A sampling of upcoming retreats
Oct. 31 to Nov. 2
Vocation retreat: The Franciscan friars of the Province of Saint Barbara are hosting a vocation retreat in the Bay Area for men ages 21 to 45 interested in religious life as a Franciscan brother or priest. Contact Brother Eric Pilarcik, OFM at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-903-3422.
Nov. 7 to 9
Religious Life Discernment Retreat (for single Catholic women college to 40) with the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont (entrance on Mission Tierra Place). Register by Nov. 3 at www.msjdominicans.org or contact Sister Marcia , 510-502-5797. Freewill offering appreciated.
Saturday, Nov. 8
"The Power of Grace" at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with David Richo. Learn ways to open to grace, find an opportunity for psychological growth and spiritual awakening both in life events and in relationships. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the day goes from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $85 (or $105 for those wanting CEU's) and includes lunch. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
Nov. 11, Dec. 2
Music of Hildegard of Birgen. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Santa Sabina Center, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. Devi Mathieu will lead the singing of music of Hildegard. Suggested donations: $10 to $20. No previous experience with the music of Hildegard or with medieval music.
Nov. 21 to 23
Grief retreat at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Rev. Padraig Greene. Give yourself the gift of a weekend away with your grief in the presence of people who understand, as you cherish the memories through prayer, writing, reflection, music and ritual. Registration is from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday and retreat ends on Sunday with lunch. Cost is $225 for private room and $195 for shared. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
Saturday, Nov. 22
Grief retreat in Spanish. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline St., Burlingame. $25 cost includes lunch. Bring a photo of your loved one to place on the altar of mementos. The retreat is in Spanish, facilitated by Carmen de la Vega Neafsey and Carmen Zelaya. Register by Nov. 17. For information or to register contact Cristina Esguerra, 650-373-4527, email@example.com.
Nov. 28 to 30
Recovery retreat at San Damiano Retreat in Danville with Rev. Philip Garcia, OFM. At the Thanksgiving weekend Serenity Retreat, spend the weekend in the beautiful and quiet hills overlooking the San Ramon Valley as you reflect on your growth in sobriety. Registration is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28 and retreat ends with lunch Nov. 30. Cost is $225 for private room and $195 for shared. Dial 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or register online at www.sandamiano.org.
Dec. 5 to 7
Divine Mercy Ministry Advent Retreat. A weekend-long retreat hosted by Jesse Romero, Catholic author, radio host and evangelist.
Dec. 5, 7 p.m.: Spanish Presentation on Our Lady of Guadalupe, Church of Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. $5 donation.
Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: On Fire Evangelization. St. Agnes Church, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Pre-registration is required. Adult $15, youth $5; includes lunch. Register by Dec. 1. Contact Marie Rojo with questions, 925-689-8814.
Dec. 7, 7 p.m.: Spanish Presentation on Our Lady of Guadalupe, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. $5 donation.
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