St. Charles Parish

Faith, Community, Service

  • Today's Reflection from Father Dave

    The advantages of walking in the early morning darkness (disadvantages will be in another post): I get to test out a Christmas gift, a headlamp, and also I have the opportunity to see the sunrise, a welcome sight to each new day.   

    The headlamp gives just enough light for me not to trip over uneven surfaces and for others to see me, which is good for the Wandering Padre who does not use sidewalks. So I consider it a very good present. Using the lamp yesterday reminded me of a passage from Pope Francis in the encyclical Lumen Fidei:

    Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light.

    My headlamp can be placed on a brighter level, and it brings even more of my surroundings into view, but it does not remove the darkness. Which brings me to the other advantage of walking in the early morning hours, the sunrise. Gradually a light that does dispel the darkness begins to rise. So it is a sign of hope for a new day and new possibilities. 

    The Easter Vigil that we celebrate in just over a week from now, begins with the lighting of a single candle that leads us in a procession of hope. That light is passed from one person to another and the proclamation is sung: “Light of Christ.” Our response to this is simply, “Thanks be to God.”  

    So we live in faith; the sun will rise, and yes the darkness will be overcome. This entire Lenten season, and maybe what is going on around us, is built on faith and hope. We know that Easter will come; the Light will break into the world and overcome the darkness. God came to save His people.  

    These days when we are practicing “social distancing” it is a good time to practice “spiritual closeness,” walking with the Risen Son, who accompanies us even in the darkest of times. We are a people of faith; we hope for that time when we return to “normal.” 

    In Faith, Hope, and Love, Your Wandering Padre

    Father Dave

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  • In accordance with California health directives, parish offices are closed. All parish activities will cease, except for Sacramental practices. 

    Parish Staff are available at and (650) 591-7349, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM. Please leave a message and you will be contacted as quickly as possible. Individual staff contact information is available at Parish Staff Directory

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News from St. Charles Church

  • Scripture for Today's                              Liturgy of the Word

    To read or hear the Bible readings for today's liturgy, click Today's Readings

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  • happy to help  To the senior members of the St. Charles Parish Community:

    We understand the challenges of these difficult times.  If you are in need of assistance or support, please don't hesitate to reach out for help. Contact Kathy Fagliano at 650-591-7349, ext. 402, or   We are here for YOU!

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  • Power of Prayer   A Prayer for Our Uncertain Times

    May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.

    May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.

    May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health and making their rent.

    May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.

    May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go.

    May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.

    May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.

    As fear grips our country, let us choose love. And during this time when we may not be able to physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.


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Funeral Services

  •  chapel  Blessed are those who die in the Lord; let them rest from their labors for their good deeds go with them. 

     (Revelation 14:13)

  • Please pray for health care workers, first responders, and scientists who work for a cure, that they receive the necessary support and are safe during this health crisis. 

     In prayer we connect with God through the Spirit. There are several locations at St. Charles that provide a prayerful environment, formalized prayer, or contemplative silence:

    Parish Chapel, Blessed Mary's Grotto, Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Church

    Connect to Sacred Spaces for a view to your prayer life.

    Sacred Spaces at St. Charles


Mass Times

  • Holy Week

    Triduum Services Live-Streaming Schedule

     Link to Live-Stream

    April 9

       Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:30 PM 

    April 10

       Good Friday, 12:00-3:00 PM

    April 11

       Holy Saturday, Mass of Easter Vigil, 8:00 PM

    April 12

       Easter Sunday Mass, 9:00 AM

    Links to videos of all services will be posted on the St. Charles and St. Matthias websites

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  • Mass is live-streamed daily and recorded for online viewing.


    Saturday Evening Vigil, 5:00 PM

    Sunday, 9:00 AM

    Weekdays Monday-Friday, 5:00 PM

     Watch live-streamed Masses on the St. Charles Church Facebook page. Click here to be redirected to the daily live stream. 

    Once the live-stream is complete, the recording for that day's Mass is posted on the St. Charles Church website and is available until the next day's Mass is posted.

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    St. Charles Parish Contributions to the Archdiocesan Appeal

    The Archdiocesan Annual Appeal supports essential services for people in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties, in areas of parish ministry, Catholic schools, clergy support, social ministries, and universal church communications.

    Thank YOU to the 166 households of St. Charles who have donated to help us reach 58% of our goal ($76,870 of $133,113). With continued assistance from our parishioners, we will reach 100%.

    58% of goal achieved

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