Congratulations to our St. John Catholic School students for placing well at Saturday’s Diocesan Science Fair! Our students earned 4 third place awards, 1 second place award and one honorable mention. Well done: Lizbeth Alycia, Evan, Jeremiah, Paulo and Charlotte! Thank you to our awesome middle school math and science teacher, Mrs Vidal, for her amazing leadership!
Pictures in the bulletin.
We would like to introduce to the parishioners of St. John’s Church, two Members/ Volunteers of St. Vincent de Paul Society: SHIRLEY SANCHEZ and ALEXANDER “Alex” ESTRADA.
We appreciate and thank thoise two new members for their hard work and dedication to St. Vincent de Paul.
How blessed we were at SJCS to have the opportunity to celebrate Catholic Schools’ Week! After the kick-off to Catholic Schools’ Week mass and school open house on January 28th, that Monday the St. John Catholic School Student Council and CYO cheerleaders led a spirit rally. That Tuesday students showcased their life-long learning skills during Kahoot trivia battles. Later that week, students served others while assisting younger students during faith family bingo.
Students enjoyed an in-class movie day, and were able to share their artistic and creative gifts through classroom door decorating contests. Lastly, on Friday night of Catholic Schools’ Week, students tapped into their athletic abilities and positive sportsmanship during our school-wide Olympic Day. We are so proud of our school community, and it is a joy to witness our students sharing together in faith, family, friendship and fun.
Pictures in the bulletin.
Ash Wednesday / Miercoles de Ceniza
8:30 am ——- English
1:30 pm ——- School with Community
5:00 pm —— Bilingual
7:00 pm —— Spanish
Stations of the Cross
Every Friday / Cada Viennese 7:00 pm
Youth Lent Retreat / Retiro de Cuaresma para Jovenes
Confirmation Holy Spirit Retreat/ Retiro del Espiritu Santo (%
Parish Lent Retreat - Bilingual
Lent Altar Server Retreat/Retiro de Monaguillos (cuaresmal)
Soup and Lent Reflections / Reflexiones de Cuaresma. 5:30pm
Mandy Corpuz and Hugo Angel Zermeno
The parishioners of the month holds a special significance, particularly during the Lenten Season. This month, we honor individuals whose stewardship and generosity have illuminated the oath of faith for our community. Their dedication to serving others, whether through acts of kindness, or tireless volunteer work, embodies the spirit of Lenten sacrifice and renewal. They serve as an inspiration, reminding us of the importance of giving back and embodying the teachings of Christ. As we journey through Lent, let us imitate their example of compassion and service, spreading love and hope to all those in need.
See pictures in the bulletin.
Guidelines for Lent in the Diocese of Oakland
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time to grow spiritually through penitential practices, especially those of self-denial, almsgiving and through works of kindness and compassion.
The new Policies and Liturgical Guidelines, communicated by Bishop Barber are to be considered normative throughout our Diocese as of Ash Wednesday, February 14. This includes kneeling after the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God). Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of universal fast and abstinence. Fasting is obligatory for all who have completed their 18th year until the beginning of their 60th year.
Abstinence (from meat) is obligatory for all who have completed their 14th year of age. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus and to prepare to share more fully and to celebrate more readily His resurrection. Fridays in Lent are obligatory days of abstinence ( from meat).