Last year Ensenada, next year the Vatican

Reservations now open for Orange diocese's second Bishops’ Pilgrimage Cruise aboard largest passenger cruise ship in the world featuring an ice skating rink; 10 pools, 8 water slides

The Diocese’s first Catholic cruise with Bishop Kevin Vann and Bishop Tim Freyer last summer was so successful that the Diocese is planning an even bigger annual bishops’ pilgrimage cruise in 2018. Last July, Bishop Vann, Bishop Freyer and a group of 207 parishioners departed Long Beach for a brief weekend cruise to Ensenada, Mexico where Mass was celebrated in a cathedral in … [Read more...]

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Sacramento bishop declares Roe v Wade anniversary a Diocesan Day of Reparation

Bishop Jaime Soto designates January 22, 2018 as a day of "fasting, prayer, penance and works of mercy" in observance of US Supreme Court legalizing abortion 45 years ago

Dear Friends in Christ: January 22, 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of the lamentable 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Roe v. Wade. In prayerful observance, I designate January 22, 2018 as a Diocesan Day of Reparation. I ask our clergy and laity to join me in cooperating with God’s merciful grace in these ways: January 20/21: clergy are asked to 1) pray and preach for … [Read more...]

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Sacramento bishop calls special meeting on immigration

Bishop Jaime Soto announces Aug. 25 get-together for pastors, parochial administrators, clergy and school administrators to discuss "concerns regarding the new Administration’s immigration enforcement policies"

Dear Pastors, Parochial Administrators, Clergy and School Administrators: In the light of ongoing concerns regarding the new Administration’s immigration enforcement policies, I am inviting all pastors, clergy and principals to a special meeting to discuss this matter on Friday, August 25th from 10 am to 12 pm at the Pastoral Center. I have also asked the Office of Catholic … [Read more...]

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Planned Parenthood among recipients of $20 million emergency grant

California Treasurer John Chiang and Democratic lawmakers announce grant for clinics facing defunding from the federal government

California’s treasurer announced Monday, newly approved plans to allocate a hefty multimillion-dollar state grant to hundreds of Planned Parenthood facilities and community clinics across the state. Planned Parenthood’s CEO says the federal threat to defund reproductive healthcare has already forced the closure of Planned Parenthood facilities and more are on the cusp of … [Read more...]

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“I don’t know why there’s controversy and criticism”

Abortion reversal therapy covered by the Sacramento Bee

On a spring afternoon in 2013, Rebekah Buell swallowed the first of two doses of her medical abortion treatment at a Planned Parenthood center in North Highlands. The then-19-year-old Roseville woman said she returned to her car with the second dose in hand. The four white pills in a bag taunted her from the passenger seat. “As soon as I got to my car I knew it wasn’t the … [Read more...]

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Without a church building since 2014

Grass fire flattened Holy Family Church almost three years ago; new buildings will be dedicated this week

Parishioners, friends and members of the local community will gather on Monday, May 29 at 11 a.m. in celebration as Bishop Jaime Soto presides at the dedication Mass and blessing of the new Holy Family Church and parish facilities in Weed. Holy Family has been without a church building since Sept. 15, 2014, when a grass fire broke out near Boles Creek just east of the town in … [Read more...]

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Sacramento bishop issues letter to faithful on closure of Women’s Health Specialists abortion facility

Bishop Jaime Soto: "I want to offer my thanks to everyone who has ever stood, even once, in peaceful prayer in front of any abortion facility"

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: A couple of weeks ago news quickly spread that the Women’s Health Specialists abortion facility in Sacramento was closing after 42 years. I want to offer a few words in the wake of this development. Year after year, on the sidewalk in front of this facility, there has been a steadfast presence of faith-filled people peacefully praying … [Read more...]

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Bishop Soto leads eucharistic procession to state Capitol

The journey was a public witness to end abortion

Bishop Jaime Soto presided at the 5 p.m. Mass on Sunday, April 30 in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento, followed by a eucharistic procession around the state Capitol in a journey of prayer and public witness to end abortion. Carried in the procession was an actual 4’ X 6’ authentic replica (Missionary Image) of the original Miraculous Image of Our … [Read more...]

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Groundbreaking held for new school, parish offices at St. Ignatius in Sacramento

Capital campaign exceeds 5.6 million - largest such campaign in diocese history

Families, school officials, parish leaders and students from St. Ignatius of Loyola School broke ground March 26 to mark the beginning of construction of a new state-of-the-art $9.1 million preschool to 8th grade school campus and parish offices. St. Ignatius Parish and School are located at 3235 Arden Way in Sacramento. A capital campaign to raise construction funds from … [Read more...]

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Sacramento diocese issues revised speaker guidelines

Reiterates prohibition of speakers who advocate policies contrary to Church teaching, forbids giving them awards, honors or recognition on church, school or diocesan property

[Excerpted from] Revised March 2017 Guidelines for Selecting Outside Speakers Diocese of Sacramento Parishes, Movements, Apostolic Groups, Catholic Schools Host Responsibilities: As a general rule, the invitation of any speaker or honoree should be an opportunity to evangelize and catechize the faithful. Thus, anything which may cause confusion or scandal or incite to … [Read more...]

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