Pastor’s Desk 07-25-2021

St. Joachim, Father of the Most Blessed Virgin Feast: July 26th  St. Joachim was the ever-chaste husband of St. Anne, the mother of our Blessed Virgin. Though advanced in years, Sts. Joachim and Anne remained fervent in their prayers to be blessed with a child. God...

Pastor’s Desk 07-18-2021 (Message from Bishop Barber)

~ A Return to the Eucharist ~~ “How I have longed to celebrate this Passover with you” (Luke 22:15). When people ask, “Why should we go to Mass?” I answer, “Because Jesus is waiting for you there in the Church, and He wants to be with you — right there — in the Holy...

Pastor’s Desk 07-04-2021

Fr. Henry was appointed as the Pastor of St. Joachim Parish by Oakland Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J. effective July 1, 2021. Fr. Henry was born in Poland in 1968 and ordained a priest for the Divine Word Missionaries on April 27, 1996. For two years he worked in the...

Pastor’s Desk 06-27-2021

While talking to me these days, quite a few of our parishioners have asked me to name one work of mine at St. Joachim in the last ten years that I feel so close to my heart. Without hesitation I have named the construction of the sanctuary in our church and bringing...

Pastor’s Desk 06-20-2021

Three years back, one day as I was walking back to the sacristy after the 12.15 pm Sundaymass, a Spanish speaking young lady who comes regularly to our Sunday Mass along with her husband and two sons came to me and said that her elder boy who was studying third grade...

Pastor’s Desk 06-13-2021

You remember David, a pre-teen shepherd boy, taking down the mighty soldier Goliath? You remember Moses, the stuttering herdsman who, in a personal interview with God, was directed to liberate his nation from a two-thousand-year-old nation? As a boy Thomas Edison was...