may be picked up at the door on Aug. 9. Sponsor: Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Father Francisco de Lasuen No. 1508. All proceeds go to the Court's charities.
Saturday, Aug. 18
Ninth Annual Wine in the Bay. 4-8 p.m. in a lovely shaded yard in Brentwood. Address is on the tickets. Wine, beer and olive oil tastings, hors d'oeuvres served and non-alcoholic beverages available. Includes silent and live auctions, artisan crafts for sale, a host/MC, music by an award winning guitarist and more. Proceeds: the St. Anne Church community and outreach programs. Sponsor: Women's Fellowship of St. Anne Church in Byron. Information/tickets: Linda, 925-634-3439 or Peggy, 925-890-5255. Paypal available at www.stannechurchbyron.com. $35/ticket until Aug. 1, then $40 each.
Friday, Aug. 10
Opening Night Reception at Redux Studios and Gallery. 6-9 p.m. at 2315 Lincoln Ave., Alameda. Summer celebration and group showing for local East Bay artists. Wine, food, music and shopping. Catering by SVdP Culinary Program. www.svdp-Alameda.org-redux.php or 510-865-1109.
Aug. 14–Sept. 11
Telling the Great Story of Vatican II. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. The Tuesday evening series continues on Aug. 14: Declaration on Christian Education: Who is Responsible for Religious Education NOW?, facilitated by Liz Rogers, director of faith formation at CCOP; Aug. 28: Decree on Ecumenism – From Enemies to Brothers and Sisters, facilitated by Rev. Dan Danielson; Sept. 11: Decree on the up-to-date Renewal of Religious Life: Religious Life Then, Religious Life Now – God is Doing Something New, facilitated by Sister Joann Heinritz, CSJ. Information: Lisa at email@example.com or 925-600-1765.
Aug. 8, 22
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.
Thursday, Aug. 16
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.
Aug. 16, Sept. 6
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. Contacts: Marla Hartung, 925-831-2475 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Faith Formation, 925-362-1901.
Saturday, Oct. 6
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.