Catholic San Francisco
Events for
March 2015

Embers of palm leaves burned inside an oversized conch shell during an Ash Wednesday retreat at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Bolinas had scarcely cooled when Dominican Father Bruno Gibson crossed the faithful present with the ash, urging them to “be the fire” at ...

As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their ...

Ron Thiesen calls his wife Alice “my million-dollar baby I found at the five-and-ten-cent store,” and 45 years after their wedding Alice still laughs when she recalls that she flirted like mad with Ron because she thought he was on his way out of town, back to ...

“The thing the Church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the Church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and ...

More than 6 million people in five war zones in the Middle East and Central Asia have been forced to flee – a humanitarian crisis “certainly unprecedented in recent times,” the regional director for Catholic Relief Services told Catholic San Francisco.

Celebrating its 40th year, CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten program for families and faith communities in the United States who want to put their faith into action. Participants are invited to hear stories about their brothers and sisters in need around ...

At 1:30 a.m. on May 10, 1868, the steamer Golden Age entered San Francisco Bay bringing six young Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, five in their 20s and one 31 years old, far from their home near Montreal, Canada, in response to a request from Archbishop Joseph ...

WASHINGTON – A new report from the Liberty Institute in Plano, Texas, shows that incidents of “religious hostility” have more than doubled in the United States over the past three years.

WASHINGTON – Religious leaders from across the faith spectrum gathered Feb. 20 at the Capitol to seek action to combat climate change and to mitigate its effects, whether it be at the federal level or in local communities.

VATICAN CITY – Real fasting isn’t just restricting food choices, it must also include cleansing the heart of all selfishness and making room in one’s life for those in need and those who have sinned and need healing, Pope Francis said.

VATICAN CITY - A cookbook featuring favorite dishes of the three most-recent popes and their elite military corps will be available this summer in English.

In few American cities is Chinese New Year’s celebrated with the panache that it is in San Francisco, and Chinese Catholics and friends continued that tradition – the Catholic way – at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Society is awash in infidelity! Lies, cheating and broken promises are the stuff of media headlines and these infidelities grab our attention and rouse our ire. Cheating goes on in high-stakes exams, in sports, on Wall Street, inside and outside welfare offices, in both back ...
In college I wrote a medical ethics paper on a play titled “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” That old paper came to mind recently when I learned that the campaign for physician assisted suicide has been gaining momentum.

A measles outbreak, the safety of childhood vaccinations, and the role of parental rights in choosing to vaccinate or not to vaccinate is all over the news. Incredibly, families on both the left and right ends of the political spectrum are dubious about vaccinating their ...


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