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The Alb
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Since the earliest days of the Church, the white garment has been as a symbol of the baptismal dignity of all Christians.  From the Latin albus, meaning white, the alb represents both the purity of new life in Christ and the call to serve that we first receive at Baptism.

The alb is not a clerical garment.  Wearing an alb is the right of every baptized Christian, most appropriately when exercising ministry.  Here at Lourdes, lay presiders and preachers wear albs when leading weekday communion services.  Acolytes and other ministers may also wear albs.

The alb reminds all of us of the prayer offered at our Baptism:  “See in this white garment the outward sign of your Christian dignity.

With your family and friends to help you by word and example, bring that dignity unstained into the everlasting life of heaven.”

African American Celebration Series
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January 20 – February 17, 2019

The 37th Annual African American Celebration Series will be held at St. Columba Catholic Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave, Oakland.

Our theme this year is “Called to Follow…Called to Worship…Called to Lead.” Come and celebrate with us at one of our liturgies: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. We have an esteemed line-up of speakers:

Dr. Toinette Eugene – PhD in Religion and Society (Jan 19/20)
Fr. Kwame Assenyoh – The Catholic Community of Pleasanton (Jan 26/27)
Dr. C. Vanessa White – Catholic Theological Union (Feb 02/03)
Fr. Bryan Massingale – Fordham University (Feb 09/10)
Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews – Deputy Director at Faith in Action formerly PICO California (Feb 16/17)

We welcome you to share in the M. Roger Holland Experience Gospel Choir workshop Wednesday, Feb. 13 to Friday, Feb. 1, 7:00 – 9:00 pm;

Saturday, Feb. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., followed by lunch in the parish hall;

and the multi-congregation Gospel Choir performance on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 10:30 a.m. Mass.

For more information regarding this celebration, please contact the church office at (510) 654-7600.

Flier

Church Envelopes for 2019
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Church Envelopes for 2019 –   This year, we have ordered 200 boxes.  If you used envelopes in 2018, we will have envelopes for you in 2019.

If you contribute by check, we record your donations even if you don’t have an assigned church envelope.  If you don’t have envelopes and would like them, please call the the parish office so we can assign an envelope number to you.

If you have any questions, you can contact the parish office at 510-451-1790 or send us an email through our website at lourdesoakland.com or send us an email at lourdesoakland@icloud.com.

As always, thank you for your generosity to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.  Every donation you make helps us to pay our expenses and to continue as the wonderful parish we are

Parish Life Fair
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February 2 – 3, 2019

Make plans to join us after all three liturgies the weekend of February 2-3 for our annual Parish Life Fair.

This will be your opportunity to learn about the many wonderful ministries, programs, and groups sponsored by Our Lady of Lourdes and to sign up for what interests you.

More details to come!

Sunday Collections
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 Sunday, January 13, 2019 – $3,933.56

Seminary Second Collection – $556.06

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS
AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU

Ongoing

All Are Welcome
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If you have just recently moved to the Oakland area, visited for awhile, or this is your first time worshiping with Our Lady Of Lourdes, we WELCOME you.

We invite you to call or stop by the church office if your interested in registering as a new member of our Church Community.

You can reach us on 510.451.1790 or on our Contact Page.

Faith Formation Volunteers Needed!
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Are you interested in sharing your faith with young people?  We are looking for more volunteers to lead our faith formation program for children and the Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the 9:00 am Sunday liturgy.

All materials and training are provided!  New volunteers would begin in the second semester (January) and would be able to decide their level of commitment (monthly or semi-monthly).

If you’d like more information about this rewarding and fun ministry, please contact  Adrian and Carrie at lourdesleadership@gmail.com.

Instagram – Follow Us!
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Our Lady of Lourdes is now on Instagram!

Follow us @ladyoflourdesoakland

Mass Intention Requests
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If you would like to request a Mass Intention in 2018 or 2019, please call the church office at 510-451-1790 or send your e-mail request to lourdesoakland@icloud.com.

Our Lady of Lourdes’  St. Vincent de Paul Conference
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As the fiscal year ended on October 31, 2018, Our Lady of Lourdes’ St.  Vincent de Paul Conference provided just over $25,000 in food, rent, utility payments, furniture, or transportation to and from job training to people in Oakland and Berkeley who were in need. Of this 93% was donated by parishioners or conference members and a total of 371 people (adults or children) were helped.

In addition, during 2018 fiscal year,  Our Lady of Lourdes parishioners donated food, clothing, toys, back-to-school supplies and many hours of their time to the Saint Vincent de Paul Direct Service Campus on San Pablo at West Grand.

Prayer Requests
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PLEASE PRAY FOR …the SICK and/or HOMEBOUND in our parish family:

Lillian Shannon, Bertha G. Rosas, Patricia Phillips, Hilda Lee, Augustine Lovell, Brad Butler, Mary Lowe, Marilyn Coffy, Vivian Kogan, Johnny Woods, Christine Cavender, Jeanie Quinn, Myra Cheng, Lucy Tsao, Juanita Reyes, Calvin Lee, Arthur Alfaro, Denise Perry, Myron Turner, Lynne Granander, Bob Walker, Tiffany Avery Smith, Augustine Lovell, Marilyn Coffy, Jeanie Quinn, Arthur Alfaro, Myron Turn, Linda Adarkwa,Marianne Poppas, Judy Kornell, Aiden Forrester, Danny Kershen, Banket Lindberg, Jerry & Patricia Kanerva, Jeanie Colie,  Mehdi Ziana-Paredes, Sr. Dorothy Stelzer,  Cora Jackson, Marilyn Coffy,  Johnny Woods, Jerry Raffo,  Charles Shaw, Algonda Noia,  Chet Yanush, Juanita Reyes,  Cora Jackson, Mario Butzner

RICA – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
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Are you looking into the Catholic faith? If you are, or are interested in receiving the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and/or Confirmation at the 2019 Easter Vigil, the RCIA program will prepare you.

Please join us for this wonderful exploration and faith journey if you’re interested in receiving the sacraments or want to support our catechumens and candidates this year as a sponsor!

If you’re interested in receiving the sacraments or want to support our catechumens and candidates this year as a sponsor please contact Martina Tran at mpq_tran@yahoo.com

Shrines of France Pilgrimge
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Spring 2020

Welcome Pilgrims!

In the season of Easter and spring, 2020, we will set out to France, beginning in Paris and beyond to places of saints whose lives inspire us — St. Therese “The Little Flower,” St. Catherine Laboure, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Bernadette Soubirous, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. John Vianney and most especially Mary, Mother of God, whose healing intercession at Lourdes amazes all who visit.

On our pilgrimage we will visit renowned churches to admire their history and beauty and in a number of them we will celebrate our daily Eucharist. They include Sacre Coeur, Saint-Pierre de Montmartre, Notre Dame, Cathedral of Chartres and the grotto chapel of Lourdes.

The conclusion and high point of our journey will be the Shrine of Lourdes where we will have two full days to participate in the Eucharist, rosary, candlelight procession, opportunity to experience the healing waters of the miraculous Lourdes spring, free time for personal prayer and reflection and the opportunity to explore the town of Lourdes on foot.

It will be a joy for me to share with you this journey, to celebrate daily Eucharist with you and to be inspired by your presence.

Being a pilgrim is sharing a joyful and faith deepening spiritual journey. Join with us!

Camille Tompkins at the Catholic Voice  510.419.1081   or ctompkins@oakdiocese.org

Single Parents
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One of our parishioners is interested in forming a group for Catholic single parents that would meet here at Lourdes for community building, socializing, and spiritual connection.

We are trying to determine the interest level for such a group and, if there is interest, form a steering committee.

If you would like to be part of a Catholic single parents group, please email Carrie and Adrian at lourdesleadership@gmail.com

WINGS Winter Season – Women in God’s Spirit
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WINGS resumes on January 9, 2018, with the 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 the year is Here I Am, Lord. Our Lady of Lourdes’ own Carrie Schroeder is on the program in February.

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

January 9  –  “Approaching Scripture with New Eyes”
Laura Bennett
WINGS Member & Spiritual Director

January 16  _  “Divine Plan vs. Free Will: Can They Co-Exist?”
Lindsay Nivens-Frosini
Art Historian

January 23 –  “The Songs of Miriam, Ruth and Mary”
Robert Cakebread, Director of Music Ministry
St. Theresa Parish

January 30 –  “Faith Through Poetry: John’s Gospel”
Sr. Patricia Bruno, O.P.
Retreat Director

February 6  –  WINGS Outreach Project

February 13 –  “Speaking with God Through Music: Here I Am, Lord”
Dan Schutte
Composer-in-Residence, USF

February 20 –  “Silence Breakers: Woman Zion Joins the #MeToo Movement”
Gina Hens-Piazza, Prof. of Biblical Studies
Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University

February 27 –  “Women of the Old Testament: Guides for our Lenten Journey”
Carrie Schroeder, Director of Faith Formation
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

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!

Bread Baking Ministry
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We are in need of people willing to bake bread for our weekend liturgies following a recipe that is officially approved for Eucharistic bread.

A training class will be offered.  Our goal is to get enough volunteers so that each person would only have to bake about once/month.

Interested?  Please contact Carrie and Adrian at lourdesleadership@gmail.com

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 9:00 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.

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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Faith Formation classes have begun.

If you would like to register your child in our Fall classes, please contact Gwen Eyike in the Church Office on 510-451-1790

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.

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

EMMAUS at The Cathedral of Christ the Light
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Thursdays | 6:00 – 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  |  Website

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.

WINGS Winter Season – Women in God’s Spirit
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WINGS resumes on January 9, 2018, with the 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 the year is Here I Am, Lord. Our Lady of Lourdes’ own Carrie Schroeder is on the program in February.

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

January 9  –  “Approaching Scripture with New Eyes”
Laura Bennett
WINGS Member & Spiritual Director

January 16  _  “Divine Plan vs. Free Will: Can They Co-Exist?”
Lindsay Nivens-Frosini
Art Historian

January 23 –  “The Songs of Miriam, Ruth and Mary”
Robert Cakebread, Director of Music Ministry
St. Theresa Parish

January 30 –  “Faith Through Poetry: John’s Gospel”
Sr. Patricia Bruno, O.P.
Retreat Director

February 6  –  WINGS Outreach Project

February 13 –  “Speaking with God Through Music: Here I Am, Lord”
Dan Schutte
Composer-in-Residence, USF

February 20 –  “Silence Breakers: Woman Zion Joins the #MeToo Movement”
Gina Hens-Piazza, Prof. of Biblical Studies
Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University

February 27 –  “Women of the Old Testament: Guides for our Lenten Journey”
Carrie Schroeder, Director of Faith Formation
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

Retreats

The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos
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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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Jan. 25 – 27: “Can a Franciscan Be Angry? Spiritual Practice & Emotional Range in the Franciscan Tradition,” Darleen Pryds, PhD

Feb. 8: Everyday Mysticism: Teilhard & the Gospels , with Marie Noonan Sabin, PhD

Feb. 8  – 10: Marriage: A Transforming Friendship (Married Couples Retreat) Fr. Rusty Shaughnessy and Karla & Richard Obernesser

Feb. 12 and following second Tuesdays of the month:  Circle of Compassion with Kathy Miranda.

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

Our Sponsors

Bulletin Benefactors

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

Henry & Margaret Clement         Shirley Yee

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