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.
Question about Religious Education?
You can reach the Education Office at 860-675-8522 or email@example.com
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. We have new photo's posted of the recent Environmental Awareness Team's Event. They brought a gardening promotion to our Parish.
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 2014 Archdiocesan Collection dates.
2015 St. Mary’s Golf TournamentCommittee members are needed to plan and work on next year’s Golf Tournament. Golfers and non-golfers—male and female. Please contact George Crowley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860 674-0844.
Service TeamChairperson and committee members are currently needed for the new service project committee. This group will be made up of teens and adults to coordinate service projects locally and away. This committee will work closely with the Coordinator of Youth Ministry as well as other parish ministries and faith based organizations.
To sign up, contact Amanda McCaffrey 860-716-4978 or email@example.com.
Annual Parish PicnicSeptember 14, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Pavilion
300 New Britain Ave., Unionville
Bring your favorite dish and come join the FUN! This year will feature our eighth annual Team Horseshoe competition for adults and teens with prizes for each member of the winning teams. Children can enjoy a bean bag toss game with prizes for the winner. There will also be the ever-popular bounce house. Hamburgers/hot dogs and beverages will be provided by the Knights of Columbus and St. Mary’s.
Questions? Call Laura Roberts 860-673-2307. Sign-up sheets are available in the gathering space.
Religious Education NewsIt is not the textbook, the DVD, or the music that makes a religious education class a success. It is the person of the catechist who is the linchpin and central to helping students encounter Jesus and His Gospel message. Nothing can replace the person of the catechist in a classroom.
The National Directory of Catechesis says: “No number of attractive personal qualities, no amount of skill and training, and no level of scholarship can replace the power of God’s word communicated through a life lived in the Spirit.”
In anticipation of the 2014/2015 religious education year the search begins for volunteers willing to share their faith, time and talents with the children of our parish. Please contact Deacon Tom at the Religious Education Office to see how you might become one of those “irreplaceable persons” in our religious education program.
tel: (860) 675-8522 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Choir Rehearsals to Begin SoonWeekly practices for the adult choir will reconvene on Wednesday, September 10th, in the church at 7:00pm.
Consider joining alone, or with family and friends. Reading music is somewhat helpful, but is NOT essential. The music is easy to learn.
For more information please talk with Rick after any mass, or contact him by telephone (860-793-2737) or email at email@example.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.