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July in the Sky Fireworks - Wednesday, June 30th
Join us at St. Bernard to view the fireworks at the best spot in Rockville. Bring your blankets and chairs. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and other refreshments for sale. We will fire up the grill at 5:00pm. We hope you can join us! Rain date July 7th

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Fr. White Prayer Service & Scholarship
Prayer Service for Fr. White July 6th at 7:00pm Please join our Clergy and the Perpetual Care Committee in remembering St. Bernard's former pastor, Father John White. The prayer service will be held at Fr. White's grave site in the St. Bernard Cemetery. We look forward to seein...

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Blessed Sacrament Parish Tag Sale - Saturday, July 10th from 8am – 2pm
Sponsored by the Blessed Sacrament Youth Ministry In the St. Matthew parking lot The Youth Group will set up spaces for rent and provide assistance throughout the day. Renters will be responsible for setting up their items for sale in their rented space. All unsold items must be removed b...

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Young Adult Hike & Mass - July 17th, 10:00 AM
Case Mountain Park, Manchester, CT Join us on a hike and experience the beauty of Creation before we conclude with the celebration of Mass. Rain Date: July 24 Click here to learn more about our Young Adult Ministry and RSVP for this event.

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Blessed Sacrament Parish Faith Formation Director/Coordinator for Grades K-6
Our parish is searching for a faith formation director for grades K-6 to inspire students in the knowledge and love of their faith. We are looking for a practicing Roman Catholic who can work in a collaborative team environment to engage K-6 students and their parents in the faith formation and s...

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Committee Meetings

Posted on June 12, 2021 in: General News

Committee Meetings
Haiti Committee Meeting Friday, June 18th at 4:30pm We will meet in the St. Matthew Church Hall or the gazebo, depending upon the weather. All are welcome! For questions, contact Sue at (860) 371-1111 Justice & Peace Committee Meeting Friday, June 18th at 5:30pm We will meet in...

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Free COVID-19 vaccinations Available to ALL who are Age-eligible
For vaccination opportunities, please visit: www.vernon-ct.gov or call (860) 896-4568  

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Faith Formation Volunteers Needed
The Blessed Sacrament Parish Office of Faith Formation is in need of many volunteers to teach or aide the vast number of Faith Formation classes that we hold each year. Our plan for the 2021/22 school year is to offer in person classes, at both campuses, alongside some alternate sessions yet to b...

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Baptism Preparation Class

Posted on June 11, 2021 in: General News

Baptism Preparation Class
The next class for registered parents who wish to have their child(ren) baptized is scheduled for: Monday, July 12th at 7:00pm Call Denise at 860-872-0200, Ext. 1 to pre-register. Baptisms are scheduled: at St. Bernard on the 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sunday of the month at St. Matth...

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July Distribution of Holy Communion for Those Who Cannot Attend Mass
Sunday, July 11th     1:30pm—2:30pm at both St. Bernard Church and St. Matthew Church If due to the pandemic you are not comfortable joining us in the Church for the celebration of the Eucharist, we invite you to come receive Holy Communion at this special dist...

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Upcoming Youth Group Activities
Youth Farm Co-op Do you want to serve like Jesus and his Apostles did? Help out with the Youth Ministry’s Farm Plot! Work on a farm and learn about agriculture Grow fruits and Veggies for and with the community Earn service hours Play and work around farm animals like baby go...

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Blessed Sacrament Parish  Bible Study—Fall 2021
JESUS:   THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE Blessed Sacrament Parish Bible Study will resume, in person, this September. A ten week session Catholic Bible Study from Ascension Press. Watch the bulletin for more details. Registration coming in July.  

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Offertory Baskets Located Near Communion Stations
During the pandemic, Blessed Sacrament Parish has suspended having ushers collect weekly offertory envelopes. Instead we now have a collection basket located before each Communion station. Please put your envelope in the basket when you go for Communion.  

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Blessed Sacrament Parish Soup Kitchen Ministry Is Looking for Volunteers to Fill Spots on Teams.
We can use couples, parent and child, and individuals.  Teams work once a month at Cornerstone Soup Kitchen, around the corner from St. Bernard. Volunteers can also work as subs. Hours are 4:30 - 6:00pm. For information, please contact Becky Maresh at soupkitchen@cath-comm.org....

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Scholarship Opportunity for 8th Grade Students
Fr. White Scholarship (for graduating 8th grade students attending a catholic high school) The Father White Scholarship was established to pay tribute to the Rev. John White, former pastor of St. Bernard Church. Throughout his priestly ministry, Father White embraced his vocation by preaching, te...

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Pastor's Page - June

Posted on June 03, 2021 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - June
Dear Parish Family, As I write this letter, I can’t help but notice my fingers on the keyboard look like they’ve been out playing in the dirt!  They have.  My garden is all planted and watered and ready to hopefully take off with the warming weather of June.  I love the...

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Update to Liturgical Guidelines
In view of the updated guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Executive Order number 12 issued by Governor Lamont effective 18 May, 2021, the use of facemasks indoors, including in the parishes and of the Diocese, is no longer required for those who have been fully vaccinated. ...

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Our New Seminarian - Mark Johnson
Bishop Cote has assigned Mr. Mark Johnson to Blessed Sacrament Parish for his summer pastoral work this year.  He will enter his first year of theological studies this fall at Mount. St. Mary seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. This is an important time for Mark as he continues his preparation fo...

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Action Alert: Help Protect Pregnancy Resource Centers in Connecticut
ACTION ALERT The State Senate and House of Representatives Pass Legislation Detrimental to Pro-life Pregnancy Resource Centers in Connecticut.   Urge the governor not to sign "S.B. 835," An Act Concerning Deceptive Advertising Practices of Limited Services Pre...

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Covid-19 Liturgical Guidelines
Dear Parish Family, We have recently received guidelines from our Diocese to help us transition into a full reopening of our churches. The guidelines incorporate liturgical principles and the most current scientific guidance to ensure the safety of our people.  These guidelines will begin on...

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Confirmation Photos and First Communion Tribute
Click here to view the Confirmation photos Click here to view the First Communion Tribute 

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Mass & Sanctuary Lamp Intentions
Both of our Churches have a Sanctuary Lamp that is available to memorialize a loved one or for an intention such as healing or thanksgiving. The lamp will burn for a week for the intention. To reserve a Mass or Sanctuary Lamp, please call: For St. Matthew: (860) 872-0200 For St. Bernard:&nb...

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Reflections from the Market Place
Click here to check out Deacon Ron’s reflection about the upcoming weekend’s scripture readings.     

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Please Consider ONLINE GIVING on our Website
To sign up for Online Giving, click here If you need assistance email Christine Griffin at christine.griffin@cath-comm.org or Brian Kenny at bkenny@cath-comm.org for them to help set up your account by phone.  

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Message from Fr. Rick regarding the St. Matthew Rectory
Dear Blessed Sacrament Parish, I hope you are all enjoying the Easter Season and the arrival of warmer weather. I write this letter to inform you of some changes that we’re about to initiate on the campus of St. Matthew. The Rectory, located at 675 Tolland Stage Road, will shortly be up for...

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New Music Video on Our Website

Posted on April 10, 2021 in: General News

New Music Video on Our Website
New video available from our Music Ministry: St. Matthew Children's Choir Other Videos Available: Jesus Christ is Risen How Beautiful  

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Mattie’s Togs Thrift Shop at St. Matthew Church
We will be re-opening on a regular basis on Saturdays 9-1. We have lots of clothes to choose from both Winter and Summer sizes Preemie to Sizes 16-18 and larger. Masks are required at all times and appointments during the week are available by calling Billie at 860-871-0260. Please bring your own...

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Prayer Shawls Available

Posted on April 02, 2021 in: General News

Prayer Shawls Available
The Prayer Shawl Ministry would like you to know that although we cannot have our monthly meetings at church at the present time, we have many beautiful prayer shawls, lap robes, and pocket prayer shawls all blessed, sprinkled with holy water, and ready to be freely given away to those in need of co...

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Pray the Rosary with Us!

Posted on March 05, 2021 in: General News

Pray the Rosary with Us!
Wednesdays after the 8:00am Mass at St. Bernard Church Thursdays after the 9:00am Mass at St. Matthew Church We hope you can join us!  

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Help Wanted

Posted on February 19, 2021 in: General News

Help Wanted
The Blessed Sacrament Environment Ministry is looking for volunteers to perform light Sanctuary “maintenance” tasks. There is a need for someone to water and refresh plants, as well as remove faded floral arrangements, particularly during the Christmas and Easter seasons. If you are a...

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COVID-19 Corner - Vaccine Myths

Posted on December 04, 2020 in: General News

COVID-19 Corner - Vaccine Myths
Making Sense of Bioethics:  COVID-19 Vaccine Myths By Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, PhD Several popular myths about COVID-19 vaccines have been gaining traction on social media in recent months, particularly in regard to messenger RNA (mRNA) vac­cines being developed by Moderna, Sanofi, P...

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Covid Corner

Posted on November 19, 2020 in: General News

Covid Corner
Blessed Sacrament Parish has been receiving requests from parishioners on travel and quarantine guidance especially with family and students returning home as Thanksgiving and Christmas approach. In an effort to provide guidance to all our parishioners, we will include a “Covid-19 Corner&rdquo...

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Amazon Smile Helps Haiti

Posted on November 19, 2020 in: General News

Amazon Smile Helps Haiti
If you, like so many others, are doing your shopping online these days, please consider signing up for Amazon Smile (www.smile.amazon.com) and designating Norwich Diocese Outreach to Haiti as the organization you would like receiving all donations generated from your spending. It is free, and items ...

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Cell Phone Text Message Scam

Posted on August 02, 2020 in: General News

Cell Phone Text Message Scam
In recent days, some parishioners received text messages to their cell phones, from what appeared to be Fr. Rick, asking for help purchasing gift cards for some purpose. THIS IS A SCAM AND SHOULD BE IGNORED. It appears to be an extension of the email Phishing scam we recently dealt with. The poli...

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Wear a Face Covering to Protect Others
Wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth to help protect others in case you’re infected with COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms Wear a face covering in public settings when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when it may be difficult for you to st...

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FORMED. The Catholic Faith. On Demand.
See Catholic movies, videos, programs and much more FOR FREE with FORMED.  Blessed Sacrament Parish has a FORMED subscription so access is FREE for all parishioners.  FORMED now has a new method for signing up for access that no longer requires the parish CODE and we just posted these new ...

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Over 70 ½ and want to lower your taxes?
The federal tax laws have changed. If you are over 70½ and receiving money from an IRA, you can now reduce your taxable income by making your donations to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish directly from your IRA. Please consult your IRA investment company, tax advisor, or call Brian Kenny,...

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Get Our Bulletin Online or By Email
Our bulletin is available on our website, under Resources—Sunday Bulletin Click here to go to our bulletins (blessedsacramentct.org/Resources/Sunday-Bulletin)   You can also sign up to have our publisher email our bulletin to you: 1)  Click on this link https:...

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Blessed Sacrament Parish Prayer Network
To request prayers or join the Prayer Network,  email:  prayer@cath-comm.org or call the parish office at (860) 875-0753 Ext 100.

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