Star of the Sea Church, SF, interiorName of Church Star of the Sea

Address 4420 Geary Blvd., San Francisco CA 94118

Phone number (415) 751-0450


Mass times Saturday vigil, 4:30 p.m. Sundays, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. (Latin Tridentine) and 1 p.m. Weekdays, 7:30 a.m. (Latin Tridentine) and noon. Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.

Star of the Sea Church, SF, exteriorConfessions 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. and by appointment. 15 minutes before every Mass and by appointment.

Names of priests Father Joseph Illo, administrator. Father Patrick Driscoll, parochial vicar. Both are priests of the newly established Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri, an institute which allows parish priests the opportunity to live in community under a rule of life. It was approved by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. Father Illo is a faithful priest from the diocese of Stockton. He came from the East Coast, worked for Ignatius Press for a time, was vocations director in Stockton, and served as a chaplain at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula. He Star of the Sea Church, SF, BVM imagemade the news in 2008 when he suggested that Catholics who voted for pro-abortion candidates for public office go to confession. Read his blog at Father Driscoll comes from the archdiocese of St. Louis, although he was originally from San Diego. He’s a late vocation, ordained at age 48 in 2008. He tried his hand at acting in Hollywood in the 1970s; he held Father Mulcahy in a headlock in the 1978 episode Dear Sis.

Special groups and activities Our Lady of Perpetual Help devotion on Tuesdays after the noon Mass, Sacred Heart of Jesus devotion on First Fridays after the noon Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (First Saturdays, Second Sundays, Second Thursdays, Last Fridays), Holy Rosary Sodality, Italian Catholic Federation, Pro-Life Committee, Holy Name Society, Altar Society.

Fellow parishioners The area is mostly Caucasian and Asian and many who wish to attend the Tridentine Mass.

Parking There is a good-size lot behind the church, or you can park on the street. It is accessible by public transportation.

Additional observations Star of the Sea Church is a historic church in the archdiocese of San Francisco. It was established as a mission in 1887 and as a parish in 1894. It is located in the Inner Richmond neighborhood, between the Presidio and Golden Gate Park (don’t be surprised if it’s foggy!) It’s a beautiful old San Francisco church in the traditional style; there’s a magnificent image of the Blessed Mother overhead near the altar area. With the encouragement of Archbishop Cordileone, the parish has become a home for those who prefer Mass in the Extraordinary Form; the archbishop has come there himself to celebrate Mass in the EF.

For more information, see:
Jan. 27 Cal Catholic story

Jan. 29 Catholic World Report story