From the Diocese of Oakland

Letters from Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, SJ

Bishop of Oakland

Bishop of Oakland calls for unity in response to executive orders regarding refugees and immigrants

FEBRUARY 2, 2017

OAKLAND, CA – Bishop Michael Barber, SJ, Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, has issued [the attached statement] regarding President Trump’s executive orders on immigrants and refugees and responses to those orders

[one paragraph excerpt below]:

In closing, I wish to make my own the excellent statement crafted and released by our diocesan Catholic Charities of the East Bay.  I would only change one thing. Instead of saying “Catholic Charities of the East Bay stands with the immigrant, refugee, and migrant community”  I would change it to “The Catholic Church” . . .“stands with the immigrant, refugee, and migrant community. We oppose actions that promote fear and hostility towards people of all faiths and nationalities. We remain committed to our mission of welcoming the stranger through legal services, refugee resettlement, education, and community outreach. Toward this end, our legal team is resolved to continue filing applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as long as the program exists.

All God’s People :: United in Faith

We are “All God’s People” and the 2017 Bishop’s Appeal is a way for us to come together in unity to serve others and be generous in sharing our blessings.  With the participation of all 84 parishes, our diocese will grow stronger together, “United in Faith.”

Every family is asked to make a proportionate sacrificial pledge or gift to the Bishop’s Appeal by completing a pledge card.  This pledge can be paid over the next 10 month.

We realize that not everyone can make the same size gift, but we can make the same size sacrifice.  Whether you choose to make a pledge or a one-time gift, all gifts are greatly appreciated.