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Entries for November 2019

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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December 7th at 7:30pm at St. Bernard Church We hope you will join us for this night of jazz, contemporary, & traditional songs about the stars & moon. We will link the 1969 moon landing with the spirit of the holiday season as we celebrate the great achievements & potential of humanity. We will perform Eric Whitacre’s “Goodnight Moon” — the first & only choral arrangement based on the text of the children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown that is near & dear to so many of our hearts. Tickets are $20 for adults & $15 for students & seniors. Children under 18 are w...

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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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Wreath Sale - December 7th & 8th

Posted on November 25, 2019 in: General News

After All Masses at both St. Matthew & St. Bernard The Youth Group will be selling wreaths they decorated as a fundraiser for their activities! The cost is $15 per decorated wreath. Buy a wreath & support our youth!  

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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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At St. Bernard Church As we begin our Advent journey of anticipation and preparation for the Messiah, I ask that you reserve this date for the Blessed Sacrament Parish Reconciliation Service. The service will involve an afternoon of reflection, music, prayer and reconciliation with the Lord. I hope you can set aside this time for this important component of our Advent Journey of Hope. See you there! Fr. Rick  

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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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Book of Remembrance

Posted on November 18, 2019 in: General News

Our Book of Remembrance for those individuals who are not included in this year’s list of deceased will be available throughout the month of November.   The names that are written in the book will be remembered in prayer throughout the month of November.    

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All Church offices will close at noon on Wednesday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday and reopen Monday, December 2nd.   If you need assistance during this time, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Matthew—(860) 872-0200 St. Bernard—(860) 875-0753  

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Thanksgiving Food Drive

Posted on November 18, 2019 in: General News

Now Thru November 28th Parishioners are invited to bring non perishable food items with them to Mass until Thanksgiving morning. At St. Bernard, place donations at the entrance of the Church At St. Matthew, place donations at the entrance to the Church Center This year our parish will celebrate Thanksgiving Day Mass at St. Matthew Church at 9:00am. Thanksgiving morning Father Rick will bless the food at Mass then volunteers will deliver the food to the Cornerstone Soup Kitchen. Your generosity will make a difference in the lives of those who are truly struggling.  

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Pastor's Page - November

Posted on November 17, 2019 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - November
Dear Parish Family, November is the month of thanks and we begin it by remembering the one hundred and five individuals whose funeral liturgies we celebrated here at Blessed Sacrament Parish.   Each one of their lives was a precious gift from God and we give Him thanks for the opportunity we had in knowing and loving them.  In the Gospel of John chapter eleven Jesus says to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.” The gift of faith warmly embraces our hearts with the reminder that we are ...

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NEW PHOTOS! - Cornerstone Soupfest!

Posted on November 15, 2019 in: General News

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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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We hope your kids can join us for our movie night to benefit St. Bernard Preschool! Who: Children (preschool to 5th grade) *** Must be potty trained *** What: Pizza, movies, snacks, crafts, games and more When: Friday, November 22nd from 5pm to 9pm Where: St. Bernard Preschool Cost: $20.00 per child, family cap of $50.00 (Registration fee includes a pizza dinner, popcorn and drinks.) Registration Deadline:  Monday, November 18th Click here for registration form and more information

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

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The Soupfest fundraiser for Cornerstone will be held Thursday, November 14th at 6pm in the St. Bernard Church Hall. Doors open at 5:45pm. Free admission! Soups will be provided by The Country Butcher, Craig's Kitchen, Casey's Cafe, and Exchange Club of Rockville. There will be many fabulous silent auction and teacup raffle items. Your support is needed for the annual Cornerstone raffle. The winning tickets will be drawn at 8pm the night of Soupfest 2019. Raffle tickets are $20 each and prizes will be Visa gift cards valued at $500, $400, $300 and $200. Raffle tickets will be sold before and after all Masses a...

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Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting

Posted on November 04, 2019 in: General News

Our next meeting will be: Thursday, November 14th from 9:30am to 11:30am in the St. Bernard Church Hall Join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting and fellowship! Parishioners from both Churches are welcome! 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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Due to the Unsettled and COLD weather forecast for Monday, November 11th, Veteran’s Day, we will NOT be having Mass at St. Bernard Cemetery. Instead, we will remember our veterans at our normal Monday morning Mass at 8:00am at St. Bernard Church.  

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All Church offices will be closed on Monday, November 11th in observance of Veteran’s Day. If you need assistance, please leave a message at (860) 872-0200—St. Matthew Church or (860) 875-0753—St. Bernard Church  

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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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