Mercy Refugee Project

This page is under development…….Jan 12, 2017.  We invite to check in regularly for our daily/weekly updates.
Update – February 19, 2017

Our family has been assigned. Monies were released from the parish this week to settle the family in an affordable apartment in Oakland. The couple and their daughter are here from Afghanistan. They are expecting another child. We might want to consider a baby shower!

The goods donated so far have been by volunteers. One of the project volunteers suggested to me after mass today that chest drawers might be good for walk-in closet. Any additional household items would be greatly appreciated or any food items. Contact Mary @ for further information. It is a blessing that our parish can help a refugee family.

Thank you for your continued interest and support.


This project got underway during the later part of 2016
The introductory letter to St Jerome’s Parishioners

November 27, 2016

Dear St. Jerome Community,

In response to the request of both Pope Francis and Bishop Barber, we joined the Catholic Charities East Bay  (CCEB) program to welcome, settle and advocate for a refugee family.  The refugees   arrive with a green card and a work visa. Our Parish works with CCEB to assist in the resettlement process. The whole mission is to help these refugees become self-sufficient. What an exciting opportunity for our parish to undertake especially in Advent.

We had an initial meeting with a group of parishioners who indicated that they would like to be a part of this outreach.  A follow up meeting is scheduled for November 30 in Rohan Hall at 7pm. You are invited to attend and we would welcome your talents.

Our first project is a fund raising goal of $6,000 to assist with rent and basic utilities during the first few months. Envelopes are available in the pews. Next, our commitment would be to furnish the home from bedrooms to kitchen with new or gently used items.   And, finally, when the family arrives we can offer help in so many ways: welcoming them at the airport, preparing a welcome meal, driving them to appointments and getting them used to American life. 

We are committing as a community to welcoming a family with the hospitality of St Jerome Parish. If you would like to participate in anyway, or if you have any questions, call Mary Ghidella at 510.236.2928 or email at