Monday, January 03, 2005

Upcoming Events and Workshops

Put this on your calendar!Break in your brand new calendar with these upcoming events and workshops.

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Sunday, January 9
After the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Ordinary Time begins. Thus, the Masses for this day as well as the environment and music still should contain elements of the Christmas season.

Catechumenate Support Group
Thursday, January 13, 12:30p - 2:30p
Chancery Offices, 4th floor, Education Department
900 Lafayette Street, Santa Clara
The Catechumenate Support Group meets every other month and is open for all who have responsibility for initiation of adults and children.
Free, bring your own lunch.
For more information: Diana Macalintal, 408-983-0136 or

Creating Sacred Space Workshop
Thursday, January 13, 7p - 8:30p
St. Martin of Tours Church
200 O'Connor Drive, San Jose
Learn how to create an appropriate space for prayer in almost any setting. Participants will learn four basic elements that go into preparing an environment for prayer. This workshop is especially suited for those who facilitate small faith groups and lead prayer at group meetings.
Free, registration required.
To register: Sandra Pacheco, 408-983-0126 or

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Tuesday, January 18 - Tuesday, January 25
Pope John Paul II calls the Catholic Church to join with all Christian churches to pray for the unity of all who believe in Christ. For Sunday, January 23, Bishop McGrath encourages parishes to use the prayers of "Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions - For Unity of Christians" found in the Sacramentary or of "Eucharistic Prayer for Masses for Various Needs and Occasions: I. The Church on the Way to Unity." Click here for more information as well as liturgical resources, such as an ecumenical worship service, intercessions, and an eight-day biblical reflection.

Cantor Workshop
Tuesday, January 25, 7p - 9p
St. Simon Church
1860 Grant Road, Los Altos
Learn basic cantoring skills and singing techniques. In this master-class style workshop, some participants will have the chance to cantor a psalm and receive immediate feedback. If you would like to be one of the cantors at the workshop, please bring a copy of your psalm for the accompanist.
Free, registration required; please indicate if you would like to cantor at the workshop.
To register: Suzanne Fitzgerald, 650-967-8311, Click here for a flyer you can print.

Ongoing Professional Education Series
Thursdays, January 27, February 3, and February 10, 9:30a - 12p
Transfiguration Church
4235 Jarvis Road, San Jose
Let’s Get Comfortable with the “E” Word: Catholic Evangelization in the 21st Century is a 3-part workshop series led by Fr. Keenan Osborne, OFM. All ecclesial lay ministers of the diocese are welcomed.
$20 total for pre-registration; $10 each session at the door.
To register: Iracema Gurbiel, 408-983-0127, Click here for a registration form you can print.

Vino & Vespers
Friday, January 28, 7:30p - 9p
Villa Holy Names Spirituality Center
82 Prospect Avenue, Los Gatos
Spend an informal evening sharing prayer, intimate conversation, and good food. Our guest speaker is Tom Beaudoin.
Free will donation; registration required; adults over 21 only.
To register: Diana Macalintal, 408-983-0136 or Click here for a flyer you can print.

Liturgical Coordinators' Gathering
Tuesday, February 1, 10a - 12p
St. Nicholas Church
473 Lincoln Avenue, Los Altos
If you are responsible for preparing the liturgy for your parish, you're invited to gather with other liturgists and coordinators to discuss current issues in liturgy.
Free. RSVPs appreciated.
To RSVP: Sandra Pacheco, 408-983-0126 or

Diocesan 25th and 50th Wedding Anniversary Mass
Saturday, February 5, 10a - 11:30a
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
80 South Market Street, San Jose
Bishop Patrick McGrath invites all married couples celebrating 25th or 50th (or more) wedding anniversaries to a special diocesan bilingual Mass at the Cathedral.
Free; registrations required.
To register: Sylvia Blanch, 408-983-0126 or Click here for a registration form you can print.

Rehearsal for Rite of Election
Monday and Tuesday, February 7 and 8, 7p - 8p
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
80 South Market Street, San Jose
There will be two rehearsals for the Rite of Election. At least two people from your parish must attend one of the rehearsal (the catechumenate director may be one of the following persons):
one person to carry your Book of the Elect, and one (or two) people to read your names of the Elect. There is free parking on the street and public lots after 6p.
For more information: Diana Macalintal, 408-983-0136 or Click here for more information and for reservation forms for your catechumens.

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 9

This begins the season of Lent and is a day of fast and abstinence. Click here for the day's readings.

First Sunday of Lent
Sunday, February 13

Make sure you celebrate the Rite of Sending this weekend for any of your catechumens who are ready to be baptized. Click here for the day's readings.

Rite of Election
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, February 14, 15, and 16, 7:30p - 9p

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
80 South Market Street, San Jose
This is the turning point for those adults who are seeking to become baptized. Those who are deemed ready for the Easter sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and Communion will be declared "the Elect" by Bishop McGrath at this rite. All are welcomed to participate. Read more about becoming Catholic here.
For more information: Diana Macalintal, 408-983-0136 or