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alert from CA. catholic Conference

Please call your state Assemblymember today and stop the assisted suicide effort in state Assembly

The California Catholic Conference of Bishops has issued the following message, urging the faithful to call their state Assemblymembers immediately to oppose legalizing physician-assisted suicide. Bishop Jaime Soto asks the faithful to take action on this measure by calling Assemblymembers.


"After failing to win enough votes for legalizing physician-assisted suicide through the normal legislative process, proponents are trying to get approval in a special session of the Legislature that is supposed to be directed at health care financing. Almost immediately Gov. Jerry Brown's spokesperson pointed out that their action is inappropriate.


"Supporters of physician-assisted suicide assembled a new committee loaded with their supporters and orchestrated a carefully-staged hearing that deliberately kept opponents of ABx2-15 from pointing out inaccuracies and misleading statements in their presentations."


The bill is expected to be heard next by the Assembly Finance Committee and a vote on the Assembly floor.


Please call your Assemblymember immediately and urge them to vote NO on ABx2-15. See links below to contact your state Assemblymember.


bullet with text Link here for more information from the California Catholic Conference

bullet with text Link here to view a list of state Assemblymembers

bullet with text Link to alert on ABx2-15 from the Catholic Legislative Network





Labor Day Image

labor day is September 7

U.S. bishops' Labor Day statement focuses on importance of work in building and supporting families

Creating sufficient, decent work that honors the dignity of families is a necessary component of the challenge facing all Catholics, and it is the Catholic way, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami cited the importance of work in supporting families in the 2015 Labor Day statement, which drew on Pope Francis’ June encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si’.

“We must not resign ourselves to a ‘new normal’ with an economy that does not provide stable work at a living wage for too many men and women,” Archbishop Wenski said. “We are in need of a profound conversion of heart at all levels of our lives.” Archbishop Wenski challenged Catholics to “recommit ourselves to our brothers and sisters around the world in the human family, and build systems and structures that nurture family formation and stability in our own homes and neighborhoods.”

Archbishop Wenski noted that even though work is meant for the sake of family, “Wage stagnation has increased pressures on families, as the costs of food, housing, transportation, and education continue to pile up.” He added that “the violation of human dignity is evident in exploited workers, trafficked women and children, and a broken immigration system that fails people and families desperate for decent work and a better life.”

Archbishop Wenski said that, in Laudato Si’, Pope Francis challenges people to see the connections between human labor, care for creation, and honoring the dignity of the “universal family, a sublime communion which fills us with a sacred, affectionate and humble respect.”

bullet with text Read the entire text of the Labor Day statement in English

bullet with text Read the entire text of the Labor Day statement in Spanish





San Lorenzo Ruiz

at St. Catherine parish in Vallejo

Fourth annual diocesan San Lorenzo Ruiz fiesta will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12

The Filipino Apostolate of the Diocese of Sacramento will host the fourth annual diocesan San Lorenzo Ruiz Fiesta on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, located at 3450 Tennessee St. in Vallejo.


The martyr, San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila, is the first Filipino saint. This year marks the 28th 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. Catherine 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 regadiojws@yahoo.com, or Beep Alo, secretary, at (916) 673-4259 or beatrizalo@maximus.com.


bullet with text Link here for more information about ethnic ministries in the Diocese of Sacramento





priest holding Eucharist

say thank you to our retired priests!

Diocesan collection for priests' retirement is Sept. 12-13 during liturgies in parishes

Parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento will take up a second collection for the benefit of retired priests in the diocese. The collection will be taken during liturgies the weekend of Sept. 12-13.


The collection is an opportunity for parishioners to thank their priests for their long and loving service, caring for the spiritual and sacramental needs of the faithful throughout the diocese.


bullet with text Link here for more information about second collections in the Diocese of Sacramento





St. Peter Church in Dixon

on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m.

Bishop Soto to preside at Mass to celebrate centennial of St. Peter Church in Dixon

Parishioners and friends will gather on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. in St. Peter Church in Dixon when Bishop Jaime Soto presides at a Mass of thanksgiving to mark the centennial of the church building.


The parish is located at 105 South Second St. in Dixon. Father Michael Vaughan serves as parochial administrator. The Mass will be followed by a celebration in the church's parking lot.


The parish was established in 1877. A rectory was built in the early 1890s. The foundation for the present church was laid in 1915 and construction began, to be completed a year later. As one enters St. Peter Church today, one can plainly see the foundation stone marking the year 1915. In addition to the church, over the decades a new rectory, parish hall and religoius education building were constructed.


bullet with text Link here for more information from the website of St. Peter Parish in Dixon





Catholic Herald magazine

digital edition on this website

September-October issue of

Catholic Herald magazine

is published, focuses on

the sacrament of marriage


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 this issue is the sacrament of marriage. The cover story, "Before They Say 'I Do,'" features Patricia and Rafael Mercado, who were married at Good Shepherd Church in Elk Grove in June. They knew their marriage would be a sacrament  -- an outward sign to all attending of God's grace and love. As ministry leader of a small team of wedding coordinators at Good Shepherd, Menchie Cabrera helped the Mercados make their wedding liturgy memorable and built around the sacred vows of the rite of marriage.


Other feature stories include a story on the meaning, the power and the promise at the heart of every Catholic wedding; four couples share how they live the sacrament of marriage; married couples help engaged couples prepare for marriage at Holy Rosary Parish in Woodland; how annulments can be a door to healing for divorced Catholics; and how the Weckman family of St. Anthony Mission Church in Challenge trusts God, respects life and says goodbye to their infant son Emmett.


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





On Fire event logo with dates
On Fire event logo with dates

Tickets on sale now!

ON FIRE NorCal Jam for youth and young adults held at Six Flags in Vallejo on Sept. 19

The Diocese of Sacramento and other Northern California dioceses have announced the activities and guests for ON FIRE NorCal Jam 2015, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 19 beginning at 9 a.m. at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo.


More than 4,000 Catholic youth and young adults are expected to attend this day of music, food, fun and fellowship. Participants will be given early entrance to the park for a morning program from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., featuring praise and worship with Bishop Jaime Soto and several other diocesan bishops.


Speakers and music will include Steve Angrisano; Father Agustino Torres, CFR; Amanda Vernon and El Padrecito. Two hours of exclusive ride time from 7 to 9 p.m. after the evening concert with Anthem Lights and SkaAmen! Purchase tickets and get more information at http://onfirenorcal.com. Use promo code ONFIRE.

(Note: This event is intended for high school youth and young adults in their 20s and 30s. Please do not bring junior high students.)

ON FIRE is co-sponsored by the Dioceses of Sacramento, San Jose, Stockton, Santa Rosa, Fresno, Reno, San Francisco, Monterey and Oakland.


bullet with text Link to a video message from Bishop Jaime Soto inviting you to attend ON FIRE Nor Cal Jam

bullet with text Link to find more information and buy tickets HERE

bullet with text Download event poster HERE





Bishop Soto at press conference

a dialogue for CA lawmakers, staff

Pope Francis' encyclical inspires Capitol forum on

'Our Common Home and

its Ecological Future'

Inspired by the release in June of "Laudato Si'," Pope Francis' and the Vatican's first encyclical on the environment, the California Catholic Conference hosted a "Dialogue on our Common Home and its Ecological Future" at the Capitol Aug. 31.


The forum brought together Bishop Jaime Soto and Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton with legislators, legislative staff, issue-area experts and church officials from California and Washington, D.C. In addition to the bishops, also leading the discussion were Joan Rosenhauer, executive vice president of Catholic Relief Services, and Dan Misleh, executive director of Catholic Climate Covenant.


Participants were welcomed by Senate President Pro-Tem Kevin de Leon, who provided opening remarks.


In addressing the need for the environmental dialogue, Bishop Soto noted: "In his encyclical, Pope Francis places the poor and the marginalized at the center of renewing the face of the Earth. Pope Francis also reminds us of our moral responsibility to be stewards of the common good of creation, as well as brothers and sisters of one human family with room at the table for everyone."


In photo above, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, center, Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto, left, and Stockton Bishop Stephen Blaire discuss environmental issues during a press conference at the Capitol.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article32992332.html#storylink=cpy


bullet with text Link to read a related story from The Sacramento Bee, with remarks by Bishop Jaime Soto

bullet with text Link to the website of the Califronia Catholic Conference





Pope Francis encyclical

on day of prayer for creation

Pope listens to what Francis of Assisi can teach people about protection of creation

. On the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the preacher to the papal household said that St. Francis of Assisi is a key model in showing the link between faith in God and care for our common home.


Saint Francis “is living proof of the contribution that faith in God can give to the common effort for the protection of creation,” Father Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., said Sept. 1 during his homily for a Liturgy of the Word presided over by Pope Francis, which was celebrated at St. Peter's Basilica.


“His love for creatures is a direct consequence of his faith in the universal paternity of God.”

The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation was instituted by Pope Francis last month to coincide with the Eastern Orthodox Church’s day of celebration for creation, which has taken place this day since since 1989.


Although Pope Francis presided over the celebration, Father Cantalamessa (who has been preacher to the Papal Household since he was appointed by St. John Paul II in 1980) gave the homily.


The liturgy began with the Canticle of the Three Young Men from the book of Daniel, and the Christian prayer in union with creation found at the conclusion of Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical Laudato Si'.


There was then a first reading, from Genesis 1; a responsorial, Psalm 148; a second reading, from Laudato Si'; an Alleluia; and a Gospel reading, from Matthew 6. Father Cantalamessa delivered his homily following the proclamation of the Gospel.


bullet with text Read the entire text of this story from Catholic News Agency

bullet with text Video series on Catholic social teaching launches with "Care for God's Creation"





Pope Francis and family

will include address to congress

Vatican releases schedule of Pope Francis' visit to the United States Sept. 22-27


Pope Francis' apostolic journey to the United States is "a source of joy and gratitude," says the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in response to the release of the full visit schedule by the Vatican. Pope Francis will visit Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia, Sept. 22-27. 


His visit will include addresses to Congress and the United Nations, the canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra and will culminate in his participation in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.


"It's a source of joy and gratitude for U.S. Catholics that Pope Francis will be visiting us in September," says Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., who is USCCB president. "We look forward to journeying with him, whether in person, in prayer or via the media, as he goes out to the peripheries and shows us what it means to live as brothers and sisters in one family."


More information on the apostolic journey to the United States is available at www.uspapalvisit.org.


bullet with text Click here to read a story from Catholic News Service on Pope Francis' visits in September to Cuba and the United States

bullet with text Visit the website of Pope Francis' visit to the United States from the USCCB for more information





Bishop Soto pulling winning names in lottery to attend papal Mass in September
Bishop Soto pulling winning names in lottery to attend papal Mass in September

Parishioners chosen in lottery for tickets to papal Mass in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 23

Bishop Jaime Soto has been given 100 tickets for the Mass with Pope Francis when the pontiff will be canonizing Blessed Junipero Serra. The outdoor Mass will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 4:15 p.m. at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.


St. Francis High School, St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Sacramento, St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Burney and St. Clare Parish in Roseville each received 10 tickets for parishioners.


The remaining 60 tickets were given out through a lottery in sets of two by Bishop Soto on Aug. 18. A total of 242 parishioners entered the lottery for the 30 sets of tickets to be given away.


Those who received tickets and their parishes are:


Name Parish

Lori Rheams

Maria Elena Arrezola

Julie Olsen
Kailin Lippsmeyer
Breanna Rose
Morante, Catherine P.
Bach, Patricia
Nguyen, Tam
Xiomara Balladares
Andrew Lopez
Gary L. Morris
Rosalie Cunha
Reginald Keyawa
Jisel Villegas
Celia Melendez (Cervantes)
Maria Concepcion Franco
Tracey Antinori
Paul & Denise Macias
Frank & Laura Doyle
Rosa Cornejo
Nora Carrillo
Catherine Scott
Jackie Whittle
Susan Carmona
Adriana Castillo
Alejandra Pacheco
Jose Contreras
Jim & Renee Meskauskas
Luis & Maria Maldonado
Hope Cuellar

Divine Savior, Orangevale

Holy Rosary, Woodland

St. John Vianney, Rancho Cordova

Presentation, Sacramento

Sacred Heart, Red Bluff

Ss. Peter & Paul, Rocklin

Ss. Peter & Paul, Rocklin

Ss. Peter & Paul, Rocklin

St. Anthony, Sacramento

St. Christopher, Galt

St. Dominic, Orland

St. Dominic, Orland

St. Dominic, Orland

St. James, Davis

St. John Vianney, Rancho Cordova

St. John Vianney, Rancho Cordova

St. John Vianney, Rancho Cordova

St. John, Folsom

St. John, Folsom

St. John, Folsom

St. John, Folsom

St. John, Folsom

St. Joseph Marello, Granite Bay

St. Mary, Sacramento

St. Mary, Sacramento

St. Rose, Sacramento

St. Rose, Sacramento

St. Theresa, South Lake Tahoe

St. Charles Borromeo, Sacramento

St. Patrick, Placerville




Chris Aubert

sacramento catholic forum

Chris Aubert to speak Sept. 17 on 'From Jewish to Catholic By Way of Abortion'

Chris Aubert, host of “Right Here, Right Now” on Immaculate Heart Radio, will speak at the Sacramento Catholic Forum luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Red Lion Hotel, located at 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento.


Aubert, a corporate attorney and managing director of the Aubert Law Firm as well as a former sports writer, will use satire, humor and irreverence to describe his journey from a secular, relativistic, pro-choice lifestyle to a pro-life Catholic convert. His grandfather survived the Holocaust by playing violin at age 14 to entertain the SS, even as his own family marched to the gas chambers. His father, fearing another holocaust, named his son Christopher to obscure his Jewish identity. Hearing abortion called the “American holocaust” triggered his journey to Catholicism.


Check-in for the event begins at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon following at noon. The cost is $30 if prepaid online or $40 at the door. For more information and to pay online visit the Sacramento Catholic Forum website at the link below.


bullet with text Link to the website of Sacramento Catholic Forum to pre-register online for Sept. 17 luncheon





Student council

theme is 'lead to follow'

More than 100 students meet at Diocesan Student Council Congress Aug. 26

More than 100 student council members from Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Sacramento met Aug. 26 at Presentation School in Sacramento for the third annual Diocesan Student Council Congress. The theme was “Ad Sequendum: Lead to Follow.” The event was a chance for elementary student leaders to gather and address common issues.


They participated in Mass, celebrated by Father Jeremy Leatherby, pastor of Presentation Parish, and also workshops on bullying and cyberbullying; Pope Francis and the Year of Mercy; historian – a new office; community outreach; common goals; and faith with fun. Student councils help share students’ ideas, interests and concerns with teachers, parents and school principals.


bullet with text Link here for more information about Catholic schools in the Diocese of Sacramento





John Watkins

charitable works, civic engagement

John Watkins now serving

as director of social ministry for Diocese of Sacramento

Bishop Jaime Soto has appointed John Watkins as director of social ministry for the Diocese of Sacramento. He began serving in his new role on Aug. 3.


Watkins is the bishop’s primary representative and liaison with Catholic Charities agencies, community organizations and other partner agencies carrying out the social mission of the church.


For the past seven years, Watkins directed social ministry in the Diocese of Oakland. This included coordinating social justice, respect life and restorative justice ministries within the Office of Life and Justice. Prior to his work in Oakland, Watkins worked for Catholic Charities of San Francisco for nine years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Irvine and a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco.


Watkins will be assuming an array of tasks as director of social ministry, Bishop Soto said. He brings “a wide breath of knowledge and experience in the charitable works and civic engagement,” the bishop said. “He will assist me in coordinating the dynamic and diverse endeavors of the Catholic community in the north state to sow the seeds of gospel mercy and justice.


“His arrival is opportune for us as together we prepare to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy to be inaugurated by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, on Dec. 8 (Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception). The coming year of grace will offer us all an occasion to renew our commitment to the spiritual and temporal works of mercy.”


bullet with text Click here to read more about social ministry in the Diocese of Sacramento





Priest's hands elevating the Blessed SacramentoPriest's hands elevating the Blessed Sacramento

Liturgy Specialization Workshops being held at various sites

Comprehensive liturgical catechesis being offered for those involved in ministry

The Liturgical Commission of the Diocese of Sacramento in partnership with the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis presents a series of workshops designed to provide comprehensive liturgical catechesis.  The training will be rooted in the teachings of the church and offer practical instruction and formation to anyone involved in liturgical ministry.


The program will result in 40 hours of training and complement the Basic Ministry Certificate.  While the Basic Ministry Certificate is not required to participate in the workshops, a working knowledge of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is expected.  The ultimate goal of the program is to facilitate and promote full and active participation in all liturgical celebrations, and to ensure that liturgical practices are consistent with the norms of the universal church, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Diocese of Sacramento.


The three remaining sessions will be held on Friday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various locations as follows:


Session 2: Oct. 23-24 Source and Summit: Sacraments of Initiation
(Holy Trinity Parish, El Dorado Hills)

Session 3: Jan. 22-23 Medicine of Mercy: Sacraments of Healing
(Holy Spirit Parish, Fairfield)

Session 4: March 4-5 The Joy of the Gospel: Sacraments in Service to the Church & the World(SS Peter & Paul Parish, Rocklin)


The cost to participate is $35 per workshop.


bullet with text Download information and registration form HERE for Liturgy Specialization workshops





2015 Diocesan Directory

searchable PDF on this website

Diocese of Sacramento 2015 Directory available to order


The 2015 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 2015 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 2015 Diocese of Sacramento Directory





Bishop Soto with Habitat volunteers

project of habitat for humanity

Diocese, Knights of Columbus make donations to Pope Francis House being constructed in Sacramento


Bishop Jaime Soto joined with local members of the Knights of Columbus and volunteers at the Pope Francis House that is being constructed in south Sacramento by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento.


The Diocese of Sacramento has donated $5,000 toward the construction of the house, and the Knights of Columbus, Elk Grove Council 7241, have donated $1,000. The donations will help toward the goal of $15,000 needed to finish the ambitious Indian Lane Development, a multimillion-dollar project of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento that is located across from the Florin Road light-rail station in south Sacramento.


Construction started in 2013, and by January of 2015, nine of the 14 homes had secured platinum certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design group. But the 14th and final home still needed a lead sponsor with enough seed money to make it feasible to start building.

As a tribute to Pope Francis, a donor was ready to provide $60,000 toward building a home, as long as Sacramento Habitat met certain conditions. The nonprofit would have to solicit $15,000 from the local Roman Catholic community, and most important, the donor would have to remain anonymous. The same donor is offering the same gift to Habitat affiliates across the country. Each recipient chronicles its home’s progress on Twitter under #PopeFrancisHouse.


Sacramento Habitat hopes to dedicate the Pope Francis House on Sept. 26. For more information on how to volunteer or to make a donation, call Laine Himmelman at (916) 440-1215, ext. 1108, or email to LHimmelmann@habitatgreatersac.org.


bullet with text Click here to visit the website of Habitat of Greater Sacramento to volunteer or make a donation