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Mount St. Joseph Seminary and Novitiate
Mount St. Joseph Seminary and Novitiate

Commemorating 50 years

Mount St. Joseph Seminary and Novitiate mark milestone anniversary


On Friday, September 12, 2014, the Oblates of St. Joseph will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening and dedication of the seminary and novitiate in Loomis, California.  Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at Mass at 5:00 p.m.  Father Paul McDonnell, O.S.J., provincial of the Holy Spouses Province and other Oblate priests and brothers visiting from throughout the province also will attend to recognize five decades of formation and history for the congregation at the site.


A light reception and social will follow Mass in the courtyard area of the seminary.


Friends of the Oblates of St. Joseph, and the seminary and novitiate are invited to attend the festivities.  Please RSVP by emailing anniversary@mountstjoseph.org with your name and the number of adults and children in your party. Or, call or text (916) 234-3853 with the same information.


Mount St. Joseph is located at 6530 Wells Ave., Loomis, CA 95650. The Oblates of St. Joseph were founded in 1878 by St. Joseph Marello, Bishop of Acqui, Italy.


bullet with text Link to Mount St. Joseph website for more information

bullet with text Learn more about the Oblates of St. Joseph Holy Spouses Provice




St. Joseph Church Clarksburg
St. Joseph Church Clarksburg

"a means of promoting the new evangelization"

Bishop Cotta reflects on the annual Freeport/Clarksburg Festa in honor of the Holy Spirit


It has now been almost five months since my episcopal ordination as Auxiliary Bishop of Sacramento.  During these months, I have become acquainted with many aspects of the Diocese:  from getting to know the clergy & religious; attending several of our Catholic school events; and visiting the youth and faithful of the parishes throughout the Diocese during the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.


I have had the opportunity to meet many of the heads of leadership among the numerous boards, committees, councils, foundations, etc. that contribute to the life of our Diocese.  It is a blessing to see the great number of people who give of their time and talent, not to mention their treasure, all for the sake of the Kingdom of God.


Shortly upon my arrival, I was introduced to the parish and the Portuguese community of St. Elizabeth’s and later had the pleasure to accept the invitation of Fr. Dan Madigan to celebrate the annual Freeport/Clarksburg festa in honor of the Holy Spirit at St. Joseph Parish. Over the years, I have participated in many “festas,” but this was the first time celebrating a festa with the community as a newly ordained bishop.


bullet with text Link here to continue reading Bishop Cotta's complete message

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Priest holding the Blessed Sacrament
Priest holding the Blessed Sacrament

Thank you for your generosity

Diocesan collection for priests' retirement is
Sept. 13-14


Parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento will take up a second collection for the benefit of retired priests in the diocese. The collection will be taken during liturgies the weekend of Sept. 13-14.


The collection is an opportunity for parishioners to thank their priests for their long and loving service, caring for the spiritual and sacramental needs of the faithful throughout the diocese.  The collection is not to be confused with the annual collection for the religious.  This collection assists our dioscesan priests, allowing for the dignity of their retirement.


Please prayerfully consider participating in this special collection as you fondly remember the priests who baptized your children, heard your confession, shared the Eucharist, celebrated your wedding, presided at the funerals of loved ones, visited homes and hospitals, and above all, prayed fervently every day.


bullet with text Click here for more information about the second collections in the Diocese of Sacramento




Young adults in prayer

opportunities to gather in faith

Events offered for youth and young adults in diocese during August in Sacramento


Events for youth and young adults will be offered in August and September in the Diocese of Sacramento.


On Friday, Aug. 22, Junior high and high school youths in the diocese are invited to attend the "Elevate" event and to elevate their hearts, minds and souls during an hour of worship, message and adoration. This diocesan-sponsored event begin at 8 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, located at 11th and K Streets in downtown Sacramento. There is no cost for the event. For more information, visit http://icatholicyouth.com.


On Monday, Sept. 1, ADOREMUS (Young Adults Adore, Sacramento), will be held at 7 p.m. at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, located at 711 T Street in Sacramento. The evening starts with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, featuring live chant and polyphony, followed by reconciliation and benediction. The event is cross-cultural and trans-lingual. Afterward, fellowship will continue at a local eatery. Any young adult is invited to attend, Catholic or non-Catholic.


bullet with text Link to yacatholic.org for more information about events for young adults in the diocese





Ministry Days 2014

register now!

Ministry Days 2014 event is Sept. 26-27 at St. Francis

High School in Sacramento


The Diocese of Sacramento has announced Ministry Days 2014 on Sept. 26-27 with the theme, “Are Your Ears Ringing?"


The ministry days will be held at St. Francis High School, located at 5900 Elvas Ave. in Sacramento. Many inspirational keynote presentations, as well as practical and helpful workshops will be offered in both English and Spanish. Keynote speakers for the event are Robert Feduccia (English) and Sister Leticia Salazar, ODN (Spanish).


This year, Ministry Days “will focus on discernment: listening, seeing and responding to the call of the Lord,” says Bishop Jaime Soto in the Ministry Days registration booklet (see link below to download). “This year’s gathering is an opportunity to gain some knowledge, ideas and skills for ourselves and the people we serve,” Bishop Soto said. “Ministry Days is also an important opportunity to gather with other ministers – lay, religious and ordained, paid and volunteer – to network, share stories and support one another.”


Registration books are now available to download at www.ministrydays.com. You can also view the schedule, keynotes, workshops and presenters online. Register by Sept. 12 to save $15 on the full-conference registration and $10 on the one-day registration fee.


bullet with text Link to register online and to read more information about Ministry Days 2014





Happy youth attending a rally/concert and ON FIRE logo

tickets on sale now!

ON FIRE NorCal Jam for youth and young adults is Saturday, Sept. 20 at Six Flags in Vallejo


The Northern California dioceses have announced the activities and guests for ON FIRE NorCal Jam 2014, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 beginning at 9 a.m. at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo.


More than 4,000 Catholic youth and young adults are expected to attend. Participants will be given early entrance to the park for a morning program from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., featuring praise and worship with the diocesan bishops, Papa Joe Lucero & SDYG Choir and SkaAmén.


The schedule includes an impressive line-up of guests including inspiring speakers such as David Bisono, Lila Rose, Father Agustino Torres, CFR, Emily Wilson and Paul J. Kim. Participants will also enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch, and a “ride till you drop” opportunity with two hours of exclusive park access. The day culminates in the evening with a concert featuring Josh Blakesley Band, The Thirsting, Emily Wilson, Paul J. Kim, Papa Joe Lucero and SDYG Choir and SkaAmén.


Tickets can be purchased with a credit card or via PayPal and can be printed immediately at home (wristbands will be distributed the morning of the event).  Order tickets today at http://www.onfirenorcal.com and use ticket promo code ONFIRE. (Note: This event is intended for high school youth and young adults in their 20s and 30s. Please do not bring junior high students.) ON FIRE is co-sponsored by the Dioceses of Sacramento, San Jose, Stockton, Santa Rosa, Fresno, Reno, San Francisco, Monterey and Oakland.


bullet with text Link to ON FIRE event information and purchase your tickets!





Iraqis flee

repeats call of Pope francis

USCCB leader to President Obama: Plight of religious minorities in Iraq requires increased support


Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, urged President Obama to answer the call of Pope Francis for the international community "to do all that it can to stop and to prevent further systematic violence against ethnic and religious minorities" in Iraq. Archbishop Kurtz made the appeal in an Aug. 13 letter, in which he assured President Obama of the prayers and support of the U.S. bishops in these efforts.


(In photo above, A man leaves his car and packs his bag at the Khazair checkpoint after fleeing from Mosul, Iraq on June 11, 2014. Credit: R. Nuri UNHCR/ACNUR via Flickr)


"We know too well that attacks on religious and ethnic minorities are attacks on the health of an entire society," Archbishop Kurtz wrote. "Violence may begin against minorities, but it does not end there. The rights of all Iraqis are at risk from the current situation."


Archbishop Kurtz thanked President Obama for the humanitarian assistance and protection the United States has provided to Iraqi Christians fleeing persecution. He noted that more must be done and that the U.S. bishops have set aside Sunday, Aug. 17, in dioceses and parishes across the nation for prayer for peace in the Middle East and Iraq, and that the bishops have urged U.S. Catholics to appeal to their elected representatives on behalf of persecuted minorities in countries such as Iraq and Syria. (Visit the link below to read the full text of the letter from Archbishop Kurtz.)


In a July 31 memo to clergy of the Diocese of Sacramento, Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta has encouraged clergy and Catholic faithful to set aside special time during August for prayer – individually, as a family and as a parish – for peace and the end of violence in the Middle East and the persecution of the church in Iraq and Syria.


Bishop Cotta asked clergy to set aside a time for special prayer for these intentions during August. He encouraged individuals, families, prayer groups and youth groups to schedule a special time for recitation of the rosary. “For this intention of peace, you might offer a time to have adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; to consider offering acts of penance and reparation for conversion; to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy; or invite people to consider fasting (traditionally Wednesday and Friday)."


bullet with text Link here to read the full text of Archbishop Kurtz's Aug. 13 letter to President Obama

bullet with text Link here to read story from Catholic News Agency: "Pope Francis takes to Twitter..."

bullet with text Link here to read about Pope Francis' papal envoy to Iraq from the Official Vatican Network

bullet with text Link here to read the request by Bishop Richard Pates to offer special prayer on Aug. 17

bullet with text Link here to about humanitarian assistance by CRS and Caritas to displaces families in Iraq





Christians in crossfire

faith catholic special report

Christians in the crossfire in Iraq, Syria and the Mideast


Today, Christians are the most persecuted religious group on the planet.


Two years ago, the Pew Forum estimated that Christians face persecution in a staggering total of 133 countries, representing two-thirds of all nations on earth. In the same period, the Germany-based International Society for Human Rights, a secular organization, estimated that 80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world are directed against Christians.


In all, some 150,000 Christians are killed for their faith each year, according to both the Catholic relief agency Aid to the Church in Need and the evangelical group Open Doors. It should come as no surprise then that the current conflicts in the Middle East have once again found Christians caught in the crossfire.


Pope Francis has repeatedly expressed his concerns over what is taking place in the Middle East. While 97 percent of Iraq’s 36 million inhabitants are Muslims, the majority of Iraqi Christians are Chaldeans, who are in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church The pope has appealed for “all necessary help” to be given to those who have been forced to leave their homes and “whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others.”


bullet with text Link here to read the rest of this special report from Faith Catholic about the Church's response

Pope Francis has repeatedly expressed his concerns over what is taking place in the Middle East. While 97 percent of Iraq’s 36 million inhabitants are Muslims, the majority of Iraqi Christians are Chaldeans, who are in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church The pope has appealed for “all necessary help” to be given to those who have been forced to leave their homes and “whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others.” - See more at: http://dioceseoflansing.org/christians-in-the-crossfire#sthash.SHWyYIvp.dpuf





Koinonia Cup team

let the games begin!

Koinonia Cup 2014 for young adults will be held Sept. 6 at St. Patrick-St. Vincent HS


The young adult ministry of the Diocese of Sacramento will host “Koinonia Cup 2014” on Saturday, Sept. 6 at St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School, located at 1500 Benicia Road in Vallejo.


Koinonia is the Greek word for fellowship. The Koinonia Cup is a one-day event for young adult groups to compete in a series of competitive games, eventually leading to the crowning of a team as the winner of the Koinonia Cup.  The day includes vendors, exhibits, a social, praise and worship, adoration and benediction, and Mass with Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta at 5 p.m.


Teams must be organized by a Catholic parish, ministry or organization and made up of six to 10 players. All players must be 18 years or older. The cost to register a team is $100. The general public is welcome to come and participate in the festivities without competing in the events – to cheer on a team, share in prayer, fellowship and fun.


Register your team at www.koinoniacup.org. Visit the link to that website below for more information, how to support or volunteer, and a description of the games competition.


bullet with text Link here for more information and to register for Koinonia Cup





Reggie Littlejohn

sacramento catholic forum

Reggie Littlejohn to speak Sept. 18 on forced abortion and abuse of women in China


Reggie Littlejohn will speak at the Sacramento Catholic Forum luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Red Lion Hotel at the Woodlake Conference Center, located at 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento. Her topic will be: “Faith in Action: From Devastating Disability to Saving Chinese Women and Girls from Sex-Selective Abortion.”


Littlejohn is the founder/president of “Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.” After serving as an attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area, she overcame a severe and life-threatening illness and is a convert to Catholicism. While recovering from her illness, through prayer and discernment, she felt drawn to give up her litigation career and instead focus on the abuse of women in China, specific to forced abortion and the protection of the unborn – challenging head-on China’s 40-year-old “one child” policy in a very public way.


Her exposure to China’s forced abortions and gendercide policy grew out of her pro-bono work for Chinese women seeking asylum in the United Sstates. Her organization is an international coalition that opposes and spotlights the forced abortion and sexual slavery horrors in China. In February 2014, she was one of the four recipients from Legatus of the Cardinal John J. O’Connor Pro-Life Award.


Check-in for the event begins at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon and presentation following at noon. The cost is $30 if prepaid online or $40 at the door. For more information and to pay online visit the Sacramento Catholic Forum website at the link below.


bullet with text Link to Sacramento Catholic Forum website to pre-register at www.saccatholicforum.org





Catechetical Sunday logo

resources offered to parishes

Catechetical Sunday on

Sept. 21 to focus on 'Teaching About God's

Gift of Forgiveness'


Catholics are called to learn more about the practice of going to confession, as Catechetical Sunday 2014 focuses on the theme “Teaching About God’s Gift of Forgiveness.” The U.S. bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis offers a range of resources on the sacrament of penance to be used in parishes in conjunction with Catechetical Sunday, which is celebrated on Sept. 21.

“Whether you confess regularly, or this is the first time in a long time, may this be your moment to draw near to the confessional with confidence to celebrate the tender loving mercy of God,” said Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, chairman of the Evangelization and Catechesis committee, in a message to U.S. Catholics.

Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to return to confession at some of his Wednesday general audiences and even modeled the practice during a Lenten penance service this year in St. Peter’s Basilica. Videos produced by Catholic News Service, capturing these moments, are among the resources for diocesan and parish catechists offered by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Resources in English and Spanish are available at: www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/catechesis/catechetical-sunday/sacramental-forgiveness/index.cfm

These resources include a guide for clergy, “Preaching About the Gift of God’s Forgiveness,” by Father John Guthrie, USCCB’s associate director of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, a teaching aid by Jesuit Father Peter Ryan, USCCB’s executive director of Doctrine, and a catechist in-service by Father Louis Cameli of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Other resources cover saints who were confessors, why one should confess sins to a priest and an examination of conscience, among other topics.

Catechetical Sunday, which is observed on the third Sunday in September, is a celebration of catechists and all teachers of the Catholic faith. Many parishes commission those who serve in catechetical ministry on Catechetical Sunday. The U.S. bishops have provided resources for Catechetical Sunday since 1971. More information is available at: www.usccb.org/catecheticalsunday





migrant child at border

faith catholic special report

Immigration crisis and the U.S. Church's response


The arrival of thousands of unaccompanied children and teens in the southwestern United States has generated a humanitarian and political crisis. It is a crisis marked by the images of large numbers of immigrants in overcrowded facilities, protestors blocking buses full of immigrants from entering their towns, pleas for compassion, concerns over the lack of available immigration attorneys, and frustrated calls for more help from the federal government.


Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, on July 24 called upon President Obama and the Central American presidents to protect and care for children and families fleeing violence in the region.

“The leaders should focus upon the protection of these children and families, as they are charged with as the heads of their nations,” said Bishop Elizondo. “Instead of cooperating on intercepting them and sending them back to dangerous situations, they should work together to protect them from those dangers, including providing them asylum in neighboring countries and in the United States.”


bullet with text Link here to read the entire special report from Faith Catholic

bullet with text Link here to read to read the statement from Bishop Elizondo on behalf of the USCCB

bullet with text Link to the California Catholic Conference website to read the July 10 statement by the California Catholic Bishops

bullet with text Link to Bishop Jaime Soto's interview with KCRA-TV in Sacramento about the bishops' statement and crisis involving refugees

bullet with text Link to information from Migration and Refugee Services of the USCCB to read more about how the Catholic Church in the U.S. is helping record numbers of migrant children





Diocesan Directory 2014

searchable PDF on this website

Diocese of Sacramento 2014 Directory now available


The 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Diocese of Sacramento Directory





Bishop Soto and ONE Campaign

one campaign update

Catholics from across the diocese pledge $32.5 million


August 1 marked the 11th month of the ONE Campaign for the Diocese of Sacramento. To date, Catholics across the diocese have pledged over $32.5 million.


“On behalf of Bishop Jaime Soto and The Catholic Foundation, I would like to say thank you,” said Rick Maya, executive director of The Catholic Foundation. “Just as impressive is parishioners’ response to Bishop Soto’s challenge to commit to serve five million hours of community service and five million hours of faith formation. The essence of the ONE Campaign is to give, serve and pray – together.”


“The call to commit time in faith formation offers us the opportunity to learn more about our faith and strengthen our relationship with Christ,” Maya said. “We are often amazed at the wonderful ways the hours are being fulfilled. Hundreds of hours are being fulfilled by way of our Catholic radio station, where people are participating in the ‘Catholicism’ series (Father Robert Barron). Others are re-engaging in various programs and ministries at the local parish level.”


So far in the ONE Campaign, as of July 30, the total number of donors is more than 11,000, 2.7 million service hours have been pledged and 6 million faith formation hours have been pledged.


bullet with text Link here to read the latest updates about the ONE Campaign





CH magazine

digital edition on this website

July-August issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published; theme is campus ministry

and young adults in service


The July-August issue of Catholic Herald magazine of the Diocese of Sacramento has been published. The digital edition is available on the right margin of this website or by clicking on the image at the left.


The theme of the magazine is campus ministry and young adults in ministry and service. The magazine features a cover story and interview with Christine Wissink, who began her work in February as associate director for campus ministry in the diocese's Department of Evangelization and Catechesis. She is currently directing the Newman Center at UC Davis and will eventually assume oversight for all Newman Center ministries in the diocese, including California State University, Sacramento, and California State University, Chico.


Other feature stories include a story on how Matthew Palmer, a documentary filmmaker, captured the life-changing essence of volunteers' experiences at Camp ReCreation; how young adult parishioner Erica Harildstad, coping with cerebral palsy, finds joy in giving to others through a prayer shawl ministry; how ministry leaders in parishes are reaching out to "emerging" young adults; and how the chapel inside the new heart center at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento offers a place of solace. This issue also includes a story on three priests retiring after decades of ministry: Father Dan Madigan, Father Juan Perez and Father Patrick Henry.


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 issues and themes for 2014

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





youth ministry kids

register now!

Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies Program is open

for more to take courses


Classes for the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program are being offered by the diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis in 2014.


The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program presents a vision for engaging youth in the parish community and provides practical tools, models and examples for parish youth ministry development. The program consists of eight weekend courses over a period of two years.


The courses and dates remaining are:


Oct. 11-12, 2014: Evangelization and Catechesis

Nov. 8-9, 2014: Justice and Service


For questions or more information, contact the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis at (916) 733-0123 or send an email inquiry to lramirez@scd.org. See the links below also for more information and to register.


bullet with text Link here to register online for the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program