"We have so much to give back from the gifts that God has given us…God looks for a return on what He gives us."
"We have so much to give back from the gifts that God has given us…God looks for a return on what He gives us."
We know that there are so many in the Tri-Valley who exercise their gifts and make our parish thrive. To all of you who engage in the ministry of Jesus in Pleasanton, thank you. What I also know is this… so many of us come to Mass on Sunday and see who is greeting, who is reading, who is serving.
Maybe we should consider sharing in this responsibility. Many people help make the Catholic Community of Pleasanton thrive and we want the new generation of Pleasanton to continue this legacy. Please consider a gift of your time and your talent to make our parish thrive. We are asking no more of you than serving at the masses that you are currently attending. We have so much to give back from the gifts that God has given us… God looks for a return on what He gives us.
Thanks for all you give!!!
The choir is open to adult singers. The adult choir ministers at the 10:00 AM liturgy at St. Augustine’s church every Sunday, from September through June. The group gathers at 9:15 a.m. in the St. Augustine’s church hall on Sundays to warm up their voices and prepare for the 10:00 a.m. liturgy. Some vocal experience is necessary.
With deep love and reverence for the Holy Eucharist, the Altar Linen Care Ministry cares for the sacred linens on a rotating schedule. Training is provided on how to care for these special linens that contain the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. This ministry is made up of team members who, behind the scenes in their own homes, reverently launder and care for the purificators and corporals used on the altar at Mass.
The primary duty of an Altar Server is to assist the priest, as a representative of the people of the parish, in a visible manner, as the mystery of the Mas unfolds on the Altar. All actions of the server are woven from signs and symbols whose meaning is rooted in the works of creation and in human culture, specified by events in the Old Testament and fully revealed in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is imperative that all servers do their assigned tasks in the prescribed form and manner.
The Altar Servers form a very important part of the church, and every parish is enriched through their dedication and service. It is a very important responsibility, and requires a sincere commitment.
A cantor is present at all liturgical celebrations with music. Just as the priest leads us in prayer, the cantor leads us in prayer through music. The cantor's main responsibility is to support the assembly's "full, active, and conscious" participation during liturgical celebrations. Cantors minister at all liturgical celebrations and should be strong vocally and possess confident leadership skills.
The children's choir is currently open to boys and girls, 3rd through 6th grade. This choir ministers at the 4:00 p.m. liturgy at St. Elizabeth Seton church every Sunday, from September through June. The group gathers at 3:30 p.m. in the church on Sundays to warm up their voices and prepare for the 4:00 p.m. liturgy. The children’s choir is also involved in community, concert, and diocesan events. Singing the accurate pitches of the music and comfortable reading of the worship aid are required.
of the word (CLW)
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLW) is an age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word offered for ages 5 through 3rd graders at several Masses. All children are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Just before the Liturgy of the Word begins for the assembly, these children are invited to go with the weekly leaders from the church to the Hall at St. Augustine or Room A at St. Elizabeth Seton. During this special time, the volunteer teacher leads the children through prayers, songs and readings that are simplified for children.
The children learn about the same Scripture readings as the rest of the assembly. They are taught a simplified main message of the readings and are encouraged to share that message with their parents after Mass.
Liturgical Environment is a sub-committee of CCOP's Liturgy Planning Committee whose purpose is to enhance our worship spaces. This group of very dedicated volunteers visualize, create, and implement the environmental decor so that it reflects the ever changing liturgical seasons and, as such, enhances our prayer experience.
This ministry is available for all Parishioners, regardless of artistic "ability" since everyone has something that they can contribute! The responsibilities of this sub-committee include: Art design, bulletin board decoration, candle care, floral design/maintenance and banner creation and maintenance. Additionally, we're always looking for people who are skilled at ironing and sewing.
Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ as He is present in the consecrated host. Because, as Catholics, we believe that Christ is truly and substantially present in the Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament is given the same adoration and devotion that is accorded to Christ.
During Eucharistic Adoration, we "watch and wait", we remain "silent" in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist ... In its fullest essence ... Eucharistic Adoration is "God and Man reaching out for each other, at the same time!"
Your willingness to serve as a eucharistic minister, reflects not only response to your Baptismal call to serve the people of God, but a commitment to Christ as you share in the ministries of the Mass. You offer the Eucharist, recognize the Body of Christ in those to whom you offer Eucharist and ultimately you act as the Body of Christ by fully participating in the life of the parish and the wider community. This is a non-scheduled ministry.
Greeters welcome parishioners as they arrive for Mass and play an important role in providing a positive first impression. At the end of Mass, greeters will hand out bulletins and help straighten up the pews . This is a great ministry for singles, couples and families. Must be able to arrive approximately 20 to 30 minutes early to Mass and must be able to stay 20 minutes after Mass. We are looking for people who will be committed to this ministry on a fairly consistent basis. You will be assigned as a greeter to a specific Mass.
head eucharistic ministers
This modern, energetic music ministry is open to young men and women, 7th through 12th grade. The choir gathers at 5:30 p.m. in the church on Sundays to prepare for the 6:30 p.m. liturgy. Interested individuals should be prepared for a fast-paced, modern approach to liturgical music, and should have basic musical experience as well as an eagerness to learn.
Ushers assist parishioners with seating before Mass and as well as after the Mass starts. They arrive for Mass early and ask parishioners to help with the collection. Ushers also assist in the collection itself. Must be able to arrive approximately 20 to 30 minutes early to Mass and must be able to stay 20 minutes after Mass. We are looking for people who will be committed to this ministry on a fairly consistent basis. You will be assigned as an usher to a specific Mass.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION
Beyond programs around Sacramental preparation and formal study, there is a great need for Catholic adults to grow in their faith and their understanding of the Church. Adult faith formation requires a unique approach, so that it can address the needs of those who are new to the Catholic faith as well as those Catholics who are seeking to deepen their faith.
We offer many types of formation programs designed to meet these varying spiritual needs of adults such as:
AMP stands for “all my people,” an acronym chosen by the middle school students to represent their community of fellowship. Our goal is to grow the faith of our students, instill a sense of ownership of their faith, and provide a safe platform for students to examine and evaluate their beliefs. Students meet Jesus through scripture, faith sharing, and prayer. The program includes a youth group, social events and service projects.
The program includes the following:
Weekly meetings occur every Tuesday from 7:30-8:45 pm in St. Augustine Hall. These sessions combine large and small group activities. Middle schoolers spend half of the evening in small group and the other half in a large group setting.
Small groups are grade specific and remain together for the entire year. Our goal is to encourage open dialogue and deepening friendships within the small group. Each group is facilitated by adults working with 10-20 middle schoolers. Small groups read scripture, pray, and talk about their faith journeys.
In the large group setting, the middle schoolers continue to learn about the theme of the night. They do so through guided discussion and activities.
CCOPYM is the ministry here at CCOP that serves all our high school age teens grades 9-12. Teens who participate in CCOPYM will be drawn nearer to Christ, experience Christian community, and grow in and celebrate their faith. CCOPYM offers: preparation for Confirmation, faith formation, service projects, retreats, leadership opportunities, ministry and socials. We meet Monday evenings from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the St. Augustine Parish Hall.
CCOPYM Youth Group: Our youth ministry program is for all high school students who want to actively learn and engage with their peers while continuing their faith formation. The youth ministry classes will give a deeper understanding to many of the church’s teaching while giving teens a place to come together in faith and fellowship. Teens in the youth ministry program will also have the opportunity to participate in retreats, service projects and socials. This program will meet on some Monday nights from 7:30-9pm in St. Augustine Hall.
Confirmation: Confirmation preparation is a 2 year process in which high school youth learn more about their faith and take a more active role in their faith development. The process of preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation is rigorous and meant to fully prepare the young heart for a Christ-centered life. This process includes formation, service, mass, community and retreat. Confirmation classes meet on Sunday afternoons 4-5:30 and Monday nights 7:30 -9pm in a small group format. Classes are two times per month.
Liturgy & Worship: A youth mass geared to teens is celebrated EVERY Sunday night at 6:30 pm at St. Elizabeth Seton with teens as the primary ministers: lectors, greeters, ushers & choir. Youth Reconciliation services are scheduled during Advent & Lent.
Retreats: Retreats are offered throughout the year and are a great way for teens to unplug from their busy lives and reconnect with God and each other. Some retreats are specifically offered for teens preparing to celebrate the sacrament of confirmation while others will be offered for any high school student interested in attending.
Social Events: Monthly socials are a great time for teens to get together to enjoy good friends and fun. Socials range from ice skating to movie night to a van hunt. All high school teens are welcome and friends are encouraged to join in as well. These are offered for a nominal fee just to cover the cost of the event.
Justice, Service and Solidarity: CCOP Teens love to do service and one of the ways we do this is through group service projects. These range from making blankets for the veterans at the Veteran’s Hospital in Livermore to serving at St. Anthony’s Dining Room in San Francisco. These are open to all high school teens and teens are encouraged to invite friends outside our parish to participate as well.
Leadership Team: Teens come for fellowship and to exercise their Christian Leadership skills on Core Team. This group helps plan and execute service projects and social events. Retreat teams are also formed throughout the year and teens who are confirmed are encouraged to join retreat teams as leaders. Teen retreat leaders must be currently enrolled in and regularly attending youth ministry classes.
Teen Confirmation Catechists: High school youth who are confirmed are encouraged to become confirmation catechists. Teen catechists are paired with an adult to teach classes to teens preparing to be confirmed. All teen confirmation catechists must be con-currently enrolled in and regularly attending youth ministry classes.
rite of christian initiation of adults (RCIA)
The Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) mark, affirm, and nourish us as individuals and as a community of believers. These Sacraments are fundamental to who we are. In the Catholic tradition, adults are baptized once a year, in the spring, where all of creation joins together to celebrate new birth. Our community experiences new life in Jesus through these Sacraments at the Easter Vigil, the most holy night of the year.
The RCIA process utilizes an apprenticeship model to introduce the faith to those who seek initiation. This process outlined by the Bishops is transformative and is grounded in the personal love of God centered on and expressed through Jesus, who invites us into relationship.
special religious education (SPRED)
SPRED (Special Religious Education) reaches out to adults with special needs and integrates them into the parish family. SPRED assists individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy and downs syndrome, so they may grow spiritually among friends, receive ongoing faith formation and sacramental preparation. SPRED facilitates their full participation the sacramental, liturgical and community life of the Church.
vacation bible school
VBS is a program that we offer every summer for children ages 5 - 13. The purpose is to incorporate themed activities that entertain kids with the chance to learn about God. Vacation Bible School is an easy way to get kids involved in church while giving you the opportunity to meet the people within the church too. It's a laid back atmosphere that emphasizes God through a theme. It lasts about five weekdays in the summer. Children attend around 3-4 hours each day. Vacation Bible School teachers are church staff as well as church members volunteering their time. Many of the church members helping out with VBS are parents too!
AA & Al-anon
For people struggling with alcoholism, finding an AA meeting can be a lifesaver - literally. CCOP hosts both AA and Al-Anon meetings weekly. All meetings are held at the St. Augustine Parish Hall in Room 8
This is a group of caring volunteers who will be "on call" to pitch in and help prepare a reception for the family of a deceased member of out parish following a funeral or memorial service. We need many volunteers to assist with food preparation and clean up.
The time commitment is minimal, but the service is of great importance to a grieving family.
The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), through the vehicle of sports, provides youth with an opportunity to practice Christian attitudes and responsibilities and to become friends with other children throughout the diocese. CYO activities should be examples of the meaning of Christian sportsmanship." (CYO Code of Conduct)
The Oakland Diocese Catholic Youth Organization is a church-sponsored athletic program for elementary and junior high age youth from the parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Oakland. CYO Sports are offered by the Church as a ministry to young people.
To learn more about the CCOP Basketball Program, click HERE.
To learn more about the CCOP Track & Field Program, click HERE.
EVANGELIZation & welcome team
The Evangelization committee is an outreach group that reaches out to our brothers and sisters who are not yet part of our CCOP community. We provide a safe place to explore faith and ask questions. When someone is ready, we provide a path to one of our parish inquiry programs.
We also welcome new parishioners and host events to keep our parishioners connected and foster opportunities to grow together in faith. The events are fun and typically for the whole family.
We address issues you need direction on and offer job search guidance, resource information, networking, inspiration and support in a safe environment. Our focus is on where you are as an individual in your job search today. We address those issues you need direction on today and offer: job search guidance, resource information, networking, inspiration, and support in open and safe environment.
We welcome anyone in need of help with their job search to join us.
Stepping Stones On Your Grief Journey
The death of a loved one is unlike any other loss. Whether the death was sudden or tragic or one with warning and preparation, the reality of death leaves most of us in a state of shock, confusion and sadness. Each person’s grief journey has its own path.
Bi-Monthly Grief Workshops
Our bi-monthly workshop for grief support will be held June 28, July 12 and 16, August 9 and 23. These meetings will be at 7:30 PM at St. Elizabeth Seton Chapel. Pre-registration is not required & all are welcome regardless of religious affiliation.
Please call Eleanor at 846-8708 for more information.
Fall Grief Workshops
The death of a loved one is unlike any other loss. Please join us for our Fall Workshop on Thursday evenings, beginning on September 6th and ending October 25, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton. Pre-registration is required. Please call Eleanor at 846-8708 for more information.
hispanic prayer group
La comunidad de oración y evangelización de la Comunidad Catolica de Pleasanton se reúne todos los viernes a las 7:00 pm. Los invitamos a tener un encuentro con Dios, todos son bienvenidos. Tambien tenemos enseñanza para niños. Vengan y compartan una sola fe.
"En Jesús El señor es mi pastor nada me falta" - Salmo 23
This is a group of caring volunteers who pitch in and help prepare receptions and hospitality for special parish events. We need many volunteers to assist with food preparation and clean up. The time commitment is minimal, but the ministry is valuable to creating community around hospitality in the parish.
infant & toddler playgroup
The CCOP Infant Toddler Playgroup is intended to give Pre-K children in our community a casual setting to play, learn and socialize in a Christ-centered environment while providing a forum of support, friendship and fellowship for parents/caregivers. We meet weekly, every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in room 13, located in St. Augustine’s Hall.
The Knights of Columbus was founded by Fr. Michael J. McGivney in 1882. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity, and fraternity. In 2018, the Michael J. Costello Council #6043 will celebrate 50 years of service to our Pastor, Priests, Parish, and Community.
Council 6043 is part of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, two churches under one Pastor. We meet at St Augustine’s Parish Hall, located at 3999 Bernal Ave., in rooms 4-5.
We appreciate your interest in joining and being a member. Membership in this organization carries with it very few obligations. One specific expectation is for participating in some of the charitable events. The time commitment is about 24 hours per year, excluding monthly business meetings.
Please visit the Pleasanton Knights website for more information: www.kofc6043.org
legion of mary
The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serve the Church and their neighbour on a voluntary basis in about 170 countries. With the approval and support of the Popes and a great many Bishops, Priests and Religious, as well as the prayers and efforts of legionaries, the Legion, by the grace of God, has grown into a worldwide organisation with several million members.
The Marriage Preparation Ministry plans two retreats per year to help engaged couples prepare for married life. The retreats are held in the parish hall, and are run by married couples in the church who share their own stories of working through issues like conflict resolution, time and money, communication, making time for each other if you have kids, and so much more. Engaged couples receive workbooks that they can refer to for years to come which help them discuss and create plans to deal with the many phases of married life. Couples receive a blessing at Mass, and the retreat culminates in a dinner event when couples can ask the priest and veteran married couples any questions they want to.
military peer support group
The Military Peer Support Group is a mutual self-help non-denominational group for all military veterans. We meet once a month to provide a safe environment where we can openly discuss the difficulties of coping with the thoughts and feelings associated with military service, past combat operations, and the difficulties associated with returning to life outside the military back home. We provide emotional, psychological, and moral support for each other.
Note we are not associated with any government entity or other veterans’ organization.
Veterans share life challenges and opportunities with other veterans the 3rd Wednesday of each month at St Augustine's Rectory Conference Room from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. All ages welcome.
ministry to the
This ministry serves Catholics in the hospital, group homes and homebound. Ministers to the homebound generally visit the same person weekly and give communion. This ministry serves individuals who are rehabbing and need temporary visits as well as individuals who are truly homebound for longer time periods. Ministers to the Group Homes work as a team with four or more other ministers and visit the group home about twice a month. Ministers to the hospital visit ValleyCare Hospital once a month and visit Catholic patients.
Training is provided for all of these ministries as well as opportunities to job shadow before you serve independently. The monthly time commitment is generally 3-4 hours. The most repeated comment about these ministries is “I get so much more than I give.” It is very rewarding.
Contact Fr. Filiberto Barrera via phone at 925.846.4489 or email for further information.
mothers sharing (MOMS)
The Ministry of Mothers Sharing is a national program that began with a group of mothers in Arizona 25 years ago. Their aim was to design a process that encouraged prayer, discussion and friendship among women of all ages. Today, MOMS has developed into a spirituality process for women in over 1,000 parishes, and thousands of women have benefited from this life giving experience. MOMS is a way to get back in touch with that fun-loving person inside you that got lost in the diapers, laundry, soccer games and sleepovers, and to make deep and lasting friendships with other moms who are going through the same struggles as you are, and who share your faith. Our motto is “The greatest gift I can give my family is my happiness.”
prayer shawl ministry
We are a group of women who support each other while making prayer shawls. We welcome you to join us (any skill level) on the Second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm at St. Elizabeth Seton Church. There is no cost for our shawls, however we accept donations. If you know of someone in need of a prayer shawl or have questions regarding our ministry, please contact Gwen Foster 925.398.8514 or Cleo Foster 925.918. 2986.
santa rita jail ministry
The Detention Ministry is composed of Catholic volunteers from around the Tri-Valley, including from the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, St. Raymond's (Dublin), St. Joan of Arc (San Ramon), St. Charles and St. Michael (Livermore) and beyond.
Our mission is to reveal God’s infinite love and mercy to our brothers and sisters incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.
What we do is facilitate religious services:
For more information, please contact Richard Denoix at 925.426.1851.
small christian communities
There is no more effective way of growing in your faith than to be part of a Small Christian Community where that faith is shared, listened to, and celebrated. SCCs are a wonderful way to articulate the connections between faith and life. Cardinal Newman once said, “Great holiness is lost to the Church because people refuse to tell their stories”. Through SCCs, parishioners have an environment to tell their stories and have their stories honored in faith and love.
Coming together in Small Christian Communities provides mutual support, builds healthy relationships, and empowers members to grow in faith as well as have greater belonging to the parish. Some people have the misunderstanding that they are another parish program. They are not that at all. While communities may use a specific program periodically, for example during Advent or Lent, they are not a program but a way of being church that is supportive not only of a personal faith journey but, by nature, a reflection of the communal journey of the people of God.
social justice & outreach
We live as Christ calls us to live - We put the Gospel of love for others into action in two distinct, but complementary, ways:
st. mary's outreach
Campaigns for clothing and other items for the homeless are led by the social justice committee. The main one is for St. Mary’s Interfaith Center in Stockton for which parishioners contribute many items every week and during Lent contribute specially requested items for the “Oasis of Hope". Donated items are sorted every Monday at St. Elizabeth Seton. For more information about St. Mary's, please visit their website.
st. vincent de paul
Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (or "Vincentians") strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need here in Pleasanton in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam and its patron, St. Vincent de Paul. The local conference is a group of parish volunteers who provide tangible assistance to their clients. The members also provide guidance to those seeking help on where they can find additional assistance such as utility financial aid programs, where they can receive a free meal, and food pantry information.
Welcome to the Tri-Valley Catholic Young Adult Ministry! We are a group of Catholic adults from the Tri-Valley and surrounding areas, between the ages of 18-35, who meet to grow in our faith, develop lasting friendships,encourage good citizenship, and create a culture of life. Come and share in this journey with other young adults here in the this community.
When We Meet
We gather for a Bible Study every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at:
St. Raymond's Catholic Church
11555 Shannon Ave
Dublin, CA 94568
Every month we have various events planned which are sent out via email and Facebook.
women in god's spirit (WINGS)
A ministry for women of all ages and stages of life. who seek to deepen their faith and grow in their relationship with God and one another.
Each WINGS meeting includes:
Small group sharing is facilitated by a shepherd team and includes discussion questions prepared by the speaker. Meeting sessions are independent of each other, so if you are unable to attend one or more, please do not let it hinder you from joining WINGS!
We meet two Monday evenings per month, October through May.
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
St. Elizabeth Seton Chapel
4001 Stoneridge Drive
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Sessions are independent of each other, so if you are unable to attend some meetings please do not let that hinder you from joining.
For more information, please contact email@example.com.
CCOP Ministry Profile
Ministry To The Sick
Learn more about this important ministry bringing Holy Communion and comfort to those in hospitals, care centers and the home bound. Please consider joining this ministry or one of our many others
St. Augustine Church
3999 Bernal Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
4001 Stoneridge Drive
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Faith Formation Office
3999 Bernal Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566
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