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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 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 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.

An Invitation!

I invite anyone who is skilled in playing a musical instrument and/or blessed with vocal ability to share their talent with our parish family during the celebration of our weekend liturgies.

Our potential is limitless and your contribution to our worship will prove that.

Please contact me by email at rickdaddario@hotmail.com or by text/call at 860-993-3643.

I look forward to working with you. Thank you. Rick

From the Human Needs Committee

The Human Needs Committee will sponsor a collection of nonperishable food items during the month of October to benefit the Farmington and Burlington food pantries.
Currently pantry supplies are low, and all items are appreciated.

Please see the poster in the gathering space for additional information.
Thank you for your generosity.

Candlelight Rosary

The Legion of Mary will host a Candlelight Rosary Thursday, October 24 at 7 pm at St Mary Star of the Sea Church.

Please join us with family and friends to petition our Blessed Mother to
intercede for peace and love in our families, community and the whole world.

Light refreshments will follow.
Come Bee An Altar Server
Just bee-lieve in yourself! You can do it! Any student in 4th grade or higher who is interested in serving our parish should attend the upcoming training on Monday, October 28th at 6:00PM. Information cards and a sign up sheet can be found in the Gathering Space. Please feel free to contact st.marys.peerconnections@gmail.com with any questions.


Religious Education News

Home Study materials will become available the week of October 13. Materials may be picked up at Hart House

Monday through Friday 9:00 - noon.

Other arrangements can be made by contacting the Religious Education Office. st.mary.unionville.re@gmail.com.

Rebuild Committee

The Rebuild Committee presents Bishop Robert Barron's DVD series "THE MASS" on Sunday afternoons this Fall 4:00 - 5:00 PM, October 6, 13, 20 & 27 and November 3 & 10.

Bishop Barron is a great speaker who created these presentations to help us truly understand how the Eucharist is the Real Presence of Christ and how the Mass was developed to bring Christ to us in "a privileged encounter." Each talk is 25 minutes with time for discussion afterwards.

Please come and bring your entire family.
Our deepest human need to relate to our Triune God is met in THE MASS. Come and see!

There is a display in the Gathering Space with information.


Handouts from THE MASS DVD series
Week 1 - A Priveleged Encounter
Week 2 - Called Out of The World

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
Vestments are Green

Events

10/22 6:15 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

10/24 7:00 p.m.
Living Rosary

10/24 7:00 p.m.
Pre-baptism Class
Hart House

10/27 9:30 a.m.
Little Stars

10/27 9:30 a.m.
Choir

10/27 4:00 p.m.
DVD Series The Mass
Gathering Space

Today's Readings

October 21 2019

Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time


Reading 1:
Rom 4:20-25
Psalm:
Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75
Alleluia:
Mt 5:3
Gospel:
Lk 12:13-21

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

Saint of the Day

Saint Hilarion

October 21. The life of a hermit living in the desert strikes many people as mysterious, if not inexplicable. Yet this is what Saint Hilarion, and many others, sought and hoped for and, in some cases, fought for. They teach the value of solitude and prayer to our noisy and busy world.

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Spotlight

Altar Servers
The Altar Server ministry gives the youth of our parish the honor of assisting the priest at weekend and special Masses. Servers carry the cross in the procession and recession, hold the Sacramentary for the presider and assist in preparing the Altar for the celebration of the Eucharist.
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Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Ex 17:8-13/Ps 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 [cf. 2]/2 Tm 3:144:2/Lk 18:1-8
Monday:
Rom 4:20-25/Lk 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75 [cf. 68]/Lk 12:13-21
Tuesday:
Rom 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21/Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17 [8a and 9a]/Lk 12:35-38
Wednesday:
Rom 6:12-18/Ps 124:1b-3, 4-6, 7-8 [8a]/Lk 12:39-48
Thursday:
Rom 6:19-23/Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 [Ps 40:5]/Lk 12:49-53
Friday:
Rom 7:18-25a/Ps 119:66, 68, 76, 77, 93, 94 [68b]/Lk 12:54-59
Saturday:
Rom 8:1-11/Ps 24:1b-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 [cf. 6]/Lk 13:1-9
Next Sunday: Sir 35:12-14, 16-18/Ps 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23 [7a]/2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18/Lk 18:9-14