Welcome to St. Hilary Catholic Parish in Tiburon, California

Saint Hilary Church 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 liturgical, instructional, faith & prayer, outreach or fellowship 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


Learn more by reading:

You may now support Saint Hilary Parish by donating online - quick & easy!


This is ALSO true if you want to go online to make a donation to the Archbishop's Annual Appeal.

Mass Schedule at Saint Hilary Catholic Church

St. Hilary of Poitiers (c. 300-368 A.D.) pictured with a dragon symbolizing the Arian heresy against which he taught


Mass Time

Type of Mass        

Saturday 9:00 a.m.  


5:00 p.m.

Vigil Mass


7:30 a.m.

Quiet Mass


9:00 a.m.

Children's Choir Mass


11:00 a.m.

Adult Choir Mass


5:00 p.m.

Guitar Mass


8:30 a.m.


Holy Days



7:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m.

7:00 p.m.


For more Mass information, click here.


To learn more about our ministries, click here. To get involved in one of our ministries, click here or on the "Get Involved!" button.

St. Hilary Parish this Week

Welcome, Father Emmanuel Siljeur!


Today (June 30) our missionary preacher arrives from the Archdiocese of Cape Town, in South Africa: he will be giving the homily at all our Masses this weekend, as part of the Annual Mission Co-Op Appeal, inviting us to help his parish overseas.


Father Emmanuel will be our houseguest here in the rectory for one week, and will then enjoy the hospitality of Lynn Reid (also from South Africa), her husband Adrian Gordon, and their son Reid Gordon.


If you would like to invite Father Emmanuel to join you for dinner (our rectory cook only comes in Tuesdays and Thursdays), please call the rectory and leave a message for him.


To read about one American family's experience of visiting Father Emmanuel's parish in the township of Gugulethu, Saint Gabriel, you may hop on over to:



Gay, Catholic, and Doing Fine



Chris Stefanick, a well-known Catholic speaker, shared this interesting story on his Facebook page.



(Chris will be coming to Marin County next fall, and we hope many of our young people will purchase tickets for the event!)



The article on this blog from LifeTeen describes a young man's journey of being celibate, gay and a faithful, practicing Catholic - and the loving support he has always received from his Church, his family, and his friends:


" Being gay doesn’t mean I’m special or extraordinary. It just means that my life is not always easy. (Surprise!) And as my friend J. said when I told him recently about my homosexuality, 'I guess if it wasn’t that, it would have been something else.' Meaning that nobody lives without a burden of one kind or another. As Rabbi Abraham Heschel said: 'The man who has not suffered, what can he possibly know, anyway?' "





Here are links to Chris Stefanick's website:







The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony (CCC 1601)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Dear parishioners,
Given the Supreme Court's decision this week, many people are talking about what this means for our country and for our Church. Father Roger and I have looked at various reactions in the Catholic world, and he suggested that I share the following with you, which I found to be a very sensible recommendation.
The letter comes from Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, former President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 
and I hope you may find it, and the numerous other documents on the subject, to be of help to you.
God bless,
~ Father Brown
P.S. The text of Archbishop Gregory's letter may be found bellow, in the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Atlanta:

Canonization for Louis and Zelie Martin,


parents of St. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux 


Born Marie-Françoise-Thérèse Martin,

January 2, 1873 – September 30, 1897


Pope Francis approved on Saturday the decrees allowing for the canonization of Louis and Zélie Martin, the parents of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus (of Lisieux). 


The Holy Father approved the decrees during the Ordinary Consistory in the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican.

The couple will be the first to be canonized together as husband and wife, giving testimony to their extraordinary witness of conjugal and familial spirituality.


They "positively impacted their historical context through witness to the Gospel for the renewal of the face of the earth."

The decree also emphasized their exemplary life of faith, dedication to ideal values united to a constant realism, and attention to the poor.


Louis Martin (1823–1894) and Zélie Guérin (1831–1877) were blessed with nine children, four of whom died in infancy.  The remaining five girls all entered religious life, one of whom is St. Thérèse of Lisieux.




Dear friends in Christ,
Please remember in the charity of your prayers those who will be buried from our parish in the coming days, and their loved ones who are left behind.
If you know of someone who has experienced loss and might benefit from our Bereavement Support Group, please contact Sister Dolores Maguire, CHF, at DoloresMaguire@Gmail.com 

Mr. Carl F. Stranzl (1926-2015)

Saturday, July 11, Funeral Mass at St. Hilary Catholic Church, 761 Hilary Drive, Tiburon, at 11:00 a.m.

Reception to follow in Tarantino Hall



In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Carl's honor to Mill Valley Seniors Club, Friends of the Mill Valley Library, Marin Rod and Gun Club or Hospice by the Bay. 
The family would especially like to thank Hospice by the Bay and Nazareth House of San Rafael for their dedicated and loving care for Carl during his final months.


Mr. Allison Gibbs (age 43)

Saturday, July 18, Memorial Mass at St. Hilary Church, 761 Hilary Drive, Tiburon, at 11:00 a.m.
Reception to follow in Tarantino Hall

Mr. Russel Edmund Lessig (age 51)

Tuesday, June 23, visitation at Keaton's Mortuary in San Rafael from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 24, Funeral Mass at St. Hilary Church, 761 Hilary Drive, Tiburon, at 11:00 a.m.

Please pray for the victims of the church shooting in Charleston, and those who were killed or injured in the Berkeley accident:




Parish News and Information

Giving Made Easy!

We have implemented a new, easier approach to making donations to St. Hilary Parish. To make a one-time or recurring donation online, click here or on the button.

Desperately desiring delicious doughnuts...?


Dear parishioners,

Lynn Reid, who graciously stepped in several months ago to coordinate our doughnut & coffee & orange juice fun after the 9:00am and 11:00am Sunday Masses, tells me we need more helpers to sign up.
If you are interested in learning what it involves, or willing to sign up, please hop on over to the following website:
Although the website focuses on "Saint Hilary School," we all know that the entire COMMUNITY benefits from this hospitality, so please do pitch in if you can.
God bless,
~ Father Brown

"New mysteries. New day. Fresh doughnuts." David Lynch

Father Brown's Q and A:  Sunday envelopes?


  • QUESTION:  I have signed up for electronic giving through Saint Hilary's website, but what do I do now when the collection basket comes around during Mass? I feel a bit embarrassed if I don't put something in.


  • ANSWER:  Please register with Diana and get a monthly packet of Sunday envelopes, which will enable you to know what special days are coming up (e.g., Ash Wednesday), and will also permit you to donate to the second collection. When the first collection basket comes around, put in your (empty) envelopes, as a sign that you are supporting your parish - which you are doing through your e-giving!
If it feels weird to throw an empty offering envelope into the basket, don't you worry - you are giving a good example to the people around you and not scandalizing them by ignoring the basket.

Help Saint Hilary School via eScrip!


Sign up for eScrip today and designate our parish school, St. Hilary #137965399 as the recipient of your eScript points.


We are MOST grateful to the families of our parish and of St. Hilary School who have used this easy, free method of making a big difference in helping our school and our students.


Just go to www.eScrip.com and follow the simple instructions -- be sure to plug in St. Hilary School #137965399 when you register.


God bless you! Just last year, the efforts of people like you brought in thousands of dollars for our parochial school.


Also, take a look at the eScrip online mall:  http://shopping.escrip.com

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.

Additional parish news and information can be found by clicking here.