For our current volunteers who assist with Mass at the Shrine as a lector or minister of the Eucharist, and for those who are interested in joining these ministries, the S.F. Archdiocese is offering training and certification workshops at the following locations and dates:

Please contact the Shrine office for information and to register, (415) 986-4557


November 11-13, 2016 in Menlo Park
Ken and Claranne Schirle 408-782-1413

Marriage Encounter Weekends are a special time for a married couple away from all distractions: work, kids, bills, and other pressures and concerns. They take place at a local hotel or facility where presentations are given in the conference room, and couples usually stay at the hotel/facility for the entire weekend (some weekends are commuterbased). The next local Weekend will take place November 11-13 in Menlo Park. During the weekend, a series of presentations is made by the Presenting Team, consisting of three married couples and a priest. Each presentation builds on the last as participants examine their behaviors and attitudes, as well as their relationship with their spouse and with God.

Communication tools are taught to help couples interact in healthy, constructive ways in areas that can deepen their intimacy and connectedness. All sharing between spouses is private; this is not a weekend to solve problems. The weekend will help couples in good marriages communicate even better. Find more information and registration forms at the website above. The archdiocesan Office of Marriage & Family Life supports marriage and married couples with this and many other resources. Learn more at, or contact Ed Hopfner, 415-614-5547,


Feast of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Sunday, November 20, 2016

The current Extraordinary Year of Mercy, which began on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, 2015, is drawing to an end a little more than one month from now. The Holy Year is traditionally a year of forgiveness of sins and also the punishment merited by one's sins. It is also a year for reconciliation between enemies, conversion and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Fr. John, as a Missionary of Mercy appointed by Pope Francis, will mark this conclusion on Nov. 20th with the 11:00 am Mass concelebrated with His Excellency, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. Please mark your calendars to join the Shrine for this special occasion.