Welcome to St. Hilary Catholic Parish in Tiburon, California

Mass Schedule

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 visiting, we welcome you and invite you to join us at Mass. If you are new to the area or a long-time resident, we look forward to having you join our community. We offer the Catholic sacraments, religious education for children and opportunities to become involved in any of our ministries. Please register with the parish to have an ambassador family help you find out what your parish has to offer!


Father William E. Brown, Pastor - BillBrown@StanfordAlumni.org

Father Roger G. Gustafson, Parochial Vicar - FatherRogerGustafson@Gmail.com


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Day    Mass Time         Type 
Saturday  9:00 am                       

   5:00 pm  

          Vigil Mass


 7:30 am Quiet Mass
   9:00 am    Children Mass
  11:00 am Choir Mass
   5:00 pm Guitar Mass


8:30 am


Holy Days of   






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St. Hilary Parish this Week



Please join us for the Saint Hilary School Fall Open House, on Tuesday, November 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
We will provide parent-led tours that allow visitors to see the school in action: you can have a look in the classrooms, enjoy an opportunity to meet our faculty and administration, see our facilities, and experience the many great things that make a Saint Hilary education unique.
RSVP required: please call Lisa Handley in the School's Admissions Office at (415) 435-2224, ext. 5502 or email her at LHandley@SaintHilarySchool.Org



All parents are welcome!

October Count

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
     Dear parishioners,
     Our parish Administrative Assistant, Diana Rittenhouse, spoke with me yesterday about this year's "October Count."
     As you probably have noticed, every year the Catholic Church throughout the entire United States asks our ushers to count the number of children, women and men who attend Sunday Mass at each parish. This gives us a more accurate idea of who is involved in the life of the local Church, because the number of people registered might be huge, but the number who actually show up is always much smaller.
In looking at the records since 1996, we notice that the high point for Saint Hilary Parish was back in 2002, with ups and downs each year before and after that high point.
     Ever since 2005, our October Count went down little by little, but then in 2010 it went up slightly, then down a bit, and the last two years have seen a slight but consistent increase in the number of people attending Mass here. This year's October Count indicates 587 people who attend Mass each weekend at our parish.
     I share this moderate good news with you because the new families and individuals I meet on the plaza often mention your welcoming spirit as the reason they are choosing Saint Hilary Church as their spiritual home. When I first became a Catholic, no one would ever speak to a newcomer, as they were immersed in their private devotions, or were only comfortable talking with those whom they had already known for years.
     Now, perhaps, we are more willing and able to extend a welcoming hand to those fresh to our zip code, which can make a big difference:  our greeters in the vestibule and side doors before and after Mass; the fellowshipping that goes on during coffee and doughnuts in Tarantino Hall; the celebrant on the plaza who tries to connect newcomers to people he already knows ("Oh, you're from back east? This is Terry, and she's from your neck of the woods also.").
     Congratulations on making Saint Hilary Parish an ever more welcoming place, especially for those just returning to the Catholic Church after a long time away, and for those who have just moved to our area!
     God bless,
     ~ Father Brown
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
Dear Confirmation Retreat Team,
I wish to thank you for all of your help with yesterday's retreat.  Each and every one of you added something very special to the day.  I personally appreciated everything you did to assist in making the day run smoothly, as I know you're all very busy people.  The fact that you were willing to put the time in to prepare for the day and be fully present to our Confirmation class shows how much you care about the kids we will be confirming.
God surely blessed us with the beautiful weather!  Many of the teens I spoke with on the hike back to the ferry had great things to say about the day.  I think we can all feel good about the retreat experience we gave to the teens.  When I looked around at their faces during our Litany of the Confirmandi final prayer, I was touched nearly to tears to see their earnestness in praying for one another.  I really felt God's presence with us, and I saw Him in those faces in the prayer circle.
I can't thank you enough for helping to lead discussions, for providing food, pulling wagons and just for being there--- but mostly for sharing some of your faith journey with our parish youth.  I had hoped that the day would be a good one for them, but having you there made it a GREAT day.

God bless you!

Lisa Veto - Director of Religious Education - Saint Hilary Church 



PLEASE NOTE: Bishop Bob McElroy will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to the 8th graders of our community on Sunday, Nov. 16, during the 5:00 p.m. Mass. Please keep these young men and women in your prayer!



The Little Sisters of the Poor, who run St. Anne's Home in the Sunset District of San Francisco for the elderly, will be taking up our second collection this weekend. Although your generous donations will remain here in the Bay Area, you will notice that this Religious Order, founded by Saint Jeanne Jugan, reaches far beyond national borders!







Monday, October 27, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Our 8th grade Confirmation Class sponsors

"Adoration with Praise and Worship"

St. Hilary Church - 761 Hilary Drive - Tiburon, CA 94920

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Confessions,

concluding with Benediction

All are welcome!

Annual "Mass of Remembrance" for those who died this past year.

On Saturday, November 1, at 5:00 p.m.,

followed by a reception in Tarantino Hall


As we celebrate All Souls Day the weekend of Nov. 1 and 2, we invite those who have lost loved ones in the last twelve months to send a picture, along with the name and dates of the beloved (e.g., John Smith, 1935-2014) so that we can place the pictures on the table near the pulpit.


As part of our yearly tribute, we will have a special litany of the names of those who passed away this year, and then invite their loved ones to a reception in Tarantino Hall right after the Saturday five o'clock Mass.


You may bring the pictures to the rectory for Diana Rittenhouse, or email them to Lisa Veto at LisaVeto@Gmail.com -- in addition, faithful departed from previous years may be included on the bulletin board of the church vestibule, so please let Lisa know.


on Sunday, November 2, All Souls Day,

right after our 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses.

Come to Tarantino Hall and enjoy the culinary talents of our generous dads!


“I don't have to tell you I love you. I fed you pancakes.”

― Kathleen Flinn, author of

"Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family"

Día de los Muertos

Remembered here at Saint Hilary School

On Sunday, Nov. 2, All Souls Day


Señora Silvia Buckley, the Spanish teacher for our children (from Junior Kindergarten through Grade Eight) has worked with our students to prepare the traditional altars for the "Day of the Dead" which you may check out when you come to Mass on All Souls Day.


We are most grateful to Señora Buckley, and to her collaborators, for inviting us all to see what the students have prepared for this ancient and very traditional celebration of those who have gone before us to God.




News from Señora

In celebration of EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS or Day of the Dead our Saint Hilary School's students made calaveras-skulls, flores de papel or marigolds, esqueletos de colores or colored skeletons, built personal altars and our 8th grade students baked pan de muerto for the entire school this year. EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS is a special Mexican holiday, where people remember their dead relatives and/or friends. Gracias and thank you for helping to build our school altar for our students and their loved ones this year: Pati Sunderland, Luisa Hagemeister, Helene Raymond and Paty Jansheski. Muchas gracias!




Congratulations Saint Hilary!

A message from Ms. Marie Bordeleau, our Principal

Friday we had the privilege of hosting a visit from Bret Allen (Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Department of Catholic Schools) and today we welcomed educators from around the world to see our technology program (they were visiting from Singapore, Australia, Korea, England, and Malaysia).  They were all speechless! What impressed them the most you ask . . . .your sons and daughters.  They were in awe of how articulate the students spoke about what they were doing and why they were doing it.  They were impressed with the high level of work being done in the classroom.  They were impressed with the teachers creativity and thoughtful approach to providing these learning experiences to our students.  Do we do everything perfectly everyday? No.  But are we doing some amazing work with students everyday.  Every faculty member, student, parent and member of the Saint Hilary community should be proud of what we offer students.  Thank you to Erin Turner, Mike Kavanagh and the entire Saint Hilary team for their efforts.  GO TIGERS! 



"Forty Days For Life"

Sept. 24 to Nov. 2, 2014


Our parishioners Ruth Ann Cawley at 328-6292 or Mari Pautler at mpautler@aol.com invite you to join with them in the "Forty Days For Life" event which begins this month in San Rafael. For more information, please go to: http://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/San-Rafael/


Pope Francis: “Abortion compounds the grief of many women who now carry with them deep physical and spiritual wounds after succumbing to the pressures of a secular culture which devalues God’s gift of sexuality and the right to life of the unborn.” April 25, 2014

Parish News and Information



Mr. Edward Sotelo

(Parishioner of St. Hilary)

+ Memorial Mass on Saturday, November 1, at 11:00 a.m. +


Mr. Peter Francis George Stanek

(Professor of Mathematics)

+ Service at Fernwood on Monday, October 20, at 2:00 p.m. +


Attention Seniors!

Are you living alone?
Would you like someone to contact you each morning between 9:00 and 10:00 to make sure you are okay?
If we can't reach you, please give us the name of a close friend or a relative who can check up on you.
Sign on for the service if you wish to get a call each morning, or, if you wish to volunteer as a parish caller.

Contact: Mrs. Jane McColgan at (415) 464-1539

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