Music Ministry

Join together in song. Contact the choir director.

Eucharistic Adoration

The Blessed Sacrament is exposed and adored by volunteers who sign up for one hour or more to pray before the Lord Jesus present in the Monstrance.

Finance Council

Advises the Pastor on financial matters of the parish and school. Responsible for monitoring all income and expenses, and approving the annual budgets.

Offertory Counters

A group that counts the funds collected at Mass each week. Each group volunteers about once a month.

Parish Pastoral Council

The PPC is involved in most activities and programs affecting the liturgical and spiritual life of our Parish.

Stations of the Cross

Held Friday evenings during Lent.


Volunteers who assist people to their seat if necessary. They also take up the collection.


 Prayer Group

Join us in the Church to read and reflect upon the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel, Liturgy of the Hours (books provided for new members), and prayer (intercessory, and alternating Rosary or Divine Mercy). Contact the coordinator.

Eucharistic Minister

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion who serve the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass and to the sick and homebound.


Parish volunteers who warmly welcome parishioners as they enter the Church for Mass.


Reader who proclaim the Scriptures at Mass and other services.

Liturgical Linen Service

Responsible for the preparation and care of the altar linens. This includes the washing and ironing of purificators, corporals, and altar linens.


Rite of Christian Initiation – preparation of adult candidates for Catholic sacraments.


Duties include preparing the altar for Mass and cleaning the altar following Mass.

Soup Kitchen

Provides meals to the homeless.

Parish Outreach Programs

The Winter Shelter Program

The Winter Shelter Program functions from November through February. It is sponsored by the San Francisco Interfaith Council in collaboration with the Department of Human Services and the Episcopal Community Services to provide shelter and an evening meal for homeless men. The shelter and dinners rotate to different churches and various faith communities volunteer to prepare and serve the dinners. The Episcopal Community Services manages the program and the Inter-faith Council prepares the calendar of participants.

St. Teresa of Avila parish has participated for a number of years, not as a shelter site, but as a community that prepares and serves meals for two or three evenings.

Some of the Small Christian Communities have volunteered to sponsor an evening as has the St. Vincent de Paul Society. All parishioners are offered an opportunity to share in this outreach by signing up after the weekend Masses. Usually, a staff member has been involved in coordinating the parish efforts.


The Christmas Giving Tree Program

On the First Sunday of Advent parishioners are invited to take the name(s) of a child/children from the paper ornaments on a tree in the entrance to the church. The persons who choose to participate are asked to bring a gift for that child or children and place the gift under the tree by a certain date. The ornaments are prepared by parishioners and our parish deacon makes sure that the tree is available in the church.

This program serves the children of immigrant families and others who are poor. The program is coordinated by volunteer parishioners. A member of the parish staff works with the coordinators and assists as needed.

All parishioners are invited to become involved in the Giving Tree Program. The usual number of children served is approximately 100. Don’t miss the chance to help make it happen!


Annual Sock Collection for Sister Katie

Once a year, usually in the winter, one of the Small Christian Communities offers the parishioners an opportunity to bring pairs of new socks to be distributed to the poor and homeless. (Warm, dry socks are a treasure during the rainy season.) A clothes basket is placed in the vestibule of the church and a notice is posted that the sock collection is on.

The socks are brought to Sister Katie O’Shea who works with the San Francisco Council of St. Vincent de Paul. Sister Katie makes sure that the socks are handed out to those in need. Many stores now carry bundled socks at a reasonable price and our parishioners are very generous in their response.


Lenten Interfaith Food Collection

Each year during the season of Lent, the San Francisco Food Bank asks faith communities to collect non-perishable canned and dried foods. St. Teresa parish has participated for a number of years even though it is similar to the canned food drive sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society at another time. In 2009 the parishioners of St. Teresa contributed over 1000 lbs of food to this drive. We thank God for the generosity of our parishioners!



All Ministries 

  • Liturgy Committee/Coordinators 

  • Lectors

  • Eucharistic Ministers

  • Choir

  • Greeters/Hospitality 

  • Musicians

  • Collection Counters Ushers

  • Eucharist to Homebound Drivers

  • Coffee/Donuts: Shop/Serve

  • Pastoral Council

  • Finance Council

  • Ministry of Consolation

  • Faith Formation

  • RCIA

  • Small Christian Communities

  • Marriage Preparation

  • Baptismal Preparation

  • Social Committee

  • Lenten Soups and Programs 

  • Pancake Breakfasts

  • St. Francis Mass 

  • Christmas Gala

  • Winter Shelter 

  • Potluck Dinner

  • Volunteer in Parish Office

  • Food/Sock/Clothing Drives