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Mass Live Will Be Streamed on our New Website
  During this temporary suspension of the public celebration of Mass, we invite you to watch as we Live Stream our Masses. We will Live Stream Masses as follows: Sunday at 10AM Monday at 8AM Tuesday at 9AM Wednesday at 8AM Thursday at 9AM Friday at 8AM To watch, go to...

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Stations of the Cross Available Online
While we are refraining from gathering as a group due to COVID-19 and therefore cannot pray the Stations of the Cross together at Church, we have recorded the Stations of the Cross prayers. This video is available to view at anytime on our website under Spirituality/Devotional Prayer (click her...

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Safe Environments in the Diocese of Norwich
The following documents are on our website www.blessedsacramentct.org. Click on Resources and then Safe Environments.  Click here to go to this page on our website. · Safe Environments in the Diocese of Norwich · Diocese of Norwich : Sexual Abuse & Sexual Misco...

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A Day of Reconciliation - Cancelled and Group Adoration, Rosary, & Stations of the Cross - Temporarily Suspended
Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, the Day of Reconciliaton in the Diocese of Norwich has been cancelled. Bishop Cote has also asked for the temporary suspension of group adoration, rosary, and stations of the cross. 

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Public Celebration of Masses Temporarily Suspended
NORWICH – Beginning effective immediately, Bishop Michael R. Cote has mandated that all public celebrations of Mass be temporarily suspended in all churches of the Diocese of Norwich (the Connecticut counties of Middlesex, New London, Tolland, and Windham and Fishers Island, New York), and con...

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IMPORTANT VIRUS UPDATE

Posted on March 16, 2020 in: General News

IMPORTANT VIRUS UPDATE
Please be advised the following events at Blessed Sacrament Parish have been cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic: All Masses as of March 17, 2020 A Day of Reconciliation, March 20th Ministers of Holy Communion workshops, March 21st & March 28th Gift Card Sale, March 28th &...

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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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Baptism Preparation Meeting POSTPONED
The next class for registered parents who wish to have their child(ren) baptized is scheduled for: April 14th at 7:00pm in the St. Matthew Chapel Call Denise at 860-872-0200, Ext. 1 to pre-register. Baptisms are scheduled: at St. Bernard Church on the 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sunday o...

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Are You Having Trouble Hearing at Mass?
Both St. Bernard & St. Matthew Churches have ‘hearing devices’ tied into the sound system. If you would like to use one of the hearing devices, you can ask for one before Mass. At St. Matthew in the vesting room by the front doors At St. Bernard in the Sacristy - enter t...

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St. Bernard Church Ministry & Volunteer Appreciation Luau Dinner
Save the Date - Friday, May 22nd More information to follow...

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Bereavement Support Group POSTPONED
The next Bereavement Support Group will run April 28th thru June 23rd. More information coming soon.  

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Calling ALL Connecticut Pro-Lifers CANCELLED
Come to the 1st CT March for Life Rally at the State Capital on Wednesday, April 15th 9:30am     Doors open at The Bushnell Theater 10-11am   Pre-March Short Program at The Bushnell 11:15am   March for Life begins at The Bushnell 12:00pm  &nbs...

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Volunteers Needed for Feeding Our Families POSTPONED
On Saturday, April 4th the Cornerstone Food Cupboard will be participating in the Stop and Shop/NBC/Foodshare “Feeding Our Families” food drive at the Rockville Stop and Shop. We are looking for volunteers to help at the store on April 4th. Some volunteers will greet shoppers and offe...

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Kid's Questions with Bishop Cote POSTPONED
Families & children are invited to Share Lent with the Bishop “Family Feud Style” Thursday, April 2, 2020 6:00pm-7:30pm St. Matthew Church Hall Ask questions about Lenten Traditions as well as any other Faith Traditions you have always wondered about! Jo...

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Early Bulletin Submission Deadlines
The deadline for announcements to be included in the March 21/22 & March 28/29 bulletins was Monday, March 9th. New requests will be considered for the April 4/5 bulletin. Requests for announcements should be emailed to: bulletin@cath-comm.org.

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Center for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus (COVID –19) Prevention Protocols
Like many of our parishioners, the clergy & staff at Blessed Sacrament Parish are monitoring developments regarding the Coronavirus. We have included guidance from the CDC on how to prevent the spread of this and other respiratory diseases. For more information please see the CDC website https:/...

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St. Bernard Cemetery Clean Up

Posted on March 09, 2020 in: General News

St. Bernard Cemetery Clean Up
Families are requested to remove all Christmas and winter decorations by March 15th. All unwanted decorations may be placed in or near trash barrels. Families are also reminded to remove all artificial flowers, statuettes, and garden shop figurines of any kind. Artificial flowers are not allowed ...

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Communion Minister Training POSTPONED
Attention all Blessed Sacrament Parish Communion Ministers! March 21st 9:00am at St. Matthew March 28th 9:00am at St. Bernard Please save the date for this important training session. You only need to attend one session—it would be best to attend at the Church where you serve.&nb...

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Parish Lenten Mission - POSTPONED
Mondays, March 9, 16, and 23 at 7pm St. Matthew Church, Tolland Join us for Living the Mission. As a Catholic family, we are called by Christ to prayerfully create and nourish a vibrant community centered on the Eucharist and dedicated to service, spirituality, and evangelization. This year&r...

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Parish Reconciliation Service - Sunday, March 15th - 3pm at St. Matthew Church
Priests available for private confessions Confession is meant to be a sincere moment of conversion where we experience the tender love and mercy of our Lord.  Below is a brief reflection on the ten commandments to help us do an examination of conscience prior to entering the confessional. Go...

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Pastor's Page - March

Posted on March 08, 2020 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - March
Dear Parish Family, In the Book of James 4:8 we hear these encouraging words - “Draw near to God and God will draw near to you.”  Great words for us to contemplate as we journey through the season of Lent.  This passage reminds us that faith is not a spectator sport but rath...

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Religious Education Update

Posted on March 04, 2020 in: General News

Religious Education Update
All Faith Formation classes at both campuses are suspended while our public schools are closed.  

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St. Bernard Preschool March Newsletter
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Religious Education Update

Posted on March 04, 2020 in: General News

Religious Education Update
St. Bernard Campus Grade 10 Interviews with each candidate for Confirmation during the month of March Upcoming Events: Mar 14 10:00am Grade 2—First Reconciliation in the Church, reception in the Hall after the services. Mar 15 During Cl...

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Low Gluten Host Available

Posted on March 04, 2020 in: General News

Low Gluten Host Available
Low-gluten Communion Hosts are available for sufferers of Celiac disease at both St. Bernard and St. Matthew. If you need low-gluten Communion Host, please come to the presider’s line (right-center aisle line) during Holy Communion and say you would like a low-gluten Host.

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Youth Group Living Stations of the Cross - Help Needed CANCELLED
It’s not too late to join! If you need service hours for Confirmation or high school this is an excellent opportunity to build up those hours! We need many teens, especially women, (grades 7-12) to be actors, readers and helpers for this wonderful event. Although the presentation is ...

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Lenten Bread & Soup Supper CANCELLED
Saturday, March 14th After the 5:00pm Mass at St. Matthew Sponsored by the 7th - 10th grade Faith Formation Classes and the Youth Group We hope you will join us for scrumptious soup, great fellowship, and lots of fun! To reserve tickets, drop this form with payment (checks payable t...

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Understanding Alzheimer’s Presentation
Thursday, March 12th 4:30pm– 6:00pm St. Bernard Church Hall We hope you can join for a presentation by Nicole Matson of the Alzheimer’s Association on the subject of “Understanding Alzheimer’s”.  If you are caring for or know anyone with Alzheimer’s ...

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St. Matthew Women's Guild Meeting
Wednesday, March 11th at 7:00pm in the St. Matthew Church Hall Cookbook Bingo Bring a friend - bring a cookbook or two from your collection as prizes. Join us for a fun evening with refreshments. REMINDERS: Taking up a collection for our Guild contribution to the Tolland Food Ban...

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Spirituality Ministries Meeting - March 11th at 6:30pm - St. Bernard Church Hall
We invite anyone interested in helping plan and implement faith events for Blessed Sacrament Parish to join us at our next meeting : Wednesday, March 11th —Refreshments at 6:30pm and meeting from 7:00pm-8:30pm We are a no pressure group who prayerfully work together to provide a wide ran...

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Haiti Outreach Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 10th at 6:00pm in the St. Matthew Church Hall All are welcome! Hope to see you there! For questions or for further information call Sue Gilbertie @ 860-371-1111 or Carol Freedman @ 860-872-9212

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Justice & Peace Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 10th at 4:30pm in the St. Matthew Church Hall All are welcome! Hope to see you there! For questions or for further information call Sue Gilbertie @ 860-371-1111 or Carol Freedman @ 860-872-9212

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Gift Card Pick-up - March 7th & 8th at St. Matthew Church
Gift cards purchased last weekend will be available for pick-up after all Masses at St. Matthew Church. Next sale:  March 28th & March 29th

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