“LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore”
– “Praise be to you, my Lord.”
These are the words that open Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology and care for God’s creation. These words, quoting St. Francis of Assisi’s beautiful canticle, remind us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.
Pope Francis addresses Laudato Si’ to “every person on the planet,” for we all share a common home—the earth. He focuses on a number of important themes.
§ A Moral and Spiritual Challenge. The ecological crisis, Pope Francis writes, is a summons to profound interior conversion—to renew our relationships with God, one another, and the created world.
§ Care for God’s Creation. God created the world and entrusted it to us as a gift. Now we have the responsibility to care for and protect it and all people, who are part of creation. Protecting human dignity is strongly linked to care for creation.
§ We are All Connected. We are connected to the rest of the human family, to the created world, and to those who will come after us in future generations.
§ Impact on the Poor. People in poverty have contributed least to climate change, yet they are disproportionately impacted by it. As a result of excessive use of natural resource by wealthy nations, those who are poor experience pollution, lack of access to clean water, hunger, and more.
§ Called to Solidarity. We are one human family and have a shared responsibility for others and for creation. Wealthy countries have a responsibility to reduce consumption of non-renewal resources and should help poorer nations develop in sustainable ways.
§ Technological and economic development must serve human beings and enhance human dignity, instead of creating an economy of exclusion, so that all people have access to what is needed for authentic human development.
§ Supporting Life, Protecting Creation. Concern for nature is incompatible with failure to protect vulnerable human beings, such as unborn children, people with disabilities, or victims of human trafficking.
§ A Time to Act. Pope Francis calls for a change in lifestyle and consumption. We can make important changes as individuals, families, and communities, and as civil and political leaders.
§ Hope and Joy. “Injustice is not invincible” (no. 74) and we act knowing that we seek to live out God’s vision of renewed relationships with God, ourselves, one another, and creation.
How You Can Respond
Each of us are called to take concrete steps – from reducing consumption to working for political change – to better care for creation. Here are some ideas.
1. Become more aware of our connectedness. Care for one another and creation includes understanding that “everything is connected” (no. 91) and that the economy, politics, community involvement, and technology all affect the future of the planet and humankind. How can we become more aware of our connectednes
2. Changes to lifestyle and consumption habits can make a big difference. For example, get a re-usable water bottle, take shorter showers, walk, bike or take public transportation instead of driving, recycle, compost food waste, and buy energy efficient appliances.
3. Make changes institutionally at your parish, school, or workplace. For example, start recycling and composting, use washable dinnerware in cafeterias, share electronically instead of printing, do an energy audit, and install solar panels.
4. Support local efforts to solve environmental problems. Community groups around the country are working to make city, county, and state-wide changes that can make a big difference. Find out what is going on locally and get involved.
5. Contact your members of Congress to share Pope Francis’ message and urge action to address climate change. Sign up for action alerts with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at http://cqrcengage.com/catholicbishops/jphd.
FROM OUR BISHOP:
Cristo Rey East Bay High School
I want you all to be aware of an effort initiated within our Diocese. A committee has been formed to explore the possibility of establishing a Cristo Rey high school in the east bay. A Cristo Rey high school is designed to make a Catholic, college preparatory education more accessible to students from low income families. The school would follow the approach of other Cristo Rey high schools by adding weekly work assignment into its curriculum. The work assignment provided through local business support, significantly reduces the tuition requirement of each family while providing valuable experiences for the individual student. There are currently 28 such schools around the country including San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento. Steve Wilcox has agreed to lead the study effort. He has started to form a community to address key questions including community needs, business support, fundraising and potential school sites. Steve and his committee have my full support.
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ
Capital Campaign: Thank you! 119.10 %
Total number of Donors: 91
Parish goal Summary
Parish Goal: $ 378,175.50
Funds Raised: $ 450,414.82
Remaining to Raise: $(72,239.32)
% of goal raised: 119.10%
63 Pledges: $343,657.82
Avg. Pledge: $5,454.89
33 Outright: $106,757.00
Avg. Outright: $3,235.06
Total Actual Receipts: $141,745.23
Average Gift: $4,949.61
Dear Parishioners, Benefactors and Friends of Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, I would like to express our gratitude for your generous gifts to the Diocesan Capital Campaign. You should be proud for setting the sights high, and making every effort to achieve that goal. You sacrificed and proved to yourself and everyone what you are capable of . My best wishes for continued success. I am proud to be the Administrator of St. Margaret Mary . I look forward toto continue to move our parish forward that will enhance our spiritual growth. May God reward your generosity. After summer time the parish will organize the dinner as a thank you for your generosity toward the Diocesan Capital Campaign.
Thank you to St. Margaret Mary Campaign Team: Sara Cumbelich, Bill Duffy, Jim Mahoney, Rom Matias, Lily Mullen, Dan Mullen, Mary Muth, Larysa Rutkowska, Lynn Suer, Perpetuo Tayco, and our chairperson Brion Wikes. I would like to thank Canon Olivier Meney, Abbe Kevin Kerscher, Philip Toups ( the Campaign Director for our Parish) and Stephen A. Wilcox,( former board chairman of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, and now a chairman of the Capital Campaign for the Diocese of Oakland). Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Rafal Duda
The Office of Vocations with the help of the Department of Faith Formation and Evangelization, will be hosting a Quo Vadis Days in July 12- 15, 2015 at the Oakland Diocesan Youth Retreat House, Casa San Felipe in Lafayette . Quo Vadis (Latin for Where are you going?) aims to assist young men to recognize and respond to their own vocation invitation from our Lord and in their relationship with Christ.will be priests, seminarians, and other young men gathered together for these days. Activities will include a great deal of fun, prayer, games, music, discussions and talks.
Young men ages 13-18 yrs. old can join this event. For more information about registration please contact Fr. Rafal Duda with any questions. Those men older than 18 who seriously consider priesthood can contact Fr. Neal Clemens (director of Vocations) and me for the guidance and discerning process.
Independence Day (July 4th)
In the United States, Independence Day (commonly known as the Fourth of July) is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from England. In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly-independent nation was 2.5 million. The nation’s population on this July Fourth will be 304 million people. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, games and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States, but is often also viewed as simply a summer festival, apart from its patriotic overtones.
Masses will be said at 8am, 10am, and 5pm.
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 July 13, 2015 at 7:30p.m. After the Mass we will pray a rosary in different languages, and we will have procession.
CCD & RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CALENDAR: SUMMER VBS: DATES TBD
AUGUST 1ST – 30th: 2015-2016 REGISTRATION
SEPTEMBER 6th: 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
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 6TH. For any questions, you can contact Valerie at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at the parish office 510.482.0596
St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church Vacation Bible School 2015 Registration Form July 27 – July 31, 8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Children age 5 through 5th grade may participate! Teens welcome to volunteer!form front and back and return to church office at 1219 Excelsior Ave, Oakland, CA 94610 email@example.com on or before Sunday, July 5th. (Volunteers by June 28th) Cost: $35 per child – Multiple family member discounts available. -Shirt, snacks, crafts & activities included. Holy Mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 31st; all family members are invited to attend. See church vestibule or parish website for Registration Forms. you, Valerie Burkart
MONTH OF JULY DEDICATED TO THE PRECIOUS BLOOD
The Precious Blood (feast of the Precious Blood; first Sunday of July). This devotion was propagated by Bl. Caspar Buffalo (d. at Rome, 28 Dec., 1837), founder of the Congregation of the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. Indulgences, for the public devotion: seven years and seven quarantines each day; plenary indulgence on any day in July or 1-8 August, after having assisted eight times at a public function under the usual conditions; if the devotion be held privately three hundred days each day with plenary indulgence on 31 July, or 1-8 of August (Pius IX, 4 June, 1850). For this practice any other month or any period of thirty days during the year may be chosen (Raccolta, 178).
During the month of July we shall recite the Litany to the Most Precious Blood in our church.
FIND MASS TIMES WHEN TRAVELING:
Parish.io is an index of Catholic churches in the US. It tracks Mass times, locations, and websites. Information on parish.io 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 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.
BLESSING OF CARS
St. Christopher is Patron Saint of travelers. On Saturday, July 25 at the 5pm Holy Mass and Sunday July 26 at the 8:30 & 10:30 Masses, cars will be blessed in front of the Church.
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.
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 206 for Fr. Duda (Parochial Administrator); 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. 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.
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INFO ON THE INSTITUTE OF CHRIST THE KING
INSTITUTE NOTICES IN OUR PARISH