Archdiocese of San Francisco Web Site Official web site of the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco.

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Official web site of the Vatican.

Roman Liturgical Calendar. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Liturgy of the Hours Apostolate Download, print, or pray the Liturgy of the Hours online. The Liturgy of the Hours Apostolate offer this free service to anyone wishing to participate in the official daily prayer of the Church, the Liturgy of the Hours. “This web site offers daily Liturgy of the Hours Morning, Daytime, Evening and Night Prayer, plus the Office of Readings. The prayers are offered in Adobe Acrobat formats that print as booklets, display on PCs and mobile devices, and ‘Read Out Loud’ on PCs.”

Dignity/San Francisco is a self-governing faith community of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, our families and our friends. Our community is based in, and strengthened by, the participation and leadership of our members. As a local chapter of DignityUSA, we serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics in the San Francisco Bay Area. We also encourage and support the efforts of other gay and lesbian communities.

Pax Christi USA strives to create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, and witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence. This work begins in personal life and extends to communities of reflection and action to transform structures of society. Pax Christi USA rejects war, preparations for war, and every form of violence and domination. It advocates primacy of conscience, economic and social justice, and respect for creation. Pax Christi is a section of Pax Christi International, the Catholic peace movement.

Catholic Charities of California: Catholic Charities of California is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization of the 12 diocesan Catholic Charities in the State of California. The state organization facilitates joint service development, marketing, public policy advocacy and promotes mutual support among local Catholic Charities organizations. For Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, contact the archdiocesan office: Tere Brown, 180 Howard St. Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94105  Phone: 415.972.1201.

Martin de Porres House: “Martin’s, as it is affectionately known, is a free restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch during the week and brunch on Sundays. Martin’s is a part of the Catholic Worker Movement, which was begun by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in 1933. Their philosophy and ideals have become deeply rooted in the hearts of thousands of men and women in the past 65 years and, as a result, over 150 Catholic Worker Houses worldwide carry out the various works of mercy in the spirit of “gentle personalism”.

Mercy Housing: “Mercy Housing California (MHC) is the largest regional development corporation in the Mercy Housing System. MHC develops housing throughout California and has offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, Orange and Santa Cruz.”

Mercy Center: “Mercy Center offers you its peaceful grounds surrounded by oaks and flower gardens in the heart of Burlingame, California. Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and rooted in the Catholic tradition, the Center welcomes women and men of diverse faiths and cultural backgrounds.” is ” … A Ministry to Traveling Catholics.” It gives its readers a way to contact Catholic parishes all over the world. is a web site dedicated to ministering to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Christian community and friends of our community. We feature the largest welcoming and Affirming Church Directory in the world.

Additional Community Resources

Additional resources are listed here. MHR Parish has had a relationship with virtually all of these resources:

City Resources

Department of Human Services: “The Department of Human Services serves almost 100,000 San Franciscans each year. The people we serve are those who suffer hardship or who have been unable to participate fully in the social and economic life of the community.”

SF Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services: “MONS is dedicated to helping the citizens of the City & County of San Francisco receive the highest levels of service possible from all areas of City government. Our district and community liaisons work to ensure that the Mayor’s Office is involved with helping to improve the quality of life for all San Francisco residents.”

Castro-Mission Health Center: Part of the Community Health Network of San Francisco; San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Religious or Other Social Resources

Web site of the The Charles M. Holmes Campus at The Center — San Francisco’s GLBT community center.

Metropolitan Community Church: “A house of prayer for all people. A home for queer spirituality.”

Sha’ar Zahav: Congregation Sha’ar Zahav is a progressive Reform synagogue, established in 1977. It is “a vibrant kehila (Jewish community) in the San Francisco Bay Area for people of all sexual identities.”

St Francis Lutheran Church: “At St. Francis, we have a somewhat traditional service on Sunday morning, yet use inclusive language in our songs and liturgy. We stress inclusivity in other ways, with lay members taking important leadership positions in liturgy and in the organization.”

Castro Senior Center: A service of Golden Gate Senior Services.

Dolores Street Community Services: “Dolores Street Community Services (DSCS) is celebrating 20 years as one of San Francisco’s premiere providers of neighborhood-based shelter, housing, advocacy and support to homeless Latino men who work as day laborers and people living with disabling AIDS. Through our Dolores Housing Program, Richard M. Cohen Residence and Valencia Street neighborhood community center, DSCS serves a vital role in the community.”

Glide Memorial United Methodist Church. Located at Ellis and Taylor in the Tenderloin, one of San Francisco ‘s harshest urban environments, Glide Church is an oasis that has served the poor and disenfranchised for over 30 years. Glide serves over one million free meals a year, as well as AIDS testing, health care, women’s programs, crisis intervention, basic services, literacy and computer training, jobs training and placement, and children, youth, and family educational programs.

Larkin Street Youth Services stands as a nationally recognized, community-based agency that annually serves more than 3,000 youth and young adults ages 12-23. Through seventeen programs operating out of eight distinct San Francisco locations, LSYS offers a comprehensive continuum of services designed to respond to youth’s immediate, emergency needs, while encouraging them to participate in programs that provide the skills and resources necessary to move beyond street life for good. Last year, over 80% of the young people who completed one of Larkin Street’s counseling programs permanently exited street life.”

Openhouse, an agency dedicated to serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults in San Francisco.