825 Seventh Street 510.799.4406

A Message from Our Pastor

September 19, 2021

Dear People of St. Patrick Parish,

The Gospel has Jesus holding a child and saying, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.” We know Jesus is talking about God His Father.

We may not be a child, but Jesus holds us and leads us to God our creator.

It is hard to love someone without knowing that person and why they are loved. Do we
really know Jesus and what He taught us? Do we really know God the Father that Jesus leads us to?

Once Baptized we must continue to come to know, love and serve our God. We must
understand what God expects of us and to know what He has promised us.

Today, we ask ourselves, have we baptized our children, instructed them in our Catholic Faith and prepared them for their First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation to make them fully initiated Catholics?

We must set a good example by letting them see us praying, taking them to Mass, receiving Holy Communion and showing them how to love God and others in this world.

Please register your children for Faith Formation classes, if they are not in a Catholic School. Enroll our teens in Youth Ministry, Confirmation classes and to become active in the Parish Ministries.

As adults and members of the Parish, lets start going to the Parish Bible study and study of the Catholic Catechism. Let us establish more adult lessons about our Catholic Faith, get
involve in our Parish Ministries.

Yes, today let us rededicate ourselves to this mission of Faith get involve and pray for all those who are teaching and helping our children learn about God and our Catholic Faith.

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/



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:

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.

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.

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.