Sister Carmel Marie Silva, OP, died in Fremont on April 18. She was 86 years old and in the 66th year of her religious profession. Learn more about her life and her Mass for Christian Burial through the link.
Bishop Barber has been invited to join Faith leaders in our community, to worship and participate in the annual, Oakland - city wide, Good Friday Service, along with other elected officials, ecumenical groups, and Acts Full Gospel Church. More information through the link.
In anticipation of the Supreme Court of the United States issuing its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and chairmen of USCCB committees serving women and families issued the statement "Standing With Moms In Need". Statement text through the link.
Bishop Barber is joining with Pope Francis and all bishops of the world, asking pastors and Catholics to pray a special Act of Consecration this Friday March 25, Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ, at time convenient for the parish schedule. Details through the link. Bishop Barber to pray the Consecration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at 10:30am PDT.
In the context of the tragic events in Ukraine, Pope Francis has written the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, asking all bishops and their priests to join in an Act of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25. Read more through the link.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Administrative Committee has released a statement calling for the immediate cessation of Russia’s armed aggression and unprovoked war on Ukraine. Full statement through the link.
Mission San Jose/St. Joseph Parish invites our Diocese faithful to celebrate a year-long commemoration and celebration of the 225th anniversary of founding the 14th mission, La Misión del Gloriosisimo Patriarca San José. Invitation letter, along with decree from Bishop Barber, available through the link.
Bishop Barber delivered the Homily at the private funeral Mass for John Madden on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. This Homily will also appear in the March issue of The Catholic Voice under Bishop's regular column.
Join us on January 29, 2022 at 6:00pm at San Francisco’s Star of the Sea parish for “Tolton: From Slave to Priest”. This one-man dramatic presentation by actor Jim Coleman presents the story of the Venerable Augustus Tolton, born into slavery in 1854.
Simbang Gabi 2021 kicks off at 7:00 pm on December 14 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, where the Filipino clergy of the Diocese of Oakland are excited to welcome everyone to this year’s Opening Mass of the Simbang Gabi with Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ. Additional celebrations and contact information listed through the link.
The Mass of Remembrance is a special liturgy to celebrate the lives of our loved ones' who have gone before us to live in the light of the Lord. Join the Catholic Community of Pleasanton at 7pm at St. Augustine Church or online to celebrate.
El Obispo Michael Barber, SJ, afirma que las exenciones religiosas no son posibles debido a que que el Vaticano ha declarado que es moralmente permisible que los católicos reciban la vacuna contra el COVID-19. Reconociendo que los católicos deben seguir sus conciencia, el Obispo establece una distinción entre objeciones por motivos religiosos y objeciones por razones de conciencia.
Bishop Michael Barber, SJ, states that religious exemptions are not possible since the Vatican has declared it is morally permissible for Catholics to receive the vaccine against COVID-19. Acknowledging that Catholics must follow their consciences, he draws a distinction between religious objections and conscientious objections.