Ss. Peter & Paul is located in front of Washington Square Park on Filbert St. in the heart of the North Beach District. Parking is limited, so we hope you’ll take advantage of San Francisco’s very efficient public transportation system to get here. Our address is 666 Filbert St.
When can I visit?
Our church is open to visitors Monday through Friday from 7AM until 4PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 7AM until 6PM. On Christmas and Easter we close after the 1PM Mass.
The parish office is open from 9AM to 6PM Monday through Friday, and from 9am to 5PM Saturday and Sunday.
Is there a dress code?
Yes! Thanks for asking. The general rule is to dress modestly, in keeping with the reverence due to God. Shorts, tank tops or any revealing clothing should not be worn here. Men are asked to take off their hats. Women are not required to cover their hair, although free to do so.
Is there anything else to see in the area?
Yes. The North Beach District is historically known as our own “Little Italy.” Chinatown is also a few blocks south. Three blocks south from us is the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi which features a replica of the Porziuncola, the house of St. Francis. Also within walking district is the original hub of the beatnik movement, City Lights Bookstore. There are also many fine Italian and other restaurants to choose from.
About our address...
We are often asked: why is “666” our addresses? Is it just a coincidence?
Yes, it’s a coincidence. The city gives out street addresses.
Most people get their understanding of the meaning of “666” from movies like “The Omen.”
As many know, the number “666” designated as “The Mark of the Beast” is from the Revelation of St. John, Chapter 13, composed in the First Century AD.
John says “Wisdom is needed here; one who understands can calculate the number of the beast, for it is a number that stands for a person. His number is six hundred and sixty-six.” (Rev. 13: 18.)
The most contemporary Biblical scholarship sees the number “666” as being understood by the Christians of the time of John as code for the Emperor Nero. The New American Bible describes how this works: “Each of the letters of the alphabet in Hebrew as well as in Greek has a numerical value. Many possible combinations of letters will add up to 666, and many candidates have been nominated for this infamous number. The most likely is the Emperor Nero, the Greek form of whose name in Hebrew letters gives the required sum. Nero personifies the emperors who viciously persecuted the church.”
So John was using the number “666” to communicate who “the beast” was, in a special way, to the early Christians. That’s the opinion of current Biblical scholarship.