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 .
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 email@example.com.
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. Now in its eighth year of operation, the ministry is currently operated by the Cathedral, St. Stephen's, Holy Spirt, St. Mary's, and St. Claire (Roseville) parishioners. Lunches, lunch supplies, and water are donated by families and various parishes throughout the Diocese, Catholic schools, faith formation classes, young adult groups, and parishes and individuals from outside the Diocese. Monetary donations are made by generous donors from within the Cathedral parish, people from across California and the United States, as well as organizations, such as the 2021 donation from the Rotary Club of South Sacramento.
Up to 95 “guests” come daily for lunch and the demand is great. For some of our guests, the BBL lunch is their main meal or only main meal for the day so, to make each lunch as nutritious as possible, we include non-perishables, such as:
*Tuna or Chicken salad lunch pack in a box or a can of Vienna Sausage
(If you include a 2.5oz packet of Tuna or Chicken, please also include a half sleeve or short stack of crackers)
*Fruit cups or pouch
*Granola Bars, Peanut Butter or Cheese Crackers or Chips
*Cookies, or some individually wrapped sweet treat
*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 to feed the homeless and the poor. All donations are tax deductible. To donate or volunteer, please contact Marilynn_Fairgood@att.net.
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.
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.
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 our website for more information.
Women's Retreat June 17-20, 2021
Men's Retreat November 11-14, 2021
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. Contact: email@example.com
Cathedral Young Adults
The Cathedral Young Adults are a vibrant community of Catholic men and women (ages 19-40) in action. We meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays for fellowship as we feed the homeless. We prepare breakfast for Sister Nora's Place at Loaves and Fishes every 3rd Saturday of the month and help with breakfast at Maryhouse when needed. We host fellowship events monthly and Nightfever twice a year. We currently have a blog where we post our reflections and thoughts as we journey through our faith cathedralyoungadults.wordpress.com. You can reach us at .
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 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.
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.
Festival of Trees (FOT)
The Festival of Trees is an annual event which raises funds to support the Cathedral Parish’s social services program- Front Door Ministry, Brown Bag Lunch Program, Loaves & Fishes, Nora’s House and evening programs to feed the homeless. During the winter months, protective clothing, blankets and sleeping bags are distributed to the needy.
For the past 11 years, the Festival was held in Mercy Hall during the first weekend in December, with sales of crafts, decorated trees and food.
The Hospitality Committee
Welcomes new members to the parish, and provides food for special events at the Cathedral.
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.
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.
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.