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The mission of St. Mary Parish is to proclaim and celebrate our salvation through Jesus Christ, our pilgrimage to the Father’s Kingdom enlivened by the Holy Spirit. Our Catholic faith community is nourished by our sacramental life, especially the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist. With Mother Mary as our model, we demonstrate our faith through worship, education, vocations and service.

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Fr. James Narithookil, CMI, PhD (Pastor)

I was born in Elikulam, in the Catholic diocese of Pala, Kerala State, India on August 18, 1942 as the third son of the 11 children of Mathew and Annamma. The Narithookil family traces its origin to an ancient family of St. Thomas Christians of Syro-Malabar Catholic Rite.St. Thomas, one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus, came to Kerala, India in 52 AD and suffered martyrdom at Mylapore, India, in 72 AD, after establishing an apostolic church (St. Thomas Christians) in south India.

A very healthy and conducive religious and spiritual climate prevailed in my home. It was this climate that inspired me to join the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), an indigenous religious congregation of India, founded by Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara.I completed my studies for the priesthood and was ordained a priest in 1972. I completed a Master’s degree from Aligarh Muslim University, India, on Islamic studies, in the year 1975. I then attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada and secured a doctorate in the same subject in 1981. Ever since then, I have taught in several seminaries in India and was engaged in giving formation to the students studying for priesthood. Later, I was elected the Major Superior of one of the large provinces of the CMI congregation for 6 years.

From 2002 to 2008, I was the Rector of Dharmaram College, the central seminary of the CMI Congregation in Bangalore, India. I have had the opportunity to contribute many articles in journals and magazines on Islam as well as on Christianity. As a result of my studies, I have a working knowledge in the ancient languages like Syriac (Aramaic), Latin, Arabic and Sanskrit besides other languages like English, Malayalam, Hindi and Urdu etc. I have been actively involved in Ecumenical and Interreligious dialogues, conferences and live-together prior to my arrival in Sacramento.  Also, I have experience as a speaker, writer, teacher, spiritual director and counselor.

In August 2008, I began my assignment at St. Mary’s Parish and was officially installed as pastor by Bishop Jaime Soto in September. I want to tell you, my dear parishioners, how happy I am to be with you as your pastor.

News

  • Advent, Christmas Seasons – Special Services & Mass Times
  • Intereligious Celebration to be hosted by Chavara Center
  • St. Chavara canonization a great joy for CMI congregation
  • Parish Events

    December 2014
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    Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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    8:30 am8:45 am

    Chaplet of the Divine Mercy will be prayed every Monday and Friday mornings after the 8:00 am Mass.

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    Neocatechumenal Way

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    7:30 pm
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    Catholic Faith Formation (CFF)

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    6:00 pm7:00 pm
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    Neocatechumenal Way

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    7:30 pm8:30 pm
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    Eucharistic Adoration

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    8:30 am6:00 pm

    Immediately following the 8:00 a.m. mass. Ends with Benediction at 5:45 p.m.

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    Immaculate Conception

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    Solemnity and a Holy Day of Obligation

    Masses – 8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. (School),  12:15 p.m & 6:30 p.m.

    Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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    8:30 am8:45 am

    Chaplet of the Divine Mercy will be prayed every Monday and Friday mornings after the 8:00 am Mass.

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    Neocatechumenal Way

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    7:30 pm8:30 pm

    Neocatechumenal Way

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    Catholic Faith Formation (CFF)

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    6:00 pm7:00 pm
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    Neocatechumenal Way

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    7:30 pm8:30 pm

    Neocatechumenal Way

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    Our Lady of Guadalupe

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    Solemnity (Patroness of the Diocese of Sacramento)

    Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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    8:30 am8:45 am

    Chaplet of the Divine Mercy will be prayed every Monday and Friday mornings after the 8:00 am Mass except First Fridays.

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    Chavara Center - Inter-religious Christmas Celebration

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    Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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    8:30 am8:45 am

    Chaplet of the Divine Mercy will be prayed every Monday and Friday mornings after the 8:00 am Mass.

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    Advent Penance Service

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    7:00 pm

    Individual confessions available at conclusion
    (See our page on the Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation)

    Neocatechumenal Way

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    7:30 pm8:30 pm

    Neocatechumenal Way

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    Catholic Faith Formation (CFF)

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    6:00 pm7:00 pm
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    Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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    8:30 am8:45 am

    Chaplet of the Divine Mercy will be prayed every Monday and Friday mornings after the 8:00 am Mass except First Fridays.

    Parish Family Christmas Caroling

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    6:45 pm

    Once again, this year St. Mary’s will again go Christmas caroling as one big family at Mercy General Hospital. Bring your family & friends. Experience the joy of bringing happiness to others as well as yourselves. Carol booklets will be made available to all. Afterwards, all are invited over to the “Holy Spouses” room for goodies, hot chocolate, cider, etc. Whether you sing off-key or in harmony we want you to join us & share in this powerful ministry of music.

    Directions: heading West on J Street take a right at the Red Emergency sign (right before 39th Street. As you drive you’ll see the new Chapel (stained glass windows) down on your right. Continue on to the parking garage or park where you can. We’ll meet just inside the new Chapel.

    Map link

    For more information, contact Ben Billeci by email or at 383-6155.

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    Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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    8:30 am8:45 am

    Chaplet of the Divine Mercy will be prayed every Monday and Friday mornings after the 8:00 am Mass.

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    Christmas

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    Solemnity

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    Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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    8:30 am8:45 am

    Chaplet of the Divine Mercy will be prayed every Monday and Friday mornings after the 8:00 am Mass except First Fridays.

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    Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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    8:30 am8:45 am

    Chaplet of the Divine Mercy will be prayed every Monday and Friday mornings after the 8:00 am Mass.

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    Mary, Mother of God

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    Solemnity

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    Eucharistic Adoration

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    8:30 am6:00 pm

    Immediately following the 8:00 a.m. mass. Ends with Benediction at 5:45 p.m.

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