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Father Landry

at immaculate conception church

Black Catholic ministry to host gospel Mass Nov. 28

at 5 p.m. in Sacramento 

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, Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, located at 3263 First Ave. in Sacramento. This will be the first of the ministry’s gospel Masses to be held every fourth Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church.


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 are needed for the Mass. Participants must be at least 16 years old, with previous or current choir experience, and have the ability to “sight read” (knowing the names of notes is not necessary). Altos, tenors and basses are especially needed. For more information, contact Julia Hassel at (916) 391-1507 or jhvb555@yahoo.com.


Lectors, greeters, altar servers and other lay ministers are also needed. For more information, contact Markton Ross at (510) 227-9240 or bcmchair@outlook.com.


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





Elderly woman at window

law presents 'new moral challenge'

Parishes in diocese to gather signatures Dec. 5-6 for referendum to challenge physician-assisted suicide law

The bishops of California are supporting a signature-gathering campaign to place on the November 2016 ballot a referendum to overturn the state’s physician-assisted suicide law. The petition to collect signatures for a referendum to repeal the law was filed with the California Secretary of State by a non-sectarian group, Seniors Against Assisted Suicide, on Oct. 6, the day after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the assisted suicide bill (ABx2-15) into law.


On Nov. 20, the executive committee of the California Catholic Conference issued a statement on signature gathering efforts for a referendum to overturn the new physician-assisted suicide law in California, as well as other initiatives dealing with parental notification before a minor receives an abortion and on the use of the death penalty. Bishop Jaime Soto serves as president of the CCC. (Visit the link below to read the text of the statement in English or Spanish.)


Bishop Soto has encouraged every parish in the diocese to gather signatures for the physician-assisted suicide referendum after Masses on the weekend of Dec. 5-6. Petitions will be available for signature outside of Masses and signers must be registered to vote and can only sign once.


“It is a rare occurrence for the bishops of California to engage in a public referendum in this fashion, but the new moral challenge this law presents urges us to cooperate with those who are working to stop the dangerous practice of physician-assisted suicide before it is implemented,” Bishop Soto said.


The Office of Social Ministry of the Diocese of Sacramento has set up an information page about the physician-assisted suicide referendum. For more information, visit the link below.


bullet with text Link here for more information about the referendum to repeal physician-assisted suicide law





ACA brochure cover

ACA approaching $3.2 million

from more than 20,000 donors

Annual Catholic Appeal releases 'Report of Gratitude'

Bishop Jaime Soto invites all parishioners to view the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal “Report of Gratitude” by visiting http://tcfsac.org/news/2015-report-gratitude.


Bishop Soto notes in the report: “Every year I count on my brothers and sisters to give generously. Your kindness has brought hope and provided help to thousands of our neighbors in need throughout Northern California.”


The report shares details about how parish participation has impacted the lives of thousands of people in need of assistance. Fifty percent of funds collected went to charitable organizations helping more than 200,000 people to overcome poverty and despair. Twenty-five percent went back to parishes so that a wide variety of needs could be responded to with local care. Twenty-five percent helped with seminarian education and assisted families in at-risk communities with the cost of Catholic school education for their children.


The 2015 ACA is approaching $3.2 million from more than 20,000 Catholics in the Diocese of Sacramento. The Catholic Foundation is still accepting donations for 2015. You can donate online by visiting www.tcfsac.org.





Bishop Soto

nearly $29.5 million in cash

and pledges as of Sept. 30, 2015

ONE Campaign issues

progress report on donations and strategic initiatives

The ONE Campaign of the Diocese of Sacramento is now many months into the pledge redemption phase. As of Sept. 30, the campaign has $29.5 million in both cash and pledges which will fund Bishop Jaime Soto’s strategic initiatives.


An additional $4.3 million has been generated by parishes specifically for their own projects, so that the total funds generated diocesan-wide during the campaign effort stands at $33.8 million. Bishop Soto in the report says he is confident that with the guidance of Blessed Mother Mary and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the faithful of the diocese will continue to strive to add to these totals over the four year-campaign.

Of the nearly $29.5 million in cash and pledges, the diocese has received more than $12 million and has begun funding the causes set forth in the campaign case statement. To date, over $9.5 million has been distributed to case elements per the allocation plan. Additionally, nearly $2.4 million has been returned to the parishes for their parish case elements.

Full funding of the campaign is many months and millions of dollars away, according to Sharon Caporusso, executive director of The Catholic Foundation. “Many have completely paid their pledges; others are still in progress. The generosity of all those participating in the ONE Campaign is appreciated now more than ever. Only through your commitment will the designated parish projects, education, youth ministry, pastoral care, communication and service goals reach full funding.”

In an email to ONE Campaign donors, Bishop Soto expressed his continued appreciation for their dedication and generosity. Those who wish to donate can advance their pledge and take advantage of a 2015 tax credit. Please call The Catholic Foundation at (916) 733-0266 to make account updates or to submit a payment by phone.


bullet with text Click here to read more about the ONE Campaign





Cathedral holy door

a ritual expression of conversion

Bishop Soto to open Holy Door at Cathedral for Year of Mercy on Sunday, Dec. 13

Pope Francis has declared an extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy to begin on Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, when the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome will be opened. The Holy Doors of cathedrals around the world will

open the following Sunday, Dec. 13, the

Third Sunday of Advent.


In the Diocese of Sacramento at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Bishop Jaime Soto closed the main doors of the Cathedral on Nov. 22 to be the Holy Door for the Year of Mercy.


On Sunday, Dec. 13, Bishop Soto will open the Holy Door prior to the 5 p.m. Mass. The formal rite for the Opening of the Holy Door includes reading parts of the Bull of Indiction by Pope Francis. This Holy Door will be marked and left open for the entire year, until the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which concludes on Nov. 13 for local cathedrals. The actual end of the Year of Mercy is Nov. 20, 2016 in Rome.


A Holy Door, or porta sancta, has been used since the 15th century as a ritual expression of conversion. Pilgrims and penitents pass through it as a gesture of leaving the past behind and crossing the threshold from sin to grace, from slavery to freedom, and from darkness to light. Often these rituals are associated with prayer, pilgrimage, sacrifice, confession and indulgences.


bullet with text Link here to read more about the Holy Door for the Year of Mercy from Catholic News Service





Cathedral choir

will benefit St. Patrick Academy

'Christmas at the Cathedral' concert and service is Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. in Sacramento

A “Lessons and Carols” service benefiting St. Patrick Academy in Sacramento will be held on Friday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament at 11th and K Streets. The evening service will be filled with sacred Scripture and beautiful music from the children’s choir of St. Patrick Academy and the Cathedral Choir with orchestra.


Local media personalities will read Scripture from the Advent and Christmas seasons. All proceeds benefit St. Patrick Academy. For tickets, contact the school office at (916) 421-4963 or visit http://spacatc2015.eventbrite.com.


St. Patrick Academy, a culturally diverse regional school sponsored by the Diocese of Sacramento, serves students in the south Sacramento area and the surrounding communities. The mission of the academy is to provide a positive, Christ-centered learning experience through excellence in academics; to be attentive to all aspects of the individual child’s development; and to provide students with the tools to be self-motivated critical thinkers.


bullet with text Link to the website of St. Patrick Academy in Sacramento





Bishop Jaime Soto

'our Long history working with refugees dates back more than a century, over the course of many threatening global conflicts'

Bishop Soto says U.S. should welcome Syrian refugees; Catholic Church prepared to respond prudently and compassionately to crisis

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, who also serves as president of the California Catholic Conference, has issued the following statement Nov. 19 regarding the plight of Syrian refugees and the Catholic Church’s work in the United States with refugees and immigrants:


“During his recent visit to the United States, Pope Francis commended the Catholic Church in the United States for our work with refugees and immigrants, “The Church in the United States knows like few others the hopes present in the hearts of these ‘pilgrims’”.  This has been one of the proudest aspects of the Catholic legacy in America.  In this way, we have obeyed the command of Jesus in the 25th chapter of the gospel of Matthew, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.' (Mt 25:40)


“Our long history working with refugees dates back more than a century, over the course of many threatening global conflicts.  This proven experience has given us the know-how as well as the practiced charity to respond prudently and compassionately to the current crisis regarding Syrian Refugees, including Muslim, Christian, as well as other threatened ethnic minorities.  The Catholic Community confides not only in the Lord’s moral mandate to care for the “stranger” but in the wisdom acquired through generations of service.


“Refugees coming to the United States are subject to a thorough review process lasting up to two years in order to ensure that their coming to the United States is safe both for the refugee as well as ourselves.


“We are witnessing the worst refugee crisis since World War II.  At that time, the doors were closed to certain refugees, the memory of which still haunts us.  We have learned from that experience. 


“The savage terror afflicted on the people of Paris has shocked our souls.  Still, this should not blind us to the plight of families and children seeking a refuge of mercy.  Nor should it dissuade us from exercising our freedom for the sake of what is good, just and noble.”


The head of the U.S. bishops Committee on Migration, Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, issued a statement Nov. 17 that he was disturbed by calls from federal and state officials for an end to resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States. “These refugees are fleeing terror themselves – violence like we have witnessed in Paris,” he said. “They are extremely vulnerable families, women and children who are fleeing for their lives. We cannot and should not blame them for the actions of a terrorist organization.” Visit the link below to read the full text of the USCCB statement.


bullet with text Link here to read the full text of the Nov. 17 statement on Syrian refugees

bullet with text Link here to read the Nov. 18 related story from Catholic News Service





Bishop Weigand

also marking 35 years as a Bishop

Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand celebrates Mass to mark 10th anniversary of Cathedral rededication

Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand celebrated the 11 a.m. Mass Nov. 22 in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. (In photo at left, Bishop Weigand prepares to celebrate Mass.)


The Mass marked the 10th anniversary of the rededication of the cathedral in 2005, after extensive restoration and renovation. The Mass also marked Bishop Weigand’s 35th anniversary of his episcopal ordination. He was ordained and installed as the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah, on Nov. 17, 1980. He served as bishop of Salt Lake City for 13 years and as bishop of Sacramento for 15 years. For the past seven years, Bishop Weigand has continued to serve the church in retirement. He has been a priest for 52 years.


In his homily, Bishop Weigand noted that “the great beauty of our cathedral gives fitting glory to God, but it also mirrors our own spiritual beauty as redeemed sons and daughters of God, made members of his kingdom, continually washed clean in and through the forgiving and merciful love of our Lord on the cross.”


Noting the significance of both the feast of Christ the King and his episcopal anniversary, the bishop said, “The core of the Gospel (kerygma) is what I have preached and tried to live these many years. This is the mission I have pursued as best I could as priest and bishop. It is has been my whole life. I love Christ the King dearly, who called me to this service. I love his bride, the church. As long as the Lord gives me strength, like Pope Francis, this Gospel of God’s love and mercy will be my passion, even though the manner of sharing it and living it is now less public, more contemplative.”


bullet with text Link here to the text of Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand's homily on Nov. 22





Bishop Soto and Bishop Cotta

Bishops Soto and Cotta Attend

U.S. bishops meeting Nov.

16-19 addresses USCCB priorities, approves statement on political responsibility

Bishop Jaime Soto and Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta attended the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual fall general assembly in Baltimore Nov. 16-19.


The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved several items on Nov. 17, including a proposed statement on pornography and a new introductory note and limited revision of their quadrennial statement on political responsibility. The bishops also voted on a liturgical book, strategic priorities for the 2017-2020 cycle and on the 2016 budget.

The bishops approved the strategic priorities for the 2017-2020 planning cycle with 233 votes in favor, 4 against and 0 abstaining. The priorities are:


-- Evangelization: Open wide the doors to Christ through missionary discipleship and personal encounter.
-- Family and marriage: Encourage and heal families; inspire Catholics to embrace the sacrament of matrimony.

-- Human life and dignity: Uphold the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death with special concern for the poor and vulnerable.
-- Vocations and ongoing formation: Encourage vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, and provide meaningful ongoing formation to clergy, religious and lay ministers.

-- Religious freedom: Promote and defend the freedom to serve, witness and worship, in the U.S. and abroad.  


The full body of bishops also voted 230-4-1 to approve a proposed formal statement, "Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography." This is the first formal statement issued by the body of bishops focused exclusively on a pastoral response to pornography production and use.

The bishops also voted 217-16-2 in favor of on a new introductory note and 210-21-5 for a limited revision to their quadrennial statement on political responsibility, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship." The revised statement, which is reissued the calendar year before a U.S. presidential election, will feature new language around issues of public concern for Catholics.


bullet with text Link here to read the entire text of the press release from the USCCB

bullet with text Link here for more information from the U.S. bishops annual fall general assembly





Promise to protect graphic

Bishop Soto: 'We have to keep vigilant'

Independent audit finds Diocese of Sacramento in compliance with Charter

for the Protection of

Children and Young People


The Diocese of Sacramento has once again been found to be in complete compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the comprehensive action plan adopted by the U.S. bishops in 2002 to effectively deal with the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy and other church personnel.


The findings are a result of an on-site review of data collected for the 2014-2015 Charter audit period by StoneBridge Business Partners, an independent firm hired by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Compliance for the diocese was based upon inquiry, observation, and the review of specifically requested documentation furnished to StoneBridge Business Partners during the course of the audit. The Diocese of Sacramento has been found to be in compliance in all audits including its first audit in 2004.


The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was originally implemented by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2002 and most recently revised in 2011. It addresses outreach to victims or survivors, the appropriate response to allegations of sexual abuse of minors, training and evaluation of adults and accountability of all dioceses throughout the United States.


“The 2015 on-site audit was more thorough and extensive than other recent audits,” said Katita Schloemann, Safe Environment Coordinator for the Diocese of Sacramento. “The auditors examined documents, conducted interviews with diocesan, parish and school officials, and reviewed evidence of our compliance with the letter and spirit of the Charter.”


“We are pleased with the audit report,” said Bishop Jaime Soto. “We welcome these independent audits because they are a reminder to us that we have to keep vigilant to continue to protect our precious children and young people, and to assure that the mistakes and crimes of the past are never again repeated.


“We remain committed to the principles of the Charter and we ask for your continued help, support and prayers as we promote healing and reconciliation with victims/survivors of sexual abuse, respond effectively to allegations of sexual abuse, become accountable for our procedures, and protect the faithful in the future.”


Schloemann released the following facts and figures regarding the 2014-2015 audit:

  • Number of youth who received safe environment training (trained in “Circle of Grace” program: 31,360.


  • Number of adults (priests, deacons, employees and volunteers) trained in “Shield the Vulnerable,” the diocese’s online child abuse recognition and reporting program: 13,101.


  • Number of adults (priests, deacons, employees and volunteers) working with children who completed a criminal background check: 13,183.


Employees of the Diocese of Sacramento and parish and school volunteers working with children are required to complete Shield the Vulnerable safe environment training once every three years.


The Diocese of Sacramento uses the safe environment curriculum for youth called Circle of Grace. Article 12 of the Charter outlines that dioceses must have education and training for adults and youth about ways to make and maintain a safe environment for children. Circle of Grace, developed by the Archdiocese of Omaha in response to Article 12, serves the dual purpose of educating and informing youth about the value of positive relationships with God and others. Children and youth are taught to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional and spiritual boundaries; recognize when boundary violations are about to occur; and demonstrate how to take action when boundaries are threatened or violated.


bullet with text Link here for more information regarding the Diocese of Sacramento's comprehensive safe environment program

bullet with text Link here for more information regarding what the Catholic Church is doing in the U.S. to protect children and young people





Bishop Jaime Soto

Bishop Soto: November reflection

'Our efforts to foster a culture of life have to include what Pope Francis has proposed as a culture of encounter'


Bishop Jaime Soto issued the following reflection for November that will be sent out to all of the faithful in the Diocese of Sacramento who are members of the Catholic Legislative Network:

It was recently announced with much fanfare that China was officially doing away with its "one-child" policy. Many news reports have recounted the moral and social havoc this ill-conceived government mandate has wracked upon China. Cultural norms preferred boys over girls, so gender-selective abortions were common. China now has a disproportionate number of boys over girls among the generation seeking to form families. The policy also provoked an unanticipated economic threat as a reduced younger generation bears the weight of a larger elderly population seeking its care. Those families who skirted the policy find their “extra” children ostracized from vital societal benefits such as education and health.


Many on this side of the Pacific may wag their heads at the brutish brutality of China’s totalitarian state, yet the same imprudent tendencies have been festering in the “freedom of choice” climate we experience here in California. Local media has trumpeted Planned Parenthood’s political survival after the release of videos revealing the practice of aborted fetuses being harvested for organs. The abortion group then announced that it has changed their policy so that no money is received in exchange for the aborted young bodies. The logic of legality and the mother’s informed consent obscures the repulsive nature of the practice. Planned Parenthood’s public relations efforts are trying to push out of the public mind the searing image of a throw-away culture where the life of a child is considered worthless but the body parts are useful. 


Women are manipulated and girls are rejected in a culture that increasingly forces them to comply with unjust laws. California should not be so smug as the cultural consequences of China’s folly come to light.  With one coast looking at the another across a vast ocean, there may be more of a mirror’s reflection than we would care to admit.    


That is why our efforts to foster a culture of life have to include what Pope Francis has proposed as a culture of encounter. In the ordinary human encounter we should cultivate a reverence for the human person. Seeking out those encounters, as Jesus did, is also part of the Christian vocation.  Too many people are simply ignored or forgotten. The farmed-out aborted fetus is one example.  There are many other such examples in our throw-away society. 


We are approaching the Thanksgiving holiday. A spirit of gratitude begins with an acknowledgement of our blessings. Among those blessings should be those many people who are neglected.  China’s future has become restricted by the limits they placed on families. Let us recognize the bounty of human life, be grateful for our brothers and sisters, and invite them to their place at God’s plentiful table of mercy.


bullet with text Link here for more information from the California Catholic Conference





Holy Family School students

made pillows by hand for patients

Students of Holy Family School in Citrus Heights assist breast health center 

Junior high students from Holy Family School in Citrus Heights recently donated 85 “necessity bags” to the breast health center at Kaiser Permanente Hospital.


Members of the student council are shown in the photo at left presenting the bags to Dr. Ernie Bodai, who directs the Breast Health Center at Kaiser Permanente Sacramento, and is the founder of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the breast cancer stamp.


Dr. Bodai “was so touched that the students took it upon themselves to help others,” says Leanna Patterson, math teacher at Holy Family for the past 19 years. Students made 85 pillows by hand and collected tee shirts and journals for the bags. “It just filled me with joy to see this outpouring of support,” she says.


bullet with text Link here to visit the website of Holy Family School in Citrus Heights





Catholic Herald magazine

digital edition on this website

November-December issue

of Catholic Herald magazine

is published; focuses on

'Living for the Second

Coming of Christ'


The November-December 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 living for the second coming of Christ. The cover story, "Bringing the Kingdom,'" features Sister Sibele Moreira, a member of the Verdum Dei Missionary Fraternity, and Brother Mark Schroeder, OFM, a Franciscan friar, and how they both live out evangelical witness in consecrated life.


Other feature stories include a special report on the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy; how members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the diocese are living the mission of charity and mercy; an interview with Father Dan Looney on what Scripture tells us about the second coming; how parishioners of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Truckee serve others in need through the Food and Resource Support Center; and how Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, a member agency of Catholic Charities, has a major role in assisting and resettling immigrant families in the Sacramento region.


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





Mother and daughter

for Girls Ages 10-12 and 13-16

Mother-daughter program offered by diocese to

discuss the gift of fertility

The Diocese of Sacramento is offering a Mother-Daughter Program 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 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 cost to attend is $20 per family, including food and drink.


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

--Saturday, Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (in English) and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (in Spanish) at St. Clare Parish, located at 1950 Junction Blvd. in Roseville.

--Saturday, April 2, from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (in Spanish) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, located at 711 T Street in Sacramento.

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

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

--Saturday, Feb. 20, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (in Spanish) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, located at 711 T Street in Sacramento.

--Saturday, April 30, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (in English) at Presentation School, located at 3100 Norris Ave. in Sacramento.


Visit the link below for more information about program locations, time and 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.


bullet with text Link here to register online for the Mother-Daughter Program

bullet with text Link here to download a flyer with information about the Mother-Daughter Program 2015-2016





Father and son

for Boys ages 12 to 15

Father and son program offered in English and Spanish on Sat., Feb. 27

The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis will offer the “Father-Son” (“Padre e Hijo”) program in English and Spanish in Sacramento on Saturday, Feb. 27.


The program, which is tailored to boys ages 12 to 15 and their dads, explores God’s special gift of human fertility and the beauty and wonder of God’s plan for growing up and becoming a man. All content is pure, light-hearted and affirming.


The workshop will be held on the following date and location:


--Saturday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in English at Presentation School, 3100 Norris Ave. in Sacramento.


The cost is $20 per family and includes lunch. To register online, contact a local site coordinator or review program content, visit the link below. To register by mail or with other questions, contact Steve Patton at (916) 733-0133 or spatton@scd.org. All reservations must be received by the Monday before the event date.


bullet with text Link here to register online for the Father-Son Program

bullet with text Link here to download a flyer with information about the Father-Son Program 2015-2016





priest and communion

Liturgy Specialization Workshops being held at various sites

Comprehensive liturgical catechesis being offered for those involved in ministry

The Liturgical Commission of the Diocese of Sacramento in partnership with the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis presents a series of workshops designed to provide comprehensive liturgical catechesis.  The training will be rooted in the teachings of the church and offer practical instruction and formation to anyone involved in liturgical ministry.


The program will result in 40 hours of training and complement the Basic Ministry Certificate.  While the Basic Ministry Certificate is not required to participate in the workshops, a working knowledge of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is expected.  The ultimate goal of the program is to facilitate and promote full and active participation in all liturgical celebrations, and to ensure that liturgical practices are consistent with the norms of the universal church, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Diocese of Sacramento.


The two remaining sessions will be held on Friday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the locations as follows:


Session 3: Jan. 22-23, 2016, Medicine of Mercy: Sacraments of Healing
(Holy Spirit Parish, Fairfield)

Session 4: March 4-5, 2016, The Joy of the Gospel: Sacraments in Service to the Church & the World(SS Peter & Paul Parish, Rocklin)


The cost to participate is $35 per workshop.


bullet with text Download the regisration form for the Jan. 22-23 workshop

bullet with text Download information and registration form HERE for Liturgy Specialization workshops





2015 Diocesan Directory

searchable PDF on this website

Diocese of Sacramento 2015 Directory available to order


The 2015 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 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