Name of Church St. Edward

Address 5788 Thornton Avenue, Newark, CA 94560

Phone number 510-797-0241


Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. (Spanish).  Sunday, 7:15 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. (Missa Cantata, a sung Mass in English with some Latin prayers), 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m. (Portuguese), 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.  Monday – Friday, 6:45 a.m. & 9 a.m.  Saturday, 9 a.m.  Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. (Latin Tridentine).

Liturgy/Music Reverent and well done, a special focus at St. Edward’s.

Confessions Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m., Monday, 7:30 p.m.  First Fridays, 4:30 p.m.

Names of priests All Missionaries of the Precious Blood (C.PP.S.): Father Jeffrey Keyes, pastor.  Fathers James Franck and Jaya Babu Nuthulapati, parochial vicars.  Since becoming pastor of the parish nearly a decade ago, Father Keyes has attempted to return the parish to orthodoxy after a sharp turn it took to the Left in the 1970s.  Liturgical reform has been a key focus, as well as the introduction of traditional music.  Father is a musician and has been a student of Gregorian chant.  He has worked to make the parish catechetical program reflect the teachings of the Catholic Church.

School Yes.

Special parish groups Altar Society, Little Rock Scripture Study, Knights of Columbus, Legion of Mary, Men’s Club, Portuguese American Pastoral Cultural Center, Pro-Life, St. Vincent de Paul Society

Fellow parishioners A mix, both English and Spanish speakers.  There are parishioners who speak Portuguese, French and Farsi.  It draws many Catholics from outside the parish boundaries in search of a more traditional liturgy, and driven away liberal Catholics who prefer the 70s-era liturgy that was dominant at the parish.  Father Keyes opined, “You either love it or you hate it.”

Parking Ample parking; park on the street or in one of the lots.

Cry room No, it was turned into an adoration chapel.

Additional observations  St. Edward is in the southern end of the diocese of Oakland.  Father has introduced traditional elements into the church, including representational statues, a new crucifix, new altar cloths, genuine lectionaries and beeswax candles.  He placed saints’ relics in the altar.  He returned altar rails to the church, which had been torn out decades before.  Father had an old photo of the altar rails which he supplied to carpenters in the parish who built new ones.