About Our Parish

In 1896, the clergy and parishioners of Saint Joseph Parish in Amesbury conceived a plan to establish a mission church at Salisbury Beach to meet the needs of the numerous Catholic vacationers. Work began on the chapel on April 14, 1896, and on June 11 they announced that the chapel would be dedicated on July 4. On that date, the Rt. Rev. John Brady, Auxiliary Bishop of Boston, decdicated the new Star of the Sea Chapel. From 1896 to 1947, the chapel remained a mission chapel served by the priests of Saint Joseph Parish in Amesbury.

After World War II, the number of Catholics in Salisbury increased and Star of the Sea Parish was established in 1947. They then built their own colonial-style church in the center of town. It is known as the "Town Church" and was dedicated in 1950. So Star of the Sea Parish is one parish with two worship sites - the yearround Town Church and the seasonal Beach Chapel.

On June 3, 2014 Star of the Sea Parish and Holy Family Parish in Amesbury, MA, entered into a collaborative relationship as part of Disciples in Mission, a Pastoral Plan for Archdiocese of Boston.




O Mary, Star of the Sea, light of every ocean, guide seafarers across all dark and stormy seas that they may reach the haven of peace and light prepared in Him who calmed the sea.

As we set forth upon the oceans of the world and cross the deserts of our time, show us, O Mary, the fruit of your womb, for without your Son we are lost.

Pray that we will never fail on life's journey, that in heart and mind, in word and deed, in days of turmoil and in days of calm, we will always look to Christ and say, "Who is this that even wind and sea obey him?"

Bright Star of the Sea, guide us!

(Saint Pope John Paul II)


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