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register now for retreat for teens!

'Unplugged 5' retreat for high school teens is Saturday, March 7 in North Highlands


The Diocese of Sacramento’s youth ministry invites high school teens to attend “Unplugged 5,” a Lenten retreat, on Saturday, March 7 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish, located at 4325 Don Julio Blvd. in North Highlands.


High school students are invited to “unplug” from their phones and other electronic devices to plug into God and their Catholic community. They will embrace Lent through prayer, fasting, almsgiving and Mass celebrated by Bishop Jaime Soto.


The cost to attend is $7 per person and includes dinner. There must be an adult chaperone for every eight teens attending the event. Youth groups and ministries can get more information and register at the link below. For more information, contact Jennifer Campbell at jcampbell@scd.org or (916) 733-0135.


bullet with text Click here to register for the "Unplugged 5" retreat for high school teens

bullet with text Click here to download a flyer about the "Unplugged 5" retreat for high school teens





Bishop Myron J. Cotta

Bishop Cotta: Reflection for March

Spend some quiet time -- silence with the Lord --

during your Lenten jouney


In a reflection for the month of March during Lent to the faithful of the Diocese of Sacramento, Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta encourages people to find some quiet time -- silence -- with the Lord.


"Even though it is difficult, we owe it to ourselves to find a 'deserted space' to be one with Jesus," he notes. "Getting away from the noise of the world in order to encounter that 'interior silence' is important if we are to grow in our relationship with Christ. It is in the silence that we are able to face the obstacles that hinder our spiritual growth and pursuit of holiness. To have an opportunity to experience the gift of 'sacred silence' is truly a blessing."


Bishop Cotta shares his recent experience of attending a silent retreat with the bishops of the San Francisco Province at the Jesuit Retreat House in Los Altos prior to Lent. The retreat "provided the time to reflect on the blessings and challenges that have accompanied me in my first year" as auxiliary bishop.


Bishop Cotta will spend an evening with young adults at St. Ignatius Parish, located at 3235 Arden Way in Sacramento, on Sunday, March 8. Mass at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and his talk, "The Journey of the Call," at 7 p.m. All young adults are invited to attend. Please RSVP your attendance to Tony Cortese, young adult minister, at tcortese@stignatiussac.org.


bullet with text Click here to read the entire text of Bishop Cotta's reflection for March

bullet with text Click here for more information about Bishop Cotta on "The Journey of the Call" on March 8





Catholic Herald March April cover

digital edition on this website

March-April issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published; theme is Lenten practices


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 Lenten practices. The magazine features a cover story with interviews with three young adult ministry leaders from Holy Spirit Parish in Fairfield -- Michele Bautista, Manolito Jaldon and Loramel Lagrazon -- who have "unplugged" from social media for the 40 days of Lent, anticipating the promise of deeper, more personal engagement with the people in their lives and a deepening of their relationship with God.


Other feature stories include an interview with Jean Ouimet of St. Anthony Parish, who received the sacrament of confirmation at age 88 in May 2014; a feature on Paul Meidus of St. Joseph Parish in Redding, who shares his experience of recovery from addiction in his ministry to jail inmates in Shasta County; and an interview with Father Bong Rojas on "Lessons for Lent: Why Fasting and Abstinence?"


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 2015

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





Arnell Ignacio

register now for this workshop!

'Incorporating Technology in Faith Formation' offered on Sat., March 21 in Auburn


Looking for answers in the age of technology? Catechists, faith formation ministers and parents are invited to attend a workshop titled “Incorporating Technology in Faith Formation” on Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Teresa of Avila Parish, located at 11600 Atwood Road in Auburn. The workshop is offered by the diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis.


Arnell Ignacio, coordinator for evangelization, new media and marketing for the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis, will present the workshop. The workshop will explore ways in which technology can be used in the classroom and at home. Participants will also discover websites that have interactive activities and different types of media that will attract the attention of the students, and in many cases, the parents as well.


There is no cost to attend the workshop, but participants are asked to bring their own lunch or visit a nearby restaurant for lunch. Visit the link below to register. The workshop will be presented in English and Spanish. For more information, call Arnell Ignacio at (916) 733-0154 or email to aignacio@scd.org.


bullet with text Click here to register for the "Incorporating Technology" workshop on March 21





Award reipients receive certificates
Award reipients receive certificates

Marello Leadership Awards presented for excellence in youth/young adult ministry


The Diocese of Sacramento and the Marello Youth Retreat Center continued their partnership tradition of presenting the Marello Leadership Awards on Feb. 21.  An evening reception at Marello Youth Retreat Center in Loomis culminated with the awards which honored the young adult ministry leaders of Holy Spirit Parish in Fairfield and Steve Ramirez Palmer of Our Lady of Grace Parish in West Sacramento.


The Holy Spirit young adult ministry team – known as the Shepherd Team – consists of five young adult leaders who devote time to extensive service work, spiritual growth and development of young adult participants, and retreat support of the parish’s youth ministry. Credited with tremendous enthusiasm and a spirited commitment to share the light of Christ in this long-standing ministry, the team represents a successful and close-knit outreach to young adults.  A population which can often be regarded as a challenging flock to shepherd due to a range of divergent needs and interests, on the contrary, the Shepherd Team creatively strengthens their ministry to young adults with activities and schedules that inspire and unify them in faith. The coordinator, Michele Bautista, accepted and humbly spoke of the honor to receive an award for doing what they enjoy and love so much.


Steve Ramirez Palmer has worked in youth ministry since 1971. After 44 years of youth ministry, including time as Program Director for Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Sacramento from 1972-1977, Steve spends time developing leadership skills for youth and young adult ministry core teams today for ministries at both Holy Cross and Our Lady of Grace parishes in West Sacramento. He believes in coaching and mentoring the next generation of youth leaders, just as he was coached and mentored by his teachers. He recognizes that whatever success he has achieved has been the result of team work, collaborating with others, and the indisputable intervention of the Holy Spirit. 


The award is named for Saint Joseph Marello (1844-1895), patron of the Oblates of St. Joseph and Marello Youth Retreat Center. He worked tirelessly for the welfare and education of youth, and was canonized by Saint Pope John Paul II in 2001.


bullet with text Click here to visit the website for Marello Youth Retreat Center

bullet with text Click here to learn more about youth and young adult ministries in the Diocese of Sacramento

bullet with text Learn more about Saint Joseph Marello





Our Lady of Fatima in procession

march 1 through march 22

International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima visiting 19 parishes in diocese


The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will visit 19 parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento March 1 through March 22. Visit the link below for the visit schedule and location of parishes. All are welcome to participate in any of the listed events.


The statue was blessed on Oct. 13, 1947, in the presence of some 150,000 pilgrims, by the Bishop of Leiria at Fatima, Portugal, to be a pilgrim, traveling statue.


Sent out to bring the message of Fatima to the world, the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue has traveled the world many times, visiting more than 100 countries, including Russia and China, bringing the great message of hope to millions of people.


In 1951, Pope Pius XII noted: “In 1946, we crowned Our Lady of Fatima as Queen of the World and the next year, through her Pilgrim Statue, she set forth as though to claim her dominion, and the favors she performs along the way are such that we can hardly believe what we are seeing with our eyes.” Saint John Paul II, during his papacy, continued to express that the message of Fatima is more urgent now than ever.


For more information about the visit of the statue, contact Father George Snyder, diocesan coordinator, at (707) 334-2356 or gsnyderjr2002@yahoo.com.


bullet with text Click here to view or download the visit schedule March 1-22 of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue

bullet with text Click here to read the history of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

bullet with text Click here to visit the website of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue





Grandmother and granddaughter

'being a good steward'

New planned giving website provides information about 'Legacy Stewardship,' wills guide, charitable gift options


The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Sacramento has launched a new planned giving website at www.tcfcagift.org.


The website provides information about “Legacy Stewardship.” “Legacy stewardship is being a good steward to all the gifts God has entrusted to us during our lives. It means being a good steward to our families, spouse, children, grandchildren, friends and parish communities,” says Abe Saadeh, Chief Development Officer for The Catholic Foundation.


Saadeh noted that most people are familiar with wills, as they have either dealt with them through family, or have a will of their own.  “However, many people don’t have wills, or don’t fully understand the consequences of not having one,” he notes. “If you have an estate plan, it is still very important to review your plan annually because things in life change, including tax laws.”


The new planned giving site can help people with a wills guide and important information about various charitable gift options. “You can learn more about how to give and what to give,” Saadeh says. There is also a section called “Washington News” that helps people stay current on planned giving issues of the day.


“Making your will gives you the chance to make sure your loved ones are cared for after you’ve gone,” Saadeh notes.  The new website allows an individual or family to set up an account online to create a plan for their future. A wills planner (including videos) on the site can help individuals make updates to an existing plan, or help them get started.


“We want to help ensure that Catholics’ assets are distributed according to the values by which they live, and that they have the opportunity to support parish ministries that are important to them,” Saadeh says. For more information about the website, contact Abe Saadeh, Chief Development Officer, at (916) 733-0257 or asaadeh@scd.org.


bullet with text Click here to visit the Planned Giving website of the Catholic Foundation of the diocese





Coptic Church

Letter to president and Congress

U.S. bishops urgently call for greater protection of Middle East religious minorities


In the wake of the brutal murders of twenty one Coptic Christians at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Libya, increased support to protect religious minorities and civilians should be combined with adequate humanitarian assistance and other assets, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace.  

“Pope Francis and the Holy See have reiterated on a number of occasions that it is ‘licit’ to use force to stop these unjust aggressors and to protect religious minorities and civilians from these horrendous attacks,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, USCCB president, and Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, in a Feb. 23 letter sent to President Obama and the U.S. House and Senate leadership. “They have emphasized that the use of military force must be proportionate and discriminate, and employed within the framework of ‘international and humanitarian law.’”

As Congress considers the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), the bishops urged them to review it within the context of humanitarian law. “The United States should only use military force consistent with ‘international and humanitarian law.’ At the same time, we must deploy other assets in the struggle against terrorism.”  

Quoting the post-9/11 statement of the U.S. bishops, they reiterated: “While military action may be necessary, it is by no means sufficient to deal with this terrorist threat.” The bishops noted: “Inclusive governance and meaningful participation in political and economic life inoculate populations against the false promises of extremism.”


bullet with text Click here to read the full text of the letter to President Obama and the U.S. House and Senate leadership





Robert and Dolores Skinner

Blessing and renewal of vows

Married couples honored at Mass for World Marriage Day


Some 234 married couples from across the diocese attended the World Marriage Day Mass on Feb. 21 in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento.


Bishop Jaime Soto presided at the 11 a.m. Mass, where he gave the couples a special blessing and an opportunity to renew their vows. The event was sponsored by the Diocese of Sacramento and Worldwide Marriage Encounter.


Special certificates were presented at a reception honoring couples celebrating milestone anniversaries (10, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 or more than 50 years). Robert and Dolores Skinner of Fairfield, members of St. Joseph Parish in Vacaville, were honored by Bishop Soto as the couple married for the most years who attended the event. On May 27, the Skinners --Dolores, 90, and Robert, 96 -- will be married 71 years.


The Skinners married during World War II, after which he served as a pilot in Europe for the duration of the war. They went on to raise five children, all of whom are still living, and they have eight grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.


(In photo above, Bishop Jaime Soto greets Robert and Dolores Skinner. Photo courtesy of HC Video Productions.)


bullet with text Click here for more information and resources from the diocese about marriage and family life





Bishop Soto on Ash Wednesday

2015 Lenten season

Bishop Soto issues Lenten regulations; U.S. bishops

offer online resources


The season of Lent is marked by prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Bishop Jaime Soto has issued Lenten regulations and admonitions for 2015 for Catholics in the Diocese of Sacramento (see links to text in English and Spanish below). 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.” (In photo at left, Bishop Soto distributes ashes on Ash Wednesday at Friendship Park at Loaves and Fishes in Sacramento. Photo courtesy of Sister Libby Fernandez)


A variety of resources to help Catholics observe Lent is being provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. With the theme, “Raise Up, Sacrifice, Offer” resources include video reflections on Lenten themes, and a downloadable Lenten calendar with quotes from Pope Francis’ message for Lent, and other teachings and suggestions for taking an active approach to the three traditional pillars of Lenten observance. Catholics are encouraged to raise up the needs of the world in prayer, to sacrifice by giving up food and material wants, and to offer time, talent and treasure as good stewards of their God-given gifts.


The website, www.usccb.org/lent also includes facts about saints whose feast days or memorials fall within Lent, a reflection on fasting, information on rediscovering the sacrament of penance and reconciliation.


bullet with text Click here to read the full text of the Lenten regulations and admonitions in English

bullet with text Click here to read the full text of the Lenten regulations and admonitions in Spanish





Mother and daughter

in february, march and april

Mother-daughter programs offered by diocese to discuss puberty and gift of fertility


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 Mother-Daughter Program has been replicated in dozens of dioceses across the United States, “helping thousands of mothers and daughters have healthy, wholesome, and God-centered discussions about the sometimes challenging transition from being a girl to being a woman,” says Steve Patton, associate director for family and respect life ministries in the Diocese of Sacramento’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis.


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 “tweens” program (ages 10 to 12) will be offered at the following locations on the dates listed below:


--Saturday, March 7, from 2 p.m to 5:30 p.m. (in English) at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, located at 1017 11th St. in Sacramento

--Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (in English) at Presentation School, located at 3100 Norris Ave. in Sacramento.

--Sunday, March 22, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (in English and Spanish) at St. Clare Parish, located at 1950 Junction Blvd. in Roseville.


The “teens” program (ages 13 to 16) will be offered at the following locations on the dates listed below:

--Saturday, March 21, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (in English) at Presentation School, located at 3100 Norris Ave. in Sacramento.

--Saturday, April 18, 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 program content, or to register online. To register by mail or for other questions, contact Steve Patton at (916) 733-0133 or e-mail to spatton@scd.org. All reservations must be received by the Monday before the event date. Confirmation of online reservations will be sent by email.


bullet with text Link to www.motherdaughterprogram.com to register online and to review program content





Movie reel

classification is morally offensive

Chairman of U.S. bishops' committee on family life warns against 'Fifty Shades of Grey'


The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth in a letter to his fellow bishops has alerted Catholics to the objectionable film, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which opened in theaters nationwide the weekend of Feb. 13.


Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York said the books and film, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” are being marketed as a romantic story but are “a graphic portrayal of a young woman agreeing to be abused and degraded in a sexual relationship.”


“This is an opportunity for us to remind the faithful of the beauty of the church’s teaching on the gift of sexual intimacy in marriage, the great dignity of women, and the moral reprehensibility of all domestic violence and sexual exploitation,” wrote Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York.

He noted that the U.S. bishops have spoken with a united voice against domestic violence, and in particular, violence against women, and have also emphasized the need to overcome the exploitation of sex and violence in communications.


John Mulderig, film critic at the Catholic News Service at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote that “Fifty Shades” – about Anastasia Steele, a “socially awkward” college student who becomes involved with an “intimidating business tycoon” named Christian Grey – has “a pornographically narrow focus and a potentially dangerous message.”


The couple’s “uncommitted pleasure” displaces a spiritual union “for the sake of a disordered exchange of possession and surrender,” Mulderig wrote.


The CNS classification is classification is O – morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R – restricted. Under 17-year-olds require an accompanying parent or adult guardian.


bullet with text Click here to read the movie review of "Fifty Shades of Grey" from Catholic News Service

bullet with text Click here to read the statement by Bishop Richard Malone and information from the Religious Alliance Against Pornography





ACA brochure cover

make your pledge today!

In its 25th year, Annual Catholic Appeal will support social services, seminarians and Catholic education


The Annual Catholic Appeal celebrates its 25th year in Lent 2015. Approximately 100,000 Catholic households in the 20-county Diocese of Sacramento will be receiving advance notice of the 2015 appeal through a brochure and envelope sent to them by the Catholic Foundation of the diocese.


Generous contributions to the 2014 appeal from some 20,000 donor households totaled more than $3 million. Contributions help a network of Catholic social service agencies in extending the hand of Christ to those who are lost and alone; assist families in the diocese’s most at-risk communities to receive tuition assistance so their children can remain in Catholic schools; help seminarians devote themselves fully to their studies as they prepare to serve as priests in the diocese; and allow parishes to respond to local needs in parish social service ministries with their 25 percent of ACA funds received.


At Masses throughout the diocese on appeal commitment weekend, Feb. 7-8, parishioners viewed a video (in English and Spanish) featuring Bishop Jaime Soto, Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta, charities’ leaders and some of the people who have been helped by programs that the Annual Catholic Appeal supports. (View the video at www.tcfsac.org.)


For more information about the Annual Catholic Appeal, call The Catholic Foundation at 916.733.0266 or visit www.tcfsac.org to make your secure donation online.


bullet with text Click here to view the video for the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal in English or Spanish





40 Days for Life

A Peaceful, prayerful ministry

'40 Days for Life' campaign

of prayer continues to Mar. 29


From Feb. 18 to March 29, Catholics throughout the Diocese of Sacramento are joining with people of faith across the nation for a Lenten ecumenical campaign called “40 Days for Life.” It will be held in the Sacramento area where participants will aim to end abortion through prayer, fasting, community outreach and peaceful vigils. The life-saving, peaceful and prayerful ministry is endorsed by Bishop Jaime Soto.


This will be Sacramento’s 14th 40 Days for Life vigil, while Redding, Chico, Yuba City, Reno/Tahoe, Vacaville, Fairfield and over 300 cities around the world have also participated.


During a “40 Days for Life” campaign, members of the community offer peaceful prayer outside a local abortion business for a total of 40 days. The efforts aims to “help women who are facing the many challenges of an unexpected pregnancy and to share the love, mercy and forgiveness of Christ with anyone who has experienced the pain of abortion,” according to Susan Money, director of the Sacramento 40 Days for Life campaign.


The Lenten vigil will be located at the public sidewalk in front of Women’s Health Specialists, located at 1442 Ethan Way (free parking on Hallmark Drive, located near Arden Mall and Cal Expo). Individuals will be praying there and offering women assistance Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


For more information about 40 Days for Life, visit www.40daysforlife.com/sacramento or call Susan Money at (530) 320-1614.





Diocesan Directory 2014

searchable PDF on this website

Diocese of Sacramento 2014 Directory available to order


The 2014 edition of the Diocese of Sacramento Directory is 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 2014 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 2014 Diocese of Sacramento Directory