Name of Church Church of St. Leo the Great

Address 176 Ridgeway Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

Phone number (510) 654-6177


Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m.  Sunday 11 a.m.  Monday through Friday, 12:10 p.m.

Confessions Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to noon and by appointment.

Names of priests Fr. Joseph Nguyen, parochial administrator.  Fr. John Direen, in residence. 

School Yes.

Special parish groups and activities WINGS spirituality group, Monday – Friday holy hour with exposition, confession, rosary and chaplet at 11 a.m., St. Vincent de Paul Society, Homebound Ministry.

Music Depends on the Mass: organ, cantors and choirs

Parking There is parking at the school, along the street and a small lot beside the church.

Acoustics Fine.

Additional observations  This is a beautiful old church in an old neighborhood in Oakland.  The Church of St. Leo the Great was established in 1911 to serve Italian, Irish and German Catholics who lived in the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood of Oakland.  The current church was built in 1926.  The parish school opened in 1948.  The church was extensively renovated in 1951.  It is a mission-style structure with Romanesque features.  It has a prominent bell tower, soaring vaulted ceilings and an adjoining garden.  Inside it has a traditional altar and stained glass, with traditional art.