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.
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. We now have photo's posted of the recent Parish Picnic thanks to parishioner Bob Bonato.
If you haven't seen our Stations of the Cross pages, we have recently added pictures of OUR stations thanks to some great photography by Wayne Frombach.
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 2014 Archdiocesan Collection dates.
NEED TO GO TO THE CAR WASH?Its finally spring and you know what that means. -Spring cleaning! Let the teens of St. Mary's Peer Connections help you. On Saturday, April 26. Stop by St. Mary's parking lot between 9:00 am - 1:00 pm to get your car washed. All proceeds will go towards Peer Connections general fund and St. Mary's Relay for Life Team "Building Blocks for Hope!" There will also be an opportunity to purchase some hand-made crafts and candies. Can't come to the car wash but still want to donate? Contact Amanda McCaffrey at 860-716-4978 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Day Bereavement groupThe Legion of Mary will be offering a New Day Bereavement group for 10 consecutive Tuesdays 3/11-5/13. The group will meet in the Hospitality Room from 7:00-8:30 pm.
We know God is not just watching human pain nor always stopping it but he is alongside us in our pain. Losing a loved one is one of the most painful and difficult experiences we face in our lives. This program helps you develop strategies to cope with grief. It will be a time for prayer, reflection, journaling and sharing. For further details and to sign up please contact Chris Zweigle (860)677-5369 or Kathy Dossot (860)673-3163.
Do you pray the rosary daily?Please consider becoming an auxiliary member of the Legion of Mary.
Persons who already pray a daily rosary for any intention whatsoever, may become auxiliary members without obligation to say an additional rosary. For more information please contact Kathy Dossot (860) 673-3163 .
Food DriveThe Human Needs Committee will collect food for the Farmington & Burlington Food Pantries during the month of April. All nonperishable items are needed but the Pantry is in dire need of personal care items, laundry & dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper, fruit juice, hot or cold cereal, coffee, tea, canned meals, beef stew, chili, Spam, peanut butter, jelly, condiments and pasta sauce. Please check the poster in the Gathering Space for more and also check for expired dates.
If you would like to make a monetary donation to either the Farmington or Burlington Food Pantry, please send checks directly to “Farmington Food Pantry”, 75 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032 or "Burlington Food and Fuel”, c/o Mrs. Ellie Parente, 200 Spielman Highway, Burlington, CT 06013.
Thank you for any contribution you are able to make! Please contact Alice Crozier 860¬673¬4282 with questions.
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.