St. Ignatius Parish in the News

National Catholic Reporter 06/06/2020: A Catholic Cry for Black Lives Matter

Nob Hill Gazette 05/16/2020: Keeping the Faith

Catholic San Francisco 05/14/2020: Second Graders Finish First Communion Prep Via Zoom

Business Insider 04/28/20: Photos of Empty San Francisco Wedding Show What It's Like to Get Married During a Pandemic

San Francisco Chronicle 04/28/20: Photographer's Unique Shot of Shutdown Wedding Goes Viral

San Francisco Chronicle 04/12/20: For Bay Area Churchgoers, Virtual Easter in Coronavirus Era is ‘Bittersweet’

NBC BAY AREA 04/11/20: Churches Get Creative Delivering Easter Service During COVID-19 Crisis

ABC7 NEWS 04/09/20: Finding Faith: Mass Without the Masses

Catholic San Francisco 04/08/20: Faces of the Faithful Fill the Pews at St. Ignatius

ABC7 NEWS 03/22/20: Finding Faith: Bay Area Interfaith Community Worship

The Wall Street Journal 03/15/20: Despite Coronavirus, Some Religious Services Continue

San Francisco Chronicle 03/14/20: Bay Area Places of Worship Weigh Coronavirus Threat: Close, Videostream or Carry On?

Catholic San Francisco 03/28/20: Digital Tools Help Parishes Bridge Social Distance Divide

NCR-08/15/2019:  From Bay Area, volunteers head to El Paso: 'Time for Catholics to be Catholic'

Jesuits West-08/14/2019:  San Francisco's Jesuit Parishes serve, accompany migrants in El Paso

NCR-06/24/2019: Bay Area volunteers head to border to learn from, serve migrants

Catholic San Francisco 04/18/2019 XLT: Youth Adoration Night Encourages Friendship with God

Greg Bonfiglio, S.J. Honored at the President's Cabinet Dinner Service to SI

Letter from the Archbishop to the People of the ADSF 09212018

Young confirmands dedicate themselves to Mary in living rosary

A parish story: A timely Gospel call, lay-clergy teamwork and ‘an act of solidarity’

Vatican astronomer shares religion’s trouble with ‘techies’

‘Destination parishes’ offer a sense of home for seeking Catholics

Pastoral Letters, Homilies, and Announcements

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter | Sunday, November 08, 2020

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio, S.J.

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Fr. Joe Spieler Homily | Sunday Mass,October 11, 2020

Fr. Joseph Spieler, S.J.

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter | Sunday, October 11, 2020

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio, S.J.

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter | Sunday, October 4, 2020

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio, S.J.

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Fr. Greg Bonfiglio, SJ Homily | Sunday Mass, October 4, 2020

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio, S.J.

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter | Sunday, September 27, 2020

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio, S.J.

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Fr. Joe Spieler Homily | Sunday Mass, September 20, 2020

Fr. Joseph Spieler, S.J.

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Deacon Eddy Gutiérrez Homily | Sunday Mass, September 13, 2020

Eddy Gutierrez

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter | Sunday, September 6, 2020

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio, S.J.

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Fr. John Coleman, S.J. Homily | Sunday Mass, September 6, 2020

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter | August 30, 2020

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio, S.J.

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter | August 16, 2020

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio, S.J.

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter | August 9, 2020

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio, S.J.

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter | August 2, 2020

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio, S.J.

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Fr. Greg's Year-end Letter: Gratitude for Your Generosity | July 13, 2020

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio, S.J.

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Job Opportunity | St. Ignatius Church Sacristan & Building Manager

Larry Simi

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter | Sunday, June 28, 2020

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio, S.J.

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A Message from the Pastor: Transition and Thanksgiving

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio, S.J.

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A Message from the Pastor: Reopening Is Postponed

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio, S.J.

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter | Sunday, June 14, 2020

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio, S.J.

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Loyola House Jesuit Community Statement Regarding Racial Injustice

St. Ignatius Parish

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter | Sunday, June 7, 2020

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio, S.J.

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter | Pentecost | May 31, 2020

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio, S.J.

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St. Ignatius Parish Phased Reopen Plan

St. Ignatius Parish

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Fr. John Coleman | Letting the Beauty of Creation Move Us

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Fr. Travis Russell's Homily | May 3, 2020

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A Message From Fr. Greg | April 29, 2020

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter | April 19, 2020

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio, S.J.

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter--October, 20, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers –In June 2018, Fr. Ray Allender, S.J., pastor of St. Agnes Parish, and I wrote a joint letter to our two parishes. In that letter, we communicated to you the desire of our Provincial, Fr. Scott Santarosa, S.J., to engage in a process of discernment that answered this question...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter--October 13, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – In my homily last weekend, I introduced parishioners to my Sicilian grandmother, Nana, as we called her. The first Sunday each month, she made sure that her and Grandpa’s entire family was around their dining room table for dinner. She would serve us course after course: spaghetti with her homemade tomato sauce and meatballs, Italian sausage, veal cutlets, eggplant and [too!] much more...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter--September 22, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers –Over the course of his pontificate, Pope Francis has in varied ways called on the faithful to be a Church that takes seriously the lived experience of all human beings. Early on he gave us the image of the Church as a field hospital, exhorting us to listen to and bind the wounds of those who are hurt, in any manner of speaking. ...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter--September 15, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers –In last week’s pastoral letter, I recalled sharing with you at Pentecost one of the traits of my ideal parish – that parishioners feel seen, feel that we feel that we belong to one another in some way...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter--September 8, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers –At the combined 10:00 a.m. Mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost last June, I shared with you that one feature of my ideal parish is one in which parishioners feel seen – or heard or noticed or known. Choose the verb; you get the idea. I want all of us to feel like we belong to this faith community and – to one degree or another – to each other. If we do that, then we will begin to see one another through God’s eyes: the God who delights in us; who is proud of us and grateful that we get up each day and try to love, to live the Gospel. ...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter--August 25, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers –Two weeks ago I preached about St. Ignatius’s invitation to those who follow Jesus to be Contemplatives in Action. That is to say that we are called to share Jesus’ life, to think like him, to hold important in ourselves what he values, and to do what he does. ...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-June 23, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers –Before Mass starts, those who assist at Mass gather in a circle in the sacristy to pray. I often hear myself wrapping up the prayer by saying “… and may God bind those who gather today into the Body of Christ that we might be his body to all who are in need.” ...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-June 16, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers –As I sit to write a few words on Father’s Day, my own father is in surgery for a badly torn rotator cuff sustained in a fall at their home a few weeks ago. As surgeries go, rotator cuff isn’t at all bad. But, Dad is 89. You get the picture—it’s fair to worry. ...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-June 9, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers –This weekend we celebrate the feast of Pentecost. Jesus the Christ makes good on his promise not to leave us orphans. As he sent his first disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit, he continues to do that for us in our time and in our lives. But how do we know that the Spirit dwells and is active in us and our world? I think a good starting point is to notice the actions of the Holy Spirit...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-May 19, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers –Though not an academic institution, our parish lives by an academic calendar. As schools and students and parents look to the end of this year, so do we. And like most families and institutions at this time of the year, we have our share of changes and goodbyes...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-May 12, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers –Mother’s Day, 1965, I was in kindergarten. Mrs. Downing asked each member of the class to bring to school some fresh flowers from our home gardens the Friday before the holiday; we were going to make flower baskets for our mothers...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-April 28, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers –As I write, it’s Easter Monday. As glad as I am that this morning’s pace is far slower than last week’s, I’m also a little sad that the Triduum and Easter Sunday are behind us. We prayed together so, so beautifully, for four days. It was a banquet for our hearts and souls, both individual and collective...

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Nominations Open for Parish Leadership Roles!

Our Parish strives to empower lay women and men with co-responsibility for leadership of most aspects of parish life and to develop parish leaders from among our membership. All parish structures, ministries, programs, events, and activities are aligned with one of five working groups of parishioners, which we call “Commissions”...

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Fr, Greg's Pastoral Letter-March 24, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers –This week our bulletin carries two more essays from fellow parishioners, their testimonies for why they are Roman Catholic. It has been gratifying for me to hear from our essayists the thanks and the feedback they are receiving: “Thank you. You have given me so much to think about,” “You put words on my experience,” “I feel like I don’t have to be so defensive about my faith,” “I’m glad to hear how a different experience led to the same place I am.” And more...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-March 17, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers –This week we continue our Lenten series “Why I Am Catholic.” As two more of our fellow parishioners share with us this week a bit of how God is working in their lives, we are all invited to notice and articulate for ourselves how God is working in ours...

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Job Opportunity-Administrator for Marriages, Baptisms, and Funerals

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Job Opportunity-Director of Parish Faith Formation

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-March 10, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers –This first Sunday of Lent, Jesus heads into the desert. Luke’s gospel seems to indicate that it was for the purpose of being tempted by the devil. While I believe that happened, I don’t think that was the reason Jesus went. Rather, he went for the same reason you and I would attend a retreat–to get away from the ordinary and most-often important demands on our time and attention and spend some special time with God...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-March 3, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers –On Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, we begin our 40-day Lenten journey to the Sacred Triduum and Easter marked by the three ancient disciplines of the season: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. (Be sure to take a Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl, to collect the alms saved from that Starbucks cup of coffee or whatever it is from which you’ll fast! We’ll collect those for you at the end of Lent.)...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-February 24, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – As a Parish Community, we already do much to break down the walls that can exist between different communities. From Simple Needs Sundays and Get on the Bus, to Las Vecinas de El Salvador and our Solidarity Network, many parishioners are active in building bridges. And, yet, many of you have told me you are looking for even more ways to meet the challenge and educate yourselves on social justice issues, to advocate for others, and to take more steps to help God bring about the Kingdom more fully...

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Parish Choir Singers to Perform at Carnegie Hall this Weekend!

I want to share the wonderful news about nine volunteer singers from our own parish choirs that are in New York this weekend performing as part of a larger choir of over 200 singers in a concert at Carnegie Hall on Monday, Feb. 18th at 7 pm...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-February 10, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers –As you know, five parishioners from St. Ignatius, five parishioners with Fr. Ray from St. Agnes, and I are engaged in a discernment process guided by Fr. George Murphy, S.J., former rector and current professor and spiritual director at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. The question before us is, “What pastoral and administrative structures are necessary for the Jesuits to maintain their presence in two vibrant, distinct parishes in San Francisco with one pastor?” (N.B. The provincial has assured me that I am assigned to St. Ignatius “indefinitely.”) We had our third meeting last Sunday, and all participants agree that the quality and depth of conversation, as well as the openness and trust among the group are remarkable...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-January 27, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers –Last fall, our Director of Faith Formation, Mark Diamond, and our Coordinator of Worship, Maggie Warner, spent some time with our Confirmation students discussing the Eucharist: what it is, their understanding of it, how we worship together and why we do it the way we do, and much more. Mark and Maggie reported that it was at once an engaging and somewhat discouraging conversation...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-January 20, 2019

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers –Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.Five times in the last year, either one of your fellow parishioners or I stood before you and asked for your support toward the 2018 Archdiocesan Annual Appeal (AAA)...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-December 23, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – Merry Christmas! A special welcome to those who are visiting our church and worship with us this holiday. We are glad you are with us and thank you for helping us celebrate the Nativity of the Lord. One of my favorite contemporary theologians is Methodist pastor, Steve Garnaas-Holmes. He writes in his poem, Creature...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-December 16, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers - The third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete Sunday. The Latin word, Gaudete, means literally, "You rejoice!" It comes from the first word of the Entrance Antiphon for this Sunday. St. Paul, writing to the Philippians, names the cause of this imperative to rejoice-"The Lord is near."...

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SF Catholic-Dec. 13, 2018-"Music director: Chant class 'infused us with passion' for sacred music"

Viviana Davila

Read news article about how the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship inspired the choir at St. Ignatius on page 5 of the December 13, 2018 issue in SF Catholic.

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SF Chronicle article: Gun Violence Survivors, Victims' Families Call for Action at SF Vigil

Franca Gargiulo

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-December 9, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – Earlier today, I had an at-once delightful and uncomfortable conversation with a parishioner who challenged me on my pastoral letter from last week: “I was unsettled by what you said. Advent isn’t that hard. All we need is five minutes of good focus time. Go into a dark room, light, a candle, focus on the candle, and hold up to God our fears and our hopes. That’s it. That’s Advent.” ...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-December 2, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – This weekend we begin a new liturgical year, and we do so with Advent, a brief four-week season of preparation to enter into the mystery of the Incarnation, of Emmanuel, of God with us. An important season, many of us find it challenging, if not impossible, to enter into its spirit. Why is that? ...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-November 18, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – We’re experiencing some more transition in our offices these months. Sr. Theresa Moser, RSCJ, has been our Parish Office Administrator for nearly five years...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-October 28, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers, In reflecting on the canonization of St. Óscar Romero, I had an opportunity to read the last homily he delivered in the moments before he was killed.¹ St. Óscar was an outspoken critic of the civil war in El Salvador and a champion of those who suffered in that conflict during his three years as Archbishop of San Salvador, until his murder in 1980...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-October 7, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – Last week we had our Parish Picnic–and it was a glorious day for our faith community. Our special guests at Mass were the family of refugees that we and St. Agnes Parish are accompanying as they make their way through the legal system’s process for asylum in the U.S. The mother thanked us for the difference we are making in their lives through our emotional and practical support. They then joined us at our picnic, which was beautifully done; we had a wonderful time...

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Parish Annual Report & Financial Presentation Sept 23, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-September 23, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – We have a few new faces joining us this semester: Father Lourdu Mummadi, Father Vincent Pereppadan, and Deacon Alex Llanera, all of the Society of Jesus...

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St. Ignatius Church Outreach Funding Report: July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018

The St. Ignatius Church Outreach Funding Report: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 is reported here...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-September 16, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – This weekend our beloved former pastor, Fr. Charlie Gagan, S.J., joins us for the 9:30 am Mass and hospitality afterwards. We celebrate his golden jubilee of ordination, which was June 1, 1968. We give thanks to the Lord for his many years of service to the People of God, and we ask the Lord to bless him richly in the years to come. Ad multos annos, Fr. Charlie!

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-September 9, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – What follows is a prose version of the homily I gave this past weekend along with links to the various letters I referred to...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-September 2, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – September?! Already?! It’s hard to believe that summer is–for most of us, anyway–in the rear-view mirror. We have a busy month here at SIP and I’d like to get a few things on your calendar...

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Deacon Eddy's Homily-September 2, 2018

Eddy Gutierrez

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter-August 26, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – The recent report by the Pennsylvania Grand Jury, with its revelations of the abuse of nearly 1000 children by some 300 priests over the course of 70 years, and of the cover-up by some in the Church hierarchy, is horrific and staggering. The pain inflicted on innocents and the subsequent trauma borne by them and their families, as well as the sinful betrayal by perpetrators and bishops of the sacred trust to serve and to protect are almost too much for our minds to take in and for our hearts to hold. It has opened old wounds in the Body of Christ and in the hearts of the faithful, and it has inflicted new ones...

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Letter from Archbishop Cordileone-August 17, 2018

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Letter from Fr. Scott Santarosa, S.J., Provincial-August 16, 2018

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Dr. Julie Dowd's Reflection-USF Welcome Mass 2018

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Job Opportunity-Church Welcomer

The St. Ignatius Church Welcomer serves as a proactively welcoming presence to all who enter the church, especially during the week when the church is open but there are no services underway. The Church Welcomer serves many functions, including: greeting visitors, providing information about parish services and programs, encouraging visits to the Shop, facilitating donations for devotional candles, and observing the safety and security of the church.

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Novena for the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Maggie Warner

As we anticipate the Feast of St. Ignatius, patron saint of our parish, please join us in praying a Novena along with other members of our community.

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Highlights from the July 10, 2018 Leadership Night

The group of parish leaders who serve on one of our five Commissions: Administration, Community Life, Formation, Outreach, and Worship – met on July 10 for their monthly working meeting.

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter - June 24, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – Several weeks ago, I made another appeal for your support of the 2018 Archdiocesan Annual Appeal. You were so generous – more than $40,000 was pledged or donated toward our goal! To date, 203 households have given or pledged $122,503, or 53.2% of our total, $230,240. Thank you so much.

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter - June 17, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – There was a period in the mid-90’s in which I tuned into country music almost exclusively. Garth Brooks became a favorite after seeing him early on as the warm-up act for The Judds at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. Though there are a few songs I still keep in my smart phone, I rarely listen any longer.

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A Message from Our Provincial - June 10, 2018

Scott Santarosa, S.J.

Dear Friends at St. Ignatius Parish and St. Agnes Parish, With the summer months now unfolding, I wish you all a season of grace and renewal! Towards to the end of 2017 I made my visitation to the Jesuit works and communities of San Francisco. I was able to visit each of your parishes and was impressed by the life and activities in each. People from all over the region are drawn to your vibrant liturgies, each community with its own flavor. I thank Fr. Ray Allender and Fr. Greg Bonfiglio for their leadership of St. Agnes and St. Ignatius respectively...

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A Message From the Pastors of St. Agnes and St. Ignatius - June 10, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – As the Pastors of St. Agnes and St. Ignatius Parishes, we welcome and embrace what our Provincial, Fr. Scott Santarosa, S.J., is asking of us. This represents a commitment by the Society of Jesus to maintaining our two distinct, vibrant, and unique parishes in San Francisco while also taking into account the realities that face the contemporary Church. (See our Provincial's letter on page 3 of this bulletin.) We are enthusiastic about the possibilities that lie ahead, believing that each parish has gifts and strengths to share with the other and believing that together we will have more to offer our parishioners and the local Church of San Francisco...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter - May 20, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Brothers and Sisters – Today is a great day at St. Ignatius because we welcome 21 members of our parish community to the Table of the Lord as they receive their First Communion. In their reception of the Eucharist, they meet Jesus in a new and profound way; Jesus, our Good Shepherd, our Life and Resurrection, who cares for us in our every need. Some of our students were asked to write a note in response to, “What are you looking forward to in celebrating your First Communion?” and “List three things you learned this year.” ...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter - May 13, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – Many of you are probably too young to remember Erma Bombeck. In addition to being a wife and mother, she was an astute observer of life and gifted writer, having columns in hundreds of newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. My mother read her column every morning; she loved seeing her own life through Erma’s eyes because the author could see humor and wisdom in the simplest moments of everyday life that often missed our distracted gaze...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter - April 15, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – As I was making my way to the confessional after our Good Friday services, a member of our parish approached me with tears in her eyes. “Last night and this afternoon were so moving. And I am so grateful because I know there are hundreds of people back there who have worked and are working so hard so that the rest of us can enter into all this and just experience it. All we have to do is just show up. I am so grateful.”...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter - April 1, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – Here is the Easter message in a nutshell: He was too full of life for death to hold him. He was too full of light for darkness to vanquish him. He was too full of love for a tomb to imprison him. Resurrexit sicut dixit! Alleluia! He is risen as he said! Alleluia! There are so many signs of Resurrection and Easter all around us. Seven Catechumens and six Candidates became full members of our Faith Community at the Easter Vigil. More than 100 new families have joined our parish in the last year. Our middle school Youth Group is growing, our Ministry to Seniors is flourishing, some 35 parishioners meet together monthly to guide the direction and ministries of our Parish, Sandwich Saturday and Shelter Meals continue to help care for our sisters and brothers without homes, and more...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter - March 4, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – As many of you are aware, at the end of April we gather together all our parish “ministers” – those who perform works of service for the parish in all types of volunteer roles: supporting our liturgical celebrations, as well as our outreach and advocacy programs; filling roles in faith formation and community-building events; and tending to the administration of our parish. We also invite those discerning whether to get more involved in parish ministries and leadership to hear testimonials directly from fellow parishioners. This year, we are trying something new...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter - February 25, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – I love when we hang our banners, the ones that adorn the portico of the church and announce to passersby who we are and/or what we are doing inside, and the ones that neatly frame the nave of the church and give expression to the liturgical season and/or to some aspect of our faith. I love them because, in addition to their practical functions, they also communicate to those passersby and to those visiting our church that this historical building is not a museum to a bygone Church. No, to me our banners also proclaim that a vibrant faith community is blessed to call this architectural jewel its spiritual home; they indicate that that community’s faith – your faith – puts heart into the magnificent walls and breathes spirit into its inspiring art; and they imply that your holy desires carry that heart and spirit back out the church doors into God’s world, bringing Gospel values to the varied places you live your lives and pushing wider the reach of the reign of God. Yep, I love our banners...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter - February 18, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – On this First Sunday of Lent, Jesus is driven by the Spirit into the desert for forty days. As the Scriptures tell us, he was tempted by Satan and ministered to by angels. Those forty days recall the forty years the Israelites wandered in the desert, after leaving the slavery of Egypt, but before entering the hope of the Promised Land. It was not an easy time, the desert, and over the years there were times the Chosen People wandered also from their faith, setting up false gods, and grumbled against Moses asking, “Is God with us or not?”...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter for February 11, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – Hard though it is to believe, Lent awaits us. On Wednesday, we will enter into that season that invites us to remember our baptisms and to grow in awareness of the ways we need to grow more and more into the likeness of Jesus...

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Parish Finance Manager - New Job Posting

For a full job description or to apply, send email with cover letter and résumé to: Gary Price, grprice@usfca.edu

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter for January 21, 2018

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – Any discussion of finances at St. Ignatius Parish must start with gratitude for your generosity. So many of you have made our parish one of the most important works you support, and I am truly grateful for that. Many have responded generously to my appeals over the years, most increasing your annual gift when asked, so that we could continue to build and expand upon what we already do, as well as stretch ourselves into new ministries and programs to meet needs as they get expressed by you and your fellow parishioners. Thank you...

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Highlights from the January 9, 2018 Leadership Night

Fr. Greg welcomed the Commissions to their first working meeting of the year and provided an update on the December Parish Council meeting. One of the roles of Parish Council, working closely with the Pastor, is to provide a common direction and focus for the Parish as a whole. The Council has started discussions about how to extend the spirit of a welcoming Parish more intentionally across everything we do, and now, the Commissions will have an opportunity to expand on the theme in their Annual Assessment meetings with Fr. Greg by proposing specific ways we can build deeper relationships with current parishioners, those not yet registered, and those we seek to attract and engage in our Parish...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter for December 24, 2017

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – When I was a child, one of the most coveted responsibilities when we decorated our family Christmas tree was placing the Christmas Crèche beneath the tree. My brother and I took turns, and each got to do it every other year. That was bearable until my younger sister was old enough to do it on her own – waiting for every third year was nearly unbearable! The origin of this beloved Christmas tradition dates to 1223 and St. Francis of Assisi. In his book, The Life of St. Francis, St. Bonaventure tells the story best...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter for December 17, 2017

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – This weekend, our parish will celebrate its first Simbang Gabi Mass. Since 1669, during the early years of Christianity there, Christmas Day in the Philippines has been ushered in by a novena of dawn Masses that start on Dec. 16. One of these Masses was originally known as Misa de Aguinaldo or Misa de Gallo in Spanish; in Tagalog, it is known as Simbang Gabi, or “Dawn Mass.”...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter for November 19, 2017

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – I want to welcome this weekend three members of the Las Vecinas Committee at Parroquia San Antonio, our sister parish in El Salvador. Inéz, Paty, Irma, and Delmy, among others, were extraordinarily gracious to our delegation in San Antonio last June. Please join me in extending to them the same hospitality. Please plan to join us for our annual pancake breakfast and participate in the silent auction. All the funds we raise go directly to support ministries at Parroquia San Antonio; for their medical clinic and three workshops that offer training for their parishioners, enabling them to provide for their families...

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Highlights from October Leadership Night

Highlights from October Leadership Night Over 40 Parish leaders and staff members attended Leadership Night this month. All 5 Commissions are focusing on renewing and strengthening the linkages to each of their ministry teams and committees, with a goal to begin a more structured monthly inflow of updates from all Parish groups beginning in November. The assigned Commission members will act as liaisons to the committees or ministries within their oversight to observe the status of each group, understand what resources or support may be needed to continue their mission, and communicate important information or issues back to the Commission for discussion...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter Oct. 22, 2017

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – A number of people have asked how we can help our friends and families to the north who have lost loved ones, homes and businesses, who are displaced. Such genuine concern and generosity characterize such a great number of you that they seem to characterize our parish community. (Just so you know, every parish in the Archdiocese will be making a second collection the last weekend of the month to help meet the growing needs in the wine country)...

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Parish Council update

The Parish Council works closely with Fr. Greg to provide a common direction and focus for the Parish as a whole. Members have typically been involved in various ministries in the Parish and served for a year or more on one of the Parish Commissions. The Council meets quarterly for strategic meetings and holds brief “stand-up” meetings at the end of each Parish Leadership Night. The current members, serving a two-year term, and the Commissions they represent are: Terry Potente (Worship), Christine Kennedy and Mary Burns (Outreach), Larry Simi (Formation), Bill Walsh and Jackie Longust (Community), and Andy Paolucci (Administration)...

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Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

Dear Sisters and Brothers – The word Liturgy comes from a Greek word that means Work of the People. One Sunday a couple years ago, I was earlier than usual for Mass. Vested, mic’d and ready to go, I sat down in the sacristy to wait. While I did so, I watched parishioners arrive and prepare for our Work of the People: sign in for their particular liturgical ministry, practice the names of the deceased for the Prayer of Petition, fill a water bottle to wet a parched throat between hymns, change albs a couple of times because of a recent growth spurt, smile greetings to one another and catch up, mark the Roman Missal with colored ribbons, light the beeswax processional candles, scurry to replace a missing minister, and circle up to pray before Mass...

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St. Ignatius Church Sacristan - New Job Posting

The Sacristan prepares the vestments, books, candles, equipment, and other liturgical materials in the church in preparation for liturgical ceremonies; maintains the inventory of all liturgical supplies; monitors the overall routine maintenance and cleanliness of church facilities; and sees to the upkeep of the mechanical, plumbing, electrical systems and sound systems in collaboration with parish staff and USF facilities management.

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St. Ignatius Church Outreach Funding Report - July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017

Cathy Kalin

The St. Ignatius Church Outreach Funding Report for July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 is presented here...

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Parish Annual Report & Financial Presentation Sept 24, 2017

Fr. John Coleman, S.J.

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