Name of Church Mission Dolores

Address 3321 Sixteenth Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

Phone number (415) 621-8203


Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. (old mission).  Sundays, 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m. (basilica)  Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. (old mission). Saturday, 9 a.m. (old mission)

Confessions  Saturday, 4-5 p.m.

Names of priests Fr. Francis Mark P. Garbo, pastor. In residence: Fathers Manuel Curso, Stephen Meriwether and Francis Htun. Fr. Garbo is the first superior general of the Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross, founded in the Philippines. He was installed as the Mission Dolores’ pastor in 2015.

Special groups/activities Legion of Mary, RCIA, adoration in the old mission church on First Fridays, Hispanic ministry

Music Depends on the Mass; the Basilica Choir sings at the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass and the Hispanic choir at the noon Mass.

Parking This is the big city, so public transportation might be the better choice. There is free parking in the Mission Dolores parking lot on weekends; see the website for details. Otherwise, there is paid parking on the street or garages.

Additional observations  Mission Dolores was founded in 1776, three months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Established by Spanish Franciscans and built to serve the Ohlone Indians who inhabited the region, it is today the city’s oldest building. St. Junipero Serra, leader of the Franciscans, himself celebrated Mass there. Today, it is located in the busy Mission District of the city. Towering on one side of the historic church is the newer basilica church, and on the other side is a portion of the original cemetery. All three segments of the property have appeared in films and television shows, including the cemetery scene in the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock classic Vertigo, the Henry Fonda-Lucille Ball wedding scene in the 1968 Yours, Mine and Ours and The Streets of San Francisco, For the Love of God. Larger groups can call and arrange a docent tour. Smaller groups can do a self-guided tour.