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News and Announcements
Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus
Troop Support

August 9-10

The 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus, the Patriotic Degree, will be collecting items to be sent as gift packages to our troops at St. Bernard Church the weekend of August 9th and 10th.  Click here for items to donate.

 


Catholic Bible Study

Catholic Bible Study
Psalms: The School of Prayer
Starting Fall, 2014 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
AUGUST 11

Click here to register

Click below for the video 

 

* Discover a rich school of prayer for all life's circumstances.
* Experience the transforming power of the responsorial psalms in the Mass.
* Learn how to visualize the psalms in order to empower their meditation.
* Study the many ways the Psalms foretell the life and mission of Jesus.
* See how the Psalms can empower your prayer to become an honest and personal dialogue with God.

Catholic Bible Study
Psalms: The School of Prayer
Starting Fall, 2014 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
AUGUST 11

Click here to register

Click below for the video 

 

* Discover a rich school of prayer for all life's circumstances.
* Experience the transforming power of the responsorial psalms in the Mass.
* Learn how to visualize the psalms in order to empower their meditation.
* Study the many ways the Psalms foretell the life and mission of Jesus.
* See how the Psalms can empower your prayer to become an honest and personal dialogue with God.

Saint John Paul II and Saint John XXIII

Click photo above for Vatican website.

Click photo above for Vatican website.


 

Message from Father Rick

                                                                                                  Summer, 2014

Dear Parishioners,

The long awaited summer has arrived and we welcome it with open arms!  We thank God for the warm weather that surrounds us, the new life that is springing forth, and for the wonderful smells of campfires, barbecues and the many fragrant flowers that bloom during this season. 

We all need this season to slow down our hectic pace long enough to focus on what really matters.  Living in today’s busy world can easily lead to a deaf ear towards the needs of our family, to the integrity of our character, or to the whisper of God’s voice in our lives.  Summer is the time of year when we should re-orient ourselves to God’s plan - and slow down long enough to count our blessings. 

I would like to wish everyone a safe, enjoyable, and faith filled summer.  If you’re traveling, don’t forget to find out the nearest location and Mass times of the Church of your destination.  The web site for Mass times is wwwmasstimes.org.

With prayers and peace,
Fr. Rick 

Message from Father Rick

                                                                                                  Summer, 2014

Dear Parishioners,

The long awaited summer has arrived and we welcome it with open arms!  We thank God for the warm weather that surrounds us, the new life that is springing forth, and for the wonderful smells of campfires, barbecues and the many fragrant flowers that bloom during this season. 

We all need this season to slow down our hectic pace long enough to focus on what really matters.  Living in today’s busy world can easily lead to a deaf ear towards the needs of our family, to the integrity of our character, or to the whisper of God’s voice in our lives.  Summer is the time of year when we should re-orient ourselves to God’s plan - and slow down long enough to count our blessings. 

I would like to wish everyone a safe, enjoyable, and faith filled summer.  If you’re traveling, don’t forget to find out the nearest location and Mass times of the Church of your destination.  The web site for Mass times is wwwmasstimes.org.

With prayers and peace,
Fr. Rick 


First American Freedom


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

Click on the Church name below for their website:

St. Joseph Church

St. Matthew Church

Sacred Heart

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

Click on the Church name below for their website:

St. Joseph Church

St. Matthew Church

Sacred Heart


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Mass Schedule

Feast of the Assumption
Holy Day of Obligation
August 15th

Mass: Thursday 7:00 PM, Friday 8:00 AM

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

Rosary:
Every Wednesday after
the 8:00 AM Mass

Feast of the Assumption
Holy Day of Obligation
August 15th

Mass: Thursday 7:00 PM, Friday 8:00 AM

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

Rosary:
Every Wednesday after
the 8:00 AM Mass


Parish Pictures

New Photos

 Click here to see the latest Picture Albums 

Vacation Bible School

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

New Photos

 Click here to see the latest Picture Albums 

Vacation Bible School

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


EVANGELII GAUDIUM

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
EVANGELII GAUDIUM
OF THE HOLY FATHER
FRANCIS
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APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
EVANGELII GAUDIUM
OF THE HOLY FATHER
FRANCIS
(click below)


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