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


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.

April 20, 2021

From Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ

Bishop Michael Barber, SJ

April 20: COVID-19 Protocol Update

Due to recent changes to state guidance on COVID-19 restrictions related to houses of worship, we have updates regarding Mass capacity, the Eucharist, music, use of Holy Water, provisions for various parts of Mass, etc. Please follow this link for details.

COVID-19 Update   

20 de Abril: Actualización del protocolo para COVID-19

Debido a los cambios recientes en la guía estatal sobre las restricciones de COVID-19 relacionadas con los lugares de culto, tenemos actualizaciones sobre la capacidad de la misa, la Eucaristía, la música, el uso de agua bendita, las disposiciones para varias partes de la misa, etc. Siga este enlace para obtener más detalles.

COVID-19 Actualización   

COVID-19 Vaccines

The USCCB Secretariat of Pro Life Activities shares important answers to Key Ethical Questions about Covid-19 vaccines.

USCCB: Update on Key Ethical Questions About Covid-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccines   

Oakland Diocese

Latest COVID-19 Updates and Directives

Read latest COVID-19 updates   

April 4, 2021

Bishop Barber's Easter Message