African-American Community

This group promotes awareness of the Catholic African American culture, fosters understanding and respect of cultural differences, and works for the unity in the diversity of the parish through parish liturgies, social events and fundraisers. They meet the first Monday of each month in the Conference Room.

For more information contact Deacon Thom McGowan at (707) 557-4039 or Barbarella Magloire by email.

Asian Community
Once a year this group organizes a special Mass with a lunar new year theme. It has a traditional lion dance at the end and is followed by a luncheon. For the Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean parishioners, this is a time to share the pride of their heritage and to extend their hospitality to the rest of the parish community. 

For more information contact Olivia Wong at (510) 233-1088 or by email.

Brazilian Community
This group supports the Catholic Portuguese speaking community especially Brazilians and integrates them into the parish community. They provide a Portuguese Mass at 6:00 p.m. each Sunday with Fr. Hugo Franca. They also sponsor Portuguese ministries, social events and fundraisers.

For more information contact Jose Freitas at (510) 232-4328 or by email

Charismatic Community

A community of disciples inspired by the Holy Spirit to be living witnesses for transformation in Christ to spread love, joy, peace and human development.  We will evangelize families and build communities of faith through Encounters, Life in the Spirit Seminars and Discipleship Formation. Starting November 2015, a Word/Scriptural Bible Sharing meeting will be held every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

Praise and Worship with Healing/Anointing services are held every First Saturday of the month at 7:00 p.m.    

For more information contact Efren & Jasmin Salcedo at (415) 748-6930 or (510) 410-0967 or email

Filipino Community (San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila Group)
This group provides spiritual and Filipino cultural awareness with celebrations for Flores de Mayo, Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila and Simbang Gabi (Christmas novena). It also supports the parish through special events and fundraisers.  

For more information contact Bernie Juat Jr. at (510) 526-5828

Hispanic/Latino Community
This group organizes the Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe the Saturday prior to Christmas. It also prepares tamales and sells them as a fundraiser.

For more information contact Frances and Everado Martin at (510) 234-3152

Multi-Cultural Ministries

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