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Entries for December 2018

The Music Ministries of St. Bernard and St. Matthew present A Benefit Recital for Haiti Friday, January 11th at 7:00pm Tolland High School Auditorium (Snow Date:  January 18th) Featuring: Ania Muhlhauser, soprano Liz Bologna, soprano Rebecca Urrutia, piano Works by: Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Strauss and more Tickets:  $10 General Admission / $8 Students and Seniors To Reserve Tickets, call (860) 872-0200 or email Rebecca at rebecca.urrutia@stmatthewct.org All proceeds will benefit the St. Matthew Outreach Ministry to Haiti.

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We hope you can join us at the Youth Group’s Pasta Dinner for the Clairvaux House, January 12th following the 5:00pm Mass at St. Bernard. Tickets are $10 per person, children 12 and under are FREE. Tickets available at the door. Clairvaux House provides temporary housing for moms and their children. Along with a home, we have teams of counselors and job coaches and more to help these moms, who have fallen into struggles, rise up again and support their families. Our Pasta dinner, will help pay for the fuel and utilities of this home.  

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The purpose of the book club is to help participants on our Catholic faith journey to develop a deeper spiritual life, and strengthen our personal relationship with Jesus and with each other. The next book we’ll discuss is by Bishop Barron with John Allen, Jr. and we think you’ll love it! To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in the Secular Age. It is a compelling book, conversational but absolutely jam packed with information. Bishop Barron will help us illuminate how beautiful, intelligent, and relevant our Catholic faith truly is! Click here for a registration forms with additional in...

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Classroom # 1 in the St. Matthew Parish Center Anyone interested in this ministry is cordially invited to attend.

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Hat & Mitten Tree

Posted on December 24, 2018 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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Our community will celebrate Mass: Monday, December 31st               Vigil Mass - 7:00pm at St. Bernard Tuesday, January 1st               Mass - 9:00am at St. Matthew    Mass - 7:00pm at St. Bernard

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All Church offices will be closing at noon on Monday, December 31st for the New Year’s holiday and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2nd. If you need assistance, 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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Pastor's Page - December

Posted on December 23, 2018 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 Parish 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 the world....

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Additional Parking at St. Bernard

Posted on December 19, 2018 in: General News

Additional parking is available on weekends at the two School Street parking lots on either side of the parking garage behind the Church. These lots are open 24/7. We are asking St. Bernard families to please park in these lots first to allow easier access in the Church parking lot for our elderly and handicapped guests.

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All Church offices will close at Noon on Monday, December 24th for Christmas and reopen onWednesday, 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 St. Bernard—(860) 875-0753

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Christmas Mass Schedule

Posted on December 17, 2018 in: General News

Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th:       St. Matthew           4:00PM (Church), 4:15PM (Hall), 6:00PM & 10:00PM (10:00 PM With Incense)      St. Bernard           4:00PM, 6:00PM & Midnight (Midnight With Incense) Note:  No 8:00am Mass on Christmas Eve Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25th:       St. Matthew - 8:30AM & 10:30AM      St. Bernard - 9:00AM & 11:00AM   Confession Schedule Saturdays at 3PM at St. Bernard Saturdays at 4PM at St. Matthew

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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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Haiti Donation Cards

Posted on December 10, 2018 in: General News

Just in time for Christmas - or 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 - in support of the education of the children of St. Pierre School, Ganthier - as a gift in someone’s name, 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 St. Matthew or St. Bernard parish office to make a donation of any amount and receive your card.  Call Sue Gilbertie @ 860-371-1111 or ...

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Blessing of the Crèche and caroling will be after the 5:00pm Mass on Saturday, December 22nd.   Stay for refreshments after in the Parish Hall.  Bring the whole family and enjoy this joyful & faith-filled celebration!  

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Save the Date for this wonderful event! Join the music ministry from St. Bernard & St. Matthew Church for a special Advent Celebration!  Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of scripture and song that dates back to 1918.  In this beautiful service, we listen to nine brief Scripture lessons, which recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Birth of Jesus, the Shepherds, the Wise Men and the Incarnation.  The singing of a carol or a song that highlights the lesson’s message follows each lesson.  You will be singing some of your favorite carols so save the date!  A receptio...

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The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry is: Thursday, December 13th 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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5:30pm in the St. Bernard Church Hall To our members, just a friendly reminder of our Christmas dinner. The cost is $25.00. Please RSVP to Linda Hahn before December 4th. Come for some fun and a good meal. Thank you Eileen  

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As we begin our Advent journey of anticipation and preparation for the Messiah, I ask that you reserve this date 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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