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sepia tone image of hands within hands, clasped over each
sepia tone image of hands within hands, clasped over each

at national shrine of our lady of guadalupe in Sacramento

Bishop Soto to preside at Labor Day Mass, blessing for workers on Saturday, Sept. 3


The diocese’s Office of Catholic Charities and Social Concerns invites the faithful and the public to a Labor Day Mass and blessing of workers and their tools.


Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at the Mass in Spanish on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 8 a.m. at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, as those gathered will pray for the dignity of all workers. The church is located at 711 T Street in Sacramento. Following the Mass, there will be a special blessing of workers and their tools from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.


Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development writes: "the Church shares a word of hope, directing hearts and minds to the dignity of each human person and the sanctity of work itself, which is given by God. She seeks to replace desperation and isolation with human concern and true solidarity, reaffirming the trust in a good and gracious God who knows what we need before we ask him (Mt. 6:8)."


Imploring society to continue to keep human dignity at the heart of its efforts, the U.S. bishops trust that: "As the fruits of solidarity and our care for one another increase, as we begin to make real impacts toward policies that help individuals begin stable families and live in accord with their dignity, the tired paradigm that fuels our national politics will be challenged. As Pope Francis has written “[e]very economic and political theory or action must set about providing each inhabitant of the planet with the minimum wherewithal to live in dignity and freedom, with the possibility of supporting a family, educating children, praising God and developing one's own human potential.”9


For more information about the Labor Day Mass and Bishop Soto's blessing, contact Carolina Estrada at (916) 733-0253 or cestrada@scd.org.


bullet with text Link here to read the text of the U.S. bishops Labor Day statement for 2016 (PDF)

bullet with text Link U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops media release summary of the Labor Day statement for 2016





Bishop Soto

jubilee gathering this week in Bogota

Bishop Soto among U.S. bishops joining bishops of the Americas in Mercy congress


Bishop Jaime Soto is among several U.S. bishops attending a jubilee gathering to celebrate the Year of Mercy in Bogota, Colombia, Aug. 27-30. The delegation is led by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and is joining with bishops from the Americas and the Caribbean.


The gathering of bishops, clergy, religious and lay leaders, entitled the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy on the American Continent, was organized by the Pontifical Council for Latin America and the Latin American Episcopal Conference in conjunction with the bishops of the United States and Canada, and the Knights of Columbus.


More than a dozen cardinals and more than 120 bishops registered for the event, as did rectors and national Marian shrines, religious superioers and directors of associations and new ecclesial communities. The event aims to show the communion of the churches of the Americas.

Other U.S. bishops attending the gathering include Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami; Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas; and Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, N.M.


"Pope Francis has spoken on the need to go out the periphery and not be turned in ourselves as a church. This jubilee gives expression to this call," said Archbishop Kurtz. "As a wave at a sporting event makes its way around the stadium, so this worldwide wave of mercy is the grace of Jesus touching hearts."


Through a series of discussions those gathered seek to communicate the gift of God's mercy and witness of personal, pastoral and missionary conversion in the church, and a service toward a culture of encounter, reconciliation and peace.


bullet with text Link here to read story from Catholic News Agency on Pope Francis' message to jubilee gathering: "Pope Francis tells a fractured world: God's mercy gives hope for change"






Mother Teresa

will be declared a saint on Sept. 4

Bishop Soto to celebrate Mass on canonization date of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta


The Missionaries of Charity serving in the Sacramento region invite the public to a Mass celebrating the canonization of their founder, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 9 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, located at 11th and K Streets in downtown Sacramento. Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at the Mass. That same day, Mother Teresa will be declared a saint during Mass at the Vatican, on the day marking a special jubilee for workers and volunteers of mercy.


Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu Aug. 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia. After joining the Sisters of Loretto at age 17, she was sent to Calcutta, where she later contracted tuberculosis, and was sent to rest in Darjeeling.


On the way, she felt what she called “an order” from God to leave the convent and live among the poor. After she left her convent, Mother Teresa began working in the slums, teaching poor children, and treating the sick in their homes. A year later, some of her former students joined her, and together they took in men, women and children who were dying in the gutters along the streets.


In 1950, the Missionaries of Charity were born as a congregation of the Diocese of Calcutta. In 1952, the government granted them a house from which to continue their mission of serving Calcutta's poor and forgotten.


She died Sept. 5, 1997, and was beatified just six years later by St. John Paul II Oct. 19, 2003.


bullet with text Link here to read: "Icon of Mercy: Missionaries superior describes Blessed Teresa

bullet with text Link here to read a story from Catholic News Service about the canonization of Blessed Teresa

bullet with text Link here to read a story from Catholic News Service about Blessed Teresa and mercy





Timothy Matovina

at diocesan pastoral Center

Workshops on 'Latinos and the transformation of parish life' offered on Sept. 8


Timothy Matovina, professor of theology and co-director of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will be the speaker at a workshop titled “Latinos and the transformation of parish life,” to be offered twice on Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, located at 2110 Broadway in Sacramento.


The workshop will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and again from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


The Latino presence is transforming Catholic life in parishes, apostolic movements, worship and devotion and the formation of children and young people in the faith. This workshop will examine how these transformations impact parish ministries and communities. It is co-sponsored by the Office of Worship and the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis.


Matovina works in the area of theology and culture, with specialization in U.S. Catholic and Latino theology and religion. His most recent books are “Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America’s Largest Church,” and the recently-released short version of that work, “Ministerio Hispano: Una introduccion.”


RSVP for one of the workshop times by emailing Lourdes Ramirez at lramirez@scd.org. For more information, contact Martha Haig at (916) 733-0131 or mhaig@scd.org.


bullet with text Link here to download a flyer about the Sept. 8 workshops at the Diocesan Pastoral Center





Waling for peace

'Nurturing an open, civil dialogue'

Dioceses across U.S. to unite in 'Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities' on Sept. 9


In light of recent incidents of violence and racial tension in communities across the United States, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has invited all dioceses across the country to unite in a Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities on Friday, Sept. 9. Bishop Jaime Soto has asked all parishes and schools in the Diocese of Sacramento to participate.


Archbishop Kurtz has also appointed a special task force to support bishops in marking that Day of Prayer, and more broadly, in promoting peace and healing during this time of great strain on civil society.


Parishes and schools throughout the Diocese of Sacramento will observe this Day of Prayer for Peace, held on the memorial of St. Peter Claver. There will be intercessions, the rosary for the Day of Prayer for Peace, and papal quotations on peace. The rosary will air on KSMH (1620 AM) at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sept. 9.


St. Peter Claver (d. 1654) served in the Colombian port of Cartagena for 38 years. He devoted his life to caring for African slaves, calling himself “the slave of the slaves forever.”


"I have stressed the need to look toward additional ways of nurturing an open, honest and civil dialogue on issues of race relations, restorative justice, mental health, economic opportunity, and addressing the question of pervasive gun violence," Archbishop Kurtz said. "The Day of Prayer and special task force will help us advance in that direction. By stepping forward to embrace the suffering, through unified, concrete action animated by the love of Christ, we hope to nurture peace and build bridges of communication and mutual aid in our own communities."


bullet with text Link here for videos, resources, backgrounders and statements from the USCCB on racism





Priest and communion

during weekend liturgies

Diocesan collection for priests' retirement to be

held Sept. 10-11 in parishes


Parishes throughout the Diocese of Sacramento will take up a second collection during weekend liturgies on Sept. 10-11 to benefit the retired priests of the diocese.


This is an opportunity for parishioners to thank diocesan priest for their long and loving service, and who have taken care of parishioners’ spiritual and sacramental needs.


Many retired priests reside at the Vianney Retirement Village adjacent to Christ the King Retreat Center in Citrus Heights, which includes living units, a community center for social gathering and occasional community meals, and a chapel where daily Mass is celebrated.


bullet with text Link here to view the list of special collections for 2016 in the Diocese of Sacramento





Louisiana flood

during weekend liturgies Sept. 17-18

Parishes in diocese to take

up collection to assist

victims of flood in Louisiana


Together with his brother bishops in the United States, Bishop Jaime Soto has asked pastors of parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento to conduct a collection to assist victims of the severe flooding in Louisiana. The collection will be taken up in parishes the weekend of Sept. 17-18 or at a more convenient date prior to Oct. 3.


The funds collection in this one-time special appeal will be used to support the humanitarian efforts of Catholic Charities USA, the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, and will help provide support to the Catholic dioceses also impacted. Those who wish to make an online contribution directly to Catholic Charities USA can visit https://catholiccharitiesusa.org.


“We must unite ourselves through prayer and solidarity with their dire plight,” said Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta. “Catholic Charities USA is already at work in the areas affected by the flood. Once each parish has sent in their collected donation, we will send our cumulative donation from the Diocese of Sacramento.”


As of Aug. 24, as many as 60,000 homes have been damaged, with nearly 20,000 people being rescued from the flood waters. More than 106,000 individuals and families have sought disaster aid.


bullet with text Link here to read news release: "USCCB President calls for emergency collection to assist Louisiana flood victims





young adults in prayer

Learn about liturgy, worship, prayer

Series of liturgical formation workshops being offered


The Diocesan Liturgical Commission’s committee on formation, in conjunction with the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis, is offering a series of workshops leading to a liturgy specialization certificate. The series continues on Nov. 12.


The five-part series is for those who do sacramental preparation, liturgical ministers and coordinators, musicians, members of liturgy committees and anyone who wants to learn more about liturgy, worship and prayer. Anyone discerning involvement in a liturgical ministry will also find these workshops helpful.


Each workshop will take place on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish, located at 660 Florin Road in Sacramento.

— Session 2, Nov. 12: Gateway to life in the Spirit: Sacraments of Initiation.

— Session 3, Jan. 7, 2017: Source and Summit of the Christian Life: The Holy Eucharist and the Mass.

— Session 4, March 18: Medicine of Mercy: Sacraments of Healing.

— Session 5, April 29: The Joy of the Gospel: Sacraments at the service of the church and the world.

The cost to attend is $45 per workshop (including lunch and snacks.) For more information, visit the link below or contact James Cavanagh at jcavanagh@scd.org or (916) 733-0221.


bullet with text Link here to download a flyer to register for liturgical formation workshops





TK kids

faith, knowledge, service

Catholic schools open throughout diocese for

2016-2017 academic year


Catholic schools opened Aug. 15 throughout the Diocese of Sacramento for the 2016-2017 school year.


The diocese has 43 schools: 37 diocesan and parish elementary schools, three diocesan Catholic high schools and three private Catholic high schools.


“We welcome back to school our Catholic elementary and high school principals, teachers, students and families,” said Lincoln Snyder, superintendent and executive director of Catholic schools in the diocese. “To start the school year, many of our schools will be celebrating with liturgies honoring the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We ask the Lord to bless and keep safe our students during this Jubilee Year of Mercy.”


For the 2015-2016 school year, total enrollment for K-8 schools in the diocese was 8,805 and pre-school enrollment was 682. There were 4,127 students enrolled in Catholic high schools.


(In photo above, children from the transitional kindergarten at St. John Vianney School in Rancho Cordova are shown at play during the school year in 2016.)


bullet with text Link to more information about Catholic schools in the Diocese of Sacramento





Cristo Rey chapel

student enrollment largest ever

Cristo Rey High School in Sacramento names chapel to honor Mercy Sister Eileen Enright for her service


Students from Cristo Rey High School in south Sacramento gathered Aug. 8 for Mass to celebrate the first day of the 2016-17 school year.


In photo at left, at the conclusion of the Mass, Jim Cuneo, president of the high school’s board of directors, announced that the chapel at Cristo Rey would be named in honor of current president, Sister of Mercy Eileen Enright, who has served in that role since 2011.


Sister Eileen was instrumental in securing a new location and new buildings for the school at 8475 Jackson Road, which were dedicated in April. Cristo Rey had previously been located for eight years at 6200 McMahon Drive, the former site of St. Peter School. The current location has 8.3 acres with two 48,000-square-foot buildings, providing 200 percent more educational space for students and staff. This year’s enrollment, with more than 365 students, is the largest in the school’s history.


Sister Eileen, who previously served in pastoral and educational ministries for the Diocese of Sacramento for many years, said she was greatly humbled by having her name on the chapel at the school. She thanked co-sponsors, the Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus, and students, board members, benefactors and staff members for their continued dedication to the school.


bullet with text Link here to visit the website of Cristo Rey High School in Sacramento





Exterior view of Jasna Gora Monastery
Exterior view of Jasna Gora Monastery

Day 8 Dispatch from Kraków

Bishop Soto offers reflections from World Youth Day 2016

August 2, 2016

Bishop Jaime Soto attended World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland.  Here he offers his final reflection on the gathering. Scroll to link to all previous reflections on his travels.


Concelebrating Mass under the maternal icon of Czestochowa


The train has pulled out of the Kraków station in the early morning as I begin this last reflection on World Youth Day, 2016.


The city had begun to return to its normal rhythm, though there were still a good number of pilgrims moving about.  At the train station groups of youth people with backpacks were squinting at the electronic board to find their next destination.  I had my sights on Czestochowa to see the renowned Marian image.  The reasonably good weather that had favored the jubilee week of youth continued.  It was good to surrender to the soothing rhythm of the rolling train and watch the verdant countryside pass by the window.


Arriving in Czestochowa about an hour and a half later, I grabbed a taxi for a ride over to the basilica.  I tried to explain to the taxi driver my destination:  "basilica?"  "Our Lady of Czestochowa?"  A blank stare.  Then he asked "Madonna?" I gave him the thumbs up and he said the Polish version of "Get in."  ... (link below to read the complete reflection)


bullet with text Link here to read Bishop Soto's August 2, 2016 concluding reflection: Concelebrating Mass under the maternal icon of Czestochowa

bullet with text Link here to read Bishop Soto's August 1, 2016 reflection: The communion of life...the catalyst, the sacred fission for a full life of charity and mercy

bullet with text Link here to read Bishop Soto's July 31, 2016 reflection: An oasis of mercy became a haven of peace

bullet with text Link here to read Bishop Soto's complete July 30, 2016 reflection: Our actions, in the manner that they conform us to Christ, can bring God's mercy into the world

bullet with text Link here to read Bishop Soto's complete July 29, 2016 reflection: Merciful, jubilant days as Pope Francis brings Christ and His spirit to this amazing gathering of grace

bullet with text Link here to read Bishop Soto's complete July 28, 2016 reflection: Crossing the threshold into Auschwitz

bullet with text Link here to read Bishop Soto's complete July 27, 2016 reflection: The sites of Krakow, dining with Sacramento parish groups, and the enduring presence of hope in Christ Jesus

bullet with text Link here to read Bishop Soto's July 26, 2016 reflection: Shadows of Poland's past, Polish hospitality and Pope John PaulII's plaza window





Juveniles in jail

initiative on November ballot

California's Catholic bishops announce support of Prop. 57 for public safety, rehabilitation


The California Catholic Conference of Bishops has announced its support for Proposition 57, “The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act,” on the November ballot.


In a statement released Aug. 1 they noted: “This balanced approach to the criminal justice system in our state would advance the well-being of our residents and communities by re-focusing our collective efforts on rehabilitation, treatment and education programs. In addition, the initiative will place the decision to try juveniles as adults into the hands of those who best understand the intricacies of dealing with young people – the juvenile court.


“Every day, in our parishes and ministries, we witness the devastating impact of crime on the people and families of our communities. Victims, whose lives have often shattered, search for answers, look for healing and seek an opportunity to voice their needs. Families of perpetrators hide their pain, alone in their anguish and afraid to ask for help. And the incarcerated fruitlessly search for hope as programs that offer the possibility of rehabilitation are scrapped in lieu of the high costs of prison construction.”


Proposition 57 offers alternatives, the bishops state: “an increase in public safety leading to less crime; programs to promote healing and rehabilitation; the means to deal with offending juveniles as the wounded children that they are; placing more decisions in the hands of impartial judges; and a chance at parole for non-violent offenders.”


bullet with text Link here to read the entire text of the CA bishops' statement on Prop. 57 in English

bullet with text Link here for more resources on ballot initiatives from the CA Catholic Conference




At dusk pilgrims prepare for Pope's candlelight Vigil
At dusk pilgrims prepare for Pope's candlelight Vigil

Panarama of multitudes of people following outdoor closing Mass
Panarama of multitudes of people following outdoor closing Mass

Pilgrims welcoming Pope Francis at Blonia Park
Pilgrims welcoming Pope Francis at Blonia Park

Pilgrims at Basilica of Divine Mercy
Pilgrims at Basilica of Divine Mercy

Pilgrims dine with Bishop Soto after Opening Mass
Pilgrims dine with Bishop Soto after Opening Mass

Pilgrims arrive in Poland; standing near Wawel Cathedral
Pilgrims arrive in Poland; standing near Wawel Cathedral

Pilgrims depart from Reno AirportPilgrims depart from Reno Airport

From every corner of the world

Pilgrims in Krakow, Poland, savor and celebrate

World Youth Day 2016

Update 7/31/16: In top left photo, preparing for the Pope's candlelight Vigil and Benediction services.  Pilgrims from all over the world slept under the stars awaiting the Pope's closing Mass. Along side of us, in red, was this group from Cebu Philippines. The next photo shows the multitude of international pilgrims (estimated at upwards of 2.5 million)  immediately after closing Mass, preparing to depart the venue in the outskirts of Poland (aptly named by the Polish Church as “Campus Misericordiae” (Campus of Mercy)  to return to their Polish lodging and prepare for flights back to their home countries the next day. Pope Francis announced that Panama will be the next site for WYD in 2019.


Update 7/28/16: A group of pilgrims from the diocese of Sacramento led by Fr Benedict DeLeon arrives in Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland for the welcoming ceremony for Pope Francis at World Youth Day 2016.  Flags from various countries around the world can be seen flying in the background, being waved proudly by their respective pilgrims.


Update 7/26/16: Fr. Ben sends more photos, chronicling cherished moments of the pilgrims journey. Photo at left: Celebrating the Holy Year Jubilee of Mercy in a special and privileged way,  WYD pilgrims from our diocese arrive at the Basilica of Divine Mercy in Krakow Poland, paying homage to the great “Apostles of Mercy”  St Faustina and St Pope John Paul II, whose relics are placed in the Basilica’s sanctuary.  In the foreground from left are pilgrims from St Theresa parish in So Lake Tahoe: Mattison Underhill, Katie Sears, Alexis Holmes, David Holmes and Marin Underhill. Photo at left: Bishop Soto hosts pilgrims from the Sacramento Diocese to a dinner following the official Opening Mass for World Youth Day on July 26.  Fr Benedict DeLeon standing in center with a group of his pilgrims  representing Tahoe, Oroville, Redding and Sacramento.


UPDATE 7/24/16: Fr. Benedict DeLeon and the WYD pilgrims enjoying their first days in Krakow. The group participated in Sunday Mass at the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow (in photo background), which was the home cathedral of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla in the mid-20th Century (1964) before he would become Pope John Paul II in 1978.


July 22, 2016: Pilgrims from the Diocese of Sacramento join with two million others from around the world, traveling to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day 2016. The theme of this World Youth Day is ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy’ (Mt. 5:7). Father Benedict DeLeon, pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Tahoe City, begins the journey today, July 22, as diocesan pilgrims gather in Reno, Nevada before departure from the Reno Airport. World Youth Day officially begins on Tuesday, July 26 with an opening ceremony and Mass. It concludes on Sunday, July 31.


Sharing their excitement, Father Ben writes, “Here’s a photo of our pilgrims from St. Theresa, St. Paul (Sacramento), St. Thomas (Oroville) and St. Joseph (Redding). On our way to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland.”

The week ahead promises a spiritual journey like no other as pilgrims will participate in a comprehensive program, visit pilgrimage sites and immerse themselves in the message of mercy. A fleet of yellow “dream buses” have traveled throughout Europe in July to publicize the celebration.

The World Youth Day website reports: “St. Faustina and John Paul II are the patrons of World Youth Day in Krakow. When in 1938 the 18-year-old Karol Wojtyla arrived in Krakow to begin his studies at Jagiellonian University, 33-year-old Sister Faustina lived in a Krakow Convent. She died on October 5, when Karol began his first semester of studies at the Faculty of Polish Studies. They never met, but Divine Providence tied their fates together in a particular way: it was in fact John Paul II who canonized Sr. Faustina and instituted the feast of Divine Mercy in the entire Church. These two Saints of Krakow – the apostles of Divine Mercy – patron WYD in 2016. Their lives are examples for us of deep trust in Divine mercy, expressed in the words: Jesus, I Trust in You.”


bullet with text Link here for the official World Youth Day 2016 Krakow website

bullet with text Download World Youth Day 2016 prayer

bullet with text Learn more about the meaning behind the World Youth Day 2016 logo

bullet with text Link to diocesan site for live streaming, virtual World Youth Day, and more!

bullet with text Link to facts, news and resources via a USCCB News Advisory





Diocesan Directory 2016

searchable PDF on this website

Diocese of Sacramento 2016 Directory is now available


The 2016 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 2016 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.


bullet with text Link to download and print the order form for the 2016 Diocese of Sacramento Directory





hands behind bars

'all life is sacred -- innocent or flawed'; also oppose prop. 66 on Nov. 8 ballot to speed up executions

California's Catholic bishops announce support of Prop. 62 to end use of death penalty


In a statement released July 14, the California Catholic Conference of Bishops has endorsed Proposition 62 on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot. The initiative statute would repeal the death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replace it with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. The bishops in the same statement also state their opposition to Proposition 66, which will expedite executions in the state.


Proposition 62 applies retroactively to persons already sentenced to death and states that persons found guilty of murder and sentenced to life without possibility of parole must work while in prison as prescribed by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. It increases to 60% the portion of wages earned by persons sentenced to life without the possibility of parole that may be applied to any victim restitution fines or orders against them.


“Our commitment to halt the practice of capital punishment is rooted both in the Catholic faith and our pastoral experience,” the bishops state. “All life is sacred – innocent or flawed – just as Jesus Christ taught us and demonstrated repeatedly throughout his ministry. This focus on the preciousness of human life is fundamental to Christianity and most eloquently expressed in the two great commandments: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart…love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Mk 12:30-31).


The bishops note: “Our support to end the use of the death penalty is also rooted in our unshakeable resolve to accompany and support all victims of crime. They suffer the very painful consequences of criminal acts. With the violent loss of a loved one, a sword has pierced their heart. Their enduring anguish is not addressed by the state-sanctioned perpetuation of the culture of death…”


bullet with text Link here to read the entire text of the CA bishops' statement in English

bullet with text Link here to read the entire text of the CA bishops' statement in Spanish

bullet with text Link here for more resources on the death penalty from the CA Catholic Conference





Bishop Gallegos

recognizes heroic virtues

Pope advances sainthood cause for Bishop Alphonse Gallegos, declared Venerable


In decisions made on July 8, Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of the late Bishop Alphonse Gallegos, who served as auxiliary bishop of Sacramento from 1981 until his death in an auto accident near Yuba City in 1991. He was particularly known for his ministry to farmworkers and the poor and marginalized.


In an audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis signed a decree recognizing the heroic virtues of Bishop Gallegos, who will now be known as Venerable Alphonse Gallegos. It is the latest step in his beatification cause, which was initiated 10 years ago.


Kevin Eckery, spokesman for the Diocese of Sacramento, told The National Catholic Register: “Bishop Gallegos touched so many people with his ministry. We are gratified to see his cause moving forward and will provide the (cause’s) Postulator with any assistance he needs to complete his work.”


Bishop Gallegos was known as the “bishop of the barrio” because of his work with the marginalized and the “lowrider” bishop because of his support for members of local modified-car clubs. He was particularly concerned about the poor, un-catechized young people, migrants and other people who lacked support from the community, and often spent his summer vacations living with farmworkers in the Central Valley.


Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at a Mass of thanksgiving for Venerable Alphonse Gallegos on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento.


bullet with text Link here to read a story about Venerable Bishop Gallegos from Catholic News Service July 8




Catholic Herald magazine

digital edition on this website

July-August 2016 issue of Catholic Herald magazine

is published; stories focus

on jail and prison ministry


The July-August 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 jail and prison ministry/restorative justice. The cover story, "Listen to the Silence of God," features an interview with Ray Leonardini, a member of Divine Savior Parish in Orangevale and a volunteer chaplain at Folsom State Prison. For the past several years, Ray leads centering prayer groups with Folsom inmates that have helped them experience deep personal changes in their lives.


Other feature stories include the compelling story of Robin Gilmore, mother of Folsom prisoner Joshua Gilmore, who speaks about how centering prayer has changed her life and that of her son over the past few years; a story on "Get On The Bus," a program involving Catholic volunteers that unites children with their mothers and fathers in prison; interviews with Irma Michel, Kerry Joseph and Father Leon Juchniewicz of Good Shepherd Parish in Elk Grove, who are involved with restoring offenders to themselves and God through the jail ministry at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Sacramento County; and the stories of Sharon Rodda and Kathy Moore, both volunteers with Folsom prisoners for the past 25 years.


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.


bullet with text Link to more information about Catholic Herald magazine's issues and themes for 2016

bullet with text Link to the website of Catholic Herald magazine, including the archive of issues published





Saints of Mercy relics

through October 2016

Saints of Mercy relics tour being hosted by various parishes and schools


The Divine Mercy Support Network is coordinating the Saints of Mercy Relics Tour now through the end of October at various parishes and schools in the Diocese of Sacramento.


The tour includes 30 relics of saints, blessed from Rome. They are ordinary men, women and children who embraced Christ's call to holiness and discipleship by living lives of faith-filled mercy through daily life and service.


The Saints of Mercy Relics Tour includes booklets about the Jubilee Year of Mercy and the tour, which are beautifully-designed with hand-illustrated portraits of the saints and include prayers for the veneration of the saints and their relics.


For dates and locations of the tour, visit the link below. For additional information or questions, contact John Doering at (530) 677-2805 or at info@DivineMercySacramento.org.


bullet with text Link here for more information about the Saints of Mercy Relics Tour and dates and locations