Activities and Ministries

SERVICE

GABRIEL PROJECT

The main goal of the Gabriel Project is to make sure pregnant women are taken care of by providing them with a loving and caring environment, emotional and spiritual support, immediate help, pregnancy information, community resources, clothing and baby items. If you are in a position to donate your time or goods for those in need, this is the ministry for you!

Contact: Jacqueline Paras, (510) 697-9670, outreach@starparish.com

 

HOSPITALITY  

Our parish is warm and inviting thanks to the many volunteers who make sure there is food at most of our events. Volunteers are needed to prepare hors d’oeuvres and desserts as well as be present at the events to facilitate setup and takedown.

Contact: Mariella Zevallos, (415) 378-2360, mariella@starparish.com

 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Men’s Fraternity

The Knights of Columbus (KOC) is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization with almost 2 million members in 16 countries. Founded in 1882 in a small parish in Connecticut, the KOC provides Catholic men with a brotherhood united in prayer, service, and social support. Our KOC Council invites all men 18 years and up to join us for monthly meetings, at which we pray, discuss issues, and plan parish barbecues and other events.

Contact: Huw Richardson, Grand Knight, (415) 510-9877 (text), hrichardson@gmail.com

 

LEGION OF MARY

The goal of the Legion of Mary at our parish is to re-engage fallen away Catholics back into our faith through active prayer and evangelization. We meet on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. in the parish office.

Contact: James Crim, (415) 577-9817, jamespcrim@yahoo.com

 

PRO-LIFE COMMITTEE

The Pro-Life Committee seeks to educate parishioners about right-to-life issues as well as promoting events that celebrate the right-to-life.  Volunteers participate by attending the March for Life and meeting once a month.

Contact: Clarisse Siu, (415) 501-0554 prolifesanfrancisco@outlook.com

 

ST PAUL STREET EVANGELIZATION

Our parish has formed a team to evangelize in public places, usually Sundays after the 9:30 a.m. Mass at the Clement Street Farmer’s Market. We offer rosaries, medals, pamphlets, and personal witness. We also collect prayer intentions for which the parish prays during the first Sunday Masses of the month. We don’t confront; we simply share the joy of knowing Jesus. We welcome the participation of all parishioners!

Contact: Eva Muntean, eva@starparish.com

 

STAR OUTREACH

Parishioners practice the Corporal Acts of Mercy by collecting and distributing food and clothing for the needy periodically throughout the year.

Contact: Jacqueline Paras, (510) 697-9670, outreach@starparish.com

 

EDUCATION

BIBLE STUDY

Meets every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Parishioners study the Sacred Scriptures at the parish office, under the guidance of patristics scholar Prof. Mary Ann Eiler.

Contact: Mary Ann Eiler, (650) 660-4546, ambicat@aol.com

 

PARISH BOOK KIOSK

Interested in buying fine Catholic books, CDs, DVDs and rosaries?  Check out our media kiosk at the West Entrance of the church. We use the honor system.  Pick what you want and pay by placing your money in the slot below.

Contact: the parish office (415) 751-0450

 

PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION – PSR

Our Parish School of Religion Program is a Pre-K through High School program that works in partnership with parents to help form children in their faith. It is important that parents understand their primary vocation as catechists to their children as defined by the Catholic Church. Children first experience their Catholic faith at home with their family. This program uses the Ignatius Press series: “Image of God” and “Faith and Life.” Classes are held Saturdays from 10am to 11am, September through May.

Contact: Clarisse Siu, (773) 322-2355, clarisse.siu@gmail.com

 

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS – RCIA

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Are you Catholic but have never been confirmed? Or do you just want to know more about the Catholic Faith? The Catholic Church has a treasure of tradition, knowledge and resources. Come unpack this wealth in our classes which are rooted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Holy Bible. Classes are held from 7:00pm  to  8:00pm on Mondays. It is a year long program and thus open enrollment is encouraged.

Classes are taught by Fr. Joseph Illo and Vivian Dudro who coordinates the RCIA program.

For information call the parish office:  (415) 751-0450

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Our social media platforms include Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Through these platforms, we are allowed to spread the word about events, share our faith with others, and invite our friends and family into the practice of the faith or events where conversion may take place. 

Contact: Derek West, (415) 608-7337, derek@starparish.com

 

STAR OF THE SEA PRESCHOOL

Star of the Sea Preschool is a Catholic multi-age pre-primary curriculum guided by the principles and methodology of Maria Montessori. We believe that children learn best when they have the freedom to explore their environments, select materials that are self-correcting and given time to learn and absorb the concepts being investigated.

Contact: Jacqueline Paras, (415) 221-7449, jparas@staroftheseasf.com

 

STAR SPEAKERS SERIES

Once a quarter, Star hosts talks at the intersection of faith and culture.  Past speakers have included talks by Raymond Arroyo, Peter Kreeft, and George Weigel. This ministry is a wonderful way to deepen your faith and knowledge of the Catholic Church and its teachings.

Contact: Mariella Zevallos, (415) 378-2360, mariella@starparish.com

 

DEVOTIONS

EVENING OF WOMEN’S RECOLLECTION – OPUS DEI

This ministry meets every Second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Church. Spiritual talk, confession, and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Open to all women.

Contact: Rev. Msgr. James Kelley, (415) 317-6116, Debbie Bonafede, (415) 608-6300, Vicky Young, (650) 504-5174

 

GUADALUPANAS

This ministry promotes the Devotion of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Our Lady’s Feast Day on December 12 is celebrated with Novenas and a Mariachi band, followed by a social gathering with food and music. Please join the Guadalupanas and help with the many activities planned through the year in preparation for our Lady’s Feast Day.

Contact: Carmen Smith, (415) 269-4804

 

HOLY NAME SOCIETY

This ministry promotes the Holy Name of Jesus and the Devotion of Divine Mercy. The group leads the Devotion of Divine Mercy every Saturday at 3:00 p.m. followed by a Rosary Novena while the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the Church. The Holy Name Society members meet every second Sunday of the month after the 9:30 a.m. Mass at the School Cafeteria.

Contact: Ron Konopaski, (360) 460-9194, konopaski@yahoo.com

 

HOLY ROSARY SODALITY

This ministry promotes praying the Most Holy Rosary. They meet every Sunday after the 8:00 a.m. Mass at the church to pray the rosary. Some members use their talents to make rosaries to share with people in our community and visitors. 

Contact: Catarina Rausa, (415) 505-9777,

Connie Arnaldo, (650) 218-5046 (Rosary Makers)

 

MARIAN MOVEMENT OF PRIESTS

This ministry meets and prays for our dearest priests (living or deceased) every second Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. in the Church.

Contact: Sonya Lee, (415) 734-7572

 

PERPETUAL ADORATION

Come visit the true presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist. Our Chapel is open 24/7. Jesus, present in the Blessed Sacrament, awaits us: to bless us, to listen to us and to speak to our hearts in the silence of our visit. There is nothing in our lives – whether issues of work, health, vocation, family and beyond – that Our Lord does not wish us to bring to Him. To sign up for a committed hour visit www.adorationpro.org/star or

Contact: Thai Tran (415) 763-8569, thaitran9909@gmail.com

 

PILGRIMAGE

Each summer, parishioners from Star of the Sea travel all over the world, participating in an old tradition of the Church by going on pilgrimage.  The dates of the pilgrimages vary according to the availability of clergy and staff to lead them.  Join us for a rich, spiritual experience which deepens one’s faith and opens one’s horizons to the many ways God is moving and has moved throughout the world and throughout history!

Contact: Mariella Zevallos, at the Parish Office (415) 751-0450, mariella@starparish.com

 

TUESDAY NIGHT HOLY HOUR

Holy Hour is the Catholic devotional tradition of spending an hour in Eucharistic adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Join us on Tuesday nights from 7:00  to 8:00 p.m. to pray and worship Our Lord. Confessions every Tuesday during Holy Hour.

 

LITURGY

ALTAR SERVERS

To be an altar server, is not simply do things and to go and get things for the priest at holy Mass.  After all, the priest can do those things himself. You are not there simply to help.  The priest relies on his altar servers, yes, but the reason is far greater, more noble, more powerful, and more true than you might assume. In the capacity of an altar server, you are joining with the priest in leading the people of God, in the worship of God.  If you understand this, you will come to see the real importance of what you are doing in a whole new light.

Contact: Fr. Mathias Wambua,  fr.mathias@starparish.com

 

ALTAR SOCIETY

The Altar Society makes sure our church is clean, decorated and ready for Mass. An important part of the Altar Society’s work is to make sure there are beautiful flowers for Mass.

Contact: Thelma Queri, (415) 751-0450  or (415) 987-4533, thelma@starparish.com

 

GREETERS AND USHERS

Just as we greet guests to our home, make them feel welcome, and tend to their needs, so do the ministers of hospitality make the members of our parish and visitors feel welcome and comfortable as they gather each Saturday or Sunday for Mass. If you are a people person please consider joining this ministry.

Please contact: Mariella Zevallos, (415) 378-2360, mariella@starparish.com

 

LECTORS

This ministry requires persons of excellent character and serious about the practice of their faith.The lector must have a deep love for God’s Word in Sacred Scripture.  If you are interested in becoming a lector you please talk to the pastor.

Contact: Katie Kozuch,  katherinekozuch@gmail.com

 

SACRED MUSIC PROGRAM

The function of this ministry is to provide music ministry for weekend and holy day Masses, seasonal celebrations, and miscellaneous parish gatherings. The Star of the Sea Parish Choir sings at the Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass, in English. At the 11:30 a.m. Traditional Latin Mass, three different choirs serve. The St. Gregory Schola sings the ordinary and proper chants for the High Mass. The St. Cecilia Chorale sings one polyphonic Mass per month, and the Stella Maris Choir sings additional polyphonic pieces each week. There are also four Choral Scholars, who assist the choral music program.  Each group welcomes new members and parishioners can audition for the various groups appropriately.

Contact: Lynn Kraehling, (415) 812-2462, lynn@starparish.com

 

LAUDS AND VESPERS

Lauds is the liturgical morning prayer. It meets from Monday to Friday from 7am to 7:10am in the church. Vespers is the liturgical evening prayer which we sing and recite every weekday from 5:45pm to 6:00pm in the church. We have books and guides for everyone who comes.  

 

COMMUNITY

CHINESE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION

This ministry strives to preserve Chinese traditions in light of faith through hosting various spiritual and social events at Star of the Sea Church.

Contact: Gertrude Lee, (415) 752-3611, Gertrude.lee@gmail.com

 

FAASTAR

This universality and sense of sharing is the foundation for the Filipino American Association of Star of the Sea, or FAASTAR. This organization was founded with the objective of creating camaraderie among Filipinos as well as preserving the Filipino traditions and cultures within Catholic practice. Each year, FAASTAR celebrates a handful of Filipino feasts to preserve traditions – Flores de Mayo, San Lorenzo Ruiz and San Pedro Calungsod (the first and second Filipino saints, respectively) as well as the Simbang Gabi novena, in preparation for Christmas.

Contact: Estrelle Chan, (415) 575-0828, Soler35jade@gmail.com

 

STAR MOTHERS GROUP

A place for spiritual nourishment and Catholic community for young mothers. Each month they meet after the 8:30 a.m. Saturday mass (west entrance) to listen to a brief reflection, discuss the selected topic, and have conversations over coffee and breakfast.

Contact: Rachael Christensen, scrchristensen@gmail.com 

 

YOUNG ADULT GROUP

We are an authentic Catholic community all in our 20s to 30s. We enjoy prayer and adventure. Once a year we go overseas on pilgrimage. This past year we walked the Camino de Santiago. This year we are going to Kenya. Come join us at Holy Hour Happy Hour! Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. We pray before the Blessed Sacrament and then enjoy a social at a local drinking hole. We have ongoing events such as a film series, talks, hikes, and community service. Find us on facebook: Star of the Sea young Adults

Contact: Maggie Tuttle, (408) 726-2893, maggietuttle5@gmail.com

 

BUSINESS

FINANCE COUNCIL

The Finance Council assists the pastor in all aspects of the parish’s financial administration and are responsible to the pastor and parish for the financial integrity of the parish and all the financial dealings conducted by the parish.

Contact: Matthew Kain, mkain@gcaglobal.com

 

HISTORY COMMITTEE

The history committee preserves and passes on our parish traditions and archives our history. We regularly digitize old historical photographs and other historical mementos. We are currently working on preparing a parish history.

Contact: Carmel Tickler, (415) 668-0149

 

MONEY COUNTERS

Volunteers count the money collected from the weekly collection. 

If you are interested in volunteering, contact: Eileen Conlan (415) 386-7524

 

PASTORAL COUNCIL

This group assists the pastor with the business and financial affairs of the parish, as well as spiritual, social, and educational matters.

Contact: Ryan Sebers, (650) 784-9686, ryan@starparish.com

 

STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE

All that we have–time, talent and treasure–are gifts from God. The Stewardship Committee meets to plan activities and programs to make stewardship a “way of life” within our parish.

Contact: Beth Lyons, Beth.lyons@icloud.com

 

Poster of the parish first stewardship Ministry Fair.