May 20, 27, June 3
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.
May 21, 23, June 4, June 26
Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality is a unique program that engages people 50 and older in a commitment to social justice by directly serving the poor, participating in small faith sharing groups and daily prayer. Companions is sponsored by the Jesuits. The 10-month program is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and operates from September-June each year. Inquiry sessions: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 21 at St. Ignatius of Antioch, Antioch; 7 to 8 p.m. May 23 St. John Vianney, Walnut Creek; 7 to 8 p.m. June 4 at Corpus Christi, Piedmont; and 7 to 8 p.m. June 26 at Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. Registration/information: Jenny Girard Malley, email@example.com or 415-503-1310. Website: www.ignatiancompanions.org.
May 22, 28, June 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. at Good Shepherd Church, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. 925-432-6404.
May 22, 29, June 5
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 23, 30, June 6
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 26, June 3
Family rosary. 6 p.m. Sundays at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.
May 28, June 11
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.
Thursday, June 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.
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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 Church, Mullen Commons Library, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. 925-939-7911.
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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. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
Scripture and Spirituality Retreat at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Rev. Thomas P. Bonacci, CP. The "Jubilee Year" according to the Scriptures is a time to step back and deeply reflect on the abundant harvest of the last 50 years. In many ways, the Second Vatican Council opened up a future for both world and church few could have imagined 50 years ago. With optimism and hope, we will glean the wisdom of the council. Registration is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. June 7 and ends on June 9 with lunch. $230/private room and $205/shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
Silent Contemplative Retreat at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Sister Ishpriya. "Discovering the Mystery Within" is the title for this retreat held during the week. The pressures and demands of daily living in our contemporary society impel us to seek some silent space in which to listen to the Mystery within us all. Our willingness to become ordinary, everyday Mystics brings hope of survival for our global family. Registration is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. June 10 and ends on June 14 with lunch. Cost is $370 for private room and $310 for shared. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
Dreams Workshop at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.Min.: "The Search for Beauty in the Dream World: An Aspect of the Divine Manifested in Sleep." We will once again be sharing and exploring each other's dreams together with an eye to their spiritual meanings and deeper implications. Registration is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. June 14 and retreat ends on June 16 with lunch. $235 for private room and $205 for shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
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Saturday, May 25
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 at 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. Payment (ICF Branch 10) to Gina Foster, 3101 Van Buren St., Alameda 94501. List those you are making reservations for.
June 8 and 9
International Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish behind the Old Mission, 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont. The event, a celebration of Fremont's diverse cultures, will feature foods of the Philippines, China, India, Indonesia, Portugal, Italy, Mexico and more. There will be live entertainment showcasing multicultural dance and music, including a live parrot show at 12:45 p.m. June 9. Children and adult game booths, arts and crafts vendors, beer and wine and a Pancake Breakfast Sunday morning are all part of this fun weekend. Free admission. More information: http://saintjosephmsj.org/festival.
Saturday, June 15
St. Leander's Meridians' 12th Annual Summer Sports Collectors Show. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Ryan O'Connell Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. A variety of vintage sports Memorabilia items (1880's-2010) will be available for sale. Free verbal appraisals are available (for pre 1975 items only). Door prizes will be given away all day. General admission is $4 and $2 for those who are under 5 years old or over 65. Proceeds benefit St. Leander's Parish as well as local charities. Information: Mark at 510-538-6245.
Saturday, June 29
Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament. Monarch Bay-San Leandro, 68 Monarch Bay Dr., San Leandro. Scramble format; 8 a.m. shotgun start. This is a four-person format open to all golfers. Since this a scramble tournament, signing-up as a group with three or four of your friends would be great. $100 entry fee includes: golf cart, 18-hole round of golf, tee prizes. A rib and chicken dinner will be served at the church hall after the tournament; non-players may attend dinner for extra $10 each. Deadline: June 17. Information Mario Castellanos, 510-468-2461.
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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.
Sunday, June 2
Taize Prayer Around the Cross Ecumenical. 7 p.m. at Hillcrest Congregational Church, 404 Gregory Lane in 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.
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. Francis Tanjuatco at 650-678-7739.
Wednesday, June 12
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, June 21
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.
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Friday, May 31
"Palestine Under Siege." 7:30 p.m. at Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley. Sandra Nasser and her husband Nader Kury will speak on Palestinian culture, their own family roots as Palestinian Christians, and the story of ethnic cleansing and the land and resources, which lies behind the headlines. The talk is illustrated with historical and present-day photos and maps. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, June 6
Driving safety workshop for seniors. 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Parish, 837 Tennant Ave., Pinole. Rosemary Robles of the Department of Motor Vehicles, will provide hints on passing your DMV tests and important tips on safe driving as we get older. Begins with Mass, followed by potluck lunch and presentation. Information: Bill and Susan Gahan, 510-741-1756.
Saturday, June 15
Magnificat Prayer Breakfast. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the San Ramon Marriott, 2600 Bishop Drive, San Ramon. The Rev. John H. Hampsch, CMF, an author who has been involved in Charismatic Renewal for more than 36 years, will be the guest speaker. This breakfast will be open to men, young adults and teens as Father Hampsch will anoint each person with blessed oil. Mail reservations are $25 per person; mail or register online by June 8. After June 8 the price increases to $35 per person. Sponsor: A Ministry to Catholic Women, Servants of the Immaculata Chapter of the Oakland diocese. Information: 925-899-8087, MagnificatSOTI@yahoo.com or www.magnificatsoti.org.
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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.
June 6, 20
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.
June 19-July 3
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, June 20
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.
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June 8 and 9
St. David School, 871 Sonoma St., Richmond, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Principal Brian Swanson asks alumni to contact the school and update their contact information to be invited to the celebration. Call the school at 510-232-2283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saint Mary's College High School, Class of 1963 Golden Reunion. Events include Sesquicentennial Baccalaureate Mass on campus and graduation with the Class of 2013 at Saint Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco, special anniversary diplomas, reunion dinner, more. Spouses invited. $100 per person. For more information and reservations, contact Joanne Marchetti Howe at 510-559-6227 or email@example.com.