April 22, 29, May 6
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.
April 23, May 14
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.
April 23, 30, May 7
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.
April 24, May 1, 8
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.
April 25, May 2, 9
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, April 26
Taize: An evening of prayer around the cross at St. Joseph Basilica. 8 p.m. at 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. www.facebook.com/TaizeOnTheIsland.
Taize prayer around the cross at Catholic Community of Pleasanton. 7:30 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Lisa Fairchild, 925-600-1765.
Saturday, April 27
Eucharistic Celebration and Healing Service with Emma De Guzman, mystic and visionary. 8 a.m.: Mass at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg; 8:30 a.m.: breakfast with De Guzman at the Father Dabovich Hall, Good Shepherd Church (food will be catered for $10); 3 p.m.: Chaplet of Divine Mercy at St. Ignatius Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch; 4 p.m. Emma's Testimonies/Sharing; 5 p.m.: Mass followed by healing service. For more information about the event: Willie and Linda Ilas, La Pieta International Prayer Group, 925-206-6771. For more information about Emma de Guzman visit email@example.com or www.motherofjoy.com.
April 28 May 5, 12
Family rosary. 6 p.m. Sundays at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.
Friday, May 3
Taizé prayer around the cross at All Saints Catholic Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward, 7:30-8:30 p.m. every first Friday of the month. Quiet your mind, open your heart and feed your soul during this simple and sacred candlelight prayer service. Francis Tanjuatco, 650-678-7739.
Sunday, May 5
Taize prayer around the cross – ecumenical. 7 p.m. at Hillcrest Congregational Church, 404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. We welcome all who wish to gather in prayer and in a spirit of Ecumenism. Participating churches: Christ the King Catholic Church; Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal; Hillcrest Congregational Church, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, all in Pleasant Hill; and Walnut Creek United Methodist Church.
Wednesday, May 8
Re-energize midweek 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, May 17
Taize prayer around the cross in Fremont. 8 p.m. third Fridays at the Dominican Sisters of MSJ Motherhouse chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd., (entrance is on Mission Tierra Place, between Ohlone College and the Old Mission San Jose). Feel free to invite others. If you are unable to attend, know that you will be held in special prayer. 510-449-7554.
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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.
Monday – Friday
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.
7-8:30 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.
Holy Hour - First Thursday (or Thursday before first Friday) at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Every Thursday before the First Friday is a day of special prayer for the new vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life and for our priests, religious, deacons and seminarians. 7 p.m.: exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and celebration of The Holy Hour. All parents and relatives of priests, religious, deacons, seminarians and altar servers; also people who like to pray for new vocations are welcome. 510-482-0596.
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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Friday, May 10
Day of renewal for Mothers. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the program goes from 9:30 a.m. -3 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Retreat leader: Rev. Evan Howard, OFM. On this day we will honor mothers, Mary-Jesus' mother, and all who have mothered us. All mothers, grandmothers and those with mothers are invited to this day of renewal. $30 cost includes lunch. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
Tuesday, May 14
Beauty on the Labyrinth. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the day goes from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Retreat leader: Dorothy Charbonneau. The prayer practice of walking the Labyrinth encourages an encounter with our creative process. $35 cost includes lunch. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
May 31-June 2
Healing and wholeness retreat at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Carol Mitchell and Tom Gorham. Explore ways to develop the gift of presence that will allow us to fully experience our lives and our relationships. Registration: 4 to 6:30 p.m. May 31 and retreat ends with lunch June 2. Cost is $220 for private room and $195 for shared. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
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Saturday, April 27
The Dominic Fund. 5 p.m. Mass, 6 p.m. cocktails and social, 7 p.m. dinner at St. Margaret Mary Parish, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. The goal of this event is to raise funds to help with the medical expenses of Dominic, an 8-year-old parishioner and altar server. $30/adult, $15 child, or $240/table of 10. Contact: Linda Fealy, 925-457-6481 or the firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. John the Baptist School's Endowment Fundraiser. 6-10 p.m. in the school gymnasium, 11156 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Casino games hosted by Vegas Magic Inc., no-host-bar, hors d'oeuvres, music, silent and live auctions. $30 each; $35 at the door. Call the school at 510-234-2244 or visit www.stjohnec.org for more information.
ICF Branch 223 Chicken Cacciatore/Creamy Polenta Dinner. Following the 5 p.m. Mass. No-host bar. Make your reservation for Italian Catholic Federation Branch 223's Spring dinner in the St. Theresa Events Center (handicapped accessible), 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. No-host bar 6:30 p.m., followed by a raffle and silent auction. Adults: $18; ICF Branch 223 members in good standing $16; children ages 7-17 $8. Send reservations and payment by April 22 to Holly Raineri, 1074 Annerley Road, Piedmont 94610. Information: Holly Raineri, 510-451-0608.
Saturday, May 4
Magic Show Fundraiser. 6:30 p.m. in the Holy Spirit Parish Center/Gym in Fremont. A magic show featuring Rev. Mathew Vellankal, pastor at Holy Spirit Parish, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, will be held to raise funds to help cover the expenses of young people planning to attend World Youth Day, July 23-28 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. $10/adults and $5/children. Refreshments and dinner, hosted by the Filipino Society, will be available for purchase at the snack bar. Tickets: Sister Jeanette at Jeanette.email@example.com or 415-574-5222 or Dennica Fernando at 510-378-3627.
ICF Br. #285's annual primavera dinner dance. 6 p.m. at St. Michael Hall, 372 Maple St., Livermore. Begins with no-host cocktail, followed by dinner, which will be catered by Terra Mia Italian Restaurant and includes appetizers, dessert and coffee. Dance to the live music of "The Mellotones." Great raffle prizes. Tickets $35/per person. Reservations are required, please call by May 2 nd: Gail Rocca, 925-373-4821 or Rose Stack, 925-846-4227. Questions: Pat Bellavia, 925-292-0357.
Monday, May 6
The 22nd Annual Salesian Golf Tournament. A great day of golf, tee prizes, lunch, games, cocktail hour, and dinner at $150 per golfer. Raffle offers entertainment packages, golf, wine and more. Tax-deductible tournament sponsorships are available. Tournament proceeds fund the Salesian High School Tuition Assistance Program, benefiting student families in need. Spots are limited. Register now. Contact Henry Moe, 510-234-4433, ext. 1104, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, May 11
Mother's Day Dinner. 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. roast beef dinner at St. Jarlath Parish Hall, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. Adults/$15, children/$10. First 50 ladies will receive an orchid corsage. Sponsor: Knights of Columbus Magellan Council No. 2730. Tickets: Miguel Rodriguez, 510-436-4722; Bob Rush, 510-638-1833; or parish office, 510-532-2068.
Wednesday, May 15
Italian Federation Branch 215 hosts Bingo/salad luncheon. 12:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Hall, 40382 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Cost is $10/person and includes two Bingo cards. Call Fran at 510-887-1509 or Gen at 510-656-8847 by May 8.
Saturday, May 18
Hawaiian salad bar luncheon. 11:30 a.m. social hour; 12:30 p.m. luncheon at St. Jarlath Parish Hall, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. $15 per person. No tickets will be sold at the door. Sponsor: St. Jarlath Sodality Altar Service. RSVP: Pat Simms, 510-530-4950; Margaret McNew, 510-532-5130; or Leslie Connelly, 510-530-7493.
A Day at the Races. Join us for the running of the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, at the Dominican Sisters Vision of Hope sixth annual Day at the Races at Golden Gate Fields, 1100 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley. Enjoy valet parking, admission to the Turf Club, Daily Racing Form, lunch buffet, tax and gratuity. Premium seating in the first two rows: $100 per person. Regular seating in the top two rows: $75. Special tables: $2,500 and $1,000. More information or tickets: 510-533-5768 before May 9.
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Tuesday, April 23
Given all that science explains about the world's happenings, is there really any "room" for God to act? 7:30 p.m. at 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. Come to the launch of "Unlocking Divine Action" by Rev. Michael Dodds, OP, professor of theology at Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. Details at www.dspt.edu.
Saturday, April 27
Spend a day with Lay Dominicans. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at St. Albert the Great Priory, 5890 Birch St., Oakland. Rev. Michael Fones, OP, student master at the priory will present "The New Evangelization." Suggested $25 donation includes lunch, snacks and a chance to win a prize. Information: Anne Regan, OP, 510-655-4046 or Susanna Krch, 510-796-5787 or email@example.com.
SVdP Earth Day warehouse sale. 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at 9235 San Leandro St., Oakland. Do your spring cleaning and bring your electronic waste for recycling. St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County will take e-waste for free. SVdP will offer a "mini-lunch" for e-waste donations over 3 pounds. The warehouse will be open to the public for shopping.
140th Anniversary/St. Catherine of Siena Parish. 4:30 p.m. liturgy, 6 p.m. dinner at 606 Mellus St., Martinez. Tickets are $40/person and may be purchased at the parish office at 1125 Ferry St. or at the parish school at 604 Mellus St. or by calling 925-270-9830.
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May 1, 8
Divorced and/or separated group. 7:30 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.
May 2, 16
Breast Cancer support group. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays at St. Isidore Church, room 216, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. Call Marla prior to attending as dates and times are subject to change. Marla Hartung, 925-831-2475 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Faith Formation, 925-362-1901.
April 11 through May 30
Grief Support workshop. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Each part of each grief journey will be explored in this eight-week series of workshops. Pre-registration is suggested. Space is limited. A one-time $15 donation is requested. These sessions are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation. Mary Hagerty, 925-846-5377.
Thursday, May 16
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7 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 number where you can be reached.
Saturday, June 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.
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April 26, 27
Musical comedy: "Hairspray." 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, Saint Mary's College High School, 1294 Albina Ave., Berkeley. Tickets: $10 general admission; $5 ages 12 and under. Can be purchased at the door. Presented by Saint Mary's High School Arts Department. www.saintmaryschs.org.
Thursday, May 16
Witness on Fire Concert with David Kauffman. 7-8:30 p.m. St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. The concert will feature San Antonio, Texas-based singer and songwriter David Kauffman. Also featured are St. Isidore's children's, teen and adult choirs. Reception with light refreshments follows across the street in the ministry building. Suggested minimum donation per ticket is $10. Free tickets are also available. Tickets are available at http://davidkauffman.eventbrite.com/
Saturday, April 27
A Lenten and Easter High Italian Renaissance and Early Baroque Sacred Concert. 8 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. Conducted by Andy Canepa. Featuring the St. Mary Magdalen Schola Cantorum, Alta Sonora Renaissance Wind Band, Amy Brodo, Viola da Gamba. Adam Cockerham, lutes. Vocal soloists: Luciana Miranda, Sylvia O'Daniel, Michael Kim and Max Ziff. Lotti, Allegri, Palestrina, Gabrieli, Monteverdi and Victoria. Suggested donation: $15-20 general admission; $10-15 seniors; children under 18 get in free. Free parking in lot next to the church.
Sunday, April 28
Bell Spectacular. Presented by the Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bell Ringers, featuring handbell, chime and choral music selections, 2 p.m. St. Jerome Church, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. Reception in parish hall follows. Tickets at the door: $12 for adults; $6 for children 10 and under. Advance sales: http://bellspectacular.brownpapertickets.com.
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St. David School, 871 Sonoma St., Richmond, 94805, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Principal Brian Swanson asks any alumni to contact the school and update the alumni's contact information so that person can be invited to the celebration. Dial the school at 510-232-2283 or email Swanson at email@example.com.
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