May 7, 14, 22
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.
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.
May 8, 15, 22
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.
May 8, 15, 22
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.
May 9, 16, 23
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.
May 12, 19, 26
Family rosary. 6 p.m. Sundays at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.
Monday, May 13
Fatima celebration. St. James the Apostle Parish, 34700 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, will have Fatima celebrations on the 13th of every month from May to October. Mass at 7.30 p.m. followed by candlelit Marian procession around the parking lot. After the procession there will be a short Eucharist procession within the church, which will be concluded by benediction. A special blessing will be given to the sick people.
May 14, 28
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.
Friday, May 17
Taize ecumenical service. 8-9 p.m. every third Friday in the Chapel of the Mission San Jose Dominicans, 43326 Mission Blvd, Fremont. Open to all faiths, Taize is an opportunity to express our communion with those who are suffering and to commit all burdens to Christ who partakes in the suffering of humanity until the end of time. Information: Sister Marcia Krause, OP, 510-933-6333.
Friday, May 24
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.
Friday, June 7
Taizé prayer around the cross at All Saints Catholic Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward. 7:30-8:30 p.m. every first Friday. Quiet your mind, open your heart, and feed your soul during this simple and sacred candlelight prayer service. Francis Tanjuatco at 650-678-7739.
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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 it 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.
Following 8:30 a.m. Mass until 3:30 p.m. at St. John Vianney, Mullen Commons, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. 925-939-7911.
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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.
Healing the Pain of Abortion. If you or someone you love is hurting after abortion, hope and healing are available through a Rachel's Vineyard Retreat. Call 707-967-1101 or 877-Hope4Me, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rachelsvineyard.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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Friday, May 10
St. Jarlath School Pasta Feed. 6:30-9 p.m., St. Jarlath Parish Hall, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. The Parent Association's Pasta Feed will be a wonderful community-building event and fundraiser for St. Jarlath Catholic School. Student performances will be featured. Tickets: $10 for adults; $5: ages 6-16; ages 5 and under: free. For tickets, call the school office, 510-532-4387.
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.
Monday, May 13
St. Vincent's Day Home Annual For the Children Golf Tournament. At Sequoyah Country Club, 4550 Heafey Road, Oakland. 10:30 a.m.: registration; putting contest; noon: shotgun start; on-course contests; roving bar on course; and on-course luncheon stops. 5:30 p.m.: cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, prizes, silent auction. $250 per player. Tax deductible sponsorships are available. Contact: Cathie Newitt or Angela Arroyo at 510-832-8324 or email@example.com.
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
Second Annual Community Garage Sale. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Ignatius of Antioch Parking Lot, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd, Antioch 94509. Hosted by the Confirmation Class, this event will feature new and used treasures from multiple vendors. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Pledge toward building the new Educational and Community Center. Free admission and free parking. Vendor spaces are available; call Steve at 925-757-1276.
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 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.
Shelter Shuffle: Striding Toward Home. Meek Park, Hayward. Check-in: 8:45 a.m. Family-friendly, dog-friendly, free breakfast and lunch at the annual fundraiser for FESCO, The Family Emergency Shelter Coalition. Eight parishes in Alameda County are members. Register at www.firstgiving.com/fesco/2013.
Hope for Haiti: Education Culture Night. 5 p.m. at St. Columba Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. This benefit, which supports scholarships for 100 impoverished children from Grand Ravine in Port-au-Prince, will feature the Afoutayi Dance, Music and Arts Co. Haitian meal of goat, chicken, rice and peas and plantains will be served. Special guest is Jean Ernest Point-du-Jour, the volunteer manager on the ground in Haiti. $15 entrance donation (children under 12 free). Haitian dinner: $10 for adult, $6 child. $1 for a la carte dessert. No-host bar. Tickets available at the parish office or call 510-684-6133.
Italian Catholic Federation Branch 10 Anniversary Dinner. Social hour at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Msgr. O'Brien Hall, St. Philip Neri, High Street and Van Buren, Alameda. Delicious dinner menu and musical entertainment. Adults: $35. Children 12 years and under: $15. Call Gina Foster, 510-995-8141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by May 20. Send payment (ICF Br 10) to Gina Foster, 3101 Van Buren St., Alameda 94501. List those you are making reservations for.
Sunday, May 19
Gardens Galore XIX. The St. Joseph Club of Alameda will host the 19th Annual "Gardens Galore" Garden Tour, rain or shine. This self-guided tour consists of six Alameda gardens and will begin at 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Reservations are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour. An optional boxed lunch is available for an additional $10. There will also be a Boutique (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) with a large selection of handcrafted items from local Bay Area vendors. Items for sale will include things for your home, garden and gift-giving. Proceeds benefit our two schools, St. Joseph Elementary School and St. Joseph Notre Dame High School. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the following locations: Daisy's, 1347 Park St., Alameda and Thomsen's Garden Center, 1113 Lincoln Ave., Alameda. Information/reservations: 510-995-9544 or visit www.alamedagardentour.com.
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Sunday, May 12
Sisters of the Holy Family Mother's Day Champagne brunch. Seatings at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at their motherhouse, Palmdale Estates, 159 Washington Blvd., Fremont. The sisters will offer a bountiful buffet, including champagne, This event is popular for families and especially multiple generations. Tickets are $40 for adults; $15 for children ages 4-12; and free for children 3 and under. Reservations are required. Contact Mary Campos 510-624-4580.
Tuesday, May 14
Catholics @ Work Breakfast. Ray Flynn, former ambassador to the Vatican and former mayor of Boston, speaks at 7 a.m. at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville. Buffet breakfast is served starting at 7 a.m. Mass is offered at 6:30 a.m. at the same location. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Register online at www.CatholicsAtWork.org.
Honoring the 50th anniversary of Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth). 7:30 to 9 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. Join Father Tom Bonacci, CP, and the St. Joan of Arc Social Justice Committee for an evening of prayer, reflection and discussion on Pope John XXIII's Papal Encyclical. Free of charge but a free-will offering will be taken to support St. Mary's Center in Oakland. Information: Patrick Shandonay at email@example.com or 925-365-6838.
Thursday, May 16
"Nursing Homes, Assisted and Independent Living Environments Embrace the Household Model." 6:45-8:15 p.m. at the Sisters of the Holy Family Auditorium, 159 Washington Blvd, Fremont. In recognition of Older Americans Month in May, the Sisters of the Holy Family are hosting an informational program by LaVrene Norton on "The Household Model," an innovative style of senior living. The program will be of interest to seniors, their families and senior care providers. Free.
Wednesday, May 22
Doing Time for Peace. 7 p.m. at Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley. Rosalie Riegle, author of two books on nonviolent resistance to war, "Doing Time for Peace: Resistance, Family and Community," and "Crossing the Line: Nonviolent Resisters Speak Out for Peace," will be in town for a personal appearance. Free. Open to public. Riegle, a peace activist and oral historian, will sign copies of her book.
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May 15, June 5
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.
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.
May 16, June 6
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; Faith Formation, 925-362-1901.
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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May 11, 12
Rockridge Chorale concert. 2 p.m. May 11: at Santa Maria Church, 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda. 2 p.m. May 12: at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. The 25-member group, under the direction of Devi de Sam Lazaro, will perform classics and American classics. Guest soloist is baritone Nikolas Nackley. Concerts will raise funds for a project at Mount Carmel Girls Secondary School in Bungoma, Kenya. Tickets: $15, in advance only, www.rockridgechorale.org or 510-910-3059.
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 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: http://davidkauffman.eventbrite.com/
Friday, May 17
Jesse Manibusan: An Evening of Music and Storytelling. 7 p.m. at All Saints Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward. Tickets in advance: $15/adult. $10/child (under 13) and family packs $45 for 4 persons. Ticket prices increase at the door. (Pre-concert mixer for alumni of California State University East Bay. Contact Jonnie Banks at 510-363-8599 for details on mixer.) Tickets: 510-581-2570.
May 17, 19
Voices of Musica Sacra Concert. Presenting "Eternal Light," a concert featuring Gabriel Fauré's "Requiem" and Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna." Mark Tuning, music director, John R.S. Walko, accompanist. May 17, 8 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 1965 Colfax St., Concord. May 19, 3 p.m. St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. Tickets $10-$20. Details: www.vmschorus.org, 925-228-1181.
Saturday, May 18
A concert featuring the voices of St. Joan of Arc Music Ministry. 7:30 p.m. in the church at 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. Special performances by renowned Catholic composer and recording artist, Janet Sullivan Whitaker. Suggested donation: $15. Proceeds will benefit St. Joan of Arc Parish. Information: 925-830-0600 or Jennifer Johnson, email@example.com.
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St. David School, 871 Sonoma St., Richmond, is celebrating its 50th anniversary June 8-9. Principal Brian Swanson asks alumni to contact the school and update their contact information to be invited the celebration. Call the school at 510-232-2283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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