Our Lady Star of the Sea

Our Lady Star of the Sea: A Beacon of Faith Near The Gap

Nestled near the iconic Gap in Sydney, Australia stands a beacon of faith and history – the Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. This church, with its rich history and inspiring stories, has been a spiritual home for many and continues to shine as a star guiding the faithful.


The history of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church is intertwined with the history of Watson’s Bay, a charming village of whalers, fishermen, marine pilots, and signalmen. The church’s story began in 1849 when a crown grant of two acres at ‘Kutti’ was given to the Catholic Church for a church, school, and presbytery.
In 1867, St Anthony’s Church Watson’s Bay was built by Fr Newman. Locals, including Portuguese fishermen, quarried the stone from the site under the direction of Joseph de Silva. This church served the community until 1909 when it was replaced by the current church, Our Lady Star of the Sea.


The church has been a witness to numerous stories of faith and community. One such story is of the annual Blessing of the Fleet festival. This tradition, brought by Italian fishermen, involves a procession from the church to the bay, where the local fishing boats are blessed.
Another inspiring story is of the church’s resilience. In 1934, a severe storm damaged the church, but the community came together to restore it, symbolizing their unwavering faith and unity.

Join the Story

Our Lady Star of the Sea Church is not just a place of worship; it’s a living testament to the enduring faith and unity of the community. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you’re invited to join the story and experience the warmth and spirit of this historic church.
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Photo Taken by Mike Fernandes of the Our Lady Star of the Sea

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