On the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, during today's First Reading from the Book of Ezekiel, [Ezek. 34:11-12, 15-17] we heard of God's promise that He Himself would come as the Shepherd of His sheep to seek them out and rescue them from where they have been scattered. In this passage, we perceive the unforgotten love of a King who takes care of His subjects. God said, "I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed my sheep with justice." [Ezek. 34:16] Here, we see the justice of the Eternal King who had yet to be proclaimed as the King of kings.
Our human dignity, our rights and our freedoms come to us not from any President, or Congress or Supreme Court; they come to us from God our Creator. No king, ruler, president or potentate confers our basic human rights upon us. Our Founding Fathers asserted it. People in the rest of our world were governed in those days by kings, dictators and totalitarians who ruled as if people were their possessions, as if their subjects belonged to them and not to God.
On Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is a special day when we say thanks for all the good things which have come to us throughout our lives. The first among these is the gift of our faith. Let us be thankful for being born, for the everlasting life, for the gift of His only begotten Son. Let us give thanks for the great love which is ours in Jesus Christ. The best way to give thanks is by sharing that love with one another. We thank for the Eucharist, let us say "thank you" to God for all the many blessings which are ours, even without asking. Sometimes we tend to take so many things for granted: our parents, the country in which we live, the planet earth, the stars in the sky, the flowers in the field, sunset and sunrise, especially here in California.
Dear Sister and Brothers in Christ, I would like to thank you for your dedication to St. Margaret Mary Parish. Thank you for your generosity, time and volunteer work. Please keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
THANKSGIVING DAY (4thThursday of November; this year November 27th)
In our church on November 27th we will celebrate three Holy Masses: 8.00, 10.30A.M., and 12.00 NOON (Extraordinary Form Holy Mass). NO 6P.M. EVENING MASS ON THAT DAY. After all the Holy Masses, bread and wine will be blessed for the Thanksgiving Table.
Please bring bread and wine to these Holy Masses (or if you don’t drink wine, only bread and some juice) to be blessed. During all Holy Masses, a collection will be taken up to help poor and needy people.
St. Vincent de Paul Thanksgiving and Advent Food Drive
SVdP is collecting non-perishable food items (no past expiration dates please!) in the containers in the vestibule. We will distribute the food items to those parishes in Oakland which have regular food distribution programs. Your donations will help to feed the hungry in Oakland. Thank you for your support! Next SVDP meeting will be Dec 7th at 11:45am in the rectory.
ADVENT PARISH RETREAT: Dec. 13 – 17, 2014.
In our Community we will have a Parish Retreat as part of spiritual preparations before Christmas. Please reserve that time for your spiritual wellness. Msgr. David Link will be our Retreat Master. He will preach about: “The Holy Family: A model for all Christians Families”. Conferences will be preached on Sunday and weekdays after 8:00 a.m. Masses and at 7:00 p.m. We mailed the program to all our registered parishioners.
ADVENT RETREAT SCHEDULE:
12/14 – Sunday 8:30 a.m. - Holy Mass with conference 9:30 a.m. - Conference for children & Confession 10:30 a.m. - Holy Mass with Conference
12/15 – Monday 8:00 a.m. - Holy Mass with short Homily & Conference after the Mass 7:00 p.m. - Conference
12/16 – Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - Holy Mass with short Homily & Conference after the Mass 7:00 p.m. - Conference
12/17 – Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - Holy Mass with short Homily & Final Conference after the Mass 7:00 p.m. - the Final Conference after the Mass
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 Holy Masses in January, 2015. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 510-482-0596.
HOLY MASS INTENTIONS CELEBRATED BY CATHOLIC PRIESTS IN THE UKRAINE:
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.”
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; and those whose names are written in the Book of the Sick, and all sick people in the entire world.
OUR PARISH BULLETIN
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: email@example.com; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MANUEL LEITÃO, RIP
Our long time parishioner Manuel Leitão passed away on November 3, 2014. The funeral was on Saturday, November 15 at 11:30 a.m., St. Margaret Mary Church.
MAY HE REST IN PEACE. EVERLASTING MEMORY.
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: Maria Santori; Maria Leskiw; John Taylor; Augustine Koilparampil; Mabel de Sousa, Kathleen York, Manuel Leitão....and for all the faithful departed, especially, for all the Poor Souls in Purgatory.
MAY THEY REST IN PEACE .
HOW TO CALL THE RECTORY:
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.
Calendar to pick up for 2014 (ONE PER FAMILY) are in the vestibule of the church.
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.
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.
ST. ANNE’S GUILD EVENT:
We look forward to serving and seeing you at the Gaudete Sunday bake sale December 14, 2014! AMDG! with much gratitude, Mary Sullivan
MARIAN MOVEMENT of PRIESTS CENACLE meetings will be continued at St. Joseph church in Pinole. For more information please call: 510-741-4900 (St. Jospeph’s parish office).
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.
Last talk was about:” Teen Suicide Prevention, Hope and Healing from Depression” by Luke Maxwell. He wrote on his blog:
“I was so blessed to spend this weekend in Oakland, California, to speak to the teens at St. Margaret Mary Church. We had time to attend Mass, share a meal, socialize, and play with a UFO (Unidentified Foil Object).
I made many friends this weekend and was able to connect on not just a speaker level but as a fellow teen. I didn't want to leave.”
CCD & RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CALENDAR:
NOV. 30th: No CCD Classes –Thanksgiving Break
DEC. (Date TBD): ADVENT PARISH RETREAT
DEC. 28TH: No CCD Classes – Christmas Break
AN APARTMENT OR A HOUSE FOR RENT:
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. The parishioner is able to pay for rent: $1,800. 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.
AN APARTMENT FOR RENT:
Our parishioner is looking for a one bedroom apartment in either Oakland, San Leandro, or Hayward. Please, contact her at: email@example.com
PARISH PAY and 2014 YEAR-END DONATIONS
Charge a Year-End Donation To St. Margaret Mary Church Directly To Your Bank or Credit Card Account!
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.
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)
How do I calculate how much to give each month for my regular Offertory donation?
To determine your monthly offertory donation amount, multiply your weekly donation amount by 52 and then divide by 12.
What about second and special collections?
You can also make donations to second and. special collections using Parish Pay. All of the second and special collections for St. Margaret Mary Church through the rest of the year are listed at the Parish Pay website.
If I use Parish Pay, what do I do with my weekly envelopes?
If you sign up to make your donations to St. Margaret Mary Church through Parish Pay, you can still put you weekly envelopes in the collection basket. Just make a notation of “pp” in the amount section on the envelope before placing it in the basket.
You can also use Parish Pay to make a one-time donation any time during the year. Just go to parishpay.com, login to your account and enter the contribution amount in the “Special Collection” box. Or you can call their customer service center at 1-866-727-4741. Just mention St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland CA when making the donation.
PARISHPAY INFORMATION UPDATE
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. If you sign up as “ANONYMOUS DONORS”, please inform as about that; because we like to send you “Thank you Letter, and send you statement for your taxes. To contact ParishPay you may do so online at www.parishpay.com or call 866-727-4741. Thank you for your continued support.
NEW SUPPORTERS OF ST. MARGARET MARY PARISH - WELCOME, and THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510.482.0596.
PARISH NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALENDAR OF SAINTS
INFO ON THE INSTITUTE OF CHRIST THE KING
INSTITUTE NOTICES IN OUR PARISH
CALENDAR OF SAINTS
INFO ON THE INSTITUTE OF CHRIST THE KING
INSTITUTE NOTICES IN OUR PARISH