Name 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., 11:30 a.m. (Latin Tridentine) and 7:30 p.m. Weekdays, 7:30 a.m. (Latin Tridentine) and noon. Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.

Confessions 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. and by appointment. 15 minutes before every Mass and by appointment.

Names of priests Fr. Joseph Illo, pastor. Fr. John Mary Chung, parochial vicar. Fr. Mark Taheny, parochial vicar. Fr. John Fewel, visiting priest. Fr. Ala Nadim Alalamat, visiting priest. Fr. Illo is a faithful priest originally from the Diocese of Stockton. He is originally 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 made the news in 2008 when he suggested that Catholics who voted for pro-abortion candidates for public office go to confession. He came to San Francisco to establish the Oratorian Community of St. Philip Neri. Read his blog at Fr. Taheny is a chaplain with Courage, the Catholic Church’s apostolate for people with same-sex attraction.

Special groups and activities Children’s catechism program, Star Book Club, Legion of Mary, Bible study, pro-Life group, Our Lady of Perpetual Help devotion on Wednesdays after the noon Mass, Paul Street Evangelization, Star speakers series (listen to a few of the talks on the parish YouTube page), 2,000 Hail Marys, Holy Rosary Sodality, Holy Name Society, Altar Society, Perpetual Adoration, Marian Movement of Priests.

School Yes, pre-school and K-8.

Fellow parishioners The area is mostly Caucasian and Asian, also 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 also 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. Parish leaders are attempting to raise $500,000 to renovate the church. The parish also has a quarterly magazine; read it online here.

Previous California Catholic Daily stories on Star of The Sea:

San Francisco Star of the Sea parish to become Oratory of St. Philip Neri

First Latin Mass at Star of the Sea, San Francisco

San Francisco’s radical parish prepares next step

Rebuilding the Church in San Francisco

Listen to Father Illo talk about why Mass is celebrated ad orientem at the parish: