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Come, sit, kneel, pray, relax, and enjoy the sweet peace that comes from being with the One who loves you the most, Jesus. Adoration is offered each Wednesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Visitors are always welcome, but we need 2 people to commit to be present for each hour. Can you commit to spending one (1) hour a week with our Eucharistic Lord?

Contact: Titi Kila at


Altar servers are trained to assist the priest and deacons in the celebration of the Mass and may begin service after their First Communion. Candidates are people of good faith and have a desire to serve at the Altar of Our Lord and Savior.
Contact: Michael Ognisty at

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, Scripture study, participation in the parish and local community, and in service projects. Participation in the Youth Group is the doorway to teen sacramental preparation.
Contact: Titi Kila at;

Sister Lisa Marie Doty, FDCC (sacramental prep) at

Brown Bag Lunch Ministry (BBL)

This ministry was established in August 2013, in response to the growing numbers of downtown homeless, poor brothers and sisters who need food, necessities (e.g., socks, toiletries) and a kind word. Active volunteers distribute lunches Tuesday through Friday mornings from 8 to 9 a.m. Support volunteers provide lunches, lunch supplies, and water.

Contact: Marilynn Fairgood at

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

A distinct Montessori-based approach to Christian formation, through which children as young as 3 form deep, lifelong relationships with Christ. 
Contact: David Vincent or 

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. 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.
Contact: Sister Lisa Marie Doty, FDCC at;

Edith Gonzalez (Spanish) at Spanish Program: Deyanira Galvez,

Cathedral A.C.T.S.

The Cathedral ACTS Ministry organizes retreats where the Holy Spirit can break through the hoopla and touch the heart. ACTS is an acronym for “Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service.” Our ministry’s motto is “God first, family second, then everything else.” Our mission is simple: love God, develop fellowship within the parish, learn how God reveals Himself to us and serve Him by loving what He loves — all of His creatures. Aside from the retreats, the ACTS Ministry organizes smaller events — barbeques, spaghetti feeds and such. We also sponsor a Rosary each Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. in Capitol Park at the former site of St. Junipero Serra’s statue and co-sponsor a bilingual Rosary with Knights of Columbus and Respect Life Ministry on Sundays outside the Cathedral at 11:15 a.m. after the 10 a.m. English Mass and before the noon Spanish Mass.

For more information, please see our website.

Contact: Diane Salais

Cathedral Docent Tour Ministry

Docents guide interested individuals through the interior of the Cathedral. Topics discussed by the docents center on the history, art and restoration of the Cathedral, along with insights to our Catholic faith. Training is provided.
Contact: Jill Pease at

Cathedral Filipino-American Group of Sacramento

This Fil-Am Ministry, established in May 2022, is composed of both Filipinos and Americans who, in one way or another, share a common bond of heritage to the Philippine Culture and the Catholic faith. We envision a dynamic and vibrant Filipino American community that is recognized and valued as an integral part of America's ethnic diversity. Our mission is to journey together in faith to preserve, promote, and perpetuate the many beautiful devotions and religious traditions inherent to the Filipino through cultural, charitable, and educational activities. Filipino Catholic practice is unusually material and physical, even among Catholic cultures, built especially on devotions to Mary, the suffering Christ, the Santo Niño (Holy Child), and feasts like the Simbang Gabi (Night Mass) novena that precedes Christmas, and the month-long Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May) offering to Mary illustrate distinctively Filipino forms of devotion. Our ministry welcomes not only our Filipino parishioners but all who are interested to join our activities. We hope you discover the joy that we share when we come together to worship God in spirit and in truth.

Contact: Reynaldo (Rey) Rallanka at 916-261-1538, email:

Cathedral Young Adults

The Cathedral Young Adults are a vibrant community of Catholic men and women (ages 19-40) in action. We meet on the second Tuesdays of the month for fellowship as we feed the homeless. We prepare breakfast for Sister Nora’s Place at Loaves and Fishes every third Saturday of the month and help with breakfast at Mary’s House when needed. We host fellowship events monthly and Nightfever twice a year. We meet on Zoom every Thursday evening to build community with one another. We currently have a blog where we post our reflections and thoughts as we journey through our faith —
Contact: Victoria Ramos at

Chinese Catholic Community

The Sacramento Chinese Catholic community was formed with the purpose of establishing a base for Chinese speaking people to come to know God and to worship Him. Language barriers and ethnic differences have been keeping a lot of people from the house of God. Now, with a Chinese-speaking priest, the Chinese Catholic community is becoming more and more lively. The group activities include social events, faith formation, and service activities. Most importantly, Mass is offered in Cantonese and Mandarin every Sunday at the Cathedral.

Contact: John Wong at

Choirs - English and Spanish

The Choir facilitates the musical prayer of the assembly at the 10 a.m. 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.
Contact: Rex Rallanka, Director of Liturgy & Music
 at 916-444-3071, ext. 14

The Spanish Choir facilitates the musical prayer of the assembly in the 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday Masses. They employ a variety 8 of musical styles and encourage novice trained vocalists and singers to apply. You must commit to rehearsals and masses on schedule.
Contact: Jerry Vanoye, Spanish Choir Music Conductor, in the choir annex after the 12 p.m. Mass;

Ricardo Savala in the choir annex after the 6 p.m. Mass.

TThe Cathedral Children's Choir meets on Fridays in Mercy Hall from 5:30-7 p.m. until the end of May. 

Please contact Rex Rallanka, Director of Music and Liturgy for more information.
Contact: Rex Rallanka, Director of Liturgy & Music
 at 916-444-3071, ext. 14

Evening Rosary Group

Join us for prayer and fellowship for adults: 18 years and over, first Wednesday of the month at 7:10 p.m.3rd Wednesday of the month 7:10 pm for children under 18 years we join together to pray the Rosary. We meet in the Cathedral’s Lower Level.

Contact: Marlene Mejia at 916-628-6775 or Christina Callazo-Kelly,

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.
Contact: Amy McCormick at or 916-801-3967

Festival of Trees (FOT)

The Festival of Trees is an annual event which raises funds to support the Cathedral’s social services programs. Held on the first weekend in December in Mercy Hall, the event features crafts, baked goods, decorated Christmas trees, and gift baskets. On-site food sales, photo booth, and raffle round out the activities. Volunteers are needed for set-up, food service, cashier, and donating baked goods and crafts items.

Contact: Paula Trujillo at

Friday Morning Rosary Group

Please join your fellow Cathedral parishioners in praying the Rosary for our Church and the State of California, every Friday morning, at 7:30 a.m. Parishioners and other Catholics meet in Capitol Park, at the former site of St. Junipero Serra’s statue (off L St. between 12th and 13th streets). We also sing a few songs and have great fellowship. We hope to see you there.

Contact: John Fairbanks at

Front Door Ministry

This ministry offers assistance to those in need. It provides a variety of services depending on the individual’s need. Examples of some of these services are referrals to appropriate community social services agencies, information on securing housing, assistance with utility or rental issues, and information on medical and mental health services.

Contact: Deacon Edgar Hilbert at

Gift Shop Volunteers

The gift shop sells many religious articles for all occasions and sacramental preparation. Volunteers can assist in sales, customer service, inventory, pricing, merchandising and general cleaning.
Contact: Susan Moeller at

Hospitality Committee

Welcomes new members to the parish and provides food for special events at the Cathedral. 

Contact: Celeste Gisla at

Knights of Columbus

We are Catholic men who share a desire to be better husbands, fathers, sons, neighbors, and role models, and to put charity and community first. Our goal is to help men, their families and their parishes grow closer to Christ. Through our programs and resources, we provide opportunities to live and spread the Catholic faith. Service and charity are at the heart of the Knights. Founded to meet the needs of immigrants, refugees, and families suffering from the death of a breadwinner, the Knights began as a small service organization and has grown into a worldwide financial and charitable organization.
Contact: Gabriel Gutierrez at


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.

Contact: Maggie Jones at

Media Ministry

This ministry capitalizes on using the various media sources in reaching Cathedral parishioners and other Catholics in spreading the Word of God and Cathedral information. It involves assisting with the various social media venues, the Sunday bulletin, the Cathedral website, and also photographing and/or recording Cathedral events.

Contact Titi Kila at

Office Ministry

Volunteers are needed to help the office staff with filing, answering phones, greeting people, and other office help as needed. 

Contact: Victoria Ramos at

Outreach to the Homebound

This group brings the Eucharist to parishioners in nursing homes, hospitals and the homebound. They bring communion or just spend time in prayer and fellowship with these individuals to foster a living link between the Body of Christ at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and our parishioners who are unable to attend parish functions.

Contact: Deacon Omar Bardales at

Parents Leaders Ministry

With more than 15 years serving the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, the Parent Leaders Ministry has the mission to encourage parents to learn about their Catholic faith and empower them in their vocation as main educators of their children in the faith. We are convinced that “as the family goes, so does the society” and that the parents are leaders of their families, parish, and community to make visible the Kingdom of God on earth. Our goal is to make Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church known and loved. We gather every Sunday in Spanish at 10 a.m. on Facebook.  Join us or watch the class on your schedule.
Contact: Leticia Hilbert at

Prayer Chain

Parishioners sign up to pray for special intentions on a prayer chain. Special intentions are sent via email and praying is done in one’s own home.

Contact: Regina Fagan at

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 “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 Mother’s 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 into action every day.
Contact: Liliana Balderrama at

RCIA Support Ministry

RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the path for individuals interested in becoming Catholic. Faithful Catholics are needed to sponsor, mentor and journey with these individuals towards initiation into the Church. Training is provided — all that is needed is a welcoming heart.
Contact: Sister Lisa Marie Doty, FDCC at

Sacristan Ministry

Under the direction of the Cathedral Sacristan, individual Mass sacristans set up the credence table for Mass, set the prayers in the Roman Missal for the priest, put out the priest’s vestments, check batteries for microphone, put out various documents like the General Intercessions and psalms for cantors and lectors, portion out hosts to be consecrated, and generally make sure the credence table and table of gifts are appropriately set.   In addition, they also ensure all patens, chalices, and vessels used for Mass are purified and cleansed and returned to their place in the sacristy and/or set for the next Mass.  This includes the cleaning of the thurible and disposal of the old charcoal and lining of the thurible.  Sacristans must be well trained in the documents required for a specific Mass including the Ordo, the Roman Missal, the Sunday Lectionary, and the Book of Gospels.  In addition, some filling and maintenance of liquid candles and other items may be required.  Individual Mass sacristans must also be able to work with other ministry leads such as those for Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors to ensure the Mass is well staffed.

Contact: Michael Ognisty at

Sunday Mass Rosary Group

Parishioners gather every Sunday to pray the Rosary for the intention of an end to abortion. This bilingual service begins at
11:15 a.m. between the 10:00 a.m. English Mass and the noon Spanish Mass.

Contact: John Fairbanks at


Ushers greet and assist parishioners when they come to the Cathedral for Mass or other public activities. They also assist in the collection during Mass. 

Contact: Plant Manager, Tom Waddock at or 916-444-3071, ext. 20

Volunteer Corps

The Volunteer Corps is a ministry of men and women interested in assisting the Cathedral’s maintenance staff with special projects or miscellaneous tasks around the church. When help is needed, an email outlining the project/task, time requirements, and the number of volunteers needed is sent to ministry members. Interested volunteers are contacted by the Cathedral manager to make appropriate arrangements. Project examples include changing light bulbs, polishing brass handrails, installing the Christmas Creche, etc. There are occasional meetings to explain Cathedral operations and obtain ministry feedback. While not required, individuals with special skills are encouraged to join.
Contact: Plant Manager, Tom Waddock at or 916-444-3071, ext. 20

Welcoming Ministry

“When I was a stranger, you welcomed me.” (Matthew 25:35) Christ loves us and, therefore, welcomes us into communion with Him. Our response, in love, must involve our loving others and inviting them, in love, into a relationship with Christ through our parish family– more specifically through our Welcoming Ministry."

Our mission is to instill a welcoming, familial atmosphere inside and out of the cathedral through concrete acts of love and mercy – focusing on the first pillar of stewardship: Hospitality. As a Welcoming Ministry we love our neighbor by:

  • Welcoming as well as dismissing parishioners and visitors with a smile — a joyful attitude that reflects genuine appreciation, respect, concern and love for them

  • Being a reliable resource to any person that needs our support

  • Distributing worship aids, bulletins, announcements, parking vouchers or other materials to the community

Contact: Andrea Martin-Borges at

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