Classic curriculum to be offered at San Francisco Catholic school

Liberal education coming to Star of the Sea Elementary School in fall of 2019

By Gibbons J. Cooney California Catholic Daily exclusive In the fall of 2019, at the direction of the archdiocese, San Francisco’s Star of the Sea Elementary School will be returning to the basics of Western education and offering a liberal education to its K-8 students. In the May newsletter, Fr. Joseph Illo, Star’s pastor, wrote: “I’m excited to announce that our … [Read more...]

Preschoolers learn basics of Gregorian chant

First of its kind pilot program for children ages 3-5 offered at Star of the Sea Preschool in San Francisco

When it comes to teaching children sacred music, sooner is better than later. That’s the theory behind a Gregorian chant pilot program for children ages 3-5 at Star of the Sea Preschool in San Francisco that concluded its first year on May 30. The program is the first of its kind for Catholic preschoolers in the archdiocese and perhaps well beyond it, according to preschool … [Read more...]

San Francisco’s radical parish prepares next step

Adoration chapel to open March 25

California Catholic Exclusive. On March 13, 14, and 15, San Francisco’s Star of the Sea parish will host its 2017 Lenten Mission. Church pastor Fr. Joseph Illo explained that the Lenten parish mission will be focused on adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in anticipation of a new adoration chapel opening. The mission will be given by Fr. Victor Warkulwiz of the … [Read more...]

Kids and adults evangelize on the street in San Francisco

Star of the Sea Parish is inspired by new book from Ignatius Press

California Catholic Daily Exclusive A useful roadmap for the evangelization ministry is presented in Catholic Street Evangelization: Stories of Conversion and Witness by Steve Dawson, published by Ignatius Press. When Eva Muntean, Assistant Director of Sales at Ignatius and co-chair of the Walk for Life West Coat, read Dawson’s book, she was immediately inspired and gave … [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...]

Stockton parishioners rally to Father Illo

'We love him and care about him'

  The following comes from an April 29 story by Jim Graves in Catholic World Report. The story starts out describing the letter to Pope Francis from “prominent Catholics’ that ran as a full-page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle. …. Finally, the letter to the Holy Father alleges that Father Illo has a “troubled history of questionable judgment as a pastor … [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...]

You’re invited to a mass mob miracle

Crowd will descend on Star of the Sea, pro-lifers battle fake nuns in San Francisco

  The following comes from an April 9 email from a Bay Area Catholic: I'm part of a team who is organizing the first ever Bay Area Mass Mob at the Star of the Sea on April 25, 2015 at the 4:30p Vigil to support Father Joseph Illo and Father Patrick Driscoll and their parish. We’re hoping to mobilize an army of Christians to support Fr. Joseph Illo, Fr. Patrick … [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, 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...]