October is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Christ the King Parish, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill, will host two evenings on the history, study, direction and impact of the Second Vatican council at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 18. Rev. Brian Joyce, who over the last 50 years, has served as diocesan director of Adult Education, chancellor, member of U.S. Bishop's Committee on Priestly Life and Ministry, co-author of several of its documents, and pastor in Moraga and Pleasant Hill will be the speaker for these two evenings. There is no cost. A "Church Reborn" commemorative newspaper issue will be available and free of charge for the first 300 participants.
Sept. 4, 11, 18
Rosary and Divine Mercy Prayer Group. 6 p.m. rosary, 6:30 p.m., Divine Mercy Chaplet in Mary's Chapel at Saint Jarlath Church, 2634 Pleasant St., Oakland.
Perpetual Help Novena/Prayer. 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Church, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. 925-432-6404.
Sept. 5, 12, 19
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.
Sept. 6, 13, 20
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, Sept. 7
Taizé Prayer around the cross at All Saints Catholic Church. 7:30-8:30 p.m. first Fridays at 22824 2nd St, Hayward. Quiet your mind, open your heart and feed your soul during this simple and sacred candlelight prayer service. Information: Francis Tanjuatco at 650-678-7739.
Sept. 9, 16, 23
Family rosary. 6 p.m. Sundays at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.
Sept. 10, 17, 24
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, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesdays, Sept. 11, 25
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.
Wednesday, Sept. 12
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.
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.
Sept. 7 – 9
Pondering the Sacred Within. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With Rena Grant, Kathy Miranda and Nancy Burchett. Each of us has a sacred story that has been unfolding throughout our lives. Come, take time to recognize, ponder and savor graced moments that have had meaning and will continue to do so. Registration: 4-6:30 p.m. Sept. 7, and retreat ends with lunch on Sept. 9. Cost is $225 private/$195 for shared. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
Saturday, Sept. 8
7th 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-979-5661; Joanna Mechler, email@example.com or 925-963-6170.
Saturday, Sept. 15
A Day @ the Races. 11 a.m. in the Turf Club at Golden Gates Fields in Albany. Buffet luncheon and fellowship. $40 donation includes valet parking. Tickets: chair, Lady Reeder-Warren, 510-534-0271. Sponsor: The St. Columba Church Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of St. Peter Claver Court No. 127.
Sept. 7, 8
2012 Film Series at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. 7:30 p.m. at 2301 Vine St. in Berkeley. The series kicks off with the first four one-hour films featuring Kieslowski's The Decalogue, 10 hour-long films produced by Polish television, each loosely based on one of the Ten Commandments. I and II: "I am the Lord your God; you shall have no other gods before me," and "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain," on Sept. 7. III and IV, "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy" and "Honor your father and your mother," on Sept. 8. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit DSPT's Facebook page.
Saturday, Sept. 8
Magnificat Prayer Breakfast. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Concord Crown Plaza in Concord. Guest speaker: Carol Razza, a psychotherapist and author, has written two books helping parents as they parent their adolescents. She is on the advisory board for the International Magnificat. Tickets are $25 per person, $35 per person after Sept. 1. For more information or tickets visit the website: magnificatsoti.org, or contact Erin at 925-899-8087.
Tuesday, Sept. 11
Bill Cox, president, CEO of Alliance of Catholic Healthcare, is the featured speaker for the Catholics at Work breakfast at 7 a.m. Sept. 11 (Mass at 6:30 a.m.) at Crow Canyon Country Club, Danville. Information and reservations: email@example.com.
Sept. 11 – 18
Telling the Great Story of Vatican II. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive in Pleasanton. The Tuesday evening series continues on 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-600-1765.
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.
Sept. 5, 19
Divorced and/or Separated Group. 7:30-9:30 p.m. bi-weekly sessions on Wednesdays at St. Elizabeth Seton Church Chapel, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. 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. 6:30-8:30 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 email@example.com; 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. 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 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.
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 Manot Blvd., San Leandro. Information: David Escobast, firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-390-2161. Reunion email address: email@example.com.