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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.re@sbcglobal.net

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 progam and you may opt-in and sign-up here. Here are the 2017 Archdiocesan Collection dates.



Food Pantry Collection:

During the month of April the Human Needs Committee will collect food for the Farmington and Burlington Food pantries. All nonperishable items are needed but the Pantry is in dire need of personal care items, laundry and dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper, fruit juice, hot or cold cereal, coffee, tea, canned meals, beef stew, tuna, chili, Spam, peanut butter, jelly, condiments, pasta sauce, stuffing mix, gravy, nutrigrain bars and granola bars.

Please check the poster in the Gathering Space for more and also check for expired dates. If you would like to make a monetary donation to either the Farmington or Burlington Food Pantry please send checks directly to Farmington Food Pantry, 75 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032 or Burlington Food and Fuel, c/o Mrs. Elle Parente, 200 Spielman Highway, Burlington, CT 06013.

Thank you for any contribution you are able to make. Please contact Alice Crozier 860 673-4282 or purplemom1925@gmail.com with questions.

Council Matters

Thank you for your input and participation in the Parish Council Nominations process. There were forty nine (49) nominees, resulting in six (6) candidates. After tallying the votes, we are pleased to announce the following candidates for St. Mary’s Parish Council for the 2017/2020 term:

Linda Barnhart,    Pete Peterson
Donna Cole,    Patty Picard
Joanne Fishman,    Ana Steele

Parish Council ELECTIONS will be held the weekend of May 6/7. Please check the bulletin and Fr. Golas Gathering Space for photos & biographies submitted by each candidate. Please prayerfully consider this slate of candidates and cast your vote for up to four (4) candidates on Elections Weekend. Ballots with more than 4 candidates checked will be discarded.

Let’s make St. Mary’s the best parish it can be. Thank you.

Religious Education News

Religious Education Registration for the “2017–2018” Religious Education year will begin this weekend. All new and returning students are required to submit a registration form along with tuition. Forms can be found in the entrances to the Gathering Space and Hart House. The regular registration period will end June 30 after which late fees will be imposed and class assignments made on a “space available” basis only.

Returning Home Study students (grades 3-8) will be re-assigned to the home study curriculum unless a change of status is requested on the registration form. Those new to the program are asked to provide a baptismal certificate and evidence of completion of prior religious education so that a proper grade level assignment can be made.

Grade 10 Confirmation Candidates and Parents Confirmation information forms and documents are overdue to the Religious Education Office. This information is required and the sacrament cannot be conferred upon the candidate until all is in place.

The “2017 Confirmation Class Retreat” is scheduled for Sunday, April 2nd from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Holy Family Retreat Center. Confirmation rehearsal is set for Sunday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the church. Sponsors are asked to attend. -The Rite of Confirmation will be celebrated Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. with The Most Reverend Peter A. Rosazza D.D., presiding.

Please notify the Religious Education Office of any changes in your contact information. Our database contains many “active” students whose e-mail addresses are invalid and/or telephone numbers that are “out of service” making communication cumbersome and time consuming. An update will be greatly appreciated.

Ladies Luncheon Sunday

All ladies of the parish and their guests are invited to come to a Ladies Luncheon Sunday, April 23—12 PM Country Club of Farmington

Price: $25.00 pp which includes a full luncheon with entree & coffee, tea & dessert. Sarah Bilston, professor at Trinity will speak about Queen Victoria and the Victorian Era. Call Kathy Hancock at 860 675-1139 for reservations by April 17.

Checks made payable to St. Mary Women's Guild may be mailed to: Kathy Hancock, 481 Plainville Ave. Unionville, CT 06085.

Archbishop's Appeal

The 2017 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal is now underway in our parish. Your support of this year’s Appeal ensures that essential charitable, educational, and pastoral ministries of the Archdiocese of Hartford are carried forward.

We hope you can help meet our parish goal. If you would like to make a gift, kindly mail in your pledge card. You may also visit the Archdiocesan website at archdioceseofhartford.org or call the Appeal Office at 800 781-2550.

Keep in mind that an early pledge will allow the donor to best use the monthly payment plan.


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.




OnLine Giving

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 2017

Events

Food Pantry Month

Sun. 4/23
2:30 p.m. Divine Mercy Sunday

Tue. 4/25
7:00 p.m. Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

Wed. 4/26
7:00 p.m. Golf Meeting
Gathering Space

Today's Readings

April 30, 2017

Third Sunday of Easter


Psalm:
Ps 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Reading 2:
1 Pt 1:17-21
Alleluia:
Cf. Lk 24:32
Gospel:
Lk 24:13-35

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

Spotlight

Religious Education
St. Mary's religious education program offers grade level specific, systematic instruction in grades "K" through 10 for children of the parish. Grade "K" participation is optional, space limited and offered on a "first come - first serve" basis.

The sacrament of Confirmation is conferred in the student's high school sophomore year. Students preparing for the sacraments of First Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation are required to successfully complete two years of "sacramental preparation" instruction prior to the celebration of these sacraments.
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Weekly Readings

Sunday
Acts 2:42-47/Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24/1 Pt 1:3-9/Jn 20:19-31
Monday
Acts 4:23-31/Ps 2:1-9/Jn 3:1-8
Tuesday
1 Pt 5:5b-14/Ps 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17/Mk 16:15-20
Wednesday
Acts 5:17-26/Ps 34:2-9/Jn 3:16-21
Thursday
Acts 5:27-33/Ps 34:2, 9, 17-20/Jn 3:31-36
Friday
Acts 5:34-42/Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14/Jn 6:1-15
Saturday
Acts 6:1-7/Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19/Jn 6:16-21
Next Sunday
Acts 2:14, 22-33/Ps 16:1-2, 5, 7-11/1 Pt 1:17-21/Lk 24:13-35