A Glimpse of Star Parish Life

Coffee and donuts after the 8:30am Sunday Mass.

We are greatful to say that Star of the Sea is a welcoming parish. We care about our committed parishioners as well as newcomers. We greet them warmly and make them feel welcomed at all times.

Hospitality is an important pillar at our parish and it is manifested in an open and welcoming spirit; a willingness to drop what we are doing and receive the other person when they need us. As good Catholics we believe and practice Jesus teachings: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, Matthew 25:35.

Star of the Sea is one of the few parishes in San Francisco that has its doors open 7 days a week from 6:30am to 6pm Monday through Saturday and 6:30am to 9:00pm on Sundays. Our St. Joseph Chapel is open 24/7 Monday through Sunday (except from the hours of 4pm on Saturday to 9pm on Sundays) for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Please enjoy some pictures and highlights of some of our past celebrations and social events at our parish.

Welcome to Star of the Sea!

Our pastor Fr. Joseph Illo, greeting parishioners after the Sunday Mass.
Fr. Illo blessing the food at our parish first Family Hospitality Brunch hosted by the Star Mother’s ministry last Sunday October 6, 2019.
In this picture some of the children were doing art activities while others were playing and having a good time at the first “First Sunday’s Family Brunch” hospitality event, hosted by the Star Mother’s Ministry.
Rachel and Spencer Christensen leading the rosary at the Rosary Rally on Saturday October 5, 2019, at the UN Plaza.
Building community and welcoming visitors is a joyful priority at our parish. In the picture Patrick and Camille are representing our Young Adults ministry, who provides coffee and donuts every first Sunday of the month.
The Knights of Columbus serves coffee and donuts every third Sunday of each month.
“A Taste of Italy” was a successful social gathering! Our parishioners enjoyed a tasteful Italian menu, desserts and wine in a lively atmosphere, on July 20, 2019.
The reveal of the giving tree mural was well attended. We are thankful to our generous donors for their continuous support to our Painting and Renovation Funds.
Fr. Joseph revealing the giving tree mural on July 20, 2019
On June 8, 2019 our parish community offered a warm and joyful farewell party to Fr. John Chung who is moving at the end of the month to St. Philip parish to serve as Administrator.
Fr. John Chung, Fr. Mathias Wambua and Fr. Mark Taheny shared their “singing talents” with all our guests, providing cheerful moments as we all sang along with them!
Confirmation Mass with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and Fr. Joseph Illo at Star on May 25, 2019.
On May 5, 2019, 17 Children received their First Holy Communion at our parish.
May 4, 2019, Endow Retreat for Women at Star of the Sea
Thank you to the 25 women who joined “Endow” (“Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women”) on a Saturday retreat sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Francisco at Star of the Sea Parish. It was a joyful day retreat and the group was thankful to learn together how blessed we are to be women and to be reminded of how loved we are by God!
May 1, 2019 Crowning of Our Lady Virgin Mary
The preschool children, their families, and teachers began the month of May with a special celebration for the month of Our Lady. The children processed to place flowers in front of the statue of Virgin Mary then they all gathered with Fr. Mathias Wambua who celebrated a touching short blessing ceremony and crowning of our Lady by the preschool children.

Our young parishioners enjoy sharing time with others! they bring joy and laughter to our parish events!
Star volunteers prepared special Easter treats for our little members and children visiting our parish. Lots of parishioners and visitors enjoyed the warm hospitality. Happy Easter!
Easter Day was beautiful in San Francisco. The sunny and warm morning brought joy and energy to the atmosphere! We had a lovely social gathering where friends mingled and visitors enjoyed talking to others!
Reception after the Saturday Vigil Mass. People enjoyed good food, desserts, drinks and good music in a lively well-attended event.
Friday’s Lent Soup Supper. A group of volunteers serving soup, bread and water to our parishioners and visitors.

Blessing of our traditional St. Joseph Table. March 19, 2019
Our parishioners and friends enjoyed a combined celebration on March 19. St. Patrick’s dinner with St. Joseph table.
The Knights of Columbus prepared and donated the food and beverages, making a welcoming reception in celebration of both St. Patrick and St. Joseph Feast.
Our friends not only enjoyed the delicious food at St. Patrick and St. Joseph dinner but shared joyful moments!
Some of our faithful parishioners with Fr. Mathias at our second benefit event, a High Tea to raise funds for our Parish Painting Fund.
Some of our parishioners sharing a smile and showing off their lovely hats at our lively High Tea event.
Our High Tea was a successful event thanks to our generous friends who donated items and food and attended the event. People enjoyed browsing at the many items offered at the silent auction.
Reception after the Walk for Life 2019. Many Star volunteers served food for more than 500 visitors.
Our Guadalupanas Maria and Carmen serving tamales and other delicious appetizers at the breakfast reception for Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast on December 12, 2018.
Our Lady Of Guadalupe Feast. Procession around the block with Mariachis. December 12, 2018

Fr. Mark Wagner pastor from St. Joseph Parish in Modesto, was one of our guests at our first benefit dinner to raise funds to our church Painting Funds.
Auxiliary Bishop Robert F. Christian, O.P. was at our benefit dinner joining special clergy guests and friends to a successful event at our parish.
Our first Fundraising Benefit Dinner to raise funds to our parish painting funds was successful thanks to the many volunteers that not only donated their service but their financial support! Star shines thanks to our active ministries and all their members that always are willing to support our parish.