Sacramento diocese plans anti-racism campaign

First meeting of Diocesan Task Group against Racism scheduled for June 8 at St. Anthony Parish in Sacramento; Bishop Jaime Soto plans to attend

The following is a May 15 letter from Bishop Jaime Soto posted on the diocesan website: Dear Fellow Co-Workers in the Lord, Please join me and the Diocesan Task Group against Racism on June 8, 2019, 9am, at St. Anthony Parish, Sacramento, to launch a diocesan-wide campaign to address concerns of racial injustice within the Church and larger community. Bishop Shelton Fabre, … [Read more...]

Sacramento bishop asks for prayers ahead of USCCB meeting

Bishop Jaime Soto: "Children and young people were scarred by horrible, wicked crimes committed by the very people they had been taught to rely on as spiritual leaders"

In a letter to the faithful of the Diocese of Sacramento, Bishop Jaime Soto asks parishioners to join him in praying for three intentions ahead of the USCCB Fall General Assembly. The following is the full text of Bishop Soto's letter: --- October 31, 2018 Dear Friends in Christ: On Monday, November 12th, I will join my brother bishops for the week-long assembly of the US … [Read more...]

Sacramento bishop warns of “unauthorized rites”

In Sept. 25 memo, Bishop Jaime Soto tells priests and parishioners that unauthorized Masses and other sacraments are being celebrated "in houses, halls, parks and other places"

Sept. 25, 2018 Dear Parishioners and Priests: It has come to our attention that there have been unauthorized Masses and other sacraments celebrated in houses, halls, parks and other places. These are usually performed by priests who come from outside the Diocese of Sacramento. The 2006 Statutes of the Diocese of Sacramento (# 25, 26, and 91), the Code of Canon Law for … [Read more...]

The Catholic Church should support labor unions, Bishop Soto says

Sacramento Bishop spoke at the Social Action Summer Institute on range of social justice issues

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California, told participants at the Social Action Summer Institute July 18 that only religious-minded patience can save the world from the horrific headlines of the day. "The past year has been heart breaking. Our patience has been tested," he said. "Patience is not resignation. It is not abdication." In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis … [Read more...]

Sacramento bishop reflects on his Catholic upbringing

Bishop Jaime Soto: "My siblings and I were brought up in an intensely Catholic environment, the likes of which are hard to imagine today"

When I speak about growing up with my family, I often refer to being raised in a “Catholic ghetto.” I use the term not to imply any economic deprivation. That was not the case. Rather, my siblings and I were brought up in an intensely Catholic environment, the likes of which are hard to imagine today. From the perspective of a young boy, I assumed there were two kinds of … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Get On the Bus program reunites children with incarcerated parents

Sacramento Auxiliary Bishop recommends supporting program for Lent

My Dear Brothers in Christ, Each year, a program called Get On The Bus rallies Catholic faith communities throughout the state to provide the children of incarcerated parents with a visit with their mother or father – a parent they likely see one day a year thanks to Get On The Bus. This year, over 1,000 children will board buses and travel to prisons hundreds of miles … [Read more...]