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Annual Catholic Appeal brochure

Commitment weekend is Feb. 25-26

2017 Annual Catholic Appeal theme is 'Mercy in Motion'


Envelopes from the Annual Catholic Appeal are arriving in mailboxes throughout the Diocese of Sacramento. They are arriving in the homes of parishioners. They are also arriving at The Catholic Foundation, where pledges are already coming in for the 2017 Appeal.

This Lent, the Annual Catholic Appeal celebrates its 27th year. Approximately 140,000 Catholic households in the diocese will receive advance notice of this year’s appeal through a brochure and envelope sent to them by The Catholic Foundation.

Since 2003, 75 percent of ACA donations have funded social services needs throughout the diocese through agency programs and parish social ministries. Since 2009, the remaining 25 percent goes to seminarian education and tuition assistance.

Generous contributions to last year’s appeal from more than 25,000 donor households totaled more than $3.6 million.

At Masses throughout the diocese on Appeal Commitment Weekend, Feb. 25-26, parishioners will view a video (in English and Spanish) featuring Bishop Jaime Soto, Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta, and some of the people who have been helped by programs and ministries that the Annual Catholic Appeal supports.

The video, focusing on “Mercy in Motion,” captures the essence of Bishop Soto’s vision for the ACA. He notes in the video: “Even though the Jubilee Year of Mercy has concluded, we as the church have to be Mercy in Motion — agents of His mercy —that’s when we taste and see the kingdom of God.”


bullet with text Link here for more information about the Annual Catholic Appeal and to view the video in

English or Spanish





2017 Lenten Season

Bishops Soto and Cotta to preside at Ash Wednesday services on March 1

Bishop Jaime Soto and Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will preside at Ash Wednesday Masses and outdoor services on Ash Wednesday, March 1, to begin the season of Lent, which is marked by prayer, fasting and almsgiving. All liturgies will include the blessing and distribution of ashes.

Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence for Catholics. At Mass on Ash Wednesday, the imposition of ashes replicates an ancient penitential practice and symbolizes the faithful’s dependence upon God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at an 8:30 a.m. Liturgy of the Word with distribution of ashes on the West Steps of the state Capitol in downtown Sacramento. He will also preside at 12:10 Mass in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacramento, located at 1017 11th St. Later in the day at 3 p.m., he will preside at Mass with students from California State University-Sacramento on campus (see more information at www.sacramentonewman.org.)

Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta
preside at Mass for students at UC Davis on campus at noon on Ash Wednesday (see more information at www.davisnewman.org). He will also preside outside the John E. Moss Federal Building at 650 Capitol Ave. (corner of 7th and Capitol) at a 5:10 p.m. outdoor service. He will also visit and distribute ashes at Loaves and Fishes charity at 10 a.m. on Ash Wednesday.

Bishop Soto has issued Lenten regulations for 2017 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 in English and Spanish, visit the links below.


bullet with text Link here to read Lenten regulations for 2017 in English

bullet with text Link here to read Lenten regulations for 2017 in Spanish






on saturday, march 4 at sfbfs

Catholic Charities of Sacramento hosting free

citizenship workshop


Catholic Charities of Sacramento and Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services

is hosting a free immigration workshop.


For persons interesed in becoming U.S. citizens, the workshop with free legal consultation will be offered on Saturday, March 4 at 9 a.m. at Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, located at 3333 Third Ave. in Sacramento.


The session will be offered in English and Spanish. Participants will learn the benefits and responsibilities of citizenship, the requirements and process for applying and consultations will be available with an attorney and accredited immigration professionals. Please bring your green card. Registration is required for this workshop by calling (916) 313-7604.


bullet with text Link here for additional information about free immigration workshops





Migrant children

If implemented, 'will harm public safety rather than enhance it'

U.S. bishops' chairman on migration responds to Department of Homeland Security memoranda on immigration enforcement

and border security


On Feb. 20, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued two memoranda implementing Executive Orders 13768 and 13767, relating to border and interior immigration enforcement.  In response to the memoranda, the Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, has issued the following statement on Feb. 23:


“We recognize the importance of ensuring public safety and would welcome reasonable and necessary steps to do that. However, the two memoranda issued by Secretary Kelly on Feb. 20 contain a number of provisions that, if implemented as written, will harm public safety rather than enhance it.  Moreover, taken in their entirety, the policies contained in these memoranda will needlessly separate families, upend peaceful communities, endanger the lives and safety of the most vulnerable among us, breakdown the trust that currently exists between many police departments and immigrant communities, and sow great fear in those communities.


"The DHS memoranda eliminates important protections for vulnerable populations, including unaccompanied children and asylum seekers. They greatly expand the militarization of the U.S./Mexico border.  Taken together, these memoranda constitute the establishment of a large-scale enforcement system that targets virtually all undocumented migrants as ‘priorities’ for deportation, thus prioritizing no one.  The memoranda further seek to promote local law enforcement of federal immigration laws without regard for the existing relationships of trust between local law enforcement officials and immigrant communities.  The engagement of local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law can undermine public safety by making many who live in immigrant communities fearful of cooperating with local law enforcement in both reporting and investigating criminal matters.


"I urge the Administration to reconsider the approach embodied in these memoranda, just as it should reconsider the approach it has taken in a number of executive orders and actions issued over the last month.  Together, these have placed already vulnerable immigrants among us in an even greater state of vulnerability.


"Moving forward, we remain steadfast in our commitment to care for and respect the human dignity of all, regardless of their immigration status.  During this unsettling time, we will redouble our work to accompany and protect our immigrant brothers and sisters and recognize their contributions and inherent dignity as children of God.”


bullet with text Link here to read the full text of the joint statement by USCCB leaders on Jan. 30





on weekend of first sunday of lent

Bishops to preside at five celebrations of the Rite of Election in Redding and Sacramento March 4-5


Some 461 catechumens and 472 candidates from parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento will be welcomed during five celebrations of the Rite of Election in Sacramento and Redding March 4 and 5. Bishop Jaime Soto and Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will preside at this annual celebration welcoming 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 4 at 1 p.m. in St. Joseph Church in Redding and at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento; and on Sunday, March 5 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Cathedral.

bullet with text Link to information from the Diocese of Sacramento about becoming a Catholic





participating in 'the hour of code'

UC Davis students bring programmming lessons to students at St. James School

Students at St. James School in Davis haven been learning the joy of programming during weekly visits from UC Davis students. From Blockly to Scratch to Swift, students in grades 5-8 have tried their hand at a variety of coding, thanks to Computer Science for Kids, an organization run by UC Davis students.

The college students come weekly and provide lessons in coding, which the elementary students then practice by writing code individually, according to teacher Carolynne Kenny. Hearing the squeals of delight when a student watches (his or her) program execute the code is music to both the college volunteers and their teacher, Kenny said.

This is the second year that CS4K has been on the St. James campus and all the students at the school –- from kindergarten through eighth grade –- have participated in The Hour of Code each year. The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org that reaches millions of students in more than 180 countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming, according to Kenny.

Kenny notes that the demand for computing skills is much greater than originally thought, with jobs throughout the workforce now requiring knowledge and skills once limited to computer programmers, software developments and network administrators. The collaboration between UC Davis and St. James allows students to begin developing those computer skills at an early age, Kenny added.

(Story by Anne Ternus-Bellamy. Photos by Sue Cockrell. Reprinted with permission from The Davis Enterprise. In photo above, UC Davis student Vivinne Zing, right, helps St. James eighth grader Alondra Lancin with a programming tip at the weekly Hour of Code)


bullet with text Visit the website of St. James School in Davis





at christian brothers high School

Confirmation candidates invited to Fired Up 2017 conference on March 4 or 5


“FIRED UP,” the eighth annual conference for confirmation candidates from throughout the Diocese of Sacramento, will take place twice, on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5 each day at Christian Brothers High School, located at 4315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Sacramento. The event is sponsored by the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis.

The purpose of the confirmation conference is to gather all those who are receiving confirmation in a given year for a day that reminds them that they have been called by their baptism to live as disciples of Christ, affirms their decision to prepare for the sacrament, empowers and strengthens them for this process, and challenges them to make their Catholic faith come alive in their everyday lives. The day also serves a function similar to the “Rite of Election” in the RCIA, where all the candidates gather with their diocesan bishop to commit to a final stage of preparation for confirmation.

The day will feature keynote speakers APeX ministries, breakout sessions, games and confirmation-related activities. The day will culminate with Mass with Bishop Jaime Soto, in which the candidates will all renew their baptismal promises, receive a blessing and commit to the final phase of their confirmation preparation.

Cost for the day is $45 and includes lunch and a t-shirt. Space is limited each day, so please register early.

bullet with text Link here for more information about FIRED UP confirmation conference






on Friday and Saturday, March 10-11

Live Lent more intensely through 24 Hours for the Lord

Continuing Pope Francis’ call during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Diocese of Sacramento invites all Catholics to celebrate 24 Hours for the Lord to experience the Lord’s loving mercy in the sacrament of reconciliation.

The Lenten initiative is intended also to be a time of reflection and prayer, an opportunity to speak with a priest, and a chance to rediscover – or perhaps discover for the first time – the great mercy at the heart of the Catholic faith.


This year’s Lenten celebration will be marked with 24 hours of continuous confession in each of the deaneries from noon on March 10 to noon on March 11. In some deaneries, this will happen at one central location. In other deaneries, 24 hours of the sacrament of reconciliation will be offered by rotating to several different sites. For more detailed information, call individual parishes or visit parish websites, or find a complete schedule of the deaneries at http://bit.ly/24lord.





youths in church

At St. Basil Parish Center

Office of Vocations offering Vocation Awareness Day for youth in Vallejo on March 11


On Saturday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the diocese's Office of Vocations will host a Vocation Awareness Day for high school and college students and young adults at St. Basil Parish Center, located at 1220 Tuolumne St. in Vallejo. The day will help young people discern where God is calling them in their lives, whether to marriage, priesthood, religious or single life.

Talks will be given by a diocesan priest and men and women religious from various religious communities. The day will include morning prayer and Mass. Participants will have time to reflect and talk with vocation representatives and one another, and participate in question and answer sessions.

There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided by RCL Benziger. Groups are asked to include a list of all attendees, including any chaperones. Those interested in participating are asked to register by emailing Sue Schuttinger at sschuttinger@gmail.com by Tuesday,

March 7.


bullet with text Link here to download a flyer and more information about the March 11 event






at vespers service in roseville

Men and women religious celebrating jubilees honored at event for consecrated life


In 2017, the World Day for Consecrated Life was celebrated in the church on Thursday, Feb. 2 and in parishes on the weekend of Feb. 4-5.

Several men and women religious serving in the Diocese of Sacramento are celebrating significant jubilees of religious life this year. In photo above, Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta, center, presided at a special vespers celebration of consecrated life and jubiliarians on Feb. 3 at St. Rose Parish in Roseville, honoring men and women religious serving in the diocese who are celebrating significant anniversaries of their religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in 2017. Also joining the men and women celebrating jubilees was Mercy Sister Susan McCarthy, at far right, delegate for religious.


Religious celebrating celebrating jubliees this year are:

60 years: Sister Philomene Gogarty, RSM; Father Harold Meyer, OCSO; Sister Eileen M. O'Connor, RSM.

50 years: Sister Jenny Aldeghi, FDCC; Sister M. Julian Clancy, RSM; Sister Margaret Mitchell, RSM; Father Philip Massetti, OSJ.

40 years: Father Joseph Moons, CP.

25 years: Sister Maria Sahita, MC; Father David J. Ayotte, SJ.


bullet with text Link here for more information about World Day for Consecrated Life from the USCCB




mother and daughter

in march and April

Mother-daughter program offered by diocese to discuss gift of fertility with teens


The Diocese of Sacramento is offering programs 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 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 cost to attend is $20 per family, including food and drink.

The “tweens” program (ages 10 to 12) will be offered at the following locations on the dates listed below:
--Saturday, March 18 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, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (in English) at Presentation School, located at 3100 Norris Ave. in Sacramento.

The “teens” program (ages 13 to 16) will be offered at the following locations on the dates listed below:
--Saturday, April 8 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (in English) at Presentation School, located at 3100 Norris Ave. in Sacramento.
--Saturday, April 29 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 link below for more information about program locations, time and content, or to register online. To register by mail or for other questions, contact Marisela Smith at (916) 261-1454 or e-mail to msmith@scd.org. All reservations must be received by the Monday before the event date.

bullet with text Link here to register online and review program content





Steve Patton

assisting with pro-life education

Knights of Columbus Council donates fetal model sets and DVDs to Presentation School


The Knights of Columbus Council No. 15693 at Presentation Parish in Sacramento recently purchased fetal model sets and three DVDs (two on fetal development and one on apologetics) for year-round, all class pro-life education and evangelization for students in Presentation School.

Eighth grade students of the school’s pro-life club recently gathered with Grand Knight Richard Westerfeld, school principal Carrie Donahue, and Sister Maria, head of Catholic identity, to receive the fetal model sets.

In photo above, Steve Patton, associate director of family and respect life ministries for the Diocese of Sacramento, interacts with students at a recent assembly to show and talk to them about babies in the womb, using the largest of the fetal models, representing a baby at 28 weeks.


bullet with text Link to the website of Presentation School in Sacramento





Catholic Herald magazine

digital edition on this website

January-February issue

of Catholic Herald magazine

is published; stories focus

on Catholic education


The January-February 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 of the cover at left.


The theme of this issue is Catholic education in the Diocese of Sacramento. The cover story, "Catholic schools offer the Olmes family a multitude of blessings," features an interview with Frank and Mary Olmes and their seven sons, ages three to 18, who are members of St. Dominic Parish in Benicia. Four boys attend St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School in Vallejo and two are students at St. Dominic School in Benicia. Frank and Mary consider Catholic schools a compliment to what they teach at home and an integral partner in their parenting journey, helping them raise intelligent, balanced and faith-filled boys.


Other feature stories include how students are "sponges in learning languages" in dual immersion program at Sacred Heart School in Red Bluff; how students and donors are excited about Project Lead the Way at three elementary schools in the diocese, which is an experimental curriculum focusing on engineering, computer science and biomedicine; and how the Annual Catholic Appeal assists parishes' social service ministries, including how Mercy and John Knight, plus many volunteers, put "mercy in motion" at St. John the Baptist Parish in Folsom.


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





young adults in prayer

Learn about liturgy, worship, prayer

Series of liturgical formation workshops being offered


The Diocesan Liturgical Commission’s committee on formation, in conjunction with the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis, is offering a series of workshops leading to a liturgy specialization certificate. The series continues on Jan. 7.


The five-part series is for those who do sacramental preparation, liturgical ministers and coordinators, musicians, members of liturgy committees and anyone who wants to learn more about liturgy, worship and prayer. Anyone discerning involvement in a liturgical ministry will also find these workshops helpful.


Each workshop will take place on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish, located at 660 Florin Road in Sacramento.


— Session 4, March 18: Medicine of Mercy: Sacraments of Healing.

— Session 5, April 29: The Joy of the Gospel: Sacraments at the service of the church and the world.

The cost to attend is $45 per workshop (including lunch and snacks.) Participants need not have taken previous workshops. For more information, visit the link below or contact James Cavanagh at jcavanagh@scd.org or (916) 733-0221.


bullet with text Link here to download a flyer to register for liturgical formation workshops





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.


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