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Father Chase Hilgenbrinck

father chase hilgenbrinck to present two talks on June 30

Priests, seminarians will challenge each other in Collar Cup soccer game on July 1


The diocese’s Office of Priestly and Religious is hosting the first annual Collar Cup on Saturday, July 1, where priests and seminarians will compete in a soccer match at Papa Murphy’s Park in Sacramento, home of the Sacramento Republic FC. (Photo at left republished by permission of The News-Gazette, Inc. 2016. Permission does not imply endorsement.)

With the soccer match, “we want to increase awareness of vocations and provide an opportunity for people to interact with priests and seminarians in a familiar setting,” says Father Jovito Rata, director of vocations for the diocese.

A vigil Mass will be celebrated by Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, priest of the Diocese of Peoria, Ill., who played professional soccer in Chile and the United States before concluding his career to enter the seminary. He was ordained in 2014 and currently is assistant chaplain at St. John’s Newman Catholic Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign. The Mass will also include a blessing for all Christian athletes and Father Hilgenbrinck will be the keynote speaker.

Papa Murphy’s Field is located at 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and the event will begin at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 and can be purchased at www.collarcup.com. Included in the ticket price is the professional soccer match following between the Republic FC and San Antonio FC. For additional information contact Marisela Smith at 916.733.0258 or msmith@scd.org.

Father Hilgenbrinck will also give two talks on Friday, June 30. He will speak on “Raising a Family Open to Vocations” from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, located at 2110 Broadway in Sacramento. Parents and all ministers, especially those who work with youth and young adults, are invited to attend. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., he will speak on “Cast the Net to the Other Side” for Newman Center leaders and youth and young adult coordinators at the Newman Center, located at 5900 Newman Court in Sacramento. Please RSVP for both of these talks by June 22 to msmith@scd.org or for more information call (916) 733-0158.






Archbishop Emeritus
John R. Quinn of
San Francisco dies after
long illness


San Francisco’s Archbishop Emeritus John Raphael Quinn passed away today, June 22, 2017 after a long illness and complications from a fall and emergency surgery that occurred last November while visiting Rome for the consistory that elevated 17 to the rank of cardinal.  Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone made the announcement expressing the great and heartfelt loss of a friend and priest.


Archbishop Quinn was 88 years of age, and had served as the sixth Archbishop of San Francisco from April 26, 1977 until December 27, 1995.   He was president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1977 to 1980. 


Bishop Jaime Soto offered his personal sentiments upon learning the news:


To have listened and learned from Archbishop John Quinn was one of the blessings of belonging to the college of bishops.  Though he was already retired from active ministry when I was ordained a bishop, Archbishop Quinn regularly attended the province meetings and other episcopal gatherings.  His wise, pastoral, and practical insights always carried great weight with his brother bishops.  His demeanor was often pensive.  He could be taken as severe but there was always a gentle smile lurking around the corner.

He possessed a shepherd’s love for the People of God and gave much thought to strengthening the bonds of unity in the Church.  I am certain he will continue as part of the heavenly chorus to pray that we may all be one in Christ Jesus, our Lord.


Jesus, our Good Shepherd, grant eternal rest to your co-worker, Archbishop John Quinn.  May perpetual light shine upon him.


After Archbishop Quinn's retirement, he was a visiting fellow at Champion Hall, Oxford where he delivered the centennial lecture.  He also engaged in giving retreats for priests, and lecturing. He held the John R. Portman Chair of Roman Catholic Theology at the University of San Diego for two semesters in 2001 and 2002 and has taught at Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco. He is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America and of the Canon Law Society of America. He also authored several books.


A native of Riverside, John Raphael Quinn entered the San Diego diocesan seminary in 1947 in El Cajon. He completed his studies at the North American College and the Gregorian University in Rome. Returning to San Diego, as a young priest, he served as an associate pastor while teaching at the Immaculate Heart Seminary. Within the decade, he was named president of the St. Francis College Seminary and soon thereafter, he became rector of Immaculate Heart Seminary School of Theology.  Bishop Francis J. Furey appointed Fr. Quinn Provost of the University of San Diego College for Men, with the task of fostering a merger of the San Diego College for Women with the College for Men.


Fr. Quinn was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego in December of 1967. In November 1971, he was appointed Bishop of Oklahoma City and Tulsa by Pope Paul VI. In December 1972, he subsequently was ordained the first archbishop of Oklahoma City, where he remained until he was named sixth Archbishop of San Francisco in February 1977. He helped to create the Diocese of San Jose, which was established by Pope John Paul II in January 1981.


Services will be held at Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption,
1111 Gough Street, San Francisco:

     VIGIL:  Sunday, July 9, 7:00 pm

     FUNERAL MASS:  Monday, July 10, 10:00 am


bullet with text Link here to visit the Memorial Page, Archdiocese of San Francisco





Elias Mendoza

will join the school on July 1

Elias Mendoza is new

principal of St. Francis Catholic High School

in Sacramento


Theresa Rodgers, president of St. Francis Catholic High School in Sacramento, has announced the appointment of Elias Mendoza as principal effective July 1.

A highly qualified school administrator, Mendoza has been serving in the Elk Grove Unified School District for the past 14 years in a variety of capacities, including vice principal, social science department chair and co-coordinator of the English Language Learner Program at Florin High School. He possesses a strong background in curriculum and instruction, professional learning communities, technology implementation, athletics and expertise in long-range planning and facilities management.

He attended Catholic schools in his native Mexico, which instilled in him a deep faith and love for Catholic education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social science and a master’s degree in education from CSU-Sacramento, as well as a single subject teaching credential and an administrative credential.


bullet with text Link here to visit the website of St. Francis Catholic High School in Sacramento





Chris Orr

'thrilled to have the opportunity'

Chris Orr is new principal

of Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento


Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento has announced that Chris Orr has been appointed as the school’s next principal, effective July 1. The announcement was made by Lorcan Barnes, school president.

Orr succeeds current Christian Brothers’ principal John O’Connor, who accepted the presidency of Cristo Rey High School in Kansas City, Mo. Orr has been serving as principal of Langston Hughes Academy, an Aspire school in Stockton. He has 15 years of experience as an educator and administrator, including tenures as teacher, coach, dean of students, athletic director, assistant principal and principal.

His ties and personal commitment to Christian Brothers run deep, as his wife, Tashia, 1990, brother, Mark, 1994, and sister, Tia, 1995, are graduates. His son, Nicolas, graduated in June and his son Solomon is in the class of 2020. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to combine my educational vocation, Catholic faith and passion for Christian Brothers High School in his vital role,” Orr says.


bullet with text Link here to visit the website of Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento





Rachel's Vineyard

healing after abortion

Rachel's Vineyard retreat offered on July 21-23


Do you know someone who is carrying the secret burden of shame, anger, grief and the inability to forgive themselves and others because of a past abortion? The Diocese of Sacramento’s respect life ministry invites you to consider participating in a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat weekend July 21-23.

Those who choose abortion are our daughters, sons, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, relatives, friends and members of our parish communities. The impact and pain of abortion hurts – even years after the experience. If you or a loved one have been hurt by abortion, this weekend is for you. Come and experience God’s healing love and forgiveness in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. The healing retreat is open to women and men.

The cost is $175 per person. Financial assistance is available to anyone who needs it. For more information, visit the website at http://www.scddec.org/post-abortion-care or contact Paula Segno at (916) 733-0161 or send an e-mail inquiry to projectrachel@scd.org. All inquiries and are strictly confidential.





Rite of election

deepen your understanding

RCIA summer series continues through August


Already have experience with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults but would like to get additional formation? Join the RCIA summer series, where participants will journey through a comprehensive look at the RCIA process over the course of four Saturdays.

Presented by the Diocesan RCIA Committee, the summer series is designed for RCIA coordinators, team members, catechists and all those who work with the process to deepen their understanding of the rite itself, the preparation needed to implement the process in a parish, and the diocesan guidelines for implementation. Each Saturday session can stand on its own, but individuals who attend all four Saturdays will have explored all four periods of the RCIA.

Saturday dates for the sessions are July 8, July 22 and Aug. 5. The sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, located at 2110 Broadway in Sacramento. The cost is $75 for the entire series or $25 per individual session.

For additional information, contact the Diocesan RCIA Committee at rcia@scddec.org. To register online, visit www.bit.ly/rciasummer.





family at prayer

pray together as a family

Evenings of prayer offered in honor of centennial of Our Lady

of Fatima in 2017


As the Diocese of Sacramento during 2017 observes the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, the faithful are invited to attend evenings of prayer to pray as a family in community.

Each of the evenings will include the Blessed Sacrament exposed, a family rosary, the sacrament of reconciliation and prayer time. Some parishes will also host a procession.

The evenings of prayer will be held on the following dates, times and locations:


--Thursday, July 13: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Blessed Sacrament exposed, family rosary, confession and prayer time. At All Hallows Church, 5501 14th Ave. in Sacramento.


--Sunday, Aug. 13: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Procession, Blessed Sacrament exposed, family rosary, confession and prayer time. At Immaculate Conception Church, 3263 1st Ave. in Sacramento.


--Wednesday, Sept. 13: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Blessed Sacrament exposed, family rosary, confession and prayer time. At Good Shepherd Church, 9539 Racquet Ct. in Elk Grove.


--Friday, Oct. 13: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Blessed Sacrament exposed, family rosary, confession and prayer time. at St. Ignatius Church, 3235 Arden Way in Sacramento.


For more information, call Jennifer Havey at (916) 452-2111.





three priests ordained

on June 3 in Cathedral

Ordination 2017: Bishop Jaime Soto ordains three

new priests for diocese


On June 3, Bishop Jaime Soto ordained (in photo, left to right) Fathers Joshua Sia, Edgardo Garcia and Andres M. Emmanuelli as priests for the Diocese of Sacramento during a Mass of ordination in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento. Concelebrating the ordination Mass were Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta, Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand and Bishop Emeritus Francis A. Quinn. (Photo by Cathy Joyce, Catholic Herald)


During the ritual, the three new priests lay prostrate on the altar of the cathedral. Among the rites: Each new priest received his vestments and was assisted by those who have been important to them on their journey; and each of the priests of the diocese who were present blessed the new priests. Well-wishers gathered on the steps of the cathedral following the Mass and in the lower level of the cathedral afterward to line up to receive blessings from the new priests.

The new priests step forward in faith, to serve parish communities and deliver the good news. Each priest shares his personal story with Catholic Herald magazine in the upcoming July-August issue. That edition will also include photos from the June 3 ordination Mass.


bullet with text Link to read the full text of Bishop Jaime Soto's remarks at conclusion of ordination Mass

bullet with text Link to diocese's Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations for more information





young adults

please fill out this survey!

Young adults in diocese asked to participate in survey for Oct. 2018 Synod of Bishops at the Vatican


Young adults in the Diocese of Sacramento are being asked for their input in regard to the upcoming Synod of Bishops in 2018 on "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment."


James Ross, regional coordinator of youth and young adults, has sent a letter to young adults asking for their input by filling out a simple questionnaire that will be sent with results to the Vatican. "Your input is very important in order to prepare a final executive summary for Bishop Jaime Soto to present to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican," Ross says.


To read the letter from James Ross and Kevin Staszkow, director of the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis in the diocese, click on the link below. To answer the questionnaire, also click on the link below.


bullet with text Link here to read the letter about the survey for young adults

bullet with text Link here to fill out the questionnaire for young adults





Holy Family Church in Weed

rising from the ashes

Bishop Soto presides

at rite of dedication, blessing of new Holy Family Church in Weed


Parishioners, friends and members of the local community gathered on May 29 in celebration as Bishop Jaime Soto presided at the dedication Mass and blessing of the new Holy Family Church and parish facilities in Weed.


"What was reduced to ashes in the tragic misfortune that afflicted so many in this city has now been rebuilt with renewed vigor so that Jesus, the Good Shepherd, may instruct us in his ways and we may walk in his paths," Bishop Soto said in his homily at the Mass. "In consecrating this building,we consecrate ourselves to the sacred purpose for which we were created by God...with this dedication, we come to understand that the work of God in us has only just begun."

Holy Family has been without a church building since Sept. 15, 2014, when a grass fire broke out near Boles Creek just east of the town in Siskiyou County. The Boles fire was pushed so fast over Highway 97 and uphill by 45 mile-per-hour winds that by the time fire crews arrived, it had already taken out several homes. In a short amount of time it tore through three neighborhoods, part of an elementary school, several outbuildings at the lumber mill, and two churches. The fire flattened Holy Family Church and its parish hall at 1051 North Davis Ave.

Holy Family Parish soon after began plans for construction of the 15,000-square-foot building that includes a new main church, chapel, kitchen, classrooms, offices and parish hall.

Seventy to 100 parishioners served on more than 30 committees to assist in the plans, preparations and details for the church interior and dedication, says Father Joshy Mathew, CMI parochial administrator since February 2014.

“Over the past two-and-a-half years, our parish community has grown closer," Father Joshy notes. "We have weathered and sometimes muddled through the building process. By God's grace and our combined human efforts, we are ready to move into our newly-built spiritual home. And what a beautiful and serence structure it is for our community to worship and give praise to the Lord!"


Read more about Holy Family Parish and see photos of the dedication Mass in the upcoming July-August issue of Catholic Herald Magazine. Photo courtesy of Ed and Peggie Silva.


bullet with text Link here to read the entire text of Bishop Jaime Soto's homily

bullet with text Link here to view TV video of Holy Family Church rebuilds after Boles fire





Catholic Herald magazine

digital edition on this website

May-June issue of

Catholic Herald magazine

is published; stories feature

campus ministry in diocese


The May-June 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 May-June issue is Newman Center ministry (campus ministry) in the Diocese of Sacramento. The cover story features how campus ministry at the Newman Center at UC Davis keeps students connected to Catholicism. Gaby Gutierrez, Lawrence Simon and Athena Elaog, student leaders at the Newman Catholic Center, share their thoughts on how being involved in campus ministry helps them deepen spirituality and prayer in their lives and broadens their understanding of their faith.

Other feature stories include a feature on finding joy and Jesus on campus for student leaders at the Newman Center at CSU-Chico; how student leaders at the Newman Center at CSU-Sacramento take their cue from Christ to welcome students "to the table"; how Edrick Bondoc, director of the Newman Center at UC Davis helps students find a place for Catholic faith and a range of prayer styles in their lives; and how much-needed capital improvements are in the works to meet the growing student populations at the Newman Centers in Chico and Davis.


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





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





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