Name of Church Our Lady Star of the Sea
Address 1513 6th Street, Bremerton, WA 98337
Phone number (360) 479-3777
Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. Sundays, 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m. Weekdays, Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. and Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. Last Saturdays 9 a.m. and 3rd Thursdays, 7 p.m., Latin Tridentine Mass.
Confessions Wednesdays, 5 – 6 p.m. Saturdays, 10 – 11 a.m. and 3 – 4:45 p.m. First Fridays, after 7 p.m. devotions.
Names of priests Fr. Derek Lappe, pastor. Fr. Lappe is an orthodox priest who has put a special emphasis on programs for youth at the parish. The parish, for example, has chapter of Fraternus for boys and Fidelis for girls, promoting a brotherhood/sisterhood among the groups as they grow in their Catholic faith. He made the national news in 2013 when he pulled his parish out of the Boy Scouts after they announced that they would begin accepting openly “gay” scout masters. Listen to him preach a 2017 Lenten mission on Discerning God’s Will (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUIhBaq1j1s).
Music The parish has five choirs which sing traditional hymns at weekend and holy day masses.
School Yes, pre-K through 8th grade. The teaching staff includes three traditional Nashville Dominican Sisters who joined the school staff at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. Previously, Dominican sisters had begun teaching at the school in 1926, had 12 sisters on the teaching staff by 1944, and had the last one retire in 1994.
Parish groups and activities Legion of Mary, prayer groups, Knights of Columbus, Bible studies, Rosary Makers, perpetual Eucharistic adoration, St. Vincent de Paul Society, American Heritage Girls.
Parking There is a large parking lot and street parking, although construction is underway for a new adoration chapel, meeting spaces and parish office, which will temporarily affect the parking space available.
Additional observations Our Lady Star of the Sea is a parish on the Kitsap Peninsula in the Archdiocese of Seattle. Its first church was built in 1901; the current church was built in 1953. It’s an attractive parish inside and out on a beautiful setting surrounded by the Puget Sound. It’s also a traditional parish, with a faithful pastor and many enthusiastic young families.