Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church
Parish established 1912 - Present Church dedicated 1962

Parish Office & Mailing Address: 449 Holyoke Street, San Francisco, CA 94134-1734
Phone: (415) 468-0820. FAX: (415) 468-1457

Church Address (not for mail) - 459 Somerset Street, San Francisco, CA
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2024 Archdiocesan Annual Appeal - goal is $32,089


We have received $8,255 from our St. Elizabeth parishioners towards our goal.
The amount needed to achieve our goal is $23,834
THANK YOU for your generosity!


January 24, 2024

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Fr. Charles Puthota

From the Pastor's Desktop

A Message from Father Charles Puthota

February 25, 2024

Dear Parishioners of St. Elizabeth,

Lent: Appearance Versus Reality; Truth Versus Falsehood: We are in the second week of Lent. First of all, it's not a time of doom and gloom. Actually, it is a time of joy because we make another effort at renewing our lives with the soul-nourishing choices that truly bring us peace and fulfillment. Getting away from the superficiality of life, we try to go deeper into the meaning of our life and love. Often times, we are blinded or dazzled by appearances, but Lent is a time for us to go beyond---to the root of things, to the heart of the matter. Religions in general warn us about the dangers of living in a world of appearances rather than in a world of reality. We are bombarded with lies or half-truths constantly. We only have to watch television for a few minutes to know that we are sold all sorts of things and shown all sorts of appearances based on distorted, embellished facts. Often we are taken in by these falsehoods because they are presented attractively or in a clever manner. Lent is a time to get grounded in reality of our human existence; its purpose, its goal, its direction. On Ash Wednesday, in the Gospel, Jesus alerted us to the external show that we embrace rather than living from the reality and truth. When we pray, fast, or give alms, we are to do these not to blow our own horn but for the sake of the invitation from the Heavenly Father who sees everything inside and fulfills our dreams and desires. Ultimately, our lives have to be grounded in God who is the inner reality of our lives. He is the ground of our being, the foundation of our lives, the reason for our existence, the author of our lives, the source of our goodness, the origin of our love. If we are able to live a life united with God, then we are able to discern all sorts of shallow things that we need to get away from and all sorts of authentic things that we need to embrace in order to be true to ourselves. "To thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man," says Polonius in Hamlet.

Archbishop's Annual Appeal (AAA) 2024: We are beginning the last week of our month-long campaign for Archbishop's Annual Appeal. If possible please give 1.5% which is $500. I thank Ron Borg for speaking at the three weekend Masses last week, encouraging everyone to give to AAA. Please see the last page of
bulletin for names of donors and the latest numbers. We are making progress, but we need more people to come onboard and help. Thank you for your spirit of stewardship. The shortest definition of stewardship is that we are called to share God's blessings with others. The church needs your help to continue to do God's work for the people. So this last week of our campaign, please donate generously and quickly. We cannot even begin to count our abundant blessings. Why not become part of the evangelization and the works of compassion and charity and education that the Archdiocese does? A simple way of supporting the Archdiocese is by participating in the AAA. Let the gospel be preached in our own three counties of the Archdiocese. Let the fragrance of Christ's presence fill the minds and hearts of everyone in our Archdiocese, thanks to the support we lend to the Archdiocesan Annual Appeal.

Lenten Half-Day Retreat: Everyone is welcome to join this half-day retreat on Saturday March 02. It starts with the 8:30a.m. Mass followed by coffee and snacks in Cantwell Hall. I'll give three talks and the retreat will end with lunch.

Lenten Quote: "Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life…"---Pope Benedict XVI.

The Word of God---Transfiguration of Jesus: This second Sunday of Lent, the gospel from Mark relates the event of the Transfiguration of Jesus. I am nostalgic. I have been on Mount Tabor four times in the past twenty years or so. I celebrated Mass up on the mountain in the beautiful church. The view all around the valley is impressive and the neighborhood is filled with historical significance. Jesus at the transfiguration is looking glorious like the Sun. His clothes became "dazzling white." Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus. They represent the law and the prophets. A cloud overshadows them. A voice from heaven says: "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him." The true identity of Jesus is revealed, even if for a few brief moments. Jesus is the Son of Man and Son of God. He is both fully human and fully divine. The disciples get a glimpse into the true nature of Jesus. This Lenten season, we are invited to look more deeply into Jesus, who is our way, truth, and life. He is the new law giver and the prophet par excellence. He fulfills all the longings of the Old Testament and all the desires of human history. His Father affirms him as His beloved son and asks us to listen to him. Listening to him this Lent will be a fundamental thing for us to do. What does he say to us? How can we minimize the din in our lives that drowns Jesus' voice and be present to him with our hearts and minds open to him? As we look at Jesus' transfiguration, we can look at our own transfiguration, our transformation, our conversion and repentance---all of which would be our goals this holy season of Lent.

A Story to Ponder: A man was doing his Ph.D in philosophy. His wife, realizing how seriously he was taking his studies, one day said to him, "Why is it you love me so much?" Quick as a shot he replied, "When you say "so much" are you referring to intensity, depth, frequency, quality, or duration?" The moral: "By dissecting the petals no one ever gathered in the beauty of the rose."

Humor: 1. Who was the most popular actor in the Bible? Samson. He brought down the house. 2. When was medicine first mentioned in the Bible? When the Lord gave Moses two tablets. 3. Why is a church like a convention? Because families send just one delegate. 4. Why are the Ten Commandments so brief? Because they didn't come through a committee. 5. Why was Adam a famous runner? Because in the human race he was first.

Your Friend and Pastor,

Father Charles Puthota, Ph D.

Further Listening Sessions

Toward the Synodal Meetings in October 2024

In preparation for the second session of the Synod in October 2024, the Vatican has asked all dioceses all over the world, including in the United States, to hold listening sessions on the following two questions:

  1. "Where have I seen or experienced successes -- and distresses -- within the Church's structure(s)/organization/leadership/life that encourage or hinder the mission?"

  2. "How can the structures and organization of the Church help all the baptized to respond to the call to proclaim the Gospel and to live as a community of love and mercy in Christ?

    Deadline to submit the answers to the U.S. Bishops' Conference is April 8. These reports will be synthesized regionally and nationally--- and the final report will be sent to the Vatican Synodal Office by May 15, 2024.

The Vatican's guidance that shaped the above questions incorporates four questions:

  • "How can we enhance the differentiated co-responsibility in the mission of all the members of the People of God?";
  • "What ways of relating, structures, processes of discernment and decision-making with regard to mission make it possible to recognize, shape, and promote co-responsibility?";
  • "What ministries and participatory bodies can be renewed or introduced to better express this co-responsibility?" and,
  • "How can these relations be creatively articulated in order to find 'a dynamic balance between the dimension of the Church as a whole and its local roots?' "
.............................................(Source: America Magazine and NCR)

The Synod on Synodality
October 2021 to October 2024

Theme: Communion, Participation, Mission: The Synod on Synodality is a three-year process of listening and dialogue that began with a solemn opening in Rome on October 9 and 10, 2021. The synodal process will conclude in 2024. Each individual diocese in the whole world has gone through a process of preparation for the Synod. The Synod is both an event and a process in which the whole People of God are called to walk to gather together toward what the Holy Spirit helps it to discern as being the Lord's will for his Church. Pope Francis has invited the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission: "It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium. This journey, which follows in the wake of the Church's "renewal" proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is both a gift and a task: by journeying together and reflecting together on the path that has been made, the Church will be able to learn through Her experience which processes can help Her to live communion, to achieve participation, and to open Herself to mission." The 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be held in two sessions. The first one from October 4 to 29, 2023. The second session will be in October 2024.

What is a synod? A synod in the Catholic Church is both an event and a process where clergy, religious, and laity gather to discern important matters of the faith. It is a journey of search rooted in the Holy Spirit. Synods are transformative events that lead to renewal in the life of the Church. The current synod is called “Synod on Synodality.” It’s a synod that would explore the very processes of synod and examine how as the People of God we are journeying together. Pope Francis says: “Synodality is the way of being the Church today according to the will of God, in a dynamic of discerning and listening together to the voice of the Holy Spirit.” You might want to be informed more about this Synod by going online and doing your own research.
Do check out the Synod website

as of November 23, 2023


.. 4:30 p.m.

... Sunday:

.. 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Monday thru Saturday:

.. 8:30 a.m.

Holy Days:

.. 8:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.


..4:00 p.m. on Saturdays before the 4:30 Vigil Mass

10:00 a.m. on Sundays before the 10:30 a.m. Mass



Please call the Parish Office for more information. (415-468-0820) - Details

Baptismal Registration Form


High School Students should call the Religious Education Office for more information.
Adult confirmation is available on an individual basis. -


Call the Parish Office in case of serious illness and before surgery and hospital care. - Details


Our Eucharistic Ministers are available to bring the Eucharist to the sick or homebound. Contact the Parish Office. - Details


Saturday 3:30pm to 4:15pm or by appointment. - Details


There is a six month period of preparation for the celebration of this Sacrament. Contact the Parish Office to make arrangements. - Details

Faith Formation - Cantwell Hall

Saturday 9:00am to 11:00am. - Details

Parish Office: (415) 468-0820

Benediction and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena: Wednesdays after the 8:30am Mass.

Legion of Mary Meeting 5:00pm Monday in the Church.

1000 Hail Mary's Third Saturday after the 8:30am Mass until 3:30pm.

Over 50 Group Thursdays at 12:00pm in Cantwell Hall.

Rev. Charles Puthota, Ph. D., Pastor

Sandy Mehrwein, Parish Secretary

Patricia Spiteri, Pastoral Coordinator

Laurrie Digneo, Coordinator of Faith Formation




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