Thousands honor Our Lady of Guadalupe in Oakland

Participants marched 7 miles in a procession with floats, musicians and costumes that culminated with Mass at Cathedral of Christ the Light

More than 3,000 people, some in glittering costumes, dancing and playing music, walked seven miles to Oakland's Cathedral of Christ the Light Saturday in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. "All of the parishes in Oakland are here today," plus many from other East Bay cities, said Monsignor Antonio Valdivia, a retired priest from St. Louis Bertrand Church in … [Read more...]

Tell the truth, with love, bishop advises

Meeting of Respect Life ministry in Oakland diocese draws about 60 participants

Leaders in the Diocese of Oakland’s Respect Life ministry came together at the Cathedral of Christ the Light Parish Hall in Oakland Nov. 3 to hear from speakers, and from each other. About 60 participants were welcomed by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, who thanked them for “being witnesses to the truth.” “One thing you can do in addition to being witnesses for life,” he … [Read more...]

“We were shocked”

Oakland Bishop Michael Barber offers opinion on why Vatican asked U.S. bishops to wait on abuse measures: "The Holy See doesn’t want us to get too far ahead of the rest of the Church"

The following is by Bishop Michael C. Barber of the Oakland: All the Catholic bishops of the USA meet twice a year. We just concluded our November meeting, during which we, as a body, had planned to vote on specific “Action Steps” to purify the Church following the Cardinal Theodore McCarrick scandal, the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report and the Archbishop Carlo Vigano … [Read more...]

“We have nothing to hide”

In letter to faithful, Oakland Bishop Michael Barber says names of all credibly accused priests in diocese will be released in about 45 days

The following is an excerpt of a letter from Bishop Barber of Oakland: Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, In the wake of recent reports of scandal in the Catholic Church, I have decided the Diocese of Oakland will release the names of all clergy — diocesan, religious order and extern priests — who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor. This is the latest … [Read more...]

Too complex and costly to pursue

Samuel Merritt University backs away from plans to share campus with Holy Names University

After a year of exploring the merits of a possible move to the campus of Holy Names University, the board of regents of Samuel Merritt University has decided to back away from the so-called shared campus project. Sharon C. Diaz, president and chief executive officer at SMU, said in a press release published Aug. 9 that while the shared campus project would have been “a new … [Read more...]

New Catholic school opens on site of old St. Elizabeth campus in Oakland

Cristo Rey De La Salle opened Aug. 15 in the Fruitvale neighborhood, will exclusively serve low-income students

Where St. Elizabeth High School once stood for almost a century in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, a renovated school has arisen with a new spirit, a new mission and even a new name: Cristo Rey De La Salle. It’s a school where students are expected to earn their subsidized tuition by working one day a week at a local company that foots a good chunk of the bill. And it’s … [Read more...]

“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...]

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 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...]

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...]

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...]