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Welcome

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

If you are fully vaccinated, wearing a mask is optional while at Mass and other church events. Those who remain unvaccinated should continue to wear masks, with particular attention being given to the safety of young, unvaccinated children.

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.

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.

Religious Education News

The regular registration period for the 2021/2022 religious education year ends July 30th. Students registered after that date may find a home study curriculum as the only available option.

As for the fall format: Grades 8 and 9 are the most likely to have an opportunity to join an "in-person" class at Hart House. For grades 1-7 - "in-person" classes may not be available for all as students under the age of 12 are not eligible to be vaccinated and Hart House does not lend itself to some pandemic protocols. Add to that, returning and would-be instructors are not without their own CoVid-19 related hesitancies and concerns surrounding "in-person"instruction.

More instructor candidates are needed. If a sufficient number don`t come forward soon, classes at any grade level/format may not be possible, leaving a home study curriculum as the only available option once again. Be certain of this: There is no "Ready Reserve"" of people to call upon to fill the gaps if no one steps up to help.

For the grade 10 confirmation class, I`m pleased to announce that it`s on track to meet as it has in the past - Sundays 6:00 - 8:00 per a schedule to be announced as we get closer to September. CoVid-19 precautionary measures will be observed at all classes (e.g. social distancing with masks required for the un-vaccinated).

For information about how you can lend a helping hand to our religious education program as we navigate through these challenging times, contact Deacon Tom Sutak at (860) - 675-8522 or st.mary.unionville.re@gmail.com.

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 or our 10-04-20 Insert

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: 2021-08-01, Mass: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sometimes, people will tell me that they prefer the Old Mass. I will reply do you mean the Tridentine Mass said in Latin which was set in 1563 or do you mean the Mass before that? For many of us history is simply the memories of our grandparents.

The Last Supper celebrated by Jesus with his apostles was celebrated in Aramaic which was the language that Jesus spoke. It was the Jewish meal . . (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

2020 Synod of the Archdiocese of Hartford

The Closing Mass for the 2020 Synod of the Archdiocese of Hartford will take place on August 13 at 6:30 PM at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT. Our parish is asked to send a total of 30 persons from our church to attend this Mass. We will have a bus to take us and bring us back. If you are interested in attending this historic Mass, please contact Lynne Murphy, Synod Delegate, at LAMurphy522@gmail.com. First come, first served.

You can find more information about the Synod at this link: http://www.growandgo.com

Eucharist Ministers Needed!

Eucharistic Ministers are members of the Assembly who assist in the distribution of the Eucharist. Typically, Eucharistic Ministers can also distribute Holy Communion to those in prison, or to those who are sick and unable or incapable of attending the Mass, thereby providing love, support, and care to others.

After joining the ministry, Eucharist Ministers are typically assigned to assist with distribution of the Holy Eucharist at Mass once or twice each month.

Eucharist Ministers may also serve at special Masses. Participation is open to all registered parishioners.

We are currently in need of additional Eucharist Ministers for all masses.

For more information please contact Ed O'Reilly 860-751-9136 or eoreilly@stmary-unionville.org

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

7/26 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Hospitality Room

8/3 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare Truck
St. Mary Parking Lot

Spotlight

Prayer Chain
A prayer chain is a way for people to gain assistance in prayer for any serious and pressing problem. It is also a way for any person to act on God's command to love one another (John 13:34-35).
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Weekly Readings

Sunday:
Ex 16:2-4, 12-15/Ps 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54 [24b]/Eph 4:17, 20-24/Jn 6:24-35
Monday:
Nm 11:4b-15/Ps 81:12-13, 14-15, 16-17 [2a]/Mt 14:13-21
Tuesday:
Nm 12:1-13/Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 6cd-7, 12-13 [cf. 3a]/Mt 14:22-36 or Mt 15:1-2, 10-14
Wednesday:
Nm 13:1-2, 2-14:1, 26-29a, 34-35/Ps 106:6-7ab, 13-14, 21-22, 23 [4a]/Mt 15:21-28
Thursday:
Nm 20:1-13/Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 [8]/Mt 16:13-23
Friday:
Dn 7:9-10, 13-14/Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9 [1a and 9a]/2 Pt 1:16-19/Mk 9:2-10
Saturday:
Dn 6:4-13/Ps 18: 28, 3-4. 47 and 51/Mk 17:14-20
Next Sunday:
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