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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 program and you may opt-in and sign-up here. Here are the 2016 Archdiocesan Collection dates.
Special ThanksMonsignor Motta invites all church volunteers from our many committees and ministries to the Annual Thank You Dinner on Friday, June 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fr. Golas Gathering Space.
Please sign up by using the Sign-Up Sheets in the Gathering Space or email email@example.com or call 860-860-673-2307 with names of those attending.
Please sign up by Monday, May 30 at the latest.
Religious Education Registration NewsWe’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.
Altar Server TrainingMonday June 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
If you are interested in becoming an altar server, you are invited to attend the training session on Monday, June 6 2016 at 6:30pm at the church. Altar Servers play a very important role during the celebration of Mass. They not only assist the celebrant but provide an example to the congregation.
You must be in at least 4th grade and be willing to serve whenever there is a need including Holy Days of Obligation, Holidays and Sacraments such as First Communion and Confirmation. This is an amazing opportunity to participate in the liturgy.
For more information, contact Amanda McCaffrey 860-716-4978 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baby Bottle FundraiserThe 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.
Candle Offering ReminderThe votive candles located in our worship space beneath the statue of our Blessed Mother are available for your lighting in prayerful remembrance and special intention. The suggested offering is $1.00 and is to be placed into the self—contained box located in the center of each of the two racks.
Please remember to light a candle from the top rows DOWN, to avoid the risk of injury which can be caused by placing your arm over a lighted votive. Thank you.
Save the Date
Second Annual St. Mary Star of the Sea Charity Golf Tournament
Save the date now for St. Mary Star of the Sea Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament to be held on Tuesday, September 27 at Blue Fox Run in Avon.
Join the over 120 participants who last year enjoyed 18 holes of golf and/or dinner, cocktails, and the chance to win fabulous raffle prizes, raising $14,000 for The House of Bread in Hartford and Ste. Thérèse de L’Enfant Jesus in Lilavois, Haiti.
For more info., please pick up a brochure located at the poster display in the Gathering Space, visit our webpage or contact:
George Crowley 860-674-0844 (h); 860-463-2069 (c); email@example.com
Dave Popielarczyk 860-675 8884 (h): 860-922-7774 (c); firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Date
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.
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
Legion of MaryThe Women’s Guild is pleased to announce its 2016 scholarship recipients. The following high school seniors will each receive a $2,000 scholarship:
Natalie Rose Gallo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Gallo
Elizabeth Michelle Gurski, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gurski
We congratulate them and wish them success in college.
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.