Weekly Bulletin


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.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word
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Our Sunday 9:oo am Mass will offer Children’s Liturgy of the Word, for children ages 5-10.

Children are sent from the Church to a classroom to hear the day’s readings in kid-friendly language.

Children return to their parents during the preparation of the gifts.  No sign-up necessary.

If you have questions:
Please contact the church office at 510-451-1790 or email

Day of Remembrance
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Sunday, November 4th |  3:00 pm

A service of prayer, songs, and ritual to remember those in your life you have lost.

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

Faith Formation
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Faith Formation classes began September 23.

Registration forms are located in the Parish Vestibule and office.

If you would like to register your child, please come to the class or contact the Church office: 510-451-1790 or :

Fall Lecture Series on Thomas Aquinas
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The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology is hosting a fall lecture series on Thomas Aquinas in Conversation with Contemporary Culture.

Pastries and coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m.; talks begin at 10:00 a.m. and are followed by a question and answer session.

   Sept. 15: St. Thomas Meets Richard Dawkins– Aquinas on God, Faith and Religion

   Oct. 20: St. Thomas and the Brain in the Vat– Aquinas on the Mind, the Brain, and the Human Person

   Nov. 17:  St. Thomas and Sartre Walk into a French Café–Aquinas on Freedom and the Meaning of Existence

   Dec. 1:  St. Thomas and the Supreme Court– Natural Law, Human Rights, and the Ethics of the Angelic Doctor

The lectures are held at 2301 Vine St., Berkeley. For more information and to register, see

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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!

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

If you would like to join the Saturday Hospitality team, contact Jacqueline or Elena at

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

Movie Night
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Sunday, October 21  |  5:00 pm  |  Parish Hall

Our Lady of Lourdes is having another movie night!  Archbishop Oscar Romero is being canonized on October 14, 2018 and we are going to present Romero — an excellent movie about his courageous battle for the poor in El Salvador, ending in his assassination in 1980.

A MUST see movie!

Plan to join us at 5:00 PM on October 21 in the Parish Hall.

November: Remembering Saints & Souls
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Please join our community in celebrating the Month of the Holy Souls, remembering all those who have gone before us in faith;

Thursday, November 1st, the Solemnity of All Saints and a Holy Day of Obligation:  Masses 8:00 am and 7:00 pm

Friday, November 2nd, the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day):   Mass 8:00 am

Sunday, November 4th:  Day of Remembrance—an interfaith service to celebrate the faithful departed.  Those who made their mark on us, their loved ones, with a service of prayer, ritual, readings, and song at 3:00 pm

Anytime during November:  Please write the names of your beloved dead in our Book of Remembrance, and/or place their photos on the Altar of Remembrance.  To make an offering in honor of your departed loved ones, please use the envelopes provided in the back of the church or in the pews.

Outside Mail Box at OLL
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If you have mail or a small package that you would like to leave for the church office after hours or on weekends, you can leave it in the outside secure mailbox.

Parish Directors of Faith Formation and Ministries Support Team – Our New Staff
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Adrian Fulay and Carrie Schroeder joined Our Lady of Lourdes’ office staff on September 1st.

This husband and wife team are our Parish’s Director of Faith Formation and Ministries Support team.

You can reach them at 510-451-1791 or


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, Nadine Ramsay, Kitty Nemenchek

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

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

Sunday Collections
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October 7, 2018 – $5,563.50

Catholic Voice’s Second Collection – $810.06


Town Hall Meeting – September 16, 2018
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The notes from the Town Hall Meeting are available for everyone to read:  Town Hall Meeting


WINGS  – Women in God’s Spirit
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Wednesdays  |  9:15 am
St. Theresa Event Center  |  Meeting Room One

WINGS is back on October 10, 2018. This 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 One, at 9:15 am from October through May 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 this year is “Here I Am, Lord.” Join us on opening day, October 10th.

For more information, contact Marilynne Homitz at



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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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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