hosted by knights of columbus
Vocations benefit dinner slated for May 30 at Our Lady of Grace in West Sacramento
The Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations of the Diocese of Sacramento and the Knights of Columbus Northern California Chapter invite the public to attend a Vocations Benefit Dinner on Saturday, May 30 at Our Lady of Grace School gym, located at 1990 Linden Road in West Sacramento. The event is hosted by Knights of Columbus Council No. 9469.
Bishop Jaime Soto will be the special guest for the evening event, which will honor the priests of the diocese, welcome seminarians and acknowledge the dedication of altar servers in parishes. Bob Dunning, host of “The Bishop’s Radio Hour” on Immaculate Heart Radio, will be the master of ceremonies.
Guest speakers will be Sister Judy Illig, IVBM, director of Wellspring Women’s Center in Sacramento and a member of the National Board of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Jesuit Father George Schultze, instructor of moral theology and director of the pastoral year program at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park.
The event will begin with a social at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner at 6:45 p.m. and the program at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are available through Northern California Chapter Councils at the cost is $40 per person or $300 for a table of eight. (Priority will be given to table sales.) Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Office of Vocations at (916) 733-0258 or by email to email@example.com.
9 a.m. in Cathedral in sacramento
Bishop Soto to celebrate Mass May 31 in celebration
of thanksgiving for the
gift of consecrated life
Men and women religious (sisters, priests, consecrated virgins and brothers) of the Diocese of Sacramento will join Bishop Jaime Soto as the main celebrant at the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 31 in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento to honor religious during the Year of Consecrated Life. The faithful of the diocese are invited to attend this Mass in celebration of thanksgiving for the gift of consecrated life. The cathedral is located at 11th and K Streets in the downtown area.
Pope Francis proclaimed 2015 a Year of Consecrated Life, starting on the First Sunday of Advent, the weekend of Nov. 29, 2014, and ending 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.”
Resources for the Year of Consecrated Life, including prayers, intentions, prayer cards, a video on consecrated life and other resources are available at www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/consecrated-life/year-of-consecrated-life/index.cfm.
10:30 A.M. Mass in Cathedral
Loaves & Fishes to host interfaith prayer service at Cathedral on Thurs., June 4
Loaves & Fishes in Sacramento will host a special interfaith prayer service on Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento.
After 32 years of service to its guests experiencing homelessness, Loaves & Fishes will serve its seven millionth meal later this year. In its invitation to the community, Loaves & Fishes notes: “Without the combined love, mercy and compassion from various faith traditions, many meals would have laid fallow. Join us as we celebrate the heart of service that unites us.”
Loaves & Fishes, located at 1351 North C Street, describes its mission on its website: “Without passing judgment, and in a spirit of love and hospitality, Loaves & Fishes feeds the hungry and shelters the homeless. We provide an oasis of welcome, safety, and cleanliness for homeless men, women and children seeking survival services.
“Founded in 1983, we are governed by a board of directors selected from Loaves & Fishes and from the community-at-large – people who have demonstrated compassion and concern about the needs of the homeless and the indigent poor. We recognize the dignity and spiritual destiny of each person, and hope by our attitude of hospitality and love, to nourish not only the physical needs of those who come to Loaves & Fishes, but also their spiritual need for love, acceptance, respect, and friendship.”
Among those reading at the service will be Mercy Sister Libby Fernandez, executive director of Loaves & Fishes, Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta; Father Michael O’Reilly, rector of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament; Deacon Steve Skiffington of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral; Diana Rude of Congregation B’nai Israel; and Jon Fish of the Interfaith Council of Sacramento.
10:30 A.M. Mass in Cathedral
Bishop Soto to ordain two new priests for Diocese of Sacramento on Sat., June 6
Bishop Jaime Soto will ordain Victor Gutierrez, 38, and Michael Ritter, 31, to the priesthood during an ordination Mass on Saturday, June 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento.
The bishop will welcome these “co-workers in the episcopal order,” consecrating them in the image of Christ to “preach the Gospel and shepherd the faithful.” In the May-June issue of Catholic Herald magazine, they shared their personal stories of faith. See the link below to read the article and learn more about our new priests.
During the same Mass, Bishop Soto will ordain Raj Derivera and Alexander Estrella to the transitional diaconate.
for children in grades 1-6
Camp Pendola summer day camp offered at Trinity Pines Catholic Center in Colfax
Get a taste of traditional summer camp at the new Trinity Pines Catholic Center in Colfax! The day camp is for children entering first through sixth grade. The sessions offered will be June 29-July 3 (“Amazing Race”) or July 6-10 (“Weird Science”), from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.
The cost to attend is $150 per child per week, or $200 per child per week with transportation daily from Grass Valley or Auburn. Extended care is available for additional cost. Trinity Pines is located at 28000 Rollins Lake Road in Colfax.
Other activities at the camp will include swim lessons, archery, nature exploration, arts and crafts, large group games, music and skits.
For more information about the summer day camp, call (530) 389-2780 or to register visit the link below.
Bishop Soto participates in beatification ceremony for Blessed Oscar Romero May 23 in El Salvador
On Saturday, May 23, Bishop Jaime Soto was in San Salvador, El Salvador to witness the beatification of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass in San Salvador, just a day after pleading and ordering soldiers to stop killing innocent civilians in El Salvador.
The following are reflections by Bishop Soto on his experience of the day.
“The crowd was buoyant with emotion as we processed in for the Mass and remained so during the course of the solemn ceremony. After Archbishop Romero was declared blessed a large image of him was unveiled to the delight of the multitude.
“Archbishop Romero died during a painful, anguishing civil war whose end was more due to the fatigue among the bitter adversaries than any true resolution.
“During my brief sojourn in the capital, San Salvador, there were chilling reminders of that conflict, though the peace agreement had been signed decades ago. Young soldiers with grim faces carried rifles half their size. Military officers with elaborate decorations posed in clusters around the sanctuary. Military helicopters hovered above. Their loud droning sound washed over the crowds. Military checkpoints were passed going in and out of the city.
“Security is still an issue in El Salvador as well as the other Central American countries. The bitter fruits of war have produced young gangs and crime cartels that formidably mock the sovereign authorities of the Central American governments.
In photo above, Bishop Soto greets Cardinal Roger Mahony, center, retired archbishop of Los Angeles, and Bishop Emeritus Ricardo Ramirez of Las Cruces, New Mexico, at the ceremony in San Salvador.
“Still, the faith of Blessed Oscar Romero -- the faith he had instilled in his people -- was the undimmed ray of hope during this morning's solemn rituals incorporating the courageous Salvadoran pastor among the blessed of heaven.
“I greeted most people with ‘felicidades’ (congratulations), to which they would smile back, ‘gracias’ (thank you). It seemed implicitly understood that Oscar Romero belonged to ‘el pueblo’ (the people). El Pueblo celebrated one of their own who had lived and died like their shepherd and savior, Jesus. The name of the country, "El Salvador", means "the Savior.”
“There were somewhere between 100 and 200 bishops, mostly from the El Salvador and neighboring Central American countries. There were more than 1,000 priests. The vast multitude of the faithful filled the plaza, went down the avenue and flowed into the adjoining streets.
“During the lengthy Communion time, between the hymns, an announcer would recite over the sound systems portions of Archbishop Romero's homilies. It was for these prophetic words -- condemning violence, encouraging dialogue, inspiring faith and announcing the just dominion of Jesus -- that he was seen as a threat. The archbishop's homilies were broadcast on the radio all across the country. In his last broadcasted homily, he called on soldiers not to kill their own people and to disobey their superiors’ orders to do so. Days later a soldier's bullet pierced his heart while he offered the Mass.
“The ceremony was conducted outside. The weather cooperated. The sun was warm. Scattered clouds provided some relief. The most enchanting moment occurred just after the apostolic declaration was read. A soft rainbow crescent formed in the sky over sanctuary as the reliquary with the blood-stained shirt of Blessed Romero was solemnly born on the shoulders of young priests up onto the sanctuary, next to the main altar. Heaven and earth were in unison with the Salvadoran people rejoicing in the still undaunted testimony of this modern martyr bishop.”
Take dad and family to the ballpark!
Celebrate Father's Day with Bishop Soto at Rivercats game on Sunday, June 21
Take Dad out to the ball park! Join Bishop Jaime Soto and families from across the diocese on Sunday, June 21 for a Father’s Day celebration at the Rivercats game at Raley Field in West Sacramento.
The gates to the ball park will open at 11 a.m. to play catch on the field with Bishop Soto. The bishop will offer a special blessing for fathers and grandfathers at 11:45 a.m. There will be an opportunity for photos with Bishop Soto. The bishop will throw out the first pitch at 12:55 p.m. There is free parking in Raley Field lots. On this “K-LOVE” Sunday Funday, kids can run the bases and get autographs.
a graduate of diocese's schools
Lincoln Snyder now serving as executive director of Catholic schools for diocese
Lincoln Snyder has been appointed by Bishop Jaime Soto as the new executive director of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Sacramento. He begins his service with the diocese on May 19.
Snyder is a graduate of St. John Vianney School in Rancho Cordova and Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He is currently completing his master’s degree in educational leadership at St. Mary’s College in Moraga.
His experience in Catholic education includes teaching social studies and German at Christian Brothers High School and serving for seven years on the Christian Brothers’ board of trustees, including a term as board chair. He speaks German and Polish fluently. He has also served as president of the Rotary Club of Sacramento.
Snyder has extensive experience in business, having worked as deputy director of sales for an international company, and most recently as vice president of a local commercial real estate company.
During his first 60 days on the job, Snyder is spending a great deal of time with on-site visits to meet principals and pastors, as well as faculty and families, according to the announcement of his appointment by Bishop Soto. He and his wife, Aga, have three sons: Benjamin, Kuba and Cornel.
help youth begin independent lives
Members of Divine Savior Parish in Orangevale aid foster youth program
Members of Divine Savior Parish in Orangevale recently donated more than 700 pounds of non-perishable food, paper goods and personal hygiene items to Sacramento County's Independent Living Program for foster youth.
Two collections per year by the parish provide all of the supplies for the program's food pantry. Peggy McDermott, food drive coordinator, said that Divine Savior Parish has been the food pantry's sole supplier for six years. Each June, Peggy also solicits gift card donations from parishioners for distribution to foster youth who have reached age 21 and need support as they begin independent lives.
The Independent Living Program, under the auspices of the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services, offers daily living skills designed to help current and former foster youth ages 16 to 21 achieve self-sufficiency before exiting the foster caer program. Counseling, job and housing assistance in addition to other resources are available at the program's offices. The food pantry relies strictly upon donations. To learn more about ILP and how your organization can help, call the ILP office at (916) 874-9308.
At Georgetown University
Bishop Soto participates in panel at Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty
Bishop Jaime Soto participated May 11 in the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. More than 120 participants are gathered for the three-day summit, representing a wide spectrum within Catholicism and Evangelicalism.
Organizers hoped that the common focus on poverty can overcome differences, in the broadest joint poverty discussion among the two denominations to date. "There are things that divide us, but what should not divide us is the ability to bring good news to the poor," said John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown, which hosted the event.
Robert Putnum, a sociologist at Harvard University and author of "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis," gave the opening presentation at the summit. Bishop Soto, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Campaign for Human Development, was among a panel of religious and national leaders responding to Putnum's presentation. The panelists discussed how Catholic, evangelical and other leaders can make overcoming poverty a clear moral imperative and urgent national priority.
During the panel discussion, Bishop Soto noted that society's emphasis on "tolerance" sometimes leads to indifference and acceptance. "There are things in society that are intolerable, like poverty and its impact on families and children, incarceration, the economic divide, the technological divide," he said. "These things should be intolerable for us; we cannot remain indifferent to this."
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 was not voted on and placed in the "suspense file" by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill is expected to be voted on by the full Senate on the floor before June 5. The deadline to pass bills originating in the Senate is June 5.
Senate Bill 128 passed the state Senate Judiciary Committee on April 7 on a party line vote of 4-2 as Democrats advanced the bill.
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 an earlier 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.)
The primary sponsors of SB 128 are Democratic Senators Lois Wolk of Davis and Bill Monning of Carmel.
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.
digital edition on this website
May-June issue of Catholic Herald magazine is
published, focusing on cultural feasts and devotions
The May-June 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 cultural feasts and devotions. The cover story features the family of Andre and Lisa DaSilva of St. Elizabeth Parish in Sacramento, who are part of the Portuguese Catholic community and are devoted to passing on their cultural and religious traditions to their family of four children.
Other feature stories include interviews with transitional deacons Victor Gutierrez and Michael Ritter, who will be ordained as priests for the Diocese of Sacramento on June 6; a feature on how the Chinese Catholic community is preserving a rich heritage for the Chinese-speaking faithful of the diocese; a feature on how Filipino Catholics in the diocese are devout in their faith and traditions; and interviews with three religious in consecrated life who say it opened doors to ministries they never imagined. 2015 is being celebrated as the Year of Consecrated Life worldwide.
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.
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Pope Francis offers prayers for Nepal quake victims; Catholic Relief Services assisting with relief efforts
Pope Francis has offered his prayers to all those affected by recent deadly earthquakes in Nepal and encouraged rescue and emergency workers in their efforts.
More than 5,000 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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