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All Baptism Preparation Classes will now be held in the Chapel at St. Matthew Church.  The next class for registered parents who wish to have their child(ren) baptized is scheduled for: Wednesday, February 5th at 7:00pm in the St. Matthew Chapel Call Denise at 860-872-0200, Ext. 1 to pre-register. Baptisms are scheduled: at St. Bernard Church on the 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sunday of the month at St. Matthew Church on the 2nd, 4th, & 5th Sunday of the month  

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Question: How do I discern if a call to do something big is really from God? Answer: Each day we face plenty of decisions about following God: whether or not to pray, how to treat people, and how to prioritize our time. Sometimes there can be something much more significant we discern: a vocational call, a promotion at work that requires a move, or a new ministry position at church. In addition to a pro-con list or a cost-benefit analysis, here are a few things to prayerfully consider and to talk over with trusted individuals. Does it conform to God’s will revealed in the Church? God doesn’t call us...

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Food Pantry Donations

Posted on January 21, 2020 in: General News

Blessed Sacrament Parish will be using new goldenrod colored envelopes (located at the doors of both Churches) for parishioners who would like to make a monetary donation to either the Tolland Food Pantry or the Cornerstone Cupboard Rockville. These new envelopes allow you to safely donate to either food pantry whenever you would like!  Please be sure to check off which food pantry you would like your donation to go to and make your check payable to Tolland Food Pantry or Cornerstone and place in the collection baskets.   With the use of these new envelopes, St. Matthew Church will no longer be putting...

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Jesus Loves You SNOW Much

Posted on January 21, 2020 in: General News

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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Youth Group Events

Posted on January 21, 2020 in: General News

2nd Saturday Faith & Fun Night - February 8th Starts with the 5:00pm Mass at St. Matthew For grades 7-10 Our service project will be for the children who have some of their meals at the Cornerstone Soup Kitchen. We will also be making bracelets and worry stones for teens who currently live in group homes as they work to get their lives back on a steady track Dinner—Walk-About Tacos! Friends & parent helpers are welcome Living Stations of the Cross We need many teens to be actors, readers and helpers for this wonderful event. If you are in need of service hours this is the perfect o...

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If you’d like to join us, please email Deirdre Goldsmith at deirdre.goldsm@gmail.com  

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Sunday, February 9th St. Matthew Church Hall Following the 8:30am & 10:30am Masses Cost:  $5 per person, $20 for a family of 4 or more Menu Includes:   Blueberry, M&M, Apple, & Original “Knights” recipe (plain) Pancakes Bacon & Sausage Juice, Coffee & Tea Proceeds will go to support our sister parish, St. Pierre Parish, Ganthier, Haiti.   The Tolland Knights of Columbus would like to thank all the parishioners of the Blessed Sacrament Parish for their continuous support of our Pancake Breakfasts and the annual Tootsie Roll drive.

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After all Masses at St. Matthew Church. Visit www.shopwithscrip.com to see all the gift cards available for purchase. Pick up will be February 8th & 9th Proceeds from our gift card sales are used to support teachers salaries at our twinned parish, St. Pierre Parish in Ganthier, Haiti.

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In honor of the Feast of St. Blaise (February 3rd) we will bless throats after all Masses at both St. Matthew and St. Bernard next weekend. Through this blessing we pray for the intercession of St. Blaise to protect us from illnesses of the throat and all other illnesses. We pray that both our spiritual and physical bodies will be made pure and healthy so that we may better serve our God in life and love.  

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It's Not Too Late to Join! Help Us Spread the Word - Tell a Friend! We WELCOME You Home! The Blessed Sacrament Parish Evangelization Ministry is hosting a six-week series to welcome any and all Catholics with open arms back to the Church. You’re Invited… If you are a CATHOLIC who has been AWAY from the CHURCH for a while, this INVITATION is for YOU!  The Blessed Sacrament Parish would like to welcome you back. No Matter How Long… You have been away, or for whatever reason, we invite you to CONSIDER renewing your relationship with the Catholic Church. Please join us for info...

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At St. Bernard Preschool: Sunday (Jan 26)- Join us at 10:00am Mass, our preschool students will be singing!! After Mass join us in the church hall for light refreshments, information for families who are interested in our preschool, AND raffle prizes.  Monday (Jan 27)- Lutz Children’s Museum Visit: the Lutz will bring animals for us to explore, touch, and learn all about.  Tuesday (Jan 28)- Science Experiments Day: The children will have an opportunity to explore different chemical reactions and have lots of fun learning. Wednesday (Jan 29)– Music and Movement Day: We will be exploring new...

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Dear Parishioners, We’ve all heard it said that a new year means new opportunity and a fresh start.  I’ve also heard it shared that when we enter the New Year we need to reflect on our past, learn from it and move ahead; stronger, smarter and more determined.  The question I have, however, is what are we moving towards? Words are nice and encouraging and inspiring – but we need more than words – we need a plan and a goal otherwise we’re just talking the talk and not walking the walk.  And let’s face it, the last thing our world needs is another smooth talker that doesn&...

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Pastor's Page - January

Posted on January 19, 2020 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - January
Dear Blessed Sacrament family, I begin this letter with a thank you to the many people who made our Christmas liturgies dynamic, beautiful, faith filled, motivating and well attended.  Each year I notice that the list of those who are actively involved in our liturgies, young and old, expands.  That is a wonderful thing and I thank God for such an involved parish.  I would like to share with you a personal observation and spiritual gift card I received over these weeks of Christmas.  It occurred at the Vigil Mass of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of...

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Blessed Sacrament Parish Book Club returns in January. New members are always welcome. If you enjoy reading and learning about our Catholic faith then this book club is made for you! Book club will inspire participants on our Catholic faith journey to develop a deeper spiritual life, and strengthen our personal relationship with Jesus and with each other.  Our next book will be The Lamb’s Supper by Scott Hahn.  Plan to join us Jan 6, 20, and Feb 3.  We will have two sessions: a morning session (8:45am—10:00am) at St. Bernard an evening session (7:00pm—8:15pm) at&nb...

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Epiphany Blessing of Chalk

Posted on December 30, 2019 in: General News

It has been a tradition in the Catholic Church to bless chalk at the Masses for Epiphany then use the blessed chalk as part of blessing one’s home in the New Year. Use the chalk that was blessed at Mass to write the following above a doorway in your home: 20+C+M+B+20 There are 2 meanings for C, M, B Caspar, Melchior, & Balthasar (traditional names for the magi) or Christus Mansionem Benedicat (which in Latin means May Christ Bless This House) The “+” sign represents the cross and 2020 is the year of the blessing   As you are writing, pray the following pra...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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