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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.re@sbcglobal.net

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.

Thank You

Thank you to the members of
The Building and Grounds Committee
and Boy Scout Troop 170
for applying mulch around the church and rectory.

Notice of Cemetery Grave Plot Charges

In an effort to keep abreast of Cemetery charges of other cemeteries in our area and to improve the appearance of one particular section of our cemetery, we intend to increase the cost per plot and for maintenance of those grave plots as of July 10. Even with our proposed increases we are still lower in cost per grave than the other cemeteries in our area. The grave plot increase will be approximately 1/3 over the existing costs. Endowed care of the grave site will also be increased by approximately one half. We are providing you with this advance notice so that you may take advantage of the current prices and purchase your grave plots now and thus avoid the price increase. Please feel free to contact Bob Archer at 860-673-9941 or email me at bob.archer@att.net. I will be happy to answer any questions and or make an appointment with you to look at different sites available.

Try the Legion of Mary

Are you looking for a more disciplined walk in faith, whose chief objective is to draw closer to Christ through His Mother Mary.

Try the Legion of Mary. Legion duty requires the attendance of a weekly meeting where we pray together, study a portion of the Legion Handbook and report on our works - one or more hours of service per week we offer to Our Blessed Mother, to bring her Son to fellow parishioners.

For more information please contact Kathy Dossot (860) 673-3163.

A Way to Help Refugee Families in Connecticut

In June, the Human Needs Committee will be sponsoring a collection of items needed for refugee families in our area. Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program in Hartford assists refugee families to begin a new life. These refugee families, forced to leave their home countries because of persecution, have been US Dept of State screened and documented, and are legally approved to enter the US.

The following items, new and unwrapped please, will be collected:
bath towels, washcloths
pillows, pillowcases
blankets and sheets (twin, full or queen)
kitchen towels and pot holders

Please leave new and unwrapped items in the gathering space on the weekends of June 10/11 and June 17/18. You may call Donna Dellacamera at (860) 675-5924 or (860) 833-6347 for more information. You may also contact Catholic Charities 860 297-7811 directly.  

Save the Date

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Third Annual St. Mary Star of the Sea Charity Golf Tournament

Save the date now for St. Mary Star of the Sea Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament to be held on Tuesday, September 26 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 raffle prizes, raising $14,000 for The House of Bread in Hartford and Ste. Thérèse de L’Enfant Jesus in Lilavois, Haiti.

For more info., please pick up a brochure located at the poster display in the Gathering Space, visit our webpage or contact:
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

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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7:45 am

4:30 pm (Saturday)
7:30 am
9:30 am
11:00 am



Tue., 7/18 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

Wed., 7/19 7:00 p.m.
Golf Committee Mtg.
Gathering Space

Today's Readings

July 25, 2017

Feast of Saint James, Apostle

Ps 126:1bc-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6
See Jn 15:16
Mt 20:20-28

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


Social Justice
In order to define social justice, let us begin, by taking a look at what social ministry is. Social Ministry has two main aspects:

Social Service (addressed by the Human Needs Committee) and
Social Action (addressed by the Social Justice Committee).

more info

Weekly Readings

Is 55:10-11/Ps 65:10-14/Rom 8:18-23/Mt 13:1-23 or 13:1-9
Ex 1:8-14, 22/Ps 124:1b-8/Mt 10:34--11:1
Ex 2:1-15a/Ps 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34/Mt 11:20-24
Ex 3:1-6, 9-12/Ps 103:1b-4, 6-7/Mt 11:25-27
Ex 3:13-20/Ps 105:1, 5, 8-9, 24-27/Mt 11:28-30
Ex 11:10--12:14/Ps 116:12-13, 15, 16bc-18/Mt 12:1-8
Sg 3:1-4b or 2 Cor 5:14-17/Ps 63:2-6, 8-9/Jn 20:1-2, 11-18
Next Sunday:
Wis 12:13, 16-19/Ps 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16/Rom 8:26-27/Mt 13:24-43 or 13:24-30