News, Pastoral Letters and Homilies

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
September 6, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers – The feature article in the current issue of Mission magazine, (a publication of Jesuits West, available at the church doors), begins, “Jesuits West, the newest province of the Society of Jesus in the United States, came into existence July 1, standing ready to serve as a force for good to God’s people in 10 Western states and beyond...

Follow-up to Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
August 23, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers – I am following up to my pastoral letter in last weekend’s bulletin. In it, I addressed the tragic and unacceptable events in Charlottesville, VA, condemning in the strongest terms the sin of racism and the ideologies and actions of the alt-right, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan. Unfortunately, a group calling itself – misleadingly – Patriot Prayer has received tentative approval from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to hold a “free speech” rally this Saturday, August 26, at Crissy Field. Although the group insists it is not tolerant of bigotry, its prior events have drawn white supremacists and others espousing far-right ideologies. As I said in my letter, such values are contrary to the Gospel of Jesus and as Christians we must stand in opposition to these views. Some will feel themselves called to do so this weekend. It is for those people that I am providing the most recent information on prayerful and nonviolent counter demonstrations...

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
August 15, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers – Last week, Stella and Brian, on the way home from the hospital with their two-day old daughter, stopped at St. Ignatius Church to give thanks to God for the healthy birth of their firstborn, Francesca Clare. After their prayer, they carried her over to the offices to request a blessing for her. Fortunately I was there...

Highlights from Parish Leadership Night

Gary Price
July 17, 2017

Highlights from Parish Leadership Night The five Commissions that support all Parish ministries met on July 11 for their first business-as-usual meeting of the new leadership term. Here’s a summary of their discussions...

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter July 23, 2017

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
July 17, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Earlier this year, interested parishioners met to discern whether or not God might be calling forth from St. Ignatius Parish some communal response to the issue of refugees and immigration. Our prayerful reflections led us to adopt a position of openness toward accompanying those who may have left their countries of origin and are seeking some form of security in our country. (Accompaniment is one of the three legs of the “sanctuary” stool; the other two are Advocacy and Shelter...)

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
June 19, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers - I write as I return from five days in El Salvador, where seven fellow parishioners and I received the generous hospitality of our sister parish, San Antonio, in Soyapango. As last year, the experience was somewhat like drinking from a fire hose - our days were long and full with learning about San Antonio and its many lay-led ministries, about El Salvador regarding its history and current circumstances, and about the people who so graciously shared their stories and their resources with us. It will take some time for all of us to appropriate our experience. You will hear from various ones of us in the coming weeks and months as we try to share how our hearts were touched...

A Special Message from our Pastor

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
June 21, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers – I write about a special situation with some urgency. The topics of immigration, refugees, and sanctuary have been ubiquitous in recent memory. Their politicization has been polarizing, photos have been disturbing, and the messages have been, at times, confusing. Fortunately, we Catholic Christians have a couple of things to ground us...

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
June 13, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers – Two weeks ago, Fran Quinn van Bergen, our longtime Director of Development, shared with me the news that she had been offered and had accepted a position as Director of Development for a national non-profit organization. As she told several, this is a perfect step forward in her career as a development professional. However, it is a great loss for St. Ignatius Parish...

Immigrants and Refugees in Our Community

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
June 13, 2017

Immigrants and Refugees in our Community Would you like to learn more about immigrants and refugees in San Francisco? For the past several months, St. Ignatius Parish has sought to better understand the challenges facing those in our community directly impacted by their status as documented or undocumented immigrants. This process has continued to evolve as we’ve sought ways for how we might assist those sisters and brothers who find themselves in this situation. After a thoughtful discernment process among a wide range of interested parishioners, the parish has taken some initial steps to that end...

Deacon Eddy's Homily - June 11th, 2017 … The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Deacon Eddy Gutierrez
June 12, 2017

Gospel John 3:16-18 God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. Homily This week I was asked to help out with daily mass. Now being a deacon, I cannot celebrate mass but I can preside over a communion service. My first one ever was Friday morning. It seemed to go pretty well. I got here early, went over the prayers and readings, I had my homily. I even wrote out the intersessions. My next one was yesterday morning at eight. Again, like Friday, I got here early. I had everything prepared and was even a bit more relaxed since I already had my first communion service under my belt. I figured, I got this. So, off I go; the opening prayer, the readings, I delivered my homily, moved on to the Our Father, then started the Eucharistic portion of the service. After I returned to the altar following Communion, I caught sight of the sheet of paper that had the intersessions written on them. The ones I forgot to read. My heart sank...

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
June 6, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers – On June 14, parishioners Izzy Gutierrez and her dad, Eddy; Mario Hemann and his dad, John; Mark Kearney and his dad, Andy; Harry Hutzel, and I will travel to El Salvador to visit our sister parish, Parroquia San Antonio, in Soyapango for a week. We ask your prayers for us and for our hosts during this very special time...

Fr. Coleman, S.J.'s Golden Jubilee Homily

Fr. John Coleman S.J.
June 8, 2017

50 Years a Priest—reflections I can remember vividly, as if it were yesterday, lying down prostate in the center aisle of this church with a group of 12 other Jesuits preparing for ordination here on June 2, 1967. I started sobbing for two reasons. One, after thirteen years of preparation as a Jesuit, I was finally being ordained. Thus, a sob of joy and relief. But also of fear: I really did not yet know what being a priest would entail and whether I was really fully up to what it would demand...

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
May 30, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers – This weekend we celebrate the feast of Pentecost. Jesus makes good on his promise not to leave us orphans. He sent his first disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit and he continues to do that for us today. In the preface of our Second Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation, we read about the activity of the Holy Spirit and, consequently, the presence of the Holy Spirit...

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
May 16, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers – This week we bid a fond farewell to Deacon Brett McLaughlin, S.J. Deacon Brett has been a member of our community for three years. He will be ordained to the priesthood on June 10 at the Fordham University chapel in New York and begin his priestly ministry as an associate pastor at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Manhattan later in the summer...

Deacon Eddy's Homily - May 21, 2017

Deacon Eddy Gutierrez
May 25, 2017

Gospel John 14:15-21 Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him. But you know him, because he remains with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” Homily Mychal Judge was a Franciscan priest in New York city...

Parish Finance Manager - new job posting

Gary Price
May 15, 2017

St. Ignatius Parish is seeking applications for a newly expanded role of Parish Finance Manager. The Finance Manager is responsible for all financial matters of the parish including maintenance of all bookkeeping records (ledgers, payroll, accounts receivable and payable), current financial information on all investment funds, preparation of financial reports and presentation materials for Parish Finance Committee meetings, development and tracking of the parish budget; annual reporting to parishioners, and compliance with all government and ADSF reporting requirements. This is an exempt level E-4 position, part-time, approximately 25 hours/week. Minimum job requirements: B.S. in Accounting and 4-5 years accounting experience. To apply, send email with cover letter and résumé to Gary Price, grprice@usfca.edu

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
May 9, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters – Today is a great day for St. Ignatius! It’s great day because we welcome 22 members of our parish community to the Table of the Lord as they receive their First Communion. In their reception of the Eucharist, they meet Jesus in a new and profound way; Jesus, our Good Shepherd, our Life and Resurrection, who cares for us in our every need...

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
April 20, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers – This weekend we are blessed to have Archbishop Cordileone with us. On Friday night, he will confirm our eighth graders and, for the rest of the weekend, he is making his official visitation to our parish, (as well as to our sister parish across the Panhandle, St. Agnes). On Saturday, the Archbishop will meet with members of the Parish Council and Finance Committee for an informal conversation and, on Sunday, he will preside at our 11:00 am Mass, which will be followed by a reception at hospitality. Archbishop Cordileone will also meet with all the priests of the parish on Sunday afternoon. Please join me in extending him a warm welcome as we deepen our ties with the local church. And join us for hospitality after the 11 o’clock Mass on Sunday! Special congratulations to our Confirmandi! You have been preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation for two years, deepening your relationship with Jesus and learning more about the Church and your place in it. We are grateful for your generous response to God’s love for you, and we look forward to seeing how you become more active members of our faith community, sharing with us the abundant gifts that God has given you!

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
April 13, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters – There are signs of new life all around us: Spring is bursting forth. Our Lenten environment has been replaced by signs of life. And we once again sing “Alleluia,” our Easter exclamation. Easter is the original Christian feast. On Easter Sunday we celebrate that love is stronger than death, that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. This is the centerpiece of our Christian faith. It is what fills believers with hope. Novelist and poet Wendell Berry, in Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front, concludes his poem with this puzzling challenge: Practice resurrection. What might this mean?

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
March 28, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers – One of the most gratifying parts of my ministry is the opportunity I have to listen to parishioners speak about and explore their faith lives. It happens in the Sacrament of Reconciliation frequently enough, but it most commonly occurs in the context of pastoral counseling and spiritual direction. Truly, I am always inspired by your goodness and holiness. Though the details are different, the broad themes are the same: the sincere desire to know and do God’s will and to live lives faithful to Jesus’ call to love as he loved. Also different in kind, but not uncommon, are the obstacles to faith that we encounter: questions about various teachings of the Church, fear of what God might be asking of us, lingering hurts or resentments because of some Church-related experience, uncertainty about how to discern God’s call, for example.

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
March 6, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers – A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that we would provide two opportunities for your Lenten almsgiving: the traditional Rice Bowl, which supports the work for the Catholic Relief Services, and the work of the Jesuit Refugee Services. I’m writing with a bit more information on the latter...

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
February 22, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters – Lent is upon us with Ash Wednesday just a few days away. (See elsewhere in the bulletin for the Mass schedule.) It’s that season in our liturgical life when our hearts and minds prayerfully review in a special way God’s goodness to us and our often inadequate and sometimes sinful response. Across millennia and various spiritual traditions, prayer, fasting and almsgiving are key elements of the penitential journey. The article below ties together beautifully these Lenten spiritual practices, making clear the very constitutive link between our personal faith journey, justice, and our relationship with others...

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
February 14, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers – These past weeks, some parishioners have expressed confusion about the Archdiocesan Annual Appeal (AAA) and its relationship to our Parish Giving Appeal (PGA). Below is our attempt to answer your questions in a thoughtful, consistent way. I hope you find it helpful. If you have any questions, however, please contact Fran Quinn van Bergen at 415.422.6645 or fqvanbergen@usfca.edu. Thank you.

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio's Homily - February 5th, 2017

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
August 30, 2017

Like some of you, perhaps most of you, it’s been a difficult week for me. The news and fallout of President Trump’s executive order on refugees and migrants have been overwhelming to take in and digest. Unfortunately, I’ve made trying to make sense of it and deciding how to respond more difficult for myself because I’ve tried to keep all of it at bay. As irresponsible as I knew it was, I wanted to keep it at a distance because I fear what it demands of me as a follower of Jesus. But, while preparing for today’s homily, the first reading from Isaiah kept the issue right in front of my face: “Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless, clothe the naked … and do not turn your back on your own … Then, your light will break forth like the dawn.” Matthew didn’t help either: “… your light must shine.”...

Deacon Eddy's Homily - January 29, 2017

Deacon Eddy Gutierrez
January 30, 2017

Last week the stomach flu swept through our house. With the exception of Diane, we all fell victim to it. I felt it coming on Saturday evening and by Sunday I found myself immersed in total misery. At one point or another, I’m sure you all have succumbed to the stomach flu and you know just how dreadful the experience can be so I’ll spare you the details. Anyway, lying in bed, feeling like death, and in between sprints to the bathroom, I sought to lighten the mood with a little humor. So I called to Diane who was down the hall. I said, “Diane, would you please bring me a pad of paper and a pen?” She said, “Why do you need paper and a pen?” I said, “I’m thinking that I should probably get to work on my obituary.” Giving my exaggeration the acknowledgement that it deserved, she said, “Could you possibly be more dramatic?”

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
January 27, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers – St. Ignatius Parish is abundantly blessed in so many ways. Among our many blessings are our vibrant and vital ministries. On our website you can find ways to join fellow parishioners in outreach to the poor and homeless, parish-wide events, faith formation opportunities for parishioners at all stages of life, our many liturgical ministries and more. We are blessed by the compassion and creativity of so many people who give of themselves. Their tremendous efforts have made St. Ignatius one of the most vibrant parishes in San Francisco, and they would welcome all who would like to join.

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
January 10, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers – When preaching, we Jesuits will often throw out terms such as “the Spiritual Exercises,” “contemplative in action,” “discernment of spirits,” and more. When we do that, we are sometimes – unfortunately – assuming one or more of the following: 1) that somewhere along the line we ourselves or one of our brothers or predecessors explained what the term means; 2) that you picked it up if you went to a Jesuit high school or college; 3) that you’ve experienced the Spiritual Exercises (St. Ignatius’s 30-day retreat that all Jesuits make at least twice in their lives); 4) that you picked it up by osmosis; and/or 5) that you remember the meaning, no matter when or how you came upon it.

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
December 21, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers – Merry Christmas! On behalf of those who make St. Ignatius Parish their regular home, a special welcome to visitors and guests and friends we haven’t met yet. Thank you for helping us to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord.

Deacon Eddy's Blog

Deacon Eddy Gutierrez
November 30, 2016

This site contains homilies given by Deacon Eddy Gutierrez of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Published with these homilies are the scripture texts upon which these homilies are based. These homilies hope to provide the occasion for you to sit with a gospel passage and to reflect upon its message.

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
November 27, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers – Thanksgiving always seems to surprise me; without noticing its approach, it has arrived. Similarly, when I stop to consider the whole of my life, I’m always somewhat surprised by how much there is to be grateful for, by how good God has been and continues to be. As a friend in Sacramento always says, "I count my blessings every night, and that list just gets longer."

California and Oregon Provincials Discuss New Superior General

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
November 18, 2016

California Provincial Father Michael Weiler, SJ, and Oregon Provincial Father Scott Santarosa, SJ, took some time from General Congregation 36 in Rome to discuss how new Jesuit Superior General Fr. Arturo, Sosa, SJ, is the right man to guide the Society of Jesus.

Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Fr. Greg Bonfiglio S.J.
November 18, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers, It is Sunday night. As I look back over the day, I find myself grateful for the conversations I had with various ones of you.

Deacon Eddy's Homily - 33rd Sunday in ordinary time

Deacon Eddy Gutierrez
November 30, 2016

One of the benefits of the liberal arts education that I received is that I am chock full of literary knowledge that on occasion comes in quite handy. Usually, I delve into my pool of literary references when I’m helping the kids with their homework or watching Jeopardy or like today, when I wish to illustrate a point. While studying English literature here at USF, I stumbled across a Russian poet by the name of Ivan Krylov who penned a fable titled An Inquisitive Man.

Parish Finance Presentation - from 9/18 Town Hall meeting

Gary Price
October 3, 2016

A presentation about our Parish finances by Fr. Greg and parishioner Jason Phillips describing the progress and aspirations of the Parish, and how we use your gifts to fulfill our mission.

New St. Ignatius Website

Trevor Goss
August 13, 2016

Fellow Parishoners, I'm pleased to announce that St. Ignatius has a brand new website. You're likely reading this article on it now! The site has a number of upgrades and improvements over the previous site.

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