Name of Church Mary Star of the Sea
Address 870 West Eighth Street, San Pedro CA 90731
Phone number (310) 833-3541
Mass Schedule Saturday vigil, 5:15 pm. Sundays, 7:30 am, 9 am, 10:30 am, (Spanish), noon, 1:30 p. (Croatian). Monday through Saturday 8 am, Wednesday, 5:15 pm. Rosary Monday through Friday at 7:30 am before Mass.
Confessions Wednesday, 6 pm. Saturday, 4 pm. Sunday, 9 am.
Names of priests Father Maurice Harrigan, pastor. Norbertine Fathers Charbel Grbavac and Alphonsus Hermes, associate pastors. Father Ivan Gerovac, SJ, chaplain for the Croatian and Italian communities. Father Harrigan was born into a large family in Glendale and left a successful business career to enter the seminary. He served in other parishes before becoming pastor of Mary Star of the Sea in 2014. He is orthodox, a good homilist, and a good confessor/spiritual advisor. The Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey are an orthodox and pious community of priests.
Special activities and groups Daughters of Isabella; Maritime Minsitry/Apostleship of the Sea; Knights of Columbus; Adoration; Christian Care Ministry; various prayer and ethnic groups; St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Music Depends on the Mass, cantors and choirs.
Fellow parishioners This parish has a mix of ethnic groups.
School Yes, both elementary and high school, both are served by the Norbertine Fathers. Mary Star of the Sea Elementary School is by the church; Mary Star of the Sea High School is about a 10-minute drive away.
Parking There is a large lot by the church.
Cry room Yes.
Additional observations Mary Star of the Sea is a parish of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It sits on a hill overlooking the Port of Los Angeles; it has traditionally been known as the “fisherman’s parish,” due to its close ties with the local fishing and cannery community. Its first parishioners included Croatian, Portuguese and Italian fishing families; many of their descendants still attend the parish. It was established in 1889 (a year after San Pedro became a city), making it one of the region’s oldest parishes. The current church was built in 1958. Special features include a 10-foot bronze statue of Mary mounted on top of the church’s bell tower, with her arms outstretched to the port. Inside you’ll see some ocean-themed art, such as a statue of Mary holding a tuna clipper over the altar, a mosaic of Mary standing on ocean waves over the church’s entrance, and a stained glass window to the right of the altar area depicting Jesus on a boat speaking to fishermen. The parish’s Stella Maris Bookstore is open Wednesdays and Sundays and sells religious items.