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

Our Simbang Gabi Christmas Novena Starts Monday, Dec.15

Please join us in celebrating Simbang Gabi, our parish’s Christmas Novena, from Monday, Dec. 15, through Tuesday, Dec. 23. We will attend evening Mass, then enjoy a light meal together.

Parish groups, families and individuals are sponsoring each day of the novena. Please call Bernie Juat at 526-5828 or Zeny Miguel at 222-1375 if you would like to help sponsor an evening.

Dec. 15 Monday 7 p.m. Jabson, Cayetano, Spier, Villegas & Vistan Families
Dec. 16 Tuesday 7 p.m. Lucas & Salcedo Families
Dec. 17 Wednesday 7 p.m. RCIA Group
Dec. 18 Thursday 7 p.m. Peralta & Torralba Families, Ernesto Cruz. Aurora Ruth, Esther Taylor
Dec. 19 Friday 7 p.m. Conway , Punsalan, Campos & Tan-Torres Families, Tom Kennedy
Dec. 20 Saturday 5 p.m. 5 p.m. Vigil Choir
Dec. 21 Sunday 6 p.m. Brazilian Community
Dec. 22 Monday 7 p.m. Pastoral Council, Ramos & Rafael Families, Aurea Valdenor,
Josie Uy, Alice Barce
Dec. 23 Tuesday 7 p.m. San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila Group, Randall & Engalla Families, Dave Phillips, Ruth Vietti, Vicky del Rosario, Rosie Murphy

Christmas Season Mass Schedule

Wednesday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve

4 p.m. Children’s Pageant
4:30 p.m. Youth Christmas Concert
5 p.m. Mass for Families with Children
8:30 p.m. Christmas Concert 9 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass

Thursday, Dec. 25 – Christmas Day

8 a.m. Christmas Mass
10 a.m. Christmas Mass
12:30 p.m. Mass
6 p.m. Brazilian Christmas Mass
(followed by 7 p.m. reception in Conference Room.)

Wednesday, Dec. 31 − New Year’s Vigil

St. John’s Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel
10 p.m. to Midnight
Theme: Jesus’ Mission and Our Mission
Bilingual (English & Spanish)

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 –

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
A holy day of obligation
Mass at 8 & 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day

Bishop Barber celebrates Our Lady of Aparecida

Our Lady of Aparecida is the patroness of Brazil.  Bishop Barber came to St. John the baptist to celebrate this feast on October 12 with our Brazilian community.

Pictures from this mass can be found here

Information about Our Lady of Aparecida can be found here

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