St. Mary Star of the Sea is a small Catholic Church in Unionville, just west of Hartford, Connecticut. We are a thriving Catholic Community always looking for ways to bring Christ's word out to you. Here you'll find many interesting items related to Catholic life. The weekly bulletins are here, along with the words of many prayers. We now have almost 6 years of weekly bulletins on-line and they are searchable. Just enter a name or a few words in the search box in the lower left of this home page.
You can reach the Education Office at 860-675-8522 or email@example.com
Feel free to browse the links to the Our Holy Father's New website at Holy See or the Archdiocese of Hartford. Explore the history of our parish or browse some of the photos in our Parish Photo Gallery or take a tour of our beautiful church.
The Youth/Teen Ministry Newsletters and Calendar are available on their Ministry Page
Online Giving is a direct payment program whereby your contribution is debited automatically from your checking, savings, or credit card account into your church's bank account. This is an optional program and you may opt-in and sign-up here. Here are the 2015 Archdiocesan Collection dates.
Come to the Fair!As Christmas is almost upon us and we are looking for special gifts for the ones you love, we invite you to the Fair Trade sale here at St. Mary after each of the weekend masses on December 12-13.
Fair Trade is double giving since each item you purchase is a gift for someone you care about while enabling the farmers, weavers, metal workers, etc. to provide for their families and communities. Come see (and purchase) the beautiful woven goods from Guatemala, woodwork from El Salvador, hammered metal art from Haiti along with pure chocolate, olive oil, coffee and cocoa from Ghana, Palestine and Haiti and other countries.
CREA, the Center for Reflection, Education and Action, is a member of the network of organizations working to bring the products to markets for those who produce them. Call Clara Ryan (860) 673-0756 with questions.
Human Needs CommitteeTags for various organizations including: Farmington Families, Hispanic Health Council, Farmington Fuel Bank, Tabor House, St. Vincent DePaul Society, Burlington Families, Burlington Food and Fuel, Friendship Center, Crisis Pregnancy Center, Family Life Education, Services for the Elderly and tags for diapers (please do not wrap diapers) to go to those in need.
Tags will be hung on our Giving Tree by members of the Human Needs Committee the weekend after Thanksgiving. Parishioners may remove the tags and return the gifts (with tags attached please) no later than December 13th.
Some of the tags represent a special gift for someone. If you take a tag, please be certain to provide the item. If a gift is not returned or returned late, that person’s wish will not be met. Please return gifts during regularly scheduled weekend masses only.
Please put all gift cards and checks to Farmington Fuel Bank & Burlington Food & Fuel in the locked box under the tree. If you cannot, please contact Alice Crozier 860- 673-4282 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you.
All Women of the Parish-The Women’s Guild Christmas party will be a fun “Potluck” on Monday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Father Golas Gathering Space. The party will include an optional toy drive and teacup auction. Feel free to donate a toy and/or a “Christmas item” for the auction.
Please RSVP to Arlene O’Sullivan at 860 675-4786 or email@example.com by Dec. 1 for details.
Children’s Christmas Party and Ornament Workshop 2015The Knights of Columbus and the Fun Committee present a combined event: The Children's Christmas Party and Ornament Workshop on Sunday, December 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Unionville.
All children, grandchildren and friends of the Knight of Columbus members and St. Mary Star of the Sea parish members are welcome to attend (children should be ages 12 and under). This year, the party includes Magic of Christopher, 4 cute, easy ornaments, in addition to Face Painting, and a Twelve Days of Christmas raffle. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on a fire truck to deliver cheer and goodies to the kids.
Please SIGN UP for the event no later then December 6 so we can properly prepare for that special day. Sign up sheets will be available at St. Mary Church Gathering Space, K o C Hall or contact Olivia or Timothy Germano at (860)678-0597 or (860) 212-2516. A Collection box will be in the Fr. Golas Gathering Space: We need empty toilet paper paper rolls for one of the ornament projects this year.
From our pastor Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.
From the time of Jesus to the present day there have always been people who will forecast the end of the world. The fact of the matter is that we have no idea when it will occur, no idea at all. So what do we do - live in fear and do nothing about the future or do we make plans for our children and our children's children and live in hope of better days and a better world? I say let's be optimists, follow the Lord and live on in hope. Experience has proven that for every ending there is a new beginning. We just concluded another church year. This month we begin a New Year. So happy New Year.
So what are we supposed to do during this coming year? We are supposed to change our lives and reform our ways. That's not easy - is it? It is not easy to change. Oh sure some people love change for the sake of change but the older we get it seems the harder it is to change.
I think that when you talk about reluctance to change, you talk about basically two kinds of people: those who think about change intellectually and those who feel emotionally about it. The intellectuals say: show me and explain to me why it is better for me to change. If you do, they change and are happy about it. The emotional people say: I don't care what you say or do. I have no desire to change no matter what. Unfortunately, oftentimes things change around them and they go through life unhappy and ignorant of why others seem to be content and they are not.
We Catholics have been through a lot of change in the past 50 years. I remember when I first went into Seminary in 1961 how many priests and sisters were leaving their vocation because they couldn't accept change. Sometimes it was difficult for us students to find a role model to look up to. It was my experience that those who possessed an education and understood why thing were changing were much more prepared for the post Vatican II Church. In those parishes where this knowledge was passed onto the laity the transitions took place much more beautifully and with less anxiety on the part of the faithful. Obviously, where change happened with reluctance - that attitude was passed on to the laity.
If the universal Church suffers from any one major fault it is poor communication and poor public relations. Good things are happening but they are not always portrayed in the most favorable light. We do not always use the media and papers to our full advantage
God bless you.