Additional Mass, Masks and Return to Singing
As the pandemic is on the decline, we are hoping to bring our Church life back to pre-pandemic phase gradually. Let us continue to pray that through God’s love and mercy, the whole world is freed from Covid-19 and all other evils. I want to invite everyone to come to worship together in the Church and experience God’s love and the fellowship of other members of our community.
Sunday Evening Holy Mass
We will be starting Sunday evening Masses at 5:00 PM beginning June 20th. Thus, in addition to Vigil Mass on Saturdays at 5:00 PM, we are now holding two Holy Masses on Sundays, at 10:00 AM and at 5:00 PM. Everyone who is not yet vaccinated is required to wear a mask. We will no longer require social distancing.
Singing in the Church
During the weekend of June 19th, we will begin to introduce the chants of the Mass parts in the Church. Eventually we hope to start our choir and regular singing in the Church.
We are looking to fill the Position of the Faith Formation Coordinator. It is a part time job with the diocesan salary scale. You can find full details on the website of the Diocese of Oakland. You can also contact Linda at the parish office or Father Augustine for more information.
Walking in the footsteps of Saint Paul, Pilgrimage
Father Augustine is organizing a pilgrimage to Turkey and Greece, from October 10th to 21st. It will be a great opportunity to visit some of the places associated with the missionary work of Saint Paul, the Apostle. You could experience the Letters of Saint Paul come alive in these places. We will also visit the place where great philosophers like Plato and Aristotle taught in Greece. Brochures are available at the back of the Church. For more information contact Linda at the Parish Office or Father Augustine.
Please note: based on a recent letter from our Bishop, we have changed our Mass schedule, including removal of Zoom and in-person guidelines (masks, social distancing).
Our Holy Mass times are:
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.
Saturday Vigil: 5:00 p.m.
Weekday: 8:30 a.m. please enter through the Colby Street entrance
Confession/Sacrament of Reconciliation: by appointment only. Please contact the parish office to make an appointment
Zoom Links to Rosary and Night Prayer
3 pm Rosary Link (Sunday through Friday) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88232303132
7 pm Rosary Link (Sunday through Friday) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88232303132
9 pm Night Prayer Link (Monday through Friday) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89697534831
Devotional Groups: We hold devotional prayer on Zoom – Holy Rosary, Divine Mercy, Stations of the Cross, Litany of Loretto and Night Prayers held at 9:00 PM, around the time people try to get ready for sleep. The duration of the prayers will be around ten minutes. Night Prayers could help one to calm the mind, have a clear conscience, and help to obtain a calm and peaceful sleep. It is said, “a good laugh and a good sleep are the two best cures for many things.” If you are interested, please send an email to April, firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 510-504-4784.
Spiritual Book Club: If you would like to join the book club, kindly contact the parish office or Father Augustine.
Faith Formation Classes: Note: Our children’s faith formation classes are on vacation during the summer. We will resume meeting in September! All children are invited to participate in faith formation classes. Your child need not be in sacramental preparation to participate. Please fill out the Faith Formation Registration, here is the direct link: you can find it here on our website. Please complete the form and return it to Linda in the office.
Young adults: Young adults of our parish continue to meet Mondays around 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Richard Kearney at email@example.com
St. Vincent de Paul News:
Our parish based St. Vincent de Paul Conference has reopened our food pantry. We serve anyone in need of grocery support within our parish area of North Oakland and South Berkeley. Please consider mailing a donation to the parish office to support our St. Vincent de Paul ministry if you are able to help. God bless you and keep you and your loved ones well.
Donations to the Parish
For anyone who would like to donate to our parish via PayPal, please go to our donation page and click the Donate link. If you would like to mail a check, you may send it to 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland, CA 94609. If you would like to drop it off at the rectory, you may put it in the slot by the rectory front door. It is located on the bottom left side wall. Please do not leave an envelope in the mail box.