God Is With Us in Our Suffering


           The liturgy of Palm Sunday is like a formal entrance into Holy Week. It combines two contrasting moments: the welcome of Jesus in Jerusalem and the drama of the Passion. We hear the festive “Hosanna” during the triumphal entry, because He is the one who “went about doing good and healing” (Acts 10:38) and “curing every sickness and disease” (Mt 9:35). Later on another moment, the Passion, we hear the repeated cry: “Crucify him!” He is arrested, abused, condemned, scourged, crowned with thorns, nailed to a cross and, amid agonizing torments, hands over His spirit (Mk 15:37; Jn 19:30).

It seems that He deserves the greatest mercy and to appeal for mercy, He had extended only good for people, yet He does not receive it in return. Even those who are closest to Him cannot protect Him and snatch Him from the hands of the oppressors.

           Retired Pope Benedict XVI says that in the reality of the cross, what is evil is taken by God and given back as love redoubled. God is not a spectator at the tragedy. In the mystery of suffering, we are not to see the absence of God, for God Himself is present in the very depths of suffering. Christians are called to embrace the cross, to embrace suffering. The cross is a reminder that our God is a God who suffers with us.

           The suffering Christ speaks in a special way to every person in the world. Jesus atoned for our faults and made satisfaction for our sins to the Father by his love so we once more would have access to the fullness of life and holiness that comes from God.

The last word will be declared at dawn when first the women and then the apostles come to the tomb of the crucified Christ, see the tomb empty and for the first time hear the words: “He is risen from the dead.” The Eucharist instituted by Jesus during His Last Supper with the disciples has been celebrated as the “source and the summit” of the entire Christian life. With joyful voices let us exalt the victory of the cross.

           I invite you to commemorate Christ’s passion and death and celebrate His joyful Resurrection this Holy Week and Easter whether it’s with us at St. Margaret Mary Church or if you travel to visit your families and friends in their local parishes. May God will grant you peace, joy and happiness. Happy Easter!

Le Christ est Ressuscite! En Verite Il est Ressuscite! Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!


Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Rafal Duda

Parochial Administrator


From Bishop Michael Barber Blog:

“In the morning I celebrated Mass and Confirmation at St. Margaret Mary’s parish in Oakland for 15 students. Mass and Confirmation rite were in Latin, celebrated in accord with the post-Vatican 2 “Novus Ordo” Missal. students responded to the renewal of their baptismal promises with a loud “Credo!”  (“I believe”).   St. Margaret Mary’s is known for celebrating weekly and daily Mass with both the Ordinary and Extraordinary forms of the Roman Rite. the group was small, I was able to quiz the kids about who they chose as their confirmation saint-names and why. good number spoke to a packed church about the inspiration they drew from their new patrons.”


      Holy week begins with Palm Sunday - called Passion Sunday next weekend - because the theme of Jesus’ suffering and death begins with the reading of the passion.  Parish liturgies begin with the blessing of palms somewhere outside of the usual assembly area, in imitation of the triumphant “parade” of Jesus from “Bethany” to “Jerusalem” (Matthew 21:1-11).  The gospel of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem is read, followed by a procession into church, with people holding blessed palms and singing festive songs.  Immediately afterwards, the theme of triumph changes radically with the reading of the passion narrative from the gospel according to Matthew.  Palm Sunday liturgy is devoted, therefore, more to the suffering of Jesus than to his triumphant reception by the people.  By telescoping these events, the church emphasizes the meaning of Holy Week rather than presents an accurate historical progression of saving events. On Palm Sunday, the church celebrates the beginning of Jesus’ passage from life to death to new life:  the Paschal Mystery.


RICE BOWL  Lenten Charitable Program

Today, on  Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015 we will collect Rice Bowl money. We are also collecting imperishable food items. In the vestibule of our church, barrels for food are placed.  “I was hungry and you gave me no food.” PLEASE SHARE YOUR FOOD WITH HUNGRY PEOPLE.



SVDP is collecting new children’s clothing for the Women’s Visitation Center in West Oakland.  Please see the display in the vestibule of the church for more information.  Thank you for your participation.



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 April: 23,24,25,26,28,29, and 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: stmargaretm@yahoo.com or call  at 510-482-0596.



MARCH 29 and APRIL 5: NO CCD classes

APRIL: 12, 19, and 26: CCD classes




We were recently blessed with the Confirmation of fifteen of our youth.  His Excellency, Bishop Michael Barber conferred the seal of the Holy Spirit on Sunday, March 22nd at our St. Margaret Mary Parish to these fifteen young brothers & sisters in Christ, so that they may share more fully in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. With our greatest gratitude, we thank our Parochial Administrator, Rev. Rafal Duda for overseeing our spiritual needs and sacraments.  We also thank our Confirmation Catechists Patricia Hierro and Erik Keilholtz for their work & dedication.  We thank those that helped during the Confirmation weekend events:  Rev. Alexander Castillo (MC), John G. Burkart (Asst. MC), Deacon Michael Nufable, Valerie Burkart (Director of Religious Ed.), Beth Hockel (Choir Director), David Sundahl (Organist), Jeremiah York (Photographer), The John Fealy Family & Zarri’s Delicatessen, Lily Mullen, Nicholas Libby, David Weber, John Burkart, The St. Margaret Mary Altar Servers, The St. Margaret Mary Children’s Choir, Joan Konrad who prepared altar beautiful flowers for Confirmation, and all those that helped in some way.sees our every effort and prayers.  Thank you! Please continue to pray for all our Catechists, CCD Teachers & Youth Ministers & Youth Delegates:  Laurie Kennedy, Marc Wyborny, Brendan Hickey, John Klapperich, Jerome & Ann Placido, Leanne Weber, David Weber, John G. Burkart.


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;. Patrick Ventanilla; Joe Martinez, Paul Ehrfurth; John Ehrfurth; Lily McWilliams;………..and those whose names are written in the Book of the Sick, and all sick people in the entire world.



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: 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 .



       Christians around the world are united in a special way during Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Our hearts, minds and prayers are also especially aware of the Holy Land.

Our parish, once a year on Good Friday is called on to support Christians in the Holy Land. Many Christians in the Holy Land depend on the collection for their lives.

       As a pontifical collection’ requested by Pope Francis I , the annual Good Friday collection offers a direct link for parishioners to be witnesses of peace and to help protect the Holy Places. When you donate on Good Friday, you are supporting Christians in the Holy Land.

       Franciscans and others in the Holy Land are housing and feeding the poor, providing formation and education, maintaining shrines and parishes, and conducting pastoral ministry For  information, visit: www.myfranciscan.org.

       The Good Friday collection is requested by the Holy Father. Please be as generous as your abundance allows. Please be generous.  





SATURDAY, March 28, 2015

4:00 p.m. - Lenten Vespers - Bitter Lamentations with Individual Confessions

5:00 p.m. - Vigil Mass (E) with Blessing of Palms.


PALM SUNDAY, March 29, 2015

7:00 EF; 8:30E; 10:30-Latin (Novus Ordo) & 12:30 Extraordinary Form of the Latin Mass with  Palm Blessings & Processions



5:00 – 7:00p.m. Individual Confessions


HOLY THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 

8:00 a.m. Lauds (Morning Prayer)

9:00 a.m. Tenebrae (Extraordinary Form of Latin Rite)

5:00 p.m. EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE LATIN MASS Procession, Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

8:00 p.m. HOLY MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER with Washing of Feet, Procession and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11:00 p.m.


GOOD FRIDAY,  April 3, 2015  

8:00 a.m. Lauds and Station of the Cross.

9:00a.m. Tenebrae (Extraordinary Form of Latin Rite)

12 - NOON -        The Liturgy of the Hours and Lenten Lamentations.

1:30 p.m.—Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord with Veneration of the Cross & Holy Communion.

3:00 p.m.   Novena – Chaplet to the Divine Mercy  & Adoration Jesus in the Tomb.

5:00 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy – Extraordinary Form of Latin Rite & Veneration of the Cross. After the Liturgy; Adoration Jesus in the Tomb until 9:00 p.m.


HOLY SATURDAY,  April 4, 2015  

8:00 a.m. Lauds and Blessing of Food for the First Meal of Easter from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00pm
(every hour on the hour), Adoration Jesus in the Tomb & Confession

9:00 a.m. Tenebrae (Extraordinary Form of Latin Rite)

3:00 p.m. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy every day till Divine Mercy Sunday, April 12)

4:00 p.m. Vigil of Easter according to the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite (Adult baptisms)

8:00 p.m. Easter Vigil Sung English/Latin Mass RCIA Candidates receive Sacraments of Initiation.  Resurrectional Procession.


EASTER SUNDAY,  April 5, 2015

7:00 a.m. Mass of Resurrection (Extraordinary Form of the Latin Mass.)     

8:30 a.m. English Mass preceded by Lauds & Resurrection Procession.

10:30 a.m. Sung Latin Mass (Novus Ordo Mass) preceded by Resurrection Procession

12:30 p.m. Extraordinary Form of the Latin Mass (Solemn High Mass)

 3:00 p.m.  The Chaplet of Divine Mercy (every day till Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014)








2.00p.m. - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Confession

3.00p.m. - Chaplet of Divine Mercy (sung) followed by Holy Mass

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



(The First Sunday after Easter - Apr. 12, 2015)

       Among all of the elements of devotion to The Divine Mercy requested by our Lord through Saint- Sr. Faustina, the Feast of Mercy holds first place.  The Lord’s will, with regard to its establishment, was expressed  on Good Friday, 1937,  when Jesus requested that Saint Faustina make a special novena before the Feast of Mercy, from Good Friday through the following Saturday.  He, Himself, dictated the intentions for each day.  By means of a specific prayer, she was to bring to His Heart a different group of souls each day and thus immerse them in the ocean of His Mercy, begging the Father - on the strength of Jesus’ Passion - for graces for them. 

(We start this Novena on Good Friday this year  April 3). Every day from Good Friday until the Saturday after Easter, April 11th at 3.00PM we recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.


On Sunday April 12th, 2015:

2.00PM - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Rosary. The Sacrament of Confession will be administered during that time.

3.00PM - we start to sing the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by Benediction; the Holy Mass will be celebrated afterwards. Please invite your relatives and friends to celebrate this Feast of Divine Mercy together with us.



       Novena Masses for the conversion of sinners will be celebrated between April 6 & 11:

Monday , April 6, 2015 – 8.00am - (E )

Monday, April 6, 2015 – 6.00pm - (Extraordinary Form )

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – 8.00am - (E)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – 6.00pm (Extraordinary Form)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 6.00pm (Extraordinary Form)

Thursday, April 9, 2015 – 12.00pm (Extraordinary Form)

Thursday, April 9, 2015 – 6.00pm (E)

Friday, April 10, 2015 – 8.00am - (E)

Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 5.00pm (E)


Letters with special forms were mailed to all our registered parishioners. Extra copies are available in the back of the church.


Canonization of Sister Faustina

April 30th 2000 the Church celebrated the first canonization of the JUBILEE YEAR, and the Holy Father announced that the Sunday after Easter would be known as “DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY”. The Holy Father said, in His homily,  that we accept in its entirety the message that comes to us from God’s Word on this second Sunday of Easter. From now on throughout the whole Church, this day will take the name of “DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY”. The Vatican announced the canonization date on March 10.  St. Faustina’s elevation to the honors of the altar follows the miraculous healing of an American priest.  The Vatican announced December 20th that the 1995 healing of Fr. Ron Pytel of Baltimore, Maryland, was a miracle.  This set the stage for Sr. Faustina’s canonization. JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU



An update for the campaign at St. Margaret Mary Parish (including EF), Oakland


Total number of Donors: 17

Total number of Pledges and Outright: 17


Parish goal Summary

Parish Goal: $ 378,175.50

Funds Raised: $67,870.00

Remaining to Raise: $310,305.50

% of goal raised: 17.95%


Fundraising Summary

12 Pledges: $ 62, 700.00

Avg. Pledge: $5,225.00

5 Outright: $ 5,170.00

Avg. Outright: $ 1,034.00

Total Actual Receipts: $6,831.00

Average Gift: $3,992.35


A separate report only showing EF will be at the later this week. The report shows only the pledges from the last week. This is the only initial report. It takes more than 1 week to process the pledges in the diocese. Thank you for your gifts to the diocese. It is a very good sign of your sacrifice. May God reward your generosity. I ask those who attended the receptions please consider to make your pledges and return them to the diocese.


Fr. Rafal Duda






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