Pastoral Message



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The parish enjoyed a wonderful celebration for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas this past Sunday. The altar & sanctuary had been prepared for Advent and Christmas earlier in the day and later the transformation was made even nicer with the picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe surrounded by beautiful fresh roses and flowers. Visually and in scent- just stunning! As Mass began, it was quite a sight to behold to see an almost filled Church with our youth playing prominent roles in acting out the miraculous story of Our Lady of Guadalupe who appeared to Saint Juan Diego in 1531, (canonized by Pope John Paul II).


This weekend’s celebration followed the inspirational concert given last weekend by the combined Cathedral- St. Brigid’s Children’s choir led by Dr. Chris Tietze. I am told that it was quite “an experience” by all who attended. We hope to have them back on the first Sunday of Advent every year.


This weekend, our Men’s Club will sponsor a gourmet breakfast and treats with a special visit and gifts from Santa. After the 9:30am Mass. As all this activity is taking place, one of my observations is that our Mass attendance is improving…. This must truly mean that the more we do together, the more we enjoy each other and /or appreciate our gifts.


I want to thank you for the courtesies extended to visiting priests who covered during my absence. I also want to thank all for the wonderful words and actions of support, including the nicest treats…


On this Gaudete Sunday, the imperative is “To Rejoice!” May we rejoice in our wonderful family of St. Mary star of the Sea and keep the less fortunate in our prayers (such as the California fire victims of this year).

Fr. Mike