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A Message from Our Pastor

September 12, 2021

Dear People of St. Patrick Parish,

It is so nice and rewarding to see so many of you coming to Mass and Holy Communion.

There are some new faces and I hope you feel welcomed at St. Patrick’s Church and will continue to join us each week. We are blessed also to see families and children coming to Mass. We pray that our weekend Masses will be blessed with even more people coming and encounter their God at Mass.

As Catholic people following Jesus Christ, we need God’s help as we struggle with so many issues in our lives. We need to be reassured that our loving God is indeed with us on this journey.

Let us take courage and draw strength from Isaiah, “The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced.” “See, the Lord God is my help; who will prove me wrong?”

We are challenged in the letter of St. James, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?”  What are these works? To clothe and feed the poor, help anyone in need, not be judgmental and condemning. We cannot say I will pray for you, but will not clothe or feed your or help you in anyway.

Are your children, grandchildren, godchildren, enrolled in either Catholic Elementary School or in St. Patrick Parish Faith Formation classes?

The Sacrament of Confirmation is a two year program and high school students need to
participate.

We are excited to start our Faith Formation Program for 2021-2022, here at the Parish. Please pray for all the staff and team members.

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

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Mask Mandate

FROM THE DIOCESE OF OAKLAND: In compliance with the new order issued today for all Bay Area Counties, masks are required indoors, regardless of vaccination status, effective midnight, August 2, 2021. Masks will be required for entrance into the church, school and office for all services and meetings. For more information, go to the Contra Costa County Health. https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/

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
Calendar

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
Calendar

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
Calendar

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
Calendar

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.

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.