faith catholic special report
Immigration crisis and the U.S. Church's response
The arrival of thousands of unaccompanied children and teens in the southwestern United States has generated a humanitarian and political crisis. It is a crisis marked by the images of large numbers of immigrants in overcrowded facilities, protestors blocking buses full of immigrants from entering their towns, pleas for compassion, concerns over the lack of available immigration attorneys, and frustrated calls for more help from the federal government.
With tensions mounting, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced on July 21 the deployment of up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals exploiting the situation. According to the Associated Press, the move will cost Texas approximately $12 million per month. However, Texas Adjutant General John Nichols indicated that the Guard will be “referring and deterring” immigrants rather than detaining people.
The White House has said that the illegal crossings do seem to be slowing. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley report finding fewer than 500 minors the week of July 14, compared to as many as 2,000 per week in the month of June.
Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, on July 24 called upon President Obama and the Central American presidents to protect and care for children and families fleeing violence in the region. On July 25, Presidents Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala, Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador, and Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras are slated to meet with President Obama at the White House to discuss the current humanitarian challenge.
“The leaders should focus upon the protection of these children and families, as they are charged with as the heads of their nations,” said Bishop Elizondo. “Instead of cooperating on intercepting them and sending them back to dangerous situations, they should work together to protect them from those dangers, including providing them asylum in neighboring countries and in the United States.”
opportunities to reflect, discuss
Two events offered for young adults in diocese during August in Sacramento
Two events for young adults will be offered in August in the Diocese of Sacramento.
On Monday, Aug. 4, ADOREMUS (Young Adults Adore, Sacramento), will be held at 7 p.m. at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, located at 711 T Street in Sacramento. The evening starts with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, featuring live chant and polyphony, followed by reconciliation and benediction. The event is cross-cultural and trans-lingual. Afterward, fellowship will continue at a local eatery. Any young adult is invited to attend, Catholic or non-Catholic.
On Thursday, Aug. 14, Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will be the speaker at an event of Veritas Sacramento at 7 p.m. at the Kilt Pub, located at 4235 Arden Way in Sacramento. Bishop Cotta will lead young adults in a reflection and discussion of Pope Francis’ book, “The Church of Mercy.” The book is a collection of papal writings presenting at a variety of places during the first year of Pope Francis’ pontificate.
searchable PDF on this website
Diocese of Sacramento 2014 Directory now available
The 2014 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 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.
celebrating faith through film
Catholic film series presented by diocese will feature 'The Way' on Sunday, July 27 at Crest Theatre in Sacramento
Bishop Jaime Soto and the Diocese of Sacramento invite you to join our Catholic family as we view and discuss compelling films that support our faith and values—and fulfill your faith formation hours for the ONE Campaign.
The Catholic film series offers a unique opportunity for all of our parishes and parishioners to unite as ONE diocesan community. “The Way” tells the story of a father who travels the Camino de Santiago in honor of his late son and unexpectedly learns the difference between “the life we live and the life we choose.” The film was directed, produced and written by Emilio Estevez and stars Martin Sheen.
Join us on Sunday, July 27 at the Crest Theatre, located at 1013 K Street in Sacramento, for “The Way.” Doors open at 1 p.m. for networking and the movie begins at 2 p.m. Discussion will follow from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta and Bob Dunning, host of “The Bishop’s Hour,” will moderate a discussion after the film in order to explore the meaning of the film and how it impacts and influences our lives and our faith.
Please visit www.catholicfilmseries.org for more information and to request complimentary tickets. Or call The Catholic Foundation office at (916) 733-0266 for more information.
tickets on sale now!
ON FIRE NorCal Jam for youth and young adults is Saturday, Sept. 20 at Six Flags in Vallejo
The Northern California dioceses have announced the activities and guests for ON FIRE NorCal Jam 2014, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 beginning at 9 a.m. at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo.
More than 4,000 Catholic youth and young adults are expected to attend. Participants will be given early entrance to the park for a morning program from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., featuring praise and worship with the diocesan bishops, Papa Joe Lucero & SDYG Choir and SkaAmén.
The schedule includes an impressive line-up of guests including inspiring speakers such as David Bisono, Lila Rose, Father Agustino Torres, CFR, Emily Wilson and Paul J. Kim. Participants will also enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch, and a “ride till you drop” opportunity with two hours of exclusive park access. The day culminates in the evening with a concert featuring Josh Blakesley Band, The Thirsting, Emily Wilson, Paul J. Kim, Papa Joe Lucero and SDYG Choir and SkaAmén.
Tickets can be purchased with a credit card or via PayPal and can be printed immediately at home (wristbands will be distributed the morning of the event). Order tickets today at http://www.onfirenorcal.com and use ticket promo code ONFIRE. (Note: This event is intended for high school youth and young adults in their 20s and 30s. Please do not bring junior high students.) ON FIRE is co-sponsored by the Dioceses of Sacramento, San Jose, Stockton, Santa Rosa, Fresno, Reno, San Francisco, Monterey and Oakland.
Ministry Days 2014 event is Sept. 26-27 at St. Francis
High School in Sacramento
The Diocese of Sacramento has announced Ministry Days 2014 on Sept. 26-27 with the theme, “Are Your Ears Ringing?"
The ministry days will be held at St. Francis High School, located at 5900 Elvas Ave. in Sacramento. Many inspirational keynote presentations, as well as practical and helpful workshops will be offered in both English and Spanish. Keynote speakers for the event are Robert Feduccia (English) and Sister Leticia Salazar, ODN (Spanish).
This year, Ministry Days “will focus on discernment: listening, seeing and responding to the call of the Lord,” says Bishop Jaime Soto in the Ministry Days registration booklet (see link below to download). “This year’s gathering is an opportunity to gain some knowledge, ideas and skills for ourselves and the people we serve,” Bishop Soto said. “Ministry Days is also an important opportunity to gather with other ministers – lay, religious and ordained, paid and volunteer – to network, share stories and support one another.”
Friday, Sept. 26 is a day for all parish pastoral staff (paid and volunteer, lay and ordained) including clergy, ministry leaders, Catholic school principals and teachers/staff. Saturday, Sept. 27 is a ministry day with workshops offered for catechists, youth ministers, RCIA team members, liturgical ministers, respect life committees, vocations committees, stewardship committees, evangelization teams and marriage preparation volunteers.
Nearly 2,000 ministry leaders are expected to attend over the two days of formation, inspiration and networking.
Registration books are now available to download at www.ministrydays.com. You can also view the schedule, keynotes, workshops and presenters online. Register by Sept. 12 to save $15 on the full-conference registration and $10 on the one-day registration fee.
'it's worth it -- join the revolution!'
Natural Family Planning Awareness Week celebrated in dioceses July 20-26
“Natural Family Planning: It’s worth it, join the revolution!” is the theme of this year’s Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, a national educational campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to celebrate God’s design for married love and the gift of life and to raise awareness of Natural Family Planning (NFP) methods.
Natural Family Planning, as the U.S. bishops have written, is supportive of Catholic beliefs about married love because it “respects the God-given power to love a new human life into being” (see, U.S. Bishops, Married Love and the Gift of Life, 2006).
The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week (July 20-July 26) highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. The dates also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Mother.
Resources (e.g., the 2014 NFP Week poster, prayers, homily notes, bulletin inserts, etc.) and ideas for celebrating and promoting NFP Awareness Week in your area can be found on the USCCB’s NFP Program website: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/natural-family-planning/awareness-week/index.cfm. For more information, contact email@example.com.
'A humanitarian crisis that
calls all of us to respond'
State's Catholic bishops release statement on the transportation of displaced migrant children and families
California's Catholic bishops released a statement July 10 regarding the crisis involving the influx of refugees seeking asylum from the violence in Central America. In their statement, the bishops recognize the responsibility of compassion and the need to provide practical and pastoral support.
"These children and families have journeyed to our country, fleeing violence and destitution in Central America. Sadly, their experience in California has thus far been marked by hostility and near chaos. They are exhausted, afraid and clinging to hope," the bishops state.
"The gravity of this situation transcends politics; it is truly a humanitarian crisis that calls all of us, Catholics and others of good will, to respond with compassion and with urgent action," they said.
Some parishes in the Diocese of San Bernardino are serving as temporary way stations for women and children fleeing violence and drug cartels in Central America. Catholic Charities in several California dioceses are working to provide assistance and services to asylum seekers; and diocesan staffs are arranging pastoral care for the unaccompanied children being housed at former military bases.
How you can help: Some parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento are choosing to coordinate donations. Individuals may send donations to Catholic Charities of California, Inc./Children and Families Emergency Fund, 1107 9th Street, Suite 707, Sacramento, CA 95818. All funds will be directed to those Catholic Charities directly involved in the human response.
at diocesan pastoral center
RCIA workshops and training offered in July and August
Already have experience with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults but would like to get additional formation?
The diocese’s Office of Worship and Department of Evangelization and Catechesis have two workshop sessions this summer covering the theology, skills and resources of the RCIA. The coursework forms the basis of a specialization in RCIA as part of the specialization tracks for lay formation.
Participants can sign up for both sessions:
- July 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and July 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This session will focus on the period of the catechumenate.
- August 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and August 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This session will focus on the period of purification and enlightenment.
The cost is $30 per session. Sessions will be held at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, located at 2110 Broadway in Sacramento.
one campaign update
Catholics from across the diocese pledge $31.5 million
July 1 marked the 11th month of the ONE Campaign for the Diocese of Sacramento. To date, Catholics across the diocese have pledged over $31.5 million.
“On behalf of Bishop Jaime Soto and The Catholic Foundation, I would like to say thank you,” said Rick Maya, executive director of The Catholic Foundation. “Just as impressive is parishioners’ response to Bishop Soto’s challenge to commit to serve five million hours of community service and five million hours of faith formation. The essence of the ONE Campaign is to give, serve and pray – together.”
“The call to commit time in faith formation offers us the opportunity to learn more about our faith and strengthen our relationship with Christ,” Maya said. “We are often amazed at the wonderful ways the hours are being fulfilled. Hundreds of hours are being fulfilled by way of our Catholic radio station, where people are participating in the ‘Catholicism’ series (Father Robert Barron). Others are re-engaging in various programs and ministries at the local parish level.”
So far in the ONE Campaign, as of June 30, the total number of donors is 11,059, 2.7 million service hours have been pledged and 6 million faith formation hours have been pledged.
digital edition on this website
July-August issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published; theme is campus ministry
and young adults in service
The July-August 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 the magazine is campus ministry and young adults in ministry and service. The magazine features a cover story and interview with Christine Wissink, who began her work in February as associate director for campus ministry in the diocese's Department of Evangelization and Catechesis. She is currently directing the Newman Center at UC Davis and will eventually assume oversight for all Newman Center ministries in the diocese, including California State University, Sacramento, and California State University, Chico.
Other feature stories include a story on how Matthew Palmer, a documentary filmmaker, captured the life-changing essence of volunteers' experiences at Camp ReCreation; how young adult parishioner Erica Harildstad, coping with cerebral palsy, finds joy in giving to others through a prayer shawl ministry; how ministry leaders in parishes are reaching out to "emerging" young adults; and how the chapel inside the new heart center at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento offers a place of solace. This issue also includes a story on three priests retiring after decades of ministry: Father Dan Madigan, Father Juan Perez and Father Patrick Henry.
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.
Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies Program is open
for more to take courses
Classes for the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program are being offered by the diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis in 2014.
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:
—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 firstname.lastname@example.org. See the links below also for more information and to register.
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