St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
El Cerrito, California


As Catholic Christians, we are committed to knowing, loving, and serving God by obeying His commandments and serving our brothers and sisters with love and respect.

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Pastor: Rev. Thuong H. Nguyen
Parochial Vicar: Rev. Rafal P. Duda
In Residence: Rev. Gabriel Wankar  
Deacon: Thom McGowan
Deacon: Loch Sekona

Holy Week and Easter Services
Fr. Thuong's Easter Letter

Palm Sunday – March 29    
   Palms will be blessed and distributed at all the Masses.

     Processions before the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, 
            and the 9:30, 11 and 12:30 Masses on Sunday.


Holy Thursday – April 2 

     8 a.m. – Morning Prayers (no Mass)
      7:30 p.m. – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
            Washing the Feet of the Disciples 
            Procession to the Altar of Repose in Divine Mercy Chapel
Good Friday – April 3 
     Altar of Repose in Divine Mercy Chapel - open for adoration
      8 a.m. – Morning Prayers (no Mass)
      8:30 a.m. – Stations of the Cross
      Noon – Good Friday Service
            Solemn Stations of the Cross
            Liturgy of the Word
            Veneration of the Cross
            Holy Communion
      3 p.m. – Brazilian Good Friday Service
Holy Saturday & Easter Vigil – April 4
     Altar of Repose in Divine Mercy Chapel - open for adoration  
      8 a.m. – Morning Prayers (no Mass) 
     8 p.m. – Easter Vigil Service
            Blessing of the Holy Fire and Pascal Candle
            Easter Proclamation and Liturgy of the Word
            Celebration of Confirmation
            Mass of the Resurrection
Easter Sunday – April 5
            Celebrating the Lord’s Resurrection
      8 a.m. Mass – Morning Chor
      9:30 a.m. Mass – Children’s Choir
      11 a.m. Mass – Adult Choir
      12:30 p.m. Mass – International Choir
      6 p.m. – Brazilian Mass & Reception 

14th Annual Vacation Bible Day Camp
June 22 - 26, 2015

Your kids will love  their Icy Expedition at Everest with incredible Bible stories that they will see, hear, touch and even taste! Sciency-fun Gizmos, team-building games, cool songs and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life.

Kids will also participate in a hands-on mission project through Catholic Relief Services called Connecting Kids to Justice that will let kids in our community show God's mighty love to other kids and their families.

Lenten Resources

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National Catholic Register Ultimate Lenten Resource Guide

Lenten apps for your phone 

St. John's Pinterest Lent bulletin board

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Discover the history, beauty, spirituality and accomplishments of the Catholic Church, founded by Jesus Christ more than 2,000 years ago. We are Catholic. Welcome home.

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