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placeholder January 4, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA
2016 Bishop's Appeal sets $2.5M goal

The 2016 Bishop's Appeal will focus on the Jubilee Year of Mercy as proclaimed by Pope Francis, and the theology of Stewardship, the sharing of time, talent and treasure with our Church and our sisters and brothers.

The annual fundraising drive, whose monies help fund schools, social services, seminarian education and more, has a goal of $2.5 million, unchanged from goals in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, the appeal raised $2.8 million, exceeding its goal by 12 percent.

A kick-off training session hosted by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will take place Jan. 14 for pastors and parochial administrators, parish staff members and volunteers, at the Cathedral of Christ the Light. The meeting will include a training session on how the appeal will operate. Materials for each parish will be available at the meeting.

"I am most thankful for the way in which our clergy, religious and parishioners have shared their mercy and love with our sisters and brothers by generously sharing their time, talent and treasure with the Church of the East Bay," said Bishop Barber.

"You have been most generous, both with the Bishop's Appeal and Reclaiming Christ's Mission Together, the diocesan capital campaign. I look forward to working with you on the 2016 appeal as I did with you on the capital campaign."

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