Nov. 18, 25, Dec. 2
Lectio — weekly meditation group in the tradition of John Main. 7:30 p.m., 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 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Keeley Center, St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Claire La Scola, 925-447-9800, email@example.com.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
Women's Faith Sharing. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Peace Center at St. Monica Parish, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. Sister Joan Heinritz, CSJ, director of Spirituality and Mission at Carondelet High School in Concord, will be speaking about "Becoming Whole and Holy: Holistic Spirituality." Women from all parishes are invited.
Nov. 19, 26, Dec. 3
Perpetual Help devotion Baclaran format. 8:15 or 9:15 a.m. after last morning Mass, Our Lady Queen of the World Church, 3155 Winterbrook Drive, Bay Point. 925-550-0679.
Rosary and Divine Mercy prayer group. 6 p.m. rosary, 6:30 p.m., Divine Mercy Chaplet in Mary's Chapel, St. Jarlath Church, 2634 Pleasant St., Oakland.
Perpetual Help novena/prayer. 7 p.m., Good Shepherd Church, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. 925-432-6404.
Nov. 22 – 24
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. When was the last time you did something just for your marriage? Learn how to keep your marriage vibrant and alive. Visit http://oaklandwwme.org; or dial Chuck and Anna Cooper, 925-451-2855 or Ray and Roberta Montes, 510-351-2649.
Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15
Family rosary. 6 p.m. Sundays, Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, singing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.
RCIA Meetings. 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., St. Jerome Church, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito. For anyone who has questions about the Catholic Church, especially returning Catholics or those who want to become Catholic. 510-525-0876; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fil/Am ministry, 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, St. Clement Parish parish center, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Simon Medrano, president. 510-303-2965.
Transfiguration prayer group. 7:30 p.m. every other Tuesday in the church or Marian room, Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Rosary, petition prayer, Scripture reading, sharing. Charles Eduru, 510-566-9267.
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Nov. 18 to Dec. 23
Advent Lecture Series. (Monday's in the season of Advent from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) In the Stack Center at Our Lady of Grace Parish, 3433 Somerset, Castro Valley. Rev. Gregory Heidenblut, OSA, will continue his annual lecture series during the Season of Advent with a challenging and informative discussion of Mary's role in the history of salvation. This series focuses on the myths and realities associated with Mary the mother of Jesus. Is Mary's role and importance overstated in the Latin and Orthodox traditions? Or do we need to reclaim her importance and status in the history of salvation? Nov. 18–Dogma 1: Theotokos/Mother of God. Why must Mary be the Mother of God? Do Catholics worship Mary? Understanding of Dulia, Hyperdulia and Latria; Nov. 25–Dogma 2: Perpetual Virginity. Why must Mary be a perpetual Virgin? Dec. 9–Dogma 3: Immaculate Conception — Eastern vs. Western Church; Dec. 16–Dogma 4: Assumption of Mary; Dec.23–Marian Apparitions: Approved vs. Suspect, Titles given to Mary and Popular. We will not meet Dec. 2, because of the Clergy Conference for the Diocese of Oakland. For further information, please contact Our Lady of Grace Parish at 510-537-0806 or contact Father Greg at email@example.com.
Nov. 23, 24
Dominican Sisters Annual Holiday Boutique. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSJ Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. (Entrance off Mission Tierra Place.) The Sisters and over 50 volunteers are busy creating and collecting handcrafts, ornaments, holiday toys, baked goods, and of course, the sisters own, Dominican Olive Oil and old-world fruitcakes. New this year - online pre-ordering of the olive oil and fruitcakes. Questions?Visit www.msjdominicans.org or 510-933-6334.
Dec. 3, 6
Advent Days of Renewal. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive in Danville. Dec. 3 is with Rev. Finian McGinn, OFM and will be in Spanish. Dec. 6 is with Rev. Evan Howard, OFM. The days will include presentations, lunch and end with Eucharist. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $30 and includes lunch. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315 or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
Dec. 6, 8
Voices of Musica Sacra. Dec. 6-8 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Ave., Walnut Creek; Dec. 8: 3 p.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek. VMS will sing a variety of Christmas favorites featuring Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" with harp accompaniment, plus other holiday music by Ives, Byrd, Burt, Thomas and more, plus a carols sing-a-long. Mark Tuning, music director; John R.S. Walko, accompanist. Tickets: $20 adult, $15 senior 60-plus, student $5, children 5-12 free. www.vmschorus.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 925-228-1181.
Sunday, Dec. 8
Christmas Nativity Displays. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive in Pleasanton. Sponsored by the Italian Catholic Federation Branch 285 and the Diversity Committee at The Catholic Community of Pleasanton. Information: Judy Bates, 925-846-6574.
Thurs., Dec. 12
Celebrating the Sacred Feminine in Mary. 9 a.m. (registration), 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (program) at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive in Danville. Presenter: Sister Joann Heinritz, CSJ. This retreat day will celebrate aspects of the Sacred Feminine in Mary, as a kind of corporate personality who represents us. She is us. Come to this place of Advent quiet and gift yourself with time to explore, ponder and celebrate the sacred feminine in Mary and in ourselves. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the day goes from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315 or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
Dec. 13 to 15
"Come Lord Jesus" Silent Advent Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive in Danville. Led by Brother Jeff Macnab, OFM. Advent is not only a time of preparation for the coming of the Christ Child, but also a time to recall memories of God's movement in our lives. What are the hopes and fears of the incarnational events in our lives? During this retreat you will have time for quiet, for presentations and for prayer. Registration is on Dec. 13 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and retreat ends on Dec. 15 with lunch. Cost is $225 for private room and $195 for shared. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315 or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
Friday, Dec. 13
Jesus, Hope of the World Concert. 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Come and enjoy the sounds of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton (CCOP) music ministry. Featuring the adult choir, teen choir, children's choir, cherub choir, Filipino Community Choir, Spanish Choir, cantors and instrumentalists. Food and good cheer follow in the JP II Activity Center. Free will offering will help defray concert expenses. Information: 925-474-2776 or email@example.com.
Sunday, Dec. 22
Holiday Concert. 1 p.m. at St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave. in Oakland. Presenting, the St. Martin de Porres School Choir. Donation: $8. Refreshments in the church hall. Sponsored by the Friends of St. Martin de Porres School. Contact information: Edna Coleman, 510-669-1072 or Joanne Dickerson-Harper 510-653-0938.
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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.
2:30-3:30 p.m. in St. Felicitas Church Chapel (inside St. Joseph Center/Office), 1662 Manor Blvd., San Leandro. 510-351-5244.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday in the convent; 2-9 p.m. Wednesday in the church at St. Bede Church, 26950 Patrick Ave., Hayward. 510-782-2171.
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 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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Sunday, Dec. 1
Taize prayer around the cross — ecumenical. 7 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill. Participating churches: Hillcrest Congregational Church, 404 Gregory Lane, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church; and Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal, all in Pleasant Hill; and Walnut Creek United Methodist Church.
Wednesday, Dec. 11
Re-energize midweek with Taize around the cross. 7-8 p.m. second Wednesdays, Maryknoll Center, 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo. Ruth Picha, spiritual director. Kris East, 510-276-5021; www.maryknoll.us.
Friday, Dec. 20
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. Information: Sister Marcia Krause, OP, 510-933-6333.
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Nov. 22 to 24
Franciscan Giftedness. At San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive in Danville. With Sister Mary Beth Ingham, CSJ. This retreat will explore and celebrate the Franciscan "way of beauty," a spiritual path based upon the experience of beauty and God's abundant love. Registration is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday and retreat ends on Sunday with lunch. Cost is $225 for private room and $195 for shared. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315 or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
Dec. 6 to 8
The Depth of Welcoming Prayer. At San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive in Danville. With Cherry Haisten. Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God's presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. Registration is on Dec. 6 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and retreat ends on Dec. 8 with lunch. Cost is $235 for private room and $205 for shared. Call 925-837-9141, ext. 315 or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
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Saturday, Nov. 23
29th Annual Sports Collectors Show. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at San Leanders' Ryan O'Connell Hall, 575 Estudillo Ave. San Leandro. A variety of Vintage Sports Memorabilia items (1880s-2010s) will be available for sale. Free verbal appraisals are available (for pre 1975 items ONLY). Door prizes will be given away all day. 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. Sponsored by St. Leander's Meridians. Information, call Mark at 510-538-6245.
Nov. 24, 30
The School of the Madeleine and Contra Costa Civic Theater invite you to "A Child's Christmas in Wales." Nov. 24: 2 p.m., Nov. 30, 8 p.m. at the Contra Costa Civic Theater, 951 Pomona Ave., El Cerrito. Holiday memories come magically to life in an adaption of Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales" featuring various styles of puppets interacting with human characters on stage Tickets: $20 for adults; $11 for children under age 16. These performances are a fundraiser for the School of the Madeleine in Berkeley; 25 percent of the ticket sales will fund school programs. Purchase tickets at www.themadeleine.com.
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Nov. 18, 20
An Evening with Mike McCoy. 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in the gym at St. Mary School, 1158 Bont Lane, Walnut Creek. Catholic high school students and their parents are encouraged to attend a talk by Mike McCoy, a former NFL football player for the Green Bay Packers and the Oakland Raiders. McCoy, now a motivational speaker, gives talks that are meant to inspire and empower youth. Information: www.mccoy77.com/.
Sunday, Nov. 24
National Black Catholic Month celebration. 10:45 a.m. gospel Mass at St. Paul of the Shipwreck Catholic Church, on Jamestown Avenue between Third and Jennings, San Francisco. Rev. Bart Landry, CSP, Old Saint Mary's Cathedral, will be the guest presider and homilist. 415-468-3434 or www.stpauloftheshipwreck.org.
Sunday, Dec. 1
Natural Family Planning classes. 1:30 p.m. in DeSousa House. Information: Megan Curtis at 510-207-5299 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Dec. 7
Olive Harvest. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 43325 Mission Blvd, Fremont. Join the festivities with the Dominican Sisters at the annual olive harvest. Wear your "grubbies" and warm clothes. Bring work gloves and a small ladder, if possible. Coffee, hot chocolate and snacks provided to harvesters. Lunch will be available for a nominal fee. 510-933-6334.
Saturday, Dec. 14
Magnificat Prayer Breakfast. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Crowne Plaza, 45 John Glenn Drive, Concord. Speakers Marie and Deacon Robert Schaefer will share the story of their faith journey. $25/$30 after Dec. 7. Tickets: go to magnificatsoti.org or call Maribel, 415-756-0468.
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Nov. 21, Dec. 5
Breast Cancer support group. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays, 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.
Thursday, Nov. 21
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, Dec. 7
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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Nov. 21, 22, 23 24
Saint Mary's College, Performing Arts Department, Theatre Program presents "And when we awoke there was light and light," 8 p.m. Nov. 21, 22 and 23 and 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at LeFevre Theatre, Saint Mary's College, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga. Laura Jacqmin's contemporary fable about teenage idealism and activism in the age of global connections. Guest director Susannah Martin stages the production. Tickets: $10 general; $8 seniors (65-plus) and non-SMC students; $5 SMC students, faculty and staff. Order online at: www.brownpapertickets.com; call 925-631-4670; or at the door.
Saturday, Nov. 23
Organ Series. 7:30 p.m. at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch. Music for Organ and Strings. Don Pearson and William Vaughan organists, in a Concert of Music for Two Organs — the debut of the Heissler Portativ Organ. Call the parish office for more information: 925-778-0768 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Reception will follow in the Parish Hall. A free will offering will be taken during each concert.