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  • ‘Christ is born! Glorify him!’

    As discarded Christmas trees lay in heaps on city sidewalks surrounding Our Lady of Fatima Russian Byzantine Catholic Church in San Francisco, parishioners of the Eastern-rite parish observed Christmas Day which they call The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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  • Retired priest brings smiles to recovering residents

    True to the vocation his parents chose for him 80 years ago, Father Michele Raimondi drives more than an hour each month to spread the word of God and turn scowls into smiles at a nursing home for residents recovering from surgery or illness. Father Raimondi, ordained in 1950 in Italy, was incardinated into the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 1970 and retired in 1993.
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  • Liturgical year update

    Holy Days of Obligation: Assumption of Mary, Aug. 15, 2018; Solemnity of All Saints, Nov. 1, 2018; Mary’s Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, 2018; Christmas. Dec. 25, 2018.
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  • Mercy Faith and culture dialogue

    he Sisters of Mercy have announced a year of outreach and solidarity with focus on “education about Islam, prayer for peace in our global village, and conversations for relationship building.”
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  • 14th Walk for Life continues pro-life, pro-woman message

    When 50,000 or so pro-life supporters fill San Francisco’s downtown Jan. 27, they will continue to publicly share a message of pro-life, pro-woman, pro-family values in a city where it is a matter of course that all elected officials support legal abortion.
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  • Clergy appointments announced

    Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone through the Office of the Vicar for Clergy announced clergy appointments Dec. 20.
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  • Sisters’ coalition steps up fight to end human trafficking

    January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and women religious from 11 Northern California congregations are redoubling efforts to educate consumers and the general public about labor and sexual exploitation and to advocate for victims.
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  • Roses for the Virgin of Guadalupe

    Rose petals fall from above at Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco on Dec. 12 at the church’s annual predawn Mass on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice presided.
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  • Carmelite sister makes final vows on feast of Immaculate Conception

    Almost 100 people packed the chapel, hallways and vestibule of Mother of God Monastery in San Rafael on Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, to bear witness to the solemn profession of vows and veiling of Carmelite Sister Immaculate of Divine Providence and St. Therese.
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  • Parishes celebrate Simbang Gabi novena

    Cardinal William J. Levada was principal celebrant of a Mass Dec. 7 at St. Mary’s Cathedral beginning the Advent tradition of Simbang Gabi, which is celebrated annually at parishes – this year more than three dozen – throughout the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
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  • Guadalupana: Follow Our Lady’s example in loving amid difficulty

    The annual Guadalupana Crusade filled the streets of San Francisco on Dec. 9, with thousands of pilgrims traveling the 12-mile route from South San Francisco to St. Mary’s Cathedral. The event concluded with Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, with Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone presiding.
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  • San Mateo approves cannabis farming for Half Moon Bay coast

    The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted 5-to-0 to allow commercial marijuana farming in greenhouses and nurseries in the areas zoned agricultural, located almost entirely in the Half Moon Bay region along the Pacific Ocean.
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  • More than $150,000 in cannabis money donated to SF Board of Supervisors

    San Francisco supervisor and expected mayoral candidate Mark Farrell and Board of Supervisors president London Breed have received more than $50,000 each in reported political contributions from the local cannabis industry, according to political contributions reported to the San Francisco Ethics Commission.
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  • Archbishop offers solidarity with undocumented detainees

    In a Thanksgiving week filled with public actions, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone wrote an opinion piece in the San Francisco Chronicle and then joined activists to fill a U.S. immigration courtroom in solidarity with Hugo Mejia, who was seeking bond while fighting a deportation order.
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  • Miwok leaders to join Mission San Rafael bicentennial

    When the parish community celebrates the bicentennial of Mission San Rafael Arcangel on Dec. 16, tribal representatives from the Coast Miwok tribe which built the mission and for whom it was built, will be central to the festivities.
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  • Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice retires

    Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice has retired from active service after almost a half-century as a priest for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, including nearly the last decade as a bishop.
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  • Father Pudota installed as St. James pastor

    Father Shouraiah Pudota was installed as the new pastor of St. James Church in the Mission District by Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice at a Mass Oct. 8.
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  • Marian events at Marin Catholic culminate in consecration

    Just over two months after he consecrated the Archdiocese of San Francisco to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Oct. 7, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone will do the same for Marin Catholic High School on Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
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  • San Francisco OK’s recreational cannabis effective Jan. 5

    The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 to enact land use regulations that will allow recreational marijuana stores throughout the city – with reduced 600-foot buffer zones for schools and no protection for day care centers, preschools or after school programs.
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  • ‘Death does not have the last word’

    Film industry location scout Edward French was robbed of his camera and his life at dawn on July 16 while photographing the sunrise from popular Twin Peaks overlook in San Francisco. His obituary said he had a “keen eye for capturing the obvious and hidden beauty” of the city where he had been born and raised.
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