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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.



LENT

Ash Wednesday, March 1 to Holy Thursday, April 13

Fridays, 7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross

Do you want to let go of patterns of sin, grow in the life of virtue and experience a joyful conversion? Let the light of God’s mercy shine on you this Lenten season by going to confession.

Monday, March 20—6:00 p.m.
Monday, March 27—6:00 p.m.
Monday, April 3 - 6:00 p.m.
Monday, April 10—6:00 p.m.

DIY Spirituality for Lent

Saint Mary, Star of the Sea Church, Unionville, Do it Yourself Spirituality
Join with Fr. Michael Dolan to explore the rich spiritual heritage of our Catholic Faith that can form your life for happiness and give you the interior skills to cope with challenges.

Sunday, March 12 Sacred Space—7:00 p.m.
Explore the holy places of your own life and the sites that are sacred to you.
Thursday, March 16 Symbols—7:00 p.m.
Come to a deeper understanding of the symbols that inform and represent your life.
Wednesday, March 22 Sacred Time—7:00 p.m.
Make the time you are given by God meaningful.
Tuesday, March 28 Body & Soul—7:00 p.m.
Grow the connection that makes you fully human.

Boy Scout Sunday

Our first Boy Scout Sunday is scheduled for March 26 at the 9:30 Mass. “Duty to God” is an important part of the foundation of scouting’s commitment to ethical, oral and spiritual growth.

We would like to bring together all boy and cub scouts for a special celebration of Scout Sunday. Please contact Olivia Germano at 860 212-2516 or oliviagermano@sbcglobal.net to register your son’s attendance as well as inform of interest in participating in the service through readings, singing or carrying the flag. Deadline for registration is March 19.

Archbishop's Appeal

The 2017 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal is now underway in our parish. Your support of this year’s Appeal ensures that essential charitable, educational, and pastoral ministries of the Archdiocese of Hartford are carried forward.

We hope you can help meet our parish goal. If you would like to make a gift, kindly mail in your pledge card. You may also visit the Archdiocesan website at archdioceseofhartford.org or call the Appeal Office at 800 781-2550.

Keep in mind that an early pledge will allow the donor to best use the monthly payment plan.

Lenten Fish Diner

Come and enjoy our final Lenten family night out of dining. The Knights of Columbus is having its Annual Family Lenten Friday fish dinner March 31, 2017 from 5 to 7pm, baked fish and chips $10.00 per person or mac & cheese $6.00 children under 7 free.

Knights will be available selling tickets after Mass the 25th and 26th. Tickets will be sold in advance with a limited number available at the door.

Takeout orders available. Call Maurice Goldberg for questions or to reserve tickets 860-677-2922.

Come as you ARE, Lets Talk

March 22 1:00-2:30 in Father Golas gathering space. SOCIAL JUSTICE TEAM 860-673-0756. When nature is viewed solely as a source of profit and gain, this has serious consequences for society.

This vision of "might is right” has engendered immense inequality, injustice and acts of violence against the majority of humanity, since resources end up in the hands of the first comer or the most powerful: the winner takes all. LAUDATO SI (82)


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

Baby Shower Month

Tue., 3/21 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare truck
St. Mary Parking Lot

Tue., 3/21 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

Sun., 3/26 11:00 a.m.
Mass
Choir

Today's Readings

March 24, 2017

Friday of the Third Week of Lent


Psalm:
Ps 81:6c-8a, 8bc-9, 10-11ab, 14 and 17
Gospel:
Mk 12:28-34

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

Spotlight

Social Justine
Social Service is giving direct aid to someone in need. It usually involves performing one or more of the corporal works of mercy. That is, giving alms to the poor, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick or imprisoned, taking care of orphans and widows, visiting the shut-ins etc.

Another name for it is charity.

more info

Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Ex 17:3-7/Ps 95:1-2, 6-9/Rom 5:1-2, 5-8/Jn 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42
Monday:
2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16/Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29/Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22/Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a
Tuesday:
Dn 3:25, 34-43/Ps 25:4-5ab, 6, 7bc, 8-9/Mt 18:21-35
Wednesday:
Dt 4:1, 5-9/Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20/Mt 5:17-19
Thursday:
Jer 7:23-28/Ps 95:1-2, 6-9/Lk 11:14-23
Friday:
Hos 14:2-10/Ps 81:6c-11ab, 14, 17/Mk 12:28-34
Saturday:
Is 7:10-14; 8:10/Ps 40:3-4, 18-21ab/Heb 10:4-10/Lk 1:26-38
Next Sunday:
1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a/Ps 23:1-6/Eph 5:8-14/Jn 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38