Serving the Catholic Community of Castro Valley

Re-Opening Information

Announcements

**Christmas Offering Results: Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Christmas Collection. Our Christmas Offering for 2020 totaled $27,181 with a budget of $28,000.  Our Christmas outdoor liturgies were beautiful and showed the commitment of many in the community to make the outdoor worship space beautiful, welcoming and reverent.  We are grateful to them and to everyone for your commitment to Our Lady of Grace as we all manage this time of uncertainty with Hope, Joy, Peace and Love.

**Annual Seminary Collection: Thank you for your generous support last weekend for the collection supporting our seminarians. If you have not had an opportunity to give towards our annual Seminary Collection, it’s not too late. Please include the seminarians in your prayers. You may make your check out to “Roman Catholic Bishop of Oakland” & label your envelope “Seminary”. Please drop it off at the collection at the Masses or at the Parish Office mail slot. Your kindness, generosity, and prayers are deeply appreciated.

**Yearly Contribution Statements: For your convenience in preparing your tax return, a contribution statement for 2020 will be prepared at your request. Please phone the Parish Office at 537-0806, with your name and envelope number. Your statement will be available for you to pick up once it has been signed.

**Discernment To Priesthood Zoom Meeting: 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: [email protected] You may also contact one of our friars and we will assist you in your discernment.

**Fr. Tom Invites You To Pray To Our Lady Of Guadalupe For Protection From The Coronavirus

**Fr. Tom Shares A Special Message For Our Teens In Front of Planned Parenthood, October 2020

**Prayer to Overcome Racism (English & Spanish)

Safety Precautions (Please read before arriving to Church)

**Face masks are required when visiting the church.

**It is recommended that no more than 10 gather in the church at one time. Please be brief with your visit. Please wait your turn if there are already 10 people in the church.

**Please observe social distancing of 6 feet between yourself and others.

**Please use the disinfectant wipes provided to clean your area before and after your time in the church.

**We recommend those 65 and older or who have an underlying health condition to please stay at home.

Our Lady of Grace is in full compliance with current disinfecting guidelines. Please follow the posted signs in the Church to help keep all Parishioners & Visitors safe.

 

Weekly Offerings & Donations   

In the last few weeks, we have already experienced decreased giving. Without your help, we will not be able to maintain our staff, facilities, and ministries in the coming months. We ask for your prayers during this time and we request your weekly offerings from those who are able. We encourage you to drop your offering into the Parish Office mail slot or use Online Giving. Click here for more information & to enroll for free.

You can also help keep Our Lady of Grace open for prayer by donating these much needed items:

  • Disposable gloves
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Hand santizer
  • Tissues

These items may be left at the Parish Office door, Monday-Friday (9:00am-4:00pm). Thank you!

Be A Member of Flocknote

Flocknote is a platform Our Lady of Grace is now using to better communicate with our parishioners. When you sign up, Flocknote will send you, through emails, community wide updates so you are always up-to-date with what is happening at our parish. Please add “[email protected]” to your list of contacts to prevent updates from ending up in you Spam folder.

Special Indulgences to the Faithful

To read the Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the granting of special Indulgences to the faithful in the current pandemic, click here

Resources For At-Home Learning 

For Parents, Grandparents & Children, a useful list of websites to encourage & continue at-home learning of the Catholic faith.  Click here

For Families Whose Businesses That Have Suffered or For Those Who Have Lost Employment

For our families whose businesses have been affected by the shutdown, please call the Parish Office at 510-537-0806 with the name of your business so we can support you with our prayers and to list you on our Parish website in our Business Directory. For those who have lost their jobs, please contact us and we will see if we can connect you with our families who own businesses as to when they will be able to hire again.

Livestream Daily & Sunday Masses at Local Parishes & Dioceses

St. Joan of Arc in San Ramon, click here

St. Charles Borremeo in Livermore, click here

Catholic Community of Pleasanton, click here

Archdiocese of Oakland, click here

Archdiocese of San Francisco, click here

EWTN Global Catholic Television, click here

Click here for “Suggestions For How to Celebrate a Livestreamed Mass”

View and Download Church Bulletins

Fr. Tom’s Prayers on YouTube

Bishop Barber’s Catholic Voice article “Coronavirus and the Pastoral Life of the Diocese Update (May 13, 2020) English Spanish