Name of Church Mater Dolorosa

Address 307 Willow Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (Willow & Miller, not far from Colma’s Holy Cross Cemetery)

Phone number (650) 583-4131


Mass Schedule Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. Holy days, 8 a.m., noon and 7:30 p.m. Traditional Latin Mass celebrated at noon, Monday – Friday, and Sunday at 5 p.m. (For the latest Latin Mass news at the parish, visit

Names of priests Fr. Rolando De la Rosa, a priest from the Philippines, is pastor. Fr. Vito Perrone, a priest of the Contemplatives of St. Joseph, assists with weekend Masses. Fr. De la Rosa, although a foreign born priest, speaks English well and is intelligent, well spoken and easy to understand. Fr. Perrone is likely to preach on spirituality or the saints, particularly St. Joseph.

Special groups Knights of Columbus, Legion of Mary, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Women’s Club, Pro-Life Ministry, Second Harvest

Music Strong music program; cantors and choirs, depending on the Mass.

Fellow parishioners It’s an English-speaking community, Asian and Anglo; there’s a Hispanic parish nearby.

School No.

Parking Ample parking.

Cry room No.

Additional observations Mater Dolorosa is not the most beautiful architecturally that San Francisco has to offer, but does have some nice features, such as the stained glass windows featuring the Sorrows of Mary. One of the parish’s special features is that on its grounds is a monastery, the Contemplatives of St. Joseph ( and The Contemplatives were founded in 2008, and combine both the active and cloistered life. One of the unique aspects of the community is that is tri-ritual, celebrating the English/Novus Ordo mass, the Latin/Extraordinary Form mass and the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom in the Byzantine Rite. The community is under the leadership of Father Vito Perrone, who celebrates Mass for the parish on weekends. The monastery formerly was a convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. The community is seeking to help the faithful grow in contemplative spirituality; its members are focusing on developing as spiritual directors and confessors, and spending weekends hearing confessions and giving retreats and parish missions.