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St. John the Baptist Church

Third Sunday of Lent


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,  

We begin the month of March celebrating the third Sunday of Lent. All the readings talk about the First Commandment: “Love your God with all your heart, mind, and whole being. It is so easy for us to skip through the First Commandment and proceed to the other commandments, i.e. Thou shall not steal, Thou shall not kill, Thou shall not commit adultery, and not be mindful of what the First Commandment teaches us.
 
The First Commandment asks of us to put God above all things. Everything. How many times have we been preoccupied other than God? What has taken our time, talent, and treasure away from God? What do we consider is the single most important matter, right now, in our life?

God our Father tells His people through Moses that ‘You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth. You shall not bow down before them or worship them. For I, the Lord, your God, am a jealous God.’

Today’s Gospel tells us: “When Jesus went up to Jerusalem, he found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as, the money changers seated there. He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the money changers. Then he said, “Take these out of here and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” The Jews asked Him:  “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple and, in three days, I will raise it up.” Jesus was talking about His body that will be raised up by the Father at the Resurrection.

In our society today, we are confronted with a staggering number of lives lost by Pro-Choice. We, as well as, every unborn are temples of God the Holy Spirit formed in the image and likeness of God. Let us stand firm and not be discouraged, respect, and not destroy the life given by God.

We pray that God helps us to always keep the First Commandment in our daily lives. And through the intercession of our Mother Mary, may our Lord grant to us the wisdom to protect and safeguard the physical and spiritual life of our bodies and of others which are the temples of the Holy Spirit.
 

Sincerely Yours,
Fr. Thuong Hoai Nguyen

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.

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