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GIFT 2019

Fr. Ray and St. Joan of Arc Staff

Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 9:00 PM

GIFT 2019

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Sun Jan 13 - GIFT Kick-off Appetizer Party
Celebrate Mass at the 5:30 Youth Mass, then enjoy an Appetizer Party in the MPR to kick-off our first workshop!
Ended Free  
[w1] Sun Jan 13 - (RE)VISIT THE HOLY LAND WITH ST. JOAN’S 2018 PILGRIMS
Sun Jan 13 - (RE)VISIT THE HOLY LAND WITH ST. JOAN’S 2018 PILGRIMS 7:00 – 8:30PM Come to learn about the pilgrimage that 11 of our St. Joan bible study participants took to the Holy Land in May of 2018. See pictures, hear their stories, learn about how they grew closer to Jesus, re-live some of your own experiences if you’ve been . . . and live vicariously if you have not! And learn about the upcoming trip our Bible Study Ministry is planning for January 2020—you might want to join us! Presenters: SJA Pilgrims Dane & Eileen Dickson, Barbara & Mike Fernandez, Diane & Kevin Gailey, Robert & Rosemarie McKenney-Porter, Don & Sandy Nelson and Lisa Roberts travelled to the Holy Land together along with Jeff Cavins, presenter of the Great Adventure series St. Joan has undertaken.
Ended Free  
Child Care for Sunday January 13, PM
Please advise each name and age of all children who will need care.
Ended Free  
[w2] Mon Jan 14 - HOW SUFFERING AND VULNERABILITY OPEN US TO OTHERS
Mon Jan 14 - HOW SUFFERING AND VULNERABILITY OPEN US TO OTHERS, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. What opportunity does God offer us in the midst of suffering? All of us have some experience of suffering in our lives. In this session we will explore suffering and vulnerability. How do we respond? This exploration will be rooted in Scripture and Catholic spirituality. Presenter: Michele Idiart Walsh has a Masters in Theology, is a National Catholic Educational Association Catechetical Scholar and a Loyola Press Companion in Prayer. She has teamed with others to offer formation and retreats.
Ended Free  
Child Care for Monday, January 14, PM
Please advise each name and age of all children who will need care.
Ended Free  
[w3] Monday, Jan 14 - JESUS NAZARENE, KING OF THE JEWS: DEPICTIONS OF THE CRUCIFIXION
[w3] Monday, Jan 14: JESUS NAZARENE, KING OF THE JEWS: DEPICTIONS OF THE CRUCIFIXION, 7:00 – 8:30 pm This visual presentation and lecture will introduce us to a way of looking at the Crucifixion through signs and symbols, the language of which can penetrate the invisible realities, moving and directing our souls. Artist’s renderings of the Crucifixion can take on their own interpretations, becoming more than evidence of the history of the Crucifixion: they point at something much greater. Be inspired with new ways to look at depictions of the Crucifixion. Presenter: Margaret Antonoff works with Blackfriars Gallery, a small gallery dedicated to bringing religion and the arts to the community. A catechist, lector and volunteer in many aspects of parish life, she has an MA in Theology with a concentration in religion and the arts and a BFA in graphic design.
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[w4] Monday, Jan 14 - NON-VIOLENT RESISTANCE: PEACEFUL, LOVING KINDNESS
[w4] Monday, Jan 14 NON-VIOLENT RESISTANCE: PEACEFUL, LOVING KINDNESS, 7:00 – 8:30 pm We will explore the “non-violence” philosophy and practice of life from the positive perspective that the term implies: ceasing to be violent in thought, word and deed when we realize our inner dignity as human beings. We will examine a moral, spiritual, mental and physical practice in which we recognize in others what they may not recognize in themselves and “disarm our hearts”. Presenter Fr. Tom Bonacci is a Passionist Priest who has ministered in our diocese since 1990. A graduate of St. John’s University, he was ordained in 1972. A former religious superior, Retreat Director and chaplain, Tom founded the Interfaith Peace Project of Contra Costa County and is Director of the Interfaith Center in Antioch.
Ended Free  
[w6] Tuesday, Jan 15 - JESUS NAZARENE, KING OF THE JEWS: DEPICTIONS OF THE CRUCIFIXION
[w6] Tuesday, Jan 15: JESUS NAZARENE, KING OF THE JEWS: DEPICTIONS OF THE CRUCIFIXION, 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. This visual presentation and lecture will introduce us to a way of looking at the Crucifixion through signs and symbols, the language of which can penetrate the invisible realities, moving and directing our souls. Artist’s renderings of the Crucifixion can take on their own interpretations, becoming more than evidence of the history of the Crucifixion: they point at something much greater. Be inspired with new ways to look at depictions of the Crucifixion. Presenter: Margaret Antonoff works with Blackfriars Gallery, a small gallery dedicated to bringing religion and the arts to the community. A catechist, lector and volunteer in many aspects of parish life, she has an MA in Theology with a concentration in religion and the arts and a BFA in graphic design.
Ended Free  
[w5] Tuesday, Jan 15 - JUSTICE KEYNOTE. REFUGEES, THE CHURCH, AND OUR RESPONSE: THE JRS STORY
[w5] Tuesday, Jan 15 - JUSTICE KEYNOTE. REFUGEES, THE CHURCH, AND OUR RESPONSE: THE JRS STORY, 07:00 – 08:30 P.M. The reality of refugees and migrants has never been more present in the world. There are over 68 million forcibly displaced people in the world today, and Pope Francis has been a tireless spokesperson for their dignity and needs. Presented by Fr. Thomas Smolich, S.J., the International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service. We will reflect on the reality of forced migration, the Church’s historic and current response, and JRS’ engagement of refugees in 53 countries around the world
Ended Free  
Child Care for Tuesday, January 15, PM   more info Ended Free  
[w7] Wednesday, Jan 16 - LIFE IN THE WORLD TO COME:PERSPECTIVES ON HEAVEN, PURGATORY AND HELL, 7:00 - 8:30 P.M.
[w7] Wednesday, Jan 16 - LIFE IN THE WORLD TO COME:PERSPECTIVES ON HEAVEN, PURGATORY AND HELL, 7:00 - 8:30 P.M. The Church reminds us always to remember The Last Four Things: Death, Judgment, Hell and Heaven...the very ordering of which is geared toward our salvation. What are Hell, Purgatory and Heaven really like? Although none of these realities can be fully grasped while we are on this side of the grave, there is abundant testimony, from Scripture and the saints, to give us illuminating glimpses and sobering understandings regarding the final state of our souls. Come consider some of the insights available to us, through both Scripture and tradition. PRESENTER: Fr. Jim Sullivan is a popular speaker and author. He has appeared numerous times on Shalom World Television and Radio Maria and has been published in Catholic periodicals. Ordained for the Diocese of Oakland in 2006, Fr. Sullivan served in parish assignments in Pleasanton, Fremont and Brentwood before his current responsibilities as chaplain at Bishop O'Dowd High School.
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[w8] Wednesday, Jan 16 - CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER FORMS: PATHWAYS TO DEEPEN OUR REIN WITH GOD, 7:00 - 8:30 P.M.
[w8] Wednesday, Jan 16 - CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER FORMS: PATHWAYS TO DEEPEN OUR REIN WITH GOD, 7:00 - 8:30 P.M. This workshop will include a talk on prayer as well as reflection, journaling, sharing and exploring contemplative practices. We will celebrate “Come and Be,” reflect on “How God is Calling me now,” discover ways to strengthen our relationship Him and experience contemplation. PRESENTER: Susan Caldera is a Spiritual Director, a Companion on the Journey, and a Retreat Facilitator, focusing on integration and wholeness. She conducts retreats and workshops in the areas of spirituality and personal growth and is an experienced group facilitator.
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[W9] Wednesday, Jan 16 - THE EUCHARIST - PART 2: ITS IMPORTANCE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 7:00 - 8:30 P.M.
[W9] Wednesday, Jan 16 - THE EUCHARIST - PART 2: ITS IMPORTANCE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 7:00 - 8:30 P.M. This workshop will continue last year’s lively and informative discussion! The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life.” This workshop is designed to aid an understanding of the Eucharist’s critical place in our faith by exploring crucial Eucharistic themes relating to Jesus such as the sacred meal, the New Passover, the Manna of the Messiah, the Bread of Presence and Real Presence in the Eucharist. We will also include a look at Eucharistic miracles and early writings on the Eucharist. PRESENTER: Christopher Cavalier is a lector at St. Joan and also leads studies to help others explore the deeper aspects of the Catholic faith.
Ended Free  
Child Care for Wednesday January 16, PM
Please list each name and age of all children who will need care.
Ended Free  
[w10] Thursday, Jan 17 - MERCY KEYNOTE. GOD'S MERCY: WHAT? HOW? WHERE?
[w10] Thursday, Jan 17 - MERCY KEYNOTE. GOD'S MERCY: WHAT? HOW? WHERE? Pope Francis believes mercy is the way to reinvigorate our faith, and show the church has relevance in the world today: and as Catholics we often call upon God’s mercy. But what exactly is “mercy”, how do we concretely experience it in our lives, and how do we put it into practice for ourselves? Join us as we explore “mercy”, the primary attribute of God’s love for us. PRESENTER: Fr. Mark Wiesner was raised in the Diocese of Oakland and ordained a priest of the Diocese in 1995. He has served in numerous parishes, and is currently pastor of St. Charles Borromeo in Livermore. He was commissioned as a “Missionary of Mercy” by Pope Francis in 2016. Fr. Mark is a sought after speaker, having given missions, pilgrimages, retreats and talks both nationally and internationally.
Ended Free  
Child Care for Thursday January 17, PM
Please list each name and age of all children who will need care.
Ended Free  
[w11] Tuesday January 22 - DIOCESAN KEYNOTE. THE ONGOING CLERICAL ABUSE CRISIS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: AN OVERVIEW
[w11] Tuesday January 22 - DIOCESAN KEYNOTE. THE ONGOING CLERICAL ABUSE CRISIS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: AN OVERVIEW, 7:00 – 8:30 P.M. With the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on clergy sexual abuse within the dioceses of the state and the subsequent calls for more disclosures, the Catholic Church in the United States has to address accusations of “covering up” historic abuse cases. The presenters will speak about various factors that have contributed to the continual unfolding of this issue and will facilitate a lively discussion on what action is being taken in our own diocese as well as possible remedies, both locally and broadly. They will also address the personal impact that such abuse has on survivors. PRESENTERS: Fr. Jayson Landeza and Stephen Wilcox please see bios in program
2h 48m Free  
Child Care for Tuesday January 22, PM
Please list each name and age of all children who will need care.
2h 48m Free  
[w12] Wednesday January 23 - STRIVING FOR HEAVEN
[w12] Wednesday January 23 - STRIVING FOR HEAVEN, 7:00 – 8:30 P.M. Isn’t getting to heaven our ultimate goal in life? But is heaven really possible? Enjoy this high energy workshop to learn what striving for heaven entails here on earth, through all the joys and trials of our lives. PRESENTER: Fr. Kwame Assenyoh was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, Kwame joined the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) and was ordained in 1998. He is currently Parochial Vicar at the Catholic Community of Pleasanton. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Theology and Religious Studies from Loyola University, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology degree from Boston College and is completing his PhD at the GTU in Berkeley. Fr. Kwame is a friend of St. Joan, having celebrated Masses with us this past year.
1d 2h 48m Free  
[w13] Wednesday January 23 - HOW SUFFERING AND VULNERABILITY OPEN US TO OTHERS
[w13] Wednesday January 23 - HOW SUFFERING AND VULNERABILITY OPEN US TO OTHERS, 7:00 – 8:30 P.M. What opportunity does God offer us in the midst of suffering? All of us have some experience of suffering in our lives. In this session we will explore suffering and vulnerability. How do we respond? This exploration will be rooted in Scripture and Catholic spirituality. Presenter: Michele Idiart Walsh has a Masters in Theology, is a National Catholic Educational Association Catechetical Scholar and a Loyola Press Companion in Prayer. She has teamed with others to offer formation and retreats.
1d 2h 48m Free  
[w14] Wednesday January 23 - UNDERSTANDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE BAY AREA
[w14] Wednesday January 23 - UNDERSTANDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE BAY AREA, 7:00 – 8:30 P.M. Every night in Contra Costa County, there are approximately 1,000 unhoused children seeking shelter. Within the first 48 hours of being on the street, a homeless child is approached by a trafficker. Join us to learn about the fundamental issues that create and perpetuate Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Human Trafficking in the greater Bay Area. We will provide a working knowledge of the issue and offer answers to your burning questions. Presenters: Joy Thompson is the Program Manager for Day Star Mentoring & CSEC Education and has been committed to youth development for the last 15 years. She is dedicated to spreading awareness about child sex trafficking, and helping to reduce demand. Leah Kimble-Price, MFT is Director of CSEC Services and has been working with children who are victims of exploitation for more than 12 years. Her expertise and research focus on the experiences of marginalized and abused children and communities that seek to embrace them after trauma.
1d 2h 48m Free  
Child Care for Wednesday January 23, PM
Please list each name and age of all children who will need care.
1d 2h 48m Free  
[w15] Thursday January 24 - SCRIPTURE KEYNOTE. THE GOSPEL OF JOHN   more info 2d 2h 48m Free  
[W16] Friday January 25 - THE DIFFICULT GIFT OF GRANDPARENTING   more info 3d 2h 48m Free  
[w17] Friday January 25 - THE GOSPEL THROUGH THE ARTS
[w17] Friday January 25 - THE GOSPEL THROUGH THE ARTS, 7:00 – 8:30 P.M. For over 2000 years, Christians have learned their faith from stories, stained glass, music, sculpture, drama, poetry and painting. These arts speak to different age groups, learning styles and educational levels, offering a way to engage respectfully with a multicultural world. We are made in the image of a creative God; appreciating human creativity draws us closer to the Creator. We’ll explore visual arts, literature and music in a context of beauty, where no interpretation is wrong. PRESENTER: Kathy Coffey is the author of several books. She has also taught at the University of Colorado and Regis Jesuit University.
3d 2h 48m Free  
Child Care for Thursday January 24, PM
Please list each name and age of all children who will need care.
2d 2h 48m Free  
Child Care for Friday January 25, PM   more info 3d 2h 48m Free  
[w18] Saturday January 26 - SPIRITUAL DRUMMING   more info Ended Free  
[W19] Saturday January 26 - HEAVENLY ESTATE PLANNING : STEWARDING GOD'S GIFTS EVEN AFTER DEATH
[W19] Saturday January 26 - HEAVENLY ESTATE PLANNING : STEWARDING GOD'S GIFTS EVEN AFTER DEATH, 3:30 – 5:00 P.M. Estate Planning is good stewardship. It is an opportunity to prayerfully consider the many blessings that God has given to you and your family during your life. Through your estate plan, you give your loved ones the gift of peace of mind by reducing to a minimum the burdens associated with illness and death. Your estate plan is the fulfillment of God's will as you prayerfully consider the needs of your family and community. PRESENTER: David Tomcik Has been an active member of Saint Joan Parish for over 31 years and has participated in many ministries. A graduate of UC Berkeley Law School, he has been active in estate planning for over 25 years as a member of the California State Bar.
Jan 25, 2019 Free  
Saturday, January 26 - Celebrating GIFT Appetizer Party   more info Jan 25, 2019 Free  
[w20] Saturday, January 26 - REST0RATIVE PRACTICES FOR PARISHES, SCHOOLS, FAMILIES AND BEYOND   more info Jan 25, 2019 Free  
Child Care for Saturday, January 26, PM   more info Jan 25, 2019 Free  

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We hope you have found at least one workshop to attend as our GIFT to you! This is a great way for us to grow in community and in our faith.

If you would like to look at the booklet again, you can access the GIFT Booklet here.

*** IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP KEEP GIFT GOING BY MAKING A DONATION, please click the "GIVING" link on our webpage (www.SJASR.org), then scroll down to "other donations" where you will find GIFT as the second entry. Thank you!

Have questions about GIFT 2019? Contact Fr. Ray and St. Joan of Arc Staff

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St Joan of Arc Parish
2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd
San Ramon, CA 94583

Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 9:00 PM


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Fr. Ray and St. Joan of Arc Staff

Our mission at St. Joan of Arc is to be Christ  for others as Christ is for us. We hope that you experience Christ when you visit us and participate in our workshops.

If you would like to look at the GIFT Program Booklet again, you can access it here.

Please register for your workshops as early as possible to help us with us with room assignments. If a workshop is not filled, walk-ins will be welcome. (Note that each person attending is asked to register separately.)

ALL WORKSHOPS  WILL BE FROM 7:00-8:30pm WITH REFRESHMENTS AT 6:45pm (unless stated otherwise.)

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