Divine Mercy Devotion
We will resume the Divine Mercy devotion on every 3rd Tuesday of the month beginning the 19th of April. We will pray the Divine Mercy chaplet and veneration of the first class relic of St. Faustina will take place immediately after the 5:15 Mass. As you know this devotion is very powerful and is primarily for the sick and the dying; however, Our Lord invites you to pray for any other intention and will grant your request if it is compatible with His will. Please join us and come to know our Lord's DIVINE MERCY OF LOVE and bring peace to the world. We can all accomplish this !!
Weekly Holy Hour
MARY STAR OF THE SEA CHURCH
WHEN: Every Wednesday
WHERE: In the Church
TIME: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
ROSARY WITH MEDITATION ON EACH MYSTERY
10 MIN. OF SILENT REFLECTION
CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY
5 MIN. OF SILENT REFLECTION
A Night of a Thousand Stars
The effort to support the largest high school fundraiser of the year is full speed ahead! A Night of a Thousand Stars takes place on Saturday, May 7th and raises money to benefit our academic and athletic programs, and provides funds to support our tuition assistance giving. There are many ways to help us!
1. PURCHASE OPPORTUNITY TICKETS! Ticket prices are: $10 each / 3 for $20 / 10 for $50. Each student is required to purchase or sell at least one sheet of tickets (10 tickets).
2. DONATE AUCTION ITEMS! A Night of a Thousand Stars includes both a live and a silent auction. Please consider donating or helping us to acquire items such as sports tickets, vacation trips, wine tastings, time shares, antiques, artwork or gift baskets. Please deliver your auction items to the Main Office between 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on school days before April 1st .
3. SPONSOR A TABLE! Opportunities are still available to sponsor a table at A Night of a Thousand Stars. For more information contact Jeanna Alves at 310-547-1138, or email questions to email@example.com.
Annual Mother’s Day Shower
We will be having our annual Mother's Day Shower the weekend of May 7th and 8th at Mary Star Church. Please bring new or lightly used baby items-unwrapped-to church and we will distribute them to the local pregnancy centers.
Crowning of Our Lady
The Filipino community invites all parishioners to join us for the May crowning of our Lady. We will begin our procession at the grotto on Saturday, May 14th at 4:30 p.m. The five glorious mysteries of the rosary will be recited as we leave on our way to the church for the 5:15 mass. The Fiesta Queen will crown our Lady during the rite of crowning at the end of the mass. All ethnic ministries are reminded to bring their banners and finger food. Please deliver the latter to the parish center before the procession (thank you!) Also please bring flowers to place at the feet of our Lady's statue. After the crowning of our Lady come join us at the parish center for a reception after the mass. We'll see you there!
Mary Star High School Principal Honored
On Thursday, March 31st Ms. Rita Dever, Principal of Mary Star of the Sea High School, was honored at the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s History Month Reception. As one of five women celebrated that evening, she received several certificates of recognition including a Certificate of Congressional Recognition, California Legislative Assembly Certificate of Recognition, and State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition.
ESTHER MAROVICH: APRIL 21, 1940 - APRIL 7, 2016
On April 7, 2016 Esther Marovich, dear friend of Mary Star of the Sea High School, unexpectedly returned to Our Lord.
Esther, a Mary Star graduate of 1958, returned to her alma mater, where she worked for 23 years before retiring in June 2015. She was devoted to her family, including husband Ron, daughters Lisa (MSHS ’89) and Dina (MSHS ’90), and her grandson. Esther’s dedication, generosity and hard work for our high school was evident throughout her life and we are blessed with many memories of her love for the school community.
Esther Marovich’s funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, April 13th at Noon at Mary Star of the Sea Church.
Please click on this link to view the flyer.
MADONNA DELL’ARCO MOSAIC DEDICATION
On Sunday, Apri1 17, 2016 the Italian Catholic Federation is having the dedication of the new Madonna dell’Arco mosaic at the noon mass. A luncheon will follow in the auditorium. Price $20.00. Call Neal Di Leva at 310-433-1044 for tickets. The Italian Community has been long devoted to the Madonna dell’Arco. The name of the Madonna dell’Arco originates from an area where there were many aqueducts with arches (arco) and columns built during the Roman Empire. On one of these columns a devoted artist painted the image of the Blessed Virgin and Child. Many centuries later, youths were playing bocce ball near this column. After a clumsy throw, the ball of one of the players hit a tree that shaded the sacred shrine. The youth, blinded by anger, retrieved the ball and threw it against the image of Our Lady, hitting her on the right cheek. To the shock of all those present, the cheek was seen to bleed, as if it were of real flesh. Years later this original image was cut away from the column and placed in the Sanctuary in Naples, Italy. Many miracles were recorded since then, and in March 1675, for about a month, the image of Our Lady was seen surrounded by stars, while the right cheek appeared red with blood. A portrait of the image of the Madonna dell’Arco was dedicated on January 27, 2013 at Mary Star, and was placed in the Shrine of Saint John Joseph of the Cross. Three years later the portrait was replaced with a mosaic donated by Mr. Joseph Scotti, and on January 12, 2016 the mosaic was permanently placed on the wall in the shrine. Please join us to celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Arch. All societies are to bring their banners, and also bring flowers from the garden, and place them in front of the Madonna dell’Arco.
MSHS Athletic Booster Club’s 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk
On Saturday, May 14th the Mary Star Athletic Booster Club is holding its 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk. The course starts and finishes at Mary Star of the Sea High School. The proceeds will be used by the MSHS Booster Club to assist and fund scholarships, maintain equipment and facilities, and other athletic needs. Register prior to April 23rd and receive a discount. For more information go to marystarhigh.com or call Jeanna Alves at 310 -547-1138.
Please click on this link to view the 5K run/walk flyer.
Call for Fiesta Queen Candidates
Mary Star Queen committee is looking for girls ages 14-19, affiliated with our Parish, to run for queen. The contest is about 7 weeks long and there are fundraising events planned. The committee meets with the girls to help with planning. Our Queen is invited to parish functions during the year, and also is part of the San Pedro Christmas Parade. If you have any questions about the contest, please call the rectory at 310-833-3541 ext. 203, and leave a name and phone number where you can be reached.
Save the Date—2016 Parish Fiesta!
Come join in on all the fun, food, games, rides, and raffles at the annual Parish Fiesta!
Free parking and Free admission!
Friday, July 15th: 5pm to Midnight
Saturday, July 16th: 12 noon to Midnight
*Family day; Saturday only from 12 noon to 5pm
Sunday, July 17th: 12 noon to 10pm
Crowning of the 2016 Fiesta Queen will be on Sunday, July 17th at 7:30 pm.
Main raffles: a new 2016 car (or cash), and four different vacation trips will be drawn at 10pm Sunday July 17th.
Note: Watch upcoming parish bulletins for fiesta planning meetings.
MSHS Senior Accepted to Air Force Academy
During an impromptu all-school assembly on March 1st, Senior Mackenzie Nickle received his appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado!
Mac has been eagerly awaiting news from the Academy and was stunned when presented with the Certificate of Special Recognition from Congresswoman Janice Hahn confirming his appointment. His acceptance to the Academy includes a full, four-year scholarship. The Congresswoman’s representative, Ivan Sulic, made the presentation in front of the entire student body and congratulated Mac on his outstanding academic, community service and physical preparation which impressed Congresswoman Hahn during the nomination process. The entire school community was moved with pride and inspiration as they heard the surprise announcement in the high school courtyard! Congratulations Mackenzie Nickle! Keep on being a shining Star!
Mary Star High School Honored by the NFL
Mary Star of the Sea High School has been selected to the National Football League’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll. As part of the celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, the NFL is awarding high schools a commemorative Golden Football for every player or coach who was on an active Super Bowl roster. Tim Wrightman, Class of 1978, presented the commemorative Golden Football to Mary Star of the Sea High School on Tuesday, January 19th. Tim went on from MSHS to star at UCLA, where he played tight end. He then played for the Chicago Bears when they won the Super Bowl in 1985.
Tim Wrightman presents a golden football to Principal Dever, Fr. Nicholas, and Fr. Harrigan.
Change in Mass Schedule
Beginning on Sunday January 17th, 2016:
Mary Star High School Accepting Applications
The High School is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 School Year. Please visit www.marystarhigh.com or call 310-547-1138 for information and applications. Shadow Days in January are available by calling Mrs. Kelly Phillips at 310-547-1138.
Thursday Morning Bible Study
Thursday Morning Bible Study at Mary Star of the Sea would like to invite you to join us as we continue through the Gospel of Luke combining lectio divina (an ancient form of prayer in the church) with traditional Bible study. As the Word of God moves more deeply in us, we take the beautiful lessons learned into our lives.
Where: Monsignor Gallagher Parish Center, Round Room
When: Thursday mornings, 9am – 11am
For information, please contact: Holly Oldenburg 310 547- 3507; Gene Terrzas 310-548-0255.
A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Eastern Europe: (April 2016), Our Lady of Guadalupe: (June 2016), India: (Sept. 2016)
Spiritual Director: Fr. Joseph Parathanal
Please click on this link to view the Our Lady of Guadalupe tour flyer.
Please click on this link to view the India tour flyer.
For more information, contact Bernadette at BCORP1114@hotmail.com, or call (323) 344-1548 or (323) 547-6618.
Church of the Beatitudes, on the Sea of Galilee.
Families of Nazareth Faith Sharing Group
Come and join us as we explore our relationship with God through the spirituality of the Families of Nazareth Movement. We meet each week to pray and share our faith journey.
Where: Monsignor Gallagher Parish Center Chapel
When: Saturday mornings from 9:00-10:00am
(Open to adults only, all are welcome)
“Everything that you experience is linked to the love of God who loves you, and to His desire for your good.”
Fr Tadeusz Dajczer, “The Gift of Faith”
For more information contact: Holly Oldenburg (310)547-3507
Need Gift Cards?
Gift cards for a wide variety of merchants are available for purchase (fee-free!) outside the church on Sundays from 8:00am to 11:45am.
Please click on this link to view the MSHS Gift Card Merchant List.
Stop Assisted Suicide
The Knights of Columbus are taking signatures outside of church after Masses on Sunday to qualify the "Referendum to Overturn the Aid-in-Dying Law" for the November 2016 ballot.
Please click on this link to view the flyer.
The Mass of the New Evangelization
The Mass of the New Evangelization
Beginning the First Sunday of Advent:
Weekly Holy Hour
“In order to convert America and save the World what we need is for every parish to come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacraments in Holy Hour of prayer.” ~Blessed Mother Teresa. Every Wednesday there is a Holy Hour in the church from 6-7 pm. Within the hour, there is a rosary with beautiful reflections, time for silent reflection, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, concluding with Benediction. Please come and spend 1 hour with Jesus. This is a special time of abundant blessings for all!
Stained Glass Window Protection
We’d like to thank all those who have graciously and generously donated towards our Stained Glass Window Protection project! Small windows cost $2,000 and larger windows cost $4,000 to keep safe. Whoever would like to donate in helping maintain our church stained glass windows safe for future generations, please contact Josephine Frka at (310) 833-3541. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Sacraments for Adults
A number of adults have been gathering for the past three weeks to learn more about the Catholic faith in preparation for full initiation into the Catholic Church at Easter time. Some of them will be baptized for the first time and also receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation, while others who have been baptized already will make a profession of faith in the Catholic Church and receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.
If you are unbaptized or have been baptized in another faith and you wish to join us, you may still do so by calling Sister Mary at (310) 833-3541 ext. 222.
Mary Star Preschool News
Registration is now full and CLOSED for the 2015-2016 school year. Registration is now OPEN for the 2016-2017 school year for 3-5 year olds who are fully potty trained. Our preschool program is year round, part time and full time. Come on over and take a tour! No appointments necessary!
We have a safe environment with qualified, caring teachers who instruct faith development and age appropriate hands-on activities in Creative Art, Kindergarten Readiness, Math Concepts, Science Exploration, Multicultural Exposure, Music/ Movement Activities, Dramatic Play, Outdoor Activities and Character Development.
For more information about our preschool program, please call (310) 833-3541 ext. 228 and ask for Beth Castagnola, Director, email at MaryStarPreschool@gmail.com or visit www.marystarelementary.com/for_parents/preschool.
Our Christian Care is in need of volunteers to hand out lunches on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11 am — 12:15 pm. For more information or if you are interested in lending a helping hand, please contact either Rick or Pat at (310) 832-7913.
New Website Manager
Please note, we have a NEW website manager. If you are a Parish community or group member who requires future changes/additions to your particular web page on our Parish website, please feel free to contact Michael Munn at MMunn@marystar.org.
The Bookstore is located adjacent to the Parish Auditorium.
We honor Mary Star of the Sea Elementary & High School scrip! We also have a variety of great Catholic items, for more information,please click here.
Lent related booklets and Stations of the Cross pamphlets are now available!
You can volunteer in the parish for as little as 4 hours per month in the Stella Maris Bookstore. No experiece necessary; we will train you. It's a great opportunity to interact with fellow parishioners. Please see Mary Reynolds or Perry Di Massa or call the boostore at (310) 519-8661 for more information. Thank you for prayerfully considering this minsitry to our parish and schools.
To stay updated on our latest parish news and events, read Fr. Harrigan's weekly messages.
We are a warm and vibrant Catholic community whose mission is to bring the love of Jesus Christ to all we meet.
Here at Mary Star of the Sea you will find perhaps the most ethnically diverse parish in the entire Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Not only is Mass celebrated here in four languages (English, Spanish, Croatian and Italian) on Sunday, but the traditional ethnic celebrations and devotions of each group as well. Our beautiful church also contains a Perpetual Adoration Chapel (open 24 hours a day, seven days a week).
We are especially proud of our parish high school (9th through 12th grades), which recently expanded into sparkling, brand-new facilities, and of our elementary school (K through 8th grades), both of which are well-known and highly regarded throughout the area. Our Pre-School provides a fun, safe, Catholic environment for children 3-5 years old. Thousands more children have received an excellent formation in the Catholic faith from our Religious Education program or been nurtured in their faith by our Youth Ministry program.
Our outreach to the local area includes a Christian Care ministry, dedicated to serving the needs of the disadvantaged, and the Apostleship of the Sea, which ministers to sailors and those working at the nearby ports. We are also very proud of our newly revitalized Knights of Columbus council, as well as many other parish groups and societies.
If you would like to become better acquainted with us, or if you are interested in getting involved in one of our many ways of serving the community, please explore our website. Contact information for our parish staff, our schools, and all our outreach programs can be found on our site. We would be happy to help you in any way we can and we look forward to your involvement in our community.
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