Catholic San Francisco
Events for
March 2017

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone celebrated a special immigration Mass before 700 congregants at St. Peter Church in the Mission District on March 11 in response to requests from community members for his pastoral presence during a time of uncertainty.  
VATICAN CITY – “Perhaps we have not yet encountered Jesus personally,” Pope Francis said in his angelus address March 19 in St. Peter’s Square. “Perhaps we have not recognized him as our savior.”  

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

Like many San Francisco parishes, St Dominic offers an annual penance service shortly before Holy Week. This year’s attendees, however, will be greeted by something new: candles, music and eucharistic adoration. All of this is part of “Mercy Night,” a worldwide ...

Amanda George has been named coordinator of youth and young adult ministry for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Father Charles Puthota, director of pastoral ministry, announced March 10. Catholic San Francisco asked George to explain a bit about her position, a new one in the ...

Five Dominican brothers in formation at St. Albert’s Priory in Oakland who share a running pastime turned a half-marathon on March 18 into a run-a-thon to support the care of elderly friars of the Western Province.   

“The fundamental struggle of our life in Christ ... is the struggle to live the truth in love in a world which could deceive us into thinking that we can love even while we violate the truth,” Cardinal Raymond Burke said in his homily March 15 at St. Mary’s ...

Members of nine different communities of women religious from all three counties of the Archdiocese of San Francisco were honored by the St. Patrick Parish community in Larkspur on March 12 at a special Mass commemorating National Catholic Sisters Week.   

WASHINGTON – The inclusion of “critical life protections” in the House health care bill is laudable, but other provisions, including those related to Medicaid and tax credits, are “troubling” and “must be addressed” before the measure is ...

CHICAGO – Leaders in Catholic-Muslim dialogue called on members of both faith communities to find ways to accompany one another and work together at a moment when all religion is under threat from an increasingly secular and even anti-religious society.  

Each Friday of the school year, students at Good Shepherd School make 120 lunches for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of San Mateo homeless center in South San Francisco – a routine that began 16 years ago.   
WASHINGTON – Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande has been credited with inspiring Blessed Oscar Romero, archbishop of San Salvador, El Salvador, toward a journey of defending the poor that led to his martyrdom in 1980.   
A seminar at St. Mary’s Cathedral on April 29 will bring together diverse speakers on the topic of “Restoring Affordable Catholic Health Care in the San Francisco Bay Area.”   

“Polarization in the U.S. Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal,” edited by Mary Ellen Konieczny, Charles C. Camosy and Tricia C. Bruce. Liturgical Press (Collegeville, Minnesota, 2016). 175 pp., $19.95.  


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