Dear Parishioners of St. Margaret Mary,

I  am writing to you as your Temporary Parochial Administrator but I am not a stranger to this parish. Since 2008 I have been visiting the parish many times. As a seminarian I was always welcomed and supported by you and Fr. Stan in many ways. Coming back to this parish is like coming  home. Here, I celebrated my first Mass in Latin Novus Ordo. It is good to be back but with a heavy  heart ,  because of  I am filling in for Fr. Stan Zak  while he is on health leave.

I was born on January 2nd, 1979 in Mielec, southeast of Poland (82 miles from Cracow). I come from a big family. I have 5 siblings: 2 brothers and 3 sisters. The  youngest brother is 21 years old. I am the eldest child in my family.  I lost my father on February 14, 2013. 

am interested  in philosophy, dogmatic theology and I am very focused on liturgy.  I like to play soccer and tennis, and I like swimming too. I enjoy watching sports. I came from Poland to the United States on August 20, 2007. I graduated from St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park earning Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) I was ordained to the Presbyterate on May 14, 2011.

 My first assignment was at St. Patrick Parish in Rodeo-Hercules, CA. For more than 1 year I have been the parochial vicar at St. John the Baptist Church in El Cerrito as next assignment.

Recently, Bishop Michael Barber appointed me Temporary Parochial Administrator of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Oakland and its people. When a pastor is incapable of exercising his duties as a pastor, for example, by reason  of ill health or some other causes, the bishop must  as soon as possible  appoint a parochial administrator. In general, an administrator has the same duties and scope of authority as a pastor (can. 540).

This assignment is effective through December 31, 2014 and it is renewable.

I have been at this parish for more than a month  now . I want to thank so many of you for your support. Please continue to keep both Fr. Stan and me in your prayers. 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Rafal Duda

Temporary Parochial Administrator



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 a Holy Mass on November 19-22, 25-27, and 29-30. 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: or call  at 510-482-0596.



       Ukrainian Roman Catholic Priests are happy to celebrate a Mass for your intention. Your offering to the priests benefits their work and helps to cover their living expenses. The priests celebrate your Mass on requested dates, or as soon as possible. They are very grateful for that kind of help and support. Special Forms and envelopes are placed in the vestibule of the church. Write checks to: HELP FOR UKRAINIAN CHURCH. with memo: “Mass for Ukrainian Priests.”



Fr. Stan Zak, Fr Vince Brylka;  Fr Bill Marshall; Fr Seamus Genovese; Lianne Claver; Alex Porcuna;  Lewis Mullen;  Carmel Mahoney; Nancy Duenas;  Brad O’Leary;  Manuel Leitao; 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; Juanita Estrella; Mary Walker, Rosaline White; Ann McHugh;….  and those whose names are written in the Book of the Sick, and all sick people in the entire world.



Sacristans are needed for Thursday evenings 6:00PM Masses and Fridays afternoon 2.00pm - 3.30pm for Divine Mercy.  Experienced Servers (ages 15+) may apply. There will be training for all new sacristans who would like to help. Please contact: or call 510.482.0596 if you are available to serve in this ministry.



    Information for the Parish Bulletin needs to be sent by Friday 12:00 noon the week before. Additional advertising support is needed to cover  the expenses of printing our parish bulletin. If you are a business owner, or know of someone who might wish to place an ad, please e-mail our BULLETIN PUBLISHER:; or call them at 888-253-4358.  Please patronize our advertisers.



We need more lectors for the 10:30am (only men  lectors) Sunday Mass; 6.00pm (men and women lectors) Thursday Mass.  We also need more volunteers to lead Morning Prayer (Lauds) on weekdays at 7:45 AM and Sundays at 8:15 AM. We offer training for lectors and prayer leaders for Lauds. If you are interested, please contact Lynn Suer at 510-537-3880 or




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:  Thomas Eagan; Maria Santori; Maria Leskiw; John Taylor; Augustine Koilparampil; Mabel de Sousa, Kathleen York……...…..and for all the faithful departed, especially, for all the Poor Souls in Purgatory. MAY THEY REST IN PEACE .



Our long time parishioner Mabel de Sousa passed away on October 3, 2014. Rosary and Funeral Mass  at St. Margaret Church will be announced.



She died on evening of Oct 10, 2014.  Her Funeral Mass was at Sat. the 18th at St. Margaret.  Please pray for her soul and her family, she was mother of 7 children.



FOOD AND HOUSHOLD NEEDS FOR CARMELITES SISTERS IN CANYON: Some of our parishioners are covering some expenses. If you like to help, please write check to St. Margaret Mary and in memo write Carmelite Sisters. There are the collection boxes under the names: For the Carmelites Sisters and For the Poor which are attached to the wall by  the St. Anthony statue in the church. Thank you for your generosity.


FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS & CHURCH CLEANING TEAM Is there no one else who would like to keep our church beautiful? We urgently need more volunteers to learn and help to arrange flowers & to clean our church . We need you urgently.  Please contact the Parish Office if you wish further information: 510-482-0596. Please, help us to keep our church clean and beautiful.



When calling the rectory 510-482-0596, please remember this system is automated.  When your call is answered, please wait for these selections:  press  206 for Fr. Rafal Duda (Parochial Administrator); 202 for Fr. Stan (Pastor-is on medical leave);203 for Canon Meney; 201 for Administrative Assistant, Larysa. If you already know these ext. numbers, you can press them immediately. Please do not leave a message for one priest to give to another. Each priest has their own voice mail. Larysa is there to answer your call only on Wednesdays and Fridays between 9am and 5pm. The emergency numbers are extreme emergencies only, such as serious illness, death, etc. Do not call the emergency number to ask what time Mass is. That information is on the cover of every bulletin and on the parish website.  For information not printed in the current bulletin, please see the website homepage under “Highlighted Announcements”. This box is updated weekly, sometimes daily.



Monthly Priests’ lunches began on September 19, and will take place on the 3rd Friday of each month through May 2015.  If you would like to volunteer to set up, cook, serve or clean-up for our priests’ lunch, please contact Lily Mullen at (925)827-1946 or at You can get a group of friends and share in the task! What is the “priests’ lunch”?  Once a month, a priest of Opus Dei gives a spiritual talk to the priests present and hears their confessions.  Following this time of recollection, volunteers from our parish provide a meatless lunch for the priests in Fr. Kozina Hall.  Our priests appreciate our efforts very much to provide them with homemade nourishment!! If you would like to volunteer for a particular month, please contact Lily Mullen to get on the schedule for any of the 3rd Fridays from September through May, 2015.  Thanks!


PARISHPAY INFORMATION: ParishPay, our electronic donation partner, recently announced its acquisition by YapStone, the largest electronic payments-as-a-service (ePaaS) provider. While ParishPay has assured that our parishioners will experience zero interruption in service, you may notice the name YapStone pop up occasionally in literature provided by ParishPay or on card or bank statements. Please rest assured those donations are for your St. Margaret Mary offerings and should also continue to identify the charge on your bank or card statement as "ParishPay Donation." Existing ParishPay parishioners are requested to ensure they update their ParishPay profiles with new numbers or expiration dates whenever a new or replacement credit or debit card is received. To contact ParishPay you may do so online at or call 866-727-4741. Thank you for your continued support. NEW SUPPORTERS OF ST. MARGARET MARY PARISH - WELCOME!!! THANK YOU VERY MUCH.




    Join us for A Quick Journey Through the Bible, beginning Wednesday, September 17 through November 19, 2014 in Fr. Kozina Hall, 7-9 pm. It is a great way for you to get the “big picture” of Salvation History from Genesis to Acts from the Catholic perspective. This study will greatly improve the way you read Holy Scripture for the rest of your life! A Quick Journey Through the Bible will include a series of eight, half-hour videos presented by Jeff Cavins. Each video will be followed by a small group discussion using a study kit which costs $25. Everyone who participates with a study kit will receive a color-coded Bible Timeline Chart as well as a Bible study workbook.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come and watch the videos at no cost. This course is recommended for teens and adults.  For more information or to register for the study please contact Lily Mullen at;  or (925) 827-1946 


TEEN TALKS:  Once again, Teen Talks will be offered several times throughout the year. What are TEEN TALKS, you ask? TALKS that are geared towards today’s topics, to help give support to our youth, to learn about Truth, to keep kids CATHOLIC!  Watch the bulletin for further information & dates.


Regularizing your Marriage:

           We would like to invite all married couples of our parish to regularize your marriage if you have not been married in the Catholic Church. If you have been married civilly by a Judge, or in a Protestant Church, or even a common-law marriage, we invite you to formalize your marriage in the Catholic church during this "Year of the Family" proclaimed by the Holy Father.

           Please contact Fr. Rafal Duda: 510-482-0596, ext. 206. Please send me e-mail with your names, address, telephone numbers and I will send you special form to fill. And if you prefer, you may make your request privately.    



NOV. 30th:  No CCD Classes – Thanksgiving Break


DEC. 28TH:  No CCD Classes – Christmas Break



      We look forward to serving and seeing you at the Gaudete Sunday bake sale December 14, 2014! AMDG! with much gratitude,

Mary Sullivan


Benefit for Magnificat Maternal Health Program, October 24 6:30-9:00;

We will have a no host bar, silent auction, and delicious pasta dinner, prepared by the talented Erik Kieholtz.-free, gluten-free and low carb options available. Father Simeon Omale from Anyigba, Nigeria, will be present and show videos and pictures from Nigeria. Adults $2, Children $1, Clergy free; maximum for family $10. This program benefits the Catholic health care institutions in the Diocese of Idah, Nigeria.We are shipping a large bus, which will allow the Grimard Catholic School of Midwifery to double enrollment.Trained birth attendants are the most important factor in reducing maternal mortality in rural Nigeria, a lifetime rate of 1/13.Please come!!! We will have fun!to Mary Davenport at 510-417-5445 or



T.O.R.C.H. invites you to their annual ALL SAINTS PARTY:

WHAT: come dressed as a Saint and enjoy games, prizes, and Potluck Lunch! WHEN: Saturday, November 1, 2014; TIME: Noon (meet in courtyard for Litany of the Saints procession) concluding at 4pm. WHERE: courtyard to Fr. Kozina Hall at St. Margaret Mary Church; WHO: T.O.R.C.H. members and St. Margaret Mary parishioners; COST: $10 per family, $5 per person (individual), and plus a food item to contribute to the lunch. R.S.V.P.: Please, let us know the number of adults and children. Also, sign up for food contribution. CONTACT: Gloria Gazave at


SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN PROJECT: The Oakland Diocese is dedicated to ensuring a culture that is safe, open, welcoming and protective of all people and especially our children. The Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth requires that Diocese establish “safe environment” programs. Article 12 of the Charter states: “Diocese/eparchies will establish “safe environment” programs. They will cooperate with parents, civil authorities, educators, and community organizations to provide education and training for children, youth, parents, ministers, educators, and others about ways to make and maintain a safe environment for children. Dioceses/eparchies will make clear to clergy and members of the community the standards of conduct for clergy and other persons in positions of trust with regard to sexual abuse.” The Safe Environment Coordinator is appointed by the pastor/parochial administrator of a parish or principal of a school to assist in ensuring that the Policy is fully implemented. We would like to thank Valerie Burkart for volunteering in this project. Valerie Burkart is the CCD and Altar Servers Coordinator. Please support Valerie in this important project for the safety of our children.



Worldwide Marriage Encounter:

October 25-26, 2014

           In today’s gospel we are given the two great commandments. He challenges us to love completely and unconditionally. Start now by loving your spouse as Christ calls us to. Let the Lord strengthen, renew, and rekindle your marriage sacrament by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend November 21-23 held in Livermore/Pleasanton. Early registration, 4 to 6 weeks out is highly recommended.  For more information contact Mike & Jeanne @ 925.672.2016 or Joe & Sue  @ 925.680.7767 now or go to



A St. Margaret Mary parishioner is looking for rent:

a 2 bedroom and 2 baths apartment, or a house, or a 3 bedroom and 2 baths apartment in a safe area  either in Oakland or Berkeley. Please, help our parishioner to find a new home or if you know someone who rents the apartments or houses, please contact our parish office at 510-482-0596, ext. 201. THANK YOU for your help.



October is the traditional month of universal mission; the Mission Sunday collection takes place around the world in October each year in every single Church throughout the world, including the poorest, and these donations are used to assist missionaries and to fund a range of pastoral projects in Young Churches. 

Pope Francis I announced the theme for World Mission Sunday 2014. The theme for this year’s World Mission Sunday celebration – “I will Build My Church” (Mt. 16:18), invites Catholics to reach out to help their mission family all over the world to provide pastoral and sacramental care.

Mission Sunday is about supporting Young Churches and missionaries in meeting the spiritual and material needs of their communities. Mission Sunday is one day of the year which is set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer, through sacrifice and a financial gift. St. Therese of Lisieux, together with St. Francis Xavier, is the patron of missions.



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