St. Jerome Catholic Church is a parish community serving Kensington, and portions of El Cerrito, Berkeley and Albany.  The parish boasts an active Saint Vincent de Paul conference, a variety of social activities throughout the year, and a music ministry at all three weekend Masses.  Our parish offices are located on the ground level floor of the Rectory. St. Jerome was founded in 1941, grew in size throughout the post War boom and has an established, stable congregation.  New arrivals in town are encouraged to join our worship, social and service activities.  If you are interested in learning more about Catholic Christianity, or want to join the Catholic Faith tradition, we invite you to join the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a year-round process of education and discernment.  The RCIA is a great way to reintegrate as a “returning Catholic”. 
To my dear parishioners:


I am Father Michael Nghia Pham, blessed to be assigned to St. Jerome as your Parochial Administrator. 

I came from Vietnam to the US in 2003, with my parents’ help.  I applied to the Diocese of Oakland, studied Philosophy at Mount Angel Seminary (2006-2009), and Theology at St. Patrick’s Seminary (2009-1014). Ordained as a priest in May 2014 by our bishop Michael Barber, my first assignment was CCOP/The Catholic Community of Pleasanton (2014 – 2017). My next assignment was St. Joseph in Fremont (Mission San Jose) (2017-2019), followed by St. Anthony/Mary Help of Christians in Oakland for 2 years.

I’ve loved being a priest these 7 years – with the challenges and joys!  Now I am happy to be with you at St. Jerome and can’t wait to get to know this parish and each of you…  I am grateful to God for the honor of walking with you on our journey of faith, hope, and love.  May God bless us and unite us in One Body of Christ.

Thanks for your warm welcome –
Father Michael

Pastor’s Words