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700 gather with archbishop for special immigration Mass
Mar. 21, 2017, By Christina Gray
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone celebrated a special immigration Mass before 700 congregants at St. Peter Church in the Mission District on March 11 in response to requests from community members for his pastoral presence during a time of uncertainty.  

Lenten spirituality calendar
Mar. 21, 2017
Here is a list of selected Lenten events in the archdiocese. A comprehensive, online list is available at sfarchdiocese.org/home/archdiocese/lent-2017.

St. Dominic to host Lenten ‘Mercy Night’
Mar. 21, 2017
Like many San Francisco parishes, St Dominic offers an annual penance service shortly before Holy Week. This year’s attendees, however, will be greeted by something new: candles, music and eucharistic adoration. All of this is part of “Mercy Night,” a worldwide ...

Archdiocese names coordinator of youth and young adult ministry
Mar. 21, 2017, By Valerie Schmalz
Amanda George has been named coordinator of youth and young adult ministry for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Father Charles Puthota, director of pastoral ministry, announced March 10. Catholic San Francisco asked George to explain a bit about her position, a new one in the ...

Lenten exercises: Dominican brothers, sisters race to support aging friars
Mar. 21, 2017, By Christina Gray
Five Dominican brothers in formation at St. Albert’s Priory in Oakland who share a running pastime turned a half-marathon on March 18 into a run-a-thon to support the care of elderly friars of the Western Province.   

Cardinal Raymond Burke draws a crowd at San Francisco Mass
Mar. 21, 2017, By Valerie Schmalz
“The fundamental struggle of our life in Christ ... is the struggle to live the truth in love in a world which could deceive us into thinking that we can love even while we violate the truth,” Cardinal Raymond Burke said in his homily March 15 at St. Mary’s ...

Marin parish celebrates National Catholic Sisters Week
Mar. 21, 2017, By Christina Gray
Members of nine different communities of women religious from all three counties of the Archdiocese of San Francisco were honored by the St. Patrick Parish community in Larkspur on March 12 at a special Mass commemorating National Catholic Sisters Week.   

Good Shepherd students make lunches for poor, homeless
Mar. 21, 2017, By Valerie Schmalz
Each Friday of the school year, students at Good Shepherd School make 120 lunches for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of San Mateo homeless center in South San Francisco – a routine that began 16 years ago.   

Archdiocese plans Fatima centennial, Marian consecration
Mar. 21, 2017
Preparation for a year of archdiocesan celebrations commemorating the centennial of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima begins this Sunday, March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. A Marian Day retreat will be held May 6 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, with Cardinal William ...

More than 300 prepare to enter Catholic faith at the Easter Vigil
Mar. 7, 2017, By Tom Burke
The Rite of Election, a step in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, took place at St. Mary’s Cathedral March 5 in an afternoon prayer service with Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone presiding. More than 1,300 people were in the assembly.   

Faith communities collaborate in unified response to deportation fears
Mar. 7, 2017, By Christina Gray
About 125 members of San Francisco faith communities, including several Catholic parishes, signed up at the St. Dominic parish hall on Feb. 24 to serve on a unified “rapid response” team to support immigrants during anticipated enforcement actions by Immigration and ...

Lenten spirituality calendar
Mar. 7, 2017
Here is a list of selected Lenten spirituality opportunities in the archdiocese. A comprehensive, online list is available at sfarchdiocese.org/home/archdiocese/lent-2017.  

St. Benedict Parish adds programs for deaf
Mar. 7, 2017, By Catholic San Francisco
St. Benedict Parish for the Deaf at St. Francis Xavier Church in San Francisco, which primarily serves Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties with outreach to the ecclesiastical province of San Francisco, announced that four programs have been added for deaf parishioners ...

Lenten activities with Catholic Charities
Mar. 7, 2017
Catholic Charities in the archdiocese invites all to experience Lent in concrete ways by: Attending a program tour to witness firsthand Catholic Charities’ impact in the community; sharing your time by volunteering; making a difference by donating to those in ...

A new approach to city’s housing crisis
Mar. 6, 2017, By Christina Gray
Joyce Calagos had two reasons for seeking a housemate last year to share the three-bedroom home she had lived in with her parents before they died. One was practical, the other spiritual.  

Note on St. Patrick’s Day
Mar. 6, 2017
The feast of St. Patrick, March 17, is a solemnity within the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Riordan journalists invoke St. Francis de Sales, patron of scribes
Mar. 6, 2017
Student staff of Archbishop Riordan High School’s newspaper The Crusader were recently presented with prayer cards remembering St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists. Father Cameron Faller, school chaplain blessed and presented the cards.  

Pamela Lyons named to lead archdiocesan Catholic schools
Feb. 20, 2017, By Valerie Schmalz
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone has appointed Pamela Lyons, associate superintendent of archdiocesan schools, as the Catholic school superintendent for the archdiocesan Catholic schools, following a national search led by a Boston-based consultant. The ...

Jesuit Father George Schultze to lead seminary at ‘major turning point’
Feb. 20, 2017, By Valerie Schmalz
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone has appointed a bilingual and eclectic Jesuit theologian and social ethicist who is well respected as a spiritual director of seminarians as the new president rector of St. Patrick Seminary & University at what is a critical juncture for ...

Riordan HS names new president
Feb. 20, 2017, By Archdiocese of San Francisco
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone has appointed Andrew T. Currier as president of Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco, the archdiocese announced Feb. 15. Currier will assume his duties July 1. Principal Vittorio Anastasio has been acting president since Joseph Conti ...

St. Charles Borromeo School to close in June
Feb. 20, 2017, By Archdiocese of San Francisco
Father John Jimenez, pastor and director of St. Charles Borromeo School in San Francisco, and the Archdiocese of San Francisco notified school parents and faculty last week that the K-8 elementary school will close in June.  

Lenten regulations
Feb. 20, 2017
Ash Wednesday is March 1, and Easter is April 16. Everyone 14 years of age and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, the Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday. Everyone 18 years of age and older but under the age of 60 is also bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good ...

Respect Life Essay Contest: Assisted suicide devalues life
Feb. 20, 2017, By Vicki Evans
Elderly people are a gift from God and they teach us a lot. We should bring love and joy to people in pain to make them happier. The sacrament of the sick is what the old and sick need to help them at the end of their life. Suffering is easier to deal with when it’s ...

Couples celebrate, affirm marriage vows at St. Mary’s Cathedral
Feb. 20, 2017, By Valerie Schmalz
“One thing I want you to know – we never dated.”  

Marriage Encounter couple married 50 years
Feb. 20, 2017
Among the couples celebrating decades of marriage were Dean and Claire Simonich who credit the longevity of their relationship to Marriage Encounter.  

Jesuit Father George Schultze to lead seminary at ‘major turning point’
Feb. 16, 2017, By Valerie Schmalz/Catholic San Francisco
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone has appointed a bilingual and eclectic Jesuit theologian and social ethicist who is well respected as a spiritual director of seminarians as the new president rector of St. Patrick Seminary & University at what is a critical ...

Parishes meet to form pastoral response to immigrant fears
Feb. 11, 2017, By Christina Gray
Pastors and deacons representing parishes in all three counties of the Archdiocese of San Francisco gathered Feb. 9 to voice outrage over President Donald Trump’s sweeping actions and “divisive” language on immigration, saying immigrant families are confused ...

Consecrated Life Mass: ‘You are the bonfire’
Feb. 7, 2017, By Christina Gray
In his homily as celebrant of the annual Consecrated Life Mass on Feb. 5, Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice likened the women and men religious of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to a campground bonfire that illuminates the darkness, dispelling fear and hopelessness and ...

Local Catholics organize to support immigrants
Feb. 7, 2017, By Catholic San Francisco
An informal organizational meeting will be held Feb. 9 for pastors at the Pastoral Center at One Peter Yorke Way in San Francisco, to build ties of hope and action between the archdiocese and parishes at a time of growing fear among immigrants.  

Parishioner-artist publishes book about Muslim carpenters’ gift to Pope Francis
Feb. 7, 2017, By Christina Gray
A book for children about a pair of Muslim carpenters chosen by the Vatican to make a chair for Pope Francis for his visit to war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina in the summer of 2015 will be released in March by San Francisco author and artist Stefan Salinas.  

Retired Jesuit author critiques Pope Francis’ first 4 years
Feb. 7, 2017, By Christina Gray
Retired Jesuit Father Joe Eagan presented a four-year scorecard of Pope Francis’ achievements and shortfalls Jan. 30 at St. Anselm Parish in Ross.  

NCEA president: Trump could present ‘huge opportunity’ for Catholic parents
Feb. 7, 2017, By Valerie Schmalz
The Trump administration’s apparent endorsement of parental school choice during the campaign could present a “huge opportunity” for Catholic parents, the president of the National Catholic Educational Association said in San Francisco Feb. 3.  

Parishes celebrating Black History Month
Feb. 7, 2017, By Tom Burke
Black History Month has been celebrated each February in the United States for more than 40 years with similar tributes to the African-American heritage going back more than 90 years. Parishes in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, including San Francisco’s Our Lady of ...

Order of Malta, archbishop joining hands for Day of the Sick Mass
Feb. 7, 2017
In continuing commemoration of St. John Paul II’s establishment in 1982 of World Day of the Sick as well as their own ministry to those not well and their caregivers, the Western Association of the Order of Malta is facilitating a Mass Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. at St. ...

Walk for Life fills streets ahead of Women’s March
Jan. 24, 2017, By Valerie Schmalz
Despite the last-minute scheduling of a large Women’s March less than two hours after the 13th annual Walk for Life West Coast, tens of thousands of pro-life supporters filled Civic Center Plaza and walked the 1.7 miles from City Hall to Justin Herman Plaza in San ...

Hundreds turn out to support immigrants on inauguration week
Jan. 24, 2017, By Christina Gray
Two nights before the inauguration of a president that made the swift deportation of undocumented immigrants a campaign promise, hundreds of people met at the St. Raphael School gym in San Rafael on Jan. 18 to pray and prepare together for an uncertain future.   

Parish offers sanctuary for undocumented
Jan. 24, 2017, By Christina Gray
St. Agnes Parish in San Francisco released a statement on Jan. 18 offering explicit support to undocumented immigrants.  

Though snubbed by Women’s March, pro-life groups still participate
Jan. 24, 2017, By Rhina Guidos
WASHINGTON – After being removed from a list of partner organizations for the Women’s March on Washington, members of a pro-life group based in Texas decided they still would take to the streets Jan. 21 to take part in the historic and massive event. And they said it ...

Archdiocese offering parishes a new tool for evangelization
Jan. 10, 2017, By Christina Gray
Pope Francis has said repeatedly over the course of almost four years that a key element of Christian spirituality and evangelization is a “welcoming attitude” toward those outside the church.  

Catholic Charities to honor former 49er
Jan. 10, 2017
Former San Francisco 49er Bill Ring will be honored with Catholic Charities “Loaves & Fishes Award” in ceremonies at San Francisco’s Regis Hotel April 22. Ring has served on Catholic Charities board of directors for 25 years.   

Melissa Ohden survived her mother’s abortion – and that’s just the beginning of the story
Jan. 10, 2017, By Valerie Schmalz
Melissa Ohden was delivered during a saline infusion abortion, a 2-pound, 14-ounce baby suffering jaundice and respiratory distress after undergoing five days of inhaling toxic salt and Pitocin laced amniotic fluid.  

Mercy sister to speak on Archbishop Romero book
Jan. 10, 2017, By Catholic San Francisco
“Romero and Grande: Companions on the Journey” by Sister Ana Maria Pineda, RSM, Lectio Publishing, LLC, May 2016, 200 pages, $19.95; info@lectiopublishing.com or Mercy Center bookstore, (650) 373-45106  

Clergy and laity invited to Marian Movement events
Jan. 10, 2017, By Christina Gray
The successor to the founder of the Marian Movement of Priests will hold separate Cenacles and Mass for clergy and laity on Jan. 22 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in East Palo Alto, said Father Larry Goode, pastor.  

Dominican sisters, Archbishop Wester host talk on mission of laity
Jan. 10, 2017, By Christina Gray
About 100 people ventured out in a downpour on Jan. 6 to hear Santa Fe Archbishop John C. Wester talk about the vocation and mission of the laity as a guest of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael.  

Simbang Gabi commissioning Mass
Dec. 13, 2016
The ninth annual commissioning Mass for the Advent novena of Simbang Gabi, a Filipino tradition of early morning Masses now celebrated in more than 45 parishes throughout the archdiocese, was held Dec. 6 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, with Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice as ...

Catholic Charities Advent stories: Believe in self-sufficiency
Dec. 13, 2016
“It takes so long to get an approval for housing, because they want this and they want that, and when you don’t have an address to provide, it makes it look even worse,” said former Catholic Charities client Juliette. “Well, I’ve been homeless, so ...

Parish ‘green teams’ grew in 2016
Dec. 13, 2016, By Christina Gray
Only eight months after the Archdiocese of San Francisco launched a major “Laudato Si’” initiative on April 23 at the urging of Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, several parishes have taken steps to heed what Pope Francis called in his encyclical “the ...

Parishes honor Catholic ‘Women of the Year’
Dec. 13, 2016, By Christina Gray
Fourteen women from parishes in all three counties of the Archdiocese of San Francisco were recognized by their pastors and by the San Francisco Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women for their significant contributions to parish life in the 2016 Women of the Year Awards.  

Bridgeport bishop: Walk with young adults as Jesus would
Dec. 5, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
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 ...

Catholic Charities Advent stories: Believe in blessings
Dec. 5, 2016
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.  

Speaker’s peaceful seasonal message from different spiritual traditions
Dec. 5, 2016, By Christina Gray
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 ...

St. Cecilia Parish 100 years old
Dec. 5, 2016, By Tom Burke
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 ...

St. Dominic hosting ‘pilgrimage tours’ to conclude Dominican anniversary
Dec. 5, 2016, By Christina Gray
To conclude the 800th anniversary of the Order of Preachers, St. Dominic Church is hosting “pilgrimage” tours of the church for organized parish groups.  

Prison pen pal program goes beyond Year of Mercy
Nov. 29, 2016, By Christina Gray
Locally incarcerated men and women will continue to receive handmade cards with messages of hope this Christmas and next year from young Catholic students and others as a prison pen pal program launched by the archdiocese earlier this year is extended into 2017.  

Mission San Rafael celebrating bicentennial
Nov. 29, 2016, By Tom Burke
It is going to take a year but in those 12 months, the beauty, strength, hope, and most of all, faith brought over the last 200 years to the Bay Area and wider regions by Misión San Rafael Arcangel will be celebrated. The Marin community of faith begins the bicentennial ...

Holy Name School inaugurates Advent curriculum
Nov. 29, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
Holy Name of Jesus grade school students began “an Advent journey of daily reflections and intercessions” this week as the San Francisco school inaugurated a new Advent curriculum.  

Believe in love and ‘tikkun olam’
Nov. 28, 2016
Walking into a modular classroom in the parking lot at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in East Palo Alto, you hear the sounds of children winding down from a long day at school and getting out their books and papers to begin after-school literacy class at Catholic ...

Thousands expected for Guadalupana pilgrimage Dec. 10
Nov. 28, 2016, By Lorena Rojas
Organizers expect thousands of pilgrims on Dec. 10 at the annual Guadalupana march venerating Our Lady of Guadalupe in the archdiocese. The event, celebrating Our Lady’s miraculous appearance to St. Juan Diego near Mexico City on Dec. 9, 1531, attracts pilgrims from the ...

Hundreds mourn beloved homeless man at Star of the Sea parish
Nov. 15, 2016, By Christina Gray
Thomas Myron Hooker lived the last 20 years of his life without a roof over his head, but his death Oct. 26 proved he was hardly without a home.  

Archbishop, 8th graders discuss happiness
Nov. 15, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone’s visit to the eighth grade classroom at Good Shepherd School turned into an unusually wide-ranging discussion on the nature of happiness, faith, and “recruiting more Catholics.”  

Workshop offers tools to navigate grief during Christmas season
Nov. 15, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
Grief can seem even more intense during the holiday season, as the person who is gone is missed even more at Thanksgiving and continuing through Christmas. So each year St. Mary’s Cathedral offers the “Hope for the Holiday Grief Seminar” to help. This year it ...

Mercy ‘like a river’: Hispanic Day reflects on Year of Mercy
Nov. 15, 2016, By Lorena Rojas
Latino Catholics of the Archdiocese of San Francisco celebrated the sixth consecutive Hispanic Day at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Oct. 29, focusing on the Year of Mercy.  

Cemeteries head on national board
Nov. 15, 2016
Monica J. Williams, director of cemeteries for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has been elected to the board of directors of the Catholic Cemetery Conference, an international Roman Catholic faith network of cemetery professionals and suppliers. The election took place at the ...

St. Emydius volunteers talking turkey - hams too
Nov. 15, 2016, By Tom Burke
The St. Emydius holiday turkey drive is once again in gear. The event accepts donations each year for Thanksgiving and Christmas with all collected going to San Francisco’s St. Anthony’s Dining Room for use in its iconic service to the poor with meals every day of ...

Catholic Charities seeks Thanksgiving meal volunteers
Nov. 15, 2016
Catholic Charities is seeking volunteers to support upcoming Thanksgiving meal events in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. Volunteer duties include decorating, preparing food, set-up, serving food, leading activities, taking pictures, engaging with families, and ...

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thanksgiving and Advent opportunities
Nov. 15, 2016
Books 4 Hope Donation Drive: St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Mateo (SVdP) can provide donation bins, and individuals and organizations can encourage community members, friends, family, students, and employees to fill them with unwanted books. Books may also be dropped ...

Archbishop Cordileone visits St. Brendan
Nov. 15, 2016
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone visited St. Brendan Parish and School Nov. 4-6, visiting classrooms Nov.4, confirming the eighth grade students Nov. 5, and installing as pastor Father Roger Gustafson on Nov. 6.   

Archdiocese honors retired priests
Nov. 1, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
Every year the archdiocese honors its retired priests with a special luncheon, and this year the woman who has taken care of those priests since 2002 was singled out too.  

Sulpician order to depart St. Patrick’s Seminary after 118 years
Nov. 1, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
After 118 years, the society of diocesan priests who have administered and taught at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University will withdraw completely from the seminary at the end of this academic year.  

St. Jude pilgrims carry saint’s promise of hope
Nov. 1, 2016, By Christina Gray
Almost 2,000 pilgrims, many dressed in green, the color of the cloak depicted in imagery of St. Jude, walked over two miles together through the streets of San Francisco on Oct. 22 in prayer to the patron saint of difficult and desperate cases.  

Catholic cemetery options exist for already scattered remains of cremated
Nov. 1, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
A “strongly worded” document from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the disposal of cremated remains means some Catholics may have concerns about past decisions to scatter the ashes of loved ones, said Monica Williams, director of the ...

All Souls goes solar – first in the archdiocese
Nov. 1, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
All Souls School and Parish, located in one of the Bay Area’s foggier areas, became the first school and parish to go solar in the Archdiocese of San Francisco this month.  

Seminarians trounce priests in first Clericus Classic
Nov. 1, 2016, By Father David Schunk
On the evening of Oct. 21, the Office of Vocations of the Archdiocese of San Francisco held the first Clericus Classic basketball game at Archbishop Riordan High School.   

Our Lady of Loretto School welcomes archbishop
Nov. 1, 2016, By Christina Gray
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone brought the Our Lady of Loretto School community in Novato together on Oct. 7 starting with a morning Mass followed by visits to each of the 58-year-old, K-8 school’s classrooms.   

Order prepares lay ‘ambassadors’ to invite women into religious life
Nov. 1, 2016, By Christina Gray
The Dominican Sisters of San Rafael launched a “vocation ambassadors” program on Sept. 28 aimed at preparing laywomen in parish and school communities to invite young Catholic women in Marin County and beyond to consider religious life.   

Catholic Charities seeks Thanksgiving meal volunteers
Nov. 1, 2016
Catholic Charities is seeking volunteers to support upcoming Thanksgiving meal events in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. Volunteer duties include decorating, preparing food, set-up, serving food, leading activities, taking pictures, engaging with families, and ...

Vietnamese martyrs liturgy to be celebrated Nov. 20 at St. Thomas the Apostle
Nov. 1, 2016
The Vietnamese Catholic community of St.Thomas Apostle Church in San Francisco will celebrate the lives of Vietnamese martyrs at an annual liturgy celebration on Nov. 20.  

Archbishop visits St. Gabriel, blesses preschool
Oct. 18, 2016
St. Gabriel Parish and School welcomed Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone who visited in October as part of his regular parish visits to parishes in the archdiocese.

Catholic school principal baby boom: New moms lead three archdiocesan Catholic schools
Oct. 18, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
Hannah Everhart’s pastor volunteered to baptize her new baby Coraline at a school Mass at Our Lady of Visitacion School.   

Evangelization focus of North American Chinese Catholic conference
Oct. 18, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
“The mission continues” to evangelize the world for Jesus Christ said one of Pope Francis’ top Vatican officials for evangelization during his visit to the San Francisco Bay Area to speak to North American Chinese Catholics on the topics of mercy and ...

U.S. Catholic China Bureau honors Bishops Cummins, Wang
Oct. 18, 2016, By Michele Jurich
The U.S. Catholic China Bureau will honor Oakland Bishop emeritus John S. Cummins and San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop emeritus Ignatius Wang with the Matteo Ricci Award at the bureau’s Nov. 3 awards dinner.  

St. Ignatius College Preparatory announces tuition-free middle school
Oct. 18, 2016, By Catholic San Francisco
St. Ignatius College Preparatory announced Oct. 8 that the school will open a tuition-free junior high school program beginning August 2017 with its first class of sixth graders.  

Walk for Life speaker lineup announced
Oct. 17, 2016
The lineup of speakers for the Walk for Life West Coast on Jan. 21 in San Francisco will include a woman who survived being aborted, the mother of Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, and the president of an international coalition to expose and oppose forced abortion, gendercide ...

Archbishop Cordileone leads eucharistic procession through city streets
Oct. 17, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone led hundreds of Catholics praying the rosary through the streets of the city in a eucharistic procession that wended past City Hall to United Nations Plaza.  

Rural Catholic cemetery reflects California history
Oct. 17, 2016, By Christina Gray
St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church and its secluded graveyard perched on a coastal bluff in the West Marin enclave of Bolinas was deeded to the Archdiocese of San Francisco by the family of one of the town’s first settlers in 1878. Almost 138 years later, the cemetery has ...

Speaker: Death penalty ‘ultimate insult to human dignity’
Oct. 4, 2016, By Christina Gray
Anti-death-penalty activist and actor Mike Farrell opened up the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s Reentry Conference and Resource Fair on Oct. 1, telling his audience why he considers the death penalty “the ultimate insult to human dignity.”  

Blessing: ‘Animals bring out what is good in us’
Oct. 4, 2016, By Christina Gray
A parade of beloved dogs, cats, birds, horses, rabbits and even hamsters with their human companions gathered in the plaza in front of St. Mary’s Cathedral on Oct. 1 to receive a blessing during the annual Blessing of the Animals.  

Church challenges are theme of St. Jude novena
Oct. 4, 2016, By Christina Gray
St. Jude is the patron of hopeless and desperate cases and the Dominican preacher set to lead the annual St. Jude Novena at St. Dominic Church in San Francisco Oct. 20-28 sees the church as one of them.   

Support for loved ones of those who have ‘died by suicide’
Oct. 4, 2016, By Christina Gray
The Archdiocese of San Francisco is offering half-day support groups this fall for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a child, sibling, parent, friend, school or work companion who has died by suicide.  

Cathedral to host Cardinal Levada on JPII and mercy
Oct. 4, 2016
Cardinal William J. Levada is featured presenter Oct. 22 for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy Speaker Series at St. Mary’s Cathedral Event Center, Gough Street at Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, 10:30 a.m. Cardinal Levada will speak on Pope John Paul II and his papal ...

Daughters of St. Paul moving to Menlo Park
Oct. 4, 2016
The Daughters of St. Paul, who have had a communications ministry in the Archdiocese of San Francisco for almost 50 years, have announced they will establish a resident convent and bookstore facility in Menlo Park over the coming months. The sisters are calling the developing ...

Celebrating 50 years of the ‘human touch’ at Nazareth House
Sep. 26, 2016, By Christina Gray
It is said that it’s love that makes a house a home, and that’s what the volunteers of Nazareth House have helped furnish it with for 50 years.   

Respect Life Essay Contest focuses on end-of-life issues
Sep. 26, 2016, By Vicki Evans
On June 9, California’s physician-assisted suicide law went into effect. Generally law is a teacher of what is right and what is wrong. But a bad law like this one, giving vulnerable individuals the power to end their lives prematurely with help from a doctor, can best be ...

Priests gain insights on post-abortion healing and reconciliation
Sep. 26, 2016, By Christina Gray
About a dozen priests from around the Archdiocese of San Francisco learned about the breadth of abortion’s destructiveness and how they can better be an instrument of Christ’s healing and peace during this Jubilee Year of Mercy.   

St. Dominic Church to offer course on Theology of the Body
Sep. 26, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
No academic experience required – just a desire to learn more – is what’s required for an 18-hour, three-Saturday course on St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body that begins in October at St. Dominic Church in San Francisco.  

Outreach to divorced Catholics
Sep. 20, 2016, By Christina Gray
Divorced Catholics are loved and “always belong to the church” – those are Pope Francis’ direct words and the message of a special one-day retreat hosted by the Archdiocese of San Francisco Nov. 12.   

Corrections
Sep. 20, 2016
RE “Presentation Sister Stephanie Still to head US bishops’ religious retirement office,” Page 19, Sept. 15: The “United States Conference of Catholic Bishops” announced the appointment of Presentation Sister Stephanie Still as director of the ...

Registering Catholics to vote
Sep. 20, 2016
Parish teams are registering voters at a number of parishes around the archdiocese before the Nov. 8 election, said Lorena Melgarejo of the Office of Public Policy and Social Concerns.   

Archdiocese hosts ‘Together in Holiness’ marriage and family conference Sept. 24
Sep. 20, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
The Archdiocese of San Francisco is hosting a daylong “dynamic” marriage and family conference to help Bay Area Catholic couples “grow together in holiness and learn to form their children in the Catholic faith.”  

Rosary rally at UN Plaza Oct. 8
Sep. 20, 2016
The Archdiocese of San Francisco’s annual rosary rally is Oct. 8 at United Nations Plaza in San Francisco.  

Local sisters create collective prayer movement for election ‘civility’
Sep. 20, 2016, By Christina Gray
Over 60 sisters from about a dozen Bay Area communities committed on Sept. 10 to eight weeks of “intense contemplative prayer” with the intention of shifting pre-election public discourse from vitriol to “conversations marked with respect and care for the ...

New school leadership start year at Catholic schools in archdiocese
Sep. 19, 2016
Mullin has worked in education for 11 years, six in Catholic schools. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from UC Berkeley. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of San Francisco’s Catholic Educational Leadership program.

Attorney Stephen T. Lanctot is 2016 St. Thomas More Award winner
Sep. 19, 2016
The St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco has named attorney Stephen T. Lanctot winner of its 2016 St. Thomas More Award.   

California bishops support death penalty repeal, prison rehabilitation ballot propositions
Sep. 19, 2016
California’s bishops recommend two yes votes and a no vote on three of the 18 California propositions on the Nov. 8 ballot. They have taken no official position on the remaining propositions but offer analysis at www.cacatholic.org/take-action/election-2016.  

Archdiocese launches grass roots effort urging death penalty repeal
Sep. 19, 2016, By Christina Gray
As if we had to tell you, the stakes are high in California’s Nov. 8 general election. Among those stakes is the possible return of the state’s use of the death penalty as the maximum punishment for murder – and the archdiocese’s Office of Public Policy ...

Cloistered nuns attracting vocations in San Francisco archdiocese
Sep. 19, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
Each of the four monasteries of contemplative nuns in the Archdiocese of San Francisco is attracting new vocations – young women who are choosing to embrace an enclosed life and lifetime of prayer, fasting, penance, and work in a small community of women religious behind ...

Star of the Sea young adults hike across Spain in 1,000-year religious tradition
Sep. 19, 2016, By Catholic San Francisco
Seven young adults from Star of the Sea and their pastor undertook a 230-mile hiking pilgrimage across Spain this summer in a “Camino de Santiago” or Walk of St. James, a 1,000-year religious tradition that concludes at the cathedral that holds the remains of the ...

Cathedral pilgrims reflect saint’s devotion to poor
Sep. 12, 2016, By Christina Gray
In the hour leading up to the 11 a.m. Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sept. 4 canonization of St. Teresa of Kolkata, visitors filed into the pews of St. Mary’s Cathedral leaving open a bank of front rows marked “reserved.”   

University of Notre Dame partners with archdiocesan schools department
Sep. 12, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
On-going faith formation just got easier for Catholic school teachers in the Archdiocese of San Francisco with three new programs offered through the University of Notre Dame and a fourth through the well-regarded Sophia Institute.  

St. Gabriel Parish celebrates 75th anniversary
Sep. 12, 2016, By Roger Gargano
The parish of St. Gabriel the Archangel in San Francisco’s Sunset District came into being on June 28, 1941, when Archbishop John J. Mitty appointed Father George J. Bedford as its founding pastor. The new parish stretched from 30th Avenue in the east, west to the Pacific ...

Welcome back to a new school year
Sep. 12, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
Late summer is marked by the beginning of a new school year, with all the excitement of fresh starts and unknown adventures to come. Catholic San Francisco visited Our Lady of Mercy School in Daly City Aug. 24 during the first week of school and asked a few people what their ...

Restorative justice, workers’ rights bills go to Gov. Brown for signature
Sep. 12, 2016, By Catholic San Francisco
The California Catholic Conference is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign two restorative justice bills passed by the California legislature and to sign legislation to require overtime pay for farmworkers. The bishops’ conference also is urging vetoes of two bills backed by ...

Missionaries to bus homeless, youth to canonization Mass
Aug. 23, 2016, By Christina Gray
When the 13 sisters of the Missionaries of Charity convent in Pacifica arrive by bus at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sept. 4 for a Mass celebrating the canonization of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, some of the homeless and poor they minister will be on board with them.  

Acting SFPD chief stresses importance of faith leaders in crisis response
Aug. 23, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
Acting San Francisco police chief Toney Chaplin endorsed the idea of supplying lists of neighborhood faith leaders for each police station at the San Francisco Interfaith Council on Aug. 11.   

Korean Catholics celebrate 50 years in San Francisco
Aug. 23, 2016, By Catholic San Francisco
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone celebrated Mass Aug. 13 for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of a Korean Catholic Church in San Francisco.  

Emmaus: A ‘gateway’ to belief for non-practicing Catholics
Aug. 22, 2016, By Christina Gray
St. Dominic Parish in San Francisco is on a mission to bring “lapsed Catholics” and those outside the faith into a friendly, no-holds-barred conversation with the church through a new outreach program called Emmaus.  

Respect life conference Sept. 17
Aug. 9, 2016, By Vicki Evans
This is the Year of Mercy. Noting that many have dismissed “the extreme harm that follows a decision to procure an abortion,” Pope Francis offered a special invitation to those who have experienced abortion to approach the sacrament of confession with a sincere heart ...

Reintegration conference Oct. 1 at cathedral
Aug. 9, 2016
Sister Helen Prejean is featured speaker at the 2016 Re-entry Conference and Resource Fair, Oct. 1, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Cathedral Event Center, sponsored by the archdiocesan restorative justice ministry of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.  

Emerging parish ‘green teams’ share progress and challenges
Aug. 9, 2016, By Christina Gray
Parish ‘green teams’ designed to help Catholics walk the talk of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical have taken root if not yet sprouted at a dozen parishes in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.  

Parish Care for Creation FAQ
Aug. 9, 2016, By Christina Gray
What is a ‘Care for Creation’ team? Think of it as a ministry composed of parish members (parishioners, staff and clergy) who help their parish respond to the invitation extended by Pope Francis in his May 24, 2015, encyclical, “Laudato Si’”: ...

Top 10 messages of ‘Laudato Si’”
Aug. 9, 2016
Jesuit Father James Martin, editor-at-large for America magazine, distilled the nearly 200 pages of “Laudato Si’” into 10 key messages in a four-minute video produced last summer, offering Catholics a visual digest of the document. View it at ...

Care for Creation resources
Aug. 9, 2016
The Archdiocese of San Francisco has a website section dedicated to the archdiocesan “Laudato Si’” initiative, with links to the following resources and more. Visit sfarch.org/green.

Celebrating 60 years as a priest
Jul. 25, 2016, By Catholic San Francisco
"I am a priest in the line of Melchizedek" began Father Guillermo Rodriguez’s homily of the Mass of his 60th anniversary of priesthood, celebrated at St. Brendan Catholic Church in San Francisco July 17. 

Native American Catholics unite to celebrate faith, tradition
Jul. 25, 2016, By Christina Gray/Catholic San Francisco
More than 700 Native American Catholics gathered in Burlingame July 20-24 to celebrate their faith and tribal traditions and discuss their unique goals and challenges during the 77th Annual Tekakwitha Conference.

Is Pokémon Go a tool for evangelization?
Jul. 25, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz/Catholic San Francisco
Is your parish church a Pokémon Go stop? Chances are—yes!     At Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, director Monica Williams has directed employees to greet Pokémon Go players with respect and perhaps share something of the history of the Catholic ...

Rent control initiative heads to November ballot in San Mateo
Jul. 25, 2016, By Catholic San Francisco
 A ballot initiative that would limit rent increases and restrict evictions on multifamily properties in the city of San Mateo appears headed to the November ballot.

California bishops support death penalty repeal initiative
Jul. 15, 2016, By Christina Gray
 California Catholic bishops announced their support July 14 for Proposition 62, a voter initiative on the November ballot that would repeal the death penalty.

Former WWII Marine gunner retires as rural deacon at 89
Jul. 12, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
It was not until a few months shy of his 90th birthday that ill health finally forced Deacon John McGhee, World War II veteran and widowed father of seven children, to step down last August after 20 years as deacon at Our Lady of Refuge Mission church in La Honda, south of Half ...

Corrections
Jul. 12, 2016
“More than 1900 graduate from Catholic high schools in archdiocese,” June 23: St. Ignatius College Prep salutatorian Miles Brooks was misnamed. We are sorry for the error. Miles will be attending Wesleyan University in the fall. Miles was also accepted to ...

Ministry to seafarers seeks volunteers
Jul. 12, 2016, By Catholic San Francisco
The national Catholic ministry for people who work on the sea needs volunteers to serve in the Archdiocese of San Francisco – an ideal opportunity to step up to Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy call to bring Christ to people on the margins.  

Undocumented immigrants remain in limbo after Supreme Court deadlocks
Jul. 12, 2016, By Catholic News Service
Archdiocese of San Francisco Catholic Charities teamed up with community organizers to inform undocumented immigrants and their families and friends about what the U.S. Supreme Court tie vote on immigration means to them.  

ACLU sues to end Catholic agencies’ aid to unaccompanied minors
Jul. 12, 2016, By Catholic San Francisco
The American Civil Liberties Union sued June 24 in federal in San Francisco seeking to end the Catholic Church’s access to federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that allow it to serve unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border, the ...

St. Raymond teacher wins national award
Jul. 12, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
St. Raymond middle school mathematics and mechatronics teacher Kenneth Hawthorn was selected as one of 10 Dremel Idea Builder Ambassadors, a designation that awards the school a 3-D printer and 10 spools of filament to use.  






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