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  CURRENT ISSUE:  January 6, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, brings
Christmas message to jail inmates

Noting that he would be celebrating three Christmas Masses in his first year as bishop of Oakland said, "I wanted the first one to be in Santa Rita."  >>>
Crèche Festival shows creativity
The story of the Nativity was depicted more than 50 times over — in fabric, wood and even gingerbread — at the 2013 Crèche Festival, which drew the largest number of participants in its four-year history, organizers said. From Dec. 13 to 15, about 3,300 people toured the crèches, submitted by parishes, schools and ethnic centers in the diocese.  >>>
Diocese of Oakland collects $370K
for Typhoon relief

In an email to chancery employees and the parishes, diocesan Controller Paul Bongiovanni announced that his office was processing a check of $359,000 from the parishes to Catholic Relief Services. Bongiovanni also forwarded an additional $11,000 in checks made payable to CRS directly.   >>>

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