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on Saturday, Aug. 29 in Orangevale

'Called and Gifted' for young adults — workshop will explore discernment process

Young adults are invited to deepen their relationship with Jesus and discover God’s plan for their lives.  On Saturday, Aug. 29, at Divine Savior Parish in Orangevale, participants will engage in the "Called & Gifted" discernment process and learn that every lay Christian, each baptized person — without exception — has been given a unique and deeply personal call to work with the Lord.


The workshop aims to give participants a new perspective on their lives and facilitate greater fulfillment in work and relationships. The Department of Evangelization and Catechesis is sponsoring the Called & Gifted workshop for young adults, which is facilitated by the Catherine of Siena Institute.


The workshop will be held at Divine Savior Parish, located at 9079 Greenback Lane in Orangevale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  All young adults, ages 18-39, are invited to participate. Cost is $30, which includes registration fee, lunch and materials.


Link below to register, or for more information contact Cecilia Flores at cflores@scd.org, or call (916) 733-0151.


bullet with text Register for Called and Gifted for Young Adults HERE

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Youth on a mission

'youth on a mission'

Youths from nine dioceses participate in discipleship training camp and mission


"Youth on a Mission: Nor Cal Discipleship Training" made its successful debut July 9-12, sending forth empowered leaders back to their parishes. A collaborative effort of the Dioceses of Fresno, Monterey, Oakland, Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa and Stockton, Youth on a Mission is a four-day discipleship training camp for Catholic teens.


At Youth on a Mission, youth encounter Christ, learn practical skills for servant leadership, discover God’s call to evangelize, be encouraged to be active in parish life, and be challenged to take the next step in their discipleship. The mission starts with youth ministers nominating teens who exhibit leadership qualities. Teens are then encouraged to apply and explain why they should be considered for the training. After a review process, teens are then notified of their spot.


The first Youth on a Mission welcomed 86 enthusiastic participants from across Northern California representing multiple parishes, with 19 of the teens from the Diocese of Sacramento. Their experience with Youth on a Mission has been overwhelmingly positive.


“It was an amazing experience and I learned a lot on how to lead prayer and be a core leader.” – Teen Disciple


“This was the first time I went on a retreat/camp where I have gone in believing in God and it was perfect timing. I really took everything that was said to heart.” – Teen Disciple


“It is awesome to find such spiritual teens who are taking the responsibility of helping the youth get closer to God.” – Youth Minister


For more information about Youth on a Mission, contact Jennifer Campbell at (916) 733-0100 or jcampbell@scd.org.


bullet with text Link here to view events in the diocese for youths at the website of icatholicyouth.com





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Liturgy Specialization Workshops begin in August at various sites

Comprehensive liturgical catechesis being offered for those involved in ministry

The Liturgical Commission of the Diocese of Sacramento in partnership with the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis will present a four-part series of workshops designed to provide comprehensive liturgical catechesis.  The training will be rooted in the teachings of the church and offer practical instruction and formation to anyone involved in liturgical ministry.


The program will result in 40 hours of training and complement the Basic Ministry Certificate.  While the Basic Ministry Certificate is not required to participate in the workshops, a working knowledge of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is expected.  The ultimate goal of the program is to facilitate and promote full and active participation in all liturgical celebrations, and to ensure that liturgical practices are consistent with the norms of the universal church, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Diocese of Sacramento.


Sessions will be held on Friday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various locations as follows:


Session 1: Aug. 28-29 These Sacred Mysteries: Foundations of Sacred Liturgy
(St. Anthony Parish, Sacramento)

Session 2: Oct. 23-24 Source and Summit: Sacraments of Initiation
(Holy Trinity Parish, El Dorado Hills)

Session 3: Jan. 22-23 Medicine of Mercy: Sacraments of Healing
(Holy Spirit Parish, Fairfield)

Session 4: March 4-5 The Joy of the Gospel: Sacraments in Service to the Church & the World(SS Peter & Paul Parish, Rocklin)


The cost to participate in the entire series is $100, or $35 per workshop.  Deadline for early registration is Aug. 14. Late registration per session is $45.


bullet with text Download information and registration form HERE for Liturgy Specialization workshops





2015 Diocesan Directory

searchable PDF on this website

Diocese of Sacramento 2015 Directory available to order


The 2015 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 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





Retired priests and Bishop Soto

Bishop Soto visits facility

Mercy McMahon Terrace in Sacramento celebrates 25 years of serving the elderly


Bishop Jaime Soto visited residents of Mercy McMahon Terrace July 16, including retired priests in residence there, to celebrate the facility's 25th anniverrsary.


Following the example of Sister Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, and her love and concern for the elderly, Mercy McMahon Terrace, located at 3865 J Street in Sacramento, was founded in 1990 as a licensed facility sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of Auburn to express the compassion of Christ by providing quality housing and services to the elderly. The staff enhances the dignity of the residents' lives by creating an environment with three levels of support that foster growth and healing, striving to promote their independence and autonomy.


Shown with Bishop Jaime Soto, left to right, are Father Sidney Hall, Bishop Emeritus Francis A. Quinn, Father Anthony Traynor and Msgr. Brendan O'Sullivan.


bullet with text Link here to visit the website of Mercy McMahon Terrace





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retreat for college-bound students

Students heading off

to college called to

recognize their role as 'guardians of the faith'


Young students leaving for college for the first time this fall are invited to register for a new retreat— College Bound: Guardians of the Faith. The overnight retreat occurs on Friday, Aug. 7 to Saturday Aug. 8 at Marello Youth Retreat Center, 6530 Wells Ave., in Loomis. Father Sergio Perez of the Oblates of St. Joseph will direct the retreat with a goal to inspire students to view themselves as “guardians of the faith” as they venture onward in this new chapter of their lives.


Too often, once a student arrives on the college campus, with a new and exciting world of educational opportunities ahead, students may not always find the faith resources, friendship and support to continue living their Catholic faith fully.  Practicing the faith had been a natural part of family life but now, the responsibility rests with the student!  This retreat will aim to offer tools, ideas and inspiration to students so they may nurture their faith, treasure their faith, and carry Christ to college with them!


  • Ideal for newly-accepted college students moving away from home for the first time
  • Valuable for transfer students who will move away for the first time
  • An opportunity to explore the faith resources at your fingertips
  • A gift to yourself that will endure throughout your life


Retreat Application required. RSVP deadline is July 31. Cost is $45 per person. Includes Friday night BBQ with peers heading to college. Also Saturday breakfast and a light lunch before departure.


bullet with text Click here to download retreat flyer

bullet with text Click here to download retreat application

bullet with text Click here to link to Marello Youth Retreat Center website





Praying hands

Prayers in the midst of tragedy

Resettled Afghan refugee family grief-stricken after fatal accident in Sacramento


The Diocese of Sacramento, Catholic Charities and Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services ask for prayers for a recently resettled Afghan refugee family who now cope with their father’s death and one son’s critical injuries.  The father and son were riding a bicycle on the morning of July 12 in their new Sacramento neighborhood when struck by a car.


The tragedy reverberates today among fellow Afghan families in the area trying to comfort Mustafa Rafi’s surviving wife and four children who came here to escape Afghanistan and the threat of the Taliban.  Mustafa pursued safe haven here in the U.S. two years ago, fearing that his work with the Army Corps of Engineers may put him in danger.


Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services worked with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to assist the family through their Refugee Resettlement Services, which culminated in the family’s arrival here less than two weeks ago.


The Diocese of Sacramento and Catholic Charities have offered to collaborate and lend their support as the family faces a myriad of challenges.


At this critical and complicated time, please pray for the health and recovery of the injured son who remains in a pediatric intensive care unit.  Prayers are requested as well for the entire family who mourn the loss of Mustafa and struggle to address matters via translators and the small community of supporters who are familiar with their Afghan tradition.


bullet with text Learn more about the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services Refugee Resettlement Program

bullet with text Learn more about the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Resettlement Services

bullet with text Link to Catholic Charities of Sacramento





Pope Francis and family

will include address to congress

Vatican releases schedule of Pope Francis' visit to the United States Sept. 22-27


Pope Francis' apostolic journey to the United States is "a source of joy and gratitude," says the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in response to the release of the full visit schedule by the Vatican. Pope Francis will visit Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia, Sept. 22-27. 


His visit will include addresses to Congress and the United Nations, the canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra and will culminate in his participation in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.


"It's a source of joy and gratitude for U.S. Catholics that Pope Francis will be visiting us in September," says Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., who is USCCB president. "We look forward to journeying with him, whether in person, in prayer or via the media, as he goes out to the peripheries and shows us what it means to live as brothers and sisters in one family."


More information on the apostolic journey to the United States is available at www.uspapalvisit.org.


bullet with text Click here to read a story from Catholic News Service on Pope Francis' visits in September to Cuba and the United States





CLRS convention

Catholic Ladies Relief Society gathers for 122nd annual convention at retreat center


Eighty-three women from Sacramento, Marysville, Chico, Colusa, Grass Valley, Auburn, Citrus Heights and Oroville attended the two-day 112nd annual convention of the Catholic Ladies Relief Society at Christ the King Retreat Center in Citrus Heights in May.


The meeting included CRLS business and members of the societies sharing how they are ministering to the less fortunate, said Lorraine Overton, grand president. At the conclusion of the convention, she passed the gavel to Barbara Giusti, grand president for 2015-16. Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta and Father John Sullivan, CLRS grand chaplain, concelebrated Mass, assisted by Deacon Mike Young of St. Joseph Parish in Auburn. Any women interested in becoming a member or starting a society at their parish should contact Barbara Giusti at (916) 725-0625.





Mary Grace Tassone

Update on Mary Grace's Condition

Mary Grace Tassone,

78-year-old volunteer, recovering from attack outside St. Patrick Church in Grass Valley July 5


Update 7/17/15: Please continue praying for Mary Grace.  The family spokesman Greg Tassone says that Mary Grace has continued to struggle with infection and fever, but has been overcoming the isuses each day. She has also continued to improve from her head and brain injuries. As of the afternoon of July 17, the medical staff at Sutter Roseville has decided she is doing well enough to be transfered out of the ICU to an acute care rehabilitation facility in the region, where they will be conducting intensive work with her every day to help her level of recovery.


Mary Grace Tassone, 78, a longtime parishioner and community volunteer of St. Patrick Parish in Grass Valley for decades, was beaten and assaulted on the morning of Sunday, July 5. Tassone was hit in the head with a blunt object, dragged to the side of the church and robbed. A parishioner on the way to Mass found Tassone around 7:25 a.m. near the side of the building.


The man suspected of attacking Tassone, Alan Kierkegaard, 50, is facing attempted murder and carjacking chargers. He did not enter a plea in Nevada County court on July 16. He will be back in court July 23. He is being held without bail.


Bishop Jaime Soto, on behalf of himself and Father Sylvester Kwaitkowski, pastor of St. Patrick Parish, issued the following statement on July 5:


"Mary Grace is a wonderful Catholic woman whose warmth, faith and generosity are a gift to everyone who knows her. She is an indepensable member of St. Patrick Parish in Grass Valley. She who tirelesly prayed for others now needs our supplications. We pray to the Good Shepherd, who knows her so well, for her recovery. We hope that she and her family will know the companionship of the prayers for everyone at St. Patrick's, as well as so many others in the Catholic community throughout the Sacramento region."


bullet with text Click here to view a video and news report from News 10 in Sacramento about the June 8 healing Mass for Mary Grace Tassone at St. Patrick Parish in Grass Valley

bullet with text Click here to view a video and news report from KCRA-TV in Sacramento about the June 8 healing Mass for Mary Grace Tassone at St. Patrick Parish in Grass Valley

bullet with text Click here to read a story about St. Patrick Parish and Mary Grace Tassone from The Catholic Herald, Aug. 20, 2005





Catholic Herald magazine

digital edition on this website

July-August issue of

Catholic Herald magazine

is published, focusing on

rural life ministry in diocese


The July-August issue of Catholic Herald magazine of the Diocese of Sacramento has been published. The digital edition is available on the right margin of this website or by clicking on the image at the left.


The theme of this issue is rural life ministry. The cover story features the story of Deacon Chuck Werner of Sacred Heart Parish in Fort Jones, who serves Sacred Heart, its mission parishes of St. Mary in Etna and All Saints in Happy Camp, as well as St. Joseph Parish in Yreka. In his ministry, it's commonplace for him to drive miles on rural one and two-lane roads through the Klamath National Forest and alongside scenic rivers to reach someone in need, bring Communion to a homebound person, visit with an engaged couple or lead parishioners in prayer.


Other feature stories include a story on parishioners at Holy Family Parish in Portola collaborating on Hispanic ministry; Spanish-language catechists in Tulelake and Dorris building up faith formation programs in their rural regions; how lay ministers are the "lifeblood" of Sacred Heart Parish in Fort Jones; how Father Julito Orpilla serves two rural Siskiyou County parishes and their mission churches; and how members of St. Joseph Parish in Yreka face challenges in caring for one another.


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





State Capitol

senate bill 128

Bishop Jaime Soto: Statement on the California Assembly Health Committee's decision not to consider

'The End of Life Options Act'


Bishop Jaime Soto issued the following statement July 7 on the California Assembly Health Committee's decision not to consider "The End of Life Options Act" (Senate Bill 128): "Because of the voices of good reason and faith, the euthanasia bill, SB 128, has been postponed by the authors for this year. After having passed the Senate with little serious consideration the bill ran into a wall of well-reasoned concerns for the sick, the vulnerable, and the real threat of undermining sound medical care.

"I am grateful to everyone who chose not to remain indifferent to this moral challenge and gave voice to human dignity and common sense. Let us now be wise enough to understand that the proponents of euthanasia will not relent. Now is the time to reconnect with our beautiful Catholic teaching about end of life. We must communicate to our neighbors as well as cultivate in our society the gospel of joy that gives life and hope to all."


SB 128 would have allowed doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients. SB 128 was opposed by the California Catholic Conference of Bishops and medical and disability rights' groups. "We are very pleased at the outcome and grateful for the hard work done by the assembled coalition at Californians Against Assisted Suicide," said Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, in a statement July 7."The physicians, health care workers, disabled advocates, religious groups and others who came together to oppose the bill were key to the success of the campaign and we are proud to have played a role in that long-standing coalition."


bullet with text Click here for more information from the California Catholic Conference

bullet with text Click here to read statements from the California Catholic Conference and Californians Against Assisted Suicide





Bishop Soto

decision issued June 26

Bishop Jaime Soto responds to Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage


Bishop Jaime Soto issued a statement June 26 in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex marriage. The following is Bishop Soto's statement:


"All Americans deserve respect for their human dignity. The Catholic Church has stalwartly stood by that fundamental belief while also recognizing marriage as the unique relationship between a man and a woman.

"Unfortunately, the Supreme Court today in attempting to do the former distorted the latter. The decision of the Supreme Court has attempted to address the issue of respect in the wrong way and has pushed the country further down a libertarian understanding of freedom and equality. While many will demean a public place for religious belief in the wake of this decision, it is religious faith that will continue to be the primary force of charity and self-sacrifice in the United States.

"The Catholic Community will continue to address the more stubborn and cruel forms of inequity in our country: enduring forms of racism such as witnessed last week in Charleston, a broken immigration system that helps no one, and widening economic disparity that robs people of hope. None of these deep inequities are touched by today's decision; we still have much work to do."


bullet with text Click here to read the statement by Bishop Jaime Soto in English and Spanish

bullet with text Click here to read the statement by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the USCCB





Supreme Court justices

special report from faith catholic

Same-sex marriage decision: What is the Catholic

response and teaching?


On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in a 5-4 decision, that the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires all 50 states to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed in a different state.


Faith Catholic publishing has prepared a special report in response to the recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, addressing the specifics of the decision, as well as Catholic response and teaching. Visit the link below to read the full text of the report


bullet with text Click here to read the special report on the Supreme Court decision from Faith Catholic





Bishop Soto with Habitat volunteers

project of habitat for humanity

Diocese, Knights of Columbus make donations to Pope Francis House being constructed in Sacramento


Bishop Jaime Soto on June 26 joined with local members of the Knights of Columbus and volunteers at the Pope Francis House that is being constructed in south Sacramento by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento.


The Diocese of Sacramento has donated $5,000 toward the construction of the house, and the Knights of Columbus, Elk Grove Council 7241, have donated $1,000. The donations will help toward the goal of $15,000 needed to finish the ambitious Indian Lane Development, a multimillion-dollar project of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento that is located across from the Florin Road light-rail station in south Sacramento.


Construction started in 2013, and by January of 2015, nine of the 14 homes had secured platinum certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design group. But the 14th and final home still needed a lead sponsor with enough seed money to make it feasible to start building.

As a tribute to Pope Francis, a donor was ready to provide $60,000 toward building a home, as long as Sacramento Habitat met certain conditions. The nonprofit would have to solicit $15,000 from the local Roman Catholic community, and most important, the donor would have to remain anonymous. The same donor is offering the same gift to Habitat affiliates across the country. Each recipient chronicles its home’s progress on Twitter under #PopeFrancisHouse.


Sacramento Habitat hopes to dedicate the Pope Francis House on Sept. 26. For more information on how to volunteer or to make a donation, call Laine Himmelman at (916) 440-1215, ext. 1108, or email to LHimmelmann@habitatgreatersac.org.


bullet with text Click here to visit the website of Habitat of Greater Sacramento to volunteer or make a donation