An information night to explain Catholic homeschooling is scheduled from
7-9:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Some topics include: What is homeschooling? How does it work? Could it be an option for our family? What Catholic resources and supports are available? Come meet Catholic homeschooling parents, peruse a wide array of curriculum items, gather information on various Catholic homeschooling programs. Cost: Free. Bring a friend and drop by. Information: Elizabeth Hockel, 925-381-4514.
Aug. 20, 23
Diocesan workshops on the Rite of the Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Aug. 20, 6-9 p.m. at St. Patrick Parish, Rodeo (English workshop); Aug. 23, 6-9 p.m., St. Leander, San Leandro (Spanish workshop). To register: www.oakdiocese.org/registration or contact Samuel Vasquez, 510-267-8394.
August 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.
August 21, 28, Sept. 4, 11
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.
Aug. 22, 29, Sept. 5
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. 23, 30, Sept. 6, 13
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, 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. 26, Sept. 2, 9
Family rosary. 6 p.m. Sundays at Tranfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.
Tuesdays, Aug. 28, Sept. 11
Fil/Am ministry at St. Clement Parish. 7:30 p.m. 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.
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. first Fridays at 22824 Second St., Hayward. Quiet your mind, open your heart, and feed your soul during this simple and sacred candlelight prayer service. For more information call Francis Tanjuatco at 650-678-7739.
Wednesday, Sept. 12
Re-energize midweek with Taize around the cross. 7 p.m.-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.
Thursday, Sept. 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.
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.
Monday – Friday
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.
Monday – Saturday
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.
Aug. 24 – 26
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; retreat ends with lunch Aug. 26. $220 private/$190 shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.
Sept. 18 – 20
"Taking the Further Journey" at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With Paula D'Arcy. Faith is the first step. Then a greater invitation unfolds, asking us to belong, with great fidelity, to something that calls from deep within. What are we being called to embrace, and who might we become if we actually opened our hearts? Registration is from 4-5 p.m. Sept. 18; retreat ends with lunch Sept. 20. $240 private/$210 shared. 925-837-9141, ext 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.
Sept. 21 – 23
Central/Northern California Catholic Men's Fellowship Fall Retreat. At Old Oak Ranch, 15250 Old Ranch Road, Sonora. Theme: "Fight the Good Fight of Faith." Get away from the pressures and activities of daily life for a refreshing weekend of renewal. Online registration and Paypal payment: www.Catholicmen.org or send $145 donation for lodging and meals to 2012 CMF CA Fall Retreat, 19731 Bowman Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92646; email: SonoraCMF@gmail.com; or 209-264-2263.
Friday, Sept. 14
Fifth Annual Golf Tournament. Noon shotgun at Boundary Oak Golf Course in Walnut Creek. Dinner follows at Mullen Commons, St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley, Walnut Creek. $130 golf and banquet; $35 banquet only. Registration: Greg Nerland, email@example.com or 925-979-5661; Joanna Mechler, firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-963-6170. Registration deadline: Sept. 2.
Saturday, Sept. 15
A Day @ the Races. 11 a.m. in the Turf Club at Golden Gate Fields in Albany. Buffet luncheon and fellowship. $40 donation includes valet parking. Tickets: chair, Lady Reeder-Warren, 510-534-0271. Sponsor: The St. Columbus Church Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of St. Peter Claver Court No. 127.
Sunday, Sept. 30
24th Annual Gold Key Sponsorship Campaign for Casa Vincentia. 2-4 p.m. grand prize drawing at 3210 — 62nd Ave., Oakland. This fundraiser will help the residence for pregnant women handle the costs of closing and ongoing monthly financial obligations. For each $50 donation participants will receive an opportunity to win the grand prize of $500 or other prizes. "This will also be an occasion for us to acknowledge our friends," said Barbara Jackson, executive director. Information/tickets: Barbara Jackson, 510-729-0316. Winners need not be present to win.
Aug. 28 – Sept. 18
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. 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; Sept. 18: Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation: Flinging open the Bible to God's people, facilitated by Aggie Burke, Bible scholar. Information: Lisa at email@example.com or 925-600-1765.
Saturday, Sept. 8
Magnificat prayer breakfast. Carol Razza, a psychotherapist who has written two books helping parents rear their adolescents will be the guest speaker at the Magnificat prayer breakfast, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Concord Crown Plaza, Concord. Tickets are $25 per person, $35 per person after Sept. 1. For more information or tickets: www.magnificat.org, or dial Erin at 925-899-8087.
Sept. 18 – Oct. 2
Jubilee Year of Vatican II: Pouring Out the Spirit in Our Times. 7-9:30 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. Presenter: Father Tom Bonacci, CP. Sept. 18: Why is the Council important to you and the Church today?; Sept. 25: The Core Teachings of Vatican II: Church, Bible, Prayer, Service; Oct. 2: Faithful Interpretation: The Spirituality of Vatican II.
Aug. 22, Sept. 5
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.
Sept. 6, 20
Breast Cancer Support Group. 6:30 p.m.-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.
Sept. 6 – Oct. 25
Stepping Stones on your Grief Journey. 7:30 p.m. on eight Thursday evenings at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Whether the death of a loved one was sudden and tragic, or one with warning and preparation, the reality of death leaves most of us in a state of shock, confusion and sadness. Grieving people need time and space to honor their grief. Although there is no right or wrong path, there are stepping stones that are part of each grief journey and we'll explore them in this eight-week series of workshops. Pre-registration is requested. Space is limited. A one-time $15 donation is requested. These sessions are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation. Information: Mary Hagerty at 925-846-5377.
Thursday, Sept. 20
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, 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.
Saturday, Aug. 25
Third Annual Ohana Luau. 5:30-9 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 604 Mellus St., Martinez. Program includes dinner, no-host tiki bar, and live Polynesian entertainment. Tickets: 925-228-2230 or 925-228-4140. Presented by the STCS Booster's. Proceeds to benefit St. Catherine of Siena parish and school.
Saturday, Sept. 8
Seventh Annual Colusa Crawdad Festival. 1-10 p.m. at the Colusa County Fairground. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 2145. Food. wine, arts and crafts, family fun, live music. Admission: $10 adults; children under 10 free. Information: www.colusacrawdadfestival.org or 530-681-6379 or 530-682-5354. Tickets sold at the gate. Proceeds support local community charities.
Sunday, Sept. 9
Annual Festival at St. Anthony Church in Oakley. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 971 O'Hara Ave. A day full of entertainment, food, vendors, kids carnival and car show. Free admission. Fran, 925-437-8425 or email@example.com.
Sept. 14 – 16
All Saints Parish Fiesta. At 22824 Second St., Hayward. Sept. 14: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sept. 15: 11a.m. –10 p.m.; Sept. 16: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Food, live music, etc. www.allsaintsfiesta.org or 510-581-2570.
Saturday, Sept. 22
St. Charles Fall Festival. Noon to 8 p.m. 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Carnival games for all ages — Bingo and bocce — face painting and balloon creations. Learn about reptiles in the reptile education area. Entertainment on the stage and hot off the grill food at 5 p.m. tri-tip dinner (vegetarian and kid's meals, too). $12/adults and $5/child under 12. Purchase tickets ahead of time. Contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-447-4549, ext. 114.
Saturday, Oct. 6
El Rancho Carnival. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Elementary School, 1910 San Antonio Ave., Alameda. International food faire, entertainment, etc. www.stjosephalameda.org.
Oct. 6 and 7
34th Oktoberfest at St. Joseph School. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 6; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 7, at 1961 Plum St., Pinole. Program includes: games and prizes for all ages, ethnic food, drink and dessert booths, pasta dinner, Walk/Run, and the 30 Day "Daily" Cash Drawing on Oct. 7, Grand prize: $2,000. 510-724-0242.
Saturday, Oct. 27
St. Mary Magdalen and School of the Madeleine Fall Festival. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 1225 Milvia St., Berkeley. Raffle, games, food, music and more!
Saturday, Sept. 8
Reunion/picnic for Friends and Alumni of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral. Noon to 6 p.m. Cocktail party follows at Manor Bowl, 887 Manor Blvd., San Leandro. Information: David Escobar, email@example.com or 510-390-2161. Reunion email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Oct. 6
St. Isidore School Homecoming. 5:30-11 p.m. at St. Isidore Parish, Msgr. Cardelli Gym, 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. The "Homecoming" reunion for all parents of St. Isidore Alumni is here! Program features dinner and dancing with a DJ for $26/person. Take this opportunity to spend time with the people you had fun with at Golf Tournaments, Crab Feeds and school events, so register to attend now. Registration: the St. Isidore School Foundation and Pastoral Advisory Council at email@example.com or 925-818-8208.