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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.

Visit the NEW 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 progam and you may opt-in and sign-up here. Here are the 2019 Archdiocesan Collection dates.

Reminder - Little Stars Teaching Meeting

Little Stars Teachers will be meeting on Wednesday, August 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Gathering Space to plan for the upcoming year.

Go to the Youth Ministry Web Portal on the parish website for more information.

Adult Volunteers Needed

The Youth Ministry program is seeking adults to become volunteers. You don`t need to have a degree in religion or have years of experience.

You just need an open heart and a willingness to work with kids, teens and young adults. Facilitators are needed for a new discussion-based high school program, leaders for middle school ministry nights and monitors for our Little Stars.

Anyone interested should go to the Youth Ministry Portal on the parish website for more information. You can also talk to the Coordinator of Youth Ministry during our Welcome Back Weekend September 7-8. Parishioners 18 years or older working with minors and vulnerable adults will need to comply with the Office of Safe Environments training and regulations.

This includes a mandatory training and background check. For more information, please visit the Office of Safe Environments.

From the Human Needs Committee

A collection of new back-to-school supplies will be held in early August. Supplies collected will be given to Farmington Social Services for distribution to area students in need.

The following items are most appreciated:

Backpacks, pens and pencils (10-12 pack), highlighters, colored pencils, crayons, markers, post-it notes, notebooks, composition books, 3-ring binders, filler paper, glue sticks, child-size scissors, pencil top and pink erasers, USB flash drives and protractors.

Donated items may be brought to the gathering space by August 11, 2019. Your support is greatly appreciated! Please contact Donna Dellacamera at 860 675-5924, or 860 833-6347 with any questions.

Religious Education Registration

The Harvest is Abundant but the Laborers are Too Few.

Catechists are needed in the following grades:
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The start of the 2019/2020 religious education year is about 6 weeks away and we are in need of those willing to offer their time and talents to the children of the parish so that they may gain an understanding of our Catholic faith. Tuition is waived for active catechists and team teaching is encouraged.

Hart House hall monitors are also needed for us to be compliant with the `Protecting God`s Children` requirements set forth by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Parents who wait patiently while their children are in class are asked to consider volunteering as a hall monitor. Tuition is waived for hall monitors. Please contact Deacon Tom at the Religious Education Office to see how you can support our program this year.

tel: (860) 675-8522
e-mail: st.mary.unionville.re@gmail.com

Fifth Annual St. Mary Star of the Sea Charity Golf Tournament

Save the Date - September 24, 2019
Rain Date - October 1, 2019
Dear Parishioners: Save the date now for the St. Mary Star of the Sea Fifth Annual Golf Tournament to be held on September 24 at Blue Fox Run in Avon. Join the over 150 participants who last year enjoyed the event. This year`s event includes golf, box lunch, dinner, and cocktails, and the chance to win fabulous prizes, all for $125 per each golfer. Or just join us for dinner and cocktails for $40 per individual.

Over the four years since we began the event we raised $70,000 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 donating gifts/raffle prizes.

For more info. please see the poster in the gathering space and pick up a brochure or contact
Carol L`Heureux-860-307-1199 (c), 860-675-1430 (h), c.lheureux@comast.net;
George Crowley-860-674-0844 (h), 860-463-2069(c),georgecrowley@comcast.net;
Dave Popielarczyk-860-675-8884 (h), 860-922-7774 (c),djpabc@hotmail.com.
Link to Tournament page

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 2019

Events

8/13 6:15 p.m.
Legion of MaryHospitality Room

8/14 6:00 p.m.
Little Stars Teacher MeetingGathering Space

Today's Readings

August 18 2019

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Reading 1:
Jer 38:4-6, 8-10
Psalm:
Ps 40:2, 3, 4, 18
Reading 2:
Heb 12:1-4
Alleluia:
Jn 10:27
Gospel:
Lk 12:49-53

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

Saint of the Day

Saint Louis of Toulouse

August 18. Born into royalty and headed for the throne of his father, Saint Louis of Toulouse renounced his status, became a Franciscan, and was named a bishop. It was during the years that he was held hostage and under the tutelage of the Friars, that Saint Louis began to realize his call to something other than the throne. He was known for his generosity to the poor.

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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.
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Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Wis 18:6-9/Ps 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22 [12b]/Heb 11:1-2, 8-19 or 11:1-2, 8-12/Lk 12:32-48 or 12:35-40
Monday:
Dt 10:12-22/Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 [12a]/Mt 17:22-27
Tuesday:
Dt 31:1-8/Dt 32:3-4ab, 7, 8, 9 and 12 [9a]/Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
Wednesday:
Dt 34:1-12/Ps 66:1-3a, 5 and 8, 16-17 [cf. 20a and 10b]/Mt 18:15-20
Thursday:
Vigil: 1 Chr 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2/Ps 132:6-7, 9-10, 13-14 [8]/1 Cor 15:54b-57/Lk 11:27-28. Day: Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/Ps 45:10, 11, 12, 16 [10bc]/1 Cor 15:20-27/Lk 1:39-56
Friday:
Jos 24:1-13/Ps 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22 and 24/Mt 19:3-12
Saturday:
Jos 24:14-29/Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 11 [cf. 5a]/Mt 19:13-15
Next Sunday:
Jer 38:4-6, 8-10/Ps 40:2, 3, 4