July 15, 22, 29
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.
July 16, 23, 30
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.
July 17, 24, 31
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.
July 18, 25, Aug. 1
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.
Saturday, July 20
Charismatic Healing Mass. 7:30-10:30 p.m. at St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave. Dublin. Presider Rev. William Rosario. Sponsor: Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office, Diocese of Oakland. Information: CCRO office, 925-828-6644.
July 21, 28, Aug. 4
Family rosary. 6 p.m. Sundays at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.
July 23, Aug. 6
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.
July 23, Aug. 13
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.
July 29-Aug. 2
Vacation Bible School 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., 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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St. John the Baptist Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 510-230-4325; email@example.com.
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.
2:30 — 3:30 p.m. in St. Felicitas Church Chapel (inside St. Joseph Center/Office), 1662 Manor Blvd., San Leandro. 510-351-5244.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Church, 3100 Van Buren St., Alameda 510-373-5200.
9 a.m.-8 p.m. at St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin.
12:30 – 4:45 p.m. at St. Felicitas Church, 1662 Manor Blvd., San Leandro. 510-351-5244.
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, 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.
Friday, Aug. 2
Taizé prayer around the cross, 7:30-8:30 p.m. first Fridays, All Saints Catholic Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward; Francis Tanjuatco, 650-678-7739.
Sunday, Aug. 4
Taize prayer around the cross — ecumenical. 7 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 199 Brandon Road, 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, Aug. 14
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.
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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 p.m. July 28 and retreat ends with lunch Aug. 2. $395 for private room and $310 for shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
July 28 – Aug. 4
Sacred space retreat. At Villa Maria del Mar Retreat Center (Sisters of the Holy Names). 21918 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. Presented by Rev. Arthur Poulin, OSB Cap. and Sister Therese Fenzi, SNJM. 831-475-1236; email@example.com.
Silent Contemplative Retreat at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Rev. 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 thoughts and legacy, while sharing prayer, songs, and meditation. Registration is 4 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2, and retreat ends with lunch Aug. 4. $230 for private room and $205 for shared. 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
Aug. 16 – 18
Summer Charismatic Retreat. From 5 p.m. Aug. 16 to 1 p.m. Aug. 18 At the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. Speaker: Jim Nisbet. Sponsor: Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office. 925-828-6644.
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July 20 and 21
5th Annual St. James the Apostle Catholic Church Festival. At 34700 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Information: 510-491-6155.
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.
Saturday, Aug. 24
St. Patrick KPCLA Court 95 presents Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic. 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. in St. Patrick Parish Hall, 1640 10th St., Oakland. $18 advance/$20 at the door. Information: 510-305-3758, 510-444-1081 or email Ddbee23@gmail.com.
Sunday, Oct. 20
Benefit concert for St. Jarlath School has been postponed and instead will be held Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. in the school auditorium. The program, featuring The "In The Tradition" Piano Trio, (mentioned in the June 25 issue) stays the same.
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July 15 – Aug. 12
Essential Catholicism Lecture Series. 6 p.m. Mondays at Our Lady of Grace Church, 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley, Stack Center. Facilitated by Rev. Gregory Heidenblutt, OSA. Lecture series for catechists and other Catholics who want to deepen their faith in Jesus Christ and gain a deeper knowledge of His Church. The lecture series, which began July 8, continues July 15 — Origins of the Catholic Church: Why Jesus Christ Established the Church as His Bride Giving Her Authority and the Fullness of the Truth? July 22 — Apostolic Tradition: The Triple Munera; Teaching, Sanctifying and Governing. Why is the Church Sacrament and Eucharistic? July 29 – Tradition: Proclamation of the Gospel, Sacred Scripture, Worship, Magisterium, the Sacraments, and the Daily Life of the Church. Aug. 5 – The Church's Moral and Ethical Teachings and Aug. 12 – Catholic Social Teaching and the New Evangelization. 510-537-0806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, July 20
St. Gerard Women's Club Country Hoedown. At St. John the Baptist Parish at 264 East Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. 5:30 p.m.: no-host cocktails, grub served at 6:30 p.m. Games for big and little kids, country dancing, entertainment and door/raffle prizes. Tickets: Pat, 510-278-4161, Carol, 510-278-9367 or Mary, 510-276-4816.
Open house and scavenger hunt. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the Bay Area Crisis Nursery at its Mitchell Family Center, 1510 Mendocino Drive, Concord. Meet staff and board members; get a virtual tour of the nursery; learn about its role in the community and volunteer opportunities. The crisis nursery is a privately funded non-profit dedicated to providing safety to children and support for parents. We provide residential care to hundreds of children, ages newborn to 11, each year. Bring a friend, and feel free to being an item from the nursery's Wish List. Information: 925-685-6633.
Sunday, July 28
Annual Barbecue. At St. Philip Neri Hall, High Street and Van Buren, Alameda. Social hour at 4 p.m.; dinner 5 p.m. Adults $20/ children 12 years and under $10. Guest speaker from Birthright. Monetary donations or diapers and knit items would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in playing bocce ball: 1-3 p.m. in nearby Lincoln Park. Please let them know when making reservations. Call JoAnn Doen, 510-710-6959 before July 22. Mail payment for dinner to ICF Branch 10, St. Philip Neri Church, 3101 Van Buren, Alameda 94501.
Thursday, Aug. 8
Rev. Greg Boyle, SJ 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. 10
Six-class Social Ministry Certificate Program begins at St. Joseph the Worker in Berkeley. Hosted by the Diocese of Oakland this class is open to all Catholics seeking to better understand their faith and is highly recommended for social justice ministers, JustFaith grads, catechists, Catholic school teachers, master catechists and those interested in becoming master catechists. Renewal certification credit is available. For more information or to register visit www.oak4life.org or contact Sandra Martinez at email@example.com.
Saturday, Aug. 24
Passion and Purpose with Matthew Kelly. 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St., Antioch and 6 – 10:30 p.m. at St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon St., Dublin. 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.
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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.
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.
July 25, Aug. 8 and 22
Stepping Stones on Your Grief Journey. 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays 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. These sessions are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation. Mary Hagerty, 925-846-2377.
July 17, 31, Aug. 14
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.
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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July 19 and 20
Inaugural Reunion Weekend. At Moreau Catholic High School, 27170 Mission Blvd., Hayward. Moreau Catholic is hosting this reunion event for classes ending in "3" and "8." Alumni are welcome back to the campus to celebrate with friends, music, food and fun. Tickets start at $45. Register online at www.moreaucatholic.org/reunionweekend13 or call the alumni coordinator at 510-881-4360.