"St. Benedict Parish is devastated by the loss," Rev. Jay Matthews, St. Benedict pastor, told The Voice.
Noting that the youth were part of a "lovely family," Father Matthews said that the teenagers had been members of the parish choir and were very involved in youth activities.
June 17, 2010: Our speaker at our June Luncheon was Father Jay Matthews, pastor of St. Benedict's Parish in Oakland.Father Matthews gave a most fascinating and informative talk on the history of the Catholic African-American community in the Civil Rights movement, from the end of the Civil War until the middle of the 20th century.
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