Catholic Charities of the East Bay

Catholic Charities of the East Bay Catholic Charities of the East Bay works with youth, children and families to promote self-sufficiency, strengthen families and pursue safety and justice
Catholic Charities of the East Bay is a diverse, multi-service nonprofit Human Services agency. Since 1935, it has played a central role in providing social services and advocacy to the poor and vulnerable in Contra Costa and Alameda counties regardless of their religious faith.

The students in our Peace and Justice Academy created these posters to share the message that suicide is not the answer ...
05/17/2019

The students in our Peace and Justice Academy created these posters to share the message that suicide is not the answer and help is out there. Talk to a friend, co-worker, teacher, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

#NPW2019 #WhyCare #1in1m

Preventing Youth Tobacco UseYouth use of tobacco products in any form is unsafe, irrespective of whether it is smoked, s...
05/16/2019

Preventing Youth Tobacco Use

Youth use of tobacco products in any form is unsafe, irrespective of whether it is smoked, smokeless, or electronic. If cigarette smoking continues at the current rate among youth in this country, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 will die early from a smoking-related illness.

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Catholic Charities East Bay's cover photo
05/16/2019

Catholic Charities East Bay's cover photo

Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana UseMisuse of all prescription opioids by adolescents in 12th grade has d...
05/15/2019

Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use

Misuse of all prescription opioids by adolescents in 12th grade has decreased despite high rates of overdose among adults. The Office of Adolescent Health wants to help parents learn more about Illicit drug use amongst teens. Check out their page for resources on how to address the topic and warning signs, as well as information on where to get help.
https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-development/substance-use/drugs/opioids/index.html

#NPW2019

05/14/2019
SAMHSA's "Talk. They Hear You." Keeping Our Kids Safe PSA-60 Seconds

Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse

It is important to talk to your kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Our friends at samhsa.gov want you to know “talk, they hear you.”

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Keeping kids safe from underage use of alcohol and misuse of prescription pain medications is a concern for many parents. Parents are encouraged to talk with...

Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug MisuseIf we dispose of unused medication properly, we can help prevent accidenta...
05/13/2019
What Are Opioids?

Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse

If we dispose of unused medication properly, we can help prevent accidental overdoses and restrict access to dangerous drugs. To learn more about opioids and proper disposal click the link below.

#NPW2019

Learn more about the risks of opioid use, proper drug disposal, safe prescribing practices, and addiction prevention programs.

May 9th is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. If you haven't yet signed up for our "Youth Mental Health ...
05/09/2019
Youth Mental Health First Aid – May 16 and 17, 2019 – Richmond

May 9th is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.
If you haven't yet signed up for our "Youth Mental Health First Aid" training, it will help you recognize the signs and symptoms of distress and connect youth with the help they need.

Recommended for anyone working with youth and for parents/ guardians.
#WhyCare #1in1m #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth

Just like CPR training, Mental Health First Aid prepares you to recognize the signs and symptoms of distress and connect a youth with the help they need. Mental Health First Aid trainings empowers adults who engage with adolescents to respond compassionately and directly when a youth experiences a m...

Catholic Charities East Bay's cover photo
05/09/2019

Catholic Charities East Bay's cover photo

Alameda County Social Services Agency
05/08/2019

Alameda County Social Services Agency

KNOW YOUR IMMIGRATION RIGHTS.

WHERE: St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church
1500 34th Ave. Oakland, Ca 94601
DATE: Saturday, May 18, 2019
TIME: 10:00am

INFO & RESOURCES AVAILABLE:
* Rapid Response Immigration Hotline
* Getting legal resources in case of an ICE raid
* FREE individual consultations with immigration attorneys
* How to clean a criminal record
* Information about the Mexican, Guatemalan and El Salvador Consulate Services.
* Sign up for CalFresh and other Social Services Benefits.

For more info: contact Alba at (510)755-5101
or Flavio at (510) 520-1637

Thank you for hosting, St. Elizabeth Church of Oakland Oakland Community Organizations | PICO Catholic Charities of the East Bay

Thank you for your leadership. Keep Oakland Housed is a wonderful beginning.
04/20/2019
Bay Area Community Services (BACS)

Thank you for your leadership. Keep Oakland Housed is a wonderful beginning.

Kaiser Permanente Thrive and Bernard Tyson have been transformative partners in the goal of ending homelessness. Kaiser is committing major resources to #innovative ideas and #ambitious projects.

#whateverittakes

An interesting approach to helping undocumented people find access to free legal representation in immigration court.
04/17/2019
Advocacy Groups Train Lawyers Of All Kinds To Help With Immigration Cases

An interesting approach to helping undocumented people find access to free legal representation in immigration court.

Lawyers of all kinds are answering the call to help out in immigration court. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with James Feroli, pro-bono coordinator for Catholic Charities.

The Catholic Voice
04/17/2019

The Catholic Voice

Tuesday of Holy Week

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, celebrated Mass and visited with the Missionaries of Charity in Richmond the morning of April 16. The Sisters are also receiving a visit from Sister Christie, counsel to the Superior General, to the left of Bishop Barber. The community members in Richmond serve in faith formation at St. Mark Parish and visit their neighbors in the Iron Triangle. They also prepare meals for day workers who wait along San Pablo Avenue, from Richmond to Berkeley.
-- Michele Jurich/The Catholic Voice

Join the Alameda County Labor Trafficking Task Force in commemorating Crime Victims' Rights Week, with a screening of Fo...
04/10/2019
Food Chains Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Join the Alameda County Labor Trafficking Task Force in commemorating Crime Victims' Rights Week, with a screening of Food Chains and a panel discussion on labor trafficking following the film.

Catholic Charities of the East Bay's Crisis Response services provide grief counseling and family support to victims of violent crime and their families in Oakland and Alameda County. To learn more about Catholic Charities Crisis Response program copy the web address to into your browser.
http://www.cceb.org/our-services/oakland-crisis-response-and-support-network/

Join us for a free screening of Food Chains, followed by a panel with local leaders in the fight against labor trafficking in Alameda County

The Catholic Voice
04/06/2019

The Catholic Voice

Funeral arrangements for Father Jay

All at the Cathedral of Christ the Light
Where: 2121 Harrison St., Oakland
Parking in the Kaiser Garage
Viewing: Sunday, April 7, 4-6 p.m.
Vigil: Sunday, April 7, 6 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial: Monday,
April 8, 7 p.m.
Overflow seating in the Event Center for both Vigil and Mass
Interment: Tuesday, April 9, 11 a.m.,
St. Joseph Cemetery, San Pablo

Our Lord calls Father Jay home early

Very Rev. James V. Matthews II, who fully used the gifts of a joyous spirit and soothing voice to minister to generations of Catholics throughout the East Bay, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack March 30 in Oakland. He was 70.
Father Matthews, affectionately known to many as “Father Jay,” had served as the third rector of the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland since 2015. He was the first Black priest ordained in Northern California and the Diocese of Oakland. He would have celebrated the 45th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on May 3.
“Father Matthews’ infectious love for his faith, his parishioners and his community was a joy and inspiration for me,” said Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, in a statement. “He truly lived what St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, described the priesthood to be: ‘the love of the heart of Jesus.’ I shall truly miss him.”
In a 2010 reflection, “Why I Became a Priest,” that he wrote for The Catholic Voice, Father Matthews, a Berkeley native, recalled being captivated by the stained-glass windows of his home parish, St. Ambrose. “The artwork depicted scenes of our salvation history and I felt good about being a part of that history,” he wrote.
In the mid-1950s his family moved to St. Bernard Parish in East Oakland. There he found models of faith. “By the time I reached the age of reason, I put aside imagining I was the Lone Ranger and the Cisco Kid (two of my childhood heroes) and believed I could be like Father Denis Kelly and Father Ernie Brainard. Here were priests who dedicated their lives to God and to His people and seemed very happy in serving the parish and school,” Father Matthews wrote.
The priest also noted the “three beautiful women,” who played major roles in his journey to the priesthood. His Catholic maternal grandmother, he wrote, wisely encouraged him to “listen to the whisper of God.” Additionally, she helped to craft vestments for her grandson, then around 8 and 9 years of age, so that he could “practice saying Mass.” His Methodist paternal grandmother gave him his first Bible as a First Communion gift “that prepared me along the way to do very well in my Scripture courses in the seminary”; and Holy Cross Sister Bernard Joseph “esteemed my piety and prayed my way to the seminary.”
In 1960 Father Matthews’ family moved to St. Benedict Parish where he gained additional guidance for his journey from Father Dan Finnegan and Holy Family Sisters Margaret Mary and Josita.
On his confirmation day in 1962 Bishop Floyd L. Begin, the founding bishop of Oakland, invited Jay Matthews to become a priest. “Excited by the invitation, I wanted to enter St. Joseph’s Seminary,” he recalled. “My parents felt that I was too young to make such a life-altering decision, and the compromise was to wait until after high school. In the meantime, Bishop Begin stayed in touch with my parents, and in the fall of 1966, I was seminary bound.”
After graduating from St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park Father Matthews was ordained to the priesthood in 1974. In the years that followed he held a variety of positions in the diocese, from associate pastor and administrator at parishes in Oakland (St. Louis Bertrand, St. Cyril and St. Paschal Baylon), Hayward (All Saints) and Richmond (St. Cornelius); to serving as chaplain to the Oakland police and fire departments and as vicar and spiritual director of Black Catholics.
Father Matthews played a key role in the emergence of the Black Catholic movement in the Diocese of Oakland, said Marie Taylor. The movement, came to life in the wake of the Black Power movement and developments following the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., as Black Catholics urged the Church to address the needs of their community.
“Father Jay’s contribution to the diocese is overwhelming,” Taylor said. “As the first Black Catholic priest ordained for the Diocese of Oakland, he made Black Catholic culture relevant.”
In addition to his leadership in the local and Bay Area Black Catholic community, Father Matthews was also involved with the Black Catholic community nationwide. News of the priest’s passing is posted on the website of the National Black Catholic Congress.
Closer to home, nearly every media outlet in the San Francisco Bay Area has covered the news of Father Matthews’ death.
Father Jay has always had a “larger than life profile,” said Rev. James Schexnayder, a retired priest of the Diocese of Oakland. “He had such great energy, he never seemed to stop. He did marriages and funerals from all over,” he said.
That energy helped Father Matthews who, in addition to his role as rector at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, was parochial administrator at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, on the other side of Lake Merritt.
Because he had the incredible ability to connect with people throughout the East Bay, Father Matthews also forged strong relationships within the area’s interfaith community. “Jay was Jay,” said Father Schexnayder, pastoral minister at Our Lady of Lourdes. “He was often on the run to do good in all directions.”
But for many who met and knew him, the death of the beloved and gregarious priest has been a personal loss. “For me he has been a wise mentor and friend,” said Father Schexnayder. “I miss him already.”
-- Carrie McClish/The Catholic Voice

Live at 5pm. Our attorneys are offering Immigration Legal Consultations with Lorena Domínguez (center) and Telemundo 48...
04/05/2019

Live at 5pm. Our attorneys are offering Immigration Legal Consultations with Lorena Domínguez (center) and Telemundo 48. Be sure to watch!

Today we honor American civil rights leader Cesar Chavez. In 1962, Cesar founded the National Farm Workers Association, ...
04/01/2019

Today we honor American civil rights leader Cesar Chavez. In 1962, Cesar founded the National Farm Workers Association, later to become the United Farm Workers (UFW). His leadership and nonviolent tactics, including the Delano grape strike, drew national attention to the conditions facing farm workers and contributed to the acceptance of union contracts, which effectively organized most of that industry.

Cesar was awarded posthumously the Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton. President Clinton said Cesar “faced formidable, often violent opposition with dignity and nonviolence. And he was victorious. Cesar Chavez left our world better than he found it, and his legacy inspires us still. “The Medal of Freedom is America’s highest civilian honor. #cesarchavez

Fr. Jay was a man and priest of the Community.  He transcended beyond all religious faith and was respected by all.Fr. J...
03/31/2019

Fr. Jay was a man and priest of the Community. He transcended beyond all religious faith and was respected by all.

Fr. Jay was one of the leaders bringing to the forefront what it means to be a Black Catholic in the Catholic Church.

He was a friend and supporter of Catholic Charities and with no hesitation offered his assistance when asked. Go in peace my friend and know we are all the better having walked with you in this short time on earth.

Margaret Peterson
Interim CEO, Catholic Charities of the East Bay

Funeral arrangements for Father Jay Matthews are as follows:

VIEWING: Sunday, April 7, 4-6 pm, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland
VIGIL: Sunday, April 7, 6 pm, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, followed by a reception
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, April 8, 7 pm, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, followed by a reception
INTERMENT: Tuesday, April 9, 11 am, St. Joseph Cemetery, San Pablo

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon him.
Saints of God, come to his aid. Come to meet him, Angels of the Lord.

https://www.oakdiocese.org/offices/communication/media-relations/father-jay-matthews-cathedral-rector-dies-march-30 We mourn the passing of Father Jay. "Father Matthews' infectious love for his faith, his parishioners and his community was a source of joy and inspiration for me," Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, said. "He truly lived what St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, described the priesthood to be: 'the love of the heart of Jesus.' I shall really miss him."

Job Information: Immigration Attorney – Oakland Office Job
03/25/2019
Job Information: Immigration Attorney – Oakland Office Job

Job Information: Immigration Attorney – Oakland Office Job

Area/Program Focus: Immigration Legal Services Position Summary: Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB) works with youth, children and families to promote self- sufficiency, strengthen families and pursue safety and justice. The Immigration Legal Services Department has provided relief for immigr...

Job Information: Grant Writer Job
03/21/2019
Job Information: Grant Writer Job

Job Information: Grant Writer Job

Area / Program Focus: Grants Position Summary: The Grant Writer will be responsible for managing the grants needs of a subset of Catholic Charities programs, conducting the full range of activities required to prepare and submit timely, accurate, and polished proposals (including budgets) to foundat...

03/14/2019
As we conclude Black history month and embark on Women's history month we want to celebrate women who changed the world ...
03/07/2019

As we conclude Black history month and embark on Women's history month we want to celebrate women who changed the world and beyond. #womenshisorymonth #herstory #cupofjane

Banteay Srei
02/19/2019

Banteay Srei

Please come through if you are passing by the Asian branch Oakland Library on Weds 27th at 5pm - we promise you so much love and art; and food! Our young women are prolific when it comes to expressing their minds and hearts and this event is a celebration of that. This is a community event - come hang out with us to launch 'We Are The Ones We've Been Waiting For' photo-docu exhibition, prayers for Nia Wilson, collective meditation to send universal love and end suffering, and ultra slick sound art. Young women of Oakland are building and creating - come show your support and immerse yourself into their world. The live poetry and art is NOT to be missed! DM for more info and please circulate among your networks Asian Health ServicesAsian Prisoner Support Committee - APSCMISSSEYDream Youth ClinicCatholic Charities of the East BayWestCoast Children's ClinicAypal: Building API Community PowerAsian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)Middle East Children's Alliance - MECA

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