Guide to Parish Life

YOUR GUIDE TO PARISH LIFE
AT OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY
DURING THE S.F. BAY AREA’S CORONAVIRUS ISOLATION PERIOD

Due to the Shelter-in-Place order which is in place until at least April 7, and restrictions on public gatherings . . .

OUR PARISH FACILITIES ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED

BUT SOME THINGS ARE STILL HAPPENING.

Given the circumstances, we are doing all that we can to maintain a connection with you.

This temporary website design will tell you what is happening, what is not happening, and what is changing at OLR during the isolation period.

MASSES AND SERVICES

As group gatherings are not possible, we will have a limited number of services that can be viewed by live stream.

On the left side panel, there will be a “live” option (in red) to click on, and that will take you to the current live feed. It’s red only when we are recording live.

The videos will be also be saved to our library, so you don’t necessarily need to watch them live.

For non-Facebook users, it may ask you to log in or create an account, but you should be able to ignore that.

Daily Mass:  Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.

Sunday Mass:  Mass in English, streamed at 8:15 a.m., Fr. Jeff presiding

    Mass in Spanish, streamed at 9:45 a.m., Fr. Jesús presiding

Stations of the Cross:  Fridays, Bi-lingual, streamed at 7:00 p.m.

Rosary:  Monday-Friday, 7:00 p.m.

PRAYER IN OUR CHAPEL

Individuals, while they are in our neighborhood, can stop by our Chapel and pray, daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.   Remember to maintain a social distance of 6 feet from other people in the Chapel.  Only four (4) people will be allowed to be in the Chapel at any one time.

OUR PARISH OFFICE AND STAFF

Even though we cannot be at the Office, we are sheltered at, and working from our homes.

WE ARE STILL ANSWERING THE PHONE.  Call 510-471-2609.  Carmen, our secretary, will refer calls to other staff members as appropriate.  Staff members have access to e-mail and the parish computer system from home.     

THE PARISH BULLETIN

The Parish Bulletin is still being published.  Check the News– Bulletins – 2020 Bulletins section of this website to access these newsletters.

WHAT IS NOT HAPPENNG AT OLR?

Any event that would cause people to be present on the parish campus will not take place, including:

  • Meetings of organizations, committees and clusters
  • Workshops and trainings
  • Faith Formation Program sessions, including CCD, RCIA, youth group, and Confirmation sessions
  • Prayer groups, Rosary nights and devotional group sessions
  • The Wednesday night adoration service
  • Music classes
  • Receptions in the Parish Hall
  • Outside groups or community groups using our facilities
  • Friday Lenten Soup Night
  • CYO Basketball

FOR THOSE WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN OUR FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM

There will be no Faith Formation sessions, including CCD, RCIA, Confirmation, youth group, and Baptism Catechesis meetings until after Easter.  Those who are currently preparing to receive the sacraments will still receive them once the isolation period has been lifted.

WHAT IF YOU ARE A LAY MINISTER, LIKE A LECTOR, EM OR IN MUSIC MINISTRY?

All lay ministers will not serve during the isolation period except for the following:

Lectors.  We will still need two Lectors for both of the weekend Masses that we are live streaming.  Your Head Lector will contact you if she decides to select you to read at one of these Masses.

Music Ministry:  So that we do not exceed current venue occupancy limits, we will have a very small group of musicians and choir members at the two weekend Masses.  John will build a small ensemble for the Masses and will contact you if he intends you to take part in these Masses.      

IN THE CASE OF A PASTORAL EMERGENCY

If someone in your family is ill and needs to see a priest, or for any other urgent need, please call our office number at 510-471-2609.

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!

Please do us a favor and tell your friends who are also our parishioners about the live streaming of our Masses, and that our website is the place to go for the latest information on what is, and is not, happening at the parish.  It will also be the place to learn of when operations will return to normal.

EFT . . . PERHAPS NOW IS THE TIME

EFT, or donating by Electronic Funds Transfer, is mutually beneficial to both you and your parish.

Why?

  • It’s good for you, as it is automatic.  No need to write checks, no need to use envelopes, no need to remember to bring your donation to church, and especially now, your donation continues when you are not able to come to Mass.
  • It’s good for the parish, as EFT helps our income remain steady.  Even though our offices and facilities are closed, our expenses still continue.  We still need to pay utilities, insurance, taxes . . . and salaries as our employees are still working.

If you wish to sign up for EFT, you can click the Donate/EFT button at the top of this page.  You may also call our office at 510-471-2609 – we will be able to process your sign up over the phone.

Keep in touch with us – we miss you!

Watch the live streams . . . call us if you have any questions . . .

visit our website and facebook page regularly . . . 

and pray for the well-being of all who are affected by the virus and those caring for them.

Take care of yourself and stay healthy.

Click on the links below for information and useful tips

Protecting Yourself and Others from the Flu – English and Spanish

Steps to Prevent Illness – COVID-19 – English and Spanish