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Holy Spirit Church interior

on Sunday, May 24 at 11 A.m.

Bishop Cotta to celebrate Mass to mark 75th year of Holy Spirit Parish in Land

Park area of Sacramento


Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will celebrate a Mass to mark the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Holy Spirit Parish in Sacramento on Sunday, May 24 at 11 a.m. The church is located at 3159 Land Park Drive in Sacramento.



Holy Spirit Parish became Sacramento's fifth Catholic Parish on April 1, 1940. Father Patrick A. McHugh was named pastor and would carry this responsibility for more than 30 years. When the parish was founded, he immediately began plans to build a parish church. In the months before the church was completed, parishioners gathered for Eucharist at the former Christian Brothers High School at 21st and Broadway. Building started in July 1940 and was completed before Christmas. Knowing that a church is more than bricks and mortar, Father McHugh had the following words carved over the entry: "The charity of God is poured forth in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who is given to us."


To read more about the history of Holy Spirit Parish, as well as the parish community today, visit the link below.


bullet with text Click here for more information about Holy Spirit Parish in Sacramento





Calvary Catholic cemetery

masses of remembrance

Bishops to celebrate Masses on Memorial Day at 

cemeteries to honor men

and women of armed forces


The Diocese of Sacramento will honor men and women of the armed forces with Masses at Catholic cemeteries on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.


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, located at 6700 21st Ave. in Sacramento. The Knights of Columbus will provide a color guard, the choir and refreshments.


Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will celebrate a Mass of remembrance for the dearly departed at 10 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, located at 7101 Verner Ave. in Sacramento. Father Francis Lawler 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 or visit the link below.


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





Lincoln Snyder

a graduate of diocese's schools

Lincoln Snyder now serving as executive director of Catholic schools for diocese


Lincoln Snyder has been appointed by Bishop Jaime Soto as the new executive director of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Sacramento. He begins his service with the diocese on May 19.


Snyder is a graduate of St. John Vianney School in Rancho Cordova and Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.  He is currently completing his master’s degree in educational leadership at St. Mary’s College in Moraga.


His experience in Catholic education includes teaching social studies and German at Christian Brothers High School and serving for seven years on the Christian Brothers’ board of trustees, including a term as board chair. He speaks German and Polish fluently. He has also served as president of the Rotary Club of Sacramento.


Snyder has extensive experience in business, having worked as deputy director of sales for an international company, and most recently as vice president of a local commercial real estate company.


During his first 60 days on the job, Snyder is spending a great deal of time with on-site visits to meet principals and pastors, as well as faculty and families, according to the announcement of his appointment by Bishop Soto. He and his wife, Aga, have three sons: Benjamin, Kuba and Cornel.


bullet with text Click here for more information about Catholic schools in the Diocese of Sacramento





Seminarians versus clergy basketball

at christian brothers high school

Seminarians defeat priests

62-41 in first 'Sacramento Classic' basketball game


The team of seminarians from the Diocese of Sacramento defeated the diocesan clergy team 62-41 during the first “Sacramento Classic” basketball challenge, held May 18 at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento. More than 900 people turned out to see the competitive game.


The crowd watched the seasoned priests’ team play the hard-driving seminarians’ team and cheered on their favorite players, while enjoying food, fun and excitement. All proceeds from the game will benefit seminarian formation. Activities at half time included a free throw competition and a “cheering sign” contest with winning prizes for all.


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





Priest holding host

hosted by knights of columbus

Vocations benefit dinner slated for May 30 at Our Lady of Grace in West Sacramento


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 30 at Our Lady of Grace School gym, located at 1990 Linden Road in West Sacramento. The event is hosted by Knights of Columbus Council No. 9469.


Bishop Jaime Soto will be the special guest for the evening event, which will honor the priests of the diocese, welcome seminarians and acknowledge the dedication of altar servers in parishes. Bob Dunning, host of “The Bishop’s Radio Hour” on Immaculate Heart Radio, will be the master of ceremonies.


Guest speakers will be Sister Judy Illig, IVBM, director of Wellspring Women’s Center in Sacramento and a member of the National Board of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Jesuit Father George Schultze, instructor of moral theology and director of the pastoral year program at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park.


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. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are available through Northern California Chapter Councils at the cost is $40 per person or $300 for a table of eight. (Priority will be given to table sales.) Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Office of Vocations at (916) 733-0258 or by email to msmith@scd.org.

bullet with text Click here to print or download a flyer about this event





Bishop Soto at Rivercats

Take dad and family to the ballpark!

Celebrate Father's Day with Bishop Soto at Rivercats game on Sunday, June 21


Take Dad out to the ball park! Join Bishop Jaime Soto and families from across the diocese on Sunday, June 21 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 Soto. 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 Soto. The bishop will throw out the first pitch at 12:55 p.m. There is free parking in Raley Field lots. On this “K-LOVE” Sunday Funday, kids can run the bases and get autographs.


Discounted tickets are $16 per person. For more information, visit http://scddec.org/events-1. To purchase tickets at www.rivercats.com/gamelink and enter the special offer code: BISHOP


bullet with text Click here for more information about upcoming youth events at http://icatholicyouth.com





Divine Savior Parish food donation

help youth begin independent lives

Members of Divine Savior Parish in Orangevale aid foster youth program


Members of Divine Savior Parish in Orangevale recently donated more than 700 pounds of non-perishable food, paper goods and personal hygiene items to Sacramento County's Independent Living Program for foster youth.


Two collections per year by the parish provide all of the supplies for the program's food pantry. Peggy McDermott, food drive coordinator, said that Divine Savior Parish has been the food pantry's sole supplier for six years. Each June, Peggy also solicits gift card donations from parishioners for distribution to foster youth who have reached age 21 and need support as they begin independent lives.


The Independent Living Program, under the auspices of the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services, offers daily living skills designed to help current and former foster youth ages 16 to 21 achieve self-sufficiency before exiting the foster caer program. Counseling, job and housing assistance in addition to other resources are available at the program's offices. The food pantry relies strictly upon donations. To learn more about ILP and how your organization can help, call the ILP office at (916) 874-9308.


bullet with text Click here to visit the website of Divine Savior Parish in Orangevale





Girls at Trinity Pines

for children in grades 1-6

Camp Pendola summer day camp offered at Trinity Pines Catholic Center in Colfax


Get a taste of traditional summer camp at the new Trinity Pines Catholic Center in Colfax! The day camp is for children entering first through sixth grade. The sessions offered will be June 29-July 3 (“Amazing Race”) or July 6-10 (“Weird Science”), from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.


The cost to attend is $150 per child per week, or $200 per child per week with transportation daily from Grass Valley or Auburn. Extended care is available for additional cost. Trinity Pines is located at 28000 Rollins Lake Road in Colfax.


Other activities at the camp will include swim lessons, archery, nature exploration, arts and crafts, large group games, music and skits.


For more information about the summer day camp, call (530) 389-2780 or to register visit the link below.


bullet with text Click here for more information about day summer camp offered at Trinity Pines Catholic Center





Bishop Jaime Soto

At Georgetown University

Bishop Soto participates in panel at Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty


Bishop Jaime Soto participated May 11 in the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. More than 120 participants are gathered for the three-day summit, representing a wide spectrum within Catholicism and Evangelicalism.


Organizers hoped that the common focus on poverty can overcome differences, in the broadest joint poverty discussion among the two denominations to date. "There are things that divide us, but what should not divide us is the ability to bring good news to the poor," said John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown, which hosted the event.


Robert Putnum, a sociologist at Harvard University and author of "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis," gave the opening presentation at the summit. Bishop Soto, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Campaign for Human Development, was among a panel of religious and national leaders responding to Putnum's presentation. The panelists discussed how Catholic, evangelical and other leaders can make overcoming poverty a clear moral imperative and urgent national priority.


During the panel discussion, Bishop Soto noted that society's emphasis on "tolerance" sometimes leads to indifference and acceptance. "There are things in society that are intolerable, like poverty and its impact on families and children, incarceration, the economic divide, the technological divide," he said. "These things should be intolerable for us; we cannot remain indifferent to this."


bullet with text Click here to read a reflection from November 2014 by Bishop Soto on overcoming poverty

bullet with text Click here to read a story from "Crux: Covering All Things Catholic" about the summit





Bishop Soto at Lourdes

Bishop Soto at Lourdes



Bishop Soto participates in international pilgrimage to Lourdes with Order of Malta and Malades


Bishop Jaime Soto participated in the Order Of Malta’s international pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine at Lourdes, France, April 29-May 6.


The pilgrims included Knights and Dames of Malta, candidates, auxiliary members, family members, clergy and volunteers from around the United States. Also included in the group are 40-45 sick people (referred to as malades in French) and their companions. The Knights, Dames, and other able bodied people accompany the malades at mealtimes and at the Masses and other activities throughout the week.


The pilgrims visited the grotto and baths at Lourdes. During their stay there was a pontifical Mass, the procession of the Blessed Sacrament, a candlelight Marian processing, rosary service, visit to the home of St. Bernadette, and a tour of the French countryside.


On Friday, May 1, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, Bishop Soto gave the homily at the Mass for the anointing of the sick. “The Good Shepherd has given us a companions for one another…,” the bishop noted. “In this fellowship of faith, our suffering and frailty becomes a sacramental encounter where the Lord makes himself even more familiar to us. The sacramental anointing to be conferred is such an encounter where the Lord brings his mercy to you, the malades, and through you to the whole church. Your weakness is an occasion for an epiphany of the Lord’s grace.”


bullet with text Click here to read the full text of Bishop Soto's homily at the Mass for Anointing of the Sick

bullet with text Click here for more information about the Order of Malta





CA state Capitol

senate bill 128

CA Catholic Conference opposes assisted suicide bill


Legislation that would allow physicians in California to provide lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients who want to commit suicide was not voted on and placed in the "suspense file" by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday, May 11. The bill will be taken up by the Appropriations Committee and is expected to be voted on by the full Senate on the floor before June 5. The deadline to pass bills originating in the Senate is June 5.


Senate Bill 128 passed the state Senate Judiciary Committee on April 7 on a party line vote of 4-2 as Democrats advanced the bill.


Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference in Sacramento, the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops, released a statement after an earlier vote in the Senate Health Committee on March 25, noting that the committee’s action to advance Senate Bill 128 “is sad and disappointing.”


“We understand and share the concern for the dying expressed at today’s hearing,” he said. “It is a natural impulse for human beings. But when someone asks for assistance in killing themselves, it is really a call for help, care and compassion during the dying process. California law already allows for patients to refuse extraordinary care, but is a far cry from aiding a patient in actively ending his or her life.” (To read the entire text of Dolejsi’s statement, visit the link below.)


The primary sponsors of SB 128 are Democratic Senators Lois Wolk of Davis and Bill Monning of Carmel.


The Catholic Church opposes assisted suicide because of its respect for the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. In 2011, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement titled, "To Live Each Day with Dignity: A Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide."


For more information about Californians Against Assisted Suicide and end-of-life decisions, and to join the California Catholic Conference's Catholic Legislative Network to receive information on state legislation, visit the links below.


bullet with text Click here to read the full text of the statement from Ned Dolejsi of the CA Catholic Conference

bullet with text Click here for the CA Catholic Conference website and information about how to join the Catholic Legislative Network

bullet with text Click here for more information about Californians Against Assisted Suicide





Catholic Herald cover

digital edition on this website

May-June issue of Catholic Herald magazine is

published, focusing on cultural feasts and devotions


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 cultural feasts and devotions. The cover story features the family of Andre and Lisa DaSilva of St. Elizabeth Parish in Sacramento, who are part of the Portuguese Catholic community and are devoted to passing on their cultural and religious traditions to their family of four children.


Other feature stories include interviews with transitional deacons Victor Gutierrez and Michael Ritter, who will be ordained as priests for the Diocese of Sacramento on June 6; a feature on how the Chinese Catholic community is preserving a rich heritage for the Chinese-speaking faithful of the diocese; a feature on how Filipino Catholics in the diocese are devout in their faith and traditions; and interviews with three religious in consecrated life who say it opened doors to ministries they never imagined. 2015 is being celebrated as the Year of Consecrated Life worldwide.


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


bullet with text Link to more information about Catholic Herald magazine's issues and themes for 2015

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





Nepal earthquake

how you can help now!

Pope Francis offers prayers for Nepal quake victims; Catholic Relief Services assisting with relief efforts


Pope Francis has offered his prayers to all those affected by recent deadly earthquakes in Nepal and encouraged rescue and emergency workers in their efforts.

More than 5,000 people were known to have been killed and more than 6,500 others injured after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit a mountainous region near Kathmandu April 25. The devastation included not just buildings collapsing from the tremors, but also people and villages being buried by landslides and avalanches triggered by the quake and aftershocks. The number of casualties was expected to be much higher as rescue teams tried to make their way into more remote areas.

"I pray for the victims, those wounded and for all those who suffer because of this calamity," Pope Francis said after reciting the "Regina Coeli" prayer with visitors gathered in St. Peter's Square April 26.

The pope expressed his prayers and solidarity, and "he offers encouragement to the civil authorities and emergency personnel as they continue their rescue efforts and assistance to those touched by this tragedy," the telegram said.


In the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal, Catholic Relief Services has committed resources to relief efforts. CRS and their Caritas partners have begun procuring emergency relief materials such as tarpaulins/shelter kits and water, sanitation and hygiene materials. CRS urgently needs help. Donations will help immediate emergency response and allow CRS to reach even more affected families.


bullet with text Click here to read a story about aid to quake victims from Catholic News Service May 4

bullet with text Click here to read the entire story from Catholic News Service April 27

bullet with text Click here to read a story about aid to quake victims from Catholic News Service April 28

bullet with text Click here to read a story about aid to quake victims from Catholic News Service April 29





Camp Pendola

Fun-filled experience for youth

Camp Pendola now accepting registrations for summer sessions beginning in June


Camp Pendola, the official summer camp of the Diocese of Sacramento, is now accepting registrations for the 2015 summer season. Camp Pendola offers a fun-filled experience for children and youth under the supervision of trained college-age counselors.


Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills in the Tahoe National Forest 15 miles north of Nevada City, Camp Pendola is on 40 acres of natural, rustic surroundings. More than 20,000 campers over five decades have created a tradition that for many families continues every year and even passes from one generation to the next, according to Lori Rosene, director of Pendola Center.


Most camp sessions, the first of which begins June 14, are one week in length. During their time at camp, youths can hike, swim, make arts and crafts and play in the outdoors. Every cabin goes on a one-night “under the stars” overnight where campers cook out and spend the night.


Special programs include a girls-only mini-week camp June 21-24 for girls entering first or second grade; teen canoe trips (June 21-27 for girls and July 12-18 for boys entering at least grade 7); and a co-ed backpacking trip in the Sierra Buttes July 19-26 for youth entering grades 9 and older.


For more information and registration materials or to register online, visit the link to the Camp Pendola website below or call (916) 733-0123. Some scholarships are available and Camp Pendola offers multi-child or multi-week discounts.


bullet with text Click here to visit the website of Camp Pendola for information and online registration





Two storybooks

much-needed resources in

catholic social teaching

Bishop Soto endorses two storybooks to help elementary students put faith into action


Two illustrated storybooks offer elementary school-aged children, their parents and teachers examples of how to put their faith in action and participate in solutions to important problems related to the life and dignity of others. The books provide much-needed resources in Catholic social teaching for this age group and are accompanied by age-appropriate learning resources.

“Green Street Park” is a story about a young boy, his family, and community, who learn to care for God’s creation and their own neighborhood by imitating the model of St. Francis of Assisi. In “Drop by Drop,” students at a Catholic school “journey” across the world to Burkina Faso, West Africa, and learn how a lack of water affects the lives of children there. The students learn about the work of Catholic Relief Services, see how the problem gets solved, and make a plan to help.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has published the books through Loyola Press.  

“These beautifully illustrated books are a true treasure for parents as well as all educators in teaching children how they, as the followers of Jesus, can solve problems affecting human life and dignity in our backyards and half a world away,” said Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the bishops’ domestic anti-poverty program.

Bishop Soto added: “The Story of ‘Green Street Park’ shows the practical beauty of Jesus’ words in Mark’s Gospel, ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand.’ And ‘Drop by Drop’ is a beautiful metaphor for justice that will roll like a river. The story will help young and old plumb their faith as well as their imagination for the untapped resources of the Spirit seeking to renew the face of the earth.”

With “Care for God’s creation” a prominent theme in both books, they also serve as a resource to help families, parishes and schools prepare for the release of Pope Francis’ anticipated encyclical on environmental stewardship.

The books can be ordered online at www.loyolapress.com/twofeetoflove.

bullet with text Click here to view a video of Bishop Jaime Soto speaking about the two storybooks

bullet with text Click here for more information about the two storybooks from the USCCB/Loyola Press





Diocesan Directory 2014

searchable PDF on this website

Diocese of Sacramento 2014 Directory available to order


The 2014 edition of the Diocese of Sacramento Directory is available for purchase.


The directory contains contact information for all parishes, schools, diocesan offices and institutions and agencies of the diocese. The directory also contains listings for all priests, deacons and men and women religious.


A searchable PDF of the 2014 diocesan directory is available on this website (see right hand navigation margin). Here you can search all content in the directory.


Additional copies of the directory may be purchased by using the link to the PDF form below. If you wish to order, print out the form with your requested order. The suggested donation per book is $14.50 ($10 plus $4.50 for postage and handling). You may pay $10 per book (and avoid the postage and handling fee) by picking up your directory order at the Diocesan Pastoral Center at 2110 Broadway in Sacramento from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Only orders with payment by check or money order payable to the Diocese of Sacramento will be processed.


bullet with text Link to download and print the order form for the 2014 Diocese of Sacramento Directory