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candles lighted

at st. Isidore Parish in Yuba City

'Called and Gifted' workshop offered on Saturday, May 27


The diocese’s Office of North State Catholic Revival, in collaboration with St. Isidore Parish in Yuba City, will present the “Called and Gifted” workshop from the Catherine of Siena Institute on Saturday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Isidore Church, located at 222 Clark Ave in Yuba City. The workshop will be given in both English and Spanish.

The workshop is an opportunity to deepen your relationship with Jesus and to discover God’s plan for your life. Through the “Called and Gifted” discernment process, you will learn about the church’s teaching on the laity and lay apostleship; the nature of spiritual gifts, call and vocation. the workshop is especially useful for active parishioners, young adults, new or returning Catholics, those interested in religious vocations, those active in ministry and parish staff and leadership. The cost to attend is $30 per person, including lunch and materials.

To register as an individual or parish group online for the workshop, visit the link below. For questions, contact Susan Burky at (530) 673-1573, ext. 42. For questions about registration and more information, contact Richard Cherveny at (530) 366-7954.

bullet with text Link here to register for the "Called and Gifted" 'workshop on May 27





woman with iphone

collection taken up in parishes

Catholic Communication Campaign is May 27-28


Parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento will take up a second collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign during liturgies the weekend of May 27-28.


The collection is an annual national appeal to support evangelization thorugh the Internet, television, radio and print publications.

Through the generous donations of parishioners, the CCC is able to spread the message of the Gospel. The CCC funds the development of traditional and new media programs that inspire and minister to their audiences.

Half of the collection from the Diocese of Sacramento stays in the diocese to support local communication efforts, while the other half supports national Catholic media initiatives. To find out more about the work of the Catholic Communication Campaign, visit www.usccb.org/ccc.





Calvary cemetery

at catholic cemeteries in diocese

Masses on Memorial Day,

May 29, to honor men and women of the armed forces


The Diocese of Sacramento will honor men and women of the armed forces with Masses at Catholic cemeteries on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.

The public is invited to join Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta as he shares a Mass of remembrance for the dearly departed. He will preside at Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Cemetery & Funeral Center chapel, located at 6509 Fruitridge Ave. in Sacramento. A light reception will follow in the St. Mary Funeral Center reception room.

Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand will celebrate a Mass of remembrance for the dearly departed at 10 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery & Funeral Center Chapel, located at 7101 Verner Ave. in Citrus Heights.

Father Honesto Giles will celebrate a Mass of remembrance for the dearly departed at 10 a.m. at All Souls Cemetery & Funeral Center Chapel, located at 550 Glen Cove Road in Vallejo.

For more information, call St. Mary Cemetery & Funeral Center at (916) 452-4831.


bullet with text Link here for more information about Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services





Calvary cemetery

rising from the ashes

Bishop Soto to preside

at rite of dedication, blessing of new Holy Family Church in Weed on Monday, May 29


Parishioners, friends and members of the local community will gather on Monday, May 29 at 11 a.m. in celebration as Bishop Jaime Soto presides at the dedication Mass and blessing of the new Holy Family Church and parish facilities in Weed.

Holy Family has been without a church building since Sept. 15, 2014, when a grass fire broke out near Boles Creek just east of the town in Siskiyou County. The Boles fire was pushed so fast over Highway 97 and uphill by 45 mile-per-hour winds that by the time fire crews arrived, it had already taken out several homes. In a short amount of time it tore through three neighborhoods, part of an elementary school, several outbuildings at the lumber mill, and two churches. The fire flattened Holy Family Church and its parish hall at 1051 North Davis Ave.

Holy Family Parish soon after began plans for construction of the 15,000-square-foot building that includes a new main church, chapel, kitchen, classrooms, offices and parish hall.

The modern and elegant design of the new structure accommodates the present day needs of the parish and offers state of the art sustainable, building systems performance and energy efficiency.

Seventy to 100 parishioners served on more than 30 committees to assist in the plans, preparations and details for the church interior and dedication, says Father Joshy Mathew, CMI parochial administrator since February 2014.

“Over the past two-and-a-half years, our parish community has grown closer," Father Joshy notes. "We have weathered and sometimes muddled through the building proces. By God's grace and our combined human efforts, we are ready to move into our newly-built spiritual home. And what a beautiful and serence structure it is for our community to worship and give praise to the Lord!"


Read more about Holy Family Parish and see photos of the dedication in the upcoming July-August issue of Catholic Herald Magazine.





SVDP dinner award

at 11th annual benefit for

the poor May 19

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Sacramento presents Benefactor Award to Sally

and David Leatherby


The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Sacramento presented its annual Benefactor Award to Sally and David Leatherby and their family for their example as a “living testimony to Christian life.” The award was given during the 11th annual Benefit for the Poor dinner May 19. (In photo above, left to right: Sally and Dave Leatherby, Paul Starkey, SVdP Sacramento Council president, and Bishop Jaime Soto. Cathy Joyce photo; story by Patrick Joyce)

The family was honored for their generosity that has touched the lives of countless individuals and groups, including the Trappist monks at Vina, Wellspring Women’s Center, the Sacramento Life Center, Loaves and Fishes, the Sisters of Charity at Presentation Parish, and the employees of their business, the Leathery Family Creamery in Sacramento.

David Leatherby, Sr. told the audience how the family tradition of Christian service began. “My mother was always helping people. We were always taking people in,” he said. “I was with her once, and a homeless guy came up and asked for money. I almost always give money to them but that day I didn’t. She grabbed me by the arm and said ‘David, don’t you ever do that again. Don’t you ever say ‘no.’”

Dave Casper, football All American from the Unversity of Norte Dame and Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame tight end, told the gathering he had come to talk about faith, not football.

“I’m not here to tell you the great life I’ve lived. I was good at football but that’s gone,” he said. “There’s a period of time when you see death coming. I think that’s a fortunate thing. Jesus saw death coming and went through it. On that day you’re not going to think about a touchdown pass. You’re going to think about somebody’s face.”

“When I look back on my life, it only makes sense later. When you look at the end of your life you see the big picture. We go through life and we see some of the doors we stand in front of are not the right doors. You’re first in line but it’s the wrong door. So you have to go stand in line at another door.”

bullet with text Link here for more information about the St. Vincent de Paul Society





ministry days 2017 image

calling all speakers!

Now accepting workshop proposals for Ministry Days


Ministry Days 2017 is the largest gathering of ministers, catechists and Catholic school teachers in the Diocese of Sacramento. The event is an excellent opportunity to network with others who serve the diocese's parishes and schools.


This year's conference will be held at St. Francis High School in Sacramento, on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29-30. The theme for this year's conference is "How Do You Know Me? ¿De Dónde Me Conoces?"

We are now accepting workshop proposals for Ministry Days. Proposals are due by June 1, and you will be notified if your workshop has been accepted by June 9. If you have any questions, please contact Christine Vincent at 916-733-0155 or cvincent@scd.org. Proposals may be submitted here: https://catholic.formstack.com/forms/md_workshops





young adults

please fill out this survey!

Young adults in diocese asked to participate in survey for Oct. 2018 Synod of Bishops at the Vatican


Young adults in the Diocese of Sacramento are being asked for their input in regard to the upcoming Synod of Bishops in 2018 on "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment."


James Ross, regional coordinator of youth and young adults, has sent a letter to young adults asking for their input by filling out a simple questionnaire that will be sent with results to the Vatican. "Your input is very important in order to prepare a final executive summary for Bishop Jaime Soto to present to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican," Ross says.


To read the letter from James Ross and Kevin Staszkow, director of the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis in the diocese, click on the link below. To answer the questionnaire, also click on the link below.


bullet with text Link here to read the letter about the survey for young adults

bullet with text Link here to fill out the questionnaire for young adults





hands of consolation

in sacramento or via livestream

Ministry of consolation training offered June 10-11


The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis and Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services will offer a two-day workshop to provide training for anyone who wishes to comfort and support others who have experienced a loss.

The workshop will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. live at St. Mary Cemetery and Funeral Center, located at 6509 Fruitridge Road in Sacramento, or at home via Internet live stream. Participants must attend both days and should bring a bag lunch for the session on June 10.

The presenters will be Deacon Mike and Chaplain Barb Turner, grief ministry trainers for the Diocese of Sacramento.

Through a generous donation from Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services, there is no cost to participants to attend the workshop. Pre-registration is needed by June 2.

For more information or to register, contact Steve Patton at (916) 733-0133 or spatton@scd.org.


bullet with text Link here for more information about Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services





migrant child and immigration officer

statement issued on may 12

California bishops urge church and society to

support immigrant families


In a statement issued May 12 in advance of Mother's Day, California's Catholic bishops are urging public servants to promote laws and procedures that honor and stengthen family bonds.


"The common good of society relieis on the well-being of families," the bishops state. "The social fabric unravels when families break down and break apart. Thse self-evident truths underlie the prudent principle of family unification stressed whenever possible in many aspects of social policy. family unification has been a bedrock precept of immigration law. Immigrants should be treated not just as hands for labor, but also as members of families. The history of immigration is a stirring narrative of men and women seeking a better life, not just for themselves but for their children and families as well."


The bishops added: "This proud familial legacy, deeply entwined with the growth and expansion of America, is betrayed by immigrant enforcement efforts that would leave children without their mothers and fathers, force parents to withdraw their children from school and church for fear of detection, and disrupt the healthy social rhythms of a a neighborhood with unwarranted intrusions."


The bishops noted that immigrant families "are often the most vulnerable victims of criminal activity. They should not be reluctant to ask for protection against those who would threaten them. Law enforcement should support them, honor the sanctuary of the home and make the integrity of families a priority." (Visit the links below to read the entire text of the statement in English or Spanish.)

bullet with text Link here to read the entire text of the California bishops' statement in English

bullet with text Link here to read the entire text of the California bishops' statement in Spanish





Bishop Soto in chapel

offers thanks to anyone who

has stood in peaceful prayer

In letter, Bishop Jaime Soto addresses the recent closing of Women's Health Specialists abortion facility in Sacramento


In a a May 11 letter to the faithful of the Diocese of Sacramento, Bishop Jaime Soto addressed the recent closing of the Women's Health Specialists abortion facility in Sacramento after its being in operation for the past 42 years.


"Year after year, on the sidewalk in front of this facility, there has been a steadfast presence of faith-filled people peacefully praying and offering a testimony of hope," Bishop Soto wrote. "Whether or to what extent this witness led to the closing of this facility should not be part of our Christian calculation. What matters is those involved through these many years were patient. They persevered and they trusted that God would bring about his saving work in his own time."


The bishop added: "It is clear, though, that whenever there is any prayerful sidewalk presence of even one person, the no-show rates at an abortion center will tend to increase. This presence, portrayed as a threat by pro-abortion proponents, is in fact a light of friendship and hope leading women away from the shadows of fear and desperation."


Bishop Soto offered his thanks to anyone who has ever stood, even once, in peaceful prayer in front of any abortion facility. "Among these many people, special thanks are due to Wynette Sills and Susan Money for their years-long, year-round, rain-or-shine, loving presence on the sidewalk, as well as for their steadfast leadership and support of so many others."

bullet with text Link here to read the entire text of the letter from Bishop Jaime Soto





family at prayer

pray together as a family

Evenings of prayer offered in honor of centennial of Our Lady

of Fatima in 2017


As the Diocese of Sacramento during 2017 observes the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, the faithful are invited to attend evenings of prayer to pray as a family in community.

Each of the evenings will include the Blessed Sacrament exposed, a family rosary, the sacrament of reconciliation and prayer time. Some parishes will also host a procession.

The evenings of prayer will be held on the following dates, times and locations:


--Tuesday, June 13: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Blessed Sacrament exposed, family rosary, confession and prayer time. At St. Mary Church, 1333 58th St. in Sacramento.


--Thursday, July 13: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Blessed Sacrament exposed, family rosary, confession and prayer time. At All Hallows Church, 5501 14th Ave. in Sacramento.


--Sunday, Aug. 13: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Procession, Blessed Sacrament exposed, family rosary, confession and prayer time. At Immaculate Conception Church, 3263 1st Ave. in Sacramento.


--Wednesday, Sept. 13: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Blessed Sacrament exposed, family rosary, confession and prayer time. At Good Shepherd Church, 9539 Racquet Ct. in Elk Grove.


--Friday, Oct. 13: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Blessed Sacrament exposed, family rosary, confession and prayer time. at St. Ignatius Church, 3235 Arden Way in Sacramento.


For more information, call Jennifer Havey at (916) 452-2111.





Catholic Herald magazine

digital edition on this website

May-June issue of

Catholic Herald magazine

is published; stories feature

campus ministry in diocese


The May-June 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 May-June issue is Newman Center ministry (campus ministry) in the Diocese of Sacramento. The cover story features how campus ministry at the Newman Center at UC Davis keeps students connected to Catholicism. Gaby Gutierrez, Lawrence Simon and Athena Elaog, student leaders at the Newman Catholic Center, share their thoughts on how being involved in campus ministry helps them deepen spirituality and prayer in their lives and broadens their understanding of their faith.

Other feature stories include a feature on finding joy and Jesus on campus for student leaders at the Newman Center at CSU-Chico; how student leaders at the Newman Center at CSU-Sacramento take their cue from Christ to welcome students "to the table"; how Edrick Bondoc, director of the Newman Center at UC Davis helps students find a place for Catholic faith and a range of prayer styles in their lives; and how much-needed capital improvements are in the works to meet the growing student populations at the Newman Centers in Chico and Davis.


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





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





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