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Hispanic ministry

held At st. lawrence parish in

north highlands

Diocese hosts 'Encuentro Hispano 2015' on Jan. 31


The Diocese of Sacramento’s Hispanic ministry team invites those working in Hispanic ministry to attend the third diocesan Hispanic gathering on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Lawrence Parish, located at 4325 Don Julio Blvd. in North Highlands.


The gathering will be a day of reflection, learning and fellowship, with the theme, “The Parish: Encounter with Pastoral Collaboration.”  Speakers will include Rodolfo and Estela Lopez of Oregon Catholic Press and Bishop Jaime Soto. During the day, representatives of movements active in the diocese will be present and host exhibits which will share specific ways in which their ministry works within Hispanic ministry.


All parishioners involved in Hispanic ministry are encouraged to attend this event, as well as members of parish Hispanic councils and “Gente Puente.” To confirm participation, call Lupe Fernandez at (916) 733-0177 or send an email to gfernandez@scd.org. There is no cost for the event, but participants are asked to purchase food from the vendors who will be present.

For more information, contact Father Francisco Hernandez at (916) 733-0258 or fhernandez@scd.org or Sister Virginia Alcala at (916) 733-0132 or valcala@scd.org.


bullet with text Click here to link to download a flyer about "Encuentro Hispano 2015"






'Ready. Set. Sing!'

Office of Worship offers music workshop on Jan. 31


The Office of Worship of the Diocese of Sacramento will offer a workshop titled “Ready, Set, Sing,” on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, located at 2110 Broadway in Sacramento.


The workshop is offered for music directors, musicians, choir members, cantors and all those who love sacred music. Topics will include:


Ready: Preparing yourself; prayer; liturgical planning; church teaching

Set: Preparing for Mass, developing your choir and getting the most out of rehearsals

Sing: How to increase congregational participation


An important part of the workshop is to assess participants’ needs and those of their parishes, as well as gathering feedback, questions and ideas for future workshops.


The cost is $20 per person, which includes lunch. To register, download the flyer at the link below. For more information, call James Cavanagh at (916) 733-0221 or email to jcavanagh@scd.org.


bullet with text Link here to download a flyer about this event and to register





Marello Awards logo

Honoring leaders in outreach

and evangelization to youth

and Young adults

Nominate by Sunday,

Feb. 8 for diocese's

Marello Leadership Awards


The tradition continues! The Diocese is pleased to partner once again with the Marello Youth Retreat Center in Loomis for the presentation of the Marello Leadership Awards. Now in its fourth cycle, these always help the diocese identify individuals who are making a difference in their outreach and evangelization of youth and young adults.


Please consider nominating individuals in your parish whom you know, and witness, in the delivery of excellent youth and young adult ministry. Two distinct awards allow you to focus on either youth ministry, young adult ministry or both. See the link below for a flyer and a form to submit via mail or fax, or you may nominate online at www.nominateyouth.org. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 8.


The Marello Leadership Awards will be presented at a special reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday,  Feb. 21 at the Marello Youth Retreat Center in Loomis. Mark Hart, executive vice president for Life Teen International, will be the featured speaker, preceding the presentation of the awards. His topic will be “How to Serve in Youth Ministry Without Losing Your Joy.” The evening will include a reception, followed by evening prayer, Hart’s presentation and the awards. Space is limited, so register today at http://scddec.org/events/hart0215.


bullet with text Link here to download a flyer about the Marello Leadership Awards and event on Feb. 21

bullet with text Link here for more information about the Marello Youth Retreat Center in Loomis





World Day of the Sick Mass

sacrament of anointing offered

World Day of the Sick Mass celebrated in Cathedral Feb. 7


Bishop Jaime Soto will be the main celebrant of Mass for World Day of the Sick on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, located at 1017 11th St. in Sacramento. The Mass is hosted by the diocese and the Order of Malta.


Members of the Order of Malta will be available to provide assistance to those with mobility issues.

All those suffering from a serious acute or chronic illness, or those in need of sacramental anointing and their caregivers are invited to participate in this day of prayer and celebration.


World Day of the Sick was instituted by Saint John Paul II in 1992. Celebrated each year on or near the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on Feb. 11, this beautiful ceremony is a special occasion of comfort, consolation and prayer. Bishop Soto, along with several priests, will administer the sacrament of anointing of the sick. Those who wish to receive the sacrament should arrive 30 minutes prior to Mass for best seating.


bullet with text Link to the website of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento





Catholic Schools Week logo 2015

January 25-31

Catholic Schools Week

being celebrated in dioceses across the United States


National Catholic Schools Week 2015 is being observed in the Diocese of Sacramento and dioceses around the country Jan. 25-31. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” focuses on the important academic, faith-building and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education.


“Catholic schools are a vital aspect of the Church’s mission to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and so an important aspect of our own teaching mission,” said Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha, Neb., chairman of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Education. “Pope Francis has reminded us that the New Evangelization is not precisely about what we do and what programs we adopt; rather, it is about what God is doing, the graces we are being blessed with, and the Spirit that is always being poured-out over our ministry.”


About 2.1 million students are currently educated in nearly 6,600 Catholic schools in cities, suburbs, small towns and rural communities around the country. Students receive an education that prepares them for the challenges of higher education and a competitive work environment. An estimated 99 percent of students graduate from high school and 85 percent of Catholic school graduates attend college.


bullet with text Click here to link to National Catholic Education Association resources for Catholic Schools Week

bullet with text Click here to link to the website for catholic schools in the Diocese of Sacramento





Kathy Hendricks

register now!

'Finding Spiritual Balance in Off-Kilter Times' workshop offered on Saturday, Feb. 7

at Diocesan Pastoral Center


All catechists, teachers and and those involved in faith formation are invited to join Kathy Hendricks, a national consultant from Sadlier, for a day of spiritual renewal on Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, located at 2110 Broadway in Sacramento. The workshop is offered by Sadlier in collaboration with the diocese's Department of Evangelization and Catechesis.


The workshop, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., invites participants to explore "finding spiritual balance in off-kilter times." Hendricks will lead participants through a process of recognizing and naming strategies for finding and maintaining spiritual balance, no matter how off-kilter the world seems to be. Lunch will be provided during the workshop. Five hours of credit will be given toward renewal of basic catechist certification in this catechist renewal workshop for DREs, CREs, catechists, principals and teachers.


For more information, contact Rosina Hendrickson at (916) 733-0153 or email to rhendrickson@scd.org. To register online by Feb. 5, visit www.sadlier.com/Clevents.


bullet with text Click here to download a flyer about the Feb. 7 workshop with Kathy Hendricks





Rachel's Vineyard

healing after abortion

Rachel's Vineyard retreat offered in Auburn Feb. 6-8


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 Feb. 6-8 in Auburn.


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 retreat is open to women, men, couples and family members touched by abortion.


The cost is $175 per person. Financial assistance is available. For a registration packet or more information, contact Paula at (916) 733-0161 or send an e-mail inquiry to projectrachel@scd.org. Inquiries and participation are strictly confidential.


bullet with text Click here for more information about respect life ministries in the Diocese of Sacramento





Black Catholics in pews

at immaculate conception church

Bishop Cotta to celebrate Black History Month Mass on Sunday, Feb. 8 in Sacramento


Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will preside at a Black History celebration Mass with the diocese’s Black Catholic Ministry and the Igbo Catholic community on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, located at 3263 First Ave. in Sacramento.


A reception will follow the Mass, with family, friends and fellow parishioners for fellowship and traditional Nigerian and African American cuisine.


The guest homilist for the Mass will be Father B. Kwame Assenyoh of the Society of the Divine Word’s Western Province, which celebrated 50 years of service to Catholic communities in California in 2014. Known as the Divine Word Missionaries, the order began working in the San Francisco Bay Area with ministries to the African American and Japanese communities. Father Assenyoh provides clergy support at St. Columba Parish in Oakland.


He was born and raised in the city of Accra, the capital of Ghana in West Africa, and joined the Society of the Divine Word in 1990. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1998 and has served in the Archdiocese of New Orleans as pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Orleans for seven years. After rebuilding the church after Hurricane Katrina, he left pastoral ministry to further his studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, examining how the Catholic Church has evangelized black people in the past and its implications for the present and future.


For more information about the Mass, contact Markton Ross, chairperson of the Diocese of Sacramento’s Black Catholic Ministry, at markton_ross@hotmail.com or (916) 733-0160.


bullet with text Link here to download a flyer about the Black History celebration Mass





Chinese New Year Mass

On Sunday, Feb. 8 at Cathedral

Bishop Soto to preside at Chinese New Year Mass and tribute to ancestors ceremony


Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at the Chinese New Year Mass with the diocese’s Chinese Catholic Community on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, located at 1017 11th St. in Sacramento. Chinese Catholic parishioners, family and friends are invited to join in the celebration.


The celebration will also include a tribute to ancestors’ ceremony at the conclusion of Mass, showing the community’s respect, filial love and piety to them.


For further information about this event, call Father Nicholas Ho, chaplain to the Chinese Catholic community, at (916) 371-4814.


bullet with text Link to the website of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento





Mother and daughter

in february and march

Mother-daughter programs offered by diocese to discuss puberty and gift of fertility


The Diocese of Sacramento is offering programs 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, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (in English) and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (in Spanish) at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish at 925 Sacramento St. in Vallejo.

--Saturday, Feb. 28, from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (in Spanish) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, located at 711 T Street in Sacramento.

--Saturday, March 7, from 2 p.m to 5:30 p.m. (in English) at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, located at 1017 11th St. in Sacramento

--Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (in English) at Presentation School, located at 3100 Norris Ave. in Sacramento.

--Sunday, March 22, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (in English and Spanish) at St. Clare Parish, located at 1950 Junction Blvd. in Roseville.


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

--Saturday, March 21, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (in English) at Presentation School, located at 3100 Norris Ave. in Sacramento.

--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 spatton@scd.org. All reservations must be received by the Monday before the event date. Confirmation of online reservations will be sent by email.


bullet with text Link to www.motherdaughterprogram.com to register online and to review program content





Fr. Matthew Spencer, OSJFr. Matthew Spencer, OSJ

Feb. 28 at Our lady of Grace School in West Sacramento

Day retreat will explore the spirituality of pro-life work


A one day retreat delving into the spirituality of pro-life work will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 28, nourishing appreciation for the roles of faith, hope and love in the Gospel of Life. Directed by Father Matt Spencer of the Oblates of St. Joseph, the retreat will meet in the auditorium of Our Lady of Grace School, located at 1990 Linden Road in West Sacramento..


The retreat focus gives all those involved in pro-life work a concentrated time to deepen their appreciation for their important work while also moving to more fully understand the spirituality of all the various facets of pro-life work.


The retreat fee is $10 and includes lunch.  Sponsored by the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis, individuals may register online at http://proliferetreat.com/.  For more information contact Steve Patton at spatton@scd.org, or call (916) 733-0133.


bullet with text Download the informational flyer about the Feb. 28 pro-life retreat





Bishop Cotta at celebration

at st. Mary Parish in Vacaville

Bishop Cotta celebrates

Mass for 29th anniversary of Santo Nino de Cebu Society


Several hundred people attended a celebration Jan. 18 at St. Mary Parish in Vacaville, where Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta was the main celebrant and homilist at a Mass to honor the 29th anniversary of the Santo Nino de Cebu Society in the diocese. A procession with the Santo Nino de Cebu on the parish grounds followed the Mass, as well as a reception in the parish hall.


The Santo Nino de Cebu (Holy Child of Jesus) is the religious-vested statue of the infant Jesus venerated by many Filipino Catholics. It is the oldest religious Christian image in the Philippines. The Santo Nino image is replicated in many homes and business establishments, with different titles reinterpreted in various regions of the Philippines. The feast of Santo Nino de Cebu is liturgically celebrated every third Sunday of January, during which devotees carry a portable Santo Nino image in procession.


Those gathered experienced the religious and cultural celebration being shared from the Philippines, at the same time that Pope Francis was concluding his visit to the Philippines. The devotion to Santo Nino de Cebu was commissioned in the Sacramento Diocese in September 1996 at All Hallows Church in Sacramento by then Bishop William K. Weigand.


bullet with text Link here to the website of St. Mary Parish in Vacaville

bullet with text Link here to read coverage of Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines from Catholic News Service





Bishop Soto sits with Catholic Relief Services team
Bishop Soto sits with Catholic Relief Services team

An amazing journey of faith concludes

bishop jaime soto on pilgrimage

to the subcontinent of india

A glimpse into the mystical fellowship of the saints


Bishop Jaime Soto and a group of clergy from the Diocese of Sacramento conclude their pilgrimage in India.

Here is Bishop Soto’s reflection of

Saturday, Jan. 17:


Besides the shrines honoring the heroic individuals, St. Thomas, St. Francis Xavier, and Mother Teresa we also visited the shrines Saints Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Alphonsa.  

St. Alphonsa was the first Indian Saint, canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008.  She was a professed member of the Syro-Malabar Franciscan Clarist Congregation.  She suffered many physical ailments and died at the age of 35 in 1946.  She had received a vision from Fr. Kuriakose and was healed of an ailment through his intercession.  

St. Kuriakose had died in 1871.  He was acknowledged as a mystic and social reformer.  He also founded the first Syro-Malabar congregation of men, the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate.  Members of this congregation currently serve at St. Mary Church in Sacramento.  Fr. Kuriakose was canonized this past November by Pope Francis.

In many of the churches we visited, wherever there was an image of Fater Kuriakose there was also an image of Sister Alphonsa.  This is a fascinating glimpse into the mystical fellowship of the communion of saints.  How many other saints are urging you and me toward sainthood?...


bullet with text Click here to read the entire text of Bishop Soto's reflection of Saturday, Jan. 17

bullet with text Click here to read the entire text of Bishop Soto's reflection of Friday, Jan. 16

bullet with text Click here to read the entire text of Bishop Soto's reflection of Thursday, Jan. 15

bullet with text Click here to read the entire text of Bishop Soto's reflection of Wednesday, Jan. 14

bullet with text Click here to read the entire text of Bishop Soto's reflection of Tuesday, Jan. 13

bullet with text Click here to read the entire text of Bishop Soto's reflection of Sunday, Jan. 11

bullet with text Click here to read the entire text of Bishop Soto's reflection of Saturday, Jan. 10

bullet with text Click here to read the entire text of Bishop Soto's reflection of Thursday, Jan. 8





Catholic Herald magazine

digital edition on this website

Jan.-Feb. issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published; theme is Catholic education


The January-February 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 Catholic education. The magazine features a cover story with interviews with five women and men who are veteran coaches at Catholic elementary schools in the diocese, including Debi Buresh of St. Joseph School in Auburn, who is pictured on the cover. Whether an athletic director, teacher or parent volunteer, coaches in the diocese's Catholic elementary schools instill in their players cooperation, teamwork, sportsmanship, responsibility and respect. They also serve as role models for students,using sports as a venue to teach Gospel values.


Other feature stories include an interview with Bishop Jaime Soto on key initiatives for Catholic education and the ONE Campaign; interviews with Janet Ruggiero and John Kenny, chairpersons of two regional boards in the new governance structure for Catholic schools in the diocese; and a feature on the 25th anniversary of the Annual Catholic Appeal.


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 2015

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





Year of Consecrated Life image

2015 Year of consecrated Life

California Catholic bishops'

statement honors those leading consecrated lives


In a recent statement, the Catholic bishops of California joined with Pope Francis and the worldwide Catholic Church in honoring the women and men who fulfill their baptismal vocation by formally consecrating their lives to service, prayer and care for others.


"The sisters, brothers and priests in contemplative communities, apostolic institutes and religious orders are a gift to us all," the bishops said. "They are a living example to others. They daily bring the joyful Gospel message to our world. Their fidelity to vows of poverty, chastity and obedience enriches the life of the Church." To read the entire statement in English or Spanish, visit the link below.


As the Catholic Church celebrates the Year of Consecrated Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations is promoting “Days with Religious” initiatives and resources to help families learn about the consecrated life of religious men and women. Activities will focus on sharing experiences of prayer, service and community life with those living a consecrated life.


Pope Francis proclaimed 2015 a Year of Consecrated Life, which started on the First Sunday of Advent, the weekend of Nov. 29, and ends on Feb. 2, 2016, the World Day of Consecrated Life. The year also marks the 50th anniversary of Perfectae Caritatis, a decree on religious life, and Lumen Gentium, the Second Vatican Council’s constitution on the church. Its purpose, as stated by the Vatican, is to “make a grateful remembrance of the recent past” while embracing “the future with hope.”


bullet with text Link here to read the entire text of the CA bishops' statement in English and Spanish

bullet with text Link here for videos and resources from the USCCB on the Year of Consecrated Life

bullet with text Link here to read a special report from Faith Catholic on the Year of Consecrated Life





Report of gratitude image

assisting people in need

Annual Catholic Appeal releases its 2014 'Report of Gratitude' to parishioners


Bishop Jaime Soto invites all parishioners to view the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal “Report of Gratitude” by visiting www.tcfsac.org.


Bishop Soto notes in the report: “Every time a family has a breakthrough, a child finds safety and hope, a marginalized individual finds the strength to rebuild a life of dignity, a seminarian moves closer to ordination, or a student is able to stay in Catholic school, we think of you, or donors. Thank you for your support this year. Please take a moment to see the difference you’ve made in 2014.”


The report shares details about how parish participation has impacted the lives of thousands of people in need of assistance. The 2014 ACA is approaching $3 million from nearly 19,000 Catholics in the Diocese of Sacramento. The Catholic Foundation is till accepting donations for 2014. You can donate online by visiting www.tcfsac.org. Twenty-five percent of ACA donations are returned to each individual parish for their own outreach to people who need help.


bullet with text Click here to read the 2014 "Report of Gratitude"





Diocesan Directory 2014

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.


bullet with text Link to download and print the order form for the 2014 Diocese of Sacramento Directory