St. Patrick's Parish is a warm, welcoming Catholic faith community that cherishes its past and looks with hope to the future. Inspired by the example of St. Patrick, we strive to make God's Word come alive through our celebration of the Eucharist and through service and generosity to each other and our community.
It is always a pleasure for us to see new people joining our spiritual family. We hope that you will let us know how we can be of service to you and how you might be able to help us spread the good news of the Gospel.
Since our beginnings, we encourage an attitude of ownership and responsibility so that each one of us will feel like a participant, rather than an observer or spectator. We invite you to stop by the Parish Office any weekday between 7:30 am and 4:30 pm for more information about our parish.
We the people of St. Patrick's Parish formed and unified into the Body of Christ by our baptism, guided by the Holy Spirit, strive to fulfill God's will in active service to our parish family, our diocesan family, and our surrounding community.
Nosotros la gente de la Parroquia de San Patricio, formados y unificados en el Cuerpo de Cristo por nuestro Bautismo, guiados por el Espirito Santo, luchamos por cumplir la voluntad de Dios en el servicio activo a nuestra familia parroquial, nuestra familia Diocesana y nuestra comunidad circundante.
The appointment was made public Jan. 24 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. Bishop-designate Cotta’s episcopal ordination will take place Tuesday, March 25, in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento, on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord.
“I am grateful to His Holiness for giving me a faithful disciple of the Lord Jesus as an able co-worker in this favored part of his vineyard,” said Bishop Jaime Soto. “Bishop-designate Cotta is a son of the Central Valley. He knows our people, he knows our land and mountains, but, most of all, he knows the Lord Jesus and is eager to share the Lord’s wisdom and charity with others.”
Bishop-designate Cotta will be introduced this morning at a news conference with Bishop Soto at Sacred Heart School in Sacramento. In addition to his duties as auxiliary bishop, he will serve as Vicar General for the Diocese of Sacramento. The new auxiliary bishop speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Bishop-designate Cotta, 60, currently serves as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Fresno, a role in which he has served for the past 15 years. He also served as diocesan administrator following the death of Bishop John Steinbock in December 2010 and prior to the appointment of Bishop Armando Ochoa of Fresno.
Born March 21, 1953, he grew up on a dairy farm in the Merced County community of Dos Palos and is the son of Daniel and Mary Cotta and the grandson of Portuguese immigrants from the Azores Island of Terceira. He attended both public and Catholic elementary schools, graduated from Dos Palos Joint Union High School, and received an associate degree from West Hills Community College in Coalinga. He completed his studies for the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, Calif., was ordained to the priesthood on Sept. 12, 1987. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of divinity degree from St. John’s Seminary.
“I am humbled by the faith the Holy Father and the papal nuncio have placed in me,” said Bishop-designate Cotta. “As I prepare to leave the Diocese of Fresno, I thank God for the call to the episcopacy and for the many blessings I have experienced over 26 years of ordained priesthood among God’s people.”
His pastoral assignments have included serving as parochial vicar of St. Anthony Parish in Atwater (1987-1989); administrator of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Laton (1989-1992); and pastor of Our Lady of Miracles Parish in Gustine (1992-1999).
The Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia assists the diocesan bishop in coordinating the pastoral governance and ministries of the Diocese of Fresno.
On February 28, 2014, Reverend Monsignor Raymond C. Dreiling took the oath of this office following his appointment By Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno.
Msgr. Dreiling will work closely with Bishop Ochoa, and other members of the diocesan administration team, leading the diocesan offices and ministries in the fulfillment of pastoral goals and objectives set forth by the Bishop.
The Diocese of Fresno continues through this period of transition, holding in prayerful gratitude Msgr. Dreiling and his predecessor, Bishop-elect Myron J. Cotta who will be ordained to the episcopacy (Office of Bishop) and installed as the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento on March 25, 2014.
May Gods grace and abundant blessing be with them both. Amen.
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