Churches worth driving to

National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, San Francisco

Name of Church National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi Address 610 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA 94133-3917 Phone number (415) 986-4557 Website www.shrinesf.org Hours The main church is open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Lady Chapel (La Porziuncola Nuova) a replica of the church St. Francis built 800 years ago, is open daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. It contains a rock … [Read more...]

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Catholic groups in San Francisco archdiocese reaffirm climate action

The University of San Francisco, Daughters of Charity, Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, Presentation Sisters, Sisters of Mercy, St. Raphael Parish in San Rafael, St. Teresa of Avila Parish and Mercy High School have signed the Catholic Climate Declaration

Eight local Catholic organizations have reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement global climate change accord by signing the Catholic Climate Declaration.   The Catholic Climate Covenant is a nonprofit formed by the U.S. bishops and other Catholic organizations in 2006 to help guide church response to the moral consequences of climate change. The declaration affirms … [Read more...]

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Chant camps popping up in San Francisco archdiocese

Instruction in Gregorian Chant will be extended to children and teens, courtesy of Benedict XVI Institute

An initiative in the Archdiocese of San Francisco to form the Catholic imagination through beauty will next month host a workshop on how to teach “chant camps,” in which children and teens are educated in Gregorian chant. The Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, founded by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in 2014, is holding a Teaching Children's Chant … [Read more...]

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A summer day at St. Francis’ shrine

Visitors to North Beach holy site drawn by faith, mystery, curiosity

An estimated 25.5 million people travel to the city of St. Francis each year and for the last 20, an unmeasured number of them have made their way to the national shrine bearing his name. The National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi in North Beach was designated a pilgrimage site in 1999 by retired San Francisco archbishop Cardinal William J. Levada and the U.S. Conference of … [Read more...]

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What went wrong?

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone: "It is precisely the hard truths of our faith, those which the culture ignores and even despises, that have the greatest power to move people to conversion and be transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ"

I recently received a letter from a young Catholic husband and father in which he observed: “Peers of mine who are converts or reverts have specifically cited teachings like ‘Humanae Vitae,’ ‘Familiaris Consortio,’ and ‘Veritatis Splendor’ as beacons that set the church apart from the world and other faiths.” What he suggests might seem counterintuitive, but it is borne out by … [Read more...]

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Ordination Mass for Bishop Robert F. Christian

Dominican consecrated San Francisco’s 18th auxiliary bishop on June 5 at San Francisco’s St. Mary’s Cathedral

The episcopal ordination of Bishop Robert F. Christian, OP, as San Francisco’s 18th auxiliary bishop on June 5 at San Francisco’s St. Mary’s Cathedral cast the role as one of service over honor and achievement. Priests and deacons numbering almost 300 including some 100 Dominicans and more than 20 bishops joined with family, friends and women religious for the ordination of … [Read more...]

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Classic curriculum to be offered at San Francisco Catholic school

Liberal education coming to Star of the Sea Elementary School in fall of 2019

By Gibbons J. Cooney California Catholic Daily exclusive In the fall of 2019, at the direction of the archdiocese, San Francisco’s Star of the Sea Elementary School will be returning to the basics of Western education and offering a liberal education to its K-8 students. In the May newsletter, Fr. Joseph Illo, Star’s pastor, wrote: “I’m excited to announce that our … [Read more...]

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First pastoral assembly in parish’s 67-year history

In San Francisco archdiocese, parishioners at Church of the Good Shepherd meet to evaluate parish’s effectiveness, identify its challenges and map out its future

About a quarter of the Church of the Good Shepherd Parish’s 450 parishioners teamed up at tables inside the school gym on April 14 – even on a rare fog-free Saturday in coastal Pacifica – to score the parish’s effectiveness, identify its challenges and map out its future together The pastoral assembly – the first in the 67-year-old parish’s history – was a spirited, … [Read more...]

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Parish foot soldiers combat human trafficking in San Francisco hotels

Traveling on foot from fleabag flophouses to four-star hotels and everything in between, trained parishioners from St. Ignatius Church knocked on doors with the goal of educating owners or managers

On March 24, the same day that downtown San Francisco swelled with thousands of protesters marching in support of victims of gun violence, nearly 50 St. Ignatius parishioners quietly fanned out on the same streets in solidarity with a less visible group of victims – the victims of human trafficking.  Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Senate Bill 1193 added California Civil Code 52.6 to … [Read more...]

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Cecile Richards speaking at Catholic university in SF Archdiocese

Dominican University was founded in 1890 as Dominican College by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael

Cecile Richards, a national leader for women’s rights and social and economic justice, has been added to the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) 2018 Spring Leadership Lecture Series at Dominican University of California. The series is presented by Dominican in partnership with Book Passage. Ms. Richards, who recently announced that she is retiring as president of the … [Read more...]

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