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 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 2014 Archdiocesan Collection dates.
Dr. Lawson Memorial ScholarshipThe annual dinner will be held June 13 at the First Church of Christ Congregation in Unionville from 4:00 - 7:00. The $15 BBQ will be provided by Flaggstead Smokehouse and include Poboy Sandwich, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Beverage and Dessert The $8 Children’s meal or Vegetarian Meal will include Cheese Pizza, Chips, Beverage and Dessert provided by George’s. Again this year there will be music provided by the Central CT Acoustic Musicians. There will also be a gift basket drawing.
Last year 3 of the 4 scholarships given were awarded to students who are members of St. Mary’s Church. To date the funds raised by this dinner have awarded 19 scholarships to Farmington area students. Tickets will be sold after masses on June 6th and 7th. For any questions or if you would like to help by selling tickets, donating a gift basket or working at the fund raiser please call Betty Faitella at 860-485-0551. Scholarship applications are in the bookcases by the doors to the Gathering Space or at http://www.firstchurchunionville.org/13.html
Baby Bottle DriveSt Mary's will once again participate in the Baby Bottle Drive in support of the Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC) of Unionville.
Empty baby bottles will be available in the gathering space after each Mass on Mother’s Day weekend, May 9 and 10. Please pick one (or two!) up, fill it with spare change, and return it on Father's Day weekend, June 20 and 21.
For questions, call Gina Broadbent at 860-989-4768 or visit the CPC website at www.thecrisispregnancycenterct.org.
Living RosaryThe Legion of Mary at St. Mary Star of the Sea will host a Living Rosary Program
to honor our Blessed Mother in her title of Our Lady of Fatima and pray for
World Peace, Thursday June 4, 2015 @ 7:00PM.
Please join us for an evening of meditation, prayer, music and fellowship.
Monsignor Michael Motta will be our homilist. All are welcome.
Guild Scholarship Presentation BanquetThe Women’s Guild is pleased to announce that it will award a $1,500 scholarship to each of the following graduating, high school seniors for 2015:
Benjamin Matthew Aube son of Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Aube and
Brigit Agnes Cruess daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Cruess
We congratulate them and wish them success in college.
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.