Update on problems at Oakland cathedral

Legal action continues over who must pay for repair of construction defects discovered at Cathedral of Christ the Light and other buildings on its campus:

May 2018 Diocese of Oakland Dear Parishioners and Friends of the Diocese of Oakland, As I have shared with you previously, various construction defects have been discovered in the Cathedral of Christ the Light and other buildings on its campus. We are deeply disappointed in the extent of the defects, especially for our Cathedral. The Catholic Cathedral Corporation of … [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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Bad news for Oakland’s Cathedral of Christ the Light

Vicar general reports that latest review has determined that earlier construction flaws discovered in the chancery, rectory and parking garage now include cathedral as well

The following is from the Diocese of Oakland website. Dear Parishioners and Friends of the Diocese of Oakland, I write today to update you regarding our investigation of the design and construction issues at the Cathedral Center. As I have previously reported, the Catholic Cathedral Corporation of the East Bay board of directors approved a plan recommended by our expert … [Read more...]

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Big problems at Oakland chancery

Lawsuit contemplated against designers, contractors

The following is from an October 3 letter to Oakland parishes from Very Reverend George Mockel published on the diocesan website: To Parishes and Friends of the Diocese of Oakland, This communication is to give you an update on the construction and design issues at the Cathedral Center that we first reported last fall. These issues include water intrusion at various … [Read more...]

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A struggle with diversity in Oakland cathedral

Very Rev. James Matthews wants to unify the four separate communities that make up parish

The following comes from a July 11 Catholic Voice article by Carrie McClish: Even after having spent more than 40 years as a priest of the Diocese of Oakland — including more than a quarter of a century as pastor of Oakland's St. Benedict Parish — the Very Rev. James Matthews was not quite prepared for the many challenges he assumed when he became rector at the Cathedral of … [Read more...]

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Free legal clinic established at Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland

Volunteer-staffed clinic is a response to the pope's call to help those on the periphery

The following comes from a May 23 Catholic Voice article by Michele Jurich: One of the lasting aspects of this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy is the establishment of the Pope Francis Legal Clinic at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. The clinic, which will offer mediation, reconciliation and resolution, has been in the planning for more than two years. It will … [Read more...]

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