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News and Announcements
ACTS Men's Retreat

ACTS Men's Retreat

Men will be available after all Masses April 26-27 to answer questions about the upcoming ACTS Men's Retreat.  Contact Steve Gustafson for more information 860-872-8899.

Women's Guild

The Women's Guild will meet in the Church Hall from 6:00-8:00 PM, Tuesday, May 6th.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School
at St. Bernard

July 7th-11th


Knights of Columbus Scholarship

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus Council 4122 will be awarding a $500 scholarship to a graduating High School Senior who plans to continue his or her education at a two or four year college or university.. The recipient must be presently a member of St. Bernard, St. Joseph, or Sacred Heart Parish to qualitfy.  Involvement in charitable community activities will be heavily considered.  If interested, please click here for the application and return to Mr. Joesph Marsala, 54 Hilltop Ave., Vernon, CT 06066. Note, this application is for students who DO NOT attend Rockville High School.  The K of C offers a similar scholarship to RHS students which is available from the school's Guidance Office.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The next meeting of the Prayer Shawl Ministry is on Thursday, May 8th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in the Church Hall.


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Message from Father Rick

                                                                                                     April 2014

Dear Parishioners,

I think April is my favorite month of the year.  It’s not that I dislike winter – I think it’s fine right up until December 26th!  After that it just gets very old, very quick.  April is the month when every sense is awakened by the arrival of spring.  All things that appeared dead – suddenly burst forth with new life and dazzle the world with God’s creative genius.  What’s not to love?!   

Easter parallels the natural world’s awakening and makes this time of year even more brilliant.  What better time to contemplate Jesus’ glorious and miraculous resurrection from the tomb than during the spring.   Easter is the holiest season of our Church and Lent has prepared us to enter it with a depth the rest of the world is missing.  We enter this season with hearts open, minds alert and spirits prepared for His message and His direction.   He is Risen – Alleluia!

Pope Francis wrote - 
      “At dawn, they went to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body and found the first sign: the empty tomb” (Mark 16:1). Their meeting with a messenger of God followed.  He announced: “Jesus of Nazareth, the Crucified One, has risen, he is not here” (vs 5-6).  The women were motivated by love and were able to accept this announcement with faith; they believed and passed it on straight away; they did not keep it to themselves but passed it on…

This should happen in our lives too.  Let us feel the joy of being Christian!  We believe in the Risen One who conquered evil and death! Let us have the courage to “come out of ourselves” to take this joy and this light to all the places of our life!

A blessed Easter everyone.

Fr. Rick

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Our Parish Cluster

Parish Cluster News!

As you may know, at the request of the Diocese of Norwich, Sacred Heart, St. Bernard, St. Joseph and St. Matthew parishes have formed a “cluster” within the Vernon Deanery, to plan for the pending, acute priest shortage within our Diocese.  St. Maurice in Bolton attends Cluster Team meetings as a “cluster observer”, and may join us in our collaborative efforts.  The Cluster Planning Team, consists of clergy and lay parish members from each parish. 

Current projections estimate that in the next five years, approximately 14 priests will retire from active ministry (age 75).  We are blest that nine men are studying for the priesthood for our Diocese … but as newly ordained priests, they will not be ready to assume the responsibilities of a retiring pastor for a while.  Also, as you may realize, four parishes in our Deanery are not staffed by Diocesan priests but are currently staffed by religious order priests: Saint Joseph in Rockville, Saint Maurice in Bolton, St. Luke in Ellington and St. Edward the Confessor in Stafford Springs.

The Cluster Planning Team met at Sacred Heart Church on September 18, 2012 to finalize “draft” recommendations to the Diocese on how the cluster can best deal with the upcoming priest shortage.  Recommendations include areas of planned and potential collaboration between parishes, and how best to absorb reductions in priests available to staff parishes within our cluster.  Our recommendations have been forwarded to the Diocese for review.

We will share updates with you as collaborative actions move forward, and as clergy staffing plan decisions are finalized by the Diocese of Norwich,

God Bless …
Cluster Planning Team

Our Parish Cluster is:
St. Bernard, St. Joseph, St. Matthew, Sacred Heart

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Mass Schedule

Daily Mass
8:00 AM Monday to Friday

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 Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM with Night Prayer at 7:45 PM 
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

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Easter Season 2014 

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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