Youth Ministry

The Archdiocese of San Francisco supports youth ministry programs that foster the catechesis, moral, and spiritual formation of young people in Middle School through High School.

Our Goals

Guided by the USCCB’s document, Renewing the Vision (1997), our ministry has three goals:

To empower young people (ages 13-17) to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today;

To draw young people into responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the faith community;

To foster the personal and spiritual growth of each young person.

To accomplish these goals, we offer training, community, workshops, resources, retreats, and collaboration opportunities for Youth Ministry Leaders within the Archdiocese, as well as training, retreats, catechetical events, leadership opportunities for youth themselves.

Genuine love is demanding. But its beauty lies precisely in the demands it makes. Only those able to make demands on themselves in the name of love can then demand love from others.
St. John Paul II

ADSF YM CALENDAR

Friday
May 03

Third Annual Marian Art Exhibition

3:00pm (05/03) – 3:00pm (05/05)
Join Star of the Sea parish for a celebration of our Lady in art featuring Marian original artworks by 61 Stella Maris Academy students, and 14 local artists. This event is free.

May 3, 3pm-7pm

May 4, 9am-6pm

May 5, 10:30am – 3pm
Website: http://www.starparish.com
Address
Star of the Sea Auditorium
Star of the Sea Auditorium
360 9th Ave
San Francisco
California 94118
Contact
Mariella Zevallos
[email protected]
(415) 751-0450
Saturday
May 04

Third Annual Marian Art Exhibition

3:00pm (05/03) – 3:00pm (05/05)
Join Star of the Sea parish for a celebration of our Lady in art featuring Marian original artworks by 61 Stella Maris Academy students, and 14 local artists. This event is free.

May 3, 3pm-7pm

May 4, 9am-6pm

May 5, 10:30am – 3pm
Website: http://www.starparish.com
Address
Star of the Sea Auditorium
Star of the Sea Auditorium
360 9th Ave
San Francisco
California 94118
Contact
Mariella Zevallos
[email protected]
(415) 751-0450
Sunday
May 05

Third Annual Marian Art Exhibition

3:00pm (05/03) – 3:00pm (05/05)
Join Star of the Sea parish for a celebration of our Lady in art featuring Marian original artworks by 61 Stella Maris Academy students, and 14 local artists. This event is free.

May 3, 3pm-7pm

May 4, 9am-6pm

May 5, 10:30am – 3pm
Website: http://www.starparish.com
Address
Star of the Sea Auditorium
Star of the Sea Auditorium
360 9th Ave
San Francisco
California 94118
Contact
Mariella Zevallos
[email protected]
(415) 751-0450
Tuesday
May 07

Solemn Vespers, Rosary, and Eucharistic Adoration for Hong Kong with Archbishop Cordileone

5:00pm
Join Archbishop Cordileone for a special prayer service for Hong Kong, especially for Cardinal Joseph Zen and Jimmy Lai.

Cardinal Zen, 92, is the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong (2002 – 2009). He is an outspoken advocate for religious freedom and democracy. Cardinal Zen was arrested in May 2022 by Hong Kong authorities and put on trial for allegedly failing to civilly register a pro-democracy fund. He was convicted and ordered to pay a fine, which he has appealed.

Mr. Lai is a 76-year-old Catholic businessman in Hong Kong who, inspired by his Catholic faith, has peacefully advocated democracy and respect for human rights. Because he spoke the truth in the fight for freedom, Mr. Lai has been jailed by authorities since December 2020.

 



 



Wednesday, May 8, 2024 – 5 – 8pm PDT
Location: St. Patrick’s Seminary & University
320 Middlefield Road Menlo Park, CA 94025



“The Prison Witness of Jimmy Lai”


Holy Hour to Pray for Persecuted Christians and Lecture, “The Prison Witness of Jimmy Lai,” by William McGurn (Wall Street Journal)



REGISTER HERE!


Agenda
4:45 PM Doors Open
5:00 PM Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
5:45 PM “The Prison Witness of Jimmy Lai,” Lecture by William McGurn
7:00 PM Reception

Holy Hour to Pray for Persecuted Christians and Lecture, “The Prison Witness of Jimmy Lai,” by William McGurn (Wall Street Journal)

Join St. Patrick’s Seminary, the Benedict XVI Institute, and Archbishop Cordileone on Wednesday, May 8th, to pray for and learn about the situation of persecuted Christians on mainland China and in Hong Kong.

The evening begins with Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, led by Archbishop Cordileone. Special music for the Holy Hour includes the premiere of a new composition by Frank La Rocca on a text by James Matthew Wilson, “Stanzas for the Chinese Martyrs,” commissioned by the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship. Other compositions by Diana Corliss, Kevin Allen, and Paul Jernberg will also be sung by the choir, directed by Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka of the Catholic Institute of Sacred Music.

The second and final event of the 2023–2024 St. Patrick’s Seminary Lecture Series follows. The lecture by William McGurn, opinion columnist for The Wall Street Journal and godfather of Jimmy Lai, is entitled “The Prison Witness of Jimmy Lai.” Jimmy Lai is the founder of the popular Hong Kong paper Apple Daily, who has now been imprisoned in solitary confinement for organizing pro-democracy protests.

William McGurn is a member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board and writes the weekly “Main Street” column for the Journal each Tuesday. Previously he served as Chief Speechwriter for President George W. Bush. He spent more than a decade overseas—in Brussels for The Wall Street Journal/Europe and in Hong Kong with both the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review. And in the mid-1990s, he was Washington Bureau Chief for National Review. Bill is author of a book on Hong Kong (Perfidious Albion) and a monograph on terrorism (Terrorist or Freedom Fighter). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, holds a BA in philosophy from Notre Dame and an MS in Communications from Boston University.

Frank La Rocca’s Mass of the Americas has been hailed as “perhaps the most significant Catholic composition of our lifetimes” and “the best liturgical composition for the Mass since Duruflé.” Cappella label’s recent recordings of La Rocca’s Mass of the Americas and Requiem for the Forgotten/Messe des Malades have debuted in the top spots of Billboard’s Traditional Classical chart. La Rocca is composer-in-residence for the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, a faculty member of the Catholic Institute of Sacred Music, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Catholic Scholars and Artists.
Address
Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption
1111 Gough St
San Francisco
CA 94109
Wednesday
May 08

“The Prison Witness of Jimmy Lai” – Holy Hour & Lecture by William McGurn

5:00pm
Cost: free
Holy Hour to Pray for Persecuted Christians and Lecture, “The Prison Witness of Jimmy Lai,” by William McGurn (Wall Street Journal)

Join St. Patrick’s Seminary, the Benedict XVI Institute, and Archbishop Cordileone on Wednesday, May 8th, to pray for and learn about the situation of persecuted Christians on mainland China and in Hong Kong.

The evening begins with Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, led by Archbishop Cordileone. Special music for the Holy Hour includes the premiere of a new composition by Frank La Rocca on a text by James Matthew Wilson, “Stanzas for the Chinese Martyrs,” commissioned by the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship. Other compositions by Diana Corliss, Kevin Allen, and Paul Jernberg will also be sung by the choir, directed by Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka of the Catholic Institute of Sacred Music.

The second and final event of the 2023–2024 St. Patrick’s Seminary Lecture Series follows. The lecture by William McGurn, opinion columnist for The Wall Street Journal and godfather of Jimmy Lai, is entitled “The Prison Witness of Jimmy Lai.” Jimmy Lai is the founder of the popular Hong Kong paper Apple Daily, who has now been imprisoned in solitary confinement for organizing pro-democracy protests.

 

  • 4:45 – Doors open

  • 5:00 – Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

  • 5:45 – “The Prison Witness of Jimmy Lai,” Lecture by William McGurn

  • 7:00 – Reception


 

William McGurn is a member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board and writes the weekly “Main Street” column for the Journal each Tuesday. Previously he served as Chief Speechwriter for President George W. Bush. He spent more than a decade overseas—in Brussels for The Wall Street Journal/Europe and in Hong Kong with both the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review. And in the mid-1990s, he was Washington Bureau Chief for National Review. Bill is author of a book on Hong Kong (Perfidious Albion) and a monograph on terrorism (Terrorist or Freedom Fighter). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, holds a BA in philosophy from Notre Dame and an MS in Communications from Boston University.

 

Frank La Rocca’s Mass of the Americas has been hailed as “perhaps the most significant Catholic composition of our lifetimes” and “the best liturgical composition for the Mass since Duruflé.” Cappella label’s recent recordings of La Rocca’s Mass of the Americas and Requiem for the Forgotten/Messe des Malades have debuted in the top spots of Billboard’s Traditional Classical chart. La Rocca is composer-in-residence for the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, a faculty member of the Catholic Institute of Sacred Music, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Catholic Scholars and Artists.
Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holy-hour-lecture-by-william-mcgurn-the-prison-witness-of-jimmy-lai-tickets-873610591797?aff=oddtdtcreator
Address
St. Patrick’s Seminary & University
320 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park
California 94025
Saturday
May 18

Excell Network Monthly Breakfast in St. Mark, Belmont

8:00am
Cost: $20 per ticket


SUPPORT THE EXCELL NETWORK REENTRY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM


It’s not just the money! The Excell Network Reentry Scholarship Program offers a community of support for those trying to reenter society after incarceration. We offer mentoring and other support. A key component is the Excell Network Monthly Breakfast.

At our Excell Network Monthly Breakfasts you will meet justice involved students currently receiving scholarships, and learn more about our work in restorative justice. Through these breakfast events we connect community members to “go under the hood” of what it means to support those reentering society after incarceration



 
Address
St Mark Catholic Church
325 Marine View Ave
Belmont
California 94002
Contact
Julio Escobar
[email protected]
4156145572

Foster Care Mass

4:30pm
May is Foster Care Awareness Month. As we celebrate the important role that foster parents play, all those connected to the foster care system are invited to a special Mass.

Please RSVP below.

2024 Foster Care Mass

Please RSVP below so that we can estimate attendance for the Mass, which will take place on May 18, 2024, at 4:30 p.m. at St. Stephen Church in San Francisco.

Name
Address
St. Stephen Catholic Church
601 Eucalyptus Dr.
San Francisco
CA 94132
Contact
[email protected] 
Sunday
May 19

Launch of the National Eucharistic Revival Pilgrimage Western Route

11:00am
Join Archbishop Cordileone and the Perpetual Eucharistic Pilgrims for the launch of the National Eucharistic Revival Pilgrimage from the West with the St. Junipero Serra Route.

The day begins with Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco at 11:00 a.m. with a pilgrimage walk following through San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.

 

All media and photographers must be credentialed.
Media contact: Mary Powers ([email protected])



 
Website: https://sfarchdiocese.org/eucharistic-revival/#PILGRIMAGE
Address
Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption
1111 Gough Street
San Francisco
CA 94109
Wednesday
May 22

21st Century Eucharistic Miracles Presentation in Sausalito

6:00pm
Cost: free

The Eucharist is Jesus Christ
“The Medicine of Immortality”


SF Eucharistic Revival Faith & Fellowship Event


21st Century Eucharistic Miracles discussion and Q&A hosted by Dr. Scott French, ER physician and former Stanford professor, from Fr. Robert Spitzer’s Magis Center.


Men’s Club Meeting
Wendsday, May 22, 2024
6:00pm
St. Mary Star of the Sea in Sausalito
180 Harrison Ave,
Sausalito, CA 94965


To bring the 21st Century Eucharistic Miracles presentation to your school or parish, please contact Nicolle Dougherty

Address
St. Mary Star of the Sea in Sausalito
180 Harrison Ave,
Sausalito
California 94965
Contact
Nicolle Dougherty
[email protected]

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ADSF Youth Leadership Team – S.A.L.T.

Many are called, but few are chosen. – Matt 22:14

The ADSF Youth Service and Leadership Team aka S.A.L.T. will assist in planning, advising in and executing spirtual and social youth events throughout the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Apply for this opportunity and serve your brothers an sisters in this great Archdiocese. All confirmed high school students, Coodinators of Youth Ministry and Young Adult Volunteers may apply. Space is limited and we are in need of leaders from Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties.

Applications for the ADSF 2020-2021

Ethnic Ministries Chess Club

The Chess Club is looking to train individuals to teach chess in the Catholic Schools here in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.  As we teach our young people our goal is to establish a year-end Archdiocese of San Francisco chess tournament in 2022.  If you are interested to coach or want more information for your school or child, please contact Christopher Major at  [email protected]

Contact Us

Gonzalo Alvarado
Youth & Young Adult Ministry Coordinator
415-614-55945
email: [email protected]

 
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