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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.

Question about Religious Education?
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. We have new photo's posted of the recent Parish Picnic. Beautiful Day was enjoyed by all.

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 2014 Archdiocesan Collection dates.


Christmas Fun and Good Cheer

All Women of the Parish Join us Tues., Dec. 9, 6 PM, in the Fr. Golas Gathering Space for dinner, wine and a “Yankee Swap.” (Put a pre-owned item in a plain brown bag-Anything from a mug to a jello mold) Tickets, $15, must be purchased in advance by Dec. 5 by calling Marilyn Slabinski at 860 673-4669 or Judy Welcome at 860 673-5117.

Children's Pageant

Celebrate the coming of our Lord in song as a community this season! This year the Children's Pageant becomes "The Musical Nativity" for ALL AGES!

All talents needed: singing, instruments, rehearsal help, costumes.

Performance:  Sunday, December 21 at 4 p.m.

Please email: joannefishman@comcast.net


Piano Concert 11/16 by
Music Director
Rick Daddario

Rick received a standing
ovation from the
entire crowd.

Model of the old church by
Ed Mack, on display
in the Gathering space.



Mass Schedule
Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 24
4:00, 10:00 PM
Christmas Day
Thursday, December 25
8:00, 10:00 AM
New Years Eve
Wednesday, December 31
4:00 PM
New Years Day
Thursday, January 1
8:00, 10:00 AM


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 2014

Spotlight

Human Needs
Our missionto serve the human needs of our less fortunate brothers and sisters, and our parish family.

At Christmas we place tags on a Giving Tree for various charitable organizations. Parishioners also prepare food baskets during the holidays for families in need in our area. For more information or to join our group visit our ministry page.

Events

Mon., 12/8 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Gathering Space

Tue., 12/9 6:00 p.m.
Women’s Guild Christmas Party
Gathering Space

Sun., 12/14 9:30 a.m.
Mass Choir

Readings

Sunday:
Is 40:1-5, 9-11/2 Pt 3:8-14/Mk 1:1-8
Monday:
Gn 3:9-15, 20/Eph 1:3-6, 11-12/Lk 1:26-38
Tuesday:
Is 40:1-11/Mt 18:12-14
Wednesday:
Is 40:25-31/Mt 11:28-30
Thursday:
Is 41:13-20/Mt 11:11-15
Friday:
Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/Lk 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39-47
Saturday:
Sir 48:1-4, 9-11/Mt 17:9a, 10-13
Next Sunday:
Is 61:1-2a, 10-11/1 Thes 5:16-24/Jn 1:6-8, 19-28