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Entries for February 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, February 19th at 7:30pm in the in the Parish Center (22 School St.) 

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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 devi...

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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...

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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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Save the Date - Saturday, April 27th  
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Following the 5:00pm Mass at St. Matthew Sponsored by the 7th - 10th grade Faith Formation Classes and the Youth Group Tickets on sale after all Masses February 23rd/24th and March 2nd/3rd. Please join us for scrumptious soup, great fellowship, and lots of fun!

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Looking for Both Used & New! Do you have pretty costume necklaces, bracelets, or other pieces that are new, or that look new but you just don’t wear? The Youth Group is collecting unwanted jewelry for our Jewelry Boutique that will be at the Lenten Bread & Soup Supper held at St. Matthew Church on March 9th! We...

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St. Matthew Parish Center —Classroom #1 Please join us as we get the latest update from the team's recent visit to Haiti.
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St. Matthew —Classroom #1 All are welcome!
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February 19th, 7:00pm in the St. Bernard Parish Hall Come for refreshments & fellowship half an hour before the meeting, at 6:30. Anyone interested in helping plan and implement faith events for both St. Matthew and St. Bernard are always welcome. For questions contact Mary Scibelli at 860-798-7529 or scibellifamily@gmail.com...

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Saturdays, March 16, 23, & 30 at 10-11am   St. Matthew Church -- Tolland, CT Fr. Jeffrey Ellis will present a three part Lenten Series on how to improve our prayer life and grow closer in friendship with God. Prayer should be the most important part of our day, but too often it can be a struggle. Even the disciples fel...

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March 15 & April 12 at 6 pm - St. Bernard Parish Hall Before Stations of the Cross Join us for two fun & faith-filled evenings. This is your chance to hear our clergy answer questions about our Catholic faith that you may have always wondered about.  Submit questions in advance by adding them in an envelope in the...

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It’s not too late! There are roles for everyone! We are in special need for girls to volunteer. Rehearsals are every Sunday from 6-8 pm at St. Matthew. We also have a dress rehearsal during Holy Week and the final performance is on Good Friday, April 19th. Please prayerfully consider participating this year. To sign up, email youth@...

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If you have blessed palms at home, please bring them to either St. Bernard or St. Matthew Church by Monday, March 4th so they may be burned for Ash Wednesday (March 6th). At St. Bernard containers will be left in the vestibules. At St. Matthew a container will be left at the entrance to the parish hall.

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All Church offices will be closed Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents’ day. 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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Starting in October, and for the next eight months, on the 1st Sunday of the month (at St. Matthew Church) & 3rd Sunday of the month (at St. Bernard Church) we will be offering the opportunity for our community to pray for our beloved Church that is in crisis. Please consider joining us as we turn to God in our brokenness and pray for...

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Pastor's Page - February
Dear Parish family, Let’s be honest, unless you’re a newlywed, it’s hard to get excited about February.  The cold temperatures, icy roads and overcast skies start to wear on us and we can experience the doldrums.  Having said that, I must admit, however, that I love being a New Englander.  After living ...

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To read Bishop Cote's letter regarding sexual abuse dated February 7, 2019 please click here.  The names of those clergy in the Diocese of Norwich who have been accused over the past 65 years, since the establishment of the diocese on August 6, 1953 will be posted on the diocease website www.norwichdiocese.org at 2 p.m. on Sun...

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Question: What kind of religious practices should we begin, once we marry, to help us practice our faith each day? Answer: Your spiritual life as a couple is important. The sacrament of Marriage is a gift and a grace, but living it well isn't always easy! It requires intentionality and perseverance. Growing your spiritual lif...

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We are in the heart of winter and donations continue to come in regularly! Our $5 Bag is available. Specially priced items are 3 for $10. There are lots of both winter and summer clothing. We have shoes, boots, dress ups for both boys and girls. First Communion is right around the corner and you will always find a surprise or two. W...

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The St. Matthew Faith Formation Office is looking for a gently used flat screen TV (32” to 40”) and a DVD player to be used in one of our class rooms.  If you have a TV and/or DVD player that needs a new home, please contact LeeAnn at LeeAnn.Fristch@stmatthewct.org or 860-872-0200, X 309  

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The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be: Thursday, February 14th 9:30am—11:30am in the St. Bernard 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 o...

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