Parish News


On these pages, we highlight upcoming events and post news stories of interest to the parish and community.


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Parish News and Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Please join us as we celebrate and honor our priests, and pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.   Refreshments will be served.  

View flyer (English / Spanish)

Call the rectory (718-327-1133, ext.10) for additional information.

Friday, November 18, 2011 - 100th Anniversary Mass honoring St. Gertrude the Great

On Friday, November 18th at 7:30 pm, the parish community proudly celebrates the 100th Anniversary of St. Gertrude's Church. 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm followed by a bi-lingual Mass at 7:30 pm.  All are invited.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - Papal Monstrance for Vocations

The Papal Monstrance for Vocations is coming to St. Mary Star of the Sea and St. Gertrude Parish from October 19 through October 25, 2011.  View flyer.

Sunday, July 3, 2011 - Welcome Home Father Fulgencio!

We are overjoyed that you are coming back home. We welcome you with open arms, and give great thanks to Bishop DiMarzio for sending you back home to us. You were dearly missed by all of the parishioners of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church and we are happy that you are with us again.

The St. Mary Star of the Sea and St. Gertrude Church family is truly blessed to have you as our administrator. We promise to continue to work to keep our parish alive and vibrant.

Sunday, June 26, 2011 - New SMSG New Website Launched!

The faith community of St. Mary Star of the Sea and St. Gertrude Parish has officially launch its new web presence.  Please see the bulletin and posters in the churches for more information.

This new website is a collaborative effort with the St. Mary's Alumni Association (

Sunday, June 19, 2011 - The Rosary Society will be hosting a Father's Day cake sale after all Masses, outside St. Mary Star of the Sea Church. (view flyer)

Saturday, June 4, 2011 - On Saturday, 4 June 2011, the St. Mary's Alumni Association gathered together at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church and School, in Far Rockaway, Queens, for a very special Votive Mass honoring The Blessed Mother, and Alumni Reunion celebrating 134 years of Catholic education at St. Mary Star of the Sea School.

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Sunday May 22, 2011 - The Vocations Committee invites all to join in a bilingual evening prayer and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday May 22, 2011, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church.  Our Celebrant will be Msgr. John J. Bracken.  Is God calling you ?

Friday, May 20, 2011 - The Wave reports on school closing: view the story.

Saturday, May 14, 2011 - Star of the Sea Alumni Support Catholic Ed (view Alumni Association official press release)

From The Tablet - In light of the closing of its parish school, the Alumni Association of St. Mary Star of the Sea School, Far Rockaway, has decided to redirect its core mission by providing financial support in the form of partial scholarships to parishioners who will be attending other parochial schools.
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Sunday, May 8, 2011 -  Parish Walkathon 2011!

Please join us for our annual 5-mile walk along the Rockaway Beach boardwalk on Saturday, September 24, 2011.  Volunteers and walkers are needed to make this event a success for our parish community.  Save the date!  Jump to our walk-a-thon page. 


Diocesan Assignments (Published: 04/23/2011) - Rev. Fulgencio Gutierrez, from pastor of St. Barbara, Bushwick, to administrator of St. Mary Star of the Sea and St. Gertrude, Far Rockaway, effective June 30, 2011.

Sunday, March 27, 2011 - Annual Catholic Appeal

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Sunday, January 16, 2011 - Please click through the links below to read Bishop DiMarzio's letter to our parish regarding the Diocesan strategic planning process, Christ Jesus our Hope, and the recommendation of the Diocesan Committee for St. Mary Star of the Sea and St. Gertrude Parish.

You may also access the general guidelines for formulating the strategic action plan requested by the Bishop, and our 2011 projected operating budget.


Sunday, January 2, 2011 - We have once again celebrated the Magic of Christmas. We kneel in wonder as Mary & Joseph accept on our behalf the Christ Child. We join the Angels and Shepherds as we sing joy to the world, the Lord has come.

We are grateful to see many who have helped us celebrate the event which has changed the world. Our churches were beautifully decorated. We thank all who devoted their time to add to the beauty of our celebration. We also all thank all who contributed to the Christmas Flower Fund. We would like to express our deep gratitude to Father White and Sister Agnes White for donating the new outdoor Nativity Set.

Music is so much a part of the Christmas Season and we are truly blessed with our music director, leaders of song and choirs. It is said that when we sing—we pray twice.

Like wise we are grateful to our sacristan and maintenance staff for their service all thru the year. We celebrate the coming of the Magi, who were non-Jews, to worship the Christ Child. Jesus is not just the Jewish Messiah but also the Savior of the whole human race.

We remember that the Magi did not come empty handed. The gold represent the treasure that we present our spiritual King. The frankincense symbolizes the time we devote to prayer and worship. The myrah represent our willingness to offer out time in service of others.

We are grateful to you our parishioners for your prayerful participation in our Christmas celebration. May the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph bless every family in the New Year.



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