“Welcome, Your Majesty”

Text of homily by Oakland Bishop Michael Barber at Ordination Mass

(The following is an excerpt from Bishop Barber's homily from the May 25 Ordination Mass.) There are lots of nice people in the Oakland diocese. You see the fire of Faith in their eyes — the reflection of the presence of God. As a priest: They will shower you with love, respect, even reverence. I visited a parish recently, and was welcomed by some nervous parishioners … [Read more...]

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Churches worth driving to

St. Margaret Mary Parish, Oakland

Name of Church Saint Margaret Mary Address 1219 Excelsior Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610 Phone number 510-482-0596 Website www.stmargmaryoak.org Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. (ordinary form); Sundays, 7 a.m. (Low Mass, extraordinary form), 8:30 a.m. (ordinary form), 10:30 a.m. (ordinary form, Missa Cantata), 12:30 p.m. (extraordinary form, Missa Cantata); … [Read more...]

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Bay Area group working to provide funding for film about Mother Mary Lange

She founded the Oblate Sisters of Providence, first order for women of color in the United States

The Oblate Sisters of Providence have one photo of their founder, Mother Mary Lange. It's a tintype that's been refurbished. They have two letters; one was likely dictated by her. But the work of the founder of the first order for women of color in the United States continues to this day. The school she founded in Baltimore in 1828 to serve girls of color — primarily children … [Read more...]

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Oakland priest donates kidney to his mom

Fr. Brandon Macadaeg and mother out of the hospital in four days after surgery on the Feast of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist, new kidney began working immediately

For Rev. Brandon Macadaeg, the opportunity to become a kidney donor for his mother has been a spirit-filled journey. The surgery, which took place Dec. 27 at Stanford University Medical Center, was successful. "Everything went well," Father Macadaeg said. Both the son and his mother, Cindy, were out of the hospital four days after the surgical procedure. For Father Macadaeg, … [Read more...]

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Abortion business that had Walter Hoye arrested is now closed

Oakland clinic directs women to SF General

California Catholic Daily exclusive. On Sunday, January 14, 2018 this short email was sent out by an East Bay pro-life activist:  “A small group of friends have been praying in front of this clinic since 2009 (this is where Walter was arrested) in Oakland, near Jack London square.  We went to pray Saturday, as usual.  It was closed, as it sometimes is. After I left, Felix … [Read more...]

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Pro-life lineup announced for Reverend Hoye’s January 15 webcast

Webcast will benefit the ministry of the Issues4Life Foundation

On Monday, January 15, a group of pro-life luminaries will be featured on a webcast highlighting and benefiting the ministry of the Issues4Life Foundation. The webcast, organized by Rev. Walter Hoye, Founder and President of Oakland’s Issues4Life Foundation, is titled the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Webcast, honoring the Civil Rights leader who was jailed and eventually … [Read more...]

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Catholic college students from across California to convene next month in Berkeley

Catholic students from all campuses of the University of California, as well as other colleges and universities around the state, will meet in Berkeley Feb. 16-19 for the University Catholic Conference of California 2018

Sometimes in the life of a college student, the competing interests of academics and social life can make some voices harder to hear. "It's easy to be overwhelmed as a college student," said Rachel Lai, who is entering her final semester at the University of California, Berkeley. "It's hard to listen to what we're guided toward." Over Presidents' Day weekend, Catholic … [Read more...]

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Large numbers at Oakland diocese’s Guadalupe ceremony

More than 7,600 people participated in the 7.5-mile procession, overflow crowd filled Cathedral of Christ the Light, the parish hall and the plaza for Mass afterwards

The 12th diocesan pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe drew a record number of participants on Dec. 2. Héctor Medina, head of the diocesan Latino ministry, said this year organizers made an effort to count the participants, showing more than 7,600 people involved in the 7.5-mile procession. Later, an overflow crowd filled the Cathedral of Christ the Light, the parish … [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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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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