Author Archives: St Jerome Catholic Parish

* Urgent Prayer – Christians in Syria Kidnapped on Mar 1, 2015

From EWTN Facebook page re: kidnapping on March 1, 2015.

Urgent prayer request from Sister Monica, Daughter of Charity in Paris: “Members of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Syria were kidnapped, along with their wives and children. The children were isolated and put into cages. Adults who do not deny their faith will be decapitated, and their children burned alive in the cages. Let us remain fervently united in prayer, and have as our intention the welfare of all brothers and sisters in our Christian faith who are being held hostage. Mother Mary, please console them, and protect them all from harm! O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” EWTN Prayer Warriors, please share this with everyone you know.

* 2015 Capital Campaign

Mark your calendar to attend one of the Capital Campaign Receptions at St Jerome’s Parish.

Weds – Mar 18, 2:00 pm in Rohan Hall
Weds – Mar 18, 7:00 pm in Rohan Hall
Fri – Mar 27, 7:00 pm in Rohan Hall (Bishop Barber will be in attendance.

Join us to learn more about the campaign…please call parish office to confirm attendance …510.525.8276.

This campaign is absolutely vital for the life and growth of our Diocese. One of the most important things you can do during this campaign is to join us at a reception.

* Pennies from Heaven – Lenten Penny Drive

Pennies from Heaven – Family Faith Formation is conducting its yearly Lenten penny drive. We are also asking parishioners to donate spare,old, or broken rosaries (which we will restore) for our First Communion Class. Donations may be left in jar in the vestibule. We thank you in advance for the generosity of your spare copper and dusty beads.

* 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