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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.


From the Legion of Mary

October is the month of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot solve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary."

Sister Lucia, of the seers of Fatima.

Visit the statue in the gathering space where there are blessed rosaries, information about Fatima and information about the Legion of Mary.

Food Drive

During the month of October the Human Needs Committee will collect food for the Farmington and Burlington food pantries.

All nonperishable items are needed but the Pantry is in dire need of personal care items, laundry and dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper, soup, ramen noodles, fruit juice, hot or cold cereal, coffee, tea, canned meats, mac and cheese, beef stew, tuna, chili, Spam, peanut butter, jelly, pancake mixes, pancake syrup, condiments, pasta sauce, stuffing mix, gravy, canned fruit, nutrigrain bars, granola bars and snacks for school.

Please check the poster in the Gathering Space for more and also check for expired dates.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to either the Farmington or Burlington Food Bank, please send checks directly to Farmington Food Pantry, 75 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032 or Burlington Food and Fuel c/o Mrs. Ellie Parente, 200 Spielman Highway, Burlington, CT 06013. Thank you for any contribution you are able to make.

Please contact Alice Crozier 860-673- 4282 or purplemom1925@gmail.com

Piano Concert Here

November 13
Rick Daddario will once again present a piano concert here in our church on Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Admission is FREE, with a free-will offering accepted by those wishing to donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Greater Ct, Western MA Chapter. The hour-long event will feature a medley of standard favorites as well as themes from Broadway and film. Refreshments will be provided in the gathering space following the performance.

Plan to attend with friends.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA is a program specifically for adults who wish to explore the possibility of joining the Catholic Church. The RCIA program is designed for adults who are un-baptized, baptized in another Christian faith, or for baptized Catholics who have never received First Eucharist or Confirmation.

If you are interested, or know someone who might be, there will be an Information Night, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Father Golas Gathering Space.

There will be an opportunity to find out more details of this rich journey of faith—RCIA. Call Sister Maria Toce at 860 845-8671 if you plan to attend.

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.

Parish Picnic Photos

See the Parish Photo Gallery for more photos





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

OCTOBER IS
FOOD PANTRY MONTH

Mon., 10/24 7:00 p.m.
Liturgical Ministries Committee mTG
Worship Space

Tue., 10/25 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

Today's Readings

December 3, 2016

Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest


Reading 1:
Is 30:19-21, 23-26
Psalm:
Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Alleluia:
Is 33:22
Gospel:
Mt 9:35B-10:1, 5a, 6-8

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

Spotlight

LECTORS NEEDED!
Lectors proclaim scripture at Mass and fulfill an important role in our worship. Public reading is among the most ancient forms of Christian ministry. At St. Mary Church the Lector is entrusted with making the word of God come alive by proclaiming it for the congregation.

After brief training, Lectors are typically assigned to read at Mass once or twice each month; however, occasionally a Lector may read at special Masses. Participation is open to all practicing Catholics. For more information please contact Edward O'Reilly at 860-675-4050.

Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Sir 35:12-14, 16-18/Ps 34:2-3, 17-19, 23/2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18/Lk 18:9-14
Monday:
Eph 4:32--5:8/Ps 1:1-4, 6/Lk 13:10-17
Tuesday:
Eph 5:21-33 or 5:2a, 25-32/Ps 128:1-5/Lk 13:18-21
Wednesday:
Eph 6:1-9/Ps 145:10-14/Lk 13:22-30
Thursday:
Eph 6:10-20/Ps 144:1-2, 9-10/Lk 13:31-35
Friday:
Eph 2:19-22/Ps 19:2-5/Lk 6:12-16
Saturday:
Phil 1:18b-26/Ps 42:2-3, 5/Lk 14:1, 7-11
Next Sunday:
Wis 11:22--12:2/Ps 145: 1-2, 8-11, 13-14/2 Thes 1:11--2:2/Lk 19:1-10