Join other men of our parish and sponsor community -building events. This group financially supports many organizations in the Church and School.
Men’s Club Sponsored Events
A’s Baseball Game
Mother’s Day Flowers
Sports Award BBQ
Membership “New Blood” Drive
Christmas Caroling Crab Feed
Runts & Grunts Basketball Tournament
Please contact Gaby Miller for more information.
WINGS (Women IN God’s Spirit) is a faith enhancement group comprised of local women from Corpus Christi, St. Theresa, St. Leo and other parishes. Wings encourages spiritual growth through prayer, Scripture study, catechesis, life sharing and community. It is open to women of ALL ages, and presents speakers each week, along with meditation time and small group faith-sharing. The program year runs from October through mid-May. Meetings are on Wednesdays from 9:15-11:15 am at St. Theresa Event Center (4850 Clarewood Dr., Oakland). Childcare provided by advance arrangement.
Please contact John Claassen for information.
This regional faith and values based organization in the Bay Area, unites people to work together and create a voice for social justice and public policy reform. Our current campaign includes a free Eco Bus Pass for all students grades 6 – 12 in Alameda County.
Men’s Spirituality Group
This new group is being formed to provide fellowship and spiritual support for the men of our parish. You are invited to add input to the mission of this new program. Please contact Fr. Leo at 530-4343.
Women’s Spirituality Group
This new group is being formed to provide fellowship and spiritual support for the women of our parish. You are invited to add input to the mission of this new program. Please contact Ankie Edgar at 530-4343 ext. 16.
Grief Support Ministry
Extending the mission of the Corpus Christi Parish Community to serve as Christ would serve, we are here to provide a compassionate ear in the time of your loss and companionship on your pilgrimage to renewal.
For more information, please contact Parish Office.
For more information, please contact Dolores Vasquez by leaving a message at 530-4343.
Want to join?
Please contact Lenore McCracken or Madeline Briar. Want to volunteer?
If you’d like to volunteer for a specific event, please see contact names below for further information.
The Outreach Committee’s mission is to connect the parish of Corpus Christi with the world by identifying ways to answer Christ’s call for mercy, charity, and love towards those in need. We are committed to bringing together groups of parishioners to assist in events/drives. You need not be a member of the Outreach Committee to participate in our events.
Annual Schedule of Events
August St. Martin De Porres School Student School Supply Collection
The school serves families of the West Oakland neighborhoods and beyond by providing a multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural K through 8 educations, regardless of means.
Outreach has committed to assist St. Martin De Porres School with school supplies and other needed materials to improve the quality of education for its students. Coordinated with Young Family Connection. Contact: Julie Rettagliata (email@example.com)
September American Red Cross Annual Fall Blood Drive
The Red Cross and blood donors are ensuring that the safest possible blood is readily available whenever and wherever needed – for the military, for other blood centers in America and for all 5,000 of America’s hospitals.
Outreach will sponsor a blood drive in coordination with the American Red Cross. Appointments will be scheduled via sign-up sheets and online three weeks in advance. Contact: Danielle Hayes (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Helene Gryfakis (email@example.com)
October St. Vincent de Paul’s Visitation Center Gently Used School Clothes Collection
This center is a daytime drop-in for homeless and low-income women and their children. Last year, they received 23,000 visits from women and children in need of assistance.
This collection provides new or gently used clothing for school children up to the age of eighteen. Coordinated with Young Family Connection. Check out our flyer. Contact: Lenore McCracken (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Helene Gryfakis (email@example.com)
November St. Martin De Porres School Harvest Festival Fundraising
Outreach will prepare crafts and food to sell at the Harvest Festival with proceeds benefiting St. Martin De Porres School. Check out our flyer.Contact: Annmarie Hallin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cold Winter Nights Coat Collection
Men and Women’s Coats
Gently Used Coats for the homeless
December St. Vincent de Paul’s Visitation Center Gibson Center Holiday Giving Tree
The Holiday Giving Tree provides parishioners with an opportunity to purchase new clothing for children ages 6 to 18, who visit the Visitation Center. This is a great way to get in the spirit of giving. Contact: Lenore McCracken (email@example.com)
January through April St. Mary’s Center Prepare and serve Sunday dinners
The Center is the only agency in Oakland with programs exclusively designed for homeless seniors. They provide daily dinners, prepared and served by different organizations.
During the months of January through April, Outreach visits St. Mary’s Center once a month to prepare and serve a meal at this shelter for men and women over 50 years old. Contact: Anne Ratto (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Danielle Hayes (email@example.com)
March/April Lenten Tree
There are three traditional observances during Lent; Prayer, Fasting, and Alms Giving. To help our parish to stay engaged as a community in Christ’s love we will have a Lenten Tree. It will be similar to our Advent – Christmas Giving Tree. Each leaf will represent a commitment by an individual or family to perform an act of prayer or fasting or alms giving [Alms Giving will also include a devotion of time to a specific act.] Our goal will be to have the tree stripped bare at the beginning of Lent, but covered with the returned and completed leaves before Easter. Contact: Mark D’Ambrosi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Spring & Fall Mary’s House Infant Clothing Collection
Outreach sponsors a collection for Mary’s House of infant clothing, baby blankets, diapers and other baby related items. We will also collect gently used baby furniture. Cash donations, Safeway or Albertson’s gift cards are also gratefully accepted. Contact: Carmel Mahoney (email@example.com)
June Elizabeth House Brandied Cherries Sale
Elizabeth House is a transitional residence for single women and women with children who have experienced homelessness, violence, addiction or poverty.
Each June the Outreach committee picks and brandies cherries in order to sell and benefit displaced women and children. Associated with the Catholic Worker. Contact: Julie Rettagliata (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ONGOING Weekly Friendly Place Collection
A Friendly Place is a daytime drop-in center for homeless women in downtown Oakland. Women can wash clothes, shower, receive mail, use the phone, have a snack, be safe, and be peaceful. The sister’s mission is to provide dignity and hope, a rare commodity for a population fighting mental illness, addictions, abuse, violence, and unemployment. A Friendly Place serves over 1800 women each month.
Outreach sponsors a weekly collection of hotel and other toiletries, used towels, bingo prizes, etc. Check out our flyer. Contact: Carmel Mahoney (email@example.com)
Catholic Worker Free Will Offering
The Catholic Worker provides houses of hospitality, which serve run-down sections of many cities. Food, clothing, shelter and welcome are extended by volunteers to those in need. The Catholic Work communities are also known for activities to support a nonviolent culture.
This is a weekly collection of non-perishable foods to benefit the Catholic Worker. Check out our flyer. Contact: Madeline Briar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For additional information regarding the Care Connections Ministry, please contact Parish Office.
The Care Connections Ministry consists of a group of compassionate and caring parishioners with a desire to assist other members of the parish who might temporarily need extra help.
Our services include:
• Meals during an illness or disability of a child, spouse, or yourself;
• Provide Eucharist to the homebound;
• Rides to Mass for those unable to drive;
• Assistance with errands;
• Home visits and/or phone calls to provide support/companionship;
• Support after the loss of a loved one;
• AIDS community services liason;
• Information about other community support networks. If you, or someone else that you know in the parish, are in need of assistance during a temporary illness, disability or personal challenge, please contact our Ministry through the Parish Office at (510) 530-4343. Privacy is always respected and no need is ever too small.
Corpus Christi is a welcoming Catholic community grounded in Faith, nourished by the Eucharist, and dedicated to stewardship and service.