Questions answered

Who can I call in case of a church-related emergency?

To reach someone in an emergency, call (510) 471-2609.  If the Parish Office is closed and you reach a recording, press menu option 2 — this will cause the phone to be answered by a live operator at our answering service, who can reach our Pastor and key parish personnel.  

If death in the family occurs, who do I call?

Losing a loved one is one of the hardest challenges we deal with in our lives. Our Lady of Rosary Church and Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services (CFCS) encompass all of your needs conveniently packaged to accommodate your wishes and is well versed in the Rites of Christian Funerals and Burials.

Please call (510) 537-6600 for immediate assistance. CFCS can provide all the answers to your questions.

How do I register in the parish?

To register in the parish, phone the parish secretary at (510) 471-2609, stop by the office, or register online.

How do I receive offertory envelopes?

Having offertory envelopes is a good idea, for several reasons:

  • They are pre-printed with only an account number (no name and address), so you can give anonymously.
  • They allow our office to prepare an annual statement for tax purposes.
  • As your donation at Mass is a “gift” to the community, your envelope serves as your donation’s “gift wrap.”

To receive envelopes for adults, simply contact the office.  You can be given a temporary set on the spot.  Then, every other month (at the end of February, April, June, August, October, and December) a two-month supply pre-printed with your account number will be sent to your home.

Children’s envelopes can be obtained by picking them up in the main vestibule of the church the last weekend of February, April, June, August, October and December. Students who are in our Parish School or our CCD programs will receive them in class. Children’s donations are reflected in their parent’s record of giving.

Can I make my gifts electronically?

Yes.  We have an EFT program which enables you to make your donations using your checking or credit card accounts.  You will first have to fill out a form in our EFT brochure, and include a voided check if you want your donations deducted from a checking account.  To obtain our EFT brochure, you can call the Parish Office at (510) 471-2609, stop by the office, or download the form from our website by clicking on the giving link.

If you bank electronically, you can also set up automatic transfers from your checking account by setting up the parish as a “bill” in your bank’s online bill pay system.

How do I get married in the Church?

This is the procedure for marrying in the church:

  1. A couple should contact the Parish Office at least six months before the date they want to marry.
  2. An initial appointment will be made with a Priest at this time.  The purpose of the initial appointment is to set the date for the wedding and the rehearsal, to provide an opportunity for the Priest and the couple to get acquainted, to begin planning for the fulfillment of the requirements of marriage, and to answer any questions the couple might have.
  3. The couple will have other appointments, where they will complete a Personal Testimony form, which will state their identity, status in the Church and freedom to marry.  The couple will also complete a questionnaire which determines their compatibility.
  4. A relative or close friend of both the bride and the groom will each meet with the priest to complete a Testimony of Witness form, which confirms the information provided by the bride and groom.
  5. Should the bride or groom-to-be not be Catholic, a Petition of Dispensation form must be completed, where the non-Catholic person makes certain promises.
  6. The couple are to provide copies of their Baptismal, First Communion and Confirmation certificates.  Baptismal certificates must be recent copies (i.e. drafted in the last six months).  Certificates are to be requested by contacting the church where the sacrament had taken place.
  7. The couple is to go to the county recorder’s office and obtain a marriage license.  In order to get the marriage license, the couple must obtain a blood test from a doctor’s office or clinic, and the bride must have a German Measles Shot.
  8. The couple will be required to attend a pre-cana seminar, such as the Diocesan weekend retreat for the engaged.
  9. The couple is expected to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to the marriage ceremony, by attending one of our regularly-scheduled Saturday confessions.

The sacrament of Marriage is celebrated either at 12:00 Noon or at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Weddings are never held during Lent and Advent.

How do I celebrate Quincinera?

A Quinceanera is when a young woman makes a personal commitment before the parish community to follow God at the time of her 15th birthday.

These are the requirements that have to be met by a young woman in order for her to have a Quinceanera in our Parish:

  • She must be involved in lay ministry in the parish.
  • She must have been attending one of our parish youth groups for a minimum of one year.

All Quinceanera ceremonies at Our Lady of the Rosary are “simple” ceremonies.  The young woman makes her commitment to God with her parents at her side, without attendants and any extravagant expenses.

To schedule a Quinceanera, the young woman should contact Fr. Jose for an appointment. The best way to do this is to see Father as he is exiting the Church after one of the Spanish Masses on Sunday.  He keeps his appointment book close by at Mass on Sunday, so he can schedule an appointment instantly.

How do I rent  the Parish Hall?

The Parish Hall may be reserved for the following functions:

  • A reception for a wedding or anniversary Mass held at Our Lady of the Rosary
  • A reception following a funeral held at the parish
  • Meetings and functions of various community non-profit organizations.

The Parish Hall cannot be reserved for the following purposes:

  • A Quinceanera Reception
  • A Baptism Reception
  • Community sporting events not associated with parish groups
  • Family gatherings (e.g. birthday parties)

To schedule the use of the Parish Hall, e-mail Robert Clark or call the Parish Office, (510) 471-2609.  At that time, it will be determined whether or not the Hall is available for the date desired and an appointment will be made to fill out a contract and an insurance form.

These are the typical costs of using the Parish Hall.  Costs are determined on a case-by-case basis.  These costs are based on a full-day of usage for a six-hour dinner-dance:

  • Donation for Hall use:  $600.00
  • Cleaning Fee:  $350.00 (We put the tables away and wash the floor for you)
  • Security Deposit: $200.00 (Returned to you if there is no damage or if the Hall is not left “unusually dirty”)
  • Liability Insurance:  $200.00-$375.00 (Payable to the Diocese of Oakland)
  • Security: $15.00 per hour for each guard (one security guard must be hired for every 100 people in attendance at your event)

All events in the Hall must end no later than 11:00 p.m.  Additional time is granted for people working on events to decorate before and to clean up after the event.

How do I learn more about the Catholic Faith, become Catholic, or receive sacraments later in life?

Our RCIA program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program can give current members of our church a deeper understanding of their faith, as well as help those who are considering becoming Catholic discern this desire and take the necessary steps towards membership in the Church. This program also provides the necessary preparation for older children who were not baptized, and adults who did not receive one or more of the sacraments when they were younger.  For more information on this program, e-mail the Parish Office at or phone (510) 471-2609.

What do I need to do to have my child baptized?

This is the procedure for having your child baptized at OLR:

(Note: This procedure can take anywhere from three to six months, so please plan ahead!)

  1. Contact the Parish Office — phone (510) 471-2609, stop by, or e-mail the office at and inform us that you want a “Baptism Packet” mailed to you.
  2. When requesting your packet, you will need to provide your name, mailing address, phone number, and the language (English or Spanish) in which you want the packet.
  3. Once you receive the packet, read the enclosed letter for the instructions to follow.
  4. Fill out both the enclosed Parish Registration Form and the Baptism Registration Form (in English it is yellow, in Spanish it is white).  Even if you are already registered in the parish, please fill out the Parish Registration Form, as this will make the information we have on your family more current.
  5. Mail the forms back to the office in the envelope provided, or drop them by the office.
  6. Once you have returned the forms, you will be contacted by a baptismal counselor. He or she will further clarify the procedure, verify the accuracy of the forms, and determine if there are any circumstances that must be explored further before the baptism can take place.
  7. If the baptism counselor determines that there are areas needing further exploration, you will be given an appointment with the Pastor.
  8. Parents and Godparents will then attend Pre-Baptismal Catechesis (i.e. Baptismal Instruction).  The classes are offered in both English and Spanish on a monthly basis. One two-hour class is required.
  9. Once classes are taken and all of the above pre-requisites are satisfied, the Baptism can take place.

The sacrament of Baptism is celebrated in English on the first and third Saturdays of the month at 10:00 a.m., while it is celebrated in Spanish on the second and fourth Saturdays. Baptisms are never held during Lent and Advent.