The Stella Maris Altar Servers’ Ministry is open to anyone who feels called to serve on the altar, specifically assisting the Priest during liturgical celebrations...Read more
Our faith formation as Roman Catholics is an ongoing experience, reflecting on life, scripture, church teachings, in light of the Holy Spirit who guides in all truth and understanding. There is much to learn as a Roman Catholic and the Adult Sunday School aims to satisfy the questions that adults need to have answered...Read more
The Bereavement Ministry
“Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. “- Matthew 5:4
The members of the Bereavement Ministry visit and assist the families of departed loved ones. We meet every 3rd Sunday at 11:00am. Come and join this Ministry of being God's face of comfort.
Scripture says we are to “Study to show ourselves approved unto God.” [2 Timothy 2:15]. Our Bible Study Ministry aims to explore the sacred text of scripture in light of the teachings of our Catholic faith. We recognize the importance of the word of God in guiding our lives as His children. It is therefore imperative that time is taken to study the Bible so that we may understand what God is asking of us as a people who belong to His kingdom...Read more
The League originally began under Father Thomas Glavin and was known as the ‘Daughters of Stella Maris’. When Msgr. Stanley Shearer came to Stella Maris, he changed the name to Catholic Women’s League. This was the first officially recognized organization in the Parish of the Archdiocese of Kingston.
Mission: Assisting in the development of true Christian spirit in the home, church and community...Read more
The story of the Sunday School for Stella Maris Parish began with a gathering of children in “Big Yard” in Grants Pen. This was also the place in which the now Stella Maris Church would have begun as a mission in the Diocese of Kingston. The now Stella Maris Sunday School was founded by the late Fr. Gerald Curley, an Irish Diocesan Priest who was stationed at Holy Cross Church. It was the desire of the Priest and the Members of the Legion of Mary in that Church Community to teach children the Catholic Faith. This sent them exploring for a place which they eventually found in the Grants Pen Community...Read more
The primary role of the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is to bring Holy Communion to the sick and shut-ins of the Church community. The administration of Holy Communion during Mass is a Ministry bringing the Body and Blood of Christ to the people of God. This Ministry more than any other highlights the dignity and respect that is given to the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist...Read more
For over 40 years, the Ministry has been responsible for sourcing and arranging flowers for Masses and other Liturgical and Social Functions. Parishioners have generously given flowers from their own gardens for the sake of beautifying the Church and its environs...Read more
Founded by Frank Duff on September 7, 1921 in Dublin, Ireland, the Legion of Mary is a Catholic Action Group that consists of volunteer lay members supervised by a Priest in order to provide acts of spiritual and corporal works of mercy...Read more
Liturgical Arts Ministry
“For I was…in prison and you visited Me” [Mt 25:35-36]. The Stella Maris Men's Prison Ministry is a small group of dedicated christian volunteers who visit the St. Catherine Correctional institution and Tamarind Farm every Friday. Our group consists of both Male and Female volunteers...Read more
“For I was…in prison and you visited Me” [Mt 25:35-36]. Guided by this scripture, in the year 2000, a group of parishioners, under the guidance of then Pastor, Monsignor Richard Albert, took the decision to follow the teachings of Christ, to visit the female prisoners at the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre, in St. Catherine...Read more
Prior to the year 2000, it was observed that there was a general drift away from the Church and spiritual development especially within the male population of the community. Herbie Gauntlett was convinced that the men of the community needed a male only group that could reverse this trend. He also firmly believed that spiritually focused, active men were essential to the growth of the Catholic community in Jamaica. He felt that it was necessary to get the men of the parish around the table … the breakfast table!...Read more
The Women's Fellowship Ministry
The aim of the Women's Fellowship, is to bring together the women of the Parish to have a closer relationship with each other as a church family, the way Jesus intended us to be. We need to show true Christian love for one another by lifting each other up spiritually and morally and being there for each other in times of happiness, sickness, sadness, distress, loneliness and grief. As we always remember " I am my Sister's Keeper."
Come and join us!
The Music Ministry
The Ministry provides music for all parish liturgical events, including weekend Masses, extraordinary daily Masses, funerals, weddings, and any other event where liturgical music is required. Each rehearsal is made up of a combination of praise and worship, vocal and choral training as well as hands-on training regarding the various ways that music may be used during the liturgy. Each choir member / musician is permanently assigned to one Mass per weekend but is welcome to join as many Masses as desired. All are welcome and no formal audition is needed - all that is required is a sincere wish to make a joyful noise unto the Lord.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food.” [Mt 25:35] The Stella Maris Outreach Programme has been in existence for over 20 years. It is manned by an average of 15 volunteers, consisting of adults and children. We provide care packages of food, clothing and other items for approximately 160 persons in need, living in the Grants Pen and surrounding communities. Of these, 120 collect directly from the Church Hall and the remainder are classified as shut-ins...Read more
The Stella Maris Praise & Worship Group meets every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. We spend time in the presence of the Lord in prayer, praise and worship. Our fellowship is aimed at strengthening our bonds with God and each other. Topics are shared for our growth and spiritual advancement. Our monthly Charismatic Mass is celebrated every third (3rd) Thursday. We extend a special invitation to you, to come and join us as we seek to get closer to the Lord and make a joyful noise to Him...Read more
“In the beginning was the Word.“ [Jn 1:1]
Christ the Word is present in the written words of Scripture, which achieves its fullest expression in the Liturgical Celebration (the Mass). Readers proclaim the living word of God to the assembled faith community. The word is read in accordance with the Scriptures from the Liturgical Cycles A, B and C. Three readers are used for each Mass, for the first, the second reading and the Universal Prayer of the Faithful...Read more
The Sacristan Ministry
The role of the sacristan is to assist with the preparation of the sacred vessels, priest’s vestments and liturgical linens for the celebration of Mass. We also ensure that the sacred books, such as the Lectionary and Roman Missal, are in accordance with the Liturgical Calendar. The work continues after Mass with the cleansing and storing of the sacred items.
Come and join this Ministry if you like to work behind the scenes while making a worthwhile contribution to the liturgical life of the Church.
The Stella Maris Steel Band was conceptualized in 2001 by Monsignor Richard Albert and Ruthven Jackie, the Church’s former Musical Director, when they received a gift of steel pans from Trinidad. In September 2002, the steel band was formed. Darren Young and Dr. Hilary Brown led the band until September 2004 when Angela Gay Magnus took over as the Musical Director. The band presently has 18 members, limited only by the number of pans that are available...Read more
The Stella Maris Foundation (SMF) is an outreach ministry of the Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, incorporated in October 1997 as a non-profit organization, and has its offices at 1 Grants Pen Road, Kingston 8. Its mission is to promote the Kingdom of God by our tangible signs of “Doing what love requires”...Read More
“For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink…naked and you clothed Me” [Mt 25:35-36]. The Stella Maris Street People Ministry was created in May 2000, out of genuine concern echoed by parishioners. The initial goal of the programme was to feed 250 people in and around the Cross Roads, Downtown and Parade area twice a month through the distribution of canned food, biscuits and bread...Read More
The Ushers Association
The Stella Maris Ushers Association was established in 1969 and presently functions as a “Hospitality” Ministry, welcoming and integrating parishioners into one happy Christian Family. The Association meets at the Pastoral Centre on the Church compound every second Wednesday of the month. In addition to the standard “Duties & Responsibilities”, the Association is pro-active in arrangement/ participation/ sponsorship of various activities.
The St. Vincent DePaul Society is an international organization with headquarters in Paris, France. Inspired by St. Vincent DePaul (a Roman Catholic Priest who dedicated his life to serving the poor), Blessed Frederick Ozanam, a French University student, along with other students, founded this charitable organization in 1833. Today, the Society exists in 132 countries...Read more
Stella Maris YAM strives to equip its members with tools to become a better version of themselves, and ultimately a better disciple of Christ. For the past four years, our core team has been committed to providing numerous avenues in which the young adults of the parish can deepen their spirituality, reflect on God’s goodness, and learn how to cope in a world full of distractions...Read more
Youth Alive Ministry
After Confirmation, our young members (14-21 years) are encouraged to join the Stella Maris Youth Alive Ministry in order to continue their faith formation. Youth Alive seeks to bring together the young people of the Parish in a fun-filled environment in which they are encouraged and guided in their personal and spiritual growth. We offer a safe space for our youth to share their own ideas and concerns within the context of a supportive group of their own peers and adults.
Join us! Let us build bonds of friendship and love as catholic youth who are called to enjoy life as a gift of God and play our part in building His Church.
Twelve years ago, the Franciscan Missionary Sisters (“The Blue Sisters”) saw the need to establish a Ministry in response to the needs of our elderly poor brothers and sisters living in the Grants Pen and surrounding communities. This Ministry was officially launched on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2002. Since the inception of our “Table of Love” Soup Kitchen the number of participants has grown immensely...Read more
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As a Stewardship Community, we use the gifts given to us by God, to share His love with others by giving freely and generously of our time, talent and treasure. With more than twenty ministries and programmes - our Stella Maris Community offers parishioners several opportunites to serve the Church as well as other in need of our help.
Seeking to imitate Christ in all we do, we extend ourselves to welcome, feed, clothe, visit and take care of our less fortunate brothers and sisters. It is important that our words and deeds should reflect to others that we are true disciples of the Lord...as we seek to honor His great commission "to go out and make disciples of all nations".
Therefore, through His love we seek to bring others to Him; full of hope, called to proclaim our faith, to evangelize and enkindle God's people, and to serve the needs of others in everything we do.