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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.

Visit the NEW 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 progam and you may opt-in and sign-up here. Here are the 2019 Archdiocesan Collection dates.

Volunteer Thank you Dinner

Monsignor Motta invites you to a Thank You Dinner in your honor!

The volunteer Thank You Dinner is a celebration to recognize all of our dedicated parish volunteers who graciously give of their time, talent and efforts to continue our parish ministries, committees, council, choir or religious education.

It will be held in the Father Golas Gathering Space on Friday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP no later than Monday, June 3 so that we can order enough food. You may sign up in the Gathering Space, by email to stmarysrsvp@yahoo.com or by calling Laura Roberts at 860 673-2307. Please provide your name, ministry and phone number.

Council Matters

Thank you for your participation in the Parish Council Elections process. We are pleased to announce the following four new St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish Council members for the 2019-2022 term.

Alice Amico, Alison Barto, Marisa Melluzzo, Patricia Smith


They will replace outgoing Council members:
Linda Barnhart, Fran Javaruski, Steve Prunk, Ann Waters

Congratulations to the new members and sincere thanks to the outgoing members for their willingness to serve and for sharing their time and talent.

St. Mary Star of the Sea Women`s Guild Scholarship

The Women`s Guild is pleased to offer scholarships to high school seniors who plan to continue their education beyond high school and who are parishioners of St. Mary Church in Unionville.

Applications are available on the bookshelves in the church entryways and in the guidance departments of Farmington, Avon, Lewis Mills, St. Paul Catholic, and Northwest Catholic High Schools.

Applications must be received by: Saturday, April 6, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Fran Javaruski at 860 906-6615.

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 the weekend of May 26/27.

The items to be collected are ONLY the following items, to make healthy sandwiches:
15 oz jars of `light` mayonnaise
Canned Tuna packed in water, not oil
Canned Chicken

PLEASE BRING YOUR DONATION/S by May 27. Items donated after that will be donated to the local food pantry.

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

Thank you and may God bless you all for your generosity toward this program. It is very much appreciated.

The Women's Guild

would like to thank everyone who helped to make our Bingo night such a success! Thank you Monsignor for your continued generosity.

Marie Perusse did a wonderful job running the event and preparing all the door prizes. And, thanks to Jackie Gray for her ever-present help.

Thanks to everyone who supplied door prizes and raffle prizes with a special thank you to Lynne Murphy for your generosity.

A big thank you to the bakers! All the desserts were delicious! Last, but not least, thanks to our cleanup crew! Looking forward to next year.

Meal Packing Fundraiser

113 cases of nutritious, fortified meals of both rice and beans, and pasta with tomato basil sauce were packed on Saturday, May 4 in the Gathering Space. Hartford county is the 4th hungriest in New England and our efforts will impact many people.

In our 3rd year, we increased the amount of meals and the number of recipients again! The food was donated to 24 local food pantries and agencies: FISH, Torrington; The Fresh Place, Hartford; Seventh Day Adventist Church Food Pantry, Plainville; Gifts of Love; Fern Street Back Pack Program; Universalist Church, West Hartford; United Labor Agency Backpack Program, Rocky Hill; St. Augustine`s Church, Hartford; The Cathedral of St. Joseph Food Pantry; Agape House, Bristol; Salvation Army, Bristol; The Friendship Center, New Britain; McKinney Shelter, Hartford; Zion Evangelical Lutheran, Bristol; H.O.M.E. Maine; Town Food Pantries of Avon, Burlington, Canton and Farmington; Loaves & Fishes, Hartford; St. Vincent DePaul, Bristol; Bristol Center High School; The Catholic Worker, Hartford; Hispanic Health Council, Hartford; House of Bread, Hartford.

Many volunteers worked very hard on Saturday from 11:00 to almost 4:00. This work is made possible by generosity and dedication to helping our neighbors. Four sponsor organizations contributed St. Mary's Women's Guild, Knights of Columbus, Farmington UNICO and Unionville Lions Club.

Over $6,000 was raised to fund the supplies provided by the Outreach Program. Each meal costs .25 which feeds 4 - 6 people; one case costs $54. Thank you to the small but mighty team of parishioners who planned and coordinated this service project - Lynda Bonato, Pat & Bob Cable

Altar Server Training

All students in 4th grade or higher
interested in becoming an Altar Server
should attend a training session either on
May 19 at 4:00 p.m. in church or May 20 at 6:00 p.m.

For more information, please e-mail st.marys.peerconnections@gmail.com

Religious Education Registration

Registration for the `2019 - 2020` Religious Education year has begun.

All new and returning students are required to submit a registration form. Forms can be found in the entrances to the Gathering Space and Hart House.

The normal registration period will end June 14th after which time tuition fees will increase and class assignments made on a `space available` basis only.

Save the Date

Friday June 21 - Sunday June 23
Teen Retreat Weekend

For more information go to the Youth Ministry page on stmary-unionville.org



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 2019

Events

5/19 9:30 a.m.
Little Stars

5/19 4:00 p.m.
Altar Server Training
Worship Space

5/20 6:00 p.m.
Altar Server Training
Worship Space

5/21 6:15 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

5/22 7:00 p.m.
Human Needs Mtg.
Gathering Space

Today's Readings

May 27 2019

Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter


Reading 1:
Acts 16:11-15
Psalm:
Ps 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b
Alleluia:
Jn 15:26b, 27a
Gospel:
Jn 15:26—16:4a

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

Saint of the Day

Saint Augustine of Canterbury

May 27. Saint Augustine of Canterbury, a monk, was the first bishop of Canterbury. While he only labored for another eight years after establishing the diocese, his influence lives on. Part of his success, limited though it was, was due to his compassionate approach to the local peoples.

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Spotlight

Parish Council
The mission of the St. Mary's Parish Council is to act as a communication link between the clergy and the parishioners regarding spiritual, material, and human resource needs of the parish. The Parish Council serves in an advisory capacity and is primarily concerned with pastoral life and parish ministry.
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Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Acts 14:21-27/Ps 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13 [cf. 1]/Rv 21:1-5a/Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35
Monday:
Acts 14:5-18/Ps 115:1-2, 3-4, 15-16 [1ab]/Jn 14:21-26
Tuesday:
Acts 14:19-28/Ps 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 21 [cf. 12]Jn 14:27-31a
Wednesday:
Acts 15:1-6/Ps 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5 [cf. 1]/Jn 15:1-8
Thursday:
Acts 15:7-21/Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 10 [3]/Jn 15:9-11
Friday:
Acts 15:22-31/Ps 57:8-9, 10 and 12 [10a]/Jn 15:12-17
Saturday:
Acts 16:1-10/Ps 100:1b-2, 3, 5 [2a]/Jn 15:18-21
Next Sunday:
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29/Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 [4]/Rv 21:10-14, 22-23/Jn 14:23-29