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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

Education

Registration for the 2018-2019 Religious Education year will begin April 1 and extend to June 8.

All new and returning students are required to complete a registration form. Forms are located in Hart House and in the entrances to the Gathering Space.

Registrations received after June 8 will be subject to a late fee with placement in a regularly schedule

Earth Day 2018

A community Earth Day Celebration will be held for the first time at St. Mary's on Saturday, April 21 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

The event will take place indoors at The Gathering Space of St. Mary's Church which has entrance doors on each side of the building and plenty of parking. St. Mary's is proud of this new initiative which involves a wide variety of parish committee members utilizing their unique expertise along with students from Farmington High School interested in this subject.
For more information click here.

Human Needs Committee Food Bag Drive

During the month of April, the Human Needs Committee will sponsor a collection of non-perishable food items and toiletries to benefit the Farmington and Burlington Food pantries.

The following items are greatly needed; condiments such as mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, relish, also canned soups and stews, cereal, coffee, tea, snack bars, laundry detergent, soap, lotion and toothpaste.

Thank you for your support! Please see the poster in the gathering space or contact Donna Dellacamera, 860 675-5924 or ddellacamera@comcast.net for more information.

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!

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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 2018

Events

Tue., 4/24 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

Fri., 4/27 6:00 p.m.
BUNCO
Gathering Space

Sat., 4/28 Noon—
Meal Packing Event
Gathering Space

Sat., 4/28 4:30 p.m.
Choir

Today's Readings

April 23, 2018

Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter


Reading 1:
Acts 11:1-18
Psalm:
Ps 42:2-3; 43:3, 4
Alleluia:
Jn 10:14
Gospel:
Jn 10:1-10

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

Spotlight

Human Needs Ministry
The mission of the Human Needs Committee is to respond with compassion and loving action to those in need.

Our activities are designed to serve families and individuals in our community and the greater Hartford area, in partnership with charitable organizations such as Catholic Charities and local social service agencies.

The Human Needs Committee sponsors the Christmas giving tree program, food pantry collection, school supply collection and more. We continue to adapt our activities to better serve the changing needs of our community.

We welcome new members and new ideas! Visit
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Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Acts 4:8-12/Ps 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29 [22]/1 Jn 3:1-2/Jn 10:11-18
Monday:
Acts 11:1-18/Ps 42:2-3; 43:3, 4 [cf. 3a]/Jn 10:1-10
Tuesday:
Acts 11:19-26/Ps 87:1b-3, 4-5, 6-7 [117:1a]/Jn 10:22-30
Wednesday:
1 Pt 5:5b-14/Ps 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17 [2]/Mk 16:15-20
Thursday:
Acts 13:13-25/Ps 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 and 27 [2]/Jn 13:16-20
Friday:
Acts 13:26-33/Ps 2:6-7, 8-9, 10-11ab [7bc]/Jn 14:1-6
Saturday:
Acts 13:44-52/Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 [3cd]/Jn 14:7-14
Next Sunday:
Acts 9:26-31/Ps 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32 [26a]/1 Jn 3:18-24/Jn 15:1-8