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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 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 progam and you may opt-in and sign-up here. Here are the 2019 Archdiocesan Collection dates.

TO: Men of St. Mary Star of the Sea

The annual retreat is about a month away, register without delay.

This year for a New Year Resolution you can keep and one that will be of benefit to you and those around you, join us on our parish Retreat for 1-1/2 days. Fill in your calendar starting with a supper date on Fri., Feb. 21 and ending with Mass and brunch on Sunday.

A free certificate is available to new retreatants. Also there is help available for past retreatants in need.

Check out details and register at HolyFamilyRetreat.ORG/find-your-parish or call chairman Bob Bonato at 860 839-0104. You'll come away with new energy and new purpose.

SYNOD Information

Grow as a disciple + Go make disciples

What is a Synod?

In Church law, a synod is an assembly called by the diocesan bishop to assist in charting a way forward for the life and mission of the local Church.

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair ask's "What are our goals and how can we best accomplish with God’s help the mission entrusted to us now and in the immediate future?"

"How can we reinvigorate Catholic faith and practice in our parishes and schools, and in lifelong faith formation? How can we bolster the quality of liturgy and preaching and the work of our charitable outreach and institutions?"

"These are vital questions for each and every one of us, and that is why, on June 29, 2017, I convoked a synod to be prepared for now, and which will be celebrated in 2020."

Archdiocese of Hartford SYNOD 2020 - Website
Archdiocese of Hartford - YouTube Channel

Message to St. Mary’s Parish from Synod Delegates

Our parish sent 2 delegates to the 2020 Archdiocesan Synod for the 3-day meeting in late October in Farmington: Amanda McCaffrey and Lynne Murphy.

The Synod was attended by over 300 people: 2 parish delegates from each parish, as well as priests, nuns, and deacons from throughout the archdiocese, each of whom was asked to prepare for the Synod by prayer, reading papal encyclicals and fasting. The focus of the Synod was evangelization, funneled into 4 themes: Encountering Christ, Becoming Missionary Disciples, Sent on Mission, and Collaborating in the Local Church. 

You may recall that in 2018, to prepare for this Synod, every parish in the archdiocese held Listening Sessions, the results of which were submitted to Archbishop Blair. The 4 Themes are a distillation of those sessions. 

At the Synod, attendees were divided into small groups, each of which considered the proposals in each theme and made suggestions to implement them at the individual, family, parish and archdiocesan levels. Each small group then submitted its suggestions to the Archbishop. 

The Archbishop will issue his Pastoral Letter concerning the result of the Synod at a special Mass to be held at the Oakdale Theatreon Pentecost Sunday, May 31st, 2020. 

It was a wonderful weekend for all who attended. We heard diverse opinions that may have differed from our own, were inspired by 4 wonderful speakers, had a question and answer session with Archbishop Blair, and shared personal experiences of our faith with other delegates. 

We want to share our joy from this Synod with all of you.  

The main message and goal of the Synod was “Grow and Go” - Grow our church and Go and spread the Good News of the Gospel. 

St Mary parish has already begun to plan some events and activities for you to become more involved in St Mary Parish as a community. The Synod reminded us that we are all called by Christ to be missionary disciples by asking “what if the greatest contribution of our church has not yet happened?” What am amazing thought that is. All of us are called by Christ to participate fully in the life, growth and expansion of His church to all the world. It starts with ourselves, extends to our family and friends and outward to the stranger, the orphan, the widow, the poor, to the next door, the next town, and into the wider world. Yes that seems daunting, intimidating — even scary. But God is with us, holds us close, encourages us, tells us to Fear Not and Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled; and He Himself shows us the Way. We invite you to start becoming a missionary disciple with us — please watch for Bulletin announcements that will tell you more about our planned 2020 Lenten program with 2 speakers, a concert, and a series of “Works of Mercy” events that will be projects for the entire parish to do. 

We pray that you join us in this marvelous journey of Catholic faith that is the Church. God bless you. 

FOOD COLLECTION for our friends at Westerleigh

For the January 2020 collection, our elderly, low income and/or disabled friends at Westerleigh will be making PASTA FAGIOLI SOUP.

The items to be collected are ONLY the following items:
32 oz box of Chicken Broth
14.5 oz can of White Beans (any variety)
14.5 oz can of Diced Tomatoes
1 lb. box of Elbow Macaroni Pasta

Please bring your donations by January 26. 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. 

THANK YOU! from Rick

I am grateful to all who shared their talent to provide musical support and inspiration at our weekend liturgies during this Advent/Christmas season.

They include: the members of our choir, our cantors and vocal soloists who also lead and inspire us throughout the year: Sara Beisel, Donna Cole, Denise DeZinno, Cathy Kane, Maureen Gassert-Lamb, Marisa Liliana and Laure Welch and those musicians who, from our congregation came forward to provide their music: Angela Sadlowski (both. violin and piano); Steven Sadlowski (violin); Sera Min (flutist); James Heath-Ringrose (guitar); and Dan Heath-Ringrose (vocal solo).

I am blessed and I am grateful to God for our team of dedicated professionals.

Thank you all.

Scout Sunday

This year's Boy/Cub Scout Sunday is February 2 at 9:30 a.m. mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church. We had a very successful Boy/Cub Scout Sunday last year and are looking forward to a great service this year. This is a great way to bring our scouts together to celebrate their commitment to their faith and fulfillment of their "Duty to God".

There will be an opportunity to take part in the service through readings, carrying the flags, bringing gifts, etc. Readings will be provided in advance to those assigned to those roles so they may practice at home.

Readers and those with active roles will meet at 8:45 a.m. The rest of the participants should arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. Scouts will sit in reserved seats in front of the altar and will be asked to wear their Full Class A uniforms.

Please contact me at 860-212-2516 or at cspack170ct@gmail.com to register your son by January 26. If your scout is interested in any of the available roles, please contact me asap. We would like: 1st reader, 2nd reader, 2 flag carriers, 8- general intercession readers, 2 gift carriers, opening prayer reader, door greeters.

Habitat for Humanity:

Come together. Build together.

RESTORE, a program of Hartford Habitat for Humanity accepts large appliances, furniture, lighting/plumbing fixtures, tools and wall art for use in homes, or for resale to support their building programs. Restore cannot accept all items, and requests a description and picture of items prior to donation. Once an item has been approved, delivery can be made to Restore, 500 Cottage Grove Road, Bloomfield.

For information, to submit description/pictures, or delivery assistance, please contact Ann Gertz at anngertz26@gmail.com. You may also contact Restore directly at Hartfordhabitat.org. Please DO NOT bring items to St Mary Church. The Human Needs committee will assist you with pickup and delivery if needed.

Help Wanteed

We need volunteers to lead the Stations of the Cross during this Lenten season.

This Holy and Venerable devotion has been a tradition in our parish for many, many years and hopefully someone will step forward to ensure that it will continue.

If you are willing to help carry on this long-held tradition, please contact Deacon Tom Sutak for more information 860 675-8522 or st.mary.unionville.re@gmail.

An orientation will be provided.

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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Today's Readings

January 27 2020

Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1:
2 Sm 5:1-7, 10
89:20, 21-22, 25-26
2 Tm 1:10
Mk 3:22-30

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

Saint of the Day

Saint Angela Merici

January 27. Saint Angela Merici was a courageous woman who saw a need and answered it even though society may not have been ready for her solution. Women teaching and, what we call today, a secular institute were new forms of living and ministering which proved very beneficial to the Church.

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Altar Servers
The Altar Server ministry gives the youth of our parish the honor of assisting the priest at weekend and special Masses. Servers carry the cross in the procession and recession, hold the Sacramentary for the presider and assist in preparing the Altar for the celebration of the Eucharist.
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Weekly Readings

Is 49:3, 5-6/Ps 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10 [8a, 9a]/1 Cor 1:1-3/Jn 1:29-34
1 Sm 15:16-23/Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23 [23b]/Mk 2:18-22
1 Sm 16:1-13/Ps 89:20, 21-22, 27-28 [21a]/Mk 2:23-28
1 Sm 17:32-33, 37, 40-51/Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10 [1]/Mk 3:1-6
1 Sm 18:6-9; 19:1-7/Ps 56:2-3, 9-10a, 10b-11, 12-13 [5b]/Mk 3:7-12
1 Sm 24:3-21/Ps 57:2, 3-4, 6 and 11 [2a]/Mk 3:13-19
Acts 22:3-16 or Acts 9:1-22/Ps 117:1bc, 2 [Mk 16:15]/Mk 16:15-18
Next Sunday:
Is 8:23—9:3/Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 [1a]/1 Cor 1:10-13, 17/Mt 4:12-23 or 4:12-17