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St. Mary Star of the Sea is a Roman 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

Feel free to browse the links to the Our Holy Father's 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 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 program and you may opt-in and sign-up here. Here are the 2020 Archdiocesan Collection dates.

COVID Safety Update

Due to the threat of the spread of Covid-19, everyone should resume wearing masks in church.

Please continue to:
  • Use the hand sanitizer provided upon entering the Worship Space.
  • Maintain social distance between your family and others as much as possible.
  • Refrain from holding hands during the Our Father or shaking hands during the Sign of Peace.
  • Receive Communion in your hands only.
  • Avoid attending Mass if you or any family members are feeling ill.

Thank you for your cooperation with these procedures to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Update on St. Therese of Lilivois Parish - Haiti

Fr. Bichara has reported that they were not harmed in their area from the recent earthquake.

They continue to use the money we send for the feeding program that provides lunch for the school children and also helps pay the teachers. Because of the pandemic we have not been able to do large fundraiser events like the golf tournament, so this envelope collection is very important to raising money for this ministry.

Thank you for your continued support.

Welcome

We welcome all who celebrate with us at St. Mary Star of the Sea whether visitors, long-time residents or newly arrived at our parish.

If you are not a registered member of our parish community, please complete a census form located on the table inside the worship space and return it to the rectory.

It is necessary to be registered to arrange baptisms, marriages, enroll in Religious Education classes and to obtain sponsor certificates.

Forward with Faith

Forward with Faith (FWF) is a fundraising campaign to build a vibrant community of faith in the parishes, schools, and Catholic organizations in the Archdiocese.

This vision will help to fulfill the mission of our Church in Hartford and in our own Parish: to be living signs of communion with God and to be his instruments for redemption in the world.

Please read more about this campaign at our Frequently Asked Questions

You can read our 06-07-21 Bulletin Insert,
our 10-04-20 Insert,
or the most recent letter from Monsignor Motta 9/5/21

This week, parishioners that have not yet participated in the Forward with Faith campaign will be receiving a mailing with a special letter from Monsignor Motta and Archbishop Blair. The letter will explain our participation in the Forward with Faith campaign and the ways it will specifically help our parish by funding: Several major capital projects at the parish And innovative methods for Evangelization

For more detail please visit the website or our Facebook page to review our Case For Support. The campaign will also help other parishes, schools, and ministries throughout the Archdiocese.

To learn more about the campaign, please visit: www.forwardwithfaith.hartfordbishopsfoundation.org
Watch the St. Mary 'Forward with Faith' campaign video. ( updated 2/10/21 )

From the Pulpit

Homilist: Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min., Date: 2021-09-12, Mass: 24th SUnday in Ordinary Time

In today`s Gospel Jesus tells people how he is going to suffer and die but then he is rudely interrupted by his good friend, Peter, who says something like, "look, boss, this approach is never going to work with people. If you want to be popular, you have to say what people want to hear, you have to talk about success and prosperity. Nobody wants to hear about suffering and death. They want happine . . (more)

More Recent Homilies

If you missed or or just want to watch again, here are the links to Easter Vigil and Christmas Eve videos

Join the Parish Choir

Our parish choir will resume singing during our weekend liturgies beginning this Fall.

Weekly rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, September 15 from 7:00pm-8:00pm. Please consider joining the group.

It is a wonderful ministry to share with family and friends. Knowing how to read music is not essential as the note-reading is very easy.

For more details, please speak with Rick at your convenience. Thank you.

Hopes Collection

The Hopes Collection benefits the Catholic elementary schools of the Archdiocese by providing our schools with individual HOPES Grants.

These grants help fund vital advances in technology, safety and the marketing and promotion of Catholic schools. Please help us continue to provide a culture of faith and academic excellence to elementary school students by contributing to the 2021 Catholic Elementary School HOPES Collection next weekend.

Thank you for your support.

Enjoy some familiar music

Enjoy some of our music director, Rick Daddario's piano music while you read the bulletin, visit the stations of the cross or read Monsignor's Homilies.

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In addition to directing our music ministry and our parish Adult Choir, Rick is an accomplished pianist and often performs at a variety of events and engagements throughout Connecticut.

The player opens in another window, so you can keep it open while you explore the site.

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 2021
Vestments are Green

Events

9/20 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

9/21 7:00 p.m.
Rebuild Committee Mtg.
Gathering Space

Spotlight

Human Needs
The mission of the Human Needs Committee is to respond with compassion and loving action to those in need. Our activities are designed to serve families and individuals in our community, in partnership with charitable organizations such as Catholic Charities and local social service agencies.
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Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Wis 2:12, 17-20/Ps 54:3-4, 5, 6-8 [6b]/Jas 3: - 4:3/Mk 9:30-37
Monday:
Ezr 1:1-6/Ps 126:1b-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6 [3]/Lk 8:16-18
Tuesday:
Eph 4:1-7, 11-13/Ps 19:2-3, 4-5 [5]/Mt 9:9-13
Wednesday:
Ezr 9:5-9/Tb 13:2, 3-4a, 4befghn, 7-8 [1b]/Lk 9:1-6
Thursday:
Hg 1:1-8/Ps 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b [cf. 4a]/Lk 9:7-9
Friday:
Hg 2:1-9/Ps 43:1, 2, 3, 4 [5]/Lk 9:18-22
Saturday:
Zec 2:5-9, 14-15a/Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13 [cf. 10d]/Lk 9:43b-45
Next Sunday:
Nm 11:25-29/Ps 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14 [9a]/Jas 5:1-6/Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48