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St. Mary Star of the Sea is a Roman 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

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 program and you may opt-in and sign-up here. Here are the 2020 Archdiocesan Collection dates.

Returning to Mass

Both Daily and Weekend Masses are ongoing with the normal Mass schedule. Here are a few things you should know.

You might notice . . .
   No water in the Baptismal font.
   There will be no youth altar servers at Mass.
   Communion will only be received in the hand. The priest or Eucharistic Minister will drop it into your hand. No gloves should be worn to receive Communion as there is no touching.

The Do`s:
Do wear a mask covering your nose and mouth at all times.
Do sit with your family but maintain social distance between your family and the parishioners next to you.
Do wash your hands both before leaving your house to arrive at church and after returning home.
Do use the hand sanitizer provided upon entering the Worship Space.

The Do Not`s:
Please do not come to Mass if you or any family members are feeling sick. Please do not hold hands during the Our Father. Please do not shake hands during the Sign of Peace. You may offer a head nod or a wave. Thank you for your cooperation with these procedures to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Forward with Faith

Forward with Faith (FWF) is a fundraising campaign to build a vibrant community of faith in the parishes, schools, and Catholic organizations in the Archdiocese.

This vision will help to fulfill the mission of our Church in Hartford and in our own Parish: to be living signs of communion with God and to be his instruments for redemption in the world.

Please read more about this campaign at our Frequently Asked Questions

You can read our 06-07-21 Bulletin Insert or our 10-04-20 Insert

This week, parishioners that have not yet participated in the Forward with Faith campaign will be receiving a mailing with a special letter from Monsignor Motta and Archbishop Blair. The letter will explain our participation in the Forward with Faith campaign and the ways it will specifically help our parish by funding: Several major capital projects at the parish And innovative methods for Evangelization

For more detail please visit the website or our Facebook page to review our Case For Support. The campaign will also help other parishes, schools, and ministries throughout the Archdiocese.

To learn more about the campaign, please visit: www.forwardwithfaith.hartfordbishopsfoundation.org
Watch the St. Mary 'Forward with Faith' campaign video. ( updated 2/10/21 )

From the Pulpit

Homilist: Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min., Date: 2021-06-13, Mass: 11th Sunday

Some time ago the Hartford Courant that stated Connecticut was the most secular of all the states. What does that mean? It means that God is no longer a high priority for us. I find that very sad because there are many Catholics in Connecticut. But then again there are many Catholics especially young Catholics who no longer go to Church.

Today`s Gospel talks about the "kingdom of God." T . . (more)

More Recent Homilies

If you missed or or just want to watch again, here are the links to Easter Vigil and Christmas Eve videos

Council Matters

Thank you for your input and participation in the Parish Council Elections process.

We are pleased to announce the following four new St. Mary Parish Council members for the 2021-2024 term:
  Christopher Coyle
  Kimberly Coyle
  Tom Dowd
  Chike Onyiuke

They will be replacing outgoing Council members:
  Donna Cole
  Pete Peterson
  Patricia Picard
  Ana Steele

Congratulations to the new members and sincere thanks to the outgoing members for their willingness to serve and their dedication to our parish community.

Lectors Needed

Lectors proclaim scripture at Mass and fulfill an important role in our worship.

Public reading is among the most ancient forms of Christian ministry.

At St. Mary Star of the Sea the Lector is entrusted with making the Word of God come alive by proclaiming it for the congregation. After brief training, Lectors are typically assigned to read at Mass once or twice each month; however, occasionally a Lector may also read at special Masses.

Participation is open to all registered parishioners. We are currently in need of additional Lectors at 4:30 Saturday and 7:30, 9:30 and 11:00 Mass on Sunday.

For more information please contact Ed O'Reilly 860-751-9136 or eoreilly@stmary-unionville.org

Join the Church Choir

Choir to Return Our parish choir will resume singing during our weekend liturgies beginning next Fall.

Weekly rehearsals will commence on Wednesday, September 15 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. Please consider joining the group. It is a wonderful ministry to share with family and friends.

Knowing how to read music is not essential as the note-reading is very easy. For more details, please speak with Rick at your convenience.

Thank you.

Eucharist Ministers Needed!

Eucharistic Ministers are members of the Assembly who assist in the distribution of the Eucharist. Typically, Eucharistic Ministers can also distribute Holy Communion to those in prison, or to those who are sick and unable or incapable of attending the Mass, thereby providing love, support, and care to others.

After joining the ministry, Eucharist Ministers are typically assigned to assist with distribution of the Holy Eucharist at Mass once or twice each month.

Eucharist Ministers may also serve at special Masses. Participation is open to all registered parishioners.

We are currently in need of additional Eucharist Ministers for all masses.

For more information please contact Ed O'Reilly 860-751-9136 or eoreilly@stmary-unionville.org

Religious Education News

Religious Education Registration Registration has started for the "2021 - 2022" Religious Education year and will extend to July 30. All new and returning students are required to submit a registration form and tuition payment. Forms are available in the entrances to the Gathering Space, Hart House and on the parish website. Those new to the parish are asked to provide a baptismal certificate and evidence of completion of prior religious education so that a proper grade level assignment can be made.

What Do You Have to Offer? - President John Kennedy declared in his 1961 inaugural address: "Ask not what your country can do for you - rather ask what you can do for your country." He was encouraging all to work toward the common good of the nation. In our parish today a similar thought might be raised - "Ask not what your parish can do for you - rather ask what you can do for your parish." Instructors are needed at every level in our religious education program - be it for "in person" learning or some remote learning form (e.g. Zoom, Google Meeting, etc.). Realize it or not, we all have "something"" to offer, so please contact Deacon Tom at the Religious Education Office to see how you might share the "something" you have with the children of our parish tel. 860-675-8522 or st.mary.unionville.re@gmail.com.

FOOD COLLECTION for our friends at Westerleigh

For the June 2021 recipe item collection here at St Mary's, our low income and/or disabled Westerleigh resident neighbors will be making CORN CASSEROLE

The items to be collected are ONLY the following items:
   15 oz can of creamed corn
   15 oz can of corn kernels
   8.5 oz box of Corn Muffin Mix (Jiffy brand is good)
   1 small bag of shredded cheddar cheese (Please put it in the FRIDGE in the Gathering Space Kitchen)

PLEASE BRING YOUR DONATION'S BY June 27th.Please see the display in the Gathering Space for sample ingredients. We ask that you please do NOT donate items which are NOT on the list. If you have questions please contact Lynne Murphy at 860-673-9551. Thank you and may God bless you all for your continued generosity. The Westerleigh residents who participate in this program truly appreciate your help.

Enjoy some familiar music

Enjoy some of our music director, Rick Daddario's piano music while you read the bulletin, visit the stations of the cross or read Monsignor's Homilies.

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In addition to directing our music ministry and our parish Adult Choir, Rick is an accomplished pianist and often performs at a variety of events and engagements throughout Connecticut.

The player opens in another window, so you can keep it open while you explore the site.

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 2021
Vestments are Green

Events

6/21 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

6/22 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare Truck
St. Mary Parking Lot

Spotlight

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

Sunday:
Jb 38:1, 8-11/ Ps 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31 [1b]/2 Cor 5:14-17/Mk 4:35-41
Monday:
Gn 12:1-9/Ps 33:12-13, 18-19, 20 and 22 [12]/Mt 7:1-5
Tuesday:
Gn 13:2, 5-18/Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5 [1b]/Mt 7:6, 12-14
Wednesday:
Gn 15:1-12, 17-18/Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9 [8a]/Mt 7:15-20
Thursday Vigil:
Jer 1:4-10/Ps 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17 [6b]/1 Pt 1:8-12/Lk 1:5-17Day: Is 49:1-6/Ps 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15 [14a]/Acts 13:22-26/Lk 1:57-66, 80
Friday Gn:
Gn 17:1, 9-10, 15-22/Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 [4]/Mt 8:1-4
Saturday:
Gn 18:1-15/Lk 1:46-47, 48-49, 50 and 53, 54-55 [cf. 54b]/Mt 8:5-17
Next Sunday:
Ws:1:13-15; 2:23-24/Ps 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13 [2a]/2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15/Mk 5:21-43 or 5:21-24, 35b-43