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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The news we have been receiving about the horrible actions of priests, bishops and cardinals has stunned and disgusts me. Those who have harmed children and vulnerable adults must be held accountable.

The bishops who refused to stop this immoral and criminal behavior must also be held accountable. I am shamed by the actions of these men and have vowed to work with all people of good will to make our Diocese a safe place for all.

To that end, we have policies and procedures in place mandating that every person who serves in our Diocese, whether clergy, religious, staff or lay volunteer, receives training in how to identify and stop predatory behavior. The Diocese of Oakland has a zero tolerance policy to the sexual abuse of minors on the part of anyone who serves the church. We also have staff which respond to each allegation of abuse, and have a loving and responsive team to assist survivors of clerical sexual abuse. We have an independent Diocesan Review Board composed of lay experts in psychology, police investigators, retired judges and abuse survivors, which examines complaints of misbehavior. I follow their recommendations.

I welcome the initiative of Cardinal DiNardo, President of the US Bishops Conference, whose August 16 statement, to establish an investigation into questions surrounding bishops’ accountability, an opening of new and confidential reporting channels for complaints, proper independence and lay, not clerical, leadership of the process. The love of Christ compels us to be better models of Jesus’ love, mercy, and healing. We must never violate the trust placed in us. As Bishop of Oakland, I promise there will be consequences for those who do.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

The Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, SJ

Bishop of Oakland

Brother Rick Jarrett would like you to consider attending the St. Patrick’s Seminary Gala 2018 on the evening of September 29th.  See attached link for a complete flyer (Right-Click and select “Open in new Tab” to access documents for printing): St Patrick’s Seminary Gala 2018

To RSVP for the Gala, please use the response card at the following link: Gala Response Card

The Martinez Council 6039 is sponsoring an 8th Annual Car Show as a fundraiser for St. Catherine of Siena Church.  It will be on October 6th from 10am to 3pm at the Ignacio Plaza, 1200 Alhambra Ave, Martinez.  There is no charge to attend the event!  There will be entertainment, good food, AND SOME GREAT LOOKING CARS for all ages.

For details on how to enter a vehicle, please right-click to view the Car show entry form

For details on Advertising on the T-Shirts, please right-click to view the Car show sponsorship form

The Blue Mass for the Oakland diocese will be at The Cathedral of Christ the Light October 7th at the 10am.

You are encouraged to attend this Mass in support of the first responders of the Diocese.

We will be reserving pews so an RSVP to Kip Trombley, ODC VP at would be helpful.

All councils are invited to our annual fundraising dinner, the Oktoberfest.  It is on Saturday, October 13th at 6:30pm.  It will be an all German dinner with 3 different kinds of German sausages, a German Potato salad, tossed green salad and homemade Apple Strudel for desert, plus plenty of German beer.  $25 for adults, $15 for 16 and under.  It all happens at O'Brien Hall at St Philip Neri Church in Alameda, Ca.  Tickets sold at the door or ahead of time from the Parish office.

Ken Dorrance, Grand Knight, Council 1658

Parish Council/Youth Minister, St Philip Neri/St Albert the Great