Pastoral Ministry

Welcome to Pastoral Ministry

The Pastoral Ministry office is a Catholic ‘support system’ for parishes and parishioners, helping them to shine luminously as visible signs of Christ’s presence in the world.

The origin of the word “pastor” means “to shepherd,” or to feed and protect. In this spirit, the Pastoral Ministry office helps to guide and sustain the faithful through all stages of their Christian lives.

We help prepare adults and children to become disciples by offering resources on how to become a Catholic, and by supporting youth ministries, young adult ministries, and 22 different cultural ministries. We offer resources for Catholic marriage preparation and family planning. We provide a safe environment for children and youth, uphold peace, justice, well-being, and dignity for all people, particularly through our programs supporting mental health resources and medical care for the whole person. We facilitate consolation to the grieving and offer the peace of our Catholic cemeteries and keep the invitation to Christ’s table alive by providing liturgical advice and assistance to ordained and lay ministers in local parishes.

Please use the links on this page to learn more about how Pastoral Ministry programs and
resources support our faith community, or contact us directly for personal guidance.

Office of Pastoral Ministry
One Peter Yorke Way
San Francisco, CA 94109 

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Upcoming Pastoral Ministry Events

Dec 01
Vessels of Love: An Advent Retreat
Vessels of Love: An Advent Retreat Friday, Dec. 1, 12pm – Saturday, Dec. 2, 3pm “God loves things by becoming them,” writes Richard Rohr in his book, The Universal Christ.… Read More
Dec 01
Receive Retreat: Entering into Advent with Our Lady
Join the GIVEN Institute at the Vallombrosa Center retreat house in Menlo Park, CA for a weekend retreat on the theme of Entering Into Advent with Our Lady. This retreat… Read More
Dec 01
Catholic Institute of Sacred Music’s Advent and Christmas Concert
Join the 18-voice Schola Cantorum of St. Patrick’s Seminary in the beautiful seminary chapel as they sing music for Advent and Christmas, new and old, including beloved carols, Gregorian chant,… Read More
Dec 02
Star of the Sea and Stella Maris Academy Christmas Bazaar
Join Star of the Sea and Stella Maris for their Arts and Crafts Christmas Market December 2-3. Fourteen artisans will display their work for sale. Food and Drinks. Free entrance.… Read More
Dec 05
Advent Concert Series at St. Boniface
Join the St. Anthony Foundation for an Advent Concert Series with St. Boniface’s historic organ. Concert Series dates: December 5, 12, and 19. Advent Concert Series for the Homeless
Dec 05
Five Day Silent Retreat @ Vallombrosa Center
Fulfilling the Blessed Mother’s request to Marte Robin of France, Vallombrosa Retreat Center is hosting a retreat according to her direction. It will be completely silent (including digital), led by… Read More
Dec 09
Gudalupana Pilgrimage 30th Anniversary Celebration
Join us for the 30th anniversary Guadalupana Pilgrimage to St. Mary’s Cathedral of San Francisco on Saturday, December 9, 2023. The day begins at 5:00 a.m. at All Souls Catholic… Read More
Dec 09
Star of the Sea Advent Mission
Join Star of the Sea for their Advent Mission entitled ” Your Lady, Mother of Mercy.” Speaker Sister Donata Farbaniec, of the “Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, the religious… Read More