Announcements 2018-04-19T09:20:26+00:00

Weekly Bulletin

Jesus showed the signs of his passion even to the point
of allowing Doubting Thomas to touch him …
Indeed, in touching the Lord’s wounds,
the hesitant disciple not only heals his own diffidence but also ours.

                                                                                                            —Pope Benedict XVI

Announcements

Madlin Ingram – Rest In Peace
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Thursday, April 19th  |  Rosary 10:00 am – Funeral  11:00 am 

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Madlin Ingram who was a long time parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Madlin was the mother of Chrisantha Ingram, Kenneth Ingram and Steven Ingram.

Please remember in your prayers the Ingram family for the loss of their loved one.

Madlin Ingram’s funeral will be on Thursday, April 19th at Our Lady of Lourdes.
10:00 am   Rosary
11:00 am   Funeral

EMMAUS at The Cathedral of Christ the Light
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Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Delve Deeper into Sunday Mass’s readings with EMMAUS – “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking with us on the road, while he was opening the scripture to us?” (Luke 24:32)

Join us most Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm in the St. Joseph Classroom.

Emmaus is small, faith-sharing group at The Cathedral of Christ the Light. Together, we explore the lectionary readings for the following Sunday Mass. We have no handbooks or textbooks—just the Sunday Mass Lectionary, as found in our Sunday Missal. We approach the readings in a three-step process. We start with an individual exploration. This first reading on our own is essential to forming our own personal impressions and and questions. From these initial reactions we begin constructing the agenda for our small-group session on Thursday.

We compare our initial reactions against secondary literature. Parishioner Damian Smyth will circulate some background material via email. Materials from your Study Bible or other tools may also be helpful. This material is meant as a supplement, not a substitute. We meet and share our questions and insights.

We will find it is more productive to listen as the Scripture questions and challenges us. Together, we leave the final word to the Spirit. Without the pressure of having to wrap up everything by the end of the session, all are able to leave with a fresh material to ponder and a better prepared approach to recognize Him during Sunday Mass. Learning Together • Praying Together • Sharing the Gift of Our Faith • Walking Together in Christ.

For more information or to join, please contact Alicia Baptista at msaliciabaptista@gmail.com

Faith Formation
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As we continue with the Lenten season, we continue our Faith Formation programs.   Please make every effort to have your son or daughter present for their class.  Our teachers aim to build a community in the classroom, a community that is less whole when not everyone is there.

Hospitality – Volunteer Meeting
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April 22 | 10:15 – 10:55 am

Please join us if you are a current volunteer or want to be a volunteer to help with Hospitality after Saturday or Sunday mass.

We will be holding a Hospitality Volunteer meeting on April 22nd at 10:15-10:55 am in the Our Lady of Lourdes Church Library.  Refreshments will be provided.

First and Third Sundays of each month

Join us for Hospitality on the first and third weekends of the month in the Parish Hall after the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses.

We need volunteers to help us set up and plate food before and during the 9 am mass: 8:30-9:50 am. This is our most crucial time.

If a good number of you can help us once a month or once every 6 weeks during that time, the need would be met. Please reach out to Claire OReilly (oreilly.claire@gmail.com) or Mary Marsella (mmarsella14@gmail.com).

A Letter from Fr. John P. McGarry, S.J.
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Katelyn Emerson – Organist Concert at St. Mary’s Cathedral
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April 18  |  7:00 pm

Katelyn Emerson, organist, will perform works by Bach, Mozart, Rheinberger, Alain, Langlais, and Dupre  at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St. (at Geary), San Francisco. Ticketed reception to follow.

Admission $10-25  (SFAGO members free).  Co-sponsored by the San Francisco Chapter AGO.

For more information call 415.567.2020 ext 213.

Ira Stein – Pianist/Composer Performance
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April 28  |  8:00 pm

Pianist and Composer Ira Stein is bringing his trio back for a concert on April 28, 8 p.m., at St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton.

The trio of piano, cello, and soprano saxophone, an unusual combination of instruments, play a unique style of music, blending Bach improvisations with original compositions.

Tickets are available at the door only; $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors.

A portion of proceeds will be donated to Catholic Charities of the East Bay.

For information, please visit www.catholicsofpleasanton.org.

Rice Bowls
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Rice Bowls are being collected.  Please place your bowls in the collection plate.

If you didn’t bring your Rice Bowl today, please bring to Sunday mass.

We thank you for the Lenten sacrifices you made to help those in need.

Saint Mary’s College High School  – Summer Programs
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June 18 – July 14

Saint Mary’s College High School, Berkeley, will offer summer sports and academic programs for grades 6 to 9 from June 18 through July 14.

Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, Flag Football, and Strength & Conditioning, as well as Math and English enrichment (grades 6, 7, and 8 only) are offered.

Registration is now open on the Summer School link on Saint Mary’s web site at www.saintmaryschs.org.

Summer Studies at Catholic Theological Union
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Summer Institute participants have the opportunity to study with CTU’s renowned faculty on campus in Chicago or online.

With accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), CTU offers the highest quality theological preparation and formation for people of varying needs and interests.

Courses may be audited, taken for Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or taken for credit after a short admissions process.

For class descriptions and more information, visit ctu.edu/summer2018

or contact Sallie Latkovich, CSJ, at 773.371.5436 or slatkovich@ctu.edu.

Sunday Collections
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Easter Sunday
April 8, 2018 — $7,023.00

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS
AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU

WINGS (Women in God’s Spirit)!
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Wednesdays  | 9:15 am – 11:15 am

WINGS (Women in God’s Spirit)! – Winter season devoted to the study and sharing of Scripture.

WINGS is a faith enhancement group for women: it encourages spiritual growth through prayer, Scripture study, catechesis, life sharing and community.

We gather on Wednesdays in St. Theresa Event Center (4850 Clarewood Dr., Oakland), meeting room 1 at 9:15 am with hospitality followed by the guest speaker and program until 11:15 am. Our guest speaker presentations will uplift you and keep you informed.

You’ll experience a welcoming community as we support each other in our spiritual growth. Bring a friend! Women from local parishes and other denominations are welcome.

Our theme for 2018 is Gather Your People.

For more information contact Marilynne Homitz at mlhomitz@comcast.net.

Ministries

Baptisms
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Baptisms are on the first weekend of each month, except during Advent and Lent.

Our Baptism Coordinator is Nikki Walker.

Please call Nikki at 510 . 277 . 2088.

Bible Study
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Wednesdays  |  7:00 to 8:30

Our Bible Study group meets every Wednesday evening at 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Parish Hall.

For further information, contact Henrietta Hartshorn at 510 . 703. 2757.

Blessing Bags
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Our Blessing Bag Project has been thriving and serving homeless people for almost two years. Please help us continue this important ministry by making donations for our Blessing Bags.

1. We are in need of travel size deodorants and shampoo for our next distribution.

2. Please do not bring in foods that are quickly perishable or need to be cooked!!! Most of the people living in tents do not have cooking facilities or even a
way to boil water!!! Please donate only ready to eat foods that are packaged to last for a few weeks or months only!!! We URGENTLY need protein snacks,
such as: tuna or chicken salad with cracker snack packs, Vienna sausage, Jerky, etc. and healthy snack bars.

3. Volunteers are needed to assist with distributing the Blessing Bags, beginning again in October (date to be announced).

4. For further information, contact Sr. Dottie Peterson.

Many thanks to the Parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes for caring and giving!

Homebound Ministry
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If you would like to spend time each week visiting someone who is homebound or confined to a retirement facility, please contact:

Conor O’Reilly at 424 . 226 . 6676.

Hospitality – Volunteers Needed
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First and Third Sundays of each month

Join us for Hospitality on the first and third weekends of the month in the Parish Hall after the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses.

We need volunteers to help us set up and plate food before and during the 9 am mass: 8:30-9:50 am. This is our most crucial time.

If a good number of you can help us once a month or once every 6 weeks during that time, the need would be met. Please reach out to Claire OReilly (oreilly.claire@gmail.com) or Mary Marsella (mmarsella14@gmail.com).

Becoming a Lector
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Would you like to become a Lector at Our Lady of Lourdes?

If you are interested in the Ministry of the Word, and are considering becoming a reader during the celebration of the mass.

Please call Maria for more details at 510 . 451 . 1790.

Care For Creation  – Earth Day, April 22
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Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan (which happens to be this month,) it is a requirement of our faith.

We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.

Caring for creation and caring for the poor have been a part of the Catholic story since the beginning, but in recent years St. John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and especially Pope Francis have added a sense of urgency to their call for Catholics to act on climate change.

Already, climate change is harming vulnerable people throughout the U.S. and around the world.  Join us in calling for justice for our common home, Earth.

Music Director’s Corner
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Sundays | 10:15 am

Some of you may have noticed that we are singing new versions of the Kyrie, Glory to God, Holy, Holy, Memorial Acclamation, and Amen!

These Mass parts were written as a gift from our very own pianist/organist, Martin McGinn.

Marty has entitled the Mass “The Mass of Hospitality” and has dedicated it to Father Seamus. For those of you that knew Father Seamus, hospitality was a central core of his spirituality.

We invite all parishioners to attend rehearsals to join us on Sundays at 10:15 am before the 11:00 am Mass and sing!

No commitment required!

Youth

Faith Formation
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Our Religious Education program for Children in Grades K-1, Grades 2-4 and Grades 5-8 has begun.

Classes take place on Sundays.  We are still accepting registrations for all classes.

Contact Keith Maczkiewicz, S.J. at lourdesfaithformation@gmail.com or see him after Sunday Masses in the school building.

Confirmation
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Four teens are preparing for Confirmation in May.

They meet weekly with Ms. Catherine Holcombe and today have an extended day of prayer and service.

Keep them in your prayers as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in May at the Cathedral with Bishop Barber!

First Reconciliation
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Six students have completed their preparation to participate in First Reconciliation, which they did in a facilitated conversation style, alongside their parents.

They are memorizing the Act of Contrition after getting more familiar with the rite. Pray for these young children as they prepare to celebrate the sacrament.

Religious Education Classes For Children
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Religious Education Classes available at Our Lady of Lourdes. For more information please call (510) 451-1790.

Saint Mary’s College High School  – Summer Programs
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June 18 – July 14

Saint Mary’s College High School, Berkeley, will offer summer sports and academic programs for grades 6 to 9 from June 18 through July 14.

Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, Flag Football, and Strength & Conditioning, as well as Math and English enrichment (grades 6, 7, and 8 only) are offered.

Registration is now open on the Summer School link on Saint Mary’s web site at www.saintmaryschs.org.

Young Adults

Calling All Young Adults (20’s and 30’s)
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Do you want the Church to be more relevant to your life?
Are you Interested in meeting Catholics your own age?
Are you interested in growing spiritually?

Our Lady of Lourdes is the parish for you. This year we have begun a special outreach to your age group with the hopes of providing you a community that positively effects your life.

The Young Adult Group meets regularly with opportunities for you to connect socially, spiritually and get involved with service projects that make a difference.

If you are interested contact Justin Hu-Nguyen at justvnguyen@gmail.com

Seniors

Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality
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This a unique program that engages women and men over age 50 who have a desire to serve those most marginalized in our communities while deepening their spiritual development.

It is an endorsed work of the California Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) that strives to balance the call to act for justice with the desire to come closer to our living God. Our 10-month program is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and operates from September-June each year.

To learn more about our unique program contact:

Marco Matute: marco@SaintAgnesSF.com  | 415-487-8560 ext.224
Paul Loh | 510-384-4576

www.IgnatianSpiritualLifeCenter.org

Ancillary

The Catholic Voice
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As a registered parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Church you should be receiving your own copy of the Catholic Voice.

If You are not receiving your copy, please contact the parish office at 510 . 451 . 1790.

To help defray the parish assessment for the cost of the subscription, your donation of $20.00 (Twenty Dollars) each year will be very much appreciated.

Retreats

The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos
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April 20 – 22
Women’s Weekend of Renewal  – Ms. Mary Abinante and Ms. Cynthia Robertson

April 20 – 22
Discipleship and Spiritual Growth – Fr. Kevin Leidich, S.J.

April 27 – 29
A Faith that Does Justice – Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J.

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300 Manresa Way, Los Altos, CA 94022  |   650-917-4000  |   www.jrclosaltos.org.

San Damiano Retreat Center – Upcoming Programs
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Tuesdays April 3 – 24
“Remembering the Biblical Women at Easter” with Jan Stegner

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For more information, contact  Kateri Kautai  925-837-9141, ext. 315  |   katerik@sandamiano.org. or  SanDamiano.org

Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) weekend
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May 18th – 20th

“The kingdom of God is at hand.” As we begin Lent, let us try to bring the kingdom of God to our marriages by participating in a Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) weekend held at San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville on May 18-20th.

Space is VERY limited! Early registration is highly recommended.

For more information contact Ray & Roberta @ 916.806.4601 or Joe & Sue @ 925.680.7767 now or go to oaklandwwme.org

Our Sponsors

Bulletin Benefactors

Bernard & Phyllis Ayanrouh        Dianne & Marsha Bonner        David & Sonya Simril

Henry & Margaret Clement         Shirley Yee