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 $43,193 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

June 16, 2024

Dear Parishioners of St. Elizabeth,

Father's Day:
It is a day of gratitude and love. Happy Father's Day to all the fathers! For some of us, our fathers are with us and what a blessing it is for us to love and cherish them --- and take care of them! For some others, our fathers are gone to their eternal reward. My father Isaac returned to God end of December in 2017. Time flies so fast. I'm still grieving, and I know you who have lost your fathers, no matter how long ago, still grieve and miss them. We celebrate our fathers and shall always cherish them when we still have them with us and keep their sacred memory when they are gone. In all our fathers, we cannot but see God Himself. Isn't it beautiful that God himself is our Father? Jesus called God his Abba (Father) and taught us to pray to "our Father" and relate to Him as His children. Our Father loves us with an everlasting love and unconditionally. He makes the rain fall on the good and the bad and lets the sun shine on the good and the bad. Such is his abiding and awesome love. Because we are all the children of the one Father, we become intimately connected with one another as sisters and brothers. How could we then not take care of one another in our need? How could we let anyone in this human family be deprived of basic needs and necessities? Let us make sure that the Father's blessings flow to the whole of human family abundantly and ceaselessly, especially to all the fathers on this fitting day when we honor them.

A Father's Day Prayer: Lord, I am grateful for all the sacrifices my Dad has made for me throughout my life. Thank You for his unwavering love and support, even when it wasn't easy. May he know the depth of my appreciation for everything he's done. Keep him always in your love and care. Amen.

Father's Day Quotes: "I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection." -Sigmund Freud. "Every son quotes his father, in words and in deeds." -Terri Guillemets. "A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez. "It is a wise father that knows his own child." -William Shakespeare. "One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters." -George Herbert. "The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get." -Tim Russert. "A father doesn't tell you that he loves you. He shows you." -Dimitri the Stoneheart.

Thank you: Around my 68th birthday on June 11, I was so privileged to receive much encouragement, prayers, affirmation, support, cards of wishes, and gifts from many of you. You have been so kind and thoughtful. I am deeply grateful and honored to have your friendship and collaboration. It's a privilege to be called to be the shepherd of this flock at St. Elizabeth parish. You help make my ministry at St. Elizabeth joyful, fruitful, and hope-filled. Thank you!

Word of God this 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time--- The Kingdom of God: As you know, Jesus is a fantastic storyteller. In today's gospel, he tells two stories --- parables --- about the Kingdom of God. The first one is that the Kingdom of God is like a seed sown in the ground. The seed has its own inner dynamism to germinate, grow to become a plant, and reach the stage of harvest. It can be externally aided through water, manure, etc., but no one can interfere with the seed's inner instinct for life and fruitfulness. Have you heard the statement, for example, that no one can make you happy or unhappy? Happiness is an inside job! It's something within us. It's we who have to make the option for happiness and no one can actually help, except in a very external sense. This would apply to love, service, forgiveness, generosity, humility, kindness, etc. No one else can live your or my life. We have the God-given inner grace and strength. We have to take responsibility for our own life and live it in a fruitful and faithful way.

The second parable is about how the Kingdom could start out like the smallest mustard seed but grow to be a large mustard plant. The Kingdom of God keeps growing and developing quietly and steadily and will come to its fruition. Small things matter. Small gestures of love and caring are vital. It's like John the Baptist making that little movement in his mother's womb toward Christ. Just a little dance! We cannot do everything, but we can do something. We cannot all do extraordinary things, but we can do ordinary things in extraordinary ways. We cannot all do big things, but we can do small things in a big way. We can put love and joy into the little ordinary things of daily life. We can put our heart and soul into things. It's what St. Therese of Lisieux would call "the little way." It's doing all the little things with great love and faith. Each of us may be just like a little flower, but we can still give glory to God because God's gaze falls on the little flowers as well.

Father's Day Jokes: 1. Dad: You'll never amount to anything because you procrastinate. Son: Oh yeah? Just you wait! 2. "Dad, are bugs good to eat?" asked the boy. "Let's not talk about such things at the dinner table, son," his father replied. After dinner the father inquired, "Now, son, what did you want to ask me?" "Oh, nothing," the boy said. "There was a bug in your soup, but now it's gone." 3. Science teacher: When is the boiling point reached? Science student: When my father sees my report card!

Happy Father's Day!

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


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... 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

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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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