News

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, December 17th at 7:30pm in the in the Parish Center (22 School St.) 

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Question: What’s the story behind the Advent wreath? Answer: Each season in the liturgical calendar comes with its own local and regional rituals. During the Advent season, wreaths adorn Church sanctuaries and family dining room tables. You may have said Advent wreath prayers in childhood or taken a turn lighting the candles. The Advent wreath is full of symbolism about Christ and his coming at Christmas. The wreath is made of evergreen boughs, reminding us that the life of grace doesn’t falter with the changing seasons. It always remains fresh and new. Similarly, a circular wreath reminds us of the et...

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If you want something truly unique and meaningful to give this Christmas, why not consider giving the gift of one of our beautiful Haiti Donation Cards. When a donation is made in someone’s name for the support of the education of the children of St. Pierre School, you will receive a stunning card printed with a Haitian landscape to let them know of the thoughtful gift made in their honor. Cards are available for a donation of any amount at either Church office. Questions - call Sue Gilbertie @ 860-371-1111 or Carol Freedman @ 860-872-9212  

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Bulletin Submission Deadlines

Posted on November 26, 2019 in: General News

Due to the upcoming holidays, we must submit our bulletin early for printing. Therefore, requests for announcements to be included in the bulletin must be submitted as follows: Bulletin for the weekend of: Announcements due before noon on: December 7/8 No more requests accepted December 14/15 Monday, December 2nd December 21/22 Monday, December 9th December 28/29 Monday, December 16th January 4/5 Monday, December 16th Requests for announcements ...

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The Blessed Sacrament Parish Youth Group is sponsoring a bus trip to the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette 2019 Festival of Lights Monday, December 23rd    2:00PM-9:30 PM More than 300,000 Christmas lights over 10 acres! Family and friends are welcome! Children in grades 6 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Cost of the trip is $25 per person with a family max of $100 plus spending money at the shrine’s food court, gift shop, etc. (partial and full financial help available) Please register by December 11th Permission slips required for teens (grades 7-...

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Lessons & Carols

Posted on November 26, 2019 in: General News

December 15th at 4:00pm St. Matthew Church The combined music ministry from St. Bernard & St. Matthew Church invite you to a lovely candlelit Advent Celebration - the Festival of Lessons and Carols - a traditional liturgy of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century. In this beautiful service, we listen to nine brief Scripture lessons and reflections, each followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson's message and a brief prayer.  You will be singing along to some of your favorite carols. Afterwards plan to stay and enjoy refreshments and fellowship. Join us, bring t...

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December 14th after the 5:00pm Mass at St. Matthew December 15th after the 10:00am Mass at St. Bernard We hope you can join us at one (or both) of these blessings and enjoy this joyful & faith-filled celebration! After the Mass & blessing, at St. Matthew, plan to stay for a cup of cocoa and caroling by the Crèche. at. St. Bernard, join us for donuts in the hall provided by the Knights of Columbus.

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Youth Group Events

Posted on November 26, 2019 in: General News

Wreath Making - Friday, December 6th at 6:00pm In the St. Bernard Church Hall We will be decorating wreaths to sell as a fundraiser. All hands are needed as we will have 225 wreaths to decorate. Snacks and pizza will be provided. Wreath Sale - Saturday & Sunday, December 7th & 8th after all Masses at both Churches We will be selling the wreaths we decorated The cost is $15 per decorated wreath. Buy a wreath & support our youth! 2nd Saturday Faith & Fun Night - December 14th Starts with the 5:00pm Mass at St. Matthew Grades 7-10 We will be taking part in the bless...

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Our annual hat & mitten tree will be located in the center vestibule. Please remember those less fortune by bringing new or gently used hats & mittens to add to our tree. All gifts will go to the Cornerstone Foundation. The tree will remain through the Christmas season.  

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Pray for our Military

Posted on November 25, 2019 in: General News

We are updating our prayer list of deployed military personnel.  If you have a loved one who is in the military in harm’s way, please email their name to spirituality@cath-comm.org or call either Church office. St. Michael is the patron saint of soldiers and will be regularly asked to intercede for the protection of our loved ones in the military. Parishioners can request to add the name of active military personnel to our St. Michael the Archangel Prayer Book at any time and we are encouraging parishioners to let us know so our list is kept current.  Names are no longer published in the bulletin...

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Let’s make this the best Advent ever by sharing Mass next weekend with friends or family members who haven’t been to Church in a while. Invitation cards have been pre-printed with the Mass schedules on the back and will be available in the back of both Churches.  Please take a few cards after Mass, share them with anyone over the next two weeks that your heart tells you should be invited, and let the Holy Spirit go to work in their heart. After Sunday Masses, enjoy some refreshments in the Church hall: At St. Bernard, coffee and donuts will be served after all 3 Masses At St. Matthew, the Kni...

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Due to the Annual Convocation for Priests our schedule for Monday, December 2nd—Wednesday, December 4th will be: December 2nd Communion Service at St. Bernard December 3rd Communion Service at St. Matthew December 4th Communion Service at St. Bernard

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Pastor's Page - December

Posted on November 24, 2019 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - December
"To see the miraculous within the ordinary is the mark of highest wisdom." - Ralph Waldo Emerson Dear Blessed Sacrament Family, The birth of the Son of God – was by every worldly standard, “ordinary”.  He came among us as a vulnerable child – born in a place reserved for animals – held in the arms of a woman who few knew.  It was, however, neither an accident nor a mistake that He came to us in such a manner. The humble birth of the King of Kings is a clear message that our salvation is not found in the trappings of...

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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 or school. The Diocese of Norwich offers two Praesidium programs. Both cover the same material, just in different formats. You can take the on-line program, Armatus, or attend a one-time DVD presentation, Called to Protect. For more information or to enroll, please contact LeeAnn...

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NEW PHOTOS! - Cornerstone Soupfest!

Posted on November 15, 2019 in: General News

Click the PHOTOS button on the homepage or click here.

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Mattie's Togs Thrift Shop

Posted on November 14, 2019 in: General News

Our Shop is bursting at the seams with wonderful Summer and Winter clothing for both Boys and Girls— Newborn to Size 20 and larger. We have shoes galore and we continue to carry Baptismal outfits and First Communion and Flower Girl dresses and Boys Sunday Best. Our $5 Bag Sale is ongoing and specially priced items are $3 for $10. We are open all year round Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm and are located in St. Matthew Church on the Dunn Hill Rd side. It is worth the trip! Any questions, please call Billie at 860-871-0260.  

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Outreach to Haiti Donations

Posted on November 14, 2019 in: General News

The Haiti Outreach Committee has placed a clothing donation box in both the St. Bernard Church Hall and the St. Matthew Church Hall for anyone who wishes to donate clothing. Additional acceptable items for collection are posted on the box, as well. Thank you, in advance, for your continued generosity! St. Matthew/St. Bernard Haiti Outreach Committee    

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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 consult your IRA investment company, tax advisor, or call Brian Kenny, our Business Manager for more information at 860-875-0753 x 106

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Reminder from St. Bernard Cemetery

Posted on November 14, 2019 in: General News

LED Lights & Candles are never allowed at St. Bernard Cemetery. Burning candles pose a fire risk, especially with falling leaves. Thank you for your cooperation.  

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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 devices are small with an ear plug and clean ‘booties’ to use.

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Low-Gluten Host Available

Posted on November 14, 2019 in: General News

Low-gluten Communion Hosts are available for sufferers of Celiac disease at both St. Bernard and St. Matthew. If you need low-gluten Communion Host, please come to the presider’s line (right-center aisle line) during Holy Communion and say you would like a low-gluten Host.  

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Attention Offertory Envelope Users

Posted on November 06, 2019 in: General News

The incorrect Christmas Schedule flyer was inserted into the recent envelope mailing. You will receive a REVISED schedule in the mail soon, please discard the old flyer and replace it with the REVISED flyer.  

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Financial Report

Posted on November 04, 2019 in: General News

Click here for last Fiscal Year's Financial Report. Note that next Fiscal Year's Financial Report will be for Blessed Sacrament Parish as the fiances were combined on July 1, 2019.

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Sanctuary Lamp Intentions

Posted on October 24, 2019 in: General News

Both St. Matthew & St. Bernard have a Sanctuary Lamp that is available to memorialize a loved one or for another intention such as healing or thanksgiving. The donation is $25 for the week and the intention will be listed in the bulletin. To reserve the Sanctuary Lamp, please call: For the St. Matthew Sanctuary Lamp: (860) 872-0200 For the St. Bernard Sanctuary Lamp:  (860) 875-0753  

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Adoration Schedule Change

Posted on October 14, 2019 in: General News

Our new schedule is: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:00am at St. Bernard Church Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00am at St. Matthew Church

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Augustine Institute Kiosk

Posted on September 30, 2019 in: General News

The Evangelization Ministry is pleased to introduce the Augustine Institute Kiosk to our parish.  It is being piloted at St. Bernard Church and will be located near the elevator.  The kiosk includes books, CDs and pamphlets about our Catholic faith.  The materials are complementary to the electronic content already available on FORMED.org (parish code RMCPGW).  Our intent is to provide these materials to parishioners looking to expand their knowledge of our Catholic faith, as well as to share them with friends and family members. If you take materials from the kiosk, please place the applicable mo...

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Parking at St. Bernard Church

Posted on September 18, 2019 in: General News

Parking at St. Bernard Church While overflow parking at a Church is always thought of as a “good problem to have”, we must ask those parking in access lanes to instead park in the two Town of Vernon lots across School Street.   Parking in the access lanes hinders emergency vehicles that must get to the Church if there is an emergency and prevents other parishioners who may have to leave quickly after Mass or during Mass in the event of a personal emergency. We are working to address the overflow parking at St. Bernard with other solutions, but we ask everyone to be respectful and courteous to...

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A bunch of parishioners have stopped me after Mass to express surprise that I wasn't down in Washington again, or to ask when my next semester begins. So I thought I'd take a moment to clarify what is going on with my studies. Bishop Cote has directed me to study canon law in addition to my parish duties. The program of studies that I am in is run out of Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.--it is actually the only school in the U.S. that offers this program. The particular program that I am in meets in person during the summer in Washington, D.C., for four summers and utilizes online classes durin...

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Find a Mass on Vacation

Posted on August 21, 2019 in: General News

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 NEW St. Bernard ONLINE GIVING system is now on the St. Bernard website!  CLICK HERE TO SIGN IN FOR YOUR NEW ACCOUNT. Please note the old St. Bernard Online Giving system will end on August 26th; therefore, those remaining users must open a new account with the new online system. Contact Brian Kenny for assistance at            bkenny@cath-comm.org.

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Phishing Scam

Posted on March 11, 2019 in: General News

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 reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. Below is an example of a phishing email where the scammer impersonated Fr. Rick with numerous exchanges between the parties via email before the individual asked for the gift cards. There are some simple ways to ...

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Hearing Aids Wanted

Posted on December 11, 2018 in: General News

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 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 instructions on how to register, click here.  To access your account from your iPhone after registering, search for and download the FORMED App on your iPhone, and enter the email and password you used to register.

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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! Available for iPhone and Android devices or search for 'St. Bernard Church - CT' on your device.

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Vatican Guidance on Cremation

Posted on November 07, 2016 in: General News

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, life is changed but not ended, and, when this earthly dwelling turns to dust, an eternal dwelling is made ready for them in heaven”.  By death the soul is separated from the body, but in the resurrection God will give incorruptible life to our body, transformed by reunion with...

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