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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 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.

Visit the NEW 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 2019 Archdiocesan Collection dates.

Candle Offering Reminder

The votive candles located in our worship space beneath the statue of our Blessed Mother are available for your lighting in prayerful remembrance and special intention.

The suggested offering is $1.00 and is to be placed into the self-contained box located in the center of each of the two racks.

Please remember to light a candle from the top rows DOWN, to avoid the risk of injury which can be caused by placing your arm over a lighted votive.

Thank you.

St. Mary Star of the Sea Women's Guild Scholarship

The Women's Guild is pleased to announce its 2019 scholarship recipient.

Marissa Fortuna, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fortuna, has been awarded a $3000 scholarship.

She plans to attend St. Joseph's University in September.

We congratulate Marissa and wish her success in her studies.

Religious Education Registration

Registration for the `2019 - 2020` Religious Education year has begun. All new and returning students are required to submit a registration form.

Forms can be found in the entrances to the Gathering Space and Hart House. The normal registration period will end June 14th after which time tuition fees will increase and class assignments made on a `space available` basis only.

Returning Home Study students (grades 3-8) will be re-assigned to the Home Study curriculum unless a change of status is indicated on the form at the time of registration. Those new to the program are asked to provide a baptismal certificate and evidence of completion of prior religious education so that a proper grade level assignment can be made.

Fifth Annual St. Mary Star of the Sea Charity Golf Tournament

Save the Date - September 24, 2019
Rain Date - October 1, 2019
Dear Parishioners: Save the date now for the St. Mary Star of the Sea Fifth Annual Golf Tournament to be held on September 24 at Blue Fox Run in Avon. Join the over 150 participants who last year enjoyed the event. This year`s event includes golf, box lunch, dinner, and cocktails, and the chance to win fabulous prizes, all for $125 per each golfer. Or just join us for dinner and cocktails for $40 per individual.

Over the four years since we began the event we raised $70,000 for the House of Bread in Hartford and Ste. Therese de L`Enfant Jesus in Lilavois, Haiti. Help us to continue the growth of our event by donating gifts/raffle prizes.

For more info. please see the poster in the gathering space and pick up a brochure or contact
Carol L`Heureux-860-307-1199 (c), 860-675-1430 (h), c.lheureux@comast.net;
George Crowley-860-674-0844 (h), 860-463-2069(c),georgecrowley@comcast.net;
Dave Popielarczyk-860-675-8884 (h), 860-922-7774 (c),djpabc@hotmail.com.
The Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min. homily for Mothers Day 2019

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week."

4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
"Because I said so, that's why."

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

7. My mother taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
'Stop acting like your father!"

15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it when you get home."

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."

19. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"

20. My mother taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

25. And my favorite; my mother taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"


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 2019

Events

7/9 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare Truck
St. Mary parking lot

7/9 6:15 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

Today's Readings

July 16 2019

Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time


Reading 1:
Ex 2:1-15a
Psalm:
Ps 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34
Alleluia:
Ps 95:8
Gospel:
Mt 11:20-24

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Saint of the Day

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

July 16. The Blessed Virgin has many, many titles. Today we celebrate one of themâ€'Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Mount Carmel is in northern Israel and has long been the site of a group of religious monks. The entire Church celebrates this feast along with the Carmelite Monks and Nuns.

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Spotlight

Parish Council
The mission of the St. Mary's Parish Council is to act as a communication link between the clergy and the parishioners regarding spiritual, material, and human resource needs of the parish. The Parish Council serves in an advisory capacity and is primarily concerned with pastoral life and parish ministry.
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Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Is 66:10-14c/Ps 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20 [1]/Gal 6:14-18/Lk 10:1-12, 17-20 or 10:1-9
Monday:
Gn 28:10-22a/Ps 91:1-2, 3-4, 14-15ab [cf. 2b]/Mt 9:18-26
Tuesday:
Gn 32:23-33/Ps 17:1b, 2-3, 6-7ab, 8b and 15 [15a]/Mt 9:32-38
Wednesday:
Gn 41:55-57; 42:5-7a, 17-24a/Ps 33:2-3, 10-11, 18-19 [22]/Mt 10:1-7
Thursday:
Gn 44:18-21, 23b-29; 45:1-5/Ps 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21 [5a]/Mt 10:7-15
Friday:
Gn 46:1-7, 28-30/Ps 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40 [39a]/Mt 10:16-23
Saturday:
Gn 49:29-32; 50:15-26a/Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7 [cf. Ps 69:33]/Mt 10:24-33
Next Sunday:
Dt 30:10-14/Ps 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36, 37 [cf. 33] or PS 19:8, 9, 10, 11 [9a]/Col 1:15-20/Lk 10:25-37