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The key to understanding the meaning of Lent is simple: Baptism.

Preparation for Baptism and for renewing baptismal commitment lies at the heart of the season. Since the Second Vatican Council, the Church has re-emphasized the baptismal character of Lent, especially through the restoration of the Catechumenate and its Lenten rituals.

Our challenge today is to renew our understanding of this important season of the Church year and to see how we can integrate our personal practices into this renewed perspective.

Why is Baptism so important in our Lenten understanding? Lent as a 40-day season developed in the fourth century from three merging sources:

▪ The first was the ancient paschal fast that began as a two-day observance before Easter but was gradually lengthened to 40 days.

▪ The second was the catechumenate as a process of preparation for Baptism, including an intense period of preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation to be celebrated at Easter.

▪ The third was the Order of Penitents, which was modeled on the catechumenate and sought a second conversion for those who had fallen back into serious sin after Baptism. As the catechumens (candidates for Baptism) entered their final period of preparation for Baptism, the penitents and the rest of the community accompanied them on their journey and prepared to renew their baptismal vows at Easter.

Lent, then, is radically baptismal.

Lenten/Easter Opportunities for Prayer & Reflection
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Our Lady of Lourdes is offering weekly opportunities to come together to pray, reflect, and deepen our Lenten experience.

Join us each Monday evening at 7:00 pm, beginning the first week of Lent (Monday, March 11) and continuing into the Easter season (through Monday, May 20). Each week we will pray, discuss, share, and seek to grow as missionary disciples. Information Booklets—including the focus and format for each week—will be provided after today’s mass.

For the full schedule: Click here

Lenten/Easter Schedule of Services
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March 6:  Ash Wednesday Mass 
8:00 am  &  7:00 pm

April 1:  Stations of the Cross
7:00 pm

April 8:  Sacrament of Reconciliation
7:00 pm

April 13:    Palm Sunday Vigil
5:00 pm

April 14:    Palm Sunday Mass
9:00 am  &  11:00 am

April 15 – 17:   Holy Week Triduum
8:00 am

April 18: Holy Thursday Mass
8:00 pm

April 19:  Good Friday Service
3:00 pm

April 20:  Easter Vigil Mass
8:00 pm

April 21:  Easter Mass
9:00 am  &  11:00 am

40 Days
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Lent is a favorable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ.”    -Pope Francis


Attention all Eucharistic Ministers!
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We are asking that all Eucharistic Ministers from ALL masses attend a one-hour training.

Whether you are new to this ministry or a veteran, the training will give us the opportunity to meet one another, to support one another in our ministry, and to review various procedures and protocols for our worship.

The training sessions will be held in the church on:

     Saturday, March 30  |  3:30 – 4:30 pm

     Sunday, March 31  |  12:30 – 1:30 pm

     Monday, April 1   |  5:30 – 6:30 pm

Please email lourdesleadership@gmail.com to let us know which of these three training sessions you will attend.

Thank you!

Hospitality and Discipleship: The Greatest among You Serves
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March 18 – 20, at both 10 a.m. and 7 p.m

Join Father Tom Bonacci for the St. Bonaventure parish mission on “Hospitality and Discipleship: The Greatest among You Serves.”

Father Bonacci is the director of the Interfaith Peace Project and noted for his scriptural scholarship and engaging presentations.

The retreat is March 18 – 20, at both 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (different sessions in morning and evening; morning session begins with 9 a.m. Mass).

St. Bonaventure Catholic Community, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94521.

For more information contact gcattalini@stbonaventure.net.

In Memory
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Irving & Claire Graves
Fr. Seamus D. Genovese
Kathleen Genovese
Richard Berger
George Aquino
Philip E. Bollinger
Mario Butzner, Sr.
Ronald Dobbins
Samuel Mbugua Gatheru
Aileen Hallissy
Allie Holley
Franz-Josef & Inge Keinhorst
Queenie Law Kwan
Eloise Lahoodie
Carlos & Pureza Lucian
Harry & Suzanne Matisinger
Annemarie Hirsh
Michael Robert Parket
Maria Pascua
Marie Sliwinski
J.D. Smith, Jr.
Fernando S. & Virginia Vidal
Mrs. Luella Yorke

Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angel.  – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sunday Collections
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Sunday, March 10, 2019 – $3,800.00

Ash Wednesday Collection – $656.00


SkaAmen – Reflection, Prayer, and Praise
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March 23  |   6:30 – 8:30 pm

Enjoy a night of praise and worship with SkaAmen at Bishop O’Dowd Theatre, 9500 Stearns Way, Oakland.

The evening will be bi-lingual and and is open to all ages. There will be time for reflection, prayer and praise to our Lord.

No need to register – just show up and enjoy the night – donations accepted at the door.

Ven is disfruta de Una Noche de Alabanza. La noche será bilingüe y abierta a todas las edades. Abra un momento de reflexión, oración y alabanza. No necesitas registraste, simplemente llega ese día y disfruta de la noche. Donaciones serán aceptadas en la puerta.

Taizé – Prayer Around the Cross
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February 15    March 15    May 17  |  8:00 – 9:00 pm

Prayer around the Cross will be offered from 8:00-9:00 p.m. on February 15, March 15, and May 17 at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Chapel, 43326 Mission Circle, Fremont.

For more information call 510.657.2468.

What About Race?
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Tuesday, March 12  |   7:00 PM

Our Social Justice/Cultural Outreach Committee is presenting: “What about Race?”

Recommended reading for this meeting: Racial Justice and the Catholic Church by Bryan Massingale and Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

Sign-up sheets will be available after each mass next weekend.

Keep watching the bulletin for more information.

WINGS Spring Season – Women in God’s Spirit
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WINGS resumes on March 13th, with the Spring season devoted to the topic of Faith in Action. WINGS is a faith enhancement group for women: it encourages spiritual growth through prayer, Scripture study, catechesis, life sharing and community.

We gather on Wednesdays in meeting room 1 at 9:15 am from October through May with hospitality, followed by the guest speaker and program until 11:15 am.

Our guest speaker presentations will uplift you and keep you informed. You’ll experience a welcoming community as we support each other in our spiritual growth. Bring a friend! Women from local parishes and other denominations are welcome!

Our theme for this year is “Here I Am Lord”. March 13th: Rev. Arthur Poulin, OSB Cam, Monk, Priest & Artist. Art as Faith in Action. For a complete list of speakers and dates, go to the parish website.

For additional information, contact Marilynne Homitz at mlhomitz@comcast.net.

March 13 – “Art as Faith in Action”
Rev. Arthur Poulin, OSB Cam.
Monk, Priest and Renowned Artist
Incarnation Monastery, Berkeley

March 20 – “Contemplation: A Heart’s Response to Justice”
Sister Elaine Sanchez, SHF
President Emerita, Tri-City Interfaith Council

March 27 – Challenge & Opportunity: Church in a Time of Reports & Scandals
Rev. Robert J. McCann, JCL
Pastor, St. Theresa Parish, Oakland

 April 3 – “Listening & Presence: Compassionate Faith in Action”
Rev. Jayson Landeza, Chaplain OPD
Pastor, St. Benedict Parish, Oakland

 April 10 – “Welcoming the Other”
Tim Iglesias, JD, Professor, USF School of Law
Board Member, Catholic Worker Movement

May 1 – “Antidote to Poverty: St. Mary’s Center”
Sister Marilyn Medau, PBVM
St. Mary’s Center, Oakland

May 8 – “Live, Lead & Serve with Abundant Joy”
Carolyn Trumble, Lay Minister
Maryknoll Mission Educator

Sessions are held at St. Theresa Event Center (4850 Clarewood Dr) and begin at 9:15am with hospitality. For more information or to attend as a guest, contact Marilynne Homitz at mlhomitz@comcast.net

Young Adult Group – Scripture Study
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Come and join the Young Adult group each week after the 11:00 am mass in the Parish Library for a scripture study.

We will be reflecting on the gospel reading for that week.  Our group gathers run from about 12:30 – 2:00 pm, but feel free to come when you can:)

All from the ages of 21-40(ish) are welcome to join!

Please contact lourdesyoungadult@gmail.com or see Mary Reilly or Elizabeth Dausch for more information!


All Are Welcome
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If you have just recently moved to the Oakland area, visited for awhile, or this is your first time worshiping with Our Lady Of Lourdes, we WELCOME you.

We invite you to call or stop by the church office if your interested in registering as a new member of our Church Community.

You can reach us on 510.451.1790 or on our Contact Page.

Church Envelopes
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Those of you who receive Church Envelopes or would like to receive them are able to pick them up after today’s mass in the Parish Vestibule

Instagram – Follow Us!
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Our Lady of Lourdes is now on Instagram!

Follow us @ladyoflourdesoakland

Mass Intention Requests
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If you would like to request a Mass Intention in 2018 or 2019, please call the church office at 510-451-1790 or send your e-mail request to lourdesoakland@icloud.com.

Prayer Requests
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Lillian Shannon Bertha G. Rosas Patricia Phillips Hilda Lee Augustine Lovell Brad Butler Mary Low Vivian Kogan Johnny Woods Christine Cavender Jeanie Quinn Myra Cheng Lucy Tsao Juanita Reyes Calvin Lee Arthur Alfaro Denise Perry Myron Turner Lynne Granander Bob Walker Tiffany Avery Smith Augustine Lovell Kitty Nemechek Arthur Alfaro Myron Turn Linda Adarkwa Fr. John Kemper Judy Kornell Aiden Forrester Danny Kershen Banket Lindberg Jerry & Patricia Kanerva Jeanie Colie Mehdi Ziana-Paredes Sr. Dorothy Stelzer Cora Jackson Marilyn Coffy Johnny Woods
Jerry Raffo Mario Butzner Algonda Noia

RICA – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
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Are you looking into the Catholic faith? If you are, or are interested in receiving the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and/or Confirmation at the 2019 Easter Vigil, the RCIA program will prepare you.

Please join us for this wonderful exploration and faith journey if you’re interested in receiving the sacraments or want to support our catechumens and candidates this year as a sponsor!

If you’re interested in receiving the sacraments or want to support our catechumens and candidates this year as a sponsor please contact Martina Tran at mpq_tran@yahoo.com

Shrines of France Pilgrimge
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Spring 2020

Welcome Pilgrims!

In the season of Easter and spring, 2020, we will set out to France, beginning in Paris and beyond to places of saints whose lives inspire us — St. Therese “The Little Flower,” St. Catherine Laboure, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Bernadette Soubirous, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. John Vianney and most especially Mary, Mother of God, whose healing intercession at Lourdes amazes all who visit.

On our pilgrimage we will visit renowned churches to admire their history and beauty and in a number of them we will celebrate our daily Eucharist. They include Sacre Coeur, Saint-Pierre de Montmartre, Notre Dame, Cathedral of Chartres and the grotto chapel of Lourdes.

The conclusion and high point of our journey will be the Shrine of Lourdes where we will have two full days to participate in the Eucharist, rosary, candlelight procession, opportunity to experience the healing waters of the miraculous Lourdes spring, free time for personal prayer and reflection and the opportunity to explore the town of Lourdes on foot.

It will be a joy for me to share with you this journey, to celebrate daily Eucharist with you and to be inspired by your presence.

Being a pilgrim is sharing a joyful and faith deepening spiritual journey. Join with us!

Camille Tompkins at the Catholic Voice  510.419.1081   or ctompkins@oakdiocese.org

Single Parents
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One of our parishioners is interested in forming a group for Catholic single parents that would meet here at Lourdes for community building, socializing, and spiritual connection.

We are trying to determine the interest level for such a group and, if there is interest, form a steering committee.

If you would like to be part of a Catholic single parents group, please email Carrie and Adrian at lourdesleadership@gmail.com


The  Acolyte
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Acolytes, also known as altar servers, or simply servers, assist the presider and/or deacon during the liturgy.

They hold the Roman Missal (or other book), prepare the table, place the vessels, and offer any other assistance needed to ensure that the Liturgy runs smoothly.

They may also carry the cross, candles, incense, or other items in procession.  Acolytes wear albs or another appropriate vesture to indicate that they are exercising their baptismal calling.

Acolytes may be men or women, adults or teens, and, ideally, they are fully initiated Catholics.  They must be reverent, responsible, collaborative, and able to adjust to the unexpected.

Consider serving our community as an acolyte!  Sign up at the Parish Life Fair or email lourdesleadership@gmail.com.

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Baptisms are on the first weekend of each month, except during Advent and Lent.

Our Baptism Coordinator is Nikki Walker.

Please call Nikki at 510 . 277 . 2088.

Bible Study
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Wednesdays  |  7:00 to 8:30

Our Bible Study group meets every Wednesday evening at 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Parish Hall.

For further information, contact Henrietta Hartshorn at 510 . 703. 2757.

Blessing Bags
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Our Blessing Bag Project has been thriving and serving homeless people for almost two years. Please help us continue this important ministry by making donations for our Blessing Bags.

1. We are in need of travel size deodorants and shampoo for our next distribution.

2. Please do not bring in foods that are quickly perishable or need to be cooked!!! Most of the people living in tents do not have cooking facilities or even a
way to boil water!!! Please donate only ready to eat foods that are packaged to last for a few weeks or months only!!!

We URGENTLY need protein snacks such as: tuna or chicken salad with cracker snack packs, Vienna sausage, Jerky, etc. and healthy snack bars.

3. Volunteers are needed to assist with distributing the Blessing Bags, beginning again in October (date to be announced).

4. For further information, contact Sr. Dottie Peterson.

Many thanks to the Parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes for caring and giving!

Bread Baking Ministry
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We are in need of people willing to bake bread for our weekend liturgies following a recipe that is officially approved for Eucharistic bread.

A training class will be offered.  Our goal is to get enough volunteers so that each person would only have to bake about once/month.

Interested?  Please contact Carrie and Adrian at lourdesleadership@gmail.com

Faith Formation Volunteers Needed!
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Are you interested in sharing your faith with young people?  We are looking for more volunteers to lead our faith formation program for children and the Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the 9:00 am Sunday liturgy.

All materials and training are provided!  New volunteers would begin in the second semester (January) and would be able to decide their level of commitment (monthly or semi-monthly).

If you’d like more information about this rewarding and fun ministry, please contact  Adrian and Carrie at lourdesleadership@gmail.com.

Homebound Ministry
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If you would like to spend time each week visiting someone who is homebound or confined to a retirement facility, please contact:

Conor O’Reilly at 424 . 226 . 6676.

Hospitality – Volunteers Needed
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First and Third Sundays of each month

Join us for Hospitality on the first and third weekends of the month in the Parish Hall after the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses.

We need volunteers to help us set up and plate food before and during the 9:00 am mass:  8:30-9:50 am. This is our most crucial time.

If a good number of you can help us once a month or once every 6 weeks during that time, the need would be met. Please reach out to Claire OReilly (oreilly.claire@gmail.com) or Mary Marsella (mmarsella14@gmail.com).

Becoming a Lector
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Would you like to become a Lector at Our Lady of Lourdes?

If you are interested in the Ministry of the Word, and are considering becoming a reader during the celebration of the mass.

Please call Maria for more details at 510 . 451 . 1790.

Music Director’s Corner
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Sundays | 10:15 am

Some of you may have noticed that we are singing new versions of the Kyrie, Glory to God, Holy, Holy, Memorial Acclamation, and Amen!

These Mass parts were written as a gift from our very own pianist/organist, Martin McGinn.

Marty has entitled the Mass “The Mass of Hospitality” and has dedicated it to Father Seamus. For those of you that knew Father Seamus, hospitality was a central core of his spirituality.

We invite all parishioners to attend rehearsals to join us on Sundays at 10:15 am before the 11:00 am Mass and sing!

No commitment required!


Faith Formation
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Faith Formation classes have begun.

If you would like to register your child in our Fall classes, please contact Gwen Eyike in the Church Office on 510-451-1790

Religious Education Classes For Children
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Religious Education Classes available at Our Lady of Lourdes.

For more information please call (510) 451-1790.

Young Adults

Calling All Young Adults (20’s and 30’s)
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Do you want the Church to be more relevant to your life?
Are you Interested in meeting Catholics your own age?
Are you interested in growing spiritually?

Our Lady of Lourdes is the parish for you. This year we have begun a special outreach to your age group with the hopes of providing you a community that positively effects your life.

The Young Adult Group meets regularly with opportunities for you to connect socially, spiritually and get involved with service projects that make a difference.

If you are interested contact Justin Hu-Nguyen at justvnguyen@gmail.com

Young Adult Group – Scripture Study
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Come and join the Young Adult group each week after the 11:00 am mass in the Parish Library for a scripture study.

We will be reflecting on the gospel reading for that week.  Our group gathers run from about 12:30 – 2:00 pm, but feel free to come when you can:)

All from the ages of 21-40(ish) are welcome to join!

Please contact lourdesyoungadult@gmail.com or see Mary Reilly or Elizabeth Dausch for more information!


Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality
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This a unique program that engages women and men over age 50 who have a desire to serve those most marginalized in our communities while deepening their spiritual development.

It is an endorsed work of the California Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) that strives to balance the call to act for justice with the desire to come closer to our living God. Our 10-month program is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and operates from September-June each year.

To learn more about our unique program contact:

Marco Matute: marco@SaintAgnesSF.com  | 415-487-8560 ext.224
Paul Loh | 510-384-4576



EMMAUS at The Cathedral of Christ the Light
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Thursdays | 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Delve Deeper into Sunday Mass’s readings with EMMAUS – “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking with us on the road, while he was opening the scripture to us?” (Luke 24:32)

Join us most Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm in the St. Joseph Classroom.

Emmaus is small, faith-sharing group at The Cathedral of Christ the Light. Together, we explore the lectionary readings for the following Sunday Mass. We have no handbooks or textbooks—just the Sunday Mass Lectionary, as found in our Sunday Missal. We approach the readings in a three-step process. We start with an individual exploration. This first reading on our own is essential to forming our own personal impressions and and questions. From these initial reactions we begin constructing the agenda for our small-group session on Thursday.

We compare our initial reactions against secondary literature. Parishioner Damian Smyth will circulate some background material via email. Materials from your Study Bible or other tools may also be helpful. This material is meant as a supplement, not a substitute. We meet and share our questions and insights.

We will find it is more productive to listen as the Scripture questions and challenges us. Together, we leave the final word to the Spirit. Without the pressure of having to wrap up everything by the end of the session, all are able to leave with a fresh material to ponder and a better prepared approach to recognize Him during Sunday Mass. Learning Together • Praying Together • Sharing the Gift of Our Faith • Walking Together in Christ.

For more information or to join, please contact Alicia Baptista at msaliciabaptista@gmail.com  |  Website

St Patrick’s Day – Assumption School
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Join the community of Assumption School, 1851 136th Ave., San Leandro, for a St. Patrick’s Day Feast on March 17. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

The evening will include a cash bar, raffle, photo booth, crafts and Irish coffee! Adults $18, seniors $12, and wee ones (under 12) $10.

Register by March 13 by calling 510-352-1537.

The Catholic Voice
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As a registered parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Church you should be receiving your own copy of the Catholic Voice.

If You are not receiving your copy, please contact the parish office at 510 . 451 . 1790.

To help defray the parish assessment for the cost of the subscription, your donation of $20.00 (Twenty Dollars) each year will be very much appreciated.

WINGS Winter Season – Women in God’s Spirit
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WINGS resumes on January 9, 2018, with the Winter season devoted to the study and sharing of Scripture. WINGS is a faith enhancement group for women: it encourages spiritual growth through prayer, Scripture study, catechesis, life sharing and community.

We gather on Wednesdays in St. Theresa Event Center (4850 Clarewood Dr., Oakland), meeting room 1 at 9:15 am with hospitality followed by the guest speaker and program until 11:15 am.

Our guest speaker presentations will uplift you and keep you informed. You’ll experience a welcoming community as we support each other in our spiritual growth. Bring a friend! Women from local parishes and other denominations are welcome. Our theme for the year is Here I Am, Lord. Our Lady of Lourdes’ own Carrie Schroeder is on the program in February.

For more information, contact Marilynne Homitz at mlhomitz@comcast.net.

January 9  –  “Approaching Scripture with New Eyes”
Laura Bennett
WINGS Member & Spiritual Director

January 16  _  “Divine Plan vs. Free Will: Can They Co-Exist?”
Lindsay Nivens-Frosini
Art Historian

January 23 –  “The Songs of Miriam, Ruth and Mary”
Robert Cakebread, Director of Music Ministry
St. Theresa Parish

January 30 –  “Faith Through Poetry: John’s Gospel”
Sr. Patricia Bruno, O.P.
Retreat Director

February 6  –  WINGS Outreach Project

February 13 –  “Speaking with God Through Music: Here I Am, Lord”
Dan Schutte
Composer-in-Residence, USF

February 20 –  “Silence Breakers: Woman Zion Joins the #MeToo Movement”
Gina Hens-Piazza, Prof. of Biblical Studies
Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University

February 27 –  “Women of the Old Testament: Guides for our Lenten Journey”
Carrie Schroeder, Director of Faith Formation
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish


The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos
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300 Manresa Way, Los Altos, CA 94022  |   650-917-4000  |   www.jrclosaltos.org.

San Damiano Retreat Center – Upcoming Programs
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Pasta Dinner

March 17  |  4:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20 for adults |  $10 for children under age 13

Register at www.sandamiano.org  or  925-837-9141 x315

For more information, contact  Kateri Kautai  925-837-9141, ext. 315  |   katerik@sandamiano.org. or  SanDamiano.org

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