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News and Announcements
Prayer Shawl Ministry

 Prayer Shawl Ministry
Thurs. Sept. 10
9:30 - 11:30 AM
St. Bernard Church Hall

Please join us, newcomers welcome to the Prayer Shawl Ministry!  Contact Kathy Mullin for more information -- 860-872-8828.

Scott Hahn

Evangelizing Catholics
Dr. Scott Hahn

Cathedral of St. Patrick
Oct. 10th 9:30 AM-3:30 PM

"The Bible, the Eucharist, and the New Evangelization".  Registration: $20/person, $10/student, Religious Free (with advanced registration).  Click here to register.

Catholic Bible Study

 Mary, A Biblical Walk
With The Blessed Mother

For those registered,
class starts August 31st
in Church Hall

Registration now closed.  If you are registered, please note the first class starts August 31.  Contact Pat Kenny for more information-860-875-1809.

Knights of Columbus

Our Lady of Fatima
Knights of Columbus
Mum Sale

 After all Masses weekend of September 12 and 13.  Price is $10 per plant. 

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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Message from Father Rick

                                                                                                     August, 2015

Dear St. Bernard and St. Matthew Faith Communities, 

August 1, 2015 marks a new beginning for the parishes of St. Matthew and St. Bernard as the two parishes are officially yoked.  I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to be the pastor of two such dynamic and faithful parishes.  The yoking of our communities has the potential to open doors to new faith opportunities, new friendships, new challenges, new outreach programs and new horizons of growth - as parishes and as individuals.  As we begin this journey, it’s very important to note that the process is one that is meant to evolve over time and develop through prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  "One step at a time" is a philosophy I’m adopting for the yoking and I hope you’ll join me with the same attitude.    

The yoking process is not intended to create identical parishes.  Each parish will retain its own personality, traditions and finances. Diversity adds depth and color to our yoking and it is welcomed, not stifled.  

As we begin this union, I would ask that we all adopt a spirit of charity, patience, and openness.  The Holy Spirit that guides and directs us is an active Spirit that prompts us to transform and be receptive to the possibilities of all that we as a Church can be instead of focusing only on what once was.  God doesn’t close a door without opening a window.  

In advance, I thank you for your cooperation, kindness, spirit and prayers.  I look forward to serving with you.  May God bless this union and help our work bear great fruit.  

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

Small Business Creative

Parish Office

Parish Office Closed
Monday, September 7th
for the Labor Day Holiday

Mass Schedule

New Yoked Mass Schedules

St. Bernard
Mass Schedule

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 


Knights of Columbus Installation of Officers

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


SMB Creative Group