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After a morning Mass at the Fishermen’s and Seamen’s Chapel at Fisherman’s Wharf Oct. 5, nearly 200 members of the North Beach community boarded the Red and White fleet to toss flowers into the sea in honor of fishermen who lost their lives there. It was all part of the 84th La Madonna del Lume Celebration, a tradition brought to the U.S. from Porticello, Sicily.
Faces fill the pews at St. Ignatius Church
Filling the pews with the faces of the faithful who have participated in Masses through livestreaming shows that the Body of Christ is alive and well during the pandemic, says Jesuit Father Greg Bonfiglio, pastor of St. Ignatius Parish on the University of San Francisco campus. (Video by Dennis Callahan/Catholic San Francisco)
A group of 2020 jubilarians renewed their vows at the Consecrated Life Mass held Feb. 2 at St. Matthew Church in San Mateo. 31 priests and women religious mark jubilees of 25, 40, 50, 60, 70 and even 80 years this year. “What a completely different and sad this archdiocese would be without you,” Archbishop Cordileone said in his homily on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.
Walk for Life 2020 multicultural celebration of life
Today’s Walk for Life West Coast 2020 was a multicultural celebration of life. (Video by Dennis Callahan/Catholic San Francisco)
One of the many scenes from the Walk for Life West Coast 2020 today in San Francisco. Stay tuned for full event coverage and photos from Catholic San Francisco. ￼
St. Anne School 100th anniversary
Retired Santa Rosa Bishop Daniel Walsh led the blessing at a Jan. 6 prayer service marking the 100th anniversary of San Francisco's St. Anne School. More than 70,000 students have attended St. Anne since its founding in 1920, including Bishop Walsh.
It was standing-room-only at 1,500-seat St. Matthew Church in San Mateo for the colorful traditional events celebrating our Lady of Guadalupe, beginning with a midnight Mass Dec. 12. (Photos by Dennis Callahan)
Simbang Gabi Commissioning Mass
Nearly 1,000 worshippers participated in the 26th annual Simbang Gabi Commissioning Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral Dec. 10, heralding early-morning Advent novena Masses at parishes participating in the centuries-old Filipino pre-Christmas tradition. Parols, or traditional lanterns, mostly star-shaped to evoke the Star of Bethlehem, led processions into the service. The story includes a video link to the entire service. (Photos by Dennis Callahan).
A parish Advent project of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mill Valley has grown in the space of two years into a thriving nonprofit started by a parish couple. Tribe Rising India is dedicated to helping children of India's scorned Santal tribe rise above generational poverty.
Veterans Memorial Service
Dennis Callahan shared this video of "Taps," the traditional bugle call at military funerals, being played beautifully by John Capobianco at the Veterans Memorial Service today, Nov. 11, at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma.
San Francisco’s annual St. Jude Pilgrimage on Oct. 26 began at 8 a.m. at Church of the Epiphany and ended here at St. Dominic Parish In San Francisco, home of the Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus, run by the Dominican Order. The moment the statue of St. Jude appears in the door of the church on the shoulders of the friars, the faithful burst into exuberant song as he is carried down the aisle to the altar.
Deacons, priests, bishops and four cardinals sang the Salve Regina as Cardinal William J. Levada’s casket leaves St. Mary’s Cathedral at the end of his funeral Mass Oct. 24.
After a morning Mass at the Fishermen’s and Seamen’s Chapel at Fisherman’s Wharf Oct. 5, nearly 200 members of the North Beach community boarded the Red and White fleet to toss flowers into the sea in honor of fishermen who lost their lives there. It was all part of the 84th La Madonna del Lume Celebration, a tradition brought to the U.S. from Porticello, Sicily. https://catholic-sf.org/news/madonna-del-lume-shines-light-on-sicilian-tradition
Salesian Father Al Mengon leads the memorial wreath ceremony for fisherman lost at sea yesterday outside the Golden Gate Bridge. The traditional event followed the La Madonna Del Lume Mass at the Fishermen’s and Seamen’s Memorial Chapel at Fisherman’s Wharf. The Mass and blessing at sea were part of a daylong celebration of La Festa Della Madonna Del Lume established in 1935 at Saints Peter and Paul Church in North Beach by the families of Sicilian fisherman.
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone led a eucharistic procession from St. Mary’s Cathedral to UN Plaza during today’s Rosary Rally.
Pope Francis blessing casket of Cardinal Levada
Courtesy of Father Dave Schunk, here's video of Pope Francis blessing the casket of Cardinal Levada Sept. 27 in St. Peter's Basilica. The Archdiocese of San Francisco will hold a Mass of Christian Burial for Cardinal Levada later this October.
San Francisco Catolico photographer Zach Wittmer was at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Tomales Aug. 18, the feast of St. Mary of the Assumption. Father Juan Manuel Lopez, pastor, celebrated Mass and led the rural parish in a procession.
About 150 people from throughout the Bay Area attended “Pray for Hong Kong,” a prayer vigil for peace held last night at St. Anne of the Sunset Church in San Francisco. The archdiocese's Chinese Ministry and Office of Human Life & Dignity hosted the Aug. 26 event led by retired Santa Rosa Bishop Daniel Walsh with Father Peter Zhai, director of Chinese Ministry; Father Daniel Nascimento, St. Anne pastor; Deacon Simon Thsui of Chinatown's Old St. Mary's Cathedral; and retired San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop Ignatius Wang. The vigil was a response to the call for worldwide prayer by Hong Kong's Apostolic Administrator Cardinal John Tong. (Photos by Debra Greenblat/Catholic San Francisco)
Born in Shanghai, Philip and Catherine Chan of Castro Valley lived in Hong Kong before moving to the U.S. more than 30 years ago. They traveled to St. Anne of the Sunset in San Francisco last night, where they were among about 150 people who gathered for a special “Pray for Hong Kong" prayer service led by retired Santa Rosa Bishop Daniel F. Walsh.
St. Raphael School Principal Lydia Collins leads students of the K-8 school in an outdoors prayer of gratitude for the brand new ‘astroturf’ playground during today’s morning assembly. The artificial lawn was installed last week before classes began for the 2019-2020 school year.
In case you missed it, we're reposting our coverage of the funeral Mass of Auxiliary Bishop Robert F. Christian, OP, on July 23 along with a gallery of photos from that day. (Photos by Debra Greenblat/Catholic San Francisco)
Auxiliary Bishop Robert F. Christian was buried today at St. Dominic Cemetery in Benicia after his funeral Mass July 23 at St. Mary's Cathedral. Cardinal William J. Levada, 11 bishops and nearly 100 priests and deacons joined members of the Dominican community, interfaith leaders and others at the morning Mass celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone. Requiescat in pace Bishop Christian. (Photos by Debra Greenblat/Catholic San Francisco)
Priests sing ‘Salve Regina’ as Auxiliary Bishop Robert F. Christian’s casket is escorted from St. Mary’s Cathedral and sprinkled with holy water before being placed in a hearse.
Ordination Day, May 18, 2019
Here's a moment from May 18, a very special day for the Archdiocese of San Francisco where three new priests -- Father Kyle Faller, Father Michael Rocha and Father Ernesto Jandonero -- were ordained at St. Mary’s Cathedral. (Video by Dennis Callahan)
Ordinations 2019: Deacon Ernesto Jandonero
Meet a future priest of the archdiocese! Deacon Ernesto Jandonero, who will be ordained to the priesthood 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, at St. Mary's Cathedral talked to Catholic San Francisco about his seminary formation and what he looks forward to as a priest.
Ordinations 2019: Deacon Michael Rocha
Meet one of the future priests of the archdiocese! Deacon Michael Rocha spoke about his excitement about being a priest and the importance to him of Marian devotion. Deacon Rocha will be ordained to the priesthood Saturday, May 18 in St. Mary's Cathedral at 10 a.m.
Ordinations 2019: Deacon Kyle Faller
Deacon Kyle Faller will be ordained to the priesthood May 18, 2019 at St. Mary's Cathedral at 10 a.m. Here he talks about the importance of eucharistic adoration in helping him discern the priesthood.
Eric DeBode, executive director of Abundant Grace Coastside Worker in Half Moon Bay, spoke to Catholic San Francisco about Full Circle Food Justice, an innovative program that employs homeless people to farm and harvest organic produce that gets distributed to local low-income families. Look out for the story in our upcoming issue!
An afternoon with Salesian Father Armand Oliveri
Salesian Father Armand Oliveri, still concelebrating Mass at age 99 at his childhood parish, Sts. Peter and Paul in North Beach, talks on May 3 about his nearly seven decades as a priest. Look for the full-page photo story documenting our afternoon with Father Oliveri in the May 16 issue.
RAKOVSKI, Bulgaria (CNS) -- In the Catholic heart of Bulgaria, Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass for 245 children receiving their first Communion May 6, 2019, and thanked them for helping him, their parents and grandparents remember their own first Communion. (CNS photos/Paul Haring)
Catholic Marin Breakfast Club president Denis Ragan concluded the organization’s last meeting after 25 years with the Lord’s Prayer on May 3 at St. Sebastian Parish in Greenbrae. CMBC was founded to offer lay Catholics in Marin inter-parish fellowship and good Catholic speakers. It is disbanding, said Ragan, due to dwindling attendance of its aging membership and an inability to recruit new young members and leadership.
She took her simple vows in February at Dominican Nuns at Corpus Christi Monastery, Menlo Park. Here in a short clip from an interview with Catholic San Francisco April 26, Sister Mary Francis of the Holy Cross talks about her call to contemplative religious life.
Meet Deacon Benjamin Rosado
Deacon Benjamin Rosado was ordained to the transitional diaconate April 27. The day before his ordination, he met Catholic San Francisco at St. Patrick's Seminary & University, Menlo Park, California and talked about the devotional practice that helped him discern his vocation. “I began praying over in St. Bruno’s Church, where they have 24-hour adoration. I started making that a daily practice of mine, going to a Holy Hour, and I think for me it was there in the presence of the Lord that I learned to quiet myself, learned to listen more to God, and experience the power of being in his presence, the power of a God who is physically with us in the sacraments.”
Meet Deacon Junee Valencia
Deacon Junee Valencia of the Archdiocese of Agaña, Guam, was ordained to the diaconate April 27. Before his ordination at St. Pius Church in Redwood City, he spoke to Catholic San Francisco at St. Patrick's Seminary & University, Menlo Park, California about some of the challenging parts of seminary formation and why academic studies are so important in preparing to be a priest. "You're going to be ministering to people and you're going to be giving the people the truth, and in order for you to give them the truth you also must possess that truth and you do that through study."
A slideshow from the Good Friday liturgy at St. Mary's Cathedral, April 19, 2019. (Photos by Dennis Callahan/Catholic San Francisco)
Archbishop Cordileone presided at the Good Friday liturgy at St. Mary's Cathedral, April 19, 2019, photographed by CSF's Dennis Callahan. In his homily, cathedral rector Art Albano said the golden cross on the high altar at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris survived last week's fire unscathed, a sign that the Catholic Church will prevail no matter the damage inflicted on it. He said the disaster has generated a "third virtue -- charity," in the outpouring of support for the cathedral's reconstruction, noting that a parishioner told him the previous day that she would "open her coffers" to help restore the great Gothic cathedral.
Jesus is raised on his cross during the 11th Station of the Cross at St. Francis of Assisi on Good Friday. Several hundred people followed the live stations from Jack Farrell Park in East Palo Alto to St. Francis this afternoon before entering the church for the Good Friday liturgy.
Parishioners from St. Francis of Assisi in East Palo Alto annually reenact the drama of Good Friday with a living stations through the city. Here, Jesus has just gotten up from falling a second time.
CSF photographer Dennis Callahan captured Holy Thursday Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
St. Dominic's Catholic Church, San Francisco prayed Tenebrae this morning, an ancient liturgical office of the church. On the mornings of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, laity, religious and clergy gather to chant psalms and listen to readings from the Book of Lamentations. After each psalm, candles are extinguished, representing the abandonment of Christ by his apostles, until only one - the Christ candle - is left lit at the end of the service.
Notre Dame memorialized in holy medals
Belinda Wickwire, the Marin designer of religious jewelry profiled in our April 18 issue, told Catholic San Francisco she found solace and hope in her vintage holy medals from Notre Dame after a fire ravaged the beloved cathedral April 15. The medals are among hundreds of vintage medals Wickwire uses to create custom religious jewelry for Catholics and others at her shop inside Black Rabbit Trading Co. in San Anselmo. On her Instagram story April 17, she called the cathedral a monument to enduring faith. "I turn to my medals which reflect this larger than life symbol of faith and I remind myself that from the ashes we will rise again, stronger and wiser," she wrote. https://www.catholic-sf.org/news/precious-medals-designer-shares-faith-connects-catholics-with-religious-jewelry