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Los Gatos – Day of Recollection: “Preparing for the Lord’s Visit: Some Advent Reflections” @ Saint Basil the Great Byzantine Catholic Church
Nov 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Date and Time: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9 AM – 4 PM

Location: Saint Basil the Great Byzantine Catholic Church Los Gatos 14263 Mulberry Drive, Los Gatos, California 95032


“Preparing for the Lord’s Visit: Some Advent Reflections”

Saint Basil the Great Byzantine Catholic Church Los Gatos will be having its pre-Christmas day of recollection on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the church in Los Gatos. Rev. Fr. David Anderson, pastor of St Peter Eastern Catholic Church in Ukiah, will be leading the day of recollection.

The day of recollection will begin with a Divine Liturgy at 9 A.M. and end with confessions and evening prayer at 3 P.M. Refreshments after Divine Liturgy and lunch will be included with the day of recollection. There is no fee to attend the day of recollection, but donations are welcome. (Checks can be made out to St. Basil the Great Church.)

In order for us to have a headcount for lunch and planning purposes, please contact Fr. Anthony Hernandez by phone, (408) 871-0919, or by e-mail ( to RSVP.

Also, in the event that the parking lot at the church is full, there is some street parking available on Mulberry Drive and Wedgewood Avenue. There is also street parking on Granada Way, along La Rinconada Park.


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Santa Clara – Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference 2018 @ Santa Clara Marriott and Convention Center
Nov 29 – Dec 1 all-day

Space is Running Out for Santa Clara Faith Formation 2018

Building on the success of 2017, this year’s edition of the Santa Clara Country Faith Formation Conference (SCFFC) is expected to draw even larger crowds, forcing registration for some sessions to close early.

The conference will be held November 29-December 1 at the Santa Clara Marriott and Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Building Bridges of Hope; Construyendo Puentes de Esperanza; Xay Dung Cau hy Vong.”

The Dioceses of Monterey and San Jose are happy to join together to sponsor the conference in partnership with the Leadership Roundtable and in collaboration with the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Dioceses of Fresno, Stockton and Oakland.

Organizers of the conference are urging hopeful participants to register now so they can attend the sessions they want. Some sessions are expected to surpass capacity before the conference begins.

“Our additional Thursday intensive day-long workshops are headed to full capacity with less than a month to go.  With no new dates for rate changes, I hope everyone registers ASAP as we anticipate many workshops reaching capacity and will be closed out,” said Father John Hurley, CSP, Vicar for Evangelization for the Diocese of San Jose. “We are well on our way to being over 3,000 for the second year in a row.”

Workshops in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin) will highlight the importance of faith development at all levels of Church and society, aimed at adults to enrich their faith and strengthen their knowledge and skills to do ministry in their church and in the world.

Added for this year are pre-conference workshops on November 29 at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel.  Topics include: Leadership Roundtable (Workshop for Bishops and Diocesan Senior Leaders); The Catechumen’s Journey – An Experiential Workshop for Christian Initiation Ministers (LTP-RCIA/RICA); Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics (SMP); Option for the Poor and Moving Beyond Charity and towards Social Justice. Spots are filling up fast. Email for Leadership Roundtable registration codes.

“Get onboard to be ‘One of Many’ who, by coming to our Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference, demonstrate the importance of growing in your faith,” said Sister Celeste Arbuckle, SSS, Director of the Office of Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. “I hear ‘the Church is dead’, ‘the Church is not relevant’ or ‘I just don’t have time.’ I know through the many national and international presenters and five languages you will find a lively, relevant Church that will be a sign of hope for you. We are 3,000 believing disciples who are strong and growing,” said Sister.

To register, visit before it’s too late.

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