Church Heating: The healing in the Church is so obsolete that it is hard to find any parts for its repair. So, we have to replace a good bit of it. Please pray that we can successfully do the work soon and complete it. Also, it is our earnest prayer that we can all assemble in the Church and that this pandemic comes to an end shortly.
Replacing boiler in the school (EBI): The boiler in the school has a similar fate. As repairing or replacing parts are no longer possible, we are getting a new one. It is important to make sure that the children in the school are comfortable before the onset of winter.
Our Holy Mass times are:
Sundays: 10:00 a.m. Streamed on Zoom (Holy Communion Drive/Walk Through at 10:45 AM)
Weekdays: 8:30 a.m. (including Holy Communion)
Or attend in person at our outdoor Mass at 10 a.m.
Sunday Morning 10 a.m. Mass recordings are available on the St. Augustine YouTube channel
Spiritual Book Club: Our current book club session began on September 11 at 7:00 PM. We are reading the pastoral letter of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on racism. It might serve as a sequence to Father Bonacci’s talks. I thank Father Bonacci for dealing with a painful topic; I pray that it brings about healing, strength and transformation.
After reading the pastoral letter, we will be discussing The Interior Castle by Saint Teresa of Avila. The book outlines the journey of a soul toward God. Teresa cautions the readers that it is not the only way, but one of the ways. It, more than anything, sketches her experience of God and highlights her spiritual journey. If new people want to join the book club, kindly contact the parish office or Father Augustine.
Faith Formation Classes: After years of sacramental preparation including meeting weekly over Zoom since March, 13 of our children received First Reconciliation on Saturday, September 12th and First Holy Communion together on Saturday, September 26th! Thank you to their generous teachers Ms. Rebecca and Ms. Natasha. Beginning in October, Family Faith Formation classes will resume — these are not only for sacramental preparation. All children of the parish are welcome!
Devotional group: We hold devotional prayer on Zoom – Holy Rosary, Divine Mercy, Stations of the Cross, and Litany of Loretto. We also have our Book Club on Zoom. We have added Night Prayers to the list, 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, email@example.com or call/text 510-504-4784.
Young adults: Young adults of our parish continue to meet Mondays around 7:30 p.m.
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.
St. Vincent de Paul invites all parishioners to “Blessed Mary and Vincentian Women – a day of reflection with Fr. Tom Bonacci, C.P.”, to be held via Zoom, on Saturday, October 17, 2020, beginning at 10 am. Join us as we celebrate our ministry in a special way connecting our Blessed Mary with our Vincentian Women. As did our Blessed Mother Mary, our Vincentian Women emptied themselves and allowed themselves to be filled with God. Please refer to the flyer for more information and how to RSVP. If you have any questions please contact John Proctor at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Roof repairs and Heating in the Church: During the rains we noticed a leak on the belfry of the Church and another on Gym roof. We are hoping to get them all fixed these coming days. The estimated cost is $4,800. Heating in the Church needs repair and replacement. we had tried to fix it sometime in January. However, the system is obsolete and needs lots of replacement parts. Its estimated cost is $4,500. If anyone wants to support these projects, kindly send your contribution to our parish office.
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.
Broader Community Events
WINGS (Women in God’s Spirit)!
Our theme for this year is “Strength for the Journey”. Join us on Wednesdays for the topic of the day ~ Coming Together. Say “Yes” to WINGS!
This faith enhancement group for women encourages spiritual growth through prayer, Scripture study, life sharing and community. We will meet on Wednesdays on the Zoom platform from 9:15-
11:15am for the rest of this year. 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. Invite a friend! Women from local parishes and other denominations are welcome! If you were a member last year you will automatically receive a Zoom invitation. For more information, or to attend as a guest, contact St. Augustine parishioner, Courtenay Redis, at email@example.com.