Name of Church Ss. Peter & Paul Church

Address 666 Filbert Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

Phone number 415-421-0809


Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 10:15 a.m. (Chinese), 11:45 a.m. (Italian; Latin on the first Sunday of the month), 1 p.m., 5 p.m. Daily, 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 12:15 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Holy days, 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 6 p.m. Eve of Holy days, 6 p.m.

Confessions Saturdays, 4-5 p.m., before Masses or by appointment

Names of priests All Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB): Father John Itzaina, pastor. Fathers Al Mengon and Gael Sullivan, associate pastors. In residence: Brother Joe Lockwood and Fathers Armand Oliveri and Mario Rosso.

School Pre-K through 8th grade.

Special groups Holy Name Society, Italian Catholic Federation, Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Salesian Boys/Girls Club, Salesian Cooperators, Chinese apostolate

Music English, Italian and Cantonese choirs

Homilies Ss. Peter & Paul is a more conservative parish in a culturally liberal city. It supports, for example, the pro-life movement and the annual West Coast Walk for Life and traditional marriage.

Fellow parishioners Founded to originally serve San Francisco’s Italian community, the parish today has a large Chinese as well as Anglo population.

Parking This can be a challenge. There is a parking garage, but it fills up quickly.

Cry room no

Additional observations The parish was established in 1884 in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. The original church was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire; the current church was built in 1924. It is known as The Italian Cathedral of the West, and has served as the home church and cultural center for San Francisco’s Italian-American community. It has become the home church for the city’s Chinese-American Catholic community as well. It is a beautiful church both inside and out, and is an iconic landmark in the city’s skyline. It has made cameo appearances in many movies, including Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry and The Dead Pool. Baseball great Joe DiMaggio married his first wife (not Marilyn Monroe) and had his funeral in the church (he grew up in the neighborhood). It is located opposite Washington Square, and its loud bells can be heard ringing throughout the neighborhood. (An angry neighbor took the church to court in 2003 to curtail the bell ringing, but lost.) Little Italy is nearby, as is Chinatown.