Serving the Catholic Community of Castro Valley

Announcements

**Christmas Offering: Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Christmas Collection. Our Christmas Offering for 2021 totaled $28,908 with a budget of $28,000.  We are most grateful for this response given all that was going on with the ongoing concern of COVID-19. As always we thank you for the generosity of your gift and ask God to bless your continuing generosity.

**Walk For Life West Coast 2022: Join fellow Catholics and Pro-Lifers from all over California and beyond as we stand up for the littlest among us at the 18th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 22nd. There will be Mass at 9:30am celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The rally begins at 12:30pm in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, followed by the Walk, down Market Street. This event is truly changing the hearts and minds and has helped to revivify the pro-life movement on the West Coast! For complete information about the Walk, visit www.walkforlifewc.com or call 415-658-1793.

**Yearly Contribution Statements: For your convenience in preparing your tax return, a contribution statement for 2021 will be prepared at your request.  Please phone Jay at 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.

Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary

On December 8th, over 40 people made consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary. May Our Lady lead us this Christmas with hearts filled with Love for Jesus our Lord!

**Catholic Youth Organization (CYO): If you are interested in being part of the CYO Volunteer Community or learning more about the program please email Assistant Girls Athletic Director: Nicole Lek [email protected], Gym and Equipment Coordinator: Ivania Edens [email protected] or Boys Registrar:  Liz Huizar [email protected].

**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 October 31st:

Our Goal For 2021: $29,000.00

No. of Acknowledged Donors: 129

Funds Raised (includes pledges): $38,920.00

We are currently at 134% 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