Shrine of St. Francis Lenten Schedule

National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi
Special Schedule for Lent and Easter

The National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi in San Francisco has published its Lenten Schedule for 2017. Hours and events for every day from Ash Wednesday through Easter Monday are posted on the Shrine's website, and are also on a one-page printable PDF here.


Ash Wednesday Mass with Archbishop

Archbishop Cordileone Celebrates
Mass on Ash Wednesday at Cathedral

Wednesday, March 1, 12:10 p.m.
St. Mary's Cathedral

On Ash Wednesday, March 1, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone will be the principal celebrant at the 12:10 pm Mass in St. Mary’s Cathedral. Cathedral Masses on this first day of Lent are at 7:30 am, 12:10 pm, and 7:00 pm (in Spanish). For complete information on Ash Wednesday and Lent, visit the Cathedral website.

Free Personal Planning Seminars

Personal Planning Seminars:
Free Workshops 

The Office of Development offers Personal Planning Seminars this spring at convenient locations throughout the archdiocese. Topics at these seminars include end-of-life bioethical decisions, funeral and burial planning, and estate planning. When it comes to these topics, many people do not know where to begin. Because of this, a great number of people die without having had the opportunity to make funeral and estate plans. And when it comes to making good ethical decisions about medical care, many people just don’t know where to receive good advice.

Two workshops remain, as scheduled below. All Catholics are welcome to attend any of them. The workshops are free, but please register to attend. For reservations or information, contact Fr. Anthony Giampietro, see below. Dates and locations are:

Saturday, March 4
10 am-11:30 am
St. Bartholomew Church
600 Columbia Dr., San Mateo
Saturday, April 1
10 am-11:30 am
St. Hilary Church
61 Hilary Dr., Tiburon


Lenten Speaker Series at Cathedral


The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption offers six noted speakers
in a series of reflections during Lent 2017. Each Saturday morning,
beginning March 4 and ending April 8, all are welcome to
the Cathedral for these free public lectures.

Flyer for the 2017 Lenten Speaker Series

Saturday March 4  “At the Foot of the Cross—the ultimate vantage point for seeing God’s Love.”  Dr. Margaret Turek, Director of Department of Faith Formation & Evangelization, Diocese of Oakland.

Saturday March 11  “Zacchaeus, The Publican and the Prodigal Son; conversion stories from the New Testament.”  Fr. Kevin Kennedy  Pastor, Our Lady of Fatima Russian Byzantine Church, San Francisco. 

Saturday March 18   “Grace and the Lenten Season” is explored by Fr. Robert Christian, OP, Master of Students, Western Dominican Province and adjunct professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley.

Saturday March 25  The Annunciation within the Lenten Season.”  Fr. Gladstone Stevens, PSS, President and  Rector, Saint Patrick Seminary, Menlo Park, CA

Saturday April 1  “Meditations on the Seven Last Words.” A guided meditation by Fr. Victor Sczurek, O.Praem., Headmaster, Saint Michael’s Abbey Preparatory School, Silverado.

Saturday April 8  “Penance—Its virtue, practice and role in the spiritual life.”  Fr. James Garcia, Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Rite of Election First Sunday of Lent

Rite of Election at Cathedral of
St. Mary of the Assumption

Sunday, March 5, 4:00 p.m.
St. Mary's Cathedral

Sunday, March 5, at 4:00 p.m., Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will receive and enroll the archdiocese’s catechumens and will welcome candidates for full communion with the Catholic Church. Catechumens, candidates, and sponsors from throughout the archdiocese will be participating, accompanied by Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Teams, family, and friends, .

Parish RCIA teams should download the English/Spanish enrollment form here and return it by February 27 to Rosemarie Dias in the Office of Worship. (Her e-mail and phone are below.) The submission deadline is important to reserve pews and include each parish's name in the worship aid.
  • Date: Mar 05
  • Location: San Francisco
  • Address: 1111 Gough Street
  • Contact: Rosemarie Dias
  • Email:
  • Phone: 415-614-5505

Archdiocesan TV Discussion on Lent


Lent: Its Meaning and Purpose:
A discussion with a priest and seminarian
Sunday, March 5, 5:00 a.m.   KPIX Channel 5 Television

The guests on the March edition of the archdiocesan television program Mosaic are Father Joseph Previtali and seminarian Michael Rocha, discussing the meaning and purpose of the 40-day period before Easter that we call Lent. Fr. Previtali is adjunct professor of theology at St. Patrick's Seminary and University, and administrator of Our Lady of the Pillar parish in Half Moon Bay. Michael Rocha is an archdiocesan seminarian now doing a year of pastoral internship at St. Raphael parish in San Rafael.

The new show airs on KPIX Channel 5 at 5:00-5:30 am on the first Sunday of Lent, March 5.

It will later be posted for viewing on the KPIX YouTube channel and on archdiocesan social media. Archived episodes of Mosaic  are on the archdiocesan website.

“Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, to Christ’s victory over death.... Lent is the favorable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in His word, in the sacraments, and in our neighbor.... Lent is a season for deepening our spiritual life through the means of sanctification offered us by the Church: fasting, prayer, and almsgiving....”   --   Pope Francis

  • Date: Mar 05
  • Location: KPIX television, San Francisco, Channel 5
  • Address: Sunday, March 5, 5:00 a.m.

Mass with Immigrant Community

Join Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in proclaiming hope and solidarity with immigrant families, at a Mass in St. Peter's Church in the Mission district of San Francisco on March 11, 11:00 am.  All are welcome.

Following Mass, a Forum will be held on the topic of immigrant rights and resources to support migrants, offered in Spanish and English. 

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  • Date: Mar 11 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: San Francisco
  • Address: 1200 Florida St.

Mass at Cathedral with Cardinal Raymond Burke

Mass with Cardinal Raymond Burke

Wednesday, March 15, 5:30 p.m.
St. Mary's Cathedral

Dioceses in the western region of the United States are having their 2017 Canon Law Meeting in San Francisco, March 14-16. The meeting takes place in the conference facility at St. Mary's Cathedral, and is hosted by the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. (For information about the Tribunal, visit the Tribunal webpage.

Cardinal Raymond Burke will be the featured speaker at this gathering of canon lawyers. The Canon Law Meeting is not a public event; admission is limited to registered professional attendees only. But the public is welcome to the 5:30 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral on Wednesday, March 15, at which Cardinal Burke will be the celebrant.
  • Date: Mar 15
  • Location: San Francisco
  • Address: 1111 Gough Street

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Program

Worldwide Marriage Encounter 
in Mountain View 

Friday - Sunday, March 17 - 19

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend for married Christian couples who value their relationship, desire a richer, fuller life together, and want to learn the tools needed to make a marriage strong. The emphasis of Worldwide Marriage Encounter is on communication between husband and wife, who spend a weekend together away from the distractions and the tensions of everyday life, to concentrate on each other. It's not a retreat, nor a marriage clinic, nor group sensitivity. It's a unique approach aimed at revitalizing Christian marriage. Worldwide Marriage Encounter is recommended by the archdiocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life. The website is

Worldwide Marriage Encounter
March 17-19
Hilton Garden Inn Mountain View, 840 East El Camino Real, Mountain View
Register online here.


Catholic Health Care Conference

Conference on
Affordable Catholic Health Care

Saturday, April 29, 2017
St. Mary's Cathedral
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Cost:  $20

"Restoring Affordable Catholic Health Care in the San Francisco Bay Area" is the topic of a morning conference at St. Mary's Cathedral on Saturday, April 29. The conference is presented by Dr. Michael Accad, assistant professor of medicine at UCSF, in partnership with the Archdiocese of San Francisco's Office of Human Life and Dignity. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will give the invocation and welcome.

medical photo stethoscope dollars pig 401kcalculator.orgThis seminar seeks to introduce exciting developments that will allow an increasing number of Americans to find affordable and ethical health care solutions. Issues addressed include direct primary care, the physician-patient relationship, and Christian and Catholic health care options. The public is welcome to attend, along with health care professionals. Speakers are Dr. Michael Accad, Michael O'Dea (founder and director of the Christ Medicus Foundation), and Kevin Lundy (president and CEO of Divine Mercy Supportive Care).

The schedule is:  Mass at 8:00 a.m., continental breakfast at 8:30, welcome by the archbishop at 9:00, speakers from 9:15 to 12:00 noon, adjournment at noon.

A brochure is here.

To register:
$20 per attendee. Make check payable to 'SF Arch-Respect Life'.
Mail to:
Vicki Evans, Archdiocese of San Francisco,
One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco  CA  94109

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  • Date: Apr 29
  • Location: San Francisco
  • Address: 1111 Gough Street, St. Francis Hall
  • Contact: Vicki Evans
  • Email:
  • Phone: 415-614-5533
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