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St Thomas More Society Red Mass 2020

Outdoor Mass/Most Holy Rosary Chapel at St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Welcome to the St. Thomas More Society Outdoor Red Mass 2021

Mass Celebration: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 5:30 PM. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Presider.

Outdoor Mass at Holy Rosary Chapel
Catholic Charities St. Vincent’s School for Boys
1 St. Vincent Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903

Please bring your chair, hat, and/or umbrella for sun/rain protection.

Arrive 15 minutes early to check in and get settled.

Appetizers, wine, and beverages will be served following the Mass.

Seat Reservations and Registration Fee

Online seat reservations and a $50 registration fee are required for each attendee at the October 6 Outdoor Red Mass. Seating is limited so reserve your seat now.

SAFETY Protocols for Mass During COVID-19

In order to keep our community as safe and healthy as possible, please adhere to the Red Mass 2021 COVID-19 safety protocols mandated by the Public Health Departments of California and Marin County, Catholic Charities, and the Archdiocese of San Francisco, including the following:

  • Stay home if you have a fever or other symptoms. 
  • Wear masks during Mass. 
  • Use hand sanitizer before entering and upon exiting Mass.
  • Maintain 3 feet of social distancing between households.
  • Sign of Peace is to be exchanged by bowing to one another.
  • Immediately upon receiving Holy Communion, resume the proper placement of your mask, and return to your seat. 

The Red Mass

Originating in the Middle Ages and now celebrated annually by the St. Thomas More Society in San Francisco and around the world, the Red Mass seeks blessing and guidance for judges, attorneys, law school professors, law students, government officials, and others involved in the legal and justice systems, and indeed for all who seek justice. The name of the Mass refers to the scarlet robes worn by royal judges who attended the Mass centuries ago in the time of St. Thomas More, the esteemed namesake of the St. Thomas More Society, who continues to inspire Catholic lawyers for generations to come with his last words: The King’s servant – but God’s first.

The St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco celebrates its 2021 Red Mass outdoors this year at Holy Rosary Chapel on the beautiful and historic grounds of Catholic Charities St. Vincent’s School for Boys. 

This year, St. Thomas More Society is pleased to announce the 2021 Red Mass Award Winner, attorney, Matthew F. Graham. Mr. Graham was President of the Society in 2016 and has been a committed member of the Society for many years. He is currently a partner at Wendel Rosen, LLP, where he is a leader in the field of real estate and construction law and well-respected by jurists and his fellow lawyers. Graham is a deeply devoted Roman Catholic and has consistently engaged in acts of service as a lawyer, a parishioner at Christ the King in Pleasant Hill, and as a member of the California State Bar and Alameda County Bar Association.  He was raised in San Francisco and graduated from St. Ignatius Preparatory and the University of San Francisco School of Law. 

Matthew F. Graham, 2021 Red Mass Award Winner


Your donations on behalf of St. Thomas More Society's Red Mass this year will support the Catholic Charities children and youth programs including St. Vincent's School for Boys. Donate in person at the Red Mass or online here and select "Children and Youth Services" from the dropdown menu under "How would you like us to use your gift?" Thank you for your consideration.

Outdoor Mass will be held at Holy Rosary Chapel, Catholic Charities St. Vincent’s School for Boys, in the rear courtyard.

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