Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption


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There will be a flute and guitar recital (mellow jazz) in the Cathedral of Saint Mary tomorrow at 4pm. Open to the public.
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Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco and is the Metropolitan Cathedral for the Ecclesiastical province of San Francisco.

Mission: To fulfill its sacred role as the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, it is the mission of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, for the glory of God and under the stewardship of the Archbishop, to deepen the spiritual lives of all people through liturgical celebrations, education, music and art, and dedicated service to the community.

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O almighty and merciful God, Lord of the universe and of history. All that You have created is good and your compassion for the mistakes of mankind knows no limits.

We come to You today to ask You to keep in peace the world and its people, to keep far away from it the devastating wave of terrorism, to restore friendship and instill in the hearts of your creatures the gift of trust and of readiness to forgive.

O Giver of life, we pray to You also for all those who have died as victims of brutal terrorist attacks. Grant them their eternal reward. May they intercede for the world that is torn apart by conflicts and disagreements.
O Jesus, Prince of Peace, we pray to You for the ones who have been wounded in these acts of inhuman violence: children and young people, old people and innocent people accidentally involved in evil. Heal their bodies and hearts; console them with Your strength and, at the same time, take away any hatred and a desire for revenge.

Holy Spirit Consoler, visit the families of the victims of terrorism, families that suffer through no fault of their own. Wrap them in the mantle of Your divine mercy. Make them find again in You and in themselves the strength and courage to continue to be brothers and sisters for others, above all for immigrants, giving witness to Your love by their lives.
Touch the hearts of terrorists so that they may recognize the evil of their actions and may turn to the way of peace and goodness, of respect for the life and for the dignity of every human being, regardless of religion, origin, wealth or poverty.

O God, Eternal Father, in Your mercy hear our prayer which we raise up to You amidst the deafening noise and desperation of the world. We turn to You with great hope, full of trust in Your infinite Mercy. Made strong by the examples of the blessed martyrs of Perú, Zbigniew and Michael, who have rendered courageous testimony to the Gospel, to the point of offering their blood, we entrust ourselves to the intercession of Your Most Holy Mother. We ask for the gift of peace and of the elimination from our midst of the sore of terrorism.

Through Christ our Lord.


Yesterday, while praying for peace and unity in our city and the protection of the Saint Louis statue, Black Lives Matter protesters started to harass, berate, and assault the Catholics that were peacefully praying. We did nothing in retaliation. We allowed them to spit on us, call us names, put their fingers in our faces, push us, and antagonize, but we did not retaliate. We continued to peacefully pray. One male then came over and said he would attack myself, one other Catholic man, and a Catholic woman that was there if we did not leave. We continued to pray.

At that moment someone in the crowd poured an unidentified liquid on the older man pictured below in the comments protecting his head, and was then attacked by a violent individual, also pictured below with his arm pulled back about to attack the elderly man. We got the elderly man out of there safely, and I was about to leave to retrieve my lunch as a friend of mine had just come over to tell me my food had arrived, when the mob approached him. They asked if he was with me, and when he said yes they began to berate him. They took his walking stick from him and when he didn’t react they knocked his hat off of his head, called him a skin head, and attacked him. At this point I intervened to pull the attacker off of my friend, and I was attacked by the mob and the attacker. I have a video attached below of the assault.

I will be pressing charges against the attackers. If you can identify anyone in these videos or pictures, please let me know. This can not stand. The police were called 6 times by others on the sidelines and never showed up. The righteous must defend themselves, as the it appears the government no longer is. I hope Donald J. Trump, Mike Parson, Senator Josh Hawley, Senator Roy Blunt, Sam Page, Mayor Lyda Krewson, and other public officials address this, as if not corrected things will only get worse.

Please continue to pray for peace as we go through this frightening time in our nations history.

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The Servant Song

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"But he was pierced for our sins, crushed for our iniquity.
He bore the punishment that makes us whole, by his wounds we were healed."
(Isaias 53:5)


"Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection?"

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus.


Prayer offered by His Excellency, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)


We hold palm branches in our hearts today, recalling Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the holy city. It is a bittersweet remembrance because we know that no sooner had he celebrated the Passover meal with his disciples than he was arrested, tried, convicted, and put to death. But Jerusalem is more than the site of his crucifixion. It is also the site of his resurrection. Through his sacrifice we all hope to one day reach the eternal Jerusalem.

Penitential Act C

Lord Jesus, Savior of the world, in your dying you revealed the immensity of the Father’s love:
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, Savior of the world, in your passion and death you emptied yourself for our sake:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, Savior of the world, in your resurrection you have been given the name that is above every other name:
Lord, have mercy.


Joyful Mysteries
Prayed on Mondays and Saturdays.


The angel Gabriel announces to Mary her role in salvation history. Mary cooperates with God’s plan and obediently renders her yes to Almighty God. During these days of quarantine, we pray for the grace to be humble and obedient to what others ask of us, so that the virus may be contained in a timely manner.

Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth and offers the aged woman help during the last weeks of her miraculous pregnancy. Just as Mary immediately went in haste to help, we ask for the grace to help others when their needs becomes apparent. We also pray for those who will attend to the sick and dying—for the clergy who will anoint; the first responders who will transport; the medical professionals who will diagnose and treat. Please protect them O Lord.

Nativity of our Lord

Mary accompanies Joseph to Bethlehem for the census which must have been a difficult journey for her since she was so close to giving birth. We entrust all pregnant women to the Lord and Mary’s intercession; may they bring their child safely and healthily to birth. May these families rejoice as Joseph and Mary did when they adored their child for the very first time.

Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

Simeon tells Mary that a sword of sorrow will pierce her heart. The evangelist Luke adds that this happens so that the thoughts of many hearts might be revealed. Mary, as our mother, understands our sorrows, anxieties, and emotions. Let us pray for those who now mourn and are filled with sorrow, may the Lord console them and comfort them in this hour.

Finding of Jesus in the Temple

During these days of quarantine and pandemic, we seem lost ourselves. We are unable to worship on Sundays as a Christian community. In these trying times, we turn to our faith and find hope. Let us pray for people who had previously turned away from God, that in this moment of trial, they find Jesus once again, and in Him find their comfort and peace.

Luminous Mysteries
Prayed on Thursdays

Baptism of the Lord

Jesus begins his public ministry by going to John the Baptist and asking for him to baptize him, even though John confesses that he is not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal. John prayed, “He must increase, I must decrease.” During this time of quarantine, we pray for growth in the virtue of humility and our dependence on God for all that we have.

Wedding at Cana

In the prayer of Pope Francis entrusting the world to Mary’s intercession during this troubling time, he said, “You know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting.” Let us ask Mary to notice the needs of our lives, families, communities, and world. May she intercede for us now, so we can return to joy and feasting of ordinary life.
Proclamation of the Kingdom
Jesus often proclaimed the Kingdom of God saying, “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Let us ask the Lord to give us true sorrow for our sins. May this time of prayer, penance, and fasting help us repent and seek God’s forgiveness.


Peter exclaimed to the transfigured Christ that it is good to be with Jesus. In his exclamation, he expressed his desire to remain with Jesus in that moment. Let us pray for the same grace now, to remain with Jesus in prayer so that we might know Him all the better.

Institution of the Eucharist

Public celebration of the Eucharist has been suspended throughout the world. The Faithful are unable to receive the Eucharist—Christ’s very body, blood, soul, and divinity. As Jesus instituted the Eucharist on Holy Thursday, he gave His body to the disciples to eat and commanded them to do this in memory of Him. Let us pray for our priests, who celebrate the Eucharist, continuing Christ’s mandate, but do so alone without a congregation. And let us pray for all the faithful, that this time in which we make spiritual communions, may deepen our appreciation for the Eucharist, so we no longer will take Christ’s gift for granted.

Sorrowful Mysteries
Prayed on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays of Lent

Agony in the Garden
After celebrating the Last Supper with His apostles, Jesus goes to the Garden of Gethsemane and prays before being arrested. In that prayer, He prayed that all might be one. During this time, we are united as a community in our suffering and isolation. But as believers, we are united in our prayer to Almighty God for the containment and eradication of the corona virus. As we suffer our own agony now, let us ask for the grace to pray as Jesus did, and as we pray, may it fulfil Jesus’ prayer for unity.

Scourging at the Pillar

During the Passion, Jesus was beaten and tortured. We are mindful of those who are immunocompromised and susceptible to disease. For them, any illness can be another scourging, another blow to their health. During this time of pandemic, we pray for their health, safety, and protection from the virus. Please Lord spare them in this moment.

Crowning with Thorns

While earthly rulers have crowns made of gold, the crown of our savior was that of thorns. Jesus is the King of Life and the King of our lives. During this time, let us pray for the grace to put Jesus at the center of our lives and allow him to be the King and Lord of all that we do.
The Carrying of the Cross
During this time, we all have been asked by our Lord to carry new and unexpected crosses. May our experience of the cross, help us to know suffering in a new way. Let us walk with Jesus and from his example find our strength and courage to carry our cross.

The Crucifixion

Jesus Christ became incarnate to be our savior. He saves us from our sins and let us ask him to save us now from the coronavirus. Jesus’ death on the cross defeated death. Let us also pray for those who will die this day, especially from the coronavirus, by the blood of Jesus may they find their forgiveness and redemption. Just as Jesus said to the Good Thief, “Today you will be with me in paradise,” may they hear similar words when they go forth to meet Christ our Lord. *

*Please note, I do not dismiss particular judgement or the need for Purgatory but pray with hope that they will see God this day in eternal life.

Glorious Mysteries
Prayed on Wednesdays and Sundays Outside of Lent

The Resurrection

The empty tomb on Easter Sunday is a sign of hope for all believers. Let us pray for all who will die during this time, whether from the coronavirus or from a different illness. May God grant consolation to their family and friends, as the Lord Jesus consoled Mary Magdalene, and may God protect and bless funeral directors and grave diggers.

The Ascension

Before ascending to Heaven, Jesus tells the apostles to go forth and baptize, making disciples of all nations. Let us pray for the Holy Church of God, that during this difficult time, she may strive to live this command of Jesus. Let us pray for ourselves, that we may strive to live as faithful disciples of Jesus.

The Descent of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles while gathered in the upper room. Many symbols are associated with the Holy Spirit—wind, fire, and breath. Knowing the coronavirus affects the lungs, let us pray for those unable to breathe on their own right now, that the Holy Spirit will fill their lungs with the gift of breath, life, and healing.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin

At the end of Mary’s life, God chose to bring her body and soul into eternal life. Now, Mary prays for us at the hour of our death as we ask her so often in the Hail Mary. Let us ask Mary to pray for those who are at the hour of their death.

The Queenship of Mary

Each year we celebrate Jesus as King of the Universe. It is quite fitting for us, to call upon Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth. So many are devoted to Mary, her titles, and shrines. In this time of pandemic, we turn to Mary’s intercession, asking her to obtain from her son the grace of healing for the sick and the containment of the coronavirus. Mary, pray for us, pray for the sick and the dying, pray for our clergy and medical professionals, pray for those who are most in need.

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Our Story

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, also known locally as Saint Mary's Cathedral, is the principal church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco in San Francisco, California. It is the mother church of the Catholic faithful in the California counties of Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo and is the metropolitan cathedral for the Ecclesiastical province of San Francisco. The Cathedral Clergy includes Reverend Arturo Albano, Rector and Pastor, Reverend William C. Nicholas, Parochial Vicar and Reverend Mr. R. Christoph Sandoval, Deacon.

The present cathedral was commissioned just as Vatican II was convening in Rome. Prescriptions of the historic church council allowed the Archdiocese of San Francisco to plan boldly in the building of its new cathedral. That resulted in the modern design of the present structure. Monsignor Thomas J. Bowe served as first rector of the new cathedral from 1962 to 1980. The cornerstone was laid on December 13, 1967, and the cathedral was completed three years later. On May 5, 1971, the cathedral was blessed and on October 5, 1996, was formally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the name of Saint Mary of the Assumption. The first Papal Mass was celebrated by Pope John Paul II in the cathedral in 1987.

The cathedral is located in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.

The cathedral was designed by local architects John Michael Lee, Paul A. Ryan and Angus McSweeney,[1] collaborating with internationally known architects Pier Luigi Nervi and Pietro Belluschi — at the time, the Dean of the School of Architecture at MIT.

Its saddle roof is composed of eight segments of hyperbolic paraboloids, in such a fashion that the bottom horizontal cross section of the roof is a square and the top cross section is a cross. The design is reminiscent of St. Mary's Cathedral in Tokyo, which was built earlier in the decade.

Measuring 255 feet (77.7 m) square, the cathedral soars to 190 feet (57.9 m) high and is crowned with a 55 feet (16.7 m) golden cross. The building was selected in 2007 by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects for a list of San Francisco's top 25 buildings.

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1111 Gough Street
San Francisco, CA

General information

The rector and pastor of the cathedral is Reverend Arturo Albano. Reverend Sebastine Bula, VC, is Parochial Vicar. Reverend Mr. R. Christoph Sandoval is the senior Deacon. Reverend Mr. Alex Madero is the newest clergy at the Cathedral.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00
Saturday 09:30 - 17:30
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
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