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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.

Welcoming Fr. Josh

We are pleased to welcome our new priest Fr. Josh Wilbur.

Fr. Josh will serve alongside Fr. Matt as the Parochial Vicar at both St. Mary Star of the Sea Church and St. Patrick Church in Farmington.

We warmly receive Fr. Josh into our faith community!

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.

Altar Server Training

In addition to welcoming back those who have previously been altar servers, we will be offering training soon for those interested in becoming altar servers.

If you would like to be a server, please contact the rectory at 860 673-2422 or send us an email: rectory@stmary-unionville.org providing your name, age and contact information.

Hospitality Ministry

For those who have been ushers in the past, you are welcome to restart this ministry.

For those who have not been ushers in the past, please contact the rectory 860 673-2422 to become involved.

Prayer for Christian Unity

Beginning on Tuesday, January 18th we recognize the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and so we offer this prayer for all our brothers and sisters in Christ:

Let us pray for all our brothers and sisters who share our faith in Jesus Christ, that God may gather and keep together in one Church all those who seek the truth with sincerity. Almighty and eternal God, you keep together those you have united. Look kindly on all who follow Jesus, your Son. We are all consecrated to you by our common Baptism. Make us one in the fullness of faith, and keep us one in the fellowship of love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Holy Hour for Life

On Friday, January 21st the March for Life will be held in Washington, DC, promoting the beauty and dignity of every life from conception to natural death.

In solidarity with those efforts, on that Friday evening St. Mary Star of the Sea Church will host a Holy Hour for Life in the church from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Incorporating Eucharistic Adoration, the reading of Scripture, and prayerful time for reflection, this will be a special time of prayer for our community.

All are welcome to join us and pray together in support of the beauty of life.

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.

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 )

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.

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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 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.


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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 2022
Vestments are

Events

1/17 7:00 p.m.
Legion of Mary
Zoom meeting

1/18 9:00 a.m.
Foodshare Truck
St. Mary Parking lot

1/19 7:00 p.m.
Human Needs Committee Mtg.
Gathering Space

1/21 7:00 p.m.
Holy Hour for Life
St. Mary Church

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:
Is 62:1-5/Ps 96:1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 9-10 [3]/1 Cor 12:4-11/Jn 2:1-11
Monday:
1 Sm 15:16-23/Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23/Mk 2:18-22
Tuesday:
1 Sm 16:1-13/Ps 89:20, 21-22, 27-28/Mk 2:23-28
Wednesday:
1 Sm 17:32-33, 37, 40-51/Ps 144:1b, 2, 9 -10/Mk 3:1-6
Thursday:
1 Sm 18:6-9; 19:1-7/Ps 56:2-3, 9-10a, 10b-11, 12-13/Mk 3:7-12
Friday:
1 Sm 24:3-21/Ps 57:2, 3-4, 6 and 11/Mk 3:13-19
Saturday:
2 Sm 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27/Ps 80:2-3, 5-7/Mk 3:20-21
Next Sunday:
Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10/Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 15/1 Cor 12:12-30 or 12:12-14, 27/