Prayer & Worship

Prayer is the foundation of all that we do in defense of human life. Our efforts—whether educational, pastoral, or legislative—will be less than fully fruitful if we do not change hearts and if we do not ourselves overcome our own spiritual blindness. Only with prayer—prayer that storms the heavens for justice and mercy, prayer that cleanses our hearts and our souls—will the culture of death that surrounds us today be replaced with a culture of life.

The ministry should organize and implement opportunities for parishioners to pray on behalf of a culture of life as a community by encouraging participation in diocesan, regional, or parish prayer services and events.

The Respect Life Ministry Coordinator should work closely with the pastor to see to the needs of the parish. By being aware of the needs of the parish and the gifts available among its parishioners, the ministry will flourish.

 

  • Young Saint Cards will be distributed encouraging prayer for young people so that they are safe and make good life decisions.

  • Eucharistic Adoration Novena (January 12-20, 2022)
  • Encourage participation in the 40 Days for Life vigils throughout the diocese.
  • Providing a space for Healing After Abortion (Rachel Vineyard) and Spiritual Retreat
  • Helping Families with Miscarraiges and having a moment to remember their unborn (Holy Innocents)
  • Preachers are encouraged to preach the Gospel of Life during the Sunday Masses.

Nine Days of Pro-Life Eucharistic Adoration
January 12-20, 2022

Let us take some time to pray for the unborn, their mothers & fathers, and pray for state & federal laws that harm those most vulnerable. Each day, a new parish will be leading prayer and offering special intentions.

Day 1: Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Good Shepherd Parish

9539 Racquet Court  
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Contact: Gary Hickman,                 greenhope28@yahoo.com

Day 6: Monday, January 17, 2022

St. Joseph Catholic Church

1717 El Monte Ave,

Sacramento, CA 95815

Day 2: Thursday, January 13, 2022

National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

711 T Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

Day 7: Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

 515 Main St,

Red Bluff, CA 96080

Day 3: Friday, January 14, 2022

St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish

435 Chestnut Street
Chico, CA 95928

Day 8: Wednesday, January 19, 2022

St Joseph Catholic Church

280 Oak Tree Ln
Lincoln, CA 95648

 

Day 4: Saturday, January 15, 2022

St Isidore Catholic Church

222 Clark Ave
Yuba City, CA 95991

Day 9: Thursday, January 20, 2022

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

3111 Tierra De Dios Dr
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Day 5: Sunday, January 16, 2022

TBA

 

 


40 Days for Life Fall Campaign

March 2nd - April 10th, 2022 PRAYER VIGILS

Sacramento

Vigil location: Planned Parenthood, 201 29th St, Sacramento, CA 95816 
Vigil hours: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday

Local Contacts
Susan: (530) 320-1614 • susanalive@gmail.com
Wynette: (916) 955-1577 • wynettesills@gmail.com

Website: 40daysforlife.com/sacramento

Redding

Vigil location: Women’s Health Specialists, 1901 Victor Avenue, Redding

Vigil hours: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Daily

Local Contacts
Paul Henke: (530) 870-4325 • Redding40Days@yahoo.com
Anna Palmer: (530) 515-9638

Website: 40daysforlife.com/redding

Chico

Vigil location: Women’s Health Specialist, 1469 Humboldt Road, Suite 200, Chico (across from the police station)

Vigil hours: 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM Daily

Local Contacts
Mary: (530) 345-88638 • 40DaysChico@gmail.com
Diane: (530) 519-9749
Ray: (530) 514-3337

Website: 40daysforlife.com/chico

Yuba City

Vigil location: Planned Parenthood, 430 N. Palora Ave. Yuba City

Vigil hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday

Local Contact
Maureen: (530) 673-1437 • mm@guthchangaris.com

Website: 40daysforlife.com/yubacity

Fairfield

Vigil location: Fairfield Planned Parenthood, 1325 Travis Blvd, Fairfield

Vigil hours: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily

Local Contact
Maria: (707) 718-1356

Website: 40daysforlife.com/fairfield

Vallejo

Vigil location: Planned Parenthood, 303 Sacramento St, Vallejo

Vigil hours: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday

Website: 40daysforlife.com/vallejo

Neighboring Dioceses

 


 

Post Abortion Care

Project Rachel Ministry

Project Rachel is the church's ministry that operates as a network of professional clergy, licensed counselors and volunteers all trained to provide one-on-one spiritual and psychological support for those who are suffering from the trauma of abortion.

 

The Diocese of Sacramento Project Rachel Ministry offers special Rachel's Vineyard Retreats several times a year in both English and Spanish. Rachel's Vineyard is the world's largest ministry for healing after abortion.   


Rachel's Vineyard Retreat Weekends

Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreats are a beautiful opportunity for any person who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion. The retreat is a very specific process designed to help an individual experience the mercy and compassion of God. It is also an opportunity to surface and release repressed feelings of anger, shame, guilt, and grief. There are many exercises to help someone grieve the loss of his or her unborn child and to receive and accept 

God’s forgiveness. The retreat concludes with a Memorial Resurrection Service. The weekend will help individuals find their souls and transform the pain of the past into love and hope.  

Upcoming 2021-2022 Retreat Dates
Spanish: November 19-21, 2021 (Postponed)
English: February 4-6, 2022
English: August 12-14, 2022

If you would like to speak with a priest or counselor, please contact us!   All inquiries are confidential.  

(916) 733-0161 or 888-456-HOPE or projectrachel@scd.org

Can you help? 

We are always in need of your prayers and financial support.   Please consider making a donation that will provide ongoing ministry support and retreat scholarships for those who otherwise would not be able to attend.    Thank you for your generous support!

Donate Here: https://catholic.formstack.com/forms/projectracheldonate   

 

 


Miscarriage Ministry

Holy Innocents

Ministry to Families Who Have Lost Children to Miscarriage

 In this time of grief, come to the Church. In these days following your loss, let us help you bury your child and offer you comfort, hope, and peace. Know that your child is with God.

 

"A Light Illuminates our Darkness"

It is an opportunity for mothers and fathers to heal from a miscarriage because experiencing the loss of an unborn can leave you in darkness. 'A Light Illuminates our Darkness" allows mothers and fathers to honor their unborn by providing a process of healing, naming their child, and having a mass of remembrance. 

Locations: TBD (2022)

 

If you have questions about Miscarriage Ministry please give us a call at: (916)733-0133 or email us at: mdeleon@scd.org

 

BOOKS

Pregnancy Loss

And Then You Were Gone: Restoring a Broken Heart After Pregnancy Loss by Becky Avella

Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow: Finding Light Beyond the Shadow of Miscarriage or Infant Loss by Teske Drake

Safe in the Arms of God: Truth from Heave about the Death of a Child by John MacArthur

Perinatal Care

A Gift of Time: Continuing Your Pregnancy When Your Baby’s Life is Expected to Be Brief by Amy Kuebelbeck and Deborah L. Davis

I Will Carry You by Angie Smith

Waiting with Gabriel by Amy Kuebelbeck

Sufficient Grace by Kelly Gerken

Empty Arms by Sherokee Isle