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St. Mary Star of the Sea is a Roman 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

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 2020 Archdiocesan Collection dates.

Dear Parishioners:

I want you to know how appreciative I am of how you have responded to our beloved parish during this time of trial. Many of you are now on-line with your giving. Others have sent in their offerings by mail. I thank you so very much for your kindness and generosity. God bless you.

God bless you.
Monsignor Motta

Updated Information from the Archdiocese

Information dated April 15, 2020

Weekly Video Message - #weareallinthistogether

Each week our Coordinator of Youth Ministry will post a weekly message on Wednesdays. During this time of crisis, we will bring you images from inside our parish along with messages of hope, faith and love.

If you have a question you would like us to answer, please send an email to st.marys.peerconnections@gmail.com

Here is this weeks video, enjoy.

Cancellations

In light of continued uncertainty regarding the extent and duration of the coronavirus in the state of Connecticut and throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford, Masses and Confessions in the churches of the Archdiocese (the counties of Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven) have been cancelled until further notice.

The Church is open for silent medication everyday from 8 a.m. to 1.p.m.
  Please observe social distancing and wash your hands before and after visiting.

Beware of Scams

Some parishes have noted an increase in scam attempts directed toward parishioners via text, call, or email appearing to come from the pastor.

Please know that we would not request donations in this way and all offerings to our parish should be made only through the parish website, online giving, parish office, mailed-in envelopes.

Religious Education—Where we currently stand

All 2019/2020 classes remain cancelled and will not be re-scheduled.  The Religious Education Office is closed – however voice and e-mails messages will be responded to as soon as possible. Once a degree of normalcy returns, registration for the 2020/2021 religious education year will begin.

Home study students are encouraged to finish their prescribed course of study and hold on to the unit tests until further notice.

Currently our Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation celebrations are postponed indefinitely. Given that the CoVid-19 virus is expected to peak in Hartford County next month, Governor Lamont has extended “social distancing” protocols until May 20. As a result, our program schedules will be adjusted accordingly and in accordance with any Archdiocesan guidelines. 

Until then - stay safe - stay healthy and consider praying for those who have been seriously affected by the pandemic – especially those who are courageously placing themselves at risk to serve others.

Enjoy some familiar music

Enjoy some of our music director, Rick Daddario's piano music while you read the bulletin, visit the stations of the cross or read Monseignor's Homilies.

Click here

In addition to directing our music ministry and our parish Adult Choir, Rick is an accomplished pianist and often performs at a variety of events and engagements throughout Connecticut.

The player opens in another window, so you can keep it open while you explore the site.

On-Line Mass

The Office of Radio and Television of the Archdiocese of Hartford has announced the addition of a new channel, WCTX, channel 59, to expand coverage for the daily television Mass.

Each morning at 10 o’clock, the Celebration of the Eucharist is broadcast in these ways:

WCCT-TV, channel 20
WCCT, cable channel 7 or 11
WCTX, channel 59, also known as MyTV9
WCTX, cable channel 9
Online at the website of the Office of Radio and Television http://www.ortv.org/streaming/TV_Mass_stream.htm
On the home page of the Archdiocese of Hartford, there is a link to the ORTV site.

You can stream todays Mass,
from St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church in Hartford here.


Parishioner Resources

MAGNIFICAT Magazine is free access temporarily during the pandemic crisis. This wonderful magazine provides daily Mass readings, stories of Saints, meditations, spiritual inspiration and prayers.
See this link to sign up and get access: https://us.magnificat.net/free For the free version in Spanish, see https://latina.magnificat.net/gratis.

The Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis has put together an extensive collection of resources in English and Spanish.

Links to these resources can be found at their website: https://catholicedaohct.org

The USCCB has assembled a useful collection of spiritual and liturgical resources that can be found at http://www.usccb.org/coronavirus.


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 2020
Vestments are White

Events

5/10/20
All events are canceled

Today's Readings

May 27 2020

Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter


Reading 1:
Acts 20:28-38
Psalm:
68:29-30, 33-35a, 35bc-36ab
Alleluia:
Jn 17:17b, 17a
Gospel:
Jn 17:11b-19

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

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.support of o
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Weekly Readings

Sunday :
Ascension: Acts 1:1-11/Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 [6]/Eph 1:17-23/Mt 28:16-20
7th Sunday of Easter:
Acts 1:12-14/Ps 27:1, 4, 7-8 [13]/1 Pt 4:13-16/Jn 17:1-11a
Monday:
Acts 19:1-8/Ps 68:2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab [33a]/Jn 16:29-33
Tuesday:
Acts 20:17-27/Ps 68:10-11, 20-21 [33a]/Jn 17:1-11a
Wednesday:
Ac 20:28-38/Ps 68:29-30, 33-35a, 35bc-36ab [33a]/Jn 17:11b-19
Thursday:
Acts 22:30; 23:6-11/Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 [1]/Jn 17:20-26
Friday::
Act 25:13b-21/Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab [19a]/Jn 21:15-19
Saturday Morning:
Acts 28:16-20, 30-31/Ps 11:4, 5 and 7 [cf. 7b]/Jn 21:20-25
Next Sunday:
Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 or Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b or Ez 37:1-14 or Jl 3:1-5/Ps 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-28, 29, 30 [cf. 30]/Rom 8:22-27/Jn 7:37-39