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St. Mary Star of the Sea is a Roman 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

Feel free to browse the links to the Our Holy Father's 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 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 program and you may opt-in and sign-up here. Here are the 2020 Archdiocesan Collection dates.

Forward with Faith

Forward with Faith (FWF) is a fundraising campaign to build a vibrant community of faith in the parishes, schools, and Catholic organizations in the Archdiocese.

This vision will help to fulfill the mission of our Church in Hartford and in our own Parish: to be living signs of communion with God and to be his instruments for redemption in the world.

Please read more about this campaign at our Frequently Asked Questions

You can read our 10-04-20 Bulletin Insert or

Watch the St. Mary 'Forward with Faith' campaign video.

From the Wood of the Manger

  

Winter Comfort Packages

Every Winter Comfort Packages are given to home-bound individuals receiving Meals on Wheels from Services for the Elderly of Farmington. Small gifts were collected through CCD Classes at the Hart House.

Since all religious education is online, at home this year we invite parishioners to participate in helping our neighbors know that are not alone! These items are requested to support approx. 13 men and 27 women. Dollar Store or Ocean State Job lot is a great source for these items
  • Gloves (small 2-pack)
  • Socks (non skid, various colors)
  • Puzzle Books (large print)
  • 2021 Pocket Calendars (small size)
  • Bar Soap (moisturizing)
  • No Food or candy, please


From the Human Needs Committee:

With sincere thanks for the wonderful response to our 2020 Christmas Giving Tree!

Many things may have changed during the challenging time of this pandemic, but your generosity and concern for those in need has certainly continued!

On behalf of our committee and the organizations we serve, we are most grateful.

FOOD COLLECTION for our friends at Westerleigh

During the initial months of CoVID, when our parish was not open for Masses, the Board of Directors at Westerleigh donated the food for residents who needed it. Several of our parishioners serve on that Board. Now that Masses have resumed here, the Nutrition Program will restart again for the month of October as food and nutrition needs are still important for our low income and/or disabled neighbors at Westerleigh.

For the January 2021 recipe item collection here at St Mary's, our low income and/or disabled Westerleigh resident neighbors will be making GREEK TOMATO SOUP with ORZO.

The items to be collected are ONLY the following items:
   1 carton 32 oz LOW SODIUM Chicken Broth
   1 package Orzo pasta (it is shaped like fat rice grains)
   2 cans (14.5 oz each) Whole Tomatoes

PLEASE BRING YOUR DONATION'S BY January 24thth.Please see the display in the Gathering Space for sample ingredients. We ask that you please do NOT donate items which are NOT on the list. If you have questions please contact Lynne Murphy at 860-673-9551. Thank you and may God bless you all for your continued generosity.

Returning to Mass

The do's and do not's
Both Daily and Weekend Masses are scheduled to resume. But before coming to mass there are a few things that you should know.

You might notice...
- there are pews that are blocked off. This is to ensure social distancing.
- no water in the Baptismal font.
- less liturgical ministers (no altar servers) serving at mass.
- there is no singing.
- no Missalettes in the pews.
- Communion will only be received in the hand. The priest or Eucharistic Minister will drop it into your hand. No gloves should be worn to receive Communion as there will be no touching.

The Do's:
- Do wear a mask at all times.
- Do sit with your family but maintain a distance of six (6) feet between your family and the parishioner next to you.
- Do wash your hands both before leaving your house to arrive at church and after returning home.
- Do use the hand sanitizer provided upon entering the Worship Space.

The Do Not's:
- Please do not come to Mass if you or any family members are feeling sick.
- Please do not hang out in the Gathering Space before or after Mass.
- Please do not remain in the Worship Space after Mass. Staff must thoroughly disinfect the Worship space in between Masses.
- Please do not hold hands during the Our Father.
- Please do not touch during the Sign of Peace such as holding or shaking hands. You may offer a head nod instead.

While these changes might feel awkward, they are in place in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Enjoy some familiar music

Enjoy some of our music director, Rick Daddario's piano music while you read the bulletin, visit the stations of the cross or read Monsignor's Homilies.

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In addition to directing our music ministry and our parish Adult Choir, Rick is an accomplished pianist and often performs at a variety of events and engagements throughout Connecticut.

The player opens in another window, so you can keep it open while you explore the site.

From the Pulpit

Homilist: Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min., Date: 2021-01-10, Mass: Baptism of the Lord

The Church is still decorated for Christmas. Some years ago the Church extended the Christmas season to the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Why was Jesus baptized? It was not because he had original sin because he was not affected by sin at all. The Baptism of the Lord signifies the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus.

When we are baptized we become a part of God's family. The ea . . (more)

More Recent Homilies


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 2020
Vestments are

Events

1/19 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare Truck
St. Mary Parking Lot

Spotlight

Altar Caretakers / Decor
Care and preparation of several altar items needing regular maintenance, such as the votive candles and the linens is performed by this group.
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Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Jon 3:1-5, 10/Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 [4a]/1 Cor 7:29-31/Mk 1:14-20
Monday:
Acts 22:3-16 or Acts 9:1-22/Ps 117:1bc, 2 [Mk 16:15]/Mk 16:15-18
Tuesday:
2 Tm 1:1-8 or Ti 1:1-5/Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 10 [3]/Mk 3:31-35
Wednesday:
Heb 10:11-18/Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4 [4b]/Mk 4:1-20
Thursday:
Heb 10:19-25/Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 [cf. 6]/Mk 4:21-25
Friday:
Heb 10:32-39/Ps 37:3-4, 5-6, 23-24, 39-40 [39a]/Mk 4:26-34
Saturday:
Heb 11:1-2, 8-19/Lk 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75 [cf. 68]/Mk 4:35-41
Next:
Sunday: Dt 18:15-20/Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9 [8]/1 Cor 7:32-35/Mk 1:21-28