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Parish News (and Coronavirus Updates)

News, press releases, statements from the Bishop, & updates regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic

 


February 17, 2021

“Repent and believe in the Gospel!”

Ash Wednesday Masses

 12:00 p.m. Misa en Español
 5:00 p.m. Mass in English
 7:00 p.m. Misa en Español

If attending Mass in person, follow all COVID-19 guidelines — wear a face covering and maintain social distance. If you are unwell, please stay home.

 †   Lenten Schedule  


Misas del Miércoles de Cenizas

“Conviértete y cree en el Evangelio”

  • 12:00 p.m. Misa en Español
  • 5:00 p.m. Mass in English
  • 7:00 p.m. Misa en Español

Si asiste a misa en persona, siga todas las pautas de COVID-19: cubra la cara y mantenga la distancia social. Si no se encuentra bien, quédese en casa.

 †   Programa Cuaresmal  


February 6, 2021

From Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ

Bishop Michael Barber, SJ

Reopening for Indoor Worship in the Diocese of Oakland

Dear brother Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, Chancery, Cathedral and Parish Staff, lay and religious faithful of the Diocese of Oakland:

Last night the US Supreme Court ruled that Governor Newsome’s executive orders shutting our churches for indoor worship was unconstitutional. I welcome this decision by the Court. They also ruled that capping attendance at 25% and restricting congregational singing was reasonable and permitted.

Therefore, effective immediately you may (not must) reopen your parish church for indoor worship at 25% of your occupancy, as long as you continue to follow social distancing and wear a face covering. We were in a similar situation last summer with indoor worship, and the protocols we established then are still valid.

Some parishes have small churches, and have successfully transitioned to outdoor worship, where more people can be accommodated. You and your parish leadership team will need to decide if you prefer to transition back inside, even if it means scheduling more Masses, to observe the 25% capacity limit. Some parishes may decide to remain outside for the time being. That’s fine too. But I do not want any parish forbidding all in-person worship.

It seems clear to me that the Court decision upholds the State’s right, for now, to restrict congregational singing. (Too much singing is not usually a problem in Catholic Churches). I think that is wise. However we have interpreted that to mean there can still be some musical accompaniment to the Mass, e.g., a cantor or very small schola, and an organist. Some churches have placed the musicians and cantor behind a plexiglass shield. Some have placed them in the choir loft — or at a safe distance from others in the congregation.

I still recommend keeping at least one Mass live streamed for those who are not healthy enough to return to in-person worship at all. The dispensation from the Sunday obligation remains in place until further notice.

I wish this decision had come in time for Christmas. But I look forward to celebrating Ash Wednesday, Lent, and Holy Week indoors, especially the Chrism Mass with all you brother priests.

God bless,

Bishop Barber


January 29, 2021

From Fr. Luis Lopez

Father Luis Lopez

Statement by Father Luis Lopez

You may have seen a news story by our local NBC station which alleges that I touched a seminarian inappropriately years ago.

There is no truth to these allegations made against me.

Please know that these allegations were part of a court case which was resolved to the satisfaction of all parties last November. I was not named as a defendant in that civil lawsuit, which had no finding or admission of liability by the Diocese or me.

The Diocese of Oakland considers all allegations of misconduct by clergy serious. The Diocese followed its usual protocols and processes in reviewing these allegations against me and found there was no need for any action. The matter is closed, from the perspective of the Diocese.

I did not engage in any of the improper conduct that has been alleged. I am grateful for your prayers, and ask you to hold everyone who is affected by this matter in your prayers.