Message from Fr. Rick

Message from Fr. Rick

Posted on February 09, 2022 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Message from Fr. Rick
Dear Parish Family, I’m excited to announce that on February 26th and 27th we will have an Open House for our new Administrative office building and Parish Center at the St. Bernard campus.  Bishop Cote will be presiding at the 10:00am Sunday Mass and blessing our new facilities. ...

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Message from Fr. Rick

Posted on November 02, 2021 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Message from Fr. Rick
Dear Parish Family,  I’m happy to announce that Deacon Larry Barile will be ordained to the priesthood on December 8, 2021.  Deacon Larry was assigned to our parish two summers ago and was a great gift to the Blessed Sacrament community.  His ordination will be held at our Ca...

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Pastor's Page - June

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

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

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Pastor's Page - May
Dear Parish Family, We all love the month of May with its warmer temperatures, sunnier skies and happier people.  It’s a month packed with activities for families, schools, and the Church.  The thing I look forward to most is the First Holy Communion Masses we’ll be celebrat...

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

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Pastor's Page - April

Posted on March 31, 2021 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - April
Dear Parish Family, I write this note to you on March 27th – the day before Holy Week begins.  I find myself getting fired up with enthusiasms as the staff, clergy and volunteers run around making last minute changes and additions to our liturgies, the music, and the environment. ...

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Pastor's Page - February

Posted on January 28, 2021 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - February
Dear Parish Family,  The wintry month of February seems to be a very fitting month to begin the season of Lent.  Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, falls on the 17th of February.  And since the dangers of the Coronavirus continues to journey with us, we will need to make some necess...

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Note from Fr. Rick

Posted on January 04, 2021 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Note from Fr. Rick
Dear Friends, On behalf of the clergy of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, I would like to thank all of you for your many acts of kindness and support over this Christmas season. The cards, gifts, food and sweets were warmly welcomed!   2020 will go down as the Christmas I ate the most Chri...

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Pastor's Page - January

Posted on December 30, 2020 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - January
Dear Parish Family, Happy New Year everyone.  Has there ever been a year when we were more excited to see it in the rear-view mirror?!  2020 will go down in history as a year that changed our world, disrupted our lives and burdened us in ways we never expected.  We pray 2021 is a y...

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Pastor's Page - December

Posted on December 03, 2020 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - December
Dear Parish Family, Welcome to December 2020!!!  It’s abundantly clear that this December will be unlike any other we’ve experienced.  This month usually finds family from near and far descending on the family homestead for large dinners accompanied with laughter, off key si...

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Pastor's Page - November

Posted on October 29, 2020 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - November
Dear parish family, November finds us still journeying in a pandemic that has wearied us and made patience a virtue that gets more and more difficult to practice. But that’s exactly what we need to do even if the rest of the world has given up on it. This month of thanks reminds us that eve...

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Pastor's Page - October

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

Pastor's Page - October
Dear Parish Family, October finds us in the beautiful season of fall.  Before our very eyes, we see our world beautifully transformed into a new season.  We witness fall’s brilliant colors, cool temperatures, pumpkins, apple cider and the little ones all dressed up in their favori...

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Update From Our Caffeinated Seminarian
My dear Blessed Sacrament family, Last September 26th I celebrated my 5th year as a member of this outstanding family of faith. I want to thank you all for being my family and for giving the encouragement to keep loving God and serving His people. I cannot believe I am now in my second year of th...

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Finance Committee Update

Posted on September 11, 2020 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Finance Committee Update
Dear Parish Family, At the end of this month, Mr. Bob Harvey will be stepping down from his position as finance chair of our parish. I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank him for his strong leadership, sharp attention to detail and countless hours of research and preparation that he ...

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Pastor's Page - September

Posted on September 01, 2020 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - September
Dear Parish Family, From my perspective, September is the “Start Up” month for the year.  A new school year begins, Church activities and committees get fired up,  religious education prepares to welcome back the hundreds of young people that are part of our parish family, a...

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Pastor's Page - Summer 2020
Dear Blessed Sacrament Parish Family, July usually finds us in a carefree and relaxed mood. This July, however, has a very different feel to it as we continue to do everything in our power to keep our families safe and well during this challenging pandemic.  July is also the month when we ce...

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Pastor's Page - May

Posted on April 29, 2020 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - May
Dear Parish Family, Greetings to our “stay at home” families!  I hope you are doing well and staying safe in these challenging times.  On a positive note, at least you have come to the awareness that God hasn’t called you to the cloistered life in a monastery!!!  ...

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Priest Chat - May 6th at 6:30pm
The Diocese of Norwich Office of Faith Events presents PRIEST CHAT, Wednesday, May 6th at 6:30pm. Join us as a faith-filled community in prayer and solidarity as we talk about our lives during the Pandemic. A priest from the Diocese of Norwich will guide us through these ...

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Pastor's Page - April

Posted on April 09, 2020 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - April
Dear Parish Family, On April 5th Holy Week begins with our livestreamed celebration of Palm Sunday Mass at 10:00am. Holy Week is the most sacred time in our Church calendar. This year is obviously posing some unique challenges - so we had to get creative in getting the blessed palms to you. This ...

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Pastor's Page - March

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

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

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Pastor's Page

Posted on February 23, 2020 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page
Dear Blessed Sacrament Family, I begin this letter with some very exciting news – on May 28th at 7:00pm seminarian Larry Barile will be ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Michael Cote – and here’s the kicker – in our parish!  I believe this will be the f...

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