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News and Announcements
Knights of Columbus Blood Drive

 American Red Cross and
Knights of Columbus Blood Drive
St. Bernard Church
Saturday, May 30
8:30AM to 1:30PM

Register at www.redcrossblood.org or walk-in to donate blood.  Stop by and "Give the Gift of Life!"

Novena to St. Peregrine

Novena to St. Peregrine
June 1 & 9 - 7:00 PM
St. Bernard Church

Join us as we pray for those impacted by cancer.  Click here for more information.

Women's Guild

 

"End of Year" meeting at Lakeview Restauranat on Coventry Lake on Tuesday, June 2.  Cost per member is $15.00.  Please contact Mary Clements at 860-871-6593 by May 25th if you plan to attend.

Summer Vacation Bible School

 Summer Vacation Bible School
Register Today!
July 6-10

Click Here to register.  $30 per child, $60 per family, ages 3-10 (children must be potty trained).  For more information, contact Kimberly Manganella at 860-875-0753 X 119.


Announcement

  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             

 

  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

                                                                                    June, 2015

Dear Parishioners, 
 
Last month we honored our Lady and gave thanks to God for the gift of motherhood.  The month of June finds us reflecting on the importance of fatherhood and the crucial role dads need to play in the healthy development of our children.   St. Joseph is a great example for our fathers and I would like to share a few thoughts about this powerful Saint.  Scripture shares with us that Joseph was a carpenter by trade and was the husband of Mary and the step father to Jesus.  We know that he was obedient to God even when it didn’t make sense. And finally we are made aware that he was a great protector of the family that was entrusted to his care.   There is very little written about Joseph in Scripture but actions always speak louder than words.  I think that is an incredibly important lesson for our dads. 
 
As Jesus watched Joseph practicing his trade as a carpenter I’m sure he observed him being patient and meticulous with his work.  The patron saint of fathers would have taken pride in his work and was aware that rushing through projects would produce an inferior product. Would the virtue of patience have taught Christ a valuable life lesson that he could use as he ministered to a people who couldn’t see their own potential?  Is it a virtue that would help our dads guide their children on right paths? 
 
A carpenter has to be honest when dealing with others.  I’m sure Joseph’s good word was enough for those who hired him.   We can imagine that what he said he would do – he did and did and did well.    What a powerful lesson for a young one to embrace and model throughout their lives.  A carpenter’s trade involves hard work and strength.  Jesus must have watched his dad and admired both his willingness to put in the time that was required to complete a task as well as the strength needed to “get the job done.”    A much needed lesson for everyone.  Christ’s public ministry took incredible strength, hard work and perseverance.  Did he first learn those traits from Joseph?  It’s the simple things done well that matter in life. Joseph did that well – and he made a difference.  His love, protection, hard work, character and faith helped raise a boy that turned into the savior of the world. 
 
May God bless the fathers of our world and help them be great examples of the virtues modeled in St. Joseph. 
 
Peace,
Fr Rick  

Message from Father Rick

                                                                                    June, 2015

Dear Parishioners, 
 
Last month we honored our Lady and gave thanks to God for the gift of motherhood.  The month of June finds us reflecting on the importance of fatherhood and the crucial role dads need to play in the healthy development of our children.   St. Joseph is a great example for our fathers and I would like to share a few thoughts about this powerful Saint.  Scripture shares with us that Joseph was a carpenter by trade and was the husband of Mary and the step father to Jesus.  We know that he was obedient to God even when it didn’t make sense. And finally we are made aware that he was a great protector of the family that was entrusted to his care.   There is very little written about Joseph in Scripture but actions always speak louder than words.  I think that is an incredibly important lesson for our dads. 
 
As Jesus watched Joseph practicing his trade as a carpenter I’m sure he observed him being patient and meticulous with his work.  The patron saint of fathers would have taken pride in his work and was aware that rushing through projects would produce an inferior product. Would the virtue of patience have taught Christ a valuable life lesson that he could use as he ministered to a people who couldn’t see their own potential?  Is it a virtue that would help our dads guide their children on right paths? 
 
A carpenter has to be honest when dealing with others.  I’m sure Joseph’s good word was enough for those who hired him.   We can imagine that what he said he would do – he did and did and did well.    What a powerful lesson for a young one to embrace and model throughout their lives.  A carpenter’s trade involves hard work and strength.  Jesus must have watched his dad and admired both his willingness to put in the time that was required to complete a task as well as the strength needed to “get the job done.”    A much needed lesson for everyone.  Christ’s public ministry took incredible strength, hard work and perseverance.  Did he first learn those traits from Joseph?  It’s the simple things done well that matter in life. Joseph did that well – and he made a difference.  His love, protection, hard work, character and faith helped raise a boy that turned into the savior of the world. 
 
May God bless the fathers of our world and help them be great examples of the virtues modeled in St. Joseph. 
 
Peace,
Fr Rick  

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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 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

Rosary:
Every Wednesday after
the 8:00 AM Mass

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 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

Rosary:
Every Wednesday after
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St. Bernard Catholic Bible Study

Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother

Filmed on location in the Holy Land, The course will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of her earthly life, taking you through her joys...and her sorrows. You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her Divine Son. Seeing Mary in this way will change you forever. Mary will become a part of your daily life, and in your daily life, you will become more like Christ.

Click Here to register today!  This exciting eight week course starts Monday, August 31.  Registration fee of $25 per participant due by July 20th in time to order course materials.  

Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother

Filmed on location in the Holy Land, The course will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of her earthly life, taking you through her joys...and her sorrows. You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her Divine Son. Seeing Mary in this way will change you forever. Mary will become a part of your daily life, and in your daily life, you will become more like Christ.

Click Here to register today!  This exciting eight week course starts Monday, August 31.  Registration fee of $25 per participant due by July 20th in time to order course materials.  


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Memorial Day Mass

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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Memorial Day Mass

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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