Tuesdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21
Eucharistic Adoration. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. Held in Mary’s Chapel, which can be accessed from Pleasant Street. The last hour of Adoration is dedicated to the recitation of the Rosary which starts at 7 p.m.

Wednesdays, Sept. 8, 15, 22
Christ the King Bible Study and Charismatic Prayer Meeting. 7:30 p.m. at the Charismatic Catholic Renewal Office, 6 St. Lawrence Ct, Pleasant Hill. All are welcome to share in charismatic praise, singing and sharing the gifts of God’s Spirit. Information: (800) 474-6644.

Wednesday, Sept. 15
Healing Mass. 7:30 p.m., St. Leander Church, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Father Paul Schmidt, presiding.

Vespers Service. 7:30 p.m., Plymouth United Church of Christ, Oakland. “Song of the Magdalene: a Vespers Service honoring and reclaiming the story of St. Mary of Magdala.” A service of sacred choral music, liturgical dance, Scripture and narration. Benefit for St. Mary’s Center, which serves homeless seniors in downtown Oakland. Donation: $20. Tickets available at Sagrada, 4926 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. Phone: (510) 653-7196.

Friday, Sept. 24
Ecumenical Candlelight Taize. 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. An hour or so of silence, solitude, and serenity. Prayer song, a combination of selective and contemplative mantras, accompanied by string instruments and/or percussion; may include Scriptural reading and inspirational prayer. Every 4th Friday.

Saturday, Sept. 25
Marian Life in the Spirit Seminar. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Queen of All Saints Church, 2390 Grant St., Concord. Presider: Father Robert Faricy. Information: Bea Benham, (925) 687-8232.

Gregorian Chant. Cum Jubilo and Exaudi Nos, Gregorian Chant groups sing the 4:30 p.m. vigil Mass at St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St. in Berkeley. Every 4th Saturday.

Eucharistic Adoration. 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., at 1850 Church Lane. At Mary’s House Chapel, 1850 Church Lane, San Pablo.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. At Divine Mercy Center and Perpetual Adoration Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 24 hours a day. Do you want to change your life and live more with God? Then become an adorer of Christ. Spend an hour with Jesus. For more information, phone (510) 412-4715.

Saturday, Sept. 11
A Day of Retreat with Father Michael Barry, SSCC. 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Divine Mercy Chapel, 11152 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. The Sacred Hearts priest has been involved in the Charismatic Renewal since 1976 and served as director of the Renewal in the San Bernardino Diocese from 1980-1999. Information: (510) 412-4715.

Sept. 17-19
Married Couples Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “My Beloved” with Carol Kaplan and Father Barry Brunsman, OFM. Cost: $270 ($50 deposit). Call: Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141;

Sept. 24-26
Women’s Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Embracing The Beloved: Opening Our Hearts Through Poetry, Presence and Prayer” with Denise Roy, author of “My Monastery Is A Minivan.” Room preference: private $190, double per person $160. Call Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141;

Sept. 30-Oct. 3
Men’s Cursillo Weekend. At St. Philip Neri Parish, 3108 Van Buren St., Alameda. A dynamic weekend full of the traditional activities of the Oakland Cursillo. Contact: Kathy Domanski, (925) 866-8544.

Oct. 1-3
Franciscan Spirituality Retreat. At San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. “Francis and Clare of Assisi: Rebuilding the Church” with Franciscan Father Bill Short. Francis and Clare lived in a church marked by conflict and crisis. Through preaching and example, hard work and contemplative silence, they brought healing and life into the Church of the 13th century. Their example can inspire today’s Catholics to bring healing to the Church. Cost: private $170, double $140 per person. Contact Lorraine Steele, (925) 837-9141;

Saturday, Oct. 2
Blessing Of The Animals. 2 p.m., San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville. With Franciscan Father Father Barry Brunsman. All are invited to bring four-legged and feathered friends to the Blessing in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Free. Information: (925) 837-9141

Oct. 8-11
Women’s Cursillo Weekend. At St. Philip Neri Parish, 3108 Van Buren St., Alameda. Discuss your faith, discover your unique gifts, and learn more about your journey to become more like Christ. Contact: Kathy Domanski, (925) 866-8544.

Saturday, Oct. 9
A Day of Prayer and Healing. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., 4 p.m. Mass with Father Dick Schiblin, CSSR. Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Presented by the Association of Christian Therapists, Region 20. With Linda Schubert, who travels internationally in the Catholic Charismatic renewal and Santiago Salaices, a pastoral counselor and author. $20 Pre-registration by Sept. 25, $25 on Oct. 9. Information: Joan, (925) 254-5778; Sally and Herb, (510) 531-8025.

Tuesdays, Sept. 7, 21
Berkeley Divorced, Separated Catholics Support Group. 6-7:15 p.m. at. St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. Led by psychotherapist. Meets on first and third Tuesdays of the month. Contact: Suzanne Lavois, (510) 655-3900.

Thursdays, Sept. 9, 23
Summer Bi-monthly Bereavement Support Group. 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. All welcome regardless of religious orientation. Meet 2nd and 4th Thursday of month. Concludes Sept. 23. Information: Mary, (925) 846-5377.

Sept. 10, 11, 12
Retrouvaille Weekend. Program geared to help couples rebuild marriages that have become unloving and uncaring. Also for couples thinking of separation or divorce. Call Chris and Katy Huntze, area coordinators, Oakland Diocese, (925) 425-5222.

Tuesdays, Sept. 14, 28
Catholic Divorced Widowed and Separated of Contra Costa. 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Family Life Center, 2350 Pacheco St., Suite 201, Concord. Meets on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Facilitator Joe Gerhards, (925) 682-3314 or Lanai Cline, (925) 676-3338.

Sept. 25-26
Workshop for Recently Divorced. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Family Life Center, 2350 Pacheco St., Suite 201, Concord. Topics include self-image, stress, anger, blame, loneliness, growth and more. $35 donation. No one turned away for lack of funds. Call: Joe Gerhards, (925) 682-3314 or Lanai Cline, (925) 685-0497.

Thursday, Sept. 9
Catholic Professional and Business Club of the Diocese of Oakland. 7 – 8:30 a.m. at the San Ramon Marriott, San Ramon. Featured speaker: Raymond Arroyo, news director and lead anchor of the EWTN News Network. Mass at 6:15 a.m. Reservations: (925) 552-9602 or e-mail:

Sept. 15-18
The Preacher and the Challenge of Technology Conference. San Jose Marriott, San Jose. Keynote presentations by Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe, itinerant preacher and lecturer, Blackfriars, Oxford, England; Gloria Duffy, president and CEO, Commonwealth Club of California; and Archbishop Emeritus John R. Quinn of San Francisco. Information: (202) 687-4420, ext. 1;

Wednesday, Sept. 22
Lecture series. 7:30 p.m., St. Perpetua Parish Hall, 3454 Hamlin Road, Lafayette. “Making a Living or Making a Life? Finding God in Today’s Workplace” by Jerome P. Baggett, assistant professor of religion and society, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. $5 per evening or $15 for entire series. Information: (925) 283-0272, #203, or

Friday, Sept. 24
“Out of the Shadowlands: The Secret Catholic Life of C.S. Lewis and Oscar Wilde.” 7:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Parish, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Best-selling biographer Joseph Pearce will discuss C.S, Lewis, who found Christianity but never converted to Catholicism, and Oscar Wilde, who led a life of decadence and converted on his deathbed. Information: (415) 387-2324, ext. 130.

Thursday, Sept. 30
Lecture. Jesuit Father Donald Gelpi, professor emeritus, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, will speak on “Learning to Live with Lonergan.” 7:30 p.m., Dinner Boardroom, Graduate Theological Union Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. The first in a series of four lectures commemorating the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley’s 70th anniversary and the centenary of the birth of three influential Jesuit theologians of the 20th century: John Courtney Murray, S.J., Bernard Lonergan, S.J., and Karl Rahner, S.J. Information: (510) 549-5000.

Thursday, Sept. 9
Italian Catholic Federation Branch #223 Harvestime Ravioli Dinner. At St. Theresa Hall, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. No-host cocktails, 6:15 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. Chef: Joe Scodeller, St. Theresa parishioner. Tickets: $14 for adults, $7 for children 7-12 years of age. Reservations, by check, to I.C.F. Br. #223 and mailed to Holly Raineri, 1074 Annerley Road, Piedmont, CA 94610; phone: (510) 451-0608.

Sept. 10-12
St. Raymond’s 22nd Annual Fall Festival. 6-10 p.m. on Sept. 10 and 11; 1-5 p.m. on Sept. 12. Includes live bands and casino nights, international food booths, carnival games, craft fair, etc. Call Suzanne Siu, (925) 829-3574.

Saturday, Sept. 11
50th Annual Parish Festival. 10 a.m.- 10 p.m., St. Leander Parish, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Special day of games, socializing, and food. Attendees are urged to dress like they did in the 1950s to mark the anniversary. Contact the parish office: (510) 895-5631,

Sunday, Sept. 12
Palmdale Spectacular VII – Annual Fundraiser for Holy Family Sisters. 1-5 p.m., Sisters of the Holy Family Motherhouse, 159 Washington Blvd., Fremont. Silent and live auction. Sister Michaela O’Connor to deliver a special presentation by on the history of the Palmdale Estate; also a self-guided walking tour, food, harp music. Tickets: $75. Proceeds benefit the ministries of the Holy Family Sisters. Contact: Linda Micciche, (510) 624-4581.

Noel Institute #113 Young Ladies Institute Barbecue Social. Cocktails at 2 p.m.; dinner, 3 p.m. At the home of Marie and Charles Minnihan. Cost: $10 per person, two free drinks. Raffle prizes available. Reservations and directions to the Minnihan’s home by calling Dolores Vazquez, (510) 357-5903.

Annual St. Theresa Parish Picnic. 3-6 p.m. at 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland. Games and activities from 3-4 p.m., BBQ chicken dinner from 4-6 p.m. Tickets: $5 for adults, $3 children 12 and under. Tickets will be on sale after all Masses, Aug. 28-29, Sept 4-5, and at the entrance to the picnic area on the parish grounds. Questions: (510) 547-2777.

Thursday, Sept. 16
St. Anthony Council #12 Salad Luncheon Bingo. Noon, Newark Pavilion, 6430 Thornton Ave., Newark. Contact: Rose Hernandez, (510) 794-8771.

Friday, Sept. 17
Friday Fish Fry Dinner. 3-8 p.m., St. Anthony Church, 971 O’Hara Ave., Oakley. Fried Pollack Filets or Grilled Alaskan salmon dinners. Dine in social hall or take home. $7 donation to benefit community center project. Sponsor: St. Anthony Guild. Call Judi, (925) 625-5448 or Regina, (925) 625-2109.

Sept. 17-19
All Saints Fiesta. 6 – 10 p.m. on Sept. 17, noon – 10 p.m. on Sept. 18, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sept. 19. At All Saints Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward. Food, games and entertainment. Also raffle of $5000 in cash prizes. Contact Alison Brathwaite, (510) 582-4216.

Sept. 18-19
St. John the Baptist Parish Festival. 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. Sept. 18: complete buffet dinner for $25, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sept. 19: kids’ carnival games with prizes, international food booths, live entertainment, etc. Information: (510) 232-5659.

Sept. 25-26
St. John’s Revived Festival – the “Back to the 50’s.” Noon – 9 p.m. on Sept. 25 (Saturday dinner will be served 5-7 p.m.); Noon – 6 p.m. on Sept. 26. At St. John Parish, 264 E. Lewelling Blvd, San Lorenzo. Call Pat Capra, (510) 582-2403 or Rachel Gomez, (510) 352-4265.

Sunday, Sept. 26
Fall Champagne Brunch. 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Scott’s Seafood Restaurant, Oakland. Benefit for St. Vincent’s Day Home’s playground renovation project. Tickets: $35 adults, $10 children under 10 years. RSVP by Sept. 17. Phone: (510) 832-8324, e-mail:

Saturday, Oct. 2
Dinner Dance. At Holy Spirit Hall, 375 88 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Dinner from 6-8 p.m., dancing 8 p.m.-midnight. Donation: $25 per person. Tickets: (510) 656-8191 or (510) 657-4043.

Sunday, Oct. 3
El Rancho Day. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., 1910 San Antonio Ave., Alameda. Fundraiser for St. Joseph Elementary School. Information: (510) 522-4457.

Saturday, Oct. 16
St. Mary’s Center Annual Dinner and Auction. 6 p.m., Greek Orthodox Auditorium, 4700 Lincoln Way, Oakland. Complimentary wine reception with silent auction. Auction items include Holland American Cruise for two, Sierra cabin for a week, sports memorabilia, fine wines and fine jewelry. Tickets: $75 per person. Information: (510) 893-4723.

Sunday, Sept. 12
St. Agnes Parish 40th Anniversary Mass and Celebration. 10:45 a.m., 3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord. Bishop Allen Vigneron will dedicate and bless new outdoor shrine in honor of St. Agnes during the festivities. Reception to follow.

Sept. 24, 26
Celebration of 50th anniversary of St. Jarlath Church building. Concert: Sept. 24, 7 p.m. at St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland. Followed by reception in “Rose Garden” outside main entrance to the parish hall. Anniversary Mass: Sept. 26, 11 a.m. Bishop Allen Vigneron to preside. Parish festival to follow on the church grounds. All are invited.

Mondays, Sept. 6, 13, 20
Voices of Musica Sacra. 7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Ave., Walnut Creek. Multi-faith choir is seeking new members for all voice parts. Repertoire includes music from all periods from Renaissance to contemporary with a broad range of styles. Information: (925) 680-7089.

Thursday, Sept. 9
Concert. 7:30 p.m., Corpus Christi Church, 322 St. James Dr., Piedmont. Evening of music by local composer Janet Sullivan Whitaker and friends. Hospitality to follow. A free-will offering is requested with all funds donated to Corazon, an organization that provides education, services and house-building projects in Mexico. Information: (510) 530-4343.

Sunday, Sept. 12
Concert. 3:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Mauro Correa, guitar, and the Latin American Chamber Music Society Ensemble. A free-will offering will be requested at the door.

Sunday, Sept. 26
Scanlon Fund Benefit Concert. 2 p.m., St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland. Artists include: Rawn Harbor, piano (liturgist, St. Columba Parish, Oakland), Janet Sullivan Whitaker, vocals (director of music, Corpus Christi, Piedmont), April McNeely, soprano (director of music, St. Clement, Hayward). Proceeds to support music program at St. Augustine. Tickets: $15 at door.

Through Oct. 17
Revelations and Reflections of Self-Taught Artists. Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Spirituality, a theme central to art for as long as humans have engaged in the creative process, is given accessible and vibrant expression in this exhibition. Coming from all walks of life and all regions of the country, self-taught artists contemplate life’s travails and unvarnished truths – often with humor, joy and spontaneity. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Admission donation: $2, free parking. Main desk: (925) 631-4379.

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