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Welcome

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.re@sbcglobal.net

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 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 program and you may opt-in and sign-up here. Here are the 2016 Archdiocesan Collection dates.


Council Matters

Thank you for your support of all 8 candidates who so generously agreed to run for Parish Council this year. After tallying the 854 votes cast, we are pleased to welcome Fran Javaruski, Steve Prunk, Jolie Swanson and Ann Waters to the next 3-year term which begins in July.

The new members are replacing the 4 members whose terms are expiring: Denise Genest, Margaret Heath-Ringrose, Edward Kane and Amanda McCaffrey.

We thank everyone who ran, congratulate the new members and thank the outgoing members for their dedicated service to our parish community.

Religious Education Registration News

We’re getting ready too! Registration for the 2016-2017 Religious Education year will begin April 10th and extend to June 30th.

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

Registrations received after June 30th will be subject to a late fee with placement in a regularly scheduled class on a space available basis only.

Baby Bottle Fundraiser

The annual fundraiser, held in support of the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Unionville*, will take place at our parish over Mother’s Day weekend, May 7-8, 2016.  Empty baby bottles will be available for pick up in the gathering space after each Mass on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.  Please fill the bottle with coins and return over Father’s Day weekend, June 18-19, 2016. *The Crisis Pregnancy Center provides compassionate and loving emotional, physical, and spiritual support to women, helping them make plans to keep and parent their babies, or to make an adoption plan. Please call 860-989-4768 with questions.

Spring Clean Up

The Building and Grounds Committee is going to have a general clean up of the church property on Saturday, April 23 from 8:30 to 11:30.

If anyone would like to help out it would be greatly appreciated. We will be trimming trees, weeding, sweeping the edges of the parking areas and putting down mulch.

Also, we are looking for people to adopt an area and maintain it throughout the year.

Please reply to Dick Selinga at rselinga@sbcglobal.net

Save the Date

JUNE 12, 2016
Fr. St. Martin’s 60th Anniversary Mass and Reception
Mass at St. Paul Church: 12:30 p.m.
Glastonbury Hills Country Club
Luncheon:  2:00-5:00 p.m.
$10.00 p.p.
Reservations for the luncheon are limited
Mail or drop off your reservation with payment by June 3rd to Melissa Lacafta:
St. Paul Church, 2577 Main Street, Glastonbury 06033
860-633-9419



Legion of Mary

Please mark your calendars. The Legion of Mary will honor our Blessed Mother Thursday evening May 12 with a Candle Light Living Rosary.

Monsignor Motta will be the Homilist.

Please join us at 7:00pm at St. Mary Church for this beautiful tribute to Jesus’ mother, an evening of music, prayer, reflection and fellowship.

For further info please contact Kathy Dossot (860)673-3163.


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.




OnLine Giving

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 2016

Spotlight

Parish Council
The mission of the St. Mary's Parish Council is to act as a communication link between the clergy and the parishioners regarding spiritual, material, and human resource needs of the parish. The Parish Council serves in an advisory capacity and is primarily concerned with pastoral life and parish ministry. more info

 

Events

Tue., 5/3 9:00 a.m.
Food Truck
St. Mary Pkg. Lot

Tue., 5/3 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

Tue., 5/3 7:00 p.m.
Parish Council Mtg.
Gathering Sp.

Sat., 5/7 4:30 p.m.
Mass Choir

Readings

Sunday:
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29/Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8/Rv 21:10-14, 22-23/Jn 14:23-29
Monday:
Acts 16:11-15/Ps 149:1-6, 9/Jn 15:26-16:4a
Tuesday:
1 Cor 15:1-8/Ps 19:2-5/Jn 14:6-14
Wednesday:
Acts 17:15, 22--18:1/Ps 148:1-2, 11-14/Jn 16:12-15
Thursday:
Ascension: Acts 1:1-11/Ps 47:2-3, 6-9/Heb 9:24-28; 10:19-23 or Eph 1:17-23/Lk 24:46-53
Friday:
Acts 18:9-18/Ps 47:2-7/Jn 16:20-23
Saturday:
Acts 18:23-28/Ps 47:2-3, 8-10/Jn 16:23b-28
Next Sunday:
Acts 7:55-60/Ps 97:1-2, 6-7, 9/Rv 22:12-14, 16- 17, 20/Jn 17:20-26