The Office of Social Service Ministry implements a variety of direct service and advocacy programs, which benefit individuals and families in need throughout the Diocese of Sacramento.
Catholic Advocacy is an annual statewide event hosted by the California Catholic Conference, the official voice of the Catholic Church in California’s public policy arena, representing the state’s Bishops on legislation and social issues. Catholics from all over the state gather in the state capitol to celebrate Mass together, rally on the steps of the Capitol, and meet with their elected senators and assembly members.
Catholic AIDS Ministry (CAM)
The Catholic HIV/AIDS Ministry of the Diocese of Sacramento responds to the spiritual and corporal needs of men, women and children who are affected by HIV/AIDS...Click here to learn more.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ "... to bring good news to the poor ... release to captives ... sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free." (Luke 4:18)
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, it has been the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States.
Our mission is to spread the “Good News” of Jesus Christ to those who are waiting to hear about Him. The Missionary Cooperative Appeal exists to support basic evangelization works around the world.
A number of Catholic ministries and programs exist within the Diocese of Sacramento to minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of those touched by the criminal justice system, including prison inmates and children who have an incarcerated parent or parents.
Social Ministry Specialization Series
The Social Ministry Specialization Series is a five week lay formation program which gives participants a foundational understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and practical tips to be effective parish social ministers.
Share the Journey Campaign
The Share the Journey campaign aims to engage the Church and others who care about migrants and refugees, around the world and in the United States. Through education and advocacy, the campaign seeks to affect both personal feelings and opinions as well as public policy.
Whole Person Care Initiative
The Whole Person Care Initiative seeks to ensure that parishioners and patients are accompanied, loved and supported in their serious illness and end-of-life journey. To that end the Initiative will provide each Health Ministry, Diocese and Parish with tools, resources, guidance, trainings and other supports to implement Whole Person Care.