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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.

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.

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.

Feb. 3: A Jesuit Off-Broadway: Behind the Scenes with Faith, Doubt, Forgiveness and More by James Martin, SJ. `Many of us have questions about the Bible. Can we believe the Bible? What was Jesus' mission? What is sin? Does hell exist? Is anyone beyond God`s forgiveness?`

March 24: Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans `If the Bible isn`t a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it?`

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

Bring Warmth To Someone in Need!

Winter mittens, gloves, scarves collection: As winter continues the Human Needs committee will be collecting gloves, mittens and scarves to distribute to those in need.

Please drop off any donations in the collection bin in the back of the church now through February 3rd.

Thanks so much for your ongoing support!

For Your Information!

Little Stars Returns -Our preschool ministry is backin session during the 9:30 Mass. No registration is required.



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

1/14 7:00 p.m.
Leadership Team Meeting
Hosp. Room
1/15 6:15 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room
1/15 7:00 p.m.
Parish Council
Gathering Space
1/17 6:30 p.m.
Gr. 2 Parent Meeting
Gathering Space
1/19 4:30 p.m.
Choir

1/22 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare Truck
St. Mary parking lot
1/22 6:15 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room
1/22 7:00 p.m.
Parish Council
Gathering Space
1/23 7:00 p.m.
Human Needs Committee Mtg.
Gath. Space
1/25 6:30 p.m.
Family Game Night
Gathering Space

Today's Readings

January 24 2019

Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church


Reading 1:
Heb 7:25—8:6
Psalm:
Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17
Alleluia:
See 2 Tm 1:10
Gospel:
Mk 3:7-12

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

Saint of the Day

Saint Francis de Sales

January 24. Saint Francis de Sales was born into a senatorial family where he was destined to work in government positions of authority. Instead, he felt a call to the priesthood and was ordained for the Diocese of Geneva. Later he became bishop of that diocese and was known for his gentleness and his strong defense against Calvinism. He authored a couple of books and helped found the Sisters of the Visitation.

Click for more from franciscanmedia.org

Spotlight

Social Justice
In order to define social justice, let us begin, by taking a look at what social ministry is. Social Ministry has two main aspects:
Social Service (addressed by the Human Needs Committee) and
Social Action (addressed by the Social Justice Committee).
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Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Is 40:1-5, 9-11/Ps 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30 [1]/Ti 2:11-14; 3:4-7/Lk 3:15-16, 21-22
Monday:
Heb 1:1-6/Ps 97:1 and 2b, 6 and 7c, 9 [cf. 7c]/Mk 1:14-20
Tuesday:
Heb 2:5-12/Ps 8:2ab and 5, 6-7, 8-9 [cf. 7]/Mk 1:21-28
Wednesday:
Heb 2:14-18/Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9 [8a]/Mk 1:29-39
Thursday:
Heb 3:7-14/Ps 95:6-7c, 8-9, 10-11 [8]/Mk 1:40-45
Friday:
Heb 4:1-5, 11/Ps 78:3 and 4bc, 6c-7, 8 [cf. 7b]/Mk 2:1-12
Saturday:
Heb 4:12-16/Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 15 [cf, Jn 6:63c]/Mk 2:13-17
Next Sunday:
Is 62:1-5/Ps 96:1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 9-10 [3]/1 Cor 12:4-11/Jn 2:1-11