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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.

Boy/Cub Scout Sunday

This year's Boy/Cub Scout Sunday is February 17 at the 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea. We had a very successful Boy/Cub Scout Sunday last year and are looking forward to a great service this year. This is a great way to bring our scouts together to celebrate their commitment to their faith and fulfillment of their "Duty to God".

There will be an opportunity to take part in the service through readings, carrying the flags, bringing gifts, etc. Readings will be provided ahead of time to those assigned to those roles so they may also practice at home. Readers and those with active roles will meet at 8:45 a.m. The rest of the participants should arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. Scouts will sit in reserved seats in front of the altar and will be asked to wear their class A uniforms. We will also remember Scoutmaster Bill Benson in our prayers. We need: 1st reader, 2nd reader., flag carrier 1 flag carrier 2, 8- general intersession readers, 2- gift bearers, opening prayer reader, door greeters. Please contact Olivia Germano at 860-212-2516 or at cspack170ct@gmail.com to register yourr son by February 10th. If you are interested in any of the available roles.

Bagels & Books...

Feeling the pull to deepen your faith? Need some inspiration? A spiritual book discussed among new and old friends may be just what you`re looking for to move forward! Just read any or all of the books listed below and show up on the date of the discussion. No weekly or monthly meetings to add to the time crunch we all feel.

Bagels and coffee will be available. We will meet after the 11:00 Mass until 1:00 in the Gathering Space of the church.

All are welcome. Books are available on Amazon.

March 24: Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans `If the Bible isn`t a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it?`

May 5: Fearless by Max Lucado `Imagine your life wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats?` One of Fr. David`s (Holy Family) favorite books of all time.

Contact Maureen 860 673-6145 or mwmosk@comcast.net

St. Mary`s Women`s Guild

Please join us on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Gathering Space for a couple hours of fun and laughter to decorate Valentine cookies which will be distributed to local elderly facilities to brighten their day.

No artistic ability required. Cookies, frosting and decoration provided.

Please contact Kathy Hancock 860-675-1139 if interested.

For Your Information!

Little Stars Returns -Our preschool ministry is backin session during the 9:30 Mass. No registration is required.

2019 LENTEN PROGRAM

You are cordially invited to our parish`s 2019 LENTEN PROGRAM: a 6-week DVD Presentation and Discussion to learn about Relativism and its impact on us and our society. Each DVD presentation is 30 minutes, then opportunity for discussion.
Click for flyer: Lenten Program 2019.pdf

Sunday, March 3rd 4:00 - 5:15 PM Don`t Impose Your Morality on Me; and Recovering the Basics: Virtue and Friendship
Thursday, March 7th 7:00 - 8:00 PM Real Freedom, Real Love
Thursday, March 14th 7:00 - 8:00 PM The Lost `Art of Living`
Thursday, March 21st 7:00 - 8:00 PM Engaging Moral Relativism
Thursday, March 28th 7:00 - 8:00 PM `I Disagree` Doesn`t Mean `I Hate You`
Thursday, April 4th 7:00 - 8:15 PM Exposing the Mask: What Relativism is Often Covering Up; and
What is Truth? Answering Common Questions

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.

St. Mary Men`s Retreat

Gentlemen of St. Mary Church, you still have time to let me know your intentions to attend our retreat starting Fri., Feb. 22 for supper and ending after brunch on Sun. Call me, Bob Bonato 673-5251, for signup or visit www.HolyFamilyRetreat.ORG/findyourparishweekend?

You`ll come away uplifted. A free certificate is available to new retreatants. Also there is help available for past retreatants in need.

Thanks for your consideration, Bob
The Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min. homily for February 10,2019

Fifth Sunday of the Year (C)

Years ago a mother in Nashville, Tennessee, gave birth prematurely to a tiny baby girl. Shortly afterward, the baby caught pneumonia. Next, the baby caught scarlet fever. Finally, she contracted polio. The last illness left her one leg badly crippled and her foot twisted inward.

When the little girl reached the age of five, she hobbled about on metal braces.

When she reached eleven, the handicapped girl asked her sister to watch at the door while she practiced walking without the braces.

For a whole year the girl continued her secret walks. Then one day she told her doctor what she had been doing. He was flabbergasted. He agreed to let her continue, but only for short periods of time.

Well, the girl's idea of a short period was far different from the doctor's idea. And to her walking without braces the handicapped girl added times for prayer.

That girl eventually threw away her braces for good.

Whatever happened that girl? The girl began to run. And she ran and ran and ran. At the age of sixteen, this girl qualified for the Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, and went on to win a bronze medal in the women's 400-meter relay. Four years after that, in the 1960 Olympics at Rome, she became the first woman in history to win three gold medals in track and field. That girl was Wilma Rudolph. Wilma came home to a ticker-tape parade and a private audience with President Kennedy. She was given the Sullivan Award, naming her the nation's top amateur athlete. Wilma Rudolph is a living example of the power of perseverance.

The Gospel for today tells us: 1. Never give up. Do not lose hope, give it your best shot. 2. Do not try to do what you are doing unless you do it with God's help. We need God in our lives. You need a good prayer life. 3. Do not be afraid of deep water. This is when you need God the most. Do not try to do it alone.

We come to Church because we are weak and we need each other. Do not be afraid says Jesus in today's Gospel This is the time to bring others into the boat with us.

Let us close with a prayer that was composed by St. Ignatius of Loyola who was a model of prayer and perseverance.

"Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for reward, except to know that I am doing your will."


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

2/10 9:30 a.m.
Little Stars


2/10 4:00 p.m.
Altar Server Training
Church

2/11 7:00 p.m.
Leadership Team Meeting
Gath. Sp.

2/11 7:00 p.m.
Haiti Ministry Mtg.
Hosp. Room

2/12 6:15 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

2/12 7:00 p.m.
Women’s Guild
Gathering Space

2/17 9:30 a.m.
Choir

Today's Readings

February 20 2019

Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time


Reading 1:
Gn 8:6-13, 20-22
Psalm:
pS 116:12-13, 14-15, 18-19
Alleluia:
 See Eph 1:17-18
Gospel:
Mk 8:22-26

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

Saint of the Day

Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto

February 20. Two young children who died early in life, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, gained the attention of the Church and world when Mary appeared to them at Fatima. Without being martyred, they became witnesses and messengers of God’s goodness.

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Spotlight

Mens Retreat
What is a Retreat? It's a time-out or a pause in your regular day-to-day activities and responsibilities. Time to stop, look, listen to God and to examine your relationship with God. A retreat is organized with enough flexibility to help you deepen your faith in your own way. There is time for solitude and meditation and an opportunity for rest, relaxation, and friendship.
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Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Is 6:1-2a, 3-8/Ps 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-8 [1c]/1 Cor 15:1-11 or 15:3-8, 11/Lk 5:1-11
Monday:
Gn 1:1-19/Ps 104:1-2a, 5-6, 10 and 12, 24 and 35c [31b]/Mk 6:53-56
Tuesday:
Gn 1:20—2:4a/Ps 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 [2ab]/Mk 7:1-13
Wednesday:
Gn 2:4b-9, 15-17/Ps 104:1-2a, 27-28, 29bc-30 [1a]/Mk 7:14-23
Thursday:
Gn 2:18-25/Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 [cf. 1a]/Mk 7:24-30
Friday:
Gn 3:1-8/Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7 [1a]/Mk 7:31-37
Saturday:
Gn 3:9-24/Ps 90:2, 3-4abc, 5-6, 12-13 [1]/Mk 8:1-10
Next Sunday:
Jer 17:5-8/Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6 [40:5a]/1 Cor 15:12, 16-20/Lk 6:17, 20-26