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A Message from Our Pastor

July 25, 2021

Dear People of St. Patrick Parish,

Last week in the Gospel, we learned that Jesus cared for the people looking for help and learning from Him. He told the Apostles, the crowds were like sheep without a Shepherd and He took care of them.

In the Gospel this week, He sees the huge crowd needs food to eat, and He works a miracle of feeding them. Not only does He fed them, there were twelve baskets with fragments left over.

Today, He sees us searching and in need of Spiritual help in our daily lives, and at Mass He feeds us with His Body and Blood in Holy Communion.

As God the Father provided food thru Elisha for the needs of God’s people in the first reading, and food was leftover. This prefigure what Jesus does in the Gospel and still fulfills for all of us in the Mass.

We receive Holy Communion in order to let Jesus enter into our lives and to nourish us with the love of God and to let God help us in our daily lives.

As we receive Holy Communion, we should ask Jesus to keep us safe, happy, and always trusting in Him and His love and mercy for us.

Psalm 145 today, tells us that, “The Hand of the Lord feeds us; He answers all our needs.”

Does that mean that God will always give me my favorite ice cream, always find a parking spot, light up the machines at the casino? No, but God can always forgive us, help us to have the grace to live, as God wants us to live and oh, yes, sometimes He does give us a win.

Let us today, tell God how much we need to be fed with the Body and Blood of His Son, Jesus.

We the sheep gather to be fed by Jesus the Good Shepherd who still provides for all our needs, but we must do our part and participate at Mass.

God Bless,
Fr. Larry Young 
Pastor of St. Patrick Church

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2021-2022 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

CHILDREN FAITH FORMATION, EDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTRY, YOUTH MINISTRY, & CONFIRMATION JOURNEY PROGRAM

Registration is available here our parish website www.stpatrickrodeo.org and in the Parish Office. We missed you all and we are planning to to have classes/sessions in person. For more information regarding any of these programs, please contact us at 510-799-4434 or via email ffe@stpatrickrodeo.org.

Children Faith Formation (Preschool – 5th Grade)
Classes Thursdays (5:45pm – 7:00pm)
Parent’s Meeting: September 23, 2021 (6pm – 7pm) @ St. Patrick Church
First day of class: October 7, 2021 @ St. Patrick School

Edge Middle School Ministry (6th, 7th, & 8th Grade)
Classes Thursdays (5:30pm – 7:00pm)
Parent’s Meeting: September 23, 2021 (6pm – 7pm) @ St. Patrick Church
First day of class: October 7, 2021 @ St. Patrick Parish Hall

Youth Ministry/LifeTeen (High School)
Classes Thursdays (6:30pm – 7:45pm)
An Prerequisite for Confirmation
Parent’s Meeting: September 30, 2021 (6pm – 7pm) @ St. Patrick Church
First day of class: October 7, 2021 @ St. Patrick Parish Hall

Confirmation Journey (High School)
Sessions Sundays (1:30pm – 3:00pm)
Must successfully complete at least 1yr of Youth Ministry
Parent’s Meeting: September 12, 2021 (1:30pm – 3pm) @ St. Patrick Church
First day of class: September 19, 2021 @ St. Patrick Church

Reopening Our Church (Effective June 16, 2021)

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 was an exciting day for us as we took a step closer in recovering from the pandemic. The Diocese of Oakland has created safety protocols that follow the state and county guidelines so that we can safely worship. Here at St. Patrick Church, we will be implementing the following:

Masks
If you have been fully vaccinated, you do not need to wear a mask indoors. However, non-vaccinated persons, including minors, must wear masks indoors.

Cleaning
Hand sanitizer will still be available when you enter the church. Feel free to use your own sanitizer when you enter the church and before you receive Communion.

Fonts and Worship Aids
In July, the Holy Water fonts will be filled with Holy Water and hymnals and missalettes may once again be used. We are very exited to be able to sing again in church and our choirs (smaller choirs) will help led us.

Processions
Presiders and Lectors will be processing into the church in the beginning of Mass and processing out after Mass. No Altar Servers will be ministering at this time.

Sign of Peace & Our Father
Please refrain from holding hands during the Our Father and shaking hands (or any physical contact) during the Sign of Peace.

The Eucharist
It is strongly encouraged that the faithful receive Communion in the hand, however provision should be made so that anyone who wishes to receive on the tongue may do so, from a priest. Per the Diocese of Oakland, we are not authorizing the distribution of the Precious Blood for the time being.

Extraordinary Ministers (EM) will be scheduled to minister at Mass soon. EM will remain masked for the foreseeable future and is also recommended but not required, that they be vaccinated for their own protection and that of the people.

Restoration of the Obligation to Attend Mass
The faithful are encouraged to return to participating in the Sunday Mass if their health permits.Bishop Barber will soon be issuing a Pastoral Letter on the beauty and centrality of the Eucharist in our lives. The lifting of the dispensation from the Sunday Mass Obligation will come into force on Sunday, August 15th, the Solemnity of the Assumption. The usual dispensations allowed by Canon Law will be explained in the bishop’s letter.

MESSAGE FROM BISHOP BARBER CONCERNING JUNE 15, 2021 COVID-19 UPDATES

Dear Friends:

We are glad the pandemic continues to recede in our part of the world, and continue praying for those countries which are still experiencing much suffering and pain.  I am happy the USA is sharing millions of doses of vaccines with countries who lack the means to develop and purchase them. 

As a result of the improvements in the public health situation and the rising numbers of people getting vaccinated, we are able to adapt our safety protocols for worship accordingly.

Starting June 15, the main change is that if you have been vaccinated,you do not need to wear a mask for indoor worship.  If you have not been vaccinated, you are asked to wear a mask indoors for your own protection.  There are no more restrictions on social distancing and seating limits for indoor worship. We can take down the ropes and taped closures of pews.  If parishes wish to continue having a Mass outsideno one is required to wear a mask at all.  Please post signs on your church doors, in your bulletins, and on your websites and social media to announce these changes.

Pastors please note: these protocols are all on the “honor system”.  No one should be forced or requested to “prove” their vaccination status to participate in worship.  No one should be criticized if they choose not to be vaccinated, and/or wear a mask inside our churches.  The “mask rules” for offices, schools, travel, public transportation, and businesses are still being worked out by government health officials.  But church-goers may dispense with the mask if they have been vaccinated.  Our ushers and greeters should extend a warm welcome and answer questions about the new policy, but they should never be used as “mask police”. 

You may, but are not required, to continue live-streaming Mass.  It’s better to come together in person for the Eucharist.  But if significant numbers of your parishioners are ill, vulnerable or not ready to attend in person, you may wish to continue the live stream option temporarily. 

Let’s extend a warm “welcome home” to our parishioners who have been starving spiritually during this pandemic. The Lord has given us “Bread from heaven, containing all sweetness within it.”  Let us do what the Good Shepherd commands us and open wide our doors to “Feed His lambs, feed His sheep.”

In the overwhelming love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,  I am

Yours sincerely in Christ,

The Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, S.J.
Bishop of Oakland

Online Mass Reservations- Not Required

As we all continue to seek normality and places begin to open up, St. Patrick Church would like to announce that starting Memorial Day Weekend (May 29-30, 2021), we will no longer require online reservations for any Masses and the walk up communion.

Due to seating capacity restrictions still set in place, please be advised that all families may not be guaranteed seats. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. We will try our best to accommodate all families.

Volunteers will assist with seating and masks and social distancing are still mandated.  Hand sanitizing before entering the church is also still required.

As we continue to transition to a less restrictive tier, the St. Patrick Pastoral Staff and volunteers are working very hard to open up our Church, yet still keep our community safe for everyone. Let us all pray that soon we will all be able to come back to church at full capacity.

Online Giving – Sacrificial Offerings

Your continued support to the parish with your weekly offering is still very much needed. A link is available online to support our parish and our ministries. Your gifts help continue to serve parishioners during this time of uncertainty. Please donate at www.tinyurl.com/stpdonation. Thank you and God Bless.