Father Illo speaks on Humanae Vitae and clerical abuse

"If I could give you a magic potion that would guarantee life long married love and fidelity, what would you pay for it?"

Editor's note: California Catholic Daily publishes Homilies of Note as a regular feature, but these two by Father Joseph Illo of Star of the Sea in San Francisco stood out. Transcribed versions are below the videos: Father Illo on Humanae Vitae, July 22, 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr5ZX2V3VOQ I want to tell you a story of a man who made a very unpopular … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]