Churches Worth Driving To

Name of Church St. Anne of the Sunset
Address 850 Judah Street, San Francisco CA 94122
Phone number (415) 665-1600
Mass Schedule Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon (Cantonese). Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. & 8:45 a.m. Saturdays, 8:45 a.m.
Confession Saturdays, 4 – 4:55 p.m. and by appointment.
Names of priests Father Raymund Reyes, pastor. Father Marvin Felipe, SDB, parochial vicar. Bishop Daniel F. Walsh and Father Francisco Bagadiong, in residence. Deacon John Dupre. Father Reyes and Father Felipe are from the Philippines. Father Reyes is involved with the charismatic community. Bishop Walsh retired as Bishop of Santa Rosa in 2011.
School Yes, grades K-8.
Special events Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Hour and Benediction on First Fridays, 9:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.; St. Anne devotion at Saturday morning Mass. Each year, the parishioners hold a novena honoring St. Anne, which includes a procession through the neighborhood.
Special parish groups Al-Anon, Legion of Mary, Chinese School, prayer and Bible study groups
Fellow parishioners A mix; there is a significant Asian population.
Parking You’re in the City; can be a challenge.
Acoustics Fine.
Parish bulletin Go to the parish website and you can read the latest issue.
Additional observations St. Anne of the Sunset is a historic church located two blocks south of Golden Gate Park in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The large, pink church is a prominent feature in the Sunset community of the City. It was founded in 1904. The first church was built on the sand dunes which extended to nearby Ocean Beach, but collapsed in the 1906 earthquake. The current structure was built in 1933, and features Romanesque-revival architecture, twin towers (look close; one’s a little taller than the other), rose windows and an ornate façade which includes many carved images (from Scripture) and columns. On the inside, enjoy many stained glass windows, a vaulted dome ceiling and mosaics. It’s a beautiful piece of Catholic history in San Francisco. The church has a gift shop, open Saturdays 3-6 p.m. and Sundays 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.



Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 4:04 AM By Thomas Edward Miles
A PINK church in San Francisco, what a surprise, at least it has not been painted in a rainbow! This church is a beautiful place of prayer, as is, Holy Name of Jesus a few blocks away!! Bishop Daniel Walsh is a fine priest, he is a great blessing for the parish!

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 6:06 AM By St. Christopher
Nice building — too bad the good father is tied up in the protestant “charismatic” movement and fails to follow his own Pope calling for widespread use of the Latin Mass. Start a regularly scheduled Sunday TLM and instruct the little ones in the true tradition of the Faith. I guess the next thing will be some “outreach” to connect Chinese religion (Buddhism?) with Catholicism. A procession to St. Anne is very nice, and necessary, but, one wonders what she would say looking in at today’s N.O. practiced there? Not good (and Bishop Walsh knows this).

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 6:57 AM By MacDonald
St. Anne of the Sunset is such a wonderful part of our San Francisco heritage. As this article points out, for eons the good people of St. Anne’s have celebrated a famous and beloved procession and novena to St. Anne — and the school is thriving, providing a good Catholic education to the children of The City, including many who are inspired to become Catholics! The Chinese community in this neighborhood is now very strong, and they value a Catholic education for their children.

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 8:24 AM By Jessie
Why is it pink? Thank you,

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 10:14 AM By anonymous
during Sunday Mass, parking is in the school yard so there is ample parking

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 12:57 PM By Maryanne Leonard
Jessie, pink stucco is often seen in European buildings and is often seen in the Mediterranean area, Spain and Latin America. Since pink has become associated with the feminine, it has been subjected to unreasoned disdain, not unlike the gender with which it is now associated, even though it is a perfectly lovely color with legitimate parentage and the ability to charm and delight, especially in a seaside community, if not viewed prejudicially through a distorted prism. Pink needs to be seen in the light of truth for what it is, not for the imaginary meaning we mortals have bestowed upon it.

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 3:55 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
I believe this Church is the one tha Fr. Albert Negre, SDB died at, and the one the people of Sad Francisco kept directing us to when we were trying to find the New Cathedral. if it is, it is beautiful inside and out. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 6:39 PM By max
don’t attack pink too much, guys, because that’s what the HOLY FATHER wears on GAUDETE SUNDAY and LAETARE SUNDAY and you wouldn’t want to hurrt his feelings. would you? in CATHLIC SYMBOLISM, it represnts joy — not homosexuality. just FYI.

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 11:12 PM By JLS
max, he does not wear pink, but rose vestments.

Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:06 AM By Kenneth M. Fisher
All colors were created by God as was the Rainbow. We can’t let them dominate what God created. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher

Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 9:29 AM By max
JLS, i bow humbly before your superior knowledgee of fabric choices….

Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 11:55 AM By Marian
Oh, for heaven’s sake. Why pink? Why not! Call it rose, if you want. I’m sure Our Lady likes it.

Posted Thursday, May 17, 2012 10:40 AM By Kenneth M. Fisher
Marian, 11:55 AM, Our Blessed Mother likes all colors. Why, because Her Son created them. It is man that abuses them, by using them for evil purposes. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher

Posted Thursday, May 17, 2012 9:44 PM By Pax Vobiscum
While following the comments in Churches Worth Driving To, I have been struck by the increasing tendency of a few participants to continue writing after a topic has run its course. Of course, this is not of any importance, save for those occasions when the extended comments move from the banal to the uncharitable. (Thankfully, that has not yet occurred in this instance.) Please take a moment to reread, with objectivity, comments attached to a few other parishes. Upon doing so, I know that some may agree with me, and some will not. I look forward to reading your opinions, but would prefer not to find biting sarcasm, rudeness, or cruelty. Thank you, and God bless you.