Three Scouts from St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Berkeley, were awarded the Pope Pius Xii Catholic Religious Award at a parish mass in August. Scouts worked on the award for almost two years with pandemic delays before completng the award. For more details, click on the title link above
The Catholic Voice is seeking details of parish Christmas concert events for its November and December issues. Deadlines are approaching. Follow the link for instructions on how to submit your event info.
El Obispo Michael Barber, SJ, afirma que las exenciones religiosas no son posibles debido a que que el Vaticano ha declarado que es moralmente permisible que los católicos reciban la vacuna contra el COVID-19. Reconociendo que los católicos deben seguir sus conciencia, el Obispo establece una distinción entre objeciones por motivos religiosos y objeciones por razones de conciencia.
Bishop Michael Barber, SJ, states that religious exemptions are not possible since the Vatican has declared it is morally permissible for Catholics to receive the vaccine against COVID-19. Acknowledging that Catholics must follow their consciences, he draws a distinction between religious objections and conscientious objections.
Pope Francis has joined with Bishops & Archbishops across North and South America to urge people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more and watch the recorded public service announcement through the link.
Want to help your scouts to earn their Catholic Scout Religious Awards? There will be a training workshop for adults interested in helping scouts earn these awards. Awards are offered to boy and girls scouts of all ages. Workshop will be via Zoom. Click the link above for more details about the awards and the workshop.
The Office of Life & Justice at the Diocese of Oakland shares an important action to stop taxpayer-funded abortion as House-passed legislation is taken up in the Senate this weekend. Sign the petition and share on social media - details through the link.
This Order of the Health Officer requires all persons to wear face coverings while inside indoor public settings located in Contra Costa County (“County”), regardless of whether they have been fully vaccinated against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”), unless specifically exempted from the face covering requirement.
This is a follow up to the directive published in the September 7, 2020 Admin Weekly, asking parishes to cease using music composed by David Haas until the investigation into allegations of his sexual assault have been completed. The letter from GIA confirms the permanent suspension of his music at public worship.
On July 21, 2021, Gunnar Davison of the Church of Santa Maria received the habit of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in the Bronx, New York. He will now be known as Brother Joshua Mary. Read more through the link.
Bishop Barber issued a July 18 statement granting permission for the continued use of the Traditional Latin Mass while a review of Pope Francis’ Motu proprio Traditionis custodes, dated 16 July 2021 and regarding the use of the Roman liturgy prior to 1970, is underway. For the full text of Pope Francis' Motu proprio and Bishop Barber's statement read through the link.
The California Catholic Conference and the Diocese of Oakland encourage you to learn about the CA Covid-19 relief program which helps income eligible households with rent and utilities, both for past due and future payments. Income eligible applicants may qualify regardless of immigration status and will not be required to show proof of citizenship. More information available through the link.