The priests and the parish staff are available at the Parish Rectory to assist and serve you. The rectory should be contacted for arranging baptisms, funerals, weddings, and Masses to be offered for specific persons or intentions. Priests may be contacted for consultation or counseling on problems of a personal nature or for the reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
When practical, it is advisable to telephone for an appointment for any of these services. If a parishioner is admitted to a hospital or is confined at home with illness, the rectory should be contacted so that the sick or confined person might be properly ministered to by the parish staff. In the event of a serious accident, sudden serious illness or death, the priest may be summoned at any time of the day or night by calling the rectory.
Boys and girls who are in the fifth grade through the eighth grade in our parish school or in a public school have an opportunity to serve the parish at the celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy on weekdays and Sundays. Candidates participate in a preparation program.
This is the principal social event of our parish year, held in the month of October. Under the guidance of the Festival Committee, a large number of our parishioners work together to produce a three-day time of celebration and sociability, while generating funds for our school. The Festival provides an opportunity for parishioners to get to know each other a little better.
This program offers opportunities for the young people of our parish to participate in a number of organized sports. The goal of the sports program is to offer one more opportunity for growth as a person and in relationships with others during her/his elementary school years. St. Cecilia is a participant in the Positive Coaching Alliance.
When a family wishes to have their child baptized, they, and the godparents, participate in a special preparation program. This program is offered the third Tuesday every month from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm in the Collins Center, 2560 18th Avenue. When a baptism is anticipated, parents should contact the rectory.
Children's Faith Formation is offered for Catholic students attending public schools and for preschool and kindergarten ages. Classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9:00 am to 10:30am and this includes the 9:30am Mass. It takes place in the Collins Center and Former Convent. All parishioners who have children in public schools are urged to register them in the CFF program.
The Chinese Ministry goal is to foster friendship among the Chinese in our parish and to serve their needs in various ways. The programs available are Chinese RCIA classes, Bible Sharing group, prayer meetings, and Chinese language classes for school children.
The Monsignor Harold T. Collins Center is located at 2560 18th Avenue next to the former convent. The Center is the hub of a number of social, educational, and recreational activities. Diane Weinkauf is the coordinator. All are welcome to drop in to read the many magazines and periodicals, or simply to visit other parishioners over a cup of coffee. The phone number is 415.566.2690.
A parish priest, our youth minister, and high school youth conduct a nine-month program preparing our young people for the reception of Confirmation. Those wishing to receive this sacrament submit a formal request to be enrolled in the program in the Fall of each year. Candidates must be in seventh grade or older.
A group of parishioners who are commissioned to distribute the Holy Eucharist. They bring Holy Communion to those who are confined at home or are in convalescent facilities. They also assist with the distribution of the Eucharist during the Sacred Liturgy.
This is a group of Filipino parishioners who meet to support their culture, while helping them to integrate into our Parish family. They celebrate some traditional devotions and gather weekly for their "Block Rosary" meetings. This group also sponsors the annual Santo Nino Novena, which is held in December and the May Festival which is held in May..
A group of parishioners who meet monthly to review and evaluate the financial status of the parish. This group prepares the annual report to the parish and advises the Pastor in the area of finance.
This CFF (Children's Faith Formation) program is for 4 and 5-year-old children. The classes are held in the Lower Church during the 9:30 a.m. Mass each Sunday during the school year.
All high school age parishioners are invited to join our St. Cecilia Youth Group. Under the direction of our Youth Minister, the youth group meets once a month on Sundays from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. The purpose of these Sunday sharing sessions is to bring our faith alive. This group also offers recreational opportunities and service projects for its members. Please look at the "button" on the main page.
The local branch of this large statewide organization meets in St. Cecilias Parish. Branch No. 365 is composed of members from a number of parishes in our neighborhood. ICF sponsors a number of social events and supports religious and charitable causes.
A group of retired men and women who are committed to the care of our Church. Each Knight is present for one hour in the Church from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. once a week, Monday through Saturday. Because of their presence, the Church is always open to those who wish to visit and pray. Knights also provide for many other needs around our Church and parish. The Knights meet once a month.
A womens group whose primary purpose is to provide the supplies for parish liturgical services and to care for the altar and its appointments. In addition, the ladies of the League provide a number of programs for the mutual support of theirmembers and annually sponsor a number of social events.
Men and women of our parish family who exercise a vital role in the Churchs liturgical services. Lectors read the Scriptures, offer the Prayers of the Faithful, and lead the assembly in worship.
This organization places strong emphasis on the spiritual development of its members, especially through special devotion to Mary. They also engage in a variety of outreach programs geared to assisting and supporting those in need.
This group has the responsibility for reviewing and evaluation of all aspects of the liturgical life of our parish. The committee also plans and implements the music, church decorations, seasonal celebrations, and all elements of the liturgy.
A number of parishioners who are experienced in various trades share their knowledge of construction, painting, electrical work, etc., by advising and overseeing the constant maintenance which is required for the buildings and grounds of St. Cecilia Parish.
When a man and woman become engaged, they begin their preparation for the sacrament of Matrimony. All couples planning to receive the sacrament of Matrimony must allow six months for a period of preparation. In order to assist the couples in their preparation, the Archdiocese provides a series of sessions designed to offer matters for reflection and sharing. It is hoped that the sharing of experiences by committed married couples will be a source of information and encouragement for those contemplating marriage.
This organization is for all the men of the parish. The goal is to bring the men together socially and to serve all members of our St. Cecilia parish family. The annual Golf Day and Advent Pancake Breakfast are examples of their dedicated service to the parish.
This organization is made up of mothers whose children attend St. Cecilias School or CCD program. The mothers are given the opportunity to develop friendships and to provide mutual support through the spiritual, educational, and social activities which are offered. The Mothers Club also organizes volunteer assistance for our parish school and sponsors fund-raising events. Meetings of the general membership are held monthly.
Music is an essential part of worship and liturgical prayer. Singers and musicians, principally members of our parish, volunteer to share their talents in the preparation and presentation of the music which enhances our liturgical services. A group of musical leaders are employed to help us worship and praise God through song. Our music directors plan singing for the assembly, and cantors lead the community in song and responses. A group of dedicated parishioners form the parish choir, which enhances the liturgy at the 11:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday and on the major feasts throughout the year. There is also a childrens choir which sings monthly at our 9:30 a.m. Mass.
RCIA is a journey in faith. It is a process of conversion and learning more about the Catholic Church. It is meant especially for adults who are interested in becoming Catholic, or just learning about the Catholic Church. It can bring us closer to our God and brother, Jesus Christ, and our Roman Catholic faith community.
A group of parishioners who prepare the altar for every Mass. They also oversee and care for all of the vestments, vessels, and equipment which are used in our Church. Finally, they are present to assist the priests in their preparations for liturgical services and devotions.
One of the important responsibilities of our Parish is the education and religious formation of our children. Under the leadership of the Sisters of the Holy Names, a staff of 53 provides a Catholic education for approximately 600 students from Kindergarten to the 8th Grade. Click here to go to the St. Cecilia School website.
This spiritually-oriented society provides assistance for parish families who find themselves in need of support or assistance. The Society depends upon the generous contributions of goods and money from our parish family to carry out its important Christian mission.
The Ushers are available at all major Masses and services to greet parishioners and guests, to assist with the seating, to take up the collection, and to respond to any needs which may arise.