Prayerfully consider joining a ministry to live out your faith!
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 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. 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 Marilynn_Fairgood@att.net
Catechetical for Family and Adult Formation
This ministry prepares catechists – persons of faith called to hand on the living tradition and teachings of the Catholic Church – to be able to witness their faith in and out of the classroom. Catechists serve in a wide range of ways: Family Formation (working with parents and children), Adult Confirmation and OCIA, Teen Confirmation and OCIA, Youth Sacramental Preparation for Reconciliation, and Holy Communion. We also prepare those not called as teachers to witness their faith and use their gifts.
Contact: Sister Lisa Marie Doty, FDCC at SLMDOTY@CBSSAC.ORG;
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.
Cathedral Docent Tour Ministry
Docents guide interested individuals through the interior of the Cathedral. They share with visitors how the Cathedral is such an important part of early California history. Visitors also learn about the beautiful and important art works in the Cathedral and how symbolism in these art works is integral to our Catholic Faith.
Contact: Jill Pease at firstname.lastname@example.org
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: John Ponce, email: 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 host fellowship events 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. Visit www.cathedralyoungadults.wordpress.com to check it out.
Contact: Victoria Ramos at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chinese Catholic Community
The Sacramento Chinese Catholic community was formed to establish 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 email@example.com
Choirs - English, Spanish & Youth
The Cathedral Choir facilitates the sung prayer of the assembly at the 10:00 a.m. celebration of the Eucharist, diocesan liturgies, and holy days of obligation throughout the year. The repertoire is taken from the vast literature of sacred/liturgical music, from Gregorian chant to Modern. Rehearsals are on Wednesday nights at 7:15 p.m., and the Cathedral Choir season runs from the second weekend of September through Corpus Christi. Anyone with musical experience is encouraged to contact Rex Rallanka to discuss membership in the Cathedral Choir.
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.
CHOIR (YOUTH) Saint Toribio Choir - The Youth Choir of The Cathedral
Children will learn how to use their head voices to create a beautiful singing tone in unison. After this goal has been accomplished, children will sing in rounds and two parts. Children will earn basic musicianship and academic language in music. They will be introduced to the basic concepts and elements of music through folk songs, play, and sacred music. Key musical elements include rhythm, melody, harmony, movement, improvisation, and instrumental experiences.
When the children are ready, they will sing in mass with and without the adult choir on special occasions. They will also participate in or attend the Catholic Children’s Choral Festival, Pueri Cantores.
Evening Rosary Group
Join us for prayer and fellowship on the first and third Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. in the St. Toribio Classroom, in the lower level. We meet together to pray the Rosary, asking for our Blessed Mother’s blessings.
Contact: Marlene Mejia at 916-628-6775 or Christina Callazo-Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 who are Cathedral parishioners and faithful to the teachings of the Church 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 email@example.com 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: Susan Moeller at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 7:45 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 hope to see you there.
Contact: John Fairbanks at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Welcomes new members to the parish and provides food for special events at the Cathedral.
Contact: Celeste Gisla at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Volunteers are needed to serve as receptionist and assist with various tasks during the office hours, such as answering and guiding people through phone calls, greeting people when they come to the office, recording sacraments, reissuing sacramental certificates, working with the office staff and other office help as needed. We are in need of English and bilingual (English and Spanish) speakers to assist with the volume of calls and visitors the Cathedral receives.
Contact: Victoria Ramos at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 at Mercy Hall of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament as part of the family faith formation program, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Our classes are in Spanish.
Contact: Leticia Hilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 “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 firstname.lastname@example.org
OCIA Support Ministry
OCIA (Ordo of Christian Initiation of Adults), formerly called “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA),” is the process through which a seeker of faith becomes a full member of the Roman Catholic Church and discovers a relationship with Jesus and responds to a call as His Disciple. This period of formation includes times of prayer, study, retreats, and community, accompanied by fully initiated Catholics. Part of the process also prepares the seeker for the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and the Most Holy Eucharist.
Faithful Catholics are needed to volunteer as sponsors/mentors willing to journey with seekers of the faith leading to full initiation into the Church. Training and orientation are provided – all that is needed is a welcoming heart.
Contact: Sister Lisa Marie Doty, FDCC at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Parish Plant Manager, Tom Waddock at 916-444-3071, ext. 20 or email@example.com.
The Volunteer Corp 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 VOLUNTEER 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: Parish Plant Manager, Tom Waddock at 916-444-3071, ext. 20 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome people into the Cathedral handing out worship aids as they enter and bulletins as they exit. They are ambassadors of welcome, thanking people for attending by creating an environment of welcome that will encourage people to return.
Contact: Andrea Martin-Borges at email@example.com