Serving the Catholic Community of Castro Valley

Lent 2019

Holy Week Liturgical Schedule

Holy Week Mass Schedule

Monday, April 15th at 8:15 AM
Tuesday, April 16th at 8:15 AM
Wednesday, March 17th at 8:15 AM & 6:00 PM
No morning Masses Thursday – Saturday

Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

April 18th at 8:00pm – Transfer of the Eucharist to the repository in Stack Center follows the Liturgy & Adoration follows until 12 Midnight.
Good Friday – Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
April 19th at 1:30 PM & 8:00 PM (English) & 6:30 PM (Spanish)
Stations of the Cross at 12 Noon (English) & 6:00 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
April 20th at 8:00 PM

Easter Sunday Masses

The Resurrection of the Lord
April 21st at 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM (English) & 1:30 PM (Spanish)

40 Days to Refresh, Revitalize, Reawaken and Renew!

1. Join us on Ash Wednesday for Mass at 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 Bowl will be taken during our Soup Meal following the 6 PM Mass.
2. Lenten Wednesday Masses are scheduled at 6 PM followed by our Soup Meal at 6:45 PM. Prayer and Community! A collection for Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice Bowl will be taken during our Soup Meal following Mass. You’re invited to also stay for Fr. Tom’s Video Presentation “Forgiven” at 7:15 PM, after the Soup Meal.
3. Join Fr. Tom and fellow parishioners on Lenten Wednesdays at 7:15 PM, after the Soup Meal, as we watch “Forgiven”, a Lenten video series.
Fr. Tom will lead a discussion following the video. Childcare is available during the presentation with a reservation. Please call the Parish Office at 510-537-0806.

4. Join Fr. Francisco, beginning March 12th at 7:00 PM in Stack Center for our Tuesday Lenten Scripture Studies “The Gospel of John”.

5: Join us on April 5th at 7:00pm for First Friday Traditional Latin Mass, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in the Chapel at the Casa at 19950 Anita Ave.

6. Join us on April 6th, after morning Mass, at 10:00am for Mary at the Cross in Stack Center, OLG Room

7. Join us for Adoration on Thursdays at 7 PM and Saturday mornings at 8:45 AM.

8. Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 2:30 PM with OLG Students and in Spanish at 7 PM.

9. Join us for the Rosary on Sunday 30 minutes before Mass, by the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
10. Come to Confession on Thursdays at 7 PM during Adoration & on Saturdays at 8:45 AM & 3:30 PM.
11. Communal Penance Service on Wednesday, April 10th at 7:15 PM in the Church.
12. Make a Donation to St. Vincent de Paul.

 PREPARE FOR LENT WITH FORMED.ORG 
Journey Through Lent with Dr. Tim Gray
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Into the Desert  Video Study
Follow Jesus into the desert and discover intimacy with God in this 6-week video-based study with daily meditations.

Pray the Stations of the Cross
This beautiful meditation on the Stations of the Cross from St. Alphonsus Liguori is accompanied by the chanting of Stabat Mater, a traditional Catholic hymn.

Journey Through Lent for the Kids
Discover a plethora of engaging videos and audio, designed for children. Click on the “WATCH” tab &  Scroll down to “YOUTH”, watch the Brother Francis video series as well as animated Jesus stories, the saints, and much more.

If you don’t have an account yet, just follow the instructions below for free access to FORMED!
On your computer, tablet or Smartphone go to our site www.olgcv.formed.org.  You should see the “register now” box. Set up a username- whatever username you’ll remember – and a password and you are all set. To get the Formed app for your phone or tablet, visit app.formed.org. Use access code: M2RBFP

Lenten Video Series Presentation

“Forgiven”
Presented by Fr. Tom Czeck

Join Fr. Tom each Wednesday evening as we prepare for Lent by watching a video series called “Forgiven”. Fr. Tom will lead a discussion after each video presentation. Childcare is available with a reservation. Please call the Parish Office at 510-537-0806. We begin on March 6th, Ash Wednesday at 7:15 PM in Stack Center

  • March 6th –   Where are You?
  • March 13th – An Encounter With Mercy
  • March 20th –  Mercy: The Rite Explained
  • March 27th –  Biblical Foundations
  • April 3rd –       Answering Questions About Confession
  • April 10th –     No Video Tonight. We will meet for Communal Penance in the Church

Lenten Scripture Studies

“The Gospel of John”
Presented by Fr. Francisco Nahoe

This series, offered by Fr. Francisco Nahoe OFM Conv. We will explore “The Gospel of John” together and discover new meaning for us this Lenten Season. We begin on March 12th at 7:00 PM in Stack Center

  • March 12th – Prologue and Signs
  • March 19th – Portraits of Beloved Discipleship
  • March 26th –  NO MEETING
  • April 2nd –      Bread of Life
  • April 9th –       Hour of Glory
  • April 16th –     Passion and Resurrection

Fasting, Abstinence, Almsgiving and Prayer

Fasting:  Everyone 18 years of age and older, but under the age of 60, is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On these days, the law allows only one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food during the day, so long as this intake does not constitute another full meal. Taking liquids during the day is permitted. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.

Abstinence:  Everyone 14 years of age and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent. In the spirit of penance, the faithful should not lightly excuse themselves from the obligation.

Almsgiving:  By teaching us to separate ourselves from material possessions and by freely giving of our money and possessions, we learn to trust the Lord more deeply for our own daily needs.

Prayer:  This is a way to stir up our love and ardor by having a deepening conversation with the Almighty.


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