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  • Preschoolers learn basics of Gregorian chant

    When it comes to teaching children sacred music, sooner is better than later. That’s the theory behind a Gregorian chant pilot program for children ages 3-5 at Star of the Sea Preschool in San Francisco that concluded its first year on May 30.
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  • 80 children consecrated to Mary on Fatima centennial

    About 80 children and teenagers placed themselves under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a prayer of consecration at the Church of the Visitacion on the 100th anniversary of the appearance of the Blessed Mother at Fatima May 13.
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  • ‘Let there be light’: Easter Vigil fire dispels the darkness

    The Easter Vigil is the turning point of the Triduum, the Passover of the new covenant, which marks Christ’s passage from death to life.
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  • St. Peter teacher named Mission school’s principal

    Sandra Jimenez, a teacher at St. Peter Catholic School in San Francisco’s Mission District, will serve as the school’s next principal starting in August, the school announced April 12.
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  • Joan and Robert P. McGrath give $10 million for USF education institute

    Joan McGrath, University of San Francisco MA ’69, and her husband Robert have donated $10 million to USF to expand scholarships for Catholic school teaching programs at USF’s School of Education, create a new multidisciplinary student leadership institute and endow scholarships for undergraduate students to enroll in international immersion opportunities, USF announced April 13.
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  • Palm Sunday: Parishes commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem

    A real donkey – 24-year-old Donna, in this year’s procession – is a regular visitor to Our Lady of Angels Church in Burlingame during the annual Palm Sunday re-enactment of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, usually at the 10 a.m. family Mass.
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  • Sacramental oils blessed at annual chrism Mass

    The chrism Mass, where holy oils to be used throughout the Archdiocese of San Francisco for sacraments in the coming year are blessed by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, was celebrated April 6 at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
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  • Archbishop dedicates adoration chapel at Star of the Sea

    Calling the establishment of the St. Joseph Perpetual Adoration Chapel “a holy endeavor,” Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone dedicated the eucharistic adoration chapel at Star of the Sea Church March 25, the solemnity of the Annunciation, and led a procession of several hundred people through the surrounding San Francisco neighborhood.
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  • 700 gather with archbishop for special immigration Mass

    Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone celebrated a special immigration Mass before 700 congregants at St. Peter Church in the Mission District on March 11 in response to requests from community members for his pastoral presence during a time of uncertainty.
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  • Lenten spirituality

    Here is a list of selected Lenten events in the archdiocese. A comprehensive, online list is available at sfarchdiocese.org/home/archdiocese/lent-2017.
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  • St. Dominic to host Lenten ‘Mercy Night’

    Like many San Francisco parishes, St Dominic offers an annual penance service shortly before Holy Week. This year’s attendees, however, will be greeted by something new: candles, music and eucharistic adoration. All of this is part of “Mercy Night,” a worldwide phenomenon now coming to San Francisco.
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  • Cardinal Raymond Burke draws a crowd at San Francisco Mass

    “The fundamental struggle of our life in Christ ... is the struggle to live the truth in love in a world which could deceive us into thinking that we can love even while we violate the truth,” Cardinal Raymond Burke said in his homily March 15 at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
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  • Archdiocese plans Fatima centennial, Marian consecration

    Preparation for a year of archdiocesan celebrations commemorating the centennial of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima begins this Sunday, March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation.
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  • More than 300 prepare to enter Catholic faith at the Easter Vigil

    The Rite of Election, a step in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, took place at St. Mary’s Cathedral March 5 in an afternoon prayer service with Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone presiding. More than 1,300 people were in the assembly.
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  • Faith communities collaborate in unified response to deportation fears

    About 125 members of San Francisco faith communities, including several Catholic parishes, signed up at the St. Dominic parish hall on Feb. 24 to serve on a unified “rapid response” team to support immigrants during anticipated enforcement actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.
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  • St. Benedict Parish adds programs for deaf

    St. Benedict Parish for the Deaf at St. Francis Xavier Church in San Francisco, which primarily serves Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties with outreach to the ecclesiastical province of San Francisco, announced that four programs have been added for deaf parishioners who attend Sunday Mass. The programs are led in American Sign Language, and one of them has an interpreter for hearing parishioners’ access.
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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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  • Riordan HS names new president

    Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone has appointed Andrew T. Currier as president of Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco, the archdiocese announced Feb. 15. Currier will assume his duties July 1. Principal Vittorio Anastasio has been acting president since Joseph Conti stepped down as president in January.
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  • St. Charles Borromeo School to close in June

    Father John Jimenez, pastor and director of St. Charles Borromeo School in San Francisco, and the Archdiocese of San Francisco notified school parents and faculty last week that the K-8 elementary school will close in June.
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