Bishop Soto at Opening Mass Sept. 22
40 Days for Life campaign of prayer held Sept. 24-Nov.2
From Sept. 24 through Nov. 2, Catholics throughout the diocese will join with people of faith across the nation for the ecumenical campaign called “40 Days for Life.” The life-saving, prayerful and peaceful ministry is endorsed by Bishop Jaime Soto and all Catholics are encouraged to participate.
The fall 40 Days for Life will be held in Sacramento and other cities within the Diocese of Sacramento.
40 Days for Life features three components: prayer and fasting for an end to abortion; a peaceful vigil in front of abortion businesses; and community outreach. The aim of 40 Days for Life is to help women who are facing the challenges of an unsupported pregnancy with whatever they might need so that they are better able to choose life for their pre-born children, while also offering love and healing to anyone who has been hurt by abortion.
In Sacramento, participants will hold a prayerful presence at the sidewalk in front of Women’s Health Specialists at 1442 Ethan Way. Participants will be there Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free parking is available on Hallmark Drive.
Bishop Soto will celebrate the diocese’s opening Mass for 40 Days for Life on Monday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. in St. Philomene Church, located at 2428 Bell St. in Sacramento. The praying of the rosary will precede the Mass at 5:30 p.m.
For more information about 40 Days for Life, contact Susan Money at (530) 320-1614 or email@example.com. Other 40 Days for Life locations within the diocese include Redding, Chico, Yuba City, Fairfield, Vacaville and Vallejo. Please visit the link below for more information.
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Bishop Soto to preside at Red Mass on Tues., Sept. 23
Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at the annual Red Mass on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento.
Attorneys, judges, elected and appointed officials and all those working in the legal system or involved in the process of government in the five-county Sacramento region are invited to attend the Mass.
The Red Mass is the traditional gathering of members of the legal profession and elected and appointed officials to invoke the aid of the spirit of God in their deliberations for the year to come.
Following the Mass, a 6 p.m. cocktail hour and 7 p.m. dinner event will be held at the Sutter Club,
where Bishop Soto will present Judge Troy L. Nunley with the St. Thomas More Award. The annual award honors a member of the legal profession within the diocese who has shown integrity in the practice of law, leadership in the community, and faithfulness to gospel values in his or her personal and professional life.
Nunley, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Sacramento, is a U.S. District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. He assumed his office on March 26, 2013. Nunley attended Catholic schools growing up in San Francisco and graduated from Sacred Heart High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College in Moraga and his juris doctorate from UC Hastings College of the Law before passing the bar exam in 1991. After 11 years as a lawyer – three each as a prosecutor in Alameda and Sacramento counties, two in private practice in San Leandro and three in the state attorney general’s office – he was appointed to the Sacramento County Superior Court by Gov. Gray Davis in 2002 and served there until 2013.
Tickets for the dinner event are available. For more information or reservations, contact Jessica Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ministry Days 2014 event is Sept. 26-27 at St. Francis
High School in Sacramento
The Diocese of Sacramento has announced Ministry Days 2014 on Sept. 26-27 with the theme, “Are Your Ears Ringing?"
The ministry days will be held at St. Francis High School, located at 5900 Elvas Ave. in Sacramento. Many inspirational keynote presentations, as well as practical and helpful workshops will be offered in both English and Spanish. Keynote speakers for the event are Robert Feduccia (English) and Sister Leticia Salazar, ODN (Spanish).
This year, Ministry Days “will focus on discernment: listening, seeing and responding to the call of the Lord,” says Bishop Jaime Soto in the Ministry Days registration booklet (see link below to download). “This year’s gathering is an opportunity to gain some knowledge, ideas and skills for ourselves and the people we serve,” Bishop Soto said. “Ministry Days is also an important opportunity to gather with other ministers – lay, religious and ordained, paid and volunteer – to network, share stories and support one another.”
Registration books are now available to download at www.ministrydays.com. You can also view the schedule, keynotes, workshops and presenters online.
Commemorating first filipino saint
Third annual Diocesan San Lorenzo Ruiz Fiesta is Sat., Sept. 27 in Roseville
The Filipino Apostolate of the Diocese of Sacramento will host the third annual diocesan San Lorenzo Ruiz Fiesta on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Parish, located at 615 Vine Ave. in Roseville.
The martyr, San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila, is the first Filipino saint. This year marks the 27th anniversary of his canonization. When told to renounce his Catholic faith to avoid martyrdom, San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila replied: “I will never deny the faith, because I am a Christian, and I shall die for God, and for him I would give many thousands.”
Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will preside at Mass in St. Rose Church at 10 a.m. The morning liturgy will be followed by a procession. The fiesta will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with food and entertainment, including Filipino songs and dances. For more information, contact Johnny Regadio, president of the Filipino Apostolate, at (916) 541-7905 or email@example.com.
Northern Valley Catholic Social Service (NVCSS) accepting donations to assist disaster efforts
Boles Fire destroys Holy Family Church, Hall in Weed
Bishop Jaime Soto celebrated Mass on Saturday, Sept. 20 in the Ford Theater at the College of the Siskyous in Weed with parishioners and friends of Holy Family Parish in the wake of the destructive Boles Fire, which destroyed Holy Family Church and Hall on Sept. 15 in Weed.
One day after the Boles fire erupted the magnitude of the damage became clear. More than 110 homes and businesses were been destroyed, as well as Holy Family Church and Hall. Bishop Jaime Soto asks for continued prayers for those affected by the wildfire. Water sources have been contaminated and the town is trying to recover from the fire in the weeks to come. Many families within the diocesan community are suffering enormous property losses.
In an interview with KCRA news, Holy Family Parish parochial administrator, Father Joshy Mathew, CMI, said that amid the tragedy and sadness, he would give thanks to God during Mass on Sept. 21. He will focus on being together and present with parishioners despite the losses. (View video clip at link below.)
Northern Valley Catholic Social Service (NVCSS) is accepting donations in response to many inquiries from people who want to offer help. Personal donations may be sent to:
Northern Valley Catholic Social Service
c/o Weed Fire Fund/Disaster Relief
2400 Washington Ave.
Redding, CA 96001
For college-age adults 18-35
Theology of the Body retreat at Marello Youth Retreat Center set for Oct. 24-26
Freedom to Love is a retreat experience that offers Saint John Paul II's masterwork “Theology of the Body” for college-aged students. The retreat is offered at Marello Youth Retreat Center in Loomis on Oct. 24-26 and delves into the mystery of God’s plan for love and life, emphasizing the sacredness of human relationship.
Father Sergio Perez, OSJ, will present the retreat specifically designed for young adults. In an age of sexual chaos, exploitation, broken families, and pain, Freedom to Love seeks to redefine authentic freedom within the context of Saint John Paul II’s message of love and human sexuality.
Participants, ages 18 through 35, are invited to submit a retreat application. Space is limited. The cost is $60 per person and includes meals. Applications must be received by Monday, Oct. 20.
Bishop Cotta to give opening prayer
Divine Mercy Conference set for Oct. 4 in Sacramento
The ninth annual Divine Mercy Conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Divine Mercy Parish, located at 2231 Club Center Drive in Sacramento. All are invite to attend the parish’s morning Mass at 8:30 a.m. and the vigil Mass at 5 p.m.
Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will give the opening prayer at the conference at 9:30 a.m. He will also offer commentary on the message of Divine Mercy.
The conference will include speaker Sister Ann Shields, host of a popular daily radio program, Food for the Journey. Sister Ann also is the author of the “Spiritual Fitness” column that is sometimes featured from Faith Catholic in Catholic Herald Magazine.
Marian Brother Kevin Gregorek also joins presenters with a wealth of experience in organizing and directing regional and national Divine Mercy events. He’ll share insights from his participation in the recent World Apostolic Congress of Mercy.
Save $5 with advance registration and pay only $20. Onsite registration is $25.
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'Called and Gifted' workshop offered on Oct. 10-11 to help laypeople discern their gifts
The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis is partnering with Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish to present the “Called and Gifted” workshop from the Catherine of Siena Institute on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11, at the parish, located at 4123 Robertson Ave. in Sacramento.
The workshop was founded by Sherry Wedell, author of “Forming Intentional Disciples,” and is designed to help laypeople discern the gifts they have received through baptism and confirmation and call them to serve. “Called and Gifted” is a two-day live presentation that includes church teaching on the laity and lay apostleship; the nature of spiritual gifts, call and vocation; and how to undertake the process of discernment. The workshop will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:309 p.m. on Saturday, with Mass at 8:30 a.m. The cost to attend is $15 per person.
According to Kevin Staszkow, director of the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis, it is the intention of the diocese to partner with four parishes this year to offer this workshop, “with the goal of empowering and activating the laity to live their lives as intentional disciples of Christ, serving the parish and the world and evangelizing others,” he said.
For more information about the workshop and to register as an individual or parish group online, visit the link below. Questions can be directed to Sid Curry at Presentation Parish at (916) 482-8883 or Lourdes Ramirez at the Diocesan Pastoral Center at (916) 733-0123.
the Calif. Safe neighborhoods act
California's Catholic bishops endorse Proposition 47 facing voters on November ballot
On behalf of all 12 California dioceses, the California Catholic Conference of Bishops Sept. 9 announced their endorsement of “The California Safe Neighborhoods Act,” which will appear as Proposition 47 on the November General Election Ballot.
The statement represents the unanimous endorsement of the state’s Catholic bishops and will be distributed to 10 million Catholics throughout California.
The California Safe Neighborhoods Act would implement much-needed sentencing reform and improve public safety by investing in victim assistance and prisoner rehabilitation.
The statement in favor of Proposition 47 is made by Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, who serves as president of the California Catholic Conference.
“All human life is sacred and, therefore, all social policies and actions in the realm of criminal justice – as with all of our individual and societal actions – must begin with respect for the life and dignity of the human person,” the statement reads. “In the context of criminal justice, this means that we must first stand in solidarity with victims. When families are shattered, communities are ripped apart and lives are destroyed.”
local officials in attendance
Groundbreaking held for new funeral center at St. Mary's Cemetery in Sacramento
Bishop Jaime Soto presided at a blessing and groundbreaking service in late August for the new funeral center to be built at St. Mary’s Cemetery, located at 6700 21st Ave. in Sacramento.
In photo above, joining in the groundbreaking are, left to right: Don Nottoli, Sacramento County Supervisor; Robert Seelig, CEO of Catholic Management Services; Mike Profumo, chairman of the Catholic Funeral and Cemetery board; Bishop Soto; Auxiliary Bishop Myron Cotta; Kevin McCarty, Sacramento City Council; Raymond Gierut, associate director, Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services; and Theresa Richards, client director, Catholic Management Services.
St. Mary’s Cemetery now offers immediate and advanced planning funeral services. The recently completed additions to St. Mary’s Cemetery offers families a wider selection of options, such as traditional upright monuments, traditional ground burials, family mausoleums, inside chapel glass niches, and niche columbarium. Mass is celebrated every Saturday at 10 a.m. to pray for the faithful departed buried here.
establishes scholarship in his name
St. Patrick's Academy in Sacramento dedicates bench on campus to Msgr. Edward Kavanagh for his legacy in Catholic education
In honor of his continued work for those in need, as well as his love of Catholic education, St. Patrick’s Academy, located at 5945 Franklyn Blvd. in Sacramento, recently installed a bench on campus dedicated to Msgr. Edward Kavanagh. Msgr. Kavanagh served as pastor of St. Rose Parish for 44 years before his retirement in 2006, and also from 1954 to 2005 as director of St. Patrick’s Home for Children. He served at St. Patrick’s as an associate pastor from 1948 to 1962.
The bench was placed in Mary’s Garden, focal point of the campus of St. Patrick’s Academy, “for all to use in times of reflection and celebration,” said Laura Allen, principal of St. Patrick’s Academy. “We wanted a place for all people to come and be reminded of the many blessings St. Patrick’s Home for Children and Msgr. Kavanagh have given the Sacramento community.” A dedication service for the bench took place on Aug. 25, the first day of school for students for the 2014-2015 school year.
The bench was made possible by the generosity of the women of Soroptimist Interational of Sacramento, Inc.
Allen also announced the establishment of the “Msgr. Edward J. Kavanagh Scholarship Fund” in honor of Msgr. Kavanagh. She said he has assisted hundreds of children over decades to receive a Catholic education -- many who would not have been able to afford tuition. Donations to this fund will be designated to assist needy families with tuition assistance so that their children may attend St. Patrick’s Academy. Those who wish to make donations can contact Joaquin Razo at (916) 421-4963, ext. 153. “Together we can continue Msgr. Kavanagh’s legacy and passion for Catholic education for all children,” Allen said.
(In photo above, left to right: Father Francisco Hernandez, chaplain of St. Patrick’s Academy and director of vocations for the Diocese of Sacramento; Nancy Wolford-Landers, parliamentarian of Soroptimist International; Phyllis Hayashi, president of Soroptimist International; and Laura Allen, principal of St. Patrick’s Academy.)
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Sept.-Oct. issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published with theme of respect life
The September-October 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 the magazine is respect life issues and the changing role of grandparents today. The magazine features a cover story and interview with Sharon Embrey of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Vallejo, who is a full-time mom to her grandkids, Jamey and Daniel. She has adopted her grandchildren as a result of her daughter's mental illness and drug addiction, which leaves her daughter unable to take care of and raise her children. Sharon is a regular presence at St. Catherine of Siena School, where Jamey is now in seventh grade and Daniel in third grade.
Other feature stories include a story on how public health expert, Dr. Stephen McCurdy of UC Davis, views life issues from both a scientific perspective and as a faithful Catholic; how teens Matthew Bajamundi and Julia Stromick, demonstrate pro-life leadership and activism at their high schools; how Susan Money, a member of St. Joseph Parish in Lincoln and the director of Sacramento 40 Days for Life, helped Jean Groth save the life of her son, Christopher; and how winemaker Aimee Sunseri and Trappist monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina are on a quest to become closer to God.
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.
located in Rancho Cordova
Auxiliary Bishop Cotta blesses new production center of Shalom Media USA
Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta recently visited and blessed the new production center of Shalom Media USA in Rancho Cordova. The production center was established in February 2014 prior to the launch of the ministry’s new 24/7 Catholic family channel, “Shalom World TV.” The channel’s website is www.shalomworld.org/live.
Bishop Cotta was joined in the visit by Father Chuck Kelly, pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Rancho Cordova; Father Siby Kurian of Infant Jesus Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Sacramento; Father James Narithookkil, CMI, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Sacramento; Deacon Ralph Poyo; and David Hornebeck, director of community relations at Immaculate Heart Radio. Four full-time staff of Shalom Media USA and 15 supporters also joined in the visit.
Bishop Cotta said he was pleased that the family TV channel exists and that the production center, located in the Diocese of Sacramento, serves as a resource for Catholics in California and a model of using modern technology in the church’s evangelization efforts.
(In photo above, Bishop Cotta is welcomed by Elaine Massey, as Joseph Varghese, a member of Shalom Media USA’s board of directors, looks on.)
funds donated for roof repair
Alumni gather at reunion
for 90th anniversary of
former Holy Angels School
Some 300 alumni and friends of the former Holy Angels School in downtown Sacramento gathered in August at an afternoon reunion to mark what would have been the school’s 90th anniversary. The event took place at St. Stephen’s Hall, adjacent to Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, which was the gym and cafeteria during the school’s operation.
Alumni of Holy Angels School presented a check for $1,250 to Bishop Jaime Soto and Father Rodolfo Llamas, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, to assist with repair of the roof of the building, which is now a charter school. In photo above, the check is presented to Bishop Soto and Father Llamas from the reunion committee.
opportunities to gather in faith
Events offered for young adults in diocese
Events for young adults will be offered in the coming months in the Diocese of Sacramento.
On Monday, Oct. 6, and Monday, Dec. 1, ADOREMUS (Young Adults Adore, Sacramento), will be held at 7 p.m. at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, located at 711 T Street in Sacramento. The evening starts with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, featuring live chant and polyphony, followed by reconciliation and benediction. The event is cross-cultural and trans-lingual. Afterward, fellowship will continue at a local eatery. Any young adult is invited to attend, Catholic or non-Catholic.
'a means of promoting the new evangelization'
Bishop Myron J. Cotta reflects on the annual Freeport/Clarksburg Festa in honor of the Holy Spirit
It has now been almost six months since my episcopal ordination as Auxiliary Bishop of Sacramento. During these months, I have become acquainted with many aspects of the Diocese of Sacramento: from getting to know the clergy and religious; attending several of our Catholic school events; and visiting the youth and faithful of the parishes throughout the diocese during the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
I have had the opportunity to meet many of the heads of leadership among the numerous boards, committees, councils, foundations, etc. that contribute to the life of our Diocese. It is a blessing to see the great number of people who give of their time and talent, not to mention their treasure, all for the sake of the Kingdom of God.
Shortly upon my arrival, I was introduced to the parish and the Portuguese community of St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Sacramento and later had the pleasure to accept the invitation of Father Dan Madigan to celebrate the annual Freeport/Clarksburg festa in honor of the Holy Spirit at St. Joseph Parish. Over the years, I have participated in many “festas,” but this was the first time celebrating a festa with the community as a newly-ordained bishop.
faith catholic special report
Christians in the crossfire in Iraq, Syria and the Mideast
Today, Christians are the most persecuted religious group on the planet.
Two years ago, the Pew Forum estimated that Christians face persecution in a staggering total of 133 countries, representing two-thirds of all nations on earth. In the same period, the Germany-based International Society for Human Rights, a secular organization, estimated that 80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world are directed against Christians.
In all, some 150,000 Christians are killed for their faith each year, according to both the Catholic relief agency Aid to the Church in Need and the evangelical group Open Doors. It should come as no surprise then that the current conflicts in the Middle East have once again found Christians caught in the crossfire.
Pope Francis has repeatedly expressed his concerns over what is taking place in the Middle East. While 97 percent of Iraq’s 36 million inhabitants are Muslims, the majority of Iraqi Christians are Chaldeans, who are in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church The pope has appealed for “all necessary help” to be given to those who have been forced to leave their homes and “whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others.”
searchable PDF on this website
Diocese of Sacramento 2014 Directory now available
The 2014 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 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.
one campaign update
Catholics from across the diocese pledge $32.5 million
August 1 marked the 11th month of the ONE Campaign for the Diocese of Sacramento. To date, Catholics across the diocese have pledged over $32.5 million.
“On behalf of Bishop Jaime Soto and The Catholic Foundation, I would like to say thank you,” said Rick Maya, executive director of The Catholic Foundation. “Just as impressive is parishioners’ response to Bishop Soto’s challenge to commit to serve five million hours of community service and five million hours of faith formation. The essence of the ONE Campaign is to give, serve and pray – together.”
“The call to commit time in faith formation offers us the opportunity to learn more about our faith and strengthen our relationship with Christ,” Maya said. “We are often amazed at the wonderful ways the hours are being fulfilled. Hundreds of hours are being fulfilled by way of our Catholic radio station, where people are participating in the ‘Catholicism’ series (Father Robert Barron). Others are re-engaging in various programs and ministries at the local parish level.”
So far in the ONE Campaign, as of July 30, the total number of donors is more than 11,000, 2.7 million service hours have been pledged and 6 million faith formation hours have been pledged.
Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies Program is open
for more to take courses
Classes for the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program are being offered by the diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis in 2014.
The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program presents a vision for engaging youth in the parish community and provides practical tools, models and examples for parish youth ministry development. The program consists of eight weekend courses over a period of two years.
The courses and dates remaining are:
—Oct. 11-12, 2014: Evangelization and Catechesis
—Nov. 8-9, 2014: Justice and Service
For questions or more information, contact the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis at (916) 733-0123 or send an email inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. See the links below also for more information and to register.
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