Thank You! Gracias! Mahaol Nui Loa!

To each and every one of you for your prayers and kindness. Lady Alice and I are grateful for the gift cards and Mass cards. Thanks to the Ladies of the Altar Society and the Knights of Columbus Council for their prayerful support of Priests and deacons.

Most importantly, thank you ALL for your prayers and for forming our consciences over the years. Thank YOU for being part of our journey in life.

Please know that you will always be in our prayers. Come visit us in Nashville Diocese.

Dcn. C. J. and Lady Alice

St. Mary Star of the Sea Elementary and Middle School Enrollment

Come see how a Catholic education at St. Mary, Star of the Sea School can make a difference for your child and family!

St. Mary, Star of the Sea Elementary and Middle School is currently enrolling students in our Kindergarten through Eighth Grade for the 2017-18 school year.

St. Mary’s offers an affordable educational experience where we nurture the spiritual, physical, emotional, moral, and intellectual development necessary for your children to reach the fullness of their God-given potential. In addition to core subjects, we offer physical education, technology, music, art, and advanced mathematics—all taught in a fully Catholic environment.

Please call 760.722.7259 or email to set up an appointment to visit our campus for a tour and meet our caring professional staff.

St. Mary Star of the Sea School


Treasures from our Tradition

The fact that many monastic churches do not have a prominent tabernacle shapes the patterns of liturgical prayer. Monastic communities often protect the ancient value of “receiving from the same sacrfice,” meaning that the communicants are assured that what they eat and drink in the Holy Mysteries actually comes from the same celebration. It surprises many to learn that the Church does not foresee, nor does it provide for, Communion of the faithful from the reserved Sacrament. Liturgical laws have long defended your right to receive from the same sacrifice, the same Mass, that you attend.

At one time, of course, the bread for the Eucharist was the ordinary bread of the day, except unleavened, probably pre- pared at home. It was broken and distributed to the faithful. Early on the loaf itself was referred to as the hostia in Latin, meaning the “sacrifice,” the same word for the sacrificial animal in Jewish worship, and for Jesus as the Lamb of God. By giving his life on the cross, Jesus became the hostia for us. To this day in the Greek Church, one of the tasks of the priest’s wife is to bake the bread for the Divine Liturgy, sometimes in a bakery oven dedicated to that purpose and called a “Bethlehem.”

Today’s familiar individual hosts first appeared in the eleventh century at about the time when tabernacles were coming into use. The turn away from “bready” bread allowed the hosts to be reserved since they did not spoil like regular bread, and made the annual “Easter duty” counts easier.

—Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

Treasures from Our Tradition

Some monks and nuns trace their community origins back a thousand years or so, before it became customary to reserve the Blessed Sacrament in tabernacles. In their rules of life, which evolved from the life- style and prayer of their predecessors, the core experience of Christ’s presence is at the altar itself, and in the symbol of assembly for prayer. To this day, when the monks or nuns file into their church in procession, they march two by two, and then bow profoundly to the altar before turning and bowing in reverence toward the brother or sister at their side. It is probably more difficult, in practice, to revere the presence of Christ in a person who irks you by taking the car keys, shirking a work duty, or burning the toast!

We can trace in these religious orders’ enduring customs the ancient appreciation for the altar as the center of the church building, and of the community of the faithful as the Body of Christ. Usually, a monastery today will reserve the Blessed Sacrament in some quiet corner of the monastic church, in a fairly small space, more suitable for private prayer than for the gathering of the whole community. In a cloister, the architecture may allow the public limited access to this space. Liturgical law tells us, in both monasteries and parish churches, that there is no need for more than a few hosts in the place of reservation, just enough for viaticum, the “food for the journey” that is the final sacramental celebration for a dying Christian.

—Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

Liturgy of the Word for children (Age 3-10)

The children of the parish are invited to join the Children’s Liturgy of the Word each Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. We sing, dance, listen and reflect on the readings at a level that children can appreciate. Come have fun and learn something that you can take home each week!

Detention Ministry

Detention Ministry

Volunteers are requested to help serve Catholic inmates in detention facilities. The greatest needs are in five detention facilities in Otay Mesa.

Can you find a couple of hours a week or even once a month to serve on a ministry team and pray, read scripture, and facilitate discussion with Catholic inmates?

Please explore this opportunity to help others and deepen your own relationship with God. There will be a diocesan Detention Ministry Information and Training Seminar on February 8 from 6-9 pm.

Visit San Diego Diocese Restorative Justice
or call the diocesan Restorative Justice office (858)490-8375.

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Hospital Ministry

Join Hospital Ministry!

Hospital Ministry is a wonderful ministry here at St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish! We bring Holy Communion, prayer, and church bulletins to the Catholics in Tri-City Hospital. I hope that you can be a part of this God-filled ministry! We serve the poor, the sick, and the needy right in our own neighborhood. Is God calling you to this ministry?

If you are interested in being involved with this ministry please contact Racquel at 760-331-4892!


Children’s Liturgy of the Word (Ages 3-10)

Liturgy of the Word for Children (ages 3-10)
The children of the parish are invited to join the Children’s Liturgy of the Word each Sunday at the 10:30 Am Mass. We sing, dance, listen, and reflect on the readings at a level that children can appreciate! Come have fun and learn something that you can take home each week!