Catholic San Francisco
Events for
December 2016

BEIRUT – The Syriac Catholic patriarch said he was horrified to see widespread devastation and what he called “ghost towns” during a recent visit to northern Iraq.  
Four years after the 1531 appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego on a hillside near what is now Mexico City, 9 million Native Americans were converted to Christianity and the widely practiced ritual of human sacrifice disappeared.  

Jesus Christ’s example of friendship with his apostles is the model for “the start of ministry to young adults in the 21st century,” Bridgeport, Connecticut, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano told the more than 1,000 members of The National Federation of Catholic Youth ...

An estimated 7,539 San Franciscans lack stable housing. The lack of permanent housing often compounds numerous challenges: medical, social, psychological and vocational. Thankfully, for many struggling families, there is hope when they need it most.  

“While people approach us with many different needs, often the greatest need is to really be seen and heard, and just treated as a human being,” Suzanne Walker, deputy director of St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County, told me via email. “We are not in a ...

Though almost 50 people were assembled in the St. Anselm parish hall in Ross on Nov. 30 for a unique Advent presentation that blended seasonal stories from Christian, Buddhist, Islamic and Jewish traditions with poetry, music and song, the room was as still and peaceful as ...

To conclude the 800th anniversary of the Order of Preachers, St. Dominic Church is hosting “pilgrimage” tours of the church for organized parish groups.  

HONOLULU – “Our beloved country is at war. Our peaceful shores have been ruthlessly attacked, and all citizens are called upon to unite their efforts toward that peace for which we have all prayed, that peace which the world cannot give, and that peace which God will ...

The Central American Resource Center honored Sister Petra Chavez at the organization’s 30th anniversary party in San Francisco on Nov. 10.  

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States.  

St. Cecilia Parish, San Francisco has been striking the bell for its 100th anniversary since an opening centennial year Mass Aug. 28. The celebration schedule has been full, and continues through June 4 when a time capsule with mementos of recent and longer years will be buried ...
Advent is a time of expectations. Children make their lists for Santa, and we might even as adults pin our hopes on receiving a certain gift as children do, only to be disappointed. Holidays are also a time when we might expect too much from family and friends. Each Advent I ...
VATICAN CITY – Jesus truly transforms and heals hearts when people let him, which means recognizing and being ashamed of one’s sins, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.  

On the final morning of the November meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, we were treated to a fine sermon by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain. The leader of the church in Seattle spent a good deal of time discussing Pier Giorgio Frassati, a saint from the early-20th ...


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