Bay Area Goretti Group


Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area Goretti Group Chapter!
We believe living the virtue of chastity according to our state in life allows us the freedom to become who God created us to be as either male or female and find authentic love and real happiness.  We invite you to join us for prayer and community as we continue to work to build a culture of life and love!

Goretti Mass
Come and join us on the first Friday of every month for Mass, Dinner, and a talk. Celebrated in honor of our patron saint, St. Maria Goretti, we come together every month as a community to support each other in our commitment to purity, be nourished by the sacraments, pray for our friends and loved ones, and hear a great chastity talk by one of our local speakers. All are welcome!

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Our next Goretti Event is on Friday Oct 6th, 2017

“Love Ain’t Simple…Promise Me No Promises”

The talk title is a pop culture reference that sums up dating culture today. Romance can be complicated and commitment is scary…

But what does our faith have to say about love, dating, relationships, emotions, logic, and how to navigate wisely in our love lives?

This talk draws from two men’s wisdom about young people to answer this question: St. John Paul II and Dr. Edward Sri.

1. As a young priest, Karol Wojtyla started a group of 20 young people called “Rodzinka” meaning the “little family.” The group eventually grew to 200. Later, Wojtyla became a bishop, a cardinal, a pope, and eventually St. John Paul II.

2. Dr. Edward Sri, co-founded FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and is the author of “Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love.”

Marciano Palha De Sousa has been the Goretti Bay Area Chapter Coordinator for nearly 3 years and has served in various college and young adult ministries for over 8 years.

Note: The scope of this talk will focus on emotions and logic in relationships but will not cover “Sexual Integrity” which will be presented by The Culture Project ( for the Goretti talk on November 3rd.

Please RSVP here: or e-mail

Evening Format:
7:00 pm First Friday Mass & Veneration of 1st-Class Relic
7:45 Dinner & Social
8:30 Video

St. Thomas Aquinas Church
751 Waverly St. Palo Alto, CA 94301

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Contact the Bay Area Goretti Group coordinator, Marciano Palha De Sousa at or e-mail for more information.

Bay Area Talks

Fr Joe’s Homily – March 2017
Fr Joe Kim – Comunication in Marriage & Relationship – March 2017