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St. John the Baptist Church


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
Another year has gone by very quickly. We celebrate the year through the season of  Spring, to Summer, to Autumn, and through Winter. Our Catholic Church, too, celebrates seasons within every calendar year; starting with Advent, Christmas, the Ordinary Times, Lent, and Easter.

Through these seasons in the Church, we, the faithful, receive gifts and give gifts. Today, we are asked, once again, to respond to the age-old calling to St. Francis by our Lord to: Rebuild My Church. I would like to impart upon us, all, that we cannot do anything without the help of prayers and the contribution of time, talent, and treasure from each and everyone in our parish community.

Herewith is the letter from our Reverend Bishop Michael C. Barber to all of us, the People of God, in the Oakland Diocese.
 
The 2021 Bishop’s Appeal continues with the theme: Rebuild My Church. By sharing your time, talent, and treasure with our sisters and brothers and our Church of the East Bay, you are making a sacrifice and returning to God a small portion of the many gifts he has given to all of us. By embracing Rebuild My Church,  through the 2021 Bishop’s Appeal, you are contributing greatly to building up the Kingdom of God here in the Church of the East Bay. For most of us, our experience of Church is at our parish. The Church is, however, much more than that. We are all called on the mission to serve the Church and its people through our parish, our diocese, and universally. The Bishop’s Appeal in the Diocese of Oakland is but one way to serve our fellow parishioners and the broader community as we demonstrate our unity as Catholics of the Diocese of Oakland. We are asked to pray for our fellow parishioners, our clergy, and leadership, for those who are served by the many ministries and programs offered by the Church, and for the success of the 2021 Bishop’s Appeal. Every member of the faith community of our local Church is also asked to participate in whatever way possible by making a gift. All gifts to the 2021 Bishop’s Appeal are equally important. As responsible stewards of our faith and the many gifts that God has generously bestowed on each of us, we are asked to make a sacrificial, proportionate, and thoughtful gift. Those who are blessed with more are challenged to give more, but everyone is asked to respond. Imagine what can be done in the name of our local faith community if every parishioner were inspired by Rebuild My Church and participated in our Bishop’s Appeal? While parishes rely on the financial support of parishioners through weekly offertory collections, the diocese also relies on these same parishioners to make possible the many services it provides to thousands of individuals each year. The Bishop’s Appeal supplies annual funding to many ministries which provide services to parishes and individuals and throughout the Diocese of Oakland. The Bishop’s Appeal is an organized effort to give every Catholic individual and family in the Diocese of Oakland the opportunity to make a gift to the best of their financial ability.
 
 
With Christ's Love,

Fr. Thuong Nguyen
Pastor
 
Bishop's Appeal 2021

Mass Schedule

 

Daily Morning Mass (Mon to Sat) - 8:00 AM in the Church

Please enter via the side entrance on Kearney St. by Our Lady of Aparecida. Please bring a face covering that covers your nose and mouth. Limited pews are available to remain in compliance with health mandates. Upon arrival, you will be asked to sign in, screened for your temperature below 100.4˚F, and asked to sanitize your hands. All restrooms will be locked. The San Pablo Avenue entrance will remain locked. Scroll down to read the full protocol.

 

Friday Stations of the Cross - 7:30 PM in the Church

 

Please enter via the side entrance on Kearney St. by Our Lady of Aparecida. Please bring a face covering that covers your nose and mouth. Limited pews are available to remain in compliance with health mandates. Upon arrival, you will be asked to sign in, screened for your temperature below 100.4˚F, and asked to sanitize your hands. All restrooms will be locked. The San Pablo Avenue entrance will remain locked. Scroll down to read the full protocol.
 

Saturday - 5:00 PM in the Church - First Come First Serve

Please enter via the side entrance on Kearney St. by Our Lady of Aparecida. Please bring a face covering that covers your nose and mouth. Limited pews are available to remain in compliance with health mandates. Upon arrival, you will be asked to sign in, screened for your temperature below 100.4˚F, and asked to sanitize your hands. All restrooms will be locked. The San Pablo Avenue entrance will remain locked. Scroll down to read the full protocol.


Sunday - 10:00 AM in the Gym Registration Required

Arrive by 9:30 am at the Kearney Street school gate for check-in. Please bring a face covering that covers your nose and mouth. Chairs will be provided. Upon arrival, you will be screened for your temperature below 100.4˚F and asked to sanitize your hands. All restrooms will be locked. To keep the Mass's solemnity, and because of the required screening before admission, we will close the gate 10 minutes after the start of Mass and not admit any person who arrives thereafter. Scroll down to read the full protocol.
 

REGISTRATION UPDATE

Eventbrite reservations are now made weekly Thursdays at 3:00 pm by households as a single person or a family in multiples of two. Please select the option that fits best for your household. 


Please keep in mind, Catholics are not obligated to attend Masses in this time of pandemic. All of the faithful in the Diocese of Oakland have dispensation from Sunday obligation of the Mass, due to the circumstances of the pandemic. People may come to Mass if they are safe to do so, and are comfortable. 

For those who do not wish to attend Sunday Mass yet, livestreams will continue. The Diocese encourages the faithful who do not desire, or are unable to attend weekend Masses, to still observe Sunday as a day of prayer and rest.

Reserve Your Seat

Indoor Sunday Mass Protocol

School Gymnasium

 

The following Mass Protocols will govern our public, Indoor Mass in the middle of this terrible pandemic. They are largely based on rules promulgated by The Diocese of Oakland Protocol for Resuming Public Masses (October 1st Update) (referred to as “Diocese Protocol”), distributed by Bishop Barber, on October 1, 2020, at the recommendation of the Diocesan Office of Worship, with the assistance of the Pastor’s Task Force.

  • You should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to Mass at the Kearney Street school gate. Each person will be directed to their assigned spot.
  • At 15 minutes before Mass, waitlisted and non-registered people will be screened and admitted.
  • In order to retain your seat, attendees must check-in at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the Mass.
  • Chairs will be provided in designated spots that are 6 feet apart between households.
  • To keep the solemnity of the Mass, and because of the required screening before admission, we will close the gate 10 minutes after the start of Mass and not admit any person who arrives thereafter.
  • You will have your temperature checked. Only those with a temperature below 100.4˚ F will be admitted.
  • You must sanitize your hands upon entry.
  • You must wear a face mask (if 3 years and older) and cover your mouth and nose at ALL times, except when receiving holy communion.
  • You must keep a social distance (at least 6 feet away from others).
  • No public restrooms are available.
  • Exchange the Sign of Peace with only those in your household.
  • The Precious Blood will not be offered.
  • Refrain from congregating before and after Mass.
  • You must remain in your seat until the conclusion of the Mass, except when going to receive Holy Communion.
  • Holy Communion will be distributed at its normal time within the Mass.

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Masses continues until further notice.

Screening Questions

Per the Diocese Protocol, you are advised to stay home if your answer is yes to any of the following questions (where you can watch the livestream on the parish website or Facebook page):

  1. Are you 65 years or older, or have any underlying health condition?
  2. Have you experienced any of these symptoms in the last 14 days?* Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea
  3. Have you been in close contact or cared for someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  4. Have you traveled to, reside, or work in areas with disproportionately higher COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days?
  5. Have you been exposed to a person suspected of having Covid-19 in the past 14 days?
  6. Have you been directed to be under quarantine by any public health agency or Primary Care Provider in the past 14 days?

Each person MUST be pre-registered, including children. This is to comply with the 25% maximum rule. To prevent from turning people away please register as we cannot guarantee a spot without a ticket.

Reserve Your Seat

Indoor Daily & Saturday Mass Protocol


The following Mass Protocols will govern our public, Indoor Mass in the middle of this terrible pandemic. They are largely based on rules promulgated by The Diocese of Oakland Protocol for Resuming Public Masses (October 1st Update) (referred to as “Diocese Protocol”), distributed by Bishop Barber, on October 1, 2020, at the recommendation of the Diocesan Office of Worship, with the assistance of the Pastor’s Task Force.

You should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to Mass via the Kearney St. entrance by the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida. Each person will be directed to their assigned spot.

  • Pews have designated spots that are 6 feet apart between households.
  • You will have your temperature checked. Only those with a temperature below 100.4˚ F will be admitted.
  • You must sanitize your hands upon entry.
  • You must wear a face mask (if 3 years and older) and cover your mouth and nose at ALL times, except when receiving holy communion.
  • You must keep a social distance (at least 6 feet away from others).
  • No public restrooms are available.
  • Exchange the Sign of Peace with only those in your household.
  • The Precious Blood will not be offered.
  • Refrain from congregating before and after Mass.
  • You must remain in your seat until the conclusion of the Mass, except when going to receive Holy Communion.
  • Holy Communion will be distributed at its normal time within the Mass.
  • San Pablo Entrance will be closed at all times.

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Masses continues until further notice.

Screening Questions

Per the Diocese Protocol, you are advised to stay home if your answer is yes to any of the following questions (where you can watch the livestream on the parish website or Facebook page):

  1. Are you 65 years or older, or have any underlying health condition?
  2. Have you experienced any of these symptoms in the last 14 days?* Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea
  3. Have you been in close contact or cared for someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  4. Have you traveled to, reside, or work in areas with disproportionately higher COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days?
  5. Have you been exposed to a person suspected of having Covid-19 in the past 14 days?
  6. Have you been directed to be under quarantine by any public health agency or Primary Care Provider in the past 14 days?
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