May-June 2023 issue of Catholic Herald magazine is published

The May-June 2023 issue of Catholic Herald magazine has been published. The theme for this issue is "faith and farming." The digital edition of the magazine is available at

In the cover story of this issue, readers meet Dusty and Stephanie Machado, owners of Machado & Sons Dairy in Elk Grove. They and their daughters, Hayden and Daphne, are members of St. Joseph Parish in Elk Grove. They committed to revitalizing the family dairy legacy first started by Dusty's grandfather in 1958. "I can't imagine how it would be if I didn't believe in God," Dusty says. He adds that he is 100 percent convinced that his strength and his ability to cope with all the stressors of agricultural work in California stem from his faith and trust in God.

Other stories in this issue include Bishop Jaime Soto's column on "Discovering the God-given holiness of water may help us understand why we bless it in our many sacramental rites"; a feature story on Ryan Mahoney of St. Joseph Parish in Rio Vista, who is president and CEO of Emigh Livestock in Rio Vista, which traces its roots to 1877, when the Emigh family first settled in the hills near the Solano County town; a question-and-answer interview with Jim Ennis, executive director of Catholic Rural Life, about rural ministry; a feature on the Carriere family of St. Monica Parish in Willows, who live out their faith in God, one another and in their farm operation in Glenn County; a feature on how parishioners of St. Thomas More Parish in Paradise are gifting trees to "welcome home" new and returning residents after the Camp Fire four years ago; and a story on the opening of the new Calvary Funeral Center in Citrus Heights.

Columns in this issue include "Teens Living Well: Real-Lationships 101" and Parenting on "Make Faith a Way of Life in the Family."

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