Father Joseph Illo, pastor of Star of the Sea church in San Francisco, gave a 17-minute homily on Sunday, August 22. He began by acknowledging Father John Chung, who was leaving Star of the Sea for service at Thomas Aquinas College.

Father Illo cited the day’s reading where Christ spoke in graphic language about eating his body and blood and the apostles begin to leave.

A 20-second excerpt:

“Most people have left the Catholic church. Someone told me that the parish down the street, St. Thomas, has 20 people at Sunday Mass. Another person told me she went to a Mass downtown two Sundays ago and there were a total of 6 people. But if you’re worried that the Catholic Church is collapsing, it was worse for Jesus – everyone left him.”