Rookie Camp: June 27-28 Thursday and Friday Rookie Camp begins at 9 AM until Noon. Friday will include a 9 AM Mass.
Boot Camp: July 23-25
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday We will begin with Holy Mass at 8 AM. After Mass, breakfast will be provided before we begin our training. Lunch will also be provided and we will be concluding our day at 3 PM.
June 14-16, 2013, Friday night through Sunday afternoon
Our Parish Summer Camp is a fun weekend forALLparishioners. It's a time to get acquainted with fellow parishioners and make new friends in addition to enjoying great outdoor and indoor activities. There is something for everyone!
Cabins sleep 10–12 on bunk beds; mix and match with friends
Suggested: male cabin, female cabin, family, shared family, teen girls, teen boys, etc.
This year we will be having the Parish Camp At Miracle Ranch in Port Orchard
Activities Include Swimming, Canoeing, Volleyball, Ping Pong, Pool, Capture the Flag, Great Campfire areas for Mass, Rosary, s’mores, etc., and more! You can visit their website here!
$75 per camper 7 years and older
$35 per camper 6 years and younger
$365 Family rate
Please note that proceeds from StarFest help to support and make possible the Parish Summer Camp, so if you plan on attending the summer camp, please support and attend StarFest.
The Kitsap Sun wrote an article on Star of the Sea School Students who helped plant a rain garden at Kiwanis Park on Wednesday.
BREMERTON — Kiwanis Park’s $1.6 million transformation continued Wednesday with the planting of more than 600 shrubs and trees around the 4 acres of renovated green space.
Students from neighboring Our Lady Star of the Sea Elementary School pitched in with the planting of a rain garden, which will absorb runoff from the park and is made up of western red cedars, dogwood and birch trees, among others.
Dr. Fred McFeely also was honored by one of the plantings nearby, an Autumn Gold Ginkgo, as a tribute to his perfect attendance at Kiwanis Club meetings for 61 years running. The club contributed $25,000 to the park’s overhaul and has donated many hours helping the effort.
Other financing for the park, between Fourth and Fifth streets in West Bremerton, has come from state and federal grants, along with a $400,000 donation facilitated by Our Lady Star of the Sea Church.
While an eastern portion of the park has been opened with new playground equipment, rolling lawns and new walking paths, the overall park’s rebuilding still has a ways to go. The soccer field to the west of the park needs to be hydroseeded and might not be ready for use until spring 2014, according to Bremerton Parks and Recreation Director Wyn Birkenthal.
The city also marked the occasion with a proclamation honoring Arbor Day and its 16th consecutive years of having its Tree City USA designation.
There are 171 parishes and missions in the Archdiocese, serving 577,400 Catholics
When you give a gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal, your money goes to support over 60 ministries and services. Some of the ministries supported by your gift include:
Vocation, Seminarian & Deacon Support
Support for retired priests and religious
Supporting the work of the Archbishop
Thanks to your generosity, our church is here in times of need to provide comfort and hope. Now more than ever, in these changing economic times, we need your support. No gift is too small.
Annual Catholic Appeal at Our Lady Star of the Sea
In addition to supporting the many ministries of the Archdiocese, the ACA has helped Our Lady Star of the Sea over the years with many needs. Each year, any amount raised from our parish above the goal given by the Archdiocese is sent back to our parish in the form of a rebate. This is just another reason to participate in the ACA, as it is a way of supporting Our Lady Star of the Sea!
This year's rebate will be used to install a newly refurbished 1951 MP Moller pipe organ in our church. You can find more information about this organ here. The organ has numerous pipes that need to be installed. We ask that each parish family would "Adopt a Pipe". A $900 annual pledge would be enough to adopt a Large Pipe. A $600 pledge would adopt a Medium Pipe. And a $300 pledge would adopt a Small Pipe. You could adopt more than one pipe; a medium and large, for example, would be a pledge of $1,500.
Reminder: Adopting a Pipe and the Annual Catholic Appeal are one and the same. When you fill out the Adopt a Pipe form, simply transfer the amount in the total box to your pledge card provided by the Archbishop.
With your support and generosity, we can finish the restoration of our church that began a few years ago and add to the beautiful Sacred Music here at Our Lady Star of the Sea.
Now you can handle your donations to the Annual Catholic Appeal entirely online! Click the button below, or this link to start.
"There is nothing more man needs than Divine Mercy – that love which is benevolent, which is compassionate, which raises man above his weakness to the infinite heights to the holiness of God." -Pope John Paul II, Shrine of Divine Mercy in Cracow, Poland on June 7, 1997
The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us - all of us. And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy.
In the Diary of St. Faustina, Jesus asked that the Feast of Divine Mercy, known today as Divine Mercy Sunday, be preceded by a Novena to The Divine Mercy. A Novena is nine days of prayer in preparation for a feast. In the case of the Novena to The Divine Mercy, we pray the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy each day for a specific intention.
Our Lord told St. Faustina, "I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw ... strength and refreshment and whatever grace they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death" (Diary, 1209).
How to pray the novena
The Divine Mercy Novena will be prayed every day from Good Friday, April 22 through Saturday, April 30.
The Divine Mercy chaplet is simple. Jesus gave us an intention to pray for especially each day of the novena. Follow the links below for each day to read the full prayer for each day, and pray for the daily intention. Optionally, you can follow each day's reading by reciting the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
On 29 June 2002, the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See promulgated a decree creating new indulgences that may be gained by the faithful in connection with the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday. This decree grants a plenary indulgence to those who comply with all the conditions established, and a partial indulgence to those who incompletely fulfill the conditions.
On Divine Mercy Sunday (April 7th), there will be confessions available in the church from 1:00 to 3:00 PM with Fr. Peter West,HLI. During this time, videos will be shown in Camerman Hall. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be sung beginning at 3:00 PM.
Sacred Music Concert Featuring The Pacific University Chamber Choir
Tuesday, March 26 8:00pm
The Pacific University Chamber Singers from Forest Grove, OR , conducted by Dr. Scott Tuomi, brings their spring tour to Our Lady Star of Sea Catholic Church in Bremerton. The Chamber Singers will perform sacred music from various time periods, with music especially suited to Lent and Holy Week. Pacific University is the undergraduate alma mater of Our Lady Star of the Sea Director of Music, Adam Schwend. A free will offering will be taken.
The upcoming Year of Faith is a “summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta Fidei 6). In other words, the Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. The “door of faith” is opened at one’s baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church.
"Year of Faith" will begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013.
Starting Off The Year Of Faith:
Wednesday October 10: Mass at 7:00 pm followed by Exposition* with Benediction. *Exposition will be for 40 hrs. ending on Friday, October 12, at 9:00 am Thursday October 11:Vespers with Benediction at 7:00 pm
In order to start this renewal of faith, we will be exploring the different "Pillars" of the Catechism; the first being The Creed.
Pillar I: The Creed by Dr. Sean Innerst This Creed is a 12-part study that guides participants through the first of the four Pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Pillar I: The Creed provides the foundation needed to begin the four-part journey through the complete Pillars series. The Creed opens up the structure of the Catechism and shows how it is far more than a list of “faith facts,” but instead a sure map for their journey of faith.
In Camerman Hall Wednesday evenings, 7:00pm-8:30pm beginning October 17th
Star Scrip is a year-round fundraiser that directly supports our school through the use of gift cards to many different stores that you shop at. The school buys gift cards at a discount and then sells them at face value. The discount amount provides fundraising revenue for Our Lady Star of the Sea School’s operating budget. There are hundreds of local and national gift cards available-we carry many in stock for your convenience. Anyone can purchase them.
Ways to buy Scrip:
1. Come to the Scrip window in the school before/after school. 2. Submit an order form with cash/check attached. 3. Sign up for ShopWithScrip.com, place an order, turn in your order with a check to Scrip window. 4. Sign up for ShopWithScrip.com, register with PrestoPay, place an order & pay with PrestoPay. 5. Scrip to Go sold after Mass on the 2nd and 4th Sundays.
Ways to receive your order:
1. Stop by the Scrip window and pick it up. 2. Have your Scrip order sent home in the Friday folder.
Download Scrip Order Form:
PrestoPay is the easiest way to pay online for your scrip orders at ShopWithScrip.com To Sign Up, Simply Log on to your ShopWithScrip.com Account and Follow These Steps:
1. Click on the PrestoPay link in the left navigation bar of your Family Home Page.
2. Enter your bank account information in a secure environment.
3. Great Lakes Scrip Center will deposit two small amounts in your bank account--Enter these amounts in your PrestoPay registration to verify your account.
4. You'll receive an email with an approval code to send to your coordinatior
Our Lady Star of the Sea is piloting a new program called Fidelis which will be a sister program of Fraternus.
What Is Fidelis?
Fidelisis a program dedicated to equipping women to be virtuous mentors in their community. In recent years, many studies on youth ministry have found that the influence of ordinary, lay adults on young people is more important than we ever realized. However, we should have always known this to be true, as anyone who has studied Scripture knows that the most ominous warning of bad things to come is when one generation does not instruct the next in God’s covenants. We are firmly committed to making sure that your women can say boldly with the psalmist, “we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.” (Psalm 78:4). The more compartmentalized young people are from older generations the more prone they are to leave the Faith, as they have few pictures of a lived Christian life. Many young women rarely get to encounter on a regular basis a model of Christian virtue. We want to change that.
So – Fidelis is built on a team of women, not a single personality, but rather a team of women in various places of their own life. The program and weekly gatherings are planned, prepared and faithful to the Church’s teaching. We just ask the women to Seek Holiness in their own lives, build friendships with the young ladies and then mentor with excellence. It is a simple formula – but has a proven success rate.
Unique Attributes: • Parish Based:The program is sponsored by a parish and executed by adult female volunteers from the parish. We recognize the importance of building community, so each Fidelis Chapter is integrated into the life of the parish.
• True Mentorship: Girls are formed into virtuous Catholic women through True Mentorship. Our volunteers learn and practice True Mentorship which is a model that consists of three steps: 1. Seeking Holiness, 2. Building friendships and 3. Mentor with Excellence
• Thinking With the Mind of the Church: The content for each week’s topic is centered around the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday Mass. Through discussion, prayer and a concrete challenge centered on Christ’s message each week the Sisters have an opportunity to enter more fully into the prayer and life of the Church.
• Virtue Centered: The Fidelis program is centered on practicing virtue: the habitual and firm disposition to do what is good. The content covers the Cardinal and Theological virtues with emphasis on a sacramental life.
• Prayer: Our volunteers and staff are committed to a sacramental life because the soul of our apostolate is prayer. We believe the success of our labor relies on listening to the Lord and following His lead.