Activities and Ministries



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, understanding and concern, immediate and practical 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,


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,


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 here at Star was established just this year and 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: Bud Feria, Grand Knight, (415) 420-5112,


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,


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, (773) 322-2355,


Over 200 chapters have formed around the world over the last five years. 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,


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,



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,


A parish reading group that discusses various books of interest. Meets every other Sunday at 1pm.

Contact: Vivian Dudro, at the parish office (415) 751-0450  


Interested in buying fine Catholic books, CDs, DVDs and rosaries?  Check out our media kiosk supplied by Lighthouse Catholic Media 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: Parish Office (415) 751-0450


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 after the 9:30am Mass on Sundays September through May.

Contact: Clarisse Siu, (773) 322-2355,


Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Are you Catholic but never been confirmed? Or 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 6:30pm – 8:00pm on Mondays. It is a year long program and thus open enrollment is encouraged.

Contact: Vivian Dudro at the Parish Office (415) 751-0450


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. We are always looking for people to help manage our social media pages.

Contact: Derek West, (415) 608-7337,


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,


Our students’ gifts find affirmation through our holistic educational program that address religious, intellectual, social, aesthetic, emotional, and physical needs. Star of the Sea School strives to teach the “whole child”. Our curriculum not only addresses the academic subjects (Math, Science, English, Literature, History, and Technology) but also has a strong Arts program with Physical Education, Music and Art classes. As a Catholic school, Star helps each student to grow socially and spiritually as well.

Contact: David Gallagher, (415) 221-8558,


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,



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


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


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,


This ministry promotes praying the Most Holy Rosary. They meet every Third Sunday of the month right after the 9:30 a.m. Mass at the school cafeteria. Some members use their talents to make rosaries for sale to help the church. They gather to make rosaries at the Saint Francis Room, the 1st Saturday of the Month, at 11:00 a.m. and every Sunday after the 9:30 a.m. Mass.

Contact: Catarina Rausa, (415) 505-9777, Connie Arnaldo, (650) 218-5046


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


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 or

Contact: Maggie Tuttle, (408) 726-2893,


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,


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 – 8:00 p.m. to pray and worship Our Lord.



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: Joel Silmaro,


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,


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,


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: Fr. Joseph Illo, (415) 751-0450,


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,


Vespers is the liturgical evening prayer of the Church, which we sing and recite every weekday at 5:15pm in the church. We have books and guides for everyone who comes. Contact: Fr. John Chung, (415) 751-0450,



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,


Currently in about seventy countries throughout the world, Communion and Liberation (CL) is an ecclesial lay movement whose purpose is to educate and develop Christian maturity, and to collaborate in the mission of the Church in all the spheres of contemporary life. No form of membership enrollment is requried.  The basic instrument of formation is a weekly catechesis, called a “School of Community.”  CL meets on Fridays at 7:00pm in the Saint Francis Room.  It is best to contact Maria Elena to make sure the meeting time didn’t change!

Contact: Maria Elena Monzani,


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,


This ministry promotes personal and spiritual growth based o Catholic principles. Meetings are every other Saturday in the school cafeteria. Your daughters will have the opportunity to complete school volunteer hours as they learn fun facts about Catholic saints, work on science, cooking and art projects.

Contact: Mariana Quintanilla (415) 637-2308,



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, 


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,



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 


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


Every Monday (except if a holiday falls on Monday, money counting will be on Tuesday), volunteers count the money collected through the weekly collection at the parish office.

Contact: Eileen Conlan (415) 386-7524


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,


An advisory board to guide the pastor and school principal in governance of the parish school.

Contact: Fr. Joseph Illo, (415) 751-0450,


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,