St. Charles Borromeo Parish


St. Charles Mass Schedule

Weekdays, Misa en Español:
Monday 5:30 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm
Friday 5:30 pm

Sunday Mass Schedule:
8:00am (English)
9:30am (Spanish)
11:30pm (Spanish)

Adoration of the Holy Sacrament: Monday- Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Monday to Friday from 4:00pm-5:00pm
Weekdays by appointment only, please call the parish office to schedule your appointment.

The First Church Established in 1888

The New Church Established in 1917

The Parish of St. Charles Borromeo founded on March 27,1887 by the late Archbishop Riordan. In 1887 when Rev. Patrick Cummins was appointed Pastor of St. Charles Borromeo, the first mass took place in Canon Hall, above the Police Station at 17th and Howard street, at 10:30am on Sunday March 27th, 1887. Fr. Cummins read the mass and music was under the direction of Miss Emma Cade. The hall was hardly large enough to accommodate the people present. The Parishioners as well as the Pastor realized the need for a new church. An excecutive committee was chosen presided by Mr. A.B Maguire who helped organize a fund campaign and plans for the construction of the new Church. At the end of 1887 Fr. Cummins purchased a lot on the northwest corner of 18th and Shotwell street. Soon after the erection of the church began in 1888.

Saint Charles School was founded in 1888, in the four classrooms downstairs from the church, which occupied the upper floor of the current building. When the new church was built in 1917, the upper floor was remodeled into the current floor plan. The school was staffed by Holly Cross Sisters from 1888 to 1979, by Dominican Sisters of the Philippines from 1979 to 1982, and by Dominican Sister of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines from 1982 to 2017, along with dedicated lay teachers.  In 1917 when the new church was built on Howard Street (now South Van Ness Avenue), the entire building was converted into a school. From 1895 to 2017 the building on 18th and Shotwell served as the Parochial school of St. Charles Borromeo Parish.

The Present St. Charles which we all know so well, was erected in 1917 at the cost of $25,000.00. The Church is built in the purely Mission Style. Its altars are of wood, hand carved in every detail. It is a shinning example of the people who spared nothing provided it was for the Lord. The altar piece, with its expressive and baroque carvings reflect the style preferences of the time at which it was installed. The Crucifix stands in the center, with statues of Our Lord of the Miraculous Medal and St. Patrick on the left side, and those of St. Joseph and St. Francis of Assisi on the right side. According to our records, the whole altar piece is an extract reproduction of one of the famous churches in Spain. Archbishop Edw. J. Hanna celebrated the first Mass and dedicated the church. On the completion of the new church, the 12:15pm mass became a tradition of St. Charles. The seating capacity holds in the neighborhood of 750 people. During the following years many improvements and additions were made to the church. A new pipe organ was installed in the choir in 1919, it cost $2,800.00. The beutiful side altars were finished in 1922. In 1923, the interior was painted and the glass windows, worth $3,000.00, were placed which express the principals of the Catholic Faith, giving the church an atmosphere most appropriate for prayer, reflection and celebration of the Eucharist.



Religious Education

Classes are Saturdays from
9:00am to 11:00am
at St. Peters Church 
1200 Florida Street 
San Francisco, CA 94110
Office Hours Saturdays from
9:00am to 12:00pm.

St. Charles Borromeo Parish

713 South Van Ness Ave.(at 18th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Tel: 415-824-1700
Office Hours: 9:00am- 6:00pm Mon- Fri

Pastor of St. Charles (Est.1887)

2017-Present: Rev. Moises Agudo
2014-17: Rev. John Jimenez
2003-14: Rev. Moises Agudo
1996-03: Rev. Msgr. Jose Rodriguez
1990-96: Rev. Francisco Mateos, CM.
1986-90: Rev Victor Elia, CM.
1980-86: Rev. Carlos Esparza, CM.