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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 2022 Archdiocesan Collection dates.

Children`s Homily

Beginning next Sunday, March 6, 2022, the 9:30 AM Mass on the first Sunday of each month will feature a special Children`s Homily specifically directed toward the younger members of our parish community.

All families with children are warmly to invited to attend this Mass each month and participate in these special liturgies for our children

WORK OF MERCY PARISH PROJECT for Lent 2022

Works of mercy are very much needed every day of the year and as Catholics, we emphasize and focus on them during Lent. A collaboration between the Rebuild Committee, Human Needs Committee and the Knights of Columbus will facilitate collection of 18 different survival care items to pack into a gallon-size Ziploc bag for distribution to the homeless and shelters that care for them. Items to be collected include shelf-stable snacks, hygiene items, socks, first aid items, etc. Please see the Gathering Space display for the list of needed items and collection bins. We will be collecting items for the weeks of Lent starting on Ash Wednesday, March 2 through Divine Mercy Sunday, April 24 and will assemble the bags in the Gathering Space on Saturday, April 30 from 10 AM until 12 noon. Sign up sheets will be made available in March for all those who can help us on Bag Assembly Day. All are invited to participate in this worthy project. This is a great activity for families & Confirmation Service credit. For more information, please contact Lynne Murphy at 860-673-9551 or LAMurphy522@gmail.com. Please do NOT donate anything other than items on the donation item list. The packing of these bags is specific to ONLY the items listed. Thank you.

Girl Scout Sunday

This year's Girl Scout Sunday is scheduled for Sunday, March 6 at 9:30 AM at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church. This is a great way to bring our scouts together to celebrate the commitment to their faith and fulfill their Girl Scout Promise to "Serve 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 practice at home. Readers and those with active roles will meet at 8:45 a.m. The remaining participants should arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. Scouts will sit in reserved seats in front of the altar and are asked to wear their uniforms.

Please contact Olivia Germano at 860-212-2516 or at oliviagermano@sbcglobal.net to register your scout no later than February 27. If your scout is interested in any of the available roles, please contact me as soon as possible.

St. Mary, Star of the Sea - Men's Retreat

This year for a New Year Resolution you can keep, and one that will be of benefit to you and those around you, join us on our parish Retreat for 1-1/2 days. Fill in your calendar starting with a supper date on Friday, Feb. 25 and ending with Mass and brunch on Sunday. A free certificate is available to new retreatants. Also there is help available for past retreatants in need.

Check out details and register at https://www.HolyFamilyRetreat.org/calendar/men06-07 or call chairman Bob Bonato at 860 839-0104. You'll come away with new energy and new purpose.

St. Patrick Church in Farmington

invites the members of St. Mary`s to join them for a
St. Patrick`s Day Celebration

Please join us on Sunday, March 13th at 4:00 pm
in the new St. Patrick Church Parish Hall

Bring a hearty appetite, as the leprechauns will be serving a complete "Irish corned beef dinner!"" There will be an Irish Soda Bread Competition that all can join, so bakers, bring your Soda Bread and perhaps you will have bragging rights for the best Irish Soda Bread of 2022!

We will have special desserts and Irish Coffee as well . . .

Tickets are required to attend
and will be $25 for adults and
$10 for children, ages 10 and under.

Tickets will be sold by going on the
St. Patrick`s Church website: stpatsfarm.org

COVID Safety Update

Masks are no longer required to attend Mass, although each person is encouraged to do whatever is best for their own situation. We have reserved the far left section of pews by the votive candles for those wishing to sit in an area where all are still masked.

Eucharistic Ministers will continue to wear masks when distributing the Eucharist.

Helping our Neighbors!

In these difficult times we ask for your support of our neighbors who are hungry and need food assistance. Save the Date! On Saturday, April 9, we will be packing Rice & Beans with The Outreach Program to distribute to food pantries and student backpack feeding programs throughout the region including Hartford.

Our collection will begin in February.

If you are interested in participating please email joannefishman@comcast.net.

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 )

Lent 2022

As we draw closer to the 2022 Lenten season, we invite you to begin to prepare your minds and hearts for these holy and prayerful weeks ahead. Throughout Lent, we ask you to keep an eye on the bulletin for a number of spiritual Lenten opportunities, including:

Ash Wednesday - March 2, 2022
7:45 am - Mass and Distribution of Ashes
6:00 pm - Mass and Distribution of Ashes

Stations of the Cross
7:00 pm - On Fridays throughout Lent

Confession Mondays
6:00 to 7:00 pm

Parish Retreat - March 21 to 24, 2022
All are invited to
"Journeying Through the Moments of Holy Week""
a Parish Retreat for
St. Mary Star of the Sea & St. Patrick Churches

This week-long parish retreat will provide a chance for the Catholic parishioners of Farmington and Unionville to come together each evening at one of our churches for a time of Lenten reflection, journeying through the key moments of Holy Week and the Passion of our Lord
From March 21 to 24, each night will begin at 7:00 PM and include a brief talk by one of our Deacons or Priests followed by Eucharistic Adoration and Confessions

CRS Rice Bowl
Join our faith community - and more than 12,000 Catholic communities across the United States - in a transformative Lenten journey with Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl. Pick up your family`s CRS Rice Bowl in the Gathering Space after Mass this weekend. During the 40 days of Lent, we will reflect on global hunger and take action to help our sisters and brothers impacted by this injustice. Visit crsricebowl.org to learn more.

St. Mary 2022 Women`s Guild Scholarships

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 8, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Fran Javaruski at 860 906-6615.

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.

Click here

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 Reverend Father Matthew Gworek


As I begin my time at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, I would simply like to share a brief note letting you all know how truly excited I am to have the opportunity to join you here in Unionville and become part of this parish community.

There are certainly big shoes to fill following Monsignor Motta`s years of dedicated service, and I will work hard to do everything I can to continue in the tradition of leadership that he and all the priests before me have set.

As we start this new phase in the life of our parish, I look forward to meeting you all, getting to know you, and together having the chance to share the love of God with one another.


Father Matt's 2021 Christmas Message
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Mass Schedule

DAILY MASS
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
7:45 am

WEEKEND MASSES
4:30 pm (Saturday Vigil)
7:30 am
9:30 am
11:00 am

HOLY DAYS 2022
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Events


Calendar

4/4/2022 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Zoom Meeting

4/5/2022 7:00 p.m.
Women’s Guild Mtg.
Gathering Space

Spotlight

Music Ministry
The Music Ministry at Saint Mary`s invites creative and inspirational participation for both, instrumental and choral support.
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Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15/Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11 [8a]/1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12/Lk 13:1-9
Monday:
2 Kgs 5:1-15ab/Ps 42:2, 3; 43:3, 4/Lk 4:24-30
Tuesday:
Dn 3:25, 34-43/Ps 25: 4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9/ Mt 18:21-35
Wednesday:
Dt 4:1, 5-9/Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20/Mt 5:17-19
Thursday:
Jer 7:23-28/Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9/Lk 11:14-23
Friday:
Is 7:10-14; 8:10/Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11/Heb 10:4-10/Lk 1:26-38
Saturday:
Hos 6:1-6/Ps 51:3-4, 18-19, 20-21ab/Lk 18:9- 14