St. Mary Star of The Sea Raises Money to Reinstall its Star-Cross

| September 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

In April, a hail and wind store knocked down the iconic symbol at St. Mary Star of The Sea Catholic Church in Federal Hill – the steeple’s cross with a lighted star in the middle. The Catholic Community of South Baltimore was able to immediately get a crane contractor to remove the star while it figured out the next steps to get it reinstalled.

While removing the cross, the contractors found two bags filled with envelopes inside the base of the cross. On the envelopes were the names of everyone who had contributed to a restoration project in the 1960s.

Pastor Josh Laws of the Catholic Community of South Baltimore provided the following update on the project to get the star reinstalled:

Church Family,

Great news— the Star-Cross is coming back to St. Mary’s! Thanks to your generous support of this project we were able to raise over $35,000 to help with some much needed repairs on our steeple so that the Star-Cross will stand on a solid foundation for many generations to come.

As you may remember, we discovered two bags filled with envelops from everyone who contributed to the last restoration project in 1965. We’re going to do something similar. We are inviting everyone in the parish and in the neighborhood too to send a picture of your family to our office at 110 E. West Street by October 1st. Feel free to write a note on the back saying who you are, what you like most about our church, or your favorite part about being here in South Baltimore. Feel free to email your pictures if that’s easier to

Again, thank you very much for your generous support and for everything that you do to keep the light of our faith shining brightly here in South Baltimore.

Fr. Josh

St. Mary Star of The Sea opened in 1868. In the late 1800s, the cross with the star was erected and served as a beacon for ship traffic in the Inner Harbor and was an official landmark on mariners maps of the Port Baltimore. It was originally lit by candles and later using electric power.

Photos courtesy of Catholic Community of South Baltimore 

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