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Catholic Home Missions

from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at Newman Catholic Center in Sacramento

'Leap of Faith' day for high school seniors and their parents set for Sat., May 6


Transitioning to college life can be an amazing, adventurous and yet scary experience for students and their families alike. The Diocese of Sacramento would like to journey with families as they take this “leap of faith" and navigate the transition from high school to college.

Graduating high school seniors and their families are invited to a day of sharing with current college students, parents and the larger community to discuss the transition from high school to college from a Catholic perspective. The event will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Newman Catholic Center, located at 5900 Newman Court in Sacramento.

The event will include workshops specific to students and parents, as well as a special Mass with
Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta to celebrate the graduation of the seniors. This event is FREE and includes lunch. Please visit the link below to the website to register online. For more information, contact Cecilia Flores at cflores@scd.org or call (916) 454-4188.


bullet with text Link here for more information about this event and to register online




Catholic Home Missions

begins at 5 p.m. at Cathedral

Bishop Soto to preside at Mass on Sunday, April 30, followed by eucharistic procession to state Capitol


Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at the 5 p.m. Mass on Sunday, April 30 in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento, followed by a eucharistic procession around the state Capitol in a journey of prayer and public witness to end abortion. Carried in the procession will be an actual 4’ X 6’ authentic replica (Missionary Image) of the original Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe which is enshrined in the Basilica in Mexico City.

The procession will conclude a two-month long pilgrimage to various abortion centers in Northern California titled, “Our Lady’s Mission for Life: A California Pilgrimage to Close Abortion Centers.”


The pilgrimage organizers note that their pilgrimage is a faithful response to the prompting of Our Blessed Mother and with the blessing of Bishop Richard J. Garcia of Monterey, to travel with the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to visit, in prayerful vigil, every abortion center in California.

On Saturday, April 29, the Missionary Image will be at the 7 p.m. vigil Mass in Spanish at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, located at 711 T Street in Sacramento.

Visit www.scddec.org/respect-life for more information about these events.





Father Thomas Delahunty

at st. Patrick Church in placerville

Funeral Mass for Father Thomas P. Delahunty is

Thursday, April 27 at 11 a.m.


Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at a funeral Mass

on Thursday, April 27 at 11 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, located at 3019 Sacramento St. in Placerville, for Father Thomas P. Delahunty, who served as a priest of the Diocese of Sacramento for nearly 62 years. He died April 8. He was 86. He retired from active ministry on May 1, 1995.


Concelebrants of the Mass will be Father John Cantwell and other priests of the diocese. A reception will follow the Mass. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Sacramento. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 in St. Patrick Church.


Father Delahunty was born in Newtown, County Laois, Ireland and attended the National School at Cullohill until age 14, when he entered St. Kieran’s College Seminary in Kilkenny. He studied at St. Kieran’s for 11 years, five years at the secondary college and six years at the seminary. He was accepted for priestly ministry in the Diocese of Sacramento during his first year of philosophy studies.

He was ordained to the priesthood on June 5, 1955 in St. Mary Cathedral in Kilkenny. He served as assistant pastor from 1956 to 1960 at Sacred Heart Parish in Maxwell, where he was involved in the planning and building of the church at Holy Cross Mission in Arbuckle, which was dedicated in November 1958. From 1960 to 1962, he served as assistant pastor of Holy Family Parish in Citrus Heights and from 1962 to 1967 as assistant pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Carmichael.

While serving in Carmichael, Bishop Joseph McGucken asked Father Delahunty to serve on part-time duty with the U.S. Army Reserve headquartered in Sacramento. During this time he attended the U.S. Army Chaplain School in Fort Hamilton, N.Y., and completed the basic and advanced chaplain courses and was promoted to the rank of captain. In October 1967, with the permission of Bishop Alden Bell, Father Delahunty received his first military assignment to Fort Irwin in Southern California. Subsequently he served as a chaplain in South Korea and was promoted to the rank of major; in New Ulm, Germany, Fort Ord, Calif., Fort Hamilton, N.Y., and Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. At Tripler he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
His following assignments included the Presidio in San Francisco; Karlsruhe and Berlin in East Germany; Sinop, Turkey; Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu; and his final assignment with the 18th Medical Command and Army Hospital in Seoul, South Korea. During this assignment he was awarded the Legion of Merit.

Father Delahunty retired from the U.S. Army in August 1993, having served 28 years of active military service. In retirement, he assisted in parishes in the diocese that needed help with Sunday liturgies. One of nine children, Father Delahunty is survived his sister, Julia, in Ireland, and numerous nephews and nieces.




Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto

Announced april 20 at consistory

Pope Francis to canonize Fatima seers on May 13

during visit to Portugal


Pope Francis will declare the sainthood of Blessed Jacinta Marto and Blessed Francisco Marto, two of the shepherd children who saw Mary in Fatima, Portugal, during his visit to the site of the apparitions May 13.


The date was announced April 20 during an "ordinary public consistory," a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.


Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, addressing the assembly noted that of the future saints considered at the consistory, five were children or young teenagers.

"In our time, where young people often become objects of exploitation and commerce, these young people excel as witnesses of truth and freedom, messengers of peace (and) of a new humanity reconciled in love," the cardinal said.

At the same consistory, the pope set Oct. 15 as the date for the canonizations of two priests and two groups of martyrs, including Blessed Cristobal, Blessed Antonio and Blessed Juan -- also known as the "Child Martyrs of Tlaxcala" -- who were among the first native converts in Mexico. They were killed between 1527 and 1529 for refusing to renounce the faith and return to their people's ancient traditions.


Pope Francis will preside over the canonization ceremony of the Fatima visionaries during his visit to Fatima May 12-13.

bullet with text Link here to read the entire story from Catholic News Service April 20

bullet with text Link here to read the entire story from Catholic News Agency April 20





Catholic Home Missions

taken up in parishes April 29-30

Rural, struggling dioceses benefit from Catholic Home Missions Appeal collection


The annual Catholic Home Missions Appeal will be held during liturgies in parishes of the Diocese of Sacramento on the weekend of April 29-30. This appeal helps to sustain more than 40 percent of all dioceses and eparchies in rural and struggling areas of the country and in a number of U.S. territories in the Caribbean and Pacific.

In 2016, the Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions allocated over $9 million to 84 dioceses. The collection supports evangelization, catechesis, seminarian education, lay ministry training, Hispanic ministry, and other essential pastoral programs for dioceses in need.

"For many dioceses it is challenging to support ministries because of fragile financial situations or isolated communities,” said Archbishop Paul D. Etienne of Anchorage, Alaska, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions. "It is through this appeal that we can make a difference here at home and help our mission dioceses offer places for people to encounter the loving and merciful Christ.”

The home page for the collection is www.usccb.org/home-missions.





Migrant children

'in solidarity with the vulnerable'

CA Catholic bishops issue statement urging attention

to migrants and refugees


In a recent statement, the California Catholic Conference of Bishops (of which Bishop Jaime Soto serves as president) called upon "Catholics and all people of good will in California and throughout the United States to stand in solidarity with the vulnerable and excluded in our society.”

“Urgent attention needs to be given to our neighbors who are migrants and refugees, especially those immigrants who are undocumented,” the bishops stated. “They are being unjustly targeted and vilified.”

In light of recent concerns from the immigrant community, the Diocese of Sacramento's Office of Catholic Charities and Social Concerns has created a new immigration resource web page to provide reliable and timely information and access to immigration services.


The new webpage in English is at http://www.scd.org/social_service_ministry/immigration.html


The new webpage in Spanish is at



bullet with text Link here to read the full text of the statement in English and Spanish





mother and daughter

offered April 29 in Spanish

Mother-daughter program offered by diocese to discuss gift of fertility with teens


The Diocese of Sacramento is offering a program to help mothers discuss the subject of puberty and fertility with their 13 to 16-year-old daughters.

All presentations are pure, light-hearted and affirming. The cost to attend is $20 per family, including food and drink.

The “teens” program (ages 13 to 16) will be offered at the following location on the date listed below:

--Saturday, April 29 from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (in Spanish) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, located at 711 T Street in Sacramento.

Visit the link below for more information about program locations, time and content, or to register online. To register by mail or for other questions, contact Marisela Smith at (916) 261-1454 or e-mail to msmith@scd.org. All reservations must be received by the Thursday before the event date.

bullet with text Link here to register online and review program content





young adults in prayer

final session is Sat., April 29

Series of liturgical formation workshops being offered


The Diocesan Liturgical Commission’s committee on formation, in conjunction with the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis, is offering a series of workshops leading to a liturgy specialization certificate.


The five-part series is for those who do sacramental preparation, liturgical ministers and coordinators, musicians, members of liturgy committees and anyone who wants to learn more about liturgy, worship and prayer. Anyone discerning involvement in a liturgical ministry will also find these workshops helpful.


Each workshop will take place on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish, located at 660 Florin Road in Sacramento. The final session is listed below.

— Session 5, April 29: The Joy of the Gospel: Sacraments at the service of the church and the world.

The cost to attend is $45 per workshop (including lunch and snacks). Participants need not have taken previous workshops. For more information and to register online, visit the link below or contact James Cavanagh at jcavanagh@scd.org or (916) 733-0221.


bullet with text Link here to register online for the April 29 workshop on sacraments





Bishop Cotta in miter

to mark 100th anniversary of apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima

Bishop Myron J. Cotta

leading pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal Sept. 15-24


The year 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal. Our Lady appeared six times to the Three Shepherd Children -- Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco -- between May 13 and Oct. 13 in 1917.


In honor of the centenary anniversary of the apparitions, the Diocese of Sacramento is sponsoring a 10-day pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal, from Sept. 15-24, 2017, with Bishop Myron J. Cotta as its leader.


"I invite you to join me on this special pilgrimage to Fatima," Bishop Cotta says. "It promises to be a unique location for the experience of prayer. It will give the pilgrim the opportunity to reflect upon the significance of the message which Our Lady conveyed to the three children and to the world. The message of mercy revealed at Fatima is an ideal way to follow the recent celebration of the Year of Mercy. In addition, you will enjoy several excursions in the surrounding area outside of Fatima. We will conclude with a vist to the historical and cultural sights of the beautiful city of Lisbon."


For more detailed information about this pilgrimage, including booking your space, visit the links below. The deadline to register to be part of the pilgrimage is Sunday, July 2.


bullet with text Link here for more information and booking your space on the pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal

bullet with text Link here to download or print a flyer with detailed information about the pilgrimage to Fatima

bullet with text Link here to read the April 18 story from Catholic News Service: "Story of apparitions continues to attract attention"





Catholic Herald magazine

digital edition on this website

March-April issue of

Catholic Herald magazine

is published; stories focus

on building peace and unity


The March-April issue of Catholic Herald, the magazine of the Diocese of Sacramento, has been published. The digital edition is available on the right margin of this website or at the image to the left of this story.

The theme of the March-April issue is building peace and unity. The cover story features U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley of the Eastern District of California, who speaks with passion about his years as a judge, prosecutor and defense lawyer, as well as about injustice and racism in law enforcement, criminal justice and the legal system.

Other feature stories include a feature on Lieutenant Al Bagos, a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Fairfield, who shares his perspectives on community policing in a racially-diverse city in Solano County for 30 years before his retirement in 2014; two seniors at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, Anaya Watkins and Will Yuponce, who speak about how education can make a difference in breaking down barriers and building up hope; how the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office works to foster trust, participation and unity, and encouragement of youth to seek careers within the criminal justice system; and how you can live Lent more intensely by participating in “24 Hours for the Lord.”


Bishop Jaime Soto is publisher of the magazine, which is published six times each year and includes moving faith stories and high-quality photography about Catholics in the diocese as well as news and events of the local church. Individual faith stories are the cornerstone of Catholic Herald Magazine and columns also explore the Catholic faith and educate about the teachings of the church. To donate $15 per year to receive Catholic Herald, call (916) 733-0266.


bullet with text Link to more information about Catholic Herald magazine's issue deadlines and themes for 2017

bullet with text Link to the website of Catholic Herald magazine, including the archive of issues published





Diocesan Directory 2016

searchable PDF on this website

Diocese of Sacramento 2016 Directory is now available


The 2016 edition of the Diocese of Sacramento Directory is now available for purchase.


The directory contains contact information for all parishes, schools, diocesan offices and institutions and agencies of the diocese. The directory also contains listings for all priests, deacons and men and women religious.


A searchable PDF of the 2016 diocesan directory is available on this website (see right hand navigation margin). Here you can search all content in the directory.


Additional copies of the directory may be purchased by using the link to the PDF form below. If you wish to order, print out the form with your requested order. The suggested donation per book is $14.50 ($10 plus $4.50 for postage and handling). You may pay $10 per book (and avoid the postage and handling fee) by picking up your directory order at the Diocesan Pastoral Center at 2110 Broadway in Sacramento from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Only orders with payment by check or money order payable to the Diocese of Sacramento will be processed.


bullet with text Link to download and print the order form for the 2016 Diocese of Sacramento Directory