Dear Friends in Christ:

January 22, 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of the lamentable 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Roe v. Wade. In prayerful observance, I designate January 22, 2018 as a Diocesan Day of Reparation.

I ask our clergy and laity to join me in cooperating with God’s merciful grace in these ways:

January 20/21: clergy are asked to 1) pray and preach for a merciful end to abortion and a revived promotion of the gospel of life, and 2) encourage all to observe the January 22 Diocesan Day of Reparation.

January 22: all are asked to observe this Day of Reparation through fasting, prayer, penance and works of mercy.

January 22: all are invited to attend the 12:10 p.m. Cathedral Mass and priests are invited to concelebrate with me.

January 22/23: middle and high school students are invited to attend the Choose Life educational program in either Sacramento (1/22) or Yuba City (1/23)

January 27: all are encouraged to participate in the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco.

The USCCB has prepared a variety of homily notes, intercessions and other helpful resources to assist in observing the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Please review them at: May our prayers, acts of penance, public witness and works of charity on these days help restore a culture of life and a civilization of love to our country so marred by the Court decision of Roe v. Wade.

May the intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary bring us into fuller communion with the merciful mission of our Lord Jesus Christ.


+Jaime Soto Bishop of Sacramento

From Diocese of Sacramento.