Black Catholic experience
The Rev. Edward Branch, the Catholic chaplain for the Lyke House at the Atlanta University Center, a consortium of historically black colleges, will lecture about the distinctive journey of African American Catholics in "Soulful and Sacred: Celebrating the Black Catholic Experience" at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Soda Center, Saint Mary's College, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga. A reception honoring Saint Mary's African American alumni and the contributions of Saint Mary's benefactor and San Francisco abolitionist Mary Ellen Pleasant will follow at 6:30 p.m.; a concert by Oakland's St. Columba Catholic Church Gospel Choir, directed by Rawn Harbor, one of the nation's preeminent African American Catholic composers, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the college chapel. This event recognizes the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Saint Mary's commitment to an inclusive campus community and the college's sesquicentennial year. Free.
Dec. 17 – 20
Parish Advent Mission. St. Jerome Church, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. Daily sessions: 8:30 a.m. Mass; rosary at 6:30 p.m., Mass at 7 p.m. Confessions after Mass. Presenter: Rev. James Disney Thompson, OP; theme: "The Once and Future Messiah: All Our Hope is in You." 510-525-0876.
Saturday, Dec. 22
Christmas Concert at St. Albert Priory. 8 p.m. in St. Albert Chapel, 6172 Chabot Road, Oakland. The Schola Cantorum of St. Albert Priory and the Women's Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE) will present their annual Christmas concert following the customary format of a Festival of Lessons and Carols sung at King's College, Cambridge, England, since 1918. All tickets sold at the door — $20/general admission; $10/student and senior.
Dec. 17, 24, 31
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 p.m. 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.
Dec. 18, Jan. 1
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.
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, email@example.com, www.olgcv.org.
Dec. 19, 26, Jan. 2
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, 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.
Dec. 20, 27, Jan. 3
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.
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 or https://www.facebook.com/TaizeOnTheIsland.
Dec. 23, 30, Jan. 6
Family rosary. 6 p.m. Sundays at Tranfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.
Friday, Jan. 4
Taize — prayer around the cross at All Saints Catholic Church. 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at 22824 Second St., Hayward. Francis Tanjuatco, 650-678-7739.
Sunday, Jan. 6
Prayer Around the Cross in Pleasant Hill. 7 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Road in 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.
Tuesdays, Jan. 8, 22
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, Jan. 9
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.
St. John the Baptist Parish, 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 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the chapel at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Ave., Concord. 925-682-5447.
12:45 p.m. 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 to 7:30 p.m. at St. David of Wales Church, 5641 Esmond Ave., Richmond. 510-237-1531.
Every Fourth Tuesday
7:30 p.m. to 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. 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 p.m. 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.
Monday, Dec. 31
New Year's Eve Retreat. 7 p.m. to midnight at the Dominican Sisters of MSJ Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. (Entrance on Mission Tierra Place.) RSVP by Dec. 26 at email@example.com. 510-933-6335. Send your prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 30-Jan. 1
New Year's Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With Rev. Pat Foley. Presentations, prayer and a special midnight New Year's Eve Mass. Registration: from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 30; retreat ends Jan. 1 with brunch. $225 private room/$195 shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.
Jan. 11 – 13
Franciscan Spirituality Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Rev. Bill Cieslak, OFM, Cap., returns to the Bay Area for a weekend retreat offering presentations and prayer time. Registration: from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11; retreat ends Jan. 13 with lunch. $225 private room/$195 shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online: www.sandamiano.org.
Jan. 18 and 19
48th Annual All You Can Eat Crab Feed. At Salesian High School, 2851 Salesian Ave., Richmond. Jan. 18: 7 p.m. cocktail hour, 8 p.m. dinner; Jan 19: 6 p.m. cocktail hour, 7 p.m. dinner. Music and dancing follow dinner. $40/person. 510-234-4433, ext. 1126.
Saturday, Jan. 26
Knights of Columbus Council No. 7683 Annual Crab Feed. 6 p.m., in the Peace Room at St. Monica Parish. Chicken is available when ordered in advance. $60/person; $480/table of eight and receive a complimentary bottle of wine for the table. Due to our Alcohol Beverage Control license, bringing alcoholic beverages is prohibited. Proceeds go to Bay Area charities. Tickets must be reserved and paid for in advance. Karl Anderson, 925-283-3679.
Dec. 27, Jan. 10, 24
Grief workshops. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. No pre-registration is necessary. Open to all, regardless of religious affiliation. Mary Hagerty, 925-846-5377.
Monday, Dec. 31
New Year's Eve Celebration. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Corpus Christi Parish Center, 37891 Second St., Fremont. Tickets: 510-792-0616 or 510-709-7841. Space limited.
Retrouvaille Weekend. Help for couples in troubled marriages. For confidential information about or to register: 510-648-6874. www.HelpOurMarriage.com.
Thursday, Dec. 20
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7 p.m. to 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 call where you can be reached.
Dec. 26, Jan. 9
Divorced and/or Separated Group. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. biweekly on Wednesdays at St. Elizabeth Seton Church Chapel, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Pre-registration is required. Information/registration: Roxanne, 925-462-0750.
Dec. 20, Jan. 3
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 email@example.com; Faith Formation, 925-362-1901.
Saturday, Feb. 2
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.
Saturday, Dec. 22
Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bell Ringers Concert. 7:30 p.m. at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. No charge, but free will donations appreciated. 925-778-0768.
Tuesday, Dec. 18
Saint Mary's College High School, Berkeley. Class of 1952 and guests Christmas lunch. Contact Joanne Marchetti Howe at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for details and to RSVP.
Thursday, Dec. 27
Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland. Class of 1997, 15 Year Reunion. Holiday cocktail party. Facebook page "O'Dowd Class of 1997."