Schedule of Visits
The relics of the Mexican martyrs will be at parishes on the following dates:
Aug. 16: All Hallows
Aug. 17: St. Joseph
Aug. 18: Holy Spirit
Aug. 19: St. Peter
Aug. 20: St. John Vianney
Aug. 21: St. Joseph
Aug.22: St. Charles Borromeo
Aug. 23: St. Joseph
Aug. 24: Holy Rosary
Aug. 25: St. Isidore
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Aug. 27: Sacred Heart
Aug. 28: St. John the Baptist
Aug. 29: Sacred Heart
Aug. 30: St. Christopher
Visit of Mexican relics to kickoff
prayer campaign for vocations
By Herald Staff
Coadjutor Bishop Jaime Soto will kickoff a diocesan campaign to pray for vocations Aug. 15, which will include a visit of relics to various parishes in the diocese of some of the Mexican martyrs canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000. To begin the prayer campaign, Bishop Soto will celebrate Mass in Spanish at 7 p.m. on Aug. 15 in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento.
A silver cross containing the relics of six of the 25 Mexican martyrs which has traveled the past few years under the auspices of the Knights of Columbus will be at the cathedral and then travel Aug. 16-30 to 15 other parishes in the diocese.
Each of the six martyrs — Saints Pedro de Jesus Maldonado, Luis Batis Sainz, Jose Maria Robles Hurtado, Mateo Correa Megallanes, Miguel del la Mora de la Mora and Rodrigo Aguilar Aleman — was a priest and a member of the Knights of Columbus. All 25 were martyred during the persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico in the 1920s and 1930s.
The aim of the relics tour is to build awareness of all those who sacrificed their lives for the Catholic faith during the Mexican persecution. During that time of oppression the church was forbidden to own property, Catholic seminaries and school were closed, and priests and laity were told to publicly denounce their faith or risk death.
The inspiration of the life of the martyrs murdered in the persecution resulted in many vocations to priestly and religious life in subsequent years, said Father Humberto Gomez, assistant director of the Office of Vocations for the diocese. He said that parishes that host the relics will receive materials from the Office of Vocations to assist parishioners in praying specifically for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Father Gomez said the prayer campaign is about increasing awareness of religious vocations, especially among young people.
Young people “may have an interest in pursuing a vocation, but don’t always know who they can talk to about it,” he said. “Priests and religious need to take the time to talk with them individually — to answer their questions and to help ease their concerns. They shouldn’t feel anxiety about having the desire to serve God.”
At the Mass, Bishop Soto will bless a vocations cross which will travel each month to a different youth group in the diocese for use at a Mass to promote vocations. For more information about the prayer campaign for vocations, call the Office of Vocations at (916) 733-0258.