Catholic Bishops encourage Lenten prayer and fasting during drought
In a statement released Friday, March 7, 2014 by Bishop Jaime Soto, President of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops, the Catholic community and other Californians of good will are called to action in response to extreme drought conditions. Through restraint in the use of water, and prayer, Bishop Soto invites solidarity “with those whose livelihood and welfare are at risk due to extreme drought conditions.”
The statement cites the grim realities of this historic California drought which threatens (1) farmers and their access to sufficient water; (2) the livelihood and employment of thousands of men and women; and, (3) the availability of clean, drinkable water for children and families.
More than 500,000 acres of roughly 6 million acres of cropland will be idled this year and an estimated 15,000 seasonal and full-time farm jobs are at risk. California grows nearly half of all U.S. fruits and vegetables, and produces a quarter of the nation’s food supply.
The bishops’ statement stresses wise conservation practices to mitigate the drought’s effects and encourages responsible acts of stewardship to give life and hope to fellow Californians. “We are starkly reminded in this time of drought of our dependence on the Creator. The fragile relationship between ourselves and the creation that God has made to sustain us is threatened. Our human dignity relies on access to water. That same human dignity is diminished when we let this precious resource slip carelessly through our hands.”
catechumens, candidates welcomed
Bishop Soto to preside at four celebrations of the Rite
of Election on March 8-9
Several hundred catechumens and candidates in the Diocese of Sacramento will be welcomed during four celebrations of the Rite of Election in Sacramento and Redding on March 8-9. Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at this annual celebration welcoming adult and child catechumens and candidates for the Easter sacraments.
The Rite of Election, celebrated annually in cathedrals and churches around the world on the first Sunday of Lent, formally acknowledges the readiness of catechumens preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation – baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist – at the Easter Vigil. The rite marks the beginning of the period of purification and enlightenment.
Those who are not yet baptized are called catechumens. At Easter they receive all three sacraments of Christian initiation. Those already baptized in other churches or who were baptized in other churches or who were baptized Catholics but not raised in the faith are called candidates. At Easter they receive confirmation and their first Eucharist.
Sponsors and family members of the catechumens and candidates will join in the ceremonies, to be held on Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m. in St. Joseph Church in Redding and at 7:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento; and on Sunday, March 9 at 3 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. in the Cathedral. The Cathedral is located at 1017 11th Street in Sacramento.
grow in your relationship with god
Youth and young adult ministries offering three events in March and April
The diocese’s youth and young adult ministries will host three events during March.
On Saturday, March 15 from 8 p.m. to midnight, “NightFever” will be held at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento.
NightFever is a worldwide initiative organized by young adults to open the doors of the church, as street teams hand out candles and invite people into the church to light their candle and join in an evening of prayer, meditation, music and reconciliation. Priests are available for the sacrament of penance or just to talk. For more information, visit www.yacatholic.org. Volunteers for this event are needed. Call (916) 733-0151 or email to email@example.com.
On Saturday, March 22, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., high school students are invited to “Unplugged 4 in 3D,” a retreat to unplug from their phones and other electronic devices and plug into God and their Catholic community. They will embrace Lent through prayer, fasting, almsgiving and Mass. The retreat will be held in three locations: St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Sacramento, the Newman Catholic Center in Chico and the Caliguiri Ranch in Vacaville. The cost is $7 per person to attend. For more information, visit www.icatholicyouth.com or register at the link below.
On Saturday, April 5, at 8 p.m., all junior high and high school youth and youth groups are invited to “Elevate,” an hour of worship, message and adoration at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento. There is no cost for the event. For more information, visit www.icatholicyouth.com or call Jennifer Campbell at (916) 733-0135.
prayer, fasting, almsgiving
Bishop Soto issues Lenten regulations for 2014
Bishop Soto has issued Lenten regulations and admonitions for 2014 for Catholics in the Diocese of Sacramento.
The bishop notes that Lent is “a time for reflection and spiritual renewal, a time to examine one’s relationships with God and with others.” To read the full text of the Lenten regulations and admonitions in English and Spanish, visit the links below.
A variety of resources to help Catholics observe Lent is being provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. With the theme, “Give Up, Take Up, Lift Up,” resources include a new series of audio retreat podcasts in English and Spanish for the Sundays of Lent, video reflections on Lenten themes, and a downloadable Lenten calendar with quotes from Pope Francis’ message for Lent. The websit, www.usccb.org/lent, also includes facts about saints whose feast days or memorials fall within Lent, a reflection on fasting, information on rediscovering the sacrament of penance, and a section on Holy Week observances.
digital edition on this website
March-April issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published; theme is ecumenism and Eastern Catholic churches
The March-April issue of Catholic Herald magazine, the 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 ecumenism and Eastern Catholic churches. The magazine features a cover story and interview with Bishop-designate Myron J. Cotta, the Diocese of Sacramento's new auxiliary bishop. He will assist Bishop Jaime Soto in ministering to the more than 980,000 Catholics spread over 42,000 square miles in the 20 counties of the diocese. He will be ordained to the episcopacy on March 24 in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento.
Other feature stories include a story on the growing Syro-Malabar Catholic community at Infant Jesus Church in the diocese; a story on Solano County parishes embracing the "Common Ground" ecumenical effort to improve their communities; how Deacon Michael Evans and Sacred Heart Parish in Anderson carry out ecumenical ministry at Anderson-Cottonwood Christian Assistance; volunteers from Sacred Heart Parish in Red Bluff join in the ecumenical effort, "The Lord's Table" lunch for the needy; how Holy Wisdom Eastern Catholic Parish hopes Ukrainian Catholics will "come home"; and how members of Our Lady of the Rosary Maronite Catholic Church in Carmichael know about religious persecution firsthand.
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.
12 diocese seminarians study there
New president-rector is appointed for St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has announced the appointment of Sulpician Father Gladstone Stevens as the new president and rector of St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park.
Father Stevens, 48, will continue the tradition of a Sulpician priest leading the seminary. The Sulpicians, founded in 1641 in France, are a society of diocesan priests who devote themselves to training seminarians.
There are 93 men enrolled at the seminary, including 12 seminarians from the Diocese of Sacramento. St. Patrick’s prepares men for ministry for 11 dioceses on the West Coast. Last year its enrollment placed it as the eighth-largest seminary in the United States. Seminarians are chosen by their bishop to be educated at the seminary.
Father Stevens joined St. Patrick’s in 2008 as associate professor of theology and academic dean, changing to the position of dean of men in the fall of 2013. His appointment takes effect June 1 and he will be formally installed in the fall of 2014.
Born in Connecticut and raised in Nashville, Tenn., Father Stevens graduated from Quincy College in Quincy, Ill., in 1989. After graduate biblical studies at Vanderbilt University, he received his doctorate in theology from Marquette University in 1997. Ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., in 200, he served in parishes before he began teaching theology at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Md. While teaching at St. Mary’s Seminary, he obtained his licentiate in sacred theology in 2007. He joined the Sulpicians in 2004.
Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento notes that Father Stevens has presented talks to the priests of the diocese on a few occasions. “He is admired by the clergy of Sacramento for his theological ability, as well as his humble, fraternal manner,” Bishop Soto said. “I am confident his leadership at St. Patrick’s Seminary will serve the Catholic community of Sacramento well.”
video features good works of faith
Annual Catholic Appeal 2014 'connects to thousands of people who need help'
The Annual Catholic Appeal “is our annual tradition of connecting to thousands of people who need our help every day,” Bishop Jaime Soto says in the video presentation explaining the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal that will be shown in parishes throughout the Diocese of Sacramento.
Approximately 100,000 Catholic households in the diocese have received advance notice of this year’s appeal through a brochure and envelope sent to them by The Catholic Foundation of the diocese. The Annual Catholic Appeal celebrates all of the good works of faith done by the people of the diocese – donors, volunteers and parishioners – united in their belief in the Eucharist.
Generous contributions to last year’s appeal from some 28,000 donor households totaled more than $3.4 million. Contributions helped a vibrant network of Catholic social service agencies in extending the hand of Christ to those who are lost and alone; assisted families in the diocese’s most at-risk communities to receive tuition assistance so their children could remain in Catholic schools; helped seminarians devote themselves fully to their studies as they prepare to serve as priests in our diocese; and allowed parishes to respond to local needs with their 25 percent share of ACA funds received. The ACA is vital to more than 100 programs that assist people in the 20 counties of the Sacramento Diocese.
At Masses throughout the diocese on the appeal commitment weekend, parishioners will view a DVD (in English and Spanish) featuring Bishop Jaime Soto and other parish and charities’ leaders, as well as some of the people who have been helped by programs that the Annual Catholic Appeal supports. You can view the video at the link below.
For 2014, ACA coordinators in each parish have organized appeal timing recognizing that the diocese is also in the midst of its ONE Campaign. For parishes that have been conducting the ONE Campaign in fall 2013, the Annual Catholic Appeal weekend was March 1-2. For parishes conducting the ONE Campaign in 2014, the Annual Catholic Appeal weekend will be any weekend in June that works best for the parish.
For more information about the Annual Catholic Appeal, call The Catholic Foundation (916) 733-0266 or visit www.tcfsac.org to make your secure donation online.
building community and purpose
Christine Wissink now serving as associate director of campus ministry in diocese
Christine Wissink has been appointed to serve as associate director of campus ministry in the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Diocese of Sacramento.
A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she graduated from Catholic schools, she has worked as a youth minister, high school campus minister and theology teacher, and also started a vibrant young adult ministry in her parish.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., and a master’s degree in ministry from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.
She will be directing the Newman Catholic Center at UC Davis, as well as working with the Newman Centers in Sacramento and Chico and surrounding community colleges to promote and enhance campus ministry.
In the ONE Campaign currently being conducted in the diocese, $6 million is being raised to provide funding for an endowment to help sustain Bishop Jaime Soto’s governance model for schools and help provide much-needed capital improvements to the Newman Centers in Davis and Chico.
'urgent pastoral needs'
Pope urges families to pray for upcoming bishops' synod
Vatican City, Feb 26, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter written to families, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of family life in the church, stating their prayers are crucial for the upcoming synod which is dedicated to the unique challenges they face.
“I ask you, therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task,” the pope requested of families in his Feb. 25 letter, adding that “your prayer for the Synod of Bishops will be a precious treasure which enriches the Church.”
Announced by the Vatican last autumn, this year's Synod of Bishops is slated to take place Oct. 5 – 19, and will explore the theme of “pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.”
Established by Paul VI in 1965, the Synod of Bishops meets in an extraordinary general assembly when the matter under consideration requires a rapid definition.
Referring to the “urgent pastoral needs” facing the life of the family today, the Roman Pontiff highlighted that the meeting will consist of bishops, priests, consecrated men and women, and lay persons, who are all preparing “through practical suggestions and the crucial support of prayer.”
“Such support on your part, dear families, is especially significant and more necessary than ever,” he emphasized, noting that the synod “is dedicated in a special way to you, to your vocation and mission in the Church and in society.”
Drawing attention to the Ordinary Assembly which will take place one year after the Synod of Bishops, and which will also focus on the theme of the family, as well as to the World Meeting of Families which is to take place in Philadelphia in September 2015, Pope Francis called on families to pray that “through these events the church will undertake a true journey of discernment and adopt the necessary pastoral means to help families face their present challenges with the light and strength that comes from the Gospel.”
healing after abortion
Rachel's Vineyard retreat offered March 14-16 in Auburn
Is someone you know suffering after an abortion, perhaps years after the choice? The Diocese of Sacramento’s respect life ministry will offer a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat March 14-16 in Auburn. The retreat is an opportunity for healing for any person who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion.
This unique, effective experience of the mercy and compassion of God is extremely helpful for those who struggle with feelings of shame, anger or grief, and for those who have not forgiven themselves or others. The retreat is open to women, men, couples, and family members touched by abortion.
The cost is $175 per person. Registration must be received five days prior to the retreat. Financial assistance is available. For a registration packet or more information, call Liz Kelso at (916) 733-0161 or send an e-mail inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries and participation are strictly confidential.
prayerful and peaceful ministry
40 Days for Life campaign
of prayer during Lent will
be held March 5 to April 13
From March 5 through April 13, 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.
In a letter to pastors in the diocese, Bishop Soto noted: “The respectful prayer vigil in front of an abortion center is a valuable Lenten work that gives a hopeful witness to the gospel of life. This quiet yet persuasive sign can save both the life of the child and the mother.”
40 Days for Life features three components: prayer and fasting for an end to abortion; a peaceful vigil in front of abortion centers; 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 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the public sidewalk in front of Women’s Health Specialists at 1442 Ethan Way. Participants will offer women help, compassionate support and encouragement so that they are better able to choose life for their babies. Park along Hallmark Drive.
For more information about 40 Days for Life, call Wynette Sills at (916) 955-1577 or e-mail to email@example.com or visit the link to www.40daysforlife.com for contact information and instructions for various locations. Past locations in the Sacramento Diocese holding 40 Days for Life vigils have included Redding, Chico, Fairfield, Vacaville and Vallejo.
fun-filled experience for youth
Camp Pendola offers summer sessions beginning in June
Camp Pendola, the official summer camp of the Diocese of Sacramento, is accepting registrations for the 2014 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 15, 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 22-25 for girls entering first or second grade; teen canoe trips (June 22-28 for girls and July 13-19 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 Lori Rosene at (916) 733-0141 or e-mail to Lrosene@scd.org. Some scholarships are available and Camp Pendola offers multi-child or multi-week discounts. The early bird discount ends May 15.
episcopal ordination is march 25
Pope Francis appoints Msgr. Myron Cotta of Diocese of Fresno as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento
Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Myron Cotta, a priest of the Diocese of Fresno, to be Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento.
(Link on the photo at left to view an interview with Bishop-designate Cotta about his appointment as auxiliary bishop.)
The appointment was made public Jan. 24 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. Bishop-designate Cotta’s episcopal ordination will take place Tuesday, March 25, in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento, on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. Evening prayer will be offered on the Vigil of the Annunciation on Monday, March 24 at St. Clare Church in Roseville.
In addition to his duties as auxiliary bishop, he will serve as Vicar General for the Diocese of Sacramento. The new auxiliary bishop speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Bishop-designate Cotta, 60, currently serves as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Fresno, a role in which he has served for the past 15 years. He also served as diocesan administrator following the death of Bishop John Steinbock in December 2010 and prior to the appointment of Bishop Armando Ochoa of Fresno in February 2012.
On the day that Pope Francis announced his new appointment to the Sacramento Diocese, Bishop-designate Cotta sat down for an interview with Julie Sly, editor of Catholic Herald Magazine. Following is a shortend version of that interview. It appears in its entirety in the March/April issue of the magazine.
Q: What was your reaction when you were asked to be auxiliary bishop of Sacramento?
A: My initial reaction was kind of a numbing feeling. I was surprised and kind-of stunned. They gave me 24 hours to think about it and I called the next day and accepted.
Q: How does the Diocese of Sacramento compare to the Diocese of Fresno? There are many similarities.
A: There are certainly similar needs of pastoral ministry. Many of the Central Valley communities have a similar feel. Even driving up from Modesto to Sacramento this morning, I thought: the Central Valley is the Central Valley and there are similarities in the make-up of all the communities.
Q: We want to know a little more about you. What was your life like growing up? When did you know you were called to be a priest?
Link to the press release from the Diocese of Sacramento on Bishop-designate Cotta, press statements in English and Spanish by Bishop Soto and Bishop-designate Cotta at the news conference, and the curriculum vitae of Bishop-designate Cotta
workshops in English and Spanish
Mother-daughter program offered by diocese helps mothers discuss puberty, fertility with their daughters
The Diocese of Sacramento is offering programs in February through May to help mothers discuss the subject of puberty and fertility with their 10 to 12-year-old and 13 to 16-year-old daughters.
The Mother-Daughter Program has been replicated in dozens of dioceses across the United States, “helping thousands of mothers and daughters have healthy, wholesome, and God-centered discussions about the sometimes-challenging transition from being a girl to being a woman,” says Steve Patton, associate director for family and respect life ministries in the Diocese of Sacramento’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis.
The teen (ages 13-16) and tween (ages 10-12) programs cover similar subject matter, while differing in depth and scope. All presentations are pure, light-hearted and affirming.
The “Tweens” program (ages 10 to 12) will be offered at the following locations on the dates listed below:
—Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (in Spanish) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, located at 711 T Street in Sacramento.
—Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (in English) at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, 925 Sacramento St. in Vallejo and from 1:30 to 5 p.m. (in Spanish) at the same location.
The “teens” program (ages 13 to 16) will be offered at the following location on the date listed below:
—Saturday, May 3, from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (in Spanish) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, located at 711 T Street in Sacramento.
Visit the links below for more information about program locations, time and content, or to register online. To register by mail or for other questions, contact Steve Patton at (916) 733-0133 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. All reservations must be received by the Monday before the event date. Confirmation of your registration will be sent by e-mail or postcard.
Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies Program is open
for more to take courses
Classes for the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program offered by the diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis for 2014 are now open for registration.
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:
—April 26-27, 2014: Prayer and Worship
—Oct. 11-12, 2014: Evangelization and Catechesis
—Dec. 13-14, 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 email@example.com. See the links below also for more information and to register.
searchable Pdf on this website
Printed edition of the 2013 Diocese of Sacramento Directory available to order
The 2013 edition (searchable PDF) of the Diocese of Sacramento Directory is now available online on this website (see right hand navigation margin). You can also reach the searchable PDF by clicking on the graphic on the left. The directory is also now available for purchase in its printed form.
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.
Copies of the 2013 printed directory can be purchased by using the link to the PDF form below. If you wish to order, print out the form with your requested order and mail it in with your payment. The suggested donation per book is $12.50 ($8 plus $4.50 for postage and handling). You may pay $8 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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