Front Door Ministry
If your heart has been gripped by the needs of the hungry and homeless on the streets, you can learn the effective ways you can help by joining this ministry. As a volunteer, you will learn from those who are already making a difference. Whenever funds are available, this ministry provides emergency help like shelter for the night, and bill assistance for families in danger of becoming homeless. Contact email@example.com for information about volunteering or donations.
Brown Bag Lunch Ministry
This ministry was established in August 2013, in response to the growing numbers of downtown homeless needing food, nourishment, and a kind word. Now in its sixth year of operation, the ministry is operated completely by parishioners who volunteer their time, and donate food and money. Up to 150 “guests” come daily for lunch and the demand is great. For some of these men and women, the lunch is their main meal, so we make the lunch as nutritional as possible. We like to include non-perishables, such as:
*Tuna or Chicken lunch packs or Vienna Sausage tins
*Fruit cups or Applesauce
*Granola Bars, Peanut Butter or Cheese Crackers or Chips
*16 oz. Water
*Napkin and spoon or fork
Please pack in a paper lunch bag.
You may also make a donation here, or mail a check to the Cathedral office at the address below. 100% of your donation is used in feeding the homeless. All donations are tax deductible. To donate or volunteer, please contact Marilynn_Fairgood@att.net.
Catechist for Religious Education Ministry
This program helps develop catechists, or religious education teachers, who are theologically and spiritually prepared to share and teach the Catholic faith to others. The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament sponsors a series of workshops designed to prepare the candidate spiritually and theologically to witness and share their faith with the children and adults to whom they minister. For more information and the application, go to our Faith Formation page.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers are made up of lay men and women who assist the priests and deacons with the smooth distribution of Holy Communion during Mass. Candidates receive detailed training and support for this very important ministry which takes them to the very life-center of our Catholic Faith. For more information, please contact Amy McCormick at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 916-801-3967.
Visiting the Sick – Extraordinary Ministers may also bring Holy Communion to the sick and homebound. In this way, those who are unable to participate in Mass, can still share in the communion of sacrament and friendship.
During the Mass, God speaks to His people, gathered to hear his Word through Lectors. The lector is the mouthpiece of God. Even as the words are old, the proclamation is always new.
Lectors understand the mission of their work. To prepare for each liturgy, the lector reads the scripture ahead of time to establish a personal encounter with the word of God. It is from this encounter, through the lector, that the people of God may also encounter the divine Word. For more information on becoming a Lector, please contact Fred Heacock at email@example.com.
Altarservers are trained to assist the priest and deacons in the celebration of the Mass, and may start after their first communion. Candidates are people of good faith and have a desire to serve at the Altar of Our Lord and Savior. For more information, please contact Michael Ognisty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choirs - English and Spanish
The Choir facilitates the musical prayer of the assembly at the 11am Sunday Mass and special liturgies. They employ a range of musical styles and encourage trained vocalists and novice singers to apply. You must commit to rehearsals and Masses as scheduled. Please contact Rex Rallanka, Music Director at email@example.com or 916-444-3071, x 38
The Spanish Choir facilitates the musical prayer of the assembly in the 1:00pm and 7:00pm Sunday Masses. They employ a variety of musical styles and encourage novice trained vocalists and singers to apply. You must commit to rehearsals and masses on schedule. Please contact Spanish Choir music conductor, Jerry Vanoye in the choir annex after the 1pm Mass, or Ricardo Savala in the choir annex after the 7pm Mass.
Ushers & Greeters
Greeters and Ushers greet and assist parishioners when they come to the Cathedral for Mass or other public activities. For more information, please contact Parish Manager, Tom Waddock at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 916-444-3071, x 36.
Benedictus Youth Group
Teaches Catholic core values as defined by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in a safe, loving environment for nourishing faith formation. Involvement can include access to pastoral care, faith building through Mass, Adoration, prayer, retreats, and scripture study, participation in the parish and local community, and in service projects. If you are interested in learning more, or would like to join or volunteer, please contact: Titi Kila at 916-444-3071 Ext.13, or email@example.com.
We all have a story! Many of us are never the same after the transformational touch of the Holy Spirit through our ACTS Retreat weekend filled with song, prayer, fellowship and worship. ACTS stands for Adoration, Community, Theology, Service and is expressed by attending an ACTS Retreat and becoming a member of our ACTS community. Create true trust and friendship while experiencing God’s love with your Cathedral Brothers or Sisters. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to SacCathedralActs.org for more information.
Women's Retreat POSTPONED
Men's Retreat Nov. 12-15, 2020
Festival of Trees & Lights
The Festival of Trees and Lights (FOTL) is an ALL VOLUNTEER fundraiser that supports the Cathedral Social Services Programs. These programs provide services to the downtown poor, homeless, and needy. The two main programs are the Brown Bag which feeds over 500 people per week and the Front Door Ministry which assists those in need of financial help for housing, utilities, and transportation.
Volunteers are needed to donate items for sale, set up and take down, help in the kitchen to prepare, serve food and clean up; attend tables of items for sale throughout the Festival-December 7,8, 2019. For more information or to volunteer, contact Paula at email@example.com.
Communion & Liberation
This is a movement in the Church which has the purpose of forming its members in Christianity in order to make them coworkers in the Church’s mission in all areas of society. The basic instrument for the formation of those who belong to the Movement is a weekly catechesis which is called the School of Community, which takes place every Wednesday at the Cathedral in the Lower Level.
Email Prayer Chain
Reflect and Grow Closer to Christ through praying for one another. The Prayer Chain Ministry consists of people who have signed up to volunteer to take a few minutes to pray when the chain is “activated” via email. All that is required, is to say the prayer emailed to you.
The purpose of a prayer chain is to support members of the chain, parishioners and guests who request specific prayers for any urgent need of one’s self or immediate family members, or sometimes a desire of the heart. It brings great comfort to know people are praying for you or your loved ones. Prayer requests are confidential.
Sign up by sending your email to Lynne Amerson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hospitality Committee
Welcomes new members to the parish, and provides food for special events at the Cathedral. Contact Celeste Gisla at email@example.com.
Respect Life Ministry
This ministry defends life from conception to natural death using the Gospel of Life of our Lord as a shield. We support the various events of our diocese to promote the dignity of life, such as the program of "Mother and Daughter," "Father and Son," "40 Days for Life," "Walk for Life," and the "Procession of the Holy Innocents." We help mothers and their children by collecting clothes and receiving blankets, and raising needed funds selling roses for Mothers Day, and wreaths for Advent. We track legislation regarding Life issues and help to keep our community aware. We attend presentations on Radio Santisimo Sacramento to spread love and respect for human life. We visit churches in the Diocese to promote the creation of more Pro-Life Ministries. The strongest part of our ministry is the grace of community prayer and the Pro-Life Rosary, which we put it into action every day.
We are officially 100% bilingual. We are a ministry of OPEN DOORS 24/7. Email Lilianna at firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting times and other information.
The Rosary Club
Pray the Rosary in fellowship with other parishioners. Rosary Beads and instructions are provided. Meets every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:15 pm. You don't need to sign up, just show up. For more information and to sign up for reminder emails with meeting updates, contact Lolita Urrutia at email@example.com.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
A distinct Montessori-based approach to Christian formation, through which children as young as three form deep, lifelong relationships with Christ. For more information, visit www.youngsheep.org, or call 916-910-3435.