Catholic San Francisco
Events for
October 2015

VATICAN CITY – The world Synod of Bishops on the family is not a parliament where participants will negotiate or lobby, Pope Francis said, but it must be a place of prayer where bishops speak with courage and open themselves to “God who always surprises ...
Opponents of doctor-assisted suicide condemned Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature Oct. 5 of a measure that will allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients.  

FARMINGTON HILLS, Michigan – It’s a situation reaching biblical proportions: Thousands of refugees fleeing religious persecution, leaving behind their homes, their memories and their lives.  

St. Paul of the Shipwreck in San Francisco celebrated 100 years in grand style at the parish’s “Everybody Is a Star” gala Sept. 26. More than 350 parishioners, school alumni, benefactors and friends arrived to a red-carpet welcome.  

They’ve been quietly feeding and clothing the poor in San Francisco and sometimes not so quietly standing up against injustice and violence for 100 years. On Oct. 3, the St. Francis Secular Franciscan Fraternity and the local Franciscan community celebrated 10 decades of ...

Sister Helen Dugan, SNDdeN: A native San Franciscan, Sister Helen taught in schools in cities including Belmont, San Jose, Santa Clara and Santa Barbara and more recently served at John XXIII Senior Center in San Jose. She is grateful for her Notre Dame family she says, as ...

A University of San Francisco graduate who earned a master’s degree in environmental management in 2013 is back on campus as the school’s first sustainability coordinator.  

VATICAN CITY – Indifference to the crises and tragedies today’s migrants and refugees are facing heads to complicity when people remain silent or refuse to act, Pope Francis said.  

There is no scrapbook of Kathy Webb’s life as a Dominican sister. No picture frames or friendship bracelets, no nun memorabilia perched in a closet or buried in a trunk. The only artifact from her convent days is the long apron she wore to protect her white habit, bearing ...

VATICAN CITY – The family is the answer to the two extremes facing the world – fragmentation and “homogenization,” in which everything is forced to be the same, Pope Francis said.  
VATICAN CITY – “Communication and mercy: A fruitful encounter” is the theme chosen by Pope Francis for World Communications Day.
 Since Pope Francis announced that two synods would examine the contemporary crisis of marriage and the family and work to devise more evangelically dynamic responses to that crisis, a lot of attention has focused on issues of Catholic discipline: How does the church ...

Some years ago, I officiated at a wedding. As the officiating priest, I was invited to the reception and dance that followed upon the church service. Not knowing the family well and having church services the next morning, I left right after the banquet and the toasts, just as ...


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