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

 

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27. Other indicators of the present situation have to do with the depletion of natural resources. We all know that it is not possible to sustain the present level of consumption in developed countries and wealthier sectors of society, where the habit of wasting and discarding has reached unprecedented levels. The exploitation of the planet has already exceeded acceptable limits and we still have not solved the problem of poverty.

 

28. Fresh drinking water is an issue of primary importance, since it is indispensable for human life and for supporting terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Sources of fresh water are necessary for health care, agriculture and industry. Water supplies used to be relatively constant, but now in many places demand exceeds the sustainable supply, with dramatic consequences in the short and long term. Large cities dependent on significant supplies of water have experienced periods of shortage, and at critical moments these have not always been administered with sufficient oversight and impartiality. Water poverty especially affects Africa where large sectors of the population have no access to safe drinking water or experience droughts which impede agricultural production. Some countries have areas rich in water while others endure drastic scarcity.

 

29. One particularly serious problem is the quality of water available to the poor. Every day, unsafe water results in many deaths and the spread of water-related diseases, including those caused by microorganisms and chemical substances. Dysentery and cholera, linked to inadequate hygiene and water supplies, are a significant cause of suffering and of infant mortality. Underground water sources in many places are threatened by the pollution produced in certain mining, farming and industrial activities, especially in countries lacking adequate regulation or controls. It is not only a question of industrial waste. Detergents and chemical products, commonly used in many places of the world, continue to pour into our rivers, lakes and seas.

 

 

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%

 

 

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.

RCIA Teachers: Dr. Steve Cortright, Dr. 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 REGISTRATION

SEPTEMBER 13th:  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

 

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

 

 

NINERS  - First Fridays  (by Fr Don McDonnell)

If to Communion you will go;

On nine First Fridays in a row;

With Christ in Heaven you will be;

And God forever you will see.

 

 

COLLECTION FOR DIOCESE OF OAKLAND  RETIRED PRIESTS - September 12/13th, 2015:

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

 

 

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 September 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. (It counts as Sunday) After the Mass we will pray the rosary in different languages, and we will have procession.

 

EXALTATION OF THE CROSS: Monday, 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.

 

ST. PETER’S PENCE COLLECTION, September 19/20, 2015: 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.

 

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY - September 20:

"Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person." 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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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. 

 

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. Thank you for your donations of $1,670.00. We still need to pay off $4,501.95. Please, make a donation to:  St. Margaret Mary Church and in memo write: Leanaye Dell Irivng funeral fund.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP.

 

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ST. MARGARET MARY CHURCH A NEW EMAIL IS:

 

parishoffice@stmargaretm.org

 

 

Find us also on:

 

google.com/+StMargaretMaryChurchOakland

 

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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. Rafal Duda at Parish Office: 510-482-0596, ext. 206.

 

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.

 

SERVE OUR PRIESTS

The monthly Priests’ lunches start again on September 18, and will take place on the 3rd Friday of each month through May 2016.  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 together and share in the task, or I can arrange for others to work with you.  It’s actually very rewarding to serve our priests!

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, 2016. 

 

 

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