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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.

The NEW Youth/Teen Ministry Newsletters and Calendar are available on their Ministry Page, 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 2018 Archdiocesan Collection dates.

Piano Concert Here

Rick Daddario our music director will present his annual piano concert here in our church on Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m. The concert, open to the general public FREE OF CHARGE, will feature a medley of standard favorites, songs from Broadway and film, and pop/contemporary tunes.

For those wishing to contribute, a free-will offering will be accepted with 100% of all charitable proceeds to be donated to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Connecticut Chapter.

Refreshments will be offered in the gathering space following the performance.

Mark the date and attend with family and friends.

Food Pantry

During the month of October, the Human Needs Committee will sponsor a collection of non-perishable food items and toiletries to benefit the Farmington and Burlington food pantries.

The following items are in greatest need; canned soups and stews, cereal, coffee, tea, mayonnaise, ketchup, salad dressing, tuna, laundry detergent, soap, and toothpaste.

Please see the poster in the gathering space or contact Donna Dellacamera, 860 675-5924, or ddellacamera@comcast.net for more information. Thank you for your support!

The Blessing of Animals

Sunday, October 28 after 9:30 Mass. All parishioners are invited to provide a 4 in. x 6 in. photo of your pet and a donation for the Ct Humane Society.

Drop off photo in boxes located in the Gathering Space or Hart House by Oct. 21. Please write name, grade on the back of the photo. Attend Mass October 28 - your photos will be ready for you at Mass. Deliver donations on 10/28. Celebrate with refreshments and a free raffle of a 'UConn Huskies Pillow Pet'. Take your photo home after celebration. See poster in the Gathering Space

To all parish members:

Please join us on October 28 at 1:00 to sign Christmas cards for our troops and veterans both at home and abroad.

We will also distribute some cards to local shelters. If you have cards bring them along and if not, we will have some.

Pens will also be provided if you need them. Hope to see you there and thanks for joining us.

If you have any questions, please call Sue Shortley at 860-677-0556.

Dinner Dance and Costume Party

Knights of Columbus Uncas Council 32
301 New Britain Avenue Unionville
Dinner Dance and Costume Party

Saturday October 27 6:00 pm-11:00 pm
Buffet, raffles, door prize, dj and more

For tickets or additional info please contact Dave Wagner Grand Knight at davidfwagner@comcast.net (860)424-6795 or at the uncas building association (860) 673-9047

11th Annual Connecticut Catholic Men's Conference

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018 8 am - 4 pm

(Mass celebrated by Archbishop Blair)
St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol, CT

Featuring dynamic speakers, exhibitor, confession, adoration, food, and fellowship.
Speakers include Fr Bill Casey, Bob Kroll, Jason Calvi and Deacon Doug Hoffman.
BUY TICKETS ONLINE www.ctcatholicmen.org
Questions? 860-484-7950
Early bird Cost: $45 (includes lunch)
Please contact Jim Shortley at 860-539-2728 with questions.

Religious Education News

Instructors and Hall Monitors are needed for our religious education program (Grades 1,2,3,) starting in the fall.

Without your volunteer efforts our program will struggle to get up and running. Time is of the essence as the Archdiocese of Hartford has specific requirements that all volunteers must complete prior to working directly with children.

So if you or someone you know can help out, contact Deacon Tom at (860-675-8522) or st.mary.unionville.re@gmail.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.




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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 2018

Events

October is Food Pantry Month

Sun., 10/14 2:00 p.m.
Living Rosary
Church

Tue., 10/16 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare truck
St. Mary parking lot

Tue., 10/16 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

Fri., 10/19 8:10 a.m.
Holy Hour

10/20-21
Fair Trade weekend after Masses

Sat., 10/20 4:30 p.m.
Mass Choir

Today's Readings

October 21, 2018

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Reading 1:
Is 53:10-11
Psalm:
Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22
Reading 2:
Heb 4:14-16
Alleluia:
Mk 10:45
Gospel:
Mk 10:35-45

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

Saint of the Day

Saint Hilarion

October 21. The life of a hermit living in the desert strikes many people as mysterious, if not inexplicable. Yet this is what Saint Hilarion, and many others, sought and hoped for and, in some cases, fought for. They teach the value of solitude and prayer to our noisy and busy world.

Click for more from franciscanmedia.org

Spotlight

Music Ministry
The Music Ministry at Saint Mary's invites creative and inspirational participation for both, instrumental and choral support with our weekend liturgies.

The new choir schedule has just been posted on their ministry page, click for more info

Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Wis 7:7-11/Ps 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17 [14]/Heb 4:12-13/Mk 10:17-30 or 10:17-27
Monday:
Gal 4:22-24, 26-27, 31--5:1/Ps 113:1b-2, 3-4, 5a and 6-7 [cf. 2]/Lk 11:29-32
Tuesday:
Gal 5:1-6/Ps 119:41, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48 [41a]/Lk 11:37-41
Wednesday:
Gal 5:18-25/Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 [cf. Jn 8:12]/Lk 11:42-46
Thursday:
2 Tm 4:10-17b/Ps 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18 [12]/Lk 10:1-9
Friday:
Eph 1:11-14/Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 12-13 [12]/Lk 12:1-7
Saturday:
Eph 1:15-23/Ps 8:2-3ab, 4-5, 6-7 [7]/Lk 12:8-12
Next Sunday:
Is 53:10-11/Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22 [22]/Heb 4:14-16/Mk 10:35-45 or 10:42-45