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Dear parishioners of St. Callistus,


As announced last Sunday, November 2nd is All Souls' Day. We will have two masses that day, one at 8:30 am and the other at 7:30 pm.  We will have the regular All Souls' Novena masses starting that day and ending on the 10th. Please make sure that you get masses for your departed loved ones. If you need, get your envelopes from the ushers when you come to Church this Sunday and do the needful. 


A Memorial List will be made and put in the website with all the names you submit for masses to be offered for. The cut off time for you to give the names is 12:00 noon on Friday, October 30th.


Our Saturday evening mass restarts at 5:15 pm on November 7th, with 25% (45 seats) of the total seating capacity. The procedure will be the same as now: you need to call Guia Gorospe at 510-734-9289 and make reservations for it. The time of the Sunday masses remains the same: 8:30 am and 10:00 am.


Next Sunday, November 1st,  Daylight Saving Time ends. So, before going to bed on Saturday remember to change your clocks one hour backwards. 


A REMINDER:   October is the month specially dedicated to devotion to the Holy Rosary. So, tomorrow, Saturday, the 24th we shall pray the rosary in front of Mary's Grotto at 11:00 am. All are welcome. If possible come and show your love and devotion to our Blessed Mother. It might be a good idea to have a jacket with you, in case it is a little chilly. Also bring your light chair as you did when you came for mass in the courtyard.


Fr. Jimmy Thottapally


Hi,  St. Callistus parishioners,


MASSES INDOORS:   This is a reminder to all of you that this Sunday, October 18 onward our masses will be in the Church. Please see the Instructions regarding this, and strictly follow them. All masses will be over in 45 minutes, at the most 50 if Holy Communion takes a bit longer. 

Please arrive on time because once mass starts the door will be locked.


ALL SOULS' NOVENA MASSES:   November 2, Monday is All Souls' Day. As usual, we shall have the special Novena Masses for the Souls in Purgatory, starting that day until November 10. Please remember to get masses offered for your deceased loved ones during those days. It is our sacred duty to do this. Envelopes for this will be distributed to you by the ushers when you come for mass this Sunday and the next.   (Those of you who already got them in the mail: you too may bring them with the names of those whom you want to be prayed for, with the mass offerings, this Sunday or the next)


Fr. Jimmy Thottapally


Sunday October 25th Reflection:

In today’s Gospel (Mt. 22, 34-40), Jesus reminds us of the two greatest commandments: “love of God” and “love of neighbor as oneself,” in that order.


Please note that the commandment to love God is to the fullest! “You shall love the Lord, our God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with your entire mind.” In Jesus’ own words, this is the greatest and the first commandment. It is clear that love of God should be our first priority, requiring of us maximum intensity. Until we realize and concretize this in our lives, we still have a long way to go in our journey to God’s heart.


Take note, too, that in the second commandment, love of neighbor is mentioned before love of self: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” In other words, we should not make ourselves the standard of our loving. The problem arises when the standard of our living and loving is I, me, and myself.


Think about this: “Every time we give in to selfishness and say ‘No’ to God, we spoil His loving plan for us” (Pope Francis).


Prayer: Lord, help me to love You most, love my neighbor more, and love myself less. Amen


 Fr. Dante



Message from the Pastor re: Sacrament of Confession


Dear parishioners,


1.  I wish to remind you once again that you have the opportunity to receive the sacrament of confession here every Saturday from 4:00 to 4:45 pm (our usual confession time). The confessions are heard in the parish hall with full precautions. If you want to receive the sacrament at other times, please call the parish office and one of us priests will be available for you.


This corona situation is a time when we have more free time. God must have his reasons in letting us have it; may be, he is calling us to take stock of our life more seriously; to repent of our sins and turn to him in greater sorrow for them and make the needed changes in our life. God does nothing in vain. Let us listen to his voice within us.


2.  In case you or any of your family members are in serious illness and need the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please call the parish office and one us priests will be there to take care of you. You can also call Fr. Dante on his cell phone. Number: 510-325-0858.  (The diocese has asked us, priests above the age of 65, not to go for this as far as possible. That is why I am not  putting my cell phone number here. But if needed, I too will be there for it). 


3.  Both Fr. Dante and I say mass every day, though mostly privately. So please feel free to get in touch with the parish office with your mass intentions and one of us priests will offer the mass for your intention.


Fr. Jimmy.



Communion will be given after Sundays Live-Stream Mass from  

   11:00 am to 12:00 pm.




Dear Parishioners

We ask you to participate in a live stream mass, before coming for

communion; not necessarily from St. Callistus, but from somewhere,

anywhere. Please observe social distancing when parking.

If you are not well, or having a cold, coughing, sore throat, fever, etc.    

PLEASE do not come; Stay home. You don’t want to get more ill, nor

do you want to make someone else ill.


You must wear a mask or face covering. Remove mask upon reaching the

Priest. Receive Holy Communion in your hands only and consume it immediately.


Before driving away, please spend some time in prayer.




Prayer before Communion:

Father in heaven, you have made us for yourself; our hearts are restless until they rest in you.

Fulfill this longing through Jesus, the Bread of life, so that I may witness to him who alone

satisfies the hungers of the human family. By the power of your Spirit lead us to the heavenly

table where we may feast on the vision of your glory forever and ever. Lord Jesus, come into

my heart, bless me, my family and all people.    Amen.


Prayer after Communion:

Thank you, good and gracious Jesus, for coming to me. In spirit I humbly kneel before you.

And, with burning soul I pray and beseech thee to fix deep in my heart, lively sentiments of faith,

hope and charity. Grant me true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment. While I

contemplate with great love and tender pity thy five most precious wounds, pondering over them

within me, and calling to mind the words that David, thy prophet said of thee, my Jesus,

“They have pierced my hands and feet, they have numbered all my bones”. Jesus, I love you.

Help me to be always faithful to you.     Amen.


Thank you very much for your cooperation in all this.

Fr. Jimmy

Your Pastor



LIVE STREAMING:  We will continue to have one Mass, at 10:00 am, which will be live streamed every Sunday at least until further notice. As much as possible, please watch, and thus participate,  the best way possible in the given situation,  in the Mass:  either the one from St. Callistus or from somewhere else. 

Fr. Jimmy.

OFFERING TO THE PARISH:     I wrote to you sometime back about the importance of the parishioners making their regular offerings to the parish. As I said then, even though the Church is closed, our expenses remain.


I appeal to you once again to do the very best you can to support the parish. I am very reluctant to ask for money, but I have no choice. When you come to receive Communion the ushers will be there to take your offerings. 

I miss you all so much. I hope and pray that soon we shall again be able to gather fully inside the Church to worship God. You too please pray for that. You are all constantly in my thoughts and prayers. Kindly pray for me also and for Fr. Dante. We need your prayers.


Fr. Jimmy 

Your Pastor.


Join us for Mass Live Stream 10:00 am     (until further notice)                

Mass Schedule 



Sunday           8:00 am

                    10:00 am
                    12:00 noon


Note for 10am mass:

Includes Children's Liturgy

of the Word

Daily (Mon-Sat)       8:30 am

Saturday Vigil      5:15 pm

Holy Day  8:30 am & 7:30 pm



4:00 pm to 4:45 pm

(other times by appointment)


The Church

Always Be

a place 

of Mercy

and Hope,



is Welcomed,




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