support for persecuted Christians
USCCB leader asks for special collection to be taken in dioceses across U.S. on Sept. 6-7 for humanitarian needs of refugees in Middle East
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has asked for a special collection to be taken in parishes across the United States on the weekend of Sept. 6-7, to help refugees from Iraq, Gaza, Syria and the surrounding countries where refugees have fled.
In a memo to clergy of the Diocese of Sacramento dated Sept. 2, Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta noted that many parishioners in the diocese have been asking for ways to help the refugees and the Sept. 6-7 collection is one way to assist, along with continued prayers for peace in the region. The collection will be taken in parishes of the diocese during weekend liturgies on Sept. 6-7. Funds will be forwarded by the Diocese of Sacramento to the USCCB's Office of National Collections.
The funds from the special collection will be used by Catholic Relief Services and other Catholic agencies working in partnership with the local church to meet the most urgent humanitarian needs facing the people in Iraq, Gaza, Syria and the surrounding countries where refugees have fled. "These organizations have well-established partnerships with the Catholic Church in the region, which allow them to respond quickly and efficiently to victims in some of the hardest to reach areas. Collection funds will also be used to support church programs to aid persecuted Christians and to respond to rebuilding needs of Catholic dioceses in the impacted areas," said Archbishop Kurtz.
(In photo above, A man leaves his car and packs his bag at the Khazair checkpoint after fleeing from Mosul, Iraq on June 11, 2014. Credit: R. Nuri UNHCR/ACNUR via Flickr)
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.
celebrating faith through film
Catholic film series presented by diocese will feature 'Bella' on Sunday, Sept. 14
Bishop Jaime Soto and the Diocese of Sacramento invite you to join our Catholic family as we view and discuss compelling films that support our faith and values—and fulfill your faith formation hours for the ONE Campaign.
The Catholic film series offers a unique opportunity for parishes and parishioners to unite as ONE diocesan community. “Bella” is the story of how three lives converge one day in New York. As Nina and Jose spend the day together, they share their struggles and impact each other’s lives forever. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office for Film and Broadcsting notes that Bella presents an “affirmative pro-life message,” along with “themes of self-forgiveness, reconciliation and redemption that should resonate deeply.”
Join us on Sept. 14 at the Crest Theatre, located at 1013 K Street in Sacramento, for “Bella.” Doors open at 1 p.m. for networking and the movie begins at 2 p.m. Discussion will follow from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Bishop Soto and Bob Dunning, host of “The Bishop’s Hour,” will moderate a discussion after the film in order to explore the meaning of the film and how it impacts and influences our lives and our faith.
Please visit www.catholicfilmseries.org for more information and to request complimentary tickets. Or call The Catholic Foundation office at (916) 733-0266 for more information.
Thank you for your generosity!
Diocesan collection for priests' retirement is
Sept. 13-14 in parishes
Parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento will take up a second collection for the benefit of retired priests in the diocese. The collection will be taken during liturgies on the weekend of Sept. 13-14.
The collection is an opportunity for parishioners to thank their priests for their long and loving service, caring for the spiritual and sacramental needs of the faithful throughout the diocese. The collection is not to be confused with the annual collection for retired religious across the U.S. This collection assists our diocesan priests, allowing for the dignity of their retirement.
Please prayerfully consider participating in this special collection as you fondly remember the priests who baptized your children, heard your confession, shared the Eucharist, celebrated your wedding, presided at the funerals of loved ones, visited homes and hospitals, and above all, prayed fervently every day.
celebrating faith through film
New chapel to be dedicated
by Bishop Jaime Soto on Sept. 17 at Jesuit High School
A dedication service and an open house will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. at Jesuit High School, located at 1200 Jacob Lane in Carmichael, for a new $16 million chapel which has been under construction for the past year. Sept. 17 is the 51st anniversary of the opening of Jesuit High School.
Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at the dedication of the Phelan Family Chapel of the Jesuit Martyrs of North America on the Jesuit High School campus. The chapel will provide a welcome and long-anticipated sacred space, which will be available to students and faculty members. The chapel's primary purpose will be to support already existing theological and liturgical programs at Jesuit High School.
The edifice has a crowning 52-foot cross and can be seen from the Fair Oaks Boulevard side of the campus. The lofty steel cross was blessed in May with holy water from Rome. Project donor Jeff Phelan graduated from Jesuit High School in 1980 and was first to pledge $1 million in honor of his former Sacramento family.
The chapel design is ultra-modern, conceived by the Los Angeles firm of Hodgetts and Fung. Retro elements nod to the school’s 1960s roots.
Window design will allow natural light and outside views for most congregants. In place of traditional stained glass, colored panes will wash the sanctified interior with vibrant hues.
Stations of the Cross will be marked by 1960s sculptures taken from a now-closed Kansas church. Central to the floor plan is a raised pulpit area, floored by glassy, polished concrete.
Funding for the project comes entirely from 17 years of fundraising and from private donations. While a chapel was included in the 1963 campus, the school outgrew this facility and Masses now take place in the gym. The new chapel will seat 350 people. The school acquired several adjacent lots for the building and the 4.5 acres will provide for parking and a garden of meditation, including a 60-foot reflecting pool.
located in Rancho Cordova
Auxiliary Bishop Cotta blesses new production center of Shalom Media USA
Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta recently visited and blessed the new production center of Shalom Media USA in Rancho Cordova. The production center was established in February 2014 prior to the launch of the ministry’s new 24/7 Catholic family channel, “Shalom World TV.” The channel’s website is www.shalomworld.org/live.
Bishop Cotta was joined in the visit by Father Chuck Kelly, pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Rancho Cordova; Father Siby Kurian of Infant Jesus Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Sacramento; Father James Narithookkil, CMI, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Sacramento; Deacon Ralph Poyo; and David Hornebeck, director of community relations at Immaculate Heart Radio. Four full-time staff of Shalom Media USA and 15 supporters also joined in the visit.
Bishop Cotta said he was pleased that the family TV channel exists and that the production center, located in the Diocese of Sacramento, serves as a resource for Catholics in California and a model of using modern technology in the church’s evangelization efforts.
(In photo above, Bishop Cotta is welcomed by Elaine Massey, as Joseph Varghese, a member of Shalom Media USA’s board of directors, looks on.)
calls for increased solidarity
U.S. bishops' Labor Day statement focuses on unemployment among young adults in U.S., around world
The high unemployment rate of young adults, both in the United States and around the world, is the focus of the 2014 Labor Day Statement from the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. The statement, dated Sept. 1, draws on Pope Francis’ teaching against an “economy of exclusion” and applies it to the millions of unemployed young adults in the United States.
“For those fortunate enough to have jobs, many pay poorly. Greater numbers of debt-strapped college graduates move back in with their parents, while high school graduates and others may have less debt but very few decent job opportunities,” wrote Archbishop Wenski. “Pope Francis has reserved some of his strongest language for speaking about young adult unemployment, calling it ‘evil,’ an ‘atrocity,’ and emblematic of the ‘throwaway culture.’”
Archbishop Wenski added, “Meaningful and decent work is vital if young adults hope to form healthy and stable families.” He noted that in other countries unemployment among young adults reaches as high as three to four times the national average.
Archbishop Wenski said policies and institutions “that create decent jobs, pay just wages, and support family formation and stability” help honor the dignity of workers. “Raising the minimum wage, more and better workforce training programs, and smarter regulations that minimize negative unintended consequences would be good places to start.”
developing leadership skills
Students dialogue at second annual Diocesan Student Council Congress Aug. 27
More than 100 student council members from Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Sacramento met Aug. 27 at Presentation School in Sacramento for the second annual Diocesan Student Council Congress.
They participated in Mass, celebrated by Father Jeremy Leatherby, pastor of Presentation Parish, and Father Patrick Lee, and also workshops on their faith, democracy and leadership, and team building. Student councils help share students’ ideas, interests and concerns with teachers, parents and school principals.
IN Yolo county Superior Court
Diocese releases statement following sentencing of Father Hector Coria on Aug. 29
Kevin Eckery, spokesman for the Diocese of Sacramento, released the following statement Aug. 29 after a sentence was announced in the case of Father Hector Coria, who was arrested by Davis City Police last May and charged with unlawful sex with a minor:
"Father Hector Coria has been on administrative leave since his arrest in May by Davis City Police. In June, after Father Coria pled guilty, the diocese began preparing his case for Rome, asking the Holy See to permanently dismiss him from the priestly ministry.
"In light of his guilty plea and his sentencing today by Judge Paul Richardson in Yolo County Superior Court, we expect that request to be approved. Father Coria's behavior with a minor was a crime and a sin. He will now be held to account for his behavior."
opportunities to gather in faith
Events offered in September and October for young adults
Events for young adults will be offered in September and October in the Diocese of Sacramento.
On Saturday, Sept. 13, "Nightfever" will be held at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento from 8 p.m. to midnight. The Cathedral is located at 1017 11th Street. The event for young adults will allow offering of intentions, opening hearts, lighting candles and outreach to the downtown community for a time of reflection. For more information, visit www.nightfever.org or www.cathedralsacramento.org.
On Monday, Oct. 6, 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.
Ministry Days 2014 event is Sept. 26-27 at St. Francis
High School in Sacramento
The Diocese of Sacramento has announced Ministry Days 2014 on Sept. 26-27 with the theme, “Are Your Ears Ringing?"
The ministry days will be held at St. Francis High School, located at 5900 Elvas Ave. in Sacramento. Many inspirational keynote presentations, as well as practical and helpful workshops will be offered in both English and Spanish. Keynote speakers for the event are Robert Feduccia (English) and Sister Leticia Salazar, ODN (Spanish).
This year, Ministry Days “will focus on discernment: listening, seeing and responding to the call of the Lord,” says Bishop Jaime Soto in the Ministry Days registration booklet (see link below to download). “This year’s gathering is an opportunity to gain some knowledge, ideas and skills for ourselves and the people we serve,” Bishop Soto said. “Ministry Days is also an important opportunity to gather with other ministers – lay, religious and ordained, paid and volunteer – to network, share stories and support one another.”
Registration books are now available to download at www.ministrydays.com. You can also view the schedule, keynotes, workshops and presenters online. Register by Sept. 12 to save $15 on the full-conference registration and $10 on the one-day registration fee.
Commemorating 50 years
Mount St. Joseph Seminary and Novitiate in Loomis
will mark milestone anniversary on Sept. 12
On Friday, Sept. 12, the Oblates of St. Joseph will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening and dedication of the seminary and novitiate in Loomis. Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at Mass at 5:00 p.m. Father Paul McDonnell, O.S.J., provincial of the Holy Spouses Province. and other Oblate priests and brothers visiting from throughout the province also will attend to recognize five decades of formation and history for the congregation at the site.
A light reception and social will follow Mass in the courtyard area of the seminary.
Friends of the Oblates of St. Joseph, and the seminary and novitiate are invited to attend the festivities. Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the number of adults and children in your party. Or, call or text (916) 234-3853 with the same information.
Mount St. Joseph is located at 6530 Wells Ave. in Loomis. The Oblates of St. Joseph were founded in 1878 by St. Joseph Marello, Bishop of Acqui, Italy.
'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 five 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.
sacramento catholic forum
Reggie Littlejohn to speak Sept. 18 on forced abortion and abuse of women in China
Reggie Littlejohn will speak at the Sacramento Catholic Forum luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Red Lion Hotel at the Woodlake Conference Center, located at 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento. Her topic will be: “Faith in Action: From Devastating Disability to Saving Chinese Women and Girls from Sex-Selective Abortion.”
Littlejohn is the founder/president of “Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.” After serving as an attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area, she overcame a severe and life-threatening illness and is a convert to Catholicism. While recovering from her illness, through prayer and discernment, she felt drawn to give up her litigation career and instead focus on the abuse of women in China, specific to forced abortion and the protection of the unborn – challenging head-on China’s 40-year-old “one child” policy in a very public way.
Her exposure to China’s forced abortions and gendercide policy grew out of her pro-bono work for Chinese women seeking asylum in the United Sstates. Her organization is an international coalition that opposes and spotlights the forced abortion and sexual slavery horrors in China. In February 2014, she was one of the four recipients from Legatus of the Cardinal John J. O’Connor Pro-Life Award.
Check-in for the event begins at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon and presentation following at noon. The cost is $30 if prepaid online or $40 at the door. For more information and to pay online visit the Sacramento Catholic Forum website at the link below.
tickets on sale now!
ON FIRE NorCal Jam for youth and young adults is Saturday, Sept. 20 at Six Flags in Vallejo
The Northern California dioceses have announced the activities and guests for ON FIRE NorCal Jam 2014, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 beginning at 9 a.m. at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo.
More than 4,000 Catholic youth and young adults are expected to attend. Participants will be given early entrance to the park for a morning program from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., featuring praise and worship with the diocesan bishops, Papa Joe Lucero & SDYG Choir and SkaAmén.
The schedule includes an impressive line-up of guests including inspiring speakers such as David Bisono, Lila Rose, Father Agustino Torres, CFR, Emily Wilson and Paul J. Kim. Participants will also enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch, and a “ride till you drop” opportunity with two hours of exclusive park access. The day culminates in the evening with a concert featuring Josh Blakesley Band, The Thirsting, Emily Wilson, Paul J. Kim, Papa Joe Lucero and SDYG Choir and SkaAmén.
Tickets can be purchased with a credit card or via PayPal and can be printed immediately at home (wristbands will be distributed the morning of the event). Order tickets today at http://www.onfirenorcal.com and use ticket promo code ONFIRE. (Note: This event is intended for high school youth and young adults in their 20s and 30s. Please do not bring junior high students.) ON FIRE is co-sponsored by the Dioceses of Sacramento, San Jose, Stockton, Santa Rosa, Fresno, Reno, San Francisco, Monterey and Oakland.
faith catholic special report
Christians in the crossfire in Iraq, Syria and the Mideast
Today, Christians are the most persecuted religious group on the planet.
Two years ago, the Pew Forum estimated that Christians face persecution in a staggering total of 133 countries, representing two-thirds of all nations on earth. In the same period, the Germany-based International Society for Human Rights, a secular organization, estimated that 80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world are directed against Christians.
In all, some 150,000 Christians are killed for their faith each year, according to both the Catholic relief agency Aid to the Church in Need and the evangelical group Open Doors. It should come as no surprise then that the current conflicts in the Middle East have once again found Christians caught in the crossfire.
Pope Francis has repeatedly expressed his concerns over what is taking place in the Middle East. While 97 percent of Iraq’s 36 million inhabitants are Muslims, the majority of Iraqi Christians are Chaldeans, who are in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church The pope has appealed for “all necessary help” to be given to those who have been forced to leave their homes and “whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others.”
resources offered to parishes
Catechetical Sunday on
Sept. 21 to focus on 'Teaching About God's
Gift of Forgiveness'
Catholics are called to learn more about the practice of going to confession, as Catechetical Sunday 2014 focuses on the theme “Teaching About God’s Gift of Forgiveness.” The U.S. bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis offers a range of resources on the sacrament of penance to be used in parishes in conjunction with Catechetical Sunday, which is celebrated on Sept. 21.
“Whether you confess regularly, or this is the first time in a long time, may this be your moment to draw near to the confessional with confidence to celebrate the tender loving mercy of God,” said Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, chairman of the Evangelization and Catechesis committee, in a message to U.S. Catholics.
Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to return to confession at some of his Wednesday general audiences and even modeled the practice during a Lenten penance service this year in St. Peter’s Basilica. Videos produced by Catholic News Service, capturing these moments, are among the resources for diocesan and parish catechists offered by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Resources in English and Spanish are available at: www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/catechesis/catechetical-sunday/sacramental-forgiveness/index.cfm
These resources include a guide for clergy, “Preaching About the Gift of God’s Forgiveness,” by Father John Guthrie, USCCB’s associate director of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, a teaching aid by Jesuit Father Peter Ryan, USCCB’s executive director of Doctrine, and a catechist in-service by Father Louis Cameli of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Other resources cover saints who were confessors, why one should confess sins to a priest and an examination of conscience, among other topics.
Catechetical Sunday, which is observed on the third Sunday in September, is a celebration of catechists and all teachers of the Catholic faith. Many parishes commission those who serve in catechetical ministry on Catechetical Sunday. The U.S. bishops have provided resources for Catechetical Sunday since 1971. More information is available at: www.usccb.org/catecheticalsunday
faith catholic special report
Immigration crisis and the U.S. Church's response
The arrival of thousands of unaccompanied children and teens in the southwestern United States has generated a humanitarian and political crisis. It is a crisis marked by the images of large numbers of immigrants in overcrowded facilities, protestors blocking buses full of immigrants from entering their towns, pleas for compassion, concerns over the lack of available immigration attorneys, and frustrated calls for more help from the federal government.
Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, on July 24 called upon President Obama and the Central American presidents to protect and care for children and families fleeing violence in the region.
“The leaders should focus upon the protection of these children and families, as they are charged with as the heads of their nations,” said Bishop Elizondo. “Instead of cooperating on intercepting them and sending them back to dangerous situations, they should work together to protect them from those dangers, including providing them asylum in neighboring countries and in the United States.”
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.
one campaign update
Catholics from across the diocese pledge $32.5 million
August 1 marked the 11th month of the ONE Campaign for the Diocese of Sacramento. To date, Catholics across the diocese have pledged over $32.5 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.”
“The call to commit time in faith formation offers us the opportunity to learn more about our faith and strengthen our relationship with Christ,” Maya said. “We are often amazed at the wonderful ways the hours are being fulfilled. Hundreds of hours are being fulfilled by way of our Catholic radio station, where people are participating in the ‘Catholicism’ series (Father Robert Barron). Others are re-engaging in various programs and ministries at the local parish level.”
So far in the ONE Campaign, as of July 30, the total number of donors is more than 11,000, 2.7 million service hours have been pledged and 6 million faith formation hours have been pledged.
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 email@example.com. See the links below also for more information and to register.
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