It is with sadness that we announce that we will be returning the care of St. Edward Church in Newark, Calif. to the Diocese of Oakland, effective July 1, 2018.
The announcement will be made this weekend to the parish and the Companions group that meets there.
As is explained in a letter to parishioners, " Our founder, St. Gaspar del Bufalo, urged us to be attentive to the signs of our time. So, while we’re faithful to our call to serve, we sometimes have to move on, as missionaries do. Our provincial council studied the situation for a long time before coming to this difficult decision."
Missionaries of the Precious Blood have been at St. Edward since 1979, when it was taken on by the Province of the Pacific. Fr. Marv Steffes was its first C.PP.S. pastor. We are grateful to God and to the people of St. Edward for the many blessings that have been shared with our members there over the years.
We ask that you keep the current pastoral staff of Fr. Jayababu Nuthulapati, C.PP.S.; Fr. Frankline Rayappa, C.PP.S.; and Fr. James Franck, C.PP.S. in your prayers as they break the news to the parish and help with the transition, and please continue to pray for these three faithful Missionaries as they prepare for their new assignments. We also ask you to pray for our Companions in Newark, who will help keep the legacy of Precious Blood spirituality alive in the parish.
Yours in the Blood of Christ,