All Saints and All Souls


On Nov. 1, the Feast of All Saints raises up before our eyes not just the canonized saints recognized in the Church, but all those other holy ones whose lives were dedicated to God and the people. Feast of All Saints, IS NOT A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION in 2014 because it falls on a SATURDAY in 2014. Feast of All Saints IS a day of obligation when it falls on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday and NOT a day of obligation when it falls on Monday or Saturday. The Masses at St. Margaret Church will be at 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM (The Extraordinary Form). Even though it is not a holy day of obligation, I strongly encourage you to participate at the Masses. NOTE:  Sunday, November 2, 2014 is celebrated as THE COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED (All Souls’ Day).


On Nov. 2, All Souls Day, we can look at this day with the perspective that everything is passing away and with the perspective of eternal life. is pain and nostalgia for those who have passed away. commemorate our parents, sisters and brothers, friends and those who are known and unknown to us. year the list of the people becomes longer. second perspective is eternal. author of The Book of Wisdom gives us hope:


 “The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. they are in peace.”


Remember to pray for those who have passed away. can obtain an indulgence, which is “the remission before God of the temporal punishment due for sins already forgiven as far as their guilt is concerned.” (Enchiridion of Indulgences). should do the work of mercy and charity, as well as by prayer and the various practices of penance, to put off completely the “old man” and to put on the “new man.” (Catechism 1472, 1473)


Three conditions must accompany the prescribed act to attain a plenary indulgence:

The sacrament of confession (either eight days before or after the pious act is performed)

Holy Communion (on that day)

Prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father (one Our Father and one Hail Mary is the minimum, but any other additional prayers may be added).

Every attachment to sin, even venial sin, must be absent. If one’s disposition is less than perfect or if some of the above conditions are not fulfilled, the indulgence becomes partial.

One must also remember that one can acquire one plenary indulgence a day.

Indulgenced Acts for the Poor Souls

Visiting a cemetery each day between Nov. 1 and Nov. 8.  One can gain a plenary indulgence. These indulgences are applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory.

A partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed, even if the prayer is only mental.

Visit a church or a public oratory on Nov. 2.  plenary indulgence is applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory. In visiting the church or oratory, it is required, that one Our Father and the Creed be recited.


During the month of November, our parish will pray every day for all the faithful departed who left this world, and now need our help. We will celebrate a Novena (9) of Holy Masses for the intentions of all the departed remembered by you. Please, write their names on the enclosed form, and send it back to the Parish Office. These forms will be inserted in the special Book of Remembrance that will be placed in the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary during all Holy Masses in the month of November. We will also say a decade of the Rosary every day after Holy Masses, for the same intentions.


       The Novena of the Holy Masses for the deceased will be celebrated according to the schedule below:

November 3, Monday – 8:00pm – English

November 3, Monday – 6:00pm – EF

November 4, Tuesday – 8:00am – English

November 4, Tuesday  – 6:00pm – EF

November 5, Wednesday – 8:00am – English

November 5, Wednesday – 6:00pm –  EF

November 6, Thursday – 8:00pm – English

November 6, Thursday – 12:00pm  – EF

November 7, Thursday – 6:00pm – English

           There will be also a Memorial Holy Mass celebrated on Saturday, November 1 at 11:00am on that day, for all the faithful departed, at each Catholic Cemetery of our diocese, especially for those resting at a given cemetery. I also encourage all of you to pray, with your families, for your deceased relatives and friends, as well as for All the Souls in Purgatory.


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 a Holy Mass on November 19-20, 22 25, 27, and 29. 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; Josephine Palacios; Annie Bozzardi; 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. At St. Margaret Mary, Oakland, Ca, the rosary will be said on October 27, 2014 at 7:30pm and the Funeral Mass will be on October 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm.



She died on evening of Oct 10, 2014.  Her Funeral Mass was at Sat. the 18th at St. Isidore, Danville, Ca.  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 


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.    


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.



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


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


Worldwide Marriage Encounter:

November 8-9, 2014

Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”  Do you treat your spouse like a temple of God.  Strengthen, renew, and rekindle your marriage sacrament by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on November 21-23 held in Livermore. 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




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.





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