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The Office of Social Service Ministry implements a variety of direct service and advocacy programs, which benefit individuals and families in need throughout the Diocese of Sacramento.
Catholic Lobby Day
Catholic Lobby Day is an annual statewide event hosted by the California Catholic Conference, the official voice of the Catholic Church in California’s public policy arena, representing the state’s Bishops on legislation and social issues. Catholics from all over the state gather in the state capitol to celebrate Mass together and rally on the steps of the Capitol.
Get On The Bus
Each year, on the Friday before Mother’s Day, 40 buses carry children and their caregivers from throughout California to visit their mothers in prison. Buses leave from St. Anthony Parish and Sacred Heart Parish in Sacramento where parishioners provide hospitality, a travel bag for each child and caregiver, and snacks for the bus ride. Diocesan Pastoral Center staff provide a soft, huggable teddy bear for each child to remind them of the visit with their Mom.
Diocesan Food Bowl
The annual Food Bowl Collection funds local parish and community soup
kitchens and food closets.
More about this program
A number of Catholic ministries and programs exist within the Diocese of Sacramento to minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of those touched by the criminal justice system, including prison inmates and children who have an incarcerated parent or parents.
Adopt-A-Family for Christmas
Many families in our communities struggle financially, especially at Christmas time. Programs throughout the Diocese provide an opportunity for caring individuals, families, churches, neighborhood groups, schools, organizations, and businesses to adopt a family for Christmas. These generous donors provide gifts of toys, food, and clothing to a family who would otherwise receive very little or nothing at all.
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