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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.

SAVE THE DATE

On Wednesday, August 8 here at St. Mary Church, there will be a Parish Listening Session starting at 7:00 PM in the Gathering Space. The Session is at the request of Archbishop Blair in conjunction with the plans for a diocesan-wide ecclesiastical assembly (called a Synod) in 2020. Our Parish Listening Session will be Town Hall style. All parishioners are invited and encouraged to attend. Each parish has the same three questions to address:
  • What are we, as an Archdiocese, doing well?
  • What are we, as an Archdiocese, doing not so well?
  • What are we, as an Archdiocese, not doing that we should be doing?

  • Each person attending will have an opportunity to share their thoughts regarding one or more of the 3 questions, limited to 2-3 minutes total per person. There will also be a box available in the Gathering Space to collect written comments to the 3 questions for persons not able to attend the Session in person

    To all St. Mary's Committee members,

    The Women's Guild has recently cleaned up the kitchen area, including cabinets, closets and drawers.

    It is nicely organized now and we are hoping, with the help of everyone, it will stay that way. Please, when you have a function, place your leftover "anything" in bags and boxes and label with your particular committee names. This way we will know who owns what.

    I might add that most things of any bulk should go to your area upstairs to save our limited space downstairs. If you leave anything in the refrigerator, please label it and dispose of it in a timely manner if not used.

    Thanks in advance and if you have any questions, concerns about the clean up, feel contact Sue Shortley, 677-0556.

    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

    Want to become an Altar Server?

    Youth in grade 4 or older are invited to become a member of our Altar Server ministry. The Altar Server ministry gives the youth of our parish the honor of assisting the priest at weekend and special Masses.

    Altar Servers must be willing to attend training sessions, serve at any weekend Mass and on special occasions such as feast days, First Communion and Confirmation.

    This is an amazing opportunity for youth to become more involved during the Mass. To learn more about becoming an Altar Server, please contact the Coordinator of Youth Ministry at st.marys.peerconnections@gmail.com.

    From the Attic Cleaning Team

    A heart-felt thanks to all who cleaned out their respective committee and ministry items in the Attic space above the Sanctuary.

    The storage space is so much cleaner with items now well-marked and easy to identify.

    Your hard work is greatly appreciated.


    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., 7/16 7:00 p.m.
    Golf Committee Mtg.
    Gathering sp.
    Tue., 7/17 7:00 p.m.
    Legion of Mary
    Hospitality Room

    Today's Readings

    July 23, 2018

    Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time


    Reading 1:
    Mi 6:1-4, 6-8
    Psalm:
    pS 50:5-6, 8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23
    Alleluia:
    Ps 95:8
    Gospel:
    Mt 12:38-42

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

    Saint of the Day

    Saint Bridget of Sweden

    July 23. Saint Bridget of Sweden was married, mother of eight, and the foundress of a monastery for men and women. She spent her final days in Rome seeking to correct Church abuses for which she received much opposition.

    Click for more from franciscanmedia.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:
    Am 7:12-15/Ps 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14 [8]/Eph 1:3-14 or 1:3-10/Mk 6:7-13
    Monday:
    Is 1:10-17/Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23 [23b]/Mt 10:34--11:1
    Tuesday:
    Is 7:1-9/Ps 48:2-3a, 3b-4, 5-6, 7-8 [cf. 9d]/Mt 11:20-24
    Wednesday:
    Is 10:5-7, 13b-16/Ps 94:5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 14-15 [14a]/Mt 11:25-27
    Thursday:
    Is 26:7-9, 12, 16-19/Ps 102:13-14ab and 15, 16-18, 19-21 [20b]/Mt 11:28-30
    Friday:
    Is 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8/Is 38:10, 11, 12abcd, 16 [cf. 17b]/Mt 12:1-8
    Saturday:
    Mi 2:1-5/Ps 10:1-2, 3-4, 7-8, 14 [12b]/Mt 12:14-21
    Next Sunday:
    Jer 23:1-6/Ps 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6 [1]/Eph 2:13-18/Mk 6:30-34