Social Justice Ministries

As a Christian community, we are committed to the life of Christ and the Church through our service to the greater community.

Often times in the Catholic faith we refer to this as Social Justice. Please take a look at some of the ways our community seeks to reach out to the greater community. For more information on Catholic Social Teaching, please visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Joy of the Gospel:  

Our Social Justice Corner

Look here for exciting opportunities to get involved in serving others in our community.

“I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.” Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis #49

Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. The US bishops addressed racism citing “the persistence of the evil of racism,” and issued a pastoral letter against racism, at their plenary assembly last month. In addition, educational materials for elementary through adult and parish resources have been provided. Some are intended for Advent, and most resources are also available in Spanish. The letter is particularly timely since the FBI recently reported reports of hate crimes have increased dramatically. For additional information, please visit the US Bishops website at

St. Augustine St. Vincent de Paul Conference. If you would like to continue to contribute to the victims of the fires, through the direct person to person services of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, please contact the conference St Vincent de Paul of Alameda County at 510-638-7600 for more information.

or more information on any of our projects, please contact


Five Ways To Help Stop Family Separation

Pray: You can find a prayer for migrant children (Check the website)

Speak Up: Sign our Action Alert and share with your networks. Also consider contacting your senators and representative directly by phone to voice your concern. You can contact your representative at and your senators at

Take Action: Contact your local Catholic Charities affiliate to learn about their material/volunteer needs, consider fostering an unaccompanied child, or join the Share the Journey global solidarity campaign with migrants and refugees.

Give: To support agencies that are helping families and children impacted by the crisis. (100% of your donation will go to the 21 Catholic Charities agencies assisting unaccompanied children).
Learn More: To learn more about Family Separation, visit the Justice For Immigrants (JFI) “Family Separation webpage to review backgrounders, educational material and a webinar.

For more information on any of our projects, please contact

Catholic Worker of Oakland offers transitional housing, community services, and weekly hot meals. Address: 4848 International Blvd. Oakland, CA Phone: 510-533-7375 Email:

Catholic Charities USA is accepting donations online to help support those affected by the wild- fires here in California. All (100%) of contributions to a Catholic Charities USA campaign will support those suffering from the wildfires in our state. You may visit to contribute. Checks can be sent to Catholic Charities USA, attn: California Wildfires, 2050 Ballenger Ave, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314.

The Alameda County District Council is now operating a year-long shelter. There is opportunity to help serve the homeless every day of the week. For more information please Contact the Volunteer Team: or call 510-877-9252 For other volunteer opportunities: St. Vincent de Paul

The Multicultural Institute helps transition 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 For more information on any of our projects, please contact

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant offers sanctuary, solidarity, support, community organizing assistance, advocacy, and legal services to those escaping war, terror, political persecution, intolerance, exploitation, and other expressions of violence. They need volunteers to help refugees adapt to US life, civics exam tutors, fund raisers, and office volunteers.
Address: 2362 Bancroft Way, Berkeley Phone: 510-540-5296 Email:

Mercy Brown Bag Program
Help the Mercy Brown Bag Program of Mercy Retirement and Care Center distributes 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, or to volunteer at Mercy Brown Bag Program contact Nicole St. Lawrence 510-534-8547, ext. 369 or see their volunteer page at

If you have any questions please contact Karen at

Please contact specific groups indicated on our Social Justice Ministries page, or the Parish Office by phone or email for additional information regarding any of the liturgical ministries.
(510) 653-8631
Email: St. Augustine Parish

Elizabeth House

Oakland Elizabeth House

Located next door in the former St. Augustine Convent, Elizabeth House provides a safe, warm, clean and loving home to women and their children while they make a transition from poverty and homelessness, violence or addiction to lives of stability and greater self-sufficiency. The Elizabeth House staff provide more than beds and food; they offer support, hospitality and advocacy.  The women are trained to manage their finances, and make accessible plans to bring stability into their lives and the lives of their children so that when they leave Elizabeth House, they are able to successfully care for their family.  Parishioners at St. Augustine may volunteer time at Elizabeth House in a variety of ways. Volunteers can help with homework on Monday nights, spend time in the office with organization and administration, or assist with Christmas gifts during the holiday season. Contact Elizabeth House through their website at or by phone at (510) 658-1380.

St. Vincent de Paul

Saint Vincent de Paul

The parish office receives many calls each month from parishioners and other neighbors who have very low income or are in need. These individuals request various material goods such as food and clothing, as well as other services. On the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, grocery boxes are distributed to the families from the Saint Vincent pantry located in the basement of the rectory. The conference pays costs and delivery fees for furniture, makes home visits, and provides transportation vouchers. Maureen Wikander chairs a ministry to initiate and organize our charitable contributions to St. Vincent de Paul both at the church and the community. Contact our St. Vincent de Paul chapter by calling or texting Maureen Wikander at (510) 847-3585 or email Maureen Wikander. You may also call the Parish Office number at (510) 653-8631 for assistance.



Consider becoming an adult volunteer catechist to those with Special Needs in a small group setting.  SPRED (SPecial Religious Education Department) Provides ongoing faith formation for children, teens or adults with developmental for additional information regarding any of the liturgical ministries.
(510) 635-7252
Email:   Website:


Catholic Charities of the East BayCatholic Charities of the East Bay

The local chapter of this national ministry wants to be of assistance to Oakland residents with rental, deposit and utility assistance. If I can be of any help, please let us know. Contact parishioner Steve Mullin: 510 393-8640.  Website:



Rosary for Peace

Rosary for Peace

We welcome you to pray our “Rosary for Peace” on the 1st Sundays of each month. Rosary for Peace begins in the front, right pews at 9:15 a.m. following the 8am Mass. Please contact the Parish Office at (510) 653-8631 for more information.