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 $39,935 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

April 21, 2024

Dear Parishioners of St. Elizabeth,

Easter Seasonal Musings: We are in the fourth week of Easter. By allowing the mystery of Easter to become part of our lives, we could begin to enjoy its power and beauty. The Risen Christ has shown us the way that, despite all sorts of odds in our life, hope springs eternal for new life. We are to come away from the tombs to places where life with Christ abounds. We can leave our tombs of sin and guilt, selfishness and self-centeredness, greed and self-gratification, bias and prejudice, grudges and resentment, hatred and bitterness, anger and indifference, anguish and anxiety, complacency and hopelessness. We can walk triumphant with the Risen Lord into the light of life. We are an Easter people! We are a Resurrection people! We are a people of hope and peace and joy! Let's come away from the mood of Lent and the sadness of Good Friday and rejoice with the Lord. He's risen from the dead, alleluia! Because of Jesus' resurrection, we can experience transcendence in our daily lives---and help heal, comfort, console, and transform the world, one person at a time, one day at a time, one situation at a time, one relationship at a time, one issue at a time. May the Risen Christ energize us as he did 2000 years ago --- for love and service.

Easter Quotes: Gordon B. Hinckley: "There would be no Christmas if there was no Easter." Charles M. Crowe: "Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in terms of ideals." Kate McGahan: "The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies." Pope Francis: "We proclaim the resurrection of Christ when his light illuminates the dark moments of our existence." S.D. Gordon: "Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life."." Basil Hume: "The great gift of Easter is hope."

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal (AAA) 2024: Archdiocesan Annual Appeal (AAA)---We've Reached the Goal of $32,089. Congratulations and Thanks! Please see the names of donors on the last page of the bulletin. Those who are still considering, please give; the surplus gets returned to our parish for our own parish ministries and services. In the time span of six weeks, we reached the goal. We started the 2024 AAA campaign on February 4 and arrived at our goal by March 17. Again, my deep gratitude to everyone who participated in AAA. I would like to thank specially all those who donated generously 1.5% ($500 and more) so thoughtfully and kindly, which made it easier for us to reach our goal swiftly.

Good Shepherd Sunday: The Fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally known as the Good Shepherd Sunday. In the gospel from John 10 Jesus says: "I'm the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." Having laid down his life for us, this good shepherd shepherds us through all sorts of situations and circumstances to green pastures. He protects us from danger. He feeds us. He guides us. He carries us in his arms. He knows us and wants us to know him. In our love for this good shepherd, we are called to help shepherd one another toward Christ.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations: This Sunday April 21, 2024 marks the 61st anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for vocations. It's a day to pray publicly for and promote vocations to the priesthood, religious life, and diaconate. It's an invitation and challenge to those who might consider saying yes to the call of the Good Shepherd to collaborate with him in tending and feeding the "sheep," the people of God. As Jesus said: "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few…"

A Prayer for Vocations: God, our Father, in your love and providence, you call each of us to a holy life. We pray for young people in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Open their hearts and minds to know the vocation You have planned for them for all eternity. If they are being invited to follow You as a priest, brother or sister, give them a generous heart to respond to your challenging call and the strength to follow wherever You lead them. May families desire to please You by encouraging and supporting vocations within their homes. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Good Shepherd. Amen.

News from the Vatican: Pope Francis' Apostolic Visit: The Holy Father will be visiting four countries---Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and Singapore---from September 2 through 13, 2024. This will be his 43rd Apostolic Journey abroad. Indonesia is world's largest Muslim-majority country with 8 million Catholics (3.1% of the population). Papua New Guinea has 2 million Catholics (32%). Timor-Leste is 96% Catholic, numbering over 1 million people. In Singapore, 395,000 Catholics live, representing 3% of the population.

A Story to Ponder: Give Your Best to Others: A farmer, whose corn always took the first prize at the State Fair, had the habit of sharing his best corn seed with all the farmers in the neighborhood. When asked why, he said, "It is really a matter of self-interest. The wind picks up the pollen and carries it from field to field. So, if my neighbors grow inferior corn the cross-pollination brings down the quality of my own corn. That is why I am concerned that they plant only the very best." All that you give to others you are giving to yourself.

Catholic Joke --- The Lord is My Shepherd: A Faith Formation teacher decided to have her 2nd grade class memorize Psalm 23, one of the most quoted passages in the Bible. She gave the children a month to learn the chapter. One little boy was excited about the task, but he just couldn't memorize the Psalm. Although he practiced and practiced, he could hardly get past the first line. The day came for the children to recite Psalm 23 before the congregation. The little boy was nervous. When his turn came, he stepped up to the microphone and proudly said, "The Lord is my Shepherd, and that's all I need to know!"

May the Risen Christ this Easter Season fill you with his deep, abiding gift of peace which no one can take away from you,

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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