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Catholic Home Missions

begins at 5 p.m. at Cathedral

Bishop Soto to preside at Mass on Sunday, April 30, followed by eucharistic procession to state Capitol


Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at the 5 p.m. Mass on Sunday, April 30 in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento, followed by a eucharistic procession around the state Capitol in a journey of prayer and public witness to end abortion. Carried in the procession will be an actual 4’ X 6’ authentic replica (Missionary Image) of the original Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe which is enshrined in the Basilica in Mexico City.

The procession will conclude a two-month long pilgrimage to various abortion centers in Northern California titled, “Our Lady’s Mission for Life: A California Pilgrimage to Close Abortion Centers.”


The pilgrimage organizers note that their pilgrimage is a faithful response to the prompting of Our Blessed Mother and with the blessing of Bishop Richard J. Garcia of Monterey, to travel with the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to visit, in prayerful vigil, every abortion center in California.

On Saturday, April 29, the Missionary Image will be at the 7 p.m. vigil Mass in Spanish at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, located at 711 T Street in Sacramento.

Visit www.scddec.org/respect-life for more information about these events.





Catholic Home Missions

taken up in parishes April 29-30

Rural, struggling dioceses benefit from Catholic Home Missions Appeal collection


The annual Catholic Home Missions Appeal will be held during liturgies in parishes of the Diocese of Sacramento on the weekend of April 29-30. This appeal helps to sustain more than 40 percent of all dioceses and eparchies in rural and struggling areas of the country and in a number of U.S. territories in the Caribbean and Pacific.

In 2016, the Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions allocated over $9 million to 84 dioceses. The collection supports evangelization, catechesis, seminarian education, lay ministry training, Hispanic ministry, and other essential pastoral programs for dioceses in need.

"For many dioceses it is challenging to support ministries because of fragile financial situations or isolated communities,” said Archbishop Paul D. Etienne of Anchorage, Alaska, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions. "It is through this appeal that we can make a difference here at home and help our mission dioceses offer places for people to encounter the loving and merciful Christ.”

The home page for the collection is www.usccb.org/home-missions.





Catholic Home Missions

from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at Newman Catholic Center in Sacramento

'Leap of Faith' day for high school seniors and their parents set for Sat., May 6


Transitioning to college life can be an amazing, adventurous and yet scary experience for students and their families alike. The Diocese of Sacramento would like to journey with families as they take this “leap of faith" and navigate the transition from high school to college.

Graduating high school seniors and their families are invited to a day of sharing with current college students, parents and the larger community to discuss the transition from high school to college from a Catholic perspective. The event will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Newman Catholic Center, located at 5900 Newman Court in Sacramento.

The event will include workshops specific to students and parents, as well as a special Mass with
Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta to celebrate the graduation of the seniors. This event is FREE and includes lunch. Please visit the link below to the website to register online. For more information, contact Cecilia Flores at cflores@scd.org or call (916) 454-4188.


bullet with text Link here for more information about this event and to register online




Parish communications

from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. to

9 p.m. at Diocesan Pastoral Center

'From Followers to Disciples' workshop on effective parish communications is May 11


Parishes today have so many communication channels available that it can be overwhelming to pick the correct one (or two or three)! Elevate your parish communications and learn effective strategies during a workshop offered on Thursday, May 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The workshop will be led by Father Mark Wiesner, former communications director for the Diocese of Oakland. He is currently pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Livermore.

The workshop is for anyone on the front lines of parish communications, including bulletin editors, webmasters and social media managers.

For more information, contact Bee Jae Visitacion at bvisitacion@scd.org or (916) 733-0154.
The two sessions will be held at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, located at 2110 Broadway in Sacramento. The workshop is free. Register online at the link below.


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hands in prayer

sacramento catholic forum

Deacon Mark Ruiz to speak on Thursday, May 11 on personal prayer in daily life


Deacon Mark Ruiz of St. Joseph Parish in Auburn will be the speaker at the Sacramento Catholic Forum breakfast on Thursday, May 11 at Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center, located at 6520 Van Maren Lane in Sacramento.

Deacon Ruiz will lead a discussion about personal prayer in daily life. Many people face temptation, fear and discouragement when crosses enter their lives. What will prevent people from abandoning the Lord and their hope when they feel the weight of their cross. Prayer will keep people hopeful and is how they expose their souls to the divine sunlight. People need to expose themselves to God’s truth and love through prayer.

Check-in for the event begins at 6:30 a.m. with networking following. The breakfast and speaker will begin at 7:15 a.m. The cost is $20 in advance and prepaid online or $25 at the door. For more information and to pay online visit the Sacramento Catholic Forum website at the link below.


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Bishop Cotta and Our Lady of Fatima

at 1:30 p.m. Mass on Sat., May 13

Bishop Cotta to preside at coronation of Mary and consecreation of diocese to Immaculate Heart of Mary


The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima in Portugal. Our Lady appeared six times to three shepherd children – Lucia dos Santos, age 10, and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, ages 9 and 7 -- between May 13 and Oct. 13 in 1917. She entrusted to them a message from heaven of hope and peace for people’s lives and the world.

The Diocese of Sacramento, in collaboration with Christ the King Retreat Center in Citrus Heights, is acknowledging the centennial of the apparitions. The faithful are invited to make a "prayerful visit" -- a pilgrimage -- to the shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima located on the grounds of the retreat center. To schedule a pilgrimage visit or for more information, call 916.725.4720 or visit http://www.christthekingretreatcenter.org/.

On the feast of Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m., Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will celebrate Mass at Christ the King Retreat Center. The Mass will include the Coronation of Our Lady and the consecration of the diocese to Our Lady of Fatima.

Beginning on May 13, in addition to the retreat center, St. Joseph Church in Redding will serve as a pilgrimage site for visits and the granting of the special indulgence. For group visits and more information, call the parish office at (530) 243-3463.

The diocese’s website, www.scd.org, has a special page with more detailed information about this pilgrimage, centennial resources, the prayer of consecration and information about a plenary indulgence opportunity that Pope Francis has granted for the 100th anniversary. Visit https://scddec.org/pilgrimage-and-events.





Bishop Cotta ordains deacons

Mass celebrated in St. Pius Church in Redwood City

Bishop Cotta presides

at ordination to transitional diaconate

for seminarians from Sacramento, San Jose


Bishop Myron J. Cotta ordained three seminarians of the Diocese of Sacramento to the transitional diaconate during a Mass on Saturday, April 22, in St. Pius Church in Redwood City. Also ordained were three seminarians for the Diocese of San Jose. As transitional deacons, this will be one of their final steps before being ordained priests for the Diocese of Sacramento.

Jesus Hernandez Gonzalez and Hector Rene Jauregui Mejia are currently enrolled at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park in Theology III. They will continue their studies at the seminary in Theology IV during the 2017-18 school year toward their priestly ordination.

German E. Ramos Plaza is currently enrolled at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon in Theology IV. He will continue his studies at the seminary and will be assigned to a pastoral year at a parish in the diocese during the 2017-18 school year.

Shown in photo above, left to right: Rev. Mr. H. René Jauregui (Sacramento); Rev. Mr. German Eluterio Ramos Plaza (Sacramento); Rev. Mr. Jesús Hérnandez González (Sacramento); Fr. Peter Arteaga, MSpS (of Mt. Angel Seminary in Oregon); Bishop Cotta; Fr. Gladstone H. Stevens, PSS (President-Rector, St. Patrick's Seminary); Rev. Mr. Edgar M. Elamparo, I (San Jose); Rev. Mr. Eric Piczon (San Jose); Rev. Mr. Francis Kalaw (San Jose).


bullet with text Link here to view a video of the ordination Mass on April 22

bullet with text Link here for more information about Diocese of Sacramento seminarians




Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto

Announced april 20 at consistory

Pope Francis to canonize Fatima seers on May 13

during visit to Portugal


Pope Francis will declare the sainthood of Blessed Jacinta Marto and Blessed Francisco Marto, two of the shepherd children who saw Mary in Fatima, Portugal, during his visit to the site of the apparitions May 13.


The date was announced April 20 during an "ordinary public consistory," a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.


Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, addressing the assembly noted that of the future saints considered at the consistory, five were children or young teenagers.

"In our time, where young people often become objects of exploitation and commerce, these young people excel as witnesses of truth and freedom, messengers of peace (and) of a new humanity reconciled in love," the cardinal said.

At the same consistory, the pope set Oct. 15 as the date for the canonizations of two priests and two groups of martyrs, including Blessed Cristobal, Blessed Antonio and Blessed Juan -- also known as the "Child Martyrs of Tlaxcala" -- who were among the first native converts in Mexico. They were killed between 1527 and 1529 for refusing to renounce the faith and return to their people's ancient traditions.


Pope Francis will preside over the canonization ceremony of the Fatima visionaries during his visit to Fatima May 12-13.

bullet with text Link here to read the entire story from Catholic News Service April 20

bullet with text Link here to read the entire story from Catholic News Agency April 20





Bishop Cotta in miter

to mark 100th anniversary of apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima

Bishop Myron J. Cotta

leading pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal Sept. 15-24


The year 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal. Our Lady appeared six times to the Three Shepherd Children -- Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco -- between May 13 and Oct. 13 in 1917.


In honor of the centenary anniversary of the apparitions, the Diocese of Sacramento is sponsoring a 10-day pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal, from Sept. 15-24, 2017, with Bishop Myron J. Cotta as its leader.


"I invite you to join me on this special pilgrimage to Fatima," Bishop Cotta says. "It promises to be a unique location for the experience of prayer. It will give the pilgrim the opportunity to reflect upon the significance of the message which Our Lady conveyed to the three children and to the world. The message of mercy revealed at Fatima is an ideal way to follow the recent celebration of the Year of Mercy. In addition, you will enjoy several excursions in the surrounding area outside of Fatima. We will conclude with a vist to the historical and cultural sights of the beautiful city of Lisbon."


For more detailed information about this pilgrimage, including booking your space, visit the links below. The deadline to register to be part of the pilgrimage is Sunday, July 2.


bullet with text Link here for more information and booking your space on the pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal

bullet with text Link here to download or print a flyer with detailed information about the pilgrimage to Fatima

bullet with text Link here to read the April 18 story from Catholic News Service: "Story of apparitions continues to attract attention"





Catholic Herald magazine

digital edition on this website

March-April issue of

Catholic Herald magazine

is published; stories focus

on building peace and unity


The March-April issue of Catholic Herald, the magazine of the Diocese of Sacramento, has been published. The digital edition is available on the right margin of this website or at the image to the left of this story.

The theme of the March-April issue is building peace and unity. The cover story features U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley of the Eastern District of California, who speaks with passion about his years as a judge, prosecutor and defense lawyer, as well as about injustice and racism in law enforcement, criminal justice and the legal system.

Other feature stories include a feature on Lieutenant Al Bagos, a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Fairfield, who shares his perspectives on community policing in a racially-diverse city in Solano County for 30 years before his retirement in 2014; two seniors at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, Anaya Watkins and Will Yuponce, who speak about how education can make a difference in breaking down barriers and building up hope; how the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office works to foster trust, participation and unity, and encouragement of youth to seek careers within the criminal justice system; and how you can live Lent more intensely by participating in “24 Hours for the Lord.”


Bishop Jaime Soto is publisher of the magazine, which is published six times each year and includes moving faith stories and high-quality photography about Catholics in the diocese as well as news and events of the local church. Individual faith stories are the cornerstone of Catholic Herald Magazine and columns also explore the Catholic faith and educate about the teachings of the church. To donate $15 per year to receive Catholic Herald, call (916) 733-0266.


bullet with text Link to more information about Catholic Herald magazine's issue deadlines and themes for 2017

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





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