Ministries and Apostolates




Our parish is warm and inviting thanks to the many volunteers who make sure everyone is welcomed. We rely on our  volunteers for all our events. If you are a people person please contact us! There are many ways you can help! (we need greeters, teams to facilitate setup and takedown, prepare hors d’oeuvres and desserts, flower arrangements, etc.) We need friendly people to be present at the events.

Contact: Mariella Zevallos, (415) 751-0450,



The Knights of Columbus (KOC) is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization with almost 2 million members in 16 countries. 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: Kevin Carter (415) 879-5255 or


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,



Star Pro-Life 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.    

For information or to get updates:



Parishioners practice the Corporal Acts of Mercy by collecting and distributing food and clothing for the needy periodically throughout the year. We get together once a month, on the third Saturday each month to cook and serve warm food to the homeless. If you love cooking and caring for others please join us!

Contact: Rosa Mendoza (510)978-2519




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,



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. For bibles, missals, missalettes, Liturgy of the Hours, Crucifixes please call the office.

Contact: Mariella Zevallos, 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. Classes are held Sundays from 10am to 11am, September through May.

Contact: Clarisse Siu,



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 experienced volunteers.

For information call Gregory Moeck (310)694-6380 or


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: Mariella Zevallos, (415) 751-0450,



Star of the Sea Preschool is a Catholic multi-age program, 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. We provide faith formation to the children using the Catechesis of the Good Sheperd Method. 

Contact: Dr. Gavin Colvert e-mail: or please call (415) 745-2474



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) 751-0450,





This ministry promotes the Devotion of Our Lady of Guadalupe and feeds the homeless weekly, in many areas in San Francisco. Our Lady’s Feast Day on December 12 is celebrated with Novenas and a Mariachi band, followed by a social gathering. Please join the Guadalupanas if you are interested in feeding the homeless weekly on Sundays, and/or help with the many activities planned through the year in preparation for our Lady’s Feast Day.

For information call: Carmen Duran 619-606-8730 or email:


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 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



Come visit the true presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist. Our Chapel is open 24/7 except from the hours of Saturday 4pm to Sunday 9pm. 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: Laurie Murdock 415-244-8186, email:



Parishioners from Star of the Sea are invited to 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  to 8:00 p.m. to pray and worship Our Lord. Confessions every Tuesday during Holy Hour.

Call the parish office: (415) 751-0450





To be an altar server, is not simply to go and get things for the priest at holy Mass. You are not there simply to help.  The priest relies on his altar servers, yes, but the reason is far greater and more noble 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. If you are interested in serving at our Masses please contact us to learn more about this ministry.

Contact: Fr. Mathias Wambua,



An important part of the Altar Society’s work is to make sure our church environment is organized, clean, decorated with beautiful flowers every day and having candles available for people that come to worship and pray. They make sure our church is ready for Masses. 

Contact: Thelma Queri, (415) 751-0450,



Just as we greet guests to our home, make them feel welcome, and tend to their needs, so do the ushers 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. You only need to come 15 minutes earlier, before your Mass and stay 5 to 10 minutes after Masses to pass bulletins and greet people!

Please contact: Kevin Carter, Knights of Columbus,



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,



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,



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.  

Call the parish office: (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,



The Filipino American Association of Star of the Sea, or FAASTAR 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 many 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,



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: Parish office: 415-751-0450 (At present this ministry is not open)



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. 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: Marco Martin 415-419-4965 email:




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: The parish office, (415) 751-0450



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,



Volunteers count the money collected from the weekly collection. 

If you are interested in volunteering, contact: Thelma Queri (415) 751-0450