On March 6, St. Ignatius Parish sent some very special members of our community to St. Mary’s Cathedral to join people from parishes all around the Archdiocese to celebrate the Rite of Election with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. This liturgy formally welcomed those preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation to the next step in their faith journey.
Just as the natural environment changes with the seasons, so too does the liturgical environment. In this week's "In the Margins," Director of Liturgy and Music Maggie Warner takes us on a tour through the sacred spaces in which we worship, highlighting the signs and symbols of Lent.
On March 6, we celebrate the first Sunday of the liturgical season known as Lent. This season is one of preparation and prayer, of giving up things so as to be free from them, and giving to others so as to be bound to them. This journey to Jerusalem is the first act in the great play of salvation.
Reading through the notes taken and collated from Session I of our Parish Synod, I find myself pinballing between two emotions: "I hope to be that holy someday" and "Why do we make it so hard for people to be Catholic?" As our Parish Synod process continues, we notice with one another the themes that are emerging to discern where the Holy Spirit is moving and giving life and where she has been hindered.
by Lisa Freese (Director of Faith Formation) and Evelyn I. Rodriguez (Parishioner)
In this week's "In the Margins," Director of Faith Formation Lisa Freese and Dr. Evelyn Rodriguez, Ph.D explore the significance of unity on Ash Wednesday and how we, as a community, can lift up the voices of all during this upcoming Lenten season.
by Lisa Freese (Director of Faith Formation) and Deacon Lucas Sharma, S.J.
In this week's "In the Margins," Director of Faith Formation Lisa Freese and Deacon Lucas Sharma, S.J. invite us to enter into an Examen for Love of Neighbor as a means of discerning where God is calling us around the issue of racial justice.
As we begin our month-long celebration of Black History Month, this week's In The Margins invites us to take a long, loving look at the real. The history of our country and our Church has often been a source of anguish for our brothers and sisters of color. Their experiences demand our attention, our accompaniment, and our compassion.
Last week our Parish's Antiracism Committee shared with you the vision of St. Ignatius Parish as an antiracist multicultural parish. Beginning this week, we invite you to reflect on the journeys of community members who have agreed to share their experiences and struggles around the issue of racism.
The Archdiocese of San Francisco has engaged The Catholic Leadership Institute to offer its Disciple Maker Index to all members of the Church. This nationally recognized survey—which can be taken in just a few minutes—provides input into the state of each parish, and helps create a baseline for further discussion in the engagement sessions the Archdiocese is planning later in the year.
As part of Pope Francis’ call to the global Church to participate in the Synod, an opportunity for the faithful around the world to share our experiences of how the Holy Spirit is moving among us, there are two upcoming programs we invite you to take part in. The first is an online survey being conducted by the Archdiocese that will help provide a snapshot of our parish, which you can access on our new website in the Synod section. The second is a series of listening and experience-sharing sessions we’ll host here at St. Ignatius over the coming months.