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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 program and you may opt-in and sign-up here. Here are the 2020 Archdiocesan Collection dates.

Baby Bottle Drive

Although we took a break last year due to Covid, the Human Needs Committee will again sponsor the annual Baby Bottle Drive.

This fundraiser supports the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Unionville. Empty baby bottles will be available for pick up in the Fr. Golas Gathering Space after each Mass on Mother`s Day weekend, May 8 and 9.

(Please fill the bottles with coins, cash or a check (checks may be made out to The Crisis Pregnancy Center). Bottles are to be returned Father`s Day weekend, June 19 and 20.

The Crisis Pregnancy Center provides loving, compassionate and spiritual support to women, helping them make plans to keep and parent their babies, or to make an adoption plan. Thank you for supporting this great cause so generously every year. If you prefer to send a check from your home, the address is:
The Crisis Pregnancy Center, 30 Mill Street, Unionville, Ct 06085.

From the Pulpit

Homilist: Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min., Date: 2021-05-09, Mass: Prayer for Mothers Day

Prayer for Mothers Day

Good and gracious God,
In the scriptures we are reminded
of your abundance of mothering qualities.
From eagles wings which lift us up
to nursing mothers which will not abandon us,
biblically,
we are assured that you love us deeply.

Today, we pause to give thanks for the deep love of mothers.

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More Recent Homilies

If you missed or or just want to watch again, here are the links to Easter Vigil and Christmas Eve videos

Human Needs Committee

During the month of April, the Human Needs Committee will be collecting non perishable food for the Farmington and Burlington food pantries.

In Hartford county, 1 in 9 persons experience food insecurity, and 1 in 7 children are at risk for hunger.

If you can, please help our neighbors in need! Especially appreciated at this time are the following items; rice, canned beans, baked beans, peanut butter, jelly, canned vegetables, soups and stews, and mayonnaise. Monetary donations are gratefully accepted, and may be placed in the wooden locked box in the gathering space, next to the display poster.

Thank you for helping our neighbors in need!

Forward with Faith

Forward with Faith (FWF) is a fundraising campaign to build a vibrant community of faith in the parishes, schools, and Catholic organizations in the Archdiocese.

This vision will help to fulfill the mission of our Church in Hartford and in our own Parish: to be living signs of communion with God and to be his instruments for redemption in the world.

Please read more about this campaign at our Frequently Asked Questions

You can read our 10-04-20 Bulletin Insert or

Watch the St. Mary 'Forward with Faith' campaign video. ( updated 2/10/21 )

Returning to Mass

As the COVID pandemic continues, we`d like to do everything possible to ensure your safety.
  • Please keep 6 feet between your family and the next when sitting in the pews.
  • Please wear your mask, covering your nose and mouth, at all times even when coming up for communion.
  • Communion lines will be 1 line in each aisle, maintaining 6 feet between people.
  • After communion please move to the side, raise your mask slightly, and consume the host.
  • Please use hand sanitizer before and after Mass.>/li>
Thank you all for your cooperation. With the continuation of limitations on Mass attendance and our responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our parishioners, the Archbishop is extending the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days up to and including Sunday, May 23, 2021. (Pentecost Sunday). The elderly, the sick, and those who care for anyone who is vulnerable remain encouraged not to attend Mass at this time.

Religious Education News

Religious Education Registration - Registration has started for the "2021 - 2022" Religious Education year and will extend to July 30. All new and returning students are required to submit a registration form and tuition payment. Forms are available in the entrances to the Gathering Space, Hart House and on the parish website. Those new to the parish 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.

What Do You Have to Offer?-President John Kennedy declared in his 1961 inaugural address: "Ask not what your country can do for you - rather ask what you can do for your country." He was encouraging all to work toward the common good of the nation. In our parish today a similar thought might be raised -"Ask not what your parish can do for you - rather ask what you can do for your parish." Instructors are needed at every level in our religious education program - be it for "in person" learning or some remote learning form (e.g. Zoom, Google Meeting, etc.). Realize it or not, we all have "something" to offer, so please contact Deacon Tom at the Religious Education Office to see how you might share the "something" you have with the children of our parish. tel. 860-675-8522 or st.mary.unionville.re@gmail.com.

FOOD COLLECTION for our friends at Westerleigh

For the May 2021 recipe item collection here at St Mary's, our low income and/or disabled Westerleigh resident neighbors will be making SIMPLE CHICKEN SOUP

The items to be collected are ONLY the following items:
  1 carton 32 oz LOW SODIUM Chicken Broth
  2 cans of mixed vegetables
  2 cans of condensed Cream of CHICKEN soup

PLEASE BRING YOUR DONATION'S BY May 23rd.Please see the display in the Gathering Space for sample ingredients. We ask that you please do NOT donate items which are NOT on the list. If you have questions please contact Lynne Murphy at 860-673-9551. Thank you and may God bless you all for your continued generosity. The Westerleigh residents who participate in this program truly appreciate your help.

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 Monsignor'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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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 2021
Vestments are White

Events

5/11 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare Truck
St. Mary Parking Lot

Spotlight

Altar Caretakers / Decor
Care and preparation of several altar items needing regular maintenance, such as the votive candles and the linens is performed by this group.
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Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48/Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 [cf. 2b]/1 Jn 4:7-10/Jn 15:9-17
Monday:
Acts 16:11-15/Ps 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b [cf. 4a]/Jn 15:2-16:4a
Tuesday:
Acts 16:22-34/Ps 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8 [7c]/Jn 16:5-11
Wednesday:
Acts 17:15, 2-18:1/Ps 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14/Jn 16:12-15
Thursday:
Acts 18:1-8/Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 [cf. 2b]/Jn 16:16-20 Ascension: Acts 1:1-11/ Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 [6]/Eph 1:17-23 or Eph 4:1-13 or 4:1-7, 11-13/Mk 16:15-20
Friday:
Acts 1:15-17, 20-26/Ps 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 [8]/Jn 15:9-17
Saturday:
Acts 18:23-28/Ps 47:2-3, 8-10, 10 [8a]/Jn 16:23b-28
Next Sunday:
Ascension: Acts 1:1-11/Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 [6]/Eph 1:17-23 or Eph 4:1-13 or