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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.

Visit the NEW 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.

Council Matters

Thank you for your participation in the Parish Council Nominations process. We are pleased to announce the following candidates for the 2019/2020 term:

Alice AmicoSusan Aseltine
Alison BartoStephanie Conlan
Jackie Gray Marisa Melluzzo
Marilyn SlabinskiPatricia Smith

Parish Council elections will be held the weekend of May 4/5. Photos and biographies submitted by the candidates will be in the bulletin and Fr. Golas Gathering Space.

Please prayerfully consider the slate of officers and cast your vote for up to four candidates on election weekend. Thank you.

During the Month of April

The Human Needs committee will sponsor a collection of non-perishable food items and toiletries to benefit the Farmington and Burlington food pantries.

The following items are in greatest need;
canned soup and stews, pasta sauce, cereal, coffee, tea,
canned fruit, snack bars, tuna, laundry detergent, soap and toothpaste.

Please see the poster in the gathering space or contact:
Donna Dellacamera, 860 675-5924, or ddellacamera@comcast.net for more information.

Thank you for your generosity to our neighbors in need!

Divine Mercy Novena

The Legion of Mary and Deacon Tom Sutak will promote the Divine Mercy Novena again this year. Novena prayers for the first day of Novena will be recited immediately following Good Friday Services.

The Novena may be prayed alone or in group after daily Mass culminating with a Divine Mercy Holy Hour Sunday, April 28 2:30-3:30 pm.

Rosaries and Chaplet Pamphlets will be available in the Sanctuary.

For further info: Kathy Dossot (860) 673-3163.

Bagels & Books...

Feeling the pull to deepen your faith? Need some inspiration? A spiritual book discussed among new and old friends may be just what you`re looking for to move forward! Just read any or all of the books listed below and show up on the date of the discussion. No weekly or monthly meetings to add to the time crunch we all feel.

Bagels and coffee will be available. We will meet after the 11:00 Mass until 1:00 in the Gathering Space of the church.

All are welcome. Books are available on Amazon.

May 5: Fearless by Max Lucado `Imagine your life wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats?` One of Fr. David`s (Holy Family) favorite books of all time.

Contact Maureen 860 673-6145 or mwmosk@comcast.net

Religious Education Registration

Registration for the `2019 - 2020` Religious Education year has begun.

All new and returning students are required to submit a registration form. Forms can be found in the entrances to the Gathering Space and Hart House.

The normal registration period will end June 14th after which time tuition fees will increase and class assignments made on a `space available` basis only.

Haiti Ministry presents

Ste. Therese Feeding, Learning, Building Haiti`s Future!

20th Anniversary Celebration
to benefit Ste. Therese Church and School, Lilavois, Haiti
Saturday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by Avon Old Farms Hotel


Tickets are $65 single/$120 pair. For more information contact Mary Hagadorn at 774-249-4508.

St. Mary Star of the Sea Women`s Guild Scholarship

The Women`s Guild is pleased to offer scholarships to high school seniors who plan to continue their education beyond high school and who are parishioners of St. Mary Church in Unionville.

Applications are available on the bookshelves in the church entryways and in the guidance departments of Farmington, Avon, Lewis Mills, St. Paul Catholic, and Northwest Catholic High Schools.

Applications must be received by: Saturday, April 6, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Fran Javaruski at 860 906-6615.


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

Events

4/14 9:30 a.m.
Little Stars


4/23 6:15 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

4/25 7:00 p.m.
Pre-baptism class
Hart House

4/28 9:30 a.m.
Choir

Today's Readings

April 26 2019

Friday in the Octave of Easter


Reading 1:
Acts 4:1-12
Psalm:
Ps 118:1-2 and 4, 22-24, 25-27a
Alleluia:
Ps 118:24
Gospel:
Jn 21:1-14

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

Saint of the Day

Saint Pedro de San José Betancur

April 26. Saint Pedro de San José Betancur was a Secular Franciscan who founded a hospital, a shelter, and a school for the poor in Guatemala City. He also founded a religious congregation for men. Another congregation for women, inspired by his life, sprang up after his death. Saint Pedro supported his work by begging alms.

Click for more from franciscanmedia.org

Spotlight

Human Needs Committee
The mission of the Human Needs Committee is to respond with compassion and loving action to those in need.

Our activities are designed to serve families and individuals in our community and the greater Hartford area, in partnership with charitable organizations such as Catholic Charities and local social service agencies.
click for more info

Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Acts 10:34a, 37-43/Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 [24]/Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8/Jn 20:1-9 or Lk 24:1-12 or Lk 24:13-35
Monday:
Acts 2:14, 22-33/Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 [1]/Mt 28:8-15
Tuesday:
Acts 2:36-41/Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22 [5b]/Jn 20:11-18
Wednesday:
Acts 3:1-10/Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9 [3b]/Lk 24:13-35
Thursday:
Acts 3:11-26/Ps 8:2ab and 5, 6-7, 8-9 [2ab]/Lk 24:35-48
Friday:
Acts 4:1-12/Ps 118: 1-2 and 4, 22-24, 25-27a [22]/Jn 21:1-14
Saturday:
Acts 4:13-21/Ps 118:1 and 14-15ab, 16-18, 19-21 [21a]/Mk 16:9-15
Next Sunday:
Acts 5:12-16/Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 [1]/Rv 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19/Jn 20:19-31