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Power Lab Vacation Bible Camp was a success

This year’s Summer Day Camp was full of fun, learning and friendships. We had 58 campers from 18 different schools ranging in age from 3-12. We had 9 High School Crew members and 4 College Station Leaders and 10 Adults. What awesome Volunteers!

The kids learned songs with Sign Language, Dance and  Computer Coding. They enjoyed making Snacks for other campers, Science Experiments, high energy fun games and experiencing Bible Stories that came to life. Fusion Finale gave them the opportunity to see Science Lab experiments make changes and experience other activities. They also got to make Crafts And Science projects that were slimy and Gizmos that walked, flew. They designed their own tie-dye shirts. 

Our 18th Annual event was a big hit! Thanks to all who participated and supported this wonderful event with your Time, Talent or Treasure, we truly appreciate it.

Save the Dates for next year’s Extravaganza June 22-26, 2020. Our Facebook page is St. John’s Vacation Bible Day Camp, you can check out this and past year’s adventures.

Let us know what you thought about Power Lab 2019.
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Pam Vincent, Director

Pictures from Power Lab 2019

Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord

When Fr. John Direen addressed our annual liturgical ministers meeting, he made frequent reference to a document published by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.  The document, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, is available on their website in  English and in Spanish

Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord expresses the bishops’ strong desire for the fruitful collaboration of ordained and lay ministers who, in distinct but complementary ways, continue in the Church the saving mission of Christ for the world, his vineyard.

There is also an extensive Frequently Asked Questions about Lay Ecclesial Ministry on their website.

Raffle Business Sponsors

A number of our business neighbors have donate cash or other items to support our parish festival.  The donated items will be raffled off throughout the day on Sunday. Buy you tickets to win.

Please patronize those businesses who have generously supported us.

Olivero Plumbing
11360 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Doherty's truck rental
Doherty’s Truck & Auto Rental
10895 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530


El Cerrito Royale
6510 Gladys Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Well Grounded Tea & Coffee Bar
6925 Stockton Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Jenny K
6921 Stockton Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530


El Cerrito Natural Grocery Company
10367 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Raffle $100 club

The parish festival is a success because a lot of generous people buy $100 of more of raffle tickets.  This year the following list of people generously bought at least 12 tickets for $100.

Ricardo/Marissa Bautista

Alfred/Helen Carlson

Richard/Kathleen Keller

Richard/Constance Mank

Teresa/Melinda Brignone

Loretta Marin

M.D. Zorilla

Eric/Sharon Ewen

Shirley/James Robertson

Marcelino/Margarita Nodal

Xavier/Dinah Sales

Eric/Sharon Ewen

Fr. Thuong

Virgilio/Emily Alonzo

Dante/Jesusa Sales

Michael/Barbara Woldemar

Cora/Ike Tiongson

John/Patricia Olivero

Elizabeth Addiego

Marsha/Joseph Conwill

Susan/Ricardo Gonzalez

Maria Britto

Charles/Anna Marie/Sieben and/Franco

Annita Delsimone

Victoria Tannady


Kathleen Klatt

Ronald/Andrea Gronsky

Mary Dong

Susan Petersen

William/Janice Saner

Joan Aiken

Bruce Hartman

SJ Senior Center

Gina Pantig

Floyd/Jessie Renty

Steven/Maria Ingraham

John/Nancy Woo

Timothy/Roberta Montgomery

Frank/Mildred Gardner

Walter/Olivia Wong

James/Christine Hickey

Alice Barce

Carmelito/Soledad Castillo

Pamela Vincent

Ray/Roberta Cayton

Carol Mansinne-Shafer

Joseph Orr

Nancy Clabby/Eiji Nakamura

Edmond/Lillian Bayer

Reynaldo/Linda Gauna

Jasmin/Efren Salcedo

Patrick Moran

JoAnne Villani

Rhonda/Roger Canotal

Bernie Juat

Ria Abesamis

Thalia/Kay Cayetano

Fr. Joseph Tran

Elizabeth Brown

John/Judy Baker

Carol/Tanya Quinney

Jose/Maria Pena

Jay/Pam Clark

Bessie Lai

Myrna Engalla

Robert Collin

Food for the Poor

This weekend a missionary from Food for the Poor preached at all the masses and asked for contributions to help his organization feed, cloth, and house the poor.  If you did not contribute when he was here and would like to you can contribute on their website which is at

Avalanche Ranch was a big success!

The annual vacation bible day camp was a big success.  We had a lot of kid who had an exciting week leaning about the Lord who loves them and some bible stories that demonstrated that.

Below are some pictures of some of the kids having a good time.

Church Linen Ministers Wanted

The parish is looking for several additional people to join the Church Linen Ministry.  The church linens ministry prepares all of the linens we use at Mass.  The linens are the purificators which are used to keep our communion cups clean, the corporals which are on the altar to catch any little pieces of the host that may fall, and hand towels which are used when to priest washes his hands during Mass.  Weekly one minister picks up, launders, irons, and returns the linens used that week in the celebrations of the Eucharist.

With a full complement of ministers, each person will be responsible for the linens every six to eight weeks

Thank you for considering joining. Please let Kathleen Keller know if you are willing to serve. Call her at 510-734-1267 or email her

Fr. Thuong’s Holy Week letter

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ,

We have come to the final stage of our Lenten journey of 2018. We have listened to the Word of God each Sunday and have reflected how the words of scriptures affect our daily lives. As part of this journey, we have resolved and have spent more time in prayer, sacrificed some time or a delectable food by way of fasting, and probably held back on spending for that one piece that will bring enjoyment or delight as means for almsgiving.

This is a time for rejoicing for we are about to come into full circle. We are entering into Palm Sunday where Jesus was hailed as the Messiah. The Easter Triduum starts with Holy Thursday where Jesus spends a last supper with His disciples. The following day is Good Friday where our Lord endured suffering and gave His life as a ransom for many. And finally the Easter Vigil which is the pinnacle of all rejoicing and life as Jesus is resurrected and have conquered death.

Holy Week is a time we reflect on suffering, the Cross, death and resurrection. As Christians, we are called to accept suffering in our life. We also know that every suffering that we endure we are carrying the Cross. Death, as we all know, is not the end but that there is rising to an eternal life with God. Death, for Christians, also means our lives’ death to sin. Finally, our resurrection is in Jesus, the Risen One!

Take to heart the letter of St. Paul to the Romans 8:10-15. “But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit that dwells in you. Consequently, brothers and sisters, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry out: Abba, Father!”

I wish you a BLESSED HOLY WEEK and a HAPPY EASTER SEASON. Through the intercession of our Blessed Virgin Mary, may God bless all of us, keep us, protect us from all harm and above all give us new lives in the resurrection of Risen Christ.

Fr. Thuong Hoai Nguyen

Jesus Knocking

In my homily for Simbang Gabi on Thursday night I mentioned the picture of Jesus Knocking on a door.  The door has no knob or key hole that is visible.  The door must be opened from the inside.  At the dinner following the mass some people asked me about the picture.  I found some on the web and I am posting one for those who have not seen this picture.

Jesus Knocking