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Congratulations Class of 2020 Graduates from the Clergy and Staff of Saint Gregory Church! May the Lord continue to walk beside your journey. May He guide you with His Grace, inspire you by the light of His love, and bless you with an amazing future.


Thank you to all who responded to our Church survey.  We are taking your feedback into consideration as we move forward with re-opening our church doors for in-person Masses.  We'll have an announcement soon about when our first in-person Mass will be and what protocols will be in place. Stay tuned.


Religious Education Registration | PreK - 6th Grade Students
Registration for Religious Education (Sunday School / Faith Formation) is open for the 2020-21 School Year.  

Early bird registration ends, July 15. REGISTER TODAY

We don't know what the next school year will look like (virtual classes, in person classes or a hybrid), but what we can tell you is that we will offer a Faith Formation program for students.  Classes will continue with guidance from the San Francisco Archdiocese Office of Religious Education, Department of Catholic Schools, Fr Mark and the staff of Saint Gregory Church.

You'll get regularly planned lessons based on a calendar (similar to this year’s schedule)
  • Taught by a catechist (virtually or in person)
  • Using materials (books) we provide to you
  • Plus opportunities for
    - Group sharing with classmates
    - Family experiences at home
    - Enhancing lessons with Multimedia
For more information about Religious Education, please contact re@stgregs-sanmateo.org

From Father Mark

Below is some positive news from Archbishop Cordileone announcing the first steps the Archdiocese of San Francisco is taking toward reopening of churches for public mass. When Saint Gregory Church will reopen is still undetermined, but until then, we'll continue to offer Sunday and daily Masses plus Acts of Spiritual Communion virtually on Facebook LIVE. 

An Update to the People of God from Archbishop Cordileone: First Steps in Reopening for Public Mass 

You are my shelter; you guard me from distress; 
with joyful shouts of deliverance you surround me (Psalm 32:7). 

As we continue to take shelter in our homes to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, this prayer of the psalmist reminds us that our only true refuge is the Lord alone. We ask God to shelter all those suffering from physical and economic distress as a result of this pandemic. I am also well aware of the spiritual distress that so many of our people are experiencing due to the unavailability of attending Mass in person. I therefore wish to send you this communication to update you on steps we are taking to reopen for public Mass here in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. 

For these last several weeks I have been joining my brother bishops in California for our weekly videoconference meetings to discuss the current situation and strategize how to begin safely to reopen for public Masses. We all agree that we should do this in sync with government regulations for sound safety protocols, and to that end have initiated a conversation with government leaders in Sacramento on this topic. I myself have been in touch with local government leaders here, as well as consulted with top experts in the fields of health care and epidemiology. I have also been in contact with Metropolitan Gerasimos of the Greek Orthodox Church, who has shared with me the similar concerns of the bishops of the various Orthodox jurisdictions in California. The next two weeks will be the critical test: San Francisco has “flattened the curve,” and if this trend continues for these next two weeks, it will be safer to loosen some of the current restrictions on day-to-day activities. 

In any event, I wish to inform you that I have formed a committee of pastors and lay people to draft safety protocols, in keeping with current government regulations, that will enable us to begin accommodating our people for public Mass. Clearly, it will be different from what we are accustomed to, since numbers will have to be limited in order to observe the required physical distance and other safety measures. However, working with this committee, I look to find a way to accommodate the greatest number of people possible for Mass while in no way compromising the safety restrictions necessary to protect our people from contracting and spreading the virus. 

The dispensation to attend Sunday Mass will remain in place, and so those who fear becoming infected may remain at home in good conscience. The usual advisories also remain in place for those who should remain at home and avoid exposure to any public gathering, including worship: the elderly, those with pre-existing health conditions making them especially vulnerable to infection, those who have recently had contact with someone tested to be COVID-19 positive, etc. Sunday, of course, is still the Christian Sabbath and so must be kept holy, even if in-person attendance at Mass is not possible. You may attend any livestreamed Mass in the Archdiocese remotely via the Archdiocesan website. You will also find there an Act of Spiritual Communion and other resources ( sfarch.org/keeping-the-sabbath). 

God is our shelter, and God delivers from distress all those who remain true to Him. Let us therefore persevere in faith, hope and charity, trusting that in God’s time and in God’s way, God will surround us with joyful shouts of deliverance.


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NOTE: Survey closes 2:00 PM, Thursday, June 11.

Fr Mark, Fr Oliver and the staff are happy to share that Saint Gregory Church is closer to being able to Celebrate the Eucharist with you in person.

It is important to us to hear from you, the members of our Parish, as we consider how to implement these protocols and guidelines from government health officials and the Archdiocese. 

Please take a few minutes today to share your feedback and expectations about attending Mass in person again.


In the Silence of our Hearts, God Speaks | A Lenten Reflection with Fr Mark Reburiano

This is a Lenten recollection given by Fr. Mark Reburiano, pastor of St. Gregory's Church in San Mateo, CA last April 8, 2020. Unlike other recollections, this one is different in the sense that it was streamed to a particular group via Facebook live, and then recorded and edited for sharing to all via the Saint Gregory's Facebook Page. Recorded and shot at the altar of Saint Gregory's Church, this video contains gold nuggets that will help nourish souls especially in the 2020 shelter-in-place situation due to the Corona Virus outbreak in the US. This was filmed and recorded to help parishioners and friends of Saint Gregory's Church how to listen to God in the silence of our hearts.  Uploaded in Facebook for reflection on Good Friday of 2020.

 

From Fr. Mark, Fr. Oliver, Deacon Bob, Deacon Sal and the St. Gregory Parish Staff 

Each year during Lent, the Church calls us to self-reflection and to make the necessary changes to our lives. This year amid the health crisis our world is facing it is even more important to think about how we hear the words of Jesus to take up the cross. With the grace of God, we face the crosses of our personal challenges not alone, but in union with Him.

The approaching Easter victory is our call to new hope. It is about believing with conviction that with the power of Jesus’ transforming love, new lives and a new world are possible.

During the virtual liturgies of Holy Week, we concentrate on the events of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection – the Paschal Mystery. You and your family are invited to join us in these powerful, moving celebrations.

We, your parish family, pray for your good health and wish you a Holy and Happy Easter.

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From Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone
Instructions for the Celebration of Holy Week Liturgies and Confirmation

March 24, 2020

Full Text PDF

As we continue to shelter in place to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus, we now face the prospect of celebrating Holy Week without our people present in our churches. This scenario presents a number of considerations for steps to be taken to protect our people while allowing them to follow these most sacred ceremonies to the extent possible. The Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments recently issued a decree giving instructions in the regard, and Archbishop Leonard Blair, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship, sent a letter to bishops giving some further indications for our Bishops’ Conference.

After reviewing these documents and consulting with the deans, the vicar general and the vicars for clergy, I am now issuing these specific instructions (Click here for Full PDF) for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. It is to be understood that these instructions apply only to Holy Week of 2020, and that the ceremonies described...are to be carried out with the number of ministers required for the service to be conducted, but without an assembly physically in attendance.

Most recent update, as of March 25 

MAY 2 FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CELEBRATION IS POSTPONED until further notice, which means the April 30 practice/rehearsal is also postponed.

Previously shared information can be found on our UPDATES page - http://saintgregorychurch.org/updates

Call 2-1-1 from any phone for more information about COVID-19 or visit: 

Church - Open 

  • The church will be open daily from 12 Noon to 4:00 PM for personal prayer
  • Please practice social distancing while in the church

The Parish Office - Closed

  • The Parish office is closed until further notice.
  • Priests and Staff are available via phone message, email and US mail.
  • If you have an emergency that requires a priest, please call 1-866-636-7821.

Sacraments 

  • Weddings and funerals will be postponed to the extent possible.
  • Baptisms are suspended, however, you may still begin the process by filling out the form which can be found online at https://goo.gl/XENWUZ

Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy at Home

  1. The Prayer for An Act of Spiritual Communion can be found at https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/devotions/act-of-...
  2. Article on Spiritual Communion and its history can be found here: https://www.dolr.org/article/those-unable-receive-eucharist-can-have-spiritual-communion.
  • Daily Mass is broadcast on EWTN at 5am, 9am and 4pm
  • Sunday Mass is broadcast at 6:00AM on KOFY 13 and KTSF 26, at 6:30AM on KTXL 40 Sacramento, as well as on EWTN.
  • You can watch masses online at CatholicTV.org or visit https://sfarch.org/livestreams for information on local masses
  • Meditate on the readings for that Sunday
  • Pray the Rosary 
  • Pray the Liturgy of the Hours

Sunday School / Religious Education / Children's Faith Formation / Confirmation

  • MAY 2 FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CELEBRATION IS POSTPONED until further notice, which means the April 30 practice/rehearsal is also postponed.
  • Faith Formation will continue from home
  • Classes will not meet again in-person this school year 
  • Teachers will be in touch to share with families how we will partner to help you continue nurturing faith in the home.
  •  While we're getting things in order and giving you time to get into a routine with your students at home. Here's an excerpt from A Faith Response to the Coronavirus from The Pastoral Center to help you during this time. Download the PDF at http://bit.ly/covidfaithresponse

    The coronavirus outbreak is stirring up anxiety, confusion, and major inconveniences. It is a situation in which we can easily overreact or underreact. How can our faith tradition guide and comfort us through this troubling time? A good starting point is to remember that the most repeated phrase in the Bible is “Do not be afraid!” or “Have no fear!"

     Proactively love your neighbor!
    • Check in on isolated or vulnerable neighbors and offer to help with specific tasks such as shopping, child or pet care, cleaning, etc. 
    • If you are in a position of power, use that power for the good of all. Allow workers to work from home or take time off, limit large gatherings, follow government guidance, etc. 
    • Thank those on the front lines who are protecting us, such as health care workers, police, firefighters. Be gentle and kind with them. 
    • Pray for all those affected by the crisis. 
  • We'll send an email to our Sunday School / RE families as we update our Information Page at http://saintgregorychurch.org/faith-formation/yout... with links to resources you can reference at home, like Lego Bible Stories, How to Pray the Rosary, Catholic Prayers, Lenten & Easter Activities, etc...

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March 21 Update

As promised, we are now livestreaming our masses:
Daily at 12:00 Noon 
Watch us on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/saintgregorychurch.

Join us tomorrow, March 22 at 12:00 Noon for our first official livestream.

Father Mark will be celebrating the Holy Eucharist on the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

You don’t need a Facebook account to watch the streaming video nor do you need to sign up.

To watch without an account, when prompted to Log In or Create New Account, select Not Now.

If you miss the streaming video, don't worry, you can watch a recording of the mass immediately on Facebook or after 4pm on Saint Gregory Church’s YouTube channel, bit.ly/stgregyoutube

Note: during the mass Father Mark will ask us to recite a Prayer for Spiritual Communion since we are unable to receive Sacramental Communion due to current circumstances.

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From Father Oliver 

March 21, 2020

Dearly beloved in Christ,
The LORD be with you!
As we begin to pray the family Rosary. I am forwarding to you from the YouTube how to pray the Holy Rosary as your guide hoping you will find it useful. https://youtu.be/0V7UK9MdHlo

As we unite during this very dark moment in our Nation’s life and indeed in the world over please find here a guide to praying the Holy Rosary and the Rosary of DIVINE MERCY https://youtu.be/jIdiktEquMM

Here is a guide to praying the Rosary of Divine mercy which is completely different from the Holy Rosary! https://youtu.be/7qVVkda0H8A

Please feel free to call me and ask any questions relating to our Catholic and Christian Life ( not about the CORONAVIRUS) during the day from the hours of 10:00 - 5:00pm. I am available to discuss our Catholic Christian  faith with you in the phone. 

While looking forward to hearing from you, I am sincerely yours in the hearts of Jesus and Mary

Fr Oliver 

March 19, 2020

My dear good people of God,

Grace to you from God our Father and the LORD JESUS Christ!

We appreciate very much the good leadership and updates from our Pastor, Fr Mark Reburiano, in these very difficult moments we are all going through. May I add my voice today by appealing to you all to bow your heads in prayer as I said to you during my homilies in the church these past 2 weeks.

Can we all as a family come together in our homes at 9:00am daily to pray THE HOLY ROSARY (Mysteries of Light) for God’s intervention against this Coronavirus and make us, our parish/county, our country and the world safe again!

My humble suggestion. United with you in prayer

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr Oliver ORTESE
Assistant Pastor

Summary of COVID Updates as of March 19

All Public Attendance at Eucharistic Celebrations / Masses - Suspended

  • Beginning Saturday March 21, 2020, public attendance at all weekend masses, in addition to the previously announced daily masses, is suspended until further notice.
  • Fr Mark and Fr Oliver will continue to privately celebrate daily and weekend Masses to honor previously scheduled intentions. 
  • St Gregory is exploring ways to livestream Masses per the Archbishop's encouragement. Stay tuned.
  • Since the celebration of Mass in public is not available, the faithful are not bound by the obligation of Sunday Mass attendance.  To be more precise: to “keep the Lord’s Day holy” is the precept of the third Commandment of the Decalogue, direct from God, to which we are always bound and can never be dispensed; however, at this time, our people are excused from keeping the Lord’s Day holy by attending Sunday Mass.  This means that our people must keep the Lord’s Day holy in other ways, at home. From the Archbishop's most recent March 17 Update (sfarchdiocese.org/health-alerts)
  • To read the Health Alerts from the Archdiocese of San Francisco visit sfarchdiocese.org/health-alert

Church - Open 

  • The church will be open daily from 12 Noon to 4:00 PM for personal prayer
  • Please practice social distancing while in the church

The Parish Office - Closed

  • The Parish office is closed until further notice.
  • Priests and Staff are available via phone message, email and US mail.
  • If you have an emergency that requires a priest, please call 1-866-636-7821.

Sacraments 

  • Weddings and funerals will be postponed to the extent possible.
  • Baptisms are suspended, however, you may still begin the process by filling out the form which can be found online at https://goo.gl/XENWUZ
  • Confessions by appointment. Confessions will be heard in an open space, or spacious room, where the six-feet distance rule can be observed and confidentiality respected.

Offertory / Donations

  • In your absence, we ask for your continued financial support. During this time of unprecedented cancellation of Masses, please remember to continue your donations to Saint Gregory Church. We depend on the generosity of our faith community to support our basic operations.
  • Mail Envelopes to the church or drop them in the mail slot at the Parish Office (2715 Hacienda Street, San Mateo, CA 94403)
  • Donate Online at http://bit.ly/stgregdonation Create an account, set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet.
  • Download the free GivePlus Mobile app from the App Store or Google Play; find our church by ZIP code or by searching for our Church name; then donate!

“Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy at Home”

  • Click here for Recommendations from Archbishop Cordileone
  • Parishioners are encouraged to follow the televised Mass, and to make an act of Spiritual Communion.
  • Make an act of Spiritual Communion
  • Daily Mass is broadcast on EWTN at 5am, 9am and 4pm
  • Sunday Mass is broadcast at 6:00AM on KOFY 13 and KTSF 26, at 6:30AM on KTXL 40 Sacramento, as well as on EWTN.
  • You can watch masses online at CatholicTV.org or visit https://sfarch.org/livestreams for information on local masses
  • Meditate on the readings for that Sunday
  • Pray the Rosary 
  • Pray the Liturgy of the Hours

Sunday School / Religious Education / Children's Faith Formation / Confirmation

  • Faith Formation will continue from home
  • Classes will not meet again in-person this school year 
  • Teachers will be in touch to share with families how we will partner to help you continue nurturing faith in the home.
  • While we're getting things in order and giving you time to get into a routine with your students at home. Here's an excerpt from A Faith Response to the Coronavirus from The Pastoral Center to help you during this time. Download the PDF at http://bit.ly/covidfaithresponse

    The coronavirus outbreak is stirring up anxiety, confusion, and major inconveniences. It is a situation in which we can easily overreact or underreact. How can our faith tradition guide and comfort us through this troubling time? A good starting point is to remember that the most repeated phrase in the Bible is “Do not be afraid!” or “Have no fear!"

    Proactively love your neighbor!
    • Check in on isolated or vulnerable neighbors and offer to help with specific tasks such as shopping, child or pet care, cleaning, etc. 
    • If you are in a position of power, use that power for the good of all. Allow workers to work from home or take time off, limit large gatherings, follow government guidance, etc. 
    • Thank those on the front lines who are protecting us, such as health care workers, police, firefighters. Be gentle and kind with them. 
    • Pray for all those affected by the crisis.

  • We'll send an email to our Sunday School / RE families as we update our Information Page at http://saintgregorychurch.org/faith-formation/youth/news-updates-and-reminders with links to resources you can reference at home, like Lego Bible Stories, How to Pray the Rosary, Catholic Prayers, Lenten & Easter Activities, etc...

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MARCH 13 UPDATE

Saint Gregory Parish
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
as of March 13, 2020

This is a fluid time for all of us.  Information, recommendations and mandates from public health officials and the Archdiocese of San Francisco are changing rapidly.

Please know, as we navigate these uncharted waters, we hold your spiritual and physical well-being in our hearts. With you, we journey together through this uncertainty with Faith and Hope.

We appreciate your patience as we interpret and implement precautionary measures here at Saint Gregory Church. 

Below is an update of changes as of March 13, 2020.

Regularly scheduled Sunday Masses and Saturday Confessions will continue.

Recent changes to activities here at Saint Gregory Church, include the cancellation of:

  • Friday Lenten Masses (12:15 PM)
  • Adoration 
  • Friday Confessions
  • Stations of the Cross 

 We will also suspend Daily Masses beginning March 14 until further notice.

After much discussion and prayer, the clergy and staff of St. Gregory Parish have agreed to suspend our Daily 8:30 AM Masses. This will give us the opportunity to reduce exposure and prepare the church for Sunday Services during the week. 

Scheduled Mass Intentions will be prayed for at private Masses celebrated by our Priests.  

We know that some of our faithful will be greatly impacted by these decisions. 

During this time our church will remain open for personal prayer.

Daily Masses are available for on-demand and live viewing via internet (CatholicTV.org) and television at EWTN Global Catholic Network. EWTN Daily mass can be viewed Monday through Saturday at 5:00am, 9:00am and 4:00pm. The schedule can be found at https://www.ewtn.com/tv/schedule

The status of activities is listed below.

Saint Gregory Church will CONTINUE:

  • Sunday Masses
    As previously scheduled
  • Regularly Scheduled Confessions
    Saturdays at 3:45pm – 4:45pm

The following has been CANCELLED/POSTPONED:

  • Daily Masses
    8:30am
  • Friday Lenten Masses
    12:15pm
  • Friday Confessions
    Fridays of Lent at 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Stations of the Cross
    Fridays of Lent at 7:00pm
  • Adoration
    Fridays of Lent and First Fridays of the Month at 9:00am - Noon
  • All Lenten Soup Nights
    March 11, 18, 25 & April 1
  • St Gregory School Classes
    March 12 – 25
  • St Gregory Athletic Events & Practices
    March 12 – 25
  • St Gregory School Grandparents’ Day & Mass
  • March 13 
  • Confirmation 1 Retreat
    March 14
  • Couples for Christ Meeting
    March 14 
  • Mid-Peninsula Chinese Catholic Community Reception Following Mass
    March 15
  • Resurrection Prayer Study Lead by Kathy Lange
    March 17, 24, & 31
  • St Gregory School Auction
    March 21
  • Confirmation 1 Sponsor and Candidate Meeting
    March 22 
  • First Communion Families Agape Celebration
    March 24
  • Lenten Communal Penance Service
    Monday, March 23 at 7:00pm
  • All Confirmation 1 Classes
    March 15 – April 26
  • All Sunday School / Religious Education Classes
    March 15 – May 17 
  • All Children’s Liturgy of the Word
    March 15 – May 17


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Where's the Holy Water in Church?

In an effort to reduce the spread of germs in our parish, we have removed the Holy Water from our fonts.

You were baptized with water AND the Holy Spirit. 

As you enter the church and make the Sign of the Cross, remember that while there is no water, the Holy Spirit is still present.

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