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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!
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 Our Lenten environment has been replaced by signs of life.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?
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.
The CPW is responsible for facilitating the worship life of the parish community by coordinating and providing quality liturgical experiences, which celebrate and strengthen the community’s journey of faith and facilitates and empowers its apostolic outreach. The CPW is a member of the pastoral team.
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...
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...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
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.”...
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.