Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule
Ash Wednesday is this Wednesday, February 10th. Please click on this link to view the Mass Schedule for this day.
Please remember that we are called to fast and abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, and to abstain from meat (no fasting necessary) on Fridays during Lent.
Change in Mass Schedule
Beginning on Sunday January 17th, 2016:
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.
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.
Be My Valentine Dinner/Dance
The Filipino Community invites all our parishioners to join us on Saturday, Feb. 13th for fun, food and dancing. This is our annual fundraiser for the high school and scholarships. Help us support this event and have fun doing it. There will be door prizes, entertainment and dancing to your favorite music. Put on your dancing shoes and be ready to enjoy your evening!! Door opens @ 6 p.m.-11 p.m; $20 for adults, $8 for children 12yrs and under. See you there!
Shrove Tuesday Luncheon
The St. John Fisher Women's Council will have its SHROVE TUESDAY LUNCHEON on February 9th in Barrett Hall. This is their annual fundraiser, and the proceeds will help them support several local charities. Check-in time and refreshments is 10:00 a.m. The Speaker is at 11:00 a.m., and lunch will be served at Noon. Admission will be $25.00. Our guest speaker will be Monsignor Kevin Kostelnik, who was the first Pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Many will remember his first assignment as Assistant Pastor at St John Fisher Church from 1982-1987. His topic will be "How God Works For Us Through Mary." Reservations may be made at the Parish Office - 5448 Crest Road Rancho Palos Verdes. Last day for reservations is Friday February 5th. For more information please call Elaine Sweers at 310-377-7704.
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: Monsieur Gallagher Parish Center, Round Room
When: Thursday mornings, 9am – 11am
For information, please contact: Holly Oldenburg 310 547- 3507; Gene Terrzas 310-548-0255.
Natural Family Planning
Want to learn the secret to living your marriage sacrament freely, totally, faithfully and fruitfully? Come learn Natural Family Planning; it’s highly effective and can do wonders for your relationship. A new class series starts January 30th. To learn more visit www.ccli.org or contact Greg and Beth Gath at email@example.com or 562-377-5877.
Save the date! February 14, 2016
The Croatian Catholic Family Guild will celebrate the Feast of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac on Sunday, February 14, 2016, in the parish auditorium. Festivities will begin at the conclusion of the Croatian Mass, approximately 3:00pm.
A traditional Croatian dinner will be served. Menu includes Tri-tip, Chicken, Mostacholli, Sauerkraut, Salad, and Home Made Desserts.
Cost: $35.00 each adult, and $10.00 each child under 12yrs. Tickets are available for purchase from the Guild. All parishioners are invited!
For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call: Katie Juravic 310-291-2625, Ksenija Gusich 310-547-9213, or Antonette Radovcic 310-749-4299.
Women’s Silent Retreat
A women's silent retreat will be held at the Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra on the weekend of Feb. 12-14, 2016. The Carmelite Sisters are wonderful and the setting is beautiful. Rev. Bonaventure Rummell, CFR will give the retreat. Meals are included. For information and reservations please call Patricia Cervantes at(310) 519-1045 or Sacred Heart Retreat House (626) 289-1353 ext.204.
Pechanga Casino Bus Trip
Help support MSHS Girls' Basketball. Saturday, February 13th, bus leaves at 7:30 a.m. sharp & returns approximately 5p.m. 6 hours of gambling. Cost: $25.00/person (Joseph's Bakery for ride over) Pick-up will be at Mary Star High School, 2500 N. Taper Avenue. For more information, call Gina Ponce De Leon (310) 989-9427.
I.C.F. Laughlin Trip
The Italian Catholic Federation Branch #115 is having a 3 nights 4 days trip to Laughlin, Nevada at the Aquarius Hotel and Casino on February 21-24, 2016. Price $165.00 per person double occupancy and $225.00 single occupancy. I.C.F. members will receive $5.00 discount. Please call Pauline Iacono for reservations at 310-832-0563.
I.C.F. BBQ Swordfish Dinner-Dance
On Saturday, March 5, 2016 the Italian Catholic Federation Branch #115 will hold its Annual Fish Dinner-Dance in honor of San Giovan Giuseppe della Croce, commemorating the 282nd anniversary of his death. The event will take place in the Mary Star of the Sea Church auditorium, 870 West 8th Street, San Pedro. This is the I.C.F. major fundraiser for the year with most of the proceeds going to charities, seminarian education, scholarships and Mary Star of the Sea Church. Cocktails: 6:00 P.M., Dinner: 6:30 P.M., dancing to music of the “Tony Ciaramitaro Band”
Menu includes: Antipasto, salad, linguine with clams, BBQ swordfish, shrimps, vegetable, rolls, butter, spumoni ice cream, coffee and wine.
Donation: $40.00 per person. Assigned table seating.
For reservations call Neal Di Leva 310-433-1044. Deadline is March 1, 2016.
A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Eastern Europe: (April 2016), Our Lady of Guadalupe: (June 2016), India: (Sept. 2016)
Spiritual Director: Fr. Joseph Parathanal
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:
Mass Intentions Book 2016!
Our Mass Book for 2016 opened on November 2nd on a first-come first-serve basis. We ask for ONLY TWO MASS INTENTIONS PER FAMILY please.
To schedule your Mass intentions, please come to the parish office (870 W. 8th St., San Pedro). Questions? Please contact that office at (310) 833-3541.
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.
Together in Mission
Amount pledged: $96,804.00
Amount Paid: $83,214.00
To Be Paid: $786.00
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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