Serving the Catholic Community of Castro Valley

Announcements

**October Calendar Raffle Mailing This Week: Last year’s Calendar Raffle was so much fun–we’re doing it again! Daily drawings beginning Sunday, October 3rd. Calendar Raffle flyer and tickets have been mailed to registered Parishioners. If you have not received one or need additional tickets, please click below. We will have 29 days of prize drawings – you can win multiple times. Return your donation and tickets to the Parish Office or drop in an envelope marked “Calendar Raffle” in the Sunday offering. Many thanks to the businesses and individuals who donated so generously to this fun raffle!

**Militia Immaculata Conference (Saturday, October 16th): Join us at the next MI Conference honoring the 80th Anniversary of the St. Maximilian Kolbe Martyrdom. Join us in the Church at 8:15am for Mass, followed by our speakers from 10:00am-2:30pm. Cost is $25, which includes lunch. To register, please email Susana at [email protected]. Please pre-pay your $25 at the Parish Office. If you are paying by check, please make it out to “Our Lady of Grace”.

**40 Days For Life (September 22nd – October 31st):

Join us for our Kick-Off meeting in the Church on September 21st at 7:00pm.

You’re invited to join other Catholics and Christians for 40 Days for Life – to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood at 1032 A Street in Hayward. Help spread the word about this important community outreach. Sign up to be a voice for the defenseless by clicking below.

**St. Vincent de Paul Is Taking Donations This Month: St. Vincent de Paul will be collecting men’s new work boots and athletic type shoes and socks during the month of September.  (Please no dress shoes).   Many of the folks we help are living in rugged conditions and are very grateful for some new shoes and socks. There will be a large barrel at the entrance of the Church on the Somerset Ave. side.  As always, we are grateful to you for your help as we minister to those who are less fortunate.

Fr. Tom & fellow Pilgrims at Our Lady of Good Help Pilgrimage (August 13th-15th)

**Children’s Liturgy of the Word Volunteers Wanted!: Many thanks to those who have generously responded to this ministry! We are excited to bring back our Sunday’s Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 9:00 AM Mass but we need volunteers to help lead the sessions. Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a unique opportunity to present the Sunday Gospel in a dynamic way that connects with our young children.  If you can commit to one Sunday a month, either as a catechist or as an assistant, please email [email protected].  Training and materials will be provided.

**RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults): Classes will begin on Wednesday, September 22nd. They will be held on Wednesdays at 7:00pm in Stack Center, OLG Room. If you or someone you know is interested in knowing more about the Catholic faith or is seeking membership into the Church, please call the Parish Office at 510-537-0806 to register. All are welcome!

**Knights of Columbus: Knights of Columbus is looking for Catholic Men who are interested in putting their Catholic Faith in Action! You can join online at https://www.kofc.org/apps/joinus/en/registration/index.html. You can also join by contacting Grand Knight, Terence Dugan at [email protected]. Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic Men’s Fraternal Organization focused on protecting Catholic families.

Our next meeting will be held on September 23rd at 7:00pm in Stack Center, OLG Room

**Do This In Remembrance Of Me: Are you looking for an opportunity to serve the OLG Community on your schedule?  Consider joining the Eucharistic Ministry to the Sick.  We deliver the Blessed Sacrament to the sick and homebound who are unable to join us at Mass on a regular basis.  Qualifications required?  A faith-filled and compassionate heart!  Minimal training required.  If this could be your calling or you have questions, please contact Theresa at 510-581-7694 or leave your name and number at the Parish Office. Blessings!

**2022 Pilgrimage to Poland & Eastern Europe, Hosted By Fr. Tom Czeck: The Passion Play of Oberammergau depicts the last week of the life of Christ. The villagers of this town have been keeping a 389 year old promise to God to perform this play every 10 years with love and devotion. The price for this 12-day pilgrimage is $5100 per person and includes RT air from SF, 1st class/select hotels, 1st class admission tickets for the Oberammergau Passion Play, most meals, sightseeing and more. Book early! Please contact Susana Dugan at 510-537-0806 or [email protected] for more details.

**”Rebuild My Church“: Many thanks to those parishioners who have already generously contributed toward our Annual Bishop’s Appeal. Following is our status through July 31st:

Our Goal For 2021: $29,000.00

No. of Acknowledged Donors: 125

Funds Raised (includes pledges): $38,520.00

We are currently at 132% of our goal! Any funds collected over our goal goes directly to Our Lady of Grace. If you have not made your donation or pledge, please consider doing so today.

**To Read Bishop Barber’s Statement On Racial Justice, click below:

**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)

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.

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