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 1887

The New Church Established in 1917

One of the oldest parishes in the city, the Church of St. Charles Borromeo, was founded March 27, 1887, by the late Archbishop Riordan. The first Mass of the new Parish was celebrated in Cannon's Hall, above the Mission Street Police Station, at 17th and Howard Street.  

Land was purchased at 18th and Shotwell Street, and the contract let for the building of a Church in 1887. A fair was held in the new building to raise funds, and, on May 27, 1888, the Church was solemnly dedicated by the Very Rev. J. J. Prendergast, V. G., who also preached the dedication sermon. This building was later used as a grammar school and was for a time both Church and school. 

In the same year, 1888, another lot on Shotwell Street was purchased and on November 3 the Rev. P. Mulligan was appointed assistant-pastor. The following day on the feast of the patron of the Church, St. Charles, a sermon was preached by the Very Rev. J. J. Prendergast. 

Archbishop Riordan, on May 12, 1889, administered Confirmation to nearly 200 children. A few months later, September 16, the new statues of the Sacred Heart and St. Charles were blessed; the Rev. P. S. Casey, pastor of St. Peters, preached. On November 4 a solemn High mass was said and a sermon delivered by the pastor in honor of St. Charles.

The first mission held in St. Charles was begun on May 11, 1890. It was given by the Revs. T. Shaw and J. Denni, O. M. At the close of the mission between 800 and 900 confessions were heard. 

Father McDonald purchased the ground on which the Church now stands. Ground breaking for the new Church was begun in October, 1916. The new Church was completed in 1917. His Grace, Archbishop Hanna, celebrated the first Mass and dedicated the Church. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Monsignor Sullivan, pastor of Mission Dolores. Built in the purely Mission style, its beautiful altar of wood, hand carved in every detail, is a copy of one of the famous altars in Spain. 

Today, St. Charles Borromeo Church forms part of the Mission Parishes and together with the Parishes of St. Peter and St. Anthony, continues serving the Mission District. 




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.