Welcome to St. Hilary Catholic Parish in Tiburon, California
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Saint Hilary Parish and School is a caring, vibrant community which believes in promoting Catholic values, love, faith, friendship, and outreach to those in need.
If you are new to the area or just visiting, we welcome you and invite you to join us by registering and finding out what your parish has to offer!
Father William E. Brown, Pastor
Father Matthew B. Link, C.PP.S., Parochial Vicar
Our Priests' Current Message.
- Our Saint Hilary Parish Bulletin.
Each Friday of Lent (i.e., March 7 to April 11) you are warmly invited to join us for a delicious and FREE soup supper right after our 5:30 p.m. Mass.
Different parish groups have signed up to prepare a variety of soups for each Friday, a traditional Catholic day of coming together for fellowship during the forty days of the Lenten Season.
Our suppers will take place in Tarantino Hall, right next to the Church.
This Week at St. Hilary Parish :
Sunday, March 9, at 6:00 p.m.
Using a great mix of stories, real-life examples, activities, prayers, and references to the culture that teens understand, the Middle School Edition answers the questions middle school students have about their own bodies, issues regarding sexual morality, and how they were uniquely created for greatness.
Parents can find out more information on the program by attending a Parent Info Night, held on Sunday, March 9 at 6:00 PM in Tarantino Hall at St. Hilary or by visiting www.TOBforTeens.com/Parents. Program descriptions, video clips, and samples from the Parent and Leader’s Guide are available to view and download. Contact Jamie Blinn at email@example.com or Lisa Veto at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on registering for this program.
As Catholics, we understand that death is an inevitable part of life and a transition to eternal life. And yet, for many of us, the process of dying is a source of great confusion and stress: we struggle with making difficult medical decisions, often unaware of the Church’s ethical and religious directives, which offer much needed guidance and comfort.
Some of us are also unaware of the Church’s rich tradition of sacraments, prayers, and pastoral care for the dying, whose purpose is to help us or our loved ones spiritually and emotionally prepare for our final journey.
In this seminar, Erin Tribble, a Catholic chaplain at Seton Medical Center in Daly City, will present both the pastoral and moral dimensions of the Church’s care for the dying, with the aim of helping fellow Catholics approach this sacred process with greater peace and ease.
The seminar will include time for reflection on personal experiences with death and dying, and will touch on the role of hospice and palliative care; advance healthcare directives; and communicating wishes to loved ones.
If you plan to attend, or would like more information, please contact Diana Rittenhouse at
Since his election as Pope in March, Francis has urged the faithful to reach out to others by taking the Gospel message “to the street”; during World Youth Day he said “I would like us to make noise, I would like those inside the dioceses to go out into the open; I want the Church to be in the streets; I want us to defend ourselves against all ...that is worldliness, comfort, being closed and turned within.” Greg and Julie Alexander are willing to do just that, by leaving the comfort of their home and taking their 5 youngest children with them, they have embarked on what they call the Great Marriage Challenge tour and they will be visiting parishes in different parts of the country to challenge all the couples they encounter to live marriage as God intended and to be a light to a world that is living in darkness.
Dear friends in Christ,
This weekend we have the chance to hear from some dedicated fellow parishioners about what it means to them, and can mean for us, to make a generous donation to the AAA.
If you are new to the Archdiocese of San Francisco, this might be your first time hearing about this annual “tax” — but if you have been around for a while, you may be already quite educated about what giving to the AAA accomplishes for your parish.
Recently, I have heard some very faithful and generous Catholics tell me that they have chosen not to make a pledge to the AAA this year, because they are very upset about the recent scandals that have made front page news in the papers, and filled the evening news programs, regarding the goings-on at the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi.
While I understand your anger, I urge you to please reconsider, if for no other reason than such a choice will hurt your home parish and will have no impact on that situation in North Beach.
In other words, if people choose not to support the AAA and we do not meet our goal for 2014, that money will still be taken from Saint Hilary’s bank account, so such a protest will go unnoticed by everyone except the people here who fight to keep your parish in the black.
Ideally, our Church world would be gloriously free of scandal and sin, but this has been never true, and will never be true, until the Lord’s return in glory. In the meantime, we must individually decide how to live and give, as today’s Bible readings remind us:
The LORD said to Moses,
“Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them:
Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.
“You shall not bear hatred for your brother or sister in your heart.
Though you may have to reprove your fellow citizen,
do not incur sin because of him.
Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against any of your people.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
I am the LORD.”
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
When one reads history, it becomes clear that our beloved Catholic Church has always been a glorious mix of saints and sinners, often trudging along the road together,
trying to learn from one another.
Even in the New Testament, scandals, divisions and problems arose, but, thanks be to God, the baptized did not divorce themselves from the Christian community, but rather struggled to find the right and decent path, repent of their own sins, speak up for Gospel values, and thus enable the Good News of Jesus to spread to even those most exotic corners of the earth — such as Tiburon, Belvedere, and Strawberry. Imagine!
Your generosity toward the Archbishop's Annual Appeal will help the many ministries and good causes you read about in the AAA pamphlet, but your giving will also help Saint Hilary Parish, your spiritual home.
Each dollar you give toward the AAA means that much support for Saint Hilary, and the ministries we carry on only with your help and engagement. Your past generosity inspired me to give $1,000 from my salary to the AAA, in the hope that many of you will match or surpass my donation.
Pray for our Archdiocese, our Archbishop, our Parish, and all who will benefit from your choices.
~ Father Brown
PLEASE NOTE: You cannot donate to the Archbishop's Annual Appeal by going to the website of the ADSF, because we at St. Hilary Parish handle the process and the money ourselves, finally sending one, big fat check to the Archdiocese in late fall of 2014. This enables St. Hilary to get some benefit from the interest that accumulates during the year.
Contact: Jane McColgan at (415) 464-1539
WEEKLY CATHOLIC T.V. MASS
Produced for viewing by the homebound and others unable to go to Mass.
Mass is broadcast Sundays at 6:00 a.m. on the Bay Area’s KTSF Channel 26 and KOFY Channel 20, and in the Sacramento area at 5:30 a.m. on KXTL Channel 40.
It is produced by "God Squad Productions" with Monsignor Harry Schlitt, celebrant. To learn more, or to make donations to keep the T.V. Mass going, please contact:
Catholic T.V. Mass
Archdiocese of San Francisco
One Peter Yorke Way
San Francisco 94109
Ms. Jan Schachern (415) 614-5643
Pastor e-Mail Alerts - from Father William e-Brown
Would you like to receive emails from Father Brown when one of our dear parishioners passes away, or when a special event is taking place here at St. Hilary, or when a disaster strikes and we will take up a second collection for those impacted? If so, please send a brief message to:
Rest assured that all messages are sent as a "blind carbon copy," so that others cannot access your email address.