Name of Church: Immaculate Conception
Address: 3255 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone number: (415) 824-1762
Mass times: Sundays, 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. (Italian), noon, 5:30 p.m. (Latin Tridentine). Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. Holy Days, Thursdays, and the 13th of the month, 7:30 p.m.
Confessions: By appointment only.
Names of priests: Father Guglielmo “William” Lauriola is pastor emeritus and has lived at and served the parish for many years. He is an octogenarian who was born and reared in Italy. Fr. Lauriola was a friend of St. Padre Pio, and has served as exorcist for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Fr. William Young, a visiting priest, offers the Tridentine Mass. Fr. Young is a Thomist, orthodox and reverent, and is an excellent preacher.
Music: Depends on the Mass, organists, choirs. The Italian community sings at the 10:30 Mass; there are many Filipinos singing at the noon Mass.
Fellow parishioners: Like San Francisco itself, there are a mix of many ethnicities.
Parking: Ample. Park in the old school yard if you need to.
Additional observations: Immaculate Conception is a church in the Bernal Heights area of San Francisco. It has a beautiful interior: colorful images of Christ, the Blessed Mother, saints and angels, beautiful statues and stained glass windows. It received widespread news coverage in the 1990s when large crowds flocked to see reported apparitions of the Blessed Mother (some said it was Christ, others Padre Pio) in a brass gabled roof of the church. (Fr. Lauriola left it to the Church to decide if the apparitions were authentic, but was pleased it brought many back to Church.) There are no longer any reported apparitions, but many of the older parishioners will be happy to share their memories of the time with you.
Posted Friday, April 20, 2012 9:06 AM By Patrick
Posted Friday, April 20, 2012 10:20 AM By Peggy