Sunday, October 30, 2005

Lilly "Making Connections" Scholarship

Through a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley will offer seven to ten one-half tuition scholarships each semester during 2006-07 to employees of the six Bay Area dioceses. As students of the Jesuit School of Theology, scholarship awardees will be able to take one course within the Graduate Theological Union at the reduced rate. The course may be taken for credit or audited.

Who is Eligible:
Church employees in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the Dioceses of Oakland, Sacramento, San José, Santa Rosa, and Stockton may apply.

How to Apply:
To be considered for a "Making Connections" Scholarship, submit an application for admission and a Making Connections Scholarship application to the Jesuit School no later than January 10, 2006.

For more information, contact:
Patricia Abracia
Office of Admissions
Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley
1735 LeRoy Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709

When you call or email, please let them know that you are interested in the "Making Connections" Scholarship. The GTU 2006-07 course schedule is online here.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Sponsor Formation Day - November 19, 2005

SNJM FIRE for Ministry is offering two workshops for those who work in initiation ministry. The first is particularly for those who are sponsors for catechumens and those who form sponsors.

Sponsor Formation Day
November 19, 2005
9:30a -­ 3:30p
Villa Holy Names Spirituality Center
82 Prospect Avenue, Los Gatos

$30.00 per person (includes lunch)

Team members are urged to invite those serving as sponsors for catechumens and candidates to participate in this day of formation. The role of the sponsor will be explained in the context of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Take advantage of this opportunity to bring current and potential sponsors together for a formation opportunity created just for them!

Purification and Enlightenment/Mystagogy Team Day
January 14, 2006, 9:30a ­- 3:30p

Preparing for an effective and appropriate celebration of the Lenten and Easter seasons with the elect who are to be initiated this Easter will be the focus of this formation day. The day will include assistance with preparing for the Scrutinies, the preparation Rites for Holy Saturday, and the celebration of the Easter Vigil. There will also be a session on Mystagogy and how to encourage full participation after the sacraments of initiation are received. $30.00 per person (includes lunch)

SPECIAL DISCOUNT! $50.00 per person for both sessions if registration is received by October 31, 2005!

For more information: contact Sr. Miriam Malone at or 408-395-1818.

To register: contact Sr. Dorothy Clare at 408-354-2312.

Church Environment Workshop - October 26, 2005

The Diocese of Oakland invites all those who prepare the liturgical environment to participate in an evening workshop on:

Preparing Your Church for the Seasons
Sr. Marilyn Ann Morgan, rsm
Wednesday, October 26, 2005, 7:00p

Holy Spirit Church, in the Small Hall
37588 Fremont Blvd, Fremont

Cost: $5.00 per person

This is a workshop on preparing the environment of the church to enhance the celebration of liturgy. The session will include a discussion of the principles that guide the process of preparing and executing the liturgical environment for the liturgical seasons and various liturgical celebrations.

You may pre-register and pay at the door; or register and pay at the door. Please make checks payable to Diocese of Oakland.

To register: Contact Linda Krehmeier at

Prayer Service to End the Death Penalty

Amnesty International and the California People of Faith invite you to join in anImage hosted by

Ecumenical Prayer Service
for the Abolition of the Death Penalty
Sunday, October 23, 2005, 3:00 pm
St. James Park
at 1st and St. James, San José

Come join us to pray for the men and women on death row and also for their victims.

For more information: call Terry McCaffrey at 408-257-1360

A Gift for You! Daylight Saving - October 30, 2005

Wow!Because God loves you so much,
you get a free gift of one extra hour
on October 30.

Remind your parishioners to
turn their clocks backward
before they go to bed on October 29!

Litany of Saints for the Diocese of San José

Below is a litany of saints adapted by Diana Macalintal that includes the patronal saints of the parish and religious communities of the San José diocese. This arrangement may be sung to the Litany of Saints by John D. Becker, found in most hymnals.

Litany of Saints for the Diocese of San Jose
Set to the “Litany of Saints” by John D. Becker (OCP Publications)

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

1. Mary, Mother of God…pray for us.
Our Lady of Guadalupe…
Our Lady of Peace…
Our Lady Star of the Sea…

Queen of Apostles…pray for us.
Mary of the Assumption…
Mary of the Immaculate Conception…
And Joseph, her husband…pray for us.

All you holy men and women, pray for us.

2. Clare and Francis of Assisi…pray for us.
John the Baptist, John Vianney…
Brother Albert and Anthony…
Athanasius and Christopher…

Cyprian and Elizabeth…pray for us.
Catherine of Alexandria…
Joseph of Cupertino…
Victor, Frances Cabrini…pray for us.

All you holy men and women, pray for us.

3. Justin and Julie Billiart…pray for us.
Lawrence the Martyr…
Lucy and Patrick
Maria Goretti…

Nicholas and William…pray for us.
Martin of Tours…
Leo the Great…
Thomas Aquinas…pray for us.

All you holy men and women, pray for us.

4. Thomas of Canterbury…pray for us.
Santa Teresa…
Simon and Martin…
Holy Korean Martyrs…

Andrew Dung-Lac…pray for us.
Ignatius, Vincent, Dominic…
Blessed Miguel Pro…
All Saints of God…pray for us.

All you holy men and women, pray for us.

5. Christ, the King, be merciful…save your people.
By your Transfiguration…
Your Resurrection and Ascension…
By your precious Five Wounds…

By your Holy Cross and Sacred Heart…save your people.
By your Most Holy Trinity…
Through your Holy Family…
Through your Holy Spirit…save your people.

Christ, hear us; Lord, Jesus, hear our prayer.

6. Have mercy on us sinners…hear our prayer.
Protect your holy Church…
Send your wisdom upon us…
Unite us and guide us…

Bring all peoples together…hear our prayer.
In true peace and harmony…
Comfort the troubled…
Strengthen all of us to serve you…hear our prayer.

Christ, hear us; Lord, Jesus, hear our prayer.

Is There Still Joy in the Eucharist?

Image hosted by Photobucket.comFind out at the 2005 Faith Formation Conference!

The Eucharist:
The Joy of Belonging to God
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Registration at the door is only $30.

Hear great speakers from around the country:

  • Msgr. James Moroney
  • Thomas Groome
  • Fr. J. Glenn Murray
  • Sr. Eva Marie Lumas
  • Sr. Gretchen Hailer
  • Bill Huebsch
  • Jerry Galipeau
  • Rev. David Pettingill
  • and more!
Workshops will also be in Spanish and Vietnamese!

Celebrate in prayer, visit exhibits and come away spiritually renewed and inspired. It is still not too late to register.

For information call 408-983-0127 or click here to download the conference brochure (pdf format).

What if Life Doesn't Haftabe Sooooooo Hard?

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Come participate in
an easy, potent introduction
to the InterPlay Experience
with Penny Mann
and Leo Keegan.
You know you want to!

What if Life Doesn't Haftabe Sooooooo Hard?
Saturday, October 22 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

United Methodist Church of Campbell
1675 Winchester Blvd., Campbell
just south of Hamilton; enter driveway by yellow fire hydrant

Cost: $79 includes workbook, Having It All! book,
and an InterPlay T-shirt
To register, call: 510-465-2797

Are you looking for something to give you more energy, ease, choice, and possibility during good and hard times? InterPlay is a creative process that leads to surprising new answers to your life questions. Easy-to-learn ideas and practices are used all over the world by people committed to more health, joy, and peace: therapists, health care providers, managers, coaches, educators, spiritual leaders, activists, artists, and many others. Decrease stress! Increase grace! Get the most out of your life! Get praise! Learn to play! Uncover new resources while having fun in this retreat/seminar full of presentations, experience, reflection and play.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

An Examination of Conscience for Musicians

As much as we'd like to think, we liturgical musicians aren't always perfect. As part of your fall cleaning and ministry renewal, check out Dan Schutte's Examination of Conscience for a Musician. As we prepare for the end of the liturgical year, let's take time to reflect on the ways God strengthens us for service and how we are always being called to conversion in our ministry.

"Built of Living Stones" Course at JSTB

The Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley will be offering a spring 2006 course introducing students to fundamental theology through the arts, using the United States bishops' document "Built of Living Stones." Course description is below. For information on applying, click here.

Spring 2006
STRA 3155 01
"Built of Living Stones"
A. Garcia-Rivera (JSTB), M. Mochizuki (JSTB)
F 9:40 AM -12:30 PM
Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture and Worship (2000) is the U.S. Catholic bishops' official statement on the use of religious art in the church. This is a praxis course for students in the JSTB M.Div. curriculum that offers an introduction to fundamental theology through the arts. Students in other schools and degree programs are welcome and no previous knowledge of art is required. The course is designed as a course in fundamental theology as it presents itself in the practical application of the arts in the parish as well as to develop critical visual skills for priestly/ministerial use. Lecture/discussion/guest speakers. Visits to Bay Area churches and museums including the Berkeley Art Museum, JSTB Chapel, SF Legion of Honor, Oakland Cathedral and St. Gregory of Nyssa. Evaluation will consist of active class participation, presentations (including a praxis project) and two brief papers. [1 systematic theology or liturgical studies class; 15 max. enrollment]

Monday, October 17, 2005

Catechumenate Support Group - October 20, 2005

If you coordinate the initiation process in your parish or help prepare the catechumens in any way, you are invited to gather with other catechumenate ministers to support each other in this ministry. We share questions and ideas for addressing particular challenges and discuss ways to better implement the initiation process in our parishes.

Catechuemenate Support Group
Thursday, October 20, 2005
12:30p - 2:00p
Holy Spirit Parish
in the Parish Hall.
Bring your own lunch.

Please RSVP with Sandra Pacheco at or 408-983-0126.

Other Catechumenate Support Group dates for the year:

Thursday, December 15, 2005, 12:30p - 2:00p, Santa Teresa Parish
Thursday, February 16, 2006, 12:30p - 2:00p, Villa Holy Names Spirituality Center
Thursday, April 6, 2006, 12:30p - 2:00p, Holy Family Parish
Thursday, June 15, 2006, 12:30p - 2:00p, St. Joseph of Cupertino Parish

For more information, contact Diana Macalintal at or 408-983-0136.


Liturgical Coordinators' Gathering - October 25, 2005

If you coordinate the liturgies of your parish or help prepare them in any way, you are invited to gather with other Liturgical Coordinators of the diocese to discuss current liturgical issues, share successes and good practices, and support each other in this ministry. We gather every other month, and the meeting is free and open to all.

Liturgical Coordinators' Gathering
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
10:00a - 12:00p
Most Holy Trinity Parish
in the Trinity Center
(across the courtyard from the church)

Please RSVP with Sandra Pacheco at or 408-983-0126.

Other Liturgical Coordinators' Gathering dates for the year:

Tuesday, December 6, 2005, 10:00a - 12:00p, St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Tuesday, February 7, 2006, 10:00a - 12:00p, St. Lawrence the Martyr
(new date) Wednesday, April 26, 2006, 10:00a - 12:00p, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, at St. Albert the Great Church
Tuesday, June 6, 2006, 10:00a - 12:00p, St. Elizabeth Parish

For more information, contact Diana Macalintal at or 408-983-0136.