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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.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 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.

Youth Ministry Events: September

Monday September 18 6:30 p.m.—Gathering Space
Sundaes on Monday Ice Cream


Sunday, September 24<br> Mass at Lourdes Shrine, Litchfield
Meet in Church Parking Lot by 10:30 a.m. or meet us there for mass at 11:30

Questions:email us:
st.marys.peerconnections@gmail.com

Religious Education News

Class Start Date Classes for the 2017/2018 religious education year are scheduled to begin on Sunday, September 24th. Instructors will contact the parents of students in their respective classes with the date, time and location of the class.

Home Study Home Study materials will become available the week of October 8th. Materials may be picked up at Hart House – Monday through Friday 9:00 – noon. Other arrangements for pick up can be made by e-mailing Deacon Tom at (st.mary.re@sbcglobal.net).

Grade 10 Parents There will be a grade 10 parent/student/instructor meeting on Thursday, October 5th at 6:30 pm. in the church. An overview of the program, requirements and schedule for Confirmation candidates will be presented.

Registration Update Religious education registrations received after August 25th are only being accepted on a “space/instructor available” basis and will be processed after classes begin

TO ALL WOMEN of St. Mary Star of the Sea:

Please join us for any or all of the following events coming up in the next three months.

Tuesday, September 19 6:00 p.m. for a cake decorating demonstration by the owner of Mangiafico's Bakery, Plainville. Then, we eat the cake! Please call Sue Shortley 860 677-0556 by Sept. 1 if interested.

Tuesday, October 17 6:00 p.m. Haworth's Florists will give a flower arranging demonstration before our pot luck supper.

Sunday, November 19 at 2:00 p.m., we would love to have as many of you as we can to write Christmas cards to send to our men and women overseas. Many of our servicemen and women never or rarely receive mail. Christmas is a difficult time to be away from home and receiving a card, even from a stranger, can make them feel closer to home. Cards will be provided or, if you have any extras, please feel free to bring them. Cookies and tea and coffee will be provided as well. Please come and join us and enjoy the wonderful feeling of giving back. More info will follow.

If anyone needs a ride to any of the events, please contact Kathy Hancock, 675-1139, and she will try to arrange it.

To all Men of St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish

The 10th Annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference will take place at St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol on Saturday, October 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We’re calling all men of the parish to join us for a day of dynamic speakers, deep spirituality, incredible worship and great food, fellowship and fun!

The ticket price is $45, includes lunch and may be purchased at www.CTCatholicMen.org or at the door. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. Contact Jim Shortley 860 539-2728 jimbo05@comcast.net.

Save the Date

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Third Annual St. Mary Star of the Sea Charity Golf Tournament

Save the date now for St. Mary Star of the Sea Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament to be held on Tuesday, September 26 at Blue Fox Run in Avon.

Join the over 130 participants who last year enjoyed 18 holes of golf and/or dinner, cocktails, and the chance to win fabulous raffle prizes, raising $14,000 for The House of Bread in Hartford and Ste. Thérèse de L’Enfant Jesus in Lilavois, Haiti.

For more info., please pick up a brochure located at the poster display in the Gathering Space, visit our webpage or contact:
George Crowley 860-674-0844 (h); 860-463-2069 (c); georgecrowley@comcast.net
Dave Popielarczyk 860-675 8884 (h): 860-922-7774 (c); djpabc@hotmail.com


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 2017

Events

Mon. 9/18 6:30 p.m.
Youth Ministry Ice Cream Social
Gath. Space

Tue. 9/19 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare truck
St. Mary parking lot

Tue. 9/19 6:00 p.m.
Women’s Guild Cake Demo
Gathering Space

Tue. 9/19 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

Today's Readings

September 21, 2017

Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist


Psalm:
Ps 19:2-3, 4-5
Alleluia:
 — See Te Deum
Gospel:
Mt 9:9-13

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

Spotlight

R.C.I.A.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (often abbreviated RCIA) is the process through which interested adults are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life.

Children who were not baptized as infants are also initiated through an adapted process of this rite, sometimes mistakenly referred to as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC).
more info

Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Sir 27:30--28:7/Ps 103:1-4, 9-12/Rom 14:7-9/Mt 18:21-35
Monday:
1 Tm 2:1-8/Ps 28:2, 7-9/Lk 7:1-10
Tuesday:
1 Tm 3:1-13/Ps 101:1b-3ab, 5-6/Lk 7:11-17
Wednesday:
1 Tm 3:14-16/Ps 111:1-6/Lk 7:31-35
Thursday:
Eph 4:1-7, 11-13/Ps 19:2-5/Mt 9:9-13
Friday:
1 Tm 6:2c-12/Ps 49:6-10, 17-20/Lk 8:1-3
Saturday:
1 Tm 6:13-16/Ps 100:1b-5/Lk 8:4-15
Next Sunday:
Is 55:6-9/Ps 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18/Phil 1:20c-24, 27a/Mt 20:1-16a