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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.

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 2017 Archdiocesan Collection dates.

From Loaves & Fishes Ministries, Inc.

We want to thank your congregation for the two large boxes containing literally several hundred rice and beans “instant meals”, made by members of your congregation and delivered to us by Paul and Pat Robotham.

These meals will help make the difference to our clients at Loaves & Fishes Ministries. In the Asylum Hill neighborhood of Hartford, very low food security is what we address every day.

Clients report their lives changed because they come to the group kitchen hungry and leave having eaten what is often their only hot meal of the day. We appreciate your commitment to our clients.

Volunteers Needed for our Cemetery

Eight to ten able-bodied persons are needed to do some cosmetic work at our cemetery on Huckleberry Hill Rd. in Avon. We have an erosion problem and a few of the areas need attention. We had sod installed and our immediate need is watering, which needs to be done a couple of times a day. We have the hoses but need the manpower to do the watering.

This need is immediate.

I would like to organize 4 or 5 teams of two people and tackle the areas that need watering. We are also in need of someone who can do some masonry work since the cement capping on top of one or more of the pillars entering the cemetery are in need of repair.

Please contact Bob Archer 860 673-9941 or email: bob.archer@att.net to discuss. Thank you for any assistance you can offer.

Baby Bottle Fundraiser

The baby bottles that you picked up on Mother’s Day to support the works of the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Unionville should be returned to the church, with your donations on Father’s Day weekend, June 17th.

The Crisis Pregnancy Center provides compassionate and loving emotional, physical and spiritual support to women, helping them make plans to keep and parent these babies, or to make an adoption plan. Please contact Jane Peterson if you have any questions (860 673-3597).

Thank you for supporting this great cause so generously every year.

Human Needs Committee

During the month of June, the Human Needs Committee will collect aluminum pull tabs from beverage cans.
A container is located in the gathering space. Shriners Hospitals for Children in Springfield and Boston recycle tabs and raise money for programs that directly benefit the children in their care.

Please contact Donna Dellacamera at 860 675-5924 or ddellacamera@comcast.net for more information. Thanks for your support!

Save the Date - September 25, 2018

Fourth Annual St. Mary Star of the Sea
Charity Golf Tournament
The St. Mary Star of the Sea Fourth Annual Golf Tournament will be held on September 25, 2018 at Blue Fox Run in Avon. Join the over 130 participants who last year enjoyed 18 holes of golf and/or dinner, cocktails, and the chance to win fabulous prizes.

Over the three years since we began the event we raised $50,000 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 increasing donations and raffle prizes/gifts from parishioners and local businesses. For more info, please pick up a brochure in the Gathering Space or contact
Carol L’Heureux-860-307-1199 (c), 860-675-1430 (h), c.lheureux@comast.net; or
George Crowley-860-674-0844 (h), 860-463-2069 (c) georgecrowley@comcast.net; or
Dave Popielarczyk-860-675-8884 (c), 860-922-7774 (h), djpabc@hotmail.com

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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 2018

Events

Mon., 6/11 7:00 p.m.
Golf Mtg.
Gathering Space Tue., 6/12 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare truck
St. Mary Parking lot Tue., 6/12 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room Thur., 6/14 7:00 p.m.
Pre-baptism Mtg.
Hart House

Today's Readings

June 19, 2018

Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time


Reading 1:
1 Kgs 21:17-29
Psalm:
Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 11 and 16
Alleluia:
Jn 13:34
Gospel:
Mt 5:43-48

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

Spotlight

St. Mary's Womens Guild
The Guild's Mission is: To promote the spiritual and social welfare of the church, to assist in raising funds to be used for various projects within the parish, and to perform special works as assigned by the Reverend Pastor or his delegate."Since the early 1920's the St. Mary's Women's Guild has taken an active role in assisting the parish and the community in many ways. more info

Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Gn 3:9-15/Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 [7bc]/2 Cor 4:13--5:1/Mk 3:20-35 Monday:
Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3/Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6 [cf. 2b]/Mt 5:1-12 Tuesday:
1 Kgs 17:7-16/Ps 4:2-3, 4-5, 7b-8 [7a]/Mt 5:13-16 Wednesday:
1 Kgs 18:20-39/Ps 16:1b-2ab, 4, 5ab and 8, 11 [1b]/Mt 5:17-19 Thursday:
1 Kgs 18:41-46/Ps 65:10, 11, 12-13 [2a]/Mt 5:20-26 Friday:
1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-16/Ps 27:7-8a, 8b-9abc, 13-14 [8b]/Mt 5:27-32 Saturday:
1 Kgs 19:19-21/Ps 16:1b-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10 [cf. 5a]/Mt 5:33-37 Next Sunday:
Ez 17:22-24/Ps 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 [cf. 2a]/2 Cor 5:6-10/Mk 4:26-34