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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.

Our parishioners are returning slowly, steadily and safely each week as we carefully continue to observe proper social distancing. This picture was taken last Saturday at the 4:30 p.m. mass. Please review the do's and do not's about returning to Mass below.

Archbishop`s Annual Appeal

For he first time ever, please join Archbishop Leonard Blair on #CC0000 for the Archbishop`s Annual Appeal Virtual Kickoff, allowing him the opportunity to personally introduce the 2021 Archbishop`s Annual Appeal, Reaching Out, Healing Together.

On Wednesday, March 3 please go to, https://archdioeseofhartford.org/appeal/ to participate in the 2021 Virtual Kickoff from home. All funds contributed to the Archbishop`s Annual Appeal are used exclusively for the purposes outlined in the Appeal literature, which can be found at https://archdioceseofhartford.org/appeal/ No Appeal Funds are ever used for legal fees or settlements.

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 )

Our Lady of Calvary Retreat News

Due to the pandemic, the one-day women`s retreat on March 6 will be canceled.

Please visit the retreat website for the wonderful online program options that are available.

http://www.ourladyofcalvary.net

Scholarships


St. Mary`s Women`s Guild will offer scholarship(s) to parish high school seniors graduating in 2021.

Applications may be found in the entry ways of the church and in the guidance offices at their schools.

Applications are due by April 10, 2021.

Please contact Fran Javaruski, 860 906-6615, with any questions.

From the Pulpit

Homilist: Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min, Date: 2021-02-28, Mass: 2nd Sunday of Lent

Did God really ask Abraham to sacrifice His Son? Would God ask a parent to sacrifice one of their children?

Offering up a child to appease one of the gods was happening in the primitive society in which Abraham lived. Did Abraham want to show God that he was as religious as his pagan neighbors?

Or was Abraham mistaken about God’s intentions? Did Abraham know what God was sayin . . (more)

More Recent Homilies

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Attention Business Owners, Professionals, Self-Employed and Families! Bulletin Advertising, read both in print and digitally online!

Mary Hoffman from Liturgical Publications is working on securing new advertising sponsors for our bulletin over the next few weeks. We need and appreciate your help!

We continue to publish the bulletin and make it available in print and online. Please consider purchasing an ad. Your ad and participation make our bulletin successful and help you attract new customers!

To place an ad or for more information, please contact Mary Hoffman at 860-836-8486 or via e-mail at mhoffman@4LPi.com.

At Home Lenten Activities

LENTEN PROJECTS 2021 Due to the COVID pandemic, we are unable to have in-person events this Lent, however, we have 2 program projects for you to do at home. We prayerfully invite and encourage your participation. During the liturgical season of Lent, we put our faith into action through prayers, fasting and almsgiving -- and this year, sewing!

(1) CRS Rice Bowl has been done by our parish CCD classes for many years. This year we are inviting families with children or, individuals to pick up collection boxes in The Gathering Space and take home to follow the Lenten calendar. At the end of the season, tally your funds then mail your donation by check to addressed envelope provided OR, online to: crsricebowl.org/give. Please donate to this worthy program that supports the work of Catholic Relief Services in more than 100 countries. Information will be in the display in the Gathering Space. Questions? Please contact Clara Ryan @ 860-673-0756 or email clevryan@hotmail.com

(2) Hats for the Homeless Last year, we nearly filled the Gathering Space with a multi-generational group that made fleece hats and scarves for the homeless. This year, we invite you to take home a package of fleece yardage, a pattern and instructions to sew several fleece hats at home, then return the sewn hats to church for distribution to area homeless shelters. Please see more information in the Gathering Space.

Questions? Please contact Lynne Murphy @ 860-673-9551 or LAMurphy522@gmail.com

FOOD COLLECTION for our friends at Westerleigh

During the initial months of CoVID, when our parish was not open for Masses, the Board of Directors at Westerleigh donated the food for residents who needed it. Several of our parishioners serve on that Board. Now that Masses have resumed here, the Nutrition Program will restart again for the month of October as food and nutrition needs are still important for our low income and/or disabled neighbors at Westerleigh.

For the February 2021 recipe item collection here at St Mary's, our low income and/or disabled Westerleigh resident neighbors will be making QUICK POTATO CORN CHOWDER

The items to be collected are ONLY the following items:
   1 carton 32 oz LOW SODIUM Chicken Broth
   One 15.25 oz can of whole kernel corn
   2 cans (14.5 oz each) white potatoes
   1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk

PLEASE BRING YOUR DONATION'S BY Frebuary 21st.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.

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.

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.

Click here

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 2020
Vestments are Purple

Events

3/2 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare Truck
St. Mary Parking Lot

3/12 5pm.-7pm
Lenten Fish Fry To Go
Knights of Columbus
more info

3/19 5pm.-7pm
Lenten Fish Fry To Go
Knights of Columbus
more info

3/26 5pm.-7pm
Lenten Fish Fry To Go
Knights of Columbus
more info

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:
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
Monday:
Dn 9:4b-10/Ps 79:8, 9 11 and 13 [cf. 103:10a]/Lk 6:36-38
Tuesday:
Is 1:10, 16-20/Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23 [23b]/Mt 23:1-12
Wednesday:
Jer 18:18-20/Ps 31:5-6, 14, 15-16 [17b]/Mt 20:17-28
Thursday:
Jer 17:5-10/Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 [40:5a]/Lk 16:19-31
Friday:
Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a/Ps 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21 [5a]/Mt 21:33-43, 45-46
Saturday:
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 or 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