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Penance Service

 Penance Service
St. Bernard Church
Sunday, Dec. 6th, 3:00 PM

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Christmas Carols

 Christmas Carols
Tuesday, December 8
After 7:00 PM Mass

Join us for Christmas Carols at the creche in front of the Rectory after 7:00 PM Mass on Tuesday, December 8th (Holy Day of Obligation).  Refreshments following in Hall.

Vernon Chorale

 Christmas Concert
Vernon Chorale

Serenade to Music


Saturday, December 12, 7:30 PM, reception following. Suggested donation $15 adults, $10 students and seniors. 


Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 12
2 sittings: 8-9 AM and 10-11 AM

Fun for children of all ages! Enjoy a wholesome breakfast with Santa, activities and prizes, bring your camera or have a photo taken by one of our elves.  Individual adult - $6.00, individual child - $5.00.  Sponsored by St. Bernard Preschool and Knights of Columbus #4122.  


Coffee and Doughnuts

Coffee and Doughnuts
 Dec. 13th after 10:00 AM Mass


Please join us for coffee and doughnuts after the 10:00 am Mass on Sunday, December 13th.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

Next meeting, Dec. 10
9:30 AM-11:30 AM
St. Bernard Hall 


Message from Father Rick

                                                                                                                                                                              December, 2015

Dear Friends,

I love the month of December with all of its wonder and energy.  But each year I have to remind myself to be cautious about getting too caught up in the hype and chaos of the secular season.  The media overwhelms us with messages and encourages us to shop till we drop, eat until we can’t move, and spend until it hurts – a lot.  But that is not the message of Advent.  It is probably a safe statement to say that we’re not very good at waiting and that we’re often uncomfortable with silence.  Yet as we journey through the season of Advent we are called by the Church to do exactly that.  Unfortunately, without patience, silence and stillness we will miss the message of Advent and be spiritually unprepared for Christmas.  

Advent is all about stepping away from the hustle and bustle of the world in order to hear our souls reaching out to the origin of life.  A beautiful reflection on the  search for God in the silence comes from first Kings chapter 19 where we see the great prophet Elijah searching for the Lord: “A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the Lord – but the Lord was not in the wind.  After the wind there was an earthquake – but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake there was fire – but the Lord was not in the fire.  After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.”  And it was in that whisper that Elijah heard the voice of God.  

With a concerted effort and a determined spirit we will find Him on Christmas morning just as the shepherds did many years ago.  If we journey through the four weeks of Advent correctly, the holy day of his birth will not be met with exhaustion from shopping but rather be a beautiful renewal of a friendship and a love.   (The rest of the world will simply be glad the day is over.)  I pray that your Christmas is blessed and the New Year is filled with all good things in Christ. 

Merry Christmas everyone,

Fr. Rick


  St. Matthew and St. Bernard Yoked 


Upon the retirement of Msgr. James Carini as Pastor of St. Matthew Church on July 31, Bishop Michael Cote has appointed Fr. Rick Ricard as Pastor of St. Matthew Church and St. Bernard Church assisted by Fr. Bill Olesik, Deacon Michael Berstene and Deacon Ron Freedman.  To learn more, click here  or on a Church above to read Guidelines for Yoked Parishes in the Diocese of Norwich.  

St. Bernard Restoration

St. Bernard Restoration

More photos under "New Photos"


Newly gilded Cross at 150'       Statue of St. Bernard at 80'

First American Freedom

Synod of Bishops


Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families, too, may be places of communion and  prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel, and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division:  may all who have been hurt or Scandalized find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may the approaching Synod of Bishops make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer.  Amen.

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Mass Schedule

New Yoked Mass Schedules

St. Bernard
Mass Schedule

Thanksgiving Day 9:00 AM
Mass at St. Matthew

Daily Mass
8:00 AM Monday, 
Wednesday & Friday
Tuesday & Thursday 
Mass at St. Matthew 9:00 AM

Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday: 5:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 Noon
Children's Liturgy of the Word
at 10:00 AM Mass

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: 
Every Monday and Friday
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM followed by morning Mass.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance):
Saturday: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Every Wednesday after
the 8:00 AM Mass

St. Matthew
Mass Schedule

Daily Mass
9:00 AM Tuesday,
Thursday & Friday 
Monday & Wednesday 
Mass at St. Bernard 8:00 AM

Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday: 5:00 PM 
Sunday: 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance):
Saturday 4:00 PM

Parish Pictures

New Photos   

Click here to see the latest Picture Albums 


Women's Guild Bazaar

Also lots of other Albums: Religious Education Functions, Preschool Activities, 4th of July Fireworks, Parish Retreat, and a variety of Parish activities.  



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