Pastoral Message



Where Some Of Our Second Collection/AAA Funds Go


“From: Jilma Meneses <>
Date: October 13, 2017 at 10:33:46 PM PDT
Subject: Catholic Charities of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo - North Bay Fire Update!


Dear Colleagues and Friends of Catholic Charites of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo:


The North Bay fires did not reach our CYO Camp in Occidental, but we have been preparing all week just in case. Other camps in the area were not so fortunate. In addition, some of our employees, Board members, and colleagues in Santa Rosa have been directly affected and lost homes. Catholic Charities of San Francisco initiated an internal incident command center on Monday and we have been communicating daily with key staff, sometimes several times a day.

We need to keep the roads open for emergency responders. As a result, all programs at camp have been canceled at least until next Thursday. The staff, led by Rick Garcia, made and delivered enough banana and zucchini bread from our camp kitchen to go with fire fighters in the morning.  Fire crews are rotating at 24-hour shifts. Over 400 fire crew members from all over the state and beyond have arrived. Many are housed at Alliance Redwoods, but CYO Camp will house overflow if needed. Our Catholic Charities staff has reached out to the evacuation sites and will prepare to house evacuees at least for a short term if needed.  In the meantime, camp staff members are working at the evacuation centers, including doing fire crew laundry at Alliance Redwoods starting Sunday.   We have offered our camp facility to emergency responders if needed.

The Canal and Treasure Island programs are both closed at until Monday due to smoke. Please check our website for updates.

The exact extent of the impact is unknown, but it is undoubtedly one of California’s worst catastrophes. Experts claim the impact on the economy, jobs, human life, wildlife, and ecosystems will have long-term effects. People have called and asked how they can help.  We have set up a donation page on our website - North Bay Fire Relief
fund.  Catholic Charities of San Francisco will collaborate with others and serve those in need!  

I am very grateful and proud of our Rick Garcia, Steve Grant (who is also a volunteer firefighter), and the whole team at CYO Camp for their endurance and willingness to assist!  Their servant leadership is very much appreciated. Please continue praying for our brothers, sisters, and children affected by this horrible tragedy.”


Please continue to pray for all first responders and victims involved in helping during this regional crisis!


October 2017 - Respect Life Month


The first right of the human person is his life. He has other goods and some are more precious, but this one is fundamental - the condition of all the others. Hence it must be protected above all others. It does not belong to society, nor does it belong to public authority in any form to recognize this right for some and not for others: all discrimination is evil, whether it be founded on race, sex, color or religion. It is not recognition by another that constitutes this right. This right is antecedent to its recognition; it demands recognition and it is strictly unjust to refuse it.

— Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Declaration on Procured Abortion (1974), no. 11


Fr. Mike



2017 Archdiocesan Annual Appeal