On April 11, Divine Mercy Sunday, Father Joseph Illo, pastor of Star of the Sea parish in San Francisco, gave a 12-minute homily. He told the story of the Polish Sister Faustina and the Divine Mercy apparition.

But before that he told of how the parish has done through the pandemic. “More people are coming to our parish than before the pandemic…. Our offertory has increased 40 percent over a year ago…. Six of our young adults are preparing for marriage.”

A 15-second excerpt from the homily: “This past year has been dark and fearful for many of us, but for us it must be a year of peace and joy. Goodness, truth, and beauty will outlast any chaos.”