March-April 2024 issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published

The March-April 2024 issue of Catholic Herald magazine has been published. The theme for this issue is safe environment. The digital edition of the magazine is available at

In the cover story of this issue, catechists Katie Maynard and Michelle Pfister, and Sarah Peterson, safe environment program coordinator at SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Rocklin, reflect on the more than 20 years that have passed since the mandate by the U.S. bishops to implement safe environment programs in Catholic parishes, schools and organizations across the country. They speak of something more in their experiences today – the bigger picture of God’s friendship – in educating children and training staff and volunteers.

Other stories in this issue include Bishop Jaime Soto's column on "Ensuring our churches and schools are safe havens for children and young people"; "Like musical tradition, the Catholic tradition is an interesting conversation echoing through the centuries"; a letter from Bishop Soto to the faithful and a Q & A on "Owning and Atoning for the Sin of Clergy Abuse"; an interview with Amanda Horrocks, the diocese's pastoral care coordinator; part two of a special report on cybercrimes against children; and a special report on "Safe Environment: Our Promise to Protect, Our Pledge to Heal"; 

This issue also includes columns on the sacraments of initiation and a parenting column on "Overprotecting or just keeping kids safe? Invite God into this important vocation."

Bishop Jaime Soto is the publisher of Catholic Herald magazine, which is published six times each year and includes moving faith stories about Catholics in the diocese, as well as news and events of the local church. Individual faith stories are the cornerstone of the magazine and columns also explore the Catholic faith and education about church teachings. To donate $15 per year to receive Catholic Herald, call 916-733-0266. To view the archive of past issues of Catholic Herald magazine, visit

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