Outreach

The Outreach Commission exists to serve those in need throught the work of committees of Parish volunteers who provide pastoral care, work for social justice, and serve people in need throughout the larger community. LENTEN SEASON OF SERVICE. Three years ago, our parish’s Centennial celebration included our first annual Day of Service for parishioners to show their Jesuit spirit by volunteering or helping with a number of charitable service organizations throughout San Francisco. This year, we’d like to deepen our feeling of parish community in service by offering opportunities throughout the season of Lent, from Ash Wednesday on March 1st right up to the Saturday before Holy Week begins, April 8th. Our Parish Outreach Commission helps support a wide range of ministries where parishioners can volunteer their time, individually or as families, to help our less fortunate brothers and sisters. We urge and encourage you to take a look at the array of volunteer opportunities available during Lent (and all year long) and see if one of them might touch your heart and set your feet on the path to serving the poor, the homeless, mothers and children in need, immigrants and the elderly poor. In addition, Catholic Charities in San Francisco and Marin counties are offering several educational opportunities in their Lenten Tours Program which begins March 8th. Individuals and small groups are welcome to become informed about the needs of—and solutions being offered for—homelessness, immigration issues, housing, elder support, and child care—that are at the core of Catholic Charities in the Bay Area. Click here to see them all: https://catholiccharitiessf.org/all-opportunities/

Advocacy

Advocacy is an activity that aims to influence decisions with social, economic and political systems and institutions. It is distinct from direct service in that it seeks to address the root cause of social injustice.

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Brown Bag Lunch Weekend

St. Ignatius Brown Bag Lunch Weekend is a year-round outreach program aimed at helping to feed the hungry, by providing homemade sack lunches donated by parishioners each month.

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Food Drive

Every third Sunday, parishioners are invited to bring nonperishable food items to Mass to support local food pantries.

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Gabriel Project

The Gabriel Project is a parish-based ministry that embraces pregnant mothers in need and their unborn child by providing spiritual, emotional and material support.

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Get on the Bus

Get on the Bus began in 2000 to respond to an unmet need for free transportation, so that children could be united with their parents in prison.

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Gubbio Project

The fourth Friday of every month at 6:30 AM, parishioners of St. Ignatius Parish prepare, serve, and share breakfast with homeless men and women at St. John the Evangelist Church in the Mission District. Eating breakfast together with the guests served is an integral part of this monthly early morning ministry. Contact us for more information or click to the right to access the Volunteer Form.

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Habitat for Humanity

St. Ignatius Parish has been a regular supporter of Habitat for Humanity and its mission to build stable ownership housing for needy families while fostering community involvement.

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Helping Hands

A support network that matches parishioners in need with other parishioners who can help, building relationships along the way.

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Holiday Giving Tree

Every holiday season, the St. Ignatius Parish generously supports children, teens, adults and seniors in need through the Holiday Giving Tree Project.

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Institute for Family Life

The Ignatian Counseling Institute for Family Life has professional Catholic counselors who provide a range of services

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Las Vecinas de El Salvador

Las Vecinas de El Salvador is a Social Ministries Program that works to maintain an ongoing relationship with the people of El Salvador through our sister parish of San Antonio in Soyapango.

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Lenten Season of Service

As we seek concrete ways to demonstrate the Extraordinary Year of Mercy in communion with Pope Francis, St. Ignatius Parish will hold its second Day of Service during Lent.

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Ministering to the Homeless

Seeing Christ in the face of the poor is the opportunity. Do your best and know by simply saying hello, and making a connection is a start.

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Ministry to Nursing Homes

St. Ignatius Parish has adopted Hayes Convalescent Hospital, a skilled nursing facility in San Francisco, as the focus of our nursing home ministry.

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PB&J Brigade

This pilot program aims to help our homeless neighbors in and around Golden Gate Park by providing them with a sandwich and a smile. We meet after Mass once per quarter to prepare and distribute bag lunches.

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Respect Life Committee

The Respect Life Committee of St. Ignatius Parish is a part of the Respect Life Program of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, formed to implement the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Sandwich Saturday

On Sandwich Saturday, volunteers come together to make 700 sandwiches for a local homeless shelter.

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Shelter Meal Program

The purpose of the St. Ignatius Shelter Meal Program is to foster community, lift the souls and nourish the spirits of homeless people and volunteers.

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Simple Needs Sundays

Simple Needs Sundays are regular Parish collection drives in support of the most basic and urgent needs of our homeless and struggling neighbors.

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Social Ministries Funding Committee

The Social Ministries Funding Committee, under the umbrella of the Outreach Commission, annually distributes $30,000 from the St. Ignatius Parish Social Ministries Endowment Fund to organizations working with the neediest populations.

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Star Community

Star Community, a project of Catholic Charities located in a former convent in the Richmond District of San Francisco, provides short-term housing and services to homeless single mothers and their children.

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