Holy Thursday tradition of washing feet turns political

Interfaith leaders washed the feet of immigrants outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Morgan Hill, at the Southern Branch of the California Superior Court in Redwood City, at the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office in Martinez and at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department in Oakland

In a modern political twist to an ancient Roman Catholic tradition observed annually during Holy Week, interfaith leaders from throughout the South Bay on Thursday washed the feet of immigrants — among them a Pakistani Muslim and an Irishman — outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office. The ritual was a deeply personal experience for many of the 12 … [Read more...]

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San Francisco Archbishop Emeritus George Niederauer ‘quite ill’

Prayers requested by archdiocese

We ask for your prayers this Holy Week for Archbishop Emeritus George Niederauer, who is quite ill.  While he is not able to receive visitors, he will appreciate the comfort of our prayers as we join our hearts and minds with his. Archbishop Niederauer was the 8th Archbishop of San Francisco, from 2006 until his retirement in 2012. Story from Archdiocese of San Francisco. … [Read more...]

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Archbishop blesses San Francisco’s tallest building

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone invited to bless 61-story Salesforce Tower

In a remarkable event for the increasingly secular city of St. Francis, Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff invited Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and other religious leaders to bless the 61-story, Salesforce Tower, being touted as the city’s tallest building. “The invitation to offer this interfaith blessing speaks to the deep faith and commitment to philanthropy of … [Read more...]

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San Francisco archdiocese plans Fatima centennial

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will culminate the year Oct. 7 by consecrating the archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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 J. Levada as main Mass celebrant. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone will culminate the year Oct. 7 by … [Read more...]

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San Francisco’s radical parish prepares next step

Adoration chapel to open March 25

California Catholic Exclusive. On March 13, 14, and 15, San Francisco’s Star of the Sea parish will host its 2017 Lenten Mission. Church pastor Fr. Joseph Illo explained that the Lenten parish mission will be focused on adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in anticipation of a new adoration chapel opening. The mission will be given by Fr. Victor Warkulwiz of the … [Read more...]

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Lenten Speaker series in San Francisco

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption will host weekly talks during Lent

Lenten Speaker Series, Saint Mary Cathedral, San Francisco Saturdays in Lent, March 4-April 8, 2017 10:30 a.m.-12:00 Noon Saint Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco Contact:  Father Driscoll, Parochial Vicar, Saint Mary’s Cathedral 415-567-2020 x 208    frdriscoll@stmarycathedralsf.org  www.stmarycathedralsf.org March 4, 2017 “At the Foot of the Cross—the … [Read more...]

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New schools superintendent named for San Francisco archdiocese

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has appointed Pamela Lyons to lead Catholic school system

The Archdiocese of San Francisco announced that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has appointed Pamela Lyons as Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1.  She replaces Dr. Nina Russo who served as interim superintendent for the past two years. Dr.  Russo is retiring after seven years in Archdiocesan leadership and a 36-year career in education. Last fall the Archbishop … [Read more...]

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