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placeholder December 14, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 21   •   Oakland, CA

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, leads the blessing.

Mass of Thanksgiving winds down Capital Campaign

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, thanked about 150 Capital Campaign supporters for their efforts at a Mass of thanksgiving and dinner at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland on Dec. 4.

The active phase of the Diocese of Oakland's Capital Campaign is drawing to a close, with more than $40 million donated or pledged.

The bishop thanked all those who participated in the campaign: donors, volunteers, workers, religious and clergy.

The campaign, launched in mid-2014, was designed to raise money for parishes, social services, clergy retirement, education and debt relief. It was the diocese's first attempt at long-term fundraising.

Pledged amounts will be collected until the pledge is paid off; all pledges should be fulfilled by mid-2017. The Bishop's Appeal, an annual effort to sustain day-to-day operations of various ministries, will resume in 2016.

We have 13 parishes that exceeded their goal, with St. Margaret Mary, Oakland, at 125 percent of goal and St. Isidore, Danville, surpassing $2 million in gifts and pledges, reported Ken Hokenson, executive director of the Office for Mission Advancement.

Three parishes are at 90 percent or better, including the Church of the Good Shepherd, Pittsburg, at 99.7 percent. Nine parishes are at 80 percent or better including St. Jerome at 89 percent.

Seven parishes combined a local capital campaign with the diocesan effort.

The Dec. 4 event recognized major donors. Assisting Bishop Barber were Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins, Very Rev. George Mockel and Msgr. Antonio Valdivia, and more than a dozen priests.

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