Evangelization Team (E.T.) of Star of the Sea Parish

New Evangelization is a call to proclaim the Gospel anew.

Our Mission Statement is:  Love God. Love Others. Make Disciples.

We are called to…

Be active members of our church community  |  Grow in our relationship with Jesus  |  Share our faith with others

Please contact Nancy Liette at the Parish Office, 757-428-0788,  if you are interested in being part of the New Evangelization Team or would like to attend a monthly meeting to check it out.

Community Life Ministry

Community Life Ministries seeks to offer a community that prays and plays together.

If you are interested in any of the Community Life ministries, contact us HERE.

Would you like to bake goodies or decorate for parish receptions?

Open to all members of the parish.  Its purpose is to provide care of small or large maintenance projects around the church and grounds.  The group meets most Saturday mornings, but you do not need to commit to every Saturday.

This committee offers various opportunities to bring the parish together and build community.  Activities are as follows:

Parish Picnic

All Hallows Eve Family Event

Caroling by the Sea

Winter Gathering

Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Supper

People are needed to help set up and clean up at Parish Events.

On certain summer holiday weekends the parish rents out parking spaces in the Church parking lot when not in use for Mass or weddings.  Teams of 3-4 people work in shifts of 4 hours each.  This is a wonderful time to meet new people and to raise money to reduce our parish debt.  Older teens (14+ years) and adults are encouraged to volunteer.

The Angel Gabriel is a good example of a joyful announcer.  Do you have the gift of pulling together ordinary information into a “joyful package?”  If so, this area of communication is in need of your gifts.

Individuals needed to share their sewing talents for the making of liturgical/sacramental garments and decorations.

Serving an ever-growing segment of Star of the Sea Church, the Shining Stars celebrate the lives of those 60 and over who continue to age “graciously and gracefully.”  Each month of the year, usually the second Friday, a birthday celebration begins with noon Mass followed by a potluck luncheon, complete with birthday cake, to honor those born that month.  Programs of interest to seniors can be incorporated into the monthly meeting in the form of speakers and entertainment.  Additional off-site excursions may include historic tours, theater performances and dinner, Tides baseball games, or any fun activity in which there is an interest.

Fellowship is an important role in a Church. This group of women of all ages meets to craft, quilt, or share other interests, as well as a cup of coffee and a treat.  The Women’s Club also sponsors a ‘lending library’ for the parish, and knitting prayer shawls for the sick.  The group meets every Wednesday at 10am in room 5 of the parish hall.

Star of the Sea’s Young Adult group provides an opportunity for those in their 20’s and 30’s to meet for social activities.   Information about the details of the coming meetings will be provided in the weekly bulletin.  Please join us!  To join the group and get on the email list, click here!

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Social Ministry

Social Ministry seeks to transform human hearts and social  structures by heightening awareness through prayer, education, action, and by  practicing social justice in accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and  Catholic Social Teachings.

If you are interested in any of the following ministries, please contact Virginia Mollner to sign up or for more information click HERE.

Open:   Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30-11:30am for lunch and for assistance call and leave a message.  Please clearly leave your full name, phone number, and your need for assistance.

Phone Number:  757-428-1244

The pantry offers a bag lunch, drink, and dessert to all who come.  Fruits, vegetables, bread, and desserts donated by area grocery stores are shut off notice on utilities.  Volunteers make sandwiches, prepare fruits and vegetables, interview and pack groceries.  Volunteers can work one day a week or one day a month.  All volunteers must be VIRTUS certified.

Volunteers from Star of the Sea welcomed and mentored staff from Westminster Canterbury who made delivered and served chicken soup and bag lunches.  Each client had a choice of either ham, turkey, or beef sandwich with their soup.  Thank you to Westminster Canterbury for reaching out into the community helping those in need.

 Thank you to our neighboring parish, St. John the Apostle, for their generous and annual donation of non-perishable food to our pantry.  St. John’s donated enough food to again fill our shelves and more.  We are ever grateful to all who continue to donate non-perishable food to our parish pantry.  Together, Star of the Sea and St. John’s share in the gospel’s call to feed the hungry in our neighborhoods.

Volunteer drivers to pick up food from grocery stores are needed on different days of the week, usually the morning hours.  Most are one or two hour commitments.

Volunteers cook and serve meals at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center in 3 teams.  Each team prepares two or three dinners a year, time is 2:00-7:00pm.

Volunteers deliver meals Monday through Friday the first week of each month using their own vehicles to deliver to assigned areas in Virginia Beach.  Delivery time is about two and a half hours during the working day and all in the oceanfront area.

Through the generosity of Star of the Sea parishioners, volunteers collect, purchase, package and distribute Thanksgiving Baskets during the daytime for those in need in the local area.

Working with local agencies, some local families, and the homeless, to help fulfill the wishes of children and adults who would otherwise not have a Christmas. Gift tags are placed on the parish Christmas Giving Tree, the tags are taken by parishioners, filled and returned to Church for distribution.  Volunteers sort the gifts for delivery or pick up.

This ministry collects needed items for migrant workers on the Eastern Shore in conjunction with St. Charles Parish, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  One evening a week, beginning at the end of June through Labor Day, volunteers visit the camps to distribute needed items, respond to questions, share stories, and befriend the migrants for the summer months.   Some Spanish-speaking volunteers are needed to help with communication.

The representative meets with local area leaders who respond to respect life issues, i.e.. Birthright, Elder Care, Right to Life, suicide, euthanasia.

Volunteers support efforts to abolish the death penalty by writing to elected officials and holding a vigil at church on the evening that a person is scheduled to be executed by the Commonwealth.

The Virginia Catholic Conference has creates an email advocacy network for parishioners interested in legislative advocacy based on Catholic Teachings.  Visit www.vacatholic.org click on, “Join the Network.”

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Billy Graham

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis