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 at 10:30,
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.

Mass for those with Incarcerated Loved Ones

Fr. Fabio Medina, Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua will celebrate a Mass on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at 3:00 pm for families and friends who have a loved one who is incarcerated. 

The Spanish-language Mass is being organized by St. Anthony of Padua parishioners in various ministries, including the Archdiocese Restorative Justice Ministry.  All are invited, not just those who have a relative or a friend in jail or prison but “all those who volunteer in detention ministry and anyone who wishes to accompany these families and friends.  This will be the fourth year the Mass for families and friends who have a loved one who is incarcerated is celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua in Menlo Park.  
Sometimes we forget that people incarcerated have families and these families include children who suffer much pain and shame because their parents are in jail or prison. Currently, in the U.S. there are 2.7 million children who have one parent in prison, according to Prison Fellowship, a Christian organization for criminal justice reform. That means in each zip code, there is at least one child who has a parent in jail or prison.

For clergy and laypeople doing ministry, our job is a mission of the Church; “bringing Christ to prisons, bringing the Gospel” as Matthew 25:36 says: I was in prison and you visited me," and that includes supporting their families and friends.
The work of the Restorative Justice Ministry is to support activities for families and friends of the incarcerated such as this.  The Mass will be celebrated in Spanish. Please join us.
  • Date: Mar 26 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Location: Menlo Park
  • Address: 3500 Middlefield Rd.

Personal Planning Seminar: Only One Left

Personal Planning Seminar:
Last Workshop of the Spring

The Office of Development has offered 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.

One workshop remains, as scheduled below. All Catholics are welcome to attend. The workshop is free, but please register to attend. For reservations or information, contact Fr. Anthony Giampietro, see below. Date and location:

Saturday, April 1
10 am-11:30 am
St. Hilary Church
61 Hilary Dr., Tiburon


Archbishop at Cathedral Holy Week and Easter

Archbishop at Cathedral for
Lent and Eastertide Liturgies

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will preside at several Lenten and Eastertide liturgies at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption:
  • Thursday, April 6, 5:30 p.m.:  The Holy Chrism Mass
  • Sunday, April 9, 11:00 a.m.:   Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
  • Holy Thursday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.:   Mass of the Lord’s Supper (followed by silent adoration at the place of repose, St. Francis Hall, concluding with Night Prayer at 11:45 p.m.).
  • Good Friday, April 14, 3:00 p.m.:   Liturgy of the Passion and Death of the Lord (preceded by 1:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross; 2:00 p.m. Music with St. Brigid’s student choir; followed by 7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross in Spanish).
  • Holy Saturday, April 15, 9:00 p.m.:   Easter Vigil Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection
  • Easter Sunday, April 16, 9:00 a.m.:  Easter Sunday Mass.

Other Masses at the Cathedral on Easter Sunday are 7:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. in Spanish. For more detail on all the liturgies, services, and music in Lent and Easter, contact the Cathedral.chrism mass 2016 abp pouring


Retrouvaille Marriage Weekends Planned

Retrouvaille Marriage Renewal:
Spring Weekend, Fall Weekend

Friday-Sunday, April 28-30, in San Francisco
Friday-Sunday,  November 3-5, in San Francisco

Retrouvaille (pronounced 'retrohv-EYE') is a weekend program that helps couples heal and renew their marriages. Retrouvaille is a French word meaning rediscovery. This Catholic ministry offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marital relationship. Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program. Retrouvaille is not just for hurting couples but for all couples wanting to bring new life to their marriage. Retrouvaille is recommended by the archdiocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life.

The next weekend programs coming up in this area are in San Francisco: April 28-30 and November 3-5. A flyer with complete information is here.

For information and registration, contact Retrouvaille.


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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