Shine on our Pathway,
Fair Star of the Sea
On July 23, 1848, under the aegis of the Diocese of Philadelphia, Father Edward Waldron blessed and opened the first Catholic Church in Cape May County. St. Mary's was a simple frame building located opposite the site of the present church. In 1873, it became an independent parish, and five years later the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea received incorporation from the State of New Jersey. Cape May's Great Fire of 1878 left the little church unscathed. In 1911, Father Dennis Kelly, Pastor, contracted with architect George Lvatt of Philadelphia for the plans resulting in the edifice you see today. The first Mass in the new edifice was celebrated in 1913 and finishing touches continued for five years. The 1972-1974 restoration of the church featured the erection of a free-standing altar in the center of the sanctuary, and a marble pulpit and lectern. To ring in the new Millennium, the bells in the tower were restored and a new organ was installed with an extension of pipe work in the gallery.
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Our Lady Star of the Sea in Cape May magazine
Get Involved ~ 2015 World Meeting of Families
Local families and individuals have inquired about how they can get involved with the World Meeting of Families 2015 in Philadelphia September 22 -27. Information on preparing as a family, volunteering, and/or hosting visitors from abroad may be found at: www.worldmeeting2015.org. The site allows you to register to participate in the many conferences offered.
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Our Mission Statement ...
Swept by the waves of Christ's love and
guided by the Holy Spirit, we welcome all
to the Catholic community of
Our Lady Star of the Sea
in the heart of Cape May
We celebrate God's Presence in Word,
Sacrament, and Service.
We seek to be a faith-filled community
where you experience the loving embrace of