Catholic San Francisco
Events for
November 2015

Friendships that last a lifetime. A home away from home. A lifeline for a single mother. Kept me on the straight and narrow.   
The bishops of California are supporting a signature-gathering campaign to place on the November 2016 ballot a referendum to overturn the state’s physician-assisted suicide law.  

The Sisters of Mercy in Burlingame are planning a special “Opening Doors of Mercy” ritual to begin the Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. The public is invited to participate on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame. For ...

During November and December, San Rafael’s Free Dining Room, a work of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County, will serve more than 40,000 hot meals to individuals and families struggling to make ends meet.   

NOV. 21: ADVENT TALK: Mary Romo, professor of theology at University of San Francisco, 9:30 a.m., St. Anselm Church, 97 Shady Lane, Ross; (415) 456-9732;   

Although life now is different than that of the first Little Sisters of the Poor who arrived in San Francisco in 1901, some things never change – the elderly poor still need a home and we continue to be blessed by the kindness of people who support our mission.  

Mercy Volunteer Corps members have returned to San Francisco. First year MVC member Lauren Mifsud and Bianca Huerta, a second-year member, are learning to be at home here in a city known for a deep divide between rich and poor.  

What is the relationship between Catholics and the state?   

WASHINGTON – An outpouring of grief, condolences and prayers came from Catholics across the United States in reaction to Nov. 13 evening attacks in Paris, attacks the French government said were carried out by three teams of Islamic State terrorists.  

VATICAN CITY – At nearly 92 years of age, Italian Bishop Luigi Bettazzi says his long life is due to constant changes.  

The teenage boy sitting across the table from me at Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services office in San Mateo talked calmly about his chilling experience fleeing gang violence in his home country of Honduras and strapping himself by his belt to the top of a train to ...
St. Paul urged us to give thanks to God always. Our forebears and our founding fathers, active Christians, often followed this sage counsel. And eventually our national day of Thanksgiving evolved.  
In one of his books on contemplative prayer, Thomas Keating shares a line he occasionally uses in spiritual direction. People, sharing how they used to have a warm and solid sense of God, now complain that all that warmth and confidence have disappeared and they’re left ...

JERUSALEM – Walking through the narrow, winding streets of Jerusalem’s Old City on my first visit here in 15 years, I was powerfully struck once again by the grittiness of Christianity, the palpable connection between the faith and the quotidian realities of life. 


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