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Welcome to Saint Cecilia Catholic Church

My Dear Parishioners,
I hope you and yours continue to be safe and well during these challenging times.
I am most overwhelmed by your tremendous response to my request for financial assistance. I thank the Lord for inspiring you to listen to and act on my plea. Your selflessness gives me confidence that you continue to live and celebrate our faith during this unique period.

The words of the Gospel, "Do not let your hearts be troubled," assures me that as a faith community, we will emerge from this situation stronger. I look forward to the day that we share the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as one family.

On behalf of all who benefit from your ongoing generosity and our parish staff members, I thank you very much for all you do for our parish family.

Please stay healthy.

May the Lord continue to shower us with His blessings.
Most Sincerely,

Fr. Rene



Effective Monday, July 20th, due to new, more stringent work regulations prescribed by the City and County of San Francisco, our Parish is now closed until further notice.



  • As directed by the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the County Health Department, St. Cecilia Parish remains unable to offer indoor PUBLIC MASSES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, due to the COVID-19 health crisis. Also, as we are obligated to abide by the more stringent July 20th workplace regulations decreed by the County of San Francisco, our Parish Office remains closed until further notice. However, important developments may be forthcoming soon, if the local infection rate improves in the near future. We will keep you updated on any changes.

  • See the parish website or leave a voicemail message with the Parish Office for updates regarding when we will resume PUBLIC masses and reopen the Parish Office. We will check the Parish Office messages and return calls throughout the week. 

  • The church will be open for visitation and personal prayer from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Monday through Saturday, thanks to the dedicated service of the Knights of St. Cecilia.

  • In the interim, please join us for our daily 9:00 AM mass, live-streamed seven days a week via the parish website,


The priests and staff of St. Cecilia continue to pray for the health and safety of our parishioners and their families. While we are conducting the activities of our parish by live-streaming the daily Mass, not being able to celebrate the sacraments in our usual fashion is challenging and is only one of many examples of the impact of COVID-19 on our global community.  While we go about the daily life of the parish as best we can, we wanted to update you on a few important matters and resources:



As the shelter-in-place continues, we wanted to make sure you are aware of the LIVESTREAMING of the daily Mass at 9:00 AM on our website at Click on the link "Live Video of Mass" on the right-hand column to watch daily live-streamed Mass at 9:00 AM.



Please call our office if you would like to schedule a confession. You do not need to necessarily leave your name or any other identifying information but we do need a way to contact you in order to schedule a time for the appointment. At a minimum, please leave a phone number, and one of the priests on staff will return your call. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate the current health crisis.

If someone is critically ill and in danger of death or has died, please call our emergency contact phone number anytime, day or night, at 415-722-9059, and a priest will return your call.

To request a Mass Intention, please call the Parish Office at 415-664-8481 or email Jessica Montgomery at and provide the following information:
1.  Name of the person the Mass Intention is for and whether the person is living or deceased.
2.  Your name or the name of the person offering the Mass Intention.
3.  Your phone number and whether you would like a Mass card.
4.  Suggested $10 offering per Mass Intention or $5 offering for an unannounced Mass Intention. Checks are to be made payable to St. Cecilia Church.  Please send or drop off your donation to: 
St. Cecilia Church
Attn: Jessica Montgomery
2555 17th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116


Recently the Archbishop convened a meeting with all pastors to discuss the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the parishes of the Archdiocese. Several parishes find themselves financially challenged and funds will be made available to assist them through these difficult times. I am happy to report to you that, through the generosity of parishioners and the careful stewardship of our finances, St. Cecilia Parish and School currently remain financially stable. We do understand that this pandemic event has had a major financial impact on many of our parishioners and we are grateful for anything that you can continue to give. ONLINE GIVING ( is utilized by many parishioners and if you require assistance please feel free to reach out to the Rectory Office.



Do you live alone or are you in a circumstance that tends to isolate you? Think... Corona Virus isolation. If so, you may want to consider joining our "Buddy Phone Chain," a lively group of parishioners who regularly receive a reassuring phone call, and then make a call to a buddy in the phone chain. This a quick, non-intrusive way to feel safer and to check-in with someone you know. Your peace of mind costs nothing and only takes a few minutes each week. If interested, please call our "Buddy Phone Chain" coordinator, Diane Wienkauf at (650) 416-4741 or Fr. Paul at (415) 664-8481 to sign up or for more information.



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First Steps in Reopening for Public Mass 
An Update to the People of God from Archbishop Cordileone


You are my shelter; you guard me from distress; with joyful shouts of deliverance you surround me (Ps 32:7).

As we continue to take shelter in our homes to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, this prayer of the psalmist reminds us that our only true refuge is the Lord alone. We ask God to shelter all those suffering from physical and economic distress as a result of this pandemic. I am also well aware of the spiritual distress that so many of our people are experiencing due to the unavailability of attending Mass in person. I, therefore, wish to send you this communication to update you on the steps we are taking to reopen for public Mass here in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

For these last several weeks I have been joining my brother bishops in California for our weekly videoconference meetings to discuss the current situation and strategize how to begin safely to reopen for public Masses. We all agree that we should do this in sync with government regulations for sound safety protocols, and to that end have initiated a conversation with government leaders in Sacramento on this topic. I myself have been in touch with local government leaders here, as well as consulted with top experts in the fields of health care and epidemiology. I have also been in contact with Metropolitan Gerasimos of the Greek Orthodox Church, who has shared with me the similar concerns of the bishops of the various Orthodox jurisdictions in California. The next two weeks will be the critical test: San Francisco has “flattened the curve,” and if this trend continues for these next two weeks, it will be safer to loosen some of the current restrictions on day-to-day activities. In any event, I wish to inform you that I have formed a committee of pastors and laypeople to draft safety protocols, in keeping with current government regulations, that will enable us to begin accommodating our people for public Mass. Clearly, it will be different from what we are accustomed to since numbers will have to be limited in order to observe the required physical distance and other safety measures. However, working with this committee, I look to find a way to accommodate the greatest number of people possible for Mass while in no way compromising the safety restrictions necessary to protect our people from contracting and spreading the virus. The dispensation to attend Sunday Mass will remain in place, and so those who fear becoming infected may remain at home in good conscience. The usual advisories also remain in place for those who should remain at home and avoid exposure to any public gathering, including worship: the elderly, those with pre-existing health conditions making them especially vulnerable to infection, those who have recently had contact with someone tested to be COVID-19 positive, etc. Sunday, of course, is still the Christian Sabbath and so must be kept holy, even if in-person attendance at Mass is not possible. You may attend any live-streamed Mass in the Archdiocese remotely via the Archdiocesan website. You will also find there an Act of Spiritual Communion and other resources (

God is our shelter, and God delivers from distress all those who remain true to Him. Let us, therefore, persevere in faith, hope, and charity, trusting that in God’s time and in God’s way, God will surround us with joyful shouts of deliverance. 

Pandemic Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Pope Francis: An Important Statement Regarding the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession During  COVID-19 Lockdown/Restriction


VATICAN CITY (CNS) March 20, 2020 - People who cannot get to confession because of the coronavirus lockdown or other serious reason can go to God directly, be specific about their sins, request pardon and experience God's loving forgiveness, Pope said. "This is the right time, the opportune moment.  An act of contrition done well, and our souls will become white like snow.  Return to your father who is waiting for you," the pope said.  "The God of tenderness will heal us; he will heal us of the many, many wounds of life and the many ugly things we have done.  God welcomes every repentant sinner with open arms, it's like going home,  Lent is a special time to let God wash us, purify us, to let God embrace us. Yes, the best place for that is the confessional.  But many people today would tell me, 'Father, where can I find a priest, a confessor, because I can't leave the house?  And I want to make peace with the Lord, I want him to embrace me, I want the Father's embrace.' "the pope said his response would be, "Do what the Catechism (of the Catholic Church) says.  It is very clear: if you cannot find a priest to confess to, then speak directly with God, your father, and tell him the truth.  Say 'Lord, I did this, this, this. Forgive me' and ask for pardon with all your heart. Make and act of contrition, the pope said, and promise God, " 'I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now' And immediately you return to a state of grace with God."

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St. Cecilia's Church

2555 Seventeenth Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94116
Main Telephone: (415) 664-8481
Fax: (415) 661-2957

Parish Office Hours

             Weekdays (Monday-Friday)                   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Our Parish Office is now closed until further notice.

Mass Schedule 

Weekdays: 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 5:30 PM

Saturday: 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 5:00 PM (Vigil Mass)

Sunday: 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM (Family Mass), 11:30 AM


Monday - Sunday: 9:00 AM

All Mass are Livestreamed at

The Church will be open Monday - Saturday from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Click here to view mass live


Please call (415) 664-8481
to make an appointment
with one of the priests to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconcilation.



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