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Pilgrims arrive in Krakow, Poland, World Youth Day 2016
UPDATE 7/24/16: Fr. Benedict DeLeon and the WYD pilgrims enjoying their first days in Krakow. The group participated in Sunday Mass at the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow (in photo background), which is the home cathedral of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla — the future Pope John Paul II.
July 22, 2016: Pilgrims from the Diocese of Sacramento join with two million others from around the world, traveling to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day 2016. The theme of this World Youth Day is ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy’ (Mt. 5:7). Father Benedict DeLeon, pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Tahoe City, begins the journey today, July 22, as diocesan pilgrims gather in Reno, Nevada before departure from the Reno Airport. World Youth Day officially begins on Tuesday, July 26 with an opening ceremony and Mass. It concludes on Sunday, July 31.
Sharing their excitement, Father Ben writes, “Here’s a photo of our pilgrims from St. Theresa, St. Paul (Sacramento), St. Thomas (Oroville) and St. Joseph (Redding). On our way to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland.”
The week ahead promises a spiritual journey like no other as pilgrims will participate in a comprehensive program, visit pilgrimage sites and immerse themselves in the message of mercy. A fleet of yellow “dream buses” have traveled throughout Europe in July to publicize the celebration.
The World Youth Day website reports: “St. Faustina and John Paul II are the patrons of World Youth Day in Krakow. When in 1938 the 18-year-old Karol Wojtyla arrived in Krakow to begin his studies at Jagiellonian University, 33-year-old Sister Faustina lived in a Krakow Convent. She died on October 5, when Karol began his first semester of studies at the Faculty of Polish Studies. They never met, but Divine Providence tied their fates together in a particular way: it was in fact John Paul II who canonized Sr. Faustina and instituted the feast of Divine Mercy in the entire Church. These two Saints of Krakow – the apostles of Divine Mercy – patron WYD in 2016. Their lives are examples for us of deep trust in Divine mercy, expressed in the words: Jesus, I Trust in You.”
In Redding, Saturday August 27
Workshop on 'Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship' offered
The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis and the North State Catholic Revival invite the public and parishioners to a workshop, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” which will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Joseph Parish (2040 Walnut Ave.) in Redding.
The workshop will seek to help Catholics form their consciences in accordance with Catholic teaching, so they can make moral choices in addressing the challenges facing the United States.
The workshop will be presented in English and Spanish, with speakers from the staff of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops in Sacramento: Steve Pehanich and Sandra Palacios.
Register online at the link below. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Ana Ibarra at (530) 605-3197 or email@example.com.
'opening the heart of marriage'
Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is celebrated July 24-30
“Love, Mercy, Life – Natural Family Planning, Opening the Heart of Marriage,” is the theme of this year’s Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, a national educational campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to celebrate God’s design for married love and the gift of life and to raise awareness of Natural Family Planning (NFP) methods.
Natural Family Planning, as the U.S. bishops have written, is supportive of Catholic beliefs about married love because it “respects the God-given power to love a new human life into being” (see, U.S. Bishops, Married Love and the Gift of Life, 2006).
The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week (July 24-July 30) highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25), which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. The dates also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Mother.
Resources (e.g., the 2016 NFP Week poster, prayers, homily notes, bulletin inserts, etc.) and ideas for celebrating and promoting NFP Awareness Week in your area can be found on the USCCB’s NFP Program website: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/natural-family-planning/awareness-week/index.cfm.
at trinity Pines Catholic Center
Virtual World Youth Day to
be held July 30-31 in Colfax
High school youth from throughout the Diocese of Sacramento are invited to Virtual World Youth Day 2016, to be held on Saturday, July 30 to Sunday, July 31, noon to noon, at Trinity Pines Catholic Center, located at 28000 Rollins Lake Road in Colfax.
The day will be an opportunity for youth, unable to travel to Poland in July, to experience the global church without having to leave California. This celebration of youth will feature APEX Ministries (www.apexministries.com), adoration, Mass with Bishop Myron J. Cotta, and Bishop Jaime Soto live from Krakow, Poland, and streaming of events from World Youth Day.
Registration for Virtual World Youth Day is $30 per person, and includes dinner, breakfast and all activities. Registration online and more information is available at www.scddec.org/wyd.
(In photo above, Bishop Jaime Soto with youths at World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain.)
join in the jubilee year of mercy
'Mercy Alive' Catholic
Revival Tour is Aug. 6-21
at six north state parishes
The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis and the North State Catholic Revival invite the public and parishioners to "Mercy Alive," a Catholic revival tour Aug. 6-21 at six north state parishes with speakers, prayer, music, inspiration, fun and Mass.
Speakers will include David Bisono, Amanda Vernon, Father Mark Wiesner of the Diocese of Oakland, Rhran Ramirez, Nico Sandoval and Ana Ibarra, associate director of the DEC and the North State Catholic Revival.
Mercy Alive will take place at the following parishes at the dates and times listed below:
--Sunday, Aug. 6, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish in Fort Jones.
--Monday, Aug. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish in Mount Shasta.
--Saturday, Aug. 13, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish in Tulelake.
--Sunday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. at 5 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish in Alturas.
--Saturday, Aug. 20, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish in Susanville.
--Sunday, Aug. 21, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Holy Family Parish in Portola.
For more information, visit the link below or call Ana Ibarra at (530) 605-3197 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
800th anniverary of dominicans
Bishop Cotta to celebrate Mass at St. Dominic Church in Benicia on Sunday, Aug. 7
This year, the Dominican Order of Preachers celebrates the 800th anniversary of the founding of their tradition of preaching, prayer, study and community. The anniversary, celebrated from November 2015 through January 2017, commemorates the order's establishment through two papal bulls. Dominicans now include 7,000 friars, 2,775 nuns and 26 groups of sisters worldwide.
In the Diocese of Sacramento, Dominicans serve at St. Dominic Parish, located at 475 East I Street in Benicia. On Sunday, Aug. 7, St. Dominic Parish will host events to mark the jubilee.
Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will preside at "Mass on the Grass" at 10:30 a.m. This is an annual outdoor community Mass and picnic held closest to the feast day of St. Dominic. Mass will be followed by an outdoor picnic for parishioners and friends.
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.
'all life is sacred -- innocent or flawed'; also oppose prop. 66 on Nov. 8 ballot to speed up executions
California's Catholic bishops announce support of Prop. 62 to end use of death penalty
In a statement released July 14, the California Catholic Conference of Bishops has endorsed Proposition 62 on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot. The initiative statute would repeal the death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replace it with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. The bishops in the same statement also state their opposition to Proposition 66, which will expedite executions in the state.
Proposition 62 applies retroactively to persons already sentenced to death and states that persons found guilty of murder and sentenced to life without possibility of parole must work while in prison as prescribed by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. It increases to 60% the portion of wages earned by persons sentenced to life without the possibility of parole that may be applied to any victim restitution fines or orders against them.
“Our commitment to halt the practice of capital punishment is rooted both in the Catholic faith and our pastoral experience,” the bishops state. “All life is sacred – innocent or flawed – just as Jesus Christ taught us and demonstrated repeatedly throughout his ministry. This focus on the preciousness of human life is fundamental to Christianity and most eloquently expressed in the two great commandments: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart…love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Mk 12:30-31).
The bishops note: “Our support to end the use of the death penalty is also rooted in our unshakeable resolve to accompany and support all victims of crime. They suffer the very painful consequences of criminal acts. With the violent loss of a loved one, a sword has pierced their heart. Their enduring anguish is not addressed by the state-sanctioned perpetuation of the culture of death…”
In TEXAs, Minnesota, Louisiana
Bishop Soto responds to recent tragic shootings
In response to the recent tragic shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas, Bishop Jaime Soto shared his reaction and reflections in his homily during Mass on July 10 (15th Sunday in Ordinary Time) in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento.
The Gospel reading was Luke 10:25-37, the story of the Good Samaritan. "The horrifying, heart-wrenching events of this past week along with similar attaches in recent months give today's proclamation of the familiar parable a sober and somber tone," the bishop said. "The violence at the beginning of the Gospel story is disturbingly too familiar to the waves of stories that have shaken us. While happening so regularly, we stubbornly resist calling it normal. Ferguson, Baltimore, Charleston, San Bernardino, Orland, Baton Rouge, Minnesota and now Dallas -- this litany of violence threatens us. The parable is too close to what our nation now suffers."
recognizes heroic virtues
Pope advances sainthood cause for Bishop Alphonse Gallegos, declared Venerable
In decisions made on July 8, Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of the late Bishop Alphonse Gallegos, who served as auxiliary bishop of Sacramento from 1981 until his death in an auto accident near Yuba City in 1991. He was particularly known for his ministry to farmworkers and the poor and marginalized.
In an audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis signed a decree recognizing the heroic virtues of Bishop Gallegos, who will now be known as Venerable Alphonse Gallegos. It is the latest step in his beatification cause, which was initiated 10 years ago.
Kevin Eckery, spokesman for the Diocese of Sacramento, told The National Catholic Register: “Bishop Gallegos touched so many people with his ministry. We are gratified to see his cause moving forward and will provide the (cause’s) Postulator with any assistance he needs to complete his work.”
Bishop Gallegos was known as the “bishop of the barrio” because of his work with the marginalized and the “lowrider” bishop because of his support for members of local modified-car clubs. He was particularly concerned about the poor, un-catechized young people, migrants and other people who lacked support from the community, and often spent his summer vacations living with farmworkers in the Central Valley.
Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at a Mass of thanksgiving for Venerable Alphonse Gallegos on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento.
digital edition on this website
July-August 2016 issue of Catholic Herald magazine
is published; stories focus
on jail and prison ministry
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 this issue is jail and prison ministry/restorative justice. The cover story, "Listen to the Silence of God," features an interview with Ray Leonardini, a member of Divine Savior Parish in Orangevale and a volunteer chaplain at Folsom State Prison. For the past several years, Ray leads centering prayer groups with Folsom inmates that have helped them experience deep personal changes in their lives.
Other feature stories include the compelling story of Robin Gilmore, mother of Folsom prisoner Joshua Gilmore, who speaks about how centering prayer has changed her life and that of her son over the past few years; a story on "Get On The Bus," a program involving Catholic volunteers that unites children with their mothers and fathers in prison; interviews with Irma Michel, Kerry Joseph and Father Leon Juchniewicz of Good Shepherd Parish in Elk Grove, who are involved with restoring offenders to themselves and God through the jail ministry at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Sacramento County; and the stories of Sharon Rodda and Kathy Moore, both volunteers with Folsom prisoners for the past 25 years.
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.
California Bishops issue Statement
'...reform more urgent now with the Supreme Court's inaction' in United States vs. Texas
Bishop Jaime Soto, President of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops, issued the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court's inaction on the Administration's DACA/DAPA immigration order:
"Once again political dynamics in the United States are endangering the lives of millions of our brothers and sisters. By our failure to address comprehensive immigration reform, we leave millions of migrants in a perpetual uncertainty and we perpetuate a climate of uncertainty, distrust and confusion.
"In its inability to reach a decision in United States v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court exemplifies a long and destructive cycle of hyper-partisanship that is stymying our nation’s progress not just in immigration but also in many other areas of our public lives. The common good – something we all must strive to advance – is suffering.
In California, a state in which immigration has enriched us and helped us build diverse, thriving communities, we are finding unique and promising ways to integrate our brothers and sisters into their new land. Efforts to increase naturalization, allow for the purchase of health care services and other advances promise progress – at least in the Golden State if not in the nation as a whole." ... (read more at link below)
ruling fails to respect right to life
CA Catholic bishops issue statement on June 21 Office of Civil Rights ruling on California's attempt to define abortion as basic health care
On June 21, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared, contrary to the plain meaning of current federal law, that the California Department of Managed Health Care can continue to force all health plans under its jurisdiction to cover elective abortions.
In a statement issued June 22, the California Catholic Conference of Bishops noted that after almost two years of little or no activity the OCR has ruled "that the bishops of California and others filing complaints do not have standing to object to a California agency mandating that religious organizations and individuals pay for all abortions in their managed health care plans."
Bishop Jaime Soto released the following statement June 22:
"Religious institutions have long thrived in a democratic environment where they enjoyed the freedom to exercise their faith. The opportunity to practice faith in a public way reciprocated upon American society a diverse fabric of pious expressions that contributed to civic discourse and pushed the nation closer to the ideals of human dignity and social harmony. The abolition of slavery, the early growth of labor unions, and struggles of the civil rights movement all possessed a vibrant religious voice rooted in respectful civic engagement. The Catholic community has been a vital partner in these hard-won endeavors. We have thrived in a social environment that acknowledges the inalienable, God-given, nature of our religious feedom. With this freedom we have placed ourselves at the service our sisters and brothers fostering robust networks of charitable, educational, and health-care organizations, all of which contribute to the common good. Our faith makes us good neighbors as well as faithful citizens.
"For this reason, the decision of California's Department of Managed Health Care to violate those freedoms without any public consultation and then the lethargic 'denial of standing' by the Federal Office of Civil Rights points to an alarming trend: Government is claiming for itself the prerogative of granting inalienable freedoms. Unaccountable agencies will decide to whom and to what extent to grant civil liberties. The ruling by the Office of Civil Rights makes clear that the State of California can act with impunity in its treatment of essential human liberties. This is why we will continue to work at the federal level to strengthen the 'Weldon Amendment' and ensure the freedom of our Catholic institutions to do good."
rebuilding after Boles fire in 2014
Holy Family Church in Weed progressing with new church construction by end of 2016
Destroyed by the flames of the Boles fire in September 2014, Holy Family Parish in Weed is making great progress in its construction of a new main church, kitchen, classrooms, offices and parish hall.
Construction began in September 2015, with the groundbreaking a year after the fire. At that time, Father Joshy Mathew, parochial administrator of Holy Family, noted: “There is a lot of joy, a lot of community. God is building us again together in his love, for his glory. The community is so happy, just waiting to see the new church.”
The project will cost between $4.5 million and $5 million, worked through Catholic Mutual Insurance. Nichols, Melburg and Rosetto Architects and Engineers is overseeing the project. The 15,000-square-foot building is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. While slightly smaller than the original church, the modern and elegant design of the new structure will accommodate the present day needs of the parish and offer state of the art sustainable, building systems performance.
educate and prepare for California's impending 'End of Life Option Act'
Bishop Jaime Soto releases statement, offers resources
In effect as of June 9
On May 31, Bishop Jaime Soto issued the following statement:
Dear Friends in Christ:
On June 9, 2016 California will venture over a moral precipice with the legal implementation of euthanasia, physician-assisted-suicide. Euphemistically entitled the “End of Life Option Act” this law allows physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs for the expressed purpose of aiding a patient commit suicide.
Under the ruse of compassion, this reprehensible law fundamentally ruptures the physician-patient relationship. Californians will face a new moral menace, especially for the most vulnerable of our neighbors and friends: the elderly, the disabled, and the poor. As has been seen in other states and countries with similar laws, the option to kill one’s self with the aid of a doctor is soon followed by the encouragement to do so, and eventually by the expectation.
At this lamentable turning point in our state’s history, I urge the Catholic community and everyone of good will to refuse to participate in this inhumane practice and affirm our solidarity with the weak and the vulnerable. We should redouble our efforts to promote palliative care and commit ourselves to be caring companions of those who feel alone or abandoned as they approach the end of life. We hold in common our human dignity. We affirm this human bond when we care for one another and accompany each other, especially in the moments of need. ...
Brief, readable resources are available by linking below:
Related Links & Resources
- Catholic End of Life Teachings
- FAQ about End of Life Care
- Assisted Suicide: What is at Stake?
- Excerpts from A Catholic Guide to Critical End of Life Decisions
- To Live Each Day with Dignity
- Message from Mercy Sister Bridget McCarthy, Vice President, Mission Integration, Dignity Health, and Laurie Harting, Senior Vice President, Operations, Greater Sacramento Service Area; and Dignity Health Statement
- Statement of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops regarding legalization of physician-assisted suicide, issued June 9
through October 2016
Saints of Mercy relics tour being hosted by various parishes and schools
The Divine Mercy Support Network is coordinating the Saints of Mercy Relics Tour now through the end of October at various parishes and schools in the Diocese of Sacramento.
The tour includes 30 relics of saints, blessed from Rome. They are ordinary men, women and children who embraced Christ's call to holiness and discipleship by living lives of faith-filled mercy through daily life and service.
The Saints of Mercy Relics Tour includes booklets about the Jubilee Year of Mercy and the tour, which are beautifully-designed with hand-illustrated portraits of the saints and include prayers for the veneration of the saints and their relics.
For dates and locations of the tour, visit the link below. For additional information or questions, contact John Doering at (530) 677-2805 or at info@DivineMercySacramento.org.
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