Weekly Bulletin



Bake Sale – Music Ministry
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Saturday/Sunday – August 17 & 18  |  Parish Hall

The week-end of August 17/18 is set aside for a Bake Sale to financially support the Music Ministry.

Why not show your appreciation for the wonderful music and Liturgy Lourdes consistently offers by donating your favorite home-baked goods to sell?

To volunteer, please contact Conor and Claire O’Reilly (oreilly.claire@gmail.com>.

Eucharist Baking Team – Calling All Bakers!
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Saturday/Sunday – July 28   |  12:30 – 2:30 pm  |  Parish Hall

The Eucharistic Baking team will have an afternoon of reflection and skill-building in the Parish Hall.

New bakers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to this hands-on ministry that connects us with the Lourdes community.  The baking commitment is approximately every six weeks.

Easy-to-follow recipe and training provided.

Contact Jennifer Pigza with questions and to RSVP:  jennifer.pigza@gmail.com  |  510-326-9797.

Catering of Champions Fundraiser – SVdP Kitchen Program
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Saturday – July 20 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm  |  Parish Hall

Join us for a gourmet sit-down dinner to help kick-start the new program under St. Vincent de Paul’s Kitchen of Champions.

The dinner will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall.  Cost is $25.00 per person.

RSVP to 510. 593.6381

St Vincent de Paul Night Shelter – Volunteers Needed
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Sunday – Saturday  |  Set-Up 4:30  |  2272 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

The Night Shelter is now operating year round rather than just wintertime.  Set-up begins at 4:30 pm –  seven days a week, followed by meal service.

A couple of hours will help. Bring a friend!  Bring the family!  Children 14 and older with adult are welcome.   Visit the WEBSITE

For more information contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Katy Troy  Ktroy@svdp-alameda.org
or Our Lady of Lourdes Conference members, Conor and Claire O’Reilly oreilly.claire@gmail.com

Summer “Commuter Choir”
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Sundays July – August 18  | 10:15 am 

Do you like to sing and have considered joining the choir, but feel like your busy schedule is keeping you from making the commitment?  We have a solution!

We invite all interested folks who like to sing and pray to try the Summer Choir!  Join us on Sundays from July 14th– August 18th at 10:15 before the 11:00 am Mass for a quick rehearsal and sing!  No commitment required!

Sunday Collections
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At time of Printing, church Offering and 2nd Collection

was not available but will be provided in next week’s bulletin.


Welcome to Visitors and New Members
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If you would like to become a member of Our Lady of Lourdes parish, we welcome you!

Simply register on our Registration page or fill out a blue card that is located in the vestibule.

Put the completed card in the collection basket or give to an Usher.

What About Race? Part II
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Sunday, July 21   |  after 11:00 am Mass  |  Parish Hall

The Social Justice/Cultural Outreach Committee is offering a follow-up to the racial justice program held last spring.  This was a dynamic program initiating a conversation that we as a diverse parish must continue.

Everyone is invited to come on July 21 after the 11:00 AM mass in the Parish Hall.

Next weekend there will be sign-up sheets in the vestibule to enable us to determine the number of attendees and gather requests for specific topics.


Children’s Liturgy of the Word on Summer Break
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We are grateful to all of our volunteers and catechists who have led and assisted with the Children’s Liturgy of the Word this year.

We will resume this program after Labor Day. We always need new volunteers! If you are interested in being on the schedule to lead Children’s Liturgy once/month, please email lourdesleadership@gmail.com.

All training and materials are provided.

In Memory
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Fr. James V. Matthews
Peter Chang
Shirley Jackson
Irving & Claire Graves
Fr. Seamus D. Genovese
Kathleen Genovese
Peter Chang
Richard Berger
George AquinoPhilip E. Bollinger
Mario Butzner, Sr.
Ronald Dobbins
Samuel Mbugua Gatheru
Aileen Hallissy
Allie Holley
Franz-Josef & Inge Kennworts
Queenie Law Kwan
Eloise Lahoodie
Carlos & Pureza Lucian
Harry & Suzanne Matsinger
Annemarie Hirsh
Michael Robert Parket
Maria Pascua
Marie Sliwinski
J.D. Smith, Jr.
Fernando S. & Virginia Vidal
Mrs. Luella Yorke

Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angel.  – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Incense at Our Lady of Lourdes
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Many of the world’s great religious traditions burn incense as part of their prayer and worship.  In Christianity (both the Eastern and Western branches), Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism, incense symbolizes the community’s devotion and the people’s prayers rising up to God.

Incense also reminds us of the presence of the Holy.

When we incense a statue, a book, a candle, the altar, the bread and wine, or the gathered assembly, we are reminded that each of these is holy, and can, therefore, lead us toward greater holiness:  a greater union with the One who alone is Holy.

Here at OLL, we are debuting a new “hypo-allergenic” type of incense called “Damascus Rose.”  It has been formulated to be more tolerable for those with sensitivities to other varieties of incense.

See (and smell!) what you think, and let us know!

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.

Neighborhood Safety Alert
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We would like to alert you to the fact that there have been two burglaries in front of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in recent weeks.  One person had her purse taken and the second person had her telephone snatched.   These crimes occurred when the person was standing in front of the church, near the stairs, alone and took place midday during the week.

As we know, Summer is quickly approaching and with better weather, crime in the area will increase.  So we are advising you to:

  1. “Be Aware of Your Surroundings” when  you are in front of the church and hold  your items securely.
  2. Don’t use your cell phone unless you  need to.
  3. Don’t stand alone on the stairs. If you are waiting for someone to pick you up, stand away from the street/sidewalk and closer to the court yard.

The church has recently installed exterior cameras to assist with security.    If you experience a problem, notice something unusual or have questions, please let an Usher know or contact Gwen in the church office on 510-451-1790.

Prayer Requests
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Lillian Shannon, Bertha G. Rosas, Patricia Phillips, Hilda Lee, Augustine Lovell, Brad Butler, Mary Low, 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, Kitty Nemechek, Arthur Alfaro, Myron Turn, Linda Adarkwa, Fr. John Kemper , 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, Mario Butzner, Algonda Noia

Volunteers Needed – Ushers & Communication Team
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If you are interested in serving as an Usher or joining our Communications Team we need you!

Please give your name and contact information to one of our Users or contact the church office: 510.451.1790 or the online Contact Form


The  Acolyte
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Acolytes, also known as altar servers, or simply servers, assist the presider and/or deacon during the liturgy.

They hold the Roman Missal (or other book), prepare the table, place the vessels, and offer any other assistance needed to ensure that the Liturgy runs smoothly.

They may also carry the cross, candles, incense, or other items in procession.  Acolytes wear albs or another appropriate vesture to indicate that they are exercising their baptismal calling.

Acolytes may be men or women, adults or teens, and, ideally, they are fully initiated Catholics.  They must be reverent, responsible, collaborative, and able to adjust to the unexpected.

Consider serving our community as an acolyte!  Sign up at the Parish Life Fair or email lourdesleadership@gmail.com.

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Baptisms are on the first weekend of each month.

Nikki Walker is our baptism training coordinator and will provide classes on the second Saturday of the month.

Please call the Parish Office on 510-451-1790 in order to schedule and prepare for your child’s Baptism.

Bible Study
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Wednesdays  |  7:00 to 8:30  |  Parish Hall

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 since 2014. 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 at 510-834-4080 or at peterson.dorothy@gmail.com

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

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.

Homebound Ministry
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Do you know someone who is homebound or confined to a retirement facility and would like to be visited?

Would you like to spend time each week visiting someone who is homebound?

If so, please contact Conor O’Reilly at 424-226-6676.

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First and Third Sundays of each month

Hospitality Ministry is on summer break.

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 at 510.451.1790 for more details .

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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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

Young Adult Group – Scripture Study
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Come and join the Young Adult group each week after the 11:00 am mass in the Parish Library for a scripture study.

We will be reflecting on the gospel reading for that week.  Our group gathers run from about 12:30 – 2:00 pm, but feel free to come when you can:)

All from the ages of 21-40(ish) are welcome to join!

Please contact lourdesyoungadult@gmail.com or see Mary Reilly or Elizabeth Dausch for more information!


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



Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Center for Education & Spirituality
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For more info on these programs, call 510-933-6360

43326 Mission Circle (entrance off Mission Tierra) Fremont,

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

St Vincent de Paul Night Shelter – Volunteers Needed
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Sunday – Saturday  |  Set-Up 4:30  |  2272 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

The Night Shelter is now operating year round rather than just wintertime.  Set-up begins at 4:30 pm –  seven days a week, followed by meal service.

A couple of hours will help. Bring a friend!  Bring the family!  Children 14 and older with adult are welcome.   Visit the WEBSITE

For more information contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Katy Troy  Ktroy@svdp-alameda.org
or Our Lady of Lourdes Conference members, Conor and Claire O’Reilly oreilly.claire@gmail.com

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 – Women in God’s Spirit
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WINGS is on break for the summer and will resume on October 19, 2019

Giving | Finances

Bishop’s Appeal 2019
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If you have not made your donation to the Bishop’s Appeal yet, you may do so today and place your check in the collection basket.

You will find envelopes in the pews. 

Please be as generous as you can so we can reach our Goal of $16,200.00. 

Catholic Charities of the East Bay
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Catholic Charities of the East Bay helps people in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties who are struggling with poverty and other complex issues.

To learn more about this work and how you can get involved, please join a Transforming Lives Tour.

You’ll learn about our work:

•    Preventing homelessness
•    Helping young people stay in school, despite pervasive community violence
•    Crisis counseling and family support for victims of crime
•    Immigration legal services and refugee resettlement

To register, please visit http://www.cceb.org/get-involved/transforming-lives-tour/

For more information, contact Stephan Pippen at spippen@cceb.org or 510.768.3133.

Our Lady of Lourdes 2019 Budget
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Dearest Parishioners,

It gives us great honor to present to you the 2019 Budget for Our Lady of Lourdes. You will find below a detailed summary of this year’s budget. We would like to highlight a few notable areas of interest.

We have calculated the total income to be $447,154.01. The top three contributors to the parish income are sacramental services – 4% of income, bank interest & church gifts – 5% of income, and plate collections – 84%. We thank you all for your gifts and the sacrifices that you have made for the betterment of our parish!

We have calculated the total expenses to be $577,367.15, a difference of $130,213.14 from the total income. For insight into this difference, the top three contributors are music liturgy – 15% of expenses, admin, faith formation, & ministry support – 24% of expenses, and parish property – 24%.

As a finance committee, we are looking at ways to enhance giving and manage the deficit spending. We our looking forward to welcoming a new tenant to occupy our classroom space, embracing new second collections throughout the year and online giving, as well as organizing a fundraising event for later this year.

We hope you are just as excited as we are about the abundant blessings that have been bestowed upon us at Lourdes. Thank you for allowing us to serve as financial stewards of the parish’s finances. Feel free to reach out to any of the Finance committee members should you have any questions.

Peace and Blessings!

Parish Finance Committee

Fr. Bich Nguyen, Phillip Bollinger, Princess K. Allen and James Sim


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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July 22 – 27: Becoming a Mystic in Today’s World, five-day silent contemplative retreat with Sr. Celeste Crine, OSF and Fr. Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM

July 27: Christian Meditation Day with Donna Lack, Claire La Scola and June Pangelinan

Mondays in July | 10 am to noon |  Children’s Book Readings with Jan Stegner.

Register at www.sandamiano.org or call 925.837.9141, ext. 315.

Bulletin Benefactors

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

Henry & Margaret Clement         Shirley Yee

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