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Amber McChesney-Young

A Note from the Director

It is always a joy to hear cries of glee as children run around the Catholic Worker playing. We have a house full of guests, a packed ESL classroom, and hundreds of people coming for food every week. We also just finished collecting information from 326 children and over 100 adults so they can receive Christmas gifts from parish and community sponsors this December. On Wednesday, November 2, we will celebrate a Mass for Día de los Muertos, and we continue to host Mass on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. While we celebrate an abundance of love and community, we hope and pray for more material resources.

We have a few specific needs for our guests – size three diapers (other sizes welcome) and twin sized mattresses. As winter comes, we also appreciate donations of coats and blankets to give to our friends on the street. Our most vital need in this moment is for financial donations so we can pay our bills and continue to keep our programs running. Click here to donate online, or mail a check to P.O. Box 19277, Oakland, CA 94619. If you are unable to help us in this way, please keep us in your prayers and consider talking to your friends about how they might be able to support us. We are deeply moved by your generosity.

During this election season, we also ask all of you who are eligible to vote to keep in mind the well-being of the most vulnerable among us as you make choices about which candidates and what legislation to support. Remember to read through the whole ballot, as many state and local measures can have a significant impact. Thank you all for being instruments of peace in this world. 

Please help us continue to serve our community. Click here to contribute!
Last month in review:  we invite you to take a peek into what's been going on at the Oakland Catholic Worker! 
Top left: Oakland Catholic Worker staff and guests gather for dinner Top right: Former guest Valentina helps with parish presentation Bottom Left: Volunteer Bill Joyce keeps grocery distribution organized Bottom right: Amber helps current guest Andy with homework
Meet our new board member!

Julie Guevara works as the Assistant Principal of Student Life at Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda.  She has a B.A. in in Liberal Studies from Holy Names University and an M.A. in Education from the University of San Francisco.  Julie has taught history at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, and served as the women’s basketball coach at both St. Ignatius and St. Joseph Notre Dame.  She enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking, traveling, and basketball.

Upcoming Events

Día de los Muertos Liturgy
Fr. Bill Delaney, CPSS, presider
Wed. Nov. 2nd, 6pm
Oakland Catholic Worker

Volunteer Appreciation Party!
Sat. Nov. 5th, 2-5pm
Oakland Catholic Worker

"Building a Just Peace in a Conflicted World"
Pax Christi Northern California Annual Assembly

Sat. Nov. 12th, 9-3:30
St. Elizabeth's High School, Oakland

Monthly Mass: 27th Anniversary of the Salvadoran Martyrs
Eduardo Hernandez, SJ, presider
Nov. 15th, 6-7pm
Potluck, 7-8pm
Oakland Catholic Worker
The guests, staff, and board wish to thank the following people for their generous donations to our program and building fund:
Responders to our fall appeal
Gwen Watson
Terry Callan
Ann Hoagland
Parishioners of Assumption Parish
Stalwart sustaining donors: Monica Galicho, Roberta Wallis, Carmen Gilson, Catherine Peters, Charles P. Cline, Marjorie Hoe, Gretchen Dumas, Benedict Archer, and Thomas O'Connell
OCW Wish List
  • Gently-used van or car
  • Diapers
  • Coats, jackets, and blankets
  • School supplies
  • Job referrals and day laborer positions for our guests
  • Suggestions for low-cost housing for our guests
  • Gift cards to Smart and Final, Safeway, Target, Home Depot, Office Depot, Walgreens, or Big Lots
  • Earthquake preparedness supplies (water, first aid supplies, emergency radio)
  • Wheelbarrow (6-8 cu. ft.) 
  • 25 Lb bags of white rice and pinto beans
  • Feminine hygiene supplies
  • Travel-sized toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Child's car seat (any age)
  • Men's, women's, and children's underwear and socks – all sizes 
  • Art supplies (crayons, markers, etc)
  • Garbage bags (33 gallon)
Thank you to John August Swanson for letting us use his artwork in our newsletter! 
FLIGHT INTO EGYPT Copyright 2002 by John August Swanson. Serigraph  38 ½” x 12⅛”
Copyright © 2016, All rights reserved.

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PO Box 19277, Oakland, CA 94619

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