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.
Question about Religious Education?
You can reach the Education Office at 860-675-8522 or email@example.com
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. We have new photo's posted of the recent Parish Picnic. Beautiful Day was enjoyed by all.
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 2014 Archdiocesan Collection dates.
Children’s Christmas Party and Ornament WorkshopThe Knights of Columbus and the Fun Committee are joining together to present one combined event. The Children's Christmas Party and Ornament Workshop on Sunday, December 7 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Unionville. All children, grandchildren and friends of members of both the Knights of Columbus and St. Mary Star of the Sea parish members are welcome to attend (ages 12 and under). This year, children will be entertained by Sing Along with Ken and the Ornament Workshop will be run by St. Mary's Fun Committee. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on a special sleigh to deliver cheer and goodies to the little ones. Please make sure to sign up for the event no later then November 30 so we can properly prepare for that special day. Sign up sheets will be available at St. Mary Church Gathering Space, KOC Hall or contact Olivia or Timothy Germano at 860-678-0597 or 860-212-2516.
Children's PageantCelebrate the coming of our Lord in song as a community this season! This year the Children's Pageant becomes "The Musical Nativity" for ALL AGES!
All talents needed: singing, instruments, rehearsal help, costumes.
Performance: Sunday, December 21 at 4 p.m.
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanksgiving Day BlessingO God of all things in heaven and on earth, you give all your people in the world the gift of life, the gift of family, the gift of work, and the gift of rest. On this, our national day of Thanksgiving, we turn all our thoughts to you, from whom all blessings flow. Bless all our work, our friends, and our families both near and far. We humbly ask for the ability to continue our work for your kingdom and the ability to gather freely to worship you without fear. We ask you to give our years ahead your blessing and protection. We ask all this through Christ the Lord, your Son and The Legion of Mary thanks all parishioners who honored our brother. Amen.
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.