The annual Chapter Elections was conducted successfully on Saturday, June 1st 2019 during the monthly business meeting at Our Lady Queen of the World in Bay Point, Ca. We are pleased to announce the Officers-Elect with our congratulations:

PRESIDENT - Kip Trombley

CHAPLAIN - Reverend Father Antony Vazhappilly (by appointment)


SECRETARY - Dennis Valerio

TREASURER - Bart Kinard

ADVOCATE - Bob Burnside (by appointment)

MARSHAL - Patrick Jalbert (by appointment)

The Oakland Diocese Chapter wishes to thank especially District Deputy James Smithwick for making the venue arrangements, brothers Jacob Vattathil and Herculano da Rosa and all the brother knights of the Hosting Council for their gracious hospitality and the nice hot breakfast!

Also...a herald of thanks and congratulations to the Officers and Committee-men who served in the 2018-2019 Columbian Year for a successful term by any measure - WELL DONE!

Lastly - to all the council delegates who attended the Elections: Please credit yourselves for your active participation in your Chapter, and remember that the the Chapter’s sole raison d’etre is to support the councils within the Oakland Diocese.

Reporting -

Mike Souza

ODC Comm Dir

It is with a heavy heart upon receiving the sad news about Nirmala Karunaratne, beloved wife of Past Chapter President and dear Brother Deepal Karunaratne. Our dear sister Nirmala passed onto the Lord's care peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones on Wednesday 22nd May 2019, escorted by the Lord's angels who watched over her and ensured her blessings of Love and Family throughout her days here on Earth, to which we all can testify to and have witnessed.

You are all invited to a Vigil Service, Rosary and tribute on 29th May 2019 at 6:00p at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 500 Fairview Avenue in Brentwood, California.

A Funeral Mass will take place 30th May 2019 at 11:00a, followed by a reception.

M Souza

Comm Dir

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The news we have been receiving about the horrible actions of priests, bishops and cardinals has stunned and disgusts me. Those who have harmed children and vulnerable adults must be held accountable.

The bishops who refused to stop this immoral and criminal behavior must also be held accountable. I am shamed by the actions of these men and have vowed to work with all people of good will to make our Diocese a safe place for all.

To that end, we have policies and procedures in place mandating that every person who serves in our Diocese, whether clergy, religious, staff or lay volunteer, receives training in how to identify and stop predatory behavior. The Diocese of Oakland has a zero tolerance policy to the sexual abuse of minors on the part of anyone who serves the church. We also have staff which respond to each allegation of abuse, and have a loving and responsive team to assist survivors of clerical sexual abuse. We have an independent Diocesan Review Board composed of lay experts in psychology, police investigators, retired judges and abuse survivors, which examines complaints of misbehavior. I follow their recommendations.

I welcome the initiative of Cardinal DiNardo, President of the US Bishops Conference, whose August 16 statement, to establish an investigation into questions surrounding bishops’ accountability, an opening of new and confidential reporting channels for complaints, proper independence and lay, not clerical, leadership of the process. The love of Christ compels us to be better models of Jesus’ love, mercy, and healing. We must never violate the trust placed in us. As Bishop of Oakland, I promise there will be consequences for those who do.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

The Most Reverend

Michael C. Barber, SJ

Bishop of Oakland

The next Chapter meeting featuring elections is on Saturday, June 1st at:

Our Lady Queen-World Church, 3155 Winterbrook Dr, Bay Point, CA 94565


07:30a - BREAKFAST



09:30a - ELECTIONS


Please pray for the repose of Nirmala, Deepal sent a notice with funeral arrangements for next week.  Our Worthy Master will be issuing a Call Out so everyone is encouraged to attend!


I am doing OK considering the event I have been going through within a month started from April 22nd. It's like a huge storm hit me and took love of my life. I have to be strong for my family. I am still in shock.

We are going to have Vigil service for her with Rosary, viewing and tribute starting at 6 PM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Brentwood 500 Fairview Ave on 29th Wednesday and funeral Mass is going to be on Thursday the 30th at same location and soon after that reception with lunch. Mass will start at 11am.  Please forward to others as well.

Deepal Karunaratne PCP FDD

Dear Chapter President, Secretary and DD,

I am reaching out to you for your assistance. Our council has decide to support a fundraiser that would directly benefit the Catholics of the Venezuela. The chaos within Venezuela has been terrible and one of our very own, Ana Lau (St. Mary's office manager), has been an advocate to bring the " Bread of Life" to the Catholics in this country and region.

Recently, we shipped a container of "Pure" flour to the NUNS of her home town who make the Eucharist. These same NUNS make the Eucharist and then distribute to the churches throughout country. Because of the military control, conflict with current governance and a new government trying to take over, there is a Civil war going on. It has caused shortages of food, water, living conditions, loss of life and of course shortages of the "pure" flour that is required to be used to make the host.

If flour shortages were the only problem we could easily help. But, we have discovered the problem is deeper and they need a new Eucharist machine. If we replace the old Eucharist machine it could provide a solution to the crisis for the "Bread of Life" for ALL Catholics. Millions of Catholics that are currently being denied the daily Sacrament, or the Bread of Life, we so easily receive in the USA.

Ana has visited and has seen first hand the troubles of her home town and region. She communicates to our council and we have heard her plea for help. I ask that you hear my plea for help. It is a important step for our local Church and out council of KofC.

At the link below is a flyer of a benefit concert that we have helped organize and are co-sponsoring, with help of Fr. Chavez.

I would request your assistance in distributing this flyer and event date to the councils in the bay area. If you could help and send out this event as a KofC event it could help in our fundraising effort.

I appreciate your assistance and would appreciate your feed back as to his effort.

Vivat Jesus,

Your Grand Knight of #14156 ( St. Mary's Church, Walnut Creek)

Todd Conway, Cell (510) 908-1316

Fr. Rafael Chávez Concert Flyer

Help Promote Vocations by Helping our Seminarians

Brothers, as you know one of the more successful programs we have is the RSVP(Refund Support Vocations Program).  Last year our councils gave over $14000 to our seminarians.  We can do that again! Please follow the link below to see who you sponsored last year, or pick a new seminarian, your choice.  Pick one who has not already found support.

RSVP Program 2018-19

Send them your check for $500 or even $1000.  Then, have your financial secretary apply for a 20% refund from Supreme.  Finally, let me know who you decide to support so I can update the sheet.
Thank you,
Rick Jarrett

The 4th Annual Columbiettes State Convention on June 21st to 22nd.

See link below for a complete packet for more information:

2019 Columbiettes Convention