Rev. Joseph P. Chinnici, OFM, president and rector of the Franciscan School of Theology and professor of Church history, will discuss "Social Capital and the Presence of the Poor: A Franciscan Perspective," at 5:10 p.m. Feb. 21 at the FST, 1712 Euclid Ave., Berkeley. The event is free, and a soup supper is provided. 510-848-5232.
Walk with Jesus in the Year of Faith — Catholic Community of Pleasanton Parish Mission. Morning sessions at 9:15 a.m. at St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Evening sessions: 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Passionist Rev. Tom Bonacci will be the keynote speaker. 925-846-4489.
Feb. 18, 25, March 4
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.
Feb. 19, 26, March 5
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.
Feb. 20, 27, March 6
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.
Feb. 21, 28
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, Feb. 22
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 www.facebook.com/TaizeOnTheIsland.
Feb. 24, March 3
Family rosary. 6 p.m. Sundays at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.
Feb. 26, March 12
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.
Saturday, March 2
Day of Reflection: "The Book of Exodus: A journey into the desert." 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in halls A, B and C, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. Presented by Rev. Jim Sullivan. Starts with coffee social followed by presentation. Lunch is free and includes Father Jim's "Guacamole de Guadalajara." RSVP by Feb. 26 to Lisa at 925-785-1969 or email@example.com. Bring your Bible and your rosary.
Wednesday, March 6, 29
The Mystery Players from Salesian High School will present "The Way of the Cross" at 7:30 p.m. March 6 in St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. Admission is free.
The church is also presenting a Tenebrae Prayer/Music service at 7:30 p.m. Good Friday, March 29, at in the church. A potluck soup supper will precede both events at 6:15 p.m. For more information contact: Annette Roux at 925-210-0732.
Saturday, March 9
Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. 12:15 p.m. at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, 610 Vallejo St. (at Columbus), San Francisco. Rev. Gregory Coiro, OFM Cap., rector of the shrine, and of the Knights of St. Francis, invited the clergy and choir of Our Lady of Fatima Russian Byzantine Catholic Church for the liturgy www.facebook.com/byzantinecatholicsf or www.shrinesf.org.
Parish Mission. At Holy Spirit Parish, 37588 Fremont Blvd, Fremont. Presented by Rev. Franklin Fong, OFM, (from the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley). Sessions at 8:45 a.m. and repeated at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Reflecting on the Year of Faith, the overall theme is "Faith in Our Lives." Father Franklin will explain how to nurture faith in ourselves; how art can play a role in our prayer life; and how to take a "leap of faith" to transform our spiritual lives. He will introduce himself and give the homily at all the weekend masses March 9 and 10. 510-797-1660 or www.holyspiritfremont.org.
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St. John the Baptist Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 510-230-4325; firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
7-8:30 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 email@example.com 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.
9 a.m. – 8 p.m. at St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin.
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Saturday, Feb. 23
Love, Anger, Power and Food. At San Damiano Retreat in Danville. With Shoshana Kobrin, MA, MFT. Experience replacing food and weight worries with the knowledge of the strength within you. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $105 for those seeking CEU's and $85 for no units and includes lunch. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
Men's Retreat: "The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me" is the theme of the 16th annual St. Bonaventure Men's Spiritual Network Retreat. The retreat will be held at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. Our retreat master will be Rev. Paul Minnihan, pastor of St. Paschal Baylon Parish in Oakland and former provost of the Cathedral of Christ the Light. Come meet other men from the Oakland diocese as we continue our walk with Christ. Register online at www.stbonaventure.net/mens-retreat-link or contact the following for more information: Matt Remington at 925-672-4006 or Peter Nixon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Feb. 23, 24
Sixth Graders at St. Joseph School in Mission San Jose are planning a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to help pay for their trip to science camp. The dinner (with or without meatballs), also includes salad, bread, dessert and wine available for purchase, also features pupils performing and serving and an auction and raffle including a tour of Pixar Studios for eight. The event will be at St. Joseph Hall, 43222 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Take out only will be from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Feb. 23; and both dining and take-out in the parish hall from 1:45 to 5 p.m. Feb. 24. Cost: Adults $8; seniors and children $6. Details: 510-656-6525.
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Saturday, Feb. 23
Our Lady of Guadalupe School's annual crab feed/auction. 4:30 to 11 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. $42/person or $430 for a reserved table of 10. Ticket price includes the crab dinner. $1/soda and water; $3/ bottle of wine, $5/ mixed drinks. The theme will be "The 1980's." 510-657-1674.
Saturday, March 9
12th Annual Holy Spirit School Crab Feed and Auction. 4 p.m. at 3930 Parish Ave., Fremont, in the parish center/gym. $49 a person. No outside beverages allowed. Tickets can be purchased at the school office. Pre-sale only — no tickets will be sold at the door. Contact Arlene Vargas at email@example.com. Tuition raffle: $50/ticket.
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Thursday, Feb. 21
Spiritual Other/Spiritual Self: Models of Transformative Interfaith Work. 6 p.m. (reception in the Bade Museum), 7 p.m. lecture (in the Chapel of the Great Commission), at the Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Drive, Berkeley. 23rd Annual Surjit Singh Lecture in Comparative Religious Thought and Culture. An exploration of the nature of transformative interfaith work today, inspired by the book "My Neighbor's Faith." (Orbis, 2012).
Monday, Feb. 25
Saint Mary's College of California's Year of the Greatest Conversations Series. 7 p.m. in the college's Soda Center, 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga. Michael Sandel, author, philosopher, and Harvard University professor of government, is a featured guest speaker. He will offer a discussion-oriented address on the topic: "Liberal Arts and the Common Good: Justice and Citizenship."
Feb. 25, March 4, 11, 18
"The Bible Through the Ages; Why We Read the Bible the Way We Do" 7-8:30 p.m. in the Mullen Commons Vista Room at St. John Vianney Parish, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. A four-week course presented by Zach Flanagin, parishioner at St. John Vianney and professor of Biblical Studies at Saint Mary's College in Moraga. The Bible is the sacred scripture of our faith. This course will address the Bible, why we read it, what we hope to find there, and why we find such different things. Flanagin will share from his research for an upcoming book on the subject. Nora Petersen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 925-939-7911.
Saturday, March 2
The World of J.R. Tolkien. 11 a.m. at The Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Internationally acclaimed Catholic author Joseph Pearce will be presenting a lecture series on "The World of J.R.R. Tolkien" sponsored by the St. Anne's Guild of St. Margaret Mary Parish, Oakland. "Unlocking the Lord of the Rings," the first lecture, followed by "The Hidden Meaning of the Hobbit" at 1:30 p.m. The third lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. with a talk entitled "The Evangelizing Power of Beauty: Evangelizing the World through the Beauty of Catholic Art and Culture," at St. Margaret Mary Parish,1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Tickets: $25 for adults and $15 for students for each talk in the series. To purchase tickets and for more information see www.theworldoftolkien.com.
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Feb. 21, March 7
Breast Cancer support group. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays at St. Isidore Church, room 15, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. Call Marla prior to attending as dates and times are subject to change. Marla Hartung, 925-831-2475 or email@example.com; Faith Formation, 925-362-1901.
Feb. 20, March 6
Divorced and/or separated group. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. bi-weekly on Wednesdays at St. Elizabeth Seton Church Chapel, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Pre-registration is required. Information/registration: Roxanne, 925-462-0750.
Saturday, April 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.
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