2015 Program Archive

READING THE BIBLE AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME

Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center – C itrus Heights, CA

January 2, 3, and 4, 2015

Fr. Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P. will conduct our Scripture Weekend Retreat designed to serve as both an introduction and update to a dynamic appreciation of the Biblical literature.  Beginning with the Book of Genesis and concluding with the comforting vision of the Apocalypse, we will explore and uncover the depth of the Bible’s Teachings for the contemporary person.  Outlines and study guides will be provide as well as an opportunity for prayer, reflection, and study. 

FRIDAY –  JANUARY 2, 2015

7:00 pm     Dinner

8:15            FIRST CONSIDERATION:  The Art and Tools for Interpretation
                    OPTIONAL DISCUSSION

SATURDAY –  JANUARY 3, 2015

8:00 am    Breakfast and Quiet Time for Prayer and Study

9:30           SECOND CONSDERATION:  The Apology to Eve / Creation Reconsidered

 10:45         THIRD CONSIDERATION:  The Psalms / The Theology of  Doxology               

NOON        Lunch and Quiet Time, Rest, Study

2:30 pm     LITURGY OF A CHRISTMAS SATURDAY – I Saw the Spirit Come
Down

 3:30            FOURTH CONSIDERATION:  The Rise of the Prophets / The Cry For Justice

 4:45           OPTIONAL DISCUSSION

 6:00            Supper

 7:30            WORKSHOP:  The Identity and Person of Jesus – A Gospel Survey

SUNDAY –  JANUARY 4, 2015 

8:00 am      Breakfast and Time for Prayer / Study

9:30             FIFTH CONSIDERATION:  Images of the Resurrection
Paul, Gospels, and Revelation

11:00           LITURGY OF THE SUNDAY – The Epiphany of the Lord

NOON         Lunch and Peaceful Farewell         

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Holy Family Motherhouse
159 Washington Blvd.
Fremont, CA  94539

Gathered in my Name

Four Monday Evenings
January 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2015
7:30 – 9:00 pm

Our four week winter study will probe the significance of the Synod on the Family held in Rome (October 5-19, 2014).  Our summary of the proceedings will give us some insight into the pastoral sensitivity Pope Francis would have us have in controversial matters.  Our study will probe the contributions of the Second Vatican Council and the insights of Pope Paul VI as we experience the Church in Dialogue.  

January 5, 2015
The nature of a Synod
The principles of dialogue, and the New Testament background

January 12, 2015
A summary of the discussions that took place during the Synod
(the Vatican is providing the documentation).

January 19, 2015
An exploration of the Biblical texts relevant
to the discussion on marriage, love, and human relationships

January 26, 2015
A study of the Biblical idea of “mercy”
Pope Francis’ vision for the Church

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Rd.   #301
Pittsburg, CA  94565

(925) 787-9279

peace@thomaspbonacci.net
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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THE INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF THE PASSION

Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center
Citrus Heights, CA

CONCERN FOR EVERYBODY
INSIGHTS FROM THE GOSPEL OF ST. MARK

Our four week program introduces anew the Gospel of St. Mark as a Gospel of compassion for everybody.  This rather untypical interpretation of Mark’s Proclamation attempts to explore the inward journey of Jesus who heard the cry of the poor sounding in the depth of his mind, heart, and situation.  This introduction will draw upon the wisdom of Karen Armstrong’s “Compassion Project” as the practical significance of Mark’s Gospel challenges us to be disciples of compassion.

January 6, 2015
Mark 1: 1-13 and 14-15
Baptism
From Disciple of John to Spirit-filled Son

January 13, 2015
Mark 4: 1-34 and 35-41
The Centrality of the Lake
The Parables of the Reign of God in Light of Psalm 77

January 21, 2015
The Passion According to Mark Five
Beyond the Limits the World of Death Imposes

January 28, 2015
Mark 6: 1-6 and 7-52
The Passion of Jesus – The Feeding of the Multitudes
Rejection, Defeat, Surrender and the Community of the Poor

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Road  #301
Pittsburg, CA  94565

interfaithpeaceproject.org
twitter.com/interfaithpeace
facebook.com/interfaithpeaceproject 

(925) 787-9279
peace@thomaspbonacci.net

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SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
Rocklin, CA

Gathered in my Name

Four Wednesday Evenings
January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2015
7:00 – 9:00 pm

 Our four week winter study will probe the significance of the Synod on the Family held in Rome (October 5-19, 2014).  First, we will review the nature of a Synod, its meaning for the possible governance of the future church, the principles of dialogue, and some of the New Testament attitudes necessary for being the Church of Jesus Christ.  Second, we will summarize the controversies and debates that took place during the Synod (the Vatican is providing the documentation).  Third, we will explore the Biblical texts that are important in discerning the meaning of marriage, love, and human relationships.  Finally, we will study the Biblical idea of “mercy” which is dear to Pope Francis.  Mercy is the virtue behind his renewed understanding of what it means to be the Church of Jesus.

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Rd.   #301
Pittsburg, CA  94565

(925) 787-9279

peace@thomaspbonacci.net
interfaithpeaceproject.org

The Interfaith Peace Project
An Interfaith Connections Program

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Diocese of Reno Conference
John Ascuaga’s  Nugget
1284 Par Three Dr.
Sparks, Nevada

Return to Me With All Your Heart
For More Information Click Here

Friday, January 9, 2015
8:00 – 11:00 am ..……Catholic School Teacher In-Service
11:00 am…………………General Registration
11:30 am…………………Exhibits Open
………Lunch on your own.……….
1:00 – 2:00 pm .………..Session 1
2:10 – 3:15 pm………..…Session 2
6:30 pm ………………… ..Welcome/Keynote

Saturday, January 10, 2015
8:00 am ………………….General Registration & Exhibits Open
9:00 am ………………….Morning Praise & Celebration Leader: Steve Angrisano
10:00 – 11:15 am ………Session 3
11:30 – 12:45 pm ………Luncheon – (pre-ordered $16.50)
1:00 – 2:15 pm ……..….Session 4
2:15 – 2:45 pm …………Visit Exhibits & Cookie Break
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm……Session 5
4:30 pm …………….…….Liturgy

Fr. Tom’s Workshops:

1/9/2015 2:10 PM – 3:15 PM
1/10/2015 10:00AM-11:15AM
Biblical Spirituality of Joy of the Gospel
Presenter: Fr. Tom Bonacci, C.P.
Inspired by the work and wisdom of Pope Francis, we will explore a few aspects of his Apostolic Exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel” emphasizing the Biblical aspects by which the poor are favored .

1/10/2015 2:45PM-4:00PM
“Lord Hears The Cry of the Poor!” Dialogue and the Deep Presence of God
Presenter: Fr. Tom Bonacci, C.P.
We are called to find Christ in the poor, to lend our voice to their causes, but also to be their friends, to listen to them, to speak for them, and to embrace the mysterious wisdom which God wishes to share with us through them.

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St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Fremont, CA

Scripture Class

January 13, 2015
9:30 to 11:00

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Chaplaincy Institute

Introduction to Christianity and Catholicism

Spiritual Care with Roman Catholics

Women Christian Mystics

January 14, 15, 2015

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

Growing in Faith Together: GIFT

POPE FRANCIS AND THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL
THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2015
7:00 ‐ 8:30 p.m.

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, is a powerful call to all Christians reminding us of our common mission and our common faith. He has called upon us to embrace that mission with joy, passion, and love for all. Father Tom will help us look at what Pope Francis’ message means to us as Catholics, but also help us look at it from Protestant, Jewish and Muslim perspectives as well. Papa Francis is an inspiration to all the world, and he has a message for us all.

Presenter: Father Tom Bonacci is the founder and director of the Interfaith Peace Project, which encourages interfaith peace and mutual respect
For more information:
http://www.sjasr.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/2015-GIFT-booklet.pdf
To Register:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/gift-2015-registration-14840260619

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St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
451 Moraga Way
Orinda, California

Community, Culture, and Vision
A program in observance of :
The Week of Christian Unity,
Interfaith Relations and
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

With Father Tom Bonacci, Interfaith Peace Project
Music by Sufi Reoriented Choir and Dancers
Guitarist Christopher Giffen

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MERCY CENTER
Auburn, CA 

I WILL BE WITH YOU ALWAYS
Reflections on Jesus throughout the Centuries
(Part Two – The Creed to the Protestant Reform)

Our five part series explores the rise and collapse of the Medieval Church and the dawning of the Modern Period with the Protestant Reformation.  In a spirit of ecumenism and interreligious understanding, we seek to appreciate what was once judged unfortunate history in a positive and constructive light.  We will discover how the issues that separate us today are imbedded in the ancient church’s quest for its heart and soul. 

Reflection One – January 24, 2015
The Rise of Islam and the Formation of Western Christianity
Insights into the Importance of Rome as the Christian Center
in Light of the Fall of Constantinople
(The Gnostic Influence on the Qur’an)

Reflection Two – February 28, 2015
He Died for Our Sins The Rise of the Gospel of
Atonement, Substitution, and Satisfaction
(Insights into Medieval Theology)

Reflection Three – March 28, 2015
The Demise of Medieval Christianity
Factors Leading to the Rise of the Modern Age
(Establishing the Context for the Protestant Reformation)

Reflection Four – April 25, 2015
Scripture, Faith, Grace
The Theology of Martin Luther
(Appreciating the Biblical and Traditional Sources
for the Protestant Principle)

May 23, 2015
The Beginnings of the Catholic Reform Movement
An Introduction: From the Council of Trent to the Second Vatican Council


Part One – The Early Centuries: The New Testament to the Creed
Part Three – The Protestant Reformation to the
Rise of the Global Community

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
(925) 787-9279
interfaithpeaceproject.org
peace@thomaspbonacci.net

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St. Ignatius of Antioch Church
3351 Contra Loma Blvd
Antioch, CA 94509

Sung Evening Prayer
Sunday, January 25, 2015
4:00 PM
A woman of Samaria came to draw water.
Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”  Jn. 4:7

The encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan Woman invites us to drink from the deep waters of our hearts offering to one another the love, respect, and compassion that flows from the Spirit of God living in our lives. In diversity, we enrich each other. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a privileged moment for prayer, encounter and dialogue. It is an opportunity to celebrate our oneness in Christ and drink from the deep waters of his love, grace, and compassion.

A reception follows in the Parish Hall.
A freewill offering will be designated to support Father Tom’s interfaith ministry through the Interfaith Peace Project. (interfaithpeaceproject.org)

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Private: Lay Mission Helpers
Los Angeles, CA

Jesus & the Other
February 2-6, 2015

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  THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL

 St. John Vianney
1650 Ygnacio Valley Rd
Walnut Creek CA

Pope Francis and The Joy of the Gospel Lecture Series
Fr. Tom Bonacci, CP

All are welcome!

“The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.
Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free
from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness.
With Christ joy is constantly born anew.

In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful
to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy,
while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.”

Four Monday Evenings
February 9, 16 and March 2, 9, 2015
7:00 to 8:30pm
Mullen Commons Vista

February 9, 2015
Having the Mind and Heart of Jesus
(Pope Francis reflects on Jesus)

February 16, 2015
A Door Wide Open
(The Radical Hospitality of Jesus)

March 2, 2015
Hearing one another and the World
(The World Church Reborn)

March 9, 2015
Some Virtues Necessary for being Christ in the World
(A Lenten Reflection based on Pope Francis’ Christmas Address)

THOMAS P. BONACCI, C.P.
THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
640 BAILEY ROAD  #301
PITTSBURG, CA  94565

(925) 787-9279

peace@thomaspbonacci.net
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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San Damiano Retreat Center
Danville, CA

Interfaith San Ramon Valley

Morning of Reflection

February 12, 2015

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The Antioch Series
Private Home-Based Program

 The Interfaith Peace Project
An Interfaith Connections Program
Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.

Five Sunday Afternoons

I WILL BE WITH YOU ALWAYS
Reflections on Jesus throughout the Centuries
(Part One – The Early Centuries: The New Testament to the Creed)

 February 15, 2015
No One Takes My Life, I Freely Give It
Insights into the Mission, Ethics, and Person of Jesus
(The Passion Narratives as Original Proclamation)

March 15, 2015
A Great Prophet Has Appeared Among Us
 The Mighty Deeds, the Gentle Heart, the Compassionate Presence of Jesus
The Voice of Jesus Heard in the Wisdom of the Community
(The Rise of the Gospel Narratives)

April 12, 2015
Forth from Within Shall Living Waters Flow
The Birth of Global Discipleship
(Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria, Constantinople, Rome, Nag Hammadi)

May 10, 2015
The Jesus of History – The Christ of Faith
The Rise of the Creed
(The Great Truths of Christian Faith Are Formulated)

June 14, 2015
The Final Separation of the Christian Communities from Judaism
Reviewing the Catastrophic Consequences


Part Two – The Creed to the Protestant Reform
Part Three – The Protestant Reform to the Rise of the Global Community

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Be Merciful O Lord and Teach Us to be Merciful
Presented by: Fr. Tom Bonacci, CP

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

9 am-2 pm

1:15 Liturgy
Sacrament of Penance following the Liturgy

We take as our inspiration Pope Francis’ Address December 2014 to the Roman Curia urging them and all the Church to live lives worthy of the Gospel and the following of Jesus. Our Lenten Day of reflection will glean the wisdom of that Address as we rededicate to the following of Jesus in our everyday lives.

$40 Donation includes lunch

For More Information and registration please contact:

Carol Forrest
916-725-4720 ext. 314
cforrest@passionist.org
Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center
6520 Van Maren Lane
Citrus Heights, CA 95621

To Register online:

https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E93406&id=96

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ST. ROSE OF LIMA
615 Vine Avenue
Roseville, CA 95678

LENTEN SCRIPTURE PROGRAM
with Fr. Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.

Four Thursday Evenings
March 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2015
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Meditations on the Gospel of St. Mark

March 5, 2015
Discovering the Heart of Jesus
(Probing the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

March 12, 2015
The Gospel in the Gospel
(The Passionate Love of Jesus for the Little Ones)

March 19, 2015
Who Belongs to the Community of Jesus
(The Lord’s Supper Revisited)

March 26, 2015
The Anointing Woman and the Execution of Jesus
(The Greater Love found in the Most Unlikely Place)

THOMAS P. BONACCI, C.P.
THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
640 BAILEY ROAD  #301
PITTSBURG, CA  94565

(925) 787-9279

peace@thomaspbonacci.net
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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final christmas fler

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School of Applied Theology: World Religions

March 9, 2015

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St. Vincent DePaul

March 21, 2015

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Granite Bay, St. Joseph’s Church RCIA Retreat

March 29, 2015

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PRIVATE HOME-BASED PROGRAM
BRENTWOOD, CA

THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
AN INTERFAITH CONNECTIONS PROGRAM

Three Tuesday Evenings
March 31, April 7 and 14, 2015
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Understanding Religiously Motivated Terrorism
A Study in Fundamentalism, Radicalization, and Terrorism

March 31, 2015
Profiles of the Religious Terrorist
(One Person Terrorist is Another Person’s Saint!)
A Literal Reading of Mark’s Gospel from a Radical’s Perspective

April 7, 2015
The Process of Religious Radicalization
Motivations for Violence – The Apocalyptic Worldviews
(Is Religion Really the Cause of War and Conflict)

April 14, 2015
Terrorism and the Future of the World
Recognizing the Impulse for Violence
(Not in the Name of God)

THOMAS P. BONACCI, C.P.
THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
640 BAILEY ROAD  #301
PITTSBURG, CA  94565

(925) 787-9279

peace@thomaspbonacci.net
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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 Holy Family Motherhouse
The Parish Community of St. Joseph
159 Washington Boulevard
Fremont, CA 94539

Four Monday Evenings
April 13, 20 and May 4, 11, 2015
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Easter Reflections from the Acts of the Apostles
(Reflections in Light of the Emerging Worldwide Church of Mercy)

April 13, 2015
The Acts of the Apostles as an Easter Proclamation
(Preparing for Pentecost Then and Now)

April 20, 2015
Momentous Turning Points in The Acts of the Apostles
(The Holy Spirit as “Obstacle” and Guide)

May 4, 2015
The Passion of Paul in the Plan of Luke
(The Holy Spirit Outpoured on the World)
(Peter’s Easter Proclamation Affirmed)

May 11, 2015
Why does the Acts of the Apostles concludes as it does?
(The acts of the contemporary Church continues on its pilgrim way.)

THOMAS P. BONACCI, C.P.
THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
640 BAILEY ROAD  #301
PITTSBURG, CA  94565

(925) 787-9279

peace@thomaspbonacci.net
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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AN INTERFAITH CONNECTIONS PROGRAM
THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT

A HOME-BASED PROGRAM
Castro Valley, CA

 

THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL
EMERGING GLOBAL ETHICS

 Four Part Series
Four Tuesday Nights 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Some important shifts and developments within the Catholic Community signify some important shifts in global human consciousness.  Our four session series will explore those shifts and opportunities.

April 21, 2015
Radical Hospitality
The Open-Door
An Exploration of John 10
In Light of #47 – the Joy of the Gospel

June 23, 2015
The Church as “Field Hospital”
Key Words in the Work of Jesus

 July 28, 2015
The Synod on the Family
Exploring the Attribute of Mercy
A New Way of Being a Global Church

August 25, 2015
Future Trends
A Turning Point in History?
The Rise of Human Ecology
Problems and Opportunities

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Road #301
Pittsburg, CA  94565
(925) 787-9279

Interfaithpeaceproject.org

peace@thomaspbonacci.net

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SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
4450 Granite Drive
Rocklin, CA 95677

Four Wednesday Evenings
April 22, 29 and May 6, 13, 2015
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Understanding Religiously Motivated Terrorism
A Study in Fundamentalism, Radicalization, and Terrorism

April 22, 2015
The Fundamentals of Fundamentalism
Making Sense of Life and the World
(The Dangers of Biblical Literalism)

April 29, 2015
Profiles of the Religious Terrorist
(One Person Terrorist is Another Person’s Saint!)
A Literal Reading of Mark’s Gospel from a Radical’s Perspective

May 6, 2015
The Process of Religious Radicalization
Motivations for Violence – The Apocalyptic Worldviews
(Is Religion Really the Cause of War and Conflict)

May 13, 2015
Terrorism and the Future of the World
Recognizing the Impulse for Violence
(Not in the Name of God)

THOMAS P. BONACCI, C.P.
THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
640 BAILEY ROAD  #301
PITTSBURG, CA  94565

(925) 787-9279

peace@thomaspbonacci.net
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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St. Raymond Wings at San Damiano

April 22, 2015

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School of Applied Theology

April 27, 2015

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THE INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF THE PASSION

Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center
Citrus Heights, CA

“RANSOM” FOR THE MANY
EXPLORATIONS IN THE PASSION THEOLOGY OF ST. MARK

What is behind the liturgical translation of the word “many” in the Institutional Words of the Eucharistic Consecration?  Is the implied exclusion intended or is there a deeper meaning to the troublesome “many” found in the more recent Missal?  These   liturgical concerns invite us to revisit St. Mark’s Gospel as we seek to uncover what the Evangelist might have meant and the implications for us as we struggle to make sense out of the suffering so many endure.

April 28, 2015
Mark 8: 31-33, 9: 30-32, and 10: 32-34
The Crossroads of the Cross
The Passion “Predictions” and the Call to Discipleship

May 5, 2015
Mark 11: 1 – 12: 44
The Jerusalem Troublemaker
The Mythical City, The Historical Place, The Heavenly Hope

May 12, 2015
Mark 15: 33-41
Insight in the Moment Death
The Transformation of an Executioner – Born Anew from the
Death of Jesus

May 19, 2015
Mark 14: 51-52 and 16: 1-8
Resurrection?
The Stranger of the Night Announces a New Day

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Road  #301
Pittsburg, CA  94565

interfaithpeaceproject.org
twitter.com/interfaithpeace
facebook.com/interfaithpeaceproject

(925) 787-9279 peace@thomaspbonacci.net

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THE INTERFAITH JESUS

The Interfaith Peace Project
An Interfaith Connections Program

Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church
9961 Elk Grove-Florin Road
Elk Grove, California, 95624
(916) 685-3681

Our Four Week series ponders the Interfaith Practice of Jesus.  First, we will ponder the religions of Jesus looking for insights that formed his Interfaith Practice.  Then we will explore the implications of the question: “How did Jesus treat people from faith traditions other than his own?”  

Four Friday Mornings
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

MAY 8, 2015
Exploring the “attitude” of Jesus
Insights from Philippians 2: 1-11 

JUNE 12, 2015
The Religion of Jesus
Genesis – Exodus – Amos 

JULY 10, 2015
The international / interfaith implications of Mark 5 

AUGUST 14, 2015
The interfaith implications of Mark 6-7-8
Celebrating the Syro-Phoenician Woman

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Road #301
Pittsburg, CA 94565

 NO WORLD PEACE WITHOUT RELIGIOUS PEACE!

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Private Program

Sacramento Deanery Meeting

 May 16, 2015
11:30 AM

 Islam

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THE GODDESS RISING
Retrieving Women’s Voice in Ancient and Contemporary Times

An Interfaith Connections Program
Sponsored by
The Interfaith Peace Project
Pittsburg, Ca

Our Four week program will explore the tragic loss of Women’s Voice in the historical record of humankind.  While oftentimes the actual historical woman has faded from history, her voice resounds through the ages.  We will explore the core myth that has injured women as we reconsider Eve in our Apology to Eve.  The Divine Feminine embedded in the Ancient Sources will inspire our study and challenge our assumptions.  After revisiting the imagery of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, we will explore and ponder the signs of the rise of Women’s Voice in our time.  Finally, we will offer a practical program for recovering your own feminine voice be you man or woman.

Four Monday Nights
May 18, 25 and June 1, 8, 2015
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
Executive Director
640 Bailey Road #301
Pittsburg, CA 94565
(925) 787-9279

peace@thomaspbonacci.net
interfaithpeaceproject.net

No World Peace Without Religious Peace

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SERVING CHRIST AND COMMUNITY
The Golden Jubilee Celebration
St. John Vianney Catholic Church

Vista room of Mullen Commons
7:00 PM

May 20, 2015
THE CALL TO FOLLOW AFTER CHRIST
Will we become like Christ?
Have in you the Mind that was in Christ Jesus
An exploration of Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 2: 1-11

May 27, 2015
REVEALING CHRIST IN ALL WE DO
Will we serve the poor?
The Heart that has never ceased to beat with love for us
A celebration of the Heart of Jesus as found in the Gospel Traditions

June 3, 2015
FOLLOWING CHRIST IN THE WORLD AS IT IS
What might it mean to love Terrorists in the Tradition of Jesus?
How Jesus teaches us to love our enemies
An honest probing of the Beatitudes of Matthew 5: 1-12
In light of Matthew 5: 43-48

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Diocese of Reno
Synod Day of Prayer and Reflection

 June 13, 2015

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CHRIST THE KING PASSIONIST RETREAT CENTER
Citrus Heights, CA

“THAT ALL MAY BE CHERISHED”

Celebrating the Faith Traditions of the World
An Introduction to Interfaith Spirituality

June 26, 27, 28, 2015

The Second Vatican Council invited the people of the Church to engage the peoples of the World in the pursuit of the true, the good, and the beautiful.  We live in a time when the Faith Traditions of the World have the obligation to lead the World in the way of peace.  Our weekend retreat is an introduction to the Faith Traditions of humankind as we discern the many gifts each Tradition brings to the pursuit of peace and harmony in our World.  

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Holy Family Motherhouse
The Parish Community of St. Joseph
159 Washington Boulevard
Fremont, CA 94539

Four Monday Evenings
July 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2015
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Understanding Religiously Motivated Terrorism
A Study in Fundamentalism, Radicalization, and Terrorism

July 6, 2015
The Fundamentals of Fundamentalism
Making Sense of Life and the World
(The Dangers of Biblical Literalism)

July 13, 2015
Profiles of the Religious Terrorist
(One Person’s Terrorist is Another Person’s Saint!)
A Literal Reading of Mark’s Gospel from a Radical’s Perspective

July 20, 2015
The Process of Religious Radicalization
Motivations for Violence – The Apocalyptic Worldviews
(Is Religion Really the Cause of War and Conflict)

July 27, 2015
Terrorism and the Future of the World
Recognizing the Impulse for Violence
(Not in the Name of God)

THOMAS P. BONACCI, C.P.
THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
640 BAILEY ROAD  #301
PITTSBURG, CA  94565
(925) 787-9279

peace@thomaspbonacci.net
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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Christ the King Retreat Center
6520 Van Maren Lane
Citrus Heights, CA 95621

 

MARRIED COUPLES RETREAT

Was It Not Like Fire Burning Within Us?
Presented by: Fr. Tom Bonacci, CP

Friday, July 17 to Sunday, July 19, 2015

Begins with registration at 4 pm and dinner at 6:30 pm on Friday.
Concludes with Liturgy and lunch on Sunday
REGISTRATION: $250 per couple

In this year of preparation for the conclusion of the Synod on the Family, our Retreat for Married Couples will focus on the power of self-giving love to transform the World. This love is symbolized in the fire of God’s radiance reflected in creation and the reality of human love. Our Retreat program will probe the dynamics of the fire of love as we grow into the full stature of God’s image. Marriage is a sacramental ministry by which the love of God manifested in Jesus is communicated by virtue of the Holy Spirit. Marriage offers the World of tragedy and heartbreak the hope born of the courage of two people to love one another unconditionally. Come! Celebrate with us the fire of this love.

CONTACT CAROL FORREST
CHRIST THE KING PASSIONIST RETREAT CENTER
6520 VAN MAREN LANE, CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA 95621

REGISTER ONLINE AT: ChristTheKingretreatCenter.org

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All Saints Catholic Church
317 E. Main Street
Bridgeport, West Virginia 26330

 Private Program

July 31 – August 10, 2015

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THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
An Interfaith Connections Program

Private Home-Based Program
Pleasant Hill, CA

MAY ALL CREATION GIVE YOU PRAISE, O GOD!
ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

  1. “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”.In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs”.

 

  1. This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her.

 

Our three session program will explore the core message of Pope Francis’ important and timely Encyclical,  “Laudato Si.”  Transcending the controversy surrounding this prophetic work, we engage its challenge within the rich sacramental tradition of Church and our increasing awareness of the interrelationship of all Creation.   

Three Monday Evenings
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

August 17, 2015
THE GOSPEL OF CREATION
The Testimony of Tradition and Scripture

August 24, 2015
HUMAN ECOLOGICAL RESPONSIBILITY
The Witness of Science and the Principle of the Common Good

August 31, 2015
ECOLOGICAL SPIRITUALITY
The Call to Ecological Conversion and Cosmic Awareness

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Road #301
Pittsburg, CA  94565
(925) 787-9279

peace@thomaspbonacci.net
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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St. Ignatius of Antioch Church
Antioch, CA

 Four Monday Mornings
8:45 am – 10:30 am

 August 17, 2015
THE GOSPEL OF CREATION
The Testimony of Tradition and Scripture

 August 24, 2015
HUMAN ECOLOGICAL RESPONSIBILITY
The Witness of Science and the Principle of the Common Good

 August 31, 2015
ECOLOGICAL SPIRITUALITY
The Call to Ecological Conversion and Cosmic Awareness

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Brentwood, CA

THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
AN INTERFAITH CONNECTIONS PROGRAM

PEACE-MAKING

It is not only possible but an obligation to work for peace by pursuing justice.  Our three week study explores some practical applications a to how justice can be practices in everyday life in such a way as to give peace a chance.

Three Thursday Evenings
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday
August, 27, 2015

An Evening at
The Interfaith Peace Center
4517 Buckeye Court
Antioch, CA 94531

We will explore the possibility of practicing Interfaith Peace in all the affairs of our lives.
Tom will also address the meaning of International Day of Peace.
June Kirk will tour the Center’s Library sharing some powerful experiences in the pursuit of peace.

Thursday
September 3, 2015
Ecological Peace-Making

Some comments on the latest Encyclical “Laudato si” from a justice and peace perspective.

Thursday
September 10, 2015

Comments on the upcoming Synod on the Family in Rome.
Identifying several issues of justice influencing the Church in the World.

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project

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Diocese of Reno
Youth Minister’s Retreat

Saturday, August 29, 2015

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The Interfaith Peace Project
An Interfaith Connections Program

Private Home-Based Program
Antioch, CA

I WILL BE WITH YOU ALWAYS
Reflections on Jesus throughout the Centuries
(Part Two – The Creed to the Protestant Reformation)

Our four part series explores the rise and collapse of the Medieval Church and the dawning of the Modern Period with the Protestant Reformation.  In a spirit of ecumenism and interreligious understanding, we seek to appreciate what was once judged unfortunate history in a positive and constructive light.  We will discover how the issues that separate us today are imbedded in the ancient church’s quest for its heart and soul. 

Reflection One – August 30, 2015
The Rise of Islam and the Formation of Western Christianity
Insights into the Importance of Rome as the Christian Center in Light of the Fall of Constantinople
(The Gnostic Influence on the Qur’an)

Reflection Two – October 4, 2015
He Died for Our Sins
The Rise of the Gospel of Atonement, Substitution, and Satisfaction
(Insights into Medieval Theology)

Reflection Three – November 8, 2015
The Demise of Medieval Christianity
 (Establishing the Context for the Protestant Reformation)

Reflection Four – December 6, 2015
Scripture, Faith, Grace
The Theology of Martin Luther
(Appreciating the Biblical and Traditional Sources for the Protestant Principle)

 

Part One – The Early Centuries: The New Testament to the Creed
Part Three – The Protestant Reformation to the Rise of the Global Community

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project
(925) 787-9279
interfaithpeaceproject.org
peace@thomaspbonacci.net

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Auburn, CA
Private Home – Based Program

INTERFAITH SPIRITUALITY AND PRACTICE
EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITY OF INTERRELIGIOUS PRACTICE

As religious and spiritual persons we base our lives on an Ultimate Reality, and draw spiritual power and hope therefrom, in trust, in prayer or meditation, in word or silence. We have a special responsibility for the welfare of all humanity and care for the planet Earth. We do not consider ourselves better than other women and men, but we trust that the ancient wisdom of our religions can point the way for the future.

GLOBAL ETHICS
COUNCIL OF THE PARLIAMENT OF THE WORLD’S RELIGIONS
SEPTEMBER 4, 1993

 Our three week study will explore the practical dimensions for practicing Interfaith Spirituality.  We will propose the principles by which such an endeavor might become part of a person’s daily life.

 

Three Tuesday Evenings

September 1, 2015 – The Great Axial Period
September 15, 2015 – The Rise of Interfaith Global Spirituality
September 29, 2015 – Insights into Dialogue

THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
THOMAS P. BONACCI, C.P.
640 BAILEY ROAD  #301
PITTSBURG, CA  94565

(925) 787-9279

peace@thomaspbonacci.net
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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RETREAT
Fall 2015

I HAVE HEARD YOU CALLING IN THE NIGHT

Our Retreat Weekend will afford us the opportunity to savor the moment in history as we rededicate ourselves to the liberation of all beings on Earth from the power of oppression and destruction. As we surge past Pluto, we must not forget the cries of the poor and oppressed on Earth.  Through prayer, reflection, study, sharing, and friendship, we will celebrate this moment in our history.

Friday, September 4, 2015
God Hears the Cries of the Poor and Oppressed!
What might this mean?
RITUAL:  The Blessing of One Another

Saturday, September 4, 2015
MORNING
Be Merciful as I am Merciful!
QUIET PRAYERFUL REFLECTION: Claiming Dignity for Self
and Defending Others Who Struggle
The Irish Vote – The Gospel Reborn?
Love as Hearing and Responding to Another
Without Qualification or Hesitation

AFTERNOON
Behold the Birds of the Air
REFLECTION: The Dynamic Interplay of Earth and Soul
Fifteen Minute Mindful Nature Walk
Sharing the Experience
RITUAL:  Blessing the Earth
GENERAL DISCUSSION WITH TOM

EVENING
LITURGY

Sunday, September 5, 2015
A Most Important Apology
Dare We Dream and Hope?
Sharing in the Friendship of Christ

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THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
An Interfaith Connections Program

Holy Family Motherhouse
Fremont, CA

 MAY ALL CREATION GIVE YOU PRAISE, O GOD!
ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

 1. “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”.In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs”.

Our four session program will explore the core message of Pope Francis’ important and timely Encyclical, “Laudato Si.”  Transcending the controversy surrounding this prophetic work, we engage its challenge within the rich sacramental tradition of Church and our increasing awareness of the interrelationship of all Creation.  

Four Monday Evenings
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

September 7, 2015
SOURCES FOR GLOBAL CONSCIOUSNESS
A New Way of Being Church

September 14, 2015
THE GOSPEL OF CREATION
The Testimony of Tradition and Scripture

September 28, 2015
HUMAN ECOLOGICAL RESPONSIBILITY
The Witness of Science and the Principle of the Common Good

October 5, 2015
ECOLOGICAL SPIRITUALITY
The Call to Ecological Conversion and Cosmic Awareness

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Road #301
Pittsburg, CA  94565
(925) 787-9279
peace@thomaspbonacci.net
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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SS. PETER AND PAUL CATHOLIC CHURCH
4450 Granite Drive
Rocklin, CA  95677
(916) 624-5827

PRAISE BE TO THEE, O GOD OF MERCY

During our Five Week Program, Pope Francis will visit Cuba and the United States.  This will afford us the opportunity to discern the emergence of a new way of being Church in the World.  Following in the spirituality and teaching of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis is implementing, in ways both challenging and constructive, what it means to be a Church dedicated to and constituted by the poor.  We will be attentive to these events as they unfold as we prepare for the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Five Wednesday Evenings
September 9, 16, 23, 30 and October 7, 2015
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wednesday – September 9, 2015
The Joy of the Gospel Revisited
A Church of Mercy Demands Merciful Leadership

Wednesday – September 16, 2015
Laudati si
The Encyclical “Our Common Home”
The Gospel of Creation
Compassion to All Creatures and Elements

Wednesday – September 23, 2015
Laudato si
The Foundation of an Ecological Spirituality

Wednesday – September 30, 2015
Reflections on the Papal Visit to the United States

Wednesday – October 7, 2015
Introducing the Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy
A Survey of Important Biblical Texts

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Road #301
Pittsburg, CA  94565

(925) 787-9279
interfaithpeaceproject.org
peace@thomaspbonacci.net

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The Interfaith Peace Project
An Interfaith Connections Program

Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church
9961 Elk Grove-Florin Road
Elk Grove, California, 95624

I WILL BE WITH YOU ALWAYS
Reflections on Jesus throughout the Centuries
(Part Two – The Creed to the Protestant Reform)

Our four part series explores the rise and collapse of the Medieval Church and the dawning of the Modern Period with the Protestant Reformation.  In a spirit of ecumenism and interreligious understanding, we seek to appreciate what was once judged unfortunate history in a positive and constructive light.  We will consider these issues in light of the surprising contemporary developments in the Church. 

Reflection One – September 11, 2015
The Rise of Islam and the Formation of Western Christianity
Insights into the Importance of Rome in Light of the Fall of Constantinople
(The Gnostic Influence on the Qur’an)

Reflection Two – October 9, 2015
He Died for Our Sins
The Rise of the Gospel of Atonement, Substitution, and Satisfaction
(Insights into Medieval Theology)

Reflection Three – November 13, 2015
The Demise of Medieval Christianity
Factors Leading to the Rise of the Modern Age
(Establishing the Context for the Protestant Reformation)

Reflection Four – December 11, 2015
Scripture, Faith, Grace
The Theology of Martin Luther
(Appreciating the Biblical and Traditional Sources for the Protestant Principle)

Part One – The Early Centuries: The New Testament to the Creed
Part Three – The Protestant Reformation to the Rise of the Global Community

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project
(925) 787-9279
interfaithpeaceproject.org
peace@thomaspbonacci.net

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MERCY CENTER
Auburn, CA

Three Saturdays
9:30 am – 2:00 pm

I WILL BE WITH YOU ALWAYS
Reflections on Jesus throughout the Centuries
(Part Three – The Protestant Reformation to the Rise of the Global Community)

Our three part series explores the rise of the Modern Age and the dramatic transition to this post-modern period in which uncertainty is the rule of the day.  Sophisticated biblical studies emerge in this period with a strong fundamentalist reaction.  The person of Jesus is now emerging anew in light of World developments and scientific breakthroughs.  How Jesus will be understood and presented in the years to come is not simply a matter for speculation.  Our time is providing the foundation for the future of Jesus for both Church and World.

Reflection One – September 12, 2015
The Rise of the Modern World – The Scientific Worldview
The Fundamentalist Reaction

Reflection Two – October 24, 2015
World Violence and the Tragedy of the Shoah
The Jewish Jesus Emerges

Reflection Three – November 28, 2015
The Quest for the Historical Jesus
The Discovery of the Human Jesus
The Global Age and the Cosmic Christ

Part One – The Early Centuries: The New Testament to the Creed
Part Two – The Creed to the Protestant Reform

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Road #301
Pittsburg, CA  94565
(925) 787-9279
interfaithpeaceproject.org
peace@thomaspbonacci.net

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School of Applied Theology
5890 Birch Court
Berkeley, CA  94618

Interfaith Spirituality
September 14
10:00 –  12:00

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East County Shared Ministry
Stoneman Chapel
200 East Leland Road
Pittsburg, CA 94565

Peace in Light of Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Our Common Home

Sunday, September 20, 2015
10:00 AM

The International Day of Peace affords us the opportunity to commit ourselves to living justly on Earth with all creatures and elements by which our lives are sustained and enhanced. Please worship with us and meet Pastor Will McGarvey whose work with The Contra Costa Interfaith Council continues to foster peace through justice.

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Peace Lutheran Church
3201 Camino Tassajara
Danville, CA 94506

Sunday, September 20, 2015
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

The Interfaith Peace Project is proud to sponsor The Peace Concert at Peace Lutheran Church in Danville, CA. We join with other sponsoring communities as we pursue peace in every part of our community. We take this opportunity to thank Rev. Steve Harms and his church congregation for all the work they have done over the years to make peace a reality in the lives of so many people. Please join us. (See the following flyer for more information:

Concert September 21

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School of Applied Theology
5890 Birch Ct.
Oakland, CA 94618

The Reality of Interfaith Spirituality

Monday, September 21, 2015

It has been said, “No World peace without religious peace!”  Our morning program will explore how religious peace might be more than a possibility. People of faith must learn from, be inspired by, and meet one another. Only then can we confront and transcend our fears, stereotypes, and prejudices.

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St. Augustine Catholic Church
400 Alcatraz Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

The Biblical Idea of the Jubilee Year

Monday, September 21, 2015
7:00 PM

The Biblical idea of the Jubilee Year is one in which the land rested and rightful ownership was recognized and restored. Our reflections will be motivated by the upcoming “Year of Mercy” in the Catholic Community. Mercy is realized in our practical respect for one another. Respect for one another might be the foundation of the peace born of justice.

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School of Applied Theology
5890 Birch Court
Berkeley, CA  94618

Interfaith Spirituality
September 28
10:00 –  12:00

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Private Program
Castro Valley, CA

Laudato si’
September 22 and December 15, 2015

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Private Program
Centering Prayer Group

September 26, 2015

A DAY IN HISTORY

December 24, 1968 was a decisive turning point in human accomplishment.  Our self-awareness has never been the same.  It was an event that changed the way we read Scripture. Our reflection will focus on the majesty of Psalm 8 and the splendor of Genesis 1.  As we behold the splendor of the Universe, we are moved in body, mind, and soul to find the Center of an unbounded Universe within the depths of our hearts.

The great Tradition of Contemplative Prayer has always raised the consciousness of human beings to be more than aware of the plight of the poor and the splendor of creation.  The abundance of the Earth challenges us to feed the hungry.  We will explore the interplay of prayer and creation.

The new encyclical “Laudato si” invites us to be merciful to creation that is the source of our life and well-being.  In fact, the cry of the Earth and the cry of the Poor invite us to hear the voice of God in the depths of our minds, hearts, and prayer.  Centering in the Divine invites us to hear who and what God hears.

We will begin our time of reflection by focusing on the tremendous and transformative experience of December 24, 1968 when human experienced a view of the Earth never before imaginable (see Psalm 8).

 

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project
Pittsburg, CA
(925) 787-9279
peace@thomaspbonacci.net
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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Private Program

Middletown, CA

October 2, 2015

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Private Scripture Class

Fremont, CA

October 6, 2015

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INTERFAITH RETREAT
October 9-11, 2o15

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2015

        7:00 pm     Dinner

        8:15            FIRST REFLECTION:  Axial Consciousness:  Review
                                              The Emergence of World Scripture

                             Open Discussion

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2015

        8:00 am     Breakfast and Quiet Time For Personal Prayer

        9:30            SECOND REFLECTION:  Study in Documentation
                                         The “Actuality” of the Axial Sages                                      

        11:15          THIRD REFLECTION:  Jesus as Shaman – Rereading Matthew’s Gospel                                          

       Noon           Lunch / Quiet Time, Rest, Study

      3:00 pm      FOURTH REFLECTION:  You shall love your enemy!
                                         The Buddha and The Christ – Baptism and Enlightenment                                      

        4:45              Celebration – Testifying to your experience / understanding of Jesus

         6:00              Supper

         7:30              WORKSHOP:  Indigenous Experience in America / California 

                               Optional Discussion with Tom

 Sunday, October 11, 2015

        7:15 am        Optional Liturgy – The Mass of the Sunday             

        8:15              Breakfast and Quiet Personal Time for Spiritual Practice          

        9:30              FIFTH REFLECTION:  Jesus as Ecological Prophet
                                           Reflections on Laudato si – The Gaze of Jesus

        10:30            Final Thoughts and Discussion

         11:15            Rumi’s One Table

         11:30            Free Time and Quiet

         Noon           Lunch and Peaceful Farewell

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Private Program

Concord, CA

October 13, 2015

Religion & Violence

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ST. MONICA’S PARISH MISSION
Willows, CA

October 24 -28, 2015

Our three day Fall Mission / Retreat affords us an opportunity to prepare for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning on December 8, 2015.  We will ponder and celebrate the God of Mercy so powerfully portrayed in the Bible.  We also have the challenging and powerful teaching of Pope Francis who invites us to follow Jesus who is the revelation of God’s mercy in all the affairs of our lives.  Through prayer, ritual, teaching, and sharing we will walk with Jesus as we hear his Word anew.  Touched by his merciful heart of strong and passionate love, we dedicate ourselves anew to be his risen presence in our broken World.

THE MORNING PROGRAM
(Different from the Evening Program)

Liturgy 7:30 am

Coffee and Refreshments after the Liturgy

8:15 am – 9:15 am
Session with Tom

THE EVENING PROGRAM
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

MONDAY
October 26, 2015

Evening Service
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

WAS IT NOT LIKE FIRE BURNING IN OUR HEARTS!
Walking with Jesus every day of our lives
Reflections based on the Gospels

FIRST REFLECTION
The Doors of the Church should be open …
Reflections based on the Joy of the Gospel #46-47
Encountering the God of Mystery
Exodus 33:17-34:8

SECOND REFLECTION
What Might Mercy Look Like?
Luke 7: 1-10
The Church of Uncommon Mercy

TUESDAY
October 27, 2015

Evening Service

BY THE WORD OF THE LORD THE HEAVENS WERE FORMED
BY THE BREATH OF GOD ALL THINGS CAME TO BE

FIRST REFLECTION
He walked with them along the road opening the Scripture
Reflections from the Joy of the Gospel # 114-115 and 139
The Gaze of Jesus – Pondering Laudato si # 96-100
Isaiah 55: 1-11

SECOND REFLECTION
The Mission to the Afflicted
The Cry of the Poor and the Earth = Pondering Laudato si # 49
Luke 4: 1-20

WEDNESDAY
OCTOBER 28, 2015

Evening Service
PEACE BE WITH YOU – FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER!

FIRST REFLECTION
Tenderness and Mercy
Reflections from the Joy of the Gospel #22, 44, 270
Drawing Close to the Power and Beauty of the Created World of Nature
The Faithful Seed of Amazing Growth
Mark 4:1-9

SECOND REFLECTION
All I have is yours….
Reflections of Luke 15

THE MORNING SCHEDULE
October 26 – 28, 2015

MORNING LITURGY – 7:30 am

COFFEE

SCRIPTURE STUDY  – 8:15 am – 9:15 am
(DIFFERENT FROM THE EVENING SERVICE)

JESUS – THE REVELATION OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN, HUMANE,
MERCIFUL, AND FULLY ALIVE

MONDAY
WHAT GOD GIVES US FOR CHRISTMAS?
THE MANGER OF HIS TABLE

TUESDAY
WHO IS FRANCIS, THE POPE?
WHY DOES HE LOVE FRANCIS, THE SAINT?

WEDNESDAY
THE PASSIONS OF JESUS
THE TABLE OF HIS CROSS

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THOMAS P. BONACCI, C.P.
THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
640 BAILEY ROAD   #301
PITTSBURG, CA  94565
(925) 787-9278
peace@thomaspbonacci.net

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St. Joan of Arc
San Ramon, CA

Laudato Si
On Care for Our Common Home
The Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis 

Listening to the World Church, gleaning the best scientific evidence, appealing to the Tradition of born of Scripture, St Francis, and St. Bonaventure, inspired by the example and teachings of believers, Pope Francis responds to the ecological crisis threatening our common home.  This important and timely encyclical challenges the peoples of the World to realize our interdependency and responsibilities to care for the Earth in this age of globalization.  Our progress must not result in our destruction.  The encyclical explores the moral and ethical implications and responsibilities we all incur in light of the growing ecological crisis.

Three Monday Nights
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

November 9, 2015
Our Common Home

November 16, 2015
The Gospel of Creation

November 23, 2015
Ecological Conversion

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Road #301
Pittsburg, CA 94565

interfaithpeaceproject.org
peace@thomaspbonacci.net
(925) 787-9279

No World Peace Without Religious Peace

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THE INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF THE PASSION
IN THE JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY
NOVEMBER 2015 – MAY 2016

THE YEAR OF MERCY
INSIGHTS FROM THE GOSPEL OF LUKE

November 10, 2015           Discerning the Biblical meaning of “mercy”

November 17, 2015           Luke’s experience of the God of the Hebrews

November 24, 2015           Exploring the Heart of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel

December 1, 2015             A merciful Church?  Insights from the Acts of Apostles

THE PASSION OF THE EARTH
A BIBLICAL EXPLORATION FOR OUR TIME

February 2, 2016     The experience of Church in Laudato si

February 9, 2016     The “Mystical” Scientist and the Cry of the Earth

February 16, 2016   The Cry of the Poor / The Passion of the Earth

February 23, 2016   “Consider the Birds …” – Jesus as Ecological Prophet

THE PASSION OF THE CHURCH
THE BIBLICATION SPIRITUALITY OF LIBERATION
INSIGHTS INTO THE MINISTRY OF POPE FRANCIS

April 12, 2016          Pope Francis visits to the Americas – The Apology and the Challenge

April 19, 2016          Liberation Theology revisited – a new way of being Church

April 26, 2016          The Option for the Poor revisited

May 3, 2016            The Future Church – Revisiting the history of Liberation from Jesus   to the present                                         day

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
925  787-9279
peace@thomaspbonacci.net

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St. Joseph’s Men’s Club Retreat

St. Francis Retreat Center
549 Mission Vineyard Rd.
San Juan Bautista, CA

 

November 20-22, 2015

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SERVING CHRIST AND COMMUNITY
The Golden Jublilee Celebration
St. John Vianney Parish
Advent 2015

November 30, 2015
THE COMMUNITY OF THE POOR
The Birth-Givers of Jesus
Luke surrounds the Birth of Jesus with a most fascinating community
of courage, insight, and fearlessness
Insights into Luke 1 and 2

December 7, 2015
THE CALL TO BE A LITTLE CHILD
The Manager of his love is our hearts
We explore the Biblical splendor of the Manger in the Gospel of Luke
based on Isaiah 1:2-3

December 14, 2015
BORN ANEW
We have seen his Star
In light of the emerging ecological concerns,
We will explore the cosmic and global implications of Jesus with us

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School for Applied Theology
5890 Birch Ct.
Oakland, CA 94618

November 30, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 PM

December 1, 2015
10:00 – 12:00 Noon
1:00 – 3:00 PM

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St Paul’s Episcopal Church
Walnut Creek, CA

THREE MEDITATIONS ON DEEP INCARNATION

Our three-part Advent series affords us the opportunity to review and savor some of the more exciting developments in contemporary spirituality.  Advent, with its incarnational perspective, challenges us to engage the sacredness of creation.  We prayerfully explore the implications of the Word made flesh not as a past historical happening but an uncompromising contemporary challenge.  The simple question is whether or not we are willing to see life and World with the eyes, mind, heart, and soul of Jesus. 

Three Wednesday Evenings
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

December 2, 2015
The Gaze of Jesus
A Reflection on Laudato Si
(Chapter Two Section Seven)
To see as Jesus Sees

 December 9, 2015
“Throwing in his lot”
Three Reflections on the “Going down” of Jesus
Luke 2: 50-52 – He went down with them
Luke 7: 11-17 – The  Broken Heart
Luke 22: 24-27 – The Tragic Table

December 16, 2015
Resurrection as Incarnational Hope
Revisiting Theosis – “Filled with Spirit” – Luke 4: 14-18
Revisiting Apocatastasis – “Good Thief” – Luke 23: 39-43
Rediscovering the Church of Mercy – “Be Merciful” – Luke 6: 36

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Road #301
Pittsburg, CA  94565

(925) 787-9279
interfaithpeaceproject.org
peace@thomaspbonacci.net

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Year End Silent Retreat
Every Day You Show Us a Mother’s Love and a Father’s Care

Mercy Center
Auburn, California

December 28, 2015 to January 1, 2016 or
December 31, 2015 to January 1, 2016

In this Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, we ponder the Scripture as we celebrate the mercy of God for all peoples. Our Scripture and tradition are rich, varied, and deep with profound understandings and teachings on what it means to be a merciful person and live a compassionate life. We will explore the Twelve Steps of Compassion by Karen Armstrong, applying her insights to Pope Francis’ challenge to be a people rich in mercy. Our prayerful Year End New Year’s Retreat will offer us a rich opportunity to begin the Extraordinary Year of Mercy by rededicating ourselves to the following of Jesus in ways merciful and compassionate.

Two Retreat Options:

Option 1: Five Day Silent Retreat Begins Monday, December 28th with arrival and registration from 3:00 to 6:00 pm (dinner at 6:15 pm). Retreat closes with New Year’s Day Eucharist celebration at 9:00am followed by brunch. Cost: $275 resident (Dec 28, 2015 to Jan 1, 2016) ($75 non-refundable deposit)
Option 2: New Years Eve Overnight Begins Thursday, December 31st with arrival and registration from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (dinner at 5:15 pm). Retreat closes with New Year’s Day Eucharist celebration at 9:00am followed by brunch. Cost: $95 (Dec 31, 2015 to Jan 1, 2016) (non-refundable payment due w/registration; space limited)

For More information: 

http://mercycenter.org/doc/2015YearEndRetreatFlyer.pdf