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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.unionville.re@gmail.com( NEW)

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, 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 progam and you may opt-in and sign-up here. Here are the 2018 Archdiocesan Collection dates.

Bring Warmth To Someone in Need!

Do you have a winter coat that you no longer use? Join us, Best Cleaners and the Salvation Army to bring warmth to someone in need this winter!

The Human Needs Committee will be collecting gently used winter coats in the gathering space, throughout the month of November. Best Cleaners of Farmington will clean the coats for free, and Salvation Army will distribute these coats to people in need. Both adult and children`s coats are appreciated! For more information, please contact Donna Dellacamera at dellacamera@comcast.net, or 860 675-5924.

Piano Concert Here

Rick Daddario our music director will present his annual piano concert here in our church on Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m. The concert, open to the general public FREE OF CHARGE, will feature a medley of standard favorites, songs from Broadway and film, and pop/contemporary tunes.

For those wishing to contribute, a free-will offering will be accepted with 100% of all charitable proceeds to be donated to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Connecticut Chapter.

Refreshments will be offered in the gathering space following the performance.

Mark the date and attend with family and friends.

FOOD COLLECTION for our friends at Westerleigh

We are collecting the following items for our elderly, low income and/or disabled friends at Westerleigh on Plainville Avenue in Unionville all of the weekends of November. St Mary's and 3 other area church founded the Farmington Ecumenical Elderly Housing Corporation decades ago and built Westerleigh for 60 such residents to live safely. The collection is ONLY for the following items as they will be given a recipe using these items to make a healthy meal. Many Westerleigh residents are very low income and will greatly appreciate our parish's contributions to their welfare.

The items requested are:
12.5 oz cans of Swanson Premium White Chunk Chicken,
No Salt Added Veg-All (15 oz can), Low Sodium Chicken Broth (32 oz carton),
Uncooked Rice.


Please see the display in the Gathering Space for more details. If you have questions please contact Lynne Murphy at 860-673-9551.

Children's Chriatmas Party & Ornament Workshop 2018

The Knights of Columbus and the Fun Committee present a combined event: The Children's Christmas Party and Ornament Workshop on Sunday December 2 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm at he Knights of Columbus Hall, 301 New Britain Ave, Unionville. All children, grandchildren and friends of K of C members and St. Mary Star of the Sea parishioners are welcome to attend. Children should be ages 12 and under. This year, the party includes Tom O'Brien Magic, ornament workshop, Face Painting, a Twelve Days of Christmas Raffle, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus! Please sign up for the event no later than November 25th so we can properly prepare for the special day.

Sign Up Sheets will be in the Fr. Golas Gathering space at church, K of C Hall or call Olivia or Timothy Germano at (860) 678-0597 or (860) 212-2516.

Nativity Play

Join in celebrating the "reason for the season," the Birth of Jesus, by participating in the parish Nativity Play.

Open to children of all ages; adults welcome to assist. This program will be led by two teen girls and rehearsals held Sundays 4:00-5:30 every week November 4 -December 9.

Performance presented December 16. Register in the Gathering Space with Little Stars or email Margaret Fishman mafishman123@icloud.com

ALL WOMEN of St. Mary`s Parish

Please join us November 13 for POTLUCK DINNER with a demonstration & tasting by the owner of Sweet Equations, a unique dessert shop. Demonstration at 6 PM. with dinner to follow.

Sign up by November 11, on the Women`s Guild bulletin board in gathering space or contact Jackalyn Gray 860-490-8835 with your Potluck choice: entree, veggie, salad or dessert. If anyone needs a ride to any event contact Kathy Hancock 860-675-1139 and she will try to arrange it.

Religious Education News

Instructors and Hall Monitors are needed for our religious education program (Grades 1,2,3,) starting in the fall.

Without your volunteer efforts our program will struggle to get up and running. Time is of the essence as the Archdiocese of Hartford has specific requirements that all volunteers must complete prior to working directly with children.

So if you or someone you know can help out, contact Deacon Tom at (860-675-8522) or st.mary.unionville.re@gmail.com.



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 2018

Events

NOVEMBER
Coat Drive Month

11/13 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare truck
St. Mary Parking Lot

11/13 6:00 p.m.
Pot Luck
Gathering Space

11/13 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

11/18 9:30 a.m.
Little Stars


11/18 11:00 a.m.
Choir

Today's Readings

November 12, 2018

Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr


Reading 1:
Ti 1:1-9
Psalm:
Ps 24:1b-2, 3-4ab, 5-6
Alleluia:
Phil 2:15d, 16a
Gospel:
Lk 17:1-6

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

Saint of the Day

Saint Josaphat

November 12. Saint Josaphat dedicated his life to healing the split within the Ruthenian Church. While he made some headway, sadly the division extends to today. But his life and efforts were not in vain, for both influenced many Orthodox to be united with Rome.

Click for more from franciscanmedia.org

Spotlight

Music Ministry
The Music Ministry at Saint Mary's invites creative and inspirational participation for both, instrumental and choral support with our weekend liturgies.

The new choir schedule has just been posted on their ministry page, click for more info

Weekly Readings

Sunday:
1 Kgs 17:10-16/Ps 146:7, 8-9, 9-10 [1b]/Heb 9:24-28/Mk 12:38-44 or 12:41-44
Monday:
Ti 1:1-9/Ps 24:1b-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 [cf. 6]/Lk 17:1-6
Tuesday:
Ti 2:1-8, 11-14/Ps 37:3-4, 18 and 23, 27 and 29 [39a]/Lk 17:7-10
Wednesday:
Ti 3:1-7/Ps 23:1b-3a, 3bc-4, 5, 6 [1]/Lk 17:11-19
Thursday:
Phlm 7-20/Ps 146:7, 8-9a, 9bc-10 [5a]/Lk 17:20-25
Friday:
2 Jn 4-9/Ps 119:1, 2, 10, 11, 17, 18 [1b]/Lk 17:26-37
Saturday:
3 Jn 5-8/Ps 112:1-2, 3-4, 5-6/Lk 18:1-8
Next Sunday:
Dn 12:1-3/Ps 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11 [1]/Heb 10:11-14, 18/Mk 13:24-32