Parish News

Parish News

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

 


August 4, 2021

COVID-19 Parish Reopening New Worship Protocol

AUGUST 4, 2021: For the most up-to-date and reliable information on the coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Understand the coronavirus situation is fluid and the diocesan staff will provide new guidelines whenever guidance from our local public health professionals necessitate.

Practice Social Distancing Guidelines


Practice Social Distancing Guidelines

We’re excited to see you and so are your fellow parishioners but please maintain a six foot distance from each other.

Pew Seating


Pew Seating

We ask that you leave one pew between you and others. Please limit pew seating to only members of your household.

Limited Contact Masses


Limited Contact Masses

We’re limiting physical contact throughout Mass. Offertory baskets may be located at a main entrance, worship aids are single use, there will be no exchanging of the sign of peace and we encourage you to consider receiving the Eucharist in your hands, rather than on the tongue.

Cloth face coverings are required


Cloth face coverings are required

at all times in the building.

Thank you for your cooperation


Thank you for your cooperation

We are so thankful to be celebrating Mass with you in person after so many months. Our new protocol puts the health of you, your loved one and our staff first and ensures we can celebrate Mass safely.

Many Blessings!


June 15, 2021

Message from
Bishop Barber Concerning June 15, 2021 COVID-19 Updates

Effective June 15, 2021, with the state’s reopening plans, the Diocese of Oakland has updated worship guidance to share. Read a message from Bishop Barber in English & Spanish, as well as the guidance document.

June 15 COVID-19
Worship Guidance (English)   

As a result of the improvements in the public health situation and the rising numbers of people getting vaccinated, we are able to adapt our safety protocols for worship accordingly.

Mensaje del Obispo Barber sobre las Actualizaciones de COVID-19 del 15 junio 2021

A partir del 15 de junio de 2021, con los planes de reapertura del estado, la Diócesis de Oakland ha actualizado la guía de adoración para compartir. Lee un mensaje del obispo Barber en inglés y español, así como el documento de orientación.

15 de junio — COVID-19
Guía de adoración (español)  

Como resultado del progreso en la situación de la salud pública y el creciente número de personas que se vacunan, podemos adaptar respectivamente nuestros protocolos de seguridad para nuestras celebraciones litúrgicas.


May 22, 2021

From Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ

Bishop Michael Barber, SJ

Bishop Barber Shares Story of Being Robbed at Gunpoint in Oakland (May 22)

On Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2021, Bishop Michael Barber shared his story of being robbed at gunpoint the previous day in Oakland during his daily walk. He shares his story to bring awareness to the epidemic of gun violence. His personal experience comes 16 days after he shared his statement on gun violence “Let’s begin with a prayer to end gun violence”. (Revisit that statement here.)

Bishop forgives his attacker, as he knows Jesus would. Bishop Barber, along with faith leaders from around the community, participates in an ecumenical prayer vigil on the fourth Sunday of each month to pray for an end to gun violence. He also joins with Oakland’s St. Benedict Parish in regular Night Walks for Peace. We pray for the continued healing of our community and an end to gun violence.

You can listen to Bishop Barber share his experience below, at minute 29:22.