Bishop Cotta to give opening prayer
Divine Mercy Conference set for Oct. 4 in Sacramento
The ninth annual Divine Mercy Conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Divine Mercy Parish, located at 2231 Club Center Drive in Sacramento. All are invite to attend the parish’s morning Mass at 8:30 a.m. and the vigil Mass at 5 p.m.
Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will give the opening prayer at the conference at 9:30 a.m. He will also offer commentary on the message of Divine Mercy. Bishop Cotta will celebrate Saturday Mass in the church at 8:30 a.m.
The conference will include speaker Sister Ann Shields, host of a popular daily radio program, Food for the Journey. Sister Ann also is the author of the “Spiritual Fitness” column that is sometimes featured from Faith Catholic in Catholic Herald Magazine.
Marian Brother Kevin Gregorek also joins presenters with a wealth of experience in organizing and directing regional and national Divine Mercy events. He’ll share insights from his participation in the recent World Apostolic Congress of Mercy.
Save $5 with advance registration and pay only $20. Onsite registration is $25.
at presentation parish in sacramento
'Called and Gifted' workshop offered on Oct. 10-11 to help laypeople discern their gifts
The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis is partnering with Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish to present the “Called and Gifted” workshop from the Catherine of Siena Institute on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11, at the parish, located at 4123 Robertson Ave. in Sacramento.
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 4:309 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, it is the intention of the diocese to partner with four 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 Sid Curry at Presentation Parish at (916) 482-8883 or Lourdes Ramirez at the Diocesan Pastoral Center at (916) 733-0123.
mass with Bishop Weigand On Oct. 12
St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Vallejo celebrating 50th anniversary with events
St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Vallejo, established in 1964, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with several events during 2014. Since May, the parish has hosted monthly liturgical celebrations to mark its 50th year, followed by fellowship receptions.
“During these events, we have honored the surviving founding parishioners, the priests who have served in the parish, and our school’s former and current principals, faculty and staff, as well as recalling significant events which occurred over the past 50 years,” said Elaine Rairden, chair of the parish’s pastoral council.
The parish was established on Sept. 24, 1964 and the first Sunday Mass was celebrated on Oct. 8 that year. On Sunday, Oct. 12, Bishop Emeritus William K. Weigand will preside at the noon Mass to commemorate the first Sunday Mass in 1964. After Mass, there will be a raffle drawing for a 2014 Toyota plus other prizes, and a ceremony placing historic items in a time capsule to be opened in 2064. A fellowship reception will also follow Mass.
'we are part of god's creation'
As fall begins and drought continues, California's bishops renew their call for prayers and conservation
In a statement issued Sept. 26, California's Catholic bishops have renewed their call for conservation and prayers as the state enters its fourth year of a record-setting drought.
"We are part of God's creation," they noted. "The shortage of water illustrates how precious, and sometimes precarious, that connection can be. Tens of thousands of jobs are at risk and the state's economy is straining, especially in the agriculture sector. The images of our neighbors homes, churches, businesses and communities destroyed by drought-intensified fires are even more heartbreaking.
"Californians have responded with support for fire victims, greater water conservation and realistic conversations on future water management. The solidarity and compassion that guide these efforts must become abiding habits of the heart as we discern the best way to ensure a sustainable future for the present and future generations of Californians."
october is respect life month
Theme for 2014-15 program
is 'Each of Us is a Masterpiece of God's Creation'
The U.S. bishops’ Respect Life Program begins anew each year on Respect Life Sunday, the first Sunday in October (Oct. 5 this year). The program is highlighted in liturgies and marked by special events.
In a statement to mark Respect Life Month, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., of Boston called for “community and solidarity” as an antidote to threats against life. Cardinal O’Malley chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
The cardinal’s statement launches this year’s Respect Life Program, with the theme, “Each of Us is a Masterpiece of God’s Creation.” This year’s theme echoes Pope Francis’ message during his 2013 Day for Life greeting. “Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect,” Pope Francis said.
“We want to be part of a society that makes affirmation and protection of human rights its primary objective and its boast,” Cardinal O’Malley. “Yet to women faced with an unexpected pregnancy, abortion is often presented as their only ‘choice.’ A large percentage of children pre-diagnosed as having Down syndrome are never given the chance to live outside their mothers’ wombs. Elderly members of our families fear they will become burdensome and seek physician-assisted suicide. We see these and many more of our brothers and sisters pushed to the periphery.”
Begun in 1972, the Respect Life Program stresses the value and dignity of human life. It is observed in Catholic dioceses throughout the United States. In addition to new prayers and other resources, the 2014-15 Respect Life Program features six articles highlighting the respect due to each person as a “masterpiece of God’s creation.” A variety of topics is treated: adoption, miscarriage, healing within marriage after an abortion, advance medical directives, the treatment of children as commodities, and the connection between poverty and abortion.
respect life month feature
Pro-life research center is getting more attention for its research in adult stem cells
More Catholics are beginning to take notice of a Catholic, pro-life medical research center founded by Dr. Alan Moy, a pioneer in medical research, who was featured in the September-October 2013 issue of Catholic Herald Magazine.
Moy is the founder of the nonprofit John Paul II Medical Research Institute based in Iowa City, Iowa. He cofounded the institute in 2006 with his wife Jeanne. He is a 1973 graduate of Holy Spirit School in Sacramento and a 1977 graduate of Christian Brothers High School. He’s achieved success as a clinician, academician, entrepreneur and scientist.
The recent ALS ice bucket challenge craze has netted nearly $100 million in donations for the ALS Association as celebrities and commoners alike are taking to social media, posting videos of themselves getting doused with ice-cold water and challenging four friends to do the same: Get an ice-cold soaking, make a donation, or both, all for the purpose of fighting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease.
But because the ALS Association has acknowledged conducting research using embryonic stem cells -- a practice opposed by the Catholic Church, and one the association said is funded by one specific donor and is coming to an end -- some individuals are making donations instead to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, which conducts ALS research without using such cells.
The institute focuses on developing core technologies that all diseases need, and doing this within a pro-life value system. Compared to what the ALS Association is pulling in from the challenge, the institute's income thus far has been, well, a drop in the bucket, but it represents a 100 percent increase in donations.
"Last year, we raised $170,000 of private donations, primarily through word of mouth, people we know. Because we're small, we don't have an organizer for marketing, a professional fund-raising organization," said Moy. "In the last 10 days, we've received exposure and that's doubled. That's pretty significant," he told Catholic News Service Aug. 29.
tour campuses, meet teachers
Six Catholic high schools in diocese host open houses for parents, students in October
Catholic high schools in the Sacramento Diocese will be hosting open houses during October for all prospective students and their families.
The open house provide an opportunity to tour the campuses, meet teachers, administrators and coaches, and to see clubs and academic teams offered at each high school.
The following is a listing of scheduled open houses:
-- Christian Brothers High School (coed), 4315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Sacramento: Sunday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Informational presentations at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Register online at www.cbhs-sacramento.org.
-- Cristo Rey High School (coed) will have an admissions information night. 6200 McMahon Dr., Sacramento: Thursday, Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information visit www.crhss.org.
-- Jesuit High School (all boys), 1300 Jacob Lane, Carmichael: Sunday, Oct. 19 from noon to 3 p.m. Pre-register at www.jesuithighschool.org.
-- Mercy High School (coed), 233 Riverside Way, Red Bluff. Friday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Spirit of Mercy” day for sixth, seventh and eighth graders, including tour of school and lunch. For more information visit www.mercy-high.org or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- St. Francis High School (all girls), 5900 Elvas Ave., Sacramento: Sunday, Oct. 12, from noon to 3 p.m. For more information visit www.stfrancishs.org.
-- St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School (coed), 1500 Benicia Road, Vallejo: Sunday, Oct. 26, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information visit www.spsv.org.
new staff member for diocese
Cecilia Flores serving as diocese's coordinator
for young adult ministry
and Pastoral Juvenil
Cecilia Flores has recently begun serving the Diocese of Sacramento in the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis as coordinator for young adult ministry and Pastoral Juvenil.
Flores is working closely with parish staffs, parish-based young adult ministries, movement-based young adult ministries, the Newman Catholic Centers, the diocese’s Office of Vocations, and other relevant diocesan departments to coordinate a collaborative and comprehensive ministry to young adults in their 20s and 30s in the diocese.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Flores was active in parish youth ministry during her teens and college years, serving as a youth group coordinator and also helping with planning and organization of Youth 2000 retreats. She received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy with minors in business administration and religion in 2008 from San Francisco State University.
In January 2009, she moved to Comayagua, Honduras to serve as a missionary with the Missioners of Christ community. She served in a variety of ministries there, including youth and young adult discipleship programs and retreats, and social work with women and youth who were at-risk or in dangerous living situations. She also served as a leader for “Corazon Puro,” an apostolate and formation program based on Pope John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body.”
While in Honduras, she was able to continue her studies online though St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. She graduated in June 2014 with a master’s degree in global development and social justice.
prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil
40 Days for Life campaign of prayer held through Nov.2
From Sept. 24 through Nov. 2, Catholics throughout the diocese will join with people of faith across the nation for the ecumenical campaign called “40 Days for Life.” The life-saving, prayerful and peaceful ministry is endorsed by Bishop Jaime Soto and all Catholics are encouraged to participate.
The fall 40 Days for Life will be held in Sacramento and other cities within the Diocese of Sacramento.
40 Days for Life features three components: prayer and fasting for an end to abortion; a peaceful vigil in front of abortion businesses; and community outreach. The aim of 40 Days for Life is to help women who are facing the challenges of an unsupported pregnancy with whatever they might need so that they are better able to choose life for their pre-born children, while also offering love and healing to anyone who has been hurt by abortion.
In Sacramento, participants will hold a prayerful presence at the sidewalk in front of Women’s Health Specialists at 1442 Ethan Way. Participants will be there Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free parking is available on Hallmark Drive.
For more information about 40 Days for Life, contact Susan Money at (530) 320-1614 or email@example.com. Other 40 Days for Life locations within the diocese include Redding, Chico, Yuba City, Fairfield, Vacaville and Vallejo. Please visit the link below for more information.
Northern Valley Catholic Social Service (NVCSS) accepting donations to assist disaster efforts
Boles Fire destroys Holy Family Church, Hall in Weed
Father Joshy Mathew, CMI, parochial administrator of Holy Family Parish in Weed, has announced that weekend Masses will 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.
Bishop Jaime Soto celebrated Mass on Saturday, Sept. 20 in the Ford Theater at the College of the Siskyous in Weed with parishioners and friends of Holy Family Parish in the wake of the destructive Boles Fire, which destroyed Holy Family Church and Hall in Weed on the afternoon of Sept. 15.
CAL FIRE reports that there were 154 structures damaged or destroyed by the Boles Fire, which burned 479 acres. Among the structures destroyed were Holy Family Church and Hall. The brick and wood church was built in 1967.
Bishop Soto asks for continued prayers for those affected by the wildfire. Water sources have been contaminated and the town is trying to recover from the fire in the weeks to come. Many families within the diocesan community are suffering enormous property losses.
In an interview with KCRA news, Holy Family Parish parochial administrator, Father Joshy Mathew, CMI, said that amid the tragedy and sadness, he would give thanks to God during Mass on Sept. 21. He will focus on being together and present with parishioners despite the losses. (View video clip at link below.)
Northern Valley Catholic Social Service (NVCSS) is 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
For college-age adults 18-35
Theology of the Body retreat at Marello Youth Retreat Center set for Oct. 24-26
Freedom to Love is a retreat experience that offers Saint John Paul II's masterwork “Theology of the Body” for college-aged students. The retreat is offered at Marello Youth Retreat Center in Loomis on Oct. 24-26 and delves into the mystery of God’s plan for love and life, emphasizing the sacredness of human relationship.
Father Sergio Perez, OSJ, will present the retreat specifically designed for young adults. In an age of sexual chaos, exploitation, broken families, and pain, Freedom to Love seeks to redefine authentic freedom within the context of Saint John Paul II’s message of love and human sexuality.
Participants, ages 18 through 35, are invited to submit a retreat application. Space is limited. The cost is $60 per person and includes meals. Applications must be received by Monday, Oct. 20.
the Calif. Safe neighborhoods act
California's Catholic bishops endorse Proposition 47 facing voters on November ballot
On behalf of all 12 California dioceses, the California Catholic Conference of Bishops Sept. 9 announced their endorsement of “The California Safe Neighborhoods Act,” which will appear as Proposition 47 on the November General Election Ballot.
The statement represents the unanimous endorsement of the state’s Catholic bishops and will be distributed to 10 million Catholics throughout California.
The California Safe Neighborhoods Act would implement much-needed sentencing reform and improve public safety by investing in victim assistance and prisoner rehabilitation.
The statement in favor of Proposition 47 is made by Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, who serves as president of the California Catholic Conference.
“All human life is sacred and, therefore, all social policies and actions in the realm of criminal justice – as with all of our individual and societal actions – must begin with respect for the life and dignity of the human person,” the statement reads. “In the context of criminal justice, this means that we must first stand in solidarity with victims. When families are shattered, communities are ripped apart and lives are destroyed.”
one campaign update
Catholics from across the diocese pledge $32.7 million
September 1 marked the 12th month of the ONE Campaign for the Diocese of Sacramento. To date, Catholics across the diocese have pledged over $32.7 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. While we are at 69 percent of goal, I remain optimistic that over the next three years we will exceed the goal of $50 million."
“The ONE Campaign provides an opportunity for parishes to fund their individual needs," Maya noted. "Your local parish has most likely shared with you how funds raised will help fund a local parish project. Twenty-five percent of every dollar raised is returned to the parish for local needs. Once a parish reaches its campaign goal, the percentage increases to 67 percent, giving even more back to the parish. Many parishes have figured out that success for the campaign means success for the parish. It can mean improved technology, facility repairs and upgrades, or new programs for evangelization and catechesis."
So far in the ONE Campaign, as of Sept. 1, the total number of donors is more than 11,775, 2.7 million service hours have been pledged and 6 million faith formation hours have been pledged.
local officials in attendance
Groundbreaking held for new funeral center at St. Mary's Cemetery in Sacramento
Bishop Jaime Soto presided at a recent blessing and groundbreaking service for the new funeral center to be built at St. Mary’s Cemetery, located at 6700 21st Ave. in Sacramento.
In photo above, joining in the groundbreaking are, left to right: Don Nottoli, Sacramento County Supervisor; Robert Seelig, CEO of Catholic Management Services; Mike Profumo, chairman of the Catholic Funeral and Cemetery board; Bishop Soto; Auxiliary Bishop Myron Cotta; Kevin McCarty, Sacramento City Council; Raymond Gierut, associate director, Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services; and Theresa Richards, client director, Catholic Management Services.
St. Mary’s Cemetery now offers immediate and advanced planning funeral services. The recently completed additions to St. Mary’s Cemetery offers families a wider selection of options, such as traditional upright monuments, traditional ground burials, family mausoleums, inside chapel glass niches, and niche columbarium. Mass is celebrated every Saturday at 10 a.m. to pray for the faithful departed buried here.
establishes scholarship in his name
St. Patrick's Academy in Sacramento dedicates bench on campus to Msgr. Edward Kavanagh for his legacy in Catholic education
In honor of his continued work for those in need, as well as his love of Catholic education, St. Patrick’s Academy, located at 5945 Franklyn Blvd. in Sacramento, recently installed a bench on campus dedicated to Msgr. Edward Kavanagh. Msgr. Kavanagh served as pastor of St. Rose Parish for 44 years before his retirement in 2006, and also from 1954 to 2005 as director of St. Patrick’s Home for Children. He served at St. Patrick’s as an associate pastor from 1948 to 1962.
The bench was placed in Mary’s Garden, focal point of the campus of St. Patrick’s Academy, “for all to use in times of reflection and celebration,” said Laura Allen, principal of St. Patrick’s Academy. “We wanted a place for all people to come and be reminded of the many blessings St. Patrick’s Home for Children and Msgr. Kavanagh have given the Sacramento community.” A dedication service for the bench took place on Aug. 25, the first day of school for students for the 2014-2015 school year.
The bench was made possible by the generosity of the women of Soroptimist Interational of Sacramento, Inc.
Allen also announced the establishment of the “Msgr. Edward J. Kavanagh Scholarship Fund” in honor of Msgr. Kavanagh. She said he has assisted hundreds of children over decades to receive a Catholic education -- many who would not have been able to afford tuition. Donations to this fund will be designated to assist needy families with tuition assistance so that their children may attend St. Patrick’s Academy. Those who wish to make donations can contact Joaquin Razo at (916) 421-4963, ext. 153. “Together we can continue Msgr. Kavanagh’s legacy and passion for Catholic education for all children,” Allen said.
(In photo above, left to right: Father Francisco Hernandez, chaplain of St. Patrick’s Academy and director of vocations for the Diocese of Sacramento; Nancy Wolford-Landers, parliamentarian of Soroptimist International; Phyllis Hayashi, president of Soroptimist International; and Laura Allen, principal of St. Patrick’s Academy.)
digital edition on this website
Sept.-Oct. issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published with theme of respect life
The September-October 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 respect life issues and the changing role of grandparents today. The magazine features a cover story and interview with Sharon Embrey of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Vallejo, who is a full-time mom to her grandkids, Jamey and Daniel. She has adopted her grandchildren as a result of her daughter's mental illness and drug addiction, which leaves her daughter unable to take care of and raise her children. Sharon is a regular presence at St. Catherine of Siena School, where Jamey is now in seventh grade and Daniel in third grade.
Other feature stories include a story on how public health expert, Dr. Stephen McCurdy of UC Davis, views life issues from both a scientific perspective and as a faithful Catholic; how teens Matthew Bajamundi and Julia Stromick, demonstrate pro-life leadership and activism at their high schools; how Susan Money, a member of St. Joseph Parish in Lincoln and the director of Sacramento 40 Days for Life, helped Jean Groth save the life of her son, Christopher; and how winemaker Aimee Sunseri and Trappist monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina are on a quest to become closer to God.
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.
opportunities to gather in faith
Events offered for young adults in diocese
Events for young adults will be offered in the coming months in the Diocese of Sacramento.
On Monday, Oct. 6, and Monday, Dec. 1, 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.
'a means of promoting the new evangelization'
Bishop Myron J. Cotta reflects on the annual Freeport/Clarksburg Festa in honor of the Holy Spirit
It has now been almost six months since my episcopal ordination as Auxiliary Bishop of Sacramento. During these months, I have become acquainted with many aspects of the Diocese of Sacramento: from getting to know the clergy and religious; attending several of our Catholic school events; and visiting the youth and faithful of the parishes throughout the diocese during the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
I have had the opportunity to meet many of the heads of leadership among the numerous boards, committees, councils, foundations, etc. that contribute to the life of our Diocese. It is a blessing to see the great number of people who give of their time and talent, not to mention their treasure, all for the sake of the Kingdom of God.
Shortly upon my arrival, I was introduced to the parish and the Portuguese community of St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Sacramento and later had the pleasure to accept the invitation of Father Dan Madigan to celebrate the annual Freeport/Clarksburg festa in honor of the Holy Spirit at St. Joseph Parish. Over the years, I have participated in many “festas,” but this was the first time celebrating a festa with the community as a newly-ordained bishop.
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.
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
—Nov. 8-9, 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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