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 Thank you for visiting our website!  We would like to welcome you to our community.  

Come join us for Mass.  We also invite you to our many ministry activities.  You are welcome here.  

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WHEN ARE OUR SERVICES?

This is our schedule of services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the present time, YOU MAY ATTEND ALL OF OUR MASSES AND SERVICES IN PERSON INSIDE OF THE CHURCH.  Attendance is limited to 100 people.    

All Masses and Services are also livestreamed on our parish Facebook page.  To access the Facebook page, click here.     

Weekends

Sunday: 8:30 am -- Mass in English

Sunday, 10:00 a.m. -- Mass in Spanish 

Both of these Masses are followed by Communion in our parking lot.  If you are interested in receiving Communion, leave your home immediately after the livestream or so that you arrive at the church no later than one-half hour after the Mass has ended. 

Weekdays

Monday - Friday:  7:00 p.m. -- Rosary (bilingual) 

Monday - Friday:  7:30 p.m. (immediately after the Rosary) -- Daily Mass (bilingual)

Friday, 12:00 p.m. -- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament


WHEN IS CONFESSION AVAILABLE?

6:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.    


HOW DO I GET TO THE PARISH?

Our Parish is located at 703 “C” Street, Union City, CA  94587-2195.  Click here for a map. 

From San Francisco, Oakland, San Leandro, Hayward and the San Mateo Bridge:  

  • Take Interstate 880 (the Nimitz Freeway) South.
  • Take the first off-ramp in Union City:  Exit 24 -- Whipple Road / Dyer Street
  • At the end of the off-ramp, turn right.  Proceed down Whipple Road towards the east, going under the overpass and towards the hills.
  • When you go over the BART tracks, the speed limit will lower from 40 to 25 mph.
  • Once this happens, look to the right for 6th Street (three streets later).
  • Turn right on 6th Street, and then right on "C" Street.

From San José, Milpitas and Fremont: 

  • Take Interstate 880 (the Nimitz Freeway) North.
  • In Fremont, take Exit 21:  California 84 West/Decoto Road/Dumbarton Bridge.
  • At the end of he off-ramp, turn right. Proceed down Decoto Road into Union City, traveling towards the east and towards the hills.
  • Once you have passed under the elevated BART tracks, look for 9th Street - turn left.
  • Proceed down 9th Street for 7 blocks.
  • Turn right on "C" Street.

From Palo Alto, Menlo Park and the Dumbarton Bridge: 

  • The east end of the Dumbarton Bridge turns into a freeway, Highway 84.
  • Continue traveling east on this freeway.
  • As the freeway passes over I-880, the Nimitz Freeway, there is a signal light.
  • At this signal, the Highway 84 freeway will end and becomes Decoto Road.
  • Continue down Decoto Road into Union City.
  • Once you have passed under the elevated BART tracks, look for 9th Street - turn left.
  • Proceed down 9th Street for 7 blocks.
  • Turn right on "C" Street.

From the Tri-Valley Area (Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon): 

  • Take Interstate 580 (The Walter Breed Jr. Freeway) north/west.
  • In Hayward, at the large interchange, stay in the left lanes and "go straight" so that you will be traveling on Interstate 238.
  • Soon after the interchange, take the "Highway 880 South - San Jose" exit.
  • Take Interstate 880 (the Nimitz Freeway) south.
  • Take the first off-ramp in Union City:  Exit 24 -- Whipple Road / Dyer Street
  • At the end of the off-ramp, turn right.  Go under the overpass.
  • Proceed down Whipple Road towards the east and towards the hills.
  • When you go over the BART tracks, the speed limit will lower from 40 to 30 mph.
  • Once this happens, look to the right for 6th Street (three streets later).
  • Turn right on 6th Street, and then right on "C" Street.

If you live in the immediate area:

  • You can use Mission Blvd. (CA 238) to get to our church.
  • Take Mission Blvd. to Whipple Road. There is a National fuel station on the corner.
  • Turn on Whipple Road, and travel past the gas station.
  • Two streets behind the gas station to your left will be "C" Street.
  • Turn left on "C" Street.
  • Continue traveling down "C" Street. You can't miss us!

WHERE SHOULD I PARK?

We have one parking lot that has an entry in the middle of our block on "C" Street.  Once this lot is full people find parking on the surrounding streets.  The main church entrance is off of the parking lot.  You may park in any available spot. There is no reserved parking except for the ample handicapped-accessible spots.  


WHERE DO MY CHILDREN GO?

We believe it is important for children of all ages to attend Mass with their families. Therefore, we do not offer separate children’s services, nor do we have a special "cry room." 


HOW DO I KNOW WHEN TO SIT, STAND, AND KNEEL?

There’s no need to be self-conscious about the postures and responses used during worship. Most visitors just follow the lead of the our parishioners. 


IS IT OK FOR ME TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNION?

Communion, or The Eucharist, is the most intimate expression of our faith. Catholics believe that the host is literally the body of Christ, transformed from bread by the priest presiding over the service. Most evangelicals think of Communion as symbolic, so it makes sense that they are not as strict about having the right relationship to it as Catholics and Orthodox Christians who believe it is a sacrament and the true presence of Christ. So, if you are not Catholic, we ask that you not receive communion.  However, those not receiving the Body of Christ and Precious blood are invited to come forward with their hands crossed over their chests for a special blessing.


AM I EXPECTED TO PUT MONEY IN THE OFFERING?

If you are visiting with us, we don't expect you to put money in the offering, and you are welcome to just let it pass you by. If you consider our parish your church home, we'd love for you to prayerfully consider giving on a weekly basis. You can give by check or cash during the service, or you can sign up for online giving by clicking here. 


I CAME TO OLR, AND NOW I WANT TO JOIN THE FAMILY.  HOW DO I REGISTER?

If you decide to become part of our parish family, registration is a good idea for these reasons:

  • You will receive parish mailings and e-mails which provide you information on parish events, special Masses, and any changes to parish-related schedules.
  • We can send you the Parish Bulletin every week by e-mail.
  • At times parishioners will ask us to write a letter of reference to a prospective employer, government agency, or community organization to prove how long they have been a member of the local community, or that they are active in either religious activities or volunteer service.  When you are registered, it is much easier for us to provide you with the letter that you need.
  • If you plan to sign-up for WeShare Online giving or collection envelopes, you should be registered so that we can track your donations and prepare your year-end statement. 
  • It will make registration for parish programs easier, as we already have your contact information.    

Rest assured that only our staff members have access to any information you provide, and they only use it for church-related business.  It is never provided to any entity outside of Our Lady of the Rosary Church and the Diocese of Oakland, and the Diocese never provides it to any other entity.   

If you want to register in our parish, click here.


I'M NOT CATHOLIC.  I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE CHURCH.  I MIGHT EVEN WANT TO BECOME CATHOLIC.  WHAT DO I DO?

Adults who want to know more about the Church, or want to convert to Catholicism should participate in the RCIA program.  RCIA stands for the "Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults."  It is a process of reflection, prayer, instruction, discernment, and formation.  The RCIA program is a two-year long program where adults typically prepare for all three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation).  They receive the sacraments at our Easter Vigil Mass.

This program beings in September, but anyone who has interest in RCIA can contact us at any time.  To enroll in this program, the person who is interested should fill out the RICA Inquiry Form.  To access this form, click here