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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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Bible Study Now Registering With Zoom
Register today online for our fall Catholic Bible Study, "Romans: The Gospel of Salvation".  The Bible Study will be conducted with Zoom this year and will start August 31st. The Registration deadline is July 20th in time to get the course materials.  Discover What It Means to...

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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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St. Bernard parking lot to be Covid19 test site
The southeast corner of St. Bernard’s parking lot will be a walk-in Covid19 test center on Tuesdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm starting May 26th. The St. Bernard test site will be an integral part of additional sites in Vernon helping our community fight the pandemic.  

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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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Dharen's Weekly Caffeinated Videos
Week 3 - Hope: Week 2 - Good Shepherd Sunday:   Week 1 - Behind the Screen:

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

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

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

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IMPORTANT VIRUS UPDATE

Posted on March 16, 2020 in: General News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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St. Bernard Cemetery Clean Up

Posted on March 09, 2020 in: General News

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

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

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

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

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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
Click here to view the 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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Pray for our Military

Posted on November 12, 2019 in: General News

Pray for our Military
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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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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