Lent is a period of prayer, fasting, repentance and almsgiving in preparation for Christ's resurrection. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which is March 1 this year.
Here are some Lenten events. If you have a Lenten event to share, send the information to Carrie McClish, email@example.com.
Wednesday, March 1
Ash Wednesday Day of Renewal. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or Evening of Renewal, 6 to 8 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Cost for day retreat is $40 and includes lunch. Cost for evening retreat is $25 and includes meal. Information/registration, www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, ext.315.
Ash Wednesday Day of Reflection — Moving Beyond Borders. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Maryknoll Mission House, 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo. Hospitality begins at 9:30 a.m. The day will start with prayer and distribution of ashes in the chapel and will be followed by guided meditations, reflections and sharing. A simple meatless meal will be provided. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a journal. Contact: Andres Garcia, 510-276-5021 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 7 to April 25 (Tuesdays)
Lenten Book Series: A Pilgrimage through Lent and Beyond with Kathy Miranda 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Books are Joyce Rupp's "Walking in a Relaxed Manner: Life Lessons from the Camino" and Paula D'Arcy's "Daily Reflections for Lent and Easter." $20 per session or $140 for the series. Information/registration: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, ext. 315.
March 12, 13, 14
Lenten Mission. 7 p.m. at Holy Rosary Parish, 1313 A St., Antioch. Three-evening Lenten Mission with Tom Booth. Details: 925-757-4020.
Friday, March 31
Lenten Day of Prayer. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame. Facilitated by Sister Bernadette (Bernie) Hart, RSM. Bring your Bible for Lectio Divina and journal for personal reflections. $20. Registration deadline: March 24. Bring a bag lunch. Register online at www.reachandteach.com/mercycenter/index.php?l=product_detail&p=424 or by phone, 650-340-7454.
Feb. 24 to April 7
Christ the King's seven-week Grief Support Group. 9 to 11 a.m. at Christ the King Parish Ministry Center, 199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill. (Coffee and pastries served from 8:30 to 9 a.m.) Contact: Kate Doherty: 925-246-1128.
Sunday, Feb. 26
Lunar New Year Celebration. 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. With Winnie Wong, guzheng, Alan Yip, erhu, and the China's Spirit Music Ensemble.
Tuesday, Feb. 28
The Big Bang and Beyond — A Panorama of Modern Cosmology. 7:30 p.m., Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. Presented by Karl van Biber, professor and chairman, Department of Nuclear Engineering, UC-Berkeley. Also on Livestream. Information/RSVP: dspt.edu/cosmology.
March 2 to 9
March courses at the School of Applied Theology, St. Albert's Priory, 5890 Birch Court, Berkeley. March 2, 9 and 16, 10 a.m. to noon: Moral Explorations of Human Sexuality, presented by Rev. Gerald Coleman, SS. $120; March 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: The Power of Grace, Gratitude and Generosity, presented by David Richo. $80; March 14, 1 to 3 p.m.: Science vs. Religion: The War That Never Was, presented by Joshua Moritz. $40. For more courses or to register go to www.satgtu.org/course-offerings or 510-652- 1651.
Sunday, March 5
Muslims and Christians: Reaching to the Next Spiritual Level through Forgiveness with Brother Michael Minton, OFM, and Nazeer Ahmed. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. $40 cost includes lunch. Information/registration: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, ext. 315.
Saturday, March 11
Melkite Greek Catholic Church Divine Liturgy. 5 p.m. in the Gesu Chapel of the Jesuit School of Theology, 1735 Leroy Ave., Berkeley. Rev. Christopher Hadley, SJ, and Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo, pastor of St. Elias Melkite Church in Los Gatos, will concelebrate. Service in English. All are welcome. Roman Catholics may fulfill their Sunday obligation by attending this Divine Liturgy. www.steliasmelkite.org.
Family Movie Night. 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Parish, Stack Center, 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. In honor of Our Lady we will be showing the 13th Day about the apparition at Fatima.
Saturday, March 18
The Catholic Daughters of America Court No. 2400's Third Annual Salad Bar Luncheon and Bingo. 11:30 a.m. at the St. Felicitas Msgr. McGinty Hall, 1662 Manor Blvd, San Leandro. Tickets: $15, includes play and lunch. Various charities and the rice bowl project are supported through your ticket donation. Reservations: Kim Oliver, regent at 510-940-5949, by March 12.
Saturday, March 25
Spirituality Through the Art of Icons. 9 a.m. to noon at Dominican Center Art Room, 43326 Mission Circle (off Mission Tierra), Fremont. Lecture and hands-on icon drawing. $25. RSVP by March 15 at http://bit.ly/2017Icons or 650-245-2723. Sponsor: Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Center for Education & Spirituality.
Mardi Gras Events
Saturday, Feb. 25
Queen of All Saints Mardi Gras. 6 to 10 p.m. at the Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle (Baldwin Park), Concord. Dinner and dance, $45 per person or $400 per table of 10. Details/tickets: 925-825-0350.
St. Benedict Parish Mardi Gras Dance. 6 to 10 p.m. at in the parish hall, 2245 82nd Ave., Oakland. Tickets/information: call Dolores Millet, 510-638-7263.
4th Annual St. Columba Parish Dinner Dance and Live Auction Gala. 6 to 11 p.m. in church hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Tickets: $40. Information: contact 510-550-4060 or www.stcolumba-oak.com.
Sunday, Feb. 26
Sacred Heart Parish Mardi Gras. 4 to 10 p.m. in the church hall, 4025 Martin Luther King Jr., Way, Oakland. No-host bar, dinner, dancing, auction, raffle and door prizes. $40 per person. Adults only. Advance purchase required. No tickets sold at the door. Information/tickets: Gilda Costa, 510-652-2855.
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Feb. 20, 27, March 6
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; email@example.com.
Tai Chi class. 8 to 9 a.m. Mondays in the parish hall, St. Columba Church, 6409 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Sponsored by St. Columba Parish Health Cabinet, free. Kate Hobbs, 510-507-6304.
Feb. 21, 28, March 7
Men of St. Joseph meeting. 7 to 8 a.m. Tuesdays in Ourspace room, at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesdays, Feb. 22, March 1, 8
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.
Feb. 28, March 14, 28
Fil/Am ministry. 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, St. Clement Parish Center, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Simon Medrano, 510-303-2965.
Rosary in Spanish. 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph Parish Center, 2100 Pear St., Pinole. 510-741-4900.
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.
Ecumenical Prayer Service. 8:45 to 9 a.m. at San Damiano Retreat Center Chapel, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Free. Information: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141.
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(An ecumenical, candlelit service of prayer in simple chant, Scripture readings, silent worship and veneration of the cross.)
Friday, Feb. 24
8 p.m. fourth Fridays, St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. Information: www.facebook.com/TaizeOnTheIsland.
Friday, March 17
8 to 9 p.m. at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, Chapel, 43326 Mission Circle, Fremont. Information: Sister Marcia Krause, OP, 510-502-5797.
Sunday, March 19
Prayer Around the Cross: Worship through Song, Scripture and Silence in the style of Taizé. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, 1543 Sunnyvale Ave., Walnut Creek. Third Sundays at a different church in the Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek area.
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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. To schedule: 925-689-0838.
Holy Spirit Parish, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. 510-797-1660.
St. Michael Parish, 458 Maple St. at Fourth St., Livermore. To schedule: Adoration@StMichaelLivermore.com.
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, First Friday
9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to midnight every First Friday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel, 2500 Bermuda Ave., San Leandro. 510-614-2765.
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 at St. Bede Parish, 26950 Patrick Ave., Hayward, 510-782-2171.
12:45 to 6:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton.
8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. benediction in Mary's Chapel at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland.
6 to 7 p.m.: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; Confessions: 6 to 6:45 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. 510-843-2244; www.stjosephtheworkerchurch.org.
6:30 to 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) 7 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland. Every Thursday before the First Friday 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.
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.
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, St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. 510-522-0181.
Immediately 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.
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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4.12 Young Adult Ministry 11:30 a.m. Sundays at 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? firstname.lastname@example.org.
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March 8, April 12, May 10
Mindful Meditation for Healing and Wholeness. 10:30 a.m. to noon at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Circle, Fremont. Registration and refreshments begin at 10 a.m. Gratitude offering. Sister Joan Prohaska, OP, facilitator; Lynette Gullings, RN, wellness coordinator; Sister Ingrid Clemmensen, OP, spiritual director. Registration: http://bit.ly/2017Mindfulness or 510-933-6360.
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Thursday, March 16
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa, 7 to 9 p.m. third Thursdays at St. Mary of the Immaculate Church, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Contact: Joan S., 925-939-1007.
Military Peer Support Group. 7 to 8 p.m. in the rectory at St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. Veterans share life challenges and opportunities. Contact: Dom Pietro at 925-462-4665 or email at email@example.com. All ages welcome.
Widow/Widowers Support Group, 6 to 7:15 p.m., Hall B, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood. Contact: Sandy Heinisch, 925-513-3412 or Mary Ann Smith, 925-240-1706.
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Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Service, Ministry Events & Support Groups
Presented by the Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services Grief Ministries, Diocese of Oakland. Sessions are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation. Facilitated by Rev. Padraig Greene, parish relationship director.
Saturday, Feb. 25
Why Does It Hurt So Much? 11 a.m. fourth Saturdays at Holy Angels/Cooper Chapel; 1580 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland. Information: 510-533-4114.
Wednesday, March 8
Why Does It Hurt So Much? 2 p.m. second Wednesdays at St. Joseph Cemetery, 2540 Church Lane, San Pablo. Information: 510-234-2012.
Thursday, March 9
Why Does It Hurt Do Much? 7 p.m. second Thursdays at Holy Angels/Sorensen Chapel, 1140 B St., Hayward. Information: 510-581-1234.
It Does Not Have to Hurt Forever. At St. Joseph Parish, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. Information: 510-741-4900.
March 9, 23
Grief Support Workshop. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. No pre-registration necessary. These bi-monthly sessions are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation. Information: Eleanor Flatley at 925-846-8708.
Saturday, March 11
Loss of a Child. 10 a.m. second Saturdays at St. John Vianney Parish, Mullen Commons, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Information: 925-939-8149.
Suicide Support. Noon second Saturdays at St. John Vianney Parish, Mullen Commons, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Information: 925-939-8149.
Feb. 28, March 14
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. Information: 925-939-8149.