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Easter cross

A time of Grace the Lord gives to us

Bishop Soto to preside over Holy Week, Easter liturgies at Cathedral in Sacramento


Bishop Jaime Soto will preside over a full schedule of Holy Week and Easter liturgies at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, located at 1017 11th St. in downtown Sacramento.


On Good Friday, April 18, Bishop Soto will preside at the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 12:10 p.m. in the cathedral. The service will include the Liturgy of the Word, Veneration of the Cross, and Communion. Stations of the Cross will follow the liturgy. At 7 p.m. Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand will preside at Stations of the Cross in Spanish, followed by the Good Friday liturgy in Spanish at 7:30 p.m.


On Holy Saturday, April 19, Bishop Soto will preside at the celebration of the Easter Vigil liturgy at 8:30 p.m. in the cathedral. The Mass will be bilingual.


On Easter Sunday, April 20, Bishop Soto will preside at the celebration of Easter Mass in the cathedral at 9 a.m. Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand will celebrate the Easter Mass at 7:30 a.m. (in English). Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will celebrate the Easter Mass at 11 a.m. The cathedral will also offer the Easter Mass in Spanish at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., in English at 5 p.m., and in Chinese at 3 p.m. For a complete schedule of Holy Week and Easter liturgies at the cathedral, visit the link below.


bullet with text Link here to visit the website of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

bullet with text Link here to read the text of Bishop Jaime Soto's homily from Palm Sunday, April 13

bullet with text Link here to read the text of Bishop Jaime Soto's homily from the Chrism Mass, April 10





 cross on mountain

journey of reflection, sacrifice

Bishop Soto to lead seven-parish pilgrimage walk on

Holy Saturday, April 19


The Hispanic community of the Diocese of Sacramento is invited to participate in a journey of reflection and sacrifice guided by Bishop Jaime Soto on Holy Saturday, April 19.


On this 10-mile walk, participants will stop at seven parishes in central Sacramento and the state Capitol. The walk will begin at 6:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Church, located at 1817 12th St. Subsequent stops will be at the Capitol at 7:30 a.m., the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament at 8 a.m., St. Francis Church at 9 a.m., Sacred Heart Church at 9:45 a.m., Immaculate Conception Church at 10:45 a.m., Holy Spirit Church at noon, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine at 1:30 p.m.


Participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sunblock, water, snacks, a positive spirit and a prayerful attitude. The pilgrimage will be broadcast live on Radio Santisimo Sacramento at 1240 AM.


For more information or to purchase a pilgrimage t-shirt, call the diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis at (916) 733-0123.


bullet with text Link to download a flyer for the seven-parish pilgrimage on April 19




Divine Mercy Sunday image

'merciful jesus, i trust in you'

Divine Mercy Sunday Mass celebrated at Cathedral in Sacramento on April 27


Bishop Jaime Soto will be the celebrant and homilist of the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass on Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, located at 11th and K Streets in Sacramento.


Preceding the Mass at 2:15 p.m., the sacrament of penance will be available, and there will be veneration of the Divine Mercy image and relic of St. Faustina. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be sung at 2:30 p.m. with soloist Lola Krist, accompanied by organist Rex Rallanka.


A short reception with ice cream and cookies will follow the Mass in the Cathedral hall at 4 p.m. Those attending are asked to use alternate street parking or the garage at 10th and L Streets if attending. The cost of the parking garage is $5.


Divine Mercy Sunday falls on the Sunday immediately following Easter and is dedicated to the devotion to the Divine Mercy promoted by the Polish nun, St. Faustina Kowalska, who was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000. The late pope designated the Sunday after Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday and also decreed a plenary indulgence associated with this devotion.


bullet with text Click here to download a flyer with information about the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass

bullet with text Click here for the website of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament for more information





Colfax camp

submit your ideas!

Here's your chance to name the diocese's new property

for summer camp and youth/young adult retreats


The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis encourages your participation in naming a new property purchased by the Diocese of Sacramento, located at 28000 Rollins Lake Road in Colfax.


In the summer of 2015, the diocese will be moving its summer camp programs to this new property. It will also be open year-round as a retreat center for youth and young adult ministry groups from parishes and other Catholic organizations.


The property and facilities currently do not have a name. Come up with a winning name and win two vouchers good for a free week at camp during the summer of 2015 or a free retreat offered by the Diocese of Sacramento.


For more information and entry submission, visit www.bit.ly/nameourplace. Submit your name entry today! Entries are due by Friday, May 9 and a name will be announced by June 1.


bullet with text Link here to download a flyer with more information and to share with others





Child Abuse Prevention Month

april is child abuse prevention month

Preventing child abuse is everyone's responsibility


During April, Child Abuse Prevention Month will be marked in parishes and dioceses across the United States, including parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento.


The diocese’s Safe Environment Program, as those in dioceses across the nation, requires education for minors on how to protect themselves from harm, as well as background screening and training for adults on appropriate relationships with youth in their care.


In 2002, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops implemented the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The Charter mandated dioceses throughout the country to develop “safe environment” programs and policies and 17 articles that each diocese implemented. To read the charter in its entirety, visit the link below.


In the last 12 years, the Diocese of Sacramento has strengthened its commitment to keeping children and young people safe. The diocese has implemented both background check guidelines as well as training programs for adults and children.


The diocese has established Code of Conduct and Sexual Misconduct polices and guidelines for adults working with children and developed education materials for Child Abuse Prevention Month and provided several informative documents for parents. All of these publications are on the diocesan website at www.scd.org.


“These policies and trainings, for both adults and children, heighten our awareness, help us recognize danger signals, teach us how to avoid risky situations and remind us to take appropriate action should trouble arise,” says Katita Schloemann, safe environment coordinator for the diocese. “Working together, we can teach our children to trust the adults in their lives and know who they can count on to provide a safe environment where they can grow, learn and discover themselves as unique and irreplaceable gifts of God.”


bullet with text Link to access Child Abuse Prevention Month resources from the USCCB

bullet with text Link to access safe environment policies, training and resources from the Diocese of Sacramento





Tom Carroll

sacramento Catholic Forum

Tom Carroll, Middle East expert, to speak April 24 on 'Catholics and Muslims: More in Common than You Think'


Tom Carroll, a writer, speaker and homeland security consultant, will speak at the Sacramento Catholic Forum luncheon on Thursday, April 24 at the Red Lion Hotel at the Woodlake Conference Center, located at 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento.


His topic will be “Catholics and Muslims: More in Common Than You Think.” Carroll, a former officer in the Clandestine Service of the CIA, will speak about common ground between Catholics and Muslims that makes genuine cooperation possible in an age of increasingly aggressive and hostile secularism. Carroll spent years under cover in the Middle East, and is a specialist in Islam and Middle Eastern issues. He and his wife converted to Catholicism while living in Istanbul, Turkey.


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 here to the Sacramento Forum website to pre-register online for this event





Rose Sweet

info on parish-based ministry

'The Catholic's Divorce Survival Guide' training offered at three sites May 10


The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis will co-host a workshop with Ascension Press on Saturday, May 10, titled “Healing the Divorced – Healing the Church: The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide” training.


The workshop is being offered for clergy and laity or anyone who helps or wants to help divorced and separated Catholics. The training is a great opportunity to start or strengthen a parish-based ministry to divorced and separated Catholics.


Rose Sweet, an author and recognized authority on divorce, annulments and relationships, will be the keynote speaker. She has given hundreds of presentations, including at the National Conference of Separated and Divorced Catholics and the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers.


The training will equip participants to start, run and lead one of the most underserved groups in the church. The training will help you:


--Understand what is really going on in the hearts of the divorced and separated;

--Meet their emotional needs;

--Provide answers to their tough questions;

--Let them know that they are not alone.


The training will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, located at 2110 Broadway in Sacramento, and at two video-conference sites: Our Divine Savior Parish, located at 566 E. Lassen Ave. in Chico, and Our Lady of Mercy Parish, located at 2600 Shasta View Drive in Redding.


The cost is $55 per person, with advance registration online or postmarked by April 28. After that date, registration is $65 per person. Registration includes leader’s materials, lunch and snacks/beverages throughout the day. Visit the link below for online registration.


For more information, contact Amy Fontecchio at (610) 873-2017 or afontecchio@ascensionpress.com or Steve Patton at Spatton@scd.org.


bullet with text Click here to register online for the May 10 training

bullet with text Click here to download an informational flyer about the May 10 training





Mother and daughter

workshops in English and Spanish

Mother-daughter program offered by diocese helps mothers discuss puberty, fertility with their daughters


The Diocese of Sacramento is offering programs in May to help mothers discuss the subject of puberty and fertility with their 10 to 12-year-old and 13 to 16-year-old daughters.


The Mother-Daughter Program has been replicated in dozens of dioceses across the United States, “helping thousands of mothers and daughters have healthy, wholesome, and God-centered discussions about the sometimes-challenging transition from being a girl to being a woman,” says Steve Patton, associate director for family and respect life ministries in the Diocese of Sacramento’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis.


The teen (ages 13-16) and tween (ages 10-12) programs cover similar subject matter, while differing in depth and scope. All presentations are pure, light-hearted and affirming.


The “Tweens” program (ages 10 to 12) will be offered at the following locations on the dates listed below:


Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (in English) at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, 925 Sacramento St. in Vallejo and from 1:30 to 5 p.m. (in Spanish) at the same location.


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

Saturday, May 3, 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 links below for more information about program locations, time and content, or to register online. To register by mail or for other questions, contact Steve Patton at (916) 733-0133 or e-mail to spatton@scd.org. All reservations must be received by the Monday before the event date. Confirmation of your registration will be sent by e-mail or postcard.


bullet with text Link to www.mother-daughterprogram.com to register online for English and/or Spanish sessions

bullet with text Link to more information about the program in English and Spanish





Camp Pendola

fun-filled experience for youth

Camp Pendola offers summer sessions beginning in June


Camp Pendola, the official summer camp of the Diocese of Sacramento, is accepting registrations for the 2014 summer season. Camp Pendola offers a fun-filled experience for children and youth under the supervision of trained college-age counselors.


Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills in the Tahoe National Forest 15 miles north of Nevada City, Camp Pendola is on 40 acres of natural, rustic surroundings. More than 20,000 campers over five decades have created a tradition that for many families continues every year and even passes from one generation to the next, according to Lori Rosene, director of Pendola Center.


Most camp sessions, the first of which begins June 15, are one week in length. During their time at camp, youths can hike, swim, make arts and crafts and play in the outdoors. Every cabin goes on a one-night “under the stars” overnight where campers cook out and spend the night.


Special programs include a girls-only mini-week camp June 22-25 for girls entering first or second grade; teen canoe trips (June 22-28 for girls and July 13-19 for boys entering at least grade 7); and a co-ed backpacking trip in the Sierra Buttes July 19-26 for youth entering grades 9 and older.


For more information and registration materials or to register online, visit the link to the Camp Pendola website below or call Lori Rosene at (916) 733-0141 or e-mail to Lrosene@scd.org. Some scholarships are available and Camp Pendola offers multi-child or multi-week discounts. The early bird discount ends May 15.


bullet with text Link here to the website of Camp Pendola for informaiton and online registration





Theology of Body logo

Pope John Paul II's Theology of body

Retreat weekend offered for teens, youth ministers May 16-18 at Marello Youth Center


The Oblates of St. Joseph will offer a “Theology of the Body” retreat weekend for teens ages 14-17 and their youth ministers on May 16-18 at Marello Youth Retreat Center, located at 6530 Wells Ave. in Loomis.


Participants will be introduced to Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and how to unfold the pope’s theology in understandable terms for teenagers.


The cost for the weekend retreat is $60 per person, which includes meals. Participants are asked to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Individual parishes/chaperones will collect funds and coordinate a group payment to the Marello Youth Retreat Center due by May 16. All registrations for the retreat are due by May 2.


For more information, call Lynette Magnino at (916) 652-6155 or email your inquiry to Lmagnino@marelloyrc.org.


bullet with text Click here to download a flyer about the Theology of the Body retreat weekend

bullet with text Click here to download a registration and application to attend the retreat





Bishop Cotta ordained

motto is 'grace and mercy'

'Thanks be to God': Bishop Myron J. Cotta is ordained

as new auxiliary of diocese


What began in prayerful reflection ended in jubilant celebration as Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta of Sacramento was ordained in a packed Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament March 25 on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.


More than 1,200 Catholics filled the Cathedral in downtown Sacramento to witness the ordination Mass. Dozens of Bishop Cotta’s fellow priests, co-workers, family members and friends from the Diocese of Fresno, where he has served as priest for the past 26 years, were among those attending.


The Mass began with a procession of more than 300 priests from the Sacramento and Fresno Dioceses, joined by some 30 archbishops and bishops from across California.


Bishop Cotta was consecrated by the laying on of hands by three bishops: Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento as the principal consecrating bishop, with co-consecrators Bishop Armando X. Ochoa of Fresno, and Bishop Joseph Madera, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of the Military Services, who ordained Bishop Cotta to the priesthood in 1987. Also witnessing the ordination were Bishop Emeritus Francis A. Quinn and Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand of Sacramento.


In his remarks at the conclusion of the ordination Mass, which included Scripture readings proclaimed in Spanish and Portuguese, Bishop Cotta, the grandson of Portuguese immigrants, acknowledged the applause that he received several times from the jubilant congregation. He said he was humbled by the call to the episcopacy from Pope Francis. He thanked his family, including his mother, brother and two sisters, for their love and support of his priestly ministry.


“All of my family and friends from all the places I have served over the years – all of you have helped form me,” he said. “I thank God for the gift of faith, family and friends – all important aspects in anybody’s life. The faith that God entrusts me with and was nourished by the church was given to me in a special way by my grandparents, who immigrated to California from the Azores with courage and faith. They shared that faith with us, and that’s how this all started. God graced them with perseverance in the call of what it means to be a Christian.”


bullet with text Link here to read the rest of this story

bullet with text Link here to view a gallery of photos from the evening prayer service on March 24

bullet with text Link here to view a gallery of photos from the Mass of Ordination on March 25

bullet with text Link to read the full text of Bishop Soto's homily from the ordination Mass

bullet with text Link to download or view the worship program for the Mass of Ordination





CH magazine March-April 2014

digital edition on this website

March-April issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published; theme is ecumenism and Eastern Catholic churches


The March-April issue of Catholic Herald magazine, the 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 ecumenism and Eastern Catholic churches. The magazine features a cover story and interview with Bishop-designate Myron J. Cotta, the Diocese of Sacramento's new auxiliary bishop. He will assist Bishop Jaime Soto in ministering to the more than 980,000 Catholics spread over 42,000 square miles in the 20 counties of the diocese. He will be ordained to the episcopacy on March 24 in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento.


Other feature stories include a story on the growing Syro-Malabar Catholic community at Infant Jesus Church in the diocese; a story on Solano County parishes embracing the "Common Ground" ecumenical effort to improve their communities; how Deacon Michael Evans and Sacred Heart Parish in Anderson carry out ecumenical ministry at Anderson-Cottonwood Christian Assistance; volunteers from Sacred Heart Parish in Red Bluff join in the ecumenical effort, "The Lord's Table" lunch for the needy; how Holy Wisdom Eastern Catholic Parish hopes Ukrainian Catholics will "come home"; and how members of Our Lady of the Rosary Maronite Catholic Church in Carmichael know about religious persecution firsthand.


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





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video features good works of faith

Annual Catholic Appeal 2014 'connects to thousands of people who need help'


The Annual Catholic Appeal “is our annual tradition of connecting to thousands of people who need our help every day,” Bishop Jaime Soto says in the video presentation explaining the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal being shown in parishes throughout the Diocese of Sacramento.


Approximately 100,000 Catholic households in the diocese have received advance notice of this year’s appeal through a brochure and envelope sent to them by The Catholic Foundation of the diocese. The Annual Catholic Appeal celebrates all of the good works of faith done by the people of the diocese – donors, volunteers and parishioners – united in their belief in the Eucharist.


Generous contributions to last year’s appeal from some 28,000 donor households totaled more than $3.4 million. Contributions helped a vibrant network of Catholic social service agencies in extending the hand of Christ to those who are lost and alone; assisted families in the diocese’s most at-risk communities to receive tuition assistance so their children could remain in Catholic schools; helped seminarians devote themselves fully to their studies as they prepare to serve as priests in our diocese; and allowed parishes to respond to local needs with their 25 percent share of ACA funds received. The ACA is vital to more than 100 programs that assist people in the 20 counties of the Sacramento Diocese.


At Masses throughout the diocese on the appeal commitment weekend, parishioners will view a DVD (in English and Spanish) featuring Bishop Jaime Soto and other parish and charities’ leaders, as well as some of the people who have been helped by programs that the Annual Catholic Appeal supports. You can view the video at the link below.


For 2014, ACA coordinators in each parish have organized appeal timing recognizing that the diocese is also in the midst of its ONE Campaign. For parishes that have been conducting the ONE Campaign in fall 2013, the Annual Catholic Appeal weekend was March 1-2. For parishes conducting the ONE Campaign in 2014, the Annual Catholic Appeal weekend will be any weekend in June that works best for the parish.


For more information about the Annual Catholic Appeal, call The Catholic Foundation (916) 733-0266 or visit www.tcfsac.org to make your secure donation online.


bullet with text Link here to view the Annual Catholic Appeal video for 2014





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 offered by the diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis for 2014 are now open for registration.


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:


April 26-27, 2014: Prayer and Worship

Oct. 11-12, 2014: Evangelization and Catechesis

Dec. 13-14, 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

bullet with text Link here to download a flyer about the course on April 26-27