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 $42,539 from our St. Elizabeth parishioners towards our goal.
We have met our goal !
Any donations beyond the goal of $32,089 will be returned to our parish so we could continue to do God's work. 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

May 26, 2024

The Spirituality of Ordinary Time: On the liturgical calendar, Ordinary Time starts the day after Pentecost. Did you notice the change of colors in our liturgy? In Lent, we used violet. Throughout the Easter season, we used white. Now in Ordinary Time of the Liturgical Year, we use green. Ordinary Time will last this year until November 30. On December 01, we'll begin the Advent Season with the First Sunday of Advent. This time now is called Ordinary Time because it's outside the usual big seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. But during Ordinary Time, we continue to journey with Christ, meditating on his life, teachings, healings, miracles, and his expelling of the demons. What are the values of Jesus? What is his vision? What did Jesus go about doing during his public ministry? What is the mind and heart of Jesus? Paraphrasing St. Paul, the followers of Jesus are called to have the mind and heart of Jesus. Throughout Ordinary Time, at Masses and for our private meditations and reflections, we shall be reflecting on the life of Jesus as it unfolds during his ministry. This Ordinary Time is by no means ordinary. It's extraordinary because God's grace accompanies us every moment, every day. Like Mary, we too need to say yes to God's grace on a daily basis and find each day a sacred, filled with God's presence and blessings.

Holy Trinity Sunday: The mystery of the Triune God is absolutely unfathomable and beyond the rational categories, and yet we have glimpses into this mystery from what has been revealed to us in the scriptures. One God, Three Persons. This is the mystery we celebrate this Sunday. That God has revealed himself as a Trinity is what we rejoice about. God the Father creates and sustains everything. God the Son redeems and graces us. God the Holy Spirit sanctifies and empowers. In the life of Jesus, for example at his baptism, there is the unmistakable revelation of the Trinity. The Father speaks in affirmation of Jesus and the Spirit descends on Jesus, empowering and anointing him. Isn't it a consoling conviction for us that God lives not in isolation but in community? There is constant and continuous love flowing from one divine person to another and eternal giving and sharing. Our ultimate experience of God is Trinitarian. Let's strive to model our families, communities, the Church, the nations, and the whole world on the love and sharing of the Trinity.

Quotes on the Trinity: "The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and of Christian life. God alone can make it known to us by revealing himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Incarnation of God's Son reveals that God is the eternal Father and that the Son is consubstantial with the Father, which means that, in the Father and with the Father the Son is one and the same God. The mission of the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father in the name of the Son (Jn 14:26) and by the Son 'from the Father' (Jn 15:26), reveals that, with them, the Spirit is one and the same God." --- Catechism of the Catholic Church. "In Christ, for the first time, we see that in God himself there exists --- within his inseparable unity --- the distinction between the Father who gives and the Gift which is given (the Son), but only in the unity of the Holy Spirit." --- Hans Urs von Balthasar.

Memorial Day: It's a solemn American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, a day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving and defending our nation. Originally it was called the Decoration Day, from the tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags. "Lord, keep all those who died serving our nation in your heart and give them their eternal reward. Give us the grace to serve one another and our nation with your gifts of love, truth, peace, and justice. Amen. "

Prayer to Honor the BVM in May: Salve Regina: Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee to we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen

Concluding Mass of Faith Formation and May Crowning: Last Sunday May 19, at the 10:30a.m. Mass, we had the Faith Formation families gathered together. Toward the end of the Mass, the children brought flowers to statue of Mary and crowned her. Some parishioners brought flowers too. I gave out the First Communion and Confirmation certificates and the children were promoted to next class at the end of the Mass for the next Faith Formation school year. Thank you, children, parents, teachers, coordinators, for all your participation and collaboration.

Humor: 1. Doctors Office: A guy walks into the doctor's office. A banana stuck in one of his ears, a cucumber in the other ear, and a strawberry stuck in one nostril. The man says, "Doc, this is terrible. What's wrong with me?" The doctor says, "Well, first of all, you need to eat more sensibly." 2. Good First Impression: A young doctor was just setting up his first office when his receptionist told him there was a man to see him. The doctor wanted to make a good first impression by having the man think he was successful and very busy. He told his receptionist to show the man in. At that moment, the doctor picked up the telephone and pretended to be having a conversation with a patient. The man waited until the "conversation" was over. Then, the doctor put the telephone down and asked, "Can I help you?" To which the man replied, "No, I'm just here to connect your telephone."

Your Friend and Pastor,

Father Charles Puthota.

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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