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

From the Human Needs Committee

The Christmas Giving Tree, decorated with gift tags to assist individuals and families in need, has been set up in our gathering space. Each tag represents a specific gift and associated charitable organization.

Information about each organization is provided on the poster next to the tree. If you take a tag, please be certain to provide the item requested by December 15. You may return your gift and tag during our regularly scheduled masses on December 7, 8, 14, 15. Please secure the original tag to the gift.

Gifts cards, checks and monetary donations along with their original tag may be placed in the locked wooden box under the tree.

PLEASE- RETURN GIFTS FOR TAGS TAKEN, NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 15.You may contact Donna Dellacamera at 860 833-6347, or ddellacamera @comcast.net for any questions.

Thank you for your generous support!

Children`s Christmas Party and Ornament Workshop

The Knights of Columbus and the Fun Committee present a combined event: The Children's Christmas Party and Ornament Workshop on Sunday, December 8 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 301 New Britain Ave, Unionville.

All children, grandchildren and friends of K of C members and St. Mary Star of the Sea parishioners are welcome to attend. Children should be ages 12 and under.

This year, the party includes Magic of Kevin Aust, 3 cute ornament projects, Face Painting, a Twelve Days of Christmas Raffle, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Please sign up for the event no later than December 2 so we can properly prepare for the special day.

Sign Up Sheets will be in the Fr. Golas Gathering space at church, K of C Hall or call Olivia or Timothy Germano at (860)678-0597 or (860)212-2516.

Thank-You

Rick Daddario, our parish music director conveys his genuine gratitude and heartfelt appreciation to all who attended and supported his piano concert on Sunday, November 24th.

While admission to the concert was free, and our church filled to capacity, those who opted to donate, gave a total of $3,629.00 to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, CT Chapter - one hundred percent (100%) of which will be donated to the Chapter.

Mark your calendars now for Rick's next concert, Sunday, November 22, 2020.

Volunteers Needed

Services for the Elderly Farmington is in need of a few volunteers to deliver meals to seniors In our community.

Your commitment would be approximately one hour one time a month. Or serve as a substitute driver.

Delivery routes are planned for the least amount of driving possible.

Please consider opening your hearts to help and get back much more than you give. Call Services for the Elderly for more info.

Women’s Guild Christmas dinner

To all members of the parish: Please join us for the Women’s Guild Christmas dinner, catered by George’s, being held in the Gathering Space on Tuesday, December 10 at 6:00. The cost for dinner and dessert is $15.00 and checks can be made payable to St. Mary’s Women’s Guild. Please RSVP by December 9 and send checks to Jackie Gray at 300 Plainville Ave, Apt. 121, Unionville, CT., or call Jackie at 860-490-8835.

Please bring an ornament, old or new for an exchange, and, if you like, an unwrapped toy for donation.

Please join us for Coffee Sunday December 8.  Enjoy, Decaf, Regular, Hot Chocolate and Munchkins!”


Rebuild Committee

The Rebuild Committee presents Bishop Robert Barron's DVD series "THE MASS" on Sunday afternoons this Fall 4:00 - 5:00 PM, October 6, 13, 20 & 27 and November 3 & 10.

Bishop Barron is a great speaker who created these presentations to help us truly understand how the Eucharist is the Real Presence of Christ and how the Mass was developed to bring Christ to us in "a privileged encounter." Each talk is 25 minutes with time for discussion afterwards.

Please come and bring your entire family.
Our deepest human need to relate to our Triune God is met in THE MASS. Come and see!

There is a display in the Gathering Space with information.


Handouts from THE MASS DVD series
Week 1 - A Priveleged Encounter
Week 2 - Called Out of The World
Week 3 - God Speaks Our STory
Week 4 - Responding to God
Week 5 - Preparing for Sacrifice
Week 6 - The Real Presence Creates Communion

Thank-You

From Fr. Robert Vargo, Archdiocesan Director of The Catholic Mission Aid Society:

Thank you very much for the generous World Mission Sunday contribution of $2,929. United with Catholics throughout the world on World Mission Sunday, parishioners, “Baptized and Sent,” become “the Church of Christ on Mission in the world”, bringing God’s love, hope and peace to all His children, especially the poor, those persecuted for the faith and those yet to know the salvation of the Gospel.

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
Vestments are Purple

Events

12/3 6:15 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

12/8 9:30 a.m.
Little Stars

12/8 9:30 a.m.
Choir

Today's Readings

December 8 2019

Second Sunday of Advent


Reading 1:
Is 11:1-10
Psalm:
Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Reading 2:
Rom 15:4-9
Alleluia:
Lk 3:4, 6
Gospel:
Mt 3:1-12

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

Saint of the Day

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

December 8. Under the title of the Immaculate Conception, the Blessed Virgin is the patron of the United States. Thus this is a major feast--in fact a Holy Day of Obligation--for the Church in the United States of America.

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Spotlight

Altar Servers
The Altar Server ministry gives the youth of our parish the honor of assisting the priest at weekend and special Masses. Servers carry the cross in the procession and recession, hold the Sacramentary for the presider and assist in preparing the Altar for the celebration of the Eucharist.
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Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Is 2:1-5/ Ps 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 [cf. 1]/Rom 13:11-14/Mt 24:37-44
Monday:
Is 4:2-6/Ps122:1-2, 3-4b, 4cd-5, 6-7, 8-9/Mt8:5-11
Tuesday:
Is 11:1-10/Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 [cf. 7]/Lk10:21-24
Wednesday:
Is 25:6-10a/Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 [6cd]/Mt15:29-37
Thursday:
Is 26:1-6/Ps 118: 1 and 8-9. 19-21, 25-27a[26a]/Mt 7:21, 24-27
Friday:
Is 29:17-24/Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 [1a]/Mt 9:27-31
Saturday:
Is 30:19-21, 23-26/Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6/Mt9:35—10:1, 5a, 6-8
Next Sunday:
Is 11:1-10/ Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 19 [cf. 7]/Rom 15:4-9/Mt 3:1-12