Serving the Catholic Community of Castro Valley

Announcements

**FESCO Shuffle 2021 Is Here! Please support FESCO (Family Emergency Shelter Coalition) in its efforts to end family homelessness in Alameda County by  participating in our 24th annual FESCO Shuffle.  This year’s Shuffle is a virtual event from April 1st-June 9th.  During this time, you can pledge as an individual or gather sponsors from your family and friends.  You can also take a short “FESCO” walk on your own or with a small group.

There will be a celebration ceremony on Saturday, June 12th, from 11:00am to 12 Noon.  Your donations make it possible for FESCO to help homeless families gain stability and find permanent housing! Register and record your donations at www.FESCOShuffle.org.

For questions or help with registration, please call Chris Ippolito at 510-343-4876 or email: [email protected].

**Our Lady of Good Help Summer Pilgrimage (August 13th-15th): Join Fr. Tom in Illinois & Wisconsin for a Pilgrimage on the 80th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Cost is $400 per single, $750 per couple & $850 per family. There is a $50 discount for reservations made by May 30th. For more details on this exciting weekend trip, download the brochure below:

**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“: Click below to read Bishop Barber’s Appeal letter & to print out the donation form. When filling it out, be sure to write “Our Lady of Grace” under “Parish”. Thank you for your generosity and God Bless!

Our goal this year is to gain 100% participation from all members in Our Lady of Grace’s Parish!

**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)

Safety Precautions (Please read before arriving to Church)

**Face masks are required when visiting the church.

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

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.

Donations are always welcome for 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