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  • Lenten activities with Catholic Charities

    Catholic Charities in the archdiocese invites all to experience Lent in concrete ways by: Attending a program tour to witness firsthand Catholic Charities’ impact in the community; sharing your time by volunteering; making a difference by donating to those in need.
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  • A new approach to city’s housing crisis

    Joyce Calagos had two reasons for seeking a housemate last year to share the three-bedroom home she had lived in with her parents before they died. One was practical, the other spiritual.
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  • Riordan journalists invoke St. Francis de Sales, patron of scribes

    Student staff of Archbishop Riordan High School’s newspaper The Crusader were recently presented with prayer cards remembering St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists. Father Cameron Faller, school chaplain blessed and presented the cards.
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  • Note on st. patrick’s day

    The feast of St. Patrick, March 17, is a solemnity within the Archdiocese of San Francisco. St. Patrick is the principal co-patron of the archdiocese. March 17, 2017, is a Friday.
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  • Pamela Lyons named to lead archdiocesan Catholic schools

    San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone has appointed Pamela Lyons, associate superintendent of archdiocesan schools, as the Catholic school superintendent for the archdiocesan Catholic schools, following a national search led by a Boston-based consultant. The appointment is effective July 1.
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  • Jesuit Father George Schultze to lead seminary at ‘major turning point’

    Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone has appointed a bilingual and eclectic Jesuit theologian and social ethicist who is well respected as a spiritual director of seminarians as the new president rector of St. Patrick Seminary & University at what is a critical juncture for the 118-year-old West Coast seminary.
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  • Parishes meet to form pastoral response to immigrant fears

    Pastors and deacons representing parishes in all three counties of the Archdiocese of San Francisco gathered Feb. 9 to voice outrage over President Donald Trump’s sweeping actions and “divisive” language on immigration, saying immigrant families are confused and fearful of imminent deportation.
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  • Lenten regulations

    Ash Wednesday is March 1, and Easter is April 16. Everyone 14 years of age and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, the Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday.
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  • Respect Life Essay Contest: Assisted suicide devalues life

    Elderly people are a gift from God and they teach us a lot. We should bring love and joy to people in pain to make them happier. The sacrament of the sick is what the old and sick need to help them at the end of their life. Suffering is easier to deal with when it’s offered up to Jesus. So said our archdiocesan students in the 28th annual Respect Life Essay Contest dealing with end-of-life issues.
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  • Couples celebrate, affirm marriage vows at St. Mary’s Cathedral

    “One thing I want you to know – we never dated.”
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  • Marriage Encounter couple married 50 years

    Among the couples celebrating decades of marriage were Dean and Claire Simonich who credit the longevity of their relationship to Marriage Encounter.
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  • Archdiocese stresses importance of CPR training

    The Archdiocese of San Francisco recently trained a number of employees at the Pastoral Center in San Francisco in cardiopulmonary, stressing the value for all in the Catholic community of becoming certified in the life-saving technique.
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  • Consecrated Life Mass: ‘You are the bonfire’

    In his homily as celebrant of the annual Consecrated Life Mass on Feb. 5, Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice likened the women and men religious of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to a campground bonfire that illuminates the darkness, dispelling fear and hopelessness and helping others see the path to God.
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  • Local Catholics organize to support immigrants

    An informal organizational meeting will be held Feb. 9 for pastors at the Pastoral Center at One Peter Yorke Way in San Francisco, to build ties of hope and action between the archdiocese and parishes at a time of growing fear among immigrants.
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  • Parishioner-artist publishes book about Muslim carpenters’ gift to Pope Francis

    A book for children about a pair of Muslim carpenters chosen by the Vatican to make a chair for Pope Francis for his visit to war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina in the summer of 2015 will be released in March by San Francisco author and artist Stefan Salinas.
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  • Retired Jesuit author critiques Pope Francis’ first 4 years

    Retired Jesuit Father Joe Eagan presented a four-year scorecard of Pope Francis’ achievements and shortfalls Jan. 30 at St. Anselm Parish in Ross.
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  • NCEA president: Trump could present ‘huge opportunity’ for Catholic parents

    The Trump administration’s apparent endorsement of parental school choice during the campaign could present a “huge opportunity” for Catholic parents, the president of the National Catholic Educational Association said in San Francisco Feb. 3.
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  • Parishes celebrating Black History Month

    Black History Month has been celebrated each February in the United States for more than 40 years with similar tributes to the African-American heritage going back more than 90 years. Parishes in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, including San Francisco’s Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Boniface and St. Paul of the Shipwreck, keep the time close to their hearts and have announced special events in commemoration of Black History Month.
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  • Order of Malta, archbishop joining hands for Day of the Sick Mass

    In continuing commemoration of St. John Paul II’s establishment in 1982 of World Day of the Sick as well as their own ministry to those not well and their caregivers, the Western Association of the Order of Malta is facilitating a Mass Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Gough Street at Geary Boulevard, San Francisco.
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  • Walk for Life fills streets ahead of Women’s March

    Despite the last-minute scheduling of a large Women’s March less than two hours after the 13th annual Walk for Life West Coast, tens of thousands of pro-life supporters filled Civic Center Plaza and walked the 1.7 miles from City Hall to Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco Jan. 21.
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