It has been more than two years since the Bishop of Oakland, Michael C. Barber, S.J., called for the formulation of a task force to assess how to meet the challenges of declining Mass attendance and underutilized parish facilities in our diocese. These challenges are not unique to the Diocese of Oakland. Dioceses throughout the United States are impacted with similar challenges. For background and recommendations, read the Report through the link.
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, has granted all Catholics in the Diocese of Oakland a dispensation from the requirement to abstain from all meat on Friday, March 17, the feast day of St. Patrick, and to consider a separate sacrificial or charitable act today.
Interviewing for School and Parish Positions, including Teachers, Staff, Ministry Leaders and Volunteers. The event will include time for Fellowship, Prayerful discernment, Testimonials from school and parish staff, Networking and Screening Interviews. "Make a difference in the heart and mind of a child". Please share this event with your parishioners.
The San Francisco Chronicle writes an article sharing that Fr. Jayson Landeza of the Diocese of Oakland (Divine Mercy Parish and St. Benedict Parish) is one of the unsung heroes, offering comfort in times of gun violence tragedy. Read the article through the link.
The observances of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, Feb. 12) are an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family. This year's theme, "Marriage...one flesh, given and received" highlights the one-flesh union of husband and wife that is willed by God. Resources available through the link.
In preparation for the Diocesan Eucharistic Revival Congress scheduled for September of 2023, the Bishop’s Outreach Team is seeking to update their information on Eucharistic Adoration in the parishes of the Diocese. This survey will last through the month of February 2023.
Parishioner Rodney Esperanza from The Cathedral of Christ the Light presented Bishop Barber with a remembrance card and medal commemorating Pope Benedict. Read Mr. Esperanza's beautiful impressions of Pope Benedict's Requiem Mass through the link.
The Oakland and San Francisco Locations of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta will combine forces to assist Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ in concelebrating Mass for those seeking God’s grace and mercy. The poignant and ancient sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be offered to all those in attendance. Details on Mass and world premier of Messe des Malades through the link.
In 2019, Pope Francis established the Sunday of the Word of God to be celebrated each year on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The USCCB, through a grant from the American Bible Society, is offering a five part "Sunday Seminar Series" about Sacred Scripture in the Life of the Church. The video links for this five part video series will be available on January 22, 2023. Video links and parish bulletins/resources available through this link.
Diocese faithful are invited to say a prayer for the soul of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and to attend Mass held in his memory. Bishop Barber's statement (English & Spanish) as well as prayer and Mass details through the link.
The January, 2023 issue of The Catholic Voice is online. Submissions for the March, 2023 issue are due by December, 2022. Please send submissions to email@example.com. Follow The Catholic Voice Facebook page for news and photos.
The University announced on December 19, 2022 that it will cease operations in May 2023 after the completion of the spring semester. HNU and Dominican University of California have formalized an agreement by which academic programs at HNU will transfer seamlessly to Dominican after the spring term and accreditation body approvals. Details on the challenges and decisions leading up to this announcement through the link.
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ will preside as celebrant at this year's kickoff of Simbang Gabi at 10:00 a.m. at All Saints Church in Hayward on Dec. 10. Come and experience the warmth of Christmas and the joy of growing in faith as we celebrate this time-honored tradition — the Filipino way! Full parish list of celebrations through the link.
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, has made the decision to call forth another class for Permanent Deacon formation. Four information sessions will be held in January for all discerning a call to diaconal ministry.