Along with our staff and parishioners, I wish to welcome you to Saint Philip the Apostle Parish in San Francisco's Noe Valley District. The parish was founded over 100 years ago in 1910 and satisfied the needs of a growing Roman Catholic Community in the Upper Noe Valley of mostly Irish descent. However, the roots of that community lie spread throughout the layers of human history of that regions. Today, the reminders of that history are the names of streets, parks, and buildings; indeed, the life of the Valley itself. There are plaques and other landmarks to commemorate the life that flourished and finally teemed in this fertile valley. There is one symbol of the majority of the residents of that community in 1910 that still graces the sidewalk in front of the present St. Philip's Church. The ever-present shamrock pained Kelly green on the sidewalk is a reminder of the large group of Irish families who shared that part of the Valley with their German neighbors to the south. The parish is steeped in a rich and lasting history.
We are proud of our excellent K-8, eighty-year-old, Saint Philip's School. The school was founded by the Sisters of the Presentation. Our school is accredited by the WASC and is part of the Archdiocese of San Francisco Department of Education. (www.saintphilipschool.org)
Our parish also staffs administers a Preschool for children. Several types of programs are available to "fit" the needs of the modern family. (www.saintphilippreschool.org)
Saint Philips is a community bonded together through our faith in Jesus Christ and our trust in the Blessed Mother, Mary. We are represented by various nationalities and all age groups from tots to teens to young adults, the middle aged and elders. Some are single, some are married, some are divorced and some are widowed, some divorced. We are graced by all these varied people and many young families, too.
The Eucharist is the main focus of spirituality. We look forward to your joining us on Sunday as we celebrate together.
It is my privilege for me to serve as pastor in this community. On behalf of the community, I invite Catholics, who are new to the area and are looking for a parish to call "home," to join us in th worship of God and in service to His people.
May God bless you always!
Father Tony LaTorre