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December 14, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 21   •   Oakland, CA
Calendar of Events

Come back home, St. Isidore Parish offers

Tom Peterson



Two words describe the theme at St. Isidore Parish in Danville for the month of January: Welcome home.

Lyn Ford, director of religious education at the Danville parish, heard Tom Peterson, founder of Catholics Come Home, speak at a Catholics@Work breakfast, and knew she would like to share that experience with the people of her parish.

Peterson will speak at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville.

In the first six years, Catholics Come Home has aired Catholic evangelization commercials in 38 dioceses and nationally, helping, it estimates, half a million people back to the church. He has a television program on EWTN and has recently published a book.

Later that month, St. Isidore's ReConnect program will begin.

"We welcome back those who have been distanced from the Church for many reasons, including anger toward God or the Church, issues relating to divorce, not feeling fed, or simply drifting away," Ford said. "During our eight sessions we address concerns, misconceptions and the beauty of our rich Catholic faith in a safe, open format."

ReConnect meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Jan.27 to March 16 in Room 221 of St. Isidore's Ministry Center. Those interested are invited to contact Ford at 925-362-1905 or ford.lyn@st-isidore-danville.org.

The parish is also launching DivorceCare ministry. The first series of meetings will take place 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, from Jan. 25 through April, in Room 221 of the St. Isidore Ministry Center.


New events

Dec. 30 to Jan. 1
New Year's Retreat, San Damiano Retreat Center, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Bring in the new "Year of Mercy" with Rev. Vince Mesi. Cost: $195, double occupancy; 925-837-9141, ext. 315, or www.sandamiano.org.

Thursday, Dec. 31
The highly claimed music ministry of the University of the Philippines Concert Chorus, 7 p.m. in the gymnasium at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. Tickets: $25, children under 12 free. Hors d'oeuvres, drinks and dancing. Contact Gina Atanacio, 925-980-8547 for tickets.

New Year's Eve Retreat. Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. 7 p.m., welcome and reflection, followed by a New Year's Eve Mass, potluck reception (bring a dish to share), and Eucharistic Adoration from 11 p.m. to midnight. RSVP by Dec. 26 at http://bit.ly/2015NewYearRetreat or 510-933-6360.

Jan. 4 to 23
"GIFT," Growing in Faith Together." St. Joan of Arc Parish, 2601 San Ramon Valley Road, San Ramon. Three weeks of speakers on a variety of topics featuring a keynote message "Catholics Come Home" from Tom Peterson. Information: www.sjasr.org/GIFT.

Saturday, Jan. 9
Jubilee of Mercy Workshops with Janet Sullivan-Whitaker. 9 to 11:15 a.m., at St. Simon Church, 1860 Grant Road, Los Altos. Mass at 8:30 a.m., followed by hospitality before the workshop. Free-will offering. Information: Suzanne Fitzgerald, sfitzgerald@stsimon.org.

San Francisco Boys Chorus Auditions. Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. All boys ages 5 to 12 with unchanged voices are encouraged to apply, and no prior music training is necessary. Boys will receive vocal training and gain self-confidence, self-discipline, an appreciation for music. Information: 415-861-7464 or sfbcfinance@sfbc.org or Sfbc.org/auditions.

Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31
An Introductory Centering Prayer Workshop. 2 to 4 p.m., Christ The King Parish Ministry Center, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill. Presenter: Eileen Halliburton. Must attend first session on Jan. 10. $50. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Information: 2sai1621@gmail.com or 925-943-3190.

Saturdays
Ecumenical Prayer Service, 8:45 to 9 a.m. Saturdays, San Damiano Retreat Center's Chapel, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Free. Information: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141.

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SPIRITUALITY

Mondays, Dec. 14, 21, 28
Weekly meditation groups in the John Main, OSB, tradition. 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Mondays in the Keeley Center, St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Claire La Scola, 925-447-9800; clairlascola@yahoo.com.

Tai chi class. 8 to 9 a.m. Mondays in the parish hall at St. Columba Church, 6409 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Sponsored by St. Columba Parish Health Cabinet, free. Kate Hobbs, 510-507-6304.

Dec. 22, Jan. 12
Fil/Am ministry. 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, St. Clement Parish Center, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Simon Medrano, 510-303-2965.

Tuesdays
Men of St. Joseph. 7 a.m., St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Ourspace room, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Contact: MichaelGallager1025@outlook.com.

Wednesdays, Dec. 23, 30
Perpetual Help Devotion Baclaran format. 8:15 or 9:15 a.m. after last morning Mass, Wednesdays, Our Lady Queen of the World Church, 3155 Winterbrook Drive, Bay Point. 925-550-0679.

Mondays
Rosary in Spanish. 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph Parish Center, 2100 Pear St., Pinole. 510-741-4900.

Wednesdays
Meditation of the next Sunday Gospel and Coronilla in Spanish. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Center, 2100 Pear St., Pinole. 510-741-4900.

Wednesday, Jan. 13
Mindfullness Meditation for Healing and Wholeness. 10:30 a.m. to noon at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont.

Second Saturdays
Rosary in Spanish immediately after 7 p.m. Spanish Mass at St. Joseph Church. 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. 510-741-4900.

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TAIZE

(An ecumenical, candlelit service of prayer in simple chant, Scripture readings, silent worship and veneration of the cross.)

Friday, Dec. 18
8 to 9 p.m. third Fridays at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Sister Marcia Krause, OP, 510-502-5797.

Sunday, Dec. 20
Taizé in Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek, 7:30 p.m., the Church of the Resurrection, 399 Brandon Ave., Pleasant Hill. (Third Sundays).

Friday, Dec. 25
8 p.m. fourth Fridays, St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Information: www.facebook.com/TaizťOnTheIsland.

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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Perpetual
St. John the Baptist Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 510-230-4325; stjohns@sjtbc.us.

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.

St. Michael Parish, 458 Maple St. at Fourth St. in Livermore. Hours between 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. requires an access code. For code dial, 925-455-0543 or 925-980-4826. To schedule Holy Hour email: Adoration@StMichaelLivermore.com Effective Jan. 3, 2016.

Daily
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Most Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St., Antioch. 925-757-4020.

Monday to Thursday
2:30 to 3:30 p.m., St. Felicitas Church Chapel (inside St. Joseph Center/Office), 1662 Manor Blvd., San Leandro. 510-351-5244.

Monday to Saturday
9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel, 2500 Bermuda Ave., San Leandro. 9:30 a.m. first Fridays: all night to 7 p.m. Saturday. 510-614-2765.

Mondays
7 to 8:30 p.m. in the chapel at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Ave., Concord. 925-682-5447.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the convent chapel; and 2 to 9 p.m. in the church on Wednesdays St. Bede Parish, 26950 Patrick Ave., Hayward, 510-782-2171.

Mondays, Wednesdays
12:45 to 6:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton.

Tuesdays
8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. benediction in Mary's Chapel at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 to 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.

Wednesdays
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. David of Wales Church, 5641 Esmond Ave., Richmond. 510-237-1531.

First Thursdays
Holy Hour-First Thursday (or Thursday before first Friday) 7 p.m. 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. 510-482-0596.

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. 925-891-8900.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, 9 a.m. to midnight Fridays, midnight Fridays to 8 a.m. Saturdays, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. 925-634-4154.

Thursdays, first Saturdays
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday (first Saturdays), St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. 925-837-2122.

Fridays
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. every third Friday at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd. (off Mission Tierra), Fremont. Contact: blessings@msjdominicans.org or 510-449-7554.

Noon to 5 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 606 Mellus St., Martinez. 925-324-3589.

1 to 8 p.m. at St. Monica Church, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga,.925-376-6900.

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. 925-439-6404.

First Fridays
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Church, 3100 Van Buren St., Alameda 510-373-5200.

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin.

12:30 to 4:45 p.m. at St. Felicitas Church, 1662 Manor Blvd., San Leandro. 510-351-5244.

After the 8 a.m. Mass with Vespers at 5:30 p.m. followed by Benediction at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. 510-522-0181.

First Saturdays
After 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.

Every last Saturday
Immediately after 7 p.m. Spanish Mass; ends with benediction at 9 p.m., St. Joseph Church, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. 510-741-4900.

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Young Adults

St. Charles Borromeo Church, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. We gather as a community of young adults aged 18 to 35 to attend Mass. If you are going to Mass, why not go with friends? Questions? 4.12youngadultministry@gmail.com.

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Fundraisers

Saturday, Jan. 9
Surf and Turf Crab Dinner, including grilled tri-tip. 6 p.m. at St. Agnes Church, 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Entertainment: Concord High Ladies First Choir. Sponsored by the St. Agnes KofC Council 15344. Tickets are available at the church office and after all weekend Masses. $50 per adult. Mike McDermott, mtmcder@pacbell.net or 925-676-2384.

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Events

Friday, Dec. 18
Christmastime is Here! 7:30 to 9 p.m., St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. Community singalong, refreshments and good cheer follows in the Pope John Paul II Activity Center. Free-will offering, catholicsofpleasanton.org.

Saturday, Dec. 19
A special Christmas Concert by VINTAGE. 7:30 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Free.

Voices of Music, 7:30 p.m., St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. Virtuoso Italian concertos by Corelli, Torelli and Vivaldi. Lisa Grodin, Cynthia Freivogel Miller, Carla Moore, David Tayler, Tanya Tomkins and Hanneke van Proosdij, soloists. Tickets: Voicesofmusic.org.

Thursday, Dec. 31
New Year's Eve Retreat. Begins with reflection session at 7 p.m. at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, 43326 Mission Blvd. (off Mission Tierra) Fremont. 9 p.m. Mass; 10 p.m. potluck reception; 11 p.m. to midnight Eucharistic Adoration. RSVP by Dec. 26 at http://bit.ly/2015NewYearRetreat or 510-933-6360.

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SUPPORT GROUPS

Thursdays
Widow/Widowers Support Group, 6 to 7:15 p.m., Hall B, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Brentwood. Contact: Sandy Heinisch, 925-513-3412 or Mary Ann Smith, 925-240-1706.

Thursday, Dec. 17
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa, 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Call Joan S. at 925-939-1007.

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Grief Support

Services Grief Ministries, Diocese of Oakland. Sessions are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation. Facilitated by Rev. Padraig Greene, parish relationship director.

Dec. 22, Jan.12
Why does it hurt so much? — 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays at St. John Vianney Parish, Mullen Commons; 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, 925-939-8149.

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