Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Women's Guild

Women's Guild
Summer Toy Drive for Bazaar

Please bring your gently used games, puzzles, Legos, dolls, cars and trucks to the Church Hall before and after Mass the weekend of August 22-23.  Contact Kathy Lillis (860-875-8376) with questions.

Women's Guild Back to School

 Women's Guild

August 1st and 2nd & Aug 8th and 9th,  'Back to School' sales start in July so remember those less fortunate. Items needed are: 1 and 2 inch ring binders,  packs of loose leaf paper, notebooks, Pens, #2 pencils, crayons, markers, backpacks (new or gently used).

Collection boxes will be in the church foyers. Contact Pegi Deitz Shea 860-878-7016 with questions.

St. Bernard Church Towers


Please be advised that work will start on a major project refurbishing our tower windows and louvers plus re-gilding the crosses on July 6th.  Work will start with rigging on July 6, then have a large crane blocking St. Bernard Terrace from July 13-17 between 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The work is expected to last 4-6 weeks.  The contractor will complete the remainder of the exterior Church painting next summer.  Please be cautious entering and exiting the Church and parking lots--all the work will be on the front of the Church and there will be adequate detour signage.

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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St. Bernard Restoration

St. Bernard Restoration

More photos under "New Photos"


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


  St. Matthew and St. Bernard to be 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.  Fr. Brian Maxwell remains on temporary assignment at St. Patrick in East Hampton. To learn more, click here  or on a Church above to read Guidelines for Yoked Parishes in the Diocese of Norwich.  More information will be provided in the coming months.

Dear St. Matthew and St.  Bernard Parish Families, 

In the Gospel of St. John chapter 17 there is a very intimate and powerful prayer that Jesus prays to the Father.  In the conversation, Jesus asks the Father to watch over and bless His disciples.   He prays, “I glorified you on earth Father by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.”  I thought of that beautiful prayer when I received word that at the end of July I would be pastoring two of the most dynamic and faith filled parishes in our Diocese.  The Holy Spirit is leading the Church into new and virtually uncharted waters.  We will be a healthy community as long as we stay open to His guidance and remember, as we heard in the above prayer, that our combined efforts, patience, talents, time, and prayers give great glory to God.

I look forward to our future and know that God will bless us abundantly for our hard work.  I kindly ask for your prayers and support as we begin a new chapter in our faith journey.  

With Peace,
Fr. Rick             



Message from Father Rick

                                                                                    July, 2015

Dear Parishioners, 
As we enter the month of July, I can’t help but notice that the campus seems a bit quieter.  Our young pre-schoolers are on vacation and the playground is eerily silent.   Our students add a great life to the parish and the office staff and I miss them when they go away for their summer adventures with their families.  We have a wonderful school that is staffed by two very fine educators.  If you have or know of any three or four year old children that would like to join our school family, please contact the parish and we’ll arrange a tour of our facility.  
Our Religious Education program has also ended for the summer months and we thank Miss Kim and her very dedicated teachers for all of their love and hard work for our parish youth.  We have a very fine program and I would encourage all parents to make sure their children are registered.  
Our sister parish, St. Matthew, also has a very strong pre-school and a vibrant Religious Education program.  They presently have over 600 youth in their programs!  Our family is definitely getting bigger.  I’m excited to work with them this fall.  
Our Yoking experience with St. Matthew Church will officially begin July 31st.  I have begun meeting and working with St. Matthew’s staff and am impressed with everyone I’ve met.  We are lucky to be paired with such a fine community.  As we move forward, it is clear that we have much to learn about each other and that we have our work cut out for us.  I am encouraged and humbled, however, by the many parishioners and staff, from both parishes, that have assured me that they are more than willing to work together for the greater glory of God and His Church.  I can’t ask for more than that.  May God bless this union and bless our efforts.   

With peace, 
Fr. Rick

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Mass Schedule

Daily Mass
8:00 AM Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday & Friday
Please note, no Thursday Mass
after July 2nd

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


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.  


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