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

If you are interested in serving please contact Karen.  Our next service date is TBD, please watch the bulletin for more information.  We will continue to collect the following needed supplies: toilet paper, paper towels, laundry soap and cleaning supplies.  Gently used dishes and linens are also appreciated.  Please place these items in the box marked specifically for the transition house. If you have any questions please contact Karen @

Anyone making donations to our “Kare Kits” can drop off single serving food, socks, travel size toiletries, etc to the “Kare” basket in the vestibule of the church. Last time the Faith Formation children assembled 12 bags and all were picked up for delivery.  As we go out to our brothers and sisters in need, let us share the love of Christ with all we meet.

Thank you to all who participated in “showering” the Elizabeth House with gifts. Your generosity helped to provide more than was ever expected for the current families that reside at Elizabeth House.

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
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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 9:15am following the 8am Mass. Please contact the Parish Office at (510) 653-8631 for more information.