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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.

Back to School

School is back is session! Learning is one of the greatest gifts that we have been given by God. Everyone can learn something new everyday!

How incredible is that?

God have given us the ability to never stop learning. The universe is so big and there is so much wonder in it. Over the coming months take every opportunity to you can to learn something new about your faith. Join a bible study, a ministry or attend an educational program at the parish.

We are here to help you grow your faith. Let's all go back to school together!

Choir Resumes

Weekly rehearsals for our parish choir will resume on Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the church.

New members are needed and always welcome. For more information please see Rick after any weekend Mass, contact him by email at rickdaddario@hotmail.com or by text/call at 860 993-3643. Thank you.

Food Collection

for our friends at Westerleigh - We are collecting the following items for our elderly, low income and/or disabled friends at Westerleigh on Plainville Avenue in Unionville the weekend of May Westerleigh Residents were not forgotten during the summer. The Board of Directors (several of our parishioners among them) gave them a summer picnic in June and in July and August staff there provided several food events. Now that summer is over, our parish is resuming collection of nutritious food for our elderly, low income and/or disabled friends at Westerleigh during the first 3 weekends of September. The items to be collected are ONLY the following items, to make a healthy, hearty BBQ Beef & Bowtie Dinner:
32 oz. (1 quart) Beef Broth
Small bottle of PLAIN Barbecue Sauce
12 oz. can of corn kernels
12 oz. bag of shredded Cheddar Cheese

Please put the cheese into the fridge in the Gathering Space. Please bring your donations by September 22. View the display in the Gathering Space for sample ingredients. Please do NOT donate items which are NOT on the list. If you have questions please contact Lynne Murphy at 860-673-9551. Thank you and may God bless you all for your very generous donations toward this program. It is very much appreciated & great stewardship to those in need.

Volunteers Needed

Are you an early riser?

Want to do more for our parish? Did you know that a volunteer opens church every morning, sets up for Mass, maintains the votive candle display, is responsible for emptying the votive candle donation box, launders & irons the linens used at Mass?

We seek one or more reliable volunteers to participate in a weekly or monthly rotation of tasks and/or can be "On Call" as a substitute.

If you are a parishioner who attends Daily (or Weekend) Mass on a regular basis, and have a desire to help with any of these tasks, please contact Lynne Murphy @ 870-673-9551.

From the Human Needs Committee

The Human Needs Committee will begin the 2019/2020 calendar year with a meeting on Wednesday, September 25 at 7 pm in the gathering space. We assist families and individuals in our community and the greater Hartford Area, in partnership with local social service agencies and charitable organizations. Please consider joining us, and our mission to respond with compassion and loving action to others in need. New members and new ideas are always welcome! For more information, please contact Donna Dellacamera at 860 675-5924, or ddellacamera@comcast.net.

Religious Education Registration

The Harvest is Abundant but the Laborers are Too Few.

Catechists are needed in the following grades:
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The start of the 2019/2020 religious education year is about 6 weeks away and we are in need of those willing to offer their time and talents to the children of the parish so that they may gain an understanding of our Catholic faith. Tuition is waived for active catechists and team teaching is encouraged.

Hart House hall monitors are also needed for us to be compliant with the `Protecting God`s Children` requirements set forth by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Parents who wait patiently while their children are in class are asked to consider volunteering as a hall monitor. Tuition is waived for hall monitors. Please contact Deacon Tom at the Religious Education Office to see how you can support our program this year.

Registration Update
Please note that the registration process for the 2019/2020 Religious Education is now suspended so that the forming of classes and scheduling can be completed. Registrations received going forward will be processed on a `space available` basis.

tel: (860) 675-8522
e-mail: st.mary.unionville.re@gmail.com

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.
Link to Tournament page

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

9/9 7:00 p.m.
Sundaes on MondayGathering Space

9/10 6:15 p.m.
Legion of MaryHospitality Room

9/10 7:00 p.m.
Women’s Guild Mtg.Gathering Space

9/15 9:30 a.m.
Little Stars

Today's Readings

September 18 2019

Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time


Reading 1:
1 Tm 3:14-16
Psalm:
Ps 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Alleluia:
See Jn 6:63c, 68c
Gospel:
Lk 7:31-35

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

Saint of the Day

Saint Joseph of Cupertino

September 18. Joseph is most famous for levitating at prayer. Already as a child, Joseph showed a fondness for prayer. After a short career with the Capuchins, he joined the Conventual Franciscans. Following a brief assignment caring for the friary mule, Joseph began his studies for the priesthood. His tendency to levitate during prayer was often times a cross.

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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:
Wis 9:13-18b/Ps 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14-17 [1]/Phlm 9-10, 12-17/Lk 14:25-33
Monday:
Col 1:24--2:3/Ps 62:6-7, 9 [8]/Lk 6:6-11
Tuesday:
Col 2:6-15/Ps 145:1b-2, 8-9, 10-11 [9]/Lk 6:12-19
Wednesday:
Col 3:1-11/Ps 145:2-3, 10-11, 12-13ab [9]/Lk 6:20-26
Thursday:
Col 3:12-17/Ps 150:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 [6]/Lk 6:27-38
Friday:
1 Tm 1:1-2, 12-14/Ps 16:1b-2a and 5, 7-8, 11 [cf. 5]/Lk 6:39-42
Saturday:
Nm 21:4b-9/Ps 78:1bc-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38 [cf. 7b]/Phil 2:6-11/Jn 3:13-17
Next Sunday:
Ex 32:7-11, 13-14/Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19 [Lk 15:18]/1 Tm 1:12-17/Lk 15:1-32 or 15:1-10