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in response to recent events

U.S. bishops establish new

ad hoc committee against racism to address sin of racism and find solutions

WASHINGTON— Saying there is an "urgent need" to address "the sin of racism" in the country and find solutions to it, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has established a new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and named one of the country's African-American Catholic bishops to chair it.


Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, initiated the committee Aug. 23 "to focus on addressing the sin of racism in our society, and even in our church, and the urgent need to come together as a society to find solutions."


He appointed Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Catholic Education, to chair the new ad hoc committee.


"Recent events have exposed the extent to which the sin of racism continues to afflict our nation," Cardinal DiNardo said in a statement. "The establishment of this new ad hoc committee will be wholly dedicated to engaging the church and our society to work together in unity to challenge the sin of racism, to listen to persons who are suffering under this sin, and to come together in the love of Christ to know one another as brothers and sisters."


The naming of members to serve on the new body will be finalized in coming days, the USCCB said in an announcement. It added that the committee's mandate "will be confirmed at the first meeting, expected very shortly.


bullet with text Link to USCCB website to learn more about the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism





Patricia Sandoval

open to all in pro-life ministry

Diocesan respect life gathering held Saturday,

Aug. 26 in Fair Oaks

The diocese’s respect life ministry is hosting a diocesan respect life gathering on Saturday, Aug. 26 at St. Mel Parish, located at 4745 Pennsylvania Ave. in Fair Oaks. The gathering is open to all (parish volunteers, teachers, young and young adult leaders, etc.) who have a passion for pro-life work. Come for fellowship, networking, exhibitor tables, prayer and more. Lunch will be provided.


Bishop Jaime Soto will celebrate Mass at 8:30 a.m. and also give a keynote address. The program will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Patricia Sandoval, international speaker on

pro-life issues, will also give a keynote address.


The event is free, but pre-registration is requested. Participants must be over 18 to attend. To register, visit the link below. For more information, contact Steve Patton at (916) 733-0133 or spatton@scd.org.


bullet with text Link here to register online for the diocesan respect life gathering on Aug. 26





Communion host

leads to certificate from DEC

Five-part series of liturgy specialization workshops begins on Saturday, Aug. 26

The diocese’s Office of Worship, in conjunction with the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis, is offering a series of five workshops leading to a liturgy specialization certificate. The series begins on Saturday,

Aug. 26.

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. Starting with sacred Scripture and basic liturgical documents, this series will give participants a comprehensive introduction to liturgical principles and practices through selected readings, lecture and discussion.

Each workshop will take place on a Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Parish, located at 4450 Granite Dr. in Rocklin.

--Session 1, Aug. 26: Introduction to liturgy, a basic overview of liturgical principles and practices.
--Session 2, Oct. 7: Gateway to life in the Spirit: Sacraments of Initiation.
--Session 3, Nov. 18: Source and Summit of the Christian Life: The Holy Eucharist and the Mass.
--Session 4, Jan. 13, 2018: Medicine of Mercy: Sacraments of Healing.
--Session 5, March 10: The Joy of the Gospel; Sacraments at the service of the church and the world.

The cost to attend is $35 per single workshop, or $100 for all five sessions (including lunch and snacks.) For more information, visit the link below or contact James Cavanagh at jcavanagh@scd.org or (916) 733-0221.


bullet with text Link to download and print the flyer about the liturgy specialization series

bullet with text Link here to register online for the liturgy specialization series





World day of prayer for the

care of creation is Sept. 1

Join with Catholics across

the globe in praying for

our common home

The third annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation occurs Friday, Sept. 1, as established by Pope Francis in August 2015. In a letter establishing the observance he writes, "For living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.”


According to the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, "the Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the discussion of environmental questions, by lifting up the moral dimensions of these issues and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. This unique contribution is rooted in Catholic teaching calling us to care for creation and for "the least of these." (Mt 25:40)."


Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si, woven with the message of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, prompts Catholics on this day to a place of deeper reverence and respect for God's creation. A special website - We are Salt and Light - guides individuals and families with resources and materials to consider God's creation and respond to the invitation to care for our common home.


bullet with text Link to USCCB website to learn more about environmental justice

bullet with text Link to We are Salt and Light website





ON FIRE event

tickets on sale now!

ON FIRE Nor Cal Jam for youth and young adults

is Saturday, Sept. 16 at

Six Flags in Vallejo


The Dioceses of Northern California have announced the schedule for ON FIRE NorCal Jam 2016, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo.

More than 4,000 Catholic high school youth and young adults in their 20s and 30s are expected to attend. Featured artists and speakers are Steve Angrisano, Sarah Hart, Jesse Manibusan, Jose Melendrez, Father Joseph Espaillat and Cecilia Flores.

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 Father Espaillat, Manibusan, Angrisano, Hart, Melendrez and the Holy Fire Choir and Mass with the bishops of the dioceses, including Bishop Jaime Soto.

This year’s event also includes:
--Exclusive ride time after the park closes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for ON FIRE ticketholders;
--Evening program with featured speakers;
--Lunch and vocation carnival.

bullet with text Link here to purchase tickets online and learn more about ON FIRE Nor Cal Jam





three priests

discernment program for young men

The Melchizedek Project being offered by Office of Vocations at St. Mel Parish in Fair Oaks beginning Sept. 14

The diocese’s Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations is offering a new discernment program for young adult Catholic men, ages 18-30s, beginning this fall.


The Melchizeek Project is a free program that provides resources for starting discernment groups. Catholic men meet to pray about their lives, listen for God's voice, and get serious about answering his call. Their handbook for the program will be "To Save a Thousand Souls" by Father Brett Brannen, a helpful guide for discerning a vocation to the priesthood. There is a discussion guide for each meeting, corresponding to specific chapters in the book.


The Office of Vocations notes that the overriding theme of the discussions is discipleship: Am I willing to follow Christ no matter what the cost, no matter what the call? Will I choose to trust his will for me and courageously go where it leads?


The Melchizedek Project educates and inspires young Catholic men to consider a vocation to the priesthood, as many lack the in-depth information they need to prayerfully discern a vocation.


The sessions are being offered in conjunction with the vocation committee from St. Mel Parish in Fair Oaks. They will be held every second Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates: Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and March 8. The sessions will be led by a priest and will help young men gain the spiritual tools for discerning a vocation. There is no cost to attend. To register, contact the Vocations Office at (916) 733-0158 or msmith@scd.org.


(Pictured in above photo, left to right: Father Brian Soliven, Father Colin Wen and Father Raj Derivera. Photo by Jose Velasquez)


bullet with text Link here for more information from the Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations





Catechetical Sunday is Sept. 17

Church formally commissions catechists, invites

reflection on each person's role, by virtue of baptism,

in handing on the faith

Sunday, Sept. 17 marks Catechetical Sunday, a day designated by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops to commission "those whom the community has designated to serve as catechists."  The theme  of Living as Missionary Disciples will guide the year, offering a wonderful opportunity for reflection on each person's Baptismal call to hand on the faith, and witness to the Gospel.  Catechetical Sunday sets aside time for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.


According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church "Catechesis is intimately bound up with the whole of the Church's life...her inner growth and correspondence with God's plan depend essentially on catechesis" (no.7). Parishes throughout the diocese will recognize and commission hundreds of catechists who teach in the name of the Church while also inviting the entire church community to "think about our responsibility to share our faith with others."


Parents and guardians, as the primary catechists of their children, are also commended and encouraged to honor their role and "make their Catholic households a place where faith is passed on to the next generation."


The USCCB provides resources and materials for parishes to fully celebrate the significance of Catechetical Sunday and the profound dignity of the ministry of teaching in the name of the church. For more information, visit the links below.


bullet with text Link to USCCB website to learn more about Catechetical Sunday

bullet with text Link to resources and logos for Living as Missionary Disciples





Rev. Joseph Gallagher Hall

St. John the Baptist Parish dedicates new parish hall

Bishop Jaime Soto joined parishioners of St. John the Baptist Parish in Folsom for a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 20. The long-awaited event formally opened the new parish hall — the Reverend Joseph Gallagher Hall. 


The new hall provides a new gathering space for the parish and its 30-plus ministries. It accommodates between 400 to 500 people seated at tables, more than 200 in bleachers and more than 700 when set theatre-style. It will allow for productions of all kinds with a functional stage, and it is a regulation-size gym. There is a kitchen and ample storage.


The hall is named for Rev. Joseph Gallagher, the first appointed pastor of St. John the Baptist parish in 1859. In recognition of Father Gallagher's pioneering work to build and serve the Catholic community in Folsom, the building is a testament to the history and growth of St. John the Baptist Parish. Meeting rooms in the building are named for St. Teresa of Calcutta and St. John Paul II. Plans for the hall commenced in 2015 as a part of the larger diocesan ONE campagin.


bullet with text Link to St. John the Baptist Parish in Folsom website






Diocesan Directory 2017

searchable PDF on this website

Diocese of Sacramento 2017 Directory is now available


The 2017 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 2017 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 cost 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 2017 Diocese of Sacramento Directory





Catholic Herald magazine

digital edition on this website

July-August issue of

Catholic Herald magazine

is published; stories feature

priestly vocations in diocese


The July-August issue of Catholic Herald, the magazine of the Diocese of Sacramento, has been published. The digital edition is available on the right margin of this website or at the image to the left of this story.

The theme of the July-August issue is priestly vocations in the Diocese of Sacramento. The cover story features how Fathers Brian Soliven, Colin Wen and Raj Derivera all were influenced in discerning their vocation to the priesthood by being involved in campus ministry at the Newman Catholic Center at UC Davis during their college yers. While each priest traveled a different path, being involved in campus ministry opened up space for discernment and assisted in their journeys to ordination.

Other feature stories include a feature on Joselito and Gina Santos, members of Holy Spirit Parish in Fairfield and the parents of Father Jeremy Santos, reflecting on their son's call to priesthood; a feature on three new priests for the diocese, Fathers Edgardo Garcia, Andres Emmanuelli and Joshua Sia; on how Holy Family Parish in Weed recovered from the devastating fire that destroyed the church and how the new church and facilities were dedicated on May 29; and on three priests of the diocese who are retiring after many decades of service: Msgr. James Kidder, Father Philip Wells and Father John Healy.


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





family at prayer

pray together as a family

Evenings of prayer offered in honor of centennial of Our Lady

of Fatima in 2017


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

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

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


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


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


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