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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, 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 2018 Archdiocesan Collection dates.

Golf Tournament is Tuesday, 9/25/18

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

To All Ministries and Committees

Now that our parish has its own Facebook page, we'd like to keep it current with news and events.

Please submit your news to joannefishman@comcast.net to request publication on the Facebook page.

Advance notice of events would be greatly appreciated.

From the Human Needs Committee:

Thank you for your overwhelming support of the school supplies and flip tab collections. Your generosity makes a difference in the lives of those in need!

Our committee will hold its first meeting for the 2018/2019 calendar year on Wednesday, September 26, at 7:00 pm in the gathering space. New members are always welcome!

Please contact Donna Dellacamera at 860 675-5924 or ddellacamera@comcast.net for more information.

Knights of Columbus

There will be a Mass on Saturday, September 29 at 4:30 for Deceased members of the Knights of Columbus, Council and 4th Degree Henry J. O'Brien Assembly 2002.

The Mass will also be for the families of deceased members.

There will be a social hour after Mass at the Council home. You are welcome to attend.

11th Annual Connecticut Catholic Men's Conference

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018 8 am - 4 pm

(Mass celebrated by Archbishop Blair)
St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol, CT

Featuring dynamic speakers, exhibitor, confession, adoration, food, and fellowship.
Speakers include Fr Bill Casey, Bob Kroll, Jason Calvi and Deacon Doug Hoffman.
BUY TICKETS ONLINE www.ctcatholicmen.org
Questions? 860-484-7950
Early bird Cost: $45 (includes lunch)
Please contact Jim Shortley at 860-539-2728 with questions.

Women's Guild

Please join us October 9th at 6 p.m. in the Gathering Space. The talented Lynne Murphy will teach each of us how make a Pumpkin Bead (polymer clay) with Necklace.

Check poster in gathering space for a picture of the bead.

There is no charge for this necklace but please R.S.V.P. so she has enough clay. Light refreshments.
Contact Jackalyn Gray 860-490-8835 by October 2.

Religious Education News

Instructors and Hall Monitors are needed for our religious education program (Grades 1,2,3,) starting in the fall.

Without your volunteer efforts our program will struggle to get up and running. Time is of the essence as the Archdiocese of Hartford has specific requirements that all volunteers must complete prior to working directly with children.

So if you or someone you know can help out, contact Deacon Tom at (860-675-8522) or st.mary.unionville.re@gmail.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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Tue., 9/25
St. Mary Church Golf Tournament
Blue Fox Run

Tue., 9/25 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

Wed., 9/26 7:00 p.m.
Human Needs Mtg.
Gathering Space

Sun., 9/30 9:30 a.m.
Mass Choir

Today's Readings

September 26, 2018

Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1:
Prv 30:5-9
Ps 119:29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163
Mk 1:15
Lk 9:1-6

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

Saint of the Day

Blessed Paul VI

September 26. Blessed Pope Paul VI helped prepare for the Second Vatican Council, and was the one to complete it after the death of his predecessor, Pope Saint John XXIII. In 1965, he instituted the Synod of Bishops and spoke to the United Nations General Assembly during a visit to New York City.

Click for more from franciscanmedia.org


Music Ministry
The Music Ministry at Saint Mary's invites creative and inspirational participation for both, instrumental and choral support with our weekend liturgies.

The new choir schedule has just been posted on their ministry page, click for more info

Weekly Readings

Wis 2:12, 17-20/Ps 54:3-4, 5, 6-8 [6b]/Jas 3:16--4:3/Mk 9:30-37
Prv 3:27-34/Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5 [1]/Lk 8:16-18
Prv 21:1-6, 10-13/Ps 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44 [35]/Lk 8:19-21
Prv 30:5-9/Ps 119:29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163 [105]/Lk 9:1-6
Eccl 1:2-11/Ps 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14 and 17bc [1]/Lk 9:7-9
Eccl 3:1-11/Ps 144:1b and 2abc, 3-4 [1]/Lk 9:18-22
Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 or Rv 12:7-12a/Ps 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 4-5 [1]/Jn 1:47-51
Next Sunday:
Nm 11:25-29/Ps 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14 [9a]/Jas 5:1-6/Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48