Author Archives: St Jerome Catholic Parish

* Message from Bishop Barber

From Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ

Bishop of Oakland

In the midst of the political complexity surrounding immigration in this country I am very pleased that the social service arm of our diocese, Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB), is fully engaged. They have attorneys, law students, accredited paralegals, teachers and counselors providing legal, resettlement and employment services to very needy refugees and immigrants, our neighbors.

On Ash Wednesday I was happy to hear their fine work highlighted on a national NPR news broadcast.  Listen to that here. Parishes can reach out to CCEB to connect parishioners who need legal help by calling Maciel Jacques, Legal Services Program Coordinator, at (510) 768-3137.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley is co-chair of the US Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.  He reminds us, “Immigration is not primarily a political problem, but rather a deeply human and profoundly moral challenge facing our nation.”   Catholic social services provide one of the refuges for those grappling with these very human challenges.

These challenges are world-wide. Speaking on the Italian island of Lampedusa, at the borders of Europe, Pope Francis said “We have lost a sense of responsibility for our brothers and sisters.  We have fallen into the hypocrisy of the Priest and the Levite whom Jesus described in the parable of the Good Samaritan: we see our brother half dead on the side of the road and perhaps we say to ourselves, ‘Poor soul’ and then go our way.”  His words resonate in our part of the world as well.

I invite all to join voices with the California bishops: “We call on Congress and the President to work together toward a more comprehensive response to the humanitarian crisis of a broken immigration system.  We will work with the California Congressional delegation and the President to accomplish that goal.”



* Lenten Simple Soup Suppers

The first of our Lenten Friday night simple soup suppers will be on February 20th. Supper is served at 6:00pm in Rohan Hall. Please  RSVP to Judy at 526-8947 or the parish office at 525-0876. It makes it easier to plan and cook if we know how many will attend. If you are able to set-up, clean-up, or help in preparations, please let us know. If your group or ministry would like to be in charge of one of the Friday night Suppers, please contact the office. A free-will offering will be collected and go toward helping to feed the hungry in our area. Please join us for Stations of the Cross in the church at at 7:00pm.

* Photos from 2015 Annual Crab Feed

Thanks to Bill and Judy and all of the SAG group as well as the teen servers for another wonderful social evening with the best crab. Photos have just been posted on Facebook. (the link isn’t working…please go to Facebook and search for St. Jerome Catholic Church….ps if you like the page you will get automatic updates when there are new postings).




* Christmas Mass Schedule

Wednesday, December 24-Christmas Eve  

  • Private Confessions: 3:00-4:00pm
  • Masses:
  • 4:00pm Family Vigil Mass
  • 11:00pm – Sing-along Carols
  • 11:30pm, Night Mass

Thursday, December 25th– Christmas Day 

  • Masses: 
  • 7:30am and 10:00am

Thursday, January 1st-Mary, Mother of God

  • Mass:      
  • 9:00am (This is a Holy Day of ObligaƟon)

* Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy – Sun, Jan 18, 2015

Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy, the moving, live production performed by actress Maria Vargo and directed by Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions, will be presented at St. Joseph Church in Pinole on Sunday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m.  The event is sponsored by Diocese of Oakland Divine Mercy Ministry and Apostolate. 

Experience firsthand the life and message of Saint Faustina whose personal encounters with Jesus have inspired a world-wide devotion to Christ’s Divine Mercy. This drama also brings audiences a riveting modern story that makes Divine Mercy remarkably relevant and urgent for our world today.  The program is filled with all the elements of professional theater, runs 90 minutes, and is suitable for ages 13 and up.   

Admission is $10 each.  For tickets and additional information, contact the St. Joseph Parish Office at (510) 741- 4900 or text at (510) 861-7120 or visit


* Remembrance Table – Nov 2014

During the month of November we will have a Table of Remembrance in the church. You are invited to place pictures of your beloved dead on the Table of Remembrance. Please be sure to label the back of the photo with your name and phone number so that we can be sure to return it to you. The Book of the Dead will be available for you to write the names of your dear departed ones. All Souls envelopes will also be available for you have your loved ones remembered during the Masses throughout the month.

* Parish Appreciation Dinner-Nov 15, 2014

Our parish appreciation dinner will be held on Saturday, Nov 15th in Rohan Hall at 6pm. All parish volunteers and their spouses are invited to the event. This will be catered so it is important that you RSVP (at the parish office 510.525.0876) no later than Nov 8. We need to get an accurate count. If the office is closed when you call, please live a message for Mary @ x 10.

* Announcements – Oct 10, 2014

  • Father Anton needs volunteers to help him clean the garden behind the church on Saturday October 18 from 9:30 to noon.  Bring your gloves, rakes and hoes.
  • St Jerome will be having a farewell party for Mike Chio, Music Director this Sunday – Oct 12, after the 11:00 Mass. We will be serving cake, drinks, cheese, crackers, fruit and some sort of little sandwiches.
  • The Pastoral Council is preparing for new members. Both youth and adults are encouraged to self-nominate or nominate others. Green-colored nomination forms are at the ends of the pews for your convenience. You may deposit them in the collection basket or bring them to the Parish Office. Please return them to the parish by October 19th.

* A’s game/star wars fireworks tail-gate party

Photos just published for the annual St Jerome’s night at the Oakland A’s game! You can see them here as well as on St Jerome’s Facebook page.