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Mass to Honor Public Service Workers and their families
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Sunday, October 26 10:00 am - The Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland - Mass Honoring Public Service Workers - October 26 Public service workers, county health, administration, law enforcement, first responders, etc. are invited to celebrate with us at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 606 Mellus Street, Martinez, on Saturday, October 26 at 10 AM for a special Mass honoring our Public Service Workers. Mass will be followed by a complimentary reception in the Parish Hall for a meet and greet opportunity with our parishioners. Any questions, please call the parish secretary at 925-228-2230 extension 2. No RSVP required
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Friends of the Poor Walk
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Saturday, October 26 St. Vincent de Paul - Fremont Conference - On Saturday, October 26, 2019 by Lake Elizabeth (Start at South - East corner), Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, 8:15AM to 10:30AM. To register as a walker, to pledge support for a walker, or for more information, please select event for “California”, with Keyword search “Lake Elizabeth” at https://www.fopwalk.org/ and click “Event Details”. Your donation is returned 100% to our Conference to serve those in need. Alternatively you may deposit your donation payable to “SVdP” (memo line “Friends of the Poor Walk”) in the Saturday/Sunday collection. For more information, please contact Peter Oey at 510-657-2395.
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Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat
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Friday – Sunday, Oct 25-27 Danville – Rachel’s Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. The weekend offers a supportive, non-judgmental environment to transform the pain of the past into love and hope. We encourage women, men and couples to attend. For details contact: Gloria Maldonado, afterthechoice@oakdioadmin.org or 510-485-2574, or Kim Fuentes, kfuentes@stocktondiocese.org or 209- 465-5433. All names and contacts are strictly confidential.
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Eucharistic Minister Formation
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Sunday, October 27 The Extraordinary Minister (EM) performs a great service to the Church by distributing Holy Communion to God’s people. It is an honor and a privilege to serve the Church in this capacity, and of course, requires careful preparation on the part of the EM. An Initial Formation session will be held for those who are called to this ministry on Sunday, OCTOBER 27, 2019 directly after the 12:30 pm Mass (approximately 1:30 PM) in St. Joseph Church. If you’re called to this ministry, please join us at the Initial Formation training. If you have questions, or for more information and to RSVP, please contact EM Coordinator Bill Ramos at emsatsjsmj@gmail.com or 510-491-3399.
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October is Respect Life Month
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Join Catholics nationwide in celebrating throughout October. During this month of the rosary pray for the protection of human life from conception to natural death. Learn more about upholding the sanctity of every human life at www.respectlife.org/respect-life-month
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Brigg’s Requiem Mass
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Saturday, November 2 All who have lost a family member or friend during the past year are invited to attend the Diocesan Commemoration Mass on Saturday, November 2 at 11:00am at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J. will be the celebrant, and the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys will sing David Briggs’ Requiem. A special Remembrance Book will be available to enter loved ones’ names, and prayers for the repose of their souls will be said during the Mass and throughout the month in the Cathedral. For more information, visit www.ctlcathedral.org
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The Feast of All Souls
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November 2 at 10 AM During the month of November the Church especially remembers those who have gone before us and now rest in God's loving embrace. Please write the names of your beloved deceased in the books provided on the table in the rear of the church. The books will be included in the presentation of gifts at our Mass of Remembrance and will rest in the Sanctuary during the month of November. We invite you to join us All Souls' Day, Saturday, November 2 at 10 AM as we celebrate the lives of those we love who are now gone from our sight. Please bring a photo of your loved one to place at the foot of the altar during the liturgy. Join us following the liturgy for a few minutes of fellowship in the hall.
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Bishop's Appeal ~ Rebuild My Church
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Our goal: $72,000 Pledged/Received: $43535.07
Percent to Goal:60.47% Thank You!

To donate, visit www.oakdiocese.org/giving

For most of us, our experience of Church is at our parish. The Church is, however, much more than that. We are all called in mission to serve the Church and its people through our parish, our diocese, and universally.

The Annual Bishop’s Appeal in the Diocese of Oakland is but one way to serve our fellow parishioners and the broader community as we demonstrate our unity as Catholics of the Diocese of Oakland. We are asked to pray for our fellow parishioners, our clergy and leadership, for those who are served by the many ministries and programs offered by the Church, and for the success of the 2019 Bishop’s Appeal.

Every member of the faith community of our local Church is also asked to participate in whatever way possible by making a gift. All gifts to the 2019 Bishop’s Appeal are equally important. As responsible stewards of our faith and the many gifts that God has generously bestowed on each of us, we are asked to make a sacrificial, proportionate and thoughtful gift. Those who are blessed with more are challenged to give more, but everyone is asked to respond. Imagine what can be done in the name of our local faith community if every parishioner were inspired by “Rebuild My Church” and participated in our annual Bishop’s Appeal.

While parishes rely on the financial support of parishioners through weekly offertory collections, the diocese also relies on these same parishioners to make possible the many services it provides to literally thousands of individuals each year. The Bishop’s Appeal supplies annual funding to many ministries which provide services throughout the Diocese of Oakland.

By sharing your time, talent and treasure with our sisters and brothers and our Church of the East Bay, you are making a sacrifice and returning to God a small portion of the many gifts he has given to you. By embracing “Rebuild My Church” through the 2019 Bishop’s Appeal, you are contributing greatly to building up the Kingdom of God here in the Church of the East Bay.

Your Generosity in Action: The Bishop’s Appeal provides funds to offset some of the following expenses:
  • Parishes and Schools in Need $913,000
  • Pastoral Ministries and Services $2,031,000
  • Clergy Formation and Retirement $3,511,000
  • Religious Education and Formation $1,014,000

Visit www.oakdiocese.org/giving for more information or call the
Office for Mission Advancement at 510-267-8358

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Guadalupe Hope Society
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Saturday, November 16 Guadalupe Hope Society - Annual Fundraiser - Every Life is Worth Saving - Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Our Lady of Peace - Family Learning Center - 2800 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95054 - Social Hour 5:30PM, Welcome and Opening Prayer 6:30PM, Keynote Speaker: Patrick Madrid 7:30PM. Register for tickets at www.guadalupehopesociety.org - Our Lady says Yes to life and she needs your help! The Guadalupe Hope Society is asking for donations to support the operations of the GHS Women's Center. About Patrick Madrid - Catholic author, radio host, apologist, the host of several Catholic television and radio series. He is the author of 16 books and booklets on Catholic themes.
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Strengthen Your Marriage
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Nov 15-17 How would you rate your marriage? You are eligible for a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend not because you need it, but because you and your marriage deserves it! It’s a Weekend experience designed for married couples of all ages and backgrounds to enrich their marriage. Make this season special by devoting one weekend to your marriage. The next Marriage Encounter Weekends include: Nov 15- 17, 2019 in Danville, CA and Feb 21-23, 2020 in Danville, CA. For more information and/or to register for a Weekend, visit our website at: oaklandwwme.org or contact Chuck & Annie at applications@oaklandwwme.org or 925-849-5466.
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