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The Holy Family

Jesus Christ is emmanuel

Bishops will celebrate Christmas Masses at Cathedral in Sacramento


Several Masses will be offered for the Christmas season at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, located at 1017 11th St. in downtown Sacramento, by Bishop Jaime Soto, Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta and Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand.


The Masses during the season begin with the Wednesday, Dec. 24 evening vigil and end on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 11. The Dec. 25 feast commemorates the birth of Christ.


Masses on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, celebrated at the Cathedral are as follows:

--5 p.m. Vigil Mass (Children’s Mass) in English with Bishop Cotta presiding.

--7 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass of the solemnity of Christmas in Spanish.

--9 p.m. Mass in English with Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand presiding.


Masses on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, celebrated at the Cathedral are as follows:

12 a.m. Midnight Mass of Christmas with the Cathedral choir (with musical prelude at 11:30 p.m.). Bishop Jaime Soto will preside.

--7:30 a.m. Mass of Chistmas in English.

--9 a.m. Mass in English with Bishop Soto presiding.

--11 a.m. Mass of Christmas in English with the Cathedral choir providing music.

--1 p.m. Mass of Christmas in Spanish.


On Sunday, Dec. 28, Bishop Soto will celebrate the 1 p.m. Mass in Spanish. This is the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Joseph and Mary.


Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, (vigil) will be celebrated on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 5:10 p.m. On Thursday, Jan. 1, there will be a 10 a.m. bilingual Mass and no Mass at 12:10 p.m. or 5:10 p.m. Jan. 1 is a holy day of obligation.


The sacrament of penance is offered Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to noon and on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. For more information, call the Cathedral office at (916) 444-3071.


For those who are homebound, Heart of the Nation will televise Christmas Mass on Sacramento Faith TV (At&T Channel 14, Comcast Channel 20 and SureWest/Consolidated Channel 19) at 7 a.m. on Dec. 25. The Mass will also be online on Dec. 24 and 25 at www.HeartoftheNation.org.


The celebrant for the TV Mass is Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee, in St. Francis de Sales Seminary chapel in Milwaukee. Heart of the Nation provides the Christmas Mass and weekly Sunday TV Mass for the pastoral care of Catholics who cannot get to church.


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





Holy Innocents

join bishop myron J. cotta

Feast of the Holy Family candelight rosary procession and Mass for sanctity of life held Dec. 28 in Sacramento


On the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph on Sunday, Dec. 28, the public is invited to attend a candlelight rosary procession and Mass to pray for the sanctity of life and to remember the Holy Innocents and unborn children victims of abortion.


Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta and Father Michael O’Reilly, rector of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento, will participate. The event is sponsored by the respect life group of the Cathedral.


At 5:30 p.m. participants are invited to gather with Bishop Cotta and Father O’Reilly to light their candles in front of the steps of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, located at 1017 11th Street, and at 6 p.m. begin a procession through the streets to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, located at 711 T Street. The rosary procession will wind its way through the streets of the city, pausing to pray for life in front of the state Capitol and the Sacramento County courthouse.


Bishop Cotta will preside at Mass in Our Lady of Guadalupe Church at 7 p.m. Carpools will shuttle people back to their cars following the Mass. Participants are asked to dress warmly and bring umbrellas if needed.


For more information about the procession and Mass, call Leticia Hilbert at (916) 519-0417.


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





Bishop Myron Cotta

sacramento catholic forum

Bishop Cotta to speak about Pope Francis and 'The Church of Mercy' on Thurs., Jan. 15


Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will speak at the Sacramento Catholic Forum luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Red Lion Hotel at the Woodlake Conference Center, located at 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento.


His topic will be “The Church of Mercy.” Collected from Pope Francis’ speeches, homilies and papers during the first year of his papacy, “The Church of Mercy” is the first Vatican-authorized book detailing his vision for the Catholic Church. From how to be citizens of the world to answering God’s call for evangelization, Pope Francis’ deep wisdom reminds the faithful that the church must joyfully bring God’s mercy wherever suffering, division or injustice exists. Bishop Cotta will discuss the Holy Father’s book and its message of hope, service and renewal.


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 www.saccatholicforum.org





People with candles

discern your spiritual gifts!

'Called and Gifted' workshop offered on Jan. 9-10 at St. John the Baptist Parish, Chico


The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis is partnering with St. John the Baptist Parish to present the “Called and Gifted” workshop from the Catherine of Siena Institute on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9-10, at the parish, located at 435 Chestnut St. in Chico.


The workshop was founded by Sherry Wedell, author of “Forming Intentional Disciples,” and is designed to help laypeople discern the gifts they have received through baptism and confirmation and call them to serve. “Called and Gifted” is a two-day live presentation that includes church teaching on the laity and lay apostleship; the nature of spiritual gifts, call and vocation; and how to undertake the process of discernment. The workshop will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, with Mass at 8:30 a.m. The cost to attend is $15 per person.


According to Kevin Staszkow, director of the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis, the diocese is partnering with parishes this year to offer this workshop, “with the goal of empowering and activating the laity to live their lives as intentional disciples of Christ, serving the parish and the world and evangelizing others,” he said.


For more information about the workshop and to register as an individual or parish group online, visit the link below. Questions can be directed to Karen Munroe at the parish at (530) 343-8741 or Lourdes Ramirez at the Diocesan Pastoral Center at (916) 733-0123.


bullet with text Click here to register online for the "Called and Gifted" workshop on Jan. 17-18





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Honoring leaders in outreach

and evangelization to youth

and Young adults

Nominate today for Diocese

of Sacramento's Marello Leadership Awards


The tradition continues! The Diocese is pleased to partner once again with the Marello Youth Retreat Center in Loomis for the presentation of the Marello Leadership Awards. Now in its fourth cycle, these always help the diocese identify individuals who are making a difference in their outreach and evangelization of youth and young adults.


Please consider nominating individuals in your parish whom you know, and witness, in the delivery of excellent youth and young adult ministry. Two distinct awards allow you to focus on either youth ministry, young adult ministry or both. See the link below for a flyer and a form to submit via mail or fax, or you may nominate online at www.nominateyouth.org. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 1.


The Marello Leadership Awards will be presented at a special reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday,  Feb. 21 at the Marello Youth Retreat Center in Loomis. Mark Hart, executive vice president for Life Teen International, will be the featured speaker, preceding the presentation of the awards. His topic will be “How to Serve in Youth Ministry Without Losing Your Joy.” The evening will include a reception, followed by evening prayer, Hart’s presentation and the awards. Space is limited, so register today at http://scddec.org/events/hart0215.


bullet with text Link here to download a flyer about the Marello Leadership Awards and event on Feb. 21

bullet with text Link here for more information about the Marello Youth Retreat Center in Loomis





Top Hat award

exemplary servant leadership

Vincentians gather at Top Hat dinner to present service awards to honor members


More than 250 members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in the diocese gathered Dec. 7 for the annual “Top Hat” dinner to reflect on the Vincentians’ accomplishments during 2014.


Several awards were presented at the dinner. At left, Paul Starkey, president of the Sacramento Diocesan Council, congratulates John Hallissy, who served as SVDP president for the past six years, with the Emmanuel Bailey Award, which recognizes a council president for exemplary servant leadership.


Jay Barry, of the conference at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Carmichael, received the Top Hat Award, recognizing his many years of service to the society. The award is named to honor the society’s principal founder, Frederic Ozanam, who was known to wear a top hat in 19th century Paris, France. Barry has demonstrated exemplary Vincentian virtues in service to the poor.


Holy Family Parish in Weed received the Blessed Sister Rosalie Rendu Award for excellence, with Brendan Butler accepting the award. The award is named for a Daughter of Charity who was performing Vincentian acts of charity in Paris before the first conference was formed.


To learn more about the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the Diocese of Sacramento, visit www.svdp-sacramento.org.





Kids in youth ministry

earn your certificate!

Youth ministry leaders invited to attend two-year certification process beginning in January


Youth ministry leaders in parishes are invited to youth ministry certification courses that will begin in January.


“As part of Bishop Jaime Soto’s diocesan strategic plan, we are committed to certifying 30 ministers in advanced level training in youth ministry,” says Kevin Staszkow, director of the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis, in a letter to pastors in the diocese. “By encouraging your youth ministry team to complete their certificate in youth ministry, you will be creating a more comprehensive youth ministry in your parish and helping the diocese meet the goals of the strategic plan.”


The certificate in youth ministry 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 offered over a period of two years. Each weekend, the participants in the program receive resources for parish implementation of “Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry” (USCCB, 1997). The first course for year one is “Principles of Youth Ministry” on Jan. 17-18 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, located at 2110 Broadway in Sacramento.

bullet with text Click here to download the flyer with information about the Youth Ministry Certification program

bullet with text Click here to register online for the Youth Ministry Certification program





Theology of Body retreat

Theology of the Body

Retreat weekend offered for teens and youth ministers at Marello Youth Retreat Center in Loomis Jan. 16-18


The Oblates of St. Joseph will offer a “Theology of the Body” retreat weekend for teens ages 14-17 and their youth ministers on Jan. 16-18 at Marello Youth Retreat Center, located at 6530 Wells Ave. in Loomis.


Participants will be introduced to Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and how to unfold the pope’s theology in understandable terms for teenagers.


The cost for the weekend retreat is $60 per person, which includes meals on Saturday and Sunday. Participants are asked to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Individual parishes/chaperones must collect funds and coordinate a group payment to the Marello Youth Retreat Center due by Jan. 7.


For more information, call Lynette Magnino at (916) 652-6155 or email your inquiry to info@marelloyrc.org.


bullet with text Link here to download a flyer about the Theology of the Body retreat weekend

bullet with text Link here to download an application for the retreat weekend





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2015 Year of consecrated Life

California Catholic bishops'

statement honors those leading consecrated lives


In a statement released Nov. 29, the Catholic bishops of California joined with Pope Francis and the worldwide Catholic Church in honoring the women and men who fulfill their baptismal vocation by formally consecrating their lives to service, prayer and care for others.


"The sisters, brothers and priests in contemplative communities, apostolic institutes and religious orders are a gift to us all," the bishops said. "They are a living example to others. They daily bring the joyful Gospel message to our world. Their fidelity to vows of poverty, chastity and obedience enriches the life of the Church." To read the entire statement in English or Spanish, visit the link below.


As the Catholic Church celebrates the Year of Consecrated Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations is promoting “Days with Religious” initiatives and resources to help families learn about the consecrated life of religious men and women. Activities will focus on sharing experiences of prayer, service and community life with those living a consecrated life.


Pope Francis proclaimed 2015 a Year of Consecrated Life, starting on the First Sunday of Advent, the weekend of Nov. 29, and ending on Feb. 2, 2016, the World Day of Consecrated Life. The year also marks the 50th anniversary of Perfectae Caritatis, a decree on religious life, and Lumen Gentium, the Second Vatican Council’s constitution on the church. Its purpose, as stated by the Vatican, is to “make a grateful remembrance of the recent past” while embracing “the future with hope.”


bullet with text Link here to read the entire text of the CA bishops' statement in English and Spanish

bullet with text Link here for videos and resources from the USCCB on the Year of Consecrated Life

bullet with text Link here to read a special report from Faith Catholic on the Year of Consecrated Life





Bishop Cotta blesses vineyards

with three varieties of grapes

Bishop Cotta blesses new vineyards at Calvary Cemetery in Sacramento


Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta, joined by Deacon Richard Driggs of St. Clare Parish in Roseville, formally blessed the new vineyard at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Sacramento on

Nov. 14.


For the past several months, a portion of the empty land on the east side of the mausoleum at Calvary Catholic Cemetery was cleared and converted to become a vineyard, which will eventually produce altar wine for local parishes. At the blessing, Steve Koch of K&M Vineyards, the farmer contracted to install and cultivate the vines, noted that there are three varieties of grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Primitivo and Malbec) on the 9.3 acres, with a total of about 7,543 individual plants.


The history of Calvary Catholic Cemetery dates to 1953, when Bishop Robert Armstrong consecrated more than 53 acres in Sacramento/Citrus Heights area to be used exclusively as holy ground for burying the dead and to allow the living to memorialize them. In the future, Calvary Catholic Cemetery will also be the site of a funeral center operated by the Diocese of Sacramento.


bullet with text Link to more information about Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services in Sacramento





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assisting people in need

Annual Catholic Appeal releases its 2014 'Report of Gratitude' to parishioners


Bishop Jaime Soto invites all parishioners to view the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal “Report of Gratitude” by visiting www.tcfsac.org.


Bishop Soto notes in the report: “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, we think of you, or donors. Thank you for your support this year. Please take a moment to see the difference you’ve made in 2014.”


The report shares details about how parish participation has impacted the lives of thousands of people in need of assistance. The 2014 ACA is approaching $3 million from nearly 19,000 Catholics in the Diocese of Sacramento. The Catholic Foundation is till accepting donations for 2014. You can donate online by visiting www.tcfsac.org. Twenty-five percent of ACA donations are returned to each individual parish for their own outreach to people who need help.


bullet with text Click here to read the 2014 "Report of Gratitude"





David Gasman hands over gavel

a dedicated presence in redding

Deacon David Gasman

steps down as NVCSS board president after 27 years

of volunteer service


On Nov. 10, after nearly 27 years of volunteer service to Northern Valley Catholic Social Service’s board of directors, Deacon David Gasman (at right in photo) stepped down from his role as board president.


Deacon Gasman has been part of NVCSS since it was founded in May 1986, and was elected board president in April 1988.  He is responsible for hundreds of tours of the agency in Shasta County and has been an integral part of many successful fundraising campaigns and events. He and his family have contributed significantly to the NVCSS endowment fund, which will allow the agency to develop new programs in the future that align with the mission of NVCSS when no other funding sources are available.


“Change is expected after 26-plus years of service to the agency, but change can be supportive to its future growth,” he noted. He will continue to participate on the board as past president and remain active in other volunteer roles from “tour guide” to member of the finance committee and housing board.


Keith Hunting, a certified public accountant, has been appointed as president of the board of directors. He has been a member of the NVCSS board for the past 16 years and has served as vice-chair for the past 10 years. He also serves the agency by participating on the finance committee, chairing the investment committee, and is a member of the housing board and board of directors’ nominating committee.


bullet with text Link to the website of Northern Valley Catholic Social Service




Catholic Herald magazine

digital edition on this website

Nov/Dec issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published; theme is family faith practices


The November-December 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 family faith practices. The magazine features a cover story and interview with Jane Lee, a member of St. John the Baptist Parish in Folsom, and founder of "God's Heart and Hands," a ministry that is devoted to "illuminating and restoring the significance of motherhood's contribution to the world." Through speaking engagements, workshops and social media, she works to create an awareness of and support for motherhood and its influence on society.


Other feature stories include a story on ten ways to help your children embrace their Catholic faith; on how family prayer and faith formation reap rewards for parents and children at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Carmichael; on how three parishes impart effective ways to make family catechesis happen; on how Dorothy O'Neil and fellow mosaic makers created a mural of St. Anthony at St. Anthony Parish in Winters; and how Marie Stricker, longtime liturgical music director at Sacred Heart Parish in Red Bluff, finds joy in "praying twice."


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




Holy Family Church destroyed

still accepting donations

Victims of Boles Fire assisted by Northern Valley Catholic Social Service with essentials


Father Joshy Mathew, CMI, parochial administrator of Holy Family Parish in Weed, has announced that weekend Masses are continuing to be held at the Ford Theater at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed (until further notice). The location is at 800 College Ave. Masses are celebrated at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.

on Sunday.


The destructive Boles Fire destroyed Holy Family Church and Hall in Weed on the afternoon of Sept. 15. The brick and wood church was built in 1967. The fire damaged or destroyed 154 structures and burned 479 acres.


Thanks to the generosity of people from throughout Northern California and across the country, Northern Valley Catholic Social Service has been able to serve those affected by the Boles Fire. To date, NVCSS has provided rent payment and utility bill assistance, purchased new major appliances, offered free mental health counseling, replaced windows and siding, and given gift cards to help fire victims purchase essential household items, food and clothing.


Holy Family Parish burningNorthern Valley Catholic Social Service (NVCSS) is still accepting donations in response to many inquiries from people who want to offer help.  Personal donations may be sent to:


Northern Valley Catholic Social Service

c/o Weed Fire Fund/Disaster Relief

2400 Washington Ave.

Redding, CA 96001



bullet with text Link to KCRA News story with Father Joshy Mathew, CMI

bullet with text Link to Northern Valley Catholic Social Service





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