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ordination book

in the cathedral in Sacramento

Bishop Soto will ordain three

new priests for the Diocese of Sacramento on Sat., June 4


Bishop Jaime Soto will ordain Raj DeRivera, 33, Alex Estrella, 33, and Jeremy Santos, 29, to the priesthood during an ordination Mass on Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento.


The bishop will welcome these “co-workers in the episcopal order,” consecrating them in the image of Christ to “preach the Gospel and shepherd the faithful.” In the May-June issue of Catholic Herald magazine (page 31), they share their personal stories of faith. See the link below to read the article and learn more about our new priests.  


During the same Mass, Bishop Soto will ordain Andres Emmanuelli, Edgardo Garcia and Joshua Sia to the transitional diaconate.


bullet with text Link here to read about Raj DeRivera, Alex Estrella and Jeremy Santos in Catholic Herald





hands in prayer

at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, redding

'Called and Gifted' workshop offered on Saturday, June 4


The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis in partnership with Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Redding will present the “Called and Gifted” workshop from the Catherine of Siena Institute on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, located at 2600 Shasta View Drive in Redding.


The workshop was founded by Sherry Wedell, author of “Forming Intentional Disciples,” and is designed to help laypeople discern the gifts they have received through baptism and confirmation and call them to serve. “Called and Gifted” is a live presentation that includes church teaching on the laity and lay apostleship; the nature of spiritual gifts, call and vocation; and how to undertake the process of discernment. The workshop will be given in English and Spanish. The cost to attend is $30 per person.


For more information about the workshop and to register as an individual or parish group online, visit the link below. Questions can be directed to the parish office at (530) 222-3424 or Ana Ibarra at (530) 605-3197.


bullet with text Link here to register for the June 4 "Called and Gifted" 'workshop in Redding





priests being ordained

at Good Shepherd parish at 6 p.m.

Vocations benefit dinner is slated for May 28 in Elk Grove


The Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations of the Diocese of Sacramento and the Knights of Columbus Northern California Chapter invite the public to attend a Vocations Benefit Dinner on Saturday, May 28 at Good Shepherd Parish, located at 9539 Racquet Court in Elk Grove. The event is hosted by Knights of Columbus Council No. 11236.


The theme of the evening event is “Catholic Vocations – Called to Minister Divine Mercy," and will honor the priests of the diocese, welcome seminarians and acknowledge the dedication of altar servers in parishes. Funds raised from the event will support some of the needs of current seminarians in formation and new programs to promote vocations. Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will attend the event and Bob Dunning, host of "The Bishop's Radio Hour" on Immaculate Heart Radio, will be the master of ceremonies.


The event will begin with a social at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner at 6:45 p.m. and the program at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person or $300 for a table of eight. (Priority will be given to table sales.) Tickets can be purchased by contacting Dr. Terry Fees at (916) 687-1266 or the Office of Vocations at (916) 733-0258 or by email to Marisela Smith at msmith@scd.org.


bullet with text Link here for more information about the Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations





Merciful Like the Father logo

with bishop jaime soto in sacramento

Diocese to celebrate Jubilee Day for Deacons with Corpus Christi procession on May 29


Bishop Jaime Soto invites the entire faith community of the diocese to join him in a solemn procession of the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, May 29, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, to celebrate the Jubilee Day of Deacons during this Jubilee Year of Mercy.


The Eucharist will be processed from the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe at 711 T Street in Sacramento to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, located at 11th and K Streets.


This is a unique opportunity for decaons and their families to share in the diocesan experience of providing public witness to the mercy of God in the church, especially through the diaconal ministry of service to the underprivileged, the poor and the vulnerable.


The consecration of the host will take place at the celebration of Mass at 7:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, followed by a eucharistic procession starting at 9 a.m. through the streets of Sacramento. The procession will end with Mass in the Cathedral at 11 a.m. Bishop Soto will preside at both celebrations. During the procession, participants will stop at three street altars, highlighting the ministry of deacons in the family, the church and the workplace.


For more information, contact Alicia Carrazco at acarrazco@scd.org or (916) 733-0242.


bullet with text Link here to download a flyer about this event in English

bullet with text Link here to download a flyer about this event in Spanish

bullet with text Link here to read a special report from Faith Catholic on the Jubilee for Deacons





Calvary Cemetery

at catholic cemeteries in diocese

Bishops to celebrate Masses on Memorial Day to honor men and women departed


The Diocese of Sacramento will honor men and women of the armed forces with Masses at Catholic cemeteries on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.


The public is invited to join Bishop Jaime Soto as he shares a Mass of remembrance for the dearly departed. He will preside at Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery & Funeral Center, located at 6700 21st Ave. in Sacramento.


Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will celebrate a Mass of remembrance for the dearly departed at 10 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery & Funeral Center, located at 7101 Verner Ave. in Sacramento. Father Francis Lawlor will celebrate Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Cemetery, located at 2615 21st St. in Sacramento.


Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of the Diocese of Sacramento will also offer Mass on that day at 10 a.m. at All Souls Cemetery, located at 550 Glen Cove Road in Vallejo.


For more information, call Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services at (916) 452-4831.


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





Camp Pendola

join us for some family fun!

Camp Pendola hosts Fishing Derby on Sat., June 11 at Trinity Pines Catholic Center


Camp Pendola is hosting it's first-ever Fishing Derby, "Sinkers, Bobbers and Hooks," on Saturday, June 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity Pines Catholic Center, located at 28000 Rollins Lake Road in Colfax.


The event is for youth ages 7-14, who will participate in fishing, swimming, lunch and games. The cost to attend is $20 per youth. Funds will benefit the scholarship fund for children and youth attending Camp Pendola, the Diocese of Sacramento's summer camp for the past 56 years.


For online registration for this event, visit the link below to the website of Camp Pendola.


Camp Pendola is also offering "Dad and Me/Mom and Me Overnight" at Trinity Pines Catholic Center on June 18-19 (Dad and Me) and June 25-26 (Mom and Me). School-age children and parents will arrive in time for lunch on Saturday and spend the afternoon in activities planned for mom or dad and their children. Swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, and games will be scheduled. An evening cookout followed later by a campfire will fill out the day. Breakfast will be served on Sunday morning before departure.


The overnight will include housing dorm-style, with bathrooms and showers nearby. The cost is $35 per person, including three meals, snacks and all activities. Check in is from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, with approximately 9 a.m. departure on Sunday. To register online, visit the link below. For more information, call Lori Rosene at (530) 389-2780.


Camp Pendola is also offering a summer day camp for children entering first through sixth grade, so that they can get a taste of traditional summer camp. The day camp will be held at Trinity Pines Catholic Center July 11-15 (weird science) and July 18-22 (amazing race). The day camps runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Visit the link below for more information or to register.


bullet with text Link here for more information about these events and to register online for Camp Pendola

bullet with text Link here to download a flyer about  the June 11 Fishing Derby

bullet with text Link here to download a flyer about the overnights on June 18-19 and June 25-26





World Day of the Sick

bishop Myron cotta will preside

Diocese to celebrate Jubilee Day for the Sick and Disabled with Mass on Sat., June 11


Bishop Myron J. Cotta will preside at the Mass for the Jubilee Day for the Sick and Disabled on Saturday, June 11, at 5 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, located at 11th and K Streets in downtown Sacramento. Pope Francis has designated the weekend of June 10-12 as a Jubilee for the Sick and Disabled as part of the Year of Mercy.


Bishop Cotta and several other diocesan priests will offer the sacrament of the anointing of the sick to those with a serious physical or mental condition. Family members and caregivers are also invited to attend and receive a blessing.


In his message for the 24th annual World Day of the Sick 2016, Pope Francis notes: "Illness, above all grave illness, always places human existence in crisis and brings with it questions that dig deep. Our first response may be at times one of rebellion: Why has this happened to me? We can feel desperate, thinking that all is lost, that things no longer have meaning...


"In these situations, faith in God is on the one hand tested, yet at the same time can reveal all of its positive resources. Not because faith makes illness, pain or the questions which they raise disapper, but because it offers a key by which we can discover the deepest meaning of what we are experiencing; a key that helps us to see how illness can be the way to draw nearer to Jesus who walks at our side, weighed down by the cross. And this key is given to us by Mary, our Mother, who has known this way at firsthand."


bullet with text Link here to read the full text of Pope Francis' message for World Day of the Sick 2016




Bishop Cotta with Raley Field logo backdrop

on Sunday, June 19

Take your family to celebrate Father's Day with Bishop Cotta at the Rivercats game


Take Dad out to the ball park! Join Bishop Myron J. Cotta and families from across the diocese on Sunday, June 19 for a Father’s Day celebration at the Rivercats game at Raley Field in West Sacramento.


The gates to the ball park will open at 11 a.m. to play catch on the field with Bishop Cotta. The bishop will offer a special blessing for fathers and grandfathers at 11:45 a.m. There will be an opportunity for photos with Bishop Cotta. The bishop will throw out the first pitch at 1 p.m.


The Rivercats, a Triple-A affiliate team of the San Francisco Giants, play the El Paso Chihuahuas, a Triple-A affiliate team of the San Diego Padres.


Discounted tickets are $16 per person on the lawn/assembly and tickets are “first come, first serve” basis.  Parking is free. To purchase tickets online go to www.rivercats.com/gamelink, select Diocese of Sacramento and enter the special offer code: DIOCESE (or link below). 


bullet with text Link to purchase tickets for the June 19 Father's Day event with Bishop Cotta

bullet with text Download flyer/order form here



May-June Catholic Herald

digital edition on this website

May-June 2016 issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published; stories focus on living with mental illness


The May-June 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 with mental illness. The cover story, "Anthony chooses to be part of the solution," features an interview with Anthony Da Vigo, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Sacramento. Coping with the mental illness of his son David, the oldest of his four children, has affected every aspect of Anthony's life over the past 40 years, walking through what he calls "the labyrinth of denial, recognition, acceptance, coping and advocacy."


Other feature stories include the compelling story of Dana Spears, who, after years of experiencing depression, suffering through denial and stress, as well as reaching out for help and treatment, is finding balance in her life and relying on her Catholic faith and the support of her parish community; an interview with Paul Seishas, a psychotherapist on staff at St. Joseph Parish in Elk Grove, whihc offers counseling and psychotherapy as a "service ministry" for the Catholic community; the story of Father Mervin Concepcion of St. Maria Goretti Parish in Elk Grove and Sacramento Police Lt. Roman Murrietta, who are building trust through community outreach and intervention in the "Cops and Clergy" program; and the stories of Raj DeRivera, Alex Estrella and Jeremy Santos, three seminarians for the Diocese of Sacramento, who will be ordained to the priesthood on June 4 in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.


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





Saints of Mercy relics

through June of 2016

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 June 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.


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





2015 Diocesan Directory

searchable PDF on this website

Diocese of Sacramento 2015 Directory still available


You can still purchase a 2015 edition of the Diocese of Sacramento Directory.


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