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Lent will begin on Wednesday, February 10th. Ash Wednesday is a day of Fast and Abstinence. The guidelines on this are: Catholics, ages 14 and over, are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays of Lent.
Individuals between 18 and 59 are also obliged to fast — eat only one full meal — on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Eating two smaller meals is permitted if necessary to maintain strength, but eating between meals is not.
These obligations, however, do not apply to those whose health or ability to work would be seriously affected.
Catholics are also encouraged to do penance in other ways, such as prayer, acts of self-denial, almsgiving, and through works of kindness and compassion
Ash Wednesday Masses & Services
6:30 am Mass in English with Ashes
8:30 am Mass in English with Ashes
10:00 am Mass in Spanish with Ashes
12:15 pm Service and Ashes in English
4:00 pm Mass Bilingual with Ashes
6:00 pm Mass in English with Ashes
8:00 pm Mass in Spanish with Ashes
We will begin our 6:30am Mass or Liturgy of the Word–Monday through Friday, starting February 10th to March 23rd.
On Fridays in Lent, we will also have Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm followed by a simple Soup Supper in the Pope John Paul II Center. All are welcome.
The Parish Communal Reconciliation Service will be held on Monday, March 7th at 7:00PM in Church.
Annual Healing Masses
St. John Vianney Church will have their Healing Mass on Saturday, January 30th at 10am. All are invited especially anyone who is sick or ill and their families and caretakers. Hospitality will be offered after mass.
St. Francis of Assisi Parish will have its annual World Day of the Sick Mass on Saturday, Feb. 6th at 10am. There will be no 8:30am Mass on that Saturday to allow more to attend this special mass.
The Diocese of Oakland will have their World Day of the Sick Mass on Saturday, Feb. 6th at 11am at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. All those who are sick or ill and their families, caregivers and healthcare providers are invited.
Annual Crab Feed
The Knights of Columbus will be hosting the annual crab feed fundraiser in the Monsignor Varni Family Center (aka St. Francis of Assisi gym) on Saturday January 30th, 2016. They have arranged for crab from Oregon so you can enjoy all you can eat fresh, tasty, safe crab. No host bar opens at 6:30pm and dinner will be served at 7:30pm. Enjoy all you can eat crab (or chicken), pasta, salad, garlic bread and dessert. Coffee and tea are complementary and bottled water, soda, wine and beer will be available for purchase. Ticket prices of $50 per adult and $25 for youth 12 and under. A chicken dinner is also available for $30 with advanced notice. Raffle and auction items will also be available. Reserve a table of 8 or more and bring your friends to what is one of the most popular fundraising events each year at St. Francis. Tickets will be available for purchase after weekend masses at St. Francis in January or contact Chuck Spink at kofc13179, email@example.com or (925) 691-5678.
Act of Mercy for the Year of Mercy
The Diocese of Oakland, in partnership with Catholic Charities of the East Bay and the Alameda District Attorney’s Office, will partner to open a Safe House for minors (11-17) who have been sexually trafficked. The Bay Area is a nationwide hub for Human Trafficking, and these children are the most victimized and vulnerable. Together, we can bring healing, hope and dignity to their lives. In conjunction with the opening of the Safe House, Catholic Charities of the East Bay and the Office of Life and Justice will coordinate a campaign to build awareness and mobilize action in all 84 parishes. If you would like to assist with this work please contact Steve Mullin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cristina Hernández at chernández@oakdiocese.org .