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St. Mary Star of the Sea is a Roman 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

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.

Saturday and Sunday Masses

Weekend Masses have resumed in our parish at our regularly scheduled times.

Saturday: 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

Dispensation from Sunday obligation has been granted to all Catholics of the Archdiocese of Hartford by the Archbishop through September 5, 2020.

The elderly, the sick and those who care for anyone who is vulnerable remain encouraged not to attend at this time.

Confessions have also resumed at 3:30 p.m on Saturday.

Youth Ministry Update

It has been a while since our Peer Connections Youth Ministry Programs were able to meet in person. However, that doesn’t mean we should stop learning about our faith. Our Youth Ministry Program has created a variety of programs for ALL AGES.

Every day on our social media is the Daily Reflection to help your daily prayer practice.

Every Wednesday is The Weekly Message video series where you get a chance to see the church and listen to the Coordinator of Youth Ministry.

Every Sunday on our social media is the Gospel reflection to help you dig a little deeper into that week’s Gospel.

Every month the Monthly Newsletter will be posted on the Youth Ministry Web Portal.

We hope to bring you more programs and content over the next few months. Keep praying, wash those and hands and stay safe.

Returning to Mass

The do's and do not's
Both Daily and Weekend Masses are scheduled to resume. But before coming to mass there are a few things that you should know.

You might notice...
- there are pews that are blocked off. This is to ensure social distancing.
- no water in the Baptismal font.
- less liturgical ministers (no altar servers) serving at mass.
- there is no singing.
- no Missalettes in the pews.
- Communion will only be received in the hand. The priest or Eucharistic Minister will drop it into your hand. No gloves should be worn to receive Communion as there will be no touching.

The Do's:
- Do wear a mask at all times.
- Do sit with your family but maintain a distance of six (6) feet between your family and the parishioner next to you.
- Do wash your hands both before leaving your house to arrive at church and after returning home.
- Do use the hand sanitizer provided upon entering the Worship Space.

The Do Not's:
- Please do not come to Mass if you or any family members are feeling sick.
- Please do not hang out in the Gathering Space before or after Mass.
- Please do not remain in the Worship Space after Mass. Staff must thoroughly disinfect the Worship space in between Masses.
- Please do not hold hands during the Our Father.
- Please do not touch during the Sign of Peace such as holding or shaking hands. You may offer a head nod instead.

While these changes might feel awkward, they are in place in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Bible Stories for Children

Let's read some stories together. Did you know that the Bible isn't one big book but is made up of a bunch of books? It is like a library filled with stories, poems, songs, and laws.

Each week, as a family, join us on Facebook Sundays at 9:30 AM as one of our Little Stars teachers, Miss Margaret, reads some of these stories. We invite our Little Stars as well as our Elementary School Students to join us on this journey through the Bible.

The videos will also be posted to our Web Portal on the parish website. 

Weekly Video Message - #weareallinthistogether

Each week our Coordinator of Youth Ministry will post a weekly message on Wednesdays. During this time of crisis, we will bring you images from inside our parish along with messages of hope, faith and love.

If you have a question you would like us to answer, please send an email to st.marys.peerconnections@gmail.com

Here is this weeks video, enjoy.

Religious Education News

To date there have been no announcements/guidelines forthcoming from the Archdiocese concerning the requirements for "start-up" of our religious education program this fall.  It is likely that some program re-structuring to accommodate social distancing and increased sanitizing efforts will be required. Re-scheduled dates for our First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation celebrations will be announced when a "new normal" comes into view. Check the parish bulletin (on our website) for any updates.

Going forward - registration for the 2020/2021 religious education year has begun and will continue through August 7th.  Registration forms are available in the entrances to the Gathering Space and in the box on Hart House front porch.

Enjoy some familiar music

Enjoy some of our music director, Rick Daddario's piano music while you read the bulletin, visit the stations of the cross or read Monseignor's Homilies.

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In addition to directing our music ministry and our parish Adult Choir, Rick is an accomplished pianist and often performs at a variety of events and engagements throughout Connecticut.

The player opens in another window, so you can keep it open while you explore the site.

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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Weekly Readings

1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12/Ps 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130 [97a]/Rom 8:28-30/Mt 13:44-52 or 13:44-46
Jer 13:1-11/Dt 32:18-19, 20, 21 [cf. 18a]/Mt 13:31-35
Jer 14:17-22/Ps 79:8, 9, 11 and 13 [9]/Mt 13:36-43
Jer 15:10, 16-21/Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 [2]/Jn 11:19-27 or Lk 10:38-42
Jer 18:1-6/Ps 146:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6ab [5a]/Mt 13:47-53
Jer 26:1-9/Ps 69:5, 8-10, 14 [14c]/Mt 13:54-58
Jer 26:11-16, 24/Ps 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34 [14c]/Mt 14:1-12