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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 NEW tour of our beautiful church.
The 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.
Holy Week ScheduleMonday - 6:00 — 7:00 p.m. Reconciliation
Holy Thursday, April 27:30 PM Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday, April 33:00 PM Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
7:00 PM Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday, April 410:00— 11:00 AM & 3:30—4:00 PM Confessions
11:00 AM — Blessing of Food
7:30 PM - Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday, April 5Masses at 7:30 AM—9:30 AM—11:00 AM
Note: There are no 7:45 am Masses on Holy Thursday, Good Friday or Holy Saturday
Bible StudyThere will be a 22 week study of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark & Luke using the Come and See program, published by Emmaus Road Publishing. The workbook is entitled THE SYNOPTIC GOSPELS and will be used in conjunction with a Catechism of the Catholic Church and either a New American Bible or The Revised Standard Version of the Bible (Catholic Edition). We will meet at the Hart House Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. Classes will start on Saturday, March 14th. If interested, please call Bob Murphy at (860) 673-9551.
GREAT NEWS!!A Children's Ministry will begin here in our parish shortly. As part of this new and exciting ministry, interested parents and others have begun meeting to plan and organize a Children's Worship—to be offered in the Gathering Space during the celebration of the 9:30 a.m. Sunday mass each week. Children will be offered the opportunity to learn about their Catholic faith in an environment that is appropriate for their age. They will follow the structure of a typical Mass but will also include games and activities that bring the Mass to life for them. This separate worship will be for children ages 3-6.
If you are interested in teaching the children please contact us. We are hoping for enough volunteers that the commitment would only be monthly for each teacher.
Also, please contact us if you would like to join our team. You can contact Danielle Frissora at 860-508-7188 or email@example.com. Be on the look out for more information. Thank you for your interest.
Save this DateOn March 31. Msgr. Motta will offer presentations on the Sacraments at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. All are invited to attend
The Legion of MaryAre you or someone you know home bound and wish to receive the Eucharist? Members of the Legion of Mary would be happy to visit and bring the Eucharist to you. Please call the rectory @ 860-6732422 or Kathy Dossot @ 860 673 3163.
The Legion of Mary is an association of Catholic laity who serve the church on a voluntary basis. It was founded in Dublin, Ireland, by a layman, Frank Duff, as a Roman Catholic Marian organization. Currently there are three million active members worldwide and approximately ten million auxiliary members.
The Legion is open to men and women at least 18 years of age, who are practicing Catholics. The main purpose of the Legion is the spiritual growth of its members, who are expected to attend weekly meeting, where they pray together and report on their activities undertaken on behalf of the Legion.
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.