Baptisms During The Pandemic
During the pandemic, English baptisms will take place at 9:00 AM on the first and third Saturdays of each month; Spanish baptisms will take place at 9:00 AM on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. In order to implement social distancing and protect against the virus, only five baptisms will be scheduled at a time, and the times will be staggered. A baptism class is not required during the pandemic. Attendance at the baptism ceremony will be limited to 25 people, including parents, godparents, family and others such as a photographer.You must register for a baptism. For both English and Spanish baptisms, fill out the Pandemic Registration Form and email to Deacon John Gisla at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please attach a copy of your child's official birth certificate.
No baptisms during Lent: We do not have baptisms during Lent. This year, Lent is from February 17, 2021 (Ash Wednesday) to April 3, 2021 (Holy Saturday).
Many blessings to you and your beautiful family.
Parking is available in the City Hall parking lot on 11th St. between I Street and J Street, and in the Capitol parking lot on 10th Street between K Street and L Street, for a flat rate of $5.00. After the baptisms, we will give you a parking validation coupon to cover the entire $5 cost.
The parking structure on the north side of the Cathedral is privately owned and not affiliated with the Cathedral in any way. If open, the cost to park there is $15.00 and is not reimbursed by the Cathedral.
The Diocese of Sacramento requires an engaged couple to complete a marriage preparation program no later than two months before their wedding date. During this most exciting and joyful time of planning and preparation, the Cathedral Parish would like to invite you to participate in the Cathedral Marriage Preparation Program. The Marriage Preparation Program focuses on the sacramentality and nature of marriage and the beauty of human sexuality. Topics include: Sacrament of Matrimony, FOCCUS© Pre-Marriage Inventory, Communication, Family of Origin, Faith & Finances, The Rite of Marriage, Cohabitation, and Natural Family Planning. Contact: Deacon Omar & Janet Bardales at email@example.com, or 916-427-9160. You do not have to have your wedding at the Cathedral in order to take this class.
In choosing to come to the Catholic Church for the celebration of your wedding, you have made a choice to begin and to live your marriage in a Christian manner; to see your wedding as more than just a wonderful social event , but as something which draws its deeper meaning from our Christian faith.
If you would like to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony at the Cathedral, download the Cathedral Wedding Guidelines and Reservation Form. We ask that,together, you read these Guidelines carefully. Please make note of any questions you may have for the priest, deacon, or wedding coordinator when you meet them. Contact the parish office at least six months before your desired wedding date to arrange a meeting with Wedding Coordinator, Titi Kila, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will complete initial paperwork, and receive a booklet that assists you in choosing readings and planning the ceremony. Appointments to meet with a priest and deacon are then scheduled.
Ceremonies take place on a Friday afternoon at 2pm or 3pm, at a time of the couple's choosing, or on a Saturday, at 11:30 am, 2:00 pm, or 6:30 pm.
Convalidation - If you would like to have your civil marriage blessed in the Catholic Church, or if you have been together for a number of years and would like to be married in the Church, this can often be done in a small, private ceremony without any cost or fee. To explore this possibility, contact Deacon John at 444-3071 Ext. 11 or email@example.com.
Anointing of the Sick
A Mass for Anointing of the Sick is held at the Cathedral once a year (Check our 'Parish News' page for announcements). For special circumstances or individuals seeking this sacrament, please contact the rectory office at 916-444-3071.
"At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christ and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, become Christ's Body and Blood. Faithful to the Lord's command the Church continues to do, in his memory and until his glorious return, what he did on the eve of his Passion: "He took bread. . . ." "He took the cup filled with wine. . . ." The signs of bread and wine become, in a way surpassing understanding, the Body and Blood of Christ; they continue also to signify the goodness of creation. Thus in the Offertory we give thanks to the Creator for bread and wine, fruit of the "work of human hands," but above all as "fruit of the earth" and "of the vine" - gifts of the Creator. The Church sees in the gesture of the king-priest Melchizedek, who "brought out bread and wine," a prefiguring of her own offering." (CCC 1333)
'Catholics Come Home' explains "The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Catholicism. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament “washes us clean,” and renews us in Christ."
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available at the cathedral Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 12:00pm, on Saturdays from 4:00pm to 4:45pm, and in Spanish on Sundays from 12:00pm to 12:45pm, and 6:30pm to 7:00pm.
Confirmation is normally celebrated after a period of preparation in our Confirmation Program, where we help participants come to a better understanding of their commitment to Christ and the Church. Junior high and high school students wishing to be confirmed need to register early in the fall. You may register your child using using the CFF Registration form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail it to the cathedral office. All classes take place in the Cathedral Lower Level.
Adult Confirmation classes are offered in the spring of every year for practicing Catholic adults. You must be baptized, have received first communion, and have a confirmation sponsor. The next program begins February 4, 2021. Classes are every Thursday, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The Celebration of Confirmation takes place on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the 5:00 pm Mass (tentatively), preceded by a Retreat of preparation at 3:00 pm in the Cathedral’s Mercy Hall for all candidates and sponsors. The class cost is $35. Due to Covid-19, all classes will take place on line until further notice. To register, download and complete the Adult Confirmation Registration Form, and mail it to the cathedral office, attention Sr. Lisa Marie, or email it to Cathedral Faith Formation Office.
The Cathedral Vocation Committee focuses on raising awareness of the necessity of vocations in the church. Through outreach programs and prayer campaigns, we seek to encourage youth and adults to consider a vocation, whether it is the priesthood, religious life, deaconate, or lay ministry. For more information, please contact Deacon John Gisla at email@example.com or 916-444-3071, x 11.