Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, talks to members of the Regina Mundi Society.
Bishop's Appeal donors
'very much appreciated'
Robert Vanston visits with Bishop Barber.
After a thanksgiving Mass and during a brunch June 28, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, thanked a group of diocesan financial supporters.
"Your support, and the support of many other people, makes it possible to carry out the day to day operations of the Diocese of Oakland," he said.
About 100 people attended the event, members of the Regina Mundi Society, those who contribute more than $1,000 each year to the Bishop's Appeal. There are more than 430 members of the society.
The appeal was started in 1995, and is on track to raise $2.5 million this year. Regina Mundi members account for about 25 percent of the total.
We are doing in the Diocese of Oakland what Pope Francis is doing for the Church, to carry on the mission of Christ, Bishop Barber continued. And you play a significant part in carrying on the ministries of Christ.
It is timely that we celebrate Mary's love for us today, on the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Bishop Barber said. Mary, Queen of the World, is the patroness of the diocese.
"Thank you for helping us spread the knowledge of Mary's love. She might say thank you for helping my Son with his Church. It is very much appreciated," he said.
Those interested in finding out more about assisting some of the diocese's ministries through the appeal — parish assistance, vocations, clergy retirement, social work and education, should contact the Office of Mission Advancement at 510-267-8358.
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