From the Diocese of Oakland

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.



Letters from Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, SJ

Bishop of Oakland


mission appealFebruary 2016

Sharing God’s Mercy Bishop’s Appeal


Pope Francis has declared 2016 a “Holy Year of Mercy.” This is why Bishop Michael C. Barber has chosen “Sharing God’s Mercy” as the theme for the 2016 Bishop’s Appeal. As Bishop Barber has written, “Sharing God’s Mercy starts with God’s love for us, which moves us to share His love with all our sisters and brothers, and is the cornerstone of Pope Francis’ vision for our Church.”


Through your donation to the 2016 Bishop’s Appeal, you enable Bishop Barber to financially assist our Catholic schools, located in some of the poorest and most crime ridden communities in the state. Also, you enable him to help parishes address emergency needs and to provide for our seminarians and retired clergy. Your donation enables Bishop Barber to provide funds for marriage and family life ministries, lifelong faith formation, outreach to those who have drifted away from the Church, works of mercy to the imprisoned, and outreach through our ethnic ministries to the many people who make our Church of the East Bay so diverse and a true reflection of God’s love and mercy. Finally, with Pope Francis as our model, we are embracing his message of love and mercy with all our sisters and brothers.


By sharing your time, talent and treasure with our sisters and brothers and our Church of the East Bay, you are making a sacrifice and returning to God a small portion of the many gifts he has given to you. By “Sharing God’s Mercy” through the 2016 Bishop’s Appeal, you are contributing greatly to building up the Kingdom of God here in the Church of the East Bay.


Your Generosity in Action
The Bishop’s Appeal provides funds to offset some of the following expenses:
* Parishes and Schools in Need $913,000
* Pastoral Ministries and Services $2,031,000
* Clergy Formation and Retirement $3,511,000
* Religious Education and Formation $1,014,000


January 2016Jubilee of Mercy Oakland

My dear brothers and sisters,

The Holy Year of Mercy comes to us as a gift from God through the ministry of our beloved Pope Francis, and as Saint Paul once said: “Behold, now is the acceptable time, behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor 6:2).

We have been called by Pope Francis to celebrate this Jubilee Year, first of all, contemplating the face of Christ, in whom the mystery of God’s mercy has reached its summit. But we also need to bring the experience of God’s mercy to the whole world.

Our Diocese is fully embracing this joyful celebration with many different programs and events, but, above all, by promoting the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. It is my deepest desire, as father and pastor of the Church of Oakland, that each Catholic might be willing and able to practice them and truly become “merciful like the Father,” not only during this Holy Year, but always.

With the assurance of my prayers and blessings,

Bishop Barber Signature

please visit the Diocese of Oakland Jubilee Year of Mercy website at


June 2015Reclaiming _ prayerCards

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We are blessed to be one family of God, a multicultural community of believers whose mission is “to know Christ better and make Him better known.” We are one family in faith, sharing in the responsibility of building up the Church of God in the East Bay and ensuring the ongoing vitality of our diocesan Church for future generations.

As we prepare for the future, we have an opportunity to renew our commitment to God and one another. I invite you to be a part of the Reclaiming Christ’s Mission Together campaign; our historic endeavor to strengthen our local parish communities and our diocesan Church. This $65 million campaign will enhance our ability to educate and form our children and young adults, provide increased pastoral and spiritual care, expand services for the “least of our brothers and sisters,” provide for our retired clergy, strengthen our parishes and improve the overall financial condition of our Church of the East Bay.

As I hold you in my prayers, I also ask you to please pray for me and for the success of our diocesan capital campaign.

Yours Sincerely in Christ,

Bishop Barber Signature




Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, S.J.
Bishop of Oakland