Saint Mary's College's annual Holiday Faire and Luncheon to benefit the Saint Mary's College Fund will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Soda Center, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga. There will be a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at noon, $27. The Holiday Faire preview is from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Soda Center. Complimentary admission. Appetizers and no-host cocktails. Cyndie Harrison, 925-820-8002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Nov. 8
Facing the Holidays with a Broken Heart. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. For those who have lost a loved one to death, separation, and divorce, loss of a job, spouse or child on military deployment, etc. Speaker: Rev. Padraig Greene. No pre-registration required.
Nov. 30 – Dec. 2
Advent Retreat. At Maryknoll Mission Center, 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo. Opportunities for personal rest, reflection and prayer. $150/spending the night; $90/commuters. "If you cannot afford to pay, please come as our guest." 510-276-5021.
Sunday, Dec. 2
Christmas Gala Concert. 7:45 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. Parish and guest choirs. Tickets: $10 until Nov. 18; then $15. 925-634-4154.
Saturday, Dec. 8
Advent Day of Reflection: "The Breath of Life: Honoring the Mystic Within." 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sonnino Mission House, 2800 Milvia St., Berkeley (near Ashby BART). Presenter: Rev. Joseph Nassal, CPPS, a missionary of the Precious Blood who has been engaged in retreat, renewal and reconciliation ministry since 1988. Lunch included; donations accepted. RSVP by Dec. 3 to Rev. David Matz, CPPS, email@example.com or 510-665-7858.
Nov. 5, 12, 19
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.
Nov. 6, 13, 20
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.
Nov. 7, 14, 21
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.
St. Raymond WINGS (Women in God's Spirit). 9:15-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays in Moran Hall, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. For women of all ages; nurture your spirit, enjoy fellowship, listen to speakers. Drop-ins are welcome. Child care is provided. Gerri Cooney, 925-551-7760.
Nov. 8, 15, 22
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.
Nov. 9 – 10
2012 Faith Conference. At the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. Keynote speakers: John Allen and Brother Mickey McGrath. Over 50 different workshops. www.faithformationconference.com
Saturday, Nov. 10
Day of Reflection. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Hall A at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. Rev. Jim Sullivan: "The Life of the World to Come: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell in Scripture and Tradition." Coffee social. Lunch is free. RSVP by Nov. 6 to Lisa, 925-785-1969 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Small photos of loved ones will be displayed during the day.
Nov. 11, 18, 25
Family rosary. 6 p.m. Sundays at Tranfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.
Monday, Nov. 12
Mass of Remembrance. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Honor, remember and give thanks for all the persons you have loved and who have died. Optional: bring a small picture or memento of loved one for memorial table.
Tuesdays, Nov. 13, 27
Fil/Am Ministry at St. Clement Parish. 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays at the parish center, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. 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. Charles, 510-566-9267.
Wednesday, Nov. 14
Re-energize mid-week with Taize around the cross. 7-8 p.m. second Wednesdays at Maryknoll Center, 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo. Ruth Picha, spiritual director. Kris East, 510-276-5021; www.maryknoll.us.
Friday, Nov. 16
Taize: An evening of prayer around the cross at St. Joseph Basilica. 8 p.m. at 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. www.taizeontheisland.co.cc or email@example.com.
Through Dec. 18
Catholicism video series. 7-8:30 p.m. at Stack Center, at Our Lady of Grace, 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. Robyn Lang, 510-582-9266, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.olgcv.org.
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. to 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.
6:30-7:30 p.m. at St. David of Wales Church, 5641 Esmond Ave., Richmond. 510-237-1531.
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.
Noon-5 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 606 Mellus St., Martinez. 925-324-3589.
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.
Nov. 9 – 11
Religious Discernment Life Retreat. 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Learn more about volunteering and discerning a life choice with the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. RSVP: email@example.com or 510-789-7079.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Kitchen of Champions Dinner. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Free Dining Room, 675-23rd St., Oakland. Guest chef: Tanya Holland of Oakland's Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ. Benefitting Kitchen of Champions Culinary Training Program, St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County. http://svdp-alameda.eventbrite.com or 510-877-9249.
Saturday, Nov. 10
Zydeco Dance. 6-10 p.m. at St. Columba Church Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave, Oakland. Food at affordable prices. No children under 13 years of age. 510-654-7600 or 925-625-2109.
Festival of Fortune. 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Elimination raffle. Event tickets: $10/each. Don Kaefer, 510-427-3007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Nov. 17
Hope for Haiti: Education Presents "Kablaya & Friends." 6-9 p.m. at St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Proceeds to Hope for Haiti: Education, which supports 100 impoverished children in a poor section of Port-Au-Prince. Donations: $10/advance; $15/door. Tom Luce, 510-229-3571.
Concert featuring the Gospel Choirs of St. Benedict Church. 6:30 p.m. at 2245 – 82nd Ave., Oakland. Includes visiting choirs and praise dance teams. Tickets: $10 for those 17 and younger, $15 in advance and $20 at the door for those ages 18 and up. Leonard Peete, 510-917-2390 or email@example.com.
Saturday, Nov. 24
28th Annual Sports Collectors Show. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Leander's Ryan O'Connell Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Vintage sports cars, memorabilia, appraisals, door prizes. $4/general, $2/those under 7 years of age or over 65. Sponsor: St. Leander's Meridians. Benefits St. Leander Parish as well as local charities. Mark, 510-538-6245.
Nov. 8 – 10
The Rawn Harbor Experience: A House Not Built By Hand. At the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. The renowned liturgist and composer will conduct rehearsals 7-9 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9 and from 9:40 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 10. The workshop choir will sing at the 5:30 p.m. Mass Nov. 10. Donation: $15. Denise Kogler, 510-271-1935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 9 –15
Movie on St. Augustine. 1, 4, 6:50 and 9:40 p.m. at Livermore Cinema 13, 2490 First St., Livermore. The faith enrichment team at St. Michael Parish in Livermore arranged for the showing of this new film on the Confessions of St. Augustine, "Restless Heart." www.restlessheartfilm.com. Tickets: at the theater, online at www.cinemawest.com/liv.html or by dialing 925-443-7469.
Nov. 10, 17
Grief Training Workshop. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10: St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley; Nov. 17: Cathedral Event Center, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Presenter: Sandy Heinisch, grief minister/counselor and trainer with the National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved. $25 a person. If a parish sends a group of three or more, the first two persons attend at no cost. Sponsor: Diocese of Oakland. Ed Hopfner, email@example.com.
Nov. 16 – 18
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. For married couples. Ray and Roberta, 916-806-4601 or Joe and Sue, 925-680-7767 or www.kindleyourmarriage.org.
Saturday, Nov. 17
Dress a Girl Around the World Sew Fest. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Michael Hall, 300 block of Maple Street, Livermore. Help make dresses for little girls in developing countries. Need: sewers, helpers and fabric donations. Suzanne Beck, firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-352-8447.
Saturday, Dec. 1
Magnificat SOTI Breakfast. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Crowne Plaza, 45 John Glenn Drive, Concord. Guest speaker: Paulette Renaudin. Registration by Nov. 24. After Nov. 24, increases to $35. Reservations must be made by phone. Linda, 925-858-8801, magnificatSOTI@yahoo.com.
Nov. 14, 28
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. Pre-registration is required. Information/registration: Roxanne, 925-462-0750.
Thursday, Nov. 15
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7-9 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Joan S., 925-939-1007. If no answer please speak clearly leaving a phone number where you can be reached.
Nov. 15, Dec. 6
Breast Cancer Support Group. 6:30-8:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. Contact Marla prior to attending as dates and times are subject to change. Contacts: Marla Hartung, 925-831-2475 or email@example.com; Faith Formation, 925-362-1901.
Saturday, Dec. 1
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.
Thursday, Nov. 8
Tatiana (Tajci) Cameron concert. 7 p.m. at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. The former Croatian pop-star sings about discovering Catholicism. Free will offering to benefit Mary's House of Mercy, a ministry of the Divine Eucharistic Society in San Pablo. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 8 – 10, 15 – 18
Spring Awakening. In LeFevre Theatre, Saint Mary's College, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga. Nov. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. Rock musical presented by SMC's Performing Arts department. Tickets: $15/ general, $12/seniors & non-SMC students, $8/SMC community. Sharon Cahill, 925-631-4670. (Contains adult content.)