Name of Church Church of the Visitacion

Address 655 Sunnydale Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94134

Phone number (415) 494-5517


Mass times Saturday vigil 4 p.m.; Sunday 9:30 a.m.; 10:30 a.m. (Spanish); noon; 5 p.m. (Vietnamese).  Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.  Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.  Saturday, 7:30 a.m.  First Fridays, 7 p.m. (Latin Tridentine).  Masses are ad orientem; there is an altar rail, with many communicants receiving kneeling and on the tongue.

Confessions Saturday, 3-3:45 p.m. and by appointment.

Music Choirs.

Names of priests Fr. Thuan Van Hoang, pastor.  Fr. Hoang was born in Saigon in 1956, and entered the seminary at age 12.  The Vietnam War and communist takeover of his country interrupted his studies for the priesthood, so he earned a living as a tricycle driver.  He had a harrowing escape from Vietnam on a fishing boat (threats from the weather, of capture, robbery by pirates), and made his way to the U.S.  He became a U.S. citizen and was ordained a priest in 1997.  He earned a JCL and works in the marriage tribunal, and is founder of the Blind Vietnamese Children Foundation.

School Yes, K-8.

Special parish groups Mother’s Club, Fil-Am Association, Homebound Ministry, Knights of Columbus, Legion of Mary, Over 55 Club.

Fellow parishioners It began as an Irish and Italian community, but today is also home to many black, Asian and Hispanic Catholics.

Parking Parking in lots beside the church.

Additional observations  The Church of the Visitacion is a parish of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.  It was established in 1907; the current church was constructed in 1951-52.  The church also oversees Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Brisbane.  It is a very traditional, pious community.