Waking up to a 3 a.m. phone call on Monday, October 12, Tammi Murray saw a Ugandan phone number flash across the screen.  Thinking that it was probably one of her Ugandan friends placing the call by accident, she ignored the call, and resolved to go back to sleep. The phone rang again.  This time, awake enough to realize what day it was and who it was likely to be, she answered, “Hello? Is this Charlene?”  Charlene Turner, Executive Director of Solar Light for Africa (www.solarlightforafrica.org) had called to let her know that she had reached the village (Kajumiro).  “I’m standing on top of aRead More →

Let there be light! Thanks to your generosity, solar power, lighting, and a refrigerator were installed at Nyakishenyi Catholic Health Centre this week! We are continuing to raise money for construction of a maternity ward. Checks should be made payable to OLSOS with “Sister Parish-Maternity Ward” in the Memo and can be dropped in the Sunday Collection or sent to the Parish Office, or you can make a donation online. Tank Teams commit to pray, reach out to a community with a photo and letter, and pledge a small amount each month. Collectively, each team will raise $300 per month, enough to fund a rainwaterRead More →

From Northwest Catholic:  Arriving in Uganda late at night, Tammi Murray from Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish was greeted by Father Reuben Mubangizi’s booming voice: “Welcome to the glorious darkness!” The purpose of that first trip in 2010, Murray recalled, was discussing a potential sister parish relationship with Mary, Mother of the Church, Nyakishenyi, in southwestern Uganda, where Father Mubangizi is pastor. “I didn’t start fundraising for three years,” said Murray, chair of the Bremerton parish’s sister parish ministry. Now the ministry raises money for a variety of projects, including rainwater collection tanks, Internet access, student sponsorships, and solar power and a maternity wardRead More →

Would you like to send a letter or prayer request to Sister Elizabeth of the Mother of God, O.C.D. (aka Catherine Clemen)? Sister Elizabeth took her final vows as a Discalcled Carmelite nun on September 8th of this year. Please keep her in your prayers and know that the sisters are praying for our parish and its parishioners! You can send letters to the Carmelite Monastery at: P.O. Box 67 Alexandria, SD 57311 Attn: Sister Elizabeth or Attn: Prayer RequestsRead More →

Adult Faith Formation Opportunity – Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible Through this 8 session series you will: Make sense of the Bible and see how it relates to your everyday life. Discover the remarkable connection between the Old and New Testaments. See how the Sacraments, the Church and our entire Catholic Faith are rooted in Scripture. Better understand how The Story of Salvation History is unfolding. This program will be offered on two different days/times: Wednesdays starting September 23,  from 6:00 – 7:30pm – Camerman Hall.  All Wednesday programs (children, youth & adult) will conclude with Night Prayer in church at 7:30pm. Sundays starting September 27, from 9:45amRead More →

From CatholicCulture.org: Devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady has its roots in Sacred Scripture and in Christian piety, which always associates the Blessed Mother with her suffering Son. Today’s feast was introduced by the Servites in order to intensify devotion to Our Lady’s Sorrows. In 1817 Pius VII — suffering grievously in exile but finally liberated by Mary’s intercession — extended the feast to the universal Church. . . Read More…Read More →

From KitsapSun: BREMERTON — Thousands of metal cylinders in wooden boxes Tuesday lined the second floor of the iconic Catholic church on Veneta Avenue. Father Derek Lappe picked up one and blew into one end, producing a soft, high note that echoed throughout the church’s ornate insides. In the next few weeks, those cylinders — 3,600 in all — will be connected to produce the grand sound of a pipe organ. Lappe calls the addition of the organ, which the church raised $350,000 to pay for, the final piece in an overhaul at Our Lady Star of the Sea that began in 2007. “This isRead More →

After some structural issues and other unforeseen setbacks, construction on the choir chambers will begin Monday, April 13. The Construction portion of the project should take between 3 to 4 weeks, and the installation and tuning of the pipe organ approximately 2 months. During the construction phase, the choir loft will be closed and masked off to prevent construction debris. However, it is impossible to contain all of the dust, so adorers may want to sit towards the front of the church. Thank you for your patience and join me in praying to St. Joseph the Worker and St. Cecilia that the last phase ofRead More →