Youth for Life Conference at Cathedral

Third Annual Conference for High School Students
Thursday, January 19
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco

All high-school-aged students in the archdiocese, from Catholic, public, and private schools, are invited to attend this conference, a precursor to the Walk for Life West Coast on January 21. Hosted by the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Sisters of Life, the conference theme is "You: Known from All Eternity." 

The morning includes a main conference, break-out sessions, and lunch provided at noon. Confession is available, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament precedes lunch. The event ends at 1:00 p.m. so that students can return to their schools.

Pastors, teachers, and youth ministers should register with Alicia Weinman, Archdiocese of San Francisco. See contact information below. See the flyer here.

  • Date: Jan 19
  • Location: San Francisco
  • Address: 1111 Gough Street
  • Contact: Alicia Weinman
  • Email:
  • Phone: 415-614-5666

Walk for Life 2017 in San Francisco

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Walk for Life West Coast

 Saturday, January 21, 2017

The 2017 Walk for Life West Coast is the 13th annual. The event draws about 50,000 participants each year. Archbishop Cordileone will begin the day with a special Mass at the Cathedral at 9:30 a.m. This is followed by the Walk for Life Rally at 12:30 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza. There the archbishop will announce the recipient of this year's Saint Gianna Molla Award for Prolife Heroism; and several noted prolife activists will address the people.

The walk from Civic Center Plaza to Justin Herman Plaza (at the foot of Market Street) begins at 1:30 p.m.

The Walk for Life West Coast website offers resources and complete information, and a schedule of related events throughout the weekend. The Walk for Life West Coast Committee says. "The Mission is: To change the perceptions of a society that thinks abortion is an answer. Abortion does violence to women and to their children. The Goal is: To be a vocal and visual message that people of the West Coast stand for life. To reach out to women harmed by abortion. To inform society of the damage done to women by abortion. The Action is:  To peaceably protest abortion, walking through San Francisco every year on or near January 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision."

                          Flyer in English            Flyer in Spanish


Prayer for Families of the Incarcerated

Prayers for families visiting
incarcerated loved ones

Put your faith into action in 2017. Our ministry services include visiting and praying for those who are incarcerated; but we also pray with and for their families. The goal is to strengthen children and families as they struggle to rebuild their lives.

Join us for "Prayer at the Gate" at the San Francisco County Jail #5 in San Bruno, on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Our Restorative Justice Ministry and other faith leaders are represented.
Background checks are not required to enter the jail lobby in San Bruno. What is needed is your commitment to accompany families in need of prayers. To preregister and interview, contact Julio Escobar, Director of Restorative Justice Ministry, 415-614-5572 .  

jailThe Saturdays for Prayer at the Gate in 2017 are:
January 14 and 28
February 11 and 25
March 11 and 25
April 8 and 22
May 13 and 27
June 10 and 24
July 8 and 22
August 12 and 26
September 9 and 23
October 14 and 28
November 11 and 25
December 9 and 23
Why pray for these families?
Prisoners who receive visitors, maintain family ties, and are released to a stable home environment are more likely to succeed in leading productive, crime-free lives. (from Prison Fellowship)
Families provide an incentive for prisoners to grow, learn, and change. It’s not always easy, but parents in prison can contribute positively to a child’s upbringing through letter writing, phone calls, and family visits. This is why it is important to pray for the families of the incarcerated and help them remain connected.
When you caringly ask a mother how her child is coping with her father’s incarceration and offer to pray for the family, this is as much a ministry as sending children to summer camp or providing Christmas gifts. In fact, prayer ministry can be even greater.
Will you make time to boldly bring the needs of prisoners’ families before the throne of God? Author Richard Foster calls intercession both a “sacred obligation” and a “precious privilege.” In Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home, he writes:  "If we truly love people, we will desire for them far more than it is within our power to give them, and this will lead us to prayer. Intercession is a way of loving others."
Can't participate directly?  Pray from home, or add these prayers to your prayer group, a liturgy, or your parish bulletin. 

Pray for spiritual needs of prisoners’ families, that they would:
Know that God loves them unconditionally and experience the abiding presence of God
Become involved in a local church with solid Bible teaching
Receive support and encouragement from caring Christians
Become strong in their faith and trust God to guide them
Pray for the emotional needs of prisoners’ children, that they will:
Experience God’s comfort and presence in their loneliness
Feel secure and loved by their caregivers
Deal with their anger, hurts, and losses in healthy, appropriate ways
Not feel guilty about their parents’ crimes or incarceration
Pray for the needs of children’s caregivers, that they would:
Have wisdom and strength for raising the children of the incarcerated
Provide a loving and nurturing environment for the children
Allow the children to participate in programs available to them
Want the children to attend church and learn about God
Pray for relationships within the families, that they will:
Be able to maintain an appropriate level of contact with the one who is incarcerated
Learn how to be more effective in the way they communicate with one another
Experience reconciliation in strained or broken relationships
Begin taking positive steps toward strengthening and rebuilding the family
Pray for protection of prisoners’ children and families, that they would:
No longer experience chaos, violence, and trauma in their homes
Shun drugs and alcohol and seek to live healthy, sober lives
Be protected from gossip, prejudice, stereotyping, and harassment
Be able to live in safety, peace, and stability no matter what goes on around them
Pray for the physical needs of prisoners’ families, that they would:
Have adequate housing and be able to keep their home in good repair
Have nutritious food to eat and adequate clothing
Be able to obtain the appropriate medical care they need
Have assistance available from a variety of community resources
Pray for the financial needs of prisoners’ families, that they would:
Be able to recover from loss of income when a wage-earner is sent to prison
Have employment that pays enough to meet their financial needs
Have opportunities to enhance their educational and vocational skills
Be able to manage their financial resources with wisdom
Pray for churches in communities across the nation, that they will:
 See the need to evangelize and disciple the children in their neighborhoods
Open their arms to men and women returning from prison and their families
Become involved in mentoring prisoners and ex-prisoners and their children
To participate on the dates above in 2017 please contact

Julio Escobar
Archdiocese of San Francisco
1 Peter Yorke Way, SF, CA 94109
Restorative Justice Ministry, a ministry of presence
Office 415- 614-5572 – Mobile: 415-861-9579
  • Date: Jan 28
  • Location: San Bruno, California, United States
  • Address: One Moreland Drive

Anniversary Mass Honoring Couples at Cathedral

Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass
at the Cathedral of St. Mary
of the Assumption

Saturday, February 4, 10:00 a.m.
St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco

The Archdiocese of San Francisco will offer its annual Wedding Anniversary Mass on February 4 at 10:00 am. The celebration honors wedding anniversaries for those celebrating sacramental marriages reaching “5-year” milestones (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 years, or more) in  2017. Principal celebrant will be the Most Reverend Carlos Sevilla, Bishop Emeritus of Yakima, Washington, and formerly a Bishop of San Francisco. Registration is required  by January 27 at, and a donation of $20 is requested. For more information, use the email or phone below.

                         Flyer in English                         Flyer in Spanish

La anual Misa de Aniversario de Bodas se celebrara el 4 de febrero, a las 10:00 de la mañana en la catedral de Santa María de la Asunción. Celebramos las bodas que cumplen ‘aniversarios de cinco años’ (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, o mas) in 2017. El celebrante principal será su Excelencia Carlos Sevilla, Obispo Emeritus de Yakima y de San Francisco. Pedimos una donación de $20; pre-inscripcion es requerido antes del 27 de enero. Para mas información o registrarse, utilice o o llama a las (415) 614-5680.
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Chinese New Year Celebration at Cathedral

Chinese New Year Mass and BanquetAbp Cordileone Chinese New Year Mass 2016

Saturday, February 4,
      2:30 p.m.
St. Mary's Cathedral
Reception and Festivities
      to follow Mass

Celebrate Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rooster, on Saturday, February 4, 2017. All are welcome to take part. The celebration will include both a New Year Eucharistic celebration and a New Year Banquet at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Bishop Emeritus Ignatius Wang will preside at Mass at 2:30 p.m., with Bishop William J. Justice, Bishop Daniel F. Walsh, and many priests concelebrating. Mass is followed at 4:45 pm by a no-host Reception and Banquet in Patrons’ Hall, with food catered by Hong Kong Flower Lounge.

Tickets are required for the Reception/Banquet, $50 per person. Please purchase in advance by contacting Fr. Peter Zhai, see contact information below.Dancers Chinese New Year Mass 2016
  • Date: Feb 04
  • Location: San Francisco
  • Address: 1111 Gough Street
  • Contact: Fr. Peter Zhai, SVD
  • Email:
  • Phone: 415-614-5575

24 Hours of Prayer for Vocations

Saturday, February 4 - Sunday, February 5

Jesus said, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” (Luke 10:2)

Jesus Christ has told us that if we want more vocations then we need to pray for them. Taking our Lord’s request to heart, on the weekend of February 4-5, there will four sites in the Archdiocese of San Francisco that will be having Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for vocations, with three sites open for 24 hours of prayer. We are inviting the faithful to come and pray in a particular way for vocations to the Consecrated Life, the Permanent Diaconate, and the Priesthood. You or a group may sign-up for a particular time slot or if you are busy, to just stop in and say a prayer. 
English Flyer  |   Spanish Flyer

Sign Up for a Period of Adoration:

Click Here to Pray at Corpus Christi Monastery
215 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025
8:00 am Feb. 4 - 9:00 am Feb. 5                        
Click Here to Pray at the Monastery of Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
771 Ashbury St., San Francisco, CA 94117
8:00 am Feb. 4 - 9:00 am Feb. 5

Click Here to Pray at Cristo Rey Monastery
721 Parker Ave., San Francisco, CA 94118
7:00 am - 6:00 pm Feb. 4 Only


Click Here to Pray at Mission San Rafael
1104 Fifth St., San Rafael, CA 94901
8:00 am Feb. 4 - 8:00 am Feb. 5


MonstrancePeople going to pray at the monasteries are most welcome to join the sisters for their times of prayer and Mass which are listed in each sign-up page.

Parish groups and families are especially encouraged to come and pray together. If groups or individuals will be organizing a vocal prayer (like praying the Rosary), they are asked to only have vocal prayer during the first 30 minutes of each scheduled hour of prayer keeping the remainder of the hour for silent adoration.

What to do during a Holy Hour?

  1. Pray the Rosary with the intention of an increase in vocations.
  2. Remember the names of Priests, Religious Brothers & Sisters who have served you over the years and say a prayer for each of them.
  3. Pray for our seminarians.

What is a Holy Hour

Holy Hour Guide

Scripture Passages

Vocation Prayers (English & Spanish)

For Parishes:  Sample Intercessions   |   Bulletin Announcement


More Information

For further information on the 24 Hours of Adoration or if you have difficulty signing up for a time, please do not contact the individual site but the Office of Vocations: 415-614-5684.

  • Date: Feb 04
  • Address: Various Locations
  • Contact: Office of Vocations
  • Phone: 415-614-5684

Respect Life Essay Awards at Cathedral

Student Respect Life Essay Honors
and Liturgy at Cathedral

Sunday, February 12, 11:00 a.m.

Congratulations to the students who took part in the 2016-17 Respect Life Essay Contest. More than 450 essays were submitted by 40 archdiocesan schools, home-schools, and religious education programs. In the five age-levels (Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12) there were five Grand Prizes, fifteen First Prizes, and sixty-six Honorable Mentions. The list of winners is here.

Honorees will be recognized at the Awards Liturgy on Sunday, February 12, at the 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral. Certificates will be awarded by Bishop William Justice after Mass at a reception in St. Francis Hall sponsored by the San Francisco Chapter of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women.

Vicki Evans, Respect Life Program Coordinator, says, “We are grateful to our Catholic schools, home-schoolers, and parish religious education programs for their continuing support and participation in our Annual Archdiocesan Respect Life Essay Contest.”

The focus of this year's essay prompts was on respect for the lives of the sick, the suffering, the elderly, and the dying.

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"Every elderly person…
even if he is ill or
at the end of his
days, bears 
face of Christ."

            ~ Pope Francis

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