Beautiful churches in the Golden State, including The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament – home to the Diocese of Sacramento.
The centerpiece church of the Diocese of Sacramento, the majestic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, is a physical marker in the historical development of Sacramento. The building has been changed, but unmoved over its 131-year history as documented in a book by the Cathedral Rector Emeritus who oversaw the 2005 Restoration, Reverend Monsignor James T. Murphy (see reference below).
The historic church of Saint Elizabeth of Portugal is located approximately one-half mile south of the California State Capitol in Sacramento.
A serene compound of open lawns and old-growth trees that houses Saint Rose Church is a world away from the busy Franklin Boulevard commercial corridor passing by the grounds.
Saint Joseph Catholic Church is located at a picturesque place along the Sacramento River just north of Clarksburg, CA.
The historic Immaculate Conception Church is located in the central Sacramento metropolitan area near the intersections of Highway 99 and Interstate 80 / Highway 50. The building has stood witness through many changes during its 111-year history and remains an anchor for the parish and community as a place of sacredness, respite and giving.
The landmark Holy Rosary Church in downtown Woodland is a massive neo-Romanesque structure which contains beautiful stained-glass windows in its awe-inspiring space. The structure that opened in 1949 is on-par architecturally with the nearby local old and new courthouses and is home to a growing parish and parish school.
The Church of Our Lady of Grace exudes peace and serenity from a simple, beautiful structure located on a busy street in a tree-lined neighborhood of West Sacramento. The one-time military chapel houses an interior showered with the blessings of the patroness, Our Lady of Grace from a large colorful stained-glass window overlooking the sanctuary.
Holy Cross Church in West Sacramento, California is home to what was the original Catholic Parish in this community, founded in 1915. The large neo-Gothic structure sits in a picturesque setting near the Sacramento River and is home to an active Catholic community.
The peaceful, focused interior of Infant Jesus Church in the Fruitridge Manor neighborhood of South Sacramento belies its nondescript exterior. Inside the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church (SMC), one will find a lovely sanctuary and main altar surrounded by many traditional images from both the SMC tradition, as well as the Roman (Latin) Catholic tradition.
The classically designed St. Thomas the Apostle Church sits amid mature trees at the front of a large compound housing a school, the rectory, a pastoral center and an ample parking lot in a historic area of the gold-rush town of Oroville. The building houses beautiful stained-glass windows, lovely statues and a sacred sanctuary, all of which have been present for nearly a century as the parish has grown from its 1857 roots. The 800-family, culturally-mixed parish hosts four weekend Masses, including a 7 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass in Spanish; as well as daily Masses from Tuesday – Friday at 8:30 a.m.
Address: 1330 Bird Street, Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: (530) 533-0262
Current Pastor: Rev. Godwin Xavier
The lighthouse bell tower visible from the Hwy 50 exit road to Folsom Boulevard has been a beacon of faith, and curiosity, since the church was constructed in 1947 at, what was then, the edge of suburban development in East Sacramento. Today the unique architectural structure sits along with a busy school campus which is a big part of the active parish.