On the city and county scene, I am working with an ecumenical coalition of 37 pastors of Protestant churches in Oakland to dialogue with the Mayor and Alameda County Board of Supervisors.
In the meantime, we continue to live stream Sunday and daily Masses. Some pastors are administering Holy Communion outside of Mass, following strict safety guidelines. I participated in a parking lot Sunday service, with Exposition, Liturgy of the Word, homily and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, at Santa Maria Parish in Orinda. We had about 90 cars in the lot, and the parishioners were very appreciative.
Another pastor has commenced First Holy Communion inviting three children and their parents to attend Mass every weekday evening, social distanced, etc. It will take him about six weeks to get through the whole class.
I performed an Ordination to the Diaconate for the Capuchin Franciscan Friars last weekend – with only 10 in attendance, and live streamed. There are creative things we can do to safely worship God and practice our Faith, until we can fully reopen.
In the meantime, we have postponed our diocesan Ordinations to the Priesthood, originally scheduled for May 29, to Saturday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral. We are postponing the Diocesan Eucharistic Congress from this summer until the Feast of Corpus Christi, June 6, 2021. As of now, we still planning on ordaining our transitional deacons on Saturday, Aug. 8 — but it still remains unclear as to how many we can invite to attend.
The above comes from Bishop Michael Barber’s account in a May 21 release from the Oakland diocese.