January 19, 2017 – Announcement re: School Closing
It is my sad duty to inform you of the closure of our parish school at the end of June 2017. The Diocese of Oakland, after a long, comprehensive study of demographics and financial realities has mandated the closure of a number of parish schools, including Saint Jerome School.
A guiding process and plan, the Operational and Financial Improvements Initiative, is mandated by the Bishop of Oakland and the consultative bodies of the diocese. It includes the entire Diocese of Oakland – not just the schools. We are witnessing just a small, but significant, portion of this diocesan-wide undertaking. As Pastor, it is my place to accede to this decision and I hope and pray for your support in this decision.
The School Department will work with each school community to seek a placement for each child in a Catholic school. The Human Resources Department will work with faculties, staffs and administrators to facilitate new job opportunities within the diocese.
The school remains an asset of Saint Jerome Parish. As such, the buildings and grounds remain our responsibility. The diocese will provide each parish with the necessary oversight and guidance regarding the future use of the school buildings. I seek your support in this momentous turn of events and the loss of our school community.
The Vision for You, a group devoted to discerning personal vocation through guided prayer and reflection, meets weekly at St Jerome Catholic Church, El Cerrito, Califonia, every Wednesday 7.30pm starting Wednesday 18th January.
St. Jerome Annual Crab Feed will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Salad, Pasta, Bread,
Dessert, and ALL YOU CAN EAT FRESH CRAB. $40.00 per person. After January 26th the price
increases to $46.00 so get your PAID reservation in early! Sitting is limited. Bring your own picks
and sauces. No outside beverages. $10.00 corkage fee. Call Bill Valladao for Reservations or more information 526-8947.
TEEN CHRISTMAS PARTY
Please join us Sunday, December 18 for our St. Jerome Teen Christmas Party 4-6:00pm in Rohan Hall.There will be music, games, snacks, and fun. This event is open to all high school aged teens and recent high school graduates (SJ School alumni in high school and Confirmation Alumni are welcome). Please bring a friend. Siblings are welcome. We will make toiletry baggies again this year to bring to the teens and young adults at the GRIP shelter in Richmond. Please buy the brands you like and use for teens your age. Carol will have the gift bags and some other items. Spend around $10.00, bringing any of the following items: underwear, socks, toiletries, shampoo, conditioner, soap/body wash & razors. If you plan to come. please text or email Carol Valladao, St. Jerome Youth Minister @ 510-508-98947 so there is enough foodies for all to eat.
Remember that each one of us have gifts that were given us by God.These gifts are unearned, undeserved, yet freely given. Please prayerfully consider your gifts and how you are being called to use them. We are in dire need of Eucharistic ministers. This ministry is a very special way to become more active in, and to help nourish our Parish Community. We are meant to give to and receive from one another. Please try for 3 months (3 -4 times) at the mass of your choice. There is training and scheduling is made around your needs. We really need help at 5:00 and 11:00 masses, but all masses are in need of extra people. Please call the office 510.525.0876 for more information.
Reminder: Payment for the 75th Jubilee ($28/person) is due by Wednesday, September 14.
We will have photos albums and memorabilia on display after the 9:00 am masses throughout September and at the 75th Jubilee on Sunday, September 25.
Please post if anyone needs a ride or is interested in carpooling to the Galileo Club on Sunday, September 25, to please call the parish office (510-525-0876) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that St. Jerome Parish was established in 1941? Monsignor James Rohan was the founding pastor (1941-1973). He succeeded in building a mission-style church. A school and convent were added in 1955.