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Lenten spirituality
April 4th, 2017

Here is a list of selected Lenten events in the archdiocese. A comprehensive, online list is available at

Thursdays of Lent, Taize evening prayer: A 6 p.m. meditative candlelit prayer service centering on contemplative prayer and music at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., San Francisco. (415) 288-3800.

Easter basket in-kind donations: Catholic Charities of San Francisco is seeking the following in-kind items for Easter baskets by Friday, April 7. Children’s picture books, Easter baskets for children, Easter crafts for seniors, eggs and egg-dying kits, self-care baskets for women and museum or movie passes. Deliver to 990 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA 94109, or call (415) 972-1200.

“Penance – Its virtue, practice”: A 10:30 a.m. talk by Father James Garcia, Archdiocese of San Francisco. Father Garcia is the final speaker in the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption’s Lenten Speaker Series. 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. (415) 567-2020;

Palm Sunday Weekend Silent Retreat for men and women at the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos: Spend Palm Sunday Weekend in silent prayer saying “yes” to God. This retreat prepares participants’ hearts and minds for Jesus’ Passion and Resurrection as they reflect on the final week of his earthly ministry – from his entry into Jerusalem to his final day on earth. Registration required. 300 Manresa Way, Los Altos. (650) 917-4000;

April 8-9
Lenten School Supplies Drive: Most Holy Redeemer Parish is a longtime supporter of St. James School in the Mission district. On the final weekend of its six-week Lenten drive, the parish is collecting standard size printer paper for the school office. Donation of paper or cash to purchase supplies for St. James can be made directly in the collection basket, or delivered to 100 Diamond St., San Francisco, 94114, or call the parish office at (415) 863-6259.

Mosaic TV; Show on Holy Week and Easter: The final week in the life of Jesus of Nazareth has been called the “central week in human history.” Laura Bertone, director of the Office of Worship, will discuss the event, themes and liturgies of Holy Week and their culmination in Easter. Sunday, 5 a.m. KPIX Channel 5. If you miss the broadcast, go to to view this and other episodes.

APRIL 13-16
Holy Week Retreat at San Damiano: Join Franciscan Father Ken Laverone and the San Damiano community of friars and staff for a celebration of the Triduum, with presentations, prayer and a quiet rhythm for reflection on the meaning, purpose, and challenge of Jesus in our lives. Reservations required. 710 Highland Drive, Danville. (925) 837-9141;

St. Ignatius Church Family Stations of the Cross: 7 p.m. 650 Parker Ave., San Francisco. Fourteen families will participate in this family service.

Lenten activities with Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of San Francisco invites volunteers to serve during Lent. Here is a sampling of opportunities.

Canal Family Support, San Rafael: Program tour, March 30; volunteer opportunity, tutor – ongoing.

Refugee and Immigrant Services, San Mateo: Program tour, April 11.

Homelessness and Housing Services, San Francisco: Program tour, April 11

Rita da Cascia Community, San Francisco: Volunteer opportunity, support group co-host, March-May; volunteer opportunity, Easter party, April 8.

Additional volunteer opportunities: Are listed at Contact Diana Contreras, volunteer manager, at (415) 972-1297 or

From April 6, 2017 issue of Catholic San Francisco.



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