Gov. Brown signs measure
bishops release statement
regarding legalization of
California’s Catholic bishops released the following statement Oct. 5 after Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law ABx2-15 (Eggman), the End-of-Life Option Act:
“The physician-assisted suicide legislation (ABx2-15) signed today by Gov. Brown makes it legal to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to assist terminally ill patients to take their own life. This law stands in direct contradiction to providing compassionate, quality care for those facing a terminal illness.
“All 48 Catholic hospitals in California provide excellent palliative care services as all medical facilities for terminally ill patients should but often do not. As Catholic Bishops in California we join hands with the disability rights groups, physicians, other health care professionals, and advocates for the elderly in opposing physician-assisted suicide as the wrong way to advance the human dignity for those facing a terminal illness.
“Pope Francis has warned us about our 'throw away culture.' Have we become so callous in protecting the sacredness of life that we easily approve of a physician handing over a lethal dose of drugs to someone to end their life at their most vulnerable moment when they most need to be cared for with love and attention?
“We are particularly disappointed that the very real concerns and risks posed to our brothers and sisters in vulnerable communities of the disabled and elderly have been consistently ignored by our state’s elected officials. In a health care system grappling with constantly escalating costs, the elderly and disabled are in great peril now that assisted suicide has become legal. Application of such a law elsewhere shows that the option to offer the low-cost alternative of lethal drugs instead of proper medical care is a temptation not long resisted.
“For vulnerable people, this isn’t compassion. There’s nothing in this law that supports or promotes the common good. This bill does nothing to validate the lives of the vulnerable. If anything, this bill says just the opposite and only serves to increase their emotional burden. And it facilitates subtle but potent pressures on the elderly and the disabled to end their lives rather than become a financial or emotional burden on their children."
Bishop Soto in the Holy Land
Reflections on the Christian churches in Istanbul and
the refugee crisis in Jordan
Bishop Jaime Soto has concluded his pilgrimage to the Holy Land with the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre Northwestern Lieutenancy. Here is his reflection from Oct. 6 about his pilgrimage.
Before beginning the Holy Land pilgrimage I spent a few days in the once great city of Byzantium, now the large Turkish metropolis of Istanbul. The ancient city has long been the crossroad of East and West. Its strategic location on the Bosphorus has made it an embattled prize for the empires of every age. The glory of the area's Christian heritage stands largely in ruins. Even still the silent, stoic witness of the Hagia Sophia and the Church of the Holy Savior in Chora lift up the human spirit with their harmony of religious faith and aesthetic beauty.
In one of the side naves of the Chora Church was a bright and glorious array of murals and mosaic, all intended to wrap the believer in a vision of the heavenly sanctuary. It was hard to pull away from this masterpiece of iconography. As I left this holy remnant, I was quickly immersed in the much-changed circumstances of Istanbul. This once jewel of the Byzantine era is now lost in the middle of tall drab apartment buildings housing mostly Islamic families.
The prevalence of Islam was palpable. From the sight of rising minarets all across the city, the pervasive call to prayer bellowed from them, and the varied styles of Islamic dress for women that depended on their particular pious adherence. My days there coincided with an Islamic holiday, so this may have charged more than usual the religious environment in the city.
By way of contrast, Christian churches, besides those that had become museums, were harder to find. I had chosen to stay in the old quarter of the city. If there are active churches in that area, I did not find them. I did find two Catholic churches of the Latin Rite, one cared for by the Dominicans and the other under the care of the Franciscans across the Golden Horn and uphill from where I was staying. These were not easily found. The entrance for both was off the principal streets, down an alley way or in a protected courtyard. I was attending the weekday Masses. Still, the congregations were very small, and mostly foreigners and immigrants. (Click below to read the rest of this reflection.)
with organist Tom Mueller
Organ concert offered at Cathedral on Friday, Oct. 9
The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament will present award-winning concert organist Tom Mueller in concert on Friday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. The suggested donation to attend is $10 per person. The Cathedral is located at 11th and K Streets in downtown Sacramento.
Mueller is assistant professor of church music and university organist at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif., where he teaches organ, jazz and composition. An award-winning church musician, Mueller also serves as the associate organist at St. James Church in Los Angeles, where he accompanies the acclaimed Choir of St. James.
He earned the doctor of musical arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with David Higgs. He also holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame (organ) and the University of Maine at Augusta (jazz composition).
at St. Joseph Parish in Redding
'Understanding American Catholic Experience' workshop offered Oct. 10
A church history workshop, “Understanding the American Catholic Experience,” will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by the diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis. The workshop will be held at St. Joseph Parish, located at 2040 Walnut Ave. in Redding.
The presenter will be Rosina Hendrickson, who serves as coordinator of parish ministry support for the diocese. She will explore the foundations of the Catholic Church in America and focus on the “immigrant church” experience from the mid-1800s through the 1950s. Particular attention will be on the evolution of an “American Catholicism” and the Irish, German, Italian, Polish and Mexican immigrants.
Those attending can receive five hours credit toward the church history requirement for renewal of a basic catechist certificate. There is no cost to attend.
For more information, contact Rosina Hendrickson at (916) 733-0153 or email@example.com.
protecting the gift of human life
Respect Life Month
is celebrated in October
People discover their worth when they discover their true identity as created in God’s image and called to an eternal destiny with him, said Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in the annual Respect Life Month statement. Catholics and all people of good will in the United States are invited to participate in Respect Life Month.
Respect Life Month, observed in October, begins the new, yearlong cycle of the Respect Life Program, which continues through the following September. It is a time dedicated by the U.S. bishops for the church nationwide to bring attention to, celebrate, and work and pray for the protection of the gift of human life. The USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities publishes new materials each year on various human life issues to aid the local efforts within the Church of building a culture of life throughout the year. The theme of the 2015-16 Respect Life Program is “Every life is worth living.”
“Whether it lasts for a brief moment or for a hundred years, each of our lives is a good and perfect gift,” wrote Cardinal O’Malley. “At every stage and in every circumstance, we are held in existence by God’s love.”
More information on the Respect Life Program, including resources and the full text of Cardinal O’Malley’s statement, is available online: www.usccb.org/respectlife.
opening new office in redding
Ana Ibarra appointed to
new role as Associate
Director for Northern
Ana Ibarra has been appointed as Associate Director for Northern Diocese Revitalization and will be directing the diocese's efforts in the north state parishes. In her new role which began Sept. 1, she will be based in Redding and open a new office of Northern Diocese Revitalization.
Ibarra will continue as a member of the staff of the diocese's Department of Evangelization and Catechesis. A native of Los Angeles, Ibarra began work with the diocese in January 2014 as coordinator for parish ministry support in DEC, where she formed and supported catechetical leaders, directed migrant ministry and served on the Diocesan Pastoral Hispana team.
Prior to her ministry in the Diocese of Sacramento, whe worked in various ministries, including youth ministry, Catholic school teacher, academic consultant for seminarians and director of religious education.
Oct. 18 afternoon program
Speakers to address "Consecrated Life: Gifts to
the Church" to celebrate, encourage religious life
The Office of Religious for the Diocese of Sacramento will host a special afternoon on Sunday, Oct. 18, welcoming two speakers to share their joy regarding religious life. The event is open to parents and children over the age of 10, religious, priests, youth, young adults, teachers, catechists, pastoral councils, vocation committees and anyone interested in learning more about religious life. It will be held at Christian Brothers High School's Cunningham Performing Arts Center, 4315 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
In response to Pope Francis' Year of Consecrated Life and its theme "Wake Up the World," the speakers will serve to be "witnesses of communion, of joy and the Gospel, and go evermore to the peripheries to proclaim the Good News." Most Reverend Gordon D. Bennett, S.J., Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Mandeville in Jamaica and Sister Ellen Hess, of the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity, will share their perspectives on consecrated life as gifts to the Church.
Questions should be directed to the Office of Religious, Judy Allen at (916) 733-0244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
leadership retreat for teens
'Joyful: Leading Like Pope Francis' retreat offered
Oct. 16-18 at Marello Youth
Retreat Center in Loomis
High school youth in the Diocese of Sacramento are invited to join in a weekend retreat Oct. 16-18 titled “Joyful: Leading Like Pope Francis.” The retreat will be led by Ansel Augustine and held at the Marello Youth Retreat Center, located at 6530 Wells Ave. in Loomis. The retreat is co-sponsored by the diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis and the Marello Youth Retreat Center, a ministry of the Oblates of St. Joseph.
Teens will have time to pray, build community with other teens in leadership, and practice skills of Christian leadership during the retreat, which focuses on joyful leadership and the necessary tools to lead with compassion, service, intention and spirituality.
Augustine is director of black Catholic ministries for the Archdiocese of New Orleans and previously worked with youth for 14 years as a youth minister at St. Peter Claver Parish in New Orleans and an associate director and coordinator for Black Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the CYO Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office.
for Boys ages 12 to 15
Father and son program offered in English and Spanish at various parishes
The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis will offer the “Father-Son” (“Padre e Hijo”) program in English and Spanish at four parishes in October, November and February.
The program, which is tailored to boys ages 12 to 15 and their dads, explores God’s special gift of human fertility and the beauty and wonder of God’s plan for growing up and becoming a man. All content is pure, light-hearted and affirming.
The workshop will be held on the following dates and locations:
--Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in English and Spanish, at St. Clare Parish, 1950 Junction Blvd. in Roseville.
--Friday, Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in English at St. Joseph Parish, 2040 Walnut Ave. in Redding.
--Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Spanish at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 711 T Street in Sacramento.
--Saturday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in English at Presentation School, 3100 Norris Ave. in Sacramento.
The cost is $20 per family and includes lunch. To register online, contact a local site coordinator or review program content, visit the link below. To register by mail or with other questions, contact Steve Patton at (916) 733-0133 or email@example.com. All reservations must be received by the Monday before the event date.
Liturgy Specialization Workshops being held 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 presents a 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.
The three remaining 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 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 is $35 per workshop.
bishop soto joins with community
Groundbreaking celebrates reconstruction of new Holy Family Church in Weed after devastating 2014 Boles Fire
Bishop Jaime Soto joined with Father Joshy Mathew, CMI, parochial administrator of Holy Famly Parish in Weed, and parishioners and friends on Saturday, Sept. 19 for the groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the reconstruction of Holy Family Church, which burned down during the devastating Boles Fire in Weed in September 2014. Nichols, Melburg and Rossetto Architects and Engineers, based in Redding, will partner with the Diocese of Sacramento to design and reconstruct the church at 1051 N. Davis Ave.
One year after the fire, the parish community of Holy Family rejoiced at the outset of restoration. The previous Tuesday, residents of Weed gahering to observe the anniversary of the fire and to give thanks for the strengthened community connections that have emerged from the tragedy.
A native of Weed, NMR principal Dan Rossetto said he feels privileged to support his childhood parish by designing a gathering place for worship that will inspire reverence and adulation. The 15,000-square-foot building is scheduled for completion in September 2016. While slightly smaler than the original church, the modern and elegant design of the new structure will accommodate the present day needs of the parish, while offering state-of-the-art sustainable building systems performance.
sacramento catholic forum
Experts to speak Oct. 15 on 'Perils of Assisted Suicide'
Two experts on end of life care will speak at the Sacramento Catholic Forum luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Red Lion Hotel, located at 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento.
Dr. Aaron Kheriaty and Ned Dolejsi will speak on the “Perils of Assisted Suicide: End of Life Care from a Catholic Perspective.” Kheriaty is associate professor of psychiatry and director of the program in medical ethics at UC Irvine School of Medicine. Dolejsi is executive director of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops in Sacramento.
Kheriaty will offer the best and most responsible societal arguments against the practice of physician-assisted suicide while delving into end of life options, using his extensive education as a physician, professional experience, passion and faith. Dolejsi will offer a firsthand, insider’s look at the political battles that have raged over this issue this past year.
Check-in for the event begins at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon 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.
in english and Spanish
'Called and Gifted' workshops offered on Oct. 24 in Vallejo and Nov. 7 in Roseville
The diocese’s Department of Evangelization and Catechesis in collaboration with the three parishes in Vallejo will present the “Called and Gifted” workshop from the Catherine of Siena Institute on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Basil the Great Parish, located at 1200 Tuolumne St. in Vallejo. The workshop will also be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Clare Parish, located at 1950 Junction Blvd. in Roseville.
The workshop was founded by Sherry Wedell, author of “Forming Intentional Disciples,” and is designed to help laypeople discern the gifts they have received through baptism and confirmation and call them to serve. “Called and Gifted” is a live presentation that includes church teaching on the laity and lay apostleship; the nature of spiritual gifts, call and vocation; and how to undertake the process of discernment. The cost to attend is $30 per person and the workshop will be presented in English and Spanish.
According to Kevin Staszkow, director of the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis, the diocese is partnering with parishes this year to offer this workshop, “with the goal of empowering and activating the laity to live their lives as intentional disciples of Christ, serving the parish and the world and evangelizing others,” he said.
For more information about the workshop and to register as an individual or parish group online, visit the link below. Questions can be directed to the parish office at St. Basil at (707) 644-5251 or the parish office at St. Clare at (916) 772-4717. Information is also available from Cecilia Flores at (916) 733-0151.
for Girls Ages 10-12 and 13-16
Mother-daughter program offered by diocese to
discuss the gift of fertility
The Diocese of Sacramento is offering a Mother-Daughter Program to help mothers discuss the subject of puberty and fertility with their 10 to 12-year-old and 13 to 16-year-old daughters.
The teen (ages 13-16) and tween (ages 10-12) programs cover similar subject matter, while differing in depth and scope. All presentations are pure, light-hearted and affirming. The cost to attend is $20 per family, including food and drink.
The “Tweens” program (ages 10 to 12) will be offered at the following locations on the dates listed below:
--Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (in English) at St. Joseph Parish at 2040 Walnut Ave. in Redding.
--Saturday, Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (in English) and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (in Spanish) at St. Clare Parish, located at 1950 Junction Blvd. in Roseville.
--Saturday, April 2, from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (in Spanish) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, located at 711 T Street in Sacramento.
--Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (in English) at Presentation School, located at 3100 Norris Ave. in Sacramento.
The “teens” program (ages 13 to 16) will be offered at the following locations on the dates listed below:
--Saturday, Nov. 7 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (in English) at St. Joseph Parish at 2040 Walnut Ave. in Redding.
--Saturday, Feb. 20, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (in Spanish) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, located at 711 T Street in Sacramento.
--Saturday, April 30, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (in English) at Presentation School, located at 3100 Norris Ave. in Sacramento.
Visit the link below for more information about program locations, time and content, or to register online. To register by mail or for other questions, contact Steve Patton at (916) 733-0133 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. All reservations must be received by the Monday before the event date.
a peaceful, prayerful ministry
'40 Days for Life' campaign
of prayer held through Nov. 1
From Sept. 23 to Nov. 1, Catholics throughout the Diocese of Sacramento will join with people of faith across the nation for the ecumenical campaign called “40 Days for Life.” It will be held in Sacramento and other areas of the diocese, where participants will aim to end abortion through prayer, fasting, community outreach and peaceful vigils. The life-saving, peaceful and prayerful ministry is endorsed by Bishop Jaime Soto.
This will be Sacramento’s 15th 40 Days for Life vigil, while Redding, Chico, Yuba City, Reno/Tahoe, Vacaville, Fairfield in the diocese and over 300 cities around the world have also participated.
During a “40 Days for Life” campaign, members of the community offer peaceful prayer outside a local abortion business for a total of 40 days. The efforts aims to “help women who are facing the many challenges of an unexpected pregnancy and to share the love, mercy and forgiveness of Christ with anyone who has experienced the pain of abortion,” according to Susan Money, director of the Sacramento 40 Days for Life campaign.
The vigil in the Sacramento area will be located at the public sidewalk in front of Women’s Health Specialists, located at 1442 Ethan Way (free parking on Hallmark Drive, located near Arden Mall and Cal Expo). Individuals will be praying there and offering women assistance Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For information about 40 Days for Life, visit www.40daysforlife.com/sacramento or contact Susan Money at (530) 320-1614 or email@example.com.
Reconciliation with Mission Indians
California bishops announce new program to review curriculum and cultural displays at missions
An ambitious 18-month program seeks to review and revise both the cultural content of California missions, and Catholic school curriculum for third and fourth grade. Bishop Jaime Soto, president of the California Catholic Conference, announced the plan to better reflect modern understandings of the mission era and the relationship between Spanish civil authority, the Catholic missions, and local Indian tribes.
“The Mission Era gave rise to modern California, but it also gave rise to controversy and to heartache when seen through the eyes of the First Californians,” said Bishop Soto. “For many years, the Indian experience has been ignored or denied, replaced by an incomplete version of history focused more on European colonists than on the original Californians.”
“Today, on the verge of Blessed Fr. Serra’s canonization, the time has come to confront that incomplete history and to work with Native American educators, respected historians, Catholic school officials and others to change that and to reflect the best scholarship we can about that era,” said Fr. Ken Laverone, provincial vicar of the Franciscan Province of Santa Barbara, a partner with the Catholic bishops of California in this effort.
The joint program engages Auxiliary Bishop Edward Clark of the Archdioces of Los Angeles to oversee the curriculum committe. The
cultural study of the Missions' displays, signage, tour materials and websites will be led by Andrew Galvan, curator of Mission Dolores in San Francisco and a member of the Ohlone tribe.
digital edition on this website
September-October issue of
Catholic Herald magazine
is published, focuses on
the sacrament of marriage
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 this issue is the sacrament of marriage. The cover story, "Before They Say 'I Do,'" features Patricia and Rafael Mercado, who were married at Good Shepherd Church in Elk Grove in June. They knew their marriage would be a sacrament -- an outward sign to all attending of God's grace and love. As ministry leader of a small team of wedding coordinators at Good Shepherd, Menchie Cabrera helped the Mercados make their wedding liturgy memorable and built around the sacred vows of the rite of marriage.
Other feature stories include a story on the meaning, the power and the promise at the heart of every Catholic wedding; four couples share how they live the sacrament of marriage; married couples help engaged couples prepare for marriage at Holy Rosary Parish in Woodland; how annulments can be a door to healing for divorced Catholics; and how the Weckman family of St. Anthony Mission Church in Challenge trusts God, respects life and says goodbye to their infant son Emmett.
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.
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.
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