Name of Church Saint Margaret Mary

Address 1219 Excelsior Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

Phone number 510-482-0596


Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. (English); Sundays, 7 a.m. (Low Mass with organ, extraordinary form), 8:30 a.m. (English), 10:30 a.m. (Latin High Mass, ordinary form), 12:30 p.m. (Latin High Mass, extraordinary form); weekdays, 8 a.m. (English) and 6 p.m. (Latin, extraordinary form, except Thursdays, when it is at noon and the 6 p.m. Mass is in English); Saturdays, 8 a.m. (English) and 10 a.m. (Latin, extraordinary form); Holy Days, 8 a.m. (English), 10:30 a.m. (Latin, ordinary form), 6 p.m. (Latin, extraordinary form) and 7:30 p.m. (English).

Confessions Tuesdays, 2-3:30 p.m.; Fridays, 2-3 p.m.; Saturdays, 4-4:50 p.m.; Sundays, a half-hour before the 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Masses; or call the rectory for an appointment.

Names of priests Father Stanislaw Zak, pastor. Father Rafal Duda, parochial administrator. Canon Olivier Meney of the Institute of Christ the King, Episcopal Delegate for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Diocese of Oakland. The priests give instructive homilies in accordance with the teachings of the Church.

School No.

Special devotions Liturgy of the Hours: Lauds, weekdays, 7:45 a.m. and Sundays, 8:15 a.m. Vespers and Compline as announced.

Holy Hours and Adoration: Every Thursday eve preceding First Fridays, following the 6 p.m. Mass. Benediction every 3rd Wednesday of the month, after the 6 p.m. (extraordinary form) Mass. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Chaplet on Fridays, 2 to 3 p.m. (confessions heard during this time). Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturdays, 4 to 4:45 p.m. (while confessions are heard). Concludes with Benediction.

There are also seasonal devotions; check the website.

Special parish groups St. Anne’s Guild, members help care for the church and sponsor many parish events, such as the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Oktoberfest. St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Liturgy English and Latin, both ordinary and extraordinary forms.

Music The parish choir, under the direction of David Sundahl, sings Sundays at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. There are several choirs serving the parish, including the children’s Choir of the Angelus, Pacific Collegium Choir and the women’s Sacred Heart Choir. Music is from the classic tradition, as well as modern music sung in the classic style. Visitors can also experience Gregorian chant and classical polyphony. The parish also has a Moeller pipe organ, refurbished and embellished a decade ago. Visit the parish website for the music schedule.

Fellow parishioners Although St. Margaret Mary is a small parish geographically, it draws families seeking its traditional environment from miles around. Its members come from different parts of the San Francisco Bay area.

Parking The lot is small, and can fill up during Sunday Masses. There usually isn’t a problem finding parking on the street, which is generally safe during the daytime.

Acoustics Good

Cry room None

Literature In addition to the parish bulletin, you can borrow an English-Latin missal if you need one.

Additional observations St. Margaret Mary is a small parish that is conservative and traditional. It is the only parish of the Diocese of Oakland which offers a daily Latin Tridentine Mass. It’s an attractive older church, completed and dedicated in 1931. The bishop of the Diocese, Michael Barber, visited the parish recently to mark the 10th anniversary of the Institute’s apostolate at the church. The bishop assisted at the Mass, and delivered a sermon on the meaning of the Mass.