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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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2015 Honorary Fiesta Queen: Natalie Martinez
Through the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Fr. Harrigan was contacted by the family of Natalie Martinez, an 8-year-old 2nd Grader from Holy Trinity Elementary School in San Pedro, to make her wish come true. Natalie’s wish was to ride the Ferris wheel at our 68th Annual Mary Star Parish Fiesta. As a reward for her courage and strength, we bestowed upon Natalie the title of 2015 Honorary Mary Star Fiesta Queen, along with ride tickets for her and her family and gift baskets! The entire Mary Star Parish family is praying for Natalie.
Did you attend the 2015 Fiesta this past weekend? Chances are Nick Vilicich took a picture of you having a great time! You can search and order pictures by visiting: NicholasVilicich.ExposureManager.com
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Mary Star Preschool News
Registration is now OPEN for the 2015-2016 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! There are only a few spots left for the 3 year old c lass. We are at max capacity with the 4 year old class.
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: $93,469.00
Amount Paid: $70,684.00
To Be Paid: $13,316.00
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.
Opening for Part-Time Position
The Office of Religious Education of Mary Star of the Sea Parish is seeking a secretary for 20 hours a week. Applicants must be practicing Catholics, computer literate and have organizational skills. A working knowledge of Spanish is desirable. If interested please email a resume to Sister Mary J. Glynn, SJC at SisterMary@MaryStar.org.
I.C.F. Branch #115 61st Anniversary
The Italian Catholic Federation (I.C.F.) Branch #115 will celebrate its 61st Anniversary and the 361st Anniversary of the birth of Saint John Joseph of the Cross. The three-day festivities “Triduum” will start on Thursday and Friday August 20-21, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. with Mass and “Coroncina.”
On Saturday, August 22nd a 9:00 A.M. Solemn High Mass will be celebrated and a procession with the statue of Saint John Joseph of the Cross from the rear of the church to the main altar accompanied by the Knights of Columbus Honor Guards and Mary Star societies with their banners. Our Pastor Rev. Maurice Harrigan will be the main celebrant. Fr. Anthony Patalano will be the “Predicatore”. Agostino Castagnola will be singing hymns accompanied by music director Jelil Romano. After mass, the procession will exit the church and march on the church grounds, stopping at the Blessed Mother’s Grotto, then proceed to the auditorium for refreshments.
Later that evening join us celebrating the 61st Anniversary of the I.C.F. Branch #115 with a Dinner-Dance in the auditorium. Cocktails at 6:00 P.M. and Dinner at 6:30 P.M. Menu includes: Antipasto, salad, pasta, prime rib with vegetables and potatoes, rolls and butter, spumoni ice cream, coffee and wine. Music by “Tony Ciaramitaro Band”. Reservations are required. Deadline is August 16, 2015. Call Neal Di Leva at 310-433-1044.
Father Manny's New Assignment
Padre Manuel Leon Bravo (alias Father Manny) would like to thank everyone for the wonderful blessings they bestowed on him because of their prayers and fellowship. The following church will be his next assignment. Feel free to visit! He'll be back!
St. Madeleine Catholic Church
931 East Kingsley Avenue
Pomona, CA 91767
Memorial Brick Campaign
Celebrate 100 Years of Mary Star of the Sea Elementary School!
Purchase a brick to honor a graduate, family member or alum!
Go online: www.marystarbrick.com
Or call the school: 310-831-0875
Deadline: August 31, 2015
Leave your legacy!
Pechanga Casino Bus Trip
Help support MSHS Girls' Volleyball Program. On Saturday, August 22nd the bus leaves @ 9:00 a.m. sharp & returns approximately 6:15 p.m. 6 hours of gambling. Cost: $25.00/person (includes snack 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.
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.