COLLECTION FOR DIOCESE OF OAKLAND  RETIRED PRIESTS - September 13/14th, 2014

The Diocese of Oakland is holding a special collection specifically for the retired priests to offer support by helping provide for their retirement needs. All funds received through this collection will be used to directly support the retirement needs need including rising cost of healthcare for those priests who have faithfully served, and the many retired who continue to serve, in our parishes. Please give generously.  Thank you very much for your generosity.

 

ST. PETER’S PENCE COLLECTION, September 20/21, 2014:

       The pope, being pastor of the whole Church, is attentive to the material needs of poor dioceses, religious institutes, and the faithful in grave difficulties. Through loving charity, in  solidarity with the Holy Father, we can cast Christ’s love upon the world. The Peter’s Pence Collection allows the Holy Father to support victims of disaster, war, and  oppression and those who are the most disadvantaged and in need of emergency assistance. Help the Holy Father continue to cast the Jove of Christ upon the world, Please be generous in the Peter’s Pence Collection.

 

CONSIDERING BECOMING CATHOLIC ?

       We invite you to learn more about the beliefs we hold as Catholic Christians and the great joy we have in Jesus Christ our Savior. One of the best ways to explore an interest in Catholicism is by contacting our parish. You will be invited to join with others like yourself in learning what it means to be Catholic,  what we believe, how we worship and pray and how we try to live our lives.

       Want to get a clearer picture of what it means to be a Catholic and what is entailed in becoming fully initiated into the church?

       Are you unbaptized and do you recognize a need for spiritual dimension in your life?

       Are you baptized in another tradition and would like to explore the Catholic Church?

       Or are you married to a Catholic and attending Mass but just don’t know what the next step is to become a Catholic yourself?

Please contact Fr Stanislaw Zak at Parish Office: 510-482-0596, ext. 202.

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 a Holy Mass on September 17-19, 22-24, 27, and 29-30. 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: 510-482-0596 or stmargaretm@yahoo.com

 

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 Vince Brylka;  Fr Bill Marshall; Fr Seamus Genovese; Lianne Claver; Alex Porcuna;  Lewis Mullen;  Carmel Mahoney; Nancy Duenas;  Brad O’Leary;  Mabel De Sousa;  Manuel Leitao; Titus Ekanem; Elisa & Giovanni  Mancarti; Kathleen York; 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; Fr. Ken Sales; Fr. Augustine Koilparampil; ……… ……   and those whose names are written in the Book of the Sick, and all sick people in the entire world.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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: Thomas Eagan; Maria Santori; Maria Leskiw; John Taylor; ……...…..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 202 for Fr. Stan (Pastor); 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.

 

WANT TO SERVE OUR PRIESTS?

Monthly Priests’ lunches start 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

lily.mullen@gmail.com. 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 www.parishpay.com or call 866-727-4741. Thank you for your continued support. NEW SUPPORTERS OF ST. MARGARET MARY PARISH - WELCOME!!! THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

 

CATHOLIC RADIO IN THE BAY AREA 1260AM Immaculate Heart Radio: Now you can hear the best in Catholic programming on your radio 24 hours a day!  Immaculate Heart Radio is a listener-supported, Catholic lay apostolate bringing live call-in shows, Scripture study, Catholic news, youth programming and more to listeners from San Jose to Concord, to Santa Rosa and beyond. Tune into 1260AM or listen online at: www.ihradio.org

 

PILGRIM STATUE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA IN OUR PARISH OCTOBER 12/13, 2014

Late evening of Sunday, October 12, Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will come to our parish for 24 hours till late evening of October 13. Details of services dedicated to Our Lady and her Divine Son will be announced shortly. Please mark your calendars  and inform others.

 

CCD & RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CALENDAR:

SEPT. 21ST:  CATECHETICAL SUNDAY

SEPT. 26TH:  NorCal Pro-Life Youth Conference

OCTOBER 5TH:  Rosaries to 1st Communion children 10:30AM Mass

NOV. 30th:  No CCD Classes – Thanksgiving Break

DEC. (Date TBD):  ADVENT PARISH RETREAT

DEC. 28TH:  No CCD Classes – Christmas Break

 

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.

 

YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE!  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  lily.mullen@gmail.com;  or

(925) 827-1946 

 

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.

 

JOHN TAYLOR RIP

Our long time parishioner John Taylor  past away on August 23, 2014. He was 92 years old. Rosary Service was at the Chapel of Chimes in Oakland on Mon. Sep. 1st. His funeral  was on Tuesday Sep.  2nd, 2014. He was a long time parishioner. MAY HE REST IN PEACE. EVERLASTING MEMORY.

 

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY - September 21

"Catechists and Teachers as Agents of the New Evangelization" -2013 Theme This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 21, 2014, and will focus on the theme "Catechists and Teachers as Agents of the New Evangelization." 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. Special Blessing of Catechists during 8.30 & 10.30 Masses.

 

FOOD AND HOUSHOLD NEEDS FOR CARMELITES SISTERS IN CANYON: Once a month I go to the  Sisters to celebrate a Holy Mass for them and I am bringing some food items and home staff as they request. Some of our parishioners are covering some expenses. If you like to participate in this program; please write check to St. Margaret Mary and in memo write Carmelite Sisters. In the future will be special collection box attached to the wall especially for donations for the Sisters.  -Fr. Stanislaw Zak

 

Urgent need for prayer and fasting in response to black mass.

       All people of good will are invited to offer prayer, fasting and Eucharistic adoration in response to the Satanic black mass of Oklahoma, scheduled to take place in the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City on Sept. 21 at 7PM. Although these actions are often held privately, a public display such as this is a direct attack against the Body of Christ and our belief in the Real Presence. We stand in solidarity with Archbishop Paul Coakley of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, who has condemned this inflammatory event as “sacrilegious” and a “blasphemous mockery of the Mass.” The event is promoted as “a religious black mass” conducted to “help educate the public about religious Satanism…toned down to meet the laws of Oklahoma and the rules of the government building,” and invites people to, “Enjoy the delights of the devil.” Let us unite with humble and obedient hearts, and ardently appeal to The Immaculate Heart of Mary for her intercession in crushing the head of the serpent that seeks to destroy souls for eternity.

 

 PRAYER:  O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly.  I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended.  By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

 

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 Pastor Fr. Stanislaw Zak: 510-482-0596, ext. 202 for more information.  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.    

 

EXALTATION OF THE CROSS Sunday September 14th.

       This feast celebrates a double anniversary on this day: the discovery of the Lord’s Cross by empress, St. Helena in 320A.D. and the dedication of the Constantinian basilicas at the sites of the Holy Sepulcher and of Calvary in 335.

       Next Sunday September 14, 2014 will be  Veneration of the Cross during all Novus Ordo Masses to show our respect to the Cross

 

September 23 – St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Cappuchin Priest,  born in a small Italian village, spent 50 years in the monastery of San Giovanni Rotondo, where he was much sought after as a spiritual advisor, confessor and intercessor. His life was devoted to the Holy Eucharist and prayer. In 1946 he told to young polish priest, Karol Wojtyla, that one day he will be a pope. Pope John Paul II beatified him and canonized and announced his inclusion in the General Roman Calendar as an obligatory memorial, in June 2002.

 

ST. ANNE’S GUILD THANK YOU.

       A most heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you who graciously contributed to the success of the parish bake sale. Through this fundraiser, our parish made $1378.60 for the purpose of buying flowers for the altar. Laudetur Jesus Christus!

     Thank you to the MANY people who baked, made, grew, and/or preserved a variety of delicious sweets and/or savory goods to sell.

       Thank you to those who generously purchased these items. And thank you to the following who spent extra hours helping me to organize, set-up, sell and clean-up: Margaret and Diane Isquirdo, Anna Dabrowski, Pam St.John, Patricia Hierro, Nancy Milosovich; Emily, Verity, Bridget, Laura and Erin Poon; Mary Muth, Joan, Lenea Smydra, Lucia LaRocca, Rosa Marquez, Rom Matias. Forgive me if I have forgotten anyone, but know that your help is no less appreciated.

       AND a special thank-you to Fr. Stan and Canon Meney for soliciting help and making announcements supporting this event.

       We look forward to serving and seeing you again at the Gaudete Sunday bake sale December 14, 2014! AMDG!

 

with much gratitude,

Mary Sullivan

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