NEWS & EVENTS
The Disciple Maker Index Survey is Opened this Week! Please Read and Help!
It’s official! The Disciple Maker Index Survey opens this week and we need your help!
Available online and on paper.
Please help us participate by completing a 10-15 minute survey as soon as possible. Click here...
You can obtain a paper copy in the Parish Office or by contacting Kelly Hodgins at (510) 352-1537 ext 111. We are asking for 100% participation.
The survey will only be available from October 14th thru October 22nd and will ask you to reflect on your own spiritual growth and enable you to provide feedback on our parish’s efforts to help you grow. All responses will be confidential and the parish will only receive information about the community as whole.
We are trying to get the highest response rate possible. This information will be invaluable to Father John and our various ministries as we plan for the future and strive to be the best disciples we can be. We will receive the results this spring/summer at which time we will share what we have learned with the entire parish.
Thank you for helping with this important project!
Fr. Chris Farewell Reception
October 10 at 1:00pm
Reception will be held after the 12:00pm Mass hosted by the Parish Pastoral Council in Jean Schroeder Plaza.
We invite you to join us as it is the best time to show our gratitude and to celebrate his selflessness and generosity.
Fr. Chris will be at all masses the weekend of 9th & 10th, so you will be able to let him know in person how much you have appreciated his time in our parish. We pray that we will make a point of attending this very special occasion and fellowship. We owe it to the man who has served our church faithfully for so long. Feel free to bring a card or gift as sentiment of your appreciation to Fr. Chris’ service. He will be thrilled to know how much he is appreciated.
Thank You Fr. Chris, You will be Missed!
Fr. Chris has graciously and selflessly served our parish community for 16 long years. He has done many things to help members of our parish and school to know God and be closer to Him. He has visited the sick, brought comfort to families in need, celebrated and administered the sacraments to us and our loved ones. We will truly miss him.
Fr. Chris will be going to a new assignment at St. John Vianney in Walnut Creek, effective October 1st. Fr. William, pastor at St. John Vianney, is happy to welcome him back to his former “home.” Apart from his parish duties, Fr. Chris will also be ministering at John Muir Hospital. There are many services he has done for our community. Some got noticed, while most of it went unnoticed and unappreciated. Colossians 3:17 says, “And in whatever we you do, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks for God the Father through him.” This has been the quiet work of Fr. Chris that we will recognize and remember.
join the Parish-wide Survey
Church of the Assumption will be participating in a parish survey about discipleship conducted by the Catholic Leadership Institute! We need your help! Please help us by participating in a 10-15 minute survey online. The survey can be accessed through an online link from 10/14 - 11/22 and will ask you to reflect on your own spiritual growth and enable you to provide feedback on our parish’s efforts to help you grow. All responses will be confidential, and the parish will only receive information about the community as whole. We will share the link with you a bit closer to the launch of the survey. We are trying to get the highest response rate possible. This information will be invaluable to Fr. John and our various teams and ministries as we plan for the future and strive to be the best disciples we can be.
Introducing Our New Online Giving
We are pleased to announce our new and improved online giving page! Vanco, our eGiving provider, has updated their online giving platform to make it easier than ever to make one-time gifts or set up recurring donations to our church. The new page is live on the parish website. Nothing about our online giving has changed except the look of the page. You can adjust existing donations, set up new gifts and update personal information from the new Vanco Online.
October is Rosary Month - 31 day Rosary Challenge
We invite you to pray the Most Holy Rosary for the entire month of October. We have added a special 6:30pm time to come together to pray as a family. Come join us at church at 6:30pm every evening, or immediately after the 8:15am morning mass, or in your own special quiet place.
We encourage everyone to join the challenge. Let's follow the Blessed Mother's wishes to pray the Rosary.
Mary's love for us and our love for her is all about God. The month of October that love is focused on the Holy Rosary. Through the Holy Rosary, we meditate on God’s Word. The Gospel becomes imbedded in our hearts, and Mary holds our hand to Jesus Christ. May we grow in our respect for the gift and Gospel of Life and during this month pray together the family rosary.
FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTIONS AND MASS
Be a part of our First Friday Devotions, October 1st, at 6:00pm. Eucharistic Adoration, Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Divine Mercy Chaplet followed by Mass at 7:00pm.
Eucharistic Adoration is also following 8:15am Mass until 12:00pm on every Friday morning.
Check out our First Friday Devotions Booklet for the novena and pray with us: click here...
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi - Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 3rd
2:00-2:30pm Mary Seese Plaza
Monday, October 4th
3:30-4:30 School Campus near Schroeder Terrace
Bingo, Brats and Beer
Outdoors October 23 at 5:30pm Fun for all ages! $15. per person for dinner - kids under 5 years free
Dinner and Dessert Served Green salad, brats and sauerkraut, rolls and German potato salad. No-host bar featuring beer, wine and a signature cocktail. Bingo Games Galore plenty of chances for the whole family to win gift cards and prizes.
This is a fundraiser for the Faith Formation Programs. Come join the fun. Limited Outdoor Seating -- purchase your tickets now! Pre-order on line...
Registration for Faith Formation 2021/2022
(Kindergarten age and above)
Registration for Faith Formation programs is now open at Church of Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary for Fall 2021! This Fall, we will offer programs for Elementary, Middle School, High School and Adults. Registration deadline is September 16th.
Classes begin on September 19th.
Register online through the parish website. Any questions, please call the office at 510-352-1537 or email Mary Schirmer
Baptism — Please contact Fr. John
Reconciliation and Eucharist — Students preparing for First Eucharist need to have two years of preparation. Register...
Confirmation — Confirmation students must be at least 15 or a sophomore in high school. Register...
Matrimony — Please contact Fr.John.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) — Contact Jim Brady
Ministry center clean up
On Sunday, September 12th from 11am until 1pm we will be having a Ministry Center Clean Up.
Come join us & roll up your sleeves as we clean up our Center in preparation for Faith Formation Classes. We will provide supplies and best of all – refreshments and pizza! All you have to bring is some friends and a smile! We will have a blast and it is a really good chance to connect with our Assumption community!
Many Hands Make Light Work.
Weekday School Mass Starting September 1st
School Mass will be held in person every Wednesday at 8:15 AM. Family and friends are always welcome.
Join us every First Friday of the Month for Eucharistic Adoration
Starting next Friday, September 3rd, following 8:15am Mass until 12:00pm and at 6:00pm followed by the First Friday Mass at 7:00pm.
Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament takes place every Friday immediately following morning mass.. It is especially powerful to adore Jesus in the Eucharist. In the presence of the Eucharist, we pray to the power and sacrifice that it represents — the body of Jesus, who gave His life so that we may live. We can show our adoration to God in many ways, but in Eucharistic Adoration, we spend time adoring the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
Join us September 3rd at 6:00pm for Eucharistic Adoration followed by the First Friday Mass at 7:00pm.
Read more on 5 Things Catholics Should Know About First Friday: First Friday Adoration and Mass at Assumption...
School Festival September 18th & 19th
Let's come together and celebrate! Join Us at This Year's Festival! Dinner and a Movie Night! Together We Rise! Together We Soar!
Join Us for Dinner, Music & Games - No Reservation Required & Stay for the Movie!. Movie Reservations Required. more details...
Welcome Back to School!
As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, we reflect on the many challenges Assumption School has faced together over the past 18 months. We express our appreciation to staff, students, and families for their devotion to Catholic education and share their excitement for the new school year. A full opening of the school year started Tuesday August 24, with in person learning for all students. After a busy summer preparing, Lana Rocheford and her team, are excited in welcoming the students back. They are committed to having their teachers and students in a safe and supportive environment to enhance their academic, social, emotional, and spiritual development.
On behalf of the Assumption Community, we bless our teachers, school administrators, school support staff, friends, and classmates. Whether or not you have a child or grandchild in school, we invite all to join us in offering this wonderful prayer. It is from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Prayer to Begin a School Year
God of wisdom and might, we praise you for the wonder of our being, for mind, body and spirit. Be with our children as they begin a new school year. Bless them and their teachers and staff. Give the strength and grace as their bodies grow; wisdom and knowledge to their minds as they search for understanding; and peace and zeal to their hearts. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 6 - 13, 7:00pm - 7:30pm Blessed Sacrament Adoration,
Novena & Rosary
Saturday, August 14: Eve of Solemnity of the Assumption
8:15 am Morning Mass
10:00am-12:00pm MARY CAMP for Kids (4 and Up) Register
3:00pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
3:50pm Rosary & Novena
4:30pm Vigil Mass & Offering of Flowers to BVM Statue
Sunday, August 15 Solemnity of the Assumption
8:00am Mass - Followed by Feast Day Donuts Mary Seese Plaza
10:00am Mass Followed by Feast Day Donuts Mary Seese Plaza
12:00pm Solemn Mass Livestreamed
1:00pm "Assumption Family Day" Outdoor Fun, Food & Faire
To Pre-order food https://church-of-the-assumption.square.site/
Pray the Rosary
We invite you to join us as we gather to pray the Rosary together.
Monday thru Saturday Church of The Assumption Of The Blessed Virgin Mary Parishioners pray the Rosary immediately after the 8:15am morning mass. If you have a special intention, you wish us to pray for, please contact Father John Carillo by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at (510) 352-1537.
Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
Every first Saturday of the month after the 8:15am Mass beginning July 3rd, the priests will be administering the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. The Anointing of the Sick is not just a sacrament for those who are at the point of death. This sacrament is primarily intended for Catholics who are sick, those who are suffering from serious or chronic illness or facing life-threatening situations (like major surgery or a serious medical emergency), as well as those who may be struggling with the infirmities of age.
If you are homebound or scheduled to go to the hospital for surgery or extended care, please contact the Parish Office at 510-352-1537 to arrange with the priest for the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.
Drive-thru communion comes to an end
This Sunday, July 3rd, will be the last day of Drive-Thru Communion. Big thanks to all the volunteers who gave their time every Sunday performing parking lot duty, greeting, and their assistance to Father John and Father Chris.
Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament takes place every Wednesday from 8:45-9:45 immediately following morning mass. It is especially powerful to adore Jesus in the Eucharist. In the presence of the Eucharist, we pray to the power and sacrifice that it represents — the body of Jesus, who gave His life so that we may live.
“The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven and will help bring about everlasting peace on earth.” St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Save the Date
August 15th is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Details of the Assumption Community Celebration will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
FORMED Pick of the Week:
"The Bible and the Virgin Mary"
How much do you know about Mary's Assumption?
Celebrate Mary's Assumption into heaven with this beautiful and engaging episode.
CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION GIVES A WARM WELCOME TO FATHER JOHN CARILLO
Fr. John was born and raised in the province of Aklan, Philippines, the middle child of five (two older sisters and two younger brothers). He entered the seminary in Aklan at 12 years old studied there for eight years. In 2010, Fr. John came to the United States to complete his theological studies at St. Patrick’s Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 13, 2016 on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. He spent three years as associate pastor at St. Joseph Basilica in Alameda and the last two years as Parochial Vicar at Holy Spirit in Fremont.
Blessing for Father John Carillo, our new Parochial Administrator
Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of Fr. John. Through our priests, we experience your presence in the sacraments. Help him to be strong in his vocation. Set his soul on fire with love for your people. Grant him the wisdom, understanding, and strength he needs to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Inspire him with the vision of your Kingdom. Give him the words he needs to spread the Gospel. Allow him to experience joy in his ministry. Help him to become an instrument of your divine grace. We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest. Amen.
NEW SUPERINTENDENT APPOINTED
Dr. Andrew Currier appointed superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Oakland
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, has appointed a longtime Catholic educator as superintendent of diocesan schools. Dr. Andrew T. Currier, currently president of Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco, will begin work as superintendent on July 1.
Currier holds a doctorate in philosophy from The Catholic University of America and a master’s degree in education from the University of Notre Dame. Currier has served for 19 years in Catholic education with over 13 years in Catholic school leadership, including in Florida, the Washington, D.C. area and Indiana, in addition to being president of Riordan since 2017.
"I am impressed with Dr. Currier’s record at Riordan High School — which has grown and expanded under his leadership,” Bishop Barber said. “We are fortunate to have found a very capable new superintendent who shares my vision for improving the Catholic identity of our schools, and who is open to new models required for the survival of Catholic education in this 21st century.”
During Currier’s tenure as Riordan’s president he supported enrollment expansion, athletics facilities upgrades, and focused on Catholic identity and programming.
Currier has also served as principal at other Catholic schools which underwent transitions, and has served in the superintendent’s office for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. He has fluency in Spanish and French, and is a member of the Order of Malta, which provides medical care to the needy in the Bay Area. He also volunteers at his parish, Notre Dame des Victoires in San Francisco, and for the Order of Malta in the Bay Area.
“I am grateful to Bishop Barber for the gracious invitation to serve the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Oakland,” Currier said. “Bishop Barber's vision for missionary discipleship, transcendent Mass experiences for students, with teaching and learning imbued and animated by the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, is inspiring and absolutely necessary for successful Catholic schools. I really look forward to partnering with pastors and school leaders on finding new ways to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with our students and promoting the good work being accomplished in the Diocese of Oakland.” The Diocese of Oakland’s school system serves 48 Catholic schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. There are 39 elementary/middle schools, including six in the Lumen Christi Academies, and nine high schools. Every year more than 700 students receive need-based tuition grants through the FACE (Family Aid – Catholic Education) initiative.
Photo by Bowerbird Photography
LETTER FROM THE BISHOP
The Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, S.J. issues a letter on the recent rise of gun violence.
WELCOME TO FORMED.ORG
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GIFT CARD PROGRAM
Donations of Gift Cards from Target, Lucky, Safeway, Pack N Save, Grocery Outlet and Walmart for our food insecure, our homeless and our neighbors.
Please send or drop off donations to:
Church of the Assumption 1100 Fulton Ave Attn: Martha Zeyen - SVDP
For more information contact: Nancy Pretto: email@example.com
Non-perishable food donations requested. Cash donations also accepted. Please contact Nancy Pretto via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DONATION DROP-OFFS: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Please bring donations to the history room at Assumption Church. There will be a box labeled St. Vincent de Paul for your donations.
Fraternity and social friendship are the ways the Pontiff indicates to build a better, more just and peaceful world, with the contribution of all: people and institutions. With an emphatic confirmation of a ‘no’ to war and to globalized indifference.