Lent begins on Wednesday, Feb. 10
Bishops Soto and Cotta to preside at Ash Wednesday services at various locations
Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at the 12:10 p.m Mass in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and three outdoor services on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, to begin the season of Lent, which is marked by prayer, fasting and almsgiving. All liturgies will include the blessing and distribution of ashes. The cathedral is located at 1017 11th Street in Sacramento.
Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence for Catholics. At Mass on Ash Wednesday, the imposition of ashes replicates an ancient penitential practice and symbolizes the faithful’s dependence upon God’s mercy and forgiveness.
Bishop Soto will preside at an 8:30 a.m. Liturgy of the Word with distribution of ashes on the north side of the state Capitol building, located at 10th and L Streets in Sacramento. He will also preside at a 3 p.m. Liturgy of the Word and distribution of ashes at the Memorial Union on the campus of UC Davis (see more information at www.davisnewman.org). He will also distribute ashes at Loaves & Fishes at 1351 North C. St. in Sacramento during a 10 a.m. service.
Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will preside at a noon bilingual Mass with distribution of ashes at California State University, Sacramento, University Ballroom 3 (see more information at www.sacnewman.org. He will also preside outside the John E. Moss Federal Building at 650 Capitol Ave. (corner of 7th and Capitol) at a 5:10 p.m. outdoor service.
Bishop Soto has issued Lenten regulations and admonitions for 2016 for Catholics in the Diocese of Sacramento. The bishop notes that Lent is “a time for reflection and spiritual renewal, a time to examine one’s relationships with God and with others.” To read the full text of the Lenten regulations and admonitions in English and Spanish, visit the link below.
On saturday, feb. 13 at cathedral
Bishop Cotta to preside at Mass for World Marriage Day
Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will preside at the 11 a.m. Mass on Saturday, Feb. 13 in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento for World Marriage Day. During the Mass, there will be a special blessing for sacramentally-married couples and an opportunity to renew their vows. The event is sponsored by the Diocese of Sacramento, Worldwide Marriage Encounter and Encuentro Matrimonial.
An informal reception for couples and their families will follow the Mass. Special certificates will be distributed at the reception honoring couples celebrating milestone anniversaries (10, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 or more than 50 years). Any couple interested in attending this special occasion is asked to register (names and anniversary year) with the diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis at (916) 733-0123 or at www.sacwmd.com.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offers numerous online resources at the U.S. bishops’ website for strengthening and supporting marriage at www.foryourmarriage.org and its Spanish counterpart, www.portumatrimonio.org. The website offers practical information and resources for married and engaged couples and people in serious dating relationships. In addition to articles about all stages of married life, the website features a daily marriage tip, blogs, quizzes, book reviews and marriage in the news.
weekend of first sunday of lent
Bishops will preside at four Rite of Election celebrations
More than 1,000 catechumens and candidates in the Diocese of Sacramento will be welcomed during four celebrations of the Rite of Election in Sacramento and Redding Feb. 13 and 14. Bishop Jaime Soto and Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will preside at this annual celebration welcoming catechumens and candidates for the Easter sacraments.
The Rite of Election, celebrated annually in cathedrals and churches around the world on the first Sunday of Lent, formally acknowledges the readiness of catechumens preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation – baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist – at the Easter Vigil. The rite marks the beginning of the period of purification and enlightenment.
Those who are not yet baptized are called catechumens. At Easter they receive all three sacraments of Christian initiation. Those already baptized in other churches or who were baptized in other churches or who were baptized Catholics but not raised in the faith are called candidates. At Easter they receive confirmation and their first Eucharist.
Sponsors of the catechumens and candidates will join in the ceremonies, to be held on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. in Our Lady of Mercy Church in Redding and at 7:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento; and on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Cathedral.
Pope Francis: 'let us join together
to restore dignity'
2016 Annual Catholic Appeal: Participation is an 'act of mercy,' notes Bishop Soto
Envelopes from the Annual Catholic Appeal are arriving in mailboxes throughout the Diocese of Sacramento. They are arriving in the homes of parishioners. They are also arriving at The Catholic Foundation, where pledges are already coming in for the 2016 Appeal.
This year’s Annual Catholic Appeal is unique. The tie to the Jubilee Year of Mercy is very strong and has been well-received. In a letter to parishioners, Bishop Jaime Soto asks “in this Jubilee Year of Mercy that we all recognize that our generosity flows from God’s abundant mercy towards us. The Appeal is one way we call all act on the generous mercy God has shown to each of us.”
Bishop Soto also thanks parishioners for their generous support of the 2015 Appeal, which concluded on Jan. 31. “Your generous and faithful sacrifices sustain the works of mercy made possible by the Annual Catholic Appeal.” Nearly 24,000 gifts were received, with more than $3.4 million in commitments. Final results will be provided to parishes in the coming weeks.
Fifty percent of funds collected went to charitable organizations helping more than 200,000 people to overcome poverty and despair. Twenty-five percent went back to parishes so that a wide variety of needs could be responded to with local care. Twenty-five percent helped with seminarian education and assisted families in at-risk communities with the cost of Catholic school education for their children.
Auxilary Bishop Myron J. Cotta, chair of the 2016 ACA Leadership Team, also emphasizes that not only does the Appeal benefit nearly 100 programs run by Catholic charitable organizations that help people who are truly suffering in our midst, it is a way -- at little to no-cost to all parishes in the diocese -- to raise funds for their own social service ministries.
This year’s Appeal Weekend is Feb. 20-21 at most parishes. All Catholics in the Diocese of Sacramento are encouraged to participate at whatever level they can afford. If you have not received information in the mail, donations can be made at your parish or online at:
steve patton and john hamlon
Speakers will address how
to lovingly present church teaching about marriage
The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis will offer a two-session workshop on “How to Lovingly Present the Church’s Challenging Teachings about Marriage." The workshop will be held on Saturdays Feb. 20 and March 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. live at the Diocesan Pastoral Center at 2110 Broadway in Sacramento or in your home via Internet livestream. (Those attending at the Pastoral Center are asked to bring their own lunch for the day.)
The presenters will be Steve Patton, associate director for family and respect life ministries, and John Hamlon, who earned his graduate degree in theology from the University of San Francisco and did doctoral work in systematic theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He was associate director of the St. Ignatius Institute at the University of San Francisco from 1994 to 2001.
The two sessions will help participants more effectively speak and teach about issues including contraception, same-sex unions, sterilization and pre-marital sex. Those encouraged to participate include marriage preparation volunteers, clergy, youth ministers and parents of teenagers.
The cost to attend is $30 per person or couple. To register online, visit the link below. For more information about marriage preparation ministry, contact Steve Patton at (916) 733-0133 or email@example.com.
at Sacred Heart Parish in anderson
Department of Evangelization and Catechesis offers retreat for parish ministers on
Feb. 20 focusing on mercy
The diocese's Department of Evangelization and Catechesis is offering a parish minister and catechist retreat on Saturday, Feb. 20.
Tthe Diocese of Sacramento and the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers are partnering to offer this one-day retreat for parish ministers and catechists, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish, located at 3141 St. Stephen's Dr. in Anderson. The cost is $20 per person.
Facilitators for the retreat, titled "Live God's Desire for Mercy," will be Marie Lawler and Deacon Gustavo Escruceria of the Diocese of Oakland, who are mission educators and promotors for Maryknoll. They lead workshops and retreats in English and Spanish thorughout the U.S. Retreatants will engage in Scripture, reflection and prayer, and discover when they have been the recipient of mercy and how they can share mercy with others. To register online, visit the link below
For more information about the retreat, contact Rosina Hendrickson at (916) 733-0153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
sacramento catholic forum
Robert Royal to speak Feb. 18 on 'The Synod on the Family and the Life of the Church'
Robert Royal, president of the Faith and Reason Institute, will speak at the Sacramento Catholic Forum luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 18 at the Red Lion Hotel, located at 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento.
Royal will speak on the “The Synod on the Family and the Life of the Church.” Royal covered the recent Synod on the Family at the Vatican for Eternal Word Television Network and The Catholic Thing. He will provide a comprehensive overview of what happened at the synod and its implications. He will also relate these developments in the overall vision of current Catholic thinking that he presents in his just-published book, “A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the 20th Century.” He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brown University and a doctorate from The Catholic University of America.
Check-in for the event begins at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon following at noon. The cost is $30 if prepaid online or $40 at the door. For more information and to pay online visit the Sacramento Catholic Forum website at the link below.
A peaceful, prayerful ministry
'40 Days for Life' campaign
of prayer is Feb. 10-March 20
From Feb. 10 to March 20, Catholics throughout the Diocese of Sacramento will join with people of faith across the nation for a Lenten ecumenical campaign called “40 Days for Life.”
It will be held in the Sacramento area where participants will aim to end abortion through prayer, fasting, community outreach and peaceful vigils. The life-saving, peaceful and prayerful ministry is endorsed by Bishop Jaime Soto.
This will be Sacramento’s 15th 40 Days for Life vigil, while Redding, Chico, Yuba City, Reno/Tahoe, Vacaville, Fairfield and more than 300 cities around the world have also participated.
During a “40 Days for Life” campaign, members of the community offer peaceful prayer outside a local abortion business for a total of 40 days. The efforts aims to “help women who are facing the many challenges of an unexpected pregnancy and to share the love, mercy and forgiveness of Christ with anyone who has experienced the pain of abortion,” according to Susan Money, director of the Sacramento 40 Days for Life campaign.
The Lenten vigil will be located at the public sidewalk in front of Women’s Health Specialists, located at 1442 Ethan Way (free parking on Hallmark Drive, located near Arden Mall and Cal Expo). Individuals will be praying there and offering women assistance Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
healing after abortion
Rachel's Vineyard retreat
will be held March 18-20
Is someone you know suffering after an abortion, perhaps years after the choice? In this Year of Mercy, the Diocese of Sacramento’s respect life ministry invites you to consider participating in a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat March 18-20 in Auburn.
The retreat is an opportunity for healing for any person who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion. This unique, effective experience of the mercy and compassion of God is extremely helpful for those who struggle with feelings of shame, anger or grief, and for those who have not forgiven themselves or others. The retreat is open to women, men, couples and family members touched by abortion.
The cost is $175 per person. Financial assistance is available. For a registration packet or more information, contact Paula Segno at (916) 733-0161 or send an e-mail inquiry to email@example.com. All inquiries and participation are strictly confidential.
Link to more information about Project Rachel in the Diocese of Sacramento
faithful witnesses of God's Love
World Day for Consecrated Life celebrated in parishes
Parishes throughout the Diocese of Sacramento celebrated World Day for Consecrated Life during liturgies on the weekend of Feb. 6-7. Parishioners acknowledged and celebrated consecrated religious women and men on this day.
Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta presided at a special vespers celebration of consecrated life and jubiliarians on Jan. 29, honoring men and women religious serving in the diocese who are celebrating significant anniversaries of their religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in 2016. The jubilarians were honored during a dinner event at St. Ignatius Parish in Sacramento.
Those celebrating 25 years of religious life are Jesuit Father Thomas O’Neill, Father Alron Vergara, OSA and Jesuit Father Art Wehr. Those celebrating 50 years of religious life are Loretto Sister Mary Carton, Mercy Sister Eileen Enright and Jesuit Father Gerald Robinson. Those celebrating 60 years of religious life are Mercy Sisters Bridget Mary Flynn, Teresa Gahan, Kathleen Horgan and Maura Power. Congratulations to all!
Liturgy Specialization Workshop
Comprehensive liturgical catechesis being offered for those involved in ministry
The Liturgical Commission of the Diocese of Sacramento in partnership with the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis is offering its final workshop on March 4-5 in its series of four workshops designed to provide comprehensive liturgical catechesis. The training will be rooted in the teachings of the church and offer practical instruction and formation to anyone involved in liturgical ministry.
The goal of the program is to facilitate and promote full and active participation in all liturgical celebrations, and to ensure that liturgical practices are consistent with the norms of the universal church, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Diocese of Sacramento.
The last session of four will be held on March 4-5: Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
Session 4: March 4-5, 2016, The Joy of the Gospel: Sacraments in Service to the Church & the World(SS Peter & Paul Parish, Rocklin). Bishop Jaime Soto will give the concluding address.
The cost to participate is $35 per workshop.
anniversary of roe v. wade decision
In homily, Bishop Soto urges: 'Seek strength from that sacred sanctuary of life, our own conscience where God's mighty and merciful voice
can form and inform us'
“The dismal persistent conflict over the dignity of the unborn child has poisoned social discourse and still tears at the social fabric,” Bishop Jaime Soto said in his homily in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento Jan. 22 during a Mass of reparation on the observance of Roe v. Wade. The day of reparation in the diocese is in recognition of the 43rd anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion.
“Even our voices in the pro-life movement can succumb to the bitter adversarial polemic that creates lots of heat but little light,” the bishop said. “We do well to seek strength from that sacred sanctuary of life, our own conscience where God’s mighty and merciful voice can form and inform us.
“When we speak with his voice, his mercy will resonate in the core of those hearts who feel alone. It will echo in those sad souls who have been embittered. It will even speak to the child in the sanctuary of the womb. This voice, this merciful voice, the voice of the Good Shepherd, will call them out of darkness into the wonderful light of life.”
digital edition on this website
of Catholic Herald magazine
is published; stories focus
on Catholic education today
The January-February 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 Catholic education today. The cover story, "Transitional kindergartens foster children's independence, creativity and love of learning," features transitional kindergartens at three Catholic schools in the diocese: St. Francis of Assisi in Sacramento, St. John Vianney in Rancho Cordova and St. Mel in Fair Oaks.
Other feature stories include a look at how the diocese's ONE Campaign monies are supporting school technology upgrades and facility improvements; how Catholic schools are building up STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills with robotics programs; and how Catholic school families are grateful for tuition assistance from the Annual Catholic Appeal.
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.
for Girls Ages 10-12 and 13-16
Mother-daughter program offered by diocese to
discuss the gift of fertility
The Diocese of Sacramento is offering a Mother-Daughter Program to help mothers discuss the subject of puberty and fertility with their 10 to 12-year-old and 13 to 16-year-old daughters.
The teen (ages 13-16) and tween (ages 10-12) programs cover similar subject matter, while differing in depth and scope. All presentations are pure, light-hearted and affirming. The cost to attend is $20 per family, including food and drink.
The “Tweens” program (ages 10 to 12) will be offered at the following locations on the dates listed below:
--Saturday, April 2, from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (in Spanish) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, located at 711 T Street in Sacramento.
--Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (in English) at Presentation School, located at 3100 Norris Ave. in Sacramento.
The “teens” program (ages 13 to 16) will be offered at the following locations on the dates listed below:
--Saturday, Feb. 20, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (in Spanish) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, located at 711 T Street in Sacramento.
--Saturday, April 30, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (in English) at Presentation School, located at 3100 Norris Ave. in Sacramento.
Visit the link below for more information about program locations, time and content, or to register online. To register by mail or for other questions, contact Steve Patton at (916) 733-0133 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. All reservations must be received by the Monday before the event date.
for Boys ages 12 to 15
Father and son program offered in English Feb. 27
The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis will offer the “Father-Son” (“Padre e Hijo”) program in English in Sacramento on Saturday, Feb. 27.
The program, which is tailored to boys ages 12 to 15 and their dads, explores God’s special gift of human fertility and the beauty and wonder of God’s plan for growing up and becoming a man. All content is pure, light-hearted and affirming.
The workshop will be held on the following date and location:
--Saturday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in English at Presentation School, 3100 Norris Ave. in Sacramento.
The cost is $20 per family and includes lunch. To register online, contact a local site coordinator or review program content, visit the link below. To register by mail or with other questions, contact Steve Patton at (916) 733-0133 or email@example.com. All reservations must be received by the Monday before the event date.
searchable PDF on this website
Diocese of Sacramento 2015 Directory available to order
The 2015 edition of the Diocese of Sacramento Directory is available for purchase.
The directory contains contact information for all parishes, schools, diocesan offices and institutions and agencies of the diocese. The directory also contains listings for all priests, deacons and men and women religious.
A searchable PDF of the 2015 diocesan directory is available on this website (see right hand navigation margin). Here you can search all content in the directory.
Additional copies of the directory may be purchased by using the link to the PDF form below. If you wish to order, print out the form with your requested order. The suggested donation per book is $14.50 ($10 plus $4.50 for postage and handling). You may pay $10 per book (and avoid the postage and handling fee) by picking up your directory order at the Diocesan Pastoral Center at 2110 Broadway in Sacramento from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Only orders with payment by check or money order payable to the Diocese of Sacramento will be processed.
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