Current Events

The work at the Catholic Worker is possible because of the help of many people.



Sophia and Sjohna paint the stairs to the Catholic Worker House!! The stairs are a lot more welcoming and fresh looking. Thanks!


Sophie (in the middle) was given a one year music scholarship by Clock Tower Music in San Carlos. Todd Kimball (left)  is teaching her guitar. Leonie Batkin (on right)  is sponsoring the music scholarship . Sophie and her family live at the Catholic Worker house. We are all thankful to Leonie and Todd, as well as Susan and Brian Kimmel who own Clock Tower Music, which is a real treasure in our community.


Terri Garnick, Chief Accounting Officer,  Karen Uribe, Executive Assistant, and Pat Simoni, Manager Corporate Service, of Glenborough, LLC held their annual food and toy drive for the Catholic Worker house Christmas effort. All of us, children and community members, were thankful!



Junipero Serra High School Padres and Staff organized the most amazing Christmas effort for families. Serra Director of Campus Ministry Billy Byrnes, and Director of Christian Service, Jackie Schroeder spearhead the effort. This year (as in past years), the Serra community adopted 12 families in need. Various clubs, sports teams and faculty/staff groups sponsored each family. Padres shopped for the families at KMart on December 17 after collecting donations of $4,795 in cash, 205 gift cards, seven barrels of food and one barrel of socks.  Their gifts brought many lasting smiles to parents and children.


While students took exams, the staff and Chaplain of Serra HS help load the barrels of food into the Catholic Worker truck.



The Street Life Ministry prayer and dinners are at the Catholic Worker for the last three weeks in December. Last night the angels danced during the delicious dinner that was served by the staff and students from Sacred Heart School. The 10 angels were dancing in the street to Christmas music for about an hour!



The Fourth Grade students at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Redwood City organized a toy drive at the school. The students sang songs about the toy drive, and the spirit of generosity, every day during the opening announcements. Thank you teachers and students at Mt. Carmel. December 2016


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Thanks to the many people who have donated bikes! Thanks to Jack Miller and the Silicon Valley Bike Exchange for the many bikes they have refurbished and donated. Thanks to Terry Rolleri who has repaired and tuned up all the bikes we needed fixed, and then additionally has begged, found and scavenged bikes to fix up and give us. 


The St. Pius Parent-Teacher Group organized an evening of giving, and then brought us many car loads of clothing. Courtney Caccia, Edith Fonseca, Debbie Nash, and Kim Manca brought the clothes, which were many many more than show in this picture. November 2016



The students at St Francis High School made about 100 boxes of food for families before thanksgiving, and donated 125 gift certificates to Safeway.  The students are wearing shirts that say “Service Above Self.” In the picture, the students are loading the boxes into the Catholic Worker truck. November 2016




Dennis Pettinelli (a volunteer at the Catholic Worker who is a financial advisor) helped us build this shed that is used for sleeping bags, hygiene supplies, and various items that we give out to folks who need them. Dennis got things moving by saying that he would buy the materials, and he suggested that the day laborers build it. Recommended by the Multicultural Institute-Day Laborer Program,  Rony Palacios (650- 771-6487) drew up a plan, and built the shed.  The local office of the Multicultural Institute is at North Fair Oaks in Redwood City(2500 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94579). Contact Program Director Cesar Meza-Esveile (650) 339-2794 for more information. April 2016



April 2016 Aida Figueroa  landscapes the front of the Catholic Worker house on 545 Cassia Street.




March, 2016. J. Arthur, Redwood City Catholic Worker, receives bikes from Tom Feledy, (name?) top-notch woman bike mechanic, Jack Miller and Gordon Hamachi from the Silicon Valley Bike Exchange. Jack Miller organized the repair and tune up of these 18 bikes on the truck, which were donated to the Catholic Worker! Thanks Silicon Valley Bike Exchange!


IMG_5972March 23, 2016  Deputy Victor Lopez has made it possible for bikes, books, clothes and other  abandoned items to be donated for day laborers and other people in need. Pictured in front of Redwood City Catholic Worker Truck containing items donated by the SamTrans are: Oscar Romirez, Locksmith; Susan Crane, Redwood City Catholic Worker; Deputy Victor Lopez, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office; and Cesar Meza-Esveile, Multicultural Institute.  Thank you Deputy Lopez!

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Tanner Nguyen and his Dad. Tanner collected over 200 jackets for men, women and children. He passed out flyers in his San Mateo neighborhood, he went to the lost and found in various schools, and he talked to people in churches urging people to consider donating to One Warm Coat. Tanner is part of Boy Scout Troop #142, and he collected the jackets and delivered them to the Catholic Worker as a project for Eagle Scout Rank. THANKS, TANNER!! (February 13, 2016)

20160104_122452 Volunteers from Sacred Heart School in Atherton, CA January 4, 2016. We had hoped to paint the outside of the house, but because of rain, we worked inside cleaning and organizing, fixing electrical problems, organizing the tool shed, and other tasks.

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Prayer and Dinner of Street Life Ministry. Students from Serra High School helped clean and set up ahead of time, and then helped serve the food. Liturgical Dancers danced before the dinner.


The Youth Ministry Program from Our Lady of Angels Catholic Parish in Burlingame collected and brought many gifts for distribution.Pictured are  Chris Mariano, Jenny Tolintino, Delene Franks, and Villma Rusley.


The Joy of sharing God’s Blessings, making Christ known to all generations.

Bernard Nemis and his family made 100 healthy, delicious, top of the line, bag meals. Brothers and sisters, children and Grandmas, everyone helped! Thank you Bernard and the Nemis Family.


JasonThanks to everyone who brought us sleeping bags this week! Here is Jason, a thankful recipient of a waterproof backpack and a warm sleeping bag.


2015GirlScoutsRedwood City Girl Scout Troop #31446. This Girl Scout troop likes to go camping and participate in community service projects. This year, instead of doing a Secret Santa program, they pooled their money and helped out the Catholic Worker. Go Girl Scouts!!!!

StreetLightMinistry (1)Street Life Ministry uses our driveway and porch again this year on Monday and Wednesday night while Bethlehem AD uses their usual space for prayer and dinner.   There is music, prayer and reflection about 7:30 and dinner for anyone who is hungry around 8. On Monday, Dec. 13, the 7th grade students from Sacred Heart School made the dinner and served it.  December 2015


Junipero Sierra High School students helped 16 particular families, and collected many more gifts for other families. Jackie Schroeder and Billie Byrnes from Campus Ministry guide and inspire the students in their projects to live the gospel. December 2015

20151214_114536 (1)Adopt-a-Family Food Drive at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo. 10 barrels of food were collected and given to the Catholic Worker for distribution. December 2015


The fourth grade students at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School had a toy drive and collected many  wonderful toys that will bring smiles to children on Christmas. The students loaded the truck.  December 2015


The students at St Francis High School made about 125 boxes of food for families before thanksgiving, and donated 125 gift certificates to Safeway.  In the picture, the students made a chain to bring the boxes of food into the Catholic Worker truck. November 2015