ENCYCLICAL LETTER
LAUDATO SI’
OF THE HOLY FATHER
FRANCIS
ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

(Continued from the bulletin July 25-26)                                    

CHAPTER ONE

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR COMMON HOME                                                                      

17. Theological and philosophical reflections on the situation of humanity and the world can sound tiresome and abstract, unless they are grounded in a fresh analysis of our present situation, which is in many ways unprecedented in the history of humanity. So, before considering how faith brings new incentives and requirements with regard to the world of which we are a part, I will briefly turn to what is happening to our common home.                                                               

 

18. The continued acceleration of changes affecting humanity and the planet is coupled today with a more intensified pace of life and work which might be called “rapidification”. Although change is part of the working of complex systems, the speed with which human activity has developed contrasts with the naturally slow pace of biological evolution. Moreover, the goals of this rapid and constant change are not necessarily geared to the common good or to integral and sustainable human development. Change is something desirable, yet it becomes a source of anxiety when it causes harm to the world and to the quality of life of much of humanity.                                                                

 

19. Following a period of irrational confidence in progress and human abilities, some sectors of society are now adopting a more critical approach. We see increasing sensitivity to the environment and the need to protect nature, along with a growing concern, both genuine and distressing, for what is happening to our planet. Let us review, however cursorily, those questions which are troubling us today and which we can no longer sweep under the carpet. Our goal is not to amass information or to satisfy curiosity, but rather to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it.

 

 

Capital Campaign: Thank you! 121 %

Total number of Donors: 108

Parish goal Summary

Parish Goal: $ 378,175.50

Funds Raised: $ 467,504

Remaining to Raise: $(89,328.5)

% of goal raised: 121%

 

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ST. MARGARET MARY CHURCH OUR NEW EMAIL ADDRESS IS:

 

parishoffice@stmargaretm.org

 

 

Find us also on:

 

 

google.com/+StMargaretMaryChurchOakland

 

 

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Fr. Duda will be on vacation from August 3- September 3:

In case of emergency please contact Larysa Rutkowska, Administrative Assistant during the office hours or David Sundahl at dsundahl@yahoo.com  outside the office hours. They will make a pastoral contact. Canon Olivier Meney will be available as usually the most of the time during August.

Fr. Samuel Oppong who resides at St. Jarlath in Oakland will be available in case of emergency at revlovecssp@yahoo.com.

The emergency phone number will be available at my voicemail 510-482-0596 ext. 206.

If you need to contact me please send me an email: derafello@yahoo.com

 

Fr. Rafal Duda

Parochial Administrator

 

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PASTOR’S HUMOR:

Good News/Bad News for a Pastor on vacation

Good News: When you got sick on your vacation St. Anne Guild voted to send you a get-well card. Bad News: The vote passed by 31-30.

Good News: You finally found a choir director who approaches things exactly the same way you do.
Bad News: The choir mutinied.

Good News: Mrs.  Jones is wild about your sermons.
Bad News: Mrs.  Jones is also wild about the "Gong Show", "Beavis and Butthead" and "Texas Chain Saw Massacre."

Good News: Your Flower Women's Soccer team finally won a game. Bad News: They beat your Altar Servers’ soccer team.

Good News: The Pastoral Council finally voted to add more church parking. Bad News: They are going to blacktop the front lawn of your parsonage.

Good News: Church attendance rose dramatically the last four weeks. Bad News: You were on vacation.

Good News: Your Knights of Columbus want to send you to the Holy Land. Bad News: They are stalling until the next war.

Good News: The youth in your church come to your house for a surprise visit.
Bad News: It's in the middle of the night and they are armed with toilet paper and shaving cream to "decorate" your house.

Good News for the Parishioners

Good News: The pastor will be 6,000 miles away. Bad news: He can still bilocate.

 

 

RCIA ENROLLMENT

All adults who are interested in becoming Catholic or being fully initiated in the Church with the sacrament of Confirmation (this may include spouses, relatives, friends, neighbors), are urged to contact the parish office: Fr. Rafal Duda, ph. 510-482-0596, ext. 206, or

derafello@yahoo.com.

RCA Teachers: Dr. Steve Cortright, Mrs. Lynn Suer. Classes will begin on September 13,2015 and will be held every Sunday from 9:30a.m. to 10:30a.m.

                                                                                                 

CCD & RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CALENDAR:                                                                      AUGUST 1ST – 30th:  2015-2016 REGISTRATIONSEPTEMBER 13h:  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 13th. For any questions, you can contact Valerie at stmmworks@ymail.com or leave a message at the parish office 510.482.0596

 

 

August 6 - Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord:

       Celebrated by 5th c. East Syrians, this feast was inserted into the general calendar in 1457 by pope Callistus III to celebrate the defeat, announced in Rome on 6 August, of the Turks at Belgrade. August 6th occurs 40 days before the feast of the Triumph of the Cross, September 14th. The purpose of this feast is to celebrate that glorious event in the life of Jesus Christ, the Transfiguration, which some Holy Fathers call the second Epiphany of the Lord. The observance of this feast goes back to the 4th century. At that time, St. Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine the Great, built a church on Mt. Tabor in honor of the Lord’s Transfiguration. At the end of the 11th century, the Crusaders founded several churches and monasteries on Mt. Tabor. From the early Church history, there was a custom of blessing grapes and other fruits.

 

 

OUR LADY OF FATIMA

The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared six times to three shepherd children ("The Three Seers") near the town of Fatima, Portugal between May 13 and October 13, 1917. Appearing to the children, the Blessed Virgin told them that She had been sent by God with a message for every man, woman and child living in our century. Coming at a time when civilization was torn asunder by war and bloody violence, she promised that Heaven would grant peace to the entire world if her requests for prayer, reparation and consecration were heard and obeyed. "If My requests are granted ... there will be peace" We would like to invite to come to a Mass on August 13, 2015 at 7:30p.m. After the Mass we will pray a rosary in different languages, and we will have procession.

 

 

SACRISTAN MINISTRY:

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: stmmworks@ymail.com or call 510.482.0596 if you are available to serve in this ministry.

 

 

LECTORS NEEDED:

We need more lectors for the 5:00 PM Saturday Vigil Mass and for the 8.30am and 10:30am Sunday Mass; 6.00pm 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  lynnsuer@aol.com or phone 510-537-3880.

 

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Dear Parishioners,

 

        LENAYE DELL IRVING, RIP our long time parishioner (since 1984) passed away on July 7, 2015. The funeral was held on Friday, July 17, 2015 at St. Margaret Mary Church. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE EVERLASTING MEMORY

     Lenaye had been sick for over 20 years. Most of her vital organs were failing. She suffered very much, but her faith kept her strong to accept the pain.

      We would like to ask you for your help. We need to cover Lenaye’s funeral expenses. The funeral expenses cost $6,182.95. Please, make a donation to:  St. Margaret Mary Church and in memo write: Leanaye Dell Irivng funeral fund.

WE THANK YOU KINDLY FOR YOUR HELP.

 

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MEDICAL HELP for a priest who is ill One young Roman Catholic priest from Ukraine, Fr. Andrew Lalik of Archdiocese of Lvov needs to have an operation for his hernia. Priests in Ukraine have no Medical Insurance. Country is poor and in state of war with Russia. He has no money to pay full price for this operation.  If you are able to give even a small donation, he will be very grateful for that. He will pray a Novena Masses for all his benefactors. Please make check to: “HELP TO UKRAINIAN CHURCH” with memo: “medical help” and drop in the box in the back of the church with sign: UKRAINE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT. 

 

 

FOR RENT an apartment: Our parishioner, Mrs. Pedro offers for rent one bedroom with kitchen net and living room full bathroom for $1,200  (includes utilities). The address is 1123 El Centro Ave. in Oakland, 94602. To see the apartment and photos please contact Mrs. Pedro at dpedro49@yahoo.com or 1-510-866-7401.

 

Find Mass Times When Traveling

       Parish.io or masstimes.org is an index of Catholic churches in the US. It tracks Mass times, locations, and websites. Information on parish.io or masstimes.org is extracted from “reading” parish and diocesan websites, ensuring up-to-date mass schedules. It is automatically updated each week. It also provides a link straight to each parish’s schedule page. To ensure your parish’s Mass times are picked up by Parish.io, ask your web administrator to check the parish’s web site. It is easiest for parish.io or masstimes.org to find your parish when you use the phrase “Mass Times” on the home page, either listing the times there, or using “Mass Times” on the home page as the name of the link. Note that parishes without a website are listed but no Mass times are given.

 

August 22  – The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary – This was prescribed in 1954 by Pope Pius XII for 31 May, and is now celebrated on the octave of the Assumption. This is also the  patronal feast of Our Diocese.

 

August 26—Our Lady of Czestochowa ICON OF OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA (Black Madonna): According to tradition, the icon of Jasna Gora was painted (“written”) by St. Luke the Evangelist on a tabletop built by Jesus himself, and the icon was discovered by St. Helen, mother of Emperor Constantine the Great; and collector of Christian relics in the Holy Land. The icon was then enshrined in the imperial city of Constantinople in her son’s Constantine the Great Chapel; according to the tradition, where it remained for the next 500 years. In 803, the painting is said to have been given as a wedding gift from the Byzantine emperor to a Greek princess, who married a Ruthenian nobleman. The image was then placed in the royal palace at Belz, where it remained for nearly 600 years. History first combines with tradition upon the icon's arrival in Poland in 1382 with a Polish army fleeing the Tartars, who had struck it with an arrow. Since that time miraculous icon is in Czestochowa.

 

LECTORS NEEDED:

We need more lectors for the 5:00 PM Saturday Vigil Mass and for the 8.30am and 10:30am Sunday Mass; 6.00pm 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   lynnsuer@aol.com or phone 510-537-3880.

 

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY - September 20

"Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person."  

This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 20, 2015, and will focus on the theme "Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person." Those whom the community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.

 

 

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