healing after abortion
Year of Mercy: Rachel's Vineyard retreat offered in Spanish Sept. 30-Oct. 2
Is someone you know suffering after an abortion, perhaps years after the choice? The Diocese of Sacramento’s respect life ministry will offer a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat in Spanish from Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The retreat is an opportunity for healing for any person who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion.
This unique, effective experience of the mercy and compassion of God is extremely helpful for those who struggle with feelings of shame, anger or grief, and for those who have not forgiven themselves or others. The weekend retreat offers a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful abortion emotions and begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing.
The cost is $175 per person. Financial assistance is available. For a registration packet or more information, visit http://www.scddec.org/post-abortion-care or call Paula Segno at (916) 733-0161 or send an e-mail inquiry to email@example.com. Inquiries and participation are strictly confidential.
a peaceful and prayerful ministry
Fall '40 Days for Life' will be held Sept. 28-Nov. 8; opening Mass is Sept. 24 with Bishop Cotta at St. Philomene Parish
The fall 40 Days for Life prayer vigil begins on Wednesday, Sept. 28 in hundreds of cities around the world, including several in the Diocese of Sacramento. Christians of all denominations will pray and offer assistance on the sidewalk Monday through Friday, Sept. 28-Nov. 6. This life-saving, peaceful, prayerful ministry is endorsed by Bishop Jaime Soto, who encourages all Catholics to participate.
Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will celebrate the diocese’s opening Mass for the 40 Days for Life vigil on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in St. Philomene Church, located at 2428 Bell St. in Sacramento. The rosary will be prayed at 5 p.m. A spaghetti dinner kickoff will follow immediately afterward in St. Philomene School gym. Everyone is invited to attend and priests are invited to concelebrate Mass with Bishop Cotta.
The vigil in the Sacramento area will be held at 1442 Ethan Way, along the public sidewalk of the abortion business parking lot on Hallmark Drive, across from the Cal Expo fairgrounds. Other 40 Days for Life locations within the Diocese of Sacramento include Redding, Chico, Vallejo and Fairfield. Visit the link below for more information about each site.
'mERCIFUL LIkE THE FATHER'
Ministry Days held Sept. 23-24 at St. Francis High School
The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis is sponsoring Ministry Days 2016, focusing on the Jubilee Year of Mercy with the theme, “Merciful Like the Father.” Nearly 2,000 ministry leaders are expected to attend the event held Sept. 23-24, with two days of formation, inspiration and networking.
The ministry days will be held at St. Francis High School, located at 5900 Elvas Ave. in Sacramento. Anyone involved in ministry or with the desire to enter ministry is invited and encourage to attend. The diocese is teaming up with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in offering the “Walk for the Poor” experience for all Ministry Day attendees on Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. to noon. Ministry Days will also celebrate the Jubilee for Workers, the Jubilee for Catechists and Lay Ministers and the fifth anniversary of Radio Santisimo 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 include Jack Jexreel of JustFaith Ministries (keynote speaker on Friday, workshop presenter on Saturday), singer and songwriter Jess Manibusan (Friday evening talk and praise) and Thomas Awaipo of Catholic Relief Services (Saturday keynote).
Speakers for the fifth anniversary of Radio Santisimo Sacramento are Alejandro Bermudez of ACI Prensa, EWTN and Catholic News Agency (Saturday at 1:15 p.m.), Samia Zumout of Radio Santisimo (Friday at 6 p.m.) and Doug Archer of EWTN Radio and Catolica Mundial (Saturday at 11:15 a.m.). For more information and to register online, visit the link below.
for boys ages 12 to 15
Father and son program offered in English and Spanish at various parishes
The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis will offer the “Father-Son” (“Padre e Hijo”) program in English and Spanish at three parishes in October, November and March.
The program, which is tailored to boys ages 12 to 15 and their dads, explores God’s special gift of human fertility and the beauty and wonder of God’s plan for growing up and becoming a man. All content is pure, light-hearted and affirming.
The workshop will be held on the following dates and locations:
--Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in English and Spanish at St. Clare Parish, 1950 Junction Blvd. in Roseville.
--Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Spanish at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 711 T Street in Sacramento.
--Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in English at Presentation School, 3100 Norris Ave. in Sacramento.
The cost is $20 per family and includes lunch. To register online, contact a local site coordinator or review program content, visit the link below. To register by mail or with other questions, contact Steve Patton at (916) 733-0133 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All reservations must be received by the Monday before the event date.
will present St. Thomas More award
Bishop Soto to preside
at Red Mass on Oct. 12 at Cathedral in Sacramento
Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at the annual Red Mass on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 5:15 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento.
Attorneys, judges, elected and appointed officials and all those working in the legal system or involved in the process of government in the five-county Sacramento region are invited to attend the Mass. The Red Mass is the traditional gathering of members of the legal profession and elected and appointed officials to invoke the aid of the spirit of God in their deliberations for the year to come.
Following the Mass, a cocktail hour and 7 p.m. dinner event will be held at the Sutter Club, where Bishop Soto will present Judge Robert C. Fracchia with the St. Thomas More Award. The annual award honors a member of the legal profession within the diocese who has shown integrity in the practice of law, leadership in the community, and faithfulness to gospel values in his or her personal and professional life.
Fracchia, a member of St. Mary Parish in Vacaville, is presiding judge of the Solano County Superior Court. Fracchia worked as a deputy public defender in Solano County before operating a solo legal practice with an emphasis in criminal law, civil ligitation and personal injury. He received his law degree from UC Davis and was appointing in Aug. 2005 as a Superior Court Commissioner for Solano County and was elevated to a judge in July 2008 by then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has previously served as board chair of Catholic Charities of Solano.
Tickets for the dinner event are available. For more information or reservations, contact Jessica Miller at email@example.com. The event is co-sponsored by the Diocese of Sacramento and the St. Thomas More Society of Sacramento.
in remembrance of parishioners
Divine Mercy mosaic blessed by Bishop Cotta after Mass at St. Joseph Parish, Clarksburg
Gathered after the Mass and blessing of the Divine Mercy mosaic on the grounds of St. Joseph Parish in Clarksburg on Sept. 18 are, left to right: Father Dan Madigan, pastor emeritus of St. Joseph; parishioners Julie and Dave Gury, Larry and Terry Gury; Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta; Father Robert Copsey, pastor; and Deacon James Healy.
Deacon Healy notes that in 2015, St. Joseph Parish lost two of its longtime parishioners, Dick and Lynn Gury. Their family had been expecting Dick’s death for some time, but it was a great shock to them when, hours after Dick’s death, Lynn also passed away.
Following the funeral, the family was searching for a fitting remembrance of their beloved parents. In the meantime, the parish was searching for a fitting image of Divine Mercy to be placed in a shrine on the parish grounds. The search ended when it was discovered that an artist in Italy could produce the artwork. McKay Church Goods in Ohio was the contact for the Italian artist. John Doering of the Divine Mercy Support Network in the diocese made this possible, according to Deacon Healy.
It took three months for the artist to create the mosaic and ship it to St. Joseph Parish. The Divine Mercy mosaic has been installed in an existing brick shrine on the parish grounds. The installation was done by Patrick of Walnut Grove Iron Works. Arrangements for a fitting plaque in memory of the Gurys was handled by Mark Splinter of St. Joseph Parish. (Information provided by Deacon James Healy)
at sS. Peter and Paul parish in Rocklin
'DivorceCare' weekly seminar, support group offered for divorced, separated persons
The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis is co-sponsoring with Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Rocklin a program and support group for divorced and separated persons.
"DivorceCare" is a weekly seminar and support group that will help divorced and separated persons heal from the hurt. It provides a warm, caring environment led by people who understand what you are going through. It will also include practical information that will help you deal with the challenges of divorce and help you gain hope for the future.
"DivorceCare" is facilitated by Corinne Lalanne and is on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Dec. 15 at Saints Peter and Paul Parish, located at 4450 Granite Drive in Rocklin. If you miss the first few sessions you can still join at future meetings.
For more information contact Corinne LaLanne at (916) 765-1936 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about liturgy, worship, prayer
Series of liturgical formation workshops being offered
The Diocesan Liturgical Commission’s committee on formation, in conjunction with the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis, is offering a series of workshops leading to a liturgy specialization certificate. The series continues on Nov. 12.
The five-part series is for those who do sacramental preparation, liturgical ministers and coordinators, musicians, members of liturgy committees and anyone who wants to learn more about liturgy, worship and prayer. Anyone discerning involvement in a liturgical ministry will also find these workshops helpful.
Each workshop will take place on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish, located at 660 Florin Road in Sacramento.
— Session 2, Nov. 12: Gateway to life in the Spirit: Sacraments of Initiation.
— Session 3, Jan. 7, 2017: Source and Summit of the Christian Life: The Holy Eucharist and the Mass.
— Session 4, March 18: Medicine of Mercy: Sacraments of Healing.
— Session 5, April 29: The Joy of the Gospel: Sacraments at the service of the church and the world.
The cost to attend is $45 per workshop (including lunch and snacks.) For more information, visit the link below or contact James Cavanagh at email@example.com or (916) 733-0221.
canonized a saint on Sept. 4
Vatican canonization Mass with pope officially celebrates St. Teresa of Kolkata
Pope Francis formally canonized Mother Teresa of Kolkata on Sunday, Sept. 4, at the Vatican. Significantly, the event occurred in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, and coincided with a jubilee celebration for workers and volunteers of mercy.
“For the honor of the Blessed Trinity, the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the increase of the Christian life, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and our own, after due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother Bishops, we declare and define Blessed Teresa of Kolkata to be a saint,” Pope Francis declared.
“We enroll her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole Church. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
Bishop Jaime Soto presided at a public Mass in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Sept. 4 to celebrate the canonization with the Missionaries of Charity who serve in the Sacramento region.
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu Aug. 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia. After joining the Sisters of Loretto at age 17, she was sent to Calcutta, where she later contracted tuberculosis, and was sent to rest in Darjeeling.
On the way, she felt what she called “an order” from God to leave the convent and live among the poor. After she left her convent, Mother Teresa began working in the slums, teaching poor children, and treating the sick in their homes. A year later, some of her former students joined her, and together they took in men, women and children who were dying in the gutters along the streets.
In 1950, the Missionaries of Charity were born as a congregation of the Diocese of Calcutta. In 1952, the government granted them a house from which to continue their mission of serving Calcutta's poor and forgotten.
She died Sept. 5, 1997, and was beatified just six years later by St. John Paul II on Oct. 19, 2003.
digital edition on this website
Sept-October issue of Catholic Herald magazine
is published; stories focus
on respect life issues
The September-October 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 respect life. The cover story, "Healing Mind, Body and Spirit," features an interview with William Ferguson, manager of chaplaincy services and pastoral care at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. William, a member of St. Ignatius Parish in Sacramento, notes that chaplains provide a listening ear, spiritual guidance if needed, and emotional support to patients and encouarge them on their journey toward healing.
Other feature stories include an interview with Father Michael Hebda, pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Sacramento, on Catholic funeral rites and their meaning for the faithful; how St. Mary Funeral Center in Sacramento, which opened in June, carries on the "legacy of faith"; how respect life teachings of the church are the essence of family life for Katie and Zach Smith and their family, members of St. Clare Parish in Roseville; and how volunteers ensure that "no one dies alone" because of an innovative program at Mercy General Hospital to understand and support the dying at the end of life. Also included in this issue is a special report on Catholics and voting.
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.
'object of mercy is human life itself'
Pope Francis declares care for creation a new work of mercy in Sept. 1 message
Vatican City, Sept. 1/From Catholic News Agency. On Sept. 1, Pope Francis yet again showed his knack for surprises and his openness to "newness" by adding the care of creation to the traditional sets of both the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
"We usually think of the works of mercy individually and in relation to a specific initiative: hospitals for the sick, soup kitchens for the hungry, shelters for the homeless, schools for those to be educated, the confessional and spiritual direction for those needing counsel and forgiveness."
However, when we look at the works of mercy as a whole, "we see that the object of mercy is human life itself and everything it embraces," the pope said in his message for World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, published Sept. 1.
Since human life itself and all that it entails naturally includes caring for creation, Pope Francis proposed "a complement" to the two traditional sets of seven corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
"May the works of mercy also include care for our common home," he said, explaining that as a spiritual work of mercy, care for creation "calls for a grateful contemplation of God's world which allows us to discover in each thing a teaching which God wishes to hand on to us."
jubilee gathering in Bogota
Bishop Soto among U.S. bishops who attended Mercy congress of the Americas
Bishop Jaime Soto was among several U.S. bishops attending a jubilee gathering to celebrate the Year of Mercy in Bogota, Colombia, Aug. 27-30. The delegation is led by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and is joining with bishops from the Americas and the Caribbean.
The gathering of bishops, clergy, religious and lay leaders, entitled the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy on the American Continent, was organized by the Pontifical Council for Latin America and the Latin American Episcopal Conference in conjunction with the bishops of the United States and Canada, and the Knights of Columbus.
More than a dozen cardinals and more than 120 bishops registered for the event, as did rectors and national Marian shrines, religious superioers and directors of associations and new ecclesial communities. The event aims to show the communion of the churches of the Americas.
Other U.S. bishops attending the gathering include Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami; Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas; and Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, N.M.
"Pope Francis has spoken on the need to go out the periphery and not be turned in ourselves as a church. This jubilee gives expression to this call," said Archbishop Kurtz. "As a wave at a sporting event makes its way around the stadium, so this worldwide wave of mercy is the grace of Jesus touching hearts."
Through a series of discussions those gathered seek to communicate the gift of God's mercy and witness of personal, pastoral and missionary conversion in the church, and a service toward a culture of encounter, reconciliation and peace.
'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
TheCalifornia 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…”
initiative on November ballot
California's Catholic bishops announce support of Prop. 57 for public safety, rehabilitation
The California Catholic Conference of Bishops has announced its support for Proposition 57, “The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act,” on the November ballot.
In a statement released Aug. 1 they noted: “This balanced approach to the criminal justice system in our state would advance the well-being of our residents and communities by re-focusing our collective efforts on rehabilitation, treatment and education programs. In addition, the initiative will place the decision to try juveniles as adults into the hands of those who best understand the intricacies of dealing with young people – the juvenile court.
“Every day, in our parishes and ministries, we witness the devastating impact of crime on the people and families of our communities. Victims, whose lives have often shattered, search for answers, look for healing and seek an opportunity to voice their needs. Families of perpetrators hide their pain, alone in their anguish and afraid to ask for help. And the incarcerated fruitlessly search for hope as programs that offer the possibility of rehabilitation are scrapped in lieu of the high costs of prison construction.”
Proposition 57 offers alternatives, the bishops state: “an increase in public safety leading to less crime; programs to promote healing and rehabilitation; the means to deal with offending juveniles as the wounded children that they are; placing more decisions in the hands of impartial judges; and a chance at parole for non-violent offenders.”
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.
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.
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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