Black History Month Celebration
Our Church is blessed with gift of many cultures and traditions. February marks the celebration of Black History Month, or National African American History Month, which is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans, and a time for recognizing the central role of the African Americans in U.S. history. As a parish we will mark this time of celebration with Sunday vigil Mass on Saturday, February 25th at 5:15pm. Please come along and celebrate with gospel music and our visiting celebrant.
MSHS Spring Sports Mass, Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale
The 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday, March 5th includes the introduction of our Spring Sports teams. Please join us after Mass between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. for a tasty breakfast. Tickets are $8 with proceeds benefiting the Mary Star Athletic Booster Club.
St. Patrick’s Day Irish Hooley
The St. Patrick's Day Irish Hooley will be held on Saturday, March 11th at 5:30pm in the Holy Trinity Parish Center. The Knights of Columbus, Angels Gate Council 1740 and Holy Trinity Parish, San Pedro, present a rousing evening of Irish entertainment and traditional St Patrick’s Day dining and drink. Come in your best Irish green!
Please click on this link to view the flyer.
Natural Family Planning
Have you ever thought about what unnatural birth control methods really do to your body? To your marriage? The Couple to Couple League has the answers and more. Attend a short course and learn a natural method of family planning that is safe, effective, and morally acceptable. Great for achieving as well as postponing pregnancy. A new course starts February 25th. For more information and registration contact Beth and Greg Gath at (562) 377-5877 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Couple to Couple League's website www.ccli.org.
Italian Catholic Federation BBQ Swordfish Dinner-Dance
On Saturday, March 4, 2017 the Italian Catholic Federation Branch #115 will hold its Annual Fish Dinner-Dance in honor of San Giovan Giuseppe della Croce, commemorating the 283rd 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 February 26, 2017.
Dive-In University Series South - Adult Faith Formation Program
The 2017 Dive-In University Series South is a multi-parish adult faith formation program. Lectures are being given on Monday thru Thursday evenings at nearby parishes from March 6th through 23rd. For more information, please click on the following link: www.diveinuss.org
Mary Star High School Accepting Applications
The High School is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 School Year. Please visit www.marystarhigh.com or call 310-547-1138 for information and applications.
Through the MSHS Shadow Program, visitors can shadow freshman-level courses and several advanced courses. Lunch will be provided. Shadow Days are available by calling Mrs. Kelly Phillips at 310-547-1138.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society is asking for new Blankets. Please deliver any of your donations by St. Anne. Any questions, please contact Celia Bremer at (310) 833-3541, ext. 223.
We will beginning our first annual new Sock, T-Shirt and Undergarment Collection Drive. All donations will be given out during the winter by Christian Care. Please donate sizes Large, Extra Large and XXL-XXXL. Bins will be placed in the back of Church for collection beginning Thanksgiving weekend, continuing through Christmas and New Year.
“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”
Spiritual Experiences through Pilgrimages
Spiritual Director: Rev. Joseph Parathanal, CMI
May 22 - June 5, 2017 WESTERN EUROPE:
Italy, France, Spain, & Portugal
Please click on the link to view the Western Europe tour flyer.
September 17-29, 2017 EASTERN EUROPE:
Russia, Estonia, Latvia, & Lithuania
Please click on the link to view the Eastern Europe tour flyer.
Turkey and Greece: May 2018
Holy Land: October 2018
For more information, contact Bernadette at BCORP1114@gmail.com, or call (323) 344-1548 or (323) 547-6618.
Adults who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation and/or First Communion are invited at attend the classes being offered at Mary Star Religious Education from Tuesday, January 10th to April 4th, 2017. Confirmation date is Saturday, May 20th at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop Sartoris. Registrations are in the vestibule or call Sister Mary at 310.833.3541, ext. 222.
Evening Prayer Group
The 5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer is now available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before the 5:15 p.m. Mass. The Liturgy of the Hours is taken from the English Magnificat. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue the search for Lectors to fill in on Tuesdays and Fridays and substitute when needed.
Lectors, you have a God given talent. Come and experience the joy of being a prayer leader. Our faith community is waiting for you. Will you make room in your heart for them? Join the 5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer Team and make the heavenly connection as you lead the power of prayer! Your current Evening Prayer Leaders at 5 p.m. are as follows: Monday - Rene Mardesich; Tuesday - Shelly Chin; Wednesday - Elfida Soto
Under the Mantle of the Mediatrix
Young Adult Group (Ages 18-30)
We are a young adult group centered on the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist and on the unshakeable foundation of Holy Scripture. We strive to do all in Mary, by Mary, through Mary and for Mary, so that she may hand everything over to Jesus more perfectly than we ever could. She is the Mediatrix of all graces, the pure vessel and the short -cut to Christ. Protected under her Mantle, we are protected from the fierce attacks of the enemy and directly led into the arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Mary is the surest means of arriving at union with Jesus Christ.
The group meets Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 8:15pm at the Sisters’ Chapel of the Parish Center. Each evening includes sound teaching on the Catholic faith, praise and worship, Bible study, and faith sharing. We also sponsor event outings like dinner, hiking, backpacking, movies, sports etc. Any questions please contact (text or call) Angela Sunjara at (424)368-1596.
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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
In order to convert America and save the World what we need is for every parish to come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in Holy Hours of prayer (Saint Mother Teresa). At 6:00 PM every Wednesday there is a Holy Hour in the church. It begins with exposition of The Blessed Sacrament. Within the hour, there is a rosary with beautiful meditations, time for silent reflection, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The Holy Hour concludes with Benediction. Please come and spend one hour with Jesus. This is a special time of abundant blessings for all!
Mass Intentions for 2016-2017
The Mass Intentions Book for 2016-2017 will open on the first week of November which begins Tuesday November 1, 2016. To schedule a Mass Intention, please come the parish office Tuesday through Friday between 9am-12pm. This year (same as last year) the Mass Intentions will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis and must be scheduled in person. In order to accommodate everyone, there is a limit of 2 Masses per family only.
Divine Mercy Devotion
We will hold the Divine Mercy devotion on every 3rd Tuesday of the month (February 21st). 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 !!
Attention to All Non-Mary Star High Confirmation Students
Confirmation sessions will be offered at the MSHS campus in 2016-2017.
The dates are as follows: November 3, November 17, December 1, January 12, January 26, February 9, February 23, March 9, March 23, April 6, April 29 and two dates in May that have yet to be announced.
Sessions are from 7pm - 8:30pm.
Forms can be found on the Confirmation page of this parish web site, under the "Liturgy & Sacraments" menu.
Sessions will be held at Mary Star High School, located at 2500 North Taper Avenue, San Pedro, 90731. Please contact Michelle Downes in the church Rectory at (310) 833-3541 ext. 200 if you have any questions, to turn in or get forms, or to submit payment.
Daughters of Isabella Newsletter
The Daughters of Isabella August/September 2016 Newsletter has arrived.
Please click on this link to view the August/September Newsletter.
Religious Education Program 2016-2017
The Religious Education Program offers ongoing faith formation for all grades including preparing children to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Classes will begin on Wednesday, Sep. 14th & Saturday, Sept. 17th 2016. Spanish Classes are on Saturday only. Please register before August 31, 2016. Please click on this link to go to the Religious Education page, where you can download the Registration Form.
RCIC Program is adapted for children who are older than seven years and who have not been baptized. Prepares children for the sacraments of initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
RCIA is for adults who have never been baptized, or have been baptized in another faith. The process prepares adults for initiation into the Catholic Faith, and to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Sessions will begin on Thursday, August 25, 2016.
If you need information regarding any of our programs, please call Sister Mary or Lorena at 310-833-3541 ext. 221, 222
Thursday Morning Bible Study at Mary Star
We would like to invite you to join us as we begin again on September 8th our beautiful study of the Bible continue through Lectio Divina (an ancient form of prayer in the church) and discussion. All are welcome!
Where: Monsignor Gallagher Parish Center, Round Room*
When: Thursday mornings, 9am – 11am*
For information, please contact: Holly Oldenburg 310-729-3736; Gene Terrzas 310-548-0255.
*School Gate closes at 9am, please call us for parking and entrance information.
Families of Nazareth Faith Sharing Group
We will be starting again this Fall on Saturday, September 10th!
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 at (310)729-3736
visit our website at:
Fiesta News — 2016
Our 69th Annual Fiesta Queen and her Court.
From top left: Virginia Martinez, Fr. Harrigan, Athena Mathos,
our 2015 Former Fiesta Queen Allison Castagnola, and our new
2016 Fiesta Queen Rose Amalfitano.
For more Fiesta info please click on this link.
Fiesta Queen Candidates — 2016
Come out and support the three princesses participating in the 69th annual parish fiesta.
The candidates, left to right:
Each candidate will have an individual bake sale (Saturday and Sunday) after all masses and main raffle ticket sales on the Church patio. This will begin in June into July (before the parish fiesta weekend).
Each raffle ticket that the princess sells will count as a vote for the queen contest.
The princess who gets the most votes will be crowned the Fiesta Queen.
Parish families can also vote for a queen candidate on the main raffle tickets.
These tickets will be mailed in the middle of June to your home address. Crowning will be held on Sunday, July 17th. at 7:30p.m. For more info please click on this link.
Fiesta Queen Candidate - Rose Amalfitano
Parents: Mario and Monica Amalfitano
Grandparents: Isidoro & Rosaria Amalfitano and Antonio & Carmen Huerta
School: Mary Star High School
Favorite Subject: Biology
Favorite Activities: Student council, club soccer and going to Catalina and volunteering
Fiesta Queen Candidate - Virginia Martinez
Parents: Jackie and Eddie Martinez
Grandparents: Virginia Lozano (deceased) and Virginia Martinez
School: Mary Star High School
Favorite Subject: English
Favorite Activities: Cheer and Dance
Fiesta Queen Candidate - Athena Mathos
Parents: Veronica Mathos Christopher Mathos
Grandparents: Eustolia Sepulveda (deceased) and Jose Sepulveda
School: Mary Star High School
Favorite Subject: Religion
Favorite Activities: Surfing and Dancing
Archdiocesan Life and Justice Ministry
Please join Archbishop Gomez and people of faith throughout California for 9 Days of Prayer and Fasting before the implementation of assisted suicide in our state on June 9th. Use the Novena Against Assisted Suicide prayer cards in your pews to lift up in prayer our brothers and sisters who are elderly, disabled, and nearing the end of life and commit ourselves to their loving care. For more information, please visit ArchLA.org/EndOfLife.
Prayer for The Sick, Elderly and Dying:
O God, source of all life and hope, look kindly on our brothers and sisters facing the end of their lives, fill them with the hope of your mercy and give them peace and comfort. We pray for our citizens to choose life and fight against assisted suicide. Lord, move our hearts to work for life and for the protection of the elderly, the sick, and the disabled. Renew our commitment to building a community where every human life is welcomed and wanted, valued and defended, from conception to natural death. We ask this through the intercession of Saint John Paul II. Amen.
Mary Star Bookstore Needs Volunteers
Stella Maris Bookstore is looking for volunteers to sell on Sundays and Wednesdays. Hours scheduled are 2 1/2 on Sunday or 2 3/4 on Wednesday once or twice a month. Proceeds benefit Mary Star Elementary and High Schools. If you are interested, please email the bookstore at email@example.com or call the bookstore at 310-519-8661; leave a message and we will call you. Thank you, in advance, for your service.
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.
Msgr. Diomartich Funeral Services
Vigil/Rosary: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church
870 West 8th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731-3019
Funeral Mass: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
St. Anthony (Croatian) Church
712 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2214
Interment: Following Funeral Mass will be held at:
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
4201 Whittier Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90023-2017
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 had the dedication of the new Madonna dell’Arco mosaic at the noon mass. 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 bring flowers from the garden, and place them in front of the Madonna dell’Arco.
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.
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.
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.
Mary Star Preschool News
Registration is now full 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.
Difference between Goal and Amount Paid: ($1,253)
Many thanks for your support of our needy parishes and schools in the Archdiocese!
REMEMBER: It is very important that these pledges be paid so that the parish will reach and hopefully, exceed our goal. If we do not meet Parish Goal, we are responsible for the balance due.