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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 2020 Archdiocesan Collection dates.

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 26

7:45 a.m. Mass and Distribution of Ashes
6:00 p.m. Mass and Distribution of Ashes
7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross on Fridays during Lent
Reconciliation 6:00—7:00 p.m. on Mondays during Lent

Lenten 2020

We have scheduled two wonderful speakers and a concert for Lent.

First up is St. Mary Alice McCabe Thursday, March 5 @ 7 p.m. Talk on immigration at our Southern Border.

More details in the Gathering Space next weekend.


TO: Men of St. Mary Star of the Sea

The annual retreat is about a month away, register without delay.

This year for a New Year Resolution you can keep and one that will be of benefit to you and those around you, join us on our parish Retreat for 1-1/2 days. Fill in your calendar starting with a supper date on Fri., Feb. 21 and ending with Mass and brunch on Sunday.

A free certificate is available to new retreatants. Also there is help available for past retreatants in need.

Check out details and register at HolyFamilyRetreat.ORG/find-your-parish or call chairman Bob Bonato at 860 839-0104. You'll come away with new energy and new purpose.

Work of Mercy Sewing Project for Lent 2020

The theme of our parish Lenten program this year is Works of Mercy.

Our 1st project will held Sunday, March 1 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM to cut out and sew polar fleece into simple hats and scarves to be donated to area homeless shelters.

At the display in the Gathering Space, please see sample items we will make, as well as sign up sheets. In addition to those who cut fabric, we need up to 6 people to bring their home sewing machines (and several empty thread bobbins for their machine) to sew items during the afternoon.

Instruction, patterns, fleece, thread, pins and scissors will be provided. ALL ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE in this worthy project.

This is a great activity for families & Confirmation Service credit.

For more information, please contact Lynne Murphy at 860-673-9551 or Lynne.Murphy@gmail.com.

FOOD COLLECTION for our friends at Westerleigh

For the January 2020 collection, our elderly, low income and/or disabled friends at Westerleigh will be making SHEPHERD'S PIE.

The items to be collected are ONLY the following items:
14.5 oz can of Low Sodium Beef Broth
14.75 oz can of Creamed Corn
14.75 oz can of Corn Kernels
13.75 oz box of Mashed Potatoes (dried flakes)


Please bring your donations by February 23. 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. 

Lenten Works of Mercy Service Project
(Second Lenten Opportunity)

Sat. March 21 at 12-3 p.m.

Annual Meal Packing Event, The Gathering Space

Help us feed local people in need by buying ingredients and making packets of fortified rice & beans meals!

Sign Up Online to pack meals: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d49a4a62ca75-food

Donate Online: https://www.classy.org/team/277231

Scout Sunday

This year's Girl Scout Sunday is scheduled for March 8 at the 9:30 a.m. Mass. All Girl Scouts are encouraged by Girl Scouts of America to take a spiritual journey and learn about faith through earning religious recognitions and patches.

They are invited to participate in the Girl Scout Sunday Service. Please contact Olivia Germano at 860 212-2516 or oliviagermano@sbcblogal.net to register your daughter.

We are looking for readers, flag carriers, gift bearers, serves (must be trained), singers. Deadline for registration is March 1.

Habitat for Humanity:

Come together. Build together.

RESTORE, a program of Hartford Habitat for Humanity accepts large appliances, furniture, lighting/plumbing fixtures, tools and wall art for use in homes, or for resale to support their building programs. Restore cannot accept all items, and requests a description and picture of items prior to donation. Once an item has been approved, delivery can be made to Restore, 500 Cottage Grove Road, Bloomfield.

For information, to submit description/pictures, or delivery assistance, please contact Ann Gertz at anngertz26@gmail.com. You may also contact Restore directly at Hartfordhabitat.org. Please DO NOT bring items to St Mary Church. The Human Needs committee will assist you with pickup and delivery if needed.

Help Wanteed

We need volunteers to lead the Stations of the Cross during this Lenten season.

This Holy and Venerable devotion has been a tradition in our parish for many, many years and hopefully someone will step forward to ensure that it will continue.

If you are willing to help carry on this long-held tradition, please contact Deacon Tom Sutak for more information 860 675-8522 or st.mary.unionville.re@gmail.

An orientation will be provided.

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 Green

Events

2/18 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare truck
St. Mary parking lot

2/18 6:15 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

2/16 9:30 a.m.
Little Stars

2/22 4:30 p.m.
Choir

Today's Readings

February 19 2020

Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time


Reading 1:
Jas 1:19-27
Psalm:
15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5
Alleluia:
Eph 1:17-18
Gospel:
Mk 8:22-26

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

Spotlight

Mens Retreat
What is a Retreat?
It's a time-out or a pause in your regular day-to-day activities and responsibilities. Time to stop, look, listen to God and to examine your relationship with God. A retreat is organized with enough flexibility to help you deepen your faith in your own way. Although some retreat formats vary, there is usually a central theme presented and carried through a series of programs and activities.
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Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Sir 15:15-20/Ps 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34 [1b]/1 Cor 2:6-10/Mt 5:17-37 or 5:20-22a, 27-28, 33-34a, 37
Monday:
Jas 1:1-11/Ps 119:67, 68, 71, 72, 75, 76 [77a]/Mk 8:11-13
Tuesday:
Jas 1:12-18/Ps 94:12-13a, 14-15, 18-19 [12a]/Mk 8:14-21
Wednesday:
Jas 1:19-27/Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5 [1b]/Mk 8:22-26
Thursday:
Jas 2:1-9/Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 [7a]/Mk 8:27-33
Friday:
Jas 2:14-24, 26/Ps 112:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 [cf. 1b]/Mk 8:34—9:1
Saturday:
1 Pt 5:1-4/Ps 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6 [1]/Mt 16:13-19