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'merciful jesus, i trust in you'

Divine Mercy Sunday Mass celebrated at Cathedral in Sacramento on April 27


Bishop Jaime Soto will be the celebrant and homilist of the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass on Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, located at 11th and K Streets in Sacramento.


Preceding the Mass at 2:15 p.m., the sacrament of penance will be available, and there will be veneration of the Divine Mercy image and relic of St. Faustina. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be sung at 2:30 p.m. with soloist Lola Krist, accompanied by organist Rex Rallanka.


A short reception with ice cream and cookies will follow the Mass in the Cathedral hall at 4 p.m. Those attending are asked to use alternate street parking or the garage at 10th and L Streets if attending. The cost of the parking garage is $5.


Divine Mercy Sunday falls on the Sunday immediately following Easter and is dedicated to the devotion to the Divine Mercy promoted by the Polish nun, St. Faustina Kowalska, who was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000. The late pope designated the Sunday after Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday and also decreed a plenary indulgence associated with this devotion.


bullet with text Click here to download a flyer with information about the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass

bullet with text Click here for the website of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament for more information





Catholic Home Missions Appeal

collection in parishes april 26-27

Catholic Home Missions Appeal serves U.S. dioceses in need of pastoral programs


The 2014 Catholic Home Missions Appeal will be taken up in parishes of the Sacramento Diocese during liturgies the weekend of April 26-27, helping to bridge the gap for isolated parishes and missions in dioceses and eparchies across the United States and in the U.S. territories of the Caribbean and Pacific islands.


The annual appeal is the primary source of funding for grants from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions. In the United States, 44 percent of all dioceses and eparchies currently receive support from the appeal for basic and essential pastoral programs such as evangelization, catechesis, seminary formation and lay leadership training.


Grants from the Catholic Home Missions Appeal help support 84 struggling dioceses and strengthen the church here at home. The needs of mission dioceses are diverse. For instance, the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee covers 18 counties in the Florida panhandle; three counties do not have a resident priest, and one county does not have a Catholic church. Vast physical distances, a rocky economy and a highly diverse ethnic population are also challenges. The Catholic Home Missions Appeal helps the diocese provide support for programs in 57 parishes and missions.


More information on the Catholic Home Missions Appeal and the projects it funds can be found at www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/catholic-home-missions-appeal/





Canonization of two popes

sainthood for two popes

Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II to be canonized on Sunday


The canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, will mark a historic moment for the Catholic Church.


To explore the meaning of the lives of these modern-day spiritual heroes, the U.S. bishops’ Office for Media Relations asked several persons to reflect on the contributions of these two popes.


Writers include Bishop Jaime Soto, who reflects on the life of Pope John Paul II, scholars and theologians – Catholic, Orthodox and Jewish – and media personnel involved in coverage of the much-travelled Pope John Paul II.


Read Bishop Soto’s reflection and the reflections of other writers at http://www.usccb.org/about/leadership/holy-see/canonizations-john-xxiii-john-paul-ii.cfm


bullet with text Read the special report from Faith Catholic/Catholic Herald Magazine on "Sainthood for Two Popes"

bullet with text Read the article from Catholic News Agency, "John XXIII and John Paul II linked by love of dialogue with the world"





Colfax camp

submit your ideas!

Here's your chance to name the diocese's new property

for summer camp and youth/young adult retreats


The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis encourages your participation in naming a new property purchased by the Diocese of Sacramento, located at 28000 Rollins Lake Road in Colfax.


In the summer of 2015, the diocese will be moving its summer camp programs to this new property. It will also be open year-round as a retreat center for youth and young adult ministry groups from parishes and other Catholic organizations.


The property and facilities currently do not have a name. Come up with a winning name and win two vouchers good for a free week at camp during the summer of 2015 or a free retreat offered by the Diocese of Sacramento.


For more information and entry submission, visit www.bit.ly/nameourplace. Submit your name entry today! Entries are due by Friday, May 9 and a name will be announced by June 1.


bullet with text Link here to download a flyer with more information and to share with others





Child Abuse Prevention Month

april is child abuse prevention month

Preventing child abuse is everyone's responsibility


During April, Child Abuse Prevention Month will be marked in parishes and dioceses across the United States, including parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento.


The diocese’s Safe Environment Program, as those in dioceses across the nation, requires education for minors on how to protect themselves from harm, as well as background screening and training for adults on appropriate relationships with youth in their care.


In 2002, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops implemented the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The Charter mandated dioceses throughout the country to develop “safe environment” programs and policies and 17 articles that each diocese implemented. To read the charter in its entirety, visit the link below.


In the last 12 years, the Diocese of Sacramento has strengthened its commitment to keeping children and young people safe. The diocese has implemented both background check guidelines as well as training programs for adults and children.


The diocese has established Code of Conduct and Sexual Misconduct polices and guidelines for adults working with children and developed education materials for Child Abuse Prevention Month and provided several informative documents for parents. All of these publications are on the diocesan website at www.scd.org.


“These policies and trainings, for both adults and children, heighten our awareness, help us recognize danger signals, teach us how to avoid risky situations and remind us to take appropriate action should trouble arise,” says Katita Schloemann, safe environment coordinator for the diocese. “Working together, we can teach our children to trust the adults in their lives and know who they can count on to provide a safe environment where they can grow, learn and discover themselves as unique and irreplaceable gifts of God.”


bullet with text Link to access Child Abuse Prevention Month resources from the USCCB

bullet with text Link to access safe environment policies, training and resources from the Diocese of Sacramento





Rose Sweet

info on parish-based ministry

'The Catholic's Divorce Survival Guide' training offered at three sites May 10


The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis will co-host a workshop with Ascension Press on Saturday, May 10, titled “Healing the Divorced – Healing the Church: The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide” training.


The workshop is being offered for clergy and laity or anyone who helps or wants to help divorced and separated Catholics. The training is a great opportunity to start or strengthen a parish-based ministry to divorced and separated Catholics.


Rose Sweet, an author and recognized authority on divorce, annulments and relationships, will be the keynote speaker. She has given hundreds of presentations, including at the National Conference of Separated and Divorced Catholics and the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers.


The training will equip participants to start, run and lead one of the most underserved groups in the church. The training will help you:


--Understand what is really going on in the hearts of the divorced and separated;

--Meet their emotional needs;

--Provide answers to their tough questions;

--Let them know that they are not alone.


The training will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, located at 2110 Broadway in Sacramento, and at two video-conference sites: Our Divine Savior Parish, located at 566 E. Lassen Ave. in Chico, and Our Lady of Mercy Parish, located at 2600 Shasta View Drive in Redding.


The cost is $55 per person, with advance registration online or postmarked by April 28. After that date, registration is $65 per person. Registration includes leader’s materials, lunch and snacks/beverages throughout the day. Visit the link below for online registration.


For more information, contact Amy Fontecchio at (610) 873-2017 or afontecchio@ascensionpress.com or Steve Patton at Spatton@scd.org.


bullet with text Click here to register online for the May 10 training

bullet with text Click here to download an informational flyer about the May 10 training





Mother and daughter

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 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, 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 location on the date listed below:

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 spatton@scd.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.


bullet with text Link to www.mother-daughterprogram.com to register online for English and/or Spanish sessions

bullet with text Link to more information about the program in English and Spanish





Youths in church in prayer

Connection, awareness, prayer

Vocation discernment training to be offered May 12, June 2 and June 9 at three sites


Vocation discernment training will be offered by the diocese’s Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations and the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis’ youth and young adult ministries on May 12, June 2 and June 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


On May 12, the training will be held at the Diocesan Pastoral Center at 2110 Broadway in Sacramento. On June 2, the training will be held at Holy Spirit Parish, located at 1050 North Texas St. in Fairfield. On June 9, the training will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, located at 2600 Shasta View Drive in Redding.


Those encouraged to attend are altar server coordinators, youth and young adult ministry coordinators, directors and coordinators of religious education and school principals, pastors and parish vocation committee members.


The CAPS (Connection, Awareness, Prayer and Retreats, and Stewardship) training will provide tools to parish leaders on how to be better prepared to assist youth and young adults in learning God’s will for their lives. The trainings will focus on how to promote a bond between ministries to better support each other and youth who are seeking Christ in their lives.


For more information or to register for one of these free trainings, call Marisela Smith at (916) 733-0258 or send an email inquiry to msmith@scd.org.


bullet with text Link to download a flyer about the CAPS training sessions in May and June





priests ordained

'witness to the truth'

World Day of Prayer for Vocations to be celebrated

on Sunday, May 11


The Vatican has set the 51st World Day for Vocations for May 11, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, commonly known as Good Shepherd Sunday.

The theme for this year’s celebration, which falls on Mother’s Day this year, is “Vocations, Witness to the Truth.”

Pope Francis, in a statement for the occasion said that “No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love.”

The entire papal message is available in both English and Spanish at www.usccb.org/vocations along with other resources from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.


Resources include videos of priests and religious men and women giving witness to their vocations, videos of testimonies from parents whose children have answered a vocation to the priesthood and consecrated life, prayers and discernment resources for men and women, down-loadable lesson plans for educators and retreat resources for parishes.


bullet with text Link to more information and resources about World Day of Prayer for Vocations

bullet with text Link to information from the diocese's Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations





Dick Jenkins

sacramento Catholic Forum

Dick Jenkins of Immaculate Heart Radio to speak May 15 on 'From Secular Radio to Catholic Radio to Catholic'


Dick Jenkins, general manager of the Immaculate Heart Radio Network, will speak at the Sacramento Catholic Forum luncheon on Thursday, May 15 at the Red Lion Hotel at the Woodlake Conference Center, located at 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento.


His topic will be “From Secular Radio to Catholic Radio to Catholic: It Only Took 39 Years!" Jenkins came to Immaculate Heart Radio in November 2011 with 39 yeras of radio experience in both commercial and non-commercial radio. A Protestant, while serving as president/CEO of the K-LOVE and Air 1 radio networks, he helped take the organization from a single Christian radio station in Santa Rosa in 1986 to the largest Christian broadcasting network in the world, with 267 FM stations and 330 FM translators in 46 states.


In 2009, Jenkins retired and began a radio consulting business, which included assignments throughout the world. When his Catholic friend of 15 years, Doug Sherman, founder of Immaculate Heart Radio, asked him to come out of "semi-retirement" to help the Catholic network. Then, after two years of study, Jenkins came into the Catholic Church in 2013. He will share his compelling, passionate and inspiring story at the luncheon.


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 Link here to the Sacramento Forum website to pre-register online for this event





Camp Pendola

fun-filled experience for youth

Camp Pendola offers summer sessions beginning in June


Camp Pendola, the official summer camp of the Diocese of Sacramento, is accepting registrations for the 2014 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 15, 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 22-25 for girls entering first or second grade; teen canoe trips (June 22-28 for girls and July 13-19 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 Lori Rosene at (916) 733-0141 or e-mail to Lrosene@scd.org. Some scholarships are available and Camp Pendola offers multi-child or multi-week discounts. The early bird discount ends May 15.


bullet with text Link here to the website of Camp Pendola for informaiton and online registration





Theology of Body logo

Pope John Paul II's Theology of body

Retreat weekend offered for teens, youth ministers May 16-18 at Marello Youth Center


The Oblates of St. Joseph will offer a “Theology of the Body” retreat weekend for teens ages 14-17 and their youth ministers on May 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. Participants are asked to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Individual parishes/chaperones will collect funds and coordinate a group payment to the Marello Youth Retreat Center due by May 16. All registrations for the retreat are due by May 2.


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


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

bullet with text Click here to download a registration and application to attend the retreat





Bishop Cotta ordained

motto is 'grace and mercy'

'Thanks be to God': Bishop Myron J. Cotta is ordained

as new auxiliary of diocese


What began in prayerful reflection ended in jubilant celebration as Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta of Sacramento was ordained in a packed Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament March 25 on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.


More than 1,200 Catholics filled the Cathedral in downtown Sacramento to witness the ordination Mass. Dozens of Bishop Cotta’s fellow priests, co-workers, family members and friends from the Diocese of Fresno, where he has served as priest for the past 26 years, were among those attending.


The Mass began with a procession of more than 300 priests from the Sacramento and Fresno Dioceses, joined by some 30 archbishops and bishops from across California.


Bishop Cotta was consecrated by the laying on of hands by three bishops: Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento as the principal consecrating bishop, with co-consecrators Bishop Armando X. Ochoa of Fresno, and Bishop Joseph Madera, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of the Military Services, who ordained Bishop Cotta to the priesthood in 1987. Also witnessing the ordination were Bishop Emeritus Francis A. Quinn and Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand of Sacramento.


In his remarks at the conclusion of the ordination Mass, which included Scripture readings proclaimed in Spanish and Portuguese, Bishop Cotta, the grandson of Portuguese immigrants, acknowledged the applause that he received several times from the jubilant congregation. He said he was humbled by the call to the episcopacy from Pope Francis. He thanked his family, including his mother, brother and two sisters, for their love and support of his priestly ministry.


“All of my family and friends from all the places I have served over the years – all of you have helped form me,” he said. “I thank God for the gift of faith, family and friends – all important aspects in anybody’s life. The faith that God entrusts me with and was nourished by the church was given to me in a special way by my grandparents, who immigrated to California from the Azores with courage and faith. They shared that faith with us, and that’s how this all started. God graced them with perseverance in the call of what it means to be a Christian.”


bullet with text Link here to read the rest of this story

bullet with text Link here to view a gallery of photos from the evening prayer service on March 24

bullet with text Link here to view a gallery of photos from the Mass of Ordination on March 25

bullet with text Link to read the full text of Bishop Soto's homily from the ordination Mass

bullet with text Link to download or view the worship program for the Mass of Ordination





CH magazine March-April 2014

digital edition on this website

March-April issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published; theme is ecumenism and Eastern Catholic churches


The March-April 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 ecumenism and Eastern Catholic churches. The magazine features a cover story and interview with Bishop-designate Myron J. Cotta, the Diocese of Sacramento's new auxiliary bishop. He will assist Bishop Jaime Soto in ministering to the more than 980,000 Catholics spread over 42,000 square miles in the 20 counties of the diocese. He will be ordained to the episcopacy on March 24 in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento.


Other feature stories include a story on the growing Syro-Malabar Catholic community at Infant Jesus Church in the diocese; a story on Solano County parishes embracing the "Common Ground" ecumenical effort to improve their communities; how Deacon Michael Evans and Sacred Heart Parish in Anderson carry out ecumenical ministry at Anderson-Cottonwood Christian Assistance; volunteers from Sacred Heart Parish in Red Bluff join in the ecumenical effort, "The Lord's Table" lunch for the needy; how Holy Wisdom Eastern Catholic Parish hopes Ukrainian Catholics will "come home"; and how members of Our Lady of the Rosary Maronite Catholic Church in Carmichael know about religious persecution firsthand.


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 2014

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





youth ministry kids

register now!

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 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:


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 lramirez@scd.org. See the links below also for more information and to register.


bullet with text Link here to register online for the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program

bullet with text Link here to download a flyer about the course on April 26-27