The following is a message from Fr. Joseph Illo, pastor of Star of the Sea Parish:

Dear Friends,

Star of the Sea School reopened today as Stella Maris Academy, a Catholic Classical Curriculum school of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The joy was palpable in the faces of our sterling faculty, courageous parents, and bright-eyed students. Our inaugural enrollment is 50 students in grades pre-K through 8th. One second-grader, Paloma Padilla, gave me a shiny red apple at the end of the day, as her mother snapped the picture below. We didn’t have to wear masks outside as is required inside, and so we are planning a generous amount of outside instruction to give the kids a break from the masks as long as the weather permits. 

Moving heaven and earth to reopen this school during a pandemic is God’s work, and in particular an answer to our novena to St. Joseph. He is the patron saint of our school, founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1909. Many thanks to all of you, each of whom had a part in this achievement. There is much work still to be done, and we rely entirely on God’s grace as we go forward. God bless you all.

From Star of the Sea’s Facebook page.