Social Justice
Mission: To follow the social justice Gospel, reaching out to those in need, locally (within our parish boundaries), the larger local community, and to touch others farther away (East Africa).
  • We sponsor four food drives a year. Two are for Elizabeth House which is a transitional housing program for homeless women and their children in North Oakland. Two are for Catholic Worker House in East Oakland, a house of hospitality to those in need located in the Fruitvale area. They distribute food to about 180-200 families every Thursday and serve a hot meal daily to 30-50 homeless people.

  • Our Thanksgiving Food Drive is distributed among at least three local communities who also serve the needy as well as those programs we sponsor year-long.

  • We prepare and serve a luncheon 4 Sundays a year at St. Mary’s Senior Center which is located in West Oakland and simultaneously give them a cash donation of $100 .

  • In December we sponsor the Christ Child Shower which provides gifts for disabled adults attending Wisdom Path (Castro Valley), Casa de la Vida (Oakland) which is a transitional housing program for homeless adults living with disabilities, and Mercy Center. In the past we have included Casa Vincentia and SPRED in this Shower.

  • Pasta & Games is our fund (and fun-raising)-raising activity. On the second Friday of each month we serve a delicious meal of salad, pasta, dessert, etc. and play games throughout the evening. We charge $10/person and the proceeds are used to support ALL of our other outlays: Checks for $400 each were sent to: Jesuit Society of Eastern Africa (Fr. Orobator), Mercy Brown Bag Program, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Alameda County, free dining room AND the Visitation Center for Women and Children, and the East Bay Youth Development Center; $100 each was given to the 4 student teachers living in the convent. So far in 2012 we have been able to send checks for $400 to Parker School to help fill their “wish list” for special books and $200 to augment the supplies needed for emergency kits.

  • Beginning in 2012 we have “adopted” Parker Elementary School. They wanted other books for their classrooms beyond the normal curriculum; we were able to make a generous donation of $400 to support that wish. We have just completed a drive for supplies for emergency kits for their children should such a need arise; we were able to deliver 100 kits to them (their enrollment is 172 this year).