Volunteers to help feed the poor
Many hands are needed to help distribute groceries to homebound and low-income seniors at various sites in Alameda County through the Mercy Brown Bag program. Various positions include registering clients, filling bags, unloading trucks, as well as clerical help and volunteers who speak Chinese and Mandarin. Contact Nicole St. Lawrence at 510-534-8547, ext. 369, or visit MercyBrownBag.org.
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Friday, July 14
All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry, Grilled Cheese and Pasta Too! 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Raymond Parish, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. $7 per person, $7 takeout per box; kids menu, $3 kids 6-12, kids 5 and under eat free. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus, Council 7987. (No fish fry in August.)
July 21 and 23
A Concert of Sacred Music by the 30-member French Boy's Choir (Maîtrise des Hauts de France). Free, donations accepted. 7 p.m. July 21 at St. Margaret Mary, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland, 510-482-0596; 7:30 p.m. July 23 at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch, 925-778-0768, email@example.com.
Sunday, July 23
Patriotic Mass. 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Join the Catholic Daughters of the Americas of the Diocese of Oakland in their traditional celebration of patriotism.
Saturday, Aug. 5
Find Your Iggy: St. Ignatius Spiritual Exercises introductory session. 9 a.m. to noon at St. Raymond Parish, Moran Hall, Rooms 1-3, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. The 12-week program begins Aug. 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. or Aug. 15 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the parish. For more information, contact Miriam Pasqual at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-828-9746.
Night for the Seminarians hosted by the Central Council of the Italian Catholic Federation. 5:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Isidore Catholic Church, Msgr. Daniel Cardelli Activity Center, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. Bishop's Vineyard wine tasting, hors d'oeuvers, raffle; $30 before July 29 and $35 at the door. Contact Lisa, 510-861-9835.
Saturday, Aug. 12
St. Anne Parish 14th Annual Wine in the Bay. Campos Family Vineyards, Byron. Event includes wine, beer and olive oil tastings, music, and more. Tickets: $50. Contact Peggy Ann Valley at 925-890-5255 email@example.com or Linda Thomas at 925-634-3439 firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased via PayPal at http://www.stannechurchbyron.com and they will be held at Will Call.
Aug. 18 to 20
Catholic Men's Fellowship Fall Retreat, at Old Oak Ranch, 1520 Old Oak Ranch Road, Sonora. This retreat's theme is God working in our lives: "What in heaven's name is God up to." Deacon Bill Brennan, in the Diocese of Stockton, will lead our retreat. $180 donation for meals and lodging. Information: Chris Walker, 209-264-2263 or visit CatholicMen.org.
Sunday, Aug. 20
Pasta Dinner at San Damiano. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Information/registration: go to www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, ext. 315.
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July 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug. 7
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 or 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.
July 11, 18, 25
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.
July 11, 25, Aug. 8
Fil/Am ministry. 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, St. Clement Parish Center, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward. Simon Medrano, 510-303-2965.
July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2, 9
Perpetual Help Devotion Baclaran format. Wednesdays, 8:15 a.m. after last morning Mass, Our Lady Queen of the World Church, 3155 Winterbrook Drive, Bay Point. 925-550-0679.
Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7
First Saturday Devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. 10 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. Group Rosary prayer, Enrollment of the Brown Scapular and Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. (There will not be an 8 a.m. Mass on these mornings.)
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.
Catholic Men Night. 7 p.m. at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Adoration, Confession and Rosary for men. Food and drink follow. Contact: email@example.com.
Holy Hour for Vocations. 7 p.m. at Corpus Christi Parish, 37891 Second St., Fremont. 510-790-3207.
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.
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.)
At Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Chapel in Fremont is on summer hiatus. There will be no Taizé in July or August. It will resume on the third Friday in September. Information, contact Sister Marcia Krause, OP, at 510-502-5797.
Sunday, July 16
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, 1543 Sunnyvale Ave., Walnut Creek. Ecumenical services held the third Sunday of the month at different church sites.
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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. 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.
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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July 23 to 28
Francis & the Cosmic Christ silent retreat with Rev. Michael Crosby, OFM Cap. At San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Cost is $395 (private room) or $320 (shared room). Information/registration: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, ext. 315.
July 28 to 30
Franciscan Hermitage Experience silent retreat with Sister Mary Jo Chaves, OSF and Dorothy Charbonneau. At San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Cost is $235 (private room) or $205 (shared room). Information/registration: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, ext. 315.
July 31 to Aug. 5
The Silence and the Word, the Music and the Dance with Cyprian Consiglio, OSB. At Santa Sabina Retreat, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. 415-457-7727. Information/registration: www.santasabinacenter.org.
Aug. 4 to 6
Working with Dreams and the Life of the Spirit dream workshop with Jeremy Taylor. At San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Cost is $235 (private room) or $205 (shared room). Information/registration: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, ext. 315.
Aug. 7 to 11
Centering Prayer Retreat with Joy Andrews Hayter and Father Bill Sheehan, OMI. At Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame. $485 overnight/no commuter rate. Registration deadline: July 31, www.mercy-center.org or 650-340-7454.
Aug. 13 to 18
The Holy Mirror: Discovering Ourselves Through the Lens of Scripture. At Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Retreat leader: Alice Camille, author, religious educator and nationally known retreat leader; vallombrosa.org or 650-325-5614.
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Sunday July 16
Sips, Snacks & Jazz at San Damiano. 3:30 to 6 p.m. at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Enjoy the Big Band sounds of the CoolTones while sipping wine and eating treats. Cost: $25. Information/registration: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, ext. 315.
Steubenville Youth Conference. At California State University, East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward. Sponsored by Life Teen, a weekend conference designed to inspire and nurture teens and youth groups to the Gospel message. For incoming freshmen to outgoing seniors in high schools, accompanied by a chaperone, age 21 years and older. Information: lifeteen.com/events/steubenville-norcal.
Saturday, Aug. 12
Fourth Annual Joy of Life Dinner Celebration. Sponsored by the Respect Life Ministry of St. Catherine of Siena Parish. Tickets: Linda Easterday, 925-372-3845, or Deborah Pelizzari, 925-370-3874; $15 adults (18 and over), $10 seniors and youth (13-17) and free for children 12 years and younger. Proceeds benefit pro-life programs. St. Catherine of Siena Parish Hall, 604 Mellus St., Martinez. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Live music, raffle, auction, face painting and balloon animals.
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July 13, 27, Aug. 10, 24
CCOP Grief Support Ministry. Second and fourth Thursday evenings at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. No pre-registration is necessary. These sessions are open to all regardless of religious affiliation. Information: Eleanor Flatley, 925-846-8708.
Thursday, July 20
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@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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East Bay Center for the Blind. Volunteers are needed for a variety of activities to assist with the center's daily operations, programs and events. Specific volunteer activities include assisting with clerical tasks, reading of printed materials aloud, transportation, assisting with outreach and fundraising. For more information contact Jan Santos at 510-843-6935 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (with "Attention Jan" in the subject line) or visit the website at http://eastbaycenterfortheblind.org.
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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.
Wednesday, July 12
Why Does It Hurt So Much? 2 p.m. second Wednesdays at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery; 2540 Church Lane, San Pablo, 510-234-2012 for further information.
Thursday, July 13
Why Does It Hurt So Much? 7 p.m. second Thursdays at Holy Angels/Sorensen Chapel; 1140 'B' St., Hayward, 510-581-1234 for further information.
July 22, Aug. 26
Why Does It Hurt So Much? 11 a.m. fourth Saturdays at Holy Angels/Cooper Chapel; 1580 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland, 510-533-4114 for further information.