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Welcoming Bishop
Michael C. Barber, SJ

California a large
influence in Barber
family history

Journey to Oakland

Decree appointing
Bishop Barber

Your new bishop,
my brother, Michael,
'did time' at
San Quentin

Welcome to this
local church

Homily for the
ordination of the fifth
bishop of Oakland

Reflection: Lessons remembered, and
lived: Be merciful
and pure of heart

Getting around

'A ministry
of service,
of availability and
of vulnerability'

Bishop, and a
naval officer

A pair of
Navy chaplains

Bishop Barber's
photo album

A lifetime of
spiritual influences
formed Bishop
Barber's path

First classroom visit:
St. Agnes School,
fourth grade

Sister Mary Jude,
a teacher who made
a difference

A hello in their
native language

Why people
came out

Description of
Bishop Barber's
personal coat of arms, episcopal symbols

Parts of a bishop's
coat of arms

high school boys paths intersect
during careers

Bishops of the
Diocese of Oakland

Bishop selection
process is thorough,
strictly confidential

What the Church teaches about

New focus on
Jesuits' role within
the church

What the pope
is looking for
in new bishops

What you might
not know about
Bishop Barber

The bishop at the
cathedral, 2008

By the numbers:
Michael C. Barber, SJ

In This Issue:

Rev. John Paul

placeholder July 15, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 13   •   Oakland, CA
Getting around: St. Columba Church

Father Aidan McAleenan, left, and Bishop Barber bless the crosses.
Courtesy photo

Father Aidan McAleenan, pastor of St. Columba Church in Oakland said he texted the new bishop: "Would you please come and say weekday Mass on June 19?" The parishioners, usually about 20 in number, gather for coffee and conversation, after Mass.

The homily at these weekday Masses, Father McAleenan said, is something of a dialog between celebrant and the faithful. "Four or five of them will always have something to say," said the pastor.

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, offered a reflection on the day's readings and "people chimed in on what they thought the readings were about," Father McAleenan said. In the Prayers of the Faithful, one parishioner asked for prayers for a loved one who had been shot the night before.

As the Mass neared its conclusion, Father McAleenan said, it occurred to him that no bishop has ever come out to St. Columba and blessed the crosses in front of the church — one is placed for each homicide victim in the city. He told the gathering that they would sing "Praise God," to the tune of "Amazing Grace" and process out of the church, where the bishop would "bless the crosses and pray that we don't have 131 crosses."

With the bishop in his vestments and the pastor in his alb, they processed out the door to San Pablo Avenue. "He was really gracious," Father McAleenan said of the bishop. "I was very moved." For a church that, in Father McAleenan's words, "ministers to our community," and that offers itself to "be a blessing and witness to Oakland," the bishop's blessing was nourishment for the journey.

The pastor recalled the wails and cries of a woman who had lost two sons to violence and came to a Dec. 31 prayer service to receive the crosses bearing their names. "How do you respond to that?"

For the record, the bishop stayed for about an hour at the hospitality event, at which community members talked about why they are parishioners at St. Columba. "We had cookies and doughnuts," said the pastor. "We have a Health Cabinet, so fruits and vegetables were available."

Getting around: St. Joseph Basilica
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, presided at Confirmation at St. Joseph's Basilica in Alameda the morning of June 8.
Courtesy photo

Getting around: St. John Vianney School
Students at St. John Vianney School in Rancho Cordova, receiving the news that one of their alumni had been named bishop of Oakland, gathered to offer their congratulations in a photo.
COURTESY St. John Vianney School

Getting around: Danville
Left, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, right, and Rev. Brandon E. Macadaeg, both newly ordained in their respective roles as bishop and priest, joined with about 90 of their fellow priests at the annual priests' picnic, celebrated this year at a private home in Danville on June 17. Below, Msgr. Ray Breton talks with Bishop Barber at the picnic.
Courtesy photos

Getting around:
St. Joan of Arc

Less than a week after his ordination and installation as bishop of Oakland, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, was making parish visits. On May 30, he traveled to St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon — St. Joan's feast day — for the blessing of a new portrait of St. Joan inside the church. Pictured outside the church in front of the statue of St. Joan, from left: Rev. Ian Mendoza, parochial vicar at Christ the King Parish, Pleasant Hill; Rev. Raymond Zielezienski, St. Joan pastor; Bishop Barber; Rev. Jayson Landeza, St. Joan parochial vicar.
Courtesy photo
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