Summer Catechist Formation. 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church, 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. Theme: "A Living Faith in Every Age: The Call to be Contagious Believers." Come and renew your understanding of the faith in every age and culture. Strengthen your courage to witness: at home, at Church, in your class, in the world. Topics presented in English and Spanish. Information: contact your parish catechetical leader or Robyn Lang at OLG, email@example.com or 510-582-9266.
June 24, July 1, 8
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.
June 25 July 2, 9
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.
June 25, July 9
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, June 26
Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality 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. Final inquiry session: 7 to 8 p.m. June 26 at Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. Registration/information: Jenny Girard Malley, firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-503-1310. Website: www.ignatiancompanions.org.
June 26, July 3, 10
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.
June 27, July 11
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.
June 30, July 7, 14
Family rosary. 6 p.m. Sundays at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.
July 29-Aug. 2
Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Our Lady of Grace. 9 a.m. to noon (traditional weekday morning sessions) or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (family evening option) at 3433 Somerset Ave. in Castro Valley. This action-packed week will remind us of the role Jesus plays in our lives and get us fired up to share His Good News. Everyone comes together Aug. 2 for an evening program of songs from the week and a potluck dinner. Check the VBS link at our parish website: www.olgcv.org, or contact the Faith Formation Center at 510-582-9266, email@example.com.
July 5 – 11
Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose/live-in experience: Preaching with Our Lives. A six day experience of living, ministering and praying for Catholic single women (college age-39) committed to Gospel Living. The days include a weekend silent retreat, service and time for fun and relaxation. Get to know more about the Dominican spirit and our mission. For more information contact: Sister Marcia Krause, OP, Vocation Office, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539-5829, 510-933-6333, www.msjdominicans.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, July 13
National NFP Awareness Week. 11 a.m. at St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. The U.S. bishops have designated the last full week in July as "National NFP Awareness Week." The Diocese of Oakland will honor the week in Dublin. Begins with 11 a.m. Mass followed by a short program at the parish hall and then a potluck barbecue. Play areas for children. St. Raymond's Knights of Columbus will barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs. Please consider bringing beverages, side dishes, salad or desserts to share. Information: Ed Hopfner at email@example.com.
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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. – 5 p.m. at St. Philip Neri, 3100 Van Buren St., Alameda 510-373-5200
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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Friday, June 28
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, July 5
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.
Sunday, July 7
Taize Prayer Around the Cross — Ecumenical. 7 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 199 Brandon Road in Pleasant Hill. We welcome all who wish to gather in prayer and in a spirit of Ecumenism. Participating churches: Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal; Hillcrest Congregational Church, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, all in Pleasant Hill; and Walnut Creek United Methodist Church.
Wednesday, July 10
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, July 19
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, July 19
Spiritual Spa Day for Women at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Kathy Miranda and Rena Grant. The focus of this day will be on "Discovering Beauty Through Images." Why not step away from your busy life for a day of nurturing your soul with images of beauty, music and being in creation. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the day goes from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $70 and includes lunch. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
July 28-Aug. 2
5-day silent, contemplative retreat: "Silence: The Mysterious Icon of God" at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Rev. Dan Manger, OSB, Cam. In every spiritual path the encounter with "silence" is an opportunity for disclosure of the accompaniment of God's intimate presence in life. Icons are said to render the "silence of God made visible." Registration is: 4 to 5:30 pm. July 28 and retreat ends Aug. 2 with lunch. $395 for private room and $310 for shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
Silent Contemplative Retreat at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Fr. Cyprian Consiglio, OSB, Cam. Bede Griffiths, one of the spiritual masters of the 20th century, will be the focus of this retreat. We will look at some aspects of his thought and legacy, while sharing prayer, songs, yoga and meditation. Registration is 4 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2, and retreat ends lunch Aug. 4. $230 for private room and $205 for shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
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June 28 – July 4
Safe and Sane Fireworks sale. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Sponsored by the St. Raymond Church Knights of Columbus Council 7987 and St. Raymond School. The Knights' fireworks booth is located at the corner of Alcosta Boulevard and San Ramon Road in Dublin. The school's booth is at the corner Amador Plaza Road and St. Patrick Way, near Big 5 Sporting Goods in Dublin. Proceeds benefit St. Raymond School, Church and local charities. The city of Dublin permits the use of safe and sane fireworks in specific public locations and at private residences. 925-323-4996.
Saturday, June 29
Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament. Monarch Bay-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. Mario Castellanos, 510-468-2461.
Summer Sock Hop & Food Drive. 7 to 10 p.m. at St. Jerome Church, Rohan Hall, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. All ages welcome. Put on your dancing shoes and vintage threads and enjoy live music by 1950s rock 'n roll band Hot Rod Jukebox. Appetizers and drinks available. Admission is free, and a donation of non-perishable groceries is requested. Donations benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society, whose volunteers distribute groceries to the hungry in our community each week. Suggested food donation is a grocery bag of non-perishable foods such as tuna, spam, pasta, peanut butter and cereal. 510-525-0876, www.stjeromeec.org.
Parking lot sale. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Salesian High School at 2861 Salesian Ave., in San Pablo. Sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Conference of St. Callistus Parish in El Sobrante. All proceeds benefit the El Sobrante and San Pablo clients of the SVdPSC Pantry Service. Call Bill Donnelly for information or donations: 510-222-1996.
Thursday, Aug. 8
Salad luncheon and Bingo. Noon at St. Joseph Church Hall, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. $10 donation includes lunch and two Bingo cards. Tickets: Eleanor Chesterman, 510-657-2758 or Regina Dennis, 510-656-3892. Sponsor: Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Father Francisco de Lasuen 1508. All proceeds go to the Court's charities.
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July 6, 7
The Blood and the Rose. Two events each day: 3 and 6:30 p.m. At El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. This spiritual event features a lineup of inspiring Catholic speakers who offer brief reflections on the call to the new evangelization, St. Juan Diego and the Blessed Virgin Mary, followed by a screening of the film, "The Blood and The Rose." Benefits the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley. $12 general admission/$10 seniors and youth. Andrea Vitalie at Holy Angels Books, 925-778-7575; www.thebloodandtherose.com.
Thursday, July 11
Seniors: ride an old train and fill up on jelly beans. St. Joseph Seniors of Pinole will have a fun bus trip to the Western Railway Museum in Suisun City and the Jelly Belly Factory. Sign-up at: St. Joseph Parish Center, 2100 Pear St., Pinole. Or dial Bill and Susan Gahan, 510-741-1756. $35 covers the bus ride and the $9 museum tour. Lunch is on your own.
Thursday, Aug. 8
Rev. Greg Boyle to speak at SVdP event. 7 p.m. at Saint Mary's College High School, 1294 Albina Ave. Peralta Park, Berkeley. This lecture by the founder and director of Homeboy Industries of East Los Angeles, is part of SVdP's year-long 75th anniversary celebration. Ticket pricing and more information will be available in the weeks to come. Go to www.svdp-alameda.org.
Saturday, Aug. 24
Passion and Purpose with Matthew Kelly. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1313 A St., Antioch. Have you ever wondered if God was speaking to you or if it was just a voice in your head? Do you know how to tell the difference? This is just one of the many things you will learn during the Passion and Purpose event. Tickets are $39 each and includes all retreat materials. Contact Julian Escamilla at 925-634-6266 or visit www.DynamicCatholic.com. Also offered: 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Tickets: $39 at www.DynamicCatholic.com.
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June 27, July 11, 15
Stepping Stones on Your Grief Journey. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Session topics include: Who Am I Now?, Dealing with Extended family and friends; Life will never be the same; Coming to grips with the new normal. Mary, 925-846-5377.
July 3, 17
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, July 18
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.
Thursday, July 18
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, Aug. 3
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.
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