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at Holy Cross Mission in arbuckle

'Called and Gifted' workshop offered on Saturday, Oct. 29


The diocese’s Office of North State Catholic Revival, in collaboration with Sacred Heart Parish in Maxwell/Williams, will present the “Called and Gifted” workshop from the Catherine of Siena Institute on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Holy Cross Mission Church, located at 408 Laurel St. in Arbuckle. The workshop will be given in both English and Spanish.


The workshop is an opportunity to deepen your relationship with Jesus and to discover God’s plan for your life. Through the “Called and Gifted” discernment process, you will learn about the church’s teaching on the laity and lay apostleship; the nature of spiritual gifts, call and vocation.The cost to attend is $30 per person, including lunch and materials.


To register as an individual or parish group online for the workshop, visit the link below. For more information, contact the parish office of Sacred Heart at (530) 438-2532 or Ana Ibarra at (530) 605-3197.


bullet with text Link here for more information and to download a flyer for this workshop

bullet with text Link here to register for the "Called and Gifted" 'workshop on Oct. 29





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event of the jubilee year of mercy

Divine Mercy Conference

set for Sat., Oct. 29 at Divine Mercy Parish in Sacramento


The Divine Mercy Conference, an event of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Divine Mercy Parish, located at 2231 Club Center Drive in Sacramento. All are invited to attend the parish’s morning Mass at 8:30 a.m. and the vigil Mass at 5 p.m.


Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will give the opening prayer and introduction at the conference at 9:30 a.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m.

Speakers at the conference will include:


—Donna Cori Gibson, a singer and songwriter of contemporary Catholic music from Seattle, Wash., who is featured on the Eternal Word Television Network and dedicates her talent to helping people to pray, learn more about the faith and draw closer to God;


—Father Rick Wendell, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, who will share his story of life, death and the graces he was given in Medjugorje, Yugoslavia;


—Christine Watkins, a member of Presentation Parish in Sacramento and formerly an atheist, who began a life of service to the Catholic Church after a healing from Jesus through Mary, which saved her from death. She is now a popular Catholic author and speaker, who has been featured on radio and television.


The cost to attend the conference is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information, call (916) 259-2391.


bullet with text Link here for more information and to download a flyer for this conference

bullet with text Link here for more information about the conference and the Divine Mercy Support Network





St. Mary Funeral Center

Commemoration of faithful departed

Bishop Soto to celebrate Mass at St. Mary Cemetery and Funeral Center on

All Souls Day, Nov. 2


Bishop Jaime Soto will offer prayers for the faithfully departed during Mass at St. Mary Cemetery and Funeral Center on Wednesday, Nov. 2, All Soul’s Day, the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed.


Bishop Soto will preside at Mass at 10:15 a.m. at St. St. Mary Cemetery and Funeral Center, located at 6509 Fruitridge Road in Sacramento.


The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds the faithful that “death puts an end to human life as the time open to either accepting or rejecting the divine grace manifested in Christ” (1021; see 2 Tm 1:9-10). The holy souls are those “who die in God’s grace and friendship” but who are “still imperfectly purified…; after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven” (CCC 1030). Part of the joy of belonging to the church is the privilege of helping the holy souls to enter heaven. The church “commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead” (CCC 1032).


St. Mary Cemetery and Funeral Center will be hosting additional Masses and events on Nov. 2:

--2 p.m.: Dia de Los Muertos Aztec Dancers celebration (1 p.m. procession from All Hallows Church at 5501 4th Ave.).

--3 p.m.: Bilingual Mass celebrated by Father Guillermo Hernandez from St. Rose Parish.

--7 p.m.: Vietnamese Martyrs Parish Mass celebrated by Father Jim Khoi, pastor, and Father Peter Vien in St. Mary Funeral Center chapel.


On Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m., St. Jeong Hae Elizabeth Korean Catholic Church will celebrate Mass with Father Paul Hanmo Kim, rector, in St. Mary Funeral Center chapel. For more information about these celebrations, call St. Mary Cemetery and Funeral Center at (916) 452-4831.


bullet with text Link here for more information about Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services





Hispanic encounter

at Newman Center in sacramento

'Curso de Pastoral Juvenil' offered by Department of Evangelization and Catechesis starts Oct. 29-30


The diocese's Department of Evangelization and Catechesis, in collaboration with Instituto Fe y Vida, will offer "Curso de Pastoral Juvenil," a foundational course for those who work or want to work in pastoral ministry with Hispanic youth and young adults.


Classes are theological and pastoral/practical and will be taught completely in Spanish. The course consists of four weekends, each day from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Oct. 29-30, Nov. 19-20, Jan. 14-15 and Feb. 4-5. The classes will be held at the Newman Catholic Center, located at 5900 Newman Court in Sacramento. A certificate is awarded at the end of the course.


The cost is $200 for the full course or $60 per weekend, which includes materials, lunch and refreshments each day of class. Financial assistance is available. Participants must be 18 or older.


For more information about this course, visit the link below or contact Cecilia Flores at cflores@scd.org or (916) 454-4188.


bullet with text Link here for more information about "Curso de Pastoral Juvenil"

bullet with text Link here to download a flyer about "Curso de Pastoral Juvenil"





Hurricane damanged house rubble on beach
Hurricane damanged house rubble on beach

Special Collection Oct. 29-30

Unite in prayer and solidarity with those affected by Hurricane Matthew


Bishop Myron J. Cotta has announced a special collection to be conducted in the Diocese of Sacramento on the weekend of Oct. 29- 30.  Parishes throughout the United States will be uniting in this effort to aid areas devastated by Hurricane Matthew including parts of the Southeast coast of the United States, and in Caribbean countries, especially Haiti.


"These funds for this special collection will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA as they reach out to provide humanitarian aid in the form of water, food, shelter, and medical care, as well as to their long term efforts to restore communities after widespread destruction, and to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for the pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church in the Caribbean and the US," Bishop Cotta explains.


The tireless work of Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA is already underway, bringing comfort and relief to tens of thousands affected by this disaster. The cumulative diocesan collection, and the prayers of the faithful, unite us in solidarity with the dire plight of those suffering in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.


bullet with text Link to Catholic Relief Services website to learn more about disaster relief

bullet with text Link to Catholic Charities USA website to learn more about disaster relief





40 days for Life

a peaceful and prayerful ministry

Fall '40 Days for Life' being held through Nov. 6


The fall 40 Days for Life prayer vigil began on Wednesday, Sept. 28 in hundreds of cities around the world, including several in the Diocese of Sacramento. Christians of all denominations will pray and offer assistance on the sidewalk Monday through Friday, through Nov. 6.


This life-saving, peaceful, prayerful ministry is endorsed by Bishop Jaime Soto, who encourages all Catholics to participate.


The vigil in the Sacramento area will be held at Women's Health Specialist Clinic at 1442 Ethan Way, along the public sidewalk of the abortion business parking lot on Hallmark Drive, across from the Cal Expo fairgrounds. Other 40 Days for Life locations within the Diocese of Sacramento include Redding, Chico, Vallejo and Fairfield. Visit the link below for more information about each site.


On Friday, Nov. 4 at 10:30 a.m. Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will pray the rosary with the public at Women's Health Specialist Clinic (address above) at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call Susan Money at (530) 320-1614.


bullet with text Link here for more information about 40 Days for Life





priest ordination

fostering a culture of vocations

National Vocation Awareness Week celebrated Nov. 6-12


The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, Nov. 6-12. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the U.S. to foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life.


National Vocations Awareness Week, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, is designed to help promote vocation awareness and to encourage young people to ask the question: "To what vocation in life is God calling me?" Parish and school communities across the nation are encouraged to include, during the first week in November, prayer and special activities that focus on vocation awareness. 


“Prayer for vocations is the responsibility of the entire Church. Often times we think that vocations will come from somewhere else, and yet God invites us to consider that he is raising up vocations to priesthood, consecrated life, and the permanent diaconate from within our own communities, even our own families” said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, bishop designate of Arlington, Va., chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. "Our willingness to invite those within our own communities and families to consider that God may be calling them to Priesthood or consecrated life will bear abundant fruit in the Church and bring great joy and happiness to those called. We want what is best for our children; even more so does God desire their happiness.”


Research suggests that community encouragement plays an important role in the discernment process. “Following God’s will is the greatest adventure any person can experience,” said Father Luke Ballman, USCCB's associate director of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.  “Fear of losing something holds many people back from responding generously to God, and yet it is when we embrace the adventure wholeheartedly for ourselves or those whom we love that we experience joy unlike anything we have known thus far in our lives.”


More information and resources for National Vocations Awareness Week, including a prayer card, suggested prayers of the faithful and bulletin-ready quotes are available online at: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/national-vocation-awareness-week.cfm


bullet with text Link here for more information about vocational discernment in the Diocese of Sacramento





Bishop Soto speaking
Bishop Soto speaking

Faithful Citizenship

Gospel reminds us to be persistent in speaking for the dignity of others...persistent in prayer


Bishop Soto's homily for the Twenty-Ninth Sunday of the Year (Oct. 16) at St. Mary Church in Vacaville is presented here as Catholics seek insight to fulfill their moral and ethical obligations as Faithful Citizens. 


"Jesus’ presented a poignant parable to his disciples in the gospel today (Lk. 18.1-8).  A judge, whom Jesus described as dishonest, puts up with the persistent pleading of a widow.  The judge said of himself that he did not fear God nor respected anyone. 


Two additional details make this story even more difficult.  A woman was bringing the case.  In the times of Jesus, it was very probable that a woman had little, if any, standing in court.  Certainly she had less standing than a man.  She was also a widow, meaning there was no male spouse who could speak on her behalf.  Jesus gave no indication of the nature of her case.  If her adversary was a man then her situation was even more desperate.  Without excusing the heartless judge, he may have had both the law and custom on his side.


In this light, the persistence of the widow is remarkable.  She eventually wore down the callous court official, who in the end admitted that her cause was just. 


Jesus told this parable to instruct the disciples on the necessity to remain steadfast in prayer.  His example also highlighted the persistent dignity of the human person...Read the rest of this homily at the link below


bullet with text Link here to read the full text of Bishop Soto's homily from 10/16/16

bullet with text Link to more resources on Faithful Citizenship provided by CA Catholic Conference





image of scales o justice atop a stack of booksimage of scales o justice atop a stack of books

Bishop Soto's Red Mass Homily

Challenging, complex issues should not tempt our indifference


Bishop Soto's Annual Red Mass homily (Oct. 12) given at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament is presented here as Catholics seek insight to fulfill their moral and ethical obligations as Faithful Citizens. The Red Mass tradition invokes God's blessing upon members of the Bench, Bar, Legislature, Law Enforcement and Governmental agencies as protectors and administrators of the Law.


"It is worth noting that the conversation among Jesus, the Pharisees, and the Scribes in the gospel this evening took place in the context of a meal (Lk. 11.42-46).  Jesus was the invited guest at the home of one of the Pharisees. Almost from the very beginning of the gathering this debate began over the observance of the law.


In the course of this exchange Jesus made the following statement to his hosts, “You pay no attention to judgment and to love for God.  These you should have done, without overlooking the others.”  The Pharisees were concerned with the careful, even minute, observance of law.  Jesus did not discard the pious practice of the law but insisted in something deeper.  He spoke of judgment and love for God. 


The Greek word translated to judgment in this text is also the word for justice, krisin.  Looking at the various applications of this word in both Matthew and Luke it is apparent that the judgment of God which renders divine justice is implied.  So, applying the word as judgment in this context was intended to remind the Pharisees, and the readers of this gospel, that the standard of justice will always be weighed on divine scales and judged in God’s eyes.  ...Read the rest of this homily at the link below


bullet with text Link here to read the full text of Bishop Soto's Red Mass homily from 10/12/16

bullet with text Link to more resources on Faithful Citizenship provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops





wedding couple hands

four-class series in Nov. and Dec.

'Marriage and the Mystery of God' series offered by Department of Evangelization and Catechesis starts Nov. 23


The diocese's Department of Evangelization and Catechesis is offering a four-series on "Marriage and the Mystery of God: Deep Love and Happiness in Holy Matrimony."


Classes will be held Nov. 23 and 30 and Dec. 7 and 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There are two options to attend: live in Sacramento at the Diocesan Pastoral Center at 2110 Broadway or at home via Internet live stream. The registration deadline is Nov. 13.


The presenter will be Steve Patton, associate director of family and respect life ministries. The four classes will explore the beauty of marriage as God created it, tap into the depths of marriage as a sacrament and provide practical ways for marriages to flourish. The cost to attend is $30 per couple for the series, incluing a workbook.


The course is also being taught in Spanish on Nov. 8, 15 and 29 and Dec. 6 by Hector Velasco. If you are interested in this course, please register as soon as possible. For information on that series, contact Guadalupe Fernandez at (916) 733-0177.


For more information about this course, visit the link below or contact Steve Patton at (916) 733-0133 or spatton@scd.org.


bullet with text Link here for more information and to register for "Marriage and Mystery of God"





Bishop Gallegos

Mass of Thanksgiving is Nov. 19

Pope advances sainthood cause for Bishop Alphonse Gallegos, declared Venerable


Pope Francis has advanced the sainthood cause of the late Bishop Alphonse Gallegos, who served as auxiliary bishop of Sacramento from 1981 until his death in an auto accident near Yuba City in 1991. He was particularly known for his ministry to farmworkers and the poor and marginalized.


In an audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis signed a decree on July 9 recognizing the heroic virtues of Bishop Gallegos, who will now be known as Venerable Alphonse Gallegos. It is the latest step in his beatification cause, which was initiated 10 years ago.


Kevin Eckery, spokesman for the Diocese of Sacramento, noted: “Bishop Gallegos touched so many people with his ministry. We are gratified to see his cause moving forward and will provide the (cause’s) postulator with any assistance he needs to complete his work.”


Bishop Gallegos was known as the “bishop of the barrio” because of his work with the marginalized and the “lowrider” bishop because of his support for members of local modified-car clubs. He was particularly concerned about the poor, un-catechized young people, migrants and other people who lacked support from the community, and often spent his summer vacations living with farmworkers in the Central Valley.


Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at a Mass of thanksgiving for Venerable Alphonse Gallegos on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento. Prior to the Mass, there will be a brief wreath-laying ceremony at Bishop Gallegos' statue at 1:15 p.m. The statue is located on 11th Street, between K and L Streets.


bullet with text Link here to read a story about Venerable Bishop Gallegos from Catholic News Service July 8

bullet with text Link here to read a story a biography of Bishop Gallegos





Bishop Soto and Father Richard Boyle

gift from Father Richard Boyle, OSM

Monstrance restored for use at St. Joseph Parish, Rio Vista


Bishop Jaime Soto and Father Richard Boyle, OSM, of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary, hold a monstrance that has been restored for use by parishioners of St. Joseph Parish in Rio Vista, where Father Boyle has served as parochial administrator since July 2014.


He will be leaving St. Joseph's Oct. 31 to serve at The Grotto in Portland, Ore., a National Catholic Shrine dedicated to Mary, Our Sorrowful Mother, which is a ministry of the Servite Friars -- Order of Friar Servants of Mary. The Grotto offers understanding, compassion, support and hope through a variety of ministries including counseling, education, spiritual direction and liturgical celebrations.


About 18 months ago, Father Boyle discovered a beautiful "Gothic monstrance" hidden away in long-term storage at the parish. 'I immediately recognized its value -- spiritually and historically," he says. "Eventually, I found myself in a position to 'offer' it back to the parish for a full restoration porject to return it to its 'original glory,' or as near as we could get it."


The project was completed more than a month ago "and the result is truly magnificent," Father Boyle notes. The monstrance is about 100 years old, 30 inches tall, 15 to 16 inches wide and displays a total of 11 silver-plated figures of saints and angels (each one in its own "niche"). The central figure of Christ the Good Shepherd stands directly above the "luna" or "lunette."


The monstrance is underlying polished brass and gold-plated overlay. "It's truly a work of art and devotion," Father Boyle notes. For more information about eucharistic adoration at St. Joseph Parish in Rio Vista, visit the link below.


bullet with text Link here to view the website of St. Joseph Parish in Rio Vista





Divine Mercy at Our Lady of Mount Carmel

through October

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 October 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. The parish's "The Army of God" youth ministry led praise and worship form 12:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.


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





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october is respect life month

Respect Life program theme for 2016-17 is 'Moved by Mercy,' as everyone should be cherished and protected


In a statement to mark Respect Life Month in October, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York called for all human life to be "cherished and protected." Cardinal Dolan chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).


The Cardinal's statement launches the year-long Respect Life Program, (www.usccb.org/respectlife) which explores the theme, "Moved by Mercy." As Pope Francis said in calling for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, "We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us." Cardinal Dolan said: "When we let our hearts be moved by God's mercy, it shapes everything."


Cardinal Dolan emphasized the need to protect human life at every stage. "From each tiny child waiting to be born, to individuals nearing death, all are precious and deserve our care and protection."


"Women and men suffering after abortion, individuals tempted to end their lives, couples longing to conceive a child, people pushed to the margins of society by a 'throwaway culture', expectant mothers facing challenging pregnancies, and every other person-each 'has a place in God's heart from all eternity'," he said, citing the 2016 apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). Cardinal Dolan called for every person to be "treated with the dignity they deserve. No one should ever be treated callously or carelessly - everyone should be cherished and protected!"


The 2016-17 Respect Life Program features six articles highlighting ways to put mercy into action. They address the tragedy of assisted suicide, navigating infertility, facilitating healing after abortion, end of life care, attentiveness to God's creation, and supporting birthmothers. The full text of Cardinal Dolan's statement is available along with many other resources at www.usccb.org/respectlife.


bullet with text Link to more information about respect life ministries in the Diocese of Sacramento





Father and son

for boys ages 12 to 15

Father and son program offered in English and Spanish at various parishes


The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis will offer the “Father-Son” (“Padre e Hijo”) program in English and Spanish at three parishes in November and March.


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 dates and locations:

--Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Spanish at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 711 T Street in Sacramento.

--Saturday, March 11, 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 download a flyer with information about Father-Son Program 2016-2017





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 Nov. 12.


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 2, Nov. 12: Gateway to life in the Spirit: Sacraments of Initiation.

— Session 3, Jan. 7, 2017: Source and Summit of the Christian Life: The Holy Eucharist and the Mass.

— 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.) 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




Catholic Herald magazine

digital edition on this website

Sept-October issue of Catholic Herald magazine

is published; stories focus

on respect life issues


The September-October 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 respect life. The cover story, "Healing Mind, Body and Spirit," features an interview with William Ferguson, manager of chaplaincy services and pastoral care at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. William, a member of St. Ignatius Parish in Sacramento, notes that chaplains provide a listening ear, spiritual guidance if needed, and emotional support to patients and encouarge them on their journey toward healing.


Other feature stories include an interview with Father Michael Hebda, pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Sacramento, on Catholic funeral rites and their meaning for the faithful; how St. Mary Funeral Center in Sacramento, which opened in June, carries on the "legacy of faith"; how respect life teachings of the church are the essence of family life for Katie and Zach Smith and their family, members of St. Clare Parish in Roseville; and how volunteers ensure that "no one dies alone" because of an innovative program at Mercy General Hospital to understand and support the dying at the end of life. Also included in this issue is a special report on Catholics and voting.


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





hands behind bars

'all life is sacred -- innocent or flawed'; also oppose prop. 66 on Nov. 8 ballot to speed up executions

California's Catholic bishops announce support of Prop. 62 to end use of death penalty


The California Catholic Conference of Bishops has endorsed Proposition 62 on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot. The initiative statute would repeal the death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replace it with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. The bishops in the same statement also state their opposition to Proposition 66, which will expedite executions in the state.


Proposition 62 applies retroactively to persons already sentenced to death and states that persons found guilty of murder and sentenced to life without possibility of parole must work while in prison as prescribed by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. It increases to 60% the portion of wages earned by persons sentenced to life without the possibility of parole that may be applied to any victim restitution fines or orders against them.


“Our commitment to halt the practice of capital punishment is rooted both in the Catholic faith and our pastoral experience,” the bishops state. “All life is sacred – innocent or flawed – just as Jesus Christ taught us and demonstrated repeatedly throughout his ministry. This focus on the preciousness of human life is fundamental to Christianity and most eloquently expressed in the two great commandments: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart…love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Mk 12:30-31).


bullet with text Link here to read the entire text of the CA bishops' statement in English

bullet with text Link here to read the entire text of the CA bishops' statement in Spanish

bullet with text Link here for more resources on the death penalty from the CA Catholic Conference

bullet with text Link here to read a special report from Faith Catholic on "Catholics and Voting"

bullet with text Link here to read the text of the U.S. bishops' statement on "Faithful Citizenship"





Juveniles in jail

initiative on November ballot

California's Catholic bishops announce support of Prop. 57 for public safety, rehabilitation


The California Catholic Conference of Bishops has announced its support for Proposition 57, “The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act,” on the November ballot.


In a statement they noted: “This balanced approach to the criminal justice system in our state would advance the well-being of our residents and communities by re-focusing our collective efforts on rehabilitation, treatment and education programs. In addition, the initiative will place the decision to try juveniles as adults into the hands of those who best understand the intricacies of dealing with young people – the juvenile court.


“Every day, in our parishes and ministries, we witness the devastating impact of crime on the people and families of our communities. Victims, whose lives have often shattered, search for answers, look for healing and seek an opportunity to voice their needs. Families of perpetrators hide their pain, alone in their anguish and afraid to ask for help. And the incarcerated fruitlessly search for hope as programs that offer the possibility of rehabilitation are scrapped in lieu of the high costs of prison construction.”


Proposition 57 offers alternatives, the bishops state: “an increase in public safety leading to less crime; programs to promote healing and rehabilitation; the means to deal with offending juveniles as the wounded children that they are; placing more decisions in the hands of impartial judges; and a chance at parole for non-violent offenders.”


bullet with text Link here to read the entire text of the CA bishops' statement on Prop. 57 in English

bullet with text Link here for more resources on ballot initiatives from the CA Catholic Conference





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