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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.

Holiday Mass Schedule

Sunday December 24
8:00 AM, 10:00 AM

Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24
4:00, 10:00 p.m.
Christmas Day, Monday, December 25
8:00, 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, December 31
7:30, 9:30, 11:00 a.m.
New Year's Eve, Sunday, December 31
4:00 pm
New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1
8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.

2nd Sunday of Advent

He is coming. In today's reading from Matthew, John the Baptist announces for all to hear the long-awaited coming of the Messiah. John the Baptist proclaimed a serious message of change and conversion. Indeed, he must have been a sight to behold draped in his penitential garb, nibbling on his locusts and honey. Anyone who heard him preaching must have taken notice, even if they didn't take heed. If nothing else, John the Baptist surely got people's attention. But will he get ours? True conversion reveals itself outwardly. When our hearts change, our actions do too. Charity replaces criticism. Forgiveness replaces anger. Service replaces selfishness. The catechism teaches us that the kingdom of heaven belongs to the poor and lowly; in other words, to those who have accepted it with humble hearts (CCC 544).

This Advent, may we feel the urgency of John's words and get about the serious business of repentance.

ALL WOMEN OF THE PARISH

Please join us for the annual Women's Guild Christmas dinner,
catered by George’s on Tuesday, December 12th at 6:00.

Come for dinner,
be our guests for some holiday bingo (with prizes!) and a raffle as well!

Please contact Sue Shortley, 860-677-0556 by December 7th.

Youth Ministry

December 15: Winter Service Project (Friday 7 p.m.)
Help us spread warmth and comfort again this year as we pack our Winter Comfort Care packages for seniors & homebound individuals in our church communities (Farmington, Avon, Burlington)

RSVPs are always helpful for planning of snacks and setup, please mailst.marys.peerconnections@gmail.com. We welcome your questions! Thank you.

Joanne Fishman, joannefishman@comcast.net,860-378-7583


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 2017

Events

Tue., 12/12 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare Truck
St. Mary parking lot

Tue., 12/12 6:00 p.m.
Women’s Guild Dinner
Hosp. Room

Tue., 12/12 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

Sat., 12/16 4:30 a.m.
Choir

Today's Readings

December 17, 2017

Third Sunday of Advent


Reading 1:
Is 61:1-2a, 10-11
Psalm:
Lk 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54
Reading 2:
1 Thes 5:16-24
Alleluia:
Is 61:1 (cited in Lk 4:18)
Gospel:
Jn 1:6-8, 19-28

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

Spotlight

Womans 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.
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Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Is 40:1-5, 9-11/Ps 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14 [8]/2 Pt 3:8-14/Mk 1:1-8
Monday:
Is 35:1-10/Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 [Is 35:4f]/Lk 5:17-26
Tuesday:
Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/Jdt 13:18bcde, 19 [15:9d]/Lk 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39-47
Wednesday:
Is 40:25-31/Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10 [1]/Mt 11:28-30
Thursday:
Is 41:13-20/Ps 145:1 and 9, 10-11, 12-13ab [8]/Mt 11:11-15
Friday:
Is 48:17-19/Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 [cf. Jn 8:12]/Mt 11:16-19
Saturday:
Sir 48:1-4, 9-11/Ps 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16, 18-19 [4]/Mt 17:9a, 10-13
Next Sunday:
Is 61:1-2a, 10-11/Lk 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54 [Is 61:10b]/1 Thes 5:16-24/Jn 1:6-8, 19-28