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Entries for October 2018

The St. Bernard Women’s Guild Bazaar is coming November 9th & 10th Donations: We are looking for your generous donations again this year. Some of the items we are looking for include:  jewelry, toys and games, houseware items, lamps, picture frames, pictures, books, pots, pans, electric items (as long as they work), Christmas decorations, dishes, fine collectables, knickknacks and religious items. Please make sure they are clean and not broken.  We cannot accept clothing, blankets, and pillows. Drop off days are November 3rd & 4th before and after Mass. If you need help with drop of...

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Collection Runs Through the Weekend of October 27th & 28th Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) is accepting new and gently used winter coats, boots, gloves & scarves during the month of October. Please help us keep refugees and immigrants warm this winter! You may bring your winter gear to the St. Matthew Church hall and place them in the box marked Winter Clothing Collection/IRIS. Thank you! "Amen I stay to you, whatever you did for the least of my brethren, you did it for me." (Matt. 25:40)

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Rites, Cremation, Planning, Pre-planning, Cemetery Policies 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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Books & Media for everyone in the family! After all Masses October 27 & 28 in the parish hall at both St. Bernard & St. Matthew The Daughters of St. Paul, Catholic Sisters from Boston, who use Media to evangelize will be present after all the masses on the weekend of October 27th & 28th. The Sisters will bring a wonderful selection of Bibles, Spiritual Reading, Lives of the Saints, books for children, DVD's, music and more! Plan to visit their display in either parish hall.

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Our community will celebrate Mass: 9:00am at St. Matthew 7:00pm at St. Bernard

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Pastor's Page - October

Posted on October 21, 2018 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - October
Dear Parish Family, Recently at St. Matthew Parish and last spring at St. Bernard Parish, we gathered for an appreciation dinner.  The evenings were designed for the clergy and staff to thank all the volunteers who keep our parishes vibrant, faith centered and focused on Christ.   When I looked out at our gatherings I was very moved and humbled by the number of people present and the sacrifices they make for their parishes and their God.   It brings me great joy to see our family sharing a delicious meal, having lively conversations and hearing t...

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After the 8:00am & 10:00am Masses All proceeds will go towards the purchase of wheelchairs. Since 2009, the Knights of Columbus has partnered with the American Wheelchair Mission. The goal of this initiative is to provide aid to those who lack the freedom of mobility in our communities and around the world. Please support the KofC Pancake Breakfast Wheelchair Fundraiser.  

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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 Catherine. Contact Bridget Thurston to reserve your seat at (860) 202-0373 or bridget.thurston@stmatthewct.org For more information, click here.

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To view photos, click on the PHOTOS button on the homepage, or click here.

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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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Attention Women’s Guild Members We are having a paint your sweatshirt night on: Thursday, October 18th 6:00pm in the Church Hall If you have a sweatshirt, please let Eileen know at 860-604-9269  

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Haiti Outreach Meeting

Posted on October 08, 2018 in: General News

October 16th at 6:00pm St. Matthew Church Hall We hope you can join us!  

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Caregiver Roadshow - October 18th

Posted on October 08, 2018 in: General News

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 to support families and see everyday life when caring for a person with dementia or a related disease. Register via the AARP Reservation Line 1-877-926-8300 or at  https://aarp.cvent.com/StMatthewOct18  

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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 Surowiec is going to lead us on a day of reflection that centers around the unfailing word of God—how the Gospels came to be and what St. Luke shares in the Gospel & Acts. The timing is perfect, not just because we soon will begin Gospel cycle C with readings from the Gospel of Luke...

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All Lectors and Homebound Ministers may pick up their workbooks for the 2019 Liturgical year. At St. Matthew they are located in the Sacristy. Please be sure to write your name stating you have received your book. At. St. Bernard they are located in the Confessional.

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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 classes where the individual learns the basics of the Catholic faith. Classes will be offered at St. Matthew Church on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. If you are interested, please call Denise at (860) 872-0200 for details. Come Join the Family!!!  

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40 Days for Life

Posted on October 02, 2018 in: General News

September 25th - November 4th As we’ve been praying and fasting for hearts to be moved by God’s Tender Mercy, the Norwich Diocesan 40 Days-For-Life Campaign will draw to completion with a Mass for Life on Sunday, November 4th at St. Andrew’s Church in Colchester at 5 PM. Please join us as we pray - for the Sanctity of Life - and for the Loving Care and Protection every precious tiny child waiting to be born both - deserves and is entitled – each who has a place in God’s Heart from all Eternity. More than ever, now is the Time for God’s Love and Divine Mercy! The Secret - is to chan...

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The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be Thursday, October 11th from 9:30am—11:30am in the Church Hall. Join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting and fellowship. For further information or to request a prayer shawl to give to someone, please call Mary at (860) 872-2611 or Kathy at (860) 872-8828.  

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Diaper Drive - October 6th & 7th

Posted on October 01, 2018 in: General News

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 value because He created each person including the unborn child." "The image of God is on that unborn child." Mother Teresa, Love: A Fruit Always in Season  

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All Church offices will be closed on Monday, October 8th for the Columbus Day Holiday. If you need assistance, please leave a message at (860) 872-0200—St. Matthew or (860) 875-0753—St. Bernard  

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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 Lord.  Quiet reflection begins at 2:30pm. Plan to stay for refreshments after the prayer service.

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