Preparation for a year of archdiocesan celebrations commemorating the centennial of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima began on Saturday, March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. A Marian Day retreat will be held May 6 at St. Mary's Cathedral, with Cardinal William J. Levada as main Mass celebrant. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone will culminate the year on October 7 by consecrating the archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The archbishop announced the centennial year and the consecration in a March 15 letter to pastors. He urged pastors to preach and educate about the ancient meaning of such consecrations.

"For this act of consecration to bear fruit, I am convinced that we must prepare ourselves spiritually and with catechesis for this significant day," the archbishop wrote, noting that a committee made up of various priests, women religious and laity has been meeting in recent months to help prepare for the event. The committee is spearheaded by Father Charles Puthota, archdiocesan director of pastoral ministry.

"I feel it is very important that our parishioners be aware of the history of the Fatima apparitions and in particular the role these apparitions have played in the life of the church over the past 100 years," the archbishop wrote. The Marian apparitions began May 13, 1917, when three shepherd children, Lúcia Santos and her cousins Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco Marto, reported seeing the Virgin Mary. They continued once a month until Oct. 13, 1917, and later were declared worthy of belief by the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis will go on pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima this May 12-13.


Saturday, May 13, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
St. Ignatius College Preparatory
2001 37th Ave, San Francisco
Michele Rimando (415) 972 1246

Help support our Catholic Charities CYO Track Meet for 3rd - 8th grade students from all three counties of the archdiocese. This fun event fosters sportsmanship and family unity, gives witness to the talents of our youth, and inspires student/athletes to strive for their very best. This is an introductory meet for most of the young participants, and a very laid-back and fun environment. Volunteers are wanted to help with events and to cheer on participants to an enjoyable day.

How to volunteer? Complete a one-time volunteer application online here. Individuals, families, and groups are welcome. Volunteers are wanted in Session 1 (8:00 am – 12:00 pm) for 6th to 8th graders and Session 2 (for 3rd to 5th graders). Volunteer duties: -assisting the field events (long jump pit, softball throw area), assisting at the finish line (timer keeper, entering results); assisting at the starting line (staging area); assisting with registration; assisting with awards/ribbons. Please contact Catholic Charities, above.


Weekend of June 17-18

In its 63rd year, The North Beach Festival is considered one of the country's original outdoor Festivals.

The event is situated in the historic North Beach District, known to locals and visitors alike as San Francisco's Little Italy and the home of the famed beat generation. The Festival site includes numerous quaint streets in the heart of the district including Grant Avenue and Columbus Avenue.

The event will feature over 125 arts and crafts booths, gourmet food booths, two stages of live entertainment, Italian street painting, beverage gardens, kid's chalk art area and the blessing of the animals (at the Shrine).

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to participate in this San Francisco tradition which is known nationally and internationally.


Sunday, June 18, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Mona Lisa Restaurant, North Beach, San Francisco

Celebrate St. Anthony's Feast Day on Father's Day during the North Beach Festival. Call Capuchin Development at (650) 347-1505 for details. No reservations or advance tickets required. A percentage of event proceeds will be donated to the Capuchin Franciscans Western America Province by Mona Lisa. The Capuchin Brothers look forward to seeing you there.