From the Diocese of Oakland

Letters from Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, SJ, Bishop of Oakland

Bishop Michael Barber joins other faith leaders in responding to hate marches

Encourages participation in interfaith prayer service at Temple Beth Abraham on Aug. 26

August 19, 2017

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, is joining other local faith leaders in encouraging acts of kindness and peace in response to recent events, including the horrific tragedy that happened in Charlottesville, VA, Aug. 11-12. He has issued the following statement:

Hatred has no place in the hearts and minds of Christians. Our love of Christ compels us to treat people of all races and nationalities as our brothers and sisters, with generous kindness and sincere love. I ask all Catholics in the Diocese of Oakland to join me in praying for those who have been harmed or threatened by the evil ideology of racism. May they be delivered from hatred by our unrelenting embrace of solidarity and unity, and may our children especially be healed from the violence and terrible words and images they have witnessed these days. May the Word of Life replace words of fear and intimidation.

The rector of the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Father Jay Matthews, will be Bishop Barber’s official representative at an interfaith prayer service of peace, “Standing Together,” to be held Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. at Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd. Bishop Barber joins Rabbi Mark Bloom in inviting the public to come together as a community of peace and love. For more information on the prayer service, please contact Rabbi Bloom at 510-832-0936.

The Diocese of Oakland serves two counties in the East Bay region, Alameda and Contra Costa, and has 84 parishes, 16 pastoral centers, nine high schools, and 39 elementary and middle schools.



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.