The Archdiocese of San Francisco has announced that two parishes in San Francisco’s Richmond District are now merging into a single parish, effective January 1, 2017. Saint Monica Parish and Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish will now be Saint Monica-Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish.
The Decree effecting this merger cites a significant decline in number of parishioners, which calls into question the viability of two parishes. It is hoped that the merger will foster a more vibrant Catholic presence.
Saint Monica Parish (at Geary Avenue and 24th Street) was founded in 1911; Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish (a mile away, at Balboa Avenue and 39th Street) was founded in 1922 from a division of the [then] fast-growing Saint Monica Parish.
From Archdiocese of San Francisco website.