Retired priests in Oakland diocese struggle to make ends meet

As of Jan. 1, there were 57 retired priests in the diocese, not including religious order priests, who are provided for separately by their respective congregations

Just as "Baby Boomers" reflect the aging of the U.S. population, so too more of the diocese's priests are entering retirement age and living longer. They face the same high cost of living and housing in the Bay Area, so sustaining an adequate retirement income becomes more challenging. To help meet this challenge, a second collection specifically to benefit the Priest … [Read more...]

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Problems at Oakland Diocesan Cathedral Center remain unresolved

Water intrusion, sagging floors and issues with doors and cracking drywall

This communication is an update regarding the investigation of the design and constructions issues of the Diocesan Cathedral Center. As reported last fall, the Catholic Cathedral Corporation of the East Bay board of directors approved a plan recommended by our expert consultants for additional testing and inspection of Cathedral Center buildings. Completed in December of 2016, … [Read more...]

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Oakland bishop: “Everything you need to get to heaven is at your parish church”

In homily during pilgrimage to Lourdes, Bishop Michael Barber reflects on sin, suffering and the promise of eternal life

The following is by the Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, S.J. Bishop Barber took part in a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, with Order of Malta, to the shrine where Our Lady appeared in 1858. This is part of his May 8 homily from a Mass at Sacred Heart Parish Church in Lourdes. I had heard years ago about the Diocese of Arlington, and how they were ordaining so many young priests — … [Read more...]

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‘Celebration Mass’ to honor Earth

Event in Oakland will offer free massages and information tables about Air, Earth, Water, and Energy

The following event is posted on the website of St. Columba’s Catholic Church in Oakland, California. It is coordinated by St. Francis Pledge Ministry and Our Lady of Lourdes, Oakland. Earth Day Mass Sunday, May 21, 2017, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM Outdoor celebration in honor of the Earth. Location - City Slicker Farms at 2847 Peralta Street, Oakland Please bring a … [Read more...]

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St. Mary’s College to honor retired Oakland bishop

Muslim theologian will be guest lecturer at event planned to pay tribute to Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins

In recognition of his lifelong dedication to Catholic education, the Most Rev. John S. Cummins, bishop emeritus of Oakland, will be honored by the institute that bears his name at Saint Mary's College of California. The John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought and Action at Saint Mary's College of California will bestow the Montini Fellowship, which recognizes those who … [Read more...]

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“Bottom line is that we couldn’t pay the bills”

Families hear the what, why and how of Catholic school closings in Oakland diocese

Just four days after learning that St. Martin de Porres Regional School would close at the end of the school year, families of pupils attending the Oakland school, gathered Jan. 23 to hear what happened, why and what will happen next after the announcement the diocese will close five schools. "We are absolutely heartbroken that this school is going to close," Rev. Aidan … [Read more...]

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Oakland bishop issues statement on Trump’s orders on refugees and immigrants

Bishop Michael Barber: "Christ and His teachings must come before our favorite political party"

Bishop Michael Barber, SJ, Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, has issued the following statement regarding President Trump's executive orders on immigrants and refugees and responses to those orders: With all the rancor and division circulating in the media recently, I think it is good to remind ourselves who we are as Catholics and Christians. We are Christ-centered, not … [Read more...]

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