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 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 program and you may opt-in and sign-up here. Here are the 2016 Archdiocesan Collection dates.
St. Mary Annual Parish PicnicSunday, September 18
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Pavilion
300 New Britain Ave., Unionville
Bring your favorite dish to share and come join the FUN! This year will feature our annual Team Horseshoe competition for adults and teens (prizes for each member of the winning teams), fun family games for all to enjoy. There will also be the ever popular bounce house. Display your cooking talent with our chili cook-off. Rules are available in the Gathering Space. Featuring hamburgers/ hot dogs and beverages provided by the Knights of Columbus and St. Mary’s. And don’t forget to bring your potluck side dish to share (please indicate if you’ll bring salad, vegetable side dish, appetizer, or dessert).
Picnic Sign-up sheets are available in the Gathering Space . (Want to help before or during the picnic? Please contact Laura) Questions? Contact Laura Roberts 860-673-2307 or email@example.com
Choir ReturnsWeekly rehearsals (always just 1-hour in length) for the parish choir will resume on Wednesday, September 21 from 7:00-8:00 pm.
Participation in choir is open to everyone and knowing how to read music is not essential.
If interested in joining this “family” within our “parish family”, please come talk with me after any weekend mass, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Give it a try, bring family and friends.
The Human Needs CommitteeWe will meet Wednesday September 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hospitality Room. All are welcome to attend.
If you have any questions, please call Alice Crozier at 860 673-4282 or email@example.com
Social Justice CommitteeWednesday September 15— 1:00-2:30pm
Father Golas Gathering Space
We Invite You To Come and Share Your Thoughts on This. “Our World has a grave social debt towards the poor who lack access to drinking water, because they are denied the right to a life consistent with their inalienable dignity". "Laudato Si" (30) Pope Francis Encyclical.
More Info? Call 860-673-0756.
Rite of Christian Initiation of AdultsRCIA is a program specifically for adults who wish to explore the possibility of joining the Catholic Church. The RCIA program is designed for adults who are un-baptized, baptized in another Christian faith, or for baptized Catholics who have never received First Eucharist or Confirmation.
If you are interested, or know someone who might be, there will be an Information Night, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Father Golas Gathering Space.
There will be an opportunity to find out more details of this rich journey of faith—RCIA. Call Sister Maria Toce at 860 845-8671 if you plan to attend.
Candle Offering ReminderThe votive candles located in our worship space beneath the statue of our Blessed Mother are available for your lighting in prayerful remembrance and special intention. The suggested offering is $1.00 and is to be placed into the self—contained box located in the center of each of the two racks.
Please remember to light a candle from the top rows DOWN, to avoid the risk of injury which can be caused by placing your arm over a lighted votive. Thank you.
Save the Date
Second Annual St. Mary Star of the Sea Charity Golf Tournament
Save the date now for St. Mary Star of the Sea Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament to be held on Tuesday, September 27 at Blue Fox Run in Avon.
Join the over 120 participants who last year enjoyed 18 holes of golf and/or dinner, cocktails, and the chance to win fabulous raffle prizes, raising $14,000 for The House of Bread in Hartford and Ste. Thérèse de L’Enfant Jesus in Lilavois, Haiti.
For more info., please pick up a brochure located at the poster display in the Gathering Space, visit our webpage or contact:
George Crowley 860-674-0844 (h); 860-463-2069 (c); firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Popielarczyk 860-675 8884 (h): 860-922-7774 (c); email@example.com
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.