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

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Classes forming NOW for the 2019-20 school year! Faith-Based, Quality Education at Affordable Prices We serve children aged 3-5 years old. Children must turn three by December 31, 2019 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-based learning that supports children's natural curiosity and creativity Emphasis on social interactions to promote kindergarten readiness If you would like to visit our preschool, please call for an appointment: (860) 875-0753 Ext 114. ...

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Sanctuary Lamp Intentions

Posted on August 21, 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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Question: In some passages of the Bible, Jesus makes it sound like only a few people will be saved. But we talk about hoping for everyone's salvation. So which one is it - will many or few people be saved? Answer: Salvation is a mystery of God's grace. St. Paul encourages us to offer prayers for everyone. He calls it "good and pleasing to God" because God Himself "wills everyone to be saved" (c.f. 1 Tm 2:1-4). The redemption that Jesus offers is held out to all of us. His sacrifice on the cross was already for everyone. Now it is a matter of if and how we accept that salvation in our ow...

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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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Mattie's Togs Thrift Shop

Posted on August 20, 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 on going 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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The Pro-Life Ministry is looking for volunteers to help pick-up and redeem donated bottles and cans that are deposited near the dumpsters located in the St. Matthew Church parking lot. The donations have been overwhelming and additional help is needed. This is a great opportunity for a teenager looking for a community service project or anyone else wanting to help with this worthy fund raiser. To volunteer or request additional information, please contact the St. Matthew Church office or call Peter Lafontaine at 860-872-6348.  

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Sponsored by the Haitian Ministry for the children of St. Pierre Parish, Ganthier, Haiti Parishioners of all ages are invited to bring new, unwrapped toys to the altar during Mass at either Church the weekend of September 21st & 22nd. The toys will be shipped to St. Pierre in time to give the kids a truly Merry Christmas. Toys should be small enough to fit into the shipping barrels and should not require batteries (they cannot be replaced) nor include written instruction (they do not read English). This also means no English books. Suggested toys include black dolls, toy cars and trucks, bubbles, jump ropes, ball...

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We are looking for your once loved Legos, games, puzzles, dolls, cars & trucks and preschool items. Get the kiddos to work cleaning out their toy chests and put those toys they no longer want aside for our bazaar. Please bring toys to the St. Bernard Church Hall during the following times:         Saturday, August 24th       3:00pm to 6:00pm         Sunday, August 25th           7:30am to 1:00pm Please note:  We are not accepting sporting goods or baby gear this year. We do ...

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Blessed Sacrament Parish offertory envelopes have been sent out.  If you use envelopes for your weekly offertory, you should be receiving them soon. The envelopes will begin with the weekend of August 31st/September 1st.  

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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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It has been a very hot summer & I hope you are all well. It is hard to believe that it is time for us to get together & start preparing for our year. Our first meeting is September 3rd at 6:00 pm. Please come for a light dinner and dessert.  Bring your ideas for crafts or any other idea for fundraising.  Don’t forget your dues and if you want to bring a friend that might be interested in joining our family that would be great.   See you soon,  Eileen   

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Altar Servers Needed!

Posted on August 19, 2019 in: General News

Altar Server Training Saturday, September 14, 21 and 28  St. Bernard Church 9:00am – 10:15am In September we are beginning a new class for altar servers.  All girls and boys in Grade 3 and up are invited to become altar servers at St. Bernard or St. Matthew. Three days of training have been scheduled on September 14, 21 and 28. To join us, CLICK HERE to sign up online or contact the church office via email at rectory@cath-comm.org or by phone at 860-875-0753 x 1.  Thank you for volunteering for this important ministry!          

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Pastor's Page - August

Posted on August 18, 2019 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - August
Dear Blessed Sacrament Parish Family, It seems to me that while we were shoveling and plowing the heavy snows of winter– time seemed to dragggggg by.  Summer, on the other hand, with its warm temperatures and sunny skies – is flying by!  What happened to July?  Perhaps it’s best to simply embrace it as part of the charm of living in New England.  Along with the seasonal changes, I hope your spiritual life is transforming into an even deeper relationship with Christ.  One of the dangers of the beautiful season of summer is tha...

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Sponsored by Vernon Knights of Columbus Council 4122 8:00am – 1:00pm St Bernard's Church Hall Please register at redcrossblood.org or call to 1-800-733-2767 Please do not call rectory - they will not be able to aid you in registering. The Knights will be there to assist and will have coffee, Gerry's Donuts and other snacks.  

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Low-Gluten Host Available

Posted on August 06, 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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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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Outreach to Haiti Donations

Posted on July 16, 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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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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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 Kimberly ...

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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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