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Walk for Life West Coast

anniversary of roe v. wade decision

Bishop Soto presides at

at Mass in Cathedral: 'Fullness of life...means inclusion of all'


“Abortion is often an act of desperation driven by fear. Bound by fear, women fall into committing an act of exclusion. Often they are persuaded, pressured and even coerced. By all this they are betrayed. What is presumed to be an act of freedom wounds them by excluding the purpose for which our freedom was given by God,” Bishop Jaime Soto said in his homily Jan. 23 in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento during a Mass of reparation on the observance of Roe v. Wade.

“The highest ambition of freedom is love and to deny the opportunity to love, even when it seems inconvenient, diminishes the human spirit,” the bishop said. “One’s right to life, no matter how insignificant that life may seem, should not be determined or conditioned by another’s choice or judgment. Yet this has become the pattern of a culture of exclusion in a throw-away society lamented by our Holy Father, Pope Francis.

“We too should be wary of falling into the same pattern. The fullness to life to which we are called by Jesus means the inclusion of all. This is the meaning of God’s mercy and we should be the messengers of this mercy to all people, especially women who have been wounded by abortion or those who may be lured by the false illusions of freedom. We should be mindful of those whose lives are already burdened by abuse, poverty and bounded by fear.”

The bishop added: “We should be particularly careful of language. The contemporary lexicon of public discourse today tends to criticize, demonize, ostracize and marginalize whole groups of people: immigrants, African-Americans, Muslims, police, women and Christians. We cannot build a culture of life around exclusion.”

(Photo above by Cathy Joyce from the Walk for Life West Coast, Jan. 21)


bullet with text Link here for the full text in English of Bishop Soto's homily at the Mass of Reparation Jan. 23

bullet with text Link to full text in Spanish of Bishop Soto's homily of Jan. 22 on the gospel of life





sacramento Catholic forum Jan. 26

Bishop Jaime Soto to speak on Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia ('The Joy of Love') at breakfast event


Bishop Jaime Soto will speak at the Sacramento Catholic Forum breakfast on Thursday, Jan. 26 at Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center, located at 6520 Van Maren Lane in Citrus Heights.


Bishop Soto will speak on “Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love"). The morning event will begin with Mass followed by breakfast and Bishop Soto's talk, which will focus on the encouragement, guidance and wisdom surrounding the beautiful gift and vocation of marriage and family life.


Check-in for the event begins at 6:30 a.m. with Mass beginning at 7:15 a.m. The cost is $20 if prepaid online. For more information and to pay online visit the Sacramento Catholic Forum website at the link below.


bullet with text Link to Sacramento Catholic Forum website to pre-register for this event





sent to members of congress jan. 18

USCCB chairman in letter

calls on House and Senate

to preserve gains in health care coverage, while also emphasizing the need

to protect human life, the

poor, and conscience rights


As Congress discusses a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, the chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, FL, is urging members of the House and Senate to provide a replacement plan concurrently so that millions of Americans will continue to have access to vital health care.


In a letter sent to members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate on Jan. 18, Bishop Dewane wrote that repealing the ACA should not be undertaken without simultaneous passage of a replacement plan that will continue healthcare access for those who rely on it for their well-being. At the same time, the letter also underscores the importance of creating a replacement plan that will safeguard human life from conception to natural death and also protect conscience rights and adequate healthcare services for the poor including healthcare for immigrants.


The full text of the letter sent to the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives is available at the link below.


bullet with text Link here to read the full text of the letter





Week of prayerWeek of prayer

'the love of christ compels us'

Observance of the 2017 annual Week of Prayer

for Christian Unity has

a focus on the Good

News of Reconciliation


The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is being observed Jan. 18–25 with the theme of “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us.”


The Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute, a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, describes this commemoration on their website: “The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity gives Christians an annual opportunity to continue their quest for the unity they already share in Christ. It is also a time to gather in praise of the Triune God and to deepen the understanding of the ecumenical movement. By joining in this annual celebration Christians raise their voices, hands and hearts to God seeking the fulfillment of the prayer of Jesus, the Son of God, “that they all may be one.”


bullet with text Find history, resources and materials at Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute

bullet with text Read more about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity from the USCCB





11 A.M. on Saturday, Feb. 11

Bishop Soto to preside at Mass for World Marriage Day


Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at the 11 a.m. Mass on Saturday, Feb. 11 in Divine Savior Church in Orangevale for World Marriage Day, honoring marriage and saluting the beauty of faithfulness, sacrifice and joy in married life. The church is located at 9079 Greenback Lane in Orangevale.

During the Mass, there will be a special blessing for sacramentally-married couples and an opportunity for them to renew their marital commitment. The event is sponsored by the Diocese of Sacramento, Worldwide Marriage Encounter and Encuentro Matrimonial.

An informal reception for couples and their families will follow the Mass. Special certificates will be distributed at the reception honoring couples celebrating milestone anniversaries (10, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 or more than 50 years). Any couple interested in attending this special occasion is asked to register (names and anniversary year) with the diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis at (916) 733-0123 or at www.sacwmd.com.





5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11

World Day of the Sick Mass celebrated in Cathedral


Bishop Jaime Soto will be the main celebrant of Mass for World Day of the Sick on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, located at 1017 11th St. in Sacramento.


All those suffering from a serious acute or chronic illness, or those in need of sacramental anointing and their caregivers are invited to participate in this day of prayer and celebration.


World Day of the Sick was instituted by Saint John Paul II in 1992. Celebrated each year on or near the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on Feb. 11, this beautiful ceremony is a special occasion of comfort, consolation and prayer. Bishop Soto, along with several priests, will administer the sacrament of anointing of the sick. Those who wish to receive the sacrament should arrive 30 minutes prior to Mass for best seating.


bullet with text Visit the website of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament





Rachel's Vineyard

healing after abortion

Rachel's Vineyard retreat

is offered on Feb. 17-19


Do you know someone who is carrying the secret burden of shame, anger, grief and the inability to forgive themselves and others because of a past abortion? The Diocese of Sacramento’s respect life ministry invites you to consider participating in a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat weekend Feb. 17-19.


Those who choose abortion are our daughters, sons, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, relatives, friends and members of our parish communities. The impact and pain of abortion hurts – even years after the experience. If you or a loved one have been hurt by abortion, this weekend is for you. Come and experience God’s healing love and forgiveness in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. The healing retreat is open to women and men.


The cost is $175 per person. Financial assistance is available to anyone who needs it. For more information, contact Paula Segno at (916) 733-0161 or send an e-mail inquiry to projectrachel@scd.org. All inquiries and are strictly confidential.


bullet with text Link to more information and post-abortion care in the Diocese of Sacramento





at Trinity Pines Center in Colfax

'Pro-life Triumph' retreat offered on Saturday, Feb. 25


“Pro-life Triumph,” a retreat with Father Avram Brown, pastor of St. Isidore Parish in Yuba City, will be offered by the diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Trinity Pines Catholic Center, located at 28000 Rollins Lake Road in Colfax.

This day retreat is for anyone involved in pro-life work of any kind, including those who: pray regularly for an end to the taking of an innocent human life; work at pregnancy resource centers or maternity homes; support the Rachel’s Vineyard post-abortion ministry; give prayerful and peaceful witness in front of abortion clinics; help build a culture of life at their parish or school.

The schedule for the day includes Mass at 9 a.m., morning session at 10 a.m., lunch at noon, afternoon session at 1 p.m. and concluding prayer at 3 p.m.

The cost to attend is $20 per person, which includes lunch. For more information, contact Steve Patton at spatton@scd.org or (916) 733-0133.


bullet with text Link to register for this retreat at www.proliferetreat.com





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





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 $35 or $45 if registering after Feb. 3, 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





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





Report of gratitude

you helped others encounter christ

Annual Catholic Appeal releases its 2016 'Report of Gratitude' to parishioners


As the faithful celebrate Thanksgiving, Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta, chair of the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal, and Stan Devereux, executive director of The Catholic Foundation, invite all parishioners to view the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal “Report of Gratitude” by visiting www.tcfsac.org.


In a letter to parishioners in the diocese, they noted: “Your generosity enabled Catholic charitable organizations and parish ministries assist thousands of people, many in your own neighborhood. This year, throughout the diocese, a near-record number – more than 24,000 Catholic households – participated in the appeal. You helped more than 200,000 men, women and children, sometimes entire families -- receive material and financial assistance.


“We may not all be able to work in a bread line, but together we financially supported the efforts of food lockers or St. Vincent de Paul conferences. Together in spirit, we made home visits to drop off food or deliver a check for a late rent payment or electric bill that occurred because of unexpected illness or job layoff. Together, the funds we raised went directly to the organizations that provide support to people like Leon. Once homeless and struggling with mental illness, you helped Leon find an apartment, a car and a job as he successfully manages his mental illness.”


The 2016 ACA is approaching $3.5 million in donations. The Catholic Foundation is still accepting donations for 2016. You can donate online by visiting www.tcfsac.org.


bullet with text Link here to read or download the 2016 "Report of Gratitude"





Divine Mercy at Our Lady of Mount Carmel

through February 2017

Saints of Mercy relics tour being hosted by various parishes and schools


The Divine Mercy Support Network is coordinating the Saints of Mercy Relics Tour through February 2017 at various parishes and schools in the Diocese of Sacramento.


The tour includes 30 relics of saints, blessed from Rome. They are ordinary men, women and children who embraced Christ's call to holiness and discipleship by living lives of faith-filled mercy through daily life and service.


The Saints of Mercy Relics Tour includes booklets about the Jubilee Year of Mercy and the tour, which are beautifully-designed with hand-illustrated portraits of the saints and include prayers for the veneration of the saints and their relics.


In photo above, the relics recently were displayed at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Fairfield for 24 hours. Left to right: Deacon Raymond Elias, Carmelite Father Pedro Manilag (parochial vicar) and Carmelite Father David Fontaine (pastor). Some 700 people attended each Mass and venerated the relics. Some 300 people attended the blessing and anointing of the sick. Hundreds came to venerate the relics during the all-night vigil.


For dates and locations of the tour, visit the link below. For additional information or questions, contact John Doering at (530) 677-2805 or at info@DivineMercySacramento.org.


bullet with text Link here for more information about the Saints of Mercy Relics Tour and dates and locations





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