2390 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 567-7824

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Welcome

In his letter to the Romans, St Paul reminds us: “I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39) In these difficult days, I imagine that, were St. Paul to pen a letter to us San Franciscans, he might say: “Neither COVID19, nor pandemic, nor social discord, nor political strife, nor the burdens of daily living, nor any other trial or travail can separate us from the love and presence of Christ in our hearts and lives.” Here at St. Dominic’s we are connected to Christ in order that we might radiate the Joy of the Gospel in the Heart of the City!

I am delighted that you have come to our website. I hope you find the resources to be connected to Christ through St. Dominic’s community. As you peruse these pages, I want to welcome you to participate in our virtual space. Sign up for the parish, subscribe to our YouTube channel and other social media. Join in on the various talks and programs we are offering through technology. Most importantly, know that God’s love is stronger than death itself. Keep calm. Keep safe. Keep close to Christ. He is close to you!

~ Fr. Michael

Father Michael Hurley, OP

Indoor Mass

Public MASS REOpens

indoors at St. Dominic’s!

As we prepare to celebrate the feast of St Francis, the patron of our City, I delighted to announce the opening for public worship at St. Dominic’s. Our start date will be Wednesday, September 30th and our first Sunday will be October 4thThere is nothing more important than worship, and so after a month of outdoor Masses, my fellow Dominicans and I are so excited to be able to gather and celebrate Mass once again in the beauty of St. Dominic’s Church.  

As we begin to open, we must be prudent in developing best practices for a “new normal” of public worship. There will be some changes from how we were accustomed to gathering.  We have been working diligently to provide the infrastructure and especially the personnel to open in a prudent and safe way.  At this time, we have established a “phased” progression of opening with regard to Mass times, number of people at Mass and other protocols.  I have put together a helpful guide and FAQs to guide us in this new phase. Thank you for your prayers and also for your patience as we establish best practices for the joy of worship!

Should I come to Mass?

At this time, the Archbishop has given dispensation from obligatory Sunday Mass attendance.  We urge those who have serious health issues, who are most vulnerable, who are not feeling well, or who fear their own health to refrain from attending Mass during this time.

Recognizing the need to still be connected virtually, Mass will continue to live stream via St. Dominic's YouTube Channel.  Click the link below.

LIVE STREAM MASSES



Indoor Public Mass schedule

MONDAY - FRIDAY 
  • 7:15 am Morning Prayer (live streamed)
  • 8:00 am (limited seating/live streamed)
SATURDAY
  • 8:15 am Morning Prayer (live streamed)
  • 9:00 am (limited seating/live streamed)
  • No 5:30 pm Vigil Mass at this time.
SUNDAY
  • 7:30 am (limited seating)
  • 9:30 am (limited seating/live streamed)
  • 11:30 am (limited seating)
  • 1:30 pm (in Spanish - limited seating)
  • ​5:00 pm Evening Prayer (live streamed)
  • ​No 5:30 or 9:00 pm Masses at this time.


How do I sign up to attend a Mass?

  • Tickets are required for all Masses (both weekday and weekend)
  • NO TICKET, NO ENTRY, NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Click below to procure a ticket through Eventbrite.
  • TICKET FOR MASS
  • Once you enter the St. Dominic’s Eventbrite page, choose a Mass date and time from the menu.
  • Then choose a reservation based on the number of attendees.  
  • There are three options for ticketing:  A ticket for single person, a ticket for two people and a ticket for a social unit of 3, 4 or 5.  If your social unit exceeds 5 people, you may select an extra ticket based on the number of people in excess of five.
  • Before completing the registration, please read the disclaimer and check the box to confirm that you understand, acknowledge, and agree to the terms.
  • After you register, you will receive confirmation via email.  We prefer you show your ticket via smartphone. If you do not have a smartphone, a printed ticket is permissible.
  • If you are unable to go online, call the parish office (415) 567-7824.  Listen to the recorded message carefully for the appropriate prompt to leave your name, telephone number, requested Mass date and time, number of people.



WHAT TO BRING?

  • Smartphone or tablet with Eventbrite email (preferred) or printed ticket.
  • Masks are required upon entry.  Gloves are optional.
  • Maintain 6 feet of social distancing from others at all times.

What can I expect when i arrive?

  • Entrance to the church from the Steiner street doors only.   The Steiner street entrance also has a ramp for those with limited mobility.
  • For weekday Masses, please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to Mass time.
  • For Sunday Masses, please arrive at least 20 minutes before Mass in order to allow ushers to direct you in an orderly & safe fashion to your seats.  There is no open seating.
  • Maintain 6 feet of social distancing while waiting for entry.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available.
  • All Masses are in English except for the 1:30 pm Sunday Mass which is in Spanish.
  • Mass programs and church bulletins will be available.  For sanitary purposes, if you touch it, we ask that you take it.
  • Please drop your collection envelopes at designated “Donation Boxes" inside the church. There will be no passing of the baskets.  Thank you for supporting St. Dominic’s Parish.
  • No communal singing of hymns, chants, or psalms.
  • No exchange of peace.
  • Communion will be brought to you in place.  Please remove your mask when receiving communion.
  • No restrooms access.

What if I am late?

  • Late arrivals are not guaranteed entry.  

What if I cannot attend?

  • If you are unable to attend, cancel your reservations 24 hours prior to the event to allow for other attendees to sign up.

Thanks to all who have been such a source of encouragement to me and my fellow friars during these days of quarantine. I will keep you updated as to new developments once we become accustomed to gathering again.

Keep calm. Keep safe. Keep close to Christ!

~Fr. Michael Hurley, Pastor

live stream

MORNING PRAYER & MASS SCHEDULE

Sunday

9:30am - Mass 

Monday - Friday

7:15am - Morning Prayer
8:00am - Mass

Saturday

8:15am - Morning Prayer 
9:00am - Mass 

Evening Prayer schedule

Daily

5:00pm

Church Hours

Monday - Sunday

12:00noon to 4:30pm

If you are in the neighborhood, 
visit St. Dominic's Church for individual prayer. 

All are welcome!

ST. JUDE NOVENA:  Tuesday, October 20 through wednesday, October 28.

  • Weekday Masses: 8:00 am (limited seating/live streamed)
  • Saturday Mass: 9:00 am (limited seating/live streamed)
  • Sunday Masses: 9:30 am (limited seating/live streamed); 1:30 pm in Spanish (limited seating)
  • Evening Prayer with St. Jude Novena Rosary: 5:00 pm (live streamed)

Additional Novena Mass on the Feast Day

  • Wednesday, October 28, 1:30 pm.  Mass in Spanish (limited seating)

CLICK HERE FOR MASS TICKETS

The Shrine of St. Jude Gift Store is temporarily located in the Siena Room (modular classroom near the school building) during the St. Jude Novena.

Call or email the Shine of St. Jude Office for store hours and COVID-19 guidelines.

  • Call (415) 931-5919

CLICK HERE TO EMAIL THE SHRINE OF ST. JUDE OFFICE

mass intentions

Mass Intentions

  • Enter the name of the person or family for the Mass Intention (one individual or family name per Mass Intention)
  • Indicate LIVING or DECEASED
  • Click below to enter your Mass Intention Request
  • You will receive an email confirmation with the date of your Mass Intention Request.

MASS INTENTION REQUEST

Thank you and we look forward to celebrating Mass with you in our beautiful church when the restrictions have been lifted.

Mass times

  • Monday - Friday: 8:00am
  • Saturday: 9:00am
  • Sunday: 9:30am 

Currently all the Mass Intentions for each day are celebrated at the live streamed Masses listed above.  These Masses have concelebrants and each priest celebrating the Mass is praying for a specific Mass Intention. 

CLICK HERE FOR OUR LIVE STREAM

Children's Faith Formation

Classes for Pre-school - 6th grade. 

All classes will be online for the 2020-21 school year.

Classes begin Sunday, September 20, 2020.  

For more information and to register, click here.

CONFIRMATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY

7th Grade through High School

All classes will be online for the 2020-21 school year. 

Classes begin Sunday, September 20, 2020.

For more information and to register, click here.

Virtual Pancake Breakfast!

Since we can't meet in person for our annual pancake breakfast to kick off the school year, please bring your own pancakes to our Zoom Room to meet your catechists and other families in our program!

Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. 

Zoom link will be emailed to registered families. 



Catholic videos, online courses, e-books, and more....all free for St. Dominic's parishioners!

Go to https://stdominics.formed.org  and register, compliments of St. Dominic's Parish.  Check out the "Community" tab for our staff-recommended videos and audio programs.

  PODCASTs

 
New Episodes
St. Dominic's homilies from the Easter Season.

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Ministry Highlight

Young Adults' Group

Annual Yosemite Trip - Glacier Point

We are a community of single and married Catholic adults in our 20s and 30s who come together to grow in faith and friendship through edification, fellowship, spirituality, and service. We've been around since 1989 and currently have over 400 active young adults in our community...not counting you once you come and check us out.

More Information

Ministry Areas

The various ministries of St. Dominic's parish provide you with a wide variety of ways of connecting with the community. Through these ministries you can learn and grow as an individual, meet others who share your values, and reach out to serve the larger parish and city. We hope there's something for everyone here. If not, join us in creating future ministries.

Administration Adult Formation Children Family Hospitality Justice Liturgical Music Outreach Prayer Peer Service Spiritual Life Welcome Youth

October 25, 2020: The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Pastor’s Corner

Happy Halloween! This coming Saturday is Halloween and, perhaps because it is on a weekend this year, I’ve been getting questions about Halloween which go beyond simply practical pandemic logistics around trick-or-treating.  For example, “Can Catholics celebrate this pagan holiday?” or “Should we letting our children dress up as witches, goblins?”  Since it has grown in popularity, this week, I want to examine Halloween’s historical origins and how we might celebrate it.

Surprisingly, the origins of Halloween are rooted in Catholic piety the initiative of a medieval Pope.  If you do a quick internet search of the origins of Halloween you will find many claims that the source of Halloween is the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, the god of the dead.  Since the Celts celebrated October 31 as New Year’s Eve, it was a day to consider the mystery of death and including many rituals around placating evil spirits (including human sacrifice).  When the Romans conquered Gaul (France) and Britain (excluding Ireland and Scotland!) in the century before and after Christ, this bloody pagan festival receded in practice and itself was dead by the second century.  To claim that the Celtic festival of Samhain is the source of Halloween is akin to asserting the ancient Aztec ballgame is the precursor to American basketball simply because the sport is played on a court with the goal of putting a rubber ball through a rock or metal hoop.  Our own noted historian Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP has written a wonderful article based on his thorough historical research, which I encourage you to read at www.ucatholic.com/blog/the-catholic-origins-of-halloween

            Halloween finds its proximate origins in the Catholic celebration of the saints.  (The old English word “hallowed” means “holy,” i.e., the Our Father says “Hallowed be thy name”) During the age of martyrs when the Church was persecuted, the Mass would be celebrated in catacombs and other cemeteries surrounded by relics of those who had, like Christ, given their lives for the faith.  As the Church and the number of its martyrs and hallowed grew, it became impossible to commemorate all of them.  So a common feast remembering all the saints and martyrs was established in various places during the third and fourth century.  In 609, Pope Boniface IV dedicated the ancient Roman Pantheon as a Temple of the Mary and the Martyrs and in 731 Pope Gregory III established the feast of All Saints [Hallows] Day at St. Peter’s in Rome on November 1.  With November 1 established as a day to remember the saints, the next day gradually became a time to remember those souls who continued their journey to glory.  In 998, St. Odilo, the abbot of the French monastery of Cluny, popularized November 2 as day of prayer for the souls of all the faithful departed and soon, this devotion spread to the entire Church. 

As with all significant feast days, the Vigil or Eve can develop its own traditions as well.  For example, Vigil Eve Masses at Christmas and Easter have their own particular themes and prayers.  As All Saints [Hallows] Day grew in popularity, the feast’s evening vigil, “All Hallows Even,” or “Hallowe’en” also developed its own local traditions, which immigrants brought to the United States.  For example, in various cultures in Europe there was a practice of “souling” and baking “soul cakes” in honor of the faithful departed. These cakes were baked on All Hallows’ Eve and children would go out on All Saints Day and All Souls Day, begging door-to-door for these cakes in exchange for praying for deceased relatives and friends.  It is believed that in some places there was a tradition of wearing disguises while souling that represented the various souls in purgatory who were seeking these prayers. And of course, the processional candles were carried sheltered from the wind in hollowed-out gourds or turnips, called Jack O’Lanterns.  Again, in France, the faithful created a dance macabre or “dance of the dead” that consisted of a representation of Death (typically a skeleton) leading a chain of individuals to the afterlife. This was popularized during the Black Death which decimated more than a third of the European population.  The scene would often be brought to life on All Souls Day, where actors would put on costumes representing the different people in the chain.

All of these different traditions revolving around All Saints and All Souls were mixed together in the United States when immigrants started to intermarry and combine customs. The celebration of Halloween spread throughout the country during the early 20th century and quickly became a community activity.  Businesses then recognized the profitability of the holiday and started to promote it in their advertisements, taking over the day in a similar way to the celebration of Christmas.  Today the emphasis on parties and trick-or-treating might not seem to have Christian significance, in fact, they have deep Catholic roots and are meant to remind us of our own mortality and the need to pray for those who have gone before us. May Halloween not only (slightly) increase our sugar intake, but be a moment when we taste the sweetness of God’s grace through our Souls and Saints!

~ Fr. Michael

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