Saint Ignatius Parish is a welcoming and inclusive Catholic community. A Jesuit parish, we are called to be companions of Jesus. We come together through Word and Sacrament to grow in our relationship with God and to find the inspiration, desire and strength to be men and women for others. We seek to find God in all things by deepening our faith, listening with discerning and joyful hearts, and actively serving the poor and suffering, all for the greater glory of God.
Our magnificent St. Ignatius Church is the legacy of a dynamic and continuous Jesuit presence in San Francisco from the City’s earliest days. The first St. Ignatius Church was a simple, wooden structure on Market Street between 4th and 5th Streets. It was dedicated in July 1855, only six years after the first Jesuit Fathers arrived in San Francisco from Italy.
The Parish Council consists of parishioners who advise, assist and support the Pastor in defining a vision for St. Ignatius Parish and in articulating that vision to the parish community. The Council coordinates five working Commissions whose functions are outlined below. All parish organizations and activities are included within one of these Commissions
Administration Commission is responsibile for coordinating the temporal affairs of the Parish: how resources are acquired, managed and spent, how the physical building is preserved and maintained, and how the Parish communicates to parishioners and the community.
St. Ignatius’ large, active community, and our many special events and opportunities to socialize make it easy to find friends and make a spiritual home here. The Community Commission oversees all social events, welcoming programs, hospitality and volunteer management.
St. Ignatius Parish nurtures the development of Christian faith and spirituality in those of all ages and stages of life. Two programs, each with its own variety of courses and activities, form the core – the Children’s & Youth Program and the Adult Program.
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/
Worship Commission supports our parish liturgical prayer through the preparation and care of our worship environment and through fostering the development of our parish liturgical ministers.