NEWS & EVENTS
Faith Formation Programs have begun. IT IS NOT TO LATE TO SIGN UP!
If you haven’t yet registered there is still time. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity. There is a special Reconciliation and Eucharist Sacrament Class for older children being offered, as well.
Registration for all ages Faith Formation 2022/2023: http://www.assumptionsanleandro.org/faith-formation
We offer programs for Elementary, Middle School (AYSAT), High School and Adults. As children grow, they come to know God in new and exciting ways. Faith Formation Programs here at Church of Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary encourage, instruct, and engage children in the learning process.
This formation process continues throughout adulthood. Our spiritual journey is meant to be lifelong, and we encourage this through RCIA classes, upcoming retreats & discussions.
Register online through the parish website. Any questions, please call the office at 510-352-1537. Feel free to share with friends and neighbors.
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 8:30am 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.
High School Confirmation
Registration for 2022-2023 Confirmation has started. All sophomores who have been baptized and have a desire to be fully initiated into the Catholic community are invited to prepare for and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Juniors and seniors who are not yet confirmed are also welcome to enroll.
While teens in our community attend various high school, Assumptions Confirmation program provides a place for them to come together and to learn, to share, and to build a faith community. Teens who would like to prepare for Confirmation at Assumption participate in an intensive preparation completed in one year shall register now online...
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi: Blessing of the Animals
The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi commemorates the life of St. Francis. This year, our Blessing of the Animals will be held Sunday October 2 at 1:15pm Mary Seese Plaza. Join us for the Blessing of the Animals. Pets must be on a leash, in carriers or cages.
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Finally, after COVID hiatus, Children's Liturgy of the Word returns to Assumption!! Adult Volunteers for the program are always welcomed - - contact the office if interested in assisting.
On Sundays at the 10am Family Mass, before the Scripture readings begin, children ages 4-12 are called forward, and sent with a blessing to the rectory for a Gospel lesson. They hear the same Scriptures that are proclaimed at Mass, but explained on a level that younger children can understand. The children return to their family in church after the Creed, as the Offertory and Liturgy of the Eucharist begins.
The children will have their own special 'My Coins Count' offertory beginning Sunday. We want to help the children connect the giving of money in the “collection” with the gifts that they have in their own lives. We want to teach our children how we offer ourselves and all that we have to God.
An offering to Jesus can be:
• money (perhaps a part of their allowances)
• promise to do your chores at home (give up their time)
• Share their toys
• Be loving toward their parents and family
On a slip of paper the children can write one thing they will offer to Jesus or bring their coins and place in the offertory basket
Never doubt that God can multiply the smallest act of love -John 6:1-15
Our Lady of Guadalupe Ministry Meeting
Join us on Tuesday October 4th at 7:00 pm in the rectory, if you are interested in becoming part of this ministry. Together we can plan for this year's celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe's Feast Day and explore other ways of increasing our faith in our blessed mother. All are welcome! Build your own tostada. Come join in faith and fellowship.
Cursillo Weekend Retreat
Men’s Weekend: October 20-23
Women’s Weekend October 27-30
Is your heart on fire for Christ? Is it filled with the Holy Spirit or like a candle in the wind, flickering and barely alive? If you want to experience what the disciples felt on the day of Pentecost, then give yourself the gift of a Cursillo and light your heart on fire!Making a Cursillo weekend is a great way to deepen your relationship with Christ. A Cursillo weekend is three days long, and its impact can last a lifetime. Endorsed by the Oakland Diocese. Got questions - Contact Jennie
Adult Faith Formation: Study Sessions
Presence - The Mystery of the Eucharist
Thursdays Oct 20, 27, and November 3
We begin our new Adult Faith Formation program entitled “Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist”. This is a visually beautiful and spiritually inspiring exploration of the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. These sessions have been carefully designed to help participants discover the powerful way that God is present to us in the Eucharist, inviting us into an intimate union with himself. We will examine the effects of the sacrament and its setting in the Mass, explore the scriptural foundation of the sacrament, and discover the beauty of Holy Communion and the transformative power of the grace God offers us in this sacrament.
We are offering a 3 week sessions in-person at the rectory:
Thursdays October 20, 27 and Nov. 3 9:30 am to 11 am Morning Sessions
or from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm if you prefer Evening Sessions Study guides will be available for $10 at the first session.
Into the Breach
All men are invited to attend "Into the Breach" on Saturday September 24. This in-person retreat will be held starting at 9am in the small hall. Open your minds and hearts to Him, the Savior who strengthens you to step into the breach! Be a part pf inspiring discussions while growing of faith thru learning, friendship and support.
INTO THE BREACH
all men are invited to attend the "into the breach" retreat on August 20, 2022
8am coffee and 8:15 mass
After mass we’ll have bagels and watch the into the bridge video in the small hall
9:30 Video discussion and group reflections
10:30-11 Am closing prayers and blessings
for more info contact Martin Franco at firstname.lastname@example.org
how to join Knights Of Columbus
Knights of Columbus: A worldwide ministry with efforts to enhance and further the Catholic Church, its programs and its facilities. It is a social, fraternal, religious, service organization for all practical Catholic men of our Parish who are in union with the Holy See and who are at least 18 years of age.
Contact: Martin franco
Church Clean Up Day July 30
Many Hands Needed For Church Cleaning Day July 30 In preparation for the celebrations surrounding the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary there will be a Church cleanup-up on Saturday, July 30th. Volunteers are needed to do light housekeeping in the church from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Bring the children, as small hands can reach tight spots! Share your vigor and time with our community. Pizza will be served at noon at the Mary Seese Plaza. Donations gladly accepted for "Clean-up Bucket" supplies“. Sign-up sheets are in the back of the church or call the office .
Assumption St. Vincent de Paul Food and Toiletries Drive July 16-17, July 23-24
Our pantry is running low on several food items such as: beans, tuna and canned meats, pastas & sauce, peanut butter & jelly, canned fruits, soups and vegetables. We also need toiletries for those who call and for the unhoused. Please leave your food donations in the history room at the entrance to the Church.
Back-to- School Backpack Drive August 6 at 10am
On Saturday August 6 we will create an assembly line at the Youth Ministry. The plan is to fill donated backpacks with donated school supplies. This is in support of Connecting for Education & Davis Street here in San Leandro. Donations can be dropped off in the History Room in the back of the church and at the rectory. The goal is to fill 71 backpacks in honor of our 71 years here in San Leandro.
Feast Of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Save the date: August 14
Feast Of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated Sunday, August 14. go to homepage for complete details. Come join the fun on Assumption Family Day
Assumption Faith Camp Monumental: Celebrating God’s Greatness
August 8 -12 8:45am-12:00pm Registration is still open. The Summer Faith Camp program is for school age children through fifth grade. Middle schoolers and high schoolers will be counselors. All adult volunteers will receive complimentary admission to camp for their children. School parent volunteers will receive credit for school service hours. To sign up: https://vbspro.events/p/events/ churchoftheassumption
Adult Faith Formation: Forgiven - The Transforming Power of Confession
The Adult Faith Formation Groups will begin a 5- week, in-person video based study through formed.org. Classes will meet Thursdays in July. Study guides will be available for $10 at the first session. Forgiven is a beautiful presentation of the transforming power of Confession. This study explores the grace and healing offered in Confession and shows how this sacrament of mercy reveals the depth and bounty of God's love. By looking at God's revelation of his mercy in Scripture and making a step-by-step examination of the Rite itself, Forgiven communicates God's invitation to each one of us to come experience his indescribable love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
We are offering both morning and evening in-person sessions: Thursdays July 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm OR for Fridays July 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 9 am to 11 am.. To register contact the office at 352-1537. Sign up now!
"Love and charity, are service, helping others, serving others. There are many people who spend their lives in this way, in the service of others. … When you forget yourself and think of others, this is love! And with the washing of the feet the Lord teaches us to be servants, and above all, servants as He was a servant to us, for every one of us." -- Pope Francis
We need you! We are blessed to have a large Faith Formation program here at our Church. The success of our program is completely dependent on the gracious service of our parishioners. There are many opportunities for you to share your gifts. Below is a list of volunteer roles for your prayerful consideration. To sign up call Kelly at (510) 352-1537.
Become a RCIA Team Member As a part time RCIA Team member, you would join us for the RCIA process, ministering to each stage as you feel called. You might prefer to help catechize the catechumenate where others might feel more called to help the newly inquiring with simply learning more about the Catholic Faith, while others might desire to help accompany new members deeper into the faith and parish life. RCIA is from September thru April.
Become a Confirmation Team Member You can select from a wide variety of leadership positions based on your interests and availability for the 2022-2023 Confirmation year. Volunteers must be able to commit to two Sunday afternoons a month. from September to May. Positions available are Confirmation Leader, Mentor, Class Aide, Retreat Aide-(spring date tbd). Volunteers must be able to commit to two Sunday afternoons a month from September to May.
The Saints May 24 at 6:00pm
The Saints - A Talk by Meg Hunter-Kilmer
We invite you to join our Young Adult Gathering on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:00pm. YAG is hosting this complimentary guest speaker event which is open to all. RSVP for event on Eventbrite.
Meg Hunter-Kilmer is a cradle Catholic and a revert, brought back to the fold by a grace-filled confession and the supreme logic of Catholic doctrine. Meg has a Bachelor’s in Theology and a Master’s in Systematic Theology, both from Notre Dame. After 5 years as a full-time religion teacher, Meg quit her job and packed everything into the trunk of her car to drive around the country and fly around the world as a hobo missionary. Read more...
6:00 - 6:30 PM: Adoration with Benediction in Parish
6:30 - 7:00 PM: Hospitality in School Gym
7:00 PM: The Saints by Meg Hunter-Kilmer in Gym
Advertisers Needed ASAP Build Your Business Within our Assumption Community
We are transitioning to a new Bulletin publisher - Liturgical Publications Inc (LPi). We would like to thank our Preferred Business Sponsors who advertised with J.S. Paluch Company for many years, especially: Louis Heystek, Compass Real Estate, Doug Taylor D.P.M. Podiatric Physician & Surgeon Marie Galvan, Galvan's Travel. These ads truly help support our Church and give us the weekly bulletin for free. For those interested in placing a new ad for your business, favorite charity or in memory of a loved one, this is your opportunity.
We are currently looking for advertising sponsors on our weekly church bulletin. If you, or someone you know, is interested in advertising please contact Kelly Hodgins ASAP. You can reach Kelly at (510) 352-1537. A strong and vibrant Bulletin is good for our community and a strong business community is good for our Church. Thanks for considerings to sponsor our bulletin!
Summer Faith Camp Monumental - Celebrating God’s Greatness August 8 -12
Summer Faith Camp could not happen without the dedication of enthusiastic, faith-filled Adult Volunteers. Thank you for considering to offer your help. We have many volunteer areas and we know there is something just right for YOU! This years theme is Monumental - Celebrating God’s Greatness. You can help on the weekend if you aren't available during the actual program. Contact Mary Some of the positions that are available:
The Summer Faith Camp program will be for school age children through fifth grade. Middle schoolers and high schoolers will be CIT and counselors. Registration opening soon.We need your help in order to make this happen. All adult volunteers will get complimentary admission to camp for your children. School parent volunteers will receive credit for school service hours. Contact Mary to volunteer. SOME OF THE POSITIONS THAT ARE AVAILABLE: DRAMA HELPER GAMES HELPER PHOTOGRAPHER SNACK HELPER MUSIC SUNDAY SET-UP CREW FRIDAY CLEAN-UP CREW ASSISTANT TEACHER
Happy Mother's Day to ALL the Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, Sisters, Cousins and Godmothers
A Mother's Day Blessing
as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you give life and care for your Church. Bless these women, as we celebrate this day in their honor. May they be strengthened as Christian mothers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor and appreciate them with a spirit of Profound respect.
May the example of Mary, mother of Jesus, inspire them to live their vocation as Christian mothers and call their children to faith. Guide and protect them in challenging times and help them to continue to trust in you all the days of their life.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Mr. D's Sports Zone June 13 until July 29
Mr. D's Sports Zone, sponsored by Assumption Parish, is back! Click here to learn about our own Mr. D's Sports Zone Summer Sports Program starting June 13 until July 29 at the Assumption Campus.
Mr. D’s Sports Zone will stay compliant with all Covid -19 and variants with State, Local, and CDC
guidelines. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for children K-7 to enjoy sports and other
activities while doing our part to flatten the curve. Our campers and their families' safety are
our top priority and we hope to provide a safe space where kids can still be active during this
difficult time for us all!
Print the registration form and contact Mr. D at email@example.com
A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will be held today, April 24, at 3:00p.m. This precedes the Divine Mercy Novena, which began on Good Friday.
Easter Sunday April 17th
8:00am - Mass
10:00am - Children's Choir
(Easter Egg Hunt & Special Guest after mass)
12:00pm - Mass
3:00pm Divine Mercy Novena
“Come, I will give you Rest”
Parish Lenten Retreat, April 1 and 2:
Take time off from your busy schedule and rest with Lord. Come and be part of our Parish Lenten Retreat and with God who invites us to a deeper relationship with God.
Friday, April 1
3:00pm - Holy Hour and First Friday Devotion
. 6:00pm - Stations of the Cross
6:30pm - Social at Mary Seese Plaza Praise and Worship Night with Fr. Luke, Brother John, and Brother Raphael (Brothers of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal). Confessions will be available throughout the evening
7:00pm - Welcome & Opening Prayer
7:10pm - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7:15pm - Testimonials on their own personal encounters with Christ
7:45pm - Adoration with Music 8:15pm - Testimonials on their own personal encounters with Christ
8:45pm - Eucharistic Procession asking for Healing and Benediction Saturday,
8:15am - Morning Mass
8:50am - Anointing of the Sick
9:00am - Social at Mary Seese Plaza *
9:30am - Session 1: Praying Lent with Sr. Patricia Bruno, OP
10:30am - Break / Snack
10:50am - Session 2: Deepen Your Relationship with God with Fr. Kevin Schindler-McGraw, OFM 11:45am - Break / Snack
12:05pm - Session 3: Celebrate God’s Forgiveness with Fr. Jim Sullivan
1:15pm - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
3:00pm - Divine Mercy Chaplet and Confession
3:30pm - Benediction and Eucharistic Blessing 4:30pm - Saturday Vigil Mass
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2022 SCHEDULE
PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 10
8:00AM, 10:00AM, 12:00PM MASS
11:30aM STATIONS OF THE CROSS, LED BY ASSUMPTION YOUTH SOCIAL ACTION TEAM (AYSAT) OUTDOORS
HOLY MONDAY, APRIL 11 8:15AM MORNING MASS 6:30PM STATIONS OF THE CROSS
HOLY TUESDAY, APRIL 12 8:15AM MORNING MASS 6:30PM STATIONS OF THE CROSS
HOLY WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 8:15AM MORNING MASS 6:30PM STATIONS OF THE CROSS
HOLY THURSDAY APRIL 14
8:15AM MORNING prayer
6:30PM MASS OF THE LAST SUPPER
9:00PM-11:30PM EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 15
8:15AM MORNING PRAYER
10AM PREPARATION FOR GOOD FRIDAY LITURGY
12:00PM STATIONS OF THE CROSS
1:00PM SEVEN LAST WORDS OF JESUS
3:00PM DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
4:30PM LORD’S PASSION & VENERATION OF THE CROSS
6:30PM LORD’S PASSION & VENERATION OF THE CROSS
HOLY SATURDAY / EASTER VIGIL APRIL 16TH
8:15 MORNING PRAYER
3:00PM DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
8:00 PM EASTER VIGIL MASS
EASTER SUNDAY APRIL 17TH
8:00AM, 10:00AM, 12:00 PM MASS
3:00PM DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
Sesquicentennial Celebration March 20
Assumption Community will celebrate City of San Leandro's Sesquicentennial this Sunday after 8:00am and 10:00am masses. Join us for the 150th Birthday Party and enjoy fellowship, donuts and beverages.
San Leandro gets its name from Estudillo's Rancho San Leandro, which in turn took its name from El Rodeo de San Leandro, Mission San José's cattle round up area , named for Saint Leander, a sixth-century Spanish bishop.
Saint Leander, pray for us that we will always seek truth, and never shy away from defending it. In Christ’s Name, we pray. Amen
You're invited to our last in person listening session this evening, March 8, at our church!
Pope Francis has called a synod on synodality, a two-year process where the People of God (that means you!) are being invited to reflect on what it means to journey forward together as a Church.
You're being asked to participate because you are a valuable member of our Church! In this intentional process of mutual listening, Pope Francis wants us to rediscover the joy of being the People of God who journeys together, listening to everyone.
We warmly welcome you to join us for an in-person listening session at our church where, guided by the Holy Spirit, we will reflect, share, and listen to one another.
Our Last in person Listening Session is tonight at 7:00pm in the church.
If you haven't yet participated, your voice is needed for the 2021 2023 Synod on Synodality!
Guiding Questions for our Listening Session:
"The mission of the Church requires the entire People of God to be on a journey together, with each member playing his or her crucial role, united with each other."
With this in mind, we will consider these fundamental questions:
How does this “journeying together” take place today on different levels (from the local level to the universal one), allowing the Church to proclaim the Gospel?
What steps is the Spirit inviting us to take in order to grow as a synodal Church?
Assumption's Annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner March 13 at 4:30pm in the gym
Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage
To purchase tickets click here
There will be no door sales
Alpha Young Adults: Join the Conversation
Is there more to life than this?
An opportunity for young adults (20 - 39 years old) to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed, nonthreatening setting. It’s low-key, friendly, and fun! Alpha is open to all young adults and is free – including delicious meals. We don’t assume any background knowledge of or belief in Christianity. Everyone is welcome. No pressure, no follow up and no charge. Got Questions? Let Alpha Answer Them on Tuesday evenings starting March 1 at 6:30pm. Join us at the rectory. No need to RSVP- just show up and check it out! Contact Mary or Jim (510) 352-1537.
Ash Wednesday Schedule: March 2, 2022
8:15 am School Mass with Distribution of Ashes
10:00 am Liturgy of the Word (no Communion) with Distribution of Ashes
12:00 pm Mass with Distribution of Ashes
6:30 pm Mass with Distribution of Ashes
Stations of the Cross
We will pray the Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent including every day during Holy Week until Good Friday. The Way of the Cross, also known as the Stations of the Cross, are a way to pray and meditate on Christ's sacrifice for us. It is divided into fourteen stations from the time He was condemned to his burial.
March 4 at 5:00pm – March 11 at 6:30pm – March 18 at 6:30pm – March 25 at 6:30pm – April 1 at 5:00pm – April 8 at 6:30pm – April 15 at 12:00pm
Let us journey together: Synod Listening Session
The parish will have two listening sessions:
• Sunday, March 6 at 9:15am in the small hall
• Tuesday, March 8 at 7:00 pm in the church
Listening Session Questions
1. How is “journeying together” happening in your local church or group, in carrying out the Church’s mission?
2. What are the joys in carrying out journeying together? What helps or hinders us in this?
3. What new paths is the Holy Spirit leading us to discern to grow in our journey together?
4. How is the Holy Spirit inviting us to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ in today’s world?
In responding to these questions, it is helpful to remember that “journeying together” occurs in two deeply interconnected ways. First, we journey together with one another as the People of God. Next, we journey together as the People of God with the entire human family. These two perspectives enrich one another and are helpful for our common discernment towards deeper communion and more fruitful mission.
Draw closer to Jesus this Lent: Zoom Lenten Bible Study
Come and join the Biblical Walk Through the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ based on the book No Greater Love by Edward Sri. It is more than a Bible Study. It is a biblical pilgrimage that reveals Christ’s amazing love for us.
Wednesdays of Lent beginning March 9 at 7:00pm online for 5 consecutive weeks. Registration Forms available in the Church Vestibule and office. Email Deacon Noe to get zoom firstname.lastname@example.org
The journey consists of 5 sessions, 1 hour and 30 minutes per session:
Session 1: Jesus in Gethsemane - the prayer and the agony
Session 2: Jesus’ arrest and trial before the Sanhedrin - “Are you the Christ?”
Session 3: The trial before Pilate - Jesus is condemned to death
Session 4: The death of the Messiah--Jesus carries His cross, is crucified, and dies
Session 5: The seven last words - what Calvary teaches us
Save The Date: March 13 Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
California Bishops Commit to Working for Better Futures
for California’s Women, Children, and Families
The approaching 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade comes at a historic moment. The nation stands on the precipice of potentially overturning Roe v. Wade. At the same time, the Governor and state legislators have issued calls to make California a “sanctuary” destination for women seeking abortions from in and out of state.
However, asking to increase the number of abortions in California completely misses a vital, life-affirming point. California is already uniquely situated to respond actively to the needs of women, children, and families. Over the years, the California Catholic Conference has supported the state’s dynamic efforts to build programs for our most vulnerable populations, lifting families out of poverty and affirming the inherent dignity of each person.
Furthermore, the Catholic Church is the largest provider of private social services in California. We serve millions of the most at-risk families through our Catholic Charities and diocesan ministries, our Catholic hospitals and healthcare systems, and our Catholic schools and parishes.
With Pope Francis, we believe that abortion attacks the “sacredness of human life, ” and that “it is not ‘progressive’ to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life. ” At this pivotal moment, we, the Bishops of the Dioceses of California, commit to a vision for our state that honors women with life affirming support and practical resources so that all families can thrive, and so that no woman feels trapped into the devastating decision to end a life by abortion.
WE ENVISION A California that proclaims the inherent dignity of every woman, man, and child, born and unborn, and promotes the common good and human flourishing of all people. A California that prioritizes the wellbeing of women, children, and families not only with material resources but accompanied in solidarity. A California that celebrates with all mothers and fathers the tremendous gift of each child and affirms and empowers families welcoming children by birth, adoption, or fostering.
WE RESOLVE To commit to our sisters that we, the Catholic community of California, will be by your side as you walk the journey of motherhood. To raise awareness of the abundant life-affirming safety net resources available to women, children, and families in California through faith-based, community, and public agencies, including food, housing, healthcare, mental healthcare, intimate partner violence intervention, paid leave, childcare, education, employment, economic and material assistance. To unite our state’s life-affirming pregnancy shelters, centers, and clinics, creating an accessible statewide network to accompany women facing challenging pregnancies and in the early years of parenthood. To advocate for transformative family policies, including increased access to affordable housing, prioritization of homeless pregnant and parenting women, expanded paid leave for families, dignified care for incarcerated pregnant and parenting women, and streamlined processes for families fostering and adopting infants and children. To empower our Catholic community to accompany the most vulnerable women, children, and families in our state, proclaiming the dignity of every human life through word and action.
Inspired by the love of the Triune God mirrored in the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and animated by the ministry of Jesus to comfort, provide, heal and restore, we dedicate ourselves to this cause.
updates and Reminders from the Diocese of Oakland Office of Worship
Attendance at Mass
Please be aware that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass does not apply to those who are ill, especially those who suffer from contagious disease. Long before this pandemic, the Church has always recognized that there are “serious” or “grave” reasons that prevent Catholics from attending Mass. For example, if a person is sick or homebound, or living/visiting areas of the world where access to the Mass is limited, or a situation arises that prevents travel (snowstorm or flat tire), such persons would not be bound by the obligation.
In the case of this pandemic, serious or grave reasons would include: Anyone who is sick, symptomatic, or has been recently exposed to the coronavirus. Protecting the health of others is an act of Christian charity and our moral duty to one another. Anyone with significant health risk factors that requires them to avoid public spaces, or if you care for someone with significant risk factors. Anyone who cannot attend Mass through no fault of their own, for example, a parent caring for a sick child, or if the priest is sick.
As always, you are reminded to use common good sense in the reception of Holy Communion during the annual cold and flu season as well.
Reception of Communion It is strongly encouraged that the faithful receive Communion in the hand, however provision should be made so that anyone who wishes to receive on the tongue may do so, from a priest. It the priest does not feel comfortable with this, he may delegate to another, trained minister. The distribution of the Precious Blood is still not authorized.
General Precautions Wearing masks and social distancing remain two of the most effective means of preventing and spreading disease. At this time, there is no government restriction on capacity for indoor service, but social distancing and adequate ventilation are still required. The Sign of Peace should still be exchanged without physical contact.
Assumption School Open House & Tours for Prospective Families
Assumption School welcomes prospective families to RSVP for our Annual in person Open House on January 30, 2022. Due to the current surge we have decided to limit the Sunday Open House to prospective families ONLY by appointment and limit the amount of people on campus and the exposure of our community to the public. We ask that current families NOT attend the January 30 Open House. Our current families will have a private event during Catholic Schools Week and our January 30 event will be for prospective families by reservation only Sign up today Assumption Catholic School Open House & Tours
https://www.assumptionschool-sl.org/ We have a link on our website to reserve a time on January 30 starting at 12:30 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. (510) 357-8772
We are currently accepting applications for all grades. Our early bird discount and the deadline for TK and K applications is February 4.
Celebrate Catholic Schools Week - January 30-February 5, 2022
"Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.”
Catholic Schools week kicks off at mass today, Sunday, January 30 at 10am. The Class of 2022 will be presented, which is a long tradition here at Assumption. Blessings on our Eighth Graders as they receive their medallions and look proudly to their future. The rest of the student body and their families will log into Facebook and attend the virtual 10 a.m. Mass from home.
Social Justice Reflections at Wednesday Mass call us to
be like the Good Samaritan This month
we celebrated the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who believed that we should all be judged by the quality of our life. At last weeek's Social Justice Liturgy at 8:15 a.m., five students shared their reflections after the Gospel with our parish and school community.
QUESTION: What are the positive qualities in your life by which you would like to be judged?
I would like to be judged by my kindness; how I treat others when they are in need; how everyone should be judged. Jesus said treat your neighbor as you would treat yourself. I believe that we all should perpetuate the kindness that Jesus wanted -- that we respect all God's creatures and hold ourselves and each other accountable when we miss a step. I think we should try to live the way Jesus wanted us to live: selfless, kind, and trustworthy. People can trust me to help and that I treat others with the utmost respect. To make sure I'm standing up for the people I care about, that is the way I would like to be judged -- by the way I spread the kindness of Jesus and the Lord our God, that I am making sure I hold myself to that standard every day, either its at home, school, anywhere else the world. I think everyone should do that because that is what Jesus would want us to treat each other. I hope everyone can take something from Martin Luther King Jr. That's all he wanted: to be treated equally, because we are all God's children. I hope we can remember that and hold ourselves to a higher standard, as Christians but also as Catholics, I hope we can remember that through all the hate and the prejudice, that we all have value and are all equal in God's eyes. -- Cameron G., 7th Grade
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. says that we should be judged by the positive qualities in our lives. In today’s Gospel, we hear about the Good Samaritan, who helped the wounded traveler, unlike the other people who walked by. Some positive qualities to describe the Good Samaritan would be caring, or kind to others. I think that we should be judged by the parts of us that define us as people, rather than things that are out of our control, such as skin color or race. Those attributes don’t determine who someone is as a whole. It is only skimming the surface of who someone really is. Someone may be a very kind and compassionate person, but someone else might think that they would be condescending and rude just because they aren’t the same race as them. In Martin Luther King Jr.’s time, he was always judged by other people because he had a darker skin tone. People who had lighter skin had more privileges than those who had darker skin. Now, in a more modern era, people are judged by their annual income, or where they live. I think that people should understand others more before making a conclusion about who they are. This way, people can enjoy each other more and become closer with each other. -- Terrance H., 7th Grade
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that we should be judged by the quality of our life. To me, that means your values: if you would help someone up if they fell down, or if you’d take the other path to avoid them. This is like in the Gospel, when Jesus tells us the parable of the Good Samaritan, in which, only one, out of all three people helped the traveler. The Samaritan went out of his way to care for the traveler, cleaning his wounds and bringing him to an inn. It is often hard to be like the Samaritan, going out of your way to help someone. However, I try my best to be like the Samaritan, in caring for others. When I see someone sitting by themselves, I go sit with them. If I can tell someone is feeling down, I go see if they want to talk. If a friend is struggling to carry something, I can grab one of their things from them to lighten the load. These are small things, but it goes a long way when you help someone out. I would like to be judged on my willingness to help others and the empathy I show to my family and friends. I would like to be judged on my creative mind and any funny aspects that I may have. If everyone was seen by their personalities or as Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. said, “the content of your character.”, the world would be a better place. As a society, we need to look past simple prejudices, to the person inside them. We need accept people for who they are. -- Rachel H., 7th Grade
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that we should all be judged by the quality of our life. To me, I feel like we should be judged not by the color of our skin, how we look, or our social status but instead be judged by how we help our community and by our morals. I would like to be judged by my willingness to help others when they are feeling down or when they are being mistreated by a fellow classmate. I would also like to be judged by my morals. In the gospel today, Jesus talks about a good Samaritan helping a man who was robbed, beaten, and near to death. Instead of ignoring the man, the Samaritan decided to help the man. We could all act in this way by helping a classmate when they are hurt physically or emotionally. If they are hurt physically, we can help them by asking a teacher for help or giving them the assistance they need. If they are hurt by a classmate who said something, we can stand up for them and comfort them until they feel safe again. By having a good moral, we can earn each other's trust and make them feel safe as they will trust you will always be there. In the Child of Peace music we sing today, there are some lines that we should live by. There is a line that says “Where there is hatred let me bring love.” This shows we shouldn’t hate others just because of their skin color, looks, or how wealthy they may be but instead show love to others by doing kind gestures and earning their trust. It also says “Where there is darkness let me bring light.” Instead of living in the dark by judging others based on their looks or class, we should go into the light and learn more about others before we judge others. The gospel, reading, and the music greatly show how we shouldn’t judge others on their appearance but rather their moral and behavior. We should indeed be children of peace. -- Jihae H., 7th Grade
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that we should be judged by the quality of our lives. A positive quality I’d like to be judged by is my values. I love to volunteer at Davis Street. I do this as much as I can and always try to be the best person I can be. Jesus tells us to always treat others the way we want to be treated, And even though sometimes that is hard I try as hard as I can to follow that rule. I always try to be as nice as I can to my friends, family, and strangers. I treat others respectfully and kindly. I have matured a lot over the years and now I realize that everyone, even if we don’t like them as much, still deserve respect. To treat others how you want to be treated is deeper than just saying hi and smiling. It's your thought process too. If you say hi to someone and in your head you are thinking about how much you hate them, then you aren’t being truly respectful. You need to think about what you're saying and soon you will find the good in people rather than looking for the bad. That is how you can become a more likeable person. I should be judged also on my ability to help others. I have always been helping my grandmother to serve the community and have been a part of the AYSAT which is a group dedicated to community service. -- James P., 7th Grade
Thank you to our 7th graders who shared their wonderful thoughts and prayers for justice in our world and the hope that Dr. King brought to our country.
CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE 2021 Church of the Assumption
The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord” (Luke 2:10-11)
Wednesday, DECEMBER 15th - Thursday, DECEMBER 23rd
SIMBANG GABI MASS (Novena Masses) at 6:30pm
Food and Fellowship at Rectory
Friday, DECEMBER 24th CHRISTMAS EVE Masses at 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm
Saturday, DECEMBER 25th CHRISTMAS DAY Masses at 8:00am, 10:00am and 12:00pm
There will be no Confession and no 4:30pm Sunday Vigil Mass
Sunday, DECEMBER 26th HOLY FAMILY Masses at 8:00am, 10:00am and 12:00pm
Saturday, JANUARY 1st MARY, MOTHER OF GOD Mass at 10:00am Anointing of the Sick at 11:00am
Sunday, JANUARY 2nd MARY, MOTHER OF GOD Masses at 8:00am, 10:00am and 12:00pm
In thanksgiving for the blessings you received from God, I would like to encourage you to consider a “Gift for Jesus” in the form of a special Love Offering. I believe that, with your immense generosity and kindness, God will help us in supplying for the needs of our Church and our efforts for the spiritual renewal of the Assumption community.
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. Nothing about our online giving has changed except for the look of the page. You can adjust existing donations, set up new gifts and update personal information from the new Vanco Online. Here you can make your contribution by credit card. Its really easy. I just did it and If I can do it you certainly can. I, on behalf of the parish community, thank you in advance. To support us, please click on the button below.
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Christmas Tree Blessing & Lighting First Sunday of Advent November 28th at 5:00pm
Join us as we bless and light our Christmas Tree. Let us sing Carols, share Hot Cocoa and meet Santa Claus in front of the church. Bring a special ornament to hang on the outdoor Christmas Tree.
Photos with Santa in the small hall starting at 4:00pm. Sign up for your photo slot.
ASSUMPTION’S ANNUAL WOMEN’S ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2ND AT 7PM
WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO USHERING IN THE ADVENT SEASON WITH OUR PRAYER SERVICE IN THE CHURCH THIS YEAR. COME FOR A SOLEMN AND REFLECTIVE EVENING OF SONG AND PRAYER HOSTED BY ASSUMPTION’S CURSILLO COMMUNITY.
AFTERWARDS WE WILL HAVE FELLOWSHIP OF HOT SPICED CIDER, MULLED WINE AND COOKIES HOSTED BY ASSUMPTION SCHOOL OUTSIDE THE SMALL HALL.
NO NEED TO RSVP, PLEASE COME, AND BRING ALONG YOUR DAUGHTERS, MOTHERS, SISTERS, AUNTS AND WOMEN FRIENDS AS WELL. IF YOU NEED A RIDE TO THIS EVENT, PLEASE LET THE MARTHA IN OFFICE (510) 352-1537 KNOW AND WE WILL MAKE ARRANGEMENTS.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE THE DESIGNATED DRIVER FOR FELLOW PRAYER BUDDIES' EMAIL KHODGINS@ASSUMPTIONSANLEANDRO.ORG
INVITE A FRIEND! WOMEN FROM LOCAL PARISHES AND OTHER DENOMINATIONS ARE WELCOME!
Advent Retreat with Fr. Luke Joseph Leighton
Friday, December 10 at 7pm
Saturday, December 11 at 9am
Fr Luke Joseph Leighton of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal will lead an Advent Parish Mission for the Church of Assumption December 10th – 11th.
Friday night's program will be a Family Worship and Praise with Fr Luke and two other friars.
Saturday's program will have four sessions beginning at 9am. Lunch will be served in the small hall.
The talks will be given in the context of Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, with ample opportunity for Confession on Saturday afternoon. The fathers will also be with us for Mass at the Saturday Vigil.
It is a great privilege to have the friars with us – please plan on attending and inviting friends to come along as well! http://www.assumptionsanleandro.org/calendar-of-events.html
Invite a friend! This is open to the entire community from local parishes and other denominations. All are welcome!
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Evening Novenas December 3-11
Feast Day Noon Mass & Celebration with Mariachi, Dancing & Food December 12
A devotional nine day series of masses
December 15 at 6:30am
December 16-23 at 6:30pm
Food and Fellowship following every mass
We invite everyone to attend
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 NOVEMber 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 email@example.com 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
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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.