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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.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 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.


Religious Education News

Thinking Ahead to the Fall
If you or someone you know might be interested in helping to pass on our faith to the younger members of our parish as a catechist, Hart House hall monitor, or as a presenter in our “Think First – Stay Safe” child safety program, please contact Deacon Tom Sutak (860) 675-8522.

Home Study Students
Home Study materials (Student Unit Tests and Home Learning Guides) are overdue to the Religious Education Office. Students whose unit tests and home learning guides are not returned will cannot be assigned to a formal class or the home study curriculum for the 2016/2017 Religious Education year.

Religious Education Registration
Time is running out to register for the 2016/2017 Religious Education year. Registration forms are located in the entrances to the Gathering Space and in the box on Hart House front porch. Completed forms may be mailed to the Religious Education Office or dropped in the weekly collection basket. Forms left in the rectory street side mailbox without postage will be discarded by the USPS.

All students (new and returning) must register to be included in the program which begins in September.

Catechists
If you have not returned your Catechist Guide and Attendance Register as yet please do so as soon as possible. Students cannot be promoted to the next higher grade until these items are received.

Shut-Ins

Did you know that members of the Legion of Mary visit and bring Communion to patients at John Dempsey Hospital, to residents at Apple Rehab of Avon, to Avon Health Care Center, and to Touchpoints of Farmington?

If you or a loved one are at any of these facilities and would like us to visit, please call: Kathy Dossot 860-673-3163 or
Bob Murphy 860-673-9551 or
Debbie Zengle 860-675-3678.

From the Human Needs Committee

A School supply collection of new items will be held the weekend of August 6th and 7th for those in need in the Town of Farmington. Suggested items are: pocket folders, notebooks and binders, but any items will do -backpacks, #2 pencils, pens, crayons, glue sticks, rulers, loose-leaf filler paper, post-it notes, etc.

There will be a box in the gathering space. If you have any questions, please contact Alice Crozier at 860 673-4282 or purplemom1925@gmail.com.

Thank you for your support.

Candle Offering Reminder

The 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

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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); georgecrowley@comcast.net
Dave Popielarczyk 860-675 8884 (h): 860-922-7774 (c); djpabc@hotmail.com


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

Today's Readings

July 28, 2016

Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time


Reading 1:
Jer 18:1-6
Psalm:
Ps 146:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6ab
Alleluia:
See Acts 16:14b
Gospel:
Mt 13:47-53

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

Spotlight

Human Needs
The name of the Human Needs Committee pretty much defines our mission - to serve the human needs of our less fortunate brothers and sisters, and our parish family. We are a fairly small and dedicated group. We are involved in many projects throughout the year, and in August we collecte and provide school supplies for the needy in the Town of Farmington. . more info

Events

Tue., 7/26 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare truck
St. Mary Parking Lot

Tue., 7/26 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Gn 18:20-32/Ps 138:1-3, 6-8/Col 2:12-14/Lk 11:1-13
Monday:
2 Cor 4:7-15/Ps 126:1-6/Mt 20:20-28
Tuesday:
Jer 14:17-22/Ps 79:8-11, 13/Mt 13:36-43
Wednesday:
Jer 15:10, 16-21/Ps 59:2-4, 10-11, 17-18/Mt 13:44-46
Thursday:
Jer 18:1-6/Ps 146:1-6/Mt 13:47-53
Friday:
Jer 26:1-9/Ps 69:5, 8-10, 14/Jn 11:19-27 or Lk 10:38-42
Saturday:
Jer 26:11-16, 24/Ps 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34/Mt 14:1-12
Next Sunday:
Eccl 1:2; 2:21-23/Ps 90:3-6, 12-14, 17/Col 3:1-5, 9-11/Lk 12:13-21