Sacramento diocese accepting donations for fire victims

Bishop Jaime Soto asks prayers for those affected, says “our hearts ache over the terrible loss and suffering"

In light of the fires burning in Shasta, Trinity, Lassen, Sutter and other counties, Bishop Jaime Soto has asked the faithful of the Diocese of Sacramento to remember in their prayers all those affected, especially the firefighters and emergency personnel, as well as residents who have been displaced, lost their residences or evacuated. Please keep all those communities … [Read more...]

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Federal appeals court upholds ban on prayer at Chino school board meetings

Chino Unified School District board defended its opening prayer as a sign of respect for religious diversity, but 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagrees

A federal appeals court decided Wednesday that Chino Valley school board meetings may not include prayers, proselytizing or the citing of Christian Scripture. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2016 injunction against the religious practices, which the court said dated back to at least 2010. In its appeal, the Chino Valley Unified School … [Read more...]

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Churches worth driving to

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Sacramento

Name of Church National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe Address 711 T Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 Phone number (916) 442-3211 Website www.guadalupe-sacramento.org Mass times Saturday vigil 7 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. Weekdays, 8 a.m. & 7 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. All Masses in Spanish. Confessions Saturday, 5-7 p.m. Before … [Read more...]

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Sacramento teacher under fire for teaching class about abortion

Sutter Middle School teacher in hot water for showing videos depicting how abortions are performed during various stages of pregnancy

A Sutter Middle School teacher who recently aired graphic abortion videos (below) to students during a sex-education class is in hot water with the Sacramento City Unified School District. The district launched an investigation following complaints from parents whose children had seen the videos, which depict how abortions are performed during various stages of pregnancy. The … [Read more...]

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Catholics prepare to honor Our Lady in the streets of Sacramento

10th Annual Marian Procession will be held Saturday, May 12; event spokesman says, "We will be praying specifically for the people of this state to turn back to God

In this month of Mary, California Catholics are preparing to honor Our Lady in the streets of Sacramento.  On Saturday, May 12, thousands of faithful will gather for the Great Marian Procession, a march culminating with the consecration of California to the Blessed Mother.  Speaking with Church Militant Friday, organizer Michael Solton described the procession as an act of … [Read more...]

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Champion for Life Monsignor Kavanagh has died

Longtime pastor of St. Rose Parish in Sacramento, dies on St. Patrick's Day at age 93

Monsignor Edward Kavanagh, a native son of Ireland who came to Sacramento in 1948, died today of natural causes. He was 93 and passed away on St. Patrick’s Day. For nearly 60 years, Monsignor Kavanagh was pastor or in residence at St. Rose Parish in South Sacramento. During his remarkable ministry, he oversaw an orphanage, day-care center, and a school along with numerous … [Read more...]

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Olive oil with a higher purpose

For seven years, Jim and Andrea Mayer, members of St. James Parish in Davis and owners of a small olive oil company in Yolo County, have donated 20 gallons of their oil to Sacramento diocese to become chrism oil

At the Chrism Mass on Thursday, March 22, when Bishop Jaime Soto blesses the holy oils used throughout the year for the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, holy orders, and anointing of the sick, Jim and Andrea Mayer, owners of Frate Sole Olive Oil Company, will witness how some of the olive oil from their most recent harvest becomes sacred. Once consecrated, Frate Sole will … [Read more...]

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Baby Jesus comes to California State Capitol

Figurines from Stockton and Sacramento

  The following is from a Dec. 15  press release issued by the Thomas More Society. Baby Jesus will be present at the California State Capitol this Christmas season. Starting with an opening ceremony at 3 p.m. on December 17 and remaining through December 27, a traditional Christian crèche will be on display on the Capitol’s North Side Steps, facing L Street. The … [Read more...]

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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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