“Returning to the New Testament roots of the diaconate”

Oakland Bishop Michael Barber tells new transitional deacons: "I’m asking you to join me in serving the poor tomorrow morning, a few blocks away from here in People’s Park”

At St. Joseph the Worker Church in Berkeley, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, ordained four men to the transitional deaconate on Aug. 4. Bishop Barber wasted little time in putting Peter Lawongkerd, John Pietruszka, Javier Ramirez and Mark Ruiz to work. “Before mounting the pulpit tomorrow, to proclaim the Gospel or preach the Word of God or offer your first sermon. Before … [Read more...]

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Oakland bishop leads rosary procession to Planned Parenthood in Walnut Creek

Bishop Michael Barber: When we're told that the baby in a mother's womb is not a human being, that's a lie

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, led a group of about 100 people in a 40 Days for Life-sponsored rosary procession from St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church to Planned Parenthood's office in Walnut Creek. This was the second time a large group had rallied for life outside the Planned Parenthood offices, an easy walk from St. Mary Church and School, said Linda Mertes, … [Read more...]

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Oakland Bishop Michael C. Barber to consecrate holy oil tonight at Cathedral of Christ the Light

Called the Chrism, oil is used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will consecrate the Chrism — the holy oil used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders — at an evening Mass on March 22 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. During the liturgy that evening, which begins at 6:30 p.m., a large vessel of olive oil will be carried to the altar. Bishop Barber will add balsam and perfume … [Read more...]

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“Children in the womb are real people”

Oakland Bishop Michael Barber embraces 'seamless garment,' but notes "you can't enjoy an affordable house or earn a living wage if you are not alive to begin with"

There are many arguments we can make in favor of life, for human rights for the child in the womb, concern for the most innocent and neglected people in our society, the toll abortion takes on the mother — but the most convincing argument for me is when I meet a young person who says to me "My mother was going to have an abortion, and then changed her mind at the last minute. … [Read more...]

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Oakland diocese names first layman to serve as chancellor

Bishop Michael Barber announces appointment of Stephen Wilcox, president of the nonprofit Wilcox Family Foundation, as chancellor effective November 16

Stephen Wilcox, president of the nonprofit Wilcox Family Foundation, has been named chancellor of the Diocese of Oakland. As chancellor, Wilcox will oversee the offices of Catholic Youth Organization, Communications, Faith Formation and Evangelization and Mission Advancement, as well as the Diocesan Review Board and Archives. Wilcox will also serve as Bishop Barber's … [Read more...]

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550 attend meeting of Hispanic faithful in Oakland diocese

Parishioners from 34 parishes gathered in the gymnasium of St. Elizabeth Church as part of V Encuentro, the fifth national gathering of Hispanics initiated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

It was a cold, but sunny morning Oct. 28, as parishioners from 34 parishes of the Diocese of Oakland gathered in the gymnasium of St. Elizabeth Church, Oakland, to participate in the Diocesan Encuentro. Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, opened the event with an enthusiastic welcome to the 550 delegates and outlined the three priorities he has for the diocese: • To get more … [Read more...]

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Need a teaching job?

On May 22, the San Francisco Chronicle reported: “There is more fallout coming from our story last week about how Catholic school teachers must sign a new contract with the diocese of Oakland pledging to conform to church teachings outside the workplace.” The Chronicle’s article had originally reported that five teachers had refused to sign the new contracts, which require … [Read more...]

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