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News and Updates

February 13, 2015

The 2015-16 Diocese of Oakland contract has been revised by Bishop Barber and distributed to all teachers.  This revision occurred after the Bishop's meetings and consultations with teachers and other stakeholders

Bishop Barber met regularly last year with teachers and school leadership:

Previously Bishop Barber shared his thoughts about the importance of Catholic education and answered many questions from those expressing concern about the matter.


Pope blessing students

Pope:  Schools must connect truth, goodness, beauty

"A school is not a 'parking garage,' where parents simply drop off their children. It is a place of encounter along our journey. … At school we are socialized. We meet people who are different from us, different in age, culture, origin and ability. … Families and schools should never be in opposition, but they must work together for the good of the child. Schools educate us about truth, goodness and beauty, which all go together. Education cannot be neutral, either it is positive or it is negative; it enriches or impoverishes; it helps the person grow or it suppresses or even corrupts them. In the end, a mature person will graduate speaking three languages: the language of the mind, the language of the heart and the language of the hands, making sure their actions are well thought out and are motivated by what is true, good and beautiful."  — Pope Francis to about 300,000 Italian students on May 10, 2015 in St. Peter's Square celebrating "the world of Italian schools," an event sponsored by the Italian bishops' conference. (Courtesy of The Catholic Voice; photo Paul Haring/CNS)

Catholic Resources


California Catholic Conference and Legislative Network


The Catholic Voice, newspaper of the Diocese of Oakland


Catholic News Service


Catholic Charities of the East Bay (Domestic Aid)


Catholic Relief Service (International Aid)


The Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland


EWTN Television


Immaculate Heart Radio, San Francisco


Mass Locator, U.S.


United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


Official website of the Vatican


Vatican Radio website


Vatican YouTube channel

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Jan Potts
Interim Communication Manager