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"Welcoming the New Rite of Matrimony"


Diocesan Regional Workshops announced!

 Several years ago a new Order of Celebrating the Rite of Matrimony went into effect, but the English translation was not officially approved by Rome until Summer 2015. The new Spanish translation has been in effect for several years, but is still not in widespread use in the Diocese.

In the Diocese of Oakland, use of the new Rite (in English) is optional starting September 8, 2016, but is mandatory (in both English AND Spanish) as of December 30, 2016.

In preparation, recently the Diocese of Oakland “Welcomed the New Rite of Matrimony” with three regional workshops which educated all those involved in matrimony ministry, including clergy (priests and deacons), liturgy planners, wedding coordinators, and music ministers, as well as those involved in marriage preparation and family life education, especially marriage preparation team members, DREs, and pastoral ministers.

Along with general information and a step-by--step walk through the changes and options for the new Rite, break-out sessions provided for those who Preside (Priests and deacons), those who Plan (liturgy planners, wedding coordinators) those who Prepare (marriage prep and adult education) and for those who Minister through music (pastoral musicians) to help more specifically with those areas of the new Rite.

All those directly involved in Matrimony preparation and in Wedding Rite planning  were asked to attend one of these workshops. Additionally, ANYONE interested in and involved with sacramental preparation was encouraged to attend.

Also, The Diocese is offering a SPECIAL 25% DISCOUNT on the English and Bilingual editions of the New Ritual Book from theLiturgical Press exclusively through the Cathedral Shop. If you want a Spanish-only version, you will need to order it directly from the USCCB.

If you have questions regarding the implementation of the revised OCM, please email the most appropriate contact for your question:

PRIESTS: Fr. Alex Castillo at acastillo@oakdiocese.org

DEACONS: Jean Evans at jevans@oakdiocese.org

LITURGISTS: Mark Hernbroth at mhernbroth@oakdiocese.org

MUSIC MINISTERS: Anthony Arteaga at aarteaga@stbonaventure.net

MARRIAGE PREP & WEDDING COORDINATORS: Mimi Streett at mstreett@oakdiocese.org


The OffLogo smallice of Worship is a resource in providing assistance to parishes and other diocesan offices seeking advice or direction in planning and executing liturgies. Our office coordinates Diocesan Episcopal liturgies at the Cathedral and assists in planning for parochial liturgies when the Bishop is present. We also facilitate ongoing liturgical catechesis, ministry formation and training, and provide notices and publications concerning liturgy to the diocese.




Worship Office


Rev. Alexander Castillo

Mr. Mark Hernbroth
Coordinator of Liturgical Celebrations

Diocese of Oakland
2121 Harrison St., Suite 100
Oakland, CA 94162-3788



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