2014 Holy Week & Easter Schedule
Palm Sunday Masses (Blessing of Palms)
Saturday, April 12 - 5:00pm
Sunday, April 13 - 7:30 ~ 9:30 ~ 11:30am
Parish Communal Penance Service
Monday, April 14 - 7:30pm
Holy Thursday April 17
Morning Prayer - 8:00am
10:00 - 11:00am & 3:00 - 4:00pm
Mass of the Lord’s Supper - 7:30pm
Adoration in the Chapel after Mass until Midnight
Good Friday, April 18 (Day of Fast and Abstinence)
Morning Prayer - 8:00am
Private Reconciliation 10:00 - 11:00am
Preaching on Seven Last Words - 2:00-3:30pm
Good Friday Liturgy - 7:30pm
Holy Saturday, April 19
Morning Prayer - 8:00am
Private Reconciliation 3:00 - 4:00pm
Easter Vigil Mass - 8:00pm
Easter Sunday, April 20 (The Resurrection of the Lord)
Masses - 7:30 ~ 9:30 ~ 11:30am
Easter Egg Hunt for Children after the 9:30 & 11:30am Masses
This Holy Week is a wonderful time to experience Jesus Christ, to reconnect with the traditions of our Catholic Faith.
Palm Sunday, we wear red to Mass to remind us that like the people of Jerusalem, we acknowledge and show our love for Jesus and thank Him for giving His life to save us.
Our Parish Penance Service on Monday, prepares us to worthily receive the Body and Blood of Jesus on Thursday, Friday and Easter. Every Catholic should go to Reconciliation at least once a year.
Holy Thursday night, we celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. We spend some time in quiet prayer as we remember His agony in the garden.
Good Friday, spend some time praying and reflecting upon the Seven Last Words of Jesus from the Cross. Come to the Good Friday Liturgy at 7:30pm.
Holy Saturday, we celebrate baptism and prepare for the Great Joy of Easter Sunday.
As Christians, we celebrate joy in our Glorious Savior, Jesus Christ.
May the Joy and Blessings of the Risen Christ bring peace and hope to all.
Christ, Be Our Light
April 7, 2014
Dear People of St. Patrick,
The beautiful Hymn written by Bernadette Farrell, Christ, Be Our Light: “Christ be our light, shine in our hearts, Shine through the darkness. Christ, be our light, Shine in your church gathered today.”
On Easter Sunday, we come out of the darkness of Good Friday and into the light of the Risen Christ. We are renewed in hope and go forth to share this hope with others. In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, there are 1,500 Catechumens who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil and 910 people received into the Catholic faith at the same time. They were baptized first in another Christian church. Here, in the Diocese of Oakland, 290 will be baptized and 259 received into the Church. Just think about all the others around the world at the same time.
Yes, God is not dead. The Catholic Church is alive and growing. Maybe you have pulled away. We invite you to come home with great welcome.
Pope Francis has reached out like Christ and we see a great response. Pope Saint John XXII and Pope Saint John Paul II will be canonized Saints of the Church on April 22, 2014, so many of us have been touched in our lives by all three Popes.
This Holy Week, please come to church and as the people of God, pray for our world and especially for our youth. I ask you to be generous with your Easter offering to the Church, to help us to continue the mission and purpose of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Rodeo-Hercules.
A very blessed Holy Week and the joy of the Easter Season to all, this 2014.
Father Larry Young, Pastor
Vacation Bible Camp
Registration Form (click here)
ONLY 35 SPOTS LEFT!!!!!
June 16 – 20 and June 23 - 27, 2014
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
St. Patrick Parish Hall
**** Open House: June 15, 2014 ****
Get ready for another exciting time, discovering Jesus’ presence, power and love at St. Patrick’s Annual
Vacation Bible Camp!!! Come with us on an adventure where kids learn that Jesus’ love is extraordinary.
Vacation Bible Camp is for students who are entering Kindergarten – 7th grade in Fall 2014. Children will
leap into exciting Bible adventures, make awesome crafts, eat tasty treats, sing cool songs, and play
amazing games! Your registration fee includes a FREE T-shirt ($10 for each additional shirt)!
REGULAR Registration (Form and $50 non-refundable deposit,
Fee Paid in Full by May 25, 2014)
LATE Registration (Form and $50 non-refundable deposit, Fee
Paid in Full by June 1, 2014)
$205 per child
Space is LIMITED TO 70 CAMPERS ONLY, so reserve a spot for your child ‘s great summer adventure!
Your Registration Form, Registration Fee and $50 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT (Required for Regular/Late
Registration Only, applied towards the Registration Fee) is required by the due dates to reserve a spot.
• Early Registration: fee must be paid in full by March 31, 2014
• Regular Registration: $50 non-refundable initial deposit, fee must be paid in full by May 25, 2014
• Late Registration: $50 non-refundable initial deposit, fee must be paid in full by June 1, 2014
LAST DAY OF REGISTRATION: JUNE 1, 2014 (If Space is available)
Questions, registration or information?
Call: (510) 799-4434 Email:
St. Patrick Catholic Church
825 – 7th Street, Rodeo, California 94572
Feb. 23, 2014 A Letter from the Pastor
Dear People of St. Patrick,
Today we should feel good about our prayerful and loving gift to God and our helping to spread the Gospel in the Diocese of Oakland. Our gift to the Bishop’s Appeal today is a real sign that as Catholics, we understand that each of us belongs to the Universal Church [Catholic = Universal] and we are responsible for leading others to Jesus Christ and to set the world on fire for Christ. If you have not prepared your gift, please do so this week. Each one of us needs to be able to say, I have done my bestand should be happy about our gift. As your Pastor, I want to thank you for your patience with me last week as I explained to you the need for the Bishop’s Appeal. Let us all continue to pray for every parish in the Diocese of Oakland to reach their goal and feel good about their parish.
The three readings from Scripture this week reminds all people of the world to love God and to show that love to one another. This teaching is meant for every human being on the face of the earth. Now, the Christian, [one who follows Jesus Christ] must take this knowledge and hear the other part of what Jesus says about love your neighbor, love your enemy and pray for them.
It is not easy to forgive when we are hurt, mistreated and disrespected by others. Remember, Jesus knows how it feels. They did it to him, yet, He gave his life for those who persecuted him on earth. Jesus does not ask us to do something He did not do. “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
How do we get to heaven? Keep the Ten Commandments and follow the directive to love God and our neighbors.
Helping our Brothers and Sisters in the Philippines
St. Patrick Church, Rodeo-Hercules and Diocese of Oakland respond to the Disaster in the Philippines.
Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8th striking Guiuan, Eastern Samar Island, with wind speeds of 195 mph, making it the strongest tropical cyclone on record to have made landfall anywhere in the world. Thousands have died and an estimated 9.5 million people are suffering from destruction on par with that seen after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The needs are immense – shelter, food, water, sanitation, and medicine.
You Can Help. There will be a special second collection for Philippine relief in this weekend, November 16-17 at all the masses.
Please make checks payable to St. Patrick Church. All donations will be sent to the Catholic Relief Services (CRS). For more information, contact the Parish Office 510-799-4406 or email
The Bishop wrote, “I recall a Mission poster that read: ‘Christ has no hands, no feet, no ears, but yours.’ Will you be the hands, feet, and ears of Christ to our brothers and sisters enduring such great devastation and suffering? I am confident they can depend on your generosity.” Read the full text of the letter here.