Weekly Update - August 24, 2020
August 24, 2020
Photo of the Week:
This week's photo features St. George's drive thru parish festival. The parish got creative and found a way to bring the community together and to fundraise, despite COVID-19 restrictions. This is another great example of how parishes are adjusting to the times.
Office of the Bishop:
Bishop's Address to Youth receiving
Faces of Ministry 2020
The Diocese of Stockton's Pastoral Center is the home office for 45 individuals who work to support ministries within parishes. For the next couple of weeks, Bishop Cotta would like to give parishioners an inside look at these ministries. Through this campaign, he hopes to put a face to each ministry and shed light on how the work done at the Pastoral Center impacts parishes.
As One - Kim Fuentes:
Kim Fuentes is the Diocesan Resource Representative for As One. She works as a liaison between the parishes and the Pastoral Center to identify the needs of the parishes. Kim also works with parishes to ensure they are utilizing all of the resources available to them.
Please join Bishop Cotta in prayer and gratitude for the life and service of our vowed religious and priests who celebrate anniversaries in the month of August. Click
to access the list.
Meet Our Seminarians
Patrick Germann. Patrick is from Ceres, CA and is a parishioner of Sacred Heart in Turlock. The 26 year old is a graduate of California State University, Stanislaus and attended high school at Central Valley in Ceres. Patrick was led towards being a seminarian when a priest gave him a book. "He gave me a book titled
To Save A Thousand Lives
and from that point onward, I wanted to discern and discover what God wanted of me as a man," says Patrick.
His best advice for others thinking about discernment or wondering about their faith is to be vulnerable and open up to God. Please pray for Patrick as he continues on his journey to become a priest.
New Hire: Katie Hollcraft, Director of Campus Ministry
Katie Hollcraft is from Hughson, CA. She attended Benedictine College where she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications and Theology. Katie has worked in youth ministry in the Sonora area and spent two years working in youth ministry in Boston. "When I was back east, I quickly learned that every campus and group of students carry their own culture and sense of community," says Katie. "I'm looking forward to getting to know the students of UOP and building community with them." Katie and campus ministry are kicking off the school year with a live streamed mass. You can watch it on their
School of Ministry:
Family & Respect Life:
on Monday, August 24 at 8:55AM