Monday, October 17, 2005

Upcoming Events - Fall and Beyond

Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22

"The Eucharist: The Joy of Belonging to God/La Eucarista: La Alegria de Pertenecer a Dios," Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., San Francisco. This faith formation conference is co-sponsored by the Diocese of San Jose, the Diocese of Monterey, and the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Join hundreds of catechists, liturgists, and lay leaders and come away inspired and renewed by the nationally-known speakers, the music, the prayer and the many exhibits. For registration material call 408-983-0127 or download a brochure and schedule at $30/day at the door registration. Save the date for 2006! Faith Formation Conference, November 10 & 11, 2006, Santa Clara Convention Center.

Saturday, October 22

Citizenship Day, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Most Holy Trinity, 2040 Nassau Dr., San Jose. Participants will receive a FREE orientation on how to become a U.S. citizen, including requirements, concerns, and benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen. For more information and schedules in English/Spanish, call 408-453-3017 or in English/Vietnamese, call 408-453-3013. Workshops will be offered in eight languages! Sponsored by the Santa Clara County Citizenship Collaborative.

Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23

Amnesty International Weekend to End the Use of the Death Penalty. Join members of the faith community at two ecumenical prayer services: Saturday, October 22, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Lytton Plaza, Emerson & University Ave., Palo Alto and Sunday, October 23, 3:00 pm, St. James Park, 1st and St. James, San Jose. See also information for the Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty.

Sunday, October 23 - World Mission Sunday

World Mission Sunday, organized by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church's missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice.

Sunday, October 23

Traditions of Peace: Gathering in the Sukkah to Break Fast Together, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto. Under the Sukkah (harvest hut), our Jewish sisters and brothers will share their tradition of Sukkot and provide a break the fast for Muslims and a light meal for everyone else. RSVP if possible to or 650-948-7498. Sponsored by the Multifaith Voices for Peace. Free and open to everyone.

Wednesday, October 26

Candlelight Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness Month to Remember the Suffering of Victims, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, Campbell City Hall, Orchard Green, 70 N. First St., Campbell. Contact Julie Lind at 408-282-8920 for more information.

Wednesday, October 26

Special Election 2005 Forum, 7:00 - 9:15 pm, Avila Hall, Santa Teresa Church, 794 Calero Ave., San Jose. Sponsored by the Santa Teresa Social Justice Committee and the League of Women Voters. For more information, contact John Love at or Dave Krenek at

Thursday, October 27

"Why Should People of Faith Care About the Special Election?," A Voter Education Forum, 7:00 pm, Holy Cross Church, 580 E. Jackson St., San Jose. In Spanish and English. Protect our Schools, Health Care, and Public Safety. Learn how to make a difference. For more information, call Carol Been 408-269-7872 x 577. For Spanish, contact Elly 408-269-7872 x562. Sponsored by the Interfaith Council on Religion, Race, Economic and Social Justice.

Thursday, October 27

A Voter Education forum/Un Foro Educativo Para Votantes, Sobre la Eleccion Especial del 2005 en California, 6:15 - 7:45 pm, Biblioteca Latino Americana, 921 S. 1st St., San Jose. Sponsored by SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network). For more information, call 408-928-2434 or 408-928-2433. In Spanish and English. For a Voter's Guide and Palm Cards in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, or Vietnamese, see

Tuesday, November 1, Solemnity of All Saints

Wednesday, November 2

"Teaching the Spirit of Mission Ad Gentes: Continuing Pentecost Today," 9:30 am - 2:30 pm, Holy Redeemer Center, 8945 Golf Links Rd., Oakland. Join Bishop Daniel Walsh, chairman of the USCCB Committee on World Mission, at a Mission Symposium to discuss the recent challenge by the U.S. Bishops to renew the missionary zeal that on Pentecost propelled the community into the streets to proclaim the Good News. How do we bring an effective missionary spirit into our diocesan and parish ministries and programs? Lunch provided. $10 donation requested. Click here: for more register on line.

Thursday, November 3

Kick-Off Meeting for the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform: Justice for Immigrants, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, St. Julie Billiart Church, 366 St. Julie Dr., San Jose. The meeting will be held in the church. Find out how you can be part of this important national campaign in the Diocese of San Jose. Pizza will be provided.

Friday, November 4

Embracing Families in Need: A Day of Training for the Faith Community, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm, Center for Employment Training, 701 Vine St., San Jose. The goal of the training is to support the continuing efforts of faith communities to prevent family violence and respond effectively to families experiencing violence. Cost $20 includes full day of training, continental breakfast, lunch, resource material, parking and door prizes. Sponsored by the Santa Clara County Superior Court, the City of San Jose, the Diocese of San Jose, and other members of the faith community and domestic violence groups. For questions or scholarship information, contact Marian Brown at 408-808-7007.

Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5

"Spirituality, Discipleship & Justice," 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Villa Holy Names, 82 Prospect Ave., Los Gatos. A course sponsored by Spirit Site, the Catholic spirituality Center in collaboration with the Loyola Pastoral Life Center of Loyola University in New Orleans. Participants will reflect on the challenges associated with linking Christian spirituality and discipleship with the Gospel call to justice, action, and peacemaking. Fee $135 non-credit/$195 credit. See on-line registration at or contact Rosemarie Peoples at 408-778-3595 or

Tuesday, November 8 - Election Day. REMEMBER TO VOTE!

Friday, November 11 - Veteran's Day - Diocesan Offices Closed

Saturday, November 12

3rd Annual Multi-Cultural Dinner and Entertainment, 6 PM, Queen of Apostles Church, 4911 Moorpark Ave., San Jose, in the Community Center. There will be food from over 20 countries and entertainment from Sudan, Mexico, Costa Rica, Vietnam, and China. Last year it was sold out so get your tickets after Mass on the weekends of Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 or call the Rectory for information at 408-253-7560. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 thru 12. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Sunday, November 20 - Solemnity of Christ the King, Last Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, November 20 - CCHD Collection Sunday

Annual collection date for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. CCHD works to alleviate the root causes of poverty by supporting local self-help groups and by through transformative education. Speakers are available. Contact Linda Batton at 408-983-0158 or

Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 - Thanksgiving Holidays, Diocesan Offices Closed

Sunday, November 27 - First Sunday in Advent, Beginning of Jubilee Year for the Diocese of San Jose

Tuesday, November 29 - Death of Dorothy Day, 1980

Thursday, December 1 - World AIDS Awareness Day

For liturgical and informational HIV/AIDS resources, see the website for National Catholic AIDS Network, Information will also be available soon on the CRS Website, You can follow the HIV/AIDS work of CRS on the Africa Campaign at

Friday, December 2 - Deaths of Maura Clarke, Ita Ford, Dorothy Kazel, and Dorothy Donovan, 1980

Monday, December 5

Layette Celebration, 7:00 pm, Sacred Heart Church, 13716 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga. Contributions of new or gently used infant clothing (sizes 0-3 months) are accepted all year. For more information, contact Lucile Bianco at 408-730-4672. Drop-off of clothing for the celebration begins at 6:30 pm. The Layette ministry in the diocese provides layettes to needy families through public health nurses. This year, they will be celebrating their 50th anniversary. The evening includes entertainment and delicious cookies.

Thursday, December 8 - Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Friday, December 9

Vespers for Our Lady of Guadalupe, 6:00 pm, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 2020 E. San Antonio St., San Jose.

Saturday, December 10 - International Human Rights Day, Death of Thomas Merton, 1968

Monday, December 12 - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Sunday, December 25 - Feast of the Nativity of the Lord

Friday, December 30 - Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

Monday, December 26 - Monday, January 2 - Diocesan Offices Closed for Holidays


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