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Announcing the 2015

Year of Consecrated Life


As the Catholic Church prepares of celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations is promoting “Days with Religious” initiatives and resources to help families learn about the consecrated life of religious men and women. Activities will focus on sharing experiences of prayer, service and community life with those living a consecrated life.


“Our brothers and sisters in Christ living consecrated lives make great contributions to our society through a vast number of ministries,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the USCCB. “They teach in our schools, take care of the poor and the sick, and bring compassion and the love of Christ to those shunned by society; others lead lives of prayer in contemplation for the world.”


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.”


bullet with text Link here for videos and resources from the USCCB on the Year of Consecrated Life

bullet with text Link here to read a special report from Faith Catholic on the Year of Consecrated Life





Bishop Cotta blesses vineyards

with three varieties of grapes

Bishop Cotta blesses new vineyards at Calvary Cemetery in Sacramento


Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta, joined by Deacon Richard Driggs of St. Clare Parish in Roseville, formally blessed the new vineyard at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Sacramento on

Nov. 14.


For the past several months, a portion of the empty land on the east side of the mausoleum at Calvary Catholic Cemetery was cleared and converted to become a vineyard, which will eventually produce altar wine for local parishes. At the blessing, Steve Koch of K&M Vineyards, the farmer contracted to install and cultivate the vines, noted that there are three varieties of grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Primitivo and Malbec) on the 9.3 acres, with a total of about 7,543 individual plants.


The history of Calvary Catholic Cemetery dates to 1953, when Bishop Robert Armstrong consecrated more than 53 acres in Sacramento/Citrus Heights area to be used exclusively as holy ground for burying the dead and to allow the living to memorialize them. In the future, Calvary Catholic Cemetery will also be the site of a funeral center operated by the Diocese of Sacramento.


bullet with text Link to more information about Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services in Sacramento





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assisting people in need

Annual Catholic Appeal releases its 2014 'Report of Gratitude' to parishioners


Bishop Jaime Soto invites all parishioners to view the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal “Report of Gratitude” by visiting www.tcfsac.org.


Bishop Soto notes in the report: “Every time a family has a breakthrough, a child finds safety and hope, a marginalized individual finds the strength to rebuild a life of dignity, a seminarian moves closer to ordination, or a student is able to stay in Catholic school, we think of you, or donors. Thank you for your support this year. Please take a moment to see the difference you’ve made in 2014.”


The report shares details about how parish participation has impacted the lives of thousands of people in need of assistance. The 2014 ACA is approaching $3 million from nearly 19,000 Catholics in the Diocese of Sacramento. The Catholic Foundation is till accepting donations for 2014. You can donate online by visiting www.tcfsac.org. Twenty-five percent of ACA donations are returned to each individual parish for their own outreach to people who need help.


bullet with text Click here to read the 2014 "Report of Gratitude"





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'Building Blocks for a Great Website' workshop offered for parishes on Wed., Dec. 3


Looking for ways to start a website or update the one you have? In today’s digital world, having a website alone is not enough to have an online presence. Additional work must be done to make your website and your message stand out.


Arnell Ignacio, coordinator for evangelization, new media and marketing for the diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis will offer a workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. titled “Building Blocks for a Great Website.” The workshop will focus on the basics of website design and layout, what tools to use to build a website, and how to optimize a website for search engines. Some html knowledge is helpful, but not necessary. The workshop is designed to provide parishes and ministries a means to build or upgrade to a modern website quickly and cost-effectively.


Attendees can choose to attend the session at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, located at 2110 Broadway in Sacramento, or at a video conference site in Chico, Truckee or Redding.

The cost to attend is $10 per person. Visit the link below to register. For more information, call Arnell Ignacio at (916) 733-0154 or email to aignacio@scd.org.

bullet with text Link here to register for the Dec. 3 workshop

bullet with text Link here to download a flyer for the Dec. 3 "Building Blocks" workshop





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Workshop offered on Dec. 6 in Oroville for catechists

and faith formation ministers


A workshop will be offered by the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis on Saturday, Dec. 6 for all catechists, those working in faith formation, parents and others interested in learning more about their faith.


“Developing Lesson Plans and Catechetical Sessions,” a workshop presented in English and Spanish, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, located at 1330 Bird St. in Oroville. There is no cost to attend.


The workshop in English will be given by Ian Emperador and the workshop in Spanish will be given by Teresa Donan. The workshop will explore the importance of not only understanding the topic to be taught, but also preparing and planning for the catechetical session. Practical and creative classroom models for hadning on the faith will be shared.


For more information about this workshop in English, call Rosina Hendrickson at (916) 733-0153 or email to rhendrickson@scd.org. For the workshop in Spanish, call Ana Ibarra at (916) 733-0131 or email to aibarra@scd.org. Register at the link below.


bullet with text Click here to register for the Dec. 6 workshop in Oroville

bullet with text Click here to download the flyer for the Dec. 6 workshop in Oroville





Bishop Myron Cotta

At Easter's Faith formation Center

Auxiliary Bishop Myron Cotta to speak on Sat., Dec. 6 on 'Ways to Celebrate Christmas'


Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will give a presentation titled "Ways to Celebrate Christmas" on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at Easter's Faith Formation Center, located 5290 Auburn Blvd. (inside Copenhagen Plaza) in Sacramento.


Bishop Cotta will present ways to renew this season in your home, your family and your heart. Bishop Cotta has served as auxiliary bishop of the diocese since his ordination on March 25, 2014. He grew up on his family's dairy farm in the community of Dos Palos in Merced County.


For more information, call Easter's Faith Formation at (916) 338-7272.


bullet with text Link to more information from Easter's Faith Formation website





Theology of Body retreat

Theology of the Body

Retreat weekend offered for teens and youth ministers at Marello Youth Retreat Center in Loomis Jan. 16-18


The Oblates of St. Joseph will offer a “Theology of the Body” retreat weekend for teens ages 14-17 and their youth ministers on Jan. 16-18 at Marello Youth Retreat Center, located at 6530 Wells Ave. in Loomis.


Participants will be introduced to Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and how to unfold the pope’s theology in understandable terms for teenagers.


The cost for the weekend retreat is $60 per person, which includes meals on Saturday and Sunday. Participants are asked to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Individual parishes/chaperones must collect funds and coordinate a group payment to the Marello Youth Retreat Center due by Jan. 7.


For more information, call Lynette Magnino at (916) 652-6155 or email your inquiry to info@marelloyrc.org.


bullet with text Link here to download a flyer about the Theology of the Body retreat weekend

bullet with text Link here to download an application for the retreat weekend





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'Many will find some hope...'

Bishop Jaime Soto, president of CA Catholic Conference, issues statement regarding President Obama's executive action on immigration


Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, President of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following statement with regard to the President Obama's executive action on immigration:


"Comprehensive immigration reform is long overdue in the United States. The Bishops of California welcome the President’s action to offer some humanitarian relief for hard-working families who have lived in the shadows for too long.


“As pastors we witness firsthand the needless strain and pain the broken immigration system has inflicted on our communities. Respect for human life and dignity demands that our national leaders put people before politics. They should reform the immigration system, adhering to the traditional, sound principals of U.S. immigration: family unity, proper protection of our borders, and addressing the root cause of forced migration. An essential part of the solution should include a legalization program with an earned path to citizenship.


“We acknowledge that many will find some hope and peace-of-mind by this action. Parents and children will no longer live in fear of being separated. Growers and other employers will know their valued, productive employees are safe. Law enforcement will be able to work more closely with immigrant families to ensure the safety and tranquility of their communities. As we have done for many years through our Catholic Charities and other partners, we will continue to assist them in obtaining the benefits provided by law.


“We advise caution and patience while the details of the President’s order are carefully evaluated. With time, we will understand how the order will be implemented. Be wary of any unscrupulous attempts to exploit unsuspecting immigrants by offering quick solutions.


“We call on Congress and the President to work together toward a more comprehensive response to the humanitarian crisis of a broken immigration system. We will work with the California Congressional delegation and the President to accomplish that goal.”


bullet with text Link to more information and Bishop Soto's statement in Spanish from the CA Catholic Conference website

bullet with text Link here to statements from USCCB leaders regarding the President's executive action





Filipino priests at assembly

Held in Diocese of Orlando, Fla.

Filipino priests of diocese attend national assembly, focus on sharing their call


Several Filipino priests of the Diocese of Sacramento recently attended the second national assembly of the National Association of Filipino Priests held in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 4-7.


Attending from the diocese were, left to right: Father Arbel Cabasagan, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Colusa; Father Rey Bersabal, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Folsom; Father Bong Rojas, pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Sacramento; Father Benedict De Leon, pastor of St. Theresa Parish in South Lake Tahoe; and Father Carlo Tejano, parochial vicar of St. Joseph Parish in Elk Grove.


The theme of the gathering was “Nurturing, Sharing and Witnessing Our Call.” Among the speakers were retired Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle, and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila.


bullet with text Link to the website of the National Association of Filipino Priests





David Gasman hands over gavel

a dedicated presence in redding

Deacon David Gasman

steps down as NVCSS board president after 27 years

of volunteer service


On Nov. 10, after nearly 27 years of volunteer service to Northern Valley Catholic Social Service’s board of directors, Deacon David Gasman (at right in photo) stepped down from his role as board president.


Deacon Gasman has been part of NVCSS since it was founded in May 1986, and was elected board president in April 1988.  He is responsible for hundreds of tours of the agency in Shasta County and has been an integral part of many successful fundraising campaigns and events. He and his family have contributed significantly to the NVCSS endowment fund, which will allow the agency to develop new programs in the future that align with the mission of NVCSS when no other funding sources are available.


“Change is expected after 26-plus years of service to the agency, but change can be supportive to its future growth,” he noted. He will continue to participate on the board as past president and remain active in other volunteer roles from “tour guide” to member of the finance committee and housing board.


Keith Hunting, a certified public accountant, has been appointed as president of the board of directors. He has been a member of the NVCSS board for the past 16 years and has served as vice-chair for the past 10 years. He also serves the agency by participating on the finance committee, chairing the investment committee, and is a member of the housing board and board of directors’ nominating committee.


bullet with text Link to the website of Northern Valley Catholic Social Service




Pope Francis

during world meeting of families

Pope Francis announces September 2015 visit to U.S.


Pope Francis on Nov. 17 officially announced that he will visit the United States in September 2015, including a visit to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.


"I wish to confirm, if God wills it, that in September of 2015 I will go to Philadelphia for the Eighth World Meeting of Families," he announced at Vatican City's Synod Hall Nov. 17 during his remarks at an international colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman.


The Philadelphia World Meeting of Families will take place from Sept. 22-27. Even before the pope's announcement, the meeting was expected to draw tens of thousands of people. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia had told a gathering of Catholic bishops last week that a papal visit would likely result in crowds of about one million.


A global Catholic event, the world meeting seeks to support and strengthen families. St. John Paul II founded the event in 1994 and it takes place every three years.


bullet with text Link here to read the rest of this story from Catholic News Agency

bullet with text Link here for more information from the World Meeting of Families website




Divine Savior parishioners

Three-week trip to rural villages

Orangevale parishioners who are lay Salvatorians help Tanzanian children with

shoes and school uniforms


Mary Jo and Mark Verke, lay Salvatorians and members of Divine Savior Parish in Orangevale, recently returned from their 14th trip to Tanzania. The three-week trip centered on rural villages in the Morogoro region of central Tanzania, which is an area characterized by abject poverty, blistering heat, infectious diseases and minimal medical care.


Most of the children do not own shoes and must walk everywhere on dirt roads. Mary Jo and Mark distributed 1,600 pairs of children’s shoes in 15 different schools and villages throughout the region. They were able to carry 100 pairs of shoes as baggage; the rest were purchased locally with generous monetary donations contributed by Divine Savior parishioners. Children are required to wear school uniforms, which are expensive for poor families. The Verkes were able to purchase 300 locally-made simple white cotton shirts, which outfitted an entire school.


“We always receive so much more than we give on these trips,” Mary Jo says. “It’s gratifying to help the children in such a simple way. Purchasing shoes and shirts made in Tanzania supports the local economy. We hope to be able to continue this mission.”


bullet with text Link to the website of Divine Savior Parish in Orangevale





Youths in prayer

faith catholic special report

Follow-up and analysis: Extraordinary Synod on the Family 2014 Final Relatio


The Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops was held in the Vatican Oct. 5-19. The theme for the assembly was "The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization."


The Extraordinary Synod was tasked with defining the "state of the question" and with collecting the bishops' experiences and proposals "in proclaiming and living the Gospel of the Family in a credible manner." The Ordinary General Assembly, scheduled for October 2015, will next "seek working guidelines" in the pastoral care of the person and the family.


bullet with text Read here to read a special report from Faith Catholic on the Extraordinary Synod

bullet with text Read the entire text of homily given by Bishop Soto on the Twenty-Ninth Sunday 2014

bullet with text More about the extraordinary synod on the family — From the Official Vatican Network

bullet with text Read full coverage of the synod in stories from Catholic News Service

bullet with text Click here to view a video about the synod with Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington





Bishop Weigand at synod gathering

at St. Isidore Parish in yuba City

Many delegates from 2004 Diocesan Synod gather to celebrate its 10th anniversary


More than 150 laity, clergy and religious gathered for a prayer service and dinner Nov. 3 at St. Isidore Parish in Yuba City to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first pastoral session of the Third Diocesan Synod, “Journeying Together in Christ.” Many of the attendees were parish delegates from the 2004 pastoral session held at St. Isidore on Oct. 11-13, 2004.


The gathering also brought together parish leaders in gratitude for the first year of the diocese’s ONE Campaign, “One Church, One Mission, One Revival.”


Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand, addressing attendees, noted that the 10th anniversary of the Diocesan Synod was timely in light of Pope Francis' gathering with bishops from around the world in the recent extraordinary synod on the family.


Bishop Weigand cited the pastoral initiatives of the Diocesan Synod (evangelization/faith formation, vocations, collaborative ministry/shared responsibility, Eucharist and sacraments, formation for lay ministry, youth and young adults, social justice ministry and cultural diversity), noting that “10 years later, moved by the Spirit, we continue working as disciples in all of these areas. These initiatives are now part of all of us and thousands of people have been touched by them.”


Just as Pope Francis and the world’s bishops consulted with laity, clergy and religious around the globe in the recent extraordinary synod, “it’s important to recall that our diocese did such an extensive consultation with the faithful of Northern California and emphasized collaboration and community," Bishop Weigand said.


(In photo above, Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand greets some of those attending the Nov. 3 event in Yuba City.)


bullet with text Link to read Bishop Weigand's reflections on the 10th anniversary of the Third Diocesan Synod





Catholic Herald magazine

digital edition on this website

Nov/Dec issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published; theme is family faith practices


The November-December 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 family faith practices. The magazine features a cover story and interview with Jane Lee, a member of St. John the Baptist Parish in Folsom, and founder of "God's Heart and Hands," a ministry that is devoted to "illuminating and restoring the significance of motherhood's contribution to the world." Through speaking engagements, workshops and social media, she works to create an awareness of and support for motherhood and its influence on society.


Other feature stories include a story on ten ways to help your children embrace their Catholic faith; on how family prayer and faith formation reap rewards for parents and children at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Carmichael; on how three parishes impart effective ways to make family catechesis happen; on how Dorothy O'Neil and fellow mosaic makers created a mural of St. Anthony at St. Anthony Parish in Winters; and how Marie Stricker, longtime liturgical music director at Sacred Heart Parish in Red Bluff, finds joy in "praying twice."


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




Holy Family Church destroyed

still accepting donations

Victims of Boles Fire assisted by Northern Valley Catholic Social Service with essentials


Father Joshy Mathew, CMI, parochial administrator of Holy Family Parish in Weed, has announced that weekend Masses are continuing to be held at the Ford Theater at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed (until further notice). The location is at 800 College Ave. Masses are celebrated at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.

on Sunday.


The destructive Boles Fire destroyed Holy Family Church and Hall in Weed on the afternoon of Sept. 15. The brick and wood church was built in 1967. The fire damaged or destroyed 154 structures and burned 479 acres.


Thanks to the generosity of people from throughout Northern California and across the country, Northern Valley Catholic Social Service has been able to serve those affected by the Boles Fire. To date, NVCSS has provided rent payment and utility bill assistance, purchased new major appliances, offered free mental health counseling, replaced windows and siding, and given gift cards to help fire victims purchase essential household items, food and clothing.


Holy Family Parish burningNorthern 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



bullet with text Link to KCRA News story with Father Joshy Mathew, CMI

bullet with text Link to Northern Valley Catholic Social Service





Bishop Soto and ONE Campaign

one campaign update

Catholics from across the diocese pledge $32.7 million


September 1 marked the 12th month of the ONE Campaign for the Diocese of Sacramento. To date, Catholics across the diocese have pledged over $32.7 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. While we are at 69 percent of goal, I remain optimistic that over the next three years we will exceed the goal of $50 million."


“The ONE Campaign provides an opportunity for parishes to fund their individual needs," Maya noted. "Your local parish has most likely shared with you how funds raised will help fund a local parish project. Twenty-five percent of every dollar raised is returned to the parish for local needs. Once a parish reaches its campaign goal, the percentage increases to 67 percent, giving even more back to the parish. Many parishes have figured out that success for the campaign means success for the parish. It can mean improved technology, facility repairs and upgrades, or new programs for evangelization and catechesis."


So far in the ONE Campaign, as of Sept. 1, the total number of donors is more than 11,775, 2.7 million service hours have been pledged and 6 million faith formation hours have been pledged.


bullet with text Link here to read the latest updates about the ONE Campaign





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