A timely and necessary madness


Construction on San Francisco perpetual adoration chapel set for April

In April of 2016 construction is scheduled to begin on what will be the third Perpetual Adoration chapel in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The new chapel will be at Star of the Sea Church. Although there are two other Perpetual Adoration chapels in the archdiocese, this will be the first Perpetual Adoration chapel in an actual parish within the city of San Francisco. Of the … [Read more...]

To add a comment, click on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ icons OR go further down to the bottom of comments to the Post your comment box.

Would this transform a city?

Fr. Joseph Illo hopes to start perpetual adoration in San Francisco

On Saturday, May 9, San Francisco’s Star of the Sea Church hosted a “thank you” dinner for the parish’s “1% club”—those parishioners who had pledged or donated 1% of Star of the Sea’s Archbishop’s Annual Appeal assessment. Following the dinner, Fr. Joseph Illo, the parish’s fighting pastor thanked parishioners, noting that the parish had fulfilled its assessment on the first … [Read more...]

To add a comment, click on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ icons OR go further down to the bottom of comments to the Post your comment box.

Solomonic Appointment by Archbishop Cordileone

Fr. Vito Perrone new Chaplain for Star of the Sea School

On April 28, the Archdiocese of San Francisco announced new clergy appointments. The announcement included the news that Fr. Vito Perrone, of the Contemplatives of St. Joseph, will serve as the new Chaplain of Star of the Sea School, starting May 1. The appointment addresses the controversy at the school which began when the pastor of Star of the Sea, Fr. Joseph Illo, … [Read more...]

To add a comment, click on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ icons OR go further down to the bottom of comments to the Post your comment box.

Packed church for Fathers Illo and Driscoll

Hundreds of supportive Catholics fill San Francisco’s Star of the Sea

On Saturday, April 25, the 4:30 p.m. Mass at San Francisco’s Star of the Sea Church resembled Easter or Christmas. The packed Church was a show of support for Star's faithful Catholic Priests, Father Joseph Illo and Father Patrick Driscoll. The two have earned the enmity of the San Francisco power structure, as well as that of a number of their fellow priests, for their … [Read more...]

To add a comment, click on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ icons OR go further down to the bottom of comments to the Post your comment box.

Churches worth driving to

Star of the Sea Church, San Francisco

Name of Church Star of the Sea Address 4420 Geary Blvd., San Francisco CA 94118 Phone number (415) 751-0450 Website www.staroftheseachurchsf.com Mass times Saturday vigil, 4:30 p.m. Sundays, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. (Latin Tridentine) and 1 p.m. Weekdays, 7:30 a.m. (Latin Tridentine) and noon. Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. Confessions 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. and by … [Read more...]

To add a comment, click on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ icons OR go further down to the bottom of comments to the Post your comment box.

Faithful archbishop and pastor frustrate fellow priests

The role of Bishop McElroy

The following comes from a March 26 story in the National Catholic Reporter. During what one participant described as an "explosive" meeting, the San Francisco archdiocese's Council of Priests in mid-February addressed Star of the Sea pastor Fr. Joseph Illo's decision to phase out altar girls as well as the designation of the parish as an oratory-in-formation. Retired … [Read more...]

To add a comment, click on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ icons OR go further down to the bottom of comments to the Post your comment box.

Noted mariologist to preach Lenten mission in San Francisco

Msgr. Arthur Calkins at Star of the Sea

From Sunday March 1 through Tuesday March 3, Star of the Sea will host a Lenten parish mission with the theme “Mary, the Eucharist and Reconciliation.” The mission will be preached by noted Mariologist Monsignor Arthur Calkins. In a 2002 interview with kath.net, titled “Why it’s the Right Time for a Dogma on Mary as Coredemptrix,” Msgr. Calkins said “If it is true that God … [Read more...]

To add a comment, click on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ icons OR go further down to the bottom of comments to the Post your comment box.

A shadow of its former self

Father Illo writes about the Church in San Francisco

The following comes from a Feb. 8 (and earlier) postings on the blogsite of Father Joseph Illo, pastor of Star of the Sea church in San Francisco. ….The Catholic Church in San Francisco is but a shadow of what she once was, and I suppose that is true in most of our big cities. I realized this most forcefully last week with the storm of protest against our altar boy policy, … [Read more...]

To add a comment, click on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ icons OR go further down to the bottom of comments to the Post your comment box.

Three out of 150 families at the school attend the church

100-130 fill 1,000 seats at Sunday Mass

The following comes from a Jan. 29 story by Jim Graves on Catholic World Report. See California Catholic Daily Jan. 27 story on Father Illo and altar boys. ….CWR: The CBS news story interviewed several people besides yourself, all of whom were opposed to the altar boy-only policy. It has a clip of you saying parish income is up, and then cuts to a parishioner saying that … [Read more...]

To add a comment, click on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ icons OR go further down to the bottom of comments to the Post your comment box.

Sitting in an empty church

God is giving me the gift of weakness

The following comes from a Nov. 13 posting on the blog of Father Joseph Illo in San Francisco. Early Sunday morning I knelt before the tabernacle in a large empty church in a big city. The church is my church, Star of the Sea in San Francisco. My prayer is distracted by thinking of all the work that must be done to keep this parish alive. In New York, Archbishop Dolan is … [Read more...]

To add a comment, click on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ icons OR go further down to the bottom of comments to the Post your comment box.