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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 st.mary.re@sbcglobal.net

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 NEW 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 2016 Archdiocesan Collection dates.


Ash Wednesday

March 1

7:45 a.m. Mass and Distributions of Ashes
6:00 p.m. Mass and Distribution of Ashes
Fridays
7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross

DIY Spirituality for Lent

Saint Mary, Star of the Sea Church, Unionville, Do it Yourself Spirituality
Join with Fr. Michael Dolan to explore the rich spiritual heritage of our Catholic Faith that can form your life for happiness and give you the interior skills to cope with challenges.

Sunday, March 12 Sacred Space—7:00 p.m.
Explore the holy places of your own life and the sites that are sacred to you.
Thursday, March 16 Symbols—7:00 p.m.
Come to a deeper understanding of the symbols that inform and represent your life.
Wednesday, March 22 Sacred Time—7:00 p.m.
Make the time you are given by God meaningful.
Tuesday, March 28 Body & Soul—7:00 p.m.
Grow the connection that makes you fully human.

GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY

THIS YEAR'S GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY IS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 12, 2017 AT 9:30 MASS. ALL GIRL SCOUTS ARE ENCOURAGED BY GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA TO TAKE A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY AND LEARN ABOUT FAITH THROUGH EARNING RELIGIOUS RECOGNITIONS AND PATCHES. THEY ARE THEREFORE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY SERVICE.

PLEASE CONTACT OLIVIA GERMANO AT 860-212-2516 or at oliviagermano@sbcglobal.net TO REGISTER YOUR DAUGHTER'S ATTENDANCE,ORDER THE PATCH AS WELL AS INFORM OF INTEREST IN PARTICIPATING IN THE SERVICE THROUGH READINGS,SINGING OR CARRYING THE FLAG.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS MARCH 5, 2017.

ST. MARY’S WOMEN’S GUILD 2017 SCHOLARSHIPS

The Women’s Guild is pleased to offer scholarships to high school seniors who plan to continue their education beyond high school, and who are parishioners of St. Mary Church in Unionville.

Applications are available in the bookshelves in the church entryways and in the guidance departments of Farmington, Avon, Lewis Mills, St. Paul Catholic, and Northwest Catholic High Schools.

Applications must be received by: SATURDAY, April 8, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Fran Javaruski at 860 404-5898.

Walking with Purpose

Are you interested in getting together with a group of women to explore your faith? You don’t have much Scripture knowledge, but you would like to see how the Scriptures apply to your everyday life? If so, we invite you to consider joining Walking with Purpose at St. Mary Star of the Sea. Thursday evening weekly group sessions are starting March 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Gathering Space.

Living in the Fathers Love, our 6 week foundational course is designed for women new to WWP as well as those with more Bible study experience.

For questions or to RSVP, call or email Danielle Frissora at dfrissora@gmail.com or 860-508-7188. You can also visit www.walkingwithpurpose.com] for more information.

Little Stars Update

Start the new year off with Little Stars. Want your children to get the most out of Mass? Learn about God, Jesus, our Church and the Bible? Bring them to Mass at 9:30 on Sundays and drop them of at Little Stars. You can attend mass and enjoy the quiet time while actually listening to the readings instead of constantly telling your kids to be quiet! This is a drop-off program so no need to sign up.

Our first class of 2017 will meet on January 8th. We look forward to seeing you and your little ones there! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Contact Danielle Frissora with questions: dfrissora@gmail.com or 860-508-7188


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.




OnLine Giving

Schedule

WEEKDAY MASS
Except Saturday
7:45 am

WEEKEND MASSES
4:30 pm (Saturday)
7:30 am
9:30 am
11:00 am

HOLY DAYS 2017

Events

Mon., 2/27 7:00 p.m.
Liturgy Committee
Gathering Space

Tue., 2/28 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

Thur., 3/2 7:00 p.m.
Walking with Purpose
Gathering Space

Today's Readings

February 27, 2017

Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time


Psalm:
Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7
Alleluia:
2 Cor 8:9
Gospel:
Mk 10:17-27

Click for full text of today's readings from usccb.org

Spotlight

Men's Retreat
It's a time-out or a pause in your regular day-to-day activities and responsibilities. Time to stop, look, listen to God and to examine your relationship with God. A retreat is organized with enough flexibility to help you deepen your faith in your own way. There is time for solitude and meditation and an opportunity for rest, relaxation, and friendship. It is a time for prayer and renewal, as well as for learning. A well planned mix of various liturgies, workshops, and free time helps develop the theme and provides something to bring home with you.
more info

What is a Retreat?

Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Is 49:14-15/Ps 62:2-3, 6-9/1 Cor 4:1-5/Mt 6:24-34
Monday:
Sir 17:20-24/Ps 32:1-2, 5-7/Mk 10:17-27
Tuesday:
Sir 35:1-12/Ps 50:5-8, 14, 23/Mk 10:28-31
Wednesday:
Jl 2:12-18/Ps 51:3-6ab, 12-14, 17/2 Cor 5:20--6:2/Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday:
Dt 30:15-20/Ps 1:1-4, 6/Lk 9:22-25
Friday:
Is 58:1-9a/Ps 51:3-6ab, 18-19/Mt 9:14-15
Saturday:
Is 58:9b-14/Ps 86:1-6/Lk 5:27-32
Next Sunday:
Gn 2:7-9; 3:1-7/Ps 51:3-6, 12-13, 17/Rom 5:12-19 or 5:12, 17-19/Mt 4:1-11