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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 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 program and you may opt-in and sign-up here. Here are the 2015 Archdiocesan Collection dates.


St. Mary’s Children’s Worship Program — Little Stars has Returned

For Preschool Aged Kids (3-6 years old) NO REGISTRATION - DROP IN

This ministry is designed to educate children about the Mass and our Catholic faith. The program is created to focus on the Gospels through readings that are child-centered and activities & music which reinforce the Gospel message. We meet in the Fr. John Golas Gathering Space during Sunday 9:30 Mass

The program allows preschool children to learn about their faith while giving parents the opportunity to focus on their faith during the mass.

Golf Tournament

Please support the St. Mary Star of the Sea first annual Golf Tournament by playing in the tournament and/or making a donation. All profits will be used to feed the poor at the House of Bread in Hartford and St. Therese School in Lilavois, Haiti.

The tournament is scheduled on Sept. 29, 2015 at Blue Fox Run in Avon, CT. For more information and a brochure, visit a member of our golf committee at the display in the Gathering Space at any Mass next weekend or contact George Crowley at 860 674-0844 or 860 463-2069 or georgecrowley@comcast.net.

Thank you for your support. Visit our webpage http://stmary-unionville.org/golftournament.php

Youth Ministry Kickoff Weekend

September 5 /September 6

Have you ever wondered what the youth ministry program really does besides having a lot of fun? Wonder no more!

Come and talk to a member of Peer Connections, St. Mary's Youth Ministry program, after mass during the weekend of September 5 & 6.

You will have the opportunity to get information about our existing programs for middle and high school students as well as learn about our newest programs for preschoolers, young adults and parents. If you don't have a moment to spare after mass, you can find all the same information on our parish website or on the Peer Connections Facebook page.

If you don't want to wait, email st.marys.peerconnections@gmail.com or call Amanda McCaffrey, Coordinator of Youth Ministry, at 860-716-4978 today!

The Legion of Mary

Are you or someone you know home bound and wish to receive the Eucharist? Members of the Legion of Mary would be happy to visit and bring the Eucharist to you. Please call the rectory @ 860-6732422 or Kathy Dossot @ 860 673 3163.

The Legion of Mary is an association of Catholic laity who serve the church on a voluntary basis. It was founded in Dublin, Ireland, by a layman, Frank Duff, as a Roman Catholic Marian organization. Currently there are three million active members worldwide and approximately ten million auxiliary members.

The Legion is open to men and women at least 18 years of age, who are practicing Catholics. The main purpose of the Legion is the spiritual growth of its members, who are expected to attend weekly meeting, where they pray together and report on their activities undertaken on behalf of the Legion.


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 2015

Spotlight

RCIA
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (often abbreviated RCIA) is the process through which interested adults are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. Children who were not baptized as infants are also initiated through an adapted process of this rite, sometimes mistakenly referred to as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC). Check our ministry page for further information
  RCIA

Events

Sun., 8/30 1:00 p.m.
Parish Picnic
K of C, Unionville

Mon., 8/31 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Gathering Space

Tue., 9/01 7:00 p.m.
Parish Council Mtg
Gathering Space

Fri., 9/04 8:15 a.m.
First Friday Adoration

Sat.,Sun., 9/5–6
Youth Ministry Weekend

Sun., 9/06 9:30 p.m.
Little Stars
Gathering Space

Readings

Sunday: Dt 4:1-2, 6-8/Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27/Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Monday: 1 Thes 4:13-18/Lk 4:16-30
Tuesday: 1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11/Lk 4:31-37
Wednesday: Col 1:1-8/Lk 4:38-44
Thursday: Col 1:9-14/Lk 5:1-11
Friday: Col 1:15-20/Lk 5:33-39
Saturday: Col 1:21-23/Lk 6:1-5
Next Sunday: Is 35:4-7a/Jas 2:1-5/Mk 7:31-37