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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.unionville.re@gmail.com( NEW)

Feel free to browse the links to the Our Holy Father's 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.

Visit the Youth Ministry Web Portal for more information about all of their programs, and the document "Parish Listening Session for SYNOD 2020" is also available as a PDF.

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 progam and you may opt-in and sign-up here. Here are the 2020 Archdiocesan Collection dates.

Cancelations

All weekend and weekday Masses,
effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, through April 30, 2020 (NEW)

Divine Mercy Novena and Divine Mercy Sunday Holy Hour

Fr. Warren Savage Lenten presentation originally scheduled
for March 26th has been postponed.

The 16th Annual Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 4 has been canceled.

Dear Parishioners:

All of you have been in my prayers as we wait out our struggle with Coronavirus. Without the collections at Mass, we will have some difficulty paying our parish bills.

If you would be so kind as to send your offerings to the rectory by mail or by online giving, it would be greatly appreciated.

God bless you.
Monsignor Motta

Communications Related to the Coronavirus

In light of continued uncertainty regarding the extent and duration of the coronavirus in the state of Connecticut and throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford, the cancellation of public Masses and liturgies in the churches of the Archdiocese (the counties of Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven) that was originally mandated through April 3, 2020, will now extend through April 30, 2020. This includes the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter. Parishes will be advised in the coming days regarding what spiritual opportunities can be offered to their people during this most holy season of the liturgical year.

Lent 2020

The remaining event of our Lenten 2020 Program — Fr. Warren Savage’s presentation on the Works of Mercy — is cancelled, in light of the CoVID19 health crisis and the government guidance on crowd size, social distancing, etc. The Rebuild Committee will hopefully reschedule his talk to us at a future date, once this crisis has passed. Thank you for your understanding. May God keep us safe and help all those who are on the front lines of caring for others at this difficult time.

BRIAN BAG COLLECTION FOR HOMELESS UPDATE Given that the homeless are suffering without formal shelter during the virus crisis (shelters closed once the government limited groups to 10 persons or less), we decided to bag up the items so generously donated by the parish so far, for the Brian Bag collection and made 20 complete bags (with every item on the list in each bag) and 20 incomplete bags (dividing up what was leftover) including $5 gift cards to fast food places in every bag. The Brian Bags were donated to the House of Bread, with whom we have an ongoing relationship due to the sharing of proceeds from our Haiti program golf tournament each Fall. SINCERE THANKS TO ALL who donated items and gift cards to this wonderful Brian Bag project. WE WILL SCHEDULE A NEW COLLECTION for more Brian Bags once church is open for celebration of Mass in the future. God bless and keep you all during this challenging time.

  FLEECE HAT AND SCARF UPDATE Thanks to all who participated in the Sewing Project on March 1st. By the time sewers returned the hats they sewed at home, we had 135 hats + 135 scarves which is FANTASTIC for Year One of this hopefully annual event. 50 sets of hats and scarves were donated to Brian’s Angels in Bristol, 50 sets were donated to Coram Deo in New Britain and 35 sets were donated to the House of Bread in Hartford. Looking forward to having this event again in the future. Thanks again for all your help in making it such a success.

To our faithful Divine Mercy Parishioners:

Unfortunately, our Divine Mercy Novena and Divine Mercy Sunday Holy Hour Celebration have been cancelled  but you are urged to continue to pray the chaplet  at the 3:00 hour with EWTN (channel 17 on Xfinity ) and the Novena on your own.  ORTV  on ( channel CW 1020 on Xfinity) is also a wonderful source for the Mass on TV and other religious programming.

Keep close to Our Blessed Mother and her Son Jesus at this extremely unusual time. God bless.

The Legion of Mary.  

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.




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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 2020
Vestments are Purple

Today's Readings

March 28 2020

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent


Reading 1:
Jer 11:18-20
Psalm:
7:2-3, 9bc-10, 11-12
Gospel:
Jn 7:40-53

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

Spotlight

Lector Ministry
Lectors are members of the Assembly who proclaim the Word in the first two scripture readings. They also assist in creating a hospitable and prayerful environment by praying the Prayers of the Faithful.
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Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Ex 17:3-7/Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9/Rom 5:1-2, 5-8/Jn 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42
Monday:
2 Kgs 5:1-15b/Ps 42:2, 3; 43:3, 4 [cf. Ps 42:3]/Lk 4:24-30
Tuesday:
Dn 3:25, 34-43/Ps 25:4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9 [6a]/Mt 18:21-35
Wednesday:
Dt 4:1, 5-9/Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20 [12a]/Mt 5:17-19
Thursday:
2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16/Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29/Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22/Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a
Friday:
Hos 14:2-10/Ps 81:6c-8a, 8bc-9, 10-11ab, 14 and 17 [cf. 11 and 9a]/Mk 12:28-34
Saturday:
Hos 6:1-6/Ps 51:3-4, 18-19, 20-21ab [cf. Hos 6:6]/Lk 18:9-14
Next Sunday:
1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a/Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 [1]/Eph 5:8-14/Jn 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38