Calendar & Announcements

A poem Father Augustine would like to share with us:

“Lockdown”

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
But,—
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again…
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound….
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting…
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are…
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness…
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love…
Today, breathe…
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.
Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM
March 13th 2020

 


Please note that this calendar is temporarily incorrect. ALL IN-PERSON EVENTS of any kind are suspended at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To see Father Augustine celebrate Sunday Mass visit the St. Augustine YouTube channel.

Parish Events

Weekly Calendar:

MONDAYS  8:30 am Holy Mass
and 7:30 pm Young Adults
TUESDAYS  8:30 am Holy Mass
WEDNESDAYS  8:30 am Communion Service
and 7 pm Choir Rehearsal
THURSDAYS  8:30 am Holy Mass
FRIDAYS  8:30 am Holy Mass
SATURDAYS 4 pm: Reconciliation
and 5 pm Vigil Mass
SUNDAYS 8 am, 10:30 am and 6 pm Holy Mass

Family Faith Formation, Sundays @ 9:10 am; click here for the Calendar

Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Sundays @ 10:30 am

RCIA Dismissal, Sundays @ 10:30 am Mass

 


Parish Announcements

LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES
Join us in enriching our spiritual lives when we live Lent. There is life and music, joy and happiness within us and around us. Are you ready to set out on this path? Come on, Live Lent!

1. Spiritual Book club: Two different groups
meetings on Tuesday at 1:00 PM, Starting
February 18th and Fridays at 7:00 PM, starting
February 21st. Duration: five weeks.

2. Daily Holy Mass: An effort to attend daily
Mass during Lent is a healing experience.

3. Lenten reflection on science, religion and
spirituality by Sister Ade and company. It will be on all Tuesdays of March at 8:00 PM

4. Individual and Group Resources: Live Lent book. It helps one go deeper into the Gospel Reading during Lent and reflect and pray every day; it invites people to practices that help to live the spirit of Lent. Book costs $8. It will be made available at a discount rate $5. There will also be sign-up sheets for those who would like to form Faith Sharing Groups.

5. Stations of the Cross on Fridays during Lent

 

Parent’s Group
Inviting all small children (3 and under) and their parents to join in forming a Mom and Dad’s Group. This is in the beginning organizational stage, so day and time has not yet been determined. For more information, please contact Kristine Smith at her email: klopez1214@gmail.com

Children’s Choir
Our Music Director, April McNeely, would like to start a children’s choir. Interested parents should contact her by phone: 510-504-4784 or email: april.mcneely@gmail.com or see April after Mass.

RCIA: We have begun the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program. If you have friends or family members who would like to learn more about the Christian faith kindly invite them to join RCIA.

Roof replacement: The roofs of Elizabeth House and the Rectory have failed and need replacement. In the coming weeks we will be starting work to re-place them. Your valuable contributions to this works will be much appreciated. The total cost is about $58,000. Kindly pray that the work goes smoothly and we are able to complete them before the rainy season.


 

Broader Community Events

WINGS The Spring season (March 11th through May 6th) is devoted to Faith in Action. PLEASE NOTE: Because of concerns about the coronavirus, we have reluctantly decided to pause our weekly Wednesday sessions until after Easter. WINGS will resume on April 22nd

This faith enhancement group for women encourages spiritual growth through prayer, Scripture study, life sharing and community. We gather on Wednesdays from October through May in the St. Theresa Event Center (4850 Clarewood Dr., Oakland), meeting room 1 at 9:15am with hospitality. At 9:30 we have a guest speaker and program until 11:15am. Our engaging speakers will uplift you and keep you informed! You’ll experience a welcoming community as we support each other in our spiritual growth. Bring a friend! Women from local parishes and other denominations are welcome! Our theme for this year is “Walking with God”. Join us to say “Yes” to WINGS!  See our Winter schedule here:
WINGS Spring Schedule 2020

You do not need to RSVP! But for more information, contact St. Augustine parishioner and Parish Council member Courtenay Redis at courtenaymorganredis@gmail.com

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: Do you want to show the love you feel for SVdP? Come volunteer with us! We house a food pantry in the St. Augustine garage, open two Wednesdays each month. Please call the Parish Office for more information on how to donate or volunteer! We would love to train you in a new rewarding volunteer opportunity. Your free time can make such a difference in the life of someone in need!

Also, you are invited to participate in SVdP beyond our parish; you can play the piano for clients in the Community Center, chop vegetables with Elvis in the kitchen, or help run a craft demo in the Fremont or Livermore stores. Contact John Sterns (925) 323-5848for more details. Please visit the website at Svdp-alameda.org or call (510) 638-7600, for more information.

LEO Center at St. Columba’s Parish
English as a Second Language Classes for ALL Levels
Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
Low Cost. Provides help with Written Citizen Test, Written Driver’s Test & Job Applications
St. Columba’s Church 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

August 2020 Passion Play and Pilgrimage
In August next year we are organizing a pilgrimage to watch the Passion play at Oberammergau. The play is presented every 10 years so it will not be performed again until 2030.

Other pilgrim sites we will visit include Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral, one of the chief Gothic buildings in Europe; The Infant Jesus of Prague; Niepokalanow, Poland’s monastery that was once the home of Fr. Maximilian Kolbe; Czestochowa, Poland’s Shrine of Jasna Gora monastery, home of the venerated Black Madonna; Auschwitz, a grim reminder of one of history’s darkest hours; Wadowice, birthplace of Saint Pope John Paul II; and Krakow’s Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, the second largest Marian Shrine in Poland. The last two pilgrim sights include a visit to the convent of Sister Faustina and a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which appears on UNESCO’s list of the “World’s Cultural Heritage sites. We will explore the chambers of the blessed Kinga and St. Anthony of the Holy Cross and the spectacular cathedral carved entirely from salt.

If you are interested, please contact Fr. Augustine or the parish office at (510) 653-8631


 

Recurring Parish Events & Opportunities

Monthly Rosary for Peace
Our Social Justice Ministry welcomes you to pray the Rosary for Peace. Rosary for Peace begins at 9:15 a.m. and takes place in the front of the sanctuary near the alcove holding the Blessed Sacrament.

Music Class
Our Music Director, April McNeely is offering music classes on how to read music. They are held on Wednesday nights from 6 pm to 7 pm in the church.

Prayer Tree
Please join members of the Prayer Tree to pray “Rosary for Peace” on the 1st Sunday of the month. Rosary for Peace begins at 9:15 AM.

Rosary Repairs
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. Contact the Parish Office (510) 653-8631.

Matching Gift Program – Help Your Parish
If your company/place of employment has a matching gift program, please contact your HR department for details on how to double your St. Augustine’s plate contribution.

St. Vincent de Paul Society, Parish Conference
Our St. Augustine chapter accepts donations of non-perishable food, bottled water. Leave donations in the SVdP basket in the vestibule. To learn more about our St. Vincent de Paul chapter, please visit our Social Justice page. Thank You.