St. Patrick Catholic Church

Serving the Communities of Rodeo and Hercules

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St. Patrick Catholic Church, Rodeo-Hercules

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Feb. 23, 2014 A Letter from the Pastor

Dear People of St. Patrick,

Today we should feel good about our prayerful and loving gift to God and our helping to spread the Gospel in the Diocese of Oakland. Our gift to the Bishop’s Appeal today is a real sign that as Catholics, we understand that each of us belongs to the Universal Church [Catholic = Universal] and we are  responsible for leading others to Jesus Christ and to set the world on fire for Christ. If you have not prepared your gift, please do so this week. Each one of us needs to be able to say, I have done my bestand should be happy about our gift. As your Pastor, I want to thank you for your patience with me last week as I explained to you the need for the Bishop’s Appeal. Let us all continue to pray for every parish in the Diocese of Oakland to reach their goal and feel good about their parish.

The three readings from Scripture this week reminds all people of the world to love God and to show that love to one another. This teaching is meant for every human being on the face of the earth. Now, the Christian, [one who follows Jesus Christ] must take this knowledge and hear the other part of what Jesus says about love your neighbor, love your enemy and pray for them.

It is not easy to forgive when we are hurt, mistreated and disrespected by others. Remember, Jesus knows how it feels. They did it to him, yet, He gave his life for those who persecuted him on earth. Jesus does not ask us to do something He did not do. “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

How do we get to heaven? Keep the Ten Commandments and follow the directive to love God and our neighbors.


God Bless,

Fr. Larry Young, Pastor


Helping our Brothers and Sisters in the Philippines

St. Patrick Church, Rodeo-Hercules and Diocese of Oakland respond to the Disaster in the Philippines.

Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8th striking Guiuan, Eastern Samar Island, with wind speeds of 195 mph, making it the strongest tropical cyclone on record to have made landfall anywhere in the world. Thousands have died and an estimated 9.5 million people are suffering from destruction on par with that seen after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The needs are immense – shelter, food, water, sanitation, and medicine.

You Can Help. There will be a special second collection for Philippine relief in this weekend, November 16-17 at all the masses.

Please make checks payable to St. Patrick Church. All donations will be sent to the Catholic Relief Services (CRS). For more information, contact the Parish Office 510-799-4406 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Bishop wrote, “I recall a Mission poster that read: ‘Christ has no hands, no feet, no ears, but yours.’ Will you be the hands, feet, and ears of Christ to our brothers and sisters enduring such great devastation and suffering? I am confident they can depend on your generosity.” Read the full text of the letter here.



Altar Servers

Calling all Altar Servers and those who want to become Altar Servers, sign up, get trained and be commissioned. We need you in the parish and the Lord needs you to help at His altar. Please contact Fr. Ben at 799-4406 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Welcome to St. Patrick Church, Fr. Ben!

Dear Parishioners of St. Patrick
I am Fr. Benedict Pradit Wonganant or you can call me Ben. I was ordained to the priesthood on
May 18. I was born into a large Catholic family, in a Catholic village in the northeast of Thailand. I
have two older brothers and two older sisters and four younger sisters. I am the middle child. My
brothers and sisters, all of them are married. My Dad passed away 12 years ago.
The life of the village, as well as that of my family, was always Church centered. We not only went to
Mass on Sundays but we would be in Church almost every morning and most evenings. Our parish
school was staffed by Sisters who were very attentive to our learning and faith and they encouraged
us to think about becoming priests.
The desire to be a priest came to me very early and at the age of twelve, my family sent me to study
in the city of Ubon, which is about sixty miles from our village. My next step was to move near to
Bangkok (capital city) which is many hundreds of miles from my home to study more as there was
much for me to learn. I had to work very hard to make a living and worked in the fruit and vegetable
market where I gained a lot of experience meeting many different people.
The desire to be a priest stayed with me all the time. When I was asked by a priest friend if I would
like to become a priest in the Diocese of Oakland, I felt that God was answering my prayers.
I have been at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park for six years. I was happy and enjoy the life
here and am thankful that I am gaining the knowledge and the grace that will help me to do what I
believe God desires of me. My family back in Thailand pray for me every day and I am able to speak
to them frequently on the computer phone. I love meeting people and find that people here in the
United States are not unlike the people at home and people elsewhere.
I am happy and proud to be here at St. Patrick's Church (Rodeo) to work with all of you and assist
Fr. Larry. As a newly ordained priest I ask each and every one you to please pray for me as I find
my feet. I promise with the help of God’s grace to do my best to serve you all well. Everyone of you
will be in my Masses.
Again, keep me in your prayers, so that I may always do God’s will.

Bless you,
Fr. Ben
(To Serve, not to be Served)

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St. Patrick's Church

825 Seventh Street
Rodeo, CA 94572

Office Hours: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Phone: 510-799-4406
Fax: 510-799-5681

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Every 1st & 3rd Sundays
8am - 12:45pm

Mass Schedule

Daily Morning Mass (Mon-Sat)

Saturday Vigil Mass

7:30AM, 9:30AM, 11:30AM
Sunday Masses

3:30PM-4:30PM (Saturday)
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