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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 NEW 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 2016 Archdiocesan Collection dates.


Ministry and Commmittee Forum

All members and officers of every ministry and committee of St. Mary Parish are warmly invited and strongly encouraged to attend the 1st annual Ministry and Committee Forum on Thursday, January 26, 2017 here at St. Mary's from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The event will include an inspirational message, workshop session for 3 important pastoral planning projects, opportunity for questions and answers, and tasty refreshments. See the poster in the Fr. Golas Gathering Space for contact information and to sign up. Every group must be represented. Your participation will enhance your service to our parish. Please join us!

Bingo Night!

Ladies of St. Mary's


Please join us for snacks and prizes!
JANUARY 17th at 6:00
in the Gathering Space.
Contact Sue Shortley
860-677-0556

Come One Come All, Social Justice,

invites you come, consider and reflect on the words of our Holy Father Francis: "When we speak of the "environment", what we really mean is a relationship existing between nature and the society which lives in it. Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live.

We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it. Recognizing why a given area is polluted requires a study of the workings of society, its economy, its behavior patterns, and the ways it grasps reality.” (139) in the Gathering Space, January 18 1:00-2:30. Info Call Clara 860-673-0756

Little Stars Update

Start the new year off with Little Stars. Want your children to get the most out of Mass? Learn about God, Jesus, our Church and the Bible? Bring them to Mass at 9:30 on Sundays and drop them of at Little Stars. You can attend mass and enjoy the quiet time while actually listening to the readings instead of constantly telling your kids to be quiet! This is a drop-off program so no need to sign up.

Our first class of 2017 will meet on January 8th. We look forward to seeing you and your little ones there! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Contact Danielle Frissora with questions: dfrissora@gmail.com or 860-508-7188

Men of St. Mary Retreat

This year for a New Year Resolution you can keep, and one that will be of benefit to you and those around you, join us on our parish Retreat for 1-1/2 days.  Fill in your calendar starting with a supper date on Fri., Feb. 24 and ending with Mass and brunch on Sunday.

Check out details and register at HolyFamilyRetreat.org/findyourparishweekend? or call chairman Bob Bonato at 673-5251.  You'll come away with new energy and new purpose .

Candle Offering Reminder

The votive candles located in our worship space beneath the statue of our Blessed Mother are available for your lighting in prayerful remembrance and special intention. The suggested offering is $1.00 and is to be placed into the self—contained box located in the center of each of the two racks.

Please remember to light a candle from the top rows DOWN, to avoid the risk of injury which can be caused by placing your arm over a lighted votive. Thank you.


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 2016

Events

Tue., 1/17 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

Tue., 1/17 7:00 p.m.
Bingo!
Gathering Space

Wed., 1/18 1:00 p.m.
Study of Encyclical
Gathering Space

Today's Readings

January 20, 2017

Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time


Psalm:
Ps 85:8 and 10, 11-12, 13-14
Alleluia:

Gospel:
Mk 3:13-19

Click for full text of today's readings from usccb.org

Spotlight

Womens Guild
The Guild's Mission to promote the spiritual and social welfare of the church, to assist in raising funds to be used for various projects within the parish, and to perform special works as assigned by the Reverend Pastor or his delegate."Since the early 1920's the St. Mary's Womens Guild has taken an active role in assisting the parish and the community in many ways.
more info

Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Is 49:3, 5-6/Ps 40/1 Cor 1:1-3/Jn 1:29-34
Monday:
Heb 5:1-10/Ps 110/Mk 2:18-22
Tuesday:
Heb 6:10-20/Ps 111/Mk 2:23-28
Wednesday:
Heb 7:1-3, 15-17/Ps 110/Mk 3:1-6
Thursday:
Heb 7:25--8:6/Ps 40/Mk 3:7-12
Friday:
Heb 8:6-13/Ps 85/Mk 3:13-19
Saturday:
Heb 9:2-3, 11-14/Ps 47/Mk 3:20-21
Next Sunday:
Is 8:23--9:3/Ps 27/1 Cor 1:10-13, 17/Mt 4:12-23 or 4:12-17