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Easter cross

2015 Lenten season

Bishop Soto to preside over Holy Week, Easter liturgies at Cathedral in Sacramento

 

Bishop Jaime Soto will preside over a full schedule of Holy Week and Easter liturgies at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, located at 1017 11th St. in downtown Sacramento.

 

On Holy Thursday, April 2, Bishop Soto will preside at a communal penance service beginning at 12:10 p.m. in the cathedral. There will be no Mass celebrated and visiting clergy will be available for individual confessions. That evening at 7 p.m., the bishop will preside at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper (bilingual), followed by eucharistic adoration. Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand will join Bishop Soto at both the penance service and Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church in Elk Grove.

 

On Good Friday, April 3, Bishop Soto will preside at the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 12:10 p.m. in the cathedral. The service will include the Liturgy of the Word, Veneration of the Cross, and Communion. Stations of the Cross will follow the liturgy. At 7 p.m. Bishop Weigand will preside at Stations of the Cross in Spanish, followed by the Good Friday liturgy in Spanish at 7:30 p.m. Bishop Cotta will preside at the Good Friday liturgy at St. Clare Parish in Roseville at 1 p.m.

 

On Holy Saturday, April 4, Bishop Soto will preside at the celebration of the Easter Vigil liturgy at 8 p.m. in the cathedral. The Mass will be bilingual and Bishop Cotta will concelebrate.

 

On Easter Sunday, April 5, Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will preside at the celebration of Easter Mass in the cathedral at 7:30 a.m. (in English). Bishop Weigand will preside at the celebration of Easter Mass at 9 a.m. The cathedral will also offer the Easter Mass in Spanish at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., in English at 5 p.m., and in Chinese at 3 p.m.

 

bullet with text Click here to visit the website of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento

bullet with text Click here to read the full text of the Diocesan Lenten regulations and admonitions in English

bullet with text Click here to read the full text of the Diocesan Lenten regulations and admonitions in Spanish

 

 

 

 

Hispanics on pilgrimage

begins at 7 a.m. at St. Elizabeth church in sacramento

Bishop Soto to lead seven-parish pilgrimage walk on

Holy Saturday, April 4

 

The Diocese of Sacramento will host its third annual pilgrimage to seven parishes within the city of Sacramento on Saturday, April 4 starting at 7 a.m.

 

On this walk, participants will stop at seven parishes in central Sacramento and the state Capitol. The walk will begin at 7 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Church, located at 1817 12th St. Subsequent stops will be at the Capitol, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Sacred Heart Church and  Immaculate Conception Church. This year a “new house” will be added in the Sacramento Food Bank Center, and the pilgrimage concludes at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine at 1:30 p.m.

 

This Hispanic tradition was adopted two years ago during the observance of the Year of Faith. It offers the faithful an opportunity to prepare their hearts for the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. The event has been very successful, drawing more than 500 participants during each of the past two years, and in 2015 an equal number are anticipated. The pilgrimage is conducted primarily in Spanish. A special invitation is extended to youth and young adults to join in the event.

 

Participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sunblock, water, snacks, a positive spirit and a prayerful attitude. The pilgrimage will be broadcast live on Radio Santisimo Sacramento at 1240 AM.

 

For more information, contact Father Francisco Hernandez at fhernandez@scd.org or (916) 733-0258.

 

 

 

 

Bishop Weigand

society of st. Vincent de Paul

Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand to be honored at 'Benefit for the Poor' April 17

 

The Sacramento District Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will hold its ninth annual “Benefit for the Poor” charity dinner on Friday, April 17 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel, located at 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento.

 

Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand will receive the Benefactor Award at this special event for his lifelong dedication to serving the poor and his past service to the Diocese of Sacramento and the St. Vincent de Paul Society in particular. The featured speaker at the dinner will be Rudy Ruettiger of University of Notre Dame fame and the movie “Rudy.” Walt Gray, news anchor at KXTV 10, will be the master of ceremonies.

 

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the diocese. The Sacramento Diocesan Council is comprised of 52 conferences at parishes in the diocese. Each year, members of the Society help more than 200,000 people in need in the diocese and this annual charity dinner is a key source of revenue for the Society’s good works.

 

Tickets for the event are $150 per person and $1,500 per table. For more information and tickets, contact Tom Aguer at (916) 599-0546 or visit www.svdp-sacramento.org.

 

 

 

 

CA state Capitol

senate bill 128

CA Catholic Conference releases statement following State Senate Committee vote on 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 passed the state Senate Health Committee on March 25 on a 6-2 vote with one abstention.

 

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 the vote, 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.)

 

Sponsors of SB 128 are Democratic Senators Lois Wolk of Davis and Bill Monning of Carmel. The final vote in the Senate Health Committee was as follows: voting no were Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Yuba City) and Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove); abstaining/did not vote was Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento); voting yes were Senators Wolk and Monning, and Sen. Isadore Hall (D-Compton), Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), and Sen. Richard Roth (D-Riverside).

 

SB 128 is now moves to the Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing and vote on Tuesday, April 7.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Young adults in church

at st. James parish memorial center

Young adults invited to 'Freely Given' conference on Saturday, April 11 in Davis

 

Young adults ages 18 to 39 are invited to attend the Diocese of Sacramento’s Young Adult Conference on Saturday, April 11 with the theme, “Freely Given.”

 

The day event from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be held at St. James Parish Memorial Center, located at 1275 B Street in Davis. The event is an opportunity for young adults to learn, worship and gather as a community. A vigil Mass will follow the event at 5:30 p.m. in the church.

 

Among the speakers at the conference will be Father Jeremy Leatherby, pastor of Presentation Parish in Sacramento, on “Mercy Freely Given,” and Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, on “Joy and Spirit-Filled Evangelizers. Music ministry will be provided by the Young Adults Music Ministry of Holy Spirit Parish in Fairfield.

 

The conference is sponsored by the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis. The cost for the conference is $15 per person (early registration ends April 4) or $20 per person after April 4 and at the door. More information and registration is available at http://yaconference.com.


bullet with text Click here for more information about young adult ministry in the Diocese of Sacramento

 

 

 

 

Larry Cullen

opportunities for evangelization

'Effective Communicator' workshop offered in April

 

The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis is offering a workshop entitled “The Effective Communicator” four times on two dates in April. The workshop focuses on the strategies of interpersonal communication and how persons can better communicate in parishes, ministries and beyond, using a variety of communication channels, ranging from texting to face-to-face conversations.

 

Larry Culler, a member of Divine Savior Parish in Orangevale and owner of Culler Consulting, is the presenter at the workshops. He is a successful sales trainer, account and project manager, and holds a master’s degree in communication studies.

 

Attendees can choose to attend one of the four sessions that best fits their schedule and location. Workshops will be held on the following dates, time and locations:

 

--Monday, April 6, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. or 6 to 9 p.m. at Our Divine Savior Parish, 566 E. Lassen Ave. in Chico.

--Wednesday, April 8, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. or 6 to 9 p.m. at Holy Spirit Parish, 1050 N. Texas St. in Fairfield.

 

The cost for the workshop is $10 per person. To register visit the link below. For additional details about the workshop, visit the link to the flyer below. Questions can be directed to Arnell Ignacio at (916) 733-0154 or aignacio@scd.org.

 

bullet with text Click here to register online for this workshop

bullet with text Click here to download a flyer with information about the "Effective Communicator" workshop

 

 

 

 

Father Donald Calloway

sacramento Catholic forum event

Father Donald Calloway to speak April 16 on 'Living Under the Mantle of Mary'

 

Marian Father Donald Calloway -- author, speaker and convert to Catholicism -- will speak at the Sacramento Catholic Forum luncheon on Thursday, April 16 at the Red Lion Hotel at the Woodlake Conference Center, located at 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento.

 

His topic will be “Living Under the Mantle of Mary: A Priest Speaks on Our Lady.” Father Calloway exhibits unmistakable zeal for the priesthood and devotion to Mary. Also known as the “Surfing Priest,” he was a “military brat,” a high school dropout who was kicked out of a foreign country, institutionalized twice and jailed multiple times. He will speak passionately and engagingly about Mary and his conversion story.

 

Father Calloway was ordained on May 31, 2003 for the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and two graduate degrees from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.

 

Check-in for the event begins at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon and presentation 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.


bullet with text Click here to register online for this event at the Sacramento Catholic Forum website

 

 

 

 

altar servers

at st. clare parish in roseville

Parishes invited to bring teams to compete in 'Altar Server Olympics' on April 18

 

Parishes of the Diocese of Sacramento are invited to field a team of altar servers to compete for the coveted St. John Berchmans Cup Trophy at the Altar Server Olympics competition on Saturday, April 18 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Clare Parish, located at 1950 Junction Blvd. in Roseville.

 

Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will celebrate Mass for participants at 1 p.m. The competition is open to all altar servers in the fourth through 12th grades with two separate age divisions. The competition will focus on teamwork, commitment/determination, knowledge of the faith and altar serving skills. The winning team from Division A will earn the right to display the St. John Berchmans’ Cup in their parish sacristy for the year. The top two winning teams from Division B will have the privilege of serving at the Fired Up Confirmation Conference in February 2016.

 

The cost is $50 per team of up to six altar servers and one chaperone. Team registration includes dinner and a tee-shirt for each team member. Visit the links below for more information and to register. For more information, contact Jennifer Campbell at (916) 733-0135 or jcampbell@scd.org.


bullet with text Click here to register for the Altar Server Olympics at www.altarserverolympics.com

bullet with text Click here to download a flyer about the Altar Server Olympics

 

 

 

 

Mother and daughter

On Saturday, april 18

Mother-daughter programs offered by diocese to discuss puberty and gift of fertility

 

The Diocese of Sacramento is offering a program to help mothers discuss the subject of puberty and fertility with their 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. All presentations are pure, light-hearted and affirming.

 

The “teens” program (ages 13 to 16) will be offered on Saturday, April 18, 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 link below for more information about program locations, time and program content, or to register online. To register by mail or for other questions, contact Steve Patton at (916) 733-0133 or e-mail to spatton@scd.org. All reservations must be received by the Monday before the event date. Confirmation of online reservations will be sent by email.

 

bullet with text Link to www.motherdaughterprogram.com to register online and to review program content

 

 

 

 

hands in prayer

evangelization and catechesis

Workshops offered in April for catechists and faith formation ministers across the diocese

 

Two retreats and a workshop will be offered by the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis in April for all catechists, those working in faith formation, parish ministers and others interested in learning more about their faith.

 

“Make Room for New Growth,” a parish minister retreat in English presented by Christine Jurisich, will be held on Tuesday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Parish, located at 4450 Granite Drive in Rocklin. The retreat is open to all parish ministers for the cost of $20 per person. Jurisich as facilitator will share ways to let go of the distractions and worries that get in the way of loving God, your neighbor and yourself. Participants will have time to pray and reflect, find practical tips, and draw comfort from time connecting with others in their faith community. Jurisich has facilitated retreats for the past 10 years. For more information on the retreat, call Rosina Hendrickson at (916) 733-0153 or email to rhendrickson@scd.org. To register online, visit the link below.

 

“Becoming an Effective Leader,” a workshop for catechists and faith formation ministers presented in English and Spanish, will be held on Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, located at 37464 Juniper Ave. in Burney. There is no cost to attend. Participants will learn about the different styles of leadership and understanding their gifts and limits in taking ownership of their position so that they can have order in their classroom and even ask for the participation of parents. Rosina Hendrickson will lead the workshop in English and Ana Ibarra will lead the workshop in Spanish; both are DEC coordinators of parish ministry support. To register online, visit the link below.

 

“Walk with Me,” a parish minister and catechist retreat in English and Spanish presented by Rose Hernandez, will be held on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish, located at 3141 St. Stephen’s Dr. in Anderson. The retreat is open to all parishioners, lay ministers, catechists and other parish ministers for the cost of $20 per person. Hernandez is director of the Office of Ministries in the Diocese of Fresno. For more information on the retreat, call Rosina Hendrickson at (916) 733-0153 or email to rhendrickson@scd.org. To register online, visit the link below.

 

bullet with text Click here to register online for "Make Room for New Growth" parish minister retreat

bullet with text Click here to register for the "Becoming an Effective Leader" workshop

bullet with text Click here to register for the "Walk with Me" parish minister and catechist retreat

 

 

 

 

Grandmother and granddaughter

'being a good steward'

New planned giving website provides information about 'Legacy Stewardship,' wills guide, charitable gift options

 

The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Sacramento has launched a new planned giving website at www.tcfcagift.org.

 

The website provides information about “Legacy Stewardship.” “Legacy stewardship is being a good steward to all the gifts God has entrusted to us during our lives. It means being a good steward to our families, spouse, children, grandchildren, friends and parish communities,” says Abe Saadeh, Chief Development Officer for The Catholic Foundation.

 

Saadeh noted that most people are familiar with wills, as they have either dealt with them through family, or have a will of their own.  “However, many people don’t have wills, or don’t fully understand the consequences of not having one,” he notes. “If you have an estate plan, it is still very important to review your plan annually because things in life change, including tax laws.”

 

The new planned giving site can help people with a wills guide and important information about various charitable gift options. “You can learn more about how to give and what to give,” Saadeh says. There is also a section called “Washington News” that helps people stay current on planned giving issues of the day.

 

“Making your will gives you the chance to make sure your loved ones are cared for after you’ve gone,” Saadeh notes.  The new website allows an individual or family to set up an account online to create a plan for their future. A wills planner (including videos) on the site can help individuals make updates to an existing plan, or help them get started.

 

“We want to help ensure that Catholics’ assets are distributed according to the values by which they live, and that they have the opportunity to support parish ministries that are important to them,” Saadeh says. For more information about the website, contact Abe Saadeh, Chief Development Officer, at (916) 733-0257 or asaadeh@scd.org.

 

bullet with text Click here to visit the Planned Giving website of the Catholic Foundation of the diocese

 

 

 

 

Chosen retreat logo

at marello youth retreat Center

'Chosen' retreat offered for young teens April 17-19

 

Oblate of St. Joseph Father Sergio Perez will lead a retreat for young teens with the theme, “Chosen: Come Holy Spirit, Fill the Hearts of Your Faithful,” on April 17-19 at Marello Youth Retreat Center, located at 6530 Wells Ave. in Loomis.

 

Father Perez will challenge young teens to live a life of holiness and discipleship. The weekend will help participants examine the meaning of their lives and how they are fulfilled only by God; God’s unconditional and passionate love; how sin separates people from God; God’s desire for one’s relationship with him to be a consistent commitment; and one’s calling to go forth and share the good news, united to the church and empowered by the sacraments.

 

The cost for the retreat is $60 per person, if registered by April 13, and $80 per person after that time as space permits. This includes meals on Saturday through Sunday breakfast. For more information and to register, visit the links below.


bullet with text Click here to visit the website of the Marello Youth Retreat Center and for retreat forms

bullet with text Click here to download a flyer about the "Chosen" retreat

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Academic Decathlon team

to compete April 18 at statewide meet

Team from St. Ignatius School in Sacramento takes academic decathlon title

 

For a record-setting eighth consecutive year, St. Ignatius School in Sacramento placed first in the Diocese of Sacramento’s Junior High Academic Decathlon on March 7. The team, comprised of seventh and eighth graders, will represent the diocese at the statewide decathlon championships on April 18, which will be held this year at Sacred Heart School in Sacramento. No other school in the 26-year history of the event has achieved this unprecedented success.

 

The Academic Decathlon is a competition among teams from Catholic schools in the diocese. Twenty-four schools took part in the diocesan event, which culminates in a 50-question “Super Quiz,” where students test their knowledge in five subject areas: science, social studies, literature, fine art and religion. In addition to its unparalleled winning streak, St. Ignatius is the first school in decathlon history to have achieved a perfect score in this event.

 

“We are so proud of our students, coaches and parents,” said Patty Kochis, principal of St. Ignatius School. “Literally thousands of hours go into preparing for this day. We are honored to represent Sacramento at the statewide competition.”

 

Another important challenge is a 20-question logic exam where team members must work together to analyze mathematical problems. The contest also includes eight individual events which test student understanding of current events, English, literature, science, mathematics, social studies, fine arts and Roman Catholic doctrine.

 

St. John the Evangelist School in Carmichael placed second overall and Holy Spirit School in Sacramento placed third.

 

bullet with text Click here to find out more about Catholic schools in the Diocese of Sacramento

 

 

 

 

Catholic Herald March April cover

digital edition on this website

March-April issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published; theme is Lenten practices

 

The March-April 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 Lenten practices. The magazine features a cover story with interviews with three young adult ministry leaders from Holy Spirit Parish in Fairfield -- Michele Bautista, Manolito Jaldon and Loramel Lagrazon -- who have "unplugged" from social media for the 40 days of Lent, anticipating the promise of deeper, more personal engagement with the people in their lives and a deepening of their relationship with God.

 

Other feature stories include an interview with Jean Ouimet of St. Anthony Parish, who received the sacrament of confirmation at age 88 in May 2014; a feature on Paul Meidus of St. Joseph Parish in Redding, who shares his experience of recovery from addiction in his ministry to jail inmates in Shasta County; and an interview with Father Bong Rojas on "Lessons for Lent: Why Fasting and Abstinence?"

 

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

 

 

 

 

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