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Woman in helmet

on feast of st. Joseph the worker

Bishop Soto to preside at Mass for workers on Sunday, May 1 at 1 p.m. in Cathedral


Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at a special bilingual Mass to honor workers on the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, on Sunday, May 1 at 1 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, located at 11th and K Streets in downtown Sacramento.


Pope Francis has noted: "Work is fundamental to the dignity of a person...It gives one the ability to maintain oneself, one's family, to contribute to the growth of one's own nation.


For more information about the Mass, contact John Watkins, Office of Catholic Charities and Social Concerns, at (916) 733-0254 or jwatkins@scd.org.


bullet with text Link here to visit the website of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament





Bishop Cotta

At St. Joseph Church in Lincoln

Bishop Cotta will celebrate Mass on May 1 during Festa of the Holy Spirit in Lincoln


Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will preside at Mass on Sunday, May 1 at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church in Lincoln during the Festa of the Holy Spirit in Lincoln April 30-May 1. St. Joseph Church is located at 280 Oaktree Lane.


Following the Mass, a parade will commence from McBean Memorial Park. Sopas will be served from

11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a live auction from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and a disc jockey from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


The Festa of the Holy Spirit is the largest of the Portuguese religious celebrations in the United States and is the Azorean "Festa de Espirito Santo." The festa dates back to 13th century Portugal and the belowed Queen Santa Isabel or St. Elizabeth. The original concept was to stimulate among the nobility the simple virtues of Christian humility and charity, with the nobility and the general populace together attending Mass and afterward shairng a common meal.


bullet with text Link here for the website of St. Joseph Parish in Lincoln





Catholic Communication Campaign

collection in parishes May 6-7

Catholic Communication Campaign spreads the message of the Gospels at home and around the world


The Catholic Communication Campaign is an annual national collection to support evangelization through the internet, television, radio, and print publications. This collection will be taken up during liturgies in the Diocese of Sacramento on the weekend of May 7-8.


The Catholic Communication Campaign collection provided funds for unprecedented coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States and provides ongoing support for the USCCB website and Catholic News Service. Funds from this collection have also been used for family and ministry projects such as For Your Marriage, Por tu Matrimonio, audio podcasts of daily Scripture readings and myUSCCB.


“Without help from the Catholic Communication Campaign, the coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States would not have been possible,” said Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, Wash., chairman of the Committee on Communications’ Subcommittee on the Catholic Communication Campaign. “Through your generosity, the Gospel message has been lifted up in the media and conversations of people across the country and world.”


Fifty percent of funds collected remain in the Diocese of Sacramento to support local communications projects. The Catholic Communication Campaign also funds projects in developing nations where the local church lacks resources to spread the Gospel message.


Shareable resources for the collection are available online. More information about the Catholic Communication Campaign is available at www.usccb.org/ccc.





st ignatius team

team places third in state meet

Team from St. Ignatius

School in Sacramento takes academic decathlon for

ninth consecutive year


For a record-setting ninth consecutive year, St. Ignatius School placed first in the Diocese of Sacramento’s Junior High Academic Decathlon. The team, comprised of seventh and eighth graders, went on to place third at the statewide decathlon championship, held this year in Dana Point.


No other school in the 27-year history of the event has achieved this unprecedented success.

“We are so proud of our students, coaches and parents,” said Patty Kochis, principal of St. Ignatius School. “Literally thousands of hours go into preparing for this day. We were honored to once again represent Sacramento at the statewide competition.”


The academic decathlon is a competition for students in grades 6-8 with 10 events. Two are collaborative team events – a logic quiz with 20 rigorous thinking problems, and a super quiz with 50 multiple choice questions on five broad academic themes. Twenty-two schools took part in the diocesan event, which culminated in a 50-question “Super Quiz,” where students tested their knowledge in five subject areas: science, social studies, literature, fine art and religion.


bullet with text Link here to visit the website of St. Ignatius of Loyola School





youth hands in prayer

certificate in youth ministry course

'Fostering the Faith Growth of Youth through Justice and Service' offered on May 14-15


The Department of Evangelization and Catechesis is offering the course, "Fostering the Growth of Youth through Justice and Service," on Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15.


The course, part of the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies two-year ministry education program, is for adults in ministry with youth, ages 11 to 18, in both parish and school settings, to equip leaders with the knowledge, skills, practical tools and techniques needed to pormote personal, spiritual and ministerial growth. The couse explores the foundations for fostering a justice and service consciousness and spirituality in youth, drawn from Scripture, Catholic social teaching, adolescent development and contemporary catechetical principles. It develops skills for creating integrated, action-learning models for the justice and service component of a comprehensive youth ministry.


The presenter will be Joan Weber, coordinator of the Family Bible Project and Coordinator for Young Neighbors in Action at the Center for Ministry Development, who has worked in youth and young adult ministry.


For more information or to register, visit the link below or contact Jennifer Campbell at (916) 733-0135 or Jcampbell@scd.org. The cost to attend is $175 per person or group registration fee of $325.


bullet with text Link here for more information and to register for this course

bullet with text Link here to download a flyer about this course





Pope Francis

Document called 'The Joy of Love'

Share truth of family with mercy, help those struggling, Pope Francis says in postsynodal exhortation


The same mercy and patience that are essential for building a strong family must be shown to those whose families are in trouble or have broken up, Pope Francis said in his highly anticipated postsynodal apostolic exhortation.



The document, "'Amoris Laetitia' (The Joy of Love), on Love in the Family," released April 8, contains no new rules or  norms. However, it encourages careful review of everything related to family ministry and, particularly, much greater attention to the language and attitude used when explaining church teaching and ministering to those who do not fully live that teaching.


"No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love," Pope Francis wrote. People grow in holiness, and the church must be there to give them a helping hand rather than turn them away because they have not attained some degree of perfection.


The exhortation was Pope Francis' reflection on the discussion, debate and suggestions raised during the 2014 and 2015 meetings of the Synod of Bishops on the family. Like synod members did, the pope insisted that God's plan for the family is that it be built on the lifelong union of one man and one woman open to having children.


Synod members, including priests, religoius and laypeople service as experts and observers, talked about everything from varied cultural forms of courtship to marriage preparation and from the impoact of migration on families to elderly parents.


Pope Francis' document touches on all the issues raised at the meetings and gives practical advice on raising children, urges a revision of sex-education programs and decries the many ways the "disposable culture" has infiltrated family life and sexuality to the point that many people feel free to use and then walk away from others.


bullet with text Link here to rest of this story by Cindy Wooden of Catholic News Service

bullet with text Link here to read a special report from Faith Catholic on "The Joy of Love"

bullet with text Link here to read a statement from Archbishop Kurtz, president of the USCCB





Saints of Mercy relics

through June of 2016

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 now through the end of June 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.


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





Knights of Columbus check

from tootsie roll drive of fall 2015

Knights of Columbus Council 4970 contributes funds to assist Camp ReCreation


Members of the Knights of Columbus Council 4970 of Carmichael raised funds for Camp ReCreation last fall during their annual Tootsie Roll drive. In photo at left, members present a check of some $7,000 to support the camp with financial aid for campers who wish to attend one of the sessions in the summer of 2016.


Camp ReCreation has been serving people with developmental disabilities since 1983. Each year, Camp ReCreation provides a residential summer camp program and engaging year-round activities for its participants to inspire fun, friendship, social interaction and spiritual growth – all while creating valuable respite for parents and caregivers. Camp ReCreation also strives to increase the awareness and acceptance of persons with developmental disabilities in the greater community.


bullet with text Link here for more information from the website of Camp ReCreation




Catholic Herald magazine

digital edition on this website

March-April 2016 issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published; stories focus on forgiveness and reconciliation


The March-April 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 reconciliation and forgiveness. The cover story, "Open doors, open hearts," features interviews with Marie Dalman, Lucia Ramirez and Titi Kila, who are among young adults at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento who have been bringing people to reconciliation and encounter with Jesus during NightFever events at the cathedral.


Other feature stories include the compelling story of Michele Barrios, a member of St. Anthony Parish in Sacramento, who describes her journey of faith, forgiveness and healing after her daughter, Erika Barrios, was murdered in January 2007; Msgr. James Murphy on "What is it like to hear confessons?"; live Lent more intensely by participating in confession during "24 Hours for the Lord" on March 4-5; creating a safe environment for children at St. Robert School in Sacramento; and participants are preparing for the Lay Mission Project which begins in August throughout the diocese.


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 2016

bullet with text Link to the website of Catholic Herald magazine, including the archive of issues published





2015 Diocesan Directory

searchable PDF on this website

Diocese of Sacramento 2015 Directory still available


You can still purchase a 2015 edition of the Diocese of Sacramento Directory.


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