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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, March 19th at 7:30pm in the in the Parish Center (22 School St.) 

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Question: I read in the catechism that marriage is indissoluble. Why then does the Church issue annulments? Answer: Sacramental marriage is indeed indissoluble. You can find this in several places in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Indissolubility is foundational to the union of marriage (CCC 1646) and required by spousal l...

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Save the Date - Saturday, April 27th  
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Following the 5:00pm Mass at St. Matthew Sponsored by the 7th - 10th grade Faith Formation Classes and the Youth Group Tickets on sale after all Masses February 23rd/24th and March 2nd/3rd. Please join us for scrumptious soup, great fellowship, and lots of fun!

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Looking for Both Used & New! Do you have pretty costume necklaces, bracelets, or other pieces that are new, or that look new but you just don’t wear? The Youth Group is collecting unwanted jewelry for our Jewelry Boutique that will be at the Lenten Bread & Soup Supper held at St. Matthew Church on March 9th! We...

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Saturdays, March 16, 23, & 30 at 10-11am   St. Matthew Church -- Tolland, CT Fr. Jeffrey Ellis will present a three part Lenten Series on how to improve our prayer life and grow closer in friendship with God. Prayer should be the most important part of our day, but too often it can be a struggle. Even the disciples fel...

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March 15 & April 12 at 6 pm - St. Bernard Parish Hall Before Stations of the Cross Join us for two fun & faith-filled evenings. This is your chance to hear our clergy answer questions about our Catholic faith that you may have always wondered about.  Submit questions in advance by adding them in an envelope in the...

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It’s not too late! There are roles for everyone! We are in special need for girls to volunteer. Rehearsals are every Sunday from 6-8 pm at St. Matthew. We also have a dress rehearsal during Holy Week and the final performance is on Good Friday, April 19th. Please prayerfully consider participating this year. To sign up, email youth@...

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If you have blessed palms at home, please bring them to either St. Bernard or St. Matthew Church by Monday, March 4th so they may be burned for Ash Wednesday (March 6th). At St. Bernard containers will be left in the vestibules. At St. Matthew a container will be left at the entrance to the parish hall.

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Our community will celebrate Mass: At St. Bernard: 8:00am At St. Matthew: 7:00pm We will also have the Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Ashes: At St. Bernard: 12:05pm & 4:00pm At St. Matthew: 4:30 pm

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Starting in October, and for the next eight months, on the 1st Sunday of the month (at St. Matthew Church) & 3rd Sunday of the month (at St. Bernard Church) we will be offering the opportunity for our community to pray for our beloved Church that is in crisis. Please consider joining us as we turn to God in our brokenness and pray for...

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Pastor's Page - February
Dear Parish family, Let’s be honest, unless you’re a newlywed, it’s hard to get excited about February.  The cold temperatures, icy roads and overcast skies start to wear on us and we can experience the doldrums.  Having said that, I must admit, however, that I love being a New Englander.  After living ...

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Both St. Bernard & St. Matthew Churches have ‘hearing devices’ tied into the sound system. If you would like to use one of the hearing devices, you can ask for one before Mass. At St. Matthew in the vesting room by the front doors At St. Bernard in the Sacristy - enter through the door by Mary The hearing devi...

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The federal tax laws have changed. If you are over 70½ and receiving money from an IRA, you can now reduce your taxable income by making your donations to St. Bernard or St. Matthew directly from your IRA.  Click here for the Wall Journal Article "The Secret Way Seniors Can Keep Deducting Gifts to Charity". Please...

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Please be generous in making up your Offertory if you missed Mass because of the snow and consider enrolling in ONLINE GIVING on our website.  
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To read Bishop Cote's letter regarding sexual abuse dated February 7, 2019 please click here.  The names of those clergy in the Diocese of Norwich who have been accused over the past 65 years, since the establishment of the diocese on August 6, 1953 will be posted on the diocease website www.norwichdiocese.org at 2 p.m. on Sun...

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We are in the heart of winter and donations continue to come in regularly! Our $5 Bag is available. Specially priced items are 3 for $10. There are lots of both winter and summer clothing. We have shoes, boots, dress ups for both boys and girls. First Communion is right around the corner and you will always find a surprise or two. W...

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There has recently been a serious increase in the number of phishing scams targeting religious organizations including St. Bernard and St. Matthew staffs with emails appearing to be sent from Fr. Rick.  Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies or persons to induce individuals to ...

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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. ...

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Catholic missionaries in Bolivia are requesting used hearing aids. The used hearing aids will be refurbished and refitted for people who suffer from severe hearing loss caused by infections due to the lack of medical care. If you can help, call Mary Scibelli at 860-798-7529. Thank you.  

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We keep the names of active members of the military in our St. Michael the Archangel Prayer Book to keep them in prayer during their service to our country. If you would like to add a family member to the book or if they have returned from service, please contact the Parish Secretary so we may keep the book current. We will be praying for...

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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 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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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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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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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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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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