- Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, Here is a wonderful opportunity for those who live in the San Francisco Bay Area to put your faith into action this coming Saturday, April 26, 2014 on National Rebuilding Day. This is a nationwide event where tens of thousands of volunteers rehabilitate homes for low-income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly and veterans with disabilities. Marie Hubbard, the Volunteer Coordinator, has informed me that she needs more volunteers to help with a large interior and exterior home painting project in Albany, CA (next to Berkeley). So, let’s roll up our sleeves and spend a day bringing Jesus’ Easter joy to a needy neighbor. If you can help, please call Marie at (510) 644-8979, extension 103, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and directions. Let me know, too, so that I can be sure to drop by and get some photos of you in action!
In past years I have served as a volunteer photographer of East Bay projects coordinated by Rebuilding Together, East Bay-North (RTEBN). I will be doing so again this coming Saturday. You can see past photos at these links:
- 2009: Rebuilding Together Projects: https://www.flickr.com/photos/benagustin/sets/72157638064450713/
- 2011 Rebuilding Together Projects: https://www.flickr.com/photos/benagustin/sets/72157638071980534/
- Rebuilding Together, East Bay-North website: http://rtebn.org/
Don’t worry if you don’t have any home-repair experience. You’ll learn practical skills (which you can later use to improve your own home!) under the supervision of expert craftsmen who have volunteered their time and expertise. The weather should be beautiful, you’ll get much-needed exercise, and you’ll make friends with lots of other dynamic, caring people who will inspire you with their joyful giving of self for others. And the look and words of appreciation by the grateful homeowners is priceless!
Easter was a truly joyful and reflective. Photos can be seen on St Jerome’s Facebook page.
Rachelʼs Vineyard Retreat
Has an abortion left you with a broken heart? Rachelʼs Vineyard Retreats renew hearts broken by abortion. Our upcoming retreat is May 16-18. It offers a loving and supportive environment where women and men can reconcile painful post-abortive emotions and begin the process of
renewal and healing. Rachelʼs Vineyard is therapy for the soul. For confidential inquiries, visit www.afterthechoice.org or contact Christine at 415-260-4406 or Christine4faith@gmail.com
Palm Sunday…Father Fernando’s homily today invites us to take time to join the community of faith at each event this week: Holy Thursday Evening Mass at 7:30 pm; Good Friday Liturgy at Noon or 7:30 pm; Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass at 8pm; and Easter Sunday at 7:30, 9 or 11am. The Pascal Triduum celebrates all of the elements of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Bishop Michael Barber blessed these sacred oils at the Chrism Mass on Thursday, April 10, at The Cathedral of Christ the Light. They wil be used in the parish for Baptism, Confirmation, and the Anointing of the Sick.
Quick post…..Ash Wednesday is the beginning of our Lent season. Mass service at 7:30 p.m.