The St. Kevin's 2022 Project

The St. Kevin's 2022 Project


St Kevin’s SF Summer Youth Program 1989. Video by Karla Ferrufino.
Janet Simons & Suzanne Silver Penny 2006
Just a note to tell the community of the passing of my aunt, Mary Valdez. Mary was a faithful member of this church for decades. She and her late husband, Al, could be found at Bingo Night every week and church every Saturday. She moved to the neighborhood on Nevada Street in 1964. She was so happy to be only a few blocks away from my mom (the late Isabel Romero). She and my uncle lived there with my grandmother and their three children. There have many church dances, crab feeds, baptisms, first communions, confirmations and weddings celebrated for our family at St. Kevin’s sine then. She lived there until this past year when due to her health, she moved to an assisted living facility. Her son Gregory and Ronnie are still parishioners. Her daughter, Terry, also attends mass at St. Kevin’s whenever she is in town. Her grandson, Kevin, serves as an altar boy at 10:00 mass and this made Mary immensely proud. She is also grandmother to Greg Valdez, Jr., Anthony Valdez, John Valdez, Veronica Valdez and Domonique Valdez. Our family lost her on April 12 and the loss of my dear godmother will be felt by many in the community. She was friendly, kind, funny and loving. Her faith was strong and never wavered. Please pray for our family during this time as Mary goes to join all of angels and saints in heaven. We will miss her dearly.
St. Kevin's memories: My parents met at a St. Patrick's Day dance at St. Kevin's during WWII, Fr. Donaghue pastor. They married at the church 3 years later to the day. As their first child, I was named Pat.

The Centennial of St. Kevin Parish is in 2022. Help us prepare for it by sharing your memories and post pics, with dates & people in them on the Timeline.

Founded in 1922, St. Kevin's is the Roman Catholic Parish serving the Bernal Heights community in San Francisco. It will celebrate its Centennial in 2022 so we are collecting memories, photos, video, etc. for the compilation of a book and movie for the occasion. 2022 may seem far away, but it's good to get a head start. Please post what you may have from Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, Quincineras, Weddings, Funerals, Summer Programs, Bingo, Catechism/CCD, or other parish life. Feel free to comment on anything!

Mission: "St Kevin Parish is dedicated to creating and developing a strong welcoming community by reaching out to reveal and communicate the love of God to all people. We aim to deepen our spiritual lives with liturgical celebration, fellowship, educatino and service in a spirit of collaborative leadership between ordained and laity. We strive to emphasize and respect the uniqueness of each person and to continue the mission of Jesus within the environment of our Catholic faith community."

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August 30 2020

Today is the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Readings for today may be found here:

Fr. Dave Heney down in Whittier, California offers these words of reflection on the Gospel today:

What does it mean to be courageous? Courage does not remove fear …it helps you act in love for people in danger despite your fears.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus sees a storm coming. He knows Jerusalem is filled with sinful people with violent emotions and predicts He will suffer greatly if He goes there. Peter tries to convince Him to turn away and seek safety instead.

Jesus confronts him with some of the strongest words ever, “Get behind me, Satan!” Jesus recognizes that an appeal to seek safety and security precisely when loved ones are in trouble, is precisely what Satan would like. That will not happen with Jesus!

Jesus knew the kind of stormy world He was coming to when He was born in Bethlehem, and knows the sinful storm He is coming to now if He goes to Jerusalem.

He knows the devastation that selfishness, greed, immorality, violence, and hate bring to people’s lives …both then and in our time as well.

You can see a wild political storm is coming in the next few months as well. You may be tempted to avoid it or be silent as Peter tempted Jesus.

This is the time to courageously speak Catholic values and not be silent, despite any fear. Courage is a central virtue of Jesus and His Church. Jesus will enter any storm for your salvation and nothing will stop Him …not even Peter! Nothing will stop Him from courageously rescuing the people He loves.

This must be your path as well, now more than ever.

We pray today for the following intentions:

For the eternal repose of the Souls of Antonio & Julia Choy
For the eternal repose of the Soul of Gloria Uriza
For the eternal repose of the Soul of Mauricio Pineda
For the eternal repose of the Soul of Vitelio Figueroa

May they be feasting at the banqueting table of our Lord!

God of might, giver of every good gift, put into our hearts the love of your name, so that, by deepening our sense of reverence, and, by your watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. August 30 2020

[08/29/20]   During the COVID-19 shutdown, it is very difficult (but not impossible!) to come together as a community and share in the joys and sorrows of each others' lives that bind us as a community.

It is with sadness that we've been informed of the deaths of several parishioners these past few weeks.

Florencio Parnala, longtime parishioner and the father of Cora Geronimo, lived a full life of 92 years but died suddenly on July 14, 2020. He was a loving grandfather who brought joy to the lives of his family, and found joy in the Warriors NBA championships these past few years.

Alicia Juarez, longtime parishioner and the mother of Celia, Yolanda and Sylvia, was 96 and died after a long illness on July 23, 2020. Together with her husband Claudio, they were active with Comite Latino, the St. Kevin's Festival and BINGO.

James Wardell, son of Carmen Wardell, who used to work with the Summer Programs and participated in the youth group activities, died suddenly at 55 years on August 23, 2020. He joins his brother David who also passed away suddenly in April, just one day shy of his 25th Wedding Anniversary. He was 53. Two brothers from the same family taken before their time.

And Ruben Mendez was a quiet, jovial parishioner whose contributions you see each time you look at the "St Kevin's Rectory", "Annuzzi Hall" and "O'Malley Hall" signs above the entrances. He was 78 years old and died on August 25, 2020.

We mourn with the families of our lost parishioners and pray for the eternal repose of their souls. May the promise of the Resurrection give them comfort in their hearts.

Into your hands, O Lord,
we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters.
In this life you embraced them with your tender love;
deliver them now from every evil
and bid them enter eternal rest.
The old order has passed away;
welcome them into paradise,
where there will be no sorrow,
no weeping nor pain,
but fullness of peace and joy
with your Son and the Holy Spirit
for ever and ever.

[08/29/20]   Today is the memorial of The Passion (beheading) of Saint John the Baptist. Called to proclaim the coming of the Messiah, he boldly spoke the truth in word and deed. Saint John rebuked Herod Antipas’ behavior at having married his niece, who was also his half-brother’s wife, saying, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” Herod placed John in prison. While John was incarcerated, he sent his disciples to Jesus to ask if he was the Messiah, to which Jesus replied that his actions spoke for themselves. As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus told the onlookers that John more than a prophet. After Herod had John beheaded, his disciples took his body and buried it.

Today, through the intercession of St. John the Baptist, we pray for the eternal repose of the soul of Conception Cardenas on her 10th death anniversary. May perpetual light shine upon her and may she rest in peace. Amen.

O God,
who willed that Saint John the Baptist
should go ahead of your Son
both in his birth and in his death,
grant that, as he died a Martyr for truth and justice,
we, too, may fight hard for the confession of what you teach.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Friday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time | USCCB

Today is the memorial of Saint Sixtus II, Pope and his Companions, as well as Saint Cajetan, Priest. Saint Sixtus II was elected Supreme Pontiff in 257 AD. In his reign, he mediated between Rome and the Asiatic and African churches over re-baptizing heretics. Also, during this time, Emperor Valerian issued a decree persecuting Christians and forbidding them to assemble. Saint Sixtus II held to the Faith and, with a group of 6 deacons, was martyred during a gathering honoring the Lord. An oratory was erected where these men were killed and remained a place of worship until the 8th century.

Saint Cajetan founded the Congregation of Clerks Regular in the 16th century. Quite bright, Saint Cajetan held degrees in both canon and civil law, working in the courts for Julius II. After Julius’ death, he left the courts and turned to social care, establishing hospitals. A return to virtue became his driving force, though, as he saw a lack of values present in religious and secular circles. After his ordination, he formed the Theatines; who would become a shining example of monastic, yet active ministry. He was canonized by Clement X in 1671.

Today is also the First Friday of the month. Let us keep in mind the sacrifices of our Lord Jesus Christ as he suffered and died for our sins so that we might be redeemed. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Through the intercession of St. Sixtus II and St. Cajetan, let us pray for the eternal repose of the soul of Gloria Uriza. May perpetual light shine upon her and may she rest in peace.

God our Father,
the contradiction of the cross
proclaims your infinite wisdom.
Help us to see that the glory of your Son
is revealed in the suffering he freely accepted.
Give us faith to claim as our only glory
the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Today’s Readings may be found at: See, upon the mountains there advances the bearer of good news, announcing peace! Celebrate your feasts, O Judah, fulfill your vows! For nevermore shall you be invaded by the scoundrel; he is completely destroyed. The LORD will restore the vine of Jacob, the pride of Israel, Though ravagers have rav...

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord | USCCB

Today is the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. This scene on Mount Tabor evokes a sense of wonder, as it did for Peter, James and John. They “fell on their faces and were filled with awe,” (Mt.17:6). Benedict XVI describes the Transfiguration as revealing ‘the splendor of Truth and Love.’ In a manifestation of light that recalls the cloud that overshadowed Moses on Mount Sinai, Jesus’ face shone like the sun. This manifestation confirmed Jesus’ divinity and expressed an essential aspect of God, light, which appears throughout salvation history whenever God is near. In the Transfiguration, we are invited to meditate on the ‘mystery of God’s light,’ Jesus’ divinity and our role as children of the light.

We pray for the eternal repose of the soul of Bruno Pardini. May perpetual light shine upon him and may he rest in peace.

We also pray for the people of El Salvador as they celebrate the feast of Salvador del Mundo!

Divino Salvador, bendice todas nuestras obras; recompensa de una manera digna de Ti a todos los que contribuyen a su suceso. Concede la paz y la vida eterna a nuestros hermanos y hermanas que han muerto. Concede también a tus fieles y siervos sobre la tierra las gracias que les son necesarias para la conversión de los pecadores, la santificación de los justos y aumento de tu Sagrada Familia, a fin de que seas conocido y glorificado de todas las criaturas con María y José; y a fin de que reines en todos los corazones ahora y siempre, oh Tú que vives y reinas con Dios Padre en unidad del Espíritu Santo por todos los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

Divine Savior, bless all our works; reward all who contribute to their success. Grant peace and eternal life to our departed brothers and sisters. Also grant to your faithful and servants on earth the graces that are necessary for the conversion of sinners, the sanctification of the righteous and the increase of devotion to your Holy Family, so that you may be known and glorified by all with Mary and Joseph; and so that you may reign in all hearts now and forever, oh You who live and reign with God the Father in unity of the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings for today may be found at: Thrones were set up and the Ancient One took his throne. His clothing was bright as snow, and the hair on his head as white as wool; his throne was flames of fire, with wheels of burning fire. A surging stream of fire flowed out from where he sat; Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him, an...

Optional Memorial of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome | USCCB

Today is the Memorial of the Dedication of St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome. After the Council of Ephesus (431) in which the mother of Jesus was acclaimed as Mother of God, Pope Sixtus III erected at Rome on the Esquiline Hill a basilica dedicated to the honor of the holy Mother of God. It was afterward called Saint Mary Major and it is the oldest church in the West dedicated to the honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Before every trip he takes abroad, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, goes to Santa Maria Maggiore to pray for the safety and success of his trip. When Pope Francis gave his extraordinary "Urbi et Orbi" blessing in St. Peter's Square at the end of March, he brought to the Vatican the ancient icon of Mary Salus Populi Romani, usually housed in the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

Let us pray through the intercession of our Blessed Mother, Health of the Sick, for the complete recovery of all those suffering from the COVID-19 virus.

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick. At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith. You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need. We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us: He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

The Readings for today may be found at: Below are the readings suggested for today's Memorial. However, readings for the Memorial may also be taken from the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary, #707-712.

Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest | United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Today is the Memorial of Saint John Vianney. Saint John Vianney was a French parish priest born in 1786. Known as the patron saint of priests, Saint Vianney became internationally respected for his pastoral care, confessional wisdom, and children’s catechesis.
Born into humble circumstances, Saint Vianney’s parents modeled a pious lifestyle, practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy as a family. At age 20, Saint Vianney decided to leave his rural upbringing and attend secondary education. His studies progressed slowly and a decade later he was ordained, despite aptitudes of compassion over those of learning. With this ‘tender heart’, he opened an orphanage and began to minister in the local parish in the aftermath of the Revolution. He was appointed curé, minister of souls, and was known to spend up to 18 hours a day in the confessional. Over time, his methods rippled internationally, as up to tens of thousands of pilgrims traveled annually seek his counsel. He was canonized in 1925 by Pope Pius XI.

Through the intercession of St. John Vianney, let us pray for the eternal repose of the souls of Juan and Pety Merino. May they rest in peace.

Almighty and merciful God,
who made the Priest Saint John Vianney
wonderful in his pastoral zeal,
grant, we pray, that through his intercession and example
we may in charity win brothers and sisters for Christ
and attain with them eternal glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Today’s Readings may be found at: The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD: For thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Write all the words I have spoken to you in a book.

Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time | United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Today is Monday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time. The Readings for today may be found at:

The Gospel gives the account of Jesus walking on water amidst a storm. Peter calls out to Jesus, “‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’
He said, ‘Come.’” Peter takes a few steps, but his concentration on the Lord wavers and his thoughts instead are consumed by the storm swirling about him. The peace that he initially found in the Lord that allowed him to walk on the water was disturbed by forces he thought beyond his control. Ironically, just as the Lord called him to walk on water, he had the power within himself to overcome any distractions in life. But, Peter did what he knew – when feeling overwhelmed by those things seeming out of his control, he turned to Jesus, “Lord, save me!” Jesus admonished him asking, “why did you doubt?” While Jesus is always near us to save, let us not allow the tumult surrounding us in this world to doubt our faith in Him.

Today, let us keep in our prayers all those poor Souls who have succumbed to the Corona virus. May God have mercy on their souls.

Almighty Father,
you have brought us to the light of a new day:
keep us safe the whole day through
from every sinful inclination.
May all our thoughts, words and actions
aim at doing what is pleasing in your sight.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen. In the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah, in the fifth month of the fourth year, the prophet Hananiah, son of Azzur, from Gibeon, said to me in the house of the LORD in the presence of the priests and all the people: “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘I will break ...

August 2 2020

Today is the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Gospel today tells of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Pope Francis reflects on this passage: "With this gesture, Jesus demonstrates His power; not in a spectacular way but as a sign of charity, of God the Father’s generosity toward His weary and needy children. He is immersed in the life of His people, He understands their fatigue and their limitations, but He does not allow anyone to be lost, or to lose out: He nourishes them with His word and provides food in plenty for sustenance."

The intentions today are for:

The members of the Women's Guild, both living and deceased
The eternal repose of the soul of Suzanne Hockel
The eternal repose of the soul of Elsie Gallegos
The eternal repose of the soul of Armida de Vasquez
And for Jane Diaz on her birthday

Draw near to your servants, O Lord, and answer their prayers with unceasing kindness, that, for those who glory in you as their Creator and guide, you may restore what you have created and keep safe what you have restored. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

The readings for today may be found here: August 2 2020

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