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Father Bartholomew Landry

at 5 p.m. at St. Rose in Sacramento

Black Catholic Ministry hosts gospel Mass on Sat., July 22


The Black Catholic Ministry of the Diocese of Sacramento invites the faithful to attend a

gospel Mass celebrated by Paulist Father Bartholomew Landry on Saturday, July 22 at 5 p.m. at St. Rose Church, located at 5961 Franklin Blvd. in Sacramento. The ministry’s gospel Masses will be held every fourth Saturday at St. Rose Church (on third Saturdays in November and December).

Father Landry is pastor of Old St. Mary’s Cathedral and Holy Family Chinese Mission in San Francisco.

Markton Ross, chair of the diocese’s Black Catholic Ministry, says choir members, musicians, altar and eucharistic servers and other assistance is needed for the Mass. Lectors, greeters and other lay ministers are also needed. For more information, contact Markton Ross at (916) 720-9025 or bcmchair@outlook.com.

For more information about the Black Catholic Ministry, including a census survey, visit the link below.


bullet with text Link here for more information about the diocese's Black Catholic Ministry





Rachel's Vineyard

healing after abortion

Rachel's Vineyard retreat offered on July 21-23


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 July 21-23.

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, visit the website at http://www.scddec.org/post-abortion-care or contact Paula Segno at (916) 733-0161 or send an e-mail inquiry to projectrachel@scd.org. All inquiries and are strictly confidential.





Rachel's Vineyard

retreat for high school boys

Quo Vadis ('Where are you going?') retreat offered Aug. 1-4 at Trinity Pines Center in Colfax


The diocese's Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations invites all young men ages 13 to 17 to the second annual Quo Vadis retreat at Trinity Pines Catholc Center in Colfax Aug. 1-4.


The four-day camp will include games, hiking, camp activities, fishing, Mass, adoration and more. The cost to attend is $50. For more information, contact the office at (916) 733-0258 or email to considerpriesthood@scd.org.


bullet with text Link here to visit the website of Consider Priesthood, with information about the priesthood





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





Convocation of Catholic Leaders

Bishop Soto and 15 delegates attend

Convocation of Catholic Leaders July 1-4 is

historic event

Bishop Jaime Soto and a team of 15 delegates from the Diocese of Sacramento attended the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Convocation of Catholic Leaders July 1-4 in Orlando, Fla. The theme was “The Joy of the Gospel in America.”

The unprecedented gathering of 3,000 key leaders from dioceses and Catholic organizations from across the country was held in order to assess the challenges and opportunities of our time, particularly in the context of the church in the United States. The gathering, an invitation-only event, gave participants a better understanding of what it means to be missionary disciples in today’s world through workshop presentations, strategic conversation, keynote addresses and prayer.

Inspired by Pope Francis’ 2013 apostolic exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium,” (“The Joy of the Gospel”), the convocation will form leaders who will be equipped and re-energized to share the Gospel as missionary disciples, while offering fresh insights informed by new research, communications strategies and successful models.


Visit the second link below for more information about the Diocese of Sacramento delegation and its purpose and post-convocation activities.


bullet with text Link here for more information from the USCCB about the Convocation of Catholic Leaders

bullet with text Link here for more information about the delegation from the Sacramento Diocese

bullet with text Link here for CNS story: For convocation delegates, its about unifying in faith in world

bullet with text Link here for CNS story: Convocation delegates sent home to imitate Jesus in reaching the margins





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





Rite of election

deepen your understanding

RCIA summer series continues through August


Already have experience with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults but would like to get additional formation? Join the RCIA summer series, where participants will journey through a comprehensive look at the RCIA process over the course of four Saturdays.

Presented by the Diocesan RCIA Committee, the summer series is designed for RCIA coordinators, team members, catechists and all those who work with the process to deepen their understanding of the rite itself, the preparation needed to implement the process in a parish, and the diocesan guidelines for implementation. Each Saturday session can stand on its own, but individuals who attend all four Saturdays will have explored all four periods of the RCIA.

Saturday dates for the remaing sessions are July 22 and Aug. 5. The sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, located at 2110 Broadway in Sacramento. The cost is $75 for the entire series or $25 per individual session.

For additional information, contact the Diocesan RCIA Committee at rcia@scddec.org. To register online, visit www.bit.ly/rciasummer.





Elias Mendoza

joined the school on July 1

Elias Mendoza is new

principal of St. Francis Catholic High School

in Sacramento


Theresa Rodgers, president of St. Francis Catholic High School in Sacramento, has announced the appointment of Elias Mendoza as principal effective July 1.

A highly qualified school administrator, Mendoza has been serving in the Elk Grove Unified School District for the past 14 years in a variety of capacities, including vice principal, social science department chair and co-coordinator of the English Language Learner Program at Florin High School. He possesses a strong background in curriculum and instruction, professional learning communities, technology implementation, athletics and expertise in long-range planning and facilities management.

He attended Catholic schools in his native Mexico, which instilled in him a deep faith and love for Catholic education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social science and a master’s degree in education from CSU-Sacramento, as well as a single subject teaching credential and an administrative credential.


bullet with text Link here to visit the website of St. Francis Catholic High School in Sacramento





Chris Orr

'thrilled to have the opportunity'

Chris Orr is new principal

of Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento


Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento has announced that Chris Orr has been appointed as the school’s next principal, effective July 1. The announcement was made by Lorcan Barnes, school president.

Orr succeeds current Christian Brothers’ principal John O’Connor, who accepted the presidency of Cristo Rey High School in Kansas City, Mo. Orr has been serving as principal of Langston Hughes Academy, an Aspire school in Stockton. He has 15 years of experience as an educator and administrator, including tenures as teacher, coach, dean of students, athletic director, assistant principal and principal.

His ties and personal commitment to Christian Brothers run deep, as his wife, Tashia, 1990, brother, Mark, 1994, and sister, Tia, 1995, are graduates. His son, Nicolas, graduated in June and his son Solomon is in the class of 2020. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to combine my educational vocation, Catholic faith and passion for Christian Brothers High School in his vital role,” Orr says.


bullet with text Link here to visit the website of Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento





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:


--Thursday, July 13: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Blessed Sacrament exposed, family rosary, confession and prayer time. At All Hallows Church, 5501 14th Ave. in Sacramento.


--Sunday, Aug. 13: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Procession, Blessed Sacrament exposed, family rosary, confession and prayer time. At Immaculate Conception Church, 3263 1st Ave. in Sacramento.


--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.





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