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seminarians and priests basketball game

May 17 at Christian Brothers H.S.

Seminarians will challenge priests in second annual 'Sacramento Classic' game


The second annual “Sacramento Classic” basketball challenge, featuring a competitive game between the Diocese of Sacramento’s priests and its seminarians, will be held on Tuesday, May 17 at Christian Brothers High School, located at 4315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Sacramento (inside Ron Limeberger Gym).


Father Jovito Rata, diocesan director of vocations, will coach the seminarians, and Father Rey Bersabal, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Folsom, will coach the diocesan priests.


The public is invited to attend and watch the seasoned priests’ team play the hard-driving seminarians’ team and cheer on your favorite players, plus enjoy food, fun and excitement! Activities at half time will include a free throw competition and a performance by cheerleaders from St. Mary School in Sacramento.


All proceeds from the game will benefit seminarian formation and the promotion of vocations.

Admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for students (kindergarten through college) or six adult tickets for $40. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., followed by the game.


For more information and to purchase tickets, call the diocese’s Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations at ( 916) 733-0258. Tickets are also available at the following parishes: Holy Spirit in Fairfield; Our Lady of the Assumption in Carmichael;  St. Basil and St. Catherine of Siena in Vallejo; St. John the Baptist in Folsom; St. John Vianney in Rancho Cordova; St. Joseph in Elk Grove; St. Philomene and St. Rose in Sacramento; and St. Rose of Lima in Roseville.





Catholic Communication Campaign

collection in parishes May 6-7

Catholic Communication Campaign spreads the message of the Gospels at home and around the world


The Catholic Communication Campaign is an annual national collection to support evangelization through the internet, television, radio, and print publications. This collection will be taken up during liturgies in the Diocese of Sacramento on the weekend of May 7-8.


The Catholic Communication Campaign collection provided funds for unprecedented coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States and provides ongoing support for the USCCB website and Catholic News Service. Funds from this collection have also been used for family and ministry projects such as For Your Marriage, Por tu Matrimonio, audio podcasts of daily Scripture readings and myUSCCB.


“Without help from the Catholic Communication Campaign, the coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States would not have been possible,” said Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, Wash., chairman of the Committee on Communications’ Subcommittee on the Catholic Communication Campaign. “Through your generosity, the Gospel message has been lifted up in the media and conversations of people across the country and world.”


Fifty percent of funds collected remain in the Diocese of Sacramento to support local communications projects. The Catholic Communication Campaign also funds projects in developing nations where the local church lacks resources to spread the Gospel message.


Shareable resources for the collection are available online. More information about the Catholic Communication Campaign is available at www.usccb.org/ccc.





hands in prayer

9 p.m. in St. Mary Church, Sacramento

Liturgical commission offers sung Compline service May 9


The Diocesan Liturgical Commission's committee on sacred music invites you to a sung Compline service on Monday, May 9 at 9 p.m. in St. Mary Church, located at 1333 58th St. in Sacramento.


Since Vatican II, laypeople have been encouraged to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, or at least some part of them, every day. While a good number of people pray them privately, the Liturgy of the Hours is the prayer of the Catholic Church and meant to be done corporately as a public liturgical service.


These beautiful liturgies focus on the word of God, especially the Psalms, and hlep cultivate a spirit of contemplative prayer. Compline is the last Office of the Liturgy of the Hours and a fitting end to the day before retiring.


For more information, call James Cavanagh, director of the Office of Worship, at (916) 733-0221.




May-June Catholic Herald

digital edition on this website

May-June 2016 issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published; stories focus on living with mental illness


The May-June 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 living with mental illness. The cover story, "Anthony chooses to be part of the solution," features an interview with Anthony Da Vigo, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Sacramento. Coping with the mental illness of his son David, the oldest of his four children, has affected every aspect of Anthony's life over the past 40 years, walking through what he calls "the labyrinth of denial, recognition, acceptance, coping and advocacy."


Other feature stories include the compelling story of Dana Spears, who, after years of experiencing depression, suffering through denial and stress, as well as reaching out for help and treatment, is finding balance in her life and relying on her Catholic faith and the support of her parish community; an interview with Paul Seishas, a psychotherapist on staff at St. Joseph Parish in Elk Grove, whihc offers counseling and psychotherapy as a "service ministry" for the Catholic community; the story of Father Mervin Concepcion of St. Maria Goretti Parish in Elk Grove and Sacramento Police Lt. Roman Murrietta, who are building trust through community outreach and intervention in the "Cops and Clergy" program; and the stories of Raj DeRivera, Alex Estrella and Jeremy Santos, three seminarians for the Diocese of Sacramento, who will be ordained to the priesthood on June 4 in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.


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 2016

bullet with text Link to the website of Catholic Herald magazine, including the archive of issues published





Korean food festival

10 A.M. to 3 p.m. at St. Jeong-Hae Elizabeth Korean Catholic Church

Korean Catholic Community hosts food festival on May 14


The Korean Catholic Community of the diocese invites the public to attend the third annual Korean Food Festival on Saturday, May 14. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Jeong-Hae Elizabeth Korean Catholic Church, located at 9354 Kiefer Blvd. in Sacramento.


Catholics from Korea first formed a community in Sacramento in 1980. At first they met in homes, with Korean priests coming from San Francisco once a month to celebrate Mass. Then in 1993, the community received its first resident pastor from Korea. In 1997, the parish church was completed on Kiefer Boulevard. The parish has some 280 families. Father Sung Geun (Pius) Choi is the rector.


For more information, call the parish at (916) 368-9204 or Mary Seo at (916) 271-3671 or visit the parish website at www.sackcc.net.





youth hands in prayer

certificate in youth ministry course

'Fostering the Faith Growth of Youth through Justice and Service' offered on May 14-15


The Department of Evangelization and Catechesis is offering the course, "Fostering the Growth of Youth through Justice and Service," on Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15.


The course, part of the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies two-year ministry education program, is for adults in ministry with youth, ages 11 to 18, in both parish and school settings, to equip leaders with the knowledge, skills, practical tools and techniques needed to pormote personal, spiritual and ministerial growth. The couse explores the foundations for fostering a justice and service consciousness and spirituality in youth, drawn from Scripture, Catholic social teaching, adolescent development and contemporary catechetical principles. It develops skills for creating integrated, action-learning models for the justice and service component of a comprehensive youth ministry.


The presenter will be Jane Angha, coordinator of youth ministry services and project coordinator of Young Neighbors in Action for the Center for Ministry Development, who has worked in youth and young adult ministry.


For more information or to register, visit the link below or contact Jennifer Campbell at (916) 733-0135 or Jcampbell@scd.org. The cost to attend is $175 per person or group registration fee of $325.


bullet with text Link here for more information and to register for this course

bullet with text Link here to download a flyer about this course





Saints of Mercy relics

through June of 2016

Saints of Mercy relics tour being hosted by various parishes and schools


The Divine Mercy Support Network is coordinating the Saints of Mercy Relics Tour now through the end of June at various parishes and schools in the Diocese of Sacramento.


The tour includes 30 relics of saints, blessed from Rome. They are ordinary men, women and children who embraced Christ's call to holiness and discipleship by living lives of faith-filled mercy through daily life and service.


The Saints of Mercy Relics Tour includes booklets about the Jubilee Year of Mercy and the tour, which are beautifully-designed with hand-illustrated portraits of the saints and include prayers for the veneration of the saints and their relics.


For dates and locations of the tour, visit the link below. For additional information or questions, contact John Doering at (530) 677-2805 or at info@DivineMercySacramento.org.


bullet with text Link here for more information about the Saints of Mercy Relics Tour and dates and locations





Pope Francis

Document called 'The Joy of Love'

Share truth of family with mercy, help those struggling, Pope Francis says in postsynodal exhortation


The same mercy and patience that are essential for building a strong family must be shown to those whose families are in trouble or have broken up, Pope Francis said in his highly anticipated postsynodal apostolic exhortation.



The document, "'Amoris Laetitia' (The Joy of Love), on Love in the Family," released April 8, contains no new rules or  norms. However, it encourages careful review of everything related to family ministry and, particularly, much greater attention to the language and attitude used when explaining church teaching and ministering to those who do not fully live that teaching.


"No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love," Pope Francis wrote. People grow in holiness, and the church must be there to give them a helping hand rather than turn them away because they have not attained some degree of perfection.


The exhortation was Pope Francis' reflection on the discussion, debate and suggestions raised during the 2014 and 2015 meetings of the Synod of Bishops on the family. Like synod members did, the pope insisted that God's plan for the family is that it be built on the lifelong union of one man and one woman open to having children.


Synod members, including priests, religoius and laypeople service as experts and observers, talked about everything from varied cultural forms of courtship to marriage preparation and from the impoact of migration on families to elderly parents.


Pope Francis' document touches on all the issues raised at the meetings and gives practical advice on raising children, urges a revision of sex-education programs and decries the many ways the "disposable culture" has infiltrated family life and sexuality to the point that many people feel free to use and then walk away from others.


bullet with text Link here to rest of this story by Cindy Wooden of Catholic News Service

bullet with text Link here to read a special report from Faith Catholic on "The Joy of Love"

bullet with text Link here to read a statement from Archbishop Kurtz, president of the USCCB





Knights of Columbus check

from tootsie roll drive of fall 2015

Knights of Columbus Council 4970 contributes funds to assist Camp ReCreation


Members of the Knights of Columbus Council 4970 of Carmichael raised funds for Camp ReCreation last fall during their annual Tootsie Roll drive. In photo at left, members present a check of some $7,000 to support the camp with financial aid for campers who wish to attend one of the sessions in the summer of 2016.


Camp ReCreation has been serving people with developmental disabilities since 1983. Each year, Camp ReCreation provides a residential summer camp program and engaging year-round activities for its participants to inspire fun, friendship, social interaction and spiritual growth – all while creating valuable respite for parents and caregivers. Camp ReCreation also strives to increase the awareness and acceptance of persons with developmental disabilities in the greater community.


bullet with text Link here for more information from the website of Camp ReCreation





2015 Diocesan Directory

searchable PDF on this website

Diocese of Sacramento 2015 Directory still available


You can still purchase a 2015 edition of the Diocese of Sacramento Directory.


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 2015 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 2015 Diocese of Sacramento Directory