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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 NEW tour of our beautiful church.
The 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.
Outreach - Kids CareJoin the Farmington Valley Hunger Collaborative in supporting the first annual food packing event. One out of every four or five children in our country is hungry (38,000 in Hartford County alone). We are proud to partner with Outreach Inc. - Kids Care in their mission to feed them all. Outreach Inc. organizes food packaging events and then distributes the meals to regional food banks, local food shelves and mobile food share.
Our goal is to package 25,000 meals. In honor of Martin Luther King Day of Service we have chosen Saturday, January 17, 2015 to hold our meal packing event at FVAMC, 35 Harris Road, Avon, CT. More information will be available after masses the weekend of January 10-11! Please contact Paul and Patricia Robotham 860-673-3435, email@example.com or Joanne Fishman firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Men’s RetreatNew Year’s Resolution—Gentlemen of St. Mary's, once again we have the chance to relax, reacquaint and renew ourselves. Please join the men of St. Mary starting on Fri., Feb 20 through Sunday brunch.
The staff at Holy Family is so welcoming that they seem like an extension of family. Assistance available and no charge for first time retreatants. Contact Bob Bonato, 673-5251 or HolyFamilyRetreat.ORG
Lighthouse Catholic Youth & Family Addition to KioskThis weekend we are excited to introduce a new addition to an ongoing evangelization project here at St. Mary Star of the Sea called Lighthouse Catholic Youth & Family.
In the gathering space of the church is a beautiful kiosk filled with CDs. Thanks to Lighthouse Catholic, we now have CDs geared specifically for young people and families. Young people can find CD’s and books about Finding Your Soulmate, Why Do Women Do That?, No Turning Back, Teenage Rebel to Catholic Priest, Prayer for Beginners and 5-Time Major League All-Star on Winning the Game. There are CD’s with music and talks for the little kids in our lives as well – Amazing Angels & Super Saints and Meet Kids 4 Jesus. For parents, there are CD’s like – How to Keep Your Kids Catholic, Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime, How to Apply our Faith to our Families and The One Thing. These talks feature some of the most powerful and dynamic youth speakers such as Matthew Kelly, Jason Evert, Lisa Cotter and Fr. Donald Calloway.
Lighthouse gets thousands of emails, Facebook posts, and Tweets from young people who want to share with us how a single CD has affected their life.
Pick up some CDs for the young people in your life, they’re great for road trips or just driving to school every morning, and watch how the Lord uses those CDs to touch their hearts. A $3.00 donation for each CD will help to sustain this ministry, there is a small slot on the bottom right of the kiosk to drop your money or check (made payable to St. Mary Church). Please take a few minutes to see what we have to offer. God bless.
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.