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St Ignatius Church is a Roman Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, under the care of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). Stemming from the Catholic tradition, St. Ignatius Church is rooted in community building, the Sacramental life, and outreach to those in need, all in the Jesuit tradition.
As Catholics, we understand and underscore the importance of community, of relationships, and especially of family. St. Ignatius Church is place for people of all ages to gather and grow in faith in a settling proper to one’s age group and interests. We offer family masses, children’s programs, adult faith-formation, and many other types of activities to learn, grow, and live our faith as a community.
Indeed, the life of a Catholic parish, and the space where its community primarily gathers, is the Mass. The Sacrament of the Eucharist, “source and center of our lives” as Christians and Catholics, is the privileged time for us to be together as a community. However, we also live many other events as a community of faith through the Sacraments: welcoming new members in the Church through Baptism, celebrating love at Matrimony, asking for forgiveness in Reconciliation services, and acknowledging our gratitude for the lives friends and loved ones at funerals, in the hope that we can share eternal life with them. All these instances of the sacramental life bring us together as a community of faith, as Christians eager to grow in the mystery of faith, and in our love for God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
In the Gospels, Jesus challenges his disciples to do His will in feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and loving those left-behind by society. As followers of Christ, our lives would not be fulfilled or authentic if we did not follow Jesus’ commandments to reach out to those in need. In this spirit of love, St. Ignatius Church offers many opportunities for outreach, and we invite all our parishioners to join in this effort.
St. Ignatius Church is under the care of the Society of Jesus, a religious order founded in 1540 by a small group of priests lead by St. Ignatius Loyola. St. Ignatius Church, named after St. Ignatius Loyola, shares in the Jesuit charism and spirituality. Our Church also has the benefit of being situated on the campus of the University of San Francisco, a Catholic, Jesuit university. This geographical proximity allows our community to be at the center of many educational opportunities, and to benefit from the tradition of education within the Jesuit order, a tradition over 450 years old.
Our community, rooted in the Sacraments, and serving those in need, is a welcoming one. Join us for Mass, register and get involved in parish-life, and share the love of Christ with those who need it the most.