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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.

Rick's Annual Concert

Our piano will be moved front and center as Rick Daddario presents his annual concert here in our church, on Sunday, November 24 at 2:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided following the performance.

The repertoire will consist of a medley of music favorites from Hollywood and Broadway and from renowned artists such as Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Elton John, the Beatles, and more.

ADMISSION IS FREE- but those who wish to, may make a free will offering to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, CT Chapter. 100% of all money collected will be donated to the Chapter.

Please consider reserving the date on your calendar now. Thank you.

FOOD COLLECTION for our friends at Westerleigh

For the November 2019 collection, our elderly, low income and/or disabled friends at Westerleigh will be making Strawberry stuffed French Toast.

The items to be collected are ONLY the following items:
      8 oz. low fat Cream Cheese (aka Neufchatel)
        **** Please put the Cream Cheese IN THE FRIDGE in the Church Kitchen area
     12 oz jar of Strawberry Jam
     12 oz can of low-fat Evaporated Milk


Please bring your donations by November 24. 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. 

Children`s Christmas Party and Ornament Workshop

The Knights of Columbus and the Fun Committee present a combined event: The Children's Christmas Party and Ornament Workshop on Sunday, December 8 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 301 New Britain Ave, Unionville.

All children, grandchildren and friends of K of C members and St. Mary Star of the Sea parishioners are welcome to attend. Children should be ages 12 and under.

This year, the party includes Magic of Kevin Aust, 3 cute ornament projects, Face Painting, a Twelve Days of Christmas Raffle, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Please sign up for the event no later than December 2 so we can properly prepare for the special day.

Sign Up Sheets will be in the Fr. Golas Gathering space at church, K of C Hall or call Olivia or Timothy Germano at (860)678-0597 or (860)212-2516.

Volunteers Needed

Services for the Elderly Farmington is in need of a few volunteers to deliver meals to seniors In our community.

Your commitment would be approximately one hour one time a month. Or serve as a substitute driver.

Delivery routes are planned for the least amount of driving possible.

Please consider opening your hearts to help and get back much more than you give. Call Services for the Elderly for more info.


Rebuild Committee

The Rebuild Committee presents Bishop Robert Barron's DVD series "THE MASS" on Sunday afternoons this Fall 4:00 - 5:00 PM, October 6, 13, 20 & 27 and November 3 & 10.

Bishop Barron is a great speaker who created these presentations to help us truly understand how the Eucharist is the Real Presence of Christ and how the Mass was developed to bring Christ to us in "a privileged encounter." Each talk is 25 minutes with time for discussion afterwards.

Please come and bring your entire family.
Our deepest human need to relate to our Triune God is met in THE MASS. Come and see!

There is a display in the Gathering Space with information.


Handouts from THE MASS DVD series
Week 1 - A Priveleged Encounter
Week 2 - Called Out of The World
Week 3 - God Speaks Our STory
Week 4 - Responding to God
Week 5 - Preparing for Sacrifice
Week 6 - The Real Presence Creates Communion

Thank-You

From Fr. Robert Vargo, Archdiocesan Director of The Catholic Mission Aid Society:

Thank you very much for the generous World Mission Sunday contribution of $2,929. United with Catholics throughout the world on World Mission Sunday, parishioners, “Baptized and Sent,” become “the Church of Christ on Mission in the world”, bringing God’s love, hope and peace to all His children, especially the poor, those persecuted for the faith and those yet to know the salvation of the Gospel.

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 2019
Vestments are Green

Events

11/12 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare Truck
St. Mary Parking lot

11/12 6:00 p.m.
Women’s Guild Turkey Bingo
Gath. Space

11/12 6:15 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

11/16 7:00 p.m.
Middle School Ministry Night

11/17 9:30 a.m.
Little Stars

11/17 11:00 a.m.
Choir

11/17 4:00 p.m.
DVD Series The Mass
Gathering Space

Today's Readings

November 15 2019

Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time


Reading 1:
Wis 13:1-9
Psalm:
Ps 19:2-3, 4-5ab
Alleluia:
Lk 21:28
Gospel:
Lk 17:26-37

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

Saint of the Day

Saint Albert the Great

November 15. Saint Albert the Great was a highly influential 13th-century German Dominican. Probably best known in philosophical circles as the master of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Albert deserves recognition on his own. He was a voracious writer who composed a compendium of all knowledge.

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Spotlight

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

Sunday:
2 Mc 7:1-2, 9-14/Ps 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15 [15b]/2 Thes 2:16—3:5/Lk 20:27-38 or 20:27, 34-38
Monday:
Wis 1:1-7/Ps 139:1b-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-10 [24b]/Lk 17:1-6
Tuesday:
Wis 2:23—3:9/Ps 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19 [2a]/Lk 17:7-10
Wednesday:
Wis 6:1-11/Ps 82:3-4, 6-7 [8a]/Lk 17:11-19
Thursday:
Wis 7:22b—8:1/Ps 119:89, 90, 91, 130, 135, 175 [89a]/Lk 17:20-25
Friday:
Wis 13:1-9/Ps 19:2-3, 4-5ab [2a]/Lk 17:26-37
Saturday:
Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9/Ps 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43 [5a]/Lk 18:1-8
Next Sunday:
Mal 3:19-20a/Ps 98:5-6, 7-8, 9 [cf. 9]/2 Thes 3:7-12/Lk 21:5-19