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There are many apostolates at Our Lady Star of the Sea which make it such a thriving parish for living out the call to holiness. The apostolates at Star of the Sea are a wonderful way for Catholics to get involved in work and opportunities to grow in faith at our parish. Find out more about these apostolates below and how you can get involved.

Altar Society

The Altar Society’s special work is the care of the sanctuary. The society supplies funds for the altar bread, wine, candles, linens and flowers. They meet in the Parish Center the first Thursday of the month from September to June. 

If you would like to help with the Altar Society, please contact Ellen White: 399-2781 or Harriet Barton: hlbarton25@yahoo.com

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American Heritage Girls

American Heritage Girls (AHG) is a faith-based character development for all girls 5-18 years of age. AHG is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. With emphasis on Christian values and family involvement, girls participate in badge programs, service projects, leadership opportunities and outdoor experiences.

To join our Troop at the parish or to find out more about AHG, email ahg0716@gmail.com or visit our page.

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Banner Committee

The beautiful banners hanging in the Church for the Liturgical seasons are designed and sewn by the Banner Committee. If you are a good seamstress and would like to join this creative group, contact Tricia MacIntyre at 360-373-6872

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Cursillo is a movement of the Catholic Church which involves friends helping, inspiring and encouraging each other in living and growing in the Catholic faith. The usual way of getting started in Cursillo is to attend a Cursillo week-end.  It is a joyous workshop in our Catholic faith where everyone experiences three essential encounters: an encounter with oneself, an encounter with Jesus Christ, and an encounter with others. For more information about our Archdiocesan Cursillo Movement, visit our website at www.seattlecursillo.org or call Jerry Hyde at 360-377-9335.

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Funeral Reception

Ministering to those suffering the loss of a loved one represents a unique opportunity to "comfort the suffering." The reception committee serves in a concrete, practical and loving way to make this difficult time a little easier to bear.  Volunteers are always needed to assist in this ministry.

To help with Funeral Reception, please contact Mary Snider at the Parish Office. 

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Garden & Grounds Maintenance

Keeping the parish grounds in good shape requires a lot of work. There are several opportunities to help with grounds keeping and maintenance, so if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Larry Bennett at the Parish Office.

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Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is an association of Catholic men faithful to the Church and dedicated to the four cardinal principals of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. The Knights Council 1379 is very active in our parish, and they sponsor a monthly Sunday parish breakfast and is very active in the Parish. The Knights of Columbus Hall is located at 2515 Burwell at Montgomery. They meet every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month. If you are interested in learning more, contact Fran Sigman at 360-710-0461.

Visit the Bremerton Knights of Columbus website.

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Our parish library is an excellent resource for learning about the Catholic faith. Parishioners are invited to avail themselves to a wonderful collection of over 1400 books and videos on the faith. To learn more about how to check out books and videos, please visit our Parish Library page. To volunteer to help with the library, please contact Linda D. through the Parish Office.

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Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is a world-wide organization of Catholic men and women who offer their services to the pastor to aid him in performing spiritual works in the Parish.  The primary purpose of Legion membership has always been the personal growth in holiness of its members, both active and auxiliary.  This is sought by placing themselves under the banner of Mary and the influence of the Holy Spirit through prayer, the sacraments and service.  The apostolic work of the Legion is to visit and provide spiritual fellowship and encouragement to those who are sick, the homebound, the fallen-away, and those who have other needs as referred by the Parish.  Regular meetings of active members are held every Monday in the Parish Center.

Find out more about the Legion of Mary. Contact Melanie Guzman at 360-908-2262 for more information.

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Martha Ministry

Martha Ministry is a group of parishioners who provide homemade meals to support those experiencing a temporary difficulty, such as recovering from surgery, an illness, a sudden emergency or a death or new birth in the family.  We deliver fresh and/or frozen meals for as long as needed.

Please contact Erin Hartsell at 360-471-4510 or ecvhartsell@hotmail.com if you would like to join this special ministry or if you ever have needs that we could help with.

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Men's Spirituality

1st & 3rd Saturday after 9 AM Mass in the Center Room. Email Dave B. to learn more. Information coming soon.

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Mothers Group

Friday mornings, 10 AM - 12 PM, Center Rooms 1 & 2

A support group for Moms both current and those with adult children. Each week, Moms will be learning about a new Saint. Meets weekly on Fridays during the school year. Usually in the Center room. Childcare is available during this time. 

Involvement in this group is open and Moms are encouraged to join in the discussions whenever their schedule allows. Join us for Fellowship and Formation - we would love to see you! 

If interested or to confirm meeting location, please email Lindsey S. You can also become a fan on Facebook or visit their website.

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Natural Family Planning

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a term for various methods of fertility awareness used by couples to achieve or postpone pregnancies. NFP is highly effective (99% effective rate) when properly learned and practiced. NFP can help build better marriages by enhancing communication and respect between spouses and by keeping God at the center of married love. NFP is accepted by all major religions including the Catholic Church as a means of spacing babies or limiting family size when a married couple has a sufficiently serious reason to do so. It is simple and available here at Our Lady Star of the Sea.

For more information about NFP, please contact Sue Campbell, Billings Ovulation Method Teacher, at 360-377-0971 or Lucy Clemen at 360-782-2958.

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Parent's Club

Parent's Club consists of the parents whose children attend Our Lady Star of the Sea School. Parent's Club provide family activities throughout the year, for example, going to Skateland, attending Mariner's games, organize and support the Advent Store for our students  and provide snacks and water for Field Day. They also collect supplies for Thanksgiving Baskets for those in need and organize special fundraising events such as the fundraiser to support victims of Hurricane Sandy. For more info or questions, contact the School Office at 360-373-5162.

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Perpetual Adoration

"Adore and Praise the immense love Jesus has for you in this Sacrament of Himself... He comes from heaven for you personally, to offer you companionship and consolation." - Peter Julian Eymard

Perpetual Adoration is a Eucharistic devotion whereby members of Our Lady Star of the Sea parish unite in taking hours of adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament, both during the day and throughout the night, seven days a week. This devotion has been in place at our parish for over 20 years. It is one which affirms our belief that Jesus Christ is fully present—Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity—in the Holy Eucharist.

You can be a part of Perpetual Adoration at Star of the Sea and spend time in prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament by signing up for an hour a week by contacting Ann L. at 360-613-2530 or through the Parish Office.

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Project Rachel

Many people whose lives are touched by abortion experience feelings of fear, anxiety, guilt, panic and pressure. The Catholic Church understands and cares.  Project Rachel reaches out to all in compassion and concern. Call 1-800-822-4673.  All calls are confidential.

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Respect Life Committee

The mission of our Respect Life Committee is to support, educate and provide information to our Catholic Community and to the general public on life issues, to support local pregnancy centers and other “life-supporting” groups, to educate ourselves on current life issues, including public policy, and to commit ourselves to prayer and worship for the protection of all human life, especially the most vulnerable, the unborn.  This active parish group attends the annual March for Life in January, plans the Mother’s Day rose sale, the Respect Life booth at the Kitsap County Fair, the October Life Chain, and hosts Pro-Life speakers. Respect Life meets the third Monday of each month at 6:00 PM in the Center and is preceded by the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet in the Church at 5:30 PM.

Contact Larry Gottschalk at 360-479-2272 or through the Parish Office to learn more.

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Rosary Makers

Our Lady of Fatima made several requests which include Reconciliation, attending Mass and praying the Rosary for "Conversion of Life." Our Rosary Makers help fulfill this request by making and supplying rosaries for those that need them. No experience is necessary and supplies are furnished. Come help make the rosaries for the missions and others that request them. Our Lady’s Rosary Makers meet Wednesdays at 9:00 AM in the Parish Center.

To volunteer, please contact Catherine T. at 360-377-0772

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San Lorenzo Guild

The roots of the guild began in 1994 when a group of Filipino families gathered for First Saturday Reparation. A year after this gathering it evolved into a weekly prayer meeting. Simultaneously a devotion to the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy also began. As the group grew together in faith they realized that they could make additional contributions to Our Lady Star of the Sea parish beyond their prayers and devotions.

In 1998, the guild was formally incorporated to the parish with Our Lady as primary patroness and San Lorenzo as the second patron. The guild’s vision is to plant the seeds of devotion to San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila throughout the world. Its mission is to build a legacy of faith and service to the parish, the Archdiocese and the universal church; to assist our pastor in fulfilling his vision and mission for the parish; and to share the rich Filipino cultural and spiritual heritage with the whole community of faith. San Lorenzo Guild meets on the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 AM in Parish Center Room 2.

For information, contact Pacita Galvez at 360-698-1609.

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Secular Franciscans

The Franciscans are a community of men and women who seek to pattern their lives after Christ in the spirit of St. Francis. They meet the first Sunday of each month in the Parish Center. For more information, please contact Julie at 360-649-1964.

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Sister Parish Ministry

Star of the Sea has formed a sister parish relationship with Mary, Mother of the Church, Nyakishenyi Parish, located in southwestern Uganda. Star of the Sea parishioners can pray especially for and help with the needs of our sister parish. The Sister Parish Ministry meets on the third Friday of each month at 7 p.m. in Parish Center, Room 4. To learn more about our Sister Parish or to become a part of the Sister Parish Ministry, please contact Tammi Murray at 360-990-0900 (evenings) or murray.tammi@yahoo.com. You can also visit our Sister Parish Ministry page.

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Social Justice & Outreach Committee

The Social Justice and Outreach Committee combines many efforts under one umbrella. The committee promotes and recognizes the dignity of the vulnerable among us, i.e., the poor, aged, and the unborn, by participating in various service ministries in our parish and community. The committee also participates in parish social and communal events and celebrations, with an awareness of the spiritual strength that comes from such sharing and collaborating.

To find out more or to volunteer, please contact Kathy Warcup at the Parish Office.

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Sports Oversight Committee

The committee coordinates parish and after school sports activities, Hapkido, basketball, volleyball and track. The Athletic Association provides guidance to the volunteers who organize and supervise team sports and use parish sports facilities.  All volunteers 18 years and older working with children will need Washington State Identification checks. Contact Tim Martin at 360-692-3941.

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Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry has been an active ministry in our parish since 1991. We are fellow parishioners with gifts for listening and care giving who have been selected to serve our members who have experienced a loss in their lives from illness, death or other causes.  We have received fifty hours of training in skills such as active listening, dealing with feelings and respect for others.  All our contacts are confidential. Call Lin at 360-377-5264 or Kathy at the Parish Office for more information. Follow this link to watch these videos of individuals sharing what it meant for them to receive care from a Stephen Minister.

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Stewardship Committee

Our Lady Star of the Sea became a stewardship parish in 2008. The Stewardship Commission consists of ten appointed parish members and a parish staff member who assist the Pastor in promoting Stewardship of Time (prayer), Talent (volunteering in the parish) and Treasure, so we may live as true disciples of Christ.  "As each one of us has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace."

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Sunday Hospitality

Complimentary breakfast with coffee after the 8:15AM and 11:00AM Masses on Sundays. Each Sunday's hospitality is hosted by one of our various ministries. If you would like to volunteer your ministry or for more information, contact JoNell Turner at 871-9169 or email: darrenturner@wavecable.com

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Trail Life USA

 Trail Life USA is a Christian adventure, character and leadership program for young men. The K-12 program centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man's skills and allow him to grow on a personal level as a role model and leader for his peers. Trail Life meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month in Center Rooms 1 & 2 and has one weekend activity per month. To Learn more, visit our page here or visit the official website.

For questions, contact Erik Garvey: 360-307-7190 or Mike Cichy: 782-4081 

Welcome Home Committee

Welcome Home Ministry wants you to feel welcome at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church from the moment you arrive in the parish. Greeters working in pairs arrive approximately ten minutes prior to Mass and station themselves on either side of the vestibule to greet and welcome worshippers coming to Mass. Our Welcome Home Committee also coordinates the Sunday Hospitality hour downstairs in Camerman Hall after the two Sunday morning Masses. You are invited to join them and the various host ministries for food and fellowship. 

Contact April B.: april98311@aol.com if you would like to get involved.

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Widow & Widowers Grief Fellowship

Have you lost a loved one? You are not alone. Widow and Widowers minister to each other through prayer, sharing and listening. Meetings are held monthly in the parish center. Call the Parish Office for information.

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Young Adults

Our parish young adults group is for all married or single adults in the age group of 18-35.  We offer a program of social events and spiritual growth opportunities.  Contact Josh Johnson at josh@starofthesea.net.

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Young Ladies Institute

YLI is an organization of Catholic Women dedicated to the Christian principles of charity and love. The Young Ladies Institute’s main purpose is to promote the work of the Church, support the education of priests and inspire spiritual growth of individual members. The Young Ladies Institute meets twice a month, alternating between our parish and Holy Trinity.  Contact Teresa Hooker at 360-377-8334.

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Community and Other Ministries

Ministry Contact Contact Via
Benedict House
Office 360-405-9486
Catholic Community Services
Office 360-405-9486
El Shaddai
Norma S. nsmith1343@msn.com
Legion of Mary
Melanie Guzman 360-908-2262
Natural Family Planning
Suzanne C. 360-377-0971
Regnum Christi
Colleen J.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Walt C. 
Stephen Ministry
Kathy W.
Young Ladies Institute (YLI)
Teresa H. 360-377-8334
Mary's Place
Deacon Hamlin