Sunday, October 23
St. Jude Novena Mass
5:30pm Saturday - Vigil
7:30am - Quiet
9:30am - Family Choir
11:30am - Solemn Choir
1:30pm - En Español
5:30pm - Contemporary Choir
9:00pm - Candlelight
5:30pm - St. Jude Mass
8:00am - Mass with Morning Prayer
5:30pm - Vigil for Sunday
In the Gospel of John, Jesus summarizes his life’s mission: “I have come that you might have life and have it more fully.” The life that Jesus promises is ours when we are connected together as a community. So being a parishioner is not just a matter of filling out a registration form, but about joining a spiritual family.
I am delighted that you have come to our website. St. Dominic’s and I invite you to enter fully into the life and blessings of our family. The best way to experience the joys of our parish is to get involved! In a parish as diverse and dynamic as ours, there is something for everyone.
This is a special time for our Dominican family because we're entering a jubilee year to mark the 800th anniversary since the founding of the Dominican Order in 2016. We invite you to join our celebration.
- Fr. Michael Hurley, O.P., Pastor
God wants a relationship with you throughout the week. Come illuminate your life with the light of the Gospel, the lives of the Saints, and the support of others. Then radiate that joy for others.
• are small (8-12 people) and facilitated by leaders.
• are open to those wanting to follow Christ
• meet weekly during a season of 8-10 weeks.
• meet different nights, at church or in a home.
• share fellowship, reflect on Scripture & Dominican tradition, and pray.
Fall Season (Begins October 2)
Winter/Lent (Begins January 23)
Easter (Begins April 23)
Weekly sessions, different days and times.
Various meeting spaces at St. Dominic's
and in the community.
Monday through Saturday
8:00 am and 5:30 pm
11:30 am & 5:30 pm
St. Jude Feast Day Mass Schedule
1:30 pm (en espanol)
A reception follows in the Siena Room
The Shrine of St. Jude and St. Dominic’s Parish
welcomes Fr. Robert Christian, O.P.,
Student Master of the Western Dominican Province,
who will preach this year’s novena.
The 13th Annual Pilgrimage begins at the
National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi
610 Vallejo Street, San Francisco
St. Dominic’s Catholic Church
(home of the Shine of St. Jude)
2390 Bush Street, San Francisco
ends approximately at 1:00 pm
St. Jude Pilgrimage Mass
1:30 pm (bilingual)
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
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 16, 2016, Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Pastor’s Corner
Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, "There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, ‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’ For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, ‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.’” The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:1-8)
This parable of perseverance speaks to one of the fundamental difficulties we might have when it comes to prayer. As a priest, I am often asked, “Fr. Michael, when I pray, God doesn’t answer me. I don’t always get what I ask for. Why doesn’t my prayer seem to work?” While there are many possible ways to respond, in this Gospel Jesus implies that we can fail at prayer because we become easily discouraged when divine response is not obvious and immediate. Three aspects of the widow’s persistent, pestering petition provide a possible path for powerful prayer. First, the widow’s petition shapes her day: she cries out “day and night” for a just rendering of her case. She does not rest until she is heard. For us, we might ask: does prayer form the fabric of our day? I recently read a survey that indicated that people who identify as practicing Christians pray about 4 minutes a day on average. If you run the numbers, that works out to about one-third of one percent of our day (even if you assume 8 hours of sleep, it is still .4% of our waking hours). Safe to say, for most of us, prayer does not shape the structure of our day. We ought not to be surprised when our prayer does not seem effective, if we don’t invest time in it. Of course in the midst of our busy lives, we know that we ought to take more time to pray. But here Jesus’ words challenge us not just to abstractly desire to take the time, but rather, to concretely make the time during the day. For example, last week we celebrated Our Lady of Rosary, a feast which historically is connected to the preservation of Christendom in the face of Turkish aggression. There is nothing magical about the Rosary, it is the prayer which opens our minds and hearts to God’s blessings. And it is practical: praying the Rosary takes about 14 minutes to pray, or about 1% of our day.
Second, the widow persists even when the situation seems hopeless. The judge in the parable is known to be corrupt and dishonest. His incentive for adjudicating justly for a helpless widow seems remote. Yet the widow remains undaunted. In our prayer life, there is no situation, no broken relationship, no vice or addiction that cannot be healed, transformed and restored by God’s grace through prayer. Next week, we will begin our St. Jude novena, a powerful time to connect with our Lord through the intercession of the patron saint of difficult and impossible requests. Precisely when the situation makes it hardest to pray, Christ invites us to pray the hardest.
Third, it is not just the time or intensity of prayer which makes it effective, but prayer “works” when it establishes a relationship. Jesus ends this Gospel with the searing question, “when the Son of Man comes will He find faith on the earth.” Often we have a “vending machine” sort of image of prayer. We insert the currency of petition, punch in our desired flavor of grace and out plops our request. But St. Theresa tells us that prayer is “talking to God like a friend.” Prayer establishes a relationship. It puts us in contact with the one who knows not just what we want, but what we need. As we come to the culmination of the Church’s Jubilee of Mercy, let us never give up hope that our prayers are heard by our compassionate Father, who will always give us what we need to remain in his love.
Fr. Michael Hurley, O.P.
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