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

CRS Rice Bowl Encounter begins on Ash Wednesday:
Join our faith community – and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States – in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl from the vestibule of the church on Sunday, February 11th. During the 40 Days of Lent, as companions on the journey, we will encounter our neighbor.

House in a Box:
We all remember the recent fires in our neighboring Diocese and have struggled with what we can do to help. The recovery is long and as families work to rebuild their homes we can help to prepare them for the next step. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has developed a program for natural disaster relief called, “A House in a Box”. As part of our Lenten Almsgiving projects we will be sponsoring a House. Look for more information to come soon.

As a Parish community we are serving “Fellowship” coffee. This coffee is a Free Trade, organic blend coffee that is made available to us through a partnership of Catholic Relief Services Ethical Trade ministry. We hope you will take the time to appreciate the coffee and know that the purchase of the coffee helps insure fair and safe conditions for those who grow, harvest and roast it. If you would like more information about this change, please ask at the Hospitality table.

St. Vincent de Paul Women’s Shelter is in need of gently used infant and children’s clothes. Donations can be dropped off directly at the center at 2272 San Pablo Ave. For more information please call (510) 877-9256 or visit the St. Vincent de Paul website.

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.