Triumphant premiere for “Mass of the Americas”

December 8 Mass in San Francisco incorporated a 16-voice mixed chorus, the organ, a string quartet, bells and marimba, with parts in Spanish, Latin and English, as well as Nahuatl

It seems that Catholicism reached its liturgical heights in the late 18th century; we ceased to be relevant to wider society when the last Habsburg went into exile. But what if Catholicism could be normal again? That’s the vision Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco had when he founded the Benedict XVI Institute. “We’re trying to revive that integral approach,” he … [Read more...]

San Francisco creates world’s first-ever transgender cultural district

Area gets more than $200,000 after city approves $3 million to create cultural districts

San Francisco city officials have invested $215,000 into the world's first recognized transgender cultural district situated in the Tenderloin neighborhood, The Daily Beast reported. In November, city officials passed a measure that would appropriate $3 million for cultural districts. The Compton district received its share of more than $200,000 as part of that … [Read more...]

Mass of the Americas to premiere at San Francisco cathedral

Mass is a simultaneous tribute to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and to Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Mass of the Americas, a newly-commissioned Mass composed by Frank La Rocca, will premiere Saturday for the feast of the Immaculate Conception at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco. “The Mass of the Americas is a simultaneous tribute to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (the patroness of the United States) and Our Lady of Guadalupe (the … [Read more...]

Median age for leaving the church is 13

At a symposium prior to the Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference, researchers from St. Mary’s Press discussed findings from their study “Going, Going, Gone: the Dynamics of Catholic Disaffiliation”

To find Catholics who have left the church, start looking at the faces in the pews, according to a recent report. A 2018 study on young adults leaving the Catholic Church found people stopped identifying as Catholics at a median age of 13 years old, long before they ceased attending a parish. The report adds to the picture of a church that more people are leaving and that fewer … [Read more...]

Episcopal cathedral in San Francisco to host “Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite”

Composer says work is "a radical appropriation of a European, patriarchal tradition, the formal Latin Mass, which we reinterpret through the lens of the marginalized LGBTQ experience"

"Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite" will have its San Francisco premiere on Nov. 16 & 17 at Grace Cathedral. The piece is an evening-length choral work by singer-composer Holcombe Waller, created to honor those who have suffered persecution due to their sexual orientation or gender expression. "Requiem Mass" is presented by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in collaboration … [Read more...]

“Mass of the Dead for Our Homeless Brethren” held in San Francisco

About 200 people gathered at St. Patrick Church on Nov. 8 to pray for the eternal rest of the human lives ended unceremoniously on city's streets

In the heart of a city becoming as well known for the size of its homeless population as it is for its golden-hued bridge, about 200 people gathered at St. Patrick Church Nov. 8 to pray for the eternal rest of the human lives ended unceremoniously on the streets of San Francisco. Students from Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory High School, ICA Cristo Rey, St. Ignatius … [Read more...]

Speakers announced for 15th annual Walk for Life

Thousands will march in San Francisco on Saturday, January 26, 2019

Crowds of people who believe women deserve better than abortion, will converge in San Francisco on Saturday, January 26, 2019 for the 15th annual Walk for Life West Coast.  Organizers are excited to announce an impressive line-up of speakers for this important event, which hopes to convey to the world that every life is precious and that there are people ready, willing, and … [Read more...]

A mission to change San Francisco

Five 20-something Catholics have been invited for an eight-month stay as missionaries to young adults in Archdiocese of San Francisco

In the old convent at St. Cecilia Parish in San Francisco, five 20-something Catholics have moved in with a mission to change San Francisco. Part of a group called Culture Project International, the team of recent college graduates give Theology of the Body inspired talks to school students and young adults on respecting human dignity, the importance of marriage and family, and … [Read more...]

“Nobody has run it by Archbishop Cordileone”

San Francisco Jesuit church to host ‘Gay Men’s Chorus’

On Friday, October 26, the “San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus” is scheduled to perform at the Jesuit St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco. The concert is part of a three-day event marking the chorus’ 40th Anniversary, one part of which is a “Drag Brunch” with transvestite Donna Sachet at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. This is not the only controversial event to have been hosted at … [Read more...]

Peace begins in the womb

Catholic women pray the rosary together outside Planned Parenthood in downtown San Rafael on first day of 40 Days for Life campaign

In a county where expressions of opposition and resistance are a standard feature of the local landscape, three Catholic women praying the rosary quietly together outside the Planned Parenthood facility in downtown San Rafael elicited strong emotions on Sept. 26. It was the first day of the 40 Days for Life campaign, an international pro-life campaign to end abortion that runs … [Read more...]