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All Public Masses including weekend Masses with Parishioners, are temporarily Cancelled until further notice.

Las Misas con publicos han sido canceladas por estas semanas, incluyendo las misas dominicales.  Lo sentimos mucho, pero debemos respetar las decisiones de autoridades civiles y religiosas.
On weekdays (Mon-Sat) Masses are celebrated at 9am for your intentions privately.

Sunday Masses are liveStreamed & posted on YouTube on this website

We urge and invite you to access the posted links at your convenience and celebrate the Eucharist with your families as we bring the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass into the living rooms of your  homes.
You may consider this as a great opportunity, to embrace these days of 'Shelter-in-Place' as God's permitted moments of special grace, for our own personal salvation, in order that we make some extra efforts to continue practicing our Faith, in the midst of uncertainties, to keep praying, when patience wears thin, when hope is challenged, to attend and pray the Celebration of the Mass, to receive the Holy Eucharist spiritually, to share this gift of the Holy Eucharist with our loved ones in our homes and families.
We believe as a community of Faith, that God, our Father will never abandon us, nor 'test' us beyond our strength; in His providential care, He is working something beautiful for us in some most hidden inscrutable ways only known to Him.
It appears to me and it is my hope that the moments we spend in 'prayerful reflection' will be like 'seed' that is sown in fertile ground that will open up and bear new fruit.  So too, our 'dissipated and wasted lives' energies will be replenished, and our emptiness ... filled a hundredfold, as He renews in us and for us the "New face of the Earth".  The New Heaven and the New Earth awaits us!
Kindly set aside some time worthy of the Divine worship in the Merciful Presence of our God. Join in reciting our prayers: 'praying for Mercy', The 'Gloria' and our 'Creed' out loud and singing our Mass community responses.
Please continue to give your Parish Gifts 'On Line' or you may drop your offertory envelope in the basket when you come on Sundays, or mail it to the Parish office.
You Tube Videos of prior Masses are posted under the heading Mass & Our Faith with its drop down menu 'Mass Videos'.

The Church is open on Sundays from 8am to 1pm for anyone who wishes to come for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament,  personal prayer & reflection  

The Knights of Columbus, Council 615, from our Parish, in faithful stewardship of the Church have graciously offered to "keep a devotional watch" while it is open for public.
All Pastoral events are cancelled temporarily.
We shall not be praying the Rosary nor Stations of the Cross in a group setting in the Church during this time. Puede rezar el rezo de rosario, sus Via crucis personal pero sin formar grupos numerosos.

For sick calls and emergencies only, you may call 415-334-9027

If you do not find a live person to answer your call, please leave your message speaking slowly, stating the nature of your emergency with your telephone number and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.



The office of the Archbishop of San Francisco has tentatively announced that the conferral of the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco, will take place on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 10am.
More information will follow and will be disseminated through Mr. Rodrigo Castillo, the Director of Religious Education and Sacramental Formation of the Parish and Ms. Alexandra Iwasczewicz, the Interim Principal of St. John the Evangelist School.


The Parish of St. John the Evangelist will wait  for directives to come from the City and County of San Francisco to determine when it is safe to open up the Church buildings for public worship and community gatherings for the celebration of this sacrament. 
In preparartion to receive their First Holy Communion, these children celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the month of December 2019. The parents of these children registered in the program and prepared for the Sacrament, are asked to keep in touch with their respective program directors.
Those registered (turned in their completed applications) through the Parish Program (CCD) must contact Mr. Rodrigo Castillo, the Director of Religious Education and Sacramental Formation of the Parish of St. John the Evangelist Parish. 
Those registered (turned in their completed applications to Ms. K. Kennedy) through the School program must contact Ms. Alexandra Iwasczewicz, the Interim Principal of St. John the Evangelist School.

Parish office "Open" for business

The Parish Office is now  OPEN  for 'day to day regular Parish business'
While we look forward to begin interacting with one another, we may need to consider cautious little baby steps with one day at a time, at its own pace. We strive and urge you to promote what is absolutely necessary that we do not put anyone in harm's way. 
It is incumbent upon each of us brothers and sisters to remember that we are each other's keepers. 
Our wellbeing is not negotiable.  It is of utmost importance!
We need to do everything we can to protect one another from spreading the contagion of infectious diseases. Life is precious, it is God's gift to us from the moment of conception till natural death. We cannot afford to let our guard down. 
Reflecting on this incredible new trend and finding ourselves at this intersection, challenged with an unprecedent tension, between 'Lives' and 'livelihood'; 'responsibility and accountablity', we recognize, that it is a sacrifice that saves lives!
To that end, we urge, social distancing, wearing face masks, practicing good hygiene, following  safety protocols, washing our hands and sanitizing anything that has been exposed to probable or even plausible contamination and infection. These measures have proven so far to flatten the curve of CoviD-19.  Let us keep up that practice.
At the same time, we need to respect and recognize each one's feelings and comfortzones.


The Parish of St. John the Evangelist has always been 'an Open to all welcoming' community of Faith.  So please know that it is always a joy to see you and meet and connect with you.  It has been a very long ten weeks since we saw you. The Parish office eagerly awaits your visit to serve you in everyway possible.
Keeping up with the compliance proceedures, and to make things easier to everyone till we get used to the new arrangements, we request everyone who wants to come by the Parish office, to kindly call the Parish office  at 415-334-4646 prior to dropping by. 
This advance notification to us will help us to be ready for you and to attend to your needs. If you make that call prior to showing up, it will help us to be prepared to serve you better. If you need to park your vehicle, we will gladly open access to the larger Parking grounds for the purpose.
Please understand that we shall limit access to just two persons at any given time in the Parish  office reception area. Once their business is attended, and they leave, then the next in line would gain access into the reception area.
The small gate ingress from Bosworth street to the Parish Pastoral Center (located at 98 Boswroth Street, SF) will always remain unlocked and accessible during Parish office hours from 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, except on public holidays. 
Initially the Gates to the larger Parking grounds along the Marsilly Street will remain closed and locked. 
If one does not feel comfortable to physically drop by the Parish office, then one may contact the Parish office by telephone at 415-334-4646 and we shall serve you.
You may use our email: or


We do not as yet have any date  announced thus far to open our Churches for the Public Celebration of Masses. 
However, while we await eagerly for that joyous announcement, we consider these present days as an opportune time to  keep that goal in mind and prepare ourselves, moving forward to retool and calibrate ways and means necessary in order to embrace a salutary, healthy and a holy vision to worship God our Father in the Eucharist, the Sacrament and Sacrifice of His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
In anticipation of the same, the office of the Archbishop offers us a few directives in compliance with safe distancing and other safety protocols in keeping with some of the universally adopted, observed, recommended, and authenticated safe practices in order to reduce and minimize sustained exposure to contamination and infection from the virus.
As we embark into this new "WAY of LIFE" we seek guidance from the Holy Spirit to help us discern, modify the way we operate, if need be our way of doing things up until now, retool, and devise new ways without compromising the Sacred awe and wonder of our God.


As people of faith, we must always keep aware of the importance of acting in a socially responsible

way, in order to give good example to others and to witness the special concern we are called to

have to act with charity toward all. As we start to open up for public Masses here in the

Archdiocese of San Francisco, then, we must necessarily begin by allowing only a limited number

of attendants at each Mass in order to ensure compliance with social distancing guidelines and

other safety protocols, and so continue cooperating with the efforts of our public officials to stem

the spread of the coronavirus. The following directives will help to ensure that we are acting in a

socially responsible way, while enabling us to carry out our supreme call and duty to worship God

in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. If we all continue to do our part in this effort, we will be able to

take further steps, gradually, toward returning to ordinary parish life. The Archdiocese will

continue to issue directives to guide parish events, group meetings and other such activities as we

progress, step by step, toward this goal.


1.      All the faithful in the Archdiocese of San Francisco are dispensed from the obligation of attending

Sunday Mass. Although the faithful are dispensed from their obligation to attend Mass, they must observe the Lord’s Day and are encouraged to spend time in prayer on Sunday (such as following a livestream Mass or participating in a spiritual or corporal act of mercy). This also applies to Holy Days of Obligation.


2.     Those who are at higher risk of COVID-19 (e.g., those who are older or who have underlying

health conditions) are to continue staying at home. Likewise, anyone with a cough of any sort,

and anyone feeling ill, should not come to the church for a visit or for any ceremonies. As

circumstances allow, a visit from a priest, deacon, or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion

to bring them the Eucharist may be possible.


3.     A priest with a respiratory infection of any kind should avoid celebrating public Masses or

administering sacraments. The same holds for other ministers who might serve at a Mass

(deacon, servers, lectors) as well as for sacristans, ushers, etc.


4.     Parishes should continue to livestream Masses if feasible or direct parishioners to the

Archdiocesan website for a listing of livestream links.


5.     Parishes are not to hold events before or after Masses until directed by the Archdiocese.


6.  Each parish is to provide clear means of communication to its parishioners (e.g., bulletin, website,social media, Flocknote and general announcements).


7.     Ushers are critical for the social distancing to work. Parishioners are to follow all directions of

ushers before and during Mass. Ushers should show parishioners to their pew.



1.    In charity to all and in consideration of public health and safety, those attending Mass must wear a mask. All faithful able to do so are asked to bring their own hand sanitizer and mask. Churches will provide a limited supply of masks and hand sanitizer as that is possible for them.

2.   Pews and other high-touch areas such as doorknobs are to be sanitized after every Mass. See the link for CDC cleaning guidelines.

3.  Signage: at entrances to the church, post signs alerting people to the safety protocols to be  observed.

4.   Liturgical ministers do not wear masks.

5.  The six-foot distance rule must be strictly enforced. Each church should pre-stage distanced pews in accordance with the social distancing guidelines.

  • Cordon off pews to ensure a minimum of six feet between pews in which people will be sitting

  • Brightly colored and discernable tape or row

  • Ushers should serve as monitors.

  • Tape should be used.

  • Place tape on the floor to ensure distance in the Communion line.

  • Members of a single household do not need to practice physical distancing with each other and so may sit together in the same row.

    6. Each parish is to identify an established volunteer core to assist in the sanitizing of the church    after each Mass.

7.  Scheduling of Mass – all Masses held inside of church should be kept short, not to exceed 30-40

minutes in duration. Masses can also be held in an alternative site such as a parish hall, in which

case the Mass times should be staggered in order to avoid outdoor crowding when people arrive

and leave (e.g., in the church, Masses are every hour on the hour, and in the hall, every hour on

the first quarter hour). Alternative sites must comply with the same guidelines. The scheduling of

Masses will be left to the discretion of the Pastor. In anticipation of people arriving for one Mass

while those at the previous Mass are still leaving the church, separate designated ports of ingress

and egress should be used in order to avoid crowding.

8.    Music should be provided only when a liturgical action is taking place, and limited to the time

necessary to cover the action (e.g., entrance chant up to moment ministers arrive at their places

in the sanctuary, during the preparation of the altar only for the time the altar is being prepared

and not beyond, etc.). The parts of the Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, etc.) can only be sung if they can be

kept to a minimum time such that the total length of the Mass does not exceed 40 minutes;

otherwise, they are to be recited. Music can be provided by one musician and one cantor but no

choir and without congregational singing.

9.   Given the reduced number of people at Mass due to the social distancing guidelines, a system   will

have to be implemented to limit the number of persons attending any given Mass. Methods such

as Eventbrite or reservations can be helpful in this regard. Ushers and other volunteers will assist

in ensuring that no more than the number permissible will attend each Mass. Provisions should

be made to accommodate overflow in other buildings.

10.  For some parishes, it is also possible to have Mass outdoors. This is to be preferred if it can be

arranged in a dignified way while maintaining the required social distancing, as outdoor space

minimizes sustained exposure to the virus.

11.  Parishes will have to develop a plan for restroom use: limit the number of people who enter a

restroom at the same time, and place tape on the floor outside of the restroom to indicate where

 people should stand in line to wait for the restroom, while maintaining a 6-foot distance from

 each other. It is advisable to have ushers placed at the restrooms to monitor compliance with

 these regulations. Restrooms will need to be regularly sanitized by properly-trained parish staff.

12. Consider keeping the church or building doors open to prevent the touching of common surfaces

and to maximize the circulation of fresh air.

13. An initial announcement should be made communicating the temporary liturgical alterations

(e.g., no handshake at the Sign of Peace and the changes in the distribution of Holy Communion).


1.   All liturgical aids (e.g., song books, missalettes, worship aids, etc.) are to be removed from the

church and kept in storage prior to the commencement of public Masses.

2.   To the extent possible, the liturgical ministers (deacon, servers, lectors) should maintain a 6-foot

distance from the priest and from each other. This includes any time they may be together in the

sacristy before or after Mass.

3.   All ministers must sanitize their hands before processing out to begin the Mass.

4.   The priest and other ministers should enter the sanctuary from the sacristy.

5.   The priest will place the Missal on a stand at the chair or on the altar when he recites the

presidential prayers, rather than having a server hold the Roman Missal.

6.   The offertory procession (bringing up the offerings) should be omitted.

7.   The collection or offering baskets should be placed in strategic locations before Mass begins. This

 mitigates the congregation leaving the pews during Mass and minimizes exposure. Those

handling money, checks and envelopes must wear protective sanitation gloves and wash their

hands after touching these items.

8.   A deacon (if present) or a server brings the Missal, chalice, paten/ciborium, and cruets of wine

and water to the altar, while the priest remains at the chair. Alternatively, the vessels may be

kept on the right side of the altar or on a credence table next to it before Mass begins (GIRM, n.

      255 – which would be particularly indicated if there is no deacon or if the priest carries out the

introductory and concluding rites from the altar instead of the chair). The deacon then, if present,

arranges the items on the altar and prepares the chalice in the usual way; otherwise, this is done

by the priest.

9.   The lavabo should be done by the priest alone, without assistance, either at a credence table

near the altar or at the side of the altar itself. The lavabo bowl should have water in it already,

with the towel next to it. After he performs the lavabo, the priest should then sanitize his hands.

The lavabo items should remain on the credence table and be removed by the priest after the


10.  The hosts to be consecrated for the Communion of the faithful are to be placed on a second

corporal towards the side of the altar. This allows the priest to proffer the words of consecration

directly over the host he will consume, with the other hosts on the altar but not directly in front

of the priest as he speaks the Eucharistic Prayer.

11.  For the elevation of the sacred species at “Through him, and with him, and in him,” if a deacon is

present, he may stand alongside the priest and elevate the chalice. Since this action is brief, he

need not remain 6 feet from the priest while doing so.

12.  The faithful exchange the sign of peace by remaining in their places and reverently bowing to

each other.

13.  Communion is distributed only to the liturgical ministers at the usual time during the Mass.

Communion for the faithful in the pews is distributed immediately after the conclusion of the

Mass, as described below. Only the priest receives from the chalice, which he himself then

purifies after distributing Communion to the liturgical ministers.


The distribution will take place immediately after the conclusion of Mass, i.e., immediately after the dismissal, with no recessional song being sung. This will allow for the Communion minister to wear a mask while distributing, which would not be appropriate within the context of the Mass. It will also allow for further safety precautions which could not be observed within the context of Mass, at least, not without inconvenience and without violating the symbolic and liturgical integrity of the Mass (which is to be celebrated without mask or gloves).

1.   At the start of Mass, or at a suitable point during Mass (e.g., before Communion or after the

Lamb of God) the priest should explain that those who desire to receive Holy Communion may do

so at the conclusion of the Mass. He may add that the faithful should maintain a 6-feet distance

from each other as they come forward for Holy Communion.

2.   The Precious Blood is not to be distributed to the faithful. A concelebrating priest should either

have his own chalice and purificator (which he himself purifies) or may self-communicate by


3.   After giving Communion to the liturgical ministers, the priest leaves the ciborium/ciboria on the

altar, covered, on top of a corporal.

4.   After the concluding blessing and the dismissal, the priest (and deacon, if present) remain in the

sanctuary, while the other liturgical ministers return to the sacristy. At the chair, the priest

removes his chasuble and the deacon his dalmatic. The purpose of removing the chasuble or

dalmatic is to mitigate exposure to the vestments and minimize laundering.

5.   A small table should be placed at each Communion station, with an unfolded corporal, a bottle of

hand sanitizer that is unscented, and an ablution bowl and purificator.

6.   The priest (and any other ministers distributing Holy Communion) sanitizes their hands (Holy

Communion may not be given with gloves on). The priest approaches the altar, holds up a single

host and says, “Behold the Lamb of God. Behold him who takes away the sins of the world.

Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.” He then leads the people in saying: “Lord, I

am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word, and my soul shall be

healed.” The priest (and any other ministers distributing Holy Communion) dons a surgical mask

or cloth face covering, takes the ciborium, and goes to the Communion station.

7.   The faithful should also remove any face coverings before coming forward for Holy Communion,

as well as gloves if they are wearing them and wish to receive Communion in the hand. Consider

the help of an usher (wearing a mask) to assist the faithful to come forward pew by pew, to

remind the faithful to maintain 6 feet distance and that they are to remove gloves and mask

before coming forward for Holy Communion. Immediately upon receiving Holy Communion, the

faithful should resume the proper use of their face coverings.

8.   The faithful receive Holy Communion in the normal way. If the priest senses that his fingers have

made contact with a person’s hands or mouth, he should pause, place the ciborium on the

corporal, cleanse his fingers in the ablution bowl and dry them on the purificator, and then use

hand sanitizer (non-scented). The same holds true for extraordinary ministers of Holy

Communion as well as deacons who are distributing Communion. The water in the ablution bowl

should then be poured down the sacrarium (or, lacking one, poured into the ground in a place

away from where people are likely to walk). He may repeat this process as often as he judges

necessary during the distribution of Holy Communion. It is not necessary, however, for him to use

hand sanitizer between each communicant, unless he makes actual contact.

9.   At the conclusion of the distribution of Holy Communion, the priest (and any other ministers)

return the remaining hosts to the tabernacle. The faithful may depart after making a brief prayer

of thanksgiving. Alternatively, the priest may say the concluding prayer, blessing, and dismissal

from the Rite for Holy Communion Outside of Mass, as follows:

“Let us pray.


O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament have left us a

memorial of your Passion,

grant us, we pray,

so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood

that we may always experience inourselves the fruits of your redemption.

Who live and reign with God the

”Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever."


He then gives a blessing in the normal way and dismisses the people with:

Go in the peace of Christ.”

10.  After the sacred vessels are purified, they should be washed after each Mass with hot water and


11.  All sacred linens that are to be cleaned must be placed in a plastic bag.


As we approach pleasant weather, outdoor Masses are a good option. This will alleviate the necessity to

sanitize a larger church space and serve as a viable alternative to smaller space.

1.   Care needs to be taken so that the sacred elements are protected from the weather.

2.   The same precautions and guidelines for indoor Masses should be followed.

3.   Cars should be parked in one area and the Mass should be celebrated in a different area.

4.   The faithful are encouraged to bring their own seating to relieve the parish from the burden of

sanitizing seating. The seating arrangement is to be clearly marked and allow for proper


5.   The same guidelines for restroom access and sanitization as indoor Masses apply.

6.   Distribution of Holy Communion would follow the guidelines for indoor Mass. There is to be no

distribution of Holy Communion to congregants in their vehicle.


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