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Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Sacramento

Interior of 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

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Sacramento


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 Sunday Masses and by appointment.

Names of priests Fr. Francisco Hernandez, pastor.

School Yes, a school cooperative in alliance with the charter school Inspire.

Parish groups Knights of Columbus, Regnum Christi, St. Vincent de Paul Society, prayer groups

Music Weekend Hispanic choirs.

Tomb of Bishop Gallegos at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine.

Fellow parishioners Hispanic.

Parking On the weekends the Masses are crowded and parking in the lot can get scarce, but you can park on the street.

Acoustics OK.

Cry room Yes.

Additional observations Our Lady of Guadalupe chapel was established in 1945. Initially, it was intended as an extension of the work of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in downtown Sacramento, but later was specifically devoted to minister to the Hispanic community. It moved to its current site in 1958, and became a diocesan parish in 1969. It was designated as a national shrine in 1978, with Bishop Alfonso Gallegos, Sacramento’s first Hispanic bishop, as its pastor. The Legionaries of Christ had previously administered to the shrine. The remains of Bishop Gallegos, whose cause for beatification is proceeding, are located in a special tomb at the Shrine. The Shrine is also home to a Shroud of Turin (burial cloth of Christ) exhibit, which includes information about the scientific examination of the Shroud. The Shrine also has a sanctuary bookstore.

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  1. St. Christopher says:

    All Masses in Spanish? Why not Urdu or Punjabi or Gbe? This is the ridiculous insult to the Faith to withdraw the language prayed all over the world for centuries, by virtually all Catholic saints. But then, the Mass itself is vastly different, and Church architecture is likewise banal and Protestantized. Welcome to the “NewCatholicChurch.”

    • Bob One says:

      St. Christopher, I don’t know about that. Looks like a very traditional church to me. Why Spanish? Because that is the language of the people. When everyone can speak Latin I think we should change the Mass to Latin. At some point, the flat-earth people have got to stop trying to ruin the Catholic Church by taking us back to what was rather than propelling us to what could be. Today’s Catholics, from my observation, are very Catholic, just not in the same way they use to be, and that’s ok. I grew up, steeped in the Church of the 40s, 50s, and 60s, so I know what it was like back then. Join the millions who attend Mass every weekend in the vernacular, you will be inspired!

      • Steve Seitz says:

        Bob One,
        Falsely referring to people as “flat-earth people” is a logic error known as name calling and is not an argument. It’s also demeaning and rude.

        Also, I don’t think the typical Catholic today is sufficiently catechized to be called “very Catholic.” I’ve noticed an improvement over the past 10 year, but the best that I can say is that the heart of today’s Catholics are in the right place.

        • Anonymous says:

          I do think Catholics are poorly educated in the Faith. I think the older generations were trained in the Faith. My mother always says “No one ever explained things to us.” Madonna is quoted as saying that, growing up Catholic, no one could ever answer her questions. I had the same experience. It is better now with the internet. I learn new things everyday. I review part of the CCC every day and read part of the Bible every day. Every time you see something you did not see before.

        • Anonymous says:

          Keeping up with the changes by Pope Francis is challenging. I try to read the Catholic News everyday, including this site, and read the Pope, Vatican and bishops press releases and documents. It does take time to do all that and there is a lot of misinformation.
          I appreciated all correction. A lot of times people who comment here post links that are helpful.
          Many times people just post their own opinions, their own likes and dislikes but some people do try to inform and/or ask good questions.

    • Bob One says:

      St. Christopher, it is important to keep in mind that Latin is only one of the “Rites” of which the Pope is the head, albeit the largest. There is also the Byzantine (Greek), Alexandrian/Coptic (Greek, Egyptian and Arabic), Syriac ( Syriac and Aramaic), Armenian, Maronite (Iraqi), Chaldean. Also, there are small Rites in Portugal, Milan, and elsewhere. Some of the larger orders of priests have their own version of the Mass. These Rites also have their own canon laws. The Church is universal, not just Latin.

  2. While Hispanics are a growing percentage of the population, I agree at least some of the Masses should be in English to attract those faithful who do not speak Spanish. I speak a little Spanish but my spouse does not, so she is ‘lost’ at a Spanish only liturgy.

  3. St. Christopher says:

    “Bob One:” Your words convey the illogic that has greased the skids for the destruction of the institutional Catholic Church. No one opposes a priest being able to speak various languages to better spread the Gospel. The Mass, however, is not an entertainment event, it is the sacrifice of Calvary reenacted by a priest, who seeks Christ’s forgiveness for our sins. The TLM is not the Mass of Man that characterizes the Novus Ordo. Only the priest touches the Sacred Host, too, and people receive by kneeling and on the tongue only.

    Thanks to the NO, few people know or believe in the Real Presence. But then, you know this already.

    • Anonymous says:

      You probably read a bunch of stuff written by some of the schismatics on the Internet.
      If you love the Lord, you love the Mass, no matter what language or form or Rite.
      I was catechized when the Church still had the TLM. I did not understand the Real Presence until after I was an adult and it was through praying the Rosary, that I was given that gift of understanding.
      How would I have understood anything at all if the Church stilled prayed in Latin? Why would I have gone to a Church that prayed in Latin when there were so many other Churches who prayed in English? I would not have understood it.

      • St. Christopher says:

        Really, “Anonymous” (and how is George Soros these days): Too many issues with limited words, but you are wrong on several of them. First, Mankind can, and has, made a hash of the Mass. No, we are not fools that must take whatever our bishops/Church leadership decides to dish out (remember, the last Synod wanted us to believe that homosexuals had “gifts” by the reason of their sexuality). A Clown/Golf Course/Dancing/Other Mass is not a proper way to worship Jesus. Second, demographic studies show that, with changes in the Mass, most people have largely left, and those that stay have little to no understanding of the Real Presence. Happily you an exception.

        • Anonymous says:

          The Holy Spirit has worked through man to give us the Holy Mass. Liturgical abuse is from man, from a temptation that was fallen for.
          We are not fools but we need to pray for discernment. Do you think the Almighty Lord cannot run the Church of which He is the Head?
          Nothing happens that the Lord has not allowed.

  4. Bob One says:

    Latin, Spanish, English, Italian; it doesn’t matter! We want people to come to Mass to pray, to worship and to commune. Coming on Sunday (weekend) is what is important. We come to worship as a community. If we want to worship alone, we can stay home, but that creates other issues. My parish draws in thousands each weekend with all masses in English. Yet, if you look around the pews, you would guess that there are at least ten or fifteen languages spoken in the homes of the faithful. English is now the universal language. At one time it was French. At another time it was Latin. A community worshiping together is the important thing. It is easier to do that in a language everyone understands. In another 100 years the church might use…

  5. St. Christopher says:

    “Bob One”: You are always wrong. We come to Mass to assist the priest in the liturgy worshiping Christ. Your hand-jive Mass are a construct of feckless and mendacious bishops. The “globalist” view of the Mass is a construct of George Soros and the Clintons and the Obamas, who worship a “one world” government, and likely, church. The Mass of All Time is a re-enactment of Calvary, the sacrifice of Christ Himself. We are there for that only, not entertainment. Your words do accurately state one thing, however, and that is the definition of the “praise and thanksgiving” approach to worship provided by Protestants. Your words are not about the Catholic Mass.

    • Anonymous says:

      We can understand then how unworthy they are of the name of Christian who cherish enmities, and how hatred, dissensions and discord should be entirely put away, as the most destructive bane of the faithful, especially since by the daily Sacrifice of our religion, we profess to preserve nothing with more anxious care, than peace and love.
      Pope Pius V Catechism of Trent “The Sacrament of the Eucharist”

    • Bob One says:

      St. Christoper, I’m not always wrong, you just don’t agree with me very often. The “globalist” view of the Mass is a construct of George Soros and the Clintons and the Obamas, who worship a “one world” government, and likely, church. WOW! Where did that come from? Talk about a conspiracy theory! I guess I’ve never experienced a hand-jive mass. Every Mass I attend is very reverent and holy.

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