CORPUS CHRISTI—On June 22nd, an outdoor procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament, accompanied by the recitation of the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, took place at Mary Star on the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. The friars and the faithful journeyed to the five stations on the lot, with the priest placing the monstrance on decorated tables for a brief period of adoration and praise after the recitation of each of the Glorious Mysteries.
Corpus Christi 2014
PERSONNEL CHANGE— Fr. Antonio Palos, OAR, began his new ministry at Mary Star as Associate Pastor, effective July 15, 2014, on the Feast of St. Bonaventure. He immediately reviewed the Ordo Domesticus and his new parish assignments with the friars.
FIESTA BONANZA—The three-day Parish Fiesta began on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15th, and closed on Sunday August 17th. An abundance and variety of food, music and rides were enjoyed by all the parishioners, visitors and friars. Information Booths from the Ventura County Behavioral Health, Catholic Cemeteries, the Cesar Chavez Law Group and an outreach to Mixteco-speaking persons, participated in the Parish Fiesta.
FATIMA AT MARY STAR—The statue of the International Pilgrim Virgin of Our Lady of Fatima visited Mary Star from Saturday, September 13th, to Sunday, September 14th. Led by the Friars in this two-day celebration, the faithful celebrated the Crowning and Veiling, the Act of Consecration and the Mass Enthronement to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. There was also an outdoor procession and recitation of the Rosary, with the Pilgrim Statue being carried by the faithful. Following these, the Friars and the faithful took turns in an all night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the veneration of Our Lady of Fatima inside the church. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick was also celebrated by the Friars, including Fr. Domingos Machado, OAR, and Fr. Frank Wilder, OAR, of St. Augustine Priory. At 3:00 on Sunday morning, the bilingual chanting of the Divine Mercy chaplet began before the Blessed Sacrament. Various English and Spanish choir groups sang to Our Lord and Our Mother during these two days. In addition, an invited mariachi group and the danzantes matachines of Mary Star also performed in the mananitas before Our Lady of Fatima during her farewell.
PILGRIM’S PROGRESS: MEXICO—Thirty-seven pilgrims from Mary Star of the Sea journeyed to Mexico to visit its sacred shrines, especially that of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. They were accompanied by their spiritual director, Fr. Fidel Hernandez, OAR, on a 7-day pilgrimage beginning on September 18, 2014. Among many other places they visited were the basilica of Our Lady in Mexico City, Santo Domingo Church/Capilla del Rosario in Puebla, Santa Rosa de Viterbo Convent, San Miguel de Allende in Queretaro, Christ of the Mountain in Cerro del Cubilete, San Juan de Los Lagos Cathedral in Guanajuato, Our Lady of Zapopan and the cathedral in Plaza Tapatia, Guadalajara. After seven days of spiritual, cultural, intellectual and physical nourishment, the pilgrims returned to Mary Star.
CHOIRS' APPRECIATION DINNER—The parish gave an Appreciation Dinner to about 200 members of all the different choirs at Mary Star. Men and women, boys and girls, Spanish and/or English, of different nations and voices, attended this celebration of and appreciation for their generosity in time, talents, and treasures. All these qualities in praise of our Lord and for the People of God, generously and enthusiastically manifested in every Mass, liturgy and parish activity are deeply appreciated by all.
ST. NICHOLAS’ BREAD—The friars and the faithful celebrated the feastday of St. Nicholas of Tolentine in the 6:30 and 8:00 a.m. Masses with the blessing of St. Nicholas’ bread at the end of the mass and giving it to the faithful believer. A visiting friar, Fr. Larry Garces, OAR, concelebrated at the 8 a.m. Mass and gave a brief talk about St. Nicholas and his “wonder” bread.
ST. LORENZO’S HOUR—Before his martyrdom in Japan in the year 1637, St. Lorenzo said, “I am a Catholic and wholeheartedly do accept death for the Lord; had I a thousand lives, all these I shall offer to Him.” Following the example of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino saint, the faithful of Mary Star celebrated and venerated St. Lorenzo’s sainthood through the Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on September 28, his feastday. A guided program of prayer and meditation was led by Fr. Fidel and Fr. Eric gave a brief talk on the life of St. Lorenzo Ruiz.
LIFE SUNDAY—October 5th and the whole month of October will be dedicated to prayers and homilies about life issues from conception until natural death. Frs. Fidel, Antonio and Eric accompanied by the Deacons Alfonso, Noe, Dante and Ricardo, participated together in an English and a Spanish Mass. Fr. Fidel delivered the homily and reminded all the faithful in the words of Pope Francis that each of us is a “masterpiece of God’s creation.” All the children, pregnant mothers and the elderly were given a special blessing at the end of the Masses.
THE DRUMS ARE BEATING—Every Friday since September, the drums are beating for about an hour in the evening at Mary Star. It’s not a “war call” but the danzantes matachines (Aztec-type dance/praise, Mexico ) in preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12th, and also for the ending of the Simbang Gabi novena of Masses on December 23rd. “Said the little lamb ... do you hear what I hear?” Only at Mary Star!
Fr. Eric Crelencia, OAR