Announcements 2018-07-21T16:34:44+00:00

Weekly Bulletin


Our Lady of Lourdes Church Office
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Our Lady of Lourdes Church Office will be closed Wednesday, July 18 – Monday, July 23rd.

The church office will re-open at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, July 24th.

Even though the office will be closed, our 8:00 AM Masses will be celebrated during the week.

Children’s Summer Book Series – Free
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This Children’s Summer Book Series will be offered on the Mondays of July from 10 a.m. to noon at San Damiano Retreat Center, 710 Highland Dr., Danville.

For more information, call 925.837.9141, email, or visit

Faith Formation
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Faith Formation classes will begin in September 2018.

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

Feast of St. Ignatius
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Tuesday, July 31  |  5:00  pm

Please join Bishop Michael Barber for Mass on the feast of St. Ignatius at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

St. Ignatius is the founder of the Society of Jesus, a religious order of more than 16,000 members (Jesuits) who include Pope Francis and Bishop Barber.

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  |  Website

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Saturdays: Second Weekend of the Month

Sundays: First and Third Weekend of the Month

All are welcome at the hospitality time  for Saturday Vigil and Sunday Mass.We encourage parishioners to bring things to share at our hospitality table.  When you cannot bring foods to share, please be sure to join us and share YOURSELF!

Mark your calendar – August 11th is the next Saturday hospitality.

Due to summer break, our next Sunday Hospitality will be on September 2nd after the 9:00 am Mass.

If you would like to join the Hospitality team, please reach out to Claire & Conor O’Reilly (

Movie Night
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Saturday, July 28th | 6:30 pm

Mark your calendars and get ready for our first, Our Lady of Lourdes Movie Night.

We will be showing The Visitor in the Parish Hall.  This movie, was in the theaters a few years ago, describes the relationship that develops between a quiet, depressed college professor and the two undocumented immigrants he discovers squatting in his New York apartment.

Movie food and snacks will be on sale.

Parking Lots at Our Lady of Lourdes – Signs, Gates, and Permits
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We have recently installed new parking lot signs in both of our church parking lots.  These signs have been installed in order to provide you more access to the parking lot when you come to worship at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

Parking Permits will be provided to you later this month in order for you to place on your dashboard, when visiting the church.

One request for those who park in the small parking lot on Boden way;  Please Do NOT double park or block other cars.

Effective August 1st – Gate Closures:
The small parking lot gate will close Saturdays at 7:00 pm  |  Sundays the gate will close at 1:00 pm. unless there is hospitality or a church event.  

If you would like to leave your car in the small lot, after mass to enjoy the Lake Merritt area, please park in the large Lakeshore Ave parking lot.

Questions regarding church parking, please call Gwen Eyike in the church office: 510-451-1790

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

St. Barnabas / St. Vincent de Paul Conference Fundraiser
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Friday, August 3, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

St. Barnabas St. Vincent de Paul Conference Friendship Night/Bring a Friend Fundraiser will be held  at St. Barnabas Hall, 1400 Sixth St., Alameda.

‘Enjoy two glasses of wine, soft drinks, a variety of finger foods & company of friends for only $20!

Tickets are available in advance by calling 510.522.8933 ext. 6.

A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door.

SVDP is Collecting Back to School Supplies!
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St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County is collecting new backpacks and school supplies for 250 children to be distributed at our Back to School Open House on Saturday, August 4th.

Backpacks and school supplies are needed by Saturday, July 28th at our Community Center.

Please place your donations in the bins at the back of the church.  Questions?  Contact Claire O’Reilly on 415-525-6517

Sunday Collections
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July 15, 2018

at the time of printing the Offering total was not available



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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 ( or Mary Marsella (

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!


Faith Formation
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Faith Formation classes will begin in September 2018.

If you would like to register your child in our September 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


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:  | 415-487-8560 ext.224
Paul Loh | 510-384-4576


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.


The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos
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300 Manresa Way, Los Altos, CA 94022  |   650-917-4000  |

San Damiano Retreat Center – Upcoming Programs
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July 22-27: “The World Will Be Saved by Beauty” Silent Contemplative Retreat with Fr. Dan Riley, OFM

July 27-29: “The Beatitudes:  Jesus’ 8-Step Program for Happiness” Silent Retreat with Fr. Patrick Foley

July 28:   Christian Meditation Day with Claire LaScola, Donna Lack, and June Pangelinan


For more information, contact  Kateri Kautai  925-837-9141, ext. 315  | or

Our Sponsors

Bulletin Benefactors

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

Henry & Margaret Clement         Shirley Yee