patroness of the americas
Bishop Soto to preside at celebration in Auburn in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12
As Catholics across the Diocese of Sacramento gather to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, and one of the patron saints of the diocese, Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at a celebration in her honor.
On Thursday, Dec. 12, the feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Bishop Soto will preside at bilingual Mass at 6 p.m. in St. Teresa of Avila Church, located at 11600 Atwood Road in Auburn.
Check your parish bulletin and parish websites for other celebrations in the diocese in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
6 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish, elk Grove
Posada Juvenil for youth
and young adults with Bishop Soto held on Friday, Dec. 20
Youth and young adults in the diocese are invited to attend the third annual Posada Juvenil, which will be held on Friday, Dec. 20 beginning at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish, located at 9961 Elk Grove-Florin Road in Elk Grove.
Parish leaders are encouraged to bring groups of youths and young adults to this event, which is a cultural immersion experience for all youth. Participants will learn about this Hispanic Christmas tradition with its pastorela, villancicos and panatas, and join Bishop Jaime Soto for a Simbang Gabi Mass.
All activities will be done in English and Spanish. Participants are asked to bring a dessert or pan dulce to share.
For more information and to confirm your participation, visit the link below or call Karla Marquez, diocesan coordinator for young adult ministry, at (916) 733-0151 or e-mail her at Kmarquez@scd.org.
candlelight service with readings
Catholic cemeteries to host services of remembrance
Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services, a ministry of Diocese of Sacramento, will offer remembrance tree and candlelight vigil services at three cemeteries in December. The services are open to the public and allow persons in attendance to remember their loved ones who have died.
The candlelight service combines readings from Scripture with music. Family members/participants receive a special memorial ornament into which they can place a photo, note or other special remembrance. The ornaments will be hung on the remembrance tree.
Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services will offer remembrance tree and candlelight services on the following dates (locations noted):
-- Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at All Souls Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum at 550 Glen Cove Rd. in Vallejo. Vigil in chapel. Call (707) 644-5209 for more information.
-- Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum at 6700 21st Ave. in Sacramento. Vigil in gathering area. Call (916) 452-4831 for more information.
For more information about Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services call (916) 452-4831.
'one human family, food for all'
Pope Francis offers his blessing and support for worldwide 'wave of prayer' against hunger organized by Caritas Internationalis
Organized by Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based federation of Catholic charities, the global "wave of prayer" began at noon Dec. 10 on the South Pacific island of Samoa and headed west across the world's time zones.
Pope Francis offered his blessing and support for the "One Human Family, Food For All" campaign in a five-minute video message released on the eve of the global launch.
Caritas Internationalis invited its 164 member organizations and local churches to pray for an end to hunger and malnutrition as well as to act on a local, national or global level against food waste and promote food access and security worldwide.
Nearly 1 billion people -- or about one in eight people -- experienced chronic hunger or undernourishment during 2010-2012, according to the Caritas website.
"One of the worst sounds a parent can hear is their child crying at night tormented by hunger. Many parents living in poverty hear this cry and yet they have no food to give them," Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, president of Caritas Internationalis, said in a video message.
"There is enough food to feed the planet. We believe that with your help and the help of governments and the U.N. we can end hunger by 2025," he said.
Caritas urged Catholics to take a few moments at noon Dec. 10 to join the world in praying against hunger as well as to engage in long-term action through raising awareness, advocacy, charitable work or other efforts supporting food security.
People can contact their local Caritas organization for more information or the campaign's main site at www.food.caritas.org.
you made the difference!
The Catholic Foundation releases its 2013 'Report of Gratitude' from the ACA
The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Sacramento has released its 2013 “Report of Gratitude” from the Annual Catholic Appeal. The report shares a handful of stories that represent the profound impact that nearly 26,000 donors have made on the lives of tens of thousands of individuals and families in the 20 counties of the Diocese of Sacramento.
Every time a family has a breakthrough, a child finds safety and hope, a marginalized individual finds the strength to rebuild a life of dignity, a seminarian moves closer to ordination, or a student is able to stay in Catholic school, the Catholic Foundation thinks of its donors to the Annual Catholic Appeal.
Thank you for your support this year. We hope you will find joy and spiritual satisfaction in the part you play in this worthwhile effort to build the kingdom of God in our Northern California communities.
held at diocesan pastoral Center
Bishop Soto meets with area rabbis to discuss interfaith issues, mutual concerns
Bishop Jaime Soto hosted rabbis of Sacramento-area Jewish congregations on Dec. 4 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center for a luncheon to discuss mutual concerns of religious interest.
"Meeting this past week with rabbis from the local Jewish community was an immersion into a long historical relationship with many troubled chapters, as well as moments of light," Bishop Soto said. "Our conversation touched on these, while also savoring the common blessing of God's favor to us."
The group enjoyed a kosher lunch and the bishop presented each rabbi with a candle on the final day of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication, an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the second century BC.
Bishop Soto gathered with, left to right: Rabbi Reuven Taff, Rabbi Seth Castleman, Rabbi Nancy Wechsler-Azen, Rabbi Greg Wolfe, Rabbi Alan Rabishaw and Rabbi David Wechsler-Azen.
Among the topics discussed were ways to promote better interfaith understanding, classes for students on Judaism and the Holocaust, workshops for clergy, deacons and laity, joint events for youth, Scripture classes from a Jewish perspective and in general, creating better relationships between Catholics and Jews.
public policy arm of state's bishops
Bishop Soto elected
president of the California Catholic Conference
for a three-year term
Bishop Jaime Soto has been elected by his brother bishops to lead the California Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the two archdioceses and 10 dioceses in California. Auxiliary Bishop Robert McElroy of San Francisco was elected vice president of the CCC, and Bishop Richard Garcia of Monterey was re-elected as treasurer.
Bishop Soto succeeds Auxiliary Bishop Gerald Wilkerson of Los Angeles, and begins a three-year term as the CCC president.
“The Gospel’s message of the sacredness of life and the dignity of every human often goes unheard in the capital of California while increasing economic disparities and deteriorated social infrastructure underscore a lack of political will to serve the common good,” Bishop Soto said. “Pope Francis has recently reminded us to construct a new culture of encounter, 'encuentro,' that defies the prevailing ‘culture of exclusion.’ ‘There is no place for the elderly or for the unwanted child; there is no time for that poor person in the street.’” (Rio de Janeiro, July 27, 2013)
“Gathering together as a conference of bishops helps us address those inequities at the local and state level as well as provide teaching, resources and support to Catholics in California committed to justice,” he said.
Bishop Soto offered special thanks to the outgoing president: “On behalf of the entire conference of bishops, I would like to express our deep gratitude to Bishop Wilkerson for his outstanding leadership as president. His steady guidance and pastoral approach to complicated issues has kept the conference on target, improved its effectiveness and helped both the bishops and California Catholics to make faithful and wise decisions in California policy matters.”
The California Catholic Conference is the official voice of the Catholic community in California's public policy arena. Its mission is to advocate with the legislative, administrative and judicial branches of state government for the Catholic Church's public policy agenda and to facilitate common pastoral efforts in the Catholic community. The CCC also enables ecumenical and interfaith dialogue and action.
serving those in need
Students at St. Vincent
Ferrer School in Vallejo awarded certificates for community service efforts
The community of St. Vincent Ferrer School in Vallejo was recently honored for its community service to the city of Vallejo.
On Nov. 22, Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis hosted a recognition dinner for 50 individuals and agencies that volunteer to “fill the gap” for services to those in need in Vallejo. St. Vincent Ferrer School has volunteered in various ways over the past year. Students collect canned foods for the St. Vincent de Paul pantry, where members deliver groceries weekly. They also collected sleeping bags and warm clothing and donated money toward the purchase of tarps for the homeless. Students also made placemats for dinners at the Christian Help Center.
Following the recent devastating typhoon in the Philippines, students raised funds for relief assistances by selling churros and hot chocolate, hot dogs, and “free dress” passes. They also collected socks and toiletries for veterans and made placemats and centerpieces for the Thanksgiving luncheon for seniors at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish.
The students received two certificates of recognition: one from Mayor Davis, and another from state Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla. Members of the St. Vincent Ferrer student council (pictured above) are, left to right: Jonathan Lata, Alondra Magallanes, Ariana Saunders, Deomar Arizabal, Leah Peres, Ashley Arizabal, Alenna del Rosario and Sarah Barba.
daily suggestions for prayer, action
U.S. bishops' website offers online family resources for Advent and Christmas
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops continues the tradition of providing online resources for the Advent and Christmas seasons with daily suggestions for prayer, reflection and action. The content is presented in a clickable calendar format, with each date opening a page of suggestions and links.
The calendars feature audio retreats in English and Spanish for the four Sundays of Advent and the three Sundays of the Christmas season. The retreats were produced by Franciscan Media and made possible by the bishops' Catholic Communication Campaign. The half-hour audio retreats feature music, a Scripture reflection and a question-and-answer from a different bishop each week.
The calendar is interspersed with excerpts from Pope Francis' audiences and homilies from the first year of his papacy and observations on Catholic doctrine and practices from the For Your Marriage website's "Catholic 101" series. Other resources highlighted on the calendars include a Festival of Lesson and Carols podcast, a list of recommended holiday-themed movies from the USCCB, and prayers and blessings from the USCCB publication Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers.
music at the square
Cathedral in Sacramento
to host Christmas concerts during on Dec. 13 and 20
The Music Society at Cathedral Square will host concerts at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento in December.
On Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m., a service of “Lessons and Carols” will benefit St. Patrick Academy in Sacramento, featuring the St. Patrick Academy Children’s Choir and the Diocese of Sacramento choir and orchestra. Bishop Jaime Soto will give the opening prayer and Scripture readings will be read by local media personalities.
On Friday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m., Capella Antiqua, artists in residence at the Cathedral, and Sacramento’s premiere woman’s chorus, “Vox Musica,” will perform a selection of Christmas favorites.
The Cathedral is located at 1017 11th Street. Tickets and more information about all three concerts may be found on the Cathedral website at the link below.
from the office of worship
Holy days of obligation, solemnities, days of prayer
in 2013-2014 are announced
The Office of Worship for the Diocese of Sacramento recently announced the holy days of obligation and days of prayer for the liturgical year 2013-2014.
The holy days of obligation in Latin-rite Catholic usage are feasts on which Catholics are obliged to attend Mass. Among the calendar of solemnities, holy days of obligation and devotions are:
--Thursday, Dec. 12 is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, co-patroness of the Diocese of Sacramento, and is celebrated as a Solemnity.
--Wednesday, Dec. 25, the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, is a holy day of obligation.
--Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, is a holy day of obligation.
--Wednesday, Jan. 22 is a National Day of Penance for the violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion and of prayer for full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.
--Wednesday, March 5 is Ash Wednesday and Sunday, March 9 is the First Sunday of Lent.
-- Friday, Aug. 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a holy day of obligation.
--Friday, Nov. 1, the Solemnity of All Saints, is a holy day of obligation.
Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies Program is open
for more to take courses
Classes for the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program offered by the diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis for the rest of 2013 and 2014 are now open for registration.
The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program presents a vision for engaging youth in the parish community and provides practical tools, models and examples for parish youth ministry development. The program consists of eight weekend courses over a period of two years.
The courses and dates remaining are:
--March 1-2, 2014: Pastoral Care
--April 26-27, 2014: Prayer and Worship
--Oct. 11-12, 2014: Evangelization and Catechesis
--Dec. 13-14, 2014: Justice and Service
For questions or more information, contact the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis at (916) 733-0123 or send an email inquiry to email@example.com. See the links below also for more information and to register.
how you can help with donations
Catholic Relief Services responding to devastation from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and Vietnam
On November 8, 2013, the massive Typhoon Haiyan slammed the Philippines packing sustained winds of 195 miles per hour and gusts of up to 235 miles per hour. The damage done to the nation’s central islands by one of the most powerful storms ever recorded has been nothing short of catastrophic.
Entire villages were swept away, leaving several thousand people dead and injured. Entire towns in the path of the storm in the southern part of the country were destroyed completely. In the wake of such utter destruction, a health crisis has ensued. The stricken areas are facing a scarcity of clean water and food, the loss of electricity, and deadly illnesses such as dysentery.
Parishes in the Sacramento Diocese, as requested by Bishop Jaime Soto, took up a special collection Nov. 16-17 to aid the immediate relief efforts as administered by Catholic Relief Services. CRS is in the process of mobilizing resources to help the government and the most affected areas respond to the devastation of the typhoon. In particular, CRS is prioritizing emergency shelter, water and sanitation, household relief items, potable water, and toilets.
To donate to Catholic Relief Services, please visit http://www.crs.org.
digital edition on this website
November-December Catholic Herald magazine is published; theme is cultural diversity
The November-December issue of Catholic Herald magazine, the 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 the magazine is cultural diversity, including a cover story on “Bridge Builders,” how bilingual “Gente Puente” strive to be leaders in their parishes across the diocese. Lay leaders featured in the story are Bertha Vargas, Antonio Martinez, Rosalio Pacheco and Carla Paola Cosentino.
Other feature stories include an in-depth look at three parishes in the diocese – St. John Vianney in Rancho Cordova, Holy Spirit in Fairfield and St. Paul in Sacramento – and how cultural diversity has stirred these parishes to embrace and array of faith expressions; a story on how a family’s journey from Central America to Corning ends with citizenship after assistance from Northern Valley Catholic Social Service; and a feature on how Vietnamese Martyrs Parish in Sacramento is a testament to love of country, culture and faith.
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.
workshops in English and Spanish
Mother-daughter program offered by diocese helps mothers discuss puberty, fertility with their daughters
The Diocese of Sacramento is offering programs in February through May 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 Mother-Daughter Program has been replicated in dozens of dioceses across the United States, “helping thousands of mothers and daughters have healthy, wholesome, and God-centered discussions about the sometimes-challenging transition from being a girl to being a woman,” says Steve Patton, associate director for family and respect life ministries in the Diocese of Sacramento’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis.
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 “Tweens” program (ages 10 to 12) will be offered at the following locations on the dates listed below:
--Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (in English) at Presentation School, located at 3100 Norris Ave. in Sacramento.
--Saturday, March 22, 2014, 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, May 17, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (in English) at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, 925 Sacramento St. in Vallejo and from 1:30 to 5 p.m. (in Spanish) at the same location.
The “teens” program (ages 13 to 16) will be offered at the following locations on the dates listed below:
--Saturday, Feb. 22, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (in English) at Presentation School, located at 3100 Norris Ave. in Sacramento.
--Saturday, May 3, from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (in Spanish) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, located at 711 T Street in Sacramento.
Visit the links 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. Confirmation of your registration will be sent by e-mail or postcard.
searchable Pdf on this website
Printed edition of the 2013 Diocese of Sacramento Directory available to order
The 2013 edition (searchable PDF) of the Diocese of Sacramento Directory is now available online on this website (see right hand navigation margin). You can also reach the searchable PDF by clicking on the graphic on the left. The directory is also now available for purchase in its printed form.
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.
Copies of the 2013 printed directory can be purchased by using the link to the PDF form below. If you wish to order, print out the form with your requested order and mail it in with your payment. The suggested donation per book is $12.50 ($8 plus $4.50 for postage and handling). You may pay $8 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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