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Seminar to explore affordable Catholic health care
Mar. 20, 2017
A seminar at St. Mary’s Cathedral on April 29 will bring together diverse speakers on the topic of “Restoring Affordable Catholic Health Care in the San Francisco Bay Area.”   

Feb. 20, 2017
An item in the Feb. 9 issue on the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women’s annual fundraising luncheon Jan. 22 omitted the name of the chair of the event, Josephine Longhitano.  

Archdiocese stresses importance of CPR training
Feb. 20, 2017, By Catholic San Francisco
The Archdiocese of San Francisco recently trained a number of employees at the Pastoral Center in San Francisco in cardiopulmonary, stressing the value for all in the Catholic community of becoming certified in the life-saving technique.  

Choir scholarships offered for St. Brigid students
Feb. 6, 2017
When St. Brigid Parish in San Francisco was closed in 1994, St. Mary’s Cathedral clergy started providing pastoral care at St. Brigid School. The relationship between the cathedral and school soon blossomed, leading to the establishment of a choir school at St. Brigid to ...

Walk for Life to be followed within hours by Women’s March
Jan. 9, 2017, By Valerie Schmalz
The Walk for Life West Coast expects to once again draw more than 50,000 pro-woman, pro-life advocates to its rally in front of City Hall and then for the mile-long walk down Market Street in San Francisco Jan. 21.  

Presentation Sisters elect leadership team
Jan. 9, 2017
The Sisters of the Presentation from San Francisco have elected a leadership team who will serve 2016-2022. They are Sister Michele Anne Murphy, PBVM, president; Sister Pam Chiesa, PBVM, vice-president; Sister Paula Baker, PBVM, councilor; Sister Giovanna Campanella, PBVM, ...

California voters reject death penalty repeal, OK legal marijuana
Nov. 15, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
Despite a full-court press by California’s bishops, the Golden State’s voters opted to keep the death penalty and streamline the appeals process for death row inmates which could lead to more executions. However, Prop. 57, a restorative justice measure backed by the ...

Pax Christi regional conference Nov. 12 in Oakland
Nov. 1, 2016
The annual Pax Christi Northern California Regional Assembly will be held Nov. 12 at St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The keynote speaker is Ken Butigan, who was part of a conference last April in Rome that gathered an international group of 80 ...

Mass commemorates St. Peter School
Nov. 1, 2016
A Mass commemorating St. Peter School will be held Nov. 6 at St. Peter Church, 1241 Alabama St., San Francisco, at 2:30 p.m. Bishop William J. Justice, former St. Peter pastor, is principal celebrant and homilist at the annual event celebrating the Mission District parish school ...

Order of Malta Clinic honors Dr. Robert Stein
Nov. 1, 2016
The Order of Malta Clinic of Northern California honored Dr. Robert James Stein at its 8th Annual Silver Chalice Awards Dinner on Oct. 11 at the St. Francis Yacht Club of San Francisco. The Silver Chalice award was presented by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and Oakland Bishop ...

Orange County charges against fetal parts broker ‘historic’
Oct. 17, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
California has led the way in monetizing trade in aborted baby parts as entrepreneurs have created middleman organizations to convey the fetal parts from abortion clinics to research institutions and companies around the world, said David Daleiden, the citizen journalist whose ...

Catholic radio networks to merge
Oct. 17, 2016, By Catholic San Francisco
Immaculate Heart Radio will merge with Relevant Radio to create a larger national Catholic radio network, according to an announcement from the networks.  

Cruzada Guadalupana Dec. 10
Oct. 17, 2016
As in years past, the Cruzada Guadalupana, Dec. 10, is expected to draw more than 30,000 participant pilgrims in a march from All Souls Church in South San Francisco to St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco. Bishop William J. Justice will send marchers on their way with a ...

Mercy Volunteer Corps: The energy of giving
Oct. 3, 2016, By Liz Dossa
 Mercy Volunteer Corps members are bringing fresh energy for Catholic social justice to the San Francisco Bay Area.   

Mercy Burlingame, St. Peter School students join for Mercy Day
Oct. 3, 2016
Students from both schools joined together Sept. 23 for a Mercy Day celebration including prayer, lunch and a commemoration of the Sisters of Mercy beginnings in Ireland in 1827. Both Mercy High School and St. Peter School were founded by the Sisters of Mercy.   

V Encuentro: Hispanic/Latino leaders in archdiocese prepare for 4-year evangelization project
Sep. 26, 2016, By Lorena Rojas
Pastoral leaders of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties gathered at the University of San Francisco on Sept. 17 to discuss the V Encuentro – the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry in the U.S. Catholic Church that will take place ...

Religious of archdiocese hold 2nd annual ‘Picnic in the Park’ for homeless
Sep. 26, 2016
On Sept. 17, religious of the Archdiocese of San Francisco held their second “Picnic in the Park” for homeless men and women. However, there was a twist to this year’s event. The Golden Gate Park panhandle was unavailable, and thanks to the generosity of Father ...

Gov. Brown signs farm worker overtime bill
Sep. 19, 2016
Farmworkers will be paid overtime, under legislation signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown Jr.  

St. Rita Church celebrates 100th anniversary
Sep. 13, 2016, By Christina Gray
St. Rita families leaving the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass on Sept. 11 didn’t have to travel far to go back in time a hundred years.  

Presentation Sister Stephanie Still to head US bishops’ religious retirement office
Sep. 12, 2016
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Aug. 26 announced the appointment of Presentation Sister Stephanie Still as director of the USCCB’s National Religious Retirement Office.   

Sacred Heart Sister Barbara Dawson, SF native, elected order’s superior general
Sep. 12, 2016
Sacred Heart Sister Barbara Dawson, currently Provincial of the Society of the Sacred Heart United States – Canada Province, was elected Aug. 2 as Superior General of the International Society of the Sacred Heart. Sister Barbara was elected by the society’s General ...

Jesuits welcome new advancement director
Aug. 22, 2016
Siobhan Lawlor has been named provincial assistant for advancement and communication for the California and Oregon provinces of the Society of Jesus. Jesuit Father Michael Weiler, California Provincial, and Jesuit Father Scott Santarosa, Oregon Provincial, made the announcement ...

Maryknoll Lay Missioners offers student loan repayment
Aug. 22, 2016
Maryknoll Lay Missioners has announced a Student Loan Repayment Program available to all active Maryknoll lay missioners during the time they are under contract with the organization. During the missioner’s time in service, Maryknoll will pay the monthly student loan ...

Latino Sacramento bishop who died in 1991 declared ‘venerable’
Jul. 25, 2016, By Tonia Borsellino/Catholic News Agency
The cause for sainthood of a Sacramento auxiliary bishop known as the "Bishop of the Barrio" advanced earlier this month when Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree recognizing the heroic virtues of Servant of God ...

Marin Catholic students receive sacraments at Star of the Sea Parish
May. 24, 2016, By Christina Gray
Nearly a hundred members of the Marin Catholic High School community filled the pews of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Sausalito on April 30 to share the joy of 10 Marin Catholic students who received sacraments of initiation during a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore ...

Fond farewell
May. 24, 2016
After 12 years, St. James principal Sister Mary Susanna Vasquez is retiring at the end of this school year. At a goodbye celebration May 15, students, families and staff spoke warmly of the Dominican of Mission San Jose religous saying they will miss her smile, because as the ...

St. Mary’s Cathedral speaker series begins June 18
May. 24, 2016
St. Mary’s Cathedral speaker series begins with a 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. Saturday, June 18 presentation “The Spirituality of Mercy” by Margaret Turek, Ph.D., speaking on Jesus Christ as the face of the father’s mercy. 

Celebrating first Communion, past and present
May. 24, 2016
Catholic San Francisco asked readers to send us photos and memories of their first holy Communion. Here are a few examples through the years as well as two photos from this year’s first Communions at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Belmont and Mater Dolorosa Parish May 7 in ...

Parishioners pitch in for cistern for sister parish
May. 9, 2016, By Jim Clifford
Think the California drought is bad? At least we don’t have to carry buckets of water on our head for miles. They do in Tanzania where drought is chronic. Now villagers near famed Mount Kilimanjaro are getting help from members of their sister parish, Our Lady of Mount ...

St. James School, parish hosts archbishop
Apr. 26, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
“What’s your name?” one of the St. James first graders asked Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone during his visit to the school April 22. “When you go to Mass and the priest prays for Salvatore our bishop – that’s me.”  

Father Gawronski, SJ, remembered for witness of priesthood
Apr. 26, 2016, By Carl Bunderson
 DENVER – Jesuit Father Raymond Thomas Gawronski, professor of dogmatics at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park, died April 14 of complications from cancer, at the age of 65.  

Consecrated Life Mass: Living ‘singleheartedly’ for Christ
Apr. 19, 2016
Celebrating the Mass of Consecrated Life on Good Shepherd Sunday is appropriate, said Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone in his homily for the April 17 at St. Mary’s Cathedral.  

St. Peter Parish remembers Father Tom Seagrave
Mar. 14, 2016
Father Tom Seagrave, who died Dec. 18, was remembered at a memorial Mass Feb. 20 at St. Peter Church, San Francisco, where he served as administrator from 1978-85. Retired Father Thomas McElligott, who served with Father Seagrave in the post, was principal celebrant. More than ...

Shipwreck celebrates African-American Day of Prayer
Feb. 15, 2016, By Debra Greenblat
Twenty seven years ago the pastor of St. Paul of the Shipwreck, Franciscan Father Jim Goode, started the National Day of Prayer for the African-American and African Family – celebrated on the first Sunday of Black History Month. On Feb. 7, St. Paul of the Shipwreck ...

Oakland Raiders visit Our Lady of the Visitacion School to bring coats to kids
Feb. 15, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
The subdued hubbub of nearly 300 grade school children turned into excited yelling earlier this month when a parade of Oakland Raider players and coaches jogged into Our Lady of the Visitacion School gym, high-fiving child after child who crowded around them.   

Sisters, volunteers team up to stop Super Bowl human trafficking
Feb. 1, 2016, By Christina Gray
Human traffickers expected to flow into the Bay Area this week for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara may be sidelined if the efforts of Catholic sisters from a dozen different religious communities in Northern California and the volunteers they trained are successful.  

40 Days for Life in 10th year
Feb. 1, 2016
40 Days for Life, a pro-life campaign geared to the prayer and power of Lent, seeks volunteers for two sites: 1650 Valencia St. two blocks south of Cesar Chavez St., every day Feb. 10 through March 20, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Ron Konopaski, (360) 460-9194,, sign in on ...

Blind Chinese priest speaks on ‘See Mercy’ at Chinese ministry events
Jan. 26, 2016, By Catholic San Francisco
A Chinese Canadian priest born blind shared how he “sees mercy” Jan. 9 during a two-and-a-half hour evangelical event at St. Mary’s Cathedral hosted by CROSS Radio. CROSS Radio is an archdiocesan Chinese ministry program “with a mission to spread ...

Father Edward A. Reese, SJ, named new SI president
Jan. 26, 2016
Jesuit Father Edward A. Reese will serve as the 31st president of San Francisco’s St. Ignatius College Preparatory beginning July 1, 2016.  

Father David Gaa, OFM, to lead Franciscan province
Jan. 26, 2016
The Franciscan Province of St. Barbara have elected Franciscan Father David Gaa provincial minister of its 165 Franciscan friars in the Western United States. As provincial minister of the Province of St. Barbara, Father David will oversee all the friars and ministries under the ...

Erin Brigham to head USF’s Lane Center
Jan. 25, 2016
The University of San Francisco has appointed Erin Brigham, an adjunct professor of Catholic theology, to direct the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought.  

SVdP free-throw fundraiser
Jan. 11, 2016
The St. Vincent de Paul Society conference of St. Rita Parish, Fairfax says take a shot at poverty. The society’s eighth free throw fundraiser takes place Jan. 23 at Drake High School gym, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with $5 entry fee for participants 13 years and younger and ...

Vocations Dinner
Jan. 11, 2016
Knights of Columbus Council 10948 are sponsoring a Clergy and Vocation Dinner, Jan. 22, 5:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Gough Street at Geary Boulevard, San Francisco. 


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