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Entries for December 2017

NEW PHOTOS! Christmas Decorations!

Posted on December 28, 2017 in: General News

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

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Hat & Mitten Tree

Posted on December 28, 2017 in: General News

Our annual hat & mitten tree is 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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All Church offices will be closed on Monday, January 1st for the New Year Holiday. If you need assistance, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Matthew - (860) 872-0200 or St. Bernard - (860) 875-0753

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Because the holy day on January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, falls on a Monday this year, the precept to attend Mass is lifted. Our community will celebrate Mass at our usual time - 8:00am at St. Bernard Church.

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Dear Parish Family, On behalf of Fr. Ellis, Fr. Bill,  Dcn. Ron and Dcn. Michael  I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made our Christmas Masses so beautiful, joyful, faith affirming and reverent.  The weather was a challenge but the Spirit was truly present as we raised our voices in song and prayer.  How blessed we are to have two such wonderful parishes.  I begin the litany of gratitude by thanking Norma and Rebecca our two music directors, the two choirs, the cantors and accompanist for sharing their gifts with us.  There is nothing quite like hearing a congreg...

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The names of active members of the military are kept in our St. Michael the Angel Prayer Book to keep them in prayer during their service to our country. If you would like your family member added to the book or if they have returned from service, please contact the Parish Secretary so we may keep the book current.  Please note for security reasons, we no longer publish the names of active military members in our bulletin.

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All Church offices will close at noon on Friday, December 22nd for Christmas and will reopen Tuesday, December 26th. If you need assistance during this time, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Matthew - (860) 872-0200 or St. Bernard - (860) 875-0753  

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Christmas Mass Schedule

Posted on December 18, 2017 in: General News

Christmas Mass Schedule Christmas Eve, Sunday December 24th: 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM, Midnight ADDITIONAL PARKING AVAILABLE IN GARAGE BEHIND CHURCH FOR 4:00 & 6:00 pm Masses Christmas Day, Monday December 25th 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM NOTE NO REGULAR NOON MASS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24TH

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Pastor's Page - December

Posted on December 17, 2017 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Dear Parish Family, One of our favorite Christmas Carols announces that December is “the most wonderful time of the year.”  And for the most part, I would agree wholeheartedly with that note and sing along with the rest of the world.  But if we’re honest with ourselves, we would also say that it is one of the most challenging times of the year for Christians who desire to journey through the season of Advent in a manner prescribed by the Church.  At this, most wonderful time of the year, our senses are barraged with beautiful lights, festive music, storewide sales and fast paced living.&...

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Haiti Donation Cards

Posted on December 13, 2017 in: General News

Looking for something special for that hard to shop for person or the one who “has everything”?  Just in time for Christmas or for birthdays, anniversaries, etc., our beautiful donation cards with a colorful rendition of a Haitian landscape on the front are available at the parish offices. When a donation is made to our Haiti mission as a gift in someone’s name and in support of the education of the children of St. Pierre School, Ganthier, you will receive one of these cards to give to that person informing them of the donation made in their honor. You can go to either parish office to make a d...

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St. Bernard's Council 4122 and St. Matthew's Council 6226 Knights of Columbus will be running the following Youth programs: Click on the contest for the form: Citizenship Essay Contest Form Citizenship Essay Contest Letter   Substance (Alcohol &/or Drug) Abuse Poster Contest Substance Abuse Poster Letter   Keeping Christ in Christmas Poster Contest Keeping Christ in Christmas Poster Letter Each contest will give our youth a chance to compete and win cash prizes at the local, State, National and International levels! More information will be sent home through our CCD prog...

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Christmas party December 12th at 6:00pm St. Bernard’s Hall Appetizers at 6:00pm and dinner at 6:30pm Please call Mary Clements @ 860-871-6593 to reserve and pay for this event.

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Blessing of the Crèche and caroling will be after the 5:00pm Mass on Saturday, December 16th. Even if this is not your regular Mass time, you are welcome to gather around the Crèche at 6:00pm to join in joyful Christmas music and stay for festive refreshments in the Hall. Come and enjoy this joyful & faith-filled celebration!    

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Christ-centered Stress Reduction - December 15th at 7:00pm  At St. Matthew Church Some days do you think, ‘There has got to be a better way?’ You’re right, there is! Join Daniel E. Offsay, a Licensed Therapist with over ten years in the field and a Master’s Degree in Theology, for an evening of reflection designed to help you streamline your priorities, filter out the noise and refresh your spirit according to the Gospel and the teachings of the saints. Among the topics covered: How our emotional well-being impacts our relationship with God. The importance of healthy boun...

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The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be Thursday, December 14th 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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Advent Penance Service - Sunday, December 10th at 3:00pm At St. Bernard Church As we begin our Advent journey of anticipation and preparation for the Messiah, I ask that you join us for the Catholic Community of St. Bernard & St. Matthew 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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Breakfast with Santa - December 9th

Posted on December 02, 2017 in: General News

2 Sittings:  8am or 10am / St. Bernard Church Hall Admission:  Adults $6.00 per person / Children $5.00 per child (2 and up) No Reservations Needed! A morning of fun for children of ALL ages! Eat a delicious breakfast, visit with Santa, win prizes and MORE! Handmade Crafts at Candy Cane Lane / Gluten Free Waffles Available Upon Request All proceeds benefit St Bernard Preschool! Thank you for your continued support! Sponsored by The Knights of Columbus and St. Bernard Preschool Questions?  Call (860) 875-0753 Ext. 115  

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