The St. Kevin's 2022 Project

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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In Memoriam:  Suzanne Hockel, 1935 - 2019

In Memoriam: Suzanne Hockel, 1935 - 2019

Suzanne was fond of the Middle Eastern legend where a horseman came upon a sparrow laying on its back in the middle of the road. He dismounted, wondered at the sparrow and asked, “What on earth are you doing lying upside down like that?” The sparrow replied, “I heard the heavens are going to fall today.” The horseman was incredulous. “Oh, and I suppose your puny, little legs can hold up the heavens?” The sparrow considered the horseman and simply responded, “One does what one can … one does what one can.”

When the legend of Suzanne Hockel will be recounted generations from now, she will be remembered for doing what she could to bring those who fell into her orbit stronger in faith and closer to God. She came to St. Kevin’s in the early 1970s as a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur during a time of great demographic change in the Parish and tumult in the Church following Vatican II. Together with Fr. Jim O’Malley, Sr. Janet Simons, and priests assigned as associate pastors at St. Kevin’s, they formed the Parish Leadership Team that guided an hierarchical church into an age of collaborative leadership with the laity. They had an idea as to what Vatican II envisioned but, at the parish-level, were in uncharted waters. Like early explorers, they plodded on. Various alphabet soup “teams” were formed: “PACT” – the Parish Administrative Core Team (the Parish and Finance Council of the day); “Core Liturgy Team” – The Liturgy Committee; “PUT” – the Parish Unity Team, bringing together the leadership of all organizations in the Parish.

They recruited lay people to assume ministries once previously held only by priests, deacons or seminarians: back then, they were called “Lectors” and “Eucharistic Ministers.” A new ministry called “Commentator” was introduced. Many were hesitant to take a role in the sanctuary during Mass feeling unworthy or unprepared. Suzanne would encourage them to do whatever they could. They helped teach parishioners other ways to pray whether it was through directed meditation, forming faith-community groups (“Renew!”), or coming together for retreats.

With the changing Bernal Heights Community, the Parish Leadership Team reached out to new parishioners, in particular an increasing Hispanic, Asian and African-American population. These new parishioners, many in families sitting on the lower end of the socio-economic scale, the Parish Leadership Team invigorated the St. Kevin’s Summer Program, hired teen workers for summer jobs there, and offered jobs in the Rectory. Working on the frontline in direct contact with parishioners, it was Suzanne who would identify candidates for these jobs and would work with them to develop their skills. She fully subscribed to Fr. O’Malley’s desire that when these children spread their wings and moved on to greater things, that they remembered that they were happy at St. Kevin’s.

Suzanne’s mission was to increase participation in the Church. If there was a child who completed the Confirmation program, she found ways to keep him/her involved as a Teen. And that wasn’t enough … she found ways to involve their families in one way or another. Those who doubted their own abilities or lacked confidence, Suzanne encouraged them: do whatever you can.

She was an artist highly proficient in silk-screening. The many photos she and Janet Simons took during their 25 years on the Parish Leadership Team serve as the backbone of the Parish Archives today. In her last weeks, she saw a candidate she prepared receive the Sacrament of Confirmation – and her thoughts were already on other candidates who approached her for Confirmation preparation. She still met faithfully with her faith-sharing group. She still played the organ at the 8AM Mass, a skill she had learned in her teenage years. In her last days, she did what she could do.

A favorite book was “Markings” by Dag Hammarskjold. One poem began, “Night is drawing nigh, night is drawing nigh. For all that has been – Thanks! To all that shall be – Yes!” We offer thanks to God for the very consequential life of Suzanne Hockel. We thank God for working through her to bring many of us closer in faith. And we say “Yes!” to the continuation of her legacy – that we may take up the mantle to help bring those in our own orbits to grow stronger in faith and closer to God. “One does what one can … one does what one can.” Let us pray that the Holy Spirit may work through us in the same way as with Suzanne.

Services for Suzanne are tentatively planned at St. Kevin’s for late January. The Vigil is planned for Friday, January 24th and the Funeral Mass on Saturday, January 25th. Final arrangements will be posted later.

In Memoriam: Suzanne Hockel, 1935 - 2019

Suzanne was fond of the Middle Eastern legend where a horseman came upon a sparrow laying on its back in the middle of the road. He dismounted, wondered at the sparrow and asked, “What on earth are you doing lying upside down like that?” The sparrow replied, “I heard the heavens are going to fall today.” The horseman was incredulous. “Oh, and I suppose your puny, little legs can hold up the heavens?” The sparrow considered the horseman and simply responded, “One does what one can … one does what one can.”

When the legend of Suzanne Hockel will be recounted generations from now, she will be remembered for doing what she could to bring those who fell into her orbit stronger in faith and closer to God. She came to St. Kevin’s in the early 1970s as a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur during a time of great demographic change in the Parish and tumult in the Church following Vatican II. Together with Fr. Jim O’Malley, Sr. Janet Simons, and priests assigned as associate pastors at St. Kevin’s, they formed the Parish Leadership Team that guided an hierarchical church into an age of collaborative leadership with the laity. They had an idea as to what Vatican II envisioned but, at the parish-level, were in uncharted waters. Like early explorers, they plodded on. Various alphabet soup “teams” were formed: “PACT” – the Parish Administrative Core Team (the Parish and Finance Council of the day); “Core Liturgy Team” – The Liturgy Committee; “PUT” – the Parish Unity Team, bringing together the leadership of all organizations in the Parish.

They recruited lay people to assume ministries once previously held only by priests, deacons or seminarians: back then, they were called “Lectors” and “Eucharistic Ministers.” A new ministry called “Commentator” was introduced. Many were hesitant to take a role in the sanctuary during Mass feeling unworthy or unprepared. Suzanne would encourage them to do whatever they could. They helped teach parishioners other ways to pray whether it was through directed meditation, forming faith-community groups (“Renew!”), or coming together for retreats.

With the changing Bernal Heights Community, the Parish Leadership Team reached out to new parishioners, in particular an increasing Hispanic, Asian and African-American population. These new parishioners, many in families sitting on the lower end of the socio-economic scale, the Parish Leadership Team invigorated the St. Kevin’s Summer Program, hired teen workers for summer jobs there, and offered jobs in the Rectory. Working on the frontline in direct contact with parishioners, it was Suzanne who would identify candidates for these jobs and would work with them to develop their skills. She fully subscribed to Fr. O’Malley’s desire that when these children spread their wings and moved on to greater things, that they remembered that they were happy at St. Kevin’s.

Suzanne’s mission was to increase participation in the Church. If there was a child who completed the Confirmation program, she found ways to keep him/her involved as a Teen. And that wasn’t enough … she found ways to involve their families in one way or another. Those who doubted their own abilities or lacked confidence, Suzanne encouraged them: do whatever you can.

She was an artist highly proficient in silk-screening. The many photos she and Janet Simons took during their 25 years on the Parish Leadership Team serve as the backbone of the Parish Archives today. In her last weeks, she saw a candidate she prepared receive the Sacrament of Confirmation – and her thoughts were already on other candidates who approached her for Confirmation preparation. She still met faithfully with her faith-sharing group. She still played the organ at the 8AM Mass, a skill she had learned in her teenage years. In her last days, she did what she could do.

A favorite book was “Markings” by Dag Hammarskjold. One poem began, “Night is drawing nigh, night is drawing nigh. For all that has been – Thanks! To all that shall be – Yes!” We offer thanks to God for the very consequential life of Suzanne Hockel. We thank God for working through her to bring many of us closer in faith. And we say “Yes!” to the continuation of her legacy – that we may take up the mantle to help bring those in our own orbits to grow stronger in faith and closer to God. “One does what one can … one does what one can.” Let us pray that the Holy Spirit may work through us in the same way as with Suzanne.

Services for Suzanne are tentatively planned at St. Kevin’s for late January. The Vigil is planned for Friday, January 24th and the Funeral Mass on Saturday, January 25th. Final arrangements will be posted later.

2019 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

Parishioners of St. Kevin Church processed with the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the Church down Anderson, a blessing in front of the Moncada Residence, where the tradition of the procession started in 1983, back up Anderson to Tompkins, to Andover, to Cortland and back to Church. Following Mass was a Fiesta in the Annuzzi Hall.

Parishioners of St. Kevin Church processed with the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the Church down Anderson, a blessing in front of the Moncada Residence, where the tradition of the procession started in 1983, back up Anderson to Tompkins, to Andover, to Cortland and back to Church. Following Mass was a Fiesta in the Annuzzi Hall.

Preparing the flowers for the Parish celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday Dec 15. Procession starts at Anderson & Ogden at 11:30AM to the Church. Mass is at Noon, and the Fiesta follows in Annuzzi Hall after Mass. Fr Eloi will be the celebrant. All are welcome!

[12/11/19]   Beware ... lots of phishing/scam emails out there ... do not open emails from "Fr Henry Noga" asking for a favor ... the email is not from Fr Henry. There are also emails from other priests with the same message. Also beware of emails from email accounts you may know asking to share secure files ... be careful!

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2019 Advent Wreath Making Workshop & Advent Wreath Blessing

The St. Kevin Liturgy Committee, led by Cynthia Durant and Kathleen Echiverri, held an Advent Wreath Making Workshop on November 30, 2019. The wreaths made at the Workshop and wreaths brought forward by parishioners were blessed by Fr. Henry on the First Sunday of Advent after the blessing of the Church Advent Wreath.

The St. Kevin Liturgy Committee, led by Cynthia Durant and Kathleen Echiverri, held an Advent Wreath Making Workshop on November 30, 2019. The wreaths made at the Workshop and wreaths brought forward by parishioners were blessed by Fr. Henry on the First Sunday of Advent after the blessing of the Church Advent Wreath.

2019 Thanksgiving

Fr. Henry Noga, SVD celebrated the Parish Mass of Thanksgiving on November 28, 2019. Following Mass, Parishioners Oscar Pacheco and his wife Teresa spearheaded the Parish Thanksgiving Brunch for the 8th straight year with a devoted Kitchen Crew! We are grateful to Oscar & Teresa, Sochild & Graciela and everyone who helped in the kitchen and served the meal on Thanksgiving! Thanks also to Kathleen Echiverri & Cynthia Durant who planned the Mass, to Francisco and everyone singing in the choir, and to all those serving at the altar: Danny, Kevin, Andre, Eduardo, Renessa, Clelia, Argentina & Cora.

Fr. Henry Noga, SVD celebrated the Parish Mass of Thanksgiving on November 28, 2019. Following Mass, Parishioners Oscar Pacheco and his wife Teresa spearheaded the Parish Thanksgiving Brunch for the 8th straight year with a devoted Kitchen Crew! We are grateful to Oscar & Teresa, Sochild & Graciela and everyone who helped in the kitchen and served the meal on Thanksgiving! Thanks also to Kathleen Echiverri & Cynthia Durant who planned the Mass, to Francisco and everyone singing in the choir, and to all those serving at the altar: Danny, Kevin, Andre, Eduardo, Renessa, Clelia, Argentina & Cora.

Funeral Services for Marcella Genolio

Marcella Genolio was laid to her rest on November 26, 2019. The Vigil Service was led by Fr. Antonio Petilla, former St. Kevin's Pastor on Monday, November 24. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Fr. Mario Farana, Pastor of St. Paul Church who served his diaconate year at St. Kevin's where he first met Marcella in 1970. Concelebrating were St. Kevin Pastor Fr. Henry Noga, SVD, and Fr. Dan Carter, Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, who met Marcella, a fellow San Francisco transplant from Oklahoma, when he wandered into Kaufer Stadler in the early 1970s. Maria Genolio delivered the Readings, Cynthia Durant was Cantor, and Larry Genolio offered the Eulogy. Fr. Mario gave the Homily and Fr. Dan did the Final Commendation.

Marcella Genolio was laid to her rest on November 26, 2019. The Vigil Service was led by Fr. Antonio Petilla, former St. Kevin's Pastor on Monday, November 24. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Fr. Mario Farana, Pastor of St. Paul Church who served his diaconate year at St. Kevin's where he first met Marcella in 1970. Concelebrating were St. Kevin Pastor Fr. Henry Noga, SVD, and Fr. Dan Carter, Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, who met Marcella, a fellow San Francisco transplant from Oklahoma, when he wandered into Kaufer Stadler in the early 1970s. Maria Genolio delivered the Readings, Cynthia Durant was Cantor, and Larry Genolio offered the Eulogy. Fr. Mario gave the Homily and Fr. Dan did the Final Commendation.

2019 Cristo Rey Celebration

The St. Kevin's Filipino Community hosted a potluck lunch to celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King -- Cristo Rey.

The St. Kevin's Filipino Community hosted a potluck lunch to celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King -- Cristo Rey.

Oscar & Teresa are once again preparing theSt Kevin's traditional Thanksgiving brunch. All are welcome to join us as we thank God for all His blessings this past year at our Mass of Thanksgiving, then enjoy the Thankgiving feast following Mass in the Annuzzi Hall!

It is profound sadness that we share the news of the death of Marcella Genolio. Marcella was a pillar of the St. Kevin's community as an active member of the Women's Guild, cornerstone of Wednesday Bingo, organizer of the Parish Festival, promoter of the Casino Trips by train to Reno, to only name a few ways she was a guiding force of the lay activities of the Parish. She knew that building a community of faith centered around the Church would be more meaningful if it was accompanied by building the community of believers on a personal level. So she did what she could do to help form bonds of friendships between parishioners. Towards that end, Marcella brought the tradition of after-Mass hospitality to St. Kevin's so that parishioners could spend time together on a weekly basis after Mass.

Please join the St. Kevin Parish Community as we celebrate Marcella's life and give thanks to God for her contributions to this Church as we pray for the eternal repose of her soul and commend her to God in his heavenly kingdom.

The Vigil Service will be held n Monday, November 25 at 7PM in the Church. Visitation will precede the Vigil beginning at 5PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11AM on Tuesday, November 26 in the Church. Following the funeral, interment will be at the Italian Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her beloved husband, John. A reception will follow in the O'Malley Hall.

Eternal rest grant unto Marcella, O Lord. And may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

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Today is the Solemnity of All Saints ... All Saints' Day. It is a holy day of obligation. Masses at St. Kevin's are at 9am and 7pm.

Today is also the First Friday of the month. Following the 9am Mass, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for Adoration and concludes at Noon with the Benediction.

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