During this Advent Season, let us ask the Lord to help us keep the lamp of faith alit in our lives, to be prepared to receive Him, and that He fill us with peace and joy.
Pope Francis

Upcoming Advent and Christmas Events around the Archdiocese

Dec 09
15th Annual Simbang Gabi Commissioning Mass
15th Annual Simbang Gabi Commissioning Mass 7:31pm Come join us as the Archdiocese sends us forth on a mission to be this light of Christ! 15th Annual Simbang Gabi Commissioning… Read More
Dec 14
Pontifical Low Roráte Mass
Pontifical Low Roráte Mass 5:30am Archbishop Cordileone will celebrate a Pontifical Low Roráte Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption on Dec. 14 at 5:30am. The Roráte… Read More
Dec 18
“Cookies and Carols” with St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir and St. Brigid School Honor Choir
“Cookies and Carols” with St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir and St. Brigid School Honor Choir 7:00pm On Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7:00 pm, the St. Mary’s Cathedral will host  “Cookies and… Read More

The Advent Wreath

Each Sunday in Advent, Catholics light Advent wreath candles at Mass representing the passing of each week of Advent in anticipation of the coming of Christ at Christmas.

The Advent wreath tradition is rich in symbolism. The shape of the wreath symbolizes the eternity God, while the evergreens symbolize new life and signs of hope. The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent, each with their own reflection—hope, love, joy and peace. A fifth white candle can also be lit to represent Christmas. As we light the candles each week, we journey toward Christmas in joyful expectation to celebrate Christ’s coming into the world over 2,000 years ago, while also waiting in hope for his second coming.

Why not bring this tradition into your home this year? It is an opportunity to bring the family together for prayer while lighting the Advent candles. You can buy wreaths and candles online (on Amazon, The Catholic Company, or other websites) and with new battery powered candles, families can order flameless candles to avoid messy wax spills or other candle mishaps.

Jesse Tree

We all have family trees, why not honor Jesus’ family tree? The Jesse Tree is a tradition that follows biblical stories from creation to the birth of Jesus, showing Jesus’ family tree and reminding us of the centuries of expectant hope of the Jewish people for the coming of the savior. This tradition places ornaments on a Christmas tree, adding the story of salvation history to the traditional family Christmas ornaments.

You can follow along with the stories for each day here or buy your own Jesse Tree ornaments on Etsy, and other websites. Make sure to have your Bible ready to read through each story as you go!

Advent Calendars

Advent calendars help us count down the days to Christmas. These calendars come in all shapes and sizes. Some hold tasty treats behind cardboard windows while others may be wood or felt with cute creatures to add each day. Whichever you choose, Advent calendars are a fun reminder that we wait in joyful participation of the coming of Christ. Advent calendars can be found in local stores or online.

O Antiphons

The O Antiphons are antiphons used at vespers on the last seven days of Advent. Each antiphon refers to a name or an attribute of Christ from scripture. They also appear in the carol O Come O Come Emmanuel. The O Antiphons can be prayed, chanted, or sung. They may also appear in Lessons and Carols services.

Dec.17: O Spaientia or O Wisdom
Dec.18: O Adonai or O Lord
Dec. 19: O Radix Jesse or O Root of Jesse
Dec. 20: O Clavis David or O Key of David
Dec. 21: O Oriens or O Dayspring
Dece.22: O Rex Gentium or O King of the Nations
Dec. 23: O Emmanuel or O With us is God

St Andrew Novena

Beginning on St. Andrew the Apostle’s feast day, November 30, the following beautiful prayer is traditionally recited fifteen times a day until Christmas. This is a very meditative prayer that helps us increase our awareness of the real focus of Christmas and helps us prepare ourselves spiritually for His coming.

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment In which the Son of God was born Of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, 
[here mention your request]

through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.

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Find your local parish

Find your local parish and ask them about their Advent and Christmas schedule. Many parishes have given us their Christmas mass schedules which you can check out here.

Church of the Assumption

26825 Main St., Tomales, California 94971

Our Lady of Loretto Parish

1806 Novato Boulevard, Novato, California 94947
1-415-897-2171

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish

3 Oakdale Avenue, Mill Valley, California 94941
1-415-388-4190

Sacred Heart Parish

10189 State Route, #1, Olema, California 94950

Saint Anselm Parish

97 Shady Lane, Ross, California 94957

Saint Anthony of Padua Parish

1000 Cambridge Street, Novato, California 94947

Saint Cecilia Parish

450 Cintura Ave., Lagunitas, California 94938

Saint Hilary Parish

761 Hilary Drive, Tiburon, California 94920
(415) 435-1122

Saint Isabella Parish

1 Trinity Way, San Rafael, California 94903

Saint Patrick Parish

114 King Street, Larkspur, California 94939

Saint Raphael Parish

1104 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, California 94901

Saint Rita Parish

100 Marinda Drive, Fairfax, California 94930

Saint Sebastian Parish

373 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae, California 94904

Office of Development

One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco, California 94109
4156145580

Church of the Epiphany

827 Vienna Street, San Francisco, California 94112-3886

Church of the Nativity

245 Linden Street, San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 252-5799

Church of the Visitacion

655 Sunnydale Avenue, San Francisco, California 94134

Corpus Christi Parish

62 Santa Rosa Avenue, San Francisco, California 94112

Mission Dolores Basilica

3321 Sixteenth Street, San Francisco, California 94114

Most Holy Redeemer Parish

100 Diamond Street, San Francisco, California 94114

National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi

610 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, California 94133

Notre Dame Des Victoires Parish

566 Bush Street, San Francisco, California 94108

Old Saint Mary’s Parish

660 California Street, San Francisco, California 94108

Our Lady of Fatima Parish

5920 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, California 94121

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

1715 Oakdale Avenue, San Francisco, California 94124

Saint Agnes Parish

1025 Masonic Avenue, San Francisco, California 94117

Saint Anne of the Sunset Parish

850 Judah Street, San Francisco, California 94122

Saint Benedict Parish

1801 Octavia Street, San Francisco, California 94109

Saint Boniface Parish

133 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, California 94102

Saint Brendan Parish

29 Rockaway Avenue, San Francisco, California 94127

Saint Cecilia Parish

2555 17th Avenue, San Francisco, California 94116

Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church

2390 Bush Street, San Francisco, California 94115
415-567-7824

Saint Elizabeth Parish

449 Holyoke Street, San Francisco, California 94134

Saint Emydius Parish

286 Ashton Avenue, San Francisco, California 94112

Saint Finn Barr Parish

415 Edna Street, San Francisco, California 94112

Saint Gabriel Parish

2559 40th Avenue, San Francisco, California 94116

Saint Ignatius Parish

650 Parker Avenue, San Francisco, California 94118

Saint John of God Parish

1290 Fifth Avenue, San Francisco, California 94122

Saint John the Evangelist Parish

19 Saint Mary’s Avenue, San Francisco, California 94112

Saint Kevin Parish

704 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco, California 94110

Saint Mary’s Cathedral

1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, California 94109-6686
(415)567-2020

Saint Michael Korean Parish

32 Broad Street, San Francisco, California 94112

Saint Patrick Parish

756 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103

Saint Paul Parish

221 Valley Street, San Francisco, California 94131

Saint Peter Parish

1200 Florida Street, San Francisco, California 94110

Saint Stephen Parish

451 Eucalyptus Drive, San Francisco, California 94132

Saint Teresa Parish

390 Missouri Street, San Francisco, California 94107

Saint Thomas More Parish

1300 Junipero Serra Blvd., San Francisco, California 94132

Saint Vincent De Paul Parish

2320 Green Street, San Francisco, California 94123-4625

Saints Peter and Paul Parish

666 Filbert Street, San Francisco, California 94133

St. Monica – St. Thomas the Apostle Parish

470 – 24th Avenue, San Francisco, California 94121

Star of the Sea Parish

4420 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, California 94118
(415) 751-0450

All Souls Parish

315 Walnut Avenue, South San Francisco, California 94080

Church of the Good Shepherd

901 Oceana Boulevard, Pacifica, California 94044

Church of the Nativity

210 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park, California 94025

Holy Angels Parish

107 San Pedro Road, Colma, California 94014
650-488-0240

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish

1040 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Belmont, California 94002

Mater Dolorosa Parish

307 Willow Avenue, South San Francisco, California 94080

Our Lady of Angels Parish

1721 Hillside Drive, Burlingame, California 94010

Our Lady of Mercy Parish

1 Elmwood Drive, Daly City, California 94015

Saint Matthew Parish

1 Notre Dame Avenue, San Mateo, California 94402

Saint Peter Parish

700 Oddstad Boulevard, Pacifica, California 94044

St. Pius Church

1100 Woodside Road, Redwood City, California 94061
650-361-1411

Saint Raymond Parish

1100 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, California 94025

Saint Robert Parish

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, California 94066

St. Timothy Catholic Church

1515 Dolan Ave, San Mateo, California 94401
(650)342-2468

Saint Veronica Parish

434 Alida Way, South San Francisco, California 94080

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish

300 Fulton Street, Redwood City, California 94062

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish

60 Wellington Avenue, Daly City, California 94014

Our Lady of the Pillar Parish

400 Church Street, Half Moon Bay, California 94019

Saint Andrew Parish

1571 Southgate Avenue, Daly City, California 94015

Saint Anthony Parish

3500 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, California 94025

Saint Augustine Parish

3700 Callan Blvd., South San Francisco, California 94080

Saint Bartholomew Parish

600 Columbia Drive, San Mateo, California 94402
650.347.0701

Saint Bruno Parish

555 W. San Bruno Avenue, San Bruno, California 94066

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish

1310 Bayswater Avenue, Burlingame, 94010

Saint Charles Parish

880 Tamarack Avenue, San Carlos, California 94070

Saint Denis Parish

2250 Avy Avenue, Menlo Park, California 94025

Saint Dunstan Parish

1133 Broadway, Millbrae, California 94030

Saint Francis of Assisi Parish

1425 Bay Road, East Palo Alto, California 94303

Saint Gregory Parish

2715 Hacienda Street, San Mateo, California 94403

Saint Luke Parish

1111 Beach Park, Foster City, California 94404-1915

Saint Mark Parish

325 Marine View Avenue, Belmont, California 94002

Holy Name Preschool

1560 40th Ave., San Francisco, California 94122

Laura Vicuna Pre-Kindergarten

660 Filbert St., San Francisco, California 94133

Saint Anne Preschool

1362A 14th Ave., San Francisco, California 94122

Saint Mary Preschool

838 Kearny St, San Francisco, California 94108

Saint Paul Littlest Angel Preschool

221 Valley St., San Francisco, California 94131

Saint Philip Preschool

725 Diamond St., San Francisco, California 94114

Saint Thomas the Apostle Preschool

710 40th Ave., San Francisco, California 94121

Saint Stephens Preschool

473 Eucalyptus Drive, San Francisco, California 94132

Stella Maris Academy K-8

4420 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, California 94118
K-8

Tiny Knights Preschool at St. Gabriel

2550 41 St. Ave., San Francisco, California 94116

Utopia Preschool

50 Thomas More Way, San Francisco, California 94132

Saint Raphael Preschool

1100 Fifth Ave., SanRafael, California 94901

All Souls Preschool

479 Miller Ave., South San Francisco, California 94080

Holy Angels Preschool

20 Reiner St., Colma, California 94014
(650) 755-0220

Immaculate Heart of Mary School & Preschool, Belmont

1000 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, California 94002

Nativity

1250 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, California 94025

Notre Dame Preschool

1200 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, California 94010

Our Lady of Angels Preschool

1341 Cortez Ave., Burlingame, California 94010

Our Lady of Mercy Preschool

7 Elmwood Dr., Daly City, California 94015

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Preschool

601 Katherine Ave., Redwood City, California 94062

Sacred Heart Preschool & Kindergarten

150 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton, California 94027

Saint Matthias Preschool

533 Canyon Road, Redwood City, California 94062

St. Pius Preschool

1100 Woodside Rd., Redwood City, California 94061
(650) 361-1411 x127

Conv. of the Sacred Heart Elem.

2222 Broadway St., San Francisco, California 94115

De Marillac Academy

175 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, California 94102

Ecole Notre Dame des Victoires

659 Pine St., San Francisco, California 94108

Father Sauer Academy (St. Ignatius College Prep.)

2001 37th Avenue, San Francisco, California 94116

School of the Epiphany

600 Italy Ave., San Francisco, California 94112

Holy Name School

1560 40th Ave., San Francisco, California 94122

Woodside Priory High School

302 Portola Rd., Portola Valley, California 94028

Sacred Heart Preparatory

150 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton, California 94027

Notre Dame High School

1540 Ralston Ave., Belmont, California 94002

Mercy B. High School

El Camino Real #2, Burlingame, California 94010

Junipero Serra High School

451 West 20th Ave., San Mateo, California 94403

Marin Catholic High School

675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield, California 94904

Stuart Hall High School

1715 Octavia St., San Francisco, California 94109

Saint Ignatius College Prep

2001 37th Ave., San Francisco, California 94116

Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep

1055 Ellis St., San Francisco, California 94109