We Come Together in Prayer for the ‘Culture of Life’


           Last Thursday, Jan. 22, Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, marked the 42st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S.  More than 56 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion.  Catholic moral teaching on abortion says that direct abortion is always intrinsically evil.  Natural law simply says to do good and avoid evil.  Everyone knows about it.  It does not matter what religion you practice.  It is not a matter of your beliefs.  In the woman’s womb is a child.  Everyone can see it.  People become totally blind.  No one has the right to deny the right to life.

           In Genesis 1:26 we read that God created human beings in His image, after His likeness.  Human dignity springs from this.  The Fifth Commandment says you shall not kill.  Life is a gift from God, and because of this is sacred; it belongs to God.  Life starts at conception and lasts until natural death.  Everyone has a right to life; this is the first right of every human being.  Life belongs to God, so people should guard life in a holy way.  Abortion is a crime.

           From 1 John 1:8, we have to acknowledge that we are sinners.  This is true about all of us.  God is merciful; He forgives sin.  Sin is breaking our relationship with God.  We see this in Genesis.  Sin has an individual dimension and a communal, or social, dimension.  Jesus Christ died for us so we can have salvation.  We should follow the natural law and avoid evil.  We should follow the commandments.

           All Christians should be involved in public life; in society and political life to promote human values on earth and after death.  We are salvation people. The Conference of U.S. Bishops states that Catholics should promote child birth and adoption as an alternative.  Citizens should choose people in elections who promote life.  Promoting life is very important.  We as Catholics act in this way. The dignity of the human person has the first place.


Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Rafal Duda

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 Holy Masses on January 28, 30, and 31.; in  February: 5,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23, 24,25,26,27, and 28.

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; Fr Seamus Genovese; 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; Dan Bruflodt; Francis Martinez, Mike Rodriguez;...and those whose names are written in the Book of the Sick, and all sick people in the entire world.



Our long time parishioner Elaine Haselton passed away on January 4, 2015. The funeral was on Friday, January 16 at 12:30 p.m., St. Margaret Mary Church.




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 Leitão, Lyle Arnold, Elaine Haselton; .... and for all the faithful departed, especially, for all the Poor Souls in Purgatory.  MAY THEY REST IN PEACE .


ALTAR BOY NEWSLETTER is now on our parish website – visit: www.stmargmaryoak.org



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.




JAN. 11,18, and 25: CCD classes

FEB. 1,8,15, and 22: CCD classes

MARCH: 1,8,15:CCD classes


MARCH 29 and APRIL 5: NO CCD classes

APRIL: 12, 19, and 26: CCD classes




           We are rapidly approaching the end of another year!  For those interested in making a catch-up donation for missed plate collections or a one-time, year-end tax deductible donation, you can make a donation to St. Margaret Mary Church through Parish Pay, a third party service which allows parishioners to charge their contribution directly to their own bank account or to any major credit card. There is no cost to you for this service.  See the paragraph titled One-time donations below for more information on how to make a special one-time donation. You can sign up for this service online by going to the website listed below and clicking on “Start giving now”. If you will be donating via direct debit to your bank account, you will need your bank’s routing number and your account number. Your monthly donation will be debited to your bank account on the fifth (5th) of every month. IMPORTANT: If you plan to make a tax-deductible donation in December, please use your credit card for all donations made after December 1 in order to ensure that it will be received by St. Margaret Mary Church before December 31.  Any donations made after December 1 which are charged to your bank account may not be debited to your account until January 2015 and, therefore, may not be deductible for 2014 income tax purposes. https ://www.parishpay.com If you don’t have a computer you can call Parish Pay’s customer service center and they will sign you up. Their customer service center can be reached seven days a week, 24 hours a day at: 1 - 866 PARISH 1 (1-866-727-4741)


Please remember our St. Margaret Mary Parish, when you are making your end of the year donations for 2014. We  need to cover our expenses. If you are able to increase your donations, we will be MOST GRATEFUL. Also, please remember our Parish in your Last Will. MAY GOD REWARD YOUR GENEROSITY.


PRIESTS’ LUNCH UPDATE AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Thank you to Judy Wendel, Patricia Parker and Rita Faulkner for serving the priests in November and December.  There are still some open dates in Feb—May, 2015.  This is a 2-person task, some of the months already have one volunteer, but we need a second.  If you are available to help, please contact Lily Mullen to sign up lily.mullen@gmail.com, (925)827-1946.  Thanks! Our parish priests and those who join them for this monthly morning of prayer and recollection appreciate our efforts to provide a homemade meal and serve them.  In this little way we say THANK YOU for their ministry to US.  Won’t you consider serving?


Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2015 In today’s second reading St Paul talks about the fact that married couples have to deal with the anxieties of the world.  Sometimes those stresses can really have a negative impact on our marriages.  Get away from all those worldly anxieties and take time to just focus on God and each other by making a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.  The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are February 20-22 or August 7-9. Early registration, 4 to 6 weeks out is highly recommended.  For more information contact& Roberta @ 916.806.4601 or Joe & Sue  @ 925.680.7767 now or go to oaklandwwme.org



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: mpublications@sbcglobal.net; or call them at 888-253-4358.  Please patronize our advertisers.



collecting every Saturday Vigil Mass collection during the Mass. Please, contact parish office at: 510-482-0596, ext. 201. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP !



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 lynnsuer@aol.com.



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. If you are available to serve in this ministry, please contact at 510.482.0596 or at

stmmworks@ymail.com  510.482.0596.



      We wish to thank all who donated money toward Christmas flowers for the altar. May God reward your generosity. Those who donated were: James Andrada, Elaine Armigo, Helen Basich, Claudia Bermudez, Anastasia & Nate Blain, Claire Bocek, Henrietta Boyd, Jim & Nancy Brady, Priscilla Cerdenola, Joseph Choy, I-Wen Connick, William & Sara Cumbelich, Evelyn Day, Maria Deornellas, Nina D’Souza, Rita Faulkner, Mary Galena, Frances & Paula Geiger, Louise Grayson, Ronald & Sarah Henderson, Bernice Jackson, Irene Kelly, Robert & Maureen Kick, Jonathan & Rachael Kiker, John & Michelle King, Mary Kovalitsky, Fred & Margaret Lange, Frank & Lucia LaRocca, Rita Linder, Arlene Maderious, Justin & Claudia Meza, Ronald & Laura Montgomery, Ricarda Nelson, Alejandro Porcuna, Barbara Kamprath Radtke, Cecilia Rekay, Douglas Rose, Catherine Sweeney, Janice Torbet, Carmelita Torres, Ester Usison, Evan Watkins, Brion Wikes.




CANDLEMAS This feast is celebrated on Monday, February 2nd. It could be considered the closing of the season of lights so evident during Christmastime.  The gospel for this feast proclaims the words of Simeon that the infant Jesus will be “a revealing light to the Gentiles, the glory of your people Israel” (Luke 2:32). This feast was celebrated in Jerusalem as early as the 4th century. It originally commemorated the purification of Mary, in accordance with Jewish law, 40 days after Jesus’ birth: “When the day came to purify them according to the law of Moses, the couple brought Him up to Jerusalem so that He could be presented to the Lord, for it is written in the law of the Lord: “Every first-born male shall be consecrated to the Lord”.  (Luke 2:22-24:  see Leviticus l2:6-7). By the mid-5th century, this feast was celebrated in Rome on February 2 with the addition of a candlelight procession. This procession seems to have originated as a substitute for a similar pagan torch procession of expiation around the city walls.  A hint of this penitential and expiatory theme continued until recent times with the wearing of purple vestments.  The day eventually received the popular title of Candlemas (Candle Mass) because candles were blessed before the Mass and procession. Today, this feast is called the Presentation of the Lord. Candles are still blessed and some form of procession will be held. Another feast associated with the mystery of the Incarnation and, therefore, with Christmas, is the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord.  It has been celebrated on March 25 in the Western church since before the middle of the 7th century. The theme of the feast remembers God’s decision, communicated to Mary through the angel messenger Gabriel that she would be the mother of an unusual child:  “Great will be his dignity and He will be called Son of the Most High”.  (Luke 1-32).



In 1983 "World Marriage Day" was established and designated to be celebrated each year on the second Sunday in February, this year Feb. 8. World Marriage Day honors husbands and wives as heads of the family, the basic unit of society. It salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice and joy in daily married life.  In 1993 his Holiness, Pope John Paul II, imparted his Apostolic Blessings on World Marriage Day. Our World Marriage Day speaks readily of the role and values we proclaim: Husband and wife are symbolically seen as two candlelike figures, reminding us that married love calls us to help enlighten the world.  The couple is joined by a heart, focusing on love as the power that fosters unity within the couple, and generates the capacity to be life-giving and to inspire others to fruitfulness and unity. Our Theme for WMD has been permanently adopted as "Love One Another." This phrase is the commandment given us by Jesus in John 14.  It speaks to us in a simple but challenging way of how our Father wishes us to live.  Loving one another is a daily decision - simple, but challenging.




The late Holy Father John Paul II established February 11th every year as the International Day of Prayer for the sick. This year we would also like to anoint  our sick parishioners, relatives and friends on Wednesday, February 11th at 8:00a.m. After Holy Communion,  the Anointing of the Sick  will take place. Please give transportation to your loved ones who would like to be anointed on those days. Shortly we will mail a special letter about the Novena Masses (9 Holy Masses) with the form you can use to write down the names of your loved ones who are ill or sick (please use all capital letters). Extra forms you can find next to the Parish Bulletin in our church. We will pray for their intentions, and their names will be entered in the Book of Prayer for the Sick. That book will be placed in Our Lady’s chapel (in front of the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes). The dates and times of the Holy Masses for the intentions of our sick people are as follows:

1.. Feb. 07, 2015 – 5.00 pm

2.. Feb. 08, 2015 - 8.30 am

3.. Feb. 08, 2015 - 12.30 pm

4.. Feb. 09, 2015 - 8.00 am

5.. Feb. 09, 2015 – 6.00 pm

6.. Feb. 10, 2015 - 8.00 am

7.. Feb. 10, 2015 - 6.00 pm

8.. Feb. 11, 2015 - 8.00am with Sacrament Anointing of the Sick

9. Wed. Feb. 11, 2015- 6.00 pm





VOLUNTEER for our altar linen team:

Can you help our parish for 1-2 hours a month while at home? Our altar linen team needs some new members to help with laundering and ironing our beautiful altar linens. Typically, you pick up linens once a month after Mass, launder them, iron them and return them the next Sunday. This is a lovely ministry that you can perform for our parish and do it from home. Anyone interested please contact Mary Muth via email marybmuth@gmail.com




February  14th – St. Valentine:

St. Valentine – was a holy priest in Rome, who assisted the martyrs in the persecution.  He was apprehended and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce his faith ineffectual, commended him to be beaten with clubs, and afterwards, to be beheaded, which was executed on February 14, in the year 270.














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