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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco serves Catholics in the Bay Area counties of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo under the leadership of Metropolitan Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone.

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Catholic Charities

Last night a vigil was held at U.N. Plaza to remember those who have died, homeless, on the streets of San Francisco this year. Today our church prays at the location of the deaths of persons who died by violence in the city just this month. Join us on site or in prayer for these individuals. And pray and work for changes that will make homelessness and street violence much more rare, even unthinkable. Today's services:
• William Andrews, 23 years old has died from an attack on December 1, 2019 in San Francisco. Gather to pray at 1:30 today at Hampshire & Bryant Streets in the Mission District.
• Latanette McDaniel, 35 years was killed December 14, 2019 in San Francisco. Gather to pray at 1:45 today on Kansas St. between 25th and 26th (Portrero Hill).
• Kevin Hill, 60 years (fatal injury 8/16/2019 – died 12/02/2019) in San Francisco. Gather to pray at 2:15 today at 25 Cashmere St. (east of Hudson Ave.) in the Bayview.
• Shedrick Millton, 30 years was killed 12/17/2019 in San Francisco. Gather to pray at 2:45 today in the 100 block of Eddy, in the Tenderloin.

Rev. Piers Lahey, Pastor from St. Andrews Church in Daly City will lead these short services. Organized by the Archdiocesan Restorative Justice Ministry in the Department of Human Life & Dignity.

Catholic Charities was present at last night’s Homeless Persons Memorial at U.N. Plaza where we remembered all of those who died this year living on San Francisco’s streets. We’ll remember them, mourn their loss and continue to show solidarity in working for change. #DignityforAll #IHaveaName

Vatican News

We send our very best wishes to Pope Francis on his 83rd birthday today! May God shower his blessings down on the Holy Father!

Happy 83rd Birthday, Pope Francis!!

Ad multos annos!

3rd Sunday of Advent #EveningPrayer

Sanctify: How to deal with Loneliness

Fr. Faller gives some practical advice for those who are lonely and unhappy. We pray that your weekend includes opportunities for warm fellowship with others. After all, it's Gaudete Sunday! We rejoice!

Father of mercy,
we come before you with gratitude
for the fifty years of priesthood of Pope Francis,
whom you have made Peter’s successor.
Support him with the Spirit’s gifts,
so that he can continue to preach the Gospel with priestly zeal
and lead the Church with wisdom and strength and courage.
May his example of long and faithful service
be an inspiration to your priests and to all your faithful.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Antonia Velasco shares some heartfelt thoughts on Our Lady of Guadalupe on this feast day. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Mass of the Americas in the Extraordinary Form

Last month Archbishop Cordileone gave a homily in Washington DC at a Mass honoring Mary as both Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose feast is celebrated today, and the Immaculate Conception, which feast we celebrated on Monday. It is a beautiful message of unity. Watch and listen here:

5 am Mass at Mission Dolores in San Francisco! #OurLadyofGuadalupe #PrayForUs !

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, that in thy celestial apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, thou didst promise to show thy compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting thee, seek thy help and call upon thee in their necessities and afflictions. #missiondolores #ourladyofguadalupe #catholic #catolico #prayforus #sfarchdiocese #nuestrasenoradeguadalupe Archdiocese of San Francisco

Mananitas 2019

Happy Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe! Celebrations began early this morning with Mañanitas in the Cathedral, and Masses throughout the archdiocese. Enjoy some of the music from our livestream:

Civilize It

As Catholics, we have a long tradition of engagement in the political process as a means of putting our faith into action. We are called to bring the best of ourselves and our faith to the public square—and yet today, many shy away from such involvement because our national and local conversations are filled with vitriol and harsh language, often directed at people themselves.

When personal attacks replace honest debate, no one wins. This kind of attack, no matter the reason, only serves to further divide our communities. As Catholics, we must model a better way. We invite you to join the Civilize It campaign by taking the pledge below as a way to promote civility, love our neighbors, and build community. An initiative of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. I just pledged to #CivilizeIt with civility, clarity, and compassion this election year. Join me in committing to dignity beyond the debate: #CivilizeIt2020

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Listen to Archbishop's homily for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary from earlier today:

Sunday #EveningPrayer #Advent

26th Anniversary Guadalupana

Livestream of the Guadalupana Mass with Archbishop Cordileone at St. Mary’s Cathedral begins soon. Scheduled for 2 pm, or when the procession from South San Francisco arrives, possibly a little after 2.

The largest Latino Catholic event in San Francisco, the Cruzada Guadalupana to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe will be December 7, processing on foot from South ...

Sanctify: Advent

Fr. Cameron Faller is back for #Sanctify this week to set us firmly in the Advent season. May yours be blessed. Have a great weekend.

Celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 7 at the Cathedral

Archbishop Cordileone hopes to see everyone at the annual Guadalupana Mass on Saturday morning. Start the day with the procession from So. San Francisco if you can!

#GivingTuesday is almost over!

There is still time to contribute to our goal of improvements to the chapel of the retired priests' residence. Thank you for your generosity!

#GivingTuesday is here!

The chapel in our retired priests' residence is showing its age, especially the carpet, which has been patched several times around the altar. New carpet, clean drapes, a new Easter candle, and perhaps a stained glass panel would bring fresh life to this holy place that is the center of retired life for our priests. Your #GivingTuesday generosity can make it happen.

#GivingTuesday Benefits Retired Priests' Chapel

On this #GivingTuesday we are raising funds to do simple renovations to the Serra House chapel. Your donation will be a clear message to our retired priests of your ongoing care and concern for them. Thank you! Give now at

Day 2

Should Christmas be only for Christians? St. Michael's Abbey has a beautiful Advent calendar with reflections on seasonal themes; today they ask (and answer) that question. This calendar and more resources can be found on our websiteat As Christmas draws near, we are preparing our hearts to receive our Infant King, a giant in His divinity, in the consoling and adorable form of a tiny baby. He comes as a baby, but He is still a giant, and He wants to save the whole world and everyone in it!

Our #GivingTuesday goal is updating the chapel in the residence for retired priests. Additional stained glass, new carpet and drapes will transform it into a more fitting sacred space. If you can't wait, the giving link is up now,

Sunday #EveningPrayer #Advent

Archbishop Cordileone's homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent, “Christian Virtue as the Formula for Peace and the Path to Joy in God’s Presence." - -

"For those of you who have taken a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, you know what a transformative experience it can be for making your faith come alive. Although it has been very many years for me since I did that, I still remember well the pilgrimage that I took when I was a young priest, and I also remember our pilgrimage guide, an accomplished Scripture scholar and Jesuit priest whom I knew well.

There is one moment of the pilgrimage that still stands out clearly in my memory. We were standing outside the old city of Jerusalem, and Fr. Makowski pointed out to us the ramps that were the entrances to the city leading up to the Temple in ancient Jerusalem, and the ramps that were the exits leading back out. Three ramps were the entrances going up, and two served as the exits leading back out. He explained that this was the case because in the Jewish Biblical mindset one always goes up to the house of the Lord with great joy and eagerness and so one wants to approach quickly, whereas it is with a heavy heart that one has to leave it and return to the world.

I always think of this scene every time I hear or read Psalm 122, which we sang for our Responsorial Psalm at this Mass: “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.”

The season of Advent is something like this. It is a joyful anticipation of being in the Lord’s presence, always being on the lookout for Him, and always being ready to receive Him. It is good that the Church gives us this season of Advent each year to reflect on this, and to drive home the point as to what this really means practically, concretely, in our everyday lives.

In the Gospel for today’s Mass Jesus speaks about the coming of the Son of Man. We usually think of this as at the end of time, when he will return to judge the living and the dead. And while this is certainly the case, it is not limited to this. Consistently Jesus teaches us to be alert, to be aware, to read the signs of the times. As he points out in this Gospel passage, the failure to do this was precisely the problem of the people at the time of Noah: they were going about their day-to-day lives, very merrily, but completely oblivious to an imminent disaster. And so, when that disaster hit, they were washed away in it. What does that mean for us today?

We can take some very pointed and, perhaps, discomforting advice from St. Paul in his letter to the Romans. He is contrasting here the two ages: the age of this world, and the age yet to come, in which the Christians should already be living. This is the contrast between being asleep and being awake, that is, being alert, seeing what is happening and not being swept up into the disaster; the contrast between night and day, darkness and light. And so he urges us to “put on the armor of light,” by which he means virtue, in order to resist the vices of the age.

Now, if we look at this list of vices St. Paul names here, it certainly seems that not much has changed between then and now: orgies and drunkenness, which is carousing and revelry and unrestrained self-indulgence of every kind. Sound familiar? Perhaps even more familiar is what he says about rivalry and jealousy: some people who always try to get ahead of others by destroying them. This is the attitude that stops at nothing to dominate and annihilate those who disagree (or whom one finds disagreeable), including lies, calumny, and orchestrated attacks based on distortions or pure fabrications of another’s mistakes. No room for love or forgiveness there, not even room for peaceful coexistence.

Perhaps the timeliest of all, though, is what St. Paul says about promiscuity and lust. I would like to explore for a moment the meaning of this word “lust,” which in the original Greek is aselgeia. Aselgeia means, yes, “lust” in the sense of sensuality and indecency, but also something more than that. It carries with it the sense of shamelessness. One Scripture scholar (William Barclay) describes it this way:

Aselgeia is one of the ugliest words in the Greek language. It does not describe only immorality; it describes the [one] who is lost to shame. Most people seek to conceal their evil deeds, but the [one] in whose heart there is lust is long past that. [Such a one] does not care who sees him; he does not care how much of a public exhibition he makes of himself; he does not care what people think of him. Lust is the quality of the [one] who dares publicly to do the things which are unbecoming for any [one] to do.

Does this not describe the world in which we are living today? The culture in which we live celebrates taking pride in what is shameful; shameful acts of sensuality and indecency are displayed on our streets, are broadcasted on television and theater screens, and are even taught to children in school.

In the middle of the 20th century, Pope Pius XII famously identified the sin of the 20th century as the loss of the sense of sin. Now, close to one-quarter of the way into this current century, it has become evident that the sin of the 21st century is that of sanctioning sin as a good and a social norm, and punishing anyone who would dare live a virtuous life in contradiction to it. The classic virtues that are the hallmark of the Christian life – humility, purity, forgiveness, and so forth – are seen as archaic and passé, the strictures of an oppressive old moral code long ago left on the trash heap of history. But what has the rejection of these virtues, and the punishment of those who champion them, produced? The evidence is abundant all around us: fear, poverty, violence, family breakdown, domestic violence, predatory behavior upon the vulnerable. The list goes on and on.

How we long for the vision of Isaiah to be a reality: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.” We long for peace, and this is a theme that rises to prominence especially at this time of the year: during Advent we prepare for the coming of Christ, the Prince of peace, and we celebrate his coming at Christmas; we pray for peace and renew ourselves in hope that peace can be realized in the New Year. What, though, is the formula for that peace?

The formula has been given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ: it is the path of virtue. Vice destroys a society and the individual, because it inevitably means corruption. It is virtue that leads to flourishing and brings about peace, and all of the virtues together, not only some that one may like and live by, while rejecting the others that seem less appealing or unpleasant. Isaiah, in fact, invites God’s people to pursue the path that leads to peace immediately after this prophecy that strikes so deeply in the human heart: “O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD.”

Walking in the light of the Lord. Or as St. Paul would phrase it, “put on the amour of light.” “Put on,” in St. Paul’s writings, is a reference to baptism, as he says in Galatians: “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (3:27). Putting on Christ, that is, clothing ourselves with Christ, means nothing more and nothing less than living out the meaning of our baptism. Therefore, we must take our Lord’s warning, and that of St. Paul, seriously; we must not dupe ourselves and foolishly accommodate ourselves to the present age, shameless as it is in its exaltation of vice and enshrinement of sin as the social norm to which all must conform or be punished. For, if we do this, not only will we be swept away in disaster, but we will fail in what Pope Francis constantly teaches us about being – as he is so fond of saying – “missionary disciples”: we will fail to bear witness to the Good News, to the better way, doing so above all by a life of exemplary Christian virtue. This is what it means to be an intentional missionary disciple, a Christian who is serious and faithful in living out the meaning of his or her baptism.

And no, this is not an oppressive, antiquated moral code. Quite the contrary: it is the only way we can really “go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.” The “house of the Lord” is where the Lord is present, both the church as a building (His Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament, preserved in the tabernacle) and the Church as a people (the Body of Christ). But joy in the Lord’s presence goes beyond the pleasure that comes from the company of family, friends and fellow believers, as great as that is. These are necessary means to the end of being truly happy with God, for when you really love someone, nothing makes you happier than to be in the presence of, and to serve, the one you love.

This is the deep and abiding happiness for which God designed us and that He wants for us. Do you truly love God? If so, you will show it by the light of a virtuous life, and you will find your true joy in being in His presence and serving Him well."

Advent 2019

May this Advent be especially holy for you. Visit our website for prayers and family activity ideas, and Archbishop Cordileone's homily for the first Sunday in Advent. Advent begins on Sunday, December 1, and starts a new liturgical year. This initial season of the Church year is four weeks of preparation for the feast of Christmas and the incarnation of God in Christ. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone celebrate the 11:00 a.m. Mass in St. Mary's Cathedral on the fir...

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