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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 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.

Meal Packing Event 2018

This year on Saturday, April 28 - Assist our parish in funding 10,000 meals of Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce (.25 a person = $2,500) Sponsor a case with your family for $54 = 36 packets.

Visit the display in Gathering Space near the Usher's Room to find more information and donation envelopes.

Sign up for the fun making nutritious fortified meal packets in a group assembly line!- online at SignUpGenius https://tinyurl.com/April-28-Sign-Up- in person on paper sheet with display. Questions? Email joannefishman@comcast.net

Annual Family Lenten Friday Fish dinners

Come and enjoy any or all three Lenten family nights out of dining. The Knights of Columbus is having its Annual Family Lenten Friday fish dinners Fridays February 16, March 2 & 16, 2018 from 5 to 7 pm, fish and chips $12.00 per person or mac & cheese $6.00 children under 7 free. Knights will be available selling tickets after Mass before each Friday Dinner. Tickets are being are sold in advance with a limited number available at the door. Takeout orders available. Call Maurice Goldberg for questions or to reserve tickets call Moe 860-677-2922 or Bill 860-982-9108.

Schedule for Lenten Mission

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
St.Mary Star of the Sea - Gathering Space
Presenter Ed Conlan

Mar. 1, 2018 - Good Friday
Mar. 8, 2018 - Resurrection

Mondays during Lent
Reconciliation 6 pm - 7pm

Fridays during Lent
Stations of the Cross - 7:00pm

Retreat Theme

Grace Enough - Join Holy Family’s retreat team for a weekend of peace and reflection on the power of God’s grace in our lives. Discover anew how God’s grace is our greatest source of strength and courage to meet the ever-present challenges in our lives.

Together we’ll reflect on how living in God’s grace guides us to make wise choices, leading to true happiness and peace.

The retreat includes: home-cooked meals, inspirational liturgies, uplifting music, free time, and workshops. The retreat begins with dinner at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening and concludes with Sunday brunch at noon. Register at www.holyfamilyretreat.org/graceenough  or call Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford, CT at 860.760.9705 for more info. 

St. Mary’s Men’s Retreat Date:  February 23-25, 2018 Women’s Retreat Dates:  March 2-4, April 20-22, and June 1-3

Please save the date

St. Mary’s Women’s Guild

Tuesday, March 20 for a corned beef and cabbage dinner to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (a few days late).

All women of the parish are invited.

More information to follow. Any questions, call Kathy Hancock 860 675-1139.

Girl Scout Sunday

This year’s Girl Scout Sunday is scheduled for March 11 at 9:30 Mass. All Girl Scouts are encouraged by Girl Scouts of America to take a spiritual journey and learn about faith through learning religious recognitions and patches.

They are invited to participate in the Girl Scout Sunday Service. Girl Scouts of all denominations are welcome! Please contact Olivia Germano at 860 212-2516 or oliviagermano@sbcglobal.net to register your daughter’s attendance, or advise of her interest in participating in the service through readings, singing or carrying the flag.

Rehearsal for those with an active role is planned for Thursday, March 8 at 6:00 p.m. in church. Deadline for registration is March 4.

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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Tue., 2/27 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

Sun., 3/4 11:00 p.m.

Today's Readings

February 25, 2018

Second Sunday of Lent

Reading 1:
Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18
Ps 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
Reading 2:
Rom 8:31b-34
Mk 9:2-10

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


Cemetery Committee
Our mission and goals is to provide a peaceful and appealing Cemetery for the deceased members of our Parish and a pleasant place for their survivors to visit.

We have recently updated our ministry page with important information and some great pictures.
more info

Weekly Readings

Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18/Ps 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19 [9]/Rom 8:31b-34/Mk 9:2-10
Dn 9:4b-10/Ps 79:8, 9, 11 and 13 [cf. 103:10a]/Lk 6:36-38
Is 1:10, 16-20/Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23 [23b]/Mt 23:1-12
Jer 18:18-20/Ps 31:5-6, 14, 15-16 [17b]/Mt 20:17-28
Jer 17:5-10/Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 [40:5a]/Lk 16:19-31
Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a/Ps 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21 [5a]/Mt 21:33-43, 45-46
Mi 7:14-15, 18-20/Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12 [8a]/Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
Next Sunday:
Ex 20:1-17 or 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17/Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 [Jn 6:68c]/1 Cor 1:22-25/Jn 2:13-25
Ex 17:3-7/Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 [8]/Rom 5:1-2, 5-8/Jn 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42