Star Parish Life


Welcome to Star of the Sea!
We are greatful to say that Star of the Sea is a welcoming parish. We care about our committed parishioners as well as newcomers. Star of the Sea has its doors open 7 days a week from 6:00am to 6pm. Our Perpetual Adoration St. Joseph Chapel is open 24/7 for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Highlights of our parish activities, celebrations, and social events.

Hospitality is provided by our parish ministry groups. Thanks to them we have coffee and pastries every Sunday after Mass.

Our pastor Fr. Joseph Illo, greeting parishioners after the Sunday Mass.

Star outreach to the poor: Feeding the Homeless in San Francisco with the help of volunteers and the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity.

Our Altar Servers are committed to help at all Masses. We are thankful for their service!

Star is Pro-Life! Group picture in front of St. Mary’s Cathedral after the Mass. Saturday January 25, 2020

We offer three daily Masses Monday to Friday, 7:30am (Latin), 12noon and 6pm. Saturdays, 8:30am and 4:30pm and Sundays. 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:30am (Latin) and 5pm.

(Picture of one of our preschoolers and Fr. Joseph on Ash Wednesday).

At the Walk for Life West Coast. January 25, 2020.

Clarisse Siu (Center) our parish Pro-Life lead with a group of volunteers at the BBQ hosted by Star of the Sea parish after the Walk for Life.

Our parish Walk for Life BBQ was successful thanks to all our volunteers!
A group of volunteers cooking at the Walk for Life BBQ event at our parish.
Fr. Mark Taheny with Richard and Jeannine Donahue at the WFL, BBQ. January 25, 2020
Our Parish preschoolers (Star of the Sea Preschool) enjoying a Mariachi Band on the day of the Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast. December 12, 2019
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.
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
Confirmation Mass with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and Fr. Joseph Illo at Star on May 25, 2019.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
On May 5, 2019, 17 Children received their First Holy Communion at our parish.
Congratulations!
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. Fr. Mathias Wambua gave a 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!
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.