If you recently moved into the neighborhood and have been attending our parish, we would love to invite you to pick up a registration form located on the table in the back of the church next to the hospitality table. You may drop it off in the collection basket at your convenience.
Our Music Director, April McNeely, will be offering music classes on how to read music. They will be held on Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the church. Please contact April for more information, (510) 504-4784 or firstname.lastname@example.org
EBI Parking Lot Project
The Parish Council has approved the EBI lower parking lot improvement project, and work has begun. We will try to limit any inconvenience to our parishioners, and will provide updated information as we receive it. We appreciate your patience and prayers.
Sunday, August 20th following the 10:30 a.m. Mass: In honor of our patron saint’s feast day we will be showing the movie “A Restless Heart”, the story of St. Augustine. Please join us in the Parish Hall for hospitality and the movie. The movie is approximately 2 ½ hours. All our welcome.
Sunday, August 27th Annual Feast Day Celebration — 110th Anniversary of our Parish! Please save the date to enjoy children’s games, BBQ and potluck. There will be NO 8 a.m. or 6 p.m. Mass on this special day.
Mass Changes – On the weekend of Saturday, August 26th & Sunday, August 27th there will be a change to our regular Mass schedule to bring everyone together to celebrate the 110th Anniversary of our Parish. The Saturday 5 p.m. Mass will take place as usual after Reconciliation at 4pm. Sunday there will be only one Mass at 10:30 am followed by the Celebration Festival. There will not be an 8 am or 6pm Mass on Sunday, August 27th .
Safe Environment for Children Project
September 30th, 9a.m. – Noon: Safe Environment for Children Project – It is once again our cycle for training all ministry volunteers in the Safe Environment program. All ministers should plan to participate in this onsite class on Saturday, September 30th, or individuals can complete the program online. For more information please contact the Parish office.
Ministry Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, September 21st. All volunteers and ministers are invited to our annual event. We will begin the evening with a prayer service in the church at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner in the cafeteria at 6:30 pm.
Broader Community Events
Multicultural Institute transitions immigrants from poverty and isolation to prosperity and participation. They need people to prepare meals, perform legal help, tutor kids, train classes in construction. Address: 1920 Seventh St., Berkeley Phone: 510-848-4075 Website: Multicultural Institute Berkeley
Volunteer with the Mercy Brown Bag Program!
Varying Locations throughout Alameda County
Contact Nicole St. Lawrence 510-534-8547, ext. 369
Help the Mercy Brown Bag Program of Mercy Retirement and Care Center, distribute groceries to low income seniors. They serve almost 5000 seniors at distribution sites throughout Alameda County. The distributions last 1 – 2 hours, and they have a variety of positions that could use your help, such as registering clients, filling bags, or unloading our trucks. We are also looking for volunteers who speak Cantonese and/or Mandarin. They can also use clerical help at times when they do not have distributions. To find out more about Mercy Brown Bag Program call Nicole St. Lawrence, see above, or visit mercybrownbag.org.
Diocesan Summer of Retreats June – October
Cast into the Deep with God. This summer, through October, the Diocese is offering 10 retreats for all adults 18-39. Each retreat is a different price, length, and theme to meet your needs. All you have to do is pick one! Visit SummerOfRetreats.org to learn more about these exciting opportunities to encounter God.
LEO Center ESL
English as a Second Language Classes for ALL Levels
St. Columba’s Church 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland
Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
Low Cost. Provides help with Written Citizen Test, Written Driver’s Test & Job Applications
Recurring Parish Events
Monthly Rosary for Peace
Our Social Justice Ministry welcomes you to pray the Rosary for Peace on the 1st Sundays of each month. Rosary for Peace begins at 9:15 a.m. on the following days in 2017: September 3rd, October 1st, November 5th, December 3rd.
Weekly Morning Prayer on Thursdays — currently on Summer break. Will resume on August 3rd
Our Morning Prayer Service is held every Thursday at 7:45 a.m., for approximately 25 minutes prior to daily Mass. Please join us for quiet times of centering prayer, a brief reflection, shared petitions, and all framed with simple music. All are welcome! If you would like more information, please contact Susan Schaeffer at email@example.com or (415) 935-1729.
Is your rosary sitting in a drawer, broken and need of repair? Contact Suzy Arnhart before or after the 10:30 am Mass, and she will gladly repair it free of charge. You can also contact the Parish Office (510) 653-8631.