Pope's book discussed
The momentous third and final volume in Pope Benedict XVI's international bestselling Jesus of Nazareth series, "The Infancy Narratives," details the stories of Jesus' infancy and boyhood, and how they are relevant in the modern world. A panel will reflect on this final work as we prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. For more information visit dspt.edu or dial 888-450-3778.
Nov. 30 – Dec. 2
Advent retreat. 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.
Saturday, Dec. 8
Advent day of reflection: "The Breath of Life: Honoring the Mystic Within." 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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.
Sunday, Dec. 16
25th anniversary Old English Feast and Christmas Revels. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Saint Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. The Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers will perform this traditional Christmas event and fundraiser for the choir. www.ggbc.org.
Nov. 25, Dec. 2
Family rosary. 6 p.m. Sundays at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.
Nov. 19, 26, Dec. 3
Lectio — weekly meditation group in the tradition of John Main. 7:30 p.m., 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 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Keeley Center, St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Claire La Scola, 925-447-9800, email@example.com.
Nov. 20, 27, Dec. 4
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., Good Shepherd Church, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. 925-432-6404.
Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5
Perpetual Help devotion Baclaran format. 8:15 a.m. 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 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays, 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. 22, 29, Dec. 6
Chaplet of Divine Mercy Devotion. 6:30 p.m., St. Anthony Church, 971 O'Hara Ave., Oakley. Followed by Bible study until 8 p.m., 925-625-2109.
Tuesdays, Nov. 27, Dec. 11
Fil/Am Ministry at St. Clement Parish. 7:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday 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, Dec. 12
Re-energize mid-week with Taize around the cross. 7 p.m. to 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.
Through Dec. 18
Catholicism video series. 7 p.m. to 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.
Friday, Dec. 21
Taize: An evening of prayer around the cross at St. Joseph Basilica. 8 p.m. at 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. www.taizeontheisland.co.cc.
Sunday, Nov. 25
Eucharistic procession to celebrate Christ the King and the opening of the Year of Faith. 12:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish — Old Mission San José, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. The Mass and Eucharistic Procession will be at in the parish church. Light refreshments in the parish hall will follow.
Divine Mercy Center and Perpetual Adoration Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 510-232-5659.
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.
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mary's House of Mercy, 1850 Church Lane, San Pablo.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday in the convent, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays in the church at St. Bede Church, 26950 Patrick Ave., Hayward. 510-782-2171.
Monday – Saturday
9:30 a.m. to 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 to 8:30 p.m. in the chapel at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Ave., Concord. 925-682-5447.
12:45 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton.
8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Benediction in Mary's Chapel at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 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 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. David of Wales Church, 5641 Esmond Ave., Richmond. 510-237-1531.
Every Fourth Tuesday
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd. (off Mission Tierra), Fremont. Contact email@example.com or dial 510-449-7554.
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. 925-891-8900.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 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. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday (first Saturdays) at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. 925-837-2122.
8 a.m. to 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 to 5 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 606 Mellus St., Martinez. 925-324-3589.
1 to 8 p.m. at St. Monica Church, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. 925-376-6900.
7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Charles, 510-566-9267.
Saturday, Nov. 24
28th annual Sports Collectors Show. 9 a.m. to 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.
Saturday, Dec. 1
Magnificat SOTI Breakfast. 9:30 a.m. to 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.
Talk: "The Persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico." Noon to 1:30 p.m. in the hall at St. Michael Church. 458 Maple St., (at Fourth Street), Livermore. Ruben Quezada, a best-selling Catholic author, national speaker and expert of Mexico's Cristeros, will give two presentations: English: noon to 1:30 p.m.; Spanish: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sponsors: The Faith Enrichment Team and the Spanish RCIA team of St. Michael Parish.
Divorced and/or Separated Group. 7:30 p.m. to 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.
Breast Cancer Support Group. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. Call Marla prior to attending as dates and times are subject to change. Contacts: Marla Hartung, 925-831-2475 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Faith Formation, 925-362-1901.
Saturday, Dec. 1
No More Secrets — Bimonthly Support Group for Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse. 11 a.m. to 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.
Wednesday, Nov. 21
Saint Mary's College High School, Berkeley. Alumni Basketball Games. Contact Joanne Marchetti Howe at email@example.com for details and to RSVP.
Saturday, Nov. 24
Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland. Class of 1992 Reunion. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Chambers Eat + Drink, Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco. Visit the Class Facebook page "Bishop O'Dowd 20 year reunion."
Saturday, Dec. 1
Saint Mary's College High School, Berkeley. Class of 1992 Reunion. Contact Joanne Marchetti Howe at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to RSVP.
Tuesday, Dec. 18
Saint Mary's College High School, Berkeley. Class of 1952 and guests Christmas lunch. Contact Joanne Marchetti Howe at email@example.com for details and to RSVP.
Thursday, Dec. 20
Saint Mary's College High School, Berkeley. Young Alumni Reunion for the Classes of 2011 and 2012. Contact Joanne Marchetti Howe at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to RSVP.
Thursday, Dec. 27
Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland. Class of 1997. Holiday cocktail party. Facebook page "O'Dowd Class of 1997."