Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Urban San Francisco Priest Revitalizes Parish With Immemorial Mass

SAN FRANCISCO - On the solemnity of the Annunciation this past spring, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone dedicated the Star of the Sea Church’s renovated St. Joseph Adoration Chapel, calling it “a pivotal moment in the history of the parish.”
“We want to base the renewal of our parish around the holy Eucharist,” said Father Joseph Illo. “Our mission statement is to evangelize God’s people beginning with the gift of the holy Eucharist. That means putting a lot of energy into our music, our preaching, our Sunday Mass.”
Three years after Illo was appointed parish administrator in August 2014, bringing his powerful commitment to traditional Catholic practices to the famously progressive city, Mass attendance and number of parishioners registered have increased about 10 percent each year.
Father Illo's Blog...


  1. It's rather simple; if we place our energy into pleasing God, and giving Him His due homage and worship; grace will flow in abundance. If we focus solely on man (ie social justice), then we will continue to see the erosion of the Faith and the emptying of parishes.

  2. Immemorial Mass? Or "Extraordinary Form"?

  3. The "Extraordinary Form" of the Novus Ordo is not the Immemorial Mass. That is why "permission" is necessary. No one needs "permission" to do the Immemorial Mass. So, was it the "EF"?

  4. All criticisms aside, it's a happy story and proof that the Faith has a power to it that transforms hearts and enlivens souls....and neighborhoods!!!