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
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Public MASS REOpens
indoors at St. Dominic’s!
I am delighted to announce the opening for public worship at St. Dominic’s. We celebrated indoor Mass on Sunday, February 7 at 25% capacity. There 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.
Indoor Public Mass schedule
MONDAY - FRIDAY
- 7:15 am Morning Prayer (live streamed only)
8:00 am (limited seating/live streamed)
- 5:00 pm Evening Prayer (live streamed only)
- 8:15 am Morning Prayer (live streamed only)
9:00 am (limited seating/live streamed)
- 4:45 pm Evening Prayer (live streamed only)
- No 5:30 pm Vigil Mass at this time.
7:30 am (limited seating)
9:30 am (limited seating/live streamed)
11:30 am (limited seating)
1:30 pm (in Spanish - limited seating)
- 4:45 pm Evening Prayer (live streamed only)
5:30 pm (limited seating) eff. 4/4/2021
- No 9:00 pm Mass 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.
- 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 do not have a computer or a smartphone, call the parish office (415) 567-7824. Listen to the recorded message, carefully for the appropriate prompt #2 to leave your name, telephone number, requested Mass date and time, number of people. You will be called back with the ticket information.
WHAT TO BRING?
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.
- 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 reservation at least 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
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- 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.
Thank you and we look forward to celebrating Mass with you in our beautiful church when the restrictions have been lifted.
- Monday - Friday: 8:00am
- Saturday: 9:00am
- Sunday: 9:30am
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The Foundation of Virtue Series by Fr. Michael Hurley, O.P. and Fr. Justin Gable, O.P., Saturdays, May 15, 22, 29 & June 12, 19, 26, 10:00 am - 12:00 Noon, Zoom, Registration Fee = $100.00.
What is virtue? What is justice? How is virtue related to happiness? What makes a human act right or wrong? Join Fr. Michael Hurley, O.P. and Fr. Justin Gable, O.P. on a tour through the Nicomachean Ethics, lectures on moral philosophy given by Aristotle in Athens in the 4th century B.C.
Explore the basic principles of virtue, the nature of responsibility, the importance of friendship, and learn how to cut through the confusion of ethical debates.
Required reading & registration at:
Children's Faith Formation
Classes for Pre-school - 6th grade.
We will have both in-person and online options for most classes in the 2021-22 School year - limited space.
Classes begin Sunday, September 19, 2021.
For more information and to register, click here.
CONFIRMATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY
7th - 12th Grades - now an 18 month program!
We will have both in-person and online classes for the 2021-22 school year.
Classes begin Sunday, September 19, 2021.
For more information and to register, click here.
Catechesis of the good shepherd adult formations to teach and grow in faith
St. Dominic's is delighted to host 2 formations this year.
Level 1 for the 3-6 year old, August 9-14 plus 6 Thursday evenings/ Saturdays: more information here.
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.
Young Adults' Group
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
May 9, 2021: Sixth Sunday of Easter - Pastor’s Corner
With eighteen letters and six syllables, the word “transubstantiation” is a mouthful. Historically, theologians have used this fifty-cent word to articulate the mystery of the Eucharist. Yet when I began ministry, my initial instinct was to avoid using this word when teaching about Holy Communion, especially when catechizing children. Such a philosophically dense word would befuddle young minds. I was wrong. I soon learned never to underestimate the natural wonder and insightful perspective of those to whom the Kingdom of God belongs. For example, when I explained that “transubstantiation” means that something changes from one kind of thing to another, the children inundated me with natural examples of caterpillars, tadpoles and some species of fish that undergo analogous metamorphosis. Just as nature has a process of transformation, so too the Eucharistic is the fruit of the creative words of the priest echoing Jesus at the Last Super: “This is my Body. This is my Blood.” When I cautioned that the Eucharistic transubstantiation is not exactly the same as natural phenomenon, since the bread and wine still look like bread and wine even after they are changed in Jesus’ Body and Blood, one young girl was undaunted. She gave a “reverse” example. Just as water can appear in three different forms while still remaining the same thing, so too the bread can become Jesus, even it if looks and tastes like cardboard!
Talking transubstantiation with children comes to mind as this weekend we celebrate First Communions. As a mystery, the “how” of the Eucharist goes beyond full comprehension. Thankfully, Jesus says: “Take and eat, not take and understand.” So we might not fathom its physics, Christ does reveal what Eucharist is: His Body and Blood. Further the Gospel reveals the reason for the Eucharist. At the Last Supper, knowing that he will soon be separated from his apostles, Jesus transforms the Passover bread into His Body, so that when the apostles are faithful to his command to “do this in memory me,” the Eucharist will form them together as a living body. Christ’s humility in assuming human nature manifests itself most profoundly at the Last Supper. For on that night, the courage and nerve of most of the apostles and disciples fail. In the face of crisis, they betray, deny and abandon the Lord. They fail to live the Gospel command of love. What is Christ’s response? To become even more humble, to stoop to meet them in their fragility. He becomes as small as a bit of bread, so that, through the Eucharist, they might have the strength to love one another the face of adversity. In the Eucharist, Jesus becomes small, so that they might become strong. The Passover bread that they share is no longer simply bread, but is the substance of Christ himself which unites them both with Christ and with one another.
In the Eucharist, God not only forms us as a people, but transforms us by his grace. Our Gospel speaks about this transformation: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy might be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends.” The great gift of the Eucharist is the gift of God’s of friendship. A friend is someone who shares their life with another. Jesus wants to share His life with us. He desires to live within us. When we consume Communion, the very life of God transforms us, just as it does the bread. This bread of angels, the panis angelicus, nourishes us with the life of God’s grace, and there is no moment in which we are closer to heaven than the moment we receive the Eucharist. In this moment, our hearts are nourished by heavenly bread. Jesus becomes bread so that we might be fed.
As our children receive communion for the very first time, we are invited to once again treasure the gift of the Eucharist. Like the apostles, we struggle to live the command we hear in this week’s Gospel to love another. Jealousy, selfishness, resentment: if we’re honest, we are not stranger to such sins. Through regular communion, we are given the strength of him who became small for our sake: Jesus becomes small, so that we might become strong. Even if we are successful in rooting out some of our more obvious vices, the simple routine of our worship can itself be a pitfall. Especially for us who are in the habit of receiving communion week after week, we have to guard against complacency and indifference. Inspired by the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we might make their desire to be with Jesus our prayer “Remain in me, Lord.” As you receive the Eucharist and return to your pew, join me in praying: “Remain in me, Lord.” As you go about the busyness of the day, invite Jesus with the words: “Remain in me, Lord.” As you wake in morning and retire in evening, call upon the strength of his presence: “Remain in me, Lord.” And expect Christ to bear the fruit of his love in our lives.