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. (ordinary form); Sundays, 7 a.m. (Low Mass, extraordinary form), 8:30 a.m. (ordinary form), 10:30 a.m. (ordinary form, Missa Cantata), 12:30 p.m. (extraordinary form, Missa Cantata); weekdays, 8 a.m. (ordinary form) and 6 p.m. (extraordinary form, except Thursdays, when it is at noon); Saturdays, 8 a.m. (ordinary form) and 10 a.m. (extraordinary form).
Confessions Fridays, 2-3 p.m.; Saturdays, 4-4:50 p.m.; Sundays, a half-hour before Masses; or call the rectory for an appointment.
Names of priests Fr. Glenn Naguit, 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 Institute was founded in 1990 and celebrates Mass in the extraordinary form. Its priests are formed in the traditional way. It has 110 priests who serve in 12 countries, and 14 dioceses in the U.S. Besides priests, they also have a small community of brothers and a small community of nuns. Watch Canon Meney celebrate Mass and preach in video below.
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, seasonal devotions, check the website.
Special parish groups St. Anne’s Guild, members help care for the church and sponsor many parish events. St. Vincent de Paul Society.
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. 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.
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.
Above video: Canon Meney celebrates Mass at St. Margaret Mary.