senate bill 128
CA Catholic Conference releases statement following State Senate Committee vote on assisted suicide bill
Legislation that would allow physicians in California to provide lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients who want to commit suicide passed the state Senate Health Committee on March 25 on a 6-2 vote with one abstention.
Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference in Sacramento, the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops, released a statement after the vote, noting that the committee’s action to advance Senate Bill 128 “is sad and disappointing.”
“We understand and share the concern for the dying expressed at today’s hearing,” he said. “It is a natural impulse for human beings. But when someone asks for assistance in killing themselves, it is really a call for help, care and compassion during the dying process. California law already allows for patients to refuse extraordinary care, but is a far cry from aiding a patient in actively ending his or her life.” (To read the entire text of Dolejsi’s statement, visit the link below.)
Sponsors of SB 128 are Democratic Senators Lois Wolk of Davis and Bill Monning of Carmel. The final vote in the Senate Health Committee was as follows: voting no were Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Yuba City) and Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove); abstaining/did not vote was Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento); voting yes were Senators Wolk and Monning, and Sen. Isadore Hall (D-Compton), Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), and Sen. Richard Roth (D-Riverside).
SB 128 is now moves to the Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing and vote on Tuesday, April 7.
The assisted suicide campaign is heavily funded by Compassion and Choices, a national assisted suicide advocacy organization. In 2006 and 2007, similar legislation was defeated after a hard-fought battle in California, said Tim Rosales of Californians Against Assisted Suicide. Among the organizations that oppose SB 128 are the American Medical Association, American College of Pediatricians, American Geriatrics Society, American Nursing Association, the California Catholic Conference, California Disability Alliance, Not Dead Yet, Berkeley Commission on Disability, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund.
The Catholic Church opposes assisted suicide because of its respect for the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. In 2011, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement titled, "To Live Each Day with Dignity: A Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide."
For more information about Californians Against Assisted Suicide and end-of-life decisions, and to join the California Catholic Conference's Catholic Legislative Network to receive information on state legislation, visit the links below.
bishop Soto will bless oils
Chrism Mass to be celebrated on Thursday, March 26 in Cathedral in Sacramento
Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at the Chrism Mass on Thursday, March 26 at 6 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament at 11th and K Streets in downtown Sacramento.
The people of the diocese are invited to attend the Mass, where Bishop Soto, Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta and the priests of the diocese will pray for God’s continued blessings on the local church of Sacramento. The priests will renew their priestly promises. The bishop will be the homilist at the Mass.
At this Eucharist, the bishop will bless the three holy oils which are used in sacramental celebrations in all parishes of the diocese throughout the coming year.
The oil of catechumens is used to anoint catechumens preparing to join the Catholic faith.
The bishop will also consecrate the oil of chrism, with which women and men are anointed as God’s priestly people at baptism and confirmation, and men are anointed in their ordination to the priesthood. The bishop will also bless the oil used for anointing those in need of healing in the sacrament of the sick.
begins at 7 a.m. at St. Elizabeth church in sacramento
Bishop Soto to lead seven-parish pilgrimage walk on
Holy Saturday, April 4
The Diocese of Sacramento will host its third annual pilgrimage to seven parishes within the city of Sacramento on Saturday, April 4 starting at 7 a.m.
On this walk, participants will stop at seven parishes in central Sacramento and the state Capitol. The walk will begin at 7 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Church, located at 1817 12th St. Subsequent stops will be at the Capitol, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Sacred Heart Church and Immaculate Conception Church. This year a “new house” will be added in the Sacramento Food Bank Center, and the pilgrimage concludes at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine at 1:30 p.m.
This Hispanic tradition was adopted two years ago during the observance of the Year of Faith. It offers the faithful an opportunity to prepare their hearts for the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. The event has been very successful, drawing more than 500 participants during each of the past two years, and in 2015 an equal number are anticipated. The pilgrimage is conducted primarily in Spanish. A special invitation is extended to youth and young adults to join in the event.
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, contact Father Francisco Hernandez at email@example.com or (916) 733-0258.
at st. James parish memorial center
Young adults invited to 'Freely Given' conference on Saturday, April 11 in Davis
Young adults ages 18 to 39 are invited to attend the Diocese of Sacramento’s Young Adult Conference on Saturday, April 11 with the theme, “Freely Given.”
The day event from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be held at St. James Parish Memorial Center, located at 1275 B Street in Davis. The event is an opportunity for young adults to learn, worship and gather as a community. A vigil Mass will follow the event at 5:30 p.m. in the church.
Among the speakers at the conference will be Father Jeremy Leatherby, pastor of Presentation Parish in Sacramento, on “Mercy Freely Given,” and Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, on “Joy and Spirit-Filled Evangelizers. Music ministry will be provided by the Young Adults Music Ministry of Holy Spirit Parish in Fairfield.
The conference is sponsored by the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis. The cost for the conference is $15 per person (early registration ends April 4) or $20 per person after April 4 and at the door. More information and registration is available at http://yaconference.com.
opportunities for evangelization
'Effective Communicator' workshop offered in March and April in three locations
The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis is offering a workshop entitled “The Effective Communicator” on four dates during March and April. The workshop focuses on the strategies of interpersonal communication and how persons can better communicate in parishes, ministries and beyond, using a variety of communication channels, ranging from texting to face-to-face conversations.
Larry Culler, a member of Divine Savior Parish in Orangevale and owner of Culler Consulting, is the presenter at the workshops. He is a successful sales trainer, account and project manager, and holds a master’s degree in communication studies.
Attendees can choose to attend one of the six sessions that best fits their schedule and location. Workshops will be held on the following dates, time and locations:
--Friday, March 27, 2 to 5 p.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 2110 Broadway in Sacramento.
--Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m. to noon at the Diocesan Pastoral Center.
--Monday, April 6, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. or 6 to 9 p.m. at Our Divine Savior Parish, 566 E. Lassen Ave. in Chico.
--Wednesday, April 8, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. or 6 to 9 p.m. at Holy Spirit Parish, 1050 N. Texas St. in Fairfield.
The cost for the workshop is $10 per person. To register visit the link below. For additional details about the workshop, visit the link to the flyer below. Questions can be directed to Arnell Ignacio at (916) 733-0154 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 Lenten season
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 Passion (Palm) Sunday, March 29, Bishop Soto will preside at Mass at 11 a.m. in the cathedral. The Palm Sunday Eucharist will include the blessing of palms. On this day the church celebrates Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem to accomplish his paschal mystery. Members of the diocese’s Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem will be attending this liturgy.
On Holy Thursday, April 2, Bishop Soto will preside at a communal penance service beginning at 12:10 p.m. in the cathedral. There will be no Mass celebrated and visiting clergy will be available for individual confessions. That evening at 7 p.m., the bishop will preside at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper (bilingual), followed by eucharistic adoration. Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand will join Bishop Soto at both the penance service and Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church in Elk Grove.
On Good Friday, April 3, 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 Weigand will preside at Stations of the Cross in Spanish, followed by the Good Friday liturgy in Spanish at 7:30 p.m. Bishop Cotta will preside at the Good Friday liturgy at St. Clare Parish in Roseville at 1 p.m.
On Holy Saturday, April 4, Bishop Soto will preside at the celebration of the Easter Vigil liturgy at 8 p.m. p.m. in the cathedral. The Mass will be bilingual and Bishop Cotta will concelebrate.
On Easter Sunday, April 5, Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will preside at the celebration of Easter Mass in the cathedral at 7:30 a.m. (in English). Bishop Weigand will preside at the celebration of Easter Mass at 9 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.
A variety of resources to help Catholics observe Lent is being provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The website, www.usccb.org/lent also includes facts about saints whose feast days or memorials fall within Lent, a reflection on fasting, information on rediscovering the sacrament of penance and reconciliation.
sacramento Catholic forum event
Father Donald Calloway to speak April 16 on 'Living Under the Mantle of Mary'
Marian Father Donald Calloway -- author, speaker and convert to Catholicism -- will speak at the Sacramento Catholic Forum luncheon on Thursday, April 16 at the Red Lion Hotel at the Woodlake Conference Center, located at 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento.
His topic will be “Living Under the Mantle of Mary: A Priest Speaks on Our Lady.” Father Calloway exhibits unmistakable zeal for the priesthood and devotion to Mary. Also known as the “Surfing Priest,” he was a “military brat,” a high school dropout who was kicked out of a foreign country, institutionalized twice and jailed multiple times. He will speak passionately and engagingly about Mary and his conversion story.
Father Calloway was ordained on May 31, 2003 for the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and two graduate degrees from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.
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.
to compete April 18 at statewide meet
Team from St. Ignatius School in Sacramento takes academic decathlon title
For a record-setting eighth consecutive year, St. Ignatius School in Sacramento placed first in the Diocese of Sacramento’s Junior High Academic Decathlon on March 7. The team, comprised of seventh and eighth graders, will represent the diocese at the statewide decathlon championships on April 18, which will be held this year at Sacred Heart School in Sacramento. No other school in the 26-year history of the event has achieved this unprecedented success.
The Academic Decathlon is a competition among teams from Catholic schools in the diocese. Twenty-four schools took part in the diocesan event, which culminates in a 50-question “Super Quiz,” where students test their knowledge in five subject areas: science, social studies, literature, fine art and religion. In addition to its unparalleled winning streak, St. Ignatius is the first school in decathlon history to have achieved a perfect score in this event.
“We are so proud of our students, coaches and parents,” said Patty Kochis, principal of St. Ignatius School. “Literally thousands of hours go into preparing for this day. We are honored to represent Sacramento at the statewide competition.”
Another important challenge is a 20-question logic exam where team members must work together to analyze mathematical problems. The contest also includes eight individual events which test student understanding of current events, English, literature, science, mathematics, social studies, fine arts and Roman Catholic doctrine.
St. John the Evangelist School in Carmichael placed second overall and Holy Spirit School in Sacramento placed third.
On Saturday, april 18
Mother-daughter programs offered by diocese to discuss puberty and gift of fertility
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.
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. All presentations are pure, light-hearted and affirming.
The “teens” program (ages 13 to 16) will be offered on Saturday, April 18, 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 program content, or to register online. To register by mail or for other questions, contact Steve Patton at (916) 733-0133 or e-mail to email@example.com. All reservations must be received by the Monday before the event date. Confirmation of online reservations will be sent by email.
for all persecuted christians
Parish, school communities asked to join in prayer, fasting and almsgiving during March
Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta, in a message to the faithful of the Diocese of Sacramento issued March 6, asks parish and school communities to join in prayer, fasting and almsgiving during March for Christians around the world, especially in the Middle East, who are being persecuted and martyred for their faith in Jesus Christ. "As today's media captures and directs our attention to the persecutions and unbelievable atrocities inflicted upon our Christian brothers and sisters, it is urgent that we take to heart the call to prayer for an end to this horror," Bishop Cotta said.
"During this Lent, all parishes throughout the diocese are asked and challenged, as a sign of solidarity, to do our part by offering penance through prayer, fasting and almsgiving for those being persecuted and martyred for their faith in Jesus Christ. Visits to the Blessed Sacrament, adoration and praying the rosary for this intention are encouraged," he noted. "Through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, let us pray for peace and reparation, asking the Lord for his gift of grace and mercy during this most disturbing time facing the world."
In a statement released March 10, the Administrative Committee of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Catholic Bishops said people of all faiths are called to pray for victims of religious persecution and violence and work to protect the marginalized and persecuted around the world. The bishops said Lent is a time for prayerfully reflecting on suffering.
"Let us use this season to unite with our suffering brothers and sisters and pray for them and with them in a special way," the bishops said. "With hope, let us pray for the day when we can all share in the joy and lasting peace of Christ's resurrection."
'being a good steward'
New planned giving website provides information about 'Legacy Stewardship,' wills guide, charitable gift options
The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Sacramento has launched a new planned giving website at www.tcfcagift.org.
The website provides information about “Legacy Stewardship.” “Legacy stewardship is being a good steward to all the gifts God has entrusted to us during our lives. It means being a good steward to our families, spouse, children, grandchildren, friends and parish communities,” says Abe Saadeh, Chief Development Officer for The Catholic Foundation.
Saadeh noted that most people are familiar with wills, as they have either dealt with them through family, or have a will of their own. “However, many people don’t have wills, or don’t fully understand the consequences of not having one,” he notes. “If you have an estate plan, it is still very important to review your plan annually because things in life change, including tax laws.”
The new planned giving site can help people with a wills guide and important information about various charitable gift options. “You can learn more about how to give and what to give,” Saadeh says. There is also a section called “Washington News” that helps people stay current on planned giving issues of the day.
“Making your will gives you the chance to make sure your loved ones are cared for after you’ve gone,” Saadeh notes. The new website allows an individual or family to set up an account online to create a plan for their future. A wills planner (including videos) on the site can help individuals make updates to an existing plan, or help them get started.
“We want to help ensure that Catholics’ assets are distributed according to the values by which they live, and that they have the opportunity to support parish ministries that are important to them,” Saadeh says. For more information about the website, contact Abe Saadeh, Chief Development Officer, at (916) 733-0257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
young people to gather on march 24
CA bishops issue statement on 'Juvenile Justice Month of Faith and Healing' in March
Bishop Richard Garcia of Monterey and Bishop Armando Ochoa of Fresno, co-chairs of the Restorative Justice Commitee of the California Catholic Conference based in Sacramento, issued a statement March 3 on behalf of the CCC, asking people to observe the month of March as "Juvenile Justice Month of Faith and Healing."
The bishops in their statement encourage young people from throughout the state who came to Sacramento on March 24 to support Senate Bill 124, an act that would restrict the use of solitary confinement for juveniles in custody and which would empower and expand the use of regional juvenile justice commissions to regulate the use of solitary confinement in juvenile detention facilities.
“The purpose of California's juvenile justice system is not to warehouse juvenile offenders until they can be turned over to the prison system, but to intervene and prevent young people from continuing in their downward spiral of crime and violence," the bishops said. "Its goal must be rehabilitation and its efforts must be focused on helping young people and their families change the trajectory of their lives."
Fun-filled experience for youth
Camp Pendola now accepting registrations for summer sessions beginning in June
Camp Pendola, the official summer camp of the Diocese of Sacramento, is now accepting registrations for the 2015 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 14, 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 21-24 for girls entering first or second grade; teen canoe trips (June 21-27 for girls and July 12-18 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 (916) 733-0123. Some scholarships are available and Camp Pendola offers multi-child or multi-week discounts.
Bishop Cotta: Reflection for March
Spend some quiet time -- silence with the Lord --
during your Lenten jouney
In a reflection for the month of March during Lent to the faithful of the Diocese of Sacramento, Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta encourages people to find some quiet time -- silence -- with the Lord.
"Even though it is difficult, we owe it to ourselves to find a 'deserted space' to be one with Jesus," he notes. "Getting away from the noise of the world in order to encounter that 'interior silence' is important if we are to grow in our relationship with Christ. It is in the silence that we are able to face the obstacles that hinder our spiritual growth and pursuit of holiness. To have an opportunity to experience the gift of 'sacred silence' is truly a blessing."
Bishop Cotta shares his recent experience of attending a silent retreat with the bishops of the San Francisco Province at the Jesuit Retreat House in Los Altos prior to Lent. The retreat "provided the time to reflect on the blessings and challenges that have accompanied me in my first year" as auxiliary bishop.
digital edition on this website
March-April issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published; theme is Lenten practices
The March-April 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 this issue is Lenten practices. The magazine features a cover story with interviews with three young adult ministry leaders from Holy Spirit Parish in Fairfield -- Michele Bautista, Manolito Jaldon and Loramel Lagrazon -- who have "unplugged" from social media for the 40 days of Lent, anticipating the promise of deeper, more personal engagement with the people in their lives and a deepening of their relationship with God.
Other feature stories include an interview with Jean Ouimet of St. Anthony Parish, who received the sacrament of confirmation at age 88 in May 2014; a feature on Paul Meidus of St. Joseph Parish in Redding, who shares his experience of recovery from addiction in his ministry to jail inmates in Shasta County; and an interview with Father Bong Rojas on "Lessons for Lent: Why Fasting and Abstinence?"
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.
A Peaceful, prayerful ministry
'40 Days for Life' campaign
of prayer continues to Mar. 29
From Feb. 18 to March 29, Catholics throughout the Diocese of Sacramento are joining with people of faith across the nation for a Lenten ecumenical campaign called “40 Days for Life.” It will be held in the Sacramento area where participants will aim to end abortion through prayer, fasting, community outreach and peaceful vigils. The life-saving, peaceful and prayerful ministry is endorsed by Bishop Jaime Soto.
This will be Sacramento’s 14th 40 Days for Life vigil, while Redding, Chico, Yuba City, Reno/Tahoe, Vacaville, Fairfield and over 300 cities around the world have also participated.
During a “40 Days for Life” campaign, members of the community offer peaceful prayer outside a local abortion business for a total of 40 days. The efforts aims to “help women who are facing the many challenges of an unexpected pregnancy and to share the love, mercy and forgiveness of Christ with anyone who has experienced the pain of abortion,” according to Susan Money, director of the Sacramento 40 Days for Life campaign.
The Lenten vigil will be located at the public sidewalk in front of Women’s Health Specialists, located at 1442 Ethan Way (free parking on Hallmark Drive, located near Arden Mall and Cal Expo). Individuals will be praying there and offering women assistance Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information about 40 Days for Life, visit www.40daysforlife.com/sacramento or call Susan Money at (530) 320-1614.
searchable PDF on this website
Diocese of Sacramento 2014 Directory available to order
The 2014 edition of the Diocese of Sacramento Directory is 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.
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