Sept. 25, 2018

Dear Parishioners and Priests:

It has come to our attention that there have been unauthorized Masses and other sacraments celebrated in houses, halls, parks and other places. These are usually performed by priests who come from outside the Diocese of Sacramento.

The 2006 Statutes of the Diocese of Sacramento (# 25, 26, and 91), the Code of Canon Law for the Universal Church (c. 932, §1), and the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (#288) do not permit the sacraments to be celebrated outside of a parish church or designated chapel, except for grave pastoral reasons, and only with permission of the local pastor. This is in keeping with local norms and the universal law of the Church.

Any priest or deacon from outside the Diocese of Sacramento must first present themselves to the Vicar for Clergy as well as the local pastor and comply with diocesan safe-environment protocols.

Any information about a Mass or other sacrament being performed in violation of these regulations as well as information of a priest or deacon performing these unauthorized rites should be brought to the attention of the local pastor and Vicar for Clergy.

For any questions, please feel free to contact Fr. Glenn Jaron, Vicar for Clergy, at 916-733-0200.


Jaime Soto

Bishop of Sacramento

From Diocese of Sacramento website.