Opioid addiction is the biggest drug epidemic in the United States. A rise of pain killer prescriptions from providers and a pharmaceutical industry eager to boost sales, sparked a wave of this addiction that shot up by almost 500 percent in the last 15 years. The numbers are staggering. Almost half-a-million Americans have died in the last 15 years from an overdose, and the majority of those involve opioids. On average, 91 Americans are still dying every single day.
Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares people to interact with a person in crisis and connect them with help. Our Experience Hope Training Institute teaches basic restorative and trauma-responsive philosophies and practices.
The holiday season can bring mixed emotions for many. For some, it’s their favorite time of year. For others, it brings feelings of sadness and loss. Seeing old friends and family members may be exciting or may bring up memories of disappointments. Here are some tips to help you THRIVE through the Holidays
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. Cigarette smoking alone causes more than an estimated 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths from secondhand smoke exposure. Smoking costs in the United States are more than $300 billion yearly.
The Pastoral Council meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month, typically, in the Saint Columba Hall. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to be added to the Agenda, please contact the church office at least 2 or 3 weeks prior to the next meeting to be added. The meeting Agenda will be posted below in Documents. Thank you.
Have you ever wanted to serve on the Pastoral Council? We meet once monthly. We serve as the eyes and ears of the church to assist our Pastor and are here to serve the church community. There are currently five open positions available. If you would like to serve, please complete an application due no later than August 16th, 2017 by 4 pm. The application is linked on our page in "documents" and is being circulated in the church bulletin on Sundays. In general, the term lasts three years. Please feel free to reach out to any current member with your questions. Thank you.
St. Columba's African American Celebration Series continues this Sunday, January 22, with Deacon Larry Chatmon from St. Paul the Shipwreck Catholic Church as the Featured Speaker. Deacon Larry has over twenty-four years of progressively responsible experience in the non profit and government sectors with demonstrated expertise in management, administration and program development. He has served with the Bay Area Urban League, a civil-rights non-profit organization, where he began as a Senior Field Representative and worked his way up to become Vice-President of Programs/Operations. He is recently retired, after 16 years, with the City and County of San Francisco Department of Human Services where he successfully planned, directed and implemented the One-Stop Employment Services System and planned, implemented and managed the new Food-Stamp Employment and Training Program (FSET) resulting in a 10-million-dollar yearly general fund savings for San Francisco. He attended Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota earning his BA degree, and is a Graduate of the Bay Area Social Services Consortium (BASSC) Executive Management Development Program -2004 (UC Berkeley) and has received a Certificate of Merit – Public Managerial Excellence Award 2003 from the Mayor’s Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee and a San Francisco County Award for an Innovative One-Stop Electronic System – 2000 and is a past President of the Bay Area Association of Black Social Workers. Deacon Larry has been a member of St. Paul of the Shipwreck Catholic Church for 30 years and has served or is serving in the ministries of, RCIA, Lector, Eucharistic minister, Youth minister, Adult Choir, Finance Council, Ministers of Christian Service, Parish Council, Prison Ministry, Men’s Bible-Study group, Knights of St. Peter Claver, Art & Environment and Liturgy Committee. He was ordained in 2006 and has served or serves as a member of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, Diaconate Formation Advisory Committee, National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus- Executive Board of Directors, National Association of Black Catholic Deacons- Vice-President and various other community, civic and non-profit volunteer groups. Please join us as we welcome Deacon Larry to St. Columba!
Our St. Vincent de Paul Conference will have new service hours for food distribution. Our new hours will are from 12:30 PM until 2:30 PM on Tuesdays only. PLEASE NOTE: There is no longer be Food Bank distribution on second Mondays. Instead, Food Bank Day will be on the SECOND TUESDAY of each month from 12:30 PM until 2:30 PM.
Most Holy Father, We, the Roman Catholic community of Saint Columba in the Diocese of Oakland, California, heartily welcome you to our country, the United States of America. We write to request that, during your visit to us this month you lead the universal Church to openly acknowledge and officially apologize to African Americans for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in the enslavement of and acts of racial injustice against people of color, -events that have stained our history from the founding of our country, through the passing of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s to the present day.