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Nepal earthquake

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Pope Francis offers prayers for Nepal quake victims; Catholic Relief Services assisting with relief efforts


Pope Francis offered his prayers to all those affected by a deadly earthquake in Nepal and encouraged rescue and emergency workers in their efforts.

More than 3,800 people were known to have been killed and more than 6,500 others injured after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit a mountainous region near Kathmandu April 25. The devastation included not just buildings collapsing from the tremors, but also people and villages being buried by landslides and avalanches triggered by the quake and aftershocks. The number of casualties was expected to be much higher as rescue teams tried to make their way into more remote areas.

"I pray for the victims, those wounded and for all those who suffer because of this calamity," Pope Francis said after reciting the "Regina Coeli" prayer with visitors gathered in St. Peter's Square April 26.

Before leading people in praying the Hail Mary together, he expressed his hope that those affected by the disaster would "have the support of fraternal solidarity."

"Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the earthquake" and the damage it caused, said a telegram sent April 25 by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, to Bishop Paul Simick, apostolic vicar of Nepal.

The pope expressed his prayers and solidarity, and "he offers encouragement to the civil authorities and emergency personnel as they continue their rescue efforts and assistance to those touched by this tragedy," the telegram said.


In the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal, Catholic Relief Services has committed resources to relief efforts. CRS and their Caritas partners have begun procuring emergency relief materials such as tarpaulins/shelter kits and water, sanitation and hygiene materials. CRS urgently needs help. Donations will help immediate emergency response and allow CRS to reach even more affected families.

bullet with text Click here to read the entire story from Catholic News Service April 27





Revs versus Sems

at christian brothers high school

First 'Sacramento Classic' basketball game pits diocesan priests vs. seminarians on Mon., May 18 in Sacramento


The first “Sacramento Classic” basketball challenge, featuring a competitive game between the Diocese of Sacramento’s priests and its seminarians, will be held on Monday, May 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Christian Brothers High School, located at 4315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Sacramento (inside Ron Limberger Gym).


The public is invited to attend and watch the seasoned priests’ team play the hard-driving seminarians’ team and cheer on your favorite players, plus enjoy food, fun and excitement! All proceeds from the game will benefit seminarian formation. Activities at half time will include a free throw competition and a “cheering sign” content with winning prizes for all.


Admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for students (kindergarten through college) or six adult tickets for $40. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., followed by the game.


For more information and tickets, call the diocese’s Office of Vocations at (916) 733-0258 or visit the link below.

bullet with text Click here to purchase game tickets for the "Sacramento Classic" on May 18

bullet with text Click here to print or download a flyer about this event





Nigeria image

black catholic ministry event

Talk on May 2 to focus on

the 'Boko Haram' and the Ebola crisis facing Nigeria


The Diocese of Sacramento's Black Catholic Ministry will host a talk on the Boko Haram and Ebola crises in Nigeria on Saturday, May 2 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish (St. Vincent de Paul room), located at 9961 Elk Grove-Florin Road in Elk Grove.


Father John Enyinnaya, a guest to the diocese from Nigeria, will be the speaker for an interactive talk, which will be an opportunity to learn about the problem of Boko Haram in Nigeria and its impact on Christians and the Catholic Church. Father Enyinnaya will also discuss the role of the church and religious groups with regard to the effective response that has resulted in Nigeria being declared “Ebola free” as of October 2014.


During the event, participants “will pray for the victims of this violence and the Ebola virus, who greatly need our help,” says Markton Ross, chair of the Black Catholic Ministry.


Estimates of the Boko Haram’s membership vary between 7,000 and 10,000. The group initially had links to Al-Qaeda, but in 2014 it expressed support for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant before pledging formal allegiance to it in March 2015. Boko Haram killed more than 5,000 civilians between July 2009 and June 2014, including at least 2,000 in the first half of 2014, in attacks occurring mainly in northeast, north-central and central Nigeria.


Those attending are asked to bring a food item to share. For more information, download the flyer at the link below or contact Markton Ross at (510) 227-9240 or bcmchair@outlook.com.


bullet with text Click here to download or print a flyer about the May 2 event

bullet with text Click here to read a related story about Boko Haram in Cameroon from Catholic News Agency





Bishop Cotta in May procession

Auxiliary Bishop Cotta to offer mass

Great Marian Procession to

be held May 2 in Sacramento


Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will be among the speakers and participants at the Great Marian Procession to be held on Saturday, May 2 in Sacramento.


The procession will begin at 8 a.m. at East Lawn Memorial Park at 4300 Folsom Blvd. At 8:15 a.m., Terry Barber, founder of Saint Joseph Communications, Inc., and Lighthouse Catholic Media, and co-host of “Reasons for Faith Live” on the Eternal Word radio network, will speak. At 8:30 a.m., participants will begin the three-mile procession to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament at 11th and K Streets in downtown Sacramento. Streets will be closed by police for the procession for participants’ safety. The procession will feature music and praying of the rosary.


At 10:45 a.m. at the Cathedral, Barber will give a short reflection. Solemn High Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., with Bishop Cotta as the homilist. Following Mass, there will be a May crowning of the statue of Mary.


The Mass will be offered for all of the prayer petitions submitted online at the website at www.bringmary.com. Visit that website for more information and details about the May 2 procession.





Image of Mary

youth ministries to participate

Mary's Hour for youth held Friday, May 1 in Chico and Saturday, May 2 in Vallejo


Join the youth ministries of the Diocese of Sacramento for Mary’s Hour in early May at two locations. Mary’s Hour will be held on Friday,

May 1, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Parish, located at 435 Chestnut St. in Chico, and on Saturday, May 2, beginning at 5 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, located at 3450 Tennessee St. in Vallejo.


Mary’s Hour for youth includes Mass, dinner a twilight rosary walk with a scriptural rosary, and benediction, exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.


The event is sponsored by the diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis.


For more information, contact Jennifer Campbell at (916) 733-0135. A flyer and details can be downloaded from the link below.


bullet with text Click here for more information about Mary's Hour from http://icatholicyouth.com





Cathedral choir

'Into paradise'

Capella Antiqua, Cathedral choir to present concert on Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m.


Capella Antiqua, artists in residence at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, will join with the Valley Choral Society and the choir of the Cathedral for an evening of elegant sacred music, “Into Paradise,” featuring Maurice Durufle’s “Requiem,” on Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. The cathedral is located at 1017 11th Street in Sacramento.


An encore performance of the “Into Paradise” program will be presented on Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m. at Divine Savior Church, located at 9079 Greenback Lane in Orangevale.


To purchase tickets online visit http://capella-antiqua.org/performances.html

bullet with text Click here to visit the website of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento





Paul O'Reilly

sacramento catholic forum

Paul O'Reilly to speak May 21 on 'The Wisdom of Genesis'


Paul O’Reilly of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., will speak at the Sacramento Catholic Forum luncheon on Thursday, May 21 at the Red Lion Hotel, located at 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento.


His topic will be: “The Wisdom of Genesis.” In his talk, O’Reilly will explore how a look at the book of Genesis through the eyes of St. Augustine and St. Thomas reveals the depths of meaning in the opening book of the Bible.


O’Reilly is an alumnus of Thomas Aquinas College and has been a professor at the college since 1989. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Laval in Quebec, Canada. He has also taught at the Pontifical Institute in Beaverton, Ore., Saint Anselm College and the Thomas More Institute.


Check-in for the event begins at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon following at noon. The cost is $30 if prepaid online or $40 at the door. For more information and to pay online visit the Sacramento Catholic Forum website at the link below.


bullet with text Click here for more information and to register online at the Sacramento Catholic Forum website





Rachel's Vineyard retreat

healing after abortion

Rachel's Vineyard retreat offered May 1-3 in Auburn


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 May 1-3 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 Segno 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





Bishop Weigand and Paul Starkey

ninth annual 'benefit for the poor'

Bishop Emeritus Weigand honored with Benefactor Award from St. Vincent de Paul Society at dinner


The Sacramento District Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul honored Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand for his “abiding love for the poor” with its Benefactor Award at its ninth annual Benefit for the Poor dinner April 17.


Bishop Weigand’s commitment to the poor reaches back to his days as a missionary in Colombia and continued into his service in Sacramento, Paul Starkey, president of the council, told the gathering at the Red Lion Hotel in Sacramento. (In photo above, Starkey presents the award to Bishop Weigand.)


In accepting the award, Bishop Weigand looked back on his decision to leave his home Diocese of Boise, Idaho, to work as a missionary.


“I became most interested in the poor and, therefore, in my work with St. Vincent de Paul Society, during my tenure in Cali, Colombia,” he said. “For much of my time as bishop I have worked through others to assist the poor but for 10 years in Cali, I worked one on one with the poor, with families. That was the highlight of my ministry and greatly enriched me and gave me an insight into the work of the Vincentians.


“When I came to the diocese I pushed to have more parishes, eventually all parishes, to have conferences. We decided that 25 percent of the Annual Catholic Appeal would go back to parishes precisely for their efforts to assist the poor in many different ways, including the work of the society.


“I admire the society not only for its outreach to the poor but its spirituality in the name of Christ,” Bishop Weigand said. “We try to see the person of Christ in the person of the poor, to respect them and develop their full potential as sons and daughters of God."


bullet with text Click here to visit the website of the Sacramento District Council of St. Vincent de Paul





Cristo Rey High School dedication

bishop weigand at dedication

Cristo Rey High School

moves to new location in south Sacramento


Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand presided at the dedication and blessing of the new buildings of Cristo Rey High School in Sacramento on April 13. The high school is now located at 8475 Jackson Road. (In photo at left, Mercy Sister Eileen Enright, president of Cristo Rey High School since 2011, speaks to those gathered at the dedication ceremony.)


Cristo Rey has been located for the past eight years at 6200 McMahon Drive. That facility, the former site of St. Peter School, was no longer adequate in both size and facilities for the school to accomplish its mission, Sister Enright noted. The new location has 8.3 acres with two 48,000-square-foot buildings, providing 200 percent more educational space for students and staff.


“There has been a great deal of work over the last two years to make this move a reality,” she said on the school’s website. “Board members, benefactors and staff members have devoted their time and talent to identifying the best site and raising the funds needed to construct the quality facility our students deserve.”


The new facility includes numerous classrooms, a new technology center/computer lab and multipurpose room, and provides faculty, students and staff with the state-of-the-art facility needed to provide a high quality 21st century education. Sister Enright noted the new facility will also provide students with a safe environment both before and after school for studies and meetings.


bullet with text Click here for more information from the website of Cristo Rey High School in Sacramento





Two storybooks

much-needed resources in

catholic social teaching

Bishop Soto endorses two storybooks to help elementary students put faith into action


Two illustrated storybooks offer elementary school-aged children, their parents and teachers examples of how to put their faith in action and participate in solutions to important problems related to the life and dignity of others. The books provide much-needed resources in Catholic social teaching for this age group and are accompanied by age-appropriate learning resources.

“Green Street Park” is a story about a young boy, his family, and community, who learn to care for God’s creation and their own neighborhood by imitating the model of St. Francis of Assisi. In “Drop by Drop,” students at a Catholic school “journey” across the world to Burkina Faso, West Africa, and learn how a lack of water affects the lives of children there. The students learn about the work of Catholic Relief Services, see how the problem gets solved, and make a plan to help.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has published the books through Loyola Press.  

“These beautifully illustrated books are a true treasure for parents as well as all educators in teaching children how they, as the followers of Jesus, can solve problems affecting human life and dignity in our backyards and half a world away,” said Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the bishops’ domestic anti-poverty program.

Bishop Soto added: “The Story of ‘Green Street Park’ shows the practical beauty of Jesus’ words in Mark’s Gospel, ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand.’ And ‘Drop by Drop’ is a beautiful metaphor for justice that will roll like a river. The story will help young and old plumb their faith as well as their imagination for the untapped resources of the Spirit seeking to renew the face of the earth.”

With “Care for God’s creation” a prominent theme in both books, they also serve as a resource to help families, parishes and schools prepare for the release of Pope Francis’ anticipated encyclical on environmental stewardship.

The books can be ordered online at www.loyolapress.com/twofeetoflove.

bullet with text Click here to view a video of Bishop Jaime Soto speaking about the two storybooks

bullet with text Click here for more information about the two storybooks from the USCCB/Loyola Press





CA state Capitol

senate bill 128

CA Catholic Conference opposes assisted suicide bill


Legislation that would allow physicians in California to provide lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients who want to commit suicide passed the state Senate Judiciary Committee on April 7 on a party line vote of 4-2 as Democrats advanced Senate Bill 128.


Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference in Sacramento, the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops, released a statement after the vote in the Senate Health Committee on March 25, noting that the committee’s action to advance Senate Bill 128 “is sad and disappointing.”


“We understand and share the concern for the dying expressed at today’s hearing,” he said. “It is a natural impulse for human beings. But when someone asks for assistance in killing themselves, it is really a call for help, care and compassion during the dying process. California law already allows for patients to refuse extraordinary care, but is a far cry from aiding a patient in actively ending his or her life.” (To read the entire text of Dolejsi’s statement, visit the link below.)


Sponsors of SB 128 are Democratic Senators Lois Wolk of Davis and Bill Monning of Carmel.


SB 128 now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for a hearing and vote.


The Catholic Church opposes assisted suicide because of its respect for the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. In 2011, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement titled, "To Live Each Day with Dignity: A Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide."


For more information about Californians Against Assisted Suicide and end-of-life decisions, and to join the California Catholic Conference's Catholic Legislative Network to receive information on state legislation, visit the links below.


bullet with text Click here to read the full text of the statement from Ned Dolejsi of the CA Catholic Conference

bullet with text Click here for the CA Catholic Conference website and information about how to join the Catholic Legislative Network

bullet with text Click here for more information about Californians Against Assisted Suicide





Camp Pendola

Fun-filled experience for youth

Camp Pendola now accepting registrations for summer sessions beginning in June


Camp Pendola, the official summer camp of the Diocese of Sacramento, is now accepting registrations for the 2015 summer season. Camp Pendola offers a fun-filled experience for children and youth under the supervision of trained college-age counselors.


NEW! Camp Pendola will offer a day camp at Trinity Pines Catholic Center in Colfax for children entering first through sixth grade. The sessions will be June 29-July 3 (Amazing Race) or July 6-10 (Weird Science) from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. The cost is $150 per child or $200 with transporation daily form Grass Valley or Auburn. For more information, call (530) 389-2780.


Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills in the Tahoe National Forest 15 miles north of Nevada City, Camp Pendola is on 40 acres of natural, rustic surroundings. More than 20,000 campers over five decades have created a tradition that for many families continues every year and even passes from one generation to the next, according to Lori Rosene, director of Pendola Center.


Most camp sessions, the first of which begins June 14, are one week in length. During their time at camp, youths can hike, swim, make arts and crafts and play in the outdoors. Every cabin goes on a one-night “under the stars” overnight where campers cook out and spend the night.


Special programs include a girls-only mini-week camp June 21-24 for girls entering first or second grade; teen canoe trips (June 21-27 for girls and July 12-18 for boys entering at least grade 7); and a co-ed backpacking trip in the Sierra Buttes July 19-26 for youth entering grades 9 and older.


For more information and registration materials or to register online, visit the link to the Camp Pendola website below or call (916) 733-0123. Some scholarships are available and Camp Pendola offers multi-child or multi-week discounts.


bullet with text Click here to visit the website of Camp Pendola for information and online registration





Catholic Herald March April cover

digital edition on this website

March-April issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published; theme is Lenten practices


The March-April 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 Lenten practices. The magazine features a cover story with interviews with three young adult ministry leaders from Holy Spirit Parish in Fairfield -- Michele Bautista, Manolito Jaldon and Loramel Lagrazon -- who have "unplugged" from social media for the 40 days of Lent, anticipating the promise of deeper, more personal engagement with the people in their lives and a deepening of their relationship with God.


Other feature stories include an interview with Jean Ouimet of St. Anthony Parish, who received the sacrament of confirmation at age 88 in May 2014; a feature on Paul Meidus of St. Joseph Parish in Redding, who shares his experience of recovery from addiction in his ministry to jail inmates in Shasta County; and an interview with Father Bong Rojas on "Lessons for Lent: Why Fasting and Abstinence?"


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





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