World Day of Prayer for Vocations

 

           We all need some transformation in our hearts in order to recognize with joy the Risen Lord. Jesus Christ surrendered His own office of Shepherd to Peter. In difficult moments Peter remembered the words of Jesus and he placed his complete trust in the Lord. This is a beautiful example of pure and unshaken loyalty. "When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say."(Lk.12:11-2)
 

           Recently Pope Francis voiced his distress at the news of a reported mass execution of Ethiopian Christians in Libya at the hands of ISIS, pleading that their deaths may not go ignored. “The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard by everyone who can still distinguish between good and evil. All the more this cry must be heard by those who have the destiny of peoples in their hands.” Tortured, suffering in so many ways, they loudly proclaimed their loyalty to Christ crucified and risen because they had rejected a way of thinking foreign to the Gospel of Christ. Some went to their death because, like the Good Shepherd, they decided to remain with their people.

           In our home recently we have the attacks on Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and the Catholic Church.   How well the words of Christ fit the countless witnesses to the faith in the last months  insulted and persecuted, but never broken by the power of evil! “Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven” (Mt 5:11-12).

 

World Day of Prayer for Vocations." By "vocations," it is meant priestly, diaconal and religious vocations. This is not a denial of the importance of the Sacrament of Marriage. Rather, it is a time that has been set aside by the Holy Catholic Church to emphasize:

"My sheep hear My voice and follow Me." Jesus is a  Good Shepherd. Earlier in the same Chapter, Jesus had said, "I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." [Jn. 10:11]


"I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd." [Jn. 10:16]
Archbishop Jose Gomez has written in the book, “Men of Brave Heart,” that the priesthood is an office of grace. When the priest is at the altar or in the confessional, in a real way — a way that only God’s grace could make possible — he stands in the person of Jesus Christ. Yet, he remains a man. But by his ordination he has the power to serve as an instrument of divine grace.

Vocations don’t grow on trees! Men who have vacations to priesthood are all around us.

Peter, Paul, John do you love me? Jesus asks. Promising to serve Him ?

 

           The Office of Vocations with the help of the Department of Faith Formation and Evangelization, will be hosting a Quo Vadis Days in July 12- 15, 2015 at the Oakland Diocesan Youth Retreat House, Casa San Felipe in Lafayette .  Quo Vadis (Latin for Where are you going?) aims to assist young men to recognize and respond to their own vocation invitation from our Lord and in their relationship with Christ.will be priests, seminarians, and other young men gathered together for these days. Activities will include a great deal of fun, prayer, games, music, discussions and talks.

 

 Young men ages 13-18 yrs. old can join this event. More information about registration will be forthcoming. contact Fr. Rafal Duda with any questions. Those men older than 18 who seriously consider priesthood can contact Fr. Neal Clemens (director of Vocations) and me for the guidance and discerning process.

 

 An update for the campaign at St. Margaret Mary Parish (including EF), Oakland

 

Total number of Donors: 56

Parish goal Summary

Parish Goal: $ 378,175.50

Funds Raised: $ 298,175

Remaining to Raise: $80,000.5

% of goal raised: 79%

 

Thank you for your gifts to the diocese! It is a very good sign of your sacrifice. 79% of our parish goal it is extremely good percentage at this point of Capital Campaign.  The update is from the pledges before the commitment weekend which was on April 19. May God reward your generosity. As of April 21st we have 56 donors. There are a lot of more parishioners still to pledge. If you can’t pledge please consider to give some amount to Capital Campaign, offer some prayers or other sacrifice for our Bishop Michael Barber and the Diocese. We all want be a part of  Reclaiming Christ Mission Together.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Rafal Duda

Parochial Administrator

 

 

St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) News            

The SVdP monthly meeting will be on May 3, at 11:45AM in the parish rectory.  For more information you may contact Bill Duffy at (510) 225-8667 or by email at williamduffy@att.net.

 

HOLY  MASS  INTENTIONS: If you would like to have  Holy Masses celebrated on certain days and times, please book earlier (we have Holy Masses booked for January, already). Donation for the Mass, please give to the Secretary at the time of booking. When another priest is celebrating Holy Mass, we don’t know how much we are supposed to give him.  In our diocese the minimum donation for a Holy Mass is $10.00. Write your check to St. Margaret Mary. We have available Masses on May 7,11-16, 19-23,25, 27-28, and 30. If you would like to have a Holy Mass celebrated for your intentions or those of your loved ones ( l. or d.), please contact the parish office at: stmargaretm@yahoo.com or call  at 510-482-0596.

PRAY FOR ALL THE  SICK: Fr. Stan Zak, Fr Vince Brylka;  Fr Bill Marshall; Lianne Claver; Alex Porcuna;  Lewis Mullen;  Carmel Mahoney; Nancy Duenas;  Brad O’Leary;  Titus Ekanem; Elisa & Giovanni  Mancarti; Vic and Nancy Miloslavich; Kathryn Rieger;  Judy & Louis Delligatti; Eugenia Hunter; Rose Bloom; Stella Lurton;  Sue Weber; Cornelius McCauley; Laura Montgomery; Sara Zendejas; Mary Walker, Rosaline White; Ann McHugh; Josephine Palacios; Annie Bozzardi; Francis Martinez, Mike Rodriguez;. Patrick Ventanilla;  Paul Ehrfurth; John Ehrfurth; Lily McWilliams; Anaidel Perezarevalo; Janice Siliger;…and those whose names are written in the Book of the Sick, and all sick people in the entire world.

 

PRAY FOR THE DEAD: For the deceased members of our families, friends, parishioners & benefactors of our parish: Bill Leitao; Inetta Calori; Michael Smith; also for those who died recently: Mabel de Sousa, Kathleen York, Manuel Leităo, Lyle Arnold; Hugo da Silva, John Pierce, Joe Martinez, and for all the faithful departed, especially, for all the Poor Souls in Purgatory. MAY THEY REST IN PEACE .

 

THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF INSTITUTE CHRIST THE KING: APRIL 26, 2015

We would like to thank Canon Meney, Abbe Kevin, and other Priests for their hard work for our parish. God Bless You All !

 

CCD & RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CALENDAR:

APRIL 26:  CCD CLASSES (only for 1st Communion and Youth)

MAY 3:  MAY CROWNING & FINAL CCD

SUMMER VBS:  DATES TBD

AUGUST 1ST – 30th:  2015-2016 REGISTRATION

SEPTEMBER 6th:  CLASSES BEGIN 9:30AM

SEPTEMBER 20ST:  CATECHETICAL SUNDAY

 

CCD/RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES:

REGISTRATION FOR ST. MARGARET MARY CATECHISM CLASSES BEGINS ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 1ST

 

Classes offered this Fall:

PRE FIRST COMMUNION (Grade 1)

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION (Grade 2)

POST FIRST COMMUNION (Grades 3-4)

GRADES 5 & 6

PRE CONFIRMATION

CONFIRMATION

TEEN YOUTH GROUP (Post Confirmation)

 

New Registration Forms will be available on August 1, 2015, in the vestibule of the church or on the parish website. You must have your child’s Baptismal Certificate to register. St. Margaret Mary CCD/Religious Education Classes for the 2015-2016 Catechetical School Year will BEGIN ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH. For any questions, you can contact Valerie at stmmworks@ymail.com or leave a message at the parish office 510.482.0596

 

 

 

 St. Margaret Mary

Campaign Newsletter

 

April 25 & 26, 2015 Ÿ Volume 10

 

We Are Off to a Great Start!

Our parish continues to make progress as we work toward reaching our goal in our Reclaiming Christ’s Mission Together Campaign. Many families have demonstrated their support to the campaign by filling out a pledge card. To those families who have contributed, thank you for your continued support! Please help us build on this success and reach our goal of 100% participation by making your pledge today! It is only through prayer and sacrifice that we can make this campaign a success. Please make your gift soon to reduce the amount of follow-up contacts our volunteers will be making over the next few weeks.

•Gift plans are based on a 10% down payment, however, a down payment is not necessary to make a pledge.

•Payment reminders will be mailed to you in accordance with your payment plan (monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annually).

•The Diocese also accepts gifts of stocks, direct debit and credit card payments.

•Gifts can also be made online by visiting www.reclaimtogether.org

 

 

May 7th, 2015:ADORATION FOR VOCATION

Everyone is welcome at 6:30p.m. after the 6p.m. Mass (N.O.) and Fathers and their sons are welcome at 7:00p.m.

 

 

On Saturday, May 9th10:00 AM – 12:00noon, we will be holding a Safe Environment presentation as mandated by Bishop Barber, in the Diocese of Oakland for all CCD children and Youth Group members. Parents are welcome to attend. Our Diocese has policies and procedures to create a safe environment and protect children.  

         Recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention month, we ask for your prayers and support. Our Safe Environment for Children Project, includes a component of curriculum for use in all Catholic Schools and Religious Education programs.

          The objective of the educational component of the Safe Environment for Children Project is to help children recognize the behaviors of others that may jeopardize their safety and to help them know what to do in the event that they find themselves at risk.

          The curriculum, which will be presented on Saturday, May 9th, will be available for your review in the parish office.National Office of Child & Youth Protection, which reports to the USCCB, has asked that we implement an “OPT-OUT” process for parents who choose not to have their children participate in the Diocesan Safe Environment Project curriculum component.

       Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office 510.482.0596 or email me directly at stmmworks@ymail.com

 

In Christ,

 

Valerie Burkart, DRE

 

 

MONTH OF MAY AND MOTHER’S DAY

       The second Sunday of May (this year May 10), Mother’s Day (celebrated in Spain on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8), often takes on Marian nuances. There was an annual Mothering Sunday celebrated in England on the fourth Sunday of Lent, from at least  the 17th century until the early 19th. Our Mother’s Day, however, has become a secular observance although it did not begin that way. The tradition began through the efforts of Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948) with church services in Grafton, West Virginia, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in honor of Anna Jarvis’s own mother. In 1910, the governor of Oklahoma issued the first Mother’s Day proclamation. The following year all the states did so. Congress and the Executive Office cooperated in 1913 in a national resolution establishing the second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day. Anna Jarvis died, disillusioned that her religious efforts had become almost entirely secular and commercial.

 

BEST WISHES TO ALL OUR BELOVED  MOTHERS! May God bless you all, and may the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, protect you always.

 

NOVENA OF HOLY MASSES FOR OUR MOTHERS

The second Sunday of May (this year May 10) is celebrated as MOTHERS’ DAY. In our parish, a NOVENA of nine Holy Masses will be celebrated for the intentions of our mothers (living or dead). Our mothers deserve our love, honor and respect. We will pray for them during the Holy Masses: May 7th: 8.00am & 12.00noon; May 8th: 8.00am & 6.00pm; May 9th: 8.00am & 10am; May 10th: 8.30am. 10.30am & 12.30pm.

       Special memorial books for our mothers, living or deceased, will be placed in our church.  A letter with information about the Novena of Holy Masses will be sent to all our parishioners by mail.  Additional forms are available in our church.

 

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THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD

       The Ascension of the Lord is observed always 40 days after Easter. This year, it will be on Thursday May 14th. In the USA, many ecclesiastical provinces, also our diocese, transferred  this celebration to the 7th Sunday after Easter, this year is today June 1st.

       By the late fourth century, the feast of the Ascension was celebrated in some parts of the church on the fortieth day after Easter (see Acts. 1:3, 9-11).  Originally, this mystery of the ending of Jesus’ visible presence among his followers seems to have been observed as part of the outpouring of the Spirit on the 50th day, or Pentecost.  For the first time, the original 50-day festival was broken.  The weekdays between the Ascension and Pentecost are a preparation period for the outpouring of the Spirit.  It is popularly called the Pentecost Novena (see Acts 1:14).

       Pentecost, itself, closes out the Easter season.  It celebrates the overwhelming experience of God pouring out the Spirit upon the first community of those who believed Jesus was the Lord and Christ (Acts. 2:1-4). Pentecost is called, therefore, the birth of the church, or the birth of the church’s mission.

 

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USED BOOK SALE ON Weekend of May 23 & 24 in Fr. Kozina Hall after all Masses.  This event will be hosted by some of the teens in our parish who hope to raise funds so they can attend Survivors Pro Life Camp in June.  Go to http://www.survivors.la/  for more info.  This summer camp teaches teens and young adults how to defend LIFE in our ever increasing pro-death culture.  Please mark your calendar and plan to come and support them at the used book sale.

 

 

ST. ANNE’S GUILD EASTER FLOWER DONORS 2015

We wish to thank all who donated money toward Easter flowers for the altar. May God reward your generosity. Those who donated were: James Andrada, Tatyana Kachalina Apraksina, Brenda Aragon, George & Elaine Armigo, Debrit Asrat, Helen Basich, Claudia Bermudez & Brion Wikes, Anastasia & Nathaniel Blain,  Jim & Nancy Brady,  I-Wen Connick,  Sean & Leiyan Connolly,  Grace da Silva, Evelyn Day, Maria Deornellas, Nina D’Souza, William Duffy, Carl England, John & Rita Faulkner, Mary Galena, Jonathan & Gloria Gazave,  Louise Grayson, Ronald & Sarah Henderson, Bernice Jackson, Diane Kasdan, Robert & Maureen Kick, Fred & Margaret Lange, Ramon & Myrna Lanzar, Frank & Lucia LaRocca, Rita Linder, Arlene Maderious, Margaret Mockel, Dan & Lily Mullen,  Ronald & Laura Montgomery, Maureen Nassiri, Dove Pierce,  Alejandro Porcuna, Charles Raeder, Cecilia Rekay, Mr. & Mrs. Heracleo Salgado, Mary Lou Sharrar, Carlo Ferretti & Barbara Stradcutter, Belinda Sum,  Catherine Sweeney, Janice Torbet,  Ester Usison, Evan Watkins.

 

 

 

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