Serving the Catholic Community of Castro Valley

Re-Opening Information

Please Visit Our Homepage For Our Updated Church and Mass Schedule

Announcements

**Beware of Gift Card Scam!     Please read the Federal Trade Commission’s article which provides important information on what to look for in a bogus email and how to report a gift card scam: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2019/07/worshipers-targeted-gift-card-scam. Recently, there have been fraudulent emails circulating through Our Lady of Grace once again, seeking gift cards from staff and parishioners. Our priests at OLG would never solicit funds through any electronic means! These criminals are very clever and may use an email similar to Fr. Tom’s or even use his picture and phrases he might use. For your safety, do not answer or engage with these criminals. Please know that the Parish will not take responsibility for anyone who is scammed. Please report these to the police and to Jay in the Parish Office at 537-0806. God Bless and be safe!

**FESCO Shuffle Is Virtual This Year! Help end family homelessness in Alameda County by supporting this year’s FESCO Shuffle. This event will be held virtually from August 1st to September 10th. You can pledge as an individual or gather sponsors from your family & friends. You can also take a short FESCO walk in your neighborhood on your own or with your family. Donate to Team “OLG. Questions? Call Chris Ippolito at 510-343-4876.

**Volunteers in Church Ministry & Caregiving: Ave Maria Press invites you to attend these upcoming free webinars. Please click on the link to register: August 11th at 12 NoonJoyful Witness in the Spirit of Francis and Clare of Assisi and August 18th at 12 NoonWho’s Caring for the Caregiver? Ministering to the Caregivers in Our Midst

**Faith Formation 2020-2021: Online Registration for Whole Family (K-5) & 1st Communion (2nd Grade). Online Registration for Middle School, High School & Confirmation.

**Check out each week what’s NEW on OLG’s FORMED page. You’ll find the FORMED “Pick of the Week” video and “What To Watch This Week” video or podcast. To prepare you for the upcoming Mass with a weekly reflection, visit “Opening The Word”. You’ll also find links to Live Events & Recently Added to FORMED.org.

**Prayer to Overcome Racism (English & Spanish)

**Having Difficulty Registering or Signing-In with FORMED.org? If you are having trouble registering, view the tutorial “Register as a Parishioner”. If you have having trouble signing in, view the tutorial “Signing In”

Livestream Masses

Our Lady of Grace Livestream Masses on Facebook is as follows: Monday to Saturday at 8:15am and Sunday at 9:00am

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

For prayers by Fr. Tom, click here to visit his YouTube page.

 
Before arriving to Church, we ask you to please read the Safety Precautions below. Thank you.

Safety Precautions

**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

Pope Francis’ Special Urbi et Orbi at the Vatican (March 27th)

To read the full text, 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”

To View and Download Church Bulletins, click here