The Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

The Cathedral of Christ the Light serves as the Mother Church of approximately 530,000 Catholics in the Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Fr. Jay Matthews, Cathedral Rector, and the Catholic Parish invite and welcomes all to attend Masses and special events.

Saturday Mass:

· 7:30 am (Vietnamese)

· 5:30 pm (Vigil-English)

Sunday Masses:

· 8:00 am (Vietnamese)

· 10:00 am (Stational Mass - English)

· 12:00 pm (English)

· 2:00 pm (Spanish)

Weekday Masses:

· 7:10 am (M-F in English)

· 12:10 am (M-F in English)

· 7:00 pm (W in Spanish)

· 7:00 pm (First Friday in Vietnamese)


· Monday - Friday, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (English)

· Wednesday, 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm (Spanish)

· Saturday 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (English)

Adoration/Benediction on First Fridays:

· Adoration: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

· Benediction: 12:00 pm (English)

· Benediction & Mass: 7:00 pm (Vietnamese)
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  • Never been to a place where your whisper is amplified by the acoustics of the place. The cathedral made of wood is an amazing display of architectural genius and innovation. Located next to Lake Merit...  more »
  • This is a beautiful piece of architecture. If you are a religious Christian, why not take in a service? If not religious but just want to see a nice building, stop in if you are at Lake Merritt. It is...  more »
  • Nice spot to check out the architecture. It is a stone's throw from Lake Merritt and Fairyland right on the outskirts of DT Oakland. The use of the teak wood and the visuals inside were gorgeous. Defi...  more »
  • Free to enter and take photos as long as service isn't happening. Great architectural features throughout the site. The interior is majestic and I recommend you take the time to take it all in. There is also a gift shop which is recommended. Be respectful of the space and enjoy!
  • I'm torn. While I think the complex has some nice architecture, the whole world of catholic creepiness pervades everything. The Cathedral itself is better on the inside than the outside, which looks like it's paved with shower doors. What a pity they opted to mask the massive, sexy bent wood ribs that support the sides and roof of the yoni-shaped space. But on the inside, the echoing starkness of the concrete walls sets off the smaller chapels tucked away along the sides. And the alter looks like a random wall of 2 x 4s, splayed out in a loose arc behind the alter. The huge digital saint I can take or leave. It seems like perhaps a color, or a video of the sea, would bring more life to the space. There's also a small garden that memorialized the children abused by priests, something that the church should display as a vivid apology for the worldwide scandal that continues to unfold, but try and find it. It's guiltily tucked away on the Grand Avenue corner, just grass, a couple curving benches backed by boxwood hedges, and a boulder with a plaque. It feels more like they're taking the same attitude that Nixon took towards Watergate. Yes, it may have happened, but, no, we're still not taking spiritual responsibility, and they continue to blame shortfalls in charity and conservation programs on the victims who sued the church. So, while it's a notable and obviously very expensive building complex, everything else shouts business as usual. If you want spirituality and bliss, bring it with you. I you want to make sure that Gothic eeriness can thrive in a modernist building, this is the place for you.
  • Choral Singers and Brass Horn Players are professionals. Music and processions invoke solemnity with friendly community of church goers. Give it a go.
  • the building is bright and acoustics are good. that's all I'll say here. not going to get into why or when it was built.
  • Beautiful place, nice place to rest. Parking is available during mass and confession times: T/Th 11 to noon, W 6:30, Sat 4:20 to 5:15pm.( Lacks permanent adoration chapel). Confession times are limited to business hours, but better than other churches who only have one day one hour confession. Great place for meetings, plenty of masses though could have more, lacks community catholic events, promotes little to nothing catholic multiculturalism & faith, charges high fees(donations) for baptism or weddings or what not. Teaches dogma with difficulty, when it does, charges for what should be free (for people have already paid with mass collections) lacks core participation in issues of faith, lacks evangelization ministries. No priest, nuns or deacons available if one wants to talk to one.
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