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

July 14, 2024

Dear Parishioners of St. Elizabeth,

Word of God: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time:
In the gospel from Mark, we reflect on Jesus sending his apostles out to preach the good news and to do all sorts of good deeds. They are to preach, drive out demons, and anoint people with oil to heal them. There are two things that we could treasure. One, that Jesus is calling us today. We are his apostles today. We are "summoned" by Jesus and sent out. Can we hear the call of Jesus in our current circumstances of family, work, joys, sorrows, our successes, and failures? No matter how holy or not so holy we are, Jesus still needs us. We cannot find an easy excuse by saying, "oh, I'm not at all worthy" or "I'm not at all holy," or "I'm sinful and imperfect." Jesus needs precisely these imperfect, sinful people to become his apostles. Jesus will give us the grace. It is in going out to help and share the new life of Christ that our own lives will take on a new significance and purpose. In the first reading from Amos, the prophet calls himself "a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores. The Lord took me from following the flock, and said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'" Amos realized he was unworthy and reluctant, yet called and graced to do God's work.

The second important insight here is that we share in Jesus' own mission and ministry. It was Jesus who went about preaching, healing, and expelling the evil powers. When he sends us out to do the same good deeds, we are collaborators in his work. We become like Jesus. We then are participating in the Father's mission of loving this world and making this world a place of goodness and love for all human beings, no matter how poor or sinful or disadvantaged. Together with Christ, in being called and sent, we shall help, heal, and transform this world. The planet earth needs healing, doesn't it? Are you ready and willing to be called and sent today?

From the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Why does Sacred Scripture teach the truth? Because God himself is the author of Sacred Scripture. For this reason, it is said to be inspired and to teach without error those truths which are necessary for our salvation. The Holy Spirit inspired the human authors who wrote what he wanted to teach us. The Christian faith, however, is not a "religion of the Book", but of the Word of God - "not a written and mute word, but incarnate and living" (Saint Bernard of Clairvaux). How is Sacred Scripture to be read? Sacred Scripture must be read and interpreted with the help of the Holy Spirit and under the guidance of the Magisterium of the Church according to three criteria: 1) it must be read with attention to the content and unity of the whole of Scripture; 2) it must be read within the living Tradition of the Church; 3) it must be read with attention to the analogy of faith, that is, the inner harmony which exists among the truths of the faith themselves. What is the Canon of Scripture? The Canon of Scripture is the complete list of the sacred writings which the Church has come to recognize through Apostolic Tradition. The Canon consists of 46 books of the Old Testament and 27 of the New.

Daily Morning Prayer at 8:00am and Daily Morning Mass at 8:30am: Please do come join the daily prayer (Divine Office; Prayer of the Church) and Mass at our St. Elizabeth Church. For those who are still working, the daily Mass is a source of daily light and strength. If you are retired, putting the daily Mass on your daily schedule might be highly beneficial. As I have said before, attending daily Mass has many advantages spiritually, physically, psychologically, and socially. To top it all, research shows that those who attend religious services regularly live longer. So, come join! We'd love to have you!

A Story to Ponder: The old rabbi had become blind and could neither read nor look at the faces of those who came to visit him. A faith healer said to him, "Entrust yourself to my care and I will heal your blindness." "There will be no need for that," replied the rabbi. "I can see everything that I need to." Not everyone whose eyes are closed is asleep. And not everyone with open eyes can see.

A Poem: "I'm nobody! Who are you? / Are you nobody, too? / Then there's a pair of us - don't tell! / They'd advertise - you know! / How dreary to be somebody! / How public like a frog / To tell one's name the livelong day / To an admiring bog!" --- Emily Dickinson.

Insightful Quotes: 1. "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."- Mahatma Gandhi. 2. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars: you have a right to be here. - Max Ehrmann, American writer and poet. 3. Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.-- Maya Angelou, African-American poet and writer. 4. Zen people often talk about "accepting the moment as it is." That's okay, but what we like even better is "caring for the moment" with the same lavish tenderness you'd bestow on a new-born.- Perle Besserman and Manfred Steger in Grassroots Zen.

Humor about Gossip: 1. A gossip is one who talks to you about other people. A bore is one who talks to you about himself. A brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself. 2. "Did you hear the one about the little old lady from church? She doesn't repeat gossip --- so you'd better listen the first time!" 3. "Live so that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip." --- Will Rogers.

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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