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

NEW VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 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
Solidarity with the Poor: Want to get involved in helping others in our community in a very direct and substantial way? Look for great opportunities at the following links:

Vietnamese Martyrs
Bishop Michael Barber will be joined by Bishop Emeritus John Cummins at the 30th anniversary of the canonization of the Vietnamese martyrs on Nov. 18, 11 a.m., at St Anthony Church, 1535 16th Avenue, Oakland. Mass will be followed by a reception. For more information, please contact Sr. Rosaline L. Nguyen, LHC, at or 510.628.2153.

Know Your Rights
Catholic Charities of the East Bay (Concord) is hosting bi-monthly Know Your Rights
presentations about recent immigration changes and individuals’ rights, regardless of immigrant status. No registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Deanna Salazar at 925.771.8254. Upcoming sessions are: Nov. 13, Nov. 27, and Dec. 11.

For 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:

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

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. Mary Owens 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 through their dedicated cell phone number at (510) 610-8415 or call the Parish Office number at (510) 653-8631 for assistance. You may also email Mary Owens.



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.