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released on June 26

Bishop Soto issues statement in response to U.S. Supreme Court decision on marriage


Bishop Jaime Soto issued a statement June 26 in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex marriage. The following is Bishop Soto's statement:


"All Americans deserve respect for their human dignity. The Catholic Church has stalwartly stood by that fundamental belief while also recognizing marriage as the unique relationship between a man and a woman.


"Unfortunately, the Supreme Court today in attempting to do the former distorted the latter. The decision of the Supreme Court has attempted to address the issue of respect in the wrong way and has pushed the country further down a libertarian understanding of freedom and equality.  While many will demean a public place for religious belief in the wake of this decision, it is religious faith that will continue to be the primary force of charity and self-sacrifice in the United States. 


"The Catholic Community will continue to address the more stubborn and cruel forms of inequity in our country: enduring forms of racism such as witnessed last week in Charleston, a broken immigration system that helps no one, and widening economic disparity that robs people of hope.  None of these deep inequities are touched by today's decision; we still have much work to do."


bullet with text Click here to read Bishop Soto's statement in English and Spanish

bullet with text Click here to read a statement by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the USCCB





Supreme Court justices

special report from faith catholic

Same-sex marriage decision: What is the Catholic

response and teaching?


On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in a 5-4 decision, that the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires all 50 states to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed in a different state.


Faith Catholic publishing has prepared a special report in response to the recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, addressing the specifics of the decision, as well as Catholic response and teaching. Visit the link below to read the full text of the report


bullet with text Click here to read the special report on the Supreme Court decision from Faith Catholic





Bishop Soto with Habitat volunteers

project of habitat for humanity

Diocese, Knights of Columbus make donations to Pope Francis House being constructed in Sacramento


Bishop Jaime Soto on June 26 joined with local members of the Knights of Columbus and volunteers at the Pope Francis House that is being constructed in south Sacramento by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento.


The Diocese of Sacramento has donated $5,000 toward the construction of the house, and the Knights of Columbus, Elk Grove Council 7241, have donated $1,000. The donations will help toward the goal of $15,000 needed to finish the ambitious Indian Lane Development, a multimillion-dollar project of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento that is located across from the Florin Road light-rail station in south Sacramento.


Construction started in 2013, and by January of 2015, nine of the 14 homes had secured platinum certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design group. But the 14th and final home still needed a lead sponsor with enough seed money to make it feasible to start building.

As a tribute to Pope Francis, a donor was ready to provide $60,000 toward building a home, as long as Sacramento Habitat met certain conditions. The nonprofit would have to solicit $15,000 from the local Roman Catholic community, and most important, the donor would have to remain anonymous. The same donor is offering the same gift to Habitat affiliates across the country. Each recipient chronicles its home’s progress on Twitter under #PopeFrancisHouse.


Sacramento Habitat hopes to dedicate the Pope Francis House on Sept. 26. For more information on how to volunteer or to make a donation, call Laine Himmelman at (916) 440-1215, ext. 1108, or email to LHimmelmann@habitatgreatersac.org.


bullet with text Click here to visit the website of Habitat of Greater Sacramento to volunteer or make a donation





Shield with mortar board on top and cross in center

retreat for college-bound students

Students heading off

to college called to

recognize their role as 'guardians of the faith'


Young students leaving for college for the first time this fall are invited to register for a new retreat— College Bound: Guardians of the Faith. The overnight retreat occurs on Friday, Aug. 7 to Saturday Aug. 8 at Marello Youth Retreat Center, 6530 Wells Ave., in Loomis. Father Sergio Perez of the Oblates of St. Joseph will direct the retreat with a goal to inspire students to view themselves as “guardians of the faith” as they venture onward in this new chapter of their lives.


Too often, once a student arrives on the college campus, with a new and exciting world of educational opportunities ahead, students may not always find the faith resources, friendship and support to continue living their Catholic faith fully.  Practicing the faith had been a natural part of family life but now, the responsibility rests with the student!  This retreat will aim to offer tools, ideas and inspiration to students so they may nurture their faith, treasure their faith, and carry Christ to college with them!


  • Ideal for newly-accepted college students moving away from home for the first time
  • Valuable for transfer students who will move away for the first time
  • An opportunity to explore the faith resources at your fingertips
  • A gift to yourself that will endure throughout your life


Retreat Application required. RSVP deadline is July 31. Cost is $45 per person. Includes Friday night BBQ with peers heading to college. Also Saturday breakfast and a light lunch before departure.


bullet with text Click here to download retreat flyer

bullet with text Click here to download retreat application

bullet with text Click here to link to Marello Youth Retreat Center website





Congress prays

'Pray for an end to hatred, Racism'

After mass shooting horror, Catholics across the nation mourn with Charleston church


After a mass murder June 17 at Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, S.C., across the United States people are mourning for and praying for the nine victims and their families and the members of the church.


In his homily for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time on June 21, Bishop Jaime Soto spoke about the tragedy, as well as the persevering faith of the victims. "The dark clouds from  that storm surge of violence cast a sad shadow over the nation," he said. "The volatile combination of guns and madness have once again left a bloody wake filled with questions, anguished tears, and the pains of old wounds torn open again.


"Surprisingly, the horror of that night came up against a different tide yesterday in the courtroom during the bail hearing for the accused assailant," the bishop said. "Family members of the victims gave a tearful voice to their pain and then through those tears said, 'I forgive you.' They called on the young alleged perpetrator to repent. These were stunning, powerful words. Will they have an impact on that young man's soul? Will they find their way across the rough waters of public discourse sure to follow this latest episode of a now long sad saga of violent hatred? It can seem that soothing the wind and the seas is more likely than calming reckless human rage."


In a memo to clergy and religious in the Diocese of Sacramento, Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta asks the faithful “to be one in prayer as we keep the victims of this tragedy in mind. Our presence can be of great assistance and appreciated at a time like this.”


bullet with text Click here to read the entire text of Bishop Jaime Soto's homily from June 21

bullet with text Click here to read a June 19 story from Catholic News Agency

bullet with text Click here to read a statement by Archbishop Kurtz, president of the USCCB





Bishop Soto and Margo Brown

'sister earth' is crying out

Bishop Soto says Pope Francis' encyclical on environment puts church teaching in holistic context


At the heart of Pope Francis long-awaited encyclical, “Laudato Si,” on “Care for Our Common Home,” is the human person as part of creation, but also “the human person as part of the work of sustaining and creating with the Creator,” Bishop Jaime Soto said during a media availability June 18 on the campus of St. Francis Catholic High School in Sacramento.


Pope John Paul II introduced the vision of a culture of life during his long pontificate, the bishop said. “Pope Francis, standing on the moral legacy of his most recent predecessors, wraps the whole planet into a consistent culture of life with the promulgation of this new encyclical,” he noted. “Human solidarity embraces the concern for future generations, as we consider how the resources of 'sister earth' are harnessed for the betterment of humanity’s common home. A culture of life must cultivate a climate of life and hope for people around the globe.”


In the encyclical, Pope Francis indicts a “throw-away society” as a foolish culture of death "that has made the markets the ultimate arbiters of the worth of people as well as creation," Bishop Soto said. “The problem is not too many people. There is too much waste, as well as too much human potential wasted. The human ecology proposed by Pope Francis places the poor and the marginalized at the center of renewing the face of the earth. He also reminds us of our moral responsibility to be the stewards of the common good of creation, as well as brothers and sisters of one human family with room at the table for everyone.”


In California, the bishop noted, “We have faced many challenges to create the harmony of resources, ingenuity and solidarity that can cradle all of God’s children and quench their thirsting hopes and aspirations.”


In the encyclical, Pope Francis says all who believe in God and all people of good will have an obligation to take steps to mitigate climate change, clean the land and the seas, and start treating all of creation – including poor people – with respect and concern.


St. Francis High School was chosen for the media briefing because of its commitment to sustainable practices and because it supports one of the largest solar power installations of any school in the Sacramento region. (In photo above, Bishop Soto addresses the media, joined by Margo Reid Brown, president of St. Francis High School in Sacramento.)


bullet with text Click here to read the full text of Bishop Jaime Soto's remarks

bullet with text Click here for more information about St. Francis High School

bullet with text Click here to read an op-ed piece in The Sacramento Bee June 24 by Bishop Soto, Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton and Bishop Armando Ochoa of Fresno





Pope encyclical on climate

'on care for our common home'

Pope Francis' environmental encyclical takes bold stance on controversial issues


. In his newly released encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis did not hesitate to wade into controversial topics, making statements on global warming, pollution, species extinction and global inequality’s impact on natural resources.

“A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system,” the Pope said in his new encyclical “Laudato Si.”

He cited “a constant rise in the sea level” and an apparent increase in extreme weather events.

“Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it.”

While acknowledging other factors behind global warming, the encyclical said that a number of scientific studies indicate that “most global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases…released mainly as a result of human activity.”

Pope Francis’ second encyclical was released June 18. Its title is taken from Saint Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Sun,” which reflects on the Earth as a sister and mother.


“This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will,” he said. “The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life.”


bullet with text Click here to read the entire story from Catholic News Agency

bullet with text Click here to read the June 18 story from Catholic News Service

bullet with text Click here to read a statement from the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

bullet with text Click here to read the text of Pope Francis' encyclical

bullet with text Click here to read a summary of Pope Francis' encyclical

bullet with text Click here for a glosary of terms used in "Laudato Si" from Catholic News Service





Camp Pendola

Fun-filled experience for youth

Camp Pendola is still accepting registration for summer sessions in July


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 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 teen canoe trips (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





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





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