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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.


All are invited to celebrate a special parish
Thanksgiving Mass at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday.

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.

The Christmas Giving Tree

The Christmas Giving Tree, sponsored by the Human Needs Committee is back! Beginning the weekend after Thanksgiving, the tree, decorated with gifts tags to assist individuals and families in need, will be in the gathering space.

Each tag represents a specific gift and associated charitable organization. Information on these organizations is provided on the poster next to the tree. If you take a tag, PLEASE be certain to provide the item requested by December 12.

You may return the unwrapped gift AND the original tag during the regularly scheduled masses on the first 2 weekends of December. Gifts do not need to be wrapped, but gift bags may be used.

If possible, please provide a gift receipt for any clothing items, shoes or boots. Gift cards or donations including checks, may be placed in the locked wooden box next to the tree.

THANK YOU for your generous support!

PLEASE: Return gifts for tags taken, not later than December 12. Please attach the original tag to the gift or envelope. You may contact Donna Dellacamera 860 8336347, phone or text, or ddellacamera@comcast.net for any questions.

Monsignor Motta has retired.

If you would like to contact Msgr., his address is:

   Msgr. Michael J. Motta
   467 Bloomfield Ave.
   Bloomfield, CT 06002


Here is a link to the Biography of REV. MONSIGNOR MICHAEL J. MOTTA, D. Min.

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.

Do you have a winter coat that you no longer use?

Join us, Best Cleaners and Salvation Army to bring warmth to someone in need this winter!

The Human Needs Committee will be collecting gently used winter coats in the gathering space for the next 6 weekends, October 23- November 28. Our local Best Cleaners will clean the coats for free, and Salvation Army will distribute them to people in need. Both adult and children`s coats are appreciated.

For more information please contact Donna Dellacamera at 860 833-6347, or ddellacamera@comcast.net

Thank you.

Human Needs Committee

Do you have a winter coat that you no longer use? Join us, Best Cleaners and Salvation Army to bring warmth to someone in need this winter!

The Human Needs Committee will be collecting gently-used winter coats in the gathering space for the next several weekends through November 28.

Our local Best Cleaners will clean the coats for free and Salvation Army will distribute them to people in need. Both adult and children`s coats are appreciated. For more information please contact Donna Dellacamera at 860 833-6347, or ddellacamera@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 )

Children`s Christmas Party and Ornament Workshop

The Knights of Columbus and the Fun Committee present a combined event: The Children's Christmas Party and Ornament Workshop on Sunday December 5 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at he Knights of Columbus Hall, 301 New Britain Ave, Unionville.

All children, grandchildren and friends of K of C members and St. Mary Star of the Sea parishioners are welcome to attend.
Children should be ages 12 and under. This year, the children will get to work on three ornament projects, a Twelve Days of Christmas Raffle, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Please sign up for the event no later than November 28 so we can properly prepare for the special day. Sign Up Sheets will be in the Fr. Golas Gathering Space at church, K of C Hall or call Olivia or Timothy Germano at (860) 212-2516.

All Souls Day

All Souls envelopes are available for your intentions on the tables as you enter the worship space.

We will place the envelopes on the altar during the month of November and Fr. Gworek will pray for your intentions.

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.

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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

11/22 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

11/23 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare Truck
St. Mary Church Parking lot

11/1/2021
NOVEMBER
Coat Collection Month

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:
Dn 7:13-14/Ps 93:1, 1-2, 5 [1a]/Rv 1:5-8/Jn 18:33b-37
Monday:
Dn 1:1-6, 8-20/Dn 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56 [52b]/Lk 21:1-4
Tuesday:
Dn 2:31-45/Dn 3:57, 58, 59, 60, 61 [59b]/Lk 21:5-11
Wednesday:
Dn 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28/Dn 3:62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67 [59b]/Lk 21:12-19
Thursday:
Dn 6:12-28/Dn 3:68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 [59b]/Lk 21:20-28
Friday:
Dn 7:2-14/Dn 3:75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81/Lk 21:29-33
Saturday:
Dn 7:15-27/Dn 3:82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87/Lk 21:34-36
Next Sunday:
: Jer 33:14-16/1 Thes 3:124:2/Ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 [1b]/Lk 21:25-28, 34-36