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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.

Meal Packing Event 2018

This year on Saturday, April 28 - Assist our parish in funding 10,000 meals of Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce (.25 a person = $2,500) Sponsor a case with your family for $54 = 36 packets.

Visit the display in Gathering Space near the Usher's Room to find more information and donation envelopes.

Sign up for the fun making nutritious fortified meal packets in a group assembly line!- online at SignUpGenius https://tinyurl.com/April-28-Sign-Up- in person on paper sheet with display. Questions? Email joannefishman@comcast.net

Holy Week Schedule

Thursday, March 29

7:30 PM Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday, March 30

3:00 PM Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
7:00 PM Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, March 31

10:00—11:00 AM & 3:30—4:00 PM Confessions
11:00 AM—Blessing of Food
7:30 PM—Easter Vigil (No 4:30 Mass)

Easter Sunday, April 1

Masses 7:30 AM—9:30 AM—11:00 AM

Note: There are no 7:45 a.m. Masses on
Holy Thursday, Good Friday or Holy Saturday

Mondays during Lent

Confession—6—7:00 PM

Fridays during Lent

7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross

Annual Family Lenten Friday Fish dinners

Come and enjoy any or all three Lenten family nights out of dining. The Knights of Columbus is having its Annual Family Lenten Friday fish dinners Fridays February 16, March 2 & 16, 2018 from 5 to 7 pm, fish and chips $12.00 per person or mac & cheese $6.00 children under 7 free. Knights will be available selling tickets after Mass before each Friday Dinner. Tickets are being are sold in advance with a limited number available at the door. Takeout orders available. Call Maurice Goldberg for questions or to reserve tickets call Moe 860-677-2922 or Bill 860-982-9108.

St. Mary’s Women’s Guild

Please Join us, Tuesday, March 20 for a corned beef and cabbage dinner ($15.00 per person) to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (a few days late).

All women of the parish are invited.

Call Kathy Hancock 860 675-1139 by March 18 to reserve your spot!

COME join us

for a night of Bunco, a fun dice game, on April 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Gathering Space. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Bunco starts at 6:45. This is a fun night that will include snacks, drinks and desserts, raffles and meeting new people.

There will be a flyer which includes the application in the bulletin at the 4:30, 7:30, 9:30 and 11:00 masses on March 24, 25th.

Registration form must be completed with a payment check for $20 per person and mailed and received by Betty Faitella not later than April 15th. A strict limit of 50 participants will be enforced. Hope to see you there!

The 14th annual Easter Egg Hunt

The 14th annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 1:00 pm sharp on the Church grounds for children ages 12 and under. Please arrive by 12:50pm. Sign-up sheets are available in the Gathering Space, or you can email stmarysrsvp@yahoo.com with the following information: Parent’s Name, Phone#, and Ages of children attending. For questions, please call Laura Roberts at 860-673-2307 or email stmarysrsvp@yahoo.com

Students—Can you please help? If you are a student in Junior or Senior High School, please help with the Easter Egg Hunt. Each year student volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up, stuff eggs, scatter them for the hunt and keep the children in the dedicated areas. March 24 from 12:00pm-2:15pm. If you are looking for volunteer hours for your school or scholarships, this is a great opportunity to help the parish. Thank you! Please contact Laura Roberts 860-673-2307, or email to stmarysrsvp@yahoo.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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Today's Readings

March 20, 2018

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Reading 1:
Nm 21:4-9
Ps 102:2-3, 16-18, 19-21
Jn 8:21-30

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


Woman's 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. Visit
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Weekly Readings

2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23/Ps 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 [6ab]/Eph 2:4-10/Jn 3:14-21 Scrutiny: 1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a/Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 [1]/Eph 5:8-14/Jn 9:1-41 or Jn 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38
Is 65:17-21/Ps 30:2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12a and 13b [2a]/Jn 4:43-54 
Ez 47:1-9, 12/Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9 [8]/Jn 5:1-16 
Is 49:8-15/Ps 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18 [8a]Jn 5:17-30 
Ex 32:7-14/Ps 106:19-20, 21-22, 23 [4a]/Jn 5:31-47 
Wis 2:1a, 12-22/Ps 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23 [19a]/Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 
Jer 11:18-20/Ps 7:2-3, 9bc-10, 11-12 [2a]/Jn 7:40-53 
Next Sunday:
Jer 31:31-34/Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15 [12a]/Heb 5:7-9/Jn 12:20-33
Ez 37:12-14/Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8/Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 [7]/Rom 8:8-11/Jn 11:1-45 or Jn 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45