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Broken and Blessed: Following Jesus in the Footsteps of Saint Jarlath

Our Community

As a Catholic community, inspired by the life of Saint Francis of Assisi and the Capuchin Franciscan charism, we strive to be disciples of Jesus Christ, and thereby, deepen our communion with God, strengthen our love for one another, and solidify our commitment to the peace and justice of the Gospel kingdom. 

Explore our community, ministries, worship, and events that make our parish a thriving spiritual hub.

Our Story

The Broken Wheel...

Our story begins with our namesake, Saint Jarlath, a contemporary of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. St. Jarlath was consecrated as a bishop without a diocese, but a prophecy revealed that he would establish a diocese where the wheel of his carriage broke. True to the prophecy, St. Jarlath founded the Diocese of Tuam in Connaught, Ireland, which became known as one of the most Catholic dioceses in the Christian community.

In the early 1900s, a native of the Tuam Diocese, Reverend Patrick McHugh, embarked on a mission to the United States and was assigned to the parish of Our Lady Star of the Sea in San Francisco. In 1910, he became the pastor of a parish in Oakland with no land or parish house. Father McHugh’s determination led him to purchase a piece of land on the corner of Fruitvale and Montana, where he began building our first church.

On Christmas Eve of 1910, we celebrated our first Mass in the newly constructed church, and on May 11, 1911, Archbishop Patrick W. Riordan consecrated our parish. Over the years, our community grew, and Father McHugh opened a branch church at the corner of High Street and Allendale Avenue, which eventually became the Parish of St. Lawrence O’Toole.

Father McHugh’s dream of establishing a school for the children of our parishioners and others came true in 1930. The school and convent were blessed by Archbishop E.J. Hanna and entrusted to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, dedicated to Catholic education.

Throughout the years, our parish has seen various pastors who have guided and nurtured our community. Each has left a lasting impact on the life of Saint Jarlath. Our parish has witnessed growth, challenges, and renovations, but through it all, our faith and commitment to serving all people have remained steadfast.

Fast forward to today...

We are guided by Father Hai Ho, OFM Cap, where Saint Jarlath Catholic Parish continues to be a welcoming and inclusive community. We have embraced the Hispanic community by offering Mass in Spanish, and we strive to serve the needs of all our parishioners.

We invite you to join us in our vibrant and diverse parish, where we celebrate our Catholic faith, deepen our spirituality, and serve our community. Together, let us continue the legacy of Saint Jarlath and build a brighter future for all who call our parish home. May we too be broken and blessed!

How to Get Involved

Get involved and make a difference in our Catholic community through our diverse ministries. Whether you have a heart for serving others, a passion for music and worship, a desire to deepen your understanding of the faith, or a talent to share, there is a ministry that aligns with your interests and gifts. Join our ministries to actively contribute to the mission of the Church, foster spiritual growth, and build connections with fellow parishioners.

Our Ministries

Lawyer in the Pew

Lawyer in the pewWe are a compassionate service provided by our church. We understand the challenges you face when dealing with legal issues, and we’re here to help. Talk with a volunteer lawyer for up to 20 minutes, free of charge, about your legal problem. While their expertise may vary, they will make every effort to address your concerns or refer you to the right resource. To prepare for your session, jot down specific questions, gather relevant paperwork, and organize it from newest to oldest. Don’t forget to note any deadlines and create a timeline of your legal issue.

Sessions are available on the first Sunday of the month 10am to 12 noon

For more details or to sign up, please reach out to us at (415) 215-3280 or (510) 532-2068. “Lawyer in the Pew” is a collaboration between St. Jarlath Catholic Church and the Law Office of James M. Wood.

We care deeply about supporting you through your legal journey. Let us provide guidance and comfort within our community.

Legion of Mary

Legion of MaryWe are a vibrant and dedicated community that meets every Saturday at 9AM (English Legion) and 12:30PM (Chinese Legion) in Saint Jarlath Chapel to serve our Church and community. We come together to deepen our spiritual lives and carry out the mission entrusted to us by our Blessed Mother. Through prayer, devotion, and acts of service, we strive to emulate the virtues of Mary and bring Christ’s love to those in need. Join us as we grow in faith, share fellowship, and make a positive impact in the lives of others. Together, we can make a difference.

Knights of Columbus

  • Meetings
    • Every First Wednesday at 7:00pm in the parish hall
  • Breakfast in the Parish Hall
    • Every First Sunday from 8:00am to 12:00pm.  Ham or Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Orange Juice, Coffee and all the pancakes you can eat.
  • Crab Feed (Dates/Times to Come).  
    • Doors open at 6:00pm No Tickets at the door.  Crab Dinner served at 7:00pm. Salad, French Bread, Pasta, dessert and all the crab you can eat. If you wish to have a steak that is also available.  Tickets on sale in the office or any Knight Event.
  • All Catholic Males over 18 years of age are encouraged to join the Knights.

Ministries of Mercy

Ministries of MercyWelcome to the Ministries of Mercy! We are a compassionate and dedicated group committed to providing pastoral care, spiritual support and care to various vulnerable groups within our community. Our ministry consists of three key branches: Pastoral Care of the Sick, Pastoral Care to our Seniors, and Pastoral Care to our Homeless Sisters and Brothers.

In Pastoral Care of the Sick, we offer comfort, prayer, and companionship to those facing illness or unable to attend regular church services. Our trained volunteers visit hospitals and homes, providing the healing presence of Christ and administering sacraments to uplift spirits and bring solace.

In Pastoral Care to our Seniors, we recognize the unique needs of our elderly members and strive to enhance their spiritual well-being. Through regular visits, prayer services, and social engagement, we create a nurturing environment where our seniors feel valued, loved, and connected to the faith community.

In Pastoral Care to our Homeless Sisters and Brothers, we extend our support to those experiencing homelessness. Our dedicated volunteers offer practical assistance, such as providing meals, clothing, and hygiene supplies, while also fostering a sense of belonging and dignity through compassionate listening, prayer, and offering spiritual guidance.

Our ministry is guided by the belief that everyone deserves care, compassion, and spiritual nourishment. We invite you to join us in this vital work, as together we make a difference in the lives of those in need, embracing the call to serve and uplift our community with love and understanding.

Health Ministry - Zumba with Claudia

May be an image of 14 people, people smiling, people dancing and textJoin Claudia’s exhilarating Zumba sessions presented by the St. Jarlath Health Ministry! Experience the joy of uplifting fitness classes that cater to all levels. With dynamic choreography to vibrant Latin and international rhythms, these sessions promote overall well-being and a stronger mind-body connection. Connect with our church community, form friendships, and embrace a healthier and happier you. 

Sessions are held in the parish hall Monday to Thursday 9:00AM-10:00AM and 6:00PM-7:00PM,at the School Auditorium costing $5.00 per day or $45.00 per month. No registration required.

Save the date for our Zumbathon (Usually in November from 9:00am-11:00am) to raise funds for the Lady of Guadalupe Celebration. Everyone is welcome to contribute and enjoy a fun-filled morning!

Divine Mercy Prayer Group

Divine Mercy Prayer GroupWelcome to the Divine Mercy Prayer Group! We invite you to join us every Friday at 7:00PM, immediately following the evening Mass, as we gather to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. This powerful prayer is a beautiful way to honor and seek the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, we seek to experience the boundless love and mercy of God, and to intercede for the needs of our parish, community, and the world. whether you are new to the Divine Mercy devotion or have been practicing it for years, all are welcome to join us in this sacred time of praye

Guadalupanos

GuadalupanosWelcome to the Guadalupanos Prayer Group at Saint Jarlath Catholic Church! Join us as we prepare for our annual celebrations in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe and host events to strengthen our faith community. Our group fosters devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and her apparition at Tepeyac Hill. We seek to increase devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe and help others find ways to integrate this devotion into their family lives. We warmly welcome individuals of all ages and backgrounds to join us in deepening our faith and building a vibrant community centered around Our Lady. Contact the parish office to get involved and learn more about our upcoming events. 

Cursillo Movement

Cursillo MovementDiscover the Cursillo Movement—a dynamic renewal experience centered on spiritual growth and evangelization. Engage in short courses and transformative retreats that nurture a deeper faith and forge a personal connection with Jesus. Through this movement, you’ll be empowered to enrich your community involvement, while also cultivating profound Christian friendships and fostering a sense of unity that beautifully amplifies the teachings of the Gospel. 

Meetings:

  • Wednesday: School of Leaders from 7PM-9PM
  • Third Wednesday: ULTREYA from 7PM-9PM
  • Tuesday: Apostolic Hour 5PM
  • Second Friday of the Month MCC Secretary Meeting

Meet Our Staff

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Pastor:
Lijoy Jose, OFM Cap

510-532-2068

Fr. Simon
Parochial Vicar:
Simon Mbuthi, OFM Cap

510-532-2068

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Secretary:
Elizabeth Delgadillo

510-532-2068

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Maintenance Supervisor:
Francisco Ordaz

510-532-2068

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Office Manager:
Raquel Vasquez

510-532-2068

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Housekeeper & Cook:
Yesenia Martinez

510-532-2068

Important Community Members

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Music Ministry:
Popoy Fulgueras

510-532-2068

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Children's Faith Formation:
TBA

510-532-2068

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RCIA and Faith Formation:
Joseph Williams

510-541-0504

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Liturgy Committee
TBA

510-532-2068

Capuchins at Padre Pio Friary:
Br. Austin Cambon, OFM Cap

Important Links

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Mass Times

Weekday English Mass:
7:30 AM (Rosary Following)

Weekday Spanish Mass:
Tuesday & Friday 6:30 PM

Saturdays English Mass:
7:30 AM & 5:00 PM

Sundays: 9:00 AM (English)
11:00 AM (Spanish)
1:00 PM (Spanish)

First Sunday of the Month:
5:00 PM (French)