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Click Here for the 2018-19 Religious Education Calendar Before enrolling your child in Religious Education, you must register at St. Bernard Church.  Click Here for a Registration Form The Religious Education office is open from Sunday through Thursday. School Year Hours (September-May):  Sunday: (Sept.-May) 8:00 ...

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Please consider supporting the Catholic Community of St. Bernard & St. Matthew by using our EFT option for one-time and recurring donations. It is a simple and secure process and makes it easier for all our parishioners to support the stewardship mission.  No more envelopes or last-minute check writing! Parishioners who use th...

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St. Bernard Preschool - Faith-Based, Quality Education at Affordable Prices We serve children aged 3-5 years old. Children must turn three by December 31, 2018 and be potty trained to be eligible. We strive to provide our children with: Individualized curriculum for each student to ensure optimal learning experiences Play-ba...

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To prepare for your child's Baptism, you must pre-register by calling the Parish Office at 860-875-0753.  The next Baptism Preparation Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 16th at 7:30pm in the in the Parish Center (22 School St.) 

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We have renewed our Catholic Community subscription to FORMED.ORG for all parishioners of St. Bernard and St. Matthew.  There is a great amount of new content and you can now use an iPhone App to access your account after you register (Android App coming soon).  To register for your account, click here. For detailed instructi...

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Please note that construction for the Route 195 and 74 Realignment at the Tolland Green  has begun and will affect traffic around St. Matthew Church (Dunn Hill Road and Tolland Green in front of the Church). The anticipated completion of the project is October 2019.  

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Diapers will be collected to benefit St. Gerard Center for Life & Birthright Donations can be dropped off at the entrances to St. Bernard Church the weekend of October 6th & 7th. Thank you and may God Bless you for your generosity! "The life of every human being is sacred as the creation of God, and is of infinite va...

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The Knights of Columbus and ACTS are sponsoring a "Not Just Pasta and Meatballs" Old School Italian Secret Family Recipe pasta dinner St. Bernard's Parish Hall Saturday, September 29th at 6:00 pm Free will offering  

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The cost is $15.00 each or 4 for $50.00. The proceeds benefit Coats for Kids, Breakfast with Santa, financial support for our Seminarian, coffee and donuts, and student scholarships. Questions? Please contact Al Sheridan at 860-454-0930

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Catholic Funerals: Rites, Cremation, Planning, Pre-planning, Cemetery Policies Workshop St. Matthew Church, Tolland Registration at 9:00am.  Program from 9:30 to noon Fee: $10 For more information go to www.norwichdiocese.org or call 860-848-2237x203

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6:00pm - 8:00pm St. Matthew Church The 177 Project is an initiative to spark a renewal in parishes across the country through the power of spending time in front of the Eucharist and participating in praise and worship music. Come let us worship together with live music and reflection – featuring Jon Niven and Dana Catherin...

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7:00pm – 8:30pm St. Matthew Church Join us for a conversation with AARP CT and the NCAAA. Family caregivers are the backbone of our health care system and need supports to ensure their loved ones have choices to live safely and independently. Learn tools for navigating and connecting to services. Gain an understanding of how t...

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Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women 63rd Annual Convention Saturday, October 6th          9:00am - 2:30pm St. Matthew Church All women in the Diocese of Norwich are cordially invited to attend. Bishop Michael R. Cote will be the main celebrant of the noon Mass. The guest speaker...

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Tuesdays - 10:15am - 11:45am St. Matthew Chapel Living through grief is not easy but it does not have to be done alone.  The St. Bernard/St. Matthew Community will offer a 9 week support program called, “New Day”, for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.  The goal of this program is to provide a sen...

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If you have a loved one who is in the military in harm’s way, please contact the parish office to have your loved one’s name added to the St. Michael the Archangel prayer book. St. Michael is the patron of soldiers and will be regularly asked to intercede for the protection of our loved ones in the military.  Parishion...

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St. Bernard Church at 9:00am St. Matthew Church at 11:00am You are invited to bring your pets for this special blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint & lover of animals. His feast day is celebrated in October.

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Saturday, October 20 St. Bernard Parish Hall 9:00am—3:30pm In a world where the news and media is all too discouraging and the hectic pace of modern life leaves little room for recharging, this day of reflection and renewal is just what you need! This year’s retreat promises to be one of our best ever! Fr. Jude Sur...

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The Haitian Ministry is sponsoring our annual toy collection for the children of St. Pierre Parish, Ganthier, Haiti. Parishioners of all ages are invited to bring new, unwrapped toys up to the altar during Mass at both St. Matthew and St. Bernard Churches that weekend. These toys will be shipped to St. Pierre and distributed to their scho...

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September 30th - Youth Group Hike!  We will meet at 12:30pm at Crandall Park to hike the Crandall Trails.  Come with your hiking shoes on and your spirit ready to be renewed with the splendor of nature!   October 13th - Second Saturday!  First meeting of the new year!  Evening begins with the ...

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RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It is the process by which adults are gradually initiated into the life and sacraments of the Catholic Church. It is comprised of various steps along the way.  Each transition is marked by a rite or a special ceremony within the public liturgy. Underlying these are the clas...

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Feast of the Holy Rosary October 7th at 3:00pm St. Bernard Church Join us as we pray the Rosary together for all our families, our nation, and our Church. This beautiful and powerful prayer service will include lovely music and slides. In praying the Rosary we unite with our blessed Mother to love and honor her beloved son, our L...

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Psalm 134:18 - The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit Dear parish family, Starting in October, and for the next eight months, we will be offering the opportunity for our community to pray for our beloved Church that is in crisis.  Every 1st Sunday at 5:00pm at St. Matthew and e...

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Pastor's Page - September
Dear Parish Family, I think one of the greatest challenges I face as a pastor of a large yoked community is keeping everyone focused on a common mission.  Without this mission and goals that directly support achievement of the mission, we can easily end up having individuals and groups doing their “own thing”.  Th...

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To view photos, click on homepage PHOTOS button or click here.   The Catholic Community of St. Bernard and St. Matthew held a Ministries Workshop on September 8, 2018 at Tolland Lodge with all ministries represented to work on service, spirituality, and evangelization centered on the Eucharist.

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We have a great selection of Winter and Summer clothing, sizes Preemie to Size 18 and larger for our Youth. We carry First Communion and Flower Girl dresses, Baptismal outfits and Boys Sunday best. We have a few Halloween outfits to choose from and a good selection of winter jackets, and shoes. Our $5 a Bag Sale is always going on and spe...

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During the month of May, 2018, the St. Bernard Cemetery Committee conducted a survey of the four Catholic parishes in Vernon, Tolland, and Ellington (St. Bernard, St. Joseph, St. Luke and St. Matthew) for the purpose of gathering information to assist us in determining a long term plan to upgrade the St. Bernard cemetery property, extend ...

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In the Diocese of Norwich, all volunteers who have regular contact with minors, all employees, all clergy, and all religious, are required to complete safe environments training. This training is also available to any parishioner, or parent of a parochial school child, regardless of whether or not they wish to volunteer at their parish...

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My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We are, as one family in Christ, heartsick over what we have learned in recent days and weeks from the Pennsylvania grand jury report and the accusations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.  These revelations have reopened the pain and sorrow of a spiritual crisis sadly not yet fully erad...

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Going on Vacation? Use the website www.masstimes.org to find the location and Mass times of the Church nearest your destination.  
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The practice of requesting a Mass to be offered for a loved one – living or deceased – is a beautiful and wonderful part of our Catholic tradition.  Due to the increased number of Mass requests and the desire to allow as many parishioners and friends as possible to schedule Masses, the following guidelines will apply star...

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Additional parking is available at the two School Street parking lots on either side of the parking garage behind the Church. These lots are open 24/7. We are asking St. Bernard families to please park in these lots first to allow easier access in the Church parking lot for our elderly and handicapped guests.

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Some background information on the Online Giving program available at both St. Matthew Church & St. Bernard Church: What is Online Giving? Online Giving is a direct payment program whereby your contribution is debited automatically from your checking, savings, or credit card account into your Church's bank account. W...

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Any interested parishioners who would like to complete the Diocese of Norwich's Safe Environments program called "Called to Protect", are invited to call the Faith Formation Office at 860-872-0200 X 309.  Please leave your name and telephone number, and you will be contacted to make arrangements for the training.

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The New Saint Bernard mobile app is now available! The Church you love is now available on your mobile device! With the new Saint Bernard Church app, you can catch up on messages you've missed, find out what's going on at the Church this week, make donations, and receive important alerts.  Download it today...

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The Vatican recently issued more definitive guidance on cremation for Catholics.  For the complete document, click here. Summary: Because of Christ, Christian death has a positive meaning.  The Christian vision of death receives privileged expression in the liturgy of the Church: “Indeed for your faithful, Lord...

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