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The Miracle of St. Hilary's

Sunday, March 3, 2013


The miracle of St. Hilary's was not the traditional kind.

Since 1888, the small white church of St. Hilary's has looked out from a Tiburon hillside over Richardson Bay, just north of the Golden Gate.

The legend relates that when the railroad was built to Tiburon from the north in 1889, builder Peter Donahue was able to obtain a right-of-way for the tracks only by promising the Reed family, holders of the land grant, that he would build a Catholic church on the hillside above the town.

Honoring not only the saint but also Hilarita Reed Lyford and her mother Ylaria Reed (wife of John Reed, the original grantee), the church was named St. Hilary's.

For 71 years Tiburon Catholics worshiped in the little wooden church on the hill, while the subdivisions spread across the land below. Then in 1959 they moved to a new and more commodious parish church not far away.

Some residents of Tiburon and nearby Belvedere were fearful that the historic landmark would be torn down and replaced by apartment houses. Mrs. Robert Bastian, wife of The Chronicle's cartoonist, took the lead in organizing the Tiburon Landmarks Society and was elected president. The first installment of the miracle took place at about the same time. A single donor with a passion for anonymity offered the group enough money to buy the property...

"The Archbishop’s Annual Appeal 2014"

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.


Clare Elizabeth Campagna Bohan

Funeral Mass on Friday, March 14, at 10:30 a.m.

Clare Elizabeth Campagna Bohan, a longtime Tiburon resident, died of natural causes March 3 in Roseville. She was 98.

Mrs. Bohan was born in Bismarck, N.D., to James Campagna and Emma Boucher Campagna. She reportedly was a descendent of the 18th century French portrait painter François Boucher. After graduating from St. Mary's Central High School, she took secretarial classes at Bismarck State College and then worked for a local doctor.

Later, she met her husband, Peter, when he played "Taps" at her father's funeral. She and Peter loved to dance to Big Band music and frequently went to performances by Lawrence Welk, who often toured their area.

They were married in 1940 and moved to Tiburon's Bel Aire neighborhood in 1958 after Mr. Bohan retired from the U.S. Army. She was known for her beautiful garden, particularly her roses.

For many years, she volunteered as an election poll worker at the Bel Aire Elementary School polling station, a job she loved. She enjoyed being a full-time housewife and mother and volunteered at Bel Aire when her children were young, as a library aide or as a cashier at the hot dog stand.

"It was all about family for her," said her daughter, Patricia. "That was where her focus was. My mother had such an impact on the lives of her children and grandchildren." Her daughter said she tried to keep positive thoughts and believed in the saying, "If you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything at all."

Peter Bohan died in 2007. Mrs. Bohan stayed in the house and, despite her advanced years, swept her front lawn as her daily exercise. In failing health, she moved to Roseville three weeks before her death to be near family.

In addition to daughter, Patricia Lauterjung of Roseville, Mrs. Bohan is survived by her sons, Peter Bohan Jr. of Novato, Richard Bohan of Rohnert Park and William Bohan of Roseville; a brother, Francis Campagna of Bismarck, N.D.; two sisters, Elaine Christensen of Fallbrook and Dolores Stetcher of Pomona; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. March 14 at St. Hilary Catholic Parish in Tiburon. A reception at the parish hall will follow. Mrs. Bohan will be buried at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon.

Donations in her memory may be made to St. Hilary Catholic Parish, 761 Hilary Drive, Tiburon, CA 94920.



Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 - Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has announced that the following parishes are being open-listed, for assignments that become effective July 1, 2014, throughout the Archdiocese of San Francisco:

- Good Shepherd Parish, Pacifica
- Most Holy Redeemer Parish, San Francisco
- Our Lady of Loretto Parish, Novato
- Saint Anthony of Padua Parish, San Francisco
- Saint Mark Parish, Belmont – Assignment of Msgr. James T. Tarantino Announced
- Saint Matthew Parish, San Mateo

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco on FACEBOOK


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CONFESSION EXPLAINED -- thanks to Father Jeff Lorig of Nebraska, who was with us the summer of 2011

September 6, 2012

God bless Mrs. Lee Jouvré - and all our benefactors!


This week we received a check for $50,000 from the estate of one of our faithful and long-time parishioners, who passed away on June 5 of this year.


Given the financial crunch we (and most parishes) are experiencing, this generous bequest is a great blessing for your church, and we ask you to remember Lee in the charity of your prayers, as she reaches out from the next life to continue helping St. Hilary through her estate planning.