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scales of justice

april 2 to 8

CA bishops ask for prayers

in observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week


Catholic dioceses in California will be offering special prayers and Masses in observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, an annual event established in 1981 to draw attention to the people and families whose lives have been affected by violent crime.

Parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento during that week will remember in their prayers of the faithful victims and survivors, prisoners and formerly incarcerated people – all who are impacted by violence in the state’s communities.

In recognition of those impacted by crime, the Restorative Justice Committee of the California Catholic Conference has issued a statement. Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta serves as one of the members of the committee.

In their statement, the committee notes: “The harm to persons by the intentional criminal acts of others can be long lasting. Crime victims, survivors and their families need to know they are not alone. Local church communities will walk with them providing support and prayers on the road to healing and restoration. Healing is a process aimed at restoring a sense of physical safety, security and their sense of self. That process is called 'restorative justice.'" To read the full text of the statement, visit the links below.

For more information about restorative justice in the Diocese of Sacramento, contact the Office of Catholic Charities and Social Concerns at (916) 733-0253.


bullet with text Link here to read the full text of the statement in English

bullet with text Link here to read the full text of the statement in Spanish





Bishop Soto at Chrism Mass

Bishop Jaime Soto will preside

Chrism Mass to be celebrated

on Thurs., April 6 at Cathedral


Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at the Chrism Mass on Thursday, April 6 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.

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.

Bishop Soto has issued Lenten regulations for 2017 for Catholics in the Diocese of Sacramento. The bishop notes that Lent is “a time for reflection and spiritual renewal, a time to examine one’s relationships with God and with others.”


To read the full text of the Lenten regulations in English and Spanish, visit the links below.


bullet with text Link here to read Lenten regulations for 2017 in English

bullet with text Link here to read Lenten regulations for 2017 in Spanish

bullet with text Link here to visit the website of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament





wedding rings broken

held at Holy Trinty, El Dorado hills

'Catholic's Divorce Survival Guide' ministry offered in

six-week course for those divorced or facing divorce


Is divorce or separation an issue in your life? Join Teresa Greenman and Patrick Cummings, parishioners of Holy Trinity Parish in El Dorado Hills, for “The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide,” ministry (for those divorced or facing divorce).

Teresa and Pat will facilitate this six-week class at Holy Trinity Parish, located at 3111 Tierra de Dios Dr., beginning on Wednesday, April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants will find comfort and counsel consistent with Catholic teaching. The course will continue every Wednesday for six weeks.

The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide will help you: discover how to work through the emotions of separation and divorce; experience personal healing and hope; gain wisdom and comfort from others who share your experiences; address questions of forgiveness and new family dynamics; obtain an understanding of the annulment process.


There is no cost to attend; suggested donation is $20. The workshop is co-sponsored by the diocese's Department of Evangelization and Catechesis. RSVP to Teresa Greenman at (916) 833-9460 or email to teresa.ann123@gmail.com.





St. Ignatius team

capital campaign exceeds $5.6 million

St. Ignatius Parish breaks ground for new school

and parish offices to be completed by fall of 2018


Families, school officials, parish leaders and students from St. Ignatius of Loyola School broke ground March 26 to mark the beginning of construction of a new state-of-the-art $9.1 million preschool to 8th grade school campus and parish offices. St. Ignatius Parish and School are located at 3235 Arden Way in Sacramento. (Photo above courtesy of Mike Melliza photography)

A capital campaign to raise construction funds from parents and parishioners has exceeded $5.6 million to date – the largest such campaign in diocese history. The Diocese of Sacramento had set for the parish a goal of $5 million, after which the diocese would provide a guaranteed loan for the entire project.

The current 60-year-old campus has outlived its useful life and is no longer adequate to accommondate the security, technology and learning facilities required of a modern campus. Parish offices, which parishioners and community members depend on for services and ministry, are also dated and inadequate.

The new campus and office features will include: a new school building with up-to-date classrooms, science labs for lower and upper grades, and the technological infrastructure to prepare students for secondary school and college; additional meeting space for parish and school gatherings, as well as parish ministries; an outdoor gathering space; and a more secure school entrance and advanced security technology features.

Plans are to demolish the existing campus this summer, place students in temporary modular buildings for the 2017-18 school year and complete the project by the fall of 2018.


bullet with text Link here to visit the website of St. Ignatius of Loyola School in Sacramento





youths in prayer

register now!

'Unplugged' retreat for 8th to 12th graders is Sat., April 8

at St. Clare Parish in Roseville


The Diocese of Sacramento’s youth ministry invites eighth to 12th graders to attend “Unplugged,” a Lenten retreat, on Saturday, April 8 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Clare Parish, located at 1950 Junction Ave. in Roseville. The retreat is co-sponsored by Catholic Relief Services.


“Unplugged” challenges students to unplug from the distractions of the world and plug into their relationship with God. They are invited for a day of prayer, food, wisdom, reflection and fun.

Deacon Steve Herrera will be the special guest for the retreat. He is currently serving as a Catholic Relief Services global fellow and chair of the Global Solidarity Committee of the Diocese of San Jose. He has been a religious studies teacher for 36 years and currently teaches at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose.

The cost to attend is $8 per person and includes dinner. There must be a chaperone for every 10 teens attending. RSVP to Lourdes Ramirez at lramirez@scd.org by April 3. More information is available by contacting Kevin Staszkow at kstaszkow@scd.org or (916) 733-0152.





Christ in the Migrant graphic

titled 'living as a people of

god in unsettled times'

In pastoral reflection, U.S. bishops call on Catholics to accompany migrants and

refugees who seek a better life in the United States


The U.S. bishops in a pastoral reflection released March 22 called all Catholics to do what each of them can "to accompany migrants and refugees who seek a better life in the United States."

Titled "Living as a People of God in Unsettled Times," the reflection was issued "in solidarity with those who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict or fear in their native lands," said a news release from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"To live as a people of God is to live in the hope of the resurrection," said the reflection, which was approved by the USCCB Administrative Committee on the first day of a two-day meeting in Washington.

The 37-member committee is made up of the executive officers of the USCCB, elected committee chairmen and elected regional representatives. It acts on behalf of the nation's bishops between their spring and fall general meetings.

"To live in Christ is to draw upon the limitless love of Jesus to fortify us against the temptation of fear," it continued. "Pray that our engagement in the debate over immigration and refugee issues may bring peace and comfort to those most affected by current and proposed national policy changes."


bullet with text Link here to read the full text of the March 22 statement of the Administrative Committee





mother and daughter

offered in april at two locations

Mother-daughter program offered by diocese to discuss gift of fertility with teens


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 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 cost to attend is $20 per family, including food and drink.

The “tweens” program (ages 10 to 12) will be offered at the following locations on the dates listed below:

--Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (in English) at Presentation School, located at 3100 Norris Ave. in Sacramento.

The “teens” program (ages 13 to 16) will be offered at the following locations on the dates listed below:
--Saturday, April 8 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (in English) at Presentation School, located at 3100 Norris Ave. in Sacramento.
--Saturday, April 29 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 content, or to register online. To register by mail or for other questions, contact Marisela Smith at (916) 261-1454 or e-mail to msmith@scd.org. All reservations must be received by the Thursday before the event date.

bullet with text Link here to register online and review program content





young adults in prayer

final session is Sat., April 29

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 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. The remaining session islisted below.



— 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.) Participants need not have taken previous workshops. For more information and to register online, visit the link below or contact James Cavanagh at jcavanagh@scd.org or (916) 733-0221.


bullet with text Link here to register online for the April 29 workshop on sacraments





Bishop Cotta in miter

to mark 100th anniversary of apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima

Bishop Myron J. Cotta

leading pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal Sept. 15-24


The year 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal. Our Lady appeared six times to the Three Shepherd Children -- Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco -- between May 13 and Oct. 13 in 1917.


In honor of the centenary anniversary of the apparitions, the Diocese of Sacramento is sponsoring a 10-day pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal, from Sept. 15-24, 2017, with Bishop Myron J. Cotta as its leader.


"I invite you to join me on this special pilgrimage to Fatima," Bishop Cotta says. "It promises to be a unique location for the experience of prayer. It will give the pilgrim the opportunity to reflect upon the significance of the message which Our Lady conveyed to the three children and to the world. The message of mercy revealed at Fatima is an ideal way to follow the recent celebration of the Year of Mercy. In addition, you will enjoy several excursions in the surrounding area outside of Fatima. We will conclude with a vist to the historical and cultural sights of the beautiful city of Lisbon."


For more detailed information about this pilgrimage, including booking your space, visit the links below. The deadline to register to be part of the pilgrimage is Sunday, July 2.


bullet with text Link here for more information and booking your space on the pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal

bullet with text Link here to download or print a flyer with detailed information about the pilgrimage to Fatima





St. Ignatius team

will compete in state meet on Apr. 1

Team from St. Ignatius

School wins academic decathlon for 10th year


For a record-setting 10th consecutive year, the team from St. Ignatius School placed first in the Diocese of Sacramento’s Junior High Academic Decathlon. The team is comprised of seventh and eighth graders and no other school in the 28-year history of the event has achieved this unprecedented success.

“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 competition. We were honored to once again represent Sacramento at the statewide competition.” The state competition will be held on April 1.


The team took first place overall, first place in Super Quiz, first place in logic, first place in social studies, second place in English and second plate in literature. The team represents a broad spectrum of the school’s student body. “The sincere and tireless dedication of these students never ceases to impress me,” said Erin McGraw, team coach. “The students’ ability to collaborate with, support and help one another is a testament to the success of the team and truly embodies the Ignatian theme of men and women for others.”


The academic decathlon is a competition for students in grades 6-8 with 10 events. Two are collaborative team events – a logic quiz with 20 rigorous complex problems, and a super quiz with 50 multiple choice questions on five broad academic themes. Twenty-three schools took part in the diocesan event, which culminated in a 50-question “Super Quiz,” where students test their knowledge in five subject areas: science, social studies, literature, fine art and religion.


bullet with text Link here to visit the website of St. Ignatius of Loyola School in Sacramento





Migrant children

'stand in solidarity with vulnerable'

California bishops issue

Ash Wednesday statement

on immigration, urge easing the climate of fear that

is now gripping communities


In an Ash Wednesday statement to mark the beginning of Lent, the California Catholic Conference of Bishops said they are using the occasion “to call upon Catholics and all people of good will in California and throughout the United States to stand in solidarity with the vulnerable and excluded in our society.”

“Urgent attention needs to be given to our neighbors who are migrants and refugees, especially those immigrants who are undocumented,” the bishops stated. “They are being unjustly targeted and vilified.”

“We are deeply concerned about the possibility of widespread deportations that will break up families and break down our communities,” they said. “Fear is now growing in our neighborhoods and schools. The work of businesses and farms is being disrupted. We seem to be turning away from our nation’s long history of renewal and innovation inspired by successive generations of immigrants and refugees. We are a nation of immigrants. We have a long history of welcoming those fleeing violence in other countries. We should not turn our back on this proud legacy, especially in this current moment in our history.”

In light of recent concerns from the immigrant community, the Diocese of Sacramento's Office of Catholic Charities and Social Concerns has created a new immigration resource web page to provide reliable and timely information and access to immigration services.


The new webpage in English is at http://www.scd.org/social_service_ministry/immigration.html


The new webpage in Spanish is at



bullet with text Link here to read the full text of the Ash Wednesday statement in English and Spanish

bullet with text Link here to a story in the March 2 issue of The Sacramento Bee with Bishop Soto

bullet with text Link here to read the full text of the March 6 statement by Bishop Joe S. Vasquez





Catholic Herald magazine

digital edition on this website

March-April issue of

Catholic Herald magazine

is published; stories focus

on building peace and unity


The March-April issue of Catholic Herald, the magazine of the Diocese of Sacramento, has been published. The digital edition is available on the right margin of this website or at the image to the left of this story.

The theme of the March-April issue is building peace and unity. The cover story features U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley of the Eastern District of California, who speaks with passion about his years as a judge, prosecutor and defense lawyer, as well as about injustice and racism in law enforcement, criminal justice and the legal system.

Other feature stories include a feature on Lieutenant Al Bagos, a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Fairfield, who shares his perspectives on community policing in a racially-diverse city in Solano County for 30 years before his retirement in 2014; two seniors at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, Anaya Watkins and Will Yuponce, who speak about how education can make a difference in breaking down barriers and building up hope; how the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office works to foster trust, participation and unity, and encouragement of youth to seek careers within the criminal justice system; and how you can live Lent more intensely by participating in “24 Hours for the Lord.”


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 issue deadlines and themes for 2017

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





a peaceful, prayerful ministry

'40 Days for Life' campaign

of prayer held through April 9


From March 1 to April 9, Catholics throughout the Diocese of Sacramento will join 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 17th 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 information about 40 Days for Life, visit www.40daysforlife.com/sacramento or contact Susan Money at susanalive@gmail.com or (530) 320-1614.





participating in 'the hour of code'

UC Davis students bring programmming lessons to students at St. James School

Students at St. James School in Davis have been learning the joy of programming during weekly visits from UC Davis students. From Blockly to Scratch to Swift, students in grades 5-8 have tried their hand at a variety of coding, thanks to Computer Science for Kids, an organization run by UC Davis students.

The college students come weekly and provide lessons in coding, which the elementary students then practice by writing code individually, according to teacher Carolynne Kenny. Hearing the squeals of delight when a student watches (his or her) program execute the code is music to both the college volunteers and their teacher, Kenny said.

This is the second year that CS4K has been on the St. James campus and all the students at the school –- from kindergarten through eighth grade –- have participated in The Hour of Code each year. The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org that reaches millions of students in more than 180 countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming, according to Kenny.

Kenny notes that the demand for computing skills is much greater than originally thought, with jobs throughout the workforce now requiring knowledge and skills once limited to computer programmers, software developments and network administrators. The collaboration between UC Davis and St. James allows students to begin developing those computer skills at an early age, Kenny added.

(Story by Anne Ternus-Bellamy. Photos by Sue Cockrell. Reprinted with permission from The Davis Enterprise. In photo above, UC Davis student Vivinne Zing, right, helps St. James eighth grader Alondra Lancin with a programming tip at the weekly Hour of Code)


bullet with text Visit the website of St. James School in Davis





Diocesan Directory 2016

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.


bullet with text Link to download and print the order form for the 2016 Diocese of Sacramento Directory