Saint Ignatius Parish is a welcoming and inclusive Catholic community. A Jesuit parish, we are called to be companions of Jesus. We come together through Word and Sacrament to grow in our relationship with God and to find the inspiration, desire and strength to be men and women for others. We seek to find God in all things by deepening our faith, listening with discerning and joyful hearts, and actively serving the poor and suffering, all for the greater glory of God.
Our magnificent St. Ignatius Church is the legacy of a dynamic and continuous Jesuit presence in San Francisco from the City’s earliest days. The first St. Ignatius Church was a simple, wooden structure on Market Street between 4th and 5th Streets. It was dedicated in July 1855, only six years after the first Jesuit Fathers arrived in San Francisco from Italy.
The Parish Council consists of parishioners who advise, assist and support the Pastor in defining a vision for St. Ignatius Parish and in articulating that vision to the parish community. The Council coordinates five working Commissions whose functions are outlined below. All parish organizations and activities are included within one of these Commissions
Administration Commission is responsibile for coordinating the temporal affairs of the Parish: how resources are acquired, managed and spent, how the physical building is preserved and maintained, and how the Parish communicates to parishioners and the community.
St. Ignatius’ large, active community, and our many special events and opportunities to socialize make it easy to find friends and make a spiritual home here. The Community Commission oversees all social events, welcoming programs, hospitality and volunteer management.
St. Ignatius Parish nurtures the development of Christian faith and spirituality in those of all ages and stages of life. Two programs, each with its own variety of courses and activities, form the core – the Children’s & Youth Program and the Adult Program.
The Outreach Commission exists to serve those in need through the work of committees of Parish volunteers who provide pastoral care, work for social justice, and serve people in need throughout the larger community.
Worship Commission supports our parish liturgical prayer through the preparation and care of our worship environment and through fostering the development of our parish liturgical ministers.