The November-December issue of Catholic Herald, the magazine of the Diocese of Sacramento, has been published. The theme for the feature stories in this issue is lay ministry. The digital edition of the magazine is available at http://faithdigital.org/Sacramento/CH1117/
Victor Rodriguez and Gabriela Rosas, lay ministers who use their training, knowledge and skills as lay ministers to the fast-growing Hispanic presence in their parishes and the diocese, are featured in the cover story. They are both graduate students in the Diocese of Sacramento's master's degree program in pastoral ministries from Santa Clara University and anxiously await the day in the spring of 2018 when they will earn their degrees with 11 fellow classmates.
Other stories include a feature on Deacon Moises and Rosalina Guadarrama of St. James Parish in Davis, who know the stories of hundreds of migrant farmworkers from their ministry for nearly 15 years each summer at the Davis Migrant Center in Dixon; a feature on how small Christian communities are inspiring Gospel living in parishes through the North State Catholic Revival; how lay ministers receiving specialized expertise in the diocesan lay ministry certificate programs are "yearning to learn more and passing it on"; and how St. John Vianney Parish in Rancho Cordova is embracing the Fifth National Encuentro for Hispanic/Latino Ministry with active missionary efforts seeking and inviting others to a relationship with Jesus.
Bishop Jaime Soto is the publisher of Catholic Herald 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 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 archives of Catholic Herald magazine, visit https://www.scd.org/catholic-herald-magazine.