Our Parish

Our History


St. Mary, Star of the Sea has a long Faith history in Oceanside. After much prayer and effort, the original Chapel was constructed and on April 5, 1893, Mass was celebrated for the first time in a Catholic Church in Oceanside. The chapel was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary that same year.

By the late 1920s, the small community of Oceanside had grown to nearly 3,500 residents. The time had come to build a new Church capable of serving congregations in the future. Our present Church was completed in April 1927. On October 24, 1927, the new St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church was dedicated.

We celebrated 100 years as a Faith Community in 1993. In 2012, we celebrated eighty-five years in our present Church which was dedicated in October 1927.
You are now part of this history.

It is now time to write a new chapter in the history of our parish as we move toward our long-term
goal of expanding the parish facilities. It is a long journey—just begun—that will take years of prayer
and dedication to the goal.

Come along, be a part of our new history!

Memorial Wall

Located on the east side of the church facing Ditmar Street is our Memorial Wall.

The Wall was built and dedicated in 1997. Since that time, many parishioners have had plaques placed on the Wall engraved with the names of friends and family. Mass is offered each month for the people whose names are enscribed on the Wall and for those who love them.
You may contact the Parish Office to obtain information about purchasing a plaque.

Just north of the Wall is a grotto honoring Saint Juan Diego, to whom Mary appeared as Our Lady
of Guadalupe.

In front of the Memorial Wall is a statue of Mary, Star of the Sea which was dedicated in May 2009 by the family of Don Hoyt in his loving memory. The statue of the Madonna of the Streets, which was donated by Mr & Mrs Harry Cottam when the wall was constructed in 1997, succumbed to the elements in early 2009.


Deo Gratias

We give thanks to God for the abundant blessings He has poured out on our Community; For the Pastors who have shepherded us throughout the years, whose names are known to God, who have supported this Community with their prayers, their time, their financial support, and with their love.

Pastors of our Parish

Reverend Norman C Raley +
Reverend MSGR Daniel J Ryan +
Reverend Joseph Trivissano +
Reverend MSGR Thomas Lehane +
Reverend MSGR Michael Nolan +
Reverend MSGR William F Clavin +
Reverend John Lucev +
Reverend James W McGray
Reverend Stephen P McCall
Reverend John P Dolan
Reverend Patrick J Mulcahy
Reverend Michael Diaz

St Mary Star of the Sea
Pray for Us

My Dear Parishioners

"Behold, how good and how pleasant [it is] for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
(Psalms 133:1)

Our parish has undergone some significant changes recently. We have begun to renovate our 85 year old church and its surrounding buildings that we use for fellowship and ministry. We have also begun a personal renewal, most significantly a journey toward better understanding of our fellow parishioners and a quest for unity. I believe that God is smiling on the faithful of St. Mary, Star of the sea as we move forward in our unified efforts.