2020-09-2726th Sunday of Ordinary TimeRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

Our parish is named St. Mary Star of the Sea. It was established in the late 1800`s. Where did it get its name? It is not near any sea or ocean.

I believe that it got its name because the second Bishop of Hartford, Most Reverend Bernard O`Reilly, died at sea. He was on his way to Ireland looking for more priests to come to Connecticut.

The pastor in Collinsville who was related to the Bishop was named after him. His name was Father Bernard O`Reilly Sheridan. I believe that he named our parish in honor of his relative, the Bishop.

I have been at the parish for over seven years. I have found the parishioners very kind and generous. Although we are in the midst of a pandemic, your devotion to the parish is obvious. You continue to support the parish financially.

I have been a priest for over 48 years and rarely do I ask people for more money.

All of the pastors in the Archdiocese of Hartford have been asked to do just that.

We have not had a capital campaign in over 175 years, but the Archdiocese is planning for the future. The campaign is called Forward with Faith.

Half of the money raised from our parish will stay with our parish. The other half will go to the Hartford Bishops Foundation, which will disperse money to other ministries and poorer parishes in the Archdiocese. It is called the Hartford Bishops Foundation in honor of the past corporate leaders of Hartford who looked after the welfare of the city.

Our parish will be 20 years old in the near future. Soon we will need a new roof, new painting, new carpeting, and the re-paving of the parking lots at the church, the rectory, and the cemetery.

You will be asked to make a pledge that can be paid over a period of 5 years.

I know that you will be generous because you have been generous in the past. Our goal is based on the collections that we received in 2018. That was $635,000. This collection will be used to plan for our future.

You will still be asked to contribute to the Archbishop`s Annual Appeal which is used primarily for charity. You will also be asked to continue to be generous to our parish on a weekly basis.

It is a lot to ask of you but remember that "God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:7

God bless you.

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