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Baptism Preparation Class

Posted on June 28, 2022 in: General News

Baptism Preparation Class
The next class for registered parents who wish to have their child(ren) baptized is scheduled for: Wednesday, August 10th at 7:00pm Call Cheryl at 860-872-0200, Ext. 2 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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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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Our Youth Ministry is hosting Vacation Bible School
July 18-22nd from 9-12 noon in the St. Bernard Parish Center Click here to register We are holding a spot just for YOU! Let’s make VBS at Blessed Sacrament Parish the BEST EVER! VBS is open to ALL kids in grades K-6 – Friends are always welcome here! Registration...

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Prayer Service for Fr. White

Posted on June 21, 2022 in: General News

Prayer Service for Fr. White
June 27th at 6:00pm 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 seeing you there!  ...

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Calling all teens in grades 7-12 - VBS needs YOU!
BSP Youth Ministry is hosting Vacation Bible School for kids in grades K-6 this summer, July 18th - 22nd! We can't do it without YOU! We need lots of teens in grades 7-12 to create a fun and exciting experience for the younger kids of our great parish! If you and a friend are looking for...

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First Friday Eucharist Adoration
Please join us for our next First Friday Adoration Friday, July 1st   3:00pm - 7:00pm St. Matthew Church We will gather to adore our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. This is a great opportunity for peaceful reflection, personal prayer or just relaxing in Jesus’...

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Independence Day Mass

Posted on June 19, 2022 in: General News

Independence Day Mass
Monday, July 4th at 9:00am St. Bernard Cemetery Our community will celebrate a special Mass on July 4th at St. Bernard Cemetery (in the historic section, by the altar) for all those buried in our cemetery and for all deceased members of our Churches. Please note there will be no 8:00am Mass...

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Come Watch With Us!

Posted on June 18, 2022 in: General News

Come Watch With Us!
July in the Sky Fireworks Tuesday, July 12th (Rain date July 13th) 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 jo...

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Faith Formation Office News

Posted on June 17, 2022 in: General News

Faith Formation Office News
Looking Ahead to Next School Year Many volunteers and teachers are needed for our upcoming Faith Formation year. If you have been looking for a way to get involved with Blessed Sacrament Parish in some way, perhaps Faith Formation is for you. Currently we have several openings for teachers and...

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Mattie’s Togs Thrift Shop

Posted on June 16, 2022 in: General News

Mattie’s Togs Thrift Shop
Located on the Dunn Hill side of St. Matthew Church Are you looking for baby clothes for yourself or a friend? We have lots to choose from for only $5 a bag. Such a deal! We also have clothes for your older children too! We are open on Saturdays 9 to 1. Check us out...  

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Vacation Bible School

Posted on June 16, 2022 in: General News

Vacation Bible School
We are so excited to share with you that Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be held at St. Bernard Parish Center on July 18-22nd, from 9am to Noon! Each day the children will experience music, games, arts and crafts and so much fun!  As they discover the “Marvelous Mystery,  The Mas...

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St. Bernard Women's Guild Meeting
Tuesday, June 21st at 6pm in the St. Bernard Church Hall This is our last meeting until we get together again on September 6th. Have a safe, healthy, relaxing, enjoyable summer! Any questions, email Jean at St.BernardWomen’sGuild@cath-comm.org  

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Blessed Sacrament Parish Bible Study—Fall 2022
WISDOM:  GOD’S VISION FOR LIFE An eight week session Catholic Bible Study from Ascension Press. Watch the bulletin for more details. Registration coming in July.  

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Join the Team for VBS!

Posted on June 09, 2022 in: General News

Join the Team for VBS!
Teens and Adults interested in helping plan and be one of our Team Leaders for a Vacation Bible School, to be held July 18 – 22nd from 9 am – Noon, are invited to a Pizza and Ice Cream social this Friday, June 10th from 6-8 in the St. Bernard Church Hall. Teens - this is a great servi...

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Save the Date for the Blessed Sacrament Parish Fall Retreat
Saturday, October 15, 2022 If you have been wondering or asking yourself these questions like:  Are you interested in a break from your pressure-packed schedule to rediscover your relationship with God? How do we keep our faith alive when the world does not support it? Then...

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Novena to St. Peregrine

Posted on June 08, 2022 in: General News

Novena to St. Peregrine
Join us as we pray for those impacted by cancer June  14 at 6:30pm St Matthew Church & Livestream Have you, your family, or your friends been affected by cancer? We hope you can join us as the Blessed Sacrament Parish community concludes nine days of prayer for all those im...

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Attention Current 7th & 9th Grade Faith Formation Families
If you haven’t already done so, please return your Faith Formation books. These books will be used again in 8th & 10th grade. Books can be dropped in the maroon bin located at either church. At St. Bernard the bin is in the vestibule leading to the parish office. The vestibule is ...

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Our Youth Ministry is Hosting Vacation Bible School!
Open to kids in grades K-6! July 18-22nd from 9-12 noon in the St. Bernard Parish Center The cost is $20 per child, with a family cap of $30. No child will be denied for inability to pay. For more information or if you need financial assistance, please contact Bridget Thurston (860-872...

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Faith Formation Director/Coordinator Needed 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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Faith Formation News

Posted on June 02, 2022 in: General News

Faith Formation News
Faith Formation 2022/23 Needs Many volunteers and teachers are needed for our upcoming Faith Formation year. If you have been looking for a way to get involved with Blessed Sacrament Parish in some way, perhaps Faith Formation is for you. Currently we have several openings for teachers and aid...

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First Friday Eucharist Adoration
Please join us for our next First Friday Adoration Friday, June 3rd   3:00pm - 7:00pm St. Matthew Church We will gather to adore our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. This is a great opportunity for peaceful reflection, personal prayer or just relaxing in Jesus’ pres...

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Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting
Thursday, June 9th from 9:30 - 11:30am in the St. Bernard Church Hall We would love for you join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting/crocheting & fellowship. All are welcome. Please note:  We will not be meeting in July or August. Our next meeting is scheduled for Septem...

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Fun Service Opportunity for Teens in Grades 7-12!
Our Youth Ministry is looking for teens to help plan and run a Vacation Bible School to be held July 18 – 22nd from 9 am – Noon. Teens interested in helping provide a fun event for the kids in grades K-6 are invited to an Informational Pizza and Ice Cream Party Friday, ...

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Haiti Mission and Justice & Peace Meetings
Haiti Mission Meeting Thursday, June 16th at 4:30pm Justice & Peace Meeting Thursday, June 16th at 6:00pm Both meetings will be held in the St. Matthew gazebo; if the weather is inclement, we will meet in classroom 10 in the St. Matthew Parish Center. Questions, please contact Sue...

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Memorial Day Mass

Posted on May 26, 2022 in: General News

Memorial Day Mass
Monday, May 30th at 10:00am in the St. Bernard Cemetery Our community will celebrate a special Mass on Memorial Day at St. Bernard Cemetery (in the historic section, by the altar) for all those buried in our cemetery and for all deceased members of our parishes. Mass will be at 10:00 am. ...

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Offices Closed for Memorial Day
All Church offices will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day. If you need assistance, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Bernard Church—(860) 875-0753 Ext. 1 St. Matthew Church—(860) 872-0200 Ext. 2  

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Blessed Sacrament Parish Building Projects Update
We have several projects in process at Blessed Sacrament Parish. For the details on the St. Matthew Hall Renovation or the St Bernard Cemetery Columbarium, click on the project name below: St Matthew Hall Renovation St Bernard Cemetery Columbarium

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The Ascension of the Lord - Thursday, May 26th
Please join us at Mass! Our community will celebrate Mass: St. Matthew Church at 9:00am St. Bernard Church at 7:00pm  

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Faith Formation - Looking Ahead...
The Faith Formation Office is beginning to look ahead to next year. Anyone interested in finding out how they can help should contact Bridget or Ree for more information. Many teachers, aides and other volunteers are always needed. For grades K-6 please contact Ree at Theresa@cath-comm.org o...

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St. Bernard Women's Guild Banquet
Our end-of-year dinner will be held on: June 7th at 6pm at Georgina's Restaurant, Bolton. The cost is $20 per person If you haven't signed up yet, please mail in your payment and choice of meal to St. Bernard Women's Guild by May 27th. Save the date for our next meeting: T...

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Faith Formation Spring/Summer Schedule
Saint Bernard Campus*: Saint Matthew Campus*: Monday: 9-2pm Wednesday: 9-2pm Tuesday:  10-2pm Thursday: 10-2pm *July and August the Faith Formation Office will have reduced office hours, however, all phone calls and ...

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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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Bus Trip to the Eucharistic Congress in Boston - Additional Departure Location:  St. Matthew Church, Tolland
The Diocese of Norwich is arranging busses to take people to the Eucharistic Revival With Bishop Robert Barron at the Eucharistic Congress in Boston. Join us to see Bishop Robert Barron as we kick off the Eucharistic Revival in the Diocese of Norwich.  Beginning in June, The USCCB will launc...

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Haiti Mission and Justice & Peace Meetings
Haiti Mission Meeting Thursday, May 19th at 4:30pm Justice & Peace Meeting Thursday, May 19th at 6:00pm Both meetings will be held in the St. Matthew gazebo; If the weather is inclement, we will meet in classroom 10 in the St. Matthew Parish Center. If you have questions, p...

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First Friday Eucharist Adoration
Please join us for our next First Friday Adoration Friday, May 6th   3:00pm - 7:00pm St. Bernard Church We will gather to adore our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. This is a great opportunity for peaceful reflection, personal prayer or just relaxing in Jesus’ prese...

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Mother's Day Weekend Plant Sale
The Knights of Columbus Councils 4122 and 6626 will have a Mother’s Day Plant Sale after all Masses at both at Churches on Mother’s Day Weekend (May 7/8). In addition, plants will be on sale at St. Matthew Church after both First Communion Masses on May 7th. We will have a variety of ...

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St. Matthew Women's Guild Meeting & Ice Cream Social
We would like to invite you to: Our Annual Installation Banquet at Basil’s Restaurant Wednesday May 11th at 6:00 PM If you have any questions, please contact Jean Canal at 860-875-2276 Our First Annual Ice Cream Social Thursday, May 12th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM in St. Matthew’s Church...

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Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting
Thursday, May 12th 9:30 - 11:30am in the St. Bernard Church Hall We would love for you join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting/crocheting & fellowship. All are welcome. For further information or to request a prayer shawl, lap robe, or pocket prayer shawl to give to someone, p...

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Mass Schedule Change

Posted on May 01, 2022 in: General News

Mass Schedule Change
Please note there will NOT be a 9am Friday Mass at St. Matthew Church on: Friday, May 6th or Friday, May 13th. Please join us at the 8:00am Mass at St. Bernard Church on those Fridays.  

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Change for Haiti

Posted on April 28, 2022 in: General News

Change for Haiti
This Weekend - April 30th & May 1st After All Masses at Both Churches Watch for our volunteers outside with their buckets and drop in whatever change you have! No donation is too small or too big as that change adds up quickly.  In the past we have collected thousands for our teach...

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Save the Date for the Blessed Sacrament Parish Family Reunion
September 18th Noon – 4pm Noon Mass, picnic, games, raffles and lots of fun for everyone! Star Hill Family Athletic Center  

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Gift Card Sale

Posted on April 27, 2022 in: General News

Gift Card Sale
April  30th & May 1st after all Masses at St. Matthew Church only Pick up: May 7th & 8th Visit www.shopwithscrip.com to see all the gift cards available for purchase. Proceeds help support our Haiti mission. Any questions, email: giftcards@cath-comm.org  

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St. Bernard Women's Guild Meeting
Our next meeting is:  Tuesday, May 3rd at 6pm in the St. Bernard Church Hall Our end-of-year dinner will be held on: June 7th at 6pm at Georgina’s Restaurant, Bolton The cost is $20 per person Please bring cash or check made out to St. Bernard Women’s Guild to our May...

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Mass Schedule Change

Posted on April 25, 2022 in: General News

Mass Schedule Change
Please note there will NOT be a 9am Friday Mass at St. Matthew Church Friday, May 6th. Please join us at the 8:00am Mass at St. Bernard Church on that Friday.  

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Come Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet With Us!
Divine Mercy Sunday, April 24th at 3:00 pm St. Matthew Church & live-stream "Where, if not in the Divine Mercy, can the world find refuge and the light of hope?" ~St John Paul II The Divine Mercy Novena begins on Good Friday, pamphlets explaining the novena and how to pray it ...

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Holy Week Schedule

Posted on April 15, 2022 in: General News

Holy Week Schedule
Date Time Event Location   Good Friday April 15   9:00am Morning Prayer St. Matthew Chapel   3:00pm Lit...

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Scholarship Opportunities

Posted on April 14, 2022 in: General News

Scholarship Opportunities
Fr. White Scholarship - High School Tuition Scholarship Attention All 8th Graders All 8th graders that are participating in Blessed Sacrament’s Faith Formation program and are planning on attending a Catholic high school in the fall may apply for the Father White Scholarship. Applicat...

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Living Stations of the Cross

Posted on April 13, 2022 in: General News

Living Stations of the Cross
Good Friday, April 15th at 7:00pm St. Bernard Church & Livestream Our Youth Ministry and Music Ministry will lead us prayerfully along the road to Calvary. Hear thoughts and reactions from eyewitnesses to the depth of Christ’s love for us. Everyone is welcome to come and witness t...

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Easter Flower Sale

Posted on April 12, 2022 in: General News

Easter Flower Sale
Knights of Columbus 6626 will be holding their annual Easter Flower Sale in front of St. Matthew Church. In addition, online ordering is available. Online purchases will be safely dropped off at your house the day of the sale (April 16th). Order by April 13th and get free delivery! Click here to ...

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Haiti Mission and Justice & Peace Meetings
Haiti Mission Meeting:  Thursday, April 21st at 4:30pm Justice & Peace Meeting: Thursday, April 21st at 6:00pm Both meetings will be held via Zoom. If you are a new attendee, please contact Sue @ (860) 371-1111. If you’ve ever wondered what we are about, this may be...

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No Friday 9:00am Mass on Friday, April 22nd at St. Matthew Church
Please note there will NOT be a Friday 9:00am Mass at St. Matthew Church Friday, April 22nd. Please join us at the 8:00am Mass at St. Bernard Church on that Friday.

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Knights of Columbus Ukraine Solidarity Fund Update
The Blessed Sacrament Parish Knights of Columbus Councils want to thank all of our parishioners for your kind and generous donations to the Knights of Columbus Ukraine Solidarity Relief Fund. The outpouring of your support at a time of war is truly inspiring. It was just about 2 months ago that the ...

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Friday Stations of the Cross

Posted on April 07, 2022 in: General News

Friday Stations of the Cross
9:30am at St. Matthew Church - in-person only 7:00pm at St. Bernard Church - in-person & live-stream Prayerful meditation through the Stations of the Cross is our beautiful tradition during Fridays in Lent. Come, pray, and meditate on the sacrifice Christ made for us. Pleas...

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Holy Week Schedule

Posted on April 06, 2022 in: General News

Holy Week Schedule
Date Time Event Place   April 11 8:00am Morning Mass St. Bernard Livestream April 12 10:30am Chrism Mass ...

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Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting

Posted on April 04, 2022 in: General News

Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting
Thursday, April 14th 9:30 - 11:30am in the St. Bernard Church Hall We would love for you join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting/crocheting & fellowship. All are welcome. For further information or to request a prayer shawl, lap robe, or pocket prayer shawl to give to someone,...

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Offices Closed for Good Friday

Posted on April 03, 2022 in: General News

Offices Closed for Good Friday
All Church offices will close at noon on Holy Thursday, April 14th and reopen Monday, April 18th. If you need assistance, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Bernard Church—(860) 875-0753 Ext. 1 or St. Matthew Church—(860) 872-0200 Ex...

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Come Pray with Us!

Posted on April 01, 2022 in: General News

Come Pray with Us!
Divine Mercy Sunday, April 24th at 3:00 pm St. Matthew Church & live-stream "Where, if not in the Divine Mercy, can the world find refuge and the light of hope?" ~St John Paul II On Divine Mercy Sunday, we will gather to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Jesus said to St Fau...

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First Friday Eucharist Adoration
Please join us for our next First Friday Adoration - Friday, April 1st from 3:00pm - 7:00pm at St. Matthew Church We will gather to adore our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. This is a great opportunity for peaceful reflection, personal prayer or just relaxing in Jesus&rsq...

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Catholic Book Club

Posted on March 29, 2022 in: General News

Catholic Book Club
April 18, May 2 & 16 Morning sessions at St. Bernard Parish Center Evening sessions available on zoom Blessed Sacrament Parish Book Club Spring session will begin in April. We have an option available to gather in person as well as an option for Zoom discussion sessions for those who want...

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Gift Card Sale

Posted on March 28, 2022 in: General News

Gift Card Sale
April 2nd & 3rd after all Masses at both St. Matthew & St. Bernard Pick up: April 9th & 10th Visit www.shopwithscrip.com to see all the gift cards available for purchase. Proceeds help support our parish outreach to Haiti. Any questions, email: giftcards@cath-comm.org ...

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Ushers Needed at St. Bernard Church
We are looking for people to help with our offertory collections as well as ushering for Masses at St. Bernard Church. Men or women can serve the Church in this role. All you need is a willingness to help. Ushers are responsible for: Greeting/welcoming parishioners before Mass, distribut...

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Knights of Columbus Council 6626 Scholarship
This scholarship is open to any graduating high school senior who is a resident of Tolland or whose family is registered with Blessed Sacrament Parish and who has been accepted by an accredited college or university as a full time student. Applications are now available through the Tolland High S...

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We Invite You to Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation
When in your BUSY day do you have time for the Lord? We invite you to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation on either or both of these date: A Day of Reconciliation —Friday, March 25th— 7am to 7pm St. Bernard Church-Rockville Priests fro...

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Chrism Mass

Posted on March 22, 2022 in: General News

Chrism Mass
Tuesday, April 12th at 10:30am Bishop Michael R. Cote, D.D., invites you to the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich. The Chrism Mass is the Liturgy during which the sacred Chrism is consecrated and the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of the Catechumens are blessed. These oils ar...

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St. Matthew Women's Guild Easter Chocolate Fundraiser
March 26/27 & April 2/3 After All Masses at St. Matthew Church The St. Matthew Women's Guild will be selling Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate Lambs - $5 each Proceeds will go towards our "Tending the Sheep" program for the newly baptized children of our Bl...

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St. Bernard Women's Guild Meeting & Layette Collection
Tuesday, April 5th at 6:00pm St. Bernard Church Hall Attention: Guild Members and Parishioners We will be collecting baby items on behalf of “Catholic Charities”. They have a specific need for Baby Shampoo, Baby lotion, baby toothbrushes, Blankets, Newborn – 2Toddler ...

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Easter Gift Cards

Posted on March 19, 2022 in: General News

Easter Gift Cards
For the Manchester Office of Connecticut Department of Children, and families of Tolland Human Services & Vernon Social Services. Like last year, COVID requires us to change things a bit, but it will not deter us from reaching out to those less fortunate. We are again asking parishioners...

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Catholic Books, Gifts, Movies, Music for Children & Adults
The Daughters of St. Paul are Coming to Blessed Sacrament Parish March 19th & 20th after all Masses in both parish halls. The Sisters will feature Catholic Resources, Bibles, Prayerbooks, and many titles for Children. Please plan to visit the Bookfair and choose something to enrich your ...

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Knights of Columbus Ukraine Solidarity Fund
We will have the Ukraine Relief Collection baskets out again this weekend (March 19 & 20). Please make the checks payable to: Blessed Sacrament Parish and include Ukraine Solidarity Fund in the memo line To donate online, click here. Your generous gift today will directly sup...

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Bulletin Submission Deadlines

Posted on March 11, 2022 in: General News

Bulletin Submission Deadlines
We must submit our Palm Sunday & Easter bulletins early for printing. Requests for announcements to be included in these bulletins must be submitted as follows: Weekend of: Due before noon on: April 9/10 Monday, March 28th April 16/17 Monday, Ap...

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Notice from St. Bernard Cemetery
Families are requested to remove all Christmas and winter decorations by March 31st. 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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Mattie’s Togs Thrift Shop at St. Matthew Church
Baptism Outfits & First Communion Dresses Available If you are having your baby baptized in the near future, we have a wonderful assortment of appropriate outfits for both girls and boys sizes preemie to 24 months. We also have an abundance of First Communion Dresses in a variety of size...

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Old Fashioned Corned Beef Dinner
Knights of Columbus Our Lady of Fatima Council 4122 is sponsoring an Old-Fashioned Corned Beef Dinner (To Go) on St. Patrick's Day, March 17th (Snow date March 18th) Dinners are $20/person, including a generous portion of butcher cured corned beef, potatoes, carr...

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Bereavement Support Group

Posted on March 06, 2022 in: General News

Bereavement Support Group
Tuesdays Starting March 15th 6:15pm - 7:45pm Room 100 in the Parish Center at St. Bernard Church Living through grief is not easy but it does not have to be done alone.  Blessed Sacrament Parish will offer a 9 week support program called, New Day, for those who have suffered the loss o...

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Youth Ministry News

Posted on March 04, 2022 in: General News

Youth Ministry News
Saturday Faith and Fun:  March 26th at St. Matthew Church FUN! FUN! FUN! Please join us for the 5 PM Mass followed by a Teen friendly smorgasbord dinner, games and a whole lot of fun! We will playing a rip roaring game of scooter hockey and other goofy games! Don’t forget frie...

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Parish Lenten Mission - The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
If you missed the Parish Lenten Mission, we recorded it! The video will be available on our website for the month of March. Click here to watch.

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Prayer Service for Ukraine

Posted on March 03, 2022 in: General News

Prayer Service for Ukraine
A Prayer Service for Peace for Ukraine and her people will be held Friday, March 4th, 6:00 pm at St. Bernard Church and St. Matthew Church.  The service will include a reading of Psalm 31 requested by the Patriarch and Chief Rabbi of Kyiv, candle lighting for the congregation from the Pasc...

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Soup Kitchen Ministry - Volunteer Needed
We have the Monday teams filled! Now, we need 2 people for the St. Patrick Team which works the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Hours are 4:15pm-6:00pm. For more information, contact Becky at soupkitchen@cath-comm.org.  

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Please Join Us for these Special Events on March 4th
  Time Event Location 9:30AM Friday Stations of the Cross St. Matthew Church 3:00PM First Friday Adoration, dedicated to peace in the Ukraine St. Bernard Church 5:45PM Adoration will end with Benediction St. Be...

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Healing Liturgy

Posted on March 01, 2022 in: General News

Healing Liturgy
Sunday, March 6th 3:00 pm atSt. Bernard Church “The Church believes and confesses that among the seven sacraments there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness, the Anointing of the Sick". The Catechism goes on to say that the Anointing is a partic...

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Parish Lenten Mission

Posted on February 28, 2022 in: General News

Parish Lenten Mission
SPREAD THE WORD Monday, March 7th at 7 pm  St. Bernard Church and live-streamed The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist with our own, Father Larry Barile   

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Youth Ministry - Living Stations of the Cross - Volunteers Needed
Calling teens in Grades 7-12! Do you need service hours for school or Confirmation? Here is a great opportunity to earn service hours and do God’s great work by participating in the BSP Youth Ministry’s presentation of the Stations of the Cross. It takes many hands to create a mean...

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Volunteers Needed for Children's Liturgy of the Word at St. Matthew Church
Please consider joining us in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLW) ministry at St. Matthew Church. We offer CLW during the 10:30am Mass on Sundays for kids who have not yet received their First Holy Communion. Minimal training is required and all materials are provided. If you cou...

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Upcoming Ministry Events

Posted on February 24, 2022 in: General News

Upcoming Ministry Events
Ministry Event Date & Time Place Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast 3/6 after the 8:30am & 10:30am Masses St. Matthew Hall St. Matthew Women's Guild Meeting 3/9 at 7:00pm St. Matthew Hall Young Adult Ministry - Lenten Convers...

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Parish Center at St. Bernard Campus Open House
Please join us to celebrate the opening of our new Parish Center at the St. Bernard campus: February 26th and 27th Our parish Pastoral Council will be giving tours after each of the weekend Masses and refreshments will be served after the Sunday Masses.  Bishop Cote will be pres...

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Small Christian Communities at Blessed Sacrament Parish
Small Christian Communities (SCC) are small groups of parishioners who gather regularly for prayer and reflection.  These groups are called Small Christian Communities because they come together to reflect on the scriptures for a coming Sunday Mass using a process which connects our faith life ...

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Ash Wednesday (March 2nd) & Lenten Friday Stations of the Cross
Ash Wednesday Schedule at Blessed Sacrament Parish: Our community will celebrate Mass with Distribution of Ashes: At St. Bernard:        8:00am At St. Matthew:       7:00pm We will also have the Liturgy of the Word with Distribution ...

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Young Adult Ministry Lenten Conversations
Join the Blessed Sacrament Parish’s Young Adult Ministry for a 6-week series on Lent. All young adults are welcome to join us for one or all sessions as we discuss our reflections on the Little Black Book daily devotional, common questions about Lent, and how we’re making the most out...

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First Friday Eucharist Adoration

Posted on February 22, 2022 in: General News

First Friday Eucharist Adoration
Please join us for our next First Friday Adoration Friday, April 1th   3:00pm - 7:00pm St. Matthew Church We will gather to adore our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. This is a great opportunity for peaceful reflection, personal prayer or just relaxing in Jesus&rsquo...

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Offices Closed for Presidents' Day

Posted on February 17, 2022 in: General News

Offices Closed for Presidents' Day
All Church offices will be closed Monday, February 21st in observance of Presidents’ day. If you need assistance, please leave a message at: St. Bernard Church—(860) 875-0753 Ext. 1 or St. Matthew Church—(860) 872-0200 Ext. 2  

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Soup Kitchen Ministry - Volunteer Needed
The Blessed Sacrament Parish Soup Kitchen Ministry is looking for a new team member for the St. Augustine Team. This team works the 1st & 5th Mondays of each month. Hours are 4:15pm-6:00pm. For more information, contact Becky at soupkitchen@cath-comm.org.  

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Youth Ministry Fundraiser for Clairvaux House
The Youth Ministry thanks you for your generous support of our Clairvaux House Fundraisers. If you haven’t already had the chance to participate, there is still time - click here to our fundraiser page. There you can place a bid on a beautiful tied fleece blanket and/or place an order for J...

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Parents Night Out

Posted on February 14, 2022 in: General News

Parents Night Out
February 19th in the St. Matthew Church Hall Child Care for Children ages *3-12 Join us for 5pm Mass (in the Church), then after Mass DROP OFF between 6:15-6:30 PICK UP between 8-8:15. While you are enjoying a night out the Blessed Sacrament Parish Youth Ministry will provide...

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Parents Night Out

Posted on February 14, 2022 in: General News

Parents Night Out
February 19th at St. Matthew Hall Child Care for Children ages *3-12 Join us for 5pm Mass (in the Church), then after Mass DROP OFF between 6:15-6:30 PICK UP between 8-8:15. While you are enjoying a night out the Blessed Sacrament Parish Youth Ministry will provide child care incl...

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Tolland Food Pantry Drive

Posted on February 13, 2022 in: General News

Tolland Food Pantry Drive
St. Matthew Women’s Guild is sponsoring a Tolland Food Pantry Drive for Tolland Human Services with very specific needs: Maple syrup Pancake mix Ketchup Mustard Mayonnaise Ramen Noodle Beef stew Coffee Box Cereal: Raisin Bran, Life, Chex, Granola, (healthy, please) ...

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St. Bernard Women's Guild Meeting

Posted on February 12, 2022 in: General News

St. Bernard Women's Guild Meeting
Tuesday, March 1st at 6:00pm in the St. Bernard Church Hall After a short meeting, we will paint a lovely, spring picture to bring home! If you signed up to paint, please bring $20 for Maryann Any questions, email Jean at St.BernardWomen’sGuild@cath-comm.org  

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Ash Wednesday Schedule - March 2nd

Posted on February 11, 2022 in: General News

Ash Wednesday Schedule - March 2nd
Our community will celebrate Mass with Distribution of Ashes: At St. Bernard:        8:00am At St. Matthew:       7:00pm We will also have the Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Ashes: At St. Bernard: 12:05pm & 5:00pm At...

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Youth Ministry Fundraisers - February 12 & 13
The BSP Youth Ministry will be holding the following fundraisers to benefit Clairvaux House: Silent Auction of Tied Fleece Blankets. Each Church will have their own auction with a unique selection of blankets. Jeff’s Kettle Popcorn sale (30% of all sales will be given to the Clair...

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Haiti and Justice & Peace Committee Meetings
Haiti Committee Meeting Thursday, February 17th at 4:30pm Justice & Peace Committee Meeting Thursday, February 17th at 6:00pm Both meetings will be held via Zoom. If you are a new attendee, please contact Sue @ (860)371-1111. We look forward to seeing you all there!  

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Spirituality General Meeting

Posted on February 07, 2022 in: General News

Spirituality General Meeting
Thursday, February 17th at 6:30pm in the St. Bernard Church Hall Join us as we evaluate the year's programs and share ideas for next year's activities for our Blessed Sacrament Parish. The Spirituality Team plans/organizes our parish retreats, speakers, Days of Reflections, p...

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Today's (2/4) First Friday Eucharist Adoration Canceled Due to Storm
Please join us for our next First Friday Adoration March 4th 3:00pm—7:00pm St. Bernard Church We will gather to adore our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. This is a great opportunity for peaceful reflection, personal prayer or just relaxing in Jesus’ presence, speaki...

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Palms to Ashes

Posted on February 03, 2022 in: General News

Palms to Ashes
If you have blessed palms at home, please bring them to either St. Bernard or St. Matthew by Monday, February 28th so they may be burned for Ash Wednesday (March 2nd). At St. Bernard containers will be left in the vestibules. At St. Matthew a container will be left at the entrance to the chu...

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Today's (2/4) First Friday Eucharist Adoration Canceled Due to Storm
Please join us for our next First Friday Adoration March 4th 3:00pm—7:00pm St. Bernard Church We will gather to adore our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. This is a great opportunity for peaceful reflection, personal prayer or just relaxing in Jesus’ presence, speaki...

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Gift Card Sale

Posted on February 02, 2022 in: General News

Gift Card Sale
Gift Card Sale February 5th & 6th after all Masses in the St. Matthew Church Hall Visit www.shopwithscrip.com to see all the gift cards available for purchase. Proceeds help support our Outreach to Haiti. Pick up: February 12th & 13th Any questions, email: giftcards@cath-comm.org...

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Young Adult Ministry Gathering

Posted on January 31, 2022 in: General News

Young Adult Ministry Gathering
We hope you can join us!

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Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting

Posted on January 30, 2022 in: General News

Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting
The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet Thursday, February 10th 9:30 - 11:30am in the St. Bernard Church Hall We would love to have you join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting/crocheting and fellowship. Masks are needed if you are not vaccinated and optional for those who have bee...

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Mass Cancelled - January 29 & 30

Posted on January 28, 2022 in: General News

Mass Cancelled - January 29 & 30
All Masses are being cancelled at St. Bernard and St. Matthew this weekend due to the storm; however, the 10:00 am Mass will still be livestreamed from St. Bernard and we encourage you to join us then.   The Blessing of Throats will be next weekend.  Snow removal equipment is being po...

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Blessing of the Throats

Posted on January 27, 2022 in: General News

Blessing of the Throats
Next Weekend - January 29th & 30th In honor of the Feast of St. Blaise (February 3rd) we will bless throats after all Masses at both St. Matthew and St. Bernard next weekend. Like last year, we will perform the blessing while parishioners remain in their seats. Through this blessing w...

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Donor Contribution Letters

Posted on January 27, 2022 in: General News

Donor Contribution Letters
Donor contribution letters were mailed January 31st. If you have any questions, please contact Christine at: christine.griffin@cath-comm.org or (860) 872-0200 x 305  

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Youth Ministry Fundraisers - Postponed
Due to the winter storm forecast for this weekend, we are postponing this event until: February 12th & 13th after all Masses at both Churches The BSP Youth Ministry will be holding the following fundraisers to benefit Clairvaux House: Silent Auction of Tied Fleece Blankets....

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Blessing of the Throats - Postponed
Due to the impending storm and the cancellation of Masses at Blessed Sacrament Parish (please see other news article for more information), we are postponing this blessing until next weekend - February 5th & 6th In honor of the Feast of St. Blaise (February 3rd) we will bless throats aft...

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Youth Ministry Stations of the Cross
Calling teens in Grades 7-12! The Blessed Sacrament Youth Ministry will be holding an informational meeting on the Living Stations of the Cross on Sunday, January 30th at 2 pm at St. Bernard Church and on Zoom. Anyone interested in being part of the Living Stations of the Cross, or would jus...

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St. Bernard Women's Guild Meeting

Posted on January 24, 2022 in: General News

St. Bernard Women's Guild Meeting
Tuesday, February 1st at 6:00pm in the St. Bernard Church Hall Bring your favorite pie for dessert and fellowship! Contact Linda Turkington at 860-490-5374 or St.BernardWomen'sGuild@cath-comm.org  

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Respect Life Mass

Posted on January 20, 2022 in: General News

Respect Life Mass
On the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, Roe vs. Wade (1973), all dioceses of the United States shall observe a day of prayer for the respect and protection of all life. In honor of this day of prayer, Blessed Sacrament Parish will celebrate a special Mass on Saturday, January 22n...

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Youth Ministry Fundraisers

Posted on January 20, 2022 in: General News

Youth Ministry Fundraisers
January 29th & 30th after all Masses at both Churches The BSP Youth Ministry will be holding the following fundraisers to benefit Clairvaux House: Silent Auction of Tied Fleece Blankets. Each Church, as well as an online option, will have their own auction with a unique selection o...

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Baptism Preparation Class

Posted on January 20, 2022 in: General News

Baptism Preparation Class
The next class for registered parents who wish to have their child(ren) baptized is scheduled for: Wednesday, March 9th at 7:00pm Call Cheryl at 860-872-0200, Ext. 2 to pre-register. Baptisms are scheduled: at St. Bernard on the 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sunday of the month at S...

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Ministry Meetings

Posted on January 19, 2022 in: General News

Ministry Meetings
Haiti Committee Meeting Thursday, January 27th at 4:30pm Justice & Peace Committee Meeting Thursday, January 27th at 6:00pm Both meetings will now be held online. A link will be sent to those who regularly attend these meetings. If you don’t regularly attend but would like to b...

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Youth Ministry Fundraisers - Updated
January 29th & 30th after all Masses at both Churches The BSP Youth Ministry will be holding the following fundraisers to benefit Clairvaux House: Silent Auction of Tied Fleece Blankets. Each Church will have their own auction with a unique selection of blankets. Jeff’s Ket...

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Youth Ministry Faith and Fun Night - January 15th!
The evening begins with the 5 PM Mass, followed by Mac and Cheese, Popcorn and Blankets! YUP! BLANKETS!  We will be making Tied Fleece Prayer Blankets to be auctioned off in a silent auction to raise funds for the Clairvaux House. In addition to making blankets, we will kick off a Jeff&rs...

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Church Offices Closed - Monday, January 17th
All Church offices will be closed Monday, January 17th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. day. If you need assistance, please leave a message at:         St. Bernard Church—(860) 875-0753 Ext. 1 or       ...

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First Friday Eucharist Adoration

Posted on January 07, 2022 in: General News

First Friday Eucharist Adoration
Please join us for our first First Friday Adoration January 7th from 3:00pm—7:00pm St. Bernard Church We will gather to adore our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. This is a great opportunity for peaceful reflection, personal prayer or just relaxing in Jesus’ presen...

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Invite a Friend to Mass

Posted on January 05, 2022 in: General News

Invite a Friend to Mass
Invite a Friend to Mass Weekend January 8th or 9th This Christmas season, through word of mouth, invite friends and relatives that don’t attend Mass regularly to join us January 8th or 9th.  Click this link to the program. It will bring you to a page which allows you to ea...

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Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting

Posted on January 03, 2022 in: General News

Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting
Our Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet Thursday, January 13th from 9:30 - 11:30am in the St. Bernard Church Hall We would love to have you join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting/crocheting and fellowship. Masks are needed if you are not vaccinated and optional for those who have...

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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Posted on December 30, 2021 in: General News

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Our community will celebrate Mass:   Friday, December 31st, Vigil Mass - 5:00pm at St. Matthew   Saturday, January 1st, Mass - 9:00am at St. Bernard Please Note:  There will be an 8:00am morning Mass at St. Bernard on December 31st, but there will not be a 9:00am Mas...

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Youth Music Program

Posted on December 30, 2021 in: General News

Youth Music Program
Blessed Sacrament Parish offers several opportunities to participate in our Youth Music Program in 2022. The Youth Choir Masses at St. Matthew, directed by Deirdre Goldsmith, are an opportunity for youth from middle school and beyond to worship in contemporary song after rehearsing together for o...

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Message from Fr. Rick

Posted on December 29, 2021 in: General News

Message from Fr. Rick
Dear Parish Family, Merry Christmas everyone!  Our Christmas Season this year began on December 25th and will end on January 9th.  So, keep those Creche’s up and keep singing the carols.  I love how beautiful our Churches look during the Christmas season and I often go over i...

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Holiday Office Hours

Posted on December 29, 2021 in: General News

Holiday Office Hours
All Church offices will close at noon on Thursday, December 30th and reopen Monday, January 3rd. If you need assistance during this time, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Bernard—(860) 875-0753 Ext. 1 St. Matthew—(860) 872-0200 Ext. 2  

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Keep Christ in Christmas Posters

Posted on December 28, 2021 in: General News

Keep Christ in Christmas Posters
Click here to view the posters submitted for the Knights of Columbus Keep Christ in Christmas Poster contest.

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Catholic Book Club

Posted on December 27, 2021 in: General News

Catholic Book Club
Click here to register online before January 3rd. January 10, 24, and February 7 Morning sessions at St. Bernard Church Evening sessions available on zoom Blessed Sacrament Parish Book Club resumes in January! We will have an in person option for those comfortable gathering in a group sett...

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First Friday Eucharist Adoration

Posted on December 26, 2021 in: General News

First Friday Eucharist Adoration
First Fridays beginning January 7th we will gather to adore our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. All parishioners are invited to join us in prayer. It is a great opportunity for peaceful reflection, personal prayer or just relaxing in Jesus’ presence, speaking, and listening to him. Chr...

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Christmas Mass Schedule

Posted on December 23, 2021 in: General News

Christmas Mass Schedule
Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24th St. Bernard 4:00PM, 6:00PM & Midnight St. Matthew 4:00PM, 4:15PM (Hall), 6:00PM & 10:00PM Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25th St. Bernard 9:00AM & 11:...

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Come Enjoy our Churches

Posted on December 22, 2021 in: General News

Come Enjoy our Churches
We invite our parishioners who are not comfortable coming to Mass to visit our beautifully decorated Churches. Both our Churches will be open from 9:00am to 6:00pm on December 27th through December 30th for you to come and sit quietly with the Lord.  

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Holiday Office Hours

Posted on December 21, 2021 in: General News

Holiday Office Hours
All Church offices will close at noon on Thursday, December 23rd and reopen Monday, December 27th. If you need assistance during this time, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Bernard—(860) 875-0753 Ext. 1 St. Matthew—(860) 872-0200 Ext. 2  

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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Posted on December 20, 2021 in: General News

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Our community will celebrate Mass:   Friday, December 31st, Vigil Mass - 5:00pm at St. Matthew   Saturday, January 1st, Mass - 9:00am at St. Bernard Please Note:  There will be an 8:00am morning Mass at St. Bernard on December 31st, but there will not be a 9:00am Mas...

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Welcome Back Fr. Larry!

Posted on December 15, 2021 in: General News

Welcome Back Fr. Larry!
From the Four County Catholic: Father Larry Barile Ordained to the Priesthood A celebration of the ordination to the priesthood of Reverend Lawrence Barile for service as a priest in the Diocese of Norwich took place on December 8, 2021. The Ritual Mass for the Conferral of Holy Orders took...

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Blessing of the Crèche & Carol Sing
The Knights of Columbus will be setting up our two beautiful outdoor Crèches very soon.  We will celebrate as a community with a blessing of the crèche followed by a carol sing. At St. Matthew: December 11th following the 5:00pm Mass At St. Bernard:  December 18th following th...

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Christmas Mass Schedule

Posted on December 13, 2021 in: General News

Christmas Mass Schedule
Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24th St. Bernard 4:00PM, 6:00PM & Midnight St. Matthew 4:00PM, 4:15PM (Hall), 6:00PM & 10:00PM Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25th St. Bernard 9:00AM & 11:...

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Ushers Needed for Christmas Masses at St. Bernard Church
Our ushers play an important role in helping our parishioners and visitors throughout the Mass. Men or women can serve the Church in this roll. All you need is a willingness to help. Ushers are responsible for: ¨ Greeting/welcoming parishioners before Mass, assisting with seating, and...

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Lessons and Carols

Posted on December 09, 2021 in: General News

Lessons and Carols
Blessed Sacrament Parish Music Ministry presents: Candlelight Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Sunday December 12, 2021 at 4 p.m. In-person at St. Bernard Church and live streamed Our Blessed Sacrament Parish’s service is adapted from the traditional Festival of Nine Lessons a...

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Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale at St. Matthew
Knights of Columbus Council 6266 Pancake Breakfast AND St. Matthew Women’s Guild Bake Sale Sunday, December 12th in the St. Matthew Church Hall Following the 8:30am & 10:30am Masses Pancake Breakfast: Bake Sale: ...

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Advent Penance Service

Posted on December 04, 2021 in: General News

Advent Penance Service
This Sunday, December 5th at 3:00pm at St. Bernard Church As we begin our Advent journey of anticipation and preparation for the Messiah, please reserve this date for the Blessed Sacrament Parish Reconciliation Service. The service will involve an afternoon of reflection, music, prayer and r...

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Haiti Donation Cards

Posted on December 04, 2021 in: General News

Haiti Donation Cards
Help with Your Christmas Shopping! Our beautiful Haiti donation cards will once again be available this Christmas.  Make a donation of any amount to the Blessed Sacrament Parish Haiti Fund as a gift in someone’s name and receive one of these cards depicting a colorful Haitian landscape...

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Gift Cards Sale at St. Matthew

Posted on December 03, 2021 in: General News

Gift Cards Sale at St. Matthew
Get your Christmas shopping done and help support Haiti with the purchase of gift cards! Visit www.shopwithscrip.com to see all the gift cards available for purchase. Gift cards will be on sale after every Mass in the St. Matthew Church hall on: December 4th & 5th and 11th & 12th Gi...

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Justice & Peace Requests

Posted on December 02, 2021 in: General News

Justice & Peace Requests
 IRIS Request Our contact at IRIS has made another request to help the many refugees that they are working with—underwear for both children and adults. We will have labeled boxes back in both St. Matthew and St. Bernard Church halls for donations. This collection will run through Ja...

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Emmanuel Music Video

Posted on December 02, 2021 in: General News

Emmanuel Music Video
Click here to take a listen to Music Ministry's Advent reflection, "Emmanuel."

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Advent Penance Service

Posted on December 01, 2021 in: General News

Advent Penance Service
This Sunday, December 5th at 3:00pm at St. Bernard Church As we begin our Advent journey of anticipation and preparation for the Messiah, please reserve this date for the Blessed Sacrament Parish Reconciliation Service. The service will involve an afternoon of reflection, music, prayer and r...

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Wreath Pick Up

Posted on November 30, 2021 in: General News

Wreath Pick Up
December 4th & 5th - After All Masses The Youth Ministry would like to send a huge THANK YOU to all those who placed an order for Christmas Wreaths.  Your wreaths will be ready for pick up at your selected pick up location this weekend.  

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Day of Obligation December 8th Blessed Sacrament Parish will celebrate the following Masses: 8:00am at St. Bernard 7:00pm at St. Matthew  

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Deacon Larry's Ordination Mass

Posted on November 27, 2021 in: General News

Deacon Larry's Ordination Mass
December 8, 2021 at 10:30am at St. Patrick Cathedral, Norwich Everyone is invited!  The Mass will also be livestreamed from the Cathedral and can be accessed on the diocesan website www.norwichdiocese.org Deacon Larry’s First Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Church in Coventry...

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

Posted on November 26, 2021 in: General News

Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet Thursday, December 9th at 9:30 - 11:30am in the St. Bernard Church Hall We would love to have you join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting/crocheting and fellowship. Masks are needed if you are not vaccinated and optional for those who have been v...

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Blessed Sacrament Parish Financial Report
To view the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year Blessed Sacrament Financial Report, click here. Every Catholic Parish is required by Canon Law to have a finance council.  The Blessed Sacrament Parish Finance Council assists the Pastor in the preparation of annual budgets, recommends major expend...

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Small Christian Communities for Advent
Come join us! - Spend some time of reflection for three Thursdays this Advent You are invited to experience reflecting as a Small Christian Community with us on December 2nd, 9th, and 16th in the St. Matthew Chapel from 7:00-8:30pm Small Christian Communities (SCC) are small groups o...

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St. Bernard Women's Guild Banquet

Posted on November 21, 2021 in: General News

St. Bernard Women's Guild Banquet
Wednesday, December 15th 6:00pm in the St. Bernard Church Hall Catered by Maneeley’s Banquet Facility, LLC. $20.00/per person Please make your reservation by December 7th, by contacting Lynda Lariviere at 860-377-2644 or St.BernardWomen'sGuild@cath-comm.org We Hope Yo...

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St. Matthew Women's Guild Meeting

Posted on November 20, 2021 in: General News

St. Matthew Women's Guild Meeting
Crafts, Cookies, & Socks Tuesday, December 7th 7:00pm in the St. Matthew Church Hall Ladies of the parish are invited to take a break from the holiday hustle & bustle! Come join us in completing a no sew fleece throw for our "Care & Share" family and sampling cookies! ...

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Young Adult Ministry Advent Celebration
The young adult ministry will be getting together for a night full of crafts, games, hot chocolate, and cookies. We plan to meet at 6 PM on Friday, December 10th. RSVP by December 9th. RSVP link Please let us know if you have any questions; you can email us at yam@cath-comm.org.

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St. Bernard Women's Guild Raffle

Posted on November 18, 2021 in: General News

St. Bernard Women's Guild Raffle
The St. Bernard Guild has decided for the second year not to hold our Christmas Bazaar. We are concerned about everyone’s safety given the COVID situation. We will, however be holding our raffle.  The tickets are $5.00 each and the prizes will be MasterCard gift cards as listed on the ...

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Frosty Village Bazaar

Posted on November 18, 2021 in: General News

Frosty Village Bazaar
WHEN:    Friday, Nov. 19th, 5pm - 8pm AND Saturday, Nov. 20th, 9am - 2pm WHERE:  St. Matthew Parish Hall Frosty Village Bazaar is back! Shop our great selection of hand-crafted items; our famous apple pies; baked goods and cookies; knit and crochet apparel; doll clo...

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Bulletin Submission Deadlines

Posted on November 17, 2021 in: General News

Bulletin Submission Deadlines
Due to holiday schedules, the next available bulletin for announcements is the January 8/9 bulletin. Requests must be received electronically by noon on Monday, January 3rd to be considered for that bulletin. Requests for announcements should be emailed to: bulletin@cath-comm.org  

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Advent Little Books Available

Posted on November 17, 2021 in: General News

Advent Little Books Available
Blessed Sacrament Parish purchased Little Books for our parishioners for the Advent season. The books are available at the entrances of our Churches. Little Books are also available as e-books and can be purchased at www.littlebooks.org.  

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Book of Remembrance

Posted on November 17, 2021 in: General News

Book of Remembrance
Our Book of Remembrance for those individuals who are not included in this year’s list of deceased will be available throughout the month of November.   The names that are written in the book will be remembered in prayer throughout the month of November.    

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Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

Posted on November 16, 2021 in: General News

Offices Closed for Thanksgiving
All Church offices will close at noon on Wednesday, November 24thfor the Thanksgiving Holiday and reopen Monday, November 29th. If you need assistance during this time, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Bernard—(860) 875-0753 Ext. 1 St. Matthew—(860) 8...

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Thanksgiving Day Mass

Posted on November 15, 2021 in: General News

Thanksgiving Day Mass
Thursday, November 25th at 9:00am at St. Matthew Church Parishioners are invited to bring non perishable food items with them to Church. The food will be blessed during Mass then volunteers will deliver the food to one of our area food pantries. Your generosity will make a difference in t...

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Children's Liturgy of the Word - Volunteers Needed
Please consider joining us in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLW) ministry at St. Matthew Church. We do a guided celebration for 15-20 minutes. Minimal training required and all materials are provided. We are looking for support once a month on a date that fits your schedule and...

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Christmas Wreath Sale

Posted on November 11, 2021 in: General News

Christmas Wreath Sale
Last Chance!! Sale ends — November 14th The Blessed Sacrament Youth Ministry Christmas Wreath online sale is now open! The Youth Ministry will decorate the wreaths and have them ready for pick up after all of the Masses the weekend of December 4th and 5th. Pick up at either Church (...

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Advent Candle Sale at St. Matthew Church
The St. Matthew Women's Guild is selling Advent candles at St. Matthew Church after every Mass through the month of November or until we sell out! Be prepared to celebrate Advent: A Season of Expectation, by purchasing Advent candles! "Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light...

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Hat & Mitten Tree

Posted on November 10, 2021 in: General News

Hat & Mitten Tree
Our annual hat & mitten tree will be set up December 3rd in the center vestibule at St. Bernard Church. Please remember those less fortunate by bringing new or gently used hats & mittens to add to our tree. All gifts will go to the Cornerstone Foundation. The tree will remain through the ...

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Knights of Columbus News

Posted on November 10, 2021 in: General News

Knights of Columbus News
Membership Drive The Knights of Columbus is an international Order of Catholic men who are called to lead with faith, protect our families, serve others and defend values in a busy changing world. We are holding a membership drive at all Masses at both St. Bernard Church (Council #4122) &...

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Attention Lectors & Homebound Ministers
All Lectors and Homebound Ministers may pick up their workbooks for the 2022 Liturgical year. At St. Matthew they are located in the Sacristy. (Please be sure to write your name stating you have received your book.) At. St. Bernard they are located in the Confessional.  

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First Friday Eucharist Adoration

Posted on November 10, 2021 in: General News

First Friday Eucharist Adoration
First Fridays beginning January 7th we will gather to adore our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. All parishioners are invited to join us in prayer. It is a great opportunity for peaceful reflection, personal prayer or just relaxing in Jesus’ presence, speaking, and listening to him. The...

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Baby Bottle Drive Update

Posted on November 10, 2021 in: General News

Baby Bottle Drive Update
Thanks to your generosity Blessed Sacrament Parish raised over $6,000 during our baby bottle drive.  If you still have your baby bottle at home, please return them to St. Bernard or St. Matthew Church as we intend to use them again next year.  Thank you and God Bless.  

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Children’s Missalettes Available

Posted on November 10, 2021 in: General News

Children’s Missalettes Available
A parishioner has donated copies of the booklet "The Mass for Children" to our parish for use in the pews during Mass. Please feel free to use a copy for your child to look at during Mass, and kindly return the book before leaving Church. We hope our parish children can enjoy followi...

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Parish Mission Recording Available

Posted on November 10, 2021 in: General News

Parish Mission Recording Available
If you missed the Parish Mission on October 18th, you can still see it. It was recorded and is available on our parish website for the next month. To view it, click here  

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Mass Schedule Change

Posted on November 09, 2021 in: General News

Mass Schedule Change
Please note there will NOT be a Friday 9:00am Mass at St. Matthew Church Friday, November 19th. Please join us at the 8:00am Mass at St. Bernard Church on that Friday.  

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Advent Candle Sale & Gift Card Pick-up
Advent Candle Sale: The St. Matthew Women's Guild will be selling Advent candles at St. Matthew Church beginning November 6th. We will be selling the candles after every Mass through the month of November or until we sell out! Be prepared to celebrate Advent: A Season of Expectation, by purch...

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Peace Tree

Posted on November 03, 2021 in: General News

Peace Tree
The Peace Tree honoring our military men and women will be set up at St. Bernard Church on December 3rd in advance of our parish Advent Penance service. If you have a loved one who is actively serving in the military and would like their name included on the tree, please email spirituality@cath-c...

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Children’s Choir

Posted on November 03, 2021 in: General News

Children’s Choir
St. Bernard Church Children’s Choir  Last Call to Sign-up! Lessons & Carols:  Sunday, December 12th 4:00pm Christmas Eve Friday December 24th 6:00pm Mass This choir is open to any 2nd through 6th grader.  Older siblings who play concert band instrument...

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Blessed Sacrament Parish Bazaars

Posted on October 31, 2021 in: General News

Blessed Sacrament Parish Bazaars
Frosty Village Bazaar - Help Needed Help is needed to make the Frosty Village Pie workshop a success! If you are able to donate baking ingredients, make dough, prepare apples or assemble pies with us, we would love to have you. Come join the fun! For more information, please contact Su...

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Parish Reminders

Posted on October 29, 2021 in: General News

Parish Reminders
Children’s Missalettes A parishioner has donated copies of the booklet "The Mass for Children" to our parish for use in the pews during Mass. Please feel free to use a copy for your child to look at during Mass, and kindly return the book before leaving Church. We hope our parish ...

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Upcoming Ministry Meetings

Posted on October 28, 2021 in: General News

Upcoming Ministry Meetings
Ministry Meeting Date & Time Place St. Matthew Womens Guild 11/10 at 7:00pm St. Matthew Church Hall Prayer Shawl 11/11 at 9:30am St Bernard Church Hall Haiti Committee 11/11 at 4:30pm St. Matthew Church Hall Justice ...

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Blessed Sacrament Parish Ministry Fair
Our faith is an active Faith! Please Join Us on: October 23rd/24th at St. Bernard October 30th/31st at St. Matthew After All Masses Come find out what makes Blessed Sacrament Parish so special!  

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Solemnity of All Saints

Posted on October 27, 2021 in: General News

Solemnity of All Saints
Monday, November 1st. Our community will celebrate Mass: 8:00am at St. Bernard Church 7:00pm at St. Matthew Church.   Note, Solemnity of All Saints if not a Holy Day of Obligation this year. 

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All Saints Family Party

Posted on October 25, 2021 in: General News

All Saints Family Party
Held at St. Matthew Church For Grades K-6 Each Faith Formation day has it’s own party, come dressed as ANY SAINT!  Trunk or Treat in the parking lot, then stay for a meal in the Hall and a game of “Guess Which Saint I Am?”.        Su...

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Winter Coat & Boot Collection

Posted on October 22, 2021 in: General News

Winter Coat & Boot Collection
Last Weekend! It is time for our annual winter coat collection for IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services in New Haven). This year, IRIS, working with the federal government, is particularly challenged by the influx of immigrants & refugees, coming from Afghanistan. Last year, w...

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Cornerstone Foundation SoupFest Raffle
The support of Blessed Sacrament Parish is very important as Cornerstone continues to be a resource for so many people in the greater Vernon area. In August, over 3,000 meals were served through the Soup Kitchen and over 17,000 meal items given out through the Food Cupboard. Without the community&rs...

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Volunteer Opportunity

Posted on October 20, 2021 in: General News

Volunteer Opportunity
Our Outreach to Haiti and Justice & Peace Committee Needs Your Help On Sunday afternoon, 11/7 at 12:00pm (after the 10:30am Mass) in St. Matthew Church hall, we will be packing additional toys and clothing to ship to our sister parish, St. Pierre, in Haiti. In addition, we will be sor...

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Mattie’s Togs Thrift Shop

Posted on October 20, 2021 in: General News

Mattie’s Togs Thrift Shop
At St. Matthew Church MATTIE'S TOGS, located on the Dunn Hill side of St. Matthew Church, is ready for the "Change in Season" shoppers. We have an abundance of Winter and Fall clothing for you to fill a Bag for $5. Summer clothing is always available. Sizes range from Preemie to Siz...

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Spirituality Meeting

Posted on October 15, 2021 in: General News

Spirituality Meeting
Thursday, November 4th 6:30 - 7:30pm in the St. Bernard Church Hall Anyone interested in learning more about Spirituality is very welcome!  

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Join Us for Part 3 of our Parish Mission
This Monday, October 18, 2021 at 7 pm at St. Bernard Church and live-streamed We Are Called to Live the Mission Blessed Sacrament Parish Mission Part 3- Service With nationally renowned speaker, Deacon Art Miller If God were to give us an 11th commandment,” Deacon Mi...

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St. Matthew Women's Guild Meeting & Advent Candle Sale
Our next meeing will be held on: November 10th at 7pm St. Matthew—Classrooms # 2 & 3 In coordination with our Advent Candle Sale (see information below), Deacon Mike will be joining us at our meeting to speak on the topic ‘Advent: A Closer Look at the Christian Traditions &a...

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RCIA - It's Not Too Late to Join Us!
Where are YOU on Your Journey? Faith, conversion, repentance, celebration and community – five basic elements that are present in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). RCIA provides a setting where the journey of faith and moments of conversion can be celebrated within the loca...

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Reminder from St. Bernard Cemetery
LED Lights & Candles are not allowed at St. Bernard Cemetery. Burning candles pose a fire risk, especially with falling leaves. Thank you for your cooperation.  

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Virtual Youth Explosion

Posted on October 13, 2021 in: General News

Virtual Youth Explosion
Sunday, November 14th from 1-3 pm FAITH ALIVE! All kids in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in our Diocese annual Youth Explosion Event! What is Youth Explosion?         It’s FUN!         It’s ENTE...

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Change for Haiti

Posted on October 12, 2021 in: General News

Change for Haiti
This Weekend - October 16th and 17th We will be outside both churches before and after each Mass to collect your spare change. Any amount is so appreciated! The proceeds will continue to help pay for elementary teacher salaries at our twinned parish, St. Pierre, in Ganthier, Haiti. We are so p...

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Youth Ministry - Barbecue & Board Game Night
Please join us for a kickoff Faith and Fun Night at St. Bernard Church October 16th Starting with the 5:00pm Mass After Mass we will gather downstairs for a meal of hot dogs and hamburgers and snacks. Show off your skills as you compete in our many game tournaments! Will you be able to beat...

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Altar Server Training

Posted on October 10, 2021 in: General News

Altar Server Training
Calling all girls and boys who are 10 years of age or older or who are in 4th grade or higher—you are invited to become an altar server at Blessed Sacrament Parish!  This training is intended for for new altar servers. As we are now one parish, we will be training our altar servers ...

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Fill a bottle, save a life!

Posted on October 09, 2021 in: General News

Fill a bottle, save a life!
Please return the filled bottles by: October 17, 2021 We will have baskets labeled for the filled bottles located: At St. Bernard, by the statues of the Holy Family (to the right of the altar) At St. Matthew, in the center vestibule Life…the most precious gift of all. And...

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Frosty Village Bazaar 2021!!

Posted on October 06, 2021 in: General News

Frosty Village Bazaar 2021!!
We are looking for people to join our team:         ~ lead the candy booth (teens welcome)         ~ lead the Kid’s booth (teens welcome) Raffle Items:  We are looking for items to raffle. We don’t need t...

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St. Bernard Women's Guild Raffle

Posted on October 06, 2021 in: General News

St. Bernard Women's Guild Raffle
The St. Bernard Guild has decided for the second year not to hold our Christmas Bazaar. We are still very concerned about everyone’s safety given the COVID situation. We will, however be holding our raffle.  Soon each registered household will receive four raffle tickets.   T...

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Church Offices Closed - Monday, October 11th
All Church offices will be closed on Monday, October 11th for the Columbus Day Holiday. If you need assistance, please leave a message at (860) 872-0200—St. Matthew Church or (860) 875-0753—St. Bernard Church  

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Upcoming Ministry Meetings

Posted on October 05, 2021 in: General News

Upcoming Ministry Meetings
Ministry Meetings Date & Time Place Young Adult 10/9 at 2:00pm Foster Family Farm, South Windsor St. Matthew Women's Guild 10/13 at 7:00pm St. Matthew Church Hall Prayer Shawl  10/14 at 9:30am St. Bernard Church Hall ...

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Young Adult Ministry Seasonal Celebration
The Young Adult Ministry will be meeting for a seasonal celebration at Foster Family Farm in South Windsor followed by dinner at Evergreen Walk. We will meet Saturday, October 9th at 2:00 PM and all young adults are welcome. Email yam@cath-comm.org for more information and for a contact to make meet...

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Volunteer Opportunities at Blessed Sacrament Parish
Blessed Sacrament Parish needs your help! We need You! We need your talents! Please consider helping with: Soup Kitchen Ministry Team Member Needed The Soup Kitchen Ministry is looking for a volunteer to join the St. Augustine Team. The team works the 1st and 5th Mondays of each m...

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Blessing of the Animals

Posted on September 30, 2021 in: General News

Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, October 2nd at 10:00am  At Both St. Bernard Church and St. Matthew Church You are invited to bring your pets for this special blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi (feast day October 4th) patron saint of animals.  

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Bereavement Support Group - Wednesdays Starting October 6th - Registration Deadline:  October 3rd
10:15am - 11:45am St. Matthew Campus Living through grief is not easy but it does not have to be done alone.  Blessed Sacrament Parish will offer a 9 week support program called, “New Day”, for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.  The goal of this program is ...

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Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Posted on September 27, 2021 in: General News

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
Thursday, October 7th at 6:30pm at St Matthew Church "The Family that Prays Together, Stays Together" Our theme is family prayer Bring your family to pray the Rosary along with our parish family We will be praying the Joyful Mysteries The event will be live-streamed on ...

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St. Matthew Women's Guild Meeting

Posted on September 24, 2021 in: General News

St. Matthew Women's Guild Meeting
October 13, 2021 at 7pm St. Matthew Church Hall Our next meeting will feature guest speaker Cathryn-Jean Fleming Esq. from Tolland who will present a talk on simple estate planning followed by a question-and-answer session.  Cathryn-Jean, specializes in elder law, estate planning, real es...

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Faith Formation Classes Begin September 26th
The first session is a Parent/Student Orientation which is required for all families, including Home Study Students. Please attend the session that best fits your family's needs within the appropriate grade level. Grades K-6 Sunday 8:45 am will meet in the St. Bernard Parish Hal...

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Frosty Village Bazaar Start Up Meeting - September 28th at 7pm in St. Matthew Classroom 1
We are looking for people to join our team:        ~ for advertising and promoting        ~ lead the candy booth (teens welcome)        ~ lead the Kid’s booth (teens welcome) Raffle Items:&nbs...

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Interested in Joining a Small Christian Community that Meets Virtually?
Small Christian Communities (SCC) are small groups of parishioners who gather regularly for prayer and reflection.  These groups are called Small Christian Communities because they come together to reflect on the scriptures for a coming Sunday Mass using a process  which connects our faith...

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St. Michael the Archangel Prayer Book
We are updating our prayer list of deployed military personnel.  If you have a loved one who is in the military in harm’s way, please email spirituality@cath-comm.org or call either Church office. St. Michael is the patron saint of soldiers and will be regularly asked to intercede for ...

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Music Ministry - Youth Music Group & Youth Choir
We are expanding our Music Ministry to include both the Youth Music Group AND a Youth Choir! The Youth Music Group will sing once a month at the 10:30am Mass at St. Matthew Church The next Youth Music Group Mass will be: Sunday, September 26th at 10:30am at St. Matthew Church ...

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Upcoming Events at our Parish

Posted on September 17, 2021 in: General News

Upcoming Events at our Parish
Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary Thursday, October 7th at 6:30pm at St Matthew Church "The Family that Prays Together, Stays Together" Our theme is family prayer Bring your family to pray the Rosary along with our parish family We will be praying the Joyful Mysterie...

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Young Adult Ministry Game Night - Friday, September 17th
The 4:12 Society invites young adults to join us for an indoor/outdoor game night on Friday, September 17 starting at 6 PM. Bring a game or a friend and enjoy some time getting to know other young adults in the parish. Contact yam@cath-comm.org if you have any questions.

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40 Days-For-Life

Posted on September 14, 2021 in: General News

40 Days-For-Life
40 Days for Life Vigil Mass Tuesday, September 21st at 7:00pm at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, Norwich The Norwich 40 Days-For-Life campaign will begin with this Vigil Mass.  Bishop Michael R. Cote will be the principal celebrant and Fr. Michael Bovino will be the homilist. Our Pari...

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Christmas in September for Haiti

Posted on September 10, 2021 in: General News

Christmas in September for Haiti
Collection runs September 11th - 19th Yes, it’s time for our annual Christmas in September Toy Collection for Haiti. This is an especially difficult year for them. You are probably aware of the awful trials the Haitian people are enduring right now. We have been informed that our Outreach t...

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Knights of Columbus Councils 4122 and 6626 - Fall Mum Sale - September 11th & 12th
St. Matthew Church or St. Bernard Church Walk-ups welcome! 10" Mum colors Red, Bronze/Orange, Yellow, Lavender/Purple. $20 each. Proceeds help fund charitable works including supporting our seminarians. Questions, call Tom Stauffer at 860.682.0762  

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Holy Hour  for Vocations - Thursday, September 16th
6:00pm—7:00pm St. Matthew Church Come join in praying with Bishop Cote for those who are called to priestly or consecrated religious life. Pray for our seminarians and those in the process of applying to the Diocese. Join our Diocesan Prayer Team for Vocations by emailing the vocation...

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Upcoming Ministry Meetings

Posted on September 07, 2021 in: General News

Upcoming Ministry Meetings
Ministry Meeting Date & Time Place Haiti Committee 9/16 at 4:30pm St. Matthew Gazebo/Hall Justice & Peace Committee 9/16 at 5:30pm St. Matthew Gazebo/Hall 4:12 Society / Young Adult Ministry 9/17 at 6:00pm St. Matthew Church...

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Tolland Food Pantry & Cornerstone Food Cupboard Requests
The Tolland Food Pantry Tolland food pantry is in need of the following items: Peanut butter Snacks (crackers) Cereal Mac n’ Cheese Spaghetti sauce   To donate items to the Tolland Food Pantry: Items can be left at the entrance to ...

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Church Offices Closed for Labor Day

Posted on September 01, 2021 in: General News

Church Offices Closed for Labor Day
All Church offices will be closed on Monday, September 6th in observance of Labor Day. If you need assistance, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Bernard Church—(860) 875-0753 Ext. 1 St. Matthew Church—(860) 872-0200 Ext. 2

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Youth Group Farm Co-op - Looking for Volunteers
Sowing seeds in Rich Soil!  Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to participate in our Garden Co-Op benefiting our Local Food Pantries and Soup Kitchen.  With school starting, we will be going to the farm on Saturday mornings & Wednesday afternoons. However, the schedule changes, SO ...

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Job Opening at Blessed Sacrament Parish
Blessed Sacrament Parish is looking for a part-time Parish Sexton to do light chores like checking security, arranging tables and chairs, light cleaning, moving boxes, changing sanctuary candles and related tasks. Pay is $15/hour with no benefits from 10-20 hours/week. If interested, please email...

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Women's Guild Meetings

Posted on August 23, 2021 in: General News

Women's Guild Meetings
St. Bernard Women's Guild Meeting Ladies of the St. Bernard Women's Guild, our first meeting is September 7th at 6:00 pm in the St. Bernard Church Hall. Come and join us if you can and feel safe. St. Matthew Women's Guild Meeting We invite all women of our parish to join us at o...

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Annual School Supply Drive with a Twist - Last Weekend To Drop Off Gift Cards
It’s that time of year! As with many of our events, we are doing things differently. This year we are asking for gift cards to stores such as Walmart, Staples, Target, etc. to be donated in lieu of actual school supplies.  The gift cards will be donated to our “adopted” ...

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New England Youth Christian Service Day - August 28th from 10am-5pm - Last Call to Register
Click here to register We will all meet together at The Respite Center in Hopkinton, MA for opening prayer and work-site assignments Details: + Joining high school and junior high school young people from all over New England + Open to high school and junior high (rising 7th and 8th Grad...

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Celebrating the First Annual Feast Day for Blessed Michael McGivney
Knights of Columbus Council 4122 invites all parishioners to celebrate with us this first annual feast day (August 13) of Blessed Michael McGivney.  This year we will celebrate on Saturday evening August 14th at Saint Bernard’s 5pm Mass. While assistant pastor of St. Mary's Church ...

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Haiti Committee and Justice & Peace Meetings
Haiti Committee Meeting Thursday, August 19th at 4:30pm Justice & Peace Committee Meeting Thursday, August 19th at 5:30pm All are welcome! Please note the change of our usual meeting day. We will meet in the St. Matthew Church Gazebo (or the St. Matthew Church Hall if there is ...

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Blessed Sacrament Parish Bible Study - Now with a Young Adult Section - Registration Deadline: Monday, August 16th
Join Us and Register Today!  Click here to register. Please note, to register for the Young Adult Section, enter YAM in the discount code field. This section will also cost $30 for 10 sessions and will meet weekly on a weeknight to be determined by those who registered for this section. ...

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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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St. Bernard Church - Sewing Help Wanted
Sewing volunteers wanted to sew simple baptism bibs for babies. Instructions are easy to follow and embroidering is not required, but you can do that if you'd like. The St. Bernard Women’s Guild has provided bibs to be used during the rite of infant baptism and they are given to the famili...

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Young Adult Ministry Collaboration with the Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity
The Young Adult Ministry is planning a building project with Habitat for Humanity to benefit a local family. Help us by supporting us through our fundrasier of by volunteering if you are a young adult. Our scheduled date with the Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity is:  August 21st, 7:30...

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Mass Schedule Change

Posted on August 05, 2021 in: General News

Mass Schedule Change
Please note there will NOT be a Friday 9:00am Mass at St. Matthew Church Friday, August 6th or Friday, August 13th while Fr. Rick is away. Please join us at the 8:00am Mass at St. Bernard Church.  

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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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Prayer Shawls Available

Posted on July 30, 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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Haiti Committee and Justice & Peace Meetings
Haiti Committee Meeting Friday, July 23rd at 4:30pm Justice & Peace Committee Meeting Friday, July 23rd at 5:30pm 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

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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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Mission Appeal Weekend - July 17th & 18th
This year our parish has been assigned the Dominican Fathers & Brothers of Nigeria.  Due to the Covid-19 risk associated with travel, the Diocese of Norwich has asked the mission programs to write a description of their mission in lieu of traveling to their assigned parish. Please see the l...

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Blessed Sacrament Parish Tag Sale - Saturday, July 10th from 8am – 2pm
Please come out and find that special treasure at the Youth Ministry Parish tag sale. In the Saint Matthew Church parking lot Saturday July 10th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone hoping to have their own table may contact Bridget at 860-202-0373 to reserve their spot. Please make any new reservations ...

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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 This will be our last distribution of the Eucharist on Sunday afternoon. If you are still not able to join us at Mass but would like to receive Communion, please contact our parish...

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Mattie’s Togs Thrift Shop is Looking for Substitutes
We are requesting substitutes to add to our list of workers who could work an occasional Saturday 9 - 1 at Mattie's Togs Thrift Shop. Please call Billie Dowgiewicz a call if you would like to assist in this matter. 860-871-0260   MATTIE'S TOGS, located on the Dunn Hill side of ...

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Please Consider ONLINE GIVING for Your Weekly and Special Collection Donations
It is SAFE and EASY! ParishSOFT, the company that supports our Online Giving platform, meets the payment card industry’s strictest security standard, and they are a Level 1 Certified PCI Compliant Service Provider. ParishSOFT treats your sensitive information with the utmost respect and put...

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Upcoming Youth Group Activities
Youth Farm Co-op Located at:  Ghost Fawn Homestead 142 Tolland Turnpike Willington, CT Teens are invited to come and help with the Youth Ministry Garden on: Mondays anytime between 9:30 am to 11:30 am Wednesdays 6 pm to 7:30...

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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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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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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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All Church offices will be closed on Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day
If you need assistance, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Bernard Church—(860) 875-0753 Ext. 1 St. Matthew Church—(860) 872-0200 Ext. 2  

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Fr. White Prayer Service - July 6th at 6:00pm
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 seeing you there!

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July in the Sky Fireworks - Rescheduled - New Date: Wednesday, July 7th
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!

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Haitian Corner

Posted on June 22, 2021 in: General News

Haitian Corner
We would like to thank you all for the wonderful donations you have made over the last few months. Your generosity is fantastic! Unfortunately, the recent news we have received from Haiti is not good in terms of the effects of Covid-19. So, your donations will help our brothers and sisters immens...

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Mattie’s Togs Thrift Shop at St. Matthew Church
MATTIE'S TOGS, located on the Dunn Hill side of St. Matthew Church, is featuring an abundance of NEW and GENTLY USED clothing for boys and girls, preemie to sizes 16 and up. Summer and Winter clothing is available year-round. Fill a bag for $5. The shop is open Saturdays from 9 to 1. Call Bil...

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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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Immigration in the U.S. Seminar - June 16th
6:30 - 8:00pm St. Matthew Church Hall The Justice and Peace Committee is presenting an in person seminar titled ‘From Strangers to Neighbors: Building Beloved Community with Immigrants’ Join IRIS--Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, and the Emmaus Migrant Advocacy Proje...

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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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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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Memorial Day Mass at St. Bernard Cemetery & Offices Closed
Memorial Day Mass - Monday, May 31st at 10:00am at St. Bernard Cemetery Our community will celebrate a special Mass on Memorial Day at St. Bernard Cemetery (in the historic section, by the altar) for all those buried in our cemetery and for all deceased members of our parishes. Mass wil...

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St. Bernard Women's Guild Annual Layette Drive - Last Weekend
We are looking for donations of baby items for our Annual Layette drive. There will be a pack and play in the foyer of St. Bernard Church for donations starting May 15th - May 30th. Items that we are looking for include: Diapers Wipes Lotions Baby Soap Sweaters Hats Hand knitted bl...

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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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Change for Haiti - May 22nd & 23rd
It’s time to empty those pockets, jars, and piggy banks again! On the weekend of May 22nd and 23rd, the Haiti Committee members will once again be outside the doors at all the Masses at both St. Bernard and St. Matthew Church collecting spare change for our mission in Ganthier, Haiti. We ac...

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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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Haiti Committee and Justice & Peace Meetings
Haiti Committee Meeting - Friday, May 14th at 4:30pm Justice & Peace Committee Meeting - Friday, May 14th at 5:30pm Meetings will be held via Zoom. All are welcome! New attendees should contact Sue at (860) 371-1111 to receive a link to these meetings.   Change for ...

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Mother's Day Plant Sale - This Weekend - May 8 & 9
The Knights of Columbus Councils 4122 and 6626 will have a Mother’s Day Plant Sale after all Masses at both at churches on Mother’s Day Weekend.  Varieties will include 10" and 12 " pots of Million Dollar Bells, Petunias, Supertunias, Geraniums, and Inpatiens. Prices wi...

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Responsible Citizenship - CT State Senate will soon be voting on S.B.835 "An Act Concerning Deceptive Advertising Practices of Limited Services Pregnancy Centers"
S.B. 835 is based on completely inaccurate and misleading information about pregnancy resource centers in our state and is part of a national campaign to discredit the work that these centers perform. This legislation is not actually driven by concerns over false and misleading advertising, but by a...

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Stress-Free Retirement Planning - Monday, May 3rd at 7:00pm
The Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a free online presentation by inspirational speaker and behavioral finance expert, Joe Jordan. Joe will discuss “Stress-Free Retirement Planning,” including how to plan for your financial future and a secure retirement. This presentation is not just ...

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Knights of Columbus Council 6626 Scholarship
This scholarship is open to any graduating high school senior who is a resident of Tolland or whose family is registered with Blessed Sacrament Parish and who has been accepted by an accredited college or university as a full time student. Applications are now available through the Tolland High Scho...

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Responsible Citizenship - Assisted Suicide Bill Dies in Judiciary Committee
The Judiciary Committee failed to take any action on House Bill 6425 "An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients", resulting in the death of the bill for this legislative session. The bill passed out of the Public Health Committee and then was referred to the Judiciary Comm...

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Responsible Citizenship

Posted on April 18, 2021 in: General News

Responsible Citizenship
What does it mean to be a responsible citizen in today’s society? To help answer that question, consider the following from the US Catholic Conference of Bishop’s Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: As a nation, we share many blessings and strengths, including a tradition...

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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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Haiti Committee and Justice & Peace Meetings
Haiti Committee Meeting Friday, April 16th at 4:30pm Justice & Peace Committee Meeting Friday, April 16th at 5:30pm Both meetings will be held via Zoom. Please contact Sue at (860) 371-1111 for more information or to receive a link to these meetings. Note from the Justice & Pe...

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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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Fr. Rick's Easter Greeting

Posted on April 08, 2021 in: General News

Fr. Rick's Easter Greeting
Click here to view Fr. Rick's Easter Greeting   And don’t miss our choir’s Easter videos (click on the titles below to watch): Jesus Christ is Risen How Beautiful

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Bereavement Support Group - Tuesdays Starting April 13th
6:30pm - 8:00pm at St. Matthew Church The deadline for registration is April 10th. Living through grief is not easy but it does not have to be done alone.  Blessed Sacrament Parish will offer a 9 week support program called, New Day, for those who have suffered the loss of a loved on...

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Come Pray with Us! - The Divine Mercy Chaplet - This Sunday, April 11th
Divine Mercy Sunday—April 11, 2021 at 3:00pm at St Bernard Church & live-streamed on our website We hope you will join us as we gather, with our music ministry, to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Beginning on Good Friday, we will have pamphlets available to pray the Novena on the nine...

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Knights of Columbus Membership Drive - Sunday, April 11th at 7:00pm on Zoom
The Knights of Columbus Councils 4122 and 6626 invite men age 18+ to learn more about membership in the Knights of Columbus. On April 11, at 7:00 p.m. the Knights of Columbus will host a Membership Drive Zoom meeting to learn more about our councils. Fr. Rick will speak, as well as Council 4122 Gran...

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Blessed Palms Available after Palm Sunday, Holy Week Schedule & Reservations
Morning Prayer During the Triduum at 9:00am via Zoom To open the three most sacred days of the Church’s year, known as the Triduum, (i.e. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday) Deacon Ron will be doing the Divine Office of Morning Prayer. The length of time to say Morning Prayer is ...

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K of C Easter Flower Sale & Easter Meat Pickup
Council 6626 Easter Flower Sale Saturday, April 3rd    9:00am—3:00pm Available at 2 locations this year: in front of St. Matthew Church on Rt. 74 in Tolland in front of the St. Matthew rectory (across from the Post Office) Purchases will be safely dropped off ...

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Blessed Sacrament Parish Book Club resumes in April
We will continue to meet virtually on Zoom.  New members are always welcome. If you enjoy reading and learning about our Catholic faith then book club is made for you! Book club will inspire participants on our Catholic faith journey to develop a deeper spiritual life, and strengthen our person...

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Church Offices Closed for Good Friday
All Church offices will close at noon on Holy Thursday, April 1st and reopen Monday, April 5th. If you need assistance, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Matthew - (860) 872-0200 St. Bernard - (860) 875-0753  

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Friday Stations of the Cross during Lent
Prayerful meditation through the Stations of the Cross is our beautiful tradition during Fridays in Lent. Come, pray, and meditate on the sacrifice Christ made for us. St. Matthew Church—9:30am (in person only) St. Bernard Church—7:00pm  (in person & live-streamed) Plea...

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Youth Group Living Stations of the Cross
Blessed Sacrament’s Youth Group and Music Ministry will lead us prayerfully along the road to Calvary. We will hear thoughts and reactions from eyewitnesses to the depth of Christ’s love for us. To watch the video, click here  

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Notice from St. Bernard Cemetery
Families are requested to remove all Christmas and winter decorations by March 21st. 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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Weekend Mass Reservations

Posted on March 19, 2021 in: General News

Weekend Mass Reservations
While the maximum number of people allowed per Mass was recently increased, please continue to make weekend Mass reservations on our website so we can keep our attendance below the maximum. When making your reservation, please include each member of your family/group that will be attending. If...

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Easter Gift Cards for the Manchester Office of Connecticut Department of Children & Families
Providing Easter baskets for the children & families served by DCF has been a tradition at St. Matthew Church. Of course, COVID requires us to change things a bit, but it will not deter us from reaching out to those less fortunate. This year, we are asking parishioners to purchase gift cards, (f...

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Bulletin Submission Deadlines

Posted on March 12, 2021 in: General News

Bulletin Submission Deadlines
Per on publishers schedule, we must submit our Palm Sunday & Easter bulletins early for printing. Requests for announcements to be included in these bulletins must be submitted as follows: Weekend of: Due before noon on: March 27/28 ...

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Lenten Mission Recording Available Until March 23rd - Only a Few Days Left!
Steve Angrisano came to our parish live-stream on Feb 22nd.   He was so inspiring!  We were extremely excited to have him return virtually to Blessed Sacrament  Parish.  We still want our whole parish to see this live-streamed event, so if you missed it, we recorded it ...

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COVID-19 Viral Screen & Antibody Testing Every Tuesday in the St. Bernard Parking Lot
Drive-Thru Testing Only 9:00am to 10:00am Walk-Up Testing Only 10:30am to 11:30am In addition to a viral screen for an active COVID-19 infection, individuals will now have the option to be screened for the antibody to determine prior exposure to the virus. The antibod...

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Haiti Committee and Justice & Peace Meetings
Haiti Committee Meeting - Friday, March 12th at 4:30pm Justice & Peace Committee Meeting - Friday, March 12th at 5:30pm Both meetings will be held via Zoom. Please contact Sue at (860) 371-1111 for more information or to receive a link to these meetings. We look forward to &...

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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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Parish Reconciliation Service - Sunday March 7th at 3:00pm - St. Matthew Church
Jesus, through the sacrament of reconciliation, draws us from the darkness of sin into the light of grace Due to COVID, this year’s Lenten Reconciliation Service will be organized differently.  The liturgy of the Word that we usually have at the beginning ...

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Knights of Columbus Our Lady of Fatima Council 4122 is sponsoring an Old-Fashioned Corned Beef Dinner with Curbside Pickup
Mark Your Calendars For This St. Patrick's Day Dinner! Wednesday March 17th  Varied Pick up Times Between 4:00pm & 7:00pm to Promote Safe Distancing The cost will be $15 per person and includes a hearty serving of trimmed corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots pa...

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Lenten Little Books Available

Posted on February 19, 2021 in: General News

Lenten Little Books Available
Blessed Sacrament Parish has ordered Little Books for the Lenten season. They will be available soon at the entrances of our Churches. If you would prefer to access the Little Books on your phone, they are available as e-books at www.littlebooks.org.  

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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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Moving Toward Antiracism

Posted on February 19, 2021 in: General News

Moving Toward Antiracism
How do we move forward and fight against racism as a Church? How do we break the walls that divide us? How do we as Catholics, combat the racism engrained in our society? Get the answer to this and so many other questions…during this great free series Moving Towards Antiracism with Deacon ...

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 A Call to Hope and Joy  - A Special Lenten Program of Reflection and Song with Steve Angrisano
Live-streamed - Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:00pm To watch, click here on February 22nd at 7:00pm This program is our parish’s gift to you! There is no cost & no sign up needed! For more information, about this event click here    

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Palms to Ashes & Ash Wednesday Schedule
If you have blessed palms at home, please bring them to either St. Bernard or St. Matthew by Monday, February 15th so they may be burned for Ash Wednesday (February 17th). At St. Bernard containers will be left in the vestibules. At St. Matthew a container will be left at the entrance to the...

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Haiti Committee and Justice & Peace Meetings
Haiti Committee Meeting - Friday, February 12th at 4:30pm Justice & Peace Committee Meeting - Friday, February 12th at 5:30pm Both meetings will be held via Zoom. Please contact Sue at (860) 371-1111 for more information or to receive a link to these meetings. We look forward to ...

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Church Offices Closed for Presidents' Day
All Church offices will be closed Monday, February 15th in observance of Presidents’ day. If you need assistance, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Matthew - (860) 872-0200 St. Bernard - (860) 875-0753  

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Ash Wednesday Schedule - February 17th
Our community will celebrate Mass with Distribution of Ashes: At St. Bernard: At St. Matthew: 8:00am & 7:00pm 7:00pm Registration required for these Masses We will also have Distribution of Ashes as follows (please note, due to COVID, in...

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Young Adult Ministry Meeting - Date Changed to Saturday, February 6th—7:00pm in the St. Bernard Church Hall
We invite all young adults to join us for a Lenten conversation as we prepare for the important liturgical season. Please join us in learning about how to approach Lent this year in the meeting offered via Zoom or in-person. Learn more and RSVP by visiting our page or emailing YAM@cath-comm.org. ...

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Taking Care of our Loved Ones at Home with Dementia during these times
Virtual Zoom program With Nicole Matson from Home Helpers and Blessed Sacrament Parish February 9th at 4:00pm Tips on recreational therapy that may help to enrich the lives of you and your loved one  Email Nicole Matson: nmatson@homehelpershomecare.com (Nicole will ...

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Need Help Reciting Prayers with Us  at Mass?
We have added the Gloria, Apostle’s Creed, Nicene Creed and the Memorial Acclamation to our website! To follow along and recite them with us, click here.    

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Blessing of the Throats - January 30th & 31st
In honor of the Feast of St. Blaise (February 3rd) we will bless throats after all Masses at both St. Matthew and St. Bernard this weekend. In order to maintain safe social distancing, we will modify the blessing by having parishioners remain in their seats. Through this blessing we pray for...

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Novena to St Peregrine - January 27 & February 4 at 6:30 St. Bernard Church
Join us in Prayer for those impacted by cancer  To watch the livestream, click here at 6:30pm on February 4th. We hope you can join us as the Blessed Sacrament Parish community concludes nine days of prayer for all those impacted by cancer on February 4th, World Cancer Day. This...

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Attention High School Seniors

Posted on January 22, 2021 in: General News

Attention High School Seniors
Each year the Knights of Columbus seeks to honor an outstanding youth of the year in the whole state of Connecticut. Our local Tolland Council of the Knights of Columbus would like to nominate a member of the Blessed Sacrament Parish for this award. If you have been a strong student and active in yo...

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Calling teens in grades 7-12!

Posted on January 20, 2021 in: General News

Calling teens in grades 7-12!
The Youth Group will be sponsoring a Virtual Living Stations of the Cross. If you and your friends would like to participate or if you have questions, please contact Bridget and Hilary at  youth@cath-comm.org. We are in need of many participants to help us with this production. It will requi...

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Church Offices Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
All Church offices will be closed Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. day. If you need assistance, leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Matthew  - (860) 872-0200 St. Bernard - (860) 875-0753  

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Volunteers Needed in the Faith Formation Program
As of February 1st, the Faith Formation programs for grades 7-10 will be merged into one program for our entire Blessed Sacrament Parish. With this revised format, we are in need of 1 more adult teacher to help with the 7th & 8th grade classes in order to keep each class at a manageable size....

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Virtual Youth Explosion - Registration Deadline: January 15th
The Diocese of Norwich invites Grades 6 – 12 to VIRTUAL YOUTH EXPLOSION. National singer, song writer, composer, and speaker- John Angotti presents through lyric and witness how God is Forever Faithful. Youth Explosion is ONLINE Sunday, January 31st from 1pm – 3pm. There is no cost...

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Catholics Returning Home Series - Registration Deadline: January 11th by Noon
Beginning January 11th, the Evangelization Ministry will be hosting its 2nd annual six-week series on Mondays from 7 pm to 8:30 pm via Zoom to welcome back with open arms those who have been away from the Church. We will not be offering an in-person option this year. Brochures outlining the progr...

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Haiti Committee and Justice & Peace Meetings - January 8th
Haiti Committee Meeting - Friday, January 8th at 4:30pm Justice & Peace Committee Meeting - Friday, January 8th at 5:30pm Both meetings will be held via Zoom. Please contact Sue at (860) 371-1111 for more information or to receive a link to these meetings. We look forward to “se...

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Joy to the World! Video

Posted on January 01, 2021 in: General News

Joy to the World! Video
Even though our choirs are not able to sing live at Mass due to the pandemic, we are still hard at work recording music together safely, as well as remotely.  Much of this music was played at our Christmas Masses, and will continue to be played through the Christmas season.  All of our rec...

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Young Adult Ministry Meeting

Posted on December 29, 2020 in: General News

Young Adult Ministry Meeting
Sunday, January 3rd at 6:00pm St. Bernard Church Hall or via Zoom We invite all young adults to join us for a gathering of prayer, friendship, and thoughtful discussion focused on the Holy Eucharist.  Our meeting will be a discussion centered on ‘What is Adoration?’ Please joi...

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Catholic Book Club on Zoom Starting January 11th - Registration Deadline - January 4th
Blessed Sacrament Parish Book Club returns in January, virtually on Zoom.  New members are always welcome. If you enjoy reading and learning about our Catholic faith then book club is made for you! Book club will inspire participants on our Catholic faith journey to develop a deeper spiritual l...

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Epiphany Blessing of Chalk

Posted on December 25, 2020 in: General News

Epiphany Blessing of Chalk
It has been a tradition in the Catholic Church to bless chalk at the Masses for Epiphany then use the blessed chalk as part of blessing one’s home in the New Year. Use the blessed chalk to write the following above a doorway in your home: 20+C+M+B+21 As you are writing, pray the follo...

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New Photos Available - Christmas Decorating and New Granite Cemetery Makers
Click here to view the St. Matthew Christmas Decorating Album Click here to view the St. Bernard Christmas Decorating Album Click here to view the New Granite Cemetery Section Markers Album

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St. Bernard Church Hat & Mitten Tree
Our annual hat & mitten tree will be located in the center vestibule. Please remember those less fortune by bringing new or gently used hats & mittens to add to our tree. All gifts will go to the Cornerstone Foundation. The tree will remain through the Christmas season.  

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Lessons & Carols

Posted on December 24, 2020 in: General News

Lessons & Carols
Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that began in England in the late 1800’s.  The cherished tradition we know today is based on the Festival of Lessons and Carols that was introduced on Christmas Eve 1918 at Kings College Chapel, Cambridge. This year, especially, it is ...

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Christmas Mass Schedule & Reservations
We wish you a Merry Christmas! As a Christian community, we are planning our Christmas Masses to respect social distancing and keep each other safe. Reservations are required for Mass attendance and reservations will be checked at the door for all of our Christmas Masses. You must ...

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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Masses
Our community will celebrate Mass: Thursday, December 31st - Vigil Mass - 5:00pm at St. Bernard Friday, January 1st - Mass - 9:00am at St. Matthew Both Masses will be live-streamed. Please note: There will not be a 9:00am Mass on New Year’s Eve (12/31)  

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Church Offices Closed for New Year's
All Church offices will close at noon on Thursday, December 31st and reopen Monday, January 4th. If you need assistance during this time, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Matthew—(860) 872-0200 St. Bernard—(860) 875-0753  

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Bulletin Submission Deadlines

Posted on December 17, 2020 in: General News

Bulletin Submission Deadlines
Due to the upcoming holidays, we must submit our bulletin early for printing. Therefore, requests for announcements to be included in the bulletin must be submitted as follows: Weekend of: Due before noon on: January 2/3 Monday, December 21st ...

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Young Adult Ministry Meeting - Saturday, December 19th at 3:00pm at St. Matthew Church, Tolland
Mary’s Baby Shower The Young Adult Ministry invites you to join us this Advent for a time of prayer, reflection, and friendship. Give a gift to Mary and baby Jesus by bringing an item that will be donated to support the Clairvaux House and their ministry. RSVP to YAM@cath-comm.org and vi...

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Church Offices Closed for Christmas

Posted on December 14, 2020 in: General News

Church Offices Closed for Christmas
All Church offices will close at noon on Thursday, December 24th and reopen Monday, December 28th. If you need assistance during this time, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Matthew—(860) 872-0200 St. Bernard—(860) 875-0753  

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Men's Clothing Needs at Cornerstone & St. Bernard Church Mitten Tree
Men’s clothing needs at the Cornerstone We are seeking new or gently used men's gloves, winter hats, scarves, heavy socks, and boots (in excellent condition, please) at the Cornerstone. Please no coats. Boxes will be left in both the St. Matthew Church hall and the St. Bernard Church...

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Christmas Offering Envelopes

Posted on December 11, 2020 in: General News

Christmas Offering Envelopes
Due to a computer error, some parishioners have received the Christmas envelope and flyer with the wrong address and envelope number. The corrected envelope is being mailed soon. We apologize for the error!  

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St. Bernard Women's Guild Raffle Winners
Dear Parish Family,       The St. Bernard Women’s Guild would like to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for supporting our raffle this year.  We are humbled by the wonderful response we received from the parish.  Thank you also to the women who h...

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Haiti Donation Cards

Posted on December 11, 2020 in: General News

Haiti Donation Cards
Once again the Haiti donation cards are available at the two parish offices in time for Christmas. Just make a donation of any amount in someone’s name and you will receive a colorful, beautifully drawn card for that person acknowledging your gift. A gift that is perfect for birthdays, anni...

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"Invite a Friend to Live-Stream Mass" this weekend - December 12th or 13th
The need to reconnect to our Faith has never been greater than during this pandemic.  Many have stopped coming to Mass out of safety concerns, while others who used to attend Live-Stream Mass have slipped away from us over time, missing one week, then another, until it is no longer a part of th...

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Christ Child Mass - Gift Card Collection
Christ Child Mass During COVID We’re sure it comes as no surprise to everyone that we will be doing the Christ Child Mass toy collection differently this year. Due to a number of factors we will not be collecting toys, but gift cards. This will allow people to do their own shopping. Any sto...

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Blessing of the Christmas Mangers

Posted on December 07, 2020 in: General News

Blessing of the Christmas Mangers
The Knights of Columbus have set up our two beautiful outdoor Creches.  The manger at St. Matthew will be blessed this Saturday, December 12th immediately after the 5:00 pm Mass. The Crèche at St. Bernard will be blessed this Sunday, December 13th after the 10:00 am Mass.  Parishioners ...

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Blood Drive - Tuesday, December 15th
Sponsored by Knights of Columbus 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Held in the St. Matthew Church Hall 111 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084   For an appointment, please visit redcrossblood.org Or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Use Sponsor Code: SMCTolland  

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Men's Clothing Needs at the Cornerstone
We are seeking new or gently used men's gloves, winter hats, scarves, heavy socks, and boots (in excellent condition, please) at the Cornerstone. Please no coats. Boxes will be left in both the St. Matthew Church hall and the St. Bernard Church hall and will be marked: Cornerstone. Collect...

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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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Advent Penance Service - Sunday, December 6th - 3:00pm-4:00pm at St. Bernard Church
Dear Parish Family, In order to keep our people as safe as possible, this year’s December 6th Penance Service at St. Bernard Church will need to be organized differently.  On the day of the service, you are invited to come to the sacrament of confession anytime between 3:00pm and 4:00p...

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Blessed Sacrament Young Adult Ministry
Welcoming ALL young adults to join us on a journey of discovering truth and encountering God. Our 1st meeing will be Sunday, Decemeber 6th at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held in the St. Bernard Church Hall, Rockville, CT with a Zoom option for remote particiation. Advanced registration is requ...

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Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - December 8th
Blessed Sacrament Parish will celebrate the following Masses for those who have a special devotion to our Blessed Mother: 9:00am at St. Matthew & 7:00pm at St. Bernard  

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Church Office Closed for Thanksgiving & No 9:00am Mass at St. Matthew on November 27 or December 4
All Church offices will close at noon on Wednesday, November 25th for the Thanksgiving Holiday and reopen Monday, November 30th. If you need assistance during this time, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Matthew—(860) 872-0200 St. Bernard&mdas...

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Calling all Teens - Wreath Decorators Needed!
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to help decorate Christmas Wreaths for The Youth Group Annual Christmas Wreath Sale. Plain Wreaths may be picked up at St. Bernard's large parking lot on Saturday, December 5th between 10 a.m. and Noon.  Each wreath will come with a large decorative bow, ...

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Book of Remembrance

Posted on November 19, 2020 in: General News

Book of Remembrance
Our Book of Remembrance for those individuals who are not included in this year’s list of deceased will be available throughout the month of November.   The names that are written in the book will be remembered in prayer throughout the month of November.    

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Little Books

Posted on November 19, 2020 in: General News

Little Books
Blessed Sacrament Parish did not order Little Books for this Advent season. However, Little Books can be ordered directly from the website at littlebooks.org. They are available in paper and ebook formats. You can also get all the seasonal books on the Little Books app available for iOS and Andro...

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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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St. Bernard Women’s Guild Raffle

Posted on November 19, 2020 in: General News

St. Bernard Women’s Guild Raffle
We are very sorry to say that we will not be holding our annual Christmas Bazaar this year due to the pandemic. We will, however be holding our raffle! Soon each registered household will receive four raffle tickets. The tickets are $5.00 each and the prizes will be MasterCard gift cards ...

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Christmas Tree Blessing

Posted on November 19, 2020 in: General News

Christmas Tree Blessing
Dear friends,   I thought you might like a blessing for your Christmas trees. (Just another way to keep the true meaning of the season at the forefront.)   With Peace, Fr. Rick God of all creation, we praise you for this tree which brings beauty and memories and the promi...

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St. Michael the Archangel Prayer Book
In anticipation of our Advent Penance Service on December 6th at 3:00pm at St. Bernard Church, we are asking all Blessed Sacrament Parish family and friends to update the names of active military personnel.  Please send the names to spirituality@cath-comm.org or call the office at (860) 875-...

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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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2019-2020 Fiscal Year Blessed Sacrament Parish Financial Report
Click here to view the report. Please contact Scott Nai, Finance Council Chair – financecouncil@cath-comm.org

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Our Online Catholic Book Sale is Open for 1 More Week! Sale ends November 26th
November 14 through November 26, 2020 Sponsored by the Daugthers of St. Paul The Daughters of St. Paul are an international congregation of women religious who serve the church through evangelization with all forms of media (Pauline Books and Media). “We are consec...

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Flashlight Vigil & Non Perishable Food Drive and Wreath Sale
On November 22nd at 5:30pm teens in grades 7-12 will be holding a Flashlight Prayer Vigil at St. Matthew Church for peace in our hearts, in our homes, in our country and in our world. During the vigil we will hold a non-perishable food drive for the Cornerstone Soup Kitchen. Please wear your m...

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Thanksgiving Day Mass & Food Drive

Posted on November 15, 2020 in: General News

Thanksgiving Day Mass & Food Drive
This we our community will celebrate Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9:00am at St. Bernard Church. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are asking parishioners to reserve their seat(s) for this Mass like we do for weekend Masses. Click here to go to the reservation form. Thanksgiving morning Father Rick ...

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Blood Drive - November 24th at St. Matthew Church Hall
While seasons may change, the need for blood is constant. In fact, every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. You can help ensure blood products remain available for patients this fall by scheduling your next Red Cross blood donation at St. Matthew Church on Tuesday November 24th with the Knig...

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Frosty Village Online Bazaar - Last Day to Order - November 15th
Order your holiday breads, pies, minestrone soup, gingerbread house kits and more today through Sunday, November 15th. Pick up will be at scheduled times (every 1/2 hour) on Sunday, November 22nd at St. Matthew Church. * The first available pick up slot will be 11:30am and the last w...

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Youth Group Christmas Wreath Sale

Posted on November 08, 2020 in: General News

Youth Group Christmas Wreath Sale
Due to the pandemic, our Christmas Wreath Sale will be online this year.  Click here for the link to the order form. The Youth Group will decorate the wreaths and have them ready for you to pick up following the Blessing of the Creche at St. Matthew Church on December 12th after the 5:00 p.m...

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Cornerstone Soupfest 2020 Goes Virtual!
Cornerstone appreciates the ongoing support from the Blessed Sacrament community. Our numbers at the soup kitchen and food cupboard have risen substantially. Soupfest has been Cornerstone's largest fundraiser but unfortunately, due to the pandemic we cannot hold a live Soupfest event. This year,...

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Reminder from St. Bernard Cemetery

Posted on November 06, 2020 in: General News

Reminder from St. Bernard Cemetery
LED Lights & Candles are never allowed at St. Bernard Cemetery. Burning candles pose a fire risk, especially with falling leaves. Thank you for your cooperation.  

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Come to Know  Jesus through Lectio Divina
Walking Through Advent - Praying With the Scriptures A Virtual Workshop on Lectio Divina Monday, November 16, 2020 7:00-8:30 pm on Zoom Deacon Ron Freedman will introduce us to this contemplative method of prayer, and then we will break into groups on Z...

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All Church Offices Closed - November 11th
All Church offices will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th in observance of Veteran’s Day. If you need assistance, please leave a message at (860) 872-0200—St. Matthew Church or (860) 875-0753—St. Bernard Church  

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Religious Education Registration

Posted on November 03, 2020 in: General News

Religious Education Registration
Is your child registered for St. Bernard or St. Matthew Religious Education?  It is not too late! During the pandemic, we will be holding classes virtually. Please go to our website www.blessedsacramentct.org/formation for more information and to register your child TODAY! If you have any...

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Winter Clothing Drive - Last Weekend
Collection Runs Through the Weekend of November 7th & 8th The Justice & Peace Committee is sponsoring our forth annual winter coat collection on behalf of refugees & migrants which IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services) serves. We are collecting: · Gently u...

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Knights of Columbus Blood Drive - November 7th at St. Bernard Church Hall
While seasons may change, the need for blood is constant. In fact, every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. You can help ensure blood products remain available for patients this fall by scheduling your next Red Cross blood donation at St. Bernard’s Church on Saturday November 7th with ...

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Teen Gratitude Rosary and Hike

Posted on October 21, 2020 in: General News

Teen Gratitude Rosary and Hike
October 25th from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at Crandall Park, Tolland All teens in grades 7-12 Families and friends are welcome to join us for a living gratitude rosary and hike. Permission slips are required.  Please fill out the form by clicking here. For questions please email b...

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40 Days-For-Life Sign Up for October 30th
40 Days-For-Life runs from September 23rd - November 1st It is hoped that you will join our parish by praying, fasting, and signing-up up to Peacefully Pray OUTSIDE the Planned Parenthood facility at 12 Case St. in Norwich. The participation date for Blessed Sacrament Parish is Friday, October 30...

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The St. Matthew/St. Bernard Confirmation Program Needs Your Help!
The St. Matthew/St. Bernard Confirmation Program is still in need of adults to help in Zoom sessions for grades 9 and 10 on Mondays at 7 PM, or Wednesdays at 6 PM. Our sessions meet twice a month on zoom through December, possibly in person beginning in February. If you are being called to sha...

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Change for Haiti Collection - This Weekend
Our second event will be a collection of “Change for Haiti” on the weekend of October 17th and 18th. That weekend we will have people in the parking lots of both churches from 3:00-5:00pm on Saturday and 8:00am-noon on Sunday collecting any loose change (or dollars!) that you can drop in...

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No 9:00am Mass at St. Matthew on October 23rd
Please note there will not be a Friday 9:00am Mass at St. Matthew Church this week - October 23rd.  

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All Church Offices Closed Monday, October 12th for Columbus Day
If you need assistance, please leave a message at (860) 872-0200—St. Matthew Church or (860) 875-0753—St. Bernard Church  

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RCIA Information Session - October 13
Where are YOU on Your Journey? Faith, conversion, repentance, celebration and community – five basic elements that are present in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The RCIA provides a setting where the journey of faith and moments of conversion can be celebrated within the ...

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October Rosary - Saturday October 3rd at 10:00am at St. Bernard Church and Live Streamed
This event will be in person (reservation required) as well as livestreamed. Come to Know Jesus Through the Rosary Click here to view this event via live stream on October 3rd The best gift anyone can give to another is to pray for them.  We come to this October as a time of such ...

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Blessing of the Animals - October 4th
St. Bernard Church at 1:30pm You are invited to bring your pets for this special blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi (feast day October 4th), patron saint of animals. Due to scheduling conflicts, we  were not able to schedule a blessing  at St. Matthew Church—All are wel...

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Bereavement Support Group

Posted on September 29, 2020 in: General News

Bereavement Support Group
Wednesdays Starting October 14th 10:15am - 11:45am St. Matthew Campus Living through grief is not easy but it does not have to be done alone.  Blessed Sacrament Parish will offer a 9 week support program called, New Day, for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.  T...

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Safe Environments in the Diocese of Norwich
Safe Environments Abuse Prevention Training In the Diocese of Norwich, all volunteers who have regular contact with minors, all employees, all clergy, and all religious, are required to complete safe environments training. This training is also available to any parishioner, or parent of a paro...

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Knights of Columbus Mum Sale - September 19-20 at St. Bernard Church
The Knights of Columbus Our Lady of Fatima Council 4122 mum sale will take place at St. Bernard Church after all masses on Sept 19-20. The mums are reported to be a very nice size this year and are specially priced at $10 each.  Safe covid-19 practices will be used.  Please support t...

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Blood Drive Sponsored by Knights of Columbus - September 25 at St. Matthew Church
St. Matthew Church Hall - Tolland Friday, September 25th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For an appointment, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Use Sponsor Code: SMCTolland  

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Catechetical Sunday is this weekend September 19th & 20th
The 2020 Catechetical Sunday theme stems from Saint Paul’s words in his first letter to the Corinthians: “I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you.” The theme encourages us to focus on and prioritize catechist formation. Through catechesis, those who catechize are hand...

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Amazing Possibilities - Matthew Kelly Event
November 5th at 8:00pm This event promises the start of an unforgettable evening of inspiration and faith designed to help you recognize the amazing possibilities in your life! To purchase a ticket, click here. Here’s what a virtual ticket gets you: Digital access to the virtual...

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40 Days-For-Life

Posted on September 08, 2020 in: General News

40 Days-For-Life
The Norwich 40 Days-For-Life campaign will begin with a Vigil Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Tuesday, September 22nd at 7:00pm.  Following Mass, the 40 Days for Life Team will be available to answer any questions and distribute campaign signage and materials. The campaign runs from W...

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Attention Incoming 9th Graders Attending a Catholic High School This Fall
The Blessed Sacrament Parish Father John White Scholarship is presented each year to graduating 8th grade students who intend to be enrolled in a Catholic High School. Candidates are chosen from our Religious Education Programs. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is September 20th. To lea...

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Remember to Reserve Your Seat for Our Weekend Masses
At some recent weekend Masses, the number of people attending exceeded the number of seats reserved.  We are asking parishioners to please be certain to reserve your seat(s) online or by calling the office before attending a particular Mass or we will exceed the maximum allowed of 100. &n...

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St. Matthew Church AND St. Bernard Church Faith Formation Registration
Registration has now started for both churches. Parents please use the link in the email that was recently sent out or acces the online form to register your child(ren). Click here for the St. Matthew Registration Form Click here for the St. Bernard Registration Form If you have any...

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All Church Offices Closed on September 7th
If you need assistance, please leave a message & someone will get back to you. St. Matthew - (860) 872-0200 St. Bernard - (860) 875-0753

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Attention UCONN Students

Posted on August 27, 2020 in: General News

Attention UCONN Students
St. Thomas Aquinas on the UCONN campus is hosting a Ministry Information and Ice Cream Social this Sunday, August 30th after the 4:00pm Welcome Back Mass. Fr. John and Patsy hope you will join them!    

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Thank you - School Supply Drive

Posted on August 26, 2020 in: General News

Thank you - School Supply Drive
The Justice and Peace Committee & St. Bernard Women’s Guild would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our parish for the generous donations to our recent school supply drives. Your donations will help many kids be prepared to return to school who would otherwise not have had what th...

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Bible Study With Zoom - How to Video and Practice Session
Click on the Video below to learn how to get ready for Bible Study on Zoom and Join us on Thursday, August 27th at 6:30 PM for a Zoom practice session.  The link for the practice session and the links for the Bible Study sessions will be sent via email to all who register! ...

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Adult Mentors Wanted!

Posted on August 17, 2020 in: General News

Adult Mentors Wanted!
Are you an active adult member of the Blessed Sacrament Parish? Do you love Jesus, Mary and the Saints? Do you love all of God’s children? Do you love our Catholic Faith and traditions? Do you live out your faith within the parish, work place or community? Do you have a faith jo...

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Assumption of the  Blessed Virgin Mary - Saturday, August 15th
Our community will celebrate Mass at St. Bernard Church at 10:00am  

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Annual School Supply Drives - St. Matthew Drop Off - Aug 15/16
It’ that time of year! Blessed Sacrament Parish is working with local organizations to collect school supplies for children for whom the cost of supplies is prohibitive. Please consider donating: Gift cards to Staples or Walmart Backpacks (especially for teens) 1 & 2 inch ring...

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No Friday 9:00am Mass at St. Matthew Church on August 7th or August 14th
Please note there will not be a Friday 9:00am Mass at St. Matthew Church this  Friday, August 7th or next Friday, August 14th while Fr. Rick is away.  

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Pray the Rosary With Us!

Posted on August 03, 2020 in: General News

Pray the Rosary With Us!
We have resumed praying the Rosary after the 8:00am Mass on Wednesdays at St. Bernard Church. We hope you will join us!

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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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Blessed Sacrament Youth Group News
The youth ministry team is conducting a survey to develop a more relevant and engaging experience for the youth of our parish.    It would be of tremendous help if you and your teen(S) would complete the surveys below: Click here for the Parent Survey Click here for the ...

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Justice and Peace Committee Meeting - July 31st
11:00am in the St. Matthew Church Gazebo You are invited to join us to explore together what we can do, as individuals and as Church, to address the prejudices and disparities within our relationships and within our communities. Please wear a mask and bring a chair in case we need to move...

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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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2020 Annual Catholic Appeal Collection Scheduled July 25-26
It is with a great deal of thanks to God and a sigh of relief that many of us have resumed our attendance at Mass. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our regular in-pew collection was postponed and will now be taking place July 25-26, 2020. With the help of our “One Faith, One Family”&nb...

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Prayer Service for Fr. White - July 21st 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 seeing you there!  

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Blessed Sacrament Parish Mass Schedule
As of Friday July 10th, we will return all our Masses, weekend and weekday, to our regular Mass schedule interrupted by the pandemic in March. Our Mass Schedule is as follows:   Location Time Sunday St. Bernard St. Bernard St....

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Steubenville Youth Conference - Virtual Live Experience - July 17-18
Dear Parents and Teens,  Each summer Hilary Brady and I take a group of teens to the Steubenville Youth Conference.  This conference is a weekend filled with prayer, music, thousands of teens and a whole lot of fun!  It is an experience of a lifetime!  Obviously, we cannot mee...

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Welcome Home to Weekend Masses!
Enjoy the Welcome Home video!! Please check out the other news articles on the reservation process and the video on what to expect when you arrive at Mass.  Welcome Home!!!!

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Blessed Sacrament Parish Public Celebration of Weekend Masses
Due to safety protocols, the maximum number of people at any one of our Masses is limited to 100. To ensure we follow this guideline, our parish has instituted an online reservation program for weekend Masses where you can reserve a seat for yourself and family members from the same household.&...

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Blood Drive - July 7th in the St. Matthew Church Hall
Blood Drive Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Tuesday, July 7, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.   For an appointment, please visit redcrossblood.org Or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Use Sponsor Code: SMCTolland

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Welcome, Fr. George!

Posted on June 24, 2020 in: General News

Welcome, Fr. George!
Check out this video to learn more about Fr. George

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Church Offices Closed - July 3rd
All Church offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd for the Independence Day Holiday. If you need assistance, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Matthew—(860) 872-0200 St. Bernard—(860) 875-0753  

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Mass Intentions Update

Posted on June 21, 2020 in: General News

Mass Intentions Update
Blessed Sacrament Parish has resumed taking Mass Intention requests for both MID-WEEK & WEEKEND Masses. In addition to Mass Intentions, each of our Churches has a Sanctuary Lamp that is available to memorialize a loved one or for an intention such as healing or thanksgiving. The lamp will bur...

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June 26th will be the last Friday 7:00pm at St. Matthew Church
Our weekday Masses are open to the public with a maximum attendance of 100. We will continue to live stream the weekday morning Masses for parishioners who are at-risk or cannot join us. In addition, we will continue to record and upload the live stream Masses to our website so they can be viewed...

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Bread & Soup Supper Update

Posted on June 17, 2020 in: General News

Bread & Soup Supper Update
Although we were unable to gather together for our Lenten Bread and Soup Supper on March 9th, which supports the teachers in our St. Pierre Parish school in Haiti, we didn’t want to let it go without showing our appreciation to everyone who made a donation and/or purchased tickets for the supp...

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A Seminarian Reflection

Posted on June 16, 2020 in: General News

A Seminarian Reflection
From the Four County Catholic, Vocation Corner from our very own seminiarian, Dharen Manuel Brochero Garavito, 1st Theology, Mount Saint Mary Seminary I LOVE JESUS! These words bring me back to the moment I realized how much I love Jesus. It reminds me of a story Father Richard Ric...

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Blessed Sacrament Parish Reopening Plan for Weekeday Masses starting June 8th
Click this link to view the detailed plan

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Online 'Priest Chat' Returns June 18th
The Diocese of Norwich Office of Faith Events presents: Priest Chat June 18th, 6:30 p.m. Join together online as a community in prayer and solidarity as we talk about our lives during this pandemic. The chancellors from the Diocese of Norwich will guide us through these unprecedented times...

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American Red Cross Blood Drive - June 18th
Blood Drive Sponsored by Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Church - Tolland Thursday, June 18, 2020 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Held in the Church Hall 111 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084   For an appointment, please visit redcrossblood.org Or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2...

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World Refugee Day - June 20

Posted on June 06, 2020 in: General News

World Refugee Day - June 20
June is World Refugee Month In the midst of our current situation, it is especially important to remember those most vulnerable. Not only is our migrant population among the poorest of our nation, but also among the least served. To learn how to make a difference in the lives of the displaced ...

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Watch our “A Half Cup of Coffee Show” with our Special Guest Fr. Ellis
Video # 5 - Welcome Home to Weekend Masses! Video #4 - Interview with Fr. Ellis Video #3 - Hope: Video #2 - Good Shepherd Sunday:   Video #1 - Behind the Screen:

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We Will Miss You, Fr. Ellis!
This Sunday, May 31st, is Fr. Ellis’ last Sunday as a Parochial Vicar in our parish. In June, he will be transitioning to studying full time for his degree in Canon Law. If you would like to send Fr. Ellis a note, his Blessed Sacrament email address will still be active (fr.ellis@cath-comm.org...

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Blessed Sacrament Parish Reopening Plan
Recently we received permission from Bishop Cote to begin opening weekday Masses to public participation. While we are thrilled to be starting on our journey back to wholeness, the steps that are available to us are small and the progress may appear to be slow. There is no way to ensure the overall ...

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Introducing the St. Bernard Tobin, Tierney, Ramsdell Project
What is the project?  In planning for over 12 years, the project is to completely renovate St. Bernard School, demolish the old Parish Center, add a wing to the School, improve traffic flow, and expand parking.  The project will expand the number of ministry and class meeting rooms to 1...

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Fox Hill Nursing Home Car Parade
Who: Anyone who loves to support others and spread happiness What: Decorate your vehicles and make posters to en-courage residents and show support to staff members. When: Wednesday, June 3rd - Parade kicks off at 2pm Where: Meet at 1:45pm at the Commuter Lot at Exit 67 to get organized...

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Help Our Local Food Pantries
From the Cornerstone Food Cupboard: Thank you so much for your ongoing support of the Cornerstone Cupboard. As you may have heard, we can no longer permit our clients to enter the Cupboard to shop. Instead, we distribute a bag of basic nonperishable food items and a bag with produce and meat...

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Church Offices Closed - Memorial Day - Monday, May 25th
If you need assistance, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Matthew Church—(860) 872-0200 St. Bernard Church—(860) 875-0753  

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Parish Mission - Spirituality - Video Available
If you were not able to join us during the Live Stream, the video of the mission is available on our website under the Spirituality/Individual Prayer menu. Click here to go to that page. This second part of our Parish Mission was led by: Sister Patricia Cook, RSM. Sister Patty is an engaging spea...

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Fr. White Scholarship

Posted on May 18, 2020 in: General News

Fr. White Scholarship
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, teaching and living the Gospel message of compassion and service. He epitomized the ideal of dio...

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Catholic Words - A Series by Fr. Jeffrey Ellis
Each Wednesday for 6 weeks, Fr. Ellis will post a video to our website explaining an important word in our Catholic Faith.  He will be delving into these words to explain their history, tradition, and theological importance with the hope of helping us see these words through new eyes and unders...

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Parish Mission - Part 2 - Live Stream May 18th at 7:00pm
We Are Called to Live 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. The Covid-19 pandemic postponed our Parish Mission during lent&mdash...

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The Ascension of the Lord - Thursday, May 21st - Live Stream Mass at 9:00am
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will only have one Mass for The Ascension of the Lord. It will be live streamed at 9:00am and recorded for anyone who cannot join us to watch later.  

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Knights of Columbus Sponsored Blood Drive
Knights of Columbus Council 4122 is pleased to sponsor a Blood Drive for the American Red Cross. Wednesday, May 20th from 12:00pm to 5:00pm 95 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon at the former CT Golfland All drives are by appointment only, no walk-ins during this pandemic, and a face covering is man...

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Online Giving Doubles at Blessed Sacrament!
Due to your great response, our effort to increase our Online Giving to provide a predictable cash flow to our parish, and eliminate the need to mail envelopes has been a great success!  We have now gone from 200 Online Giving participants to 405, more than doubling!  ParishSOFT, the co...

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Live Stream Mass - Update

Posted on May 04, 2020 in: General News

Live Stream Mass - Update
We are Live Streaming our 10:00am Sunday Mass as well as our daily morning Masses. In addition, we are recording the Masses, so if you are unable to join us during the Live Stream, you can click on the link under the Live Stream box to watch the Mass later.  To watch today's Mass, c...

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Good Shepherd

Posted on May 03, 2020 in: General News

Good Shepherd
Enjoy our latest video from Good Shepherd Sunday!  

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St. Matthew Women's Guild Clothing Drive Delayed until August
The St. Matthew Women's Guild is happy to announce that we have re-scheduled our Annual Savers Clothing Drive from May to August! We hope that during this "down time" you have cleaned out drawers and closets and found plenty of clothing, shoes, accessories, sheets and bedding that y...

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Live Stream - Behind the Scene Look
Want to see how our Live Stream Masses are done?  Click here for the photos.

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Thank you to all who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic
From our Religious Ed students!   

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Behind the Screen

Posted on April 26, 2020 in: General News

Behind the Screen
Take a look at what goes on behind the screen to live scenes our Mass!

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Knights of Columbus Our Lady of Fatima Council 4122 - ”Leave No Neighbor Behind” Hero Hanging Plant Fundraiser
Recognize a COVID-19 hero with a “Hero Hanging Plant”, brought to you by Knights of Columbus Council 4122.  As the coronavirus pandemic continues, as Knights of Columbus, our duty is to lead our families, protect our parishes, and serve our communities, remembering always that where...

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Congratulations Larry!

Posted on April 22, 2020 in: General News

Congratulations Larry!
Larry Barile, who was assigned to our parish last summer, was ordained to the transitional diaconate on April 15th! Larry was supposed to be ordained in our parish in May, but as with many events, plans were changed due to COVID-19. If you would like to send Larry a note of congratulations, his a...

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This is the Night - The Exsultet sung by Liz Bologna
The Exsultet or Easter Proclamation, in Latin Praeconium Paschale, is a sung proclamation delivered before the paschal candle during the Easter Vigil.  Liz Bologna, of our parish, participated in a project to look at the Exsultet which is a Christological hymn, meaning that it ex...

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St. Bernard Preschool Registration
Now enrolling for the 2020-21 school year! Faith-Based, Quality Education at Affordable Prices We serve children aged 3-5 years old. Children must turn three by December 31, 2020 and be potty trained to be eligible. We strive to provide our children with: Individualized curr...

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St. Matthew Preschool Registration
Registration has started for the 2020/2021 school year! Our 3 year olds meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45am until 11:45am Our 4 year olds meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:45am until 11:45am We are an accredited Music Together Preschool. Both classes receive a 30 minut...

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New Blessed Sacrament Website & Live Stream Mass Schedule
Visit our new website - www.blessedsacramentct.org.  We have added many new features including videos and are organized on our Mission Statement. If you go to the former websites for St. Bernard Church and St. Matthew Church, you will automatically be pointed to our new website. Our Live Str...

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Triduum Schedule

Posted on April 08, 2020 in: General News

Triduum Schedule
Please join us for our Live Stream Masses & Liturgies during Holy Week.   Click here to watch these Masses & Liturgies (www.blessedsacramentct.org) Holy Thursday, April 9th 7:00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper Good Friday, April 10th 3:0...

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Divine Mercy Chaplet - Pray With Us
The Novena To Divine Mercy traditionally begins on Good Friday for nine days leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday—the Sunday following Easter. Those praying the novena are asked to say a prayer of special intentions on each of the nine days, followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Click here to ...

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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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Catholic Book Club - Spring 2020
Blessed Sacrament Parish Book Club was scheduled to return in April; however, due to COVID-19 we will defer until a time we can safely gather.   Participants in previous sessions have already selected our next book by Fr. Paul Boudreau, Fearless: Stories of American Saints. If you alrea...

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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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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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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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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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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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Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl Collection
Instead of collecting CRS Rice Bowls, Blessed Sacrament Parish has opted to use special envelopes for this collection. These envelopes are included with the weekly offertory envelope packets. If you would like to support this collection, use this new envelope or mark any envelope ‘CRS Rice ...

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Youth Music Group Mass

Posted on February 24, 2020 in: General News

Youth Music Group Mass
The next Youth Music Group Mass will be Sunday, March 8th at 10:30am at St. Matthew Church. If you’d like to join us, please email Deirdre Goldsmith at deirdre.goldsm@gmail.com  

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Paint Night

Posted on February 24, 2020 in: General News

Paint Night
The St. Bernard Women’s Guild is sponsoring their 2nd paint night on March 6th at 6:00pm in the St. Bernard Church Hall. Please call to save a seat—limited seating is available. The cost is $25 which is payable that night. Call Eileen at (860) 604-9269 if you have any questi...

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St. Matthew Children’s Choir

Posted on February 24, 2020 in: General News

St. Matthew Children’s Choir
We will be singing at the 9:45am Mass on Easter Sunday, April 12th. Rehearsals: 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 and 4/5 after the 10:30am Mass at St. Matthew Church. Open to children ages 9-13. To register or for more information, contact our Music Director Rebecca Urrutia at rebecca.urrutia@...

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Gift Cards on Sale at St. Matthew Church
February 29th & March 1st Gift cards will be available for purchase after all Masses next weekend at St. Matthew Church. Visit www.shopwithscrip.com to see all the gift cards available for purchase. Pick up will be March 7th & 8th  

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Ash Wednesday Liturgies - February 26th
Our community will celebrate Mass with Distribution of Ashes: At St. Bernard: 8:00am At St. Matthew: 7:00pm We will also have the Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Ashes: At St. Bernard: 12:05pm & 4:00pm At St. Matthew: 4:30 pm

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Advent Penance Service

Posted on November 12, 2019 in: General News

Advent Penance Service
Sunday, December 8th at 3:00pm St. Bernard Church As we begin our Advent journey of anticipation and preparation for the Messiah, I ask that you reserve this date for the Blessed Sacrament Parish Reconciliation Service. The service will involve an afternoon of reflection, music, prayer an...

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Lessons & Carols

Posted on November 12, 2019 in: General News

Lessons & Carols
December 15th at 4:00pm St. Matthew Church The combined music ministry from St. Bernard & St. Matthew church invite you to a lovely candlelit Advent Celebration. In this beautiful service, we listen to nine brief Scripture lessons, and the singing of a carol or a song highlights each ...

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