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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.



Human Needs Committee

A collection of new school supplies will be held the weekends of August 5-6 and Aug 12-13 for students in need in the Town of Farmington. The following items are most appreciated:

3 ring binders   highlighters   folders
spiral notebooks   composition books   post–it notes   filler paper   rulers   binder dividers
pink erasers   Backpacks

You may leave any items in the box in the gathering space. Please contact Donna Dellacamera at 860 675-5924 with any questions.

Thank you for your support!

St. Mary’s Annual Parish Picnic

Sunday, August 27
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Pavilion
300 New Britain Ave., Unionville
Grab your favorite dish to share and come join the FUN!

Featuring hamburgers/hot dogs and beverages provided by the Knights of Columbus and St. Mary’s. And don’t forget to bring your potluck side dish to share (please indicate if you’ll bring salad, veggie side dish, appetizer, or dessert). Events feature our annual Team Horseshoe competition for adults and teens (prizes for each member of the winning teams), and fun Family Games for all to enjoy. And our cooking contest. We are still deciding on the Cooking/ Baking Contest Item, so stay tuned for details on the Sign-up sheets at church.

Picnic Sign-up sheets are available in the Gathering Space. Any questions? Do you want to help before or during the picnic? Would you like to be a contest judge? Please contact Laura Roberts 860-673-2307 or stmarysrsvp@yahoo.com

The Continuing Saga of Religious Education Registration

Frustration is waiting for you to register your children in our Religious Education Program for the 2017/2018 year. Annual registration is required for all students. Planning for the year takes place well in advance of classes starting and cannot proceed until the overall program size is known. Registration forms are located in the entrances to the Gathering Space. If you have any questions please contact the Religious Education Office at (860-675-8522) or st.mary.re@sbcglobal.net

Catechists are needed in the following grades:
Grade Level1279
# Needed 3341

Home study (a parent directed curriculum – where available) will be the only option if these openings go unfilled. Hart House hall monitors are also needed for us to be compliant with the archdiocesan “Protecting God’s Children” requirements. Parents who wait patiently while their children are in class are asked to consider volunteering as a hall monitor. If you have any inclination to help support our program, contact Deacon Tom as soon as possible. Note - team teaching is encouraged – class schedules are flexible (within the constraints of our resources) and tui..on is waived for instructors/hall monitors.

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

Tue., 8/22 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare Truck
St. Mary Parking Lot

Tue., 8/22 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

Today's Readings

August 22, 2017

Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Psalm:
Ps 85:9, 11-12, 13-14
Alleluia:
2 Cor 8:9
Gospel:
Mt 19:23-30

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:
Is 56:1, 6-7/Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8/Rom 11:13-15, 29-32/Mt 15:21-28
Monday:
Jgs 2:11-19/Ps 106:34-37, 39-40, 43ab, 44/Mt 19:16-22
Tuesday:
Jgs 6:11-24a/Ps 85:9, 11-14/Mt 19:23-30
Wednesday:
Jgs 9:6-15/Ps 21:2-7/Mt 20:1-16
Thursday:
Rv 21:9b-14/Ps 145:10-13, 17-18/Jn 1:45-51
Friday:
Ru 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22/Ps 146:5-10/Mt 22:34-40
Saturday:
Ru 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17/Ps 128:1b-5/Mt 23:1-12
Next Sunday:
Is 22:19-23/Ps 138:1-3, 6, 8/Rom 11:33-36/Mt 16:13-20