President: Jorge Malca
The Hispanic Group (Hermandad Catolica Hispanoamericana de Mary Star of the Sea) brings together parishioners who are Hispanic in their ethnicity, Members participate in the Coro Hispano, enriching the liturgy with traditional and modern liturgical music, and serve as lectors and ushers during the Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass. They also lead Bible studies conducted in Spanish.
The Hispanic Group holds general meetings on the second Sunday of the month and provides a monthly social for members and their families. Major activities include the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe in December and a fundraising dinner-dance in the spring, along with a taco booth during the annual Parish Fiesta in July.
A liturgy in the Spanish language is celebrated each Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
The Velike Gospe Society was organized in 1932 by a group of women who wanted to meet socially and give assistance to the church through religious and charitable activities. The name of the Society refers to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven, celebrated on Aug. 15. The Society celebrates the feast day with a special Mass, followed by a luncheon. Members participate in many church-related projects, mainly assisting in the care of the altar linens, flowers and altar maintenance. Many dinners and other fundraisers contribute to the support of the parish and related charities. During the annual Parish Fiesta, members staff a raffle booth and prepare and serve the traditional Sunday Croatian dinner, a community favorite for many years.
Croatian Catholic Family Guild
The Croatian Catholic Family Guild was established under the patronage of St. Nikola Tavelic, the first canonized Croatian saint. Members take an active role in all church activities of Mary Star of the Sea, and are encouraged to foster and develop their Croatian Catholic heritage within the parish by maintaining Christian values and observing Croatian customs and traditions. Members participate in Croatian-language liturgies, devotions and religious observations, and study and discuss religious and moral questions in order to improve their understanding of Catholic teaching. A liturgy in the Croatian language with a Croatian choir is celebrated each Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
St. Joseph's Society
The St. Joseph Society organizes the celebration of St. Joseph's feast day with "St. Joseph's Table" on March 19 (or the closest Sunday before). This celebration dates back to the island of Sicily and consists of an altar set up in the auditorium surrounded by various varieties of foods.
The day is marked by processions and Mass, followed by a "poor man's lunch" in the auditorium, usually consisting of salad, pasta fazoli, squid (if available), bread and dessert. There is no cost for the lunch, but donations go toward scholarships to a Mary Star of the Sea High School student and a student from San Pedro High School.
St. Joseph Society hosts a specialty coffee and dessert booth at the annual Parish Fiesta, and it also holds a variety of other fundraisers throughout the year to support the church.
Italian Catholic Federation
Neal Di Leva
Branch 115 of the Italian Catholic Federation, organized under the patronage of San Giovan Giuseppe della Croce (St. John Joseph of the Cross) in 1954, is the largest in the Los Angeles district with a membership of 200 people. The members are dedicated to the goals of charity, apostolic works and support of the Church. The Federation makes major financial contributions to the parish and also supports seminarian education, scholarships, and research into Cooley's Anemia
The Trappeto Club was founded by Italian immigrants from the city of Trappeto (province of Palermo) in Sicily. In 1994, the club became affiliated with the greater Mary Star of the Sea Italian community. At present, the group numbers approximately 300 members throughout the San Pedro area. Fundraisers are held during the year, with the proceeds donated to the church. The Club has pledged significant financial support to the new Mary Star of the Sea High School.
Grupo de Oracion
El Grupo de Oracion de Maria Estrella del Mar los invita todos los Sabados de 7pm a 9:30 pm en el salon #111. Hay alabanza, predicacion, oracion y testimonios. ¡ Los esperamos !
St. Anne Society
Modeling themselves on the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, members of the St. Anne Society exercise tender loving care for the altar and linens used in the church.
The newest addition to Mary Star of the Sea's ethnic groups, the Guadalupanas group was established in July 2009. The members are men and women devoted to the Virgin of Guadalupe who wish to offer their time and talents (including leadership) to promote devotional activities and raise funds for the Church. The Guadalupanas group also organizes the celebrations for the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Americas, on December 12. Everyone is welcome!
San Pietro Society
Junior Altar Society
During Fiesta Weekend: Angela & Tim Harrison