Serving the Catholic Community of Castro Valley

Announcements

ICF Christmas Cannoli Sale: The ICF is selling kits of 4 cannoli shells, cannoli filling in a disposable pastry bag, mini chocolate chips and powdered sugar.  Cost is $20 for 4. Pre-order your kits by December 8th and you may pick-up your order on December 22nd from 5:00-7:30pm in Stack Center. The filling must be refrigerated and ideally consumed within 4 days.  To place an order, please call Lisa at 510-861-9835.

 

Family Movie Night: The Knights of Columbus invites all to Family Movie Night featuring “The Polar Express” on Saturday, December 10th at 6:00pm in Stack Center. Admission is free-bring the kids, grandkids, nieces & nephews! Delicious hamburgers and hotdogs will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Our Lady of Grace Church.

 

St. Vincent de Paul News: St. Vincent de Paul will be taking donations of food, cash and gift cards beginning this weekend of November 19th & 20th, before Thanksgiving Day. Many of our clients are single and have very minimal access to cooking facilities.

Our greatest needs are: peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, fruit cups, canned soup, granola bars, boxed or packet fruit drinks, packages of peanut butter or cheese crackers, and individual chip snack bags.

We can also use: Safeway or Lucky cards (for families that are able to shop and prepare their own dinners), Shari’s cards (for our single clients and couples who are unable to cook), and checks made out to “St. Vincent de Paul” (to help with the many calls we are getting for help with rent and utilities.)

Food or gift cards that are brought the weekend before Thanksgiving may be placed in front of the Altar either before or after Mass. As always—we greatly appreciate your generosity. We could not do this ministry without your support. If you are interested in other ways to help, please contact Heidi at 510-881-7850. Please pray for us and for those whom we are helping.

SVdP is also collecting new and gently used coats, sleeping bags and blankets in November and December. Our main need is men’s coats in larger sizes; but we will accept women’s and children’s sizes too. We will have a collection barrel at the Somerset entrance of the church and in the Parish Office. Please do not leave other articles of clothing at this time. Thank you for your generosity!

If you know someone in our community that could use help, or if you are interested in knowing more about this ministry – please call our SVdP line at 510-581-2164 and someone will get back to you.  

 

Christmas Flowers:  We invite you to remember family members and friends through a Flower Offering which will help us to purchased plants and other decorations we need to beautify our sanctuary. You may list the names of loved ones you with to remember or memorialize by using the special flower envelopes or by submitting the name to the Parish Office. A list of names will be available after Christmas. Thank you for considering this thoughtful and helpful way to remember those you love.

 

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage-October 2023: Fr. Ray is planning a Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico and is looking for interested people. The dates will be the 3rd or 4th week of October 2023.  It will be a five-day pilgrimage with one day of travel at both ends. We would leave from SFO and fly directly to Mexico City.  Travel, lodging, most meals, tour guide, bus and bus driver would be included in the price.

The price is not yet fixed but will hopefully be less than $3,000 per person.  Catholic Travel will plan the Pilgrimage. If you are interested, please email Fr. Ray at: rmallett1@hotmail.com or call the Parish Office at 510-537-0806. Your name and those who are joining you will be put on a ’Priority List’. Act fast because spots will fill quickly!  Please include your contact information (name, address, phone number, and email address). 

No commitment or money is necessary, that will be later. More details to come! 

 

Pre-Baptism Class For Parents & Godparents: If you are wishing to have your child, ages infant to six years baptized, parents and Godparents need to attend a Pre-Baptism Class. You also need to be registered members of the parish for at least three months.  Call Jay at 510-537-0806 for more information. The next Pre-Baptism Class will be held in Stack Center, OLG Room at 7:00pm on December 7th.

 

Beware of Email Scams! Recently, again, there have been fraudulent emails circulating through our parish, this time using Fr. Ray’s name and a fake email address seeking gift card donations. Be assured that our priests at OLG would NEVER solicit funds through any electronic means! If you do receive one of these emails and are unsure, do not open it and call the Parish Office or the School to make sure it’s genuine. For your safety, please do not open these emails and report these to the police and Jay in the Parish Office at 537-0806. God Bless and be safe! 

 

 

Discernment to the Priesthood:To the young adults of our parish: have you ever wondered about a vocation in the church? This meeting is open to young men ages 18-30 years old. It is held the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7:00-8:00pm and facilitated by Fr. Carl Arcosa and invited priests. For more info & to receive access to the Zoom meeting, please email: CArcosa@oakdiocese.org. You may also contact one of our friars and we will assist you in your discernment.

 

Livestream Daily & Sunday Masses at Local Parishes & EWTN

St. Joan of Arc in San Ramon, click here

St. Charles Borremeo in Livermore, click here

EWTN Global Catholic Television, click here

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