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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.

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 progam and you may opt-in and sign-up here. Here are the 2017 Archdiocesan Collection dates.

Volunteer Thank you Dinner

Monsignor Motta invites you to a Thank-You Dinner in your honor. The Volunteer Thank You Dinner is a celebration to recognize all of our dedicated parish volunteers who graciously give of their time, talent, and efforts to continue our parish ministries, committees, council, choir, or religious education.

It will held in the Father Golas Gathering space on Friday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP no later than May 27 so that we can order enough food. You may sign up in the Gathering Space, by e-mail to stmarysrsvp@yahoo.com or by calling Laura Roberts at 860 673-2307. Please provide your name, ministry and phone number.

Baby Bottle Fundraiser

The annual Baby Bottle Fundraiser held in support of the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Unionville will begin at our parish on Mother’s Day weekend, May 12 & 13th. Empty baby bottles will be available for pick up in the Fr. Golas Gathering Space after each Mass.

Please fill the bottle with coins (cash and checks made payable to the Crisis Pregnancy Center are also accepted) and return all bottles on Father’s Day weekend, June 16th and 17th.

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 contact Jane Peterson at 860 673-3597 if you have any questions. Thank you for supporting this great cause so generously every year.

Come and honor Mary

our parish’s patron and our Mother on May 17th at 7:00 pm here at St. Mary Church.

The Legion of Mary will lead the rosary and Msgr. Motta will speak about Mary, the patron of our parish.

Light refreshments will follow.

This is a beautiful tribute to our Heavenly Mother. Will you be there?

Spring Attic Cleaning at Church

For all Committees of our Parish: The attic storage space is pretty cluttered after 14 years at this new church, so if your committee is storing anything there, please go through it, and label anything truly useful you wish to keep with the committee name and contents, and anything NOT so marked must be removed and either discarded or donated to a charity of your choice.

Please do your committee's clean out by May 31st. Anything left behind and not properly labeled will be removed by volunteers.

If you have questions please contact Lynne Murphy 860-673-9551.

Many thanks for your help in this project.

Successful Bunco night

Thanks to the 50 women who joined together for a fun eveing of Bunco.

All the proceeds will go the St. Mary's Womens Guild scholarship fund.

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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 2018

Events

Tue., 5/15 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare Truck
St.Mary Parking lot

Tue., 5/15 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

Wed., 5/16 7:00 p.m.
Meal Packing Event Team
Gath. Sp.

Thur., 5/17 7:00 p.m.
Living Rosary
Worship Space

Thur., 5/17 7:00 p.m.
Golf Comm. Mtg.
Hosp. Room

Thur., 5/18 6:00 p.m.
Fun Committee Mtg.
Gath. Space

Today's Readings

May 22, 2018

Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time


Reading 1:
Jas 4:1-10
Psalm:
Ps 55:7-8, 9-10a, 10b-11a, 23
Alleluia:
Gal 6:14
Gospel:
Mk 9:30-37

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

Spotlight

St. Mary's Womens Guild
The Guild's Mission is: To promote the spiritual and social welfare of the church, to assist in raising funds to be used for various projects within the parish, and to perform special works as assigned by the Reverend Pastor or his delegate."Since the early 1920's the St. Mary's Women's Guild has taken an active role in assisting the parish and the community in many ways. more info

Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Acts 1:1-11/Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 [6]/Eph 1:17-23 or Eph 4:1-13 or 4:1-7, 11-13/Mk 16:15-20
Monday:
Acts 1:15-17, 20-26/Ps 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 [8]/Jn 15:9-17
Tuesday:
Acts 20:17-27/Ps 68:10-11, 20-21 [33a]/Jn 17:1-11a
Wednesday:
Acts 20:28-38/Ps 68: 29-30, 33-35a, 35bc-36ab [33a]/Jn 17:11b-19
Thursday:
Acts 22:30; 23:6-11/Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 [1]/Jn 17:20-26
Friday:
Acts 25:13b-21/Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab [19a]/Jn 21:15-19
Saturday: Morning:
Acts 28:16-20, 30-31/Ps 11:4, 5 and 7 [7b]/Jn 21:20-25
Next Sunday:
Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 or Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b or Ez 37:1-14 or Jl 3:1-5/Ps 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-28, 29, 30 [cf. 30]/Rom 8:22-27/Jn 7:37-39
Extended Vigil:
Gn 11:1-9/Ps 33:10-11, 12-13, 14-15/Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b/Dn 3:52, 52, 53, 55, 56 or Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11/Ez 37:1-14/Ps 107:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9/Jl 3:1-5/Ps 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-28, 29, 30 [cf. 30]/Rom 8:22-27/Jn 7:37-39
Day:
Acts 2:1-11/Ps 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 [cf. 30]/1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Gal 5:16-25/Jn 20:19-23 or Jn 15:26-27; 16:12-15