Serving the Catholic Community of Castro Valley

Lent 2018

Holy Week Liturgical Schedule


Saturday, March 17th & 24th: 9:00 – 10:00 AM & 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Tuesday, March 20th at 7:00 PM – Communal Penance Service
Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM

Holy Week Mass Schedule

Monday, March 26th at 8:15 AM
Tuesday, March 27th at 8:15 AM
Wednesday, March 28th at 8:15 AM & 6:00 PM
No morning Masses Thursday – Saturday

Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

March 29th at 7:30pm – Transfer of the Eucharist to the repository in Stack Center follows the Liturgy

Good Friday – Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

March 30th at 1:30 PM & 8:00 PM (English) & 6:30 PM (Spanish)
Stations of the Cross at 12 Noon (English) & 5:30 PM (Spanish)

Holy Saturday – The Great Easter Vigil

Service of Light, Liturgy of the Word, Rites of Initiation for the Elect & Liturgy of the Eucharist
March 31st at 8:00 PM

Easter Sunday Masses

The Resurrection of the Lord
April 1st at 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM (English) & 1:30 PM (Spanish)

How May We Participate To Pray During Lent

1. Join us on Ash Wednesday at 7 AM on Redwood Road, 8:15 AM with the School, Noon, and 6 PM in the Church. This is a day of Fasting and Abstinence. Coming to Mass on Ash Wednesday is a great way to begin Lent. A collection for Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice bowel will be taken at the Mass.
2. Wednesday Masses at 6 PM followed by a soup meal. Prayer and Community!
3. Join a Disciples on the Journey prayer group during Lent to reflect and share on the Scriptures. Sign-ups are this weekend.
4. Come to our Wednesday Lenten Lecture Series with Fr. Francisco Nahoe OFM Conv. A professor at Zaytuna College. The   title of the Series is Biblical Reflections on Christian Discipleship.
5. Pray with Our Lenten Daily Reflection Book: Walking together into Freedom.
6. Join us for Adoration on Thursday at 7 PM or Saturday Morning at 8:45 AM and on Friday, March 2 at 7 PM
7. Stations of the Cross on Friday at 2 PM with children and in Spanish at 7 PM
8. Join us for the Rosary on Sunday 30 minutes before Mass.
9. Come to Confession on Thursday at 7 PM during Adoration or on Saturday at 3:30 PM.
10. Communal Reconciliation Service on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 PM.
11. Make a Donation of to St. Vincent De Paul
12. Join us for Coffee and Donuts 10:45 AM on February 18 and meet our Refugee family, Esperance and Children and learn the progress that has been made.

Lenten Lecture Series

Biblical Reflections on Christian Discipleship
Presented by Fr. Francisco Nahoe

This series, offered by Fr. Francisco Nahoe OFM Conv., examines Christian Discipleship in light of Biblical narratives from the Book of Genesis, the Psalms, the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline letters & the letters of John. Following a method laid out by Pope Saint John Paul II, we will address human, spiritual, intellectual & social dimensions of Christian Discipleship in order to foster our own ongoing growth as ever more authentic disciples of the Lord Jesus. Bring your Bible & an open heart & ask the Spirit of God to move within you. Join us for Mass in the Church at 6:00 pm, followed by a Soup & Bread Lenten Meal at 6:30 pm. Lectures begin at 7:15pm

  • March 14th – Portraits of Beloved Discipleship in the Gospel of John
  • March 21st – Pauline Paths of Christian Discipleship

Other Suggestions During Lent

“Give It Up for the Earth!” is a Lenten faith-in-action campaign for the environment sponsored by the Citizens for Public Justice. We are challenged to choose an action for God’s creation as one of our Lenten promises this year. OLG’s Pax Christi/Social Justice group has these suggestions:

  • Turn off your lights & appliances when not in use
  • Carry your water in a reusable bottle
  • Reduce your use of paper towels
  • Have more meatless meals or don’t eat beef
  • Put all your food waste in the green bin
  • Remember to bring your reusable shopping bags
  • Bring your own leftover containers to restaurants
  • Use cloth napkins
  • Recycle plastic bags by putting “bags in a bag” in a bag
  • Turn down your heat a couple of degrees & wear a sweater at home
  • Reduce your use of water
  • Drive less/bike or walk more
  • Use the cold water setting in your washing machine
  • Reduce or eliminate the use of poisons, pesticides & herbicides
  • Only use recyclable paper plates & cups