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.
Question about Religious Education?
You can reach the Education Office at 860-675-8522 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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. We have new photo's posted of the recent Parish Picnic. Beautiful Day was enjoyed by all.
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 progam and you may opt-in and sign-up here. Here are the 2014 Archdiocesan Collection dates.
Free Piano Concert HereRick Daddario, Director of the music program for St Mary Star of the Sea parish will present a one-hour piano concert at the church on Sunday, November 16th from 2:00pm-3:00pm. Refreshments will be offered in the parish gathering space after. The concert, which is open to the public FREE OF CHARGE, will feature an hour-long medley of standard favorites from Broadway and film, and contemporary tunes.
For those who may wish to contribute, a free-will offering will be accepted with 100% of all proceeds to be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) North Central CT/Western MA Chapter and Greater New Haven Chapter. Mark the date on your calendar now, and plan to enjoy an afternoon of relaxing music.
Patriotic Rosary for the Consecration of our NationWith an important national election only a few weeks away, please come and pray the Patriotic Rosary with us here at St. Mary Church. We will sing the “simple songs of freedom” as we appeal to heaven to heal and guide our nation using inspiring words from our Founding Fathers.
The event will take place Sunday, November 2 2:00 p.m.
Please contact Maureen Kreh at 860 229-3988 if you have any questions.
Food PantryDuring the month of October the Human Needs Committee will collect food for the Farmington and Burlington Food Pantries. All nonperishable items are needed but the Pantry is in dire need of personal care items, laundry & dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper, soup, ramen noodles, fruit juice, hot or cold cereal, coffee, tea, canned meats, beef stew, tuna, chili, Spam, peanut butter, jelly, pancake mixes, pancake syrup, condiments, pasta sauce, stuffing mix, gravy, canned fruit, Nutrigrain bars and granola bars. Please check the poster in the Gathering Space for more and also check for expired dates. If you would like to make a monetary donation to either the Farmington or Burlington Food Pantry, please send checks directly to “Farmington Food Pantry”, 75 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032 or Burlington Food and Fuel”, c/o Mrs. Ellie Parente, 200 Spielman Highway, Burlington, CT 06013.
Thank you for any contribution you are able to make! Please contact Alice Crozier 860-673-4282 with questions.
Adult Choir Mass ScheduleThe 2014-2015 schedule for the Adult Choir has now been updated and is available on the Music Ministry page
For more information please talk with Rick after any mass,
or contact him by telephone (860-793-2737) or email at email@example.com
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.