Announcements

A Musical Extravaganza & Grand Finale

Saturday, October 15, 2022   |   4:00 – 6:00 pm

For more information and to sign up via Eventbrite see our JUBILEE page

Calling Those Who Love to Sing to the Lord!

Please consider joining the Lourdes choir!

You will be part of a faith sharing group that prays while singing.  Reading music is not required.

For more information see our MUSIC MINISTRY page

Questions?  Email lourdeschoir@sbcglobal.net

Ongoing

Book Club
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Monthly: Second Friday   |  9:00 am (following Communion Service)  |  Parish Library

Currently discussing: Study Guide to Fr. Richard Rohr’s The Universal Christ.  Book is available Free online at https://cac.org/.

For More information: Come early (8:45 AM) to our next meeting on Friday, December 13th.

Everyone is welcome.   Reading in advance is not necessary.

In Memory
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IN MEMORY

Peter & Paul Chang
Shirley Jackson
Irving & Claire Graves
Fr. Seamus D. Genovese
Kathleen Genovese
Peter Chang
Richard Berger
George Aquino
Philip E. Bollinger
Mario Butzner, Sr.Fr. James V. Matthews
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 please call the church office at 510-451-1790 or send your e-mail request to lourdesoakland@icloud.com.

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

To submit prayer request, call the parish office or submit your request via our Contact page.

If you or someone you know is home bound and wishes to receive Holy Communion, please call Conor O’Reilly at 424-226-6676.

Volunteers Needed
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Our Lady of Lourdes Needs You!

Are you interested in joining a church ministry?

Would you like to support our Faith Formation classes during our 9:00 am Mass and/or Children events?

Would you like to support the church office and assist with answering phones, file or data entry?

Will your schedule allow you to support Our Lady of Lourdes in the area of volunteering?

If so, please call Gwen in the office on 510-451-1790.

Ministries

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.

Baptisms
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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.

Baptism Preparation Information Form

Please click here to be taken to the Baptism form which will be used for the Church Sacramental register files and for the Certificate of 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.

We will begin our next study of “The Gospel According to Luke,” on August 28th.

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
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All classes and programs have begun.

Registration is open for our Children’s Faith Formation 2019/2020 program.

We now have an online Faith Formation registration Form: click here for the form.

This includes faith formation classes for young people in grades 1 through 8, as well as sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion (ages 7-9) and for Confirmation (ages 13 and up).

For detailed information check the web page: Faith Formation

NOTE:  Children’s Liturgy of the Word, held at the 9 am liturgy each week, is open to all children ages 5-10 and does not require registration.

Any questions, contact 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.

Hospitality
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Monthly:  2nd Saturday  |  Monthly: 1st and 3rd Sunday

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!

Please join us.

Saturdays
After the 5:00 pm mass  |  Parish Vestibule

If you would like to join the Saturday Hospitality team, contact Jacqueline or Elena at elenabunnell@sbcglobal.net.

Sundays
After the 9:00 am and 11:00 am masses  |  Parish Vestibule

If you would like to join the Sunday Hospitality team, please reach out to Claire & Conor O’Reilly at oreilly.claire@gmail.com.

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.

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!

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In our ongoing effort to save paper as well as to cut our costs, the weekly song sheet has been simplified and will now be found in the bulletin.  We calculated that this change will save the parish thousands of dollars in printing costs.

As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions as to how we can best support the engagement and worship within our parish.

Lectors
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