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Entries for February 2020

Religious Education Update

Posted on February 26, 2020 in: General News

St. Bernard Campus Grade 10 Interviews with each candidate for Confirmation during the month of March  Upcoming Events: Mar 7 10:00am-6:00pm St. Bernard Confirmation Retreat in the Church Hall Mar 8  During Class Grade 5—Shared Meal—Breakfast Mar 10 During Class Grade 6—Dinner—Shared during class Mar 10  During Class   Confirmation Classes meet Grade 9—Saint Workshop Grade 10—Stations of the Cross   ...

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The next class for registered parents who wish to have their child(ren) baptized is scheduled for: Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00pm in the St. Matthew Chapel Call Denise at 860-872-0200, Ext. 1 to pre-register. Baptisms are scheduled: at St. Bernard Church on the 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sunday of the month at St. Matthew Church on the 2nd, 4th, & 5th Sunday of the month  

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Question: Why is the Vatican sometimes called the “Holy See"? Answer: A little background in ecclesiology will help explain why we call the Vatican the Holy See. The Church is very structured and organized in its hierarchy. A diocese is a geographic area governed by a bishop appointed by the Pope. Each diocese is further broken down into parishes, which have pastors who represent the bishop in his teaching authority. The diocese of Rome has a particular role in the Church because of its importance and antiquity. The Pope is head of the Church because he is the Bishop of Rome. Every bishop has a seat ...

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Bereavement Support Group

Posted on February 25, 2020 in: General News

The next Bereavement Support Group will run April 28th thru June 23rd. More information coming soon.  

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Instead of collecting CRS Rice Bowls, Blessed Sacrament Parish has opted to use special envelopes for this collection. These envelopes are included with the weekly offertory envelope packets. If you would like to support this collection, use this new envelope or mark any envelope ‘CRS Rice Bowl Collection’ & drop it in the collection basket at Mass.  

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Eucharistic Minister Training

Posted on February 25, 2020 in: General News

Attention all Blessed Sacrament Parish Eucharistic Ministers! March 21st 9:00am at St. Matthew March 28th 9:00am at St. Bernard Please save the date for this important training session. You only need to attend one session—it would be best to attend at the Church where you serve.  If you cannot make that date, please attend the other session.  

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A Day of Reconciliation

Posted on February 25, 2020 in: General News

Friday, March 20th 6am to 9pm St. Bernard Church Priests from the Vernon Deanery  

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Parish Reconciliation Service

Posted on February 25, 2020 in: General News

Sunday, March 15th at 3pm St. Matthew Church Priests available for private confessions  

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It’s not too late to join! If you need service hours for Confirmation or high school this is an excellent opportunity to build up those hours! We need many teens (grades 7-12) to be actors, readers and helpers for this wonderful event. Although the presentation is a serious and poignant event – the teens that are involved make great friends and have a whole lot of fun – it truly is a memorable experience. Rehearsals are Sundays at St. Bernard Church from 6-8pm. We also have a dress rehearsal during Holy Week and the final performance is on Good Friday, April 10th at St. Bernard at 7:00pm. ...

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Lenten Bread & Soup Supper

Posted on February 25, 2020 in: General News

Saturday, March 14th after the 5:00pm Mass at St. Matthew Sponsored by the 7th - 10th grade Faith Formation Classes and the Youth Group  We hope you will join us for scrumptious soup, great fellowship, and lots of fun! To reserve tickets, drop this form with payment (checks payable to Blessed Sacrament Parish) in an envelope marked Attn:  Bridget Thurston, Bread & Soup Supper in the collection basket at either Church. Bread and Soup Supper Registration ________$5 per person ________$20 for families of 4 or more, please specify how many in family ________Donation (no tickets)

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Thursday, March 12th 4:30pm– 6:00pm St. Bernard Church Hall We hope you can join for a presentation by Nicole Matson of the Alzheimer’s Association on the subject of “Understanding Alzheimer’s”.  If you are caring for or know anyone with Alzheimer’s Disease this is an opportunity to come learn more about the illness and have a chance to ask questions. Light refreshments will be served. An RSVP is requested but not mandatory. Please call or email Sue Gilbertie at 860-371-1111/suegilbertie@gmail.com.  

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St. Matthew Women’s Guild Meeting

Posted on February 25, 2020 in: General News

Wednesday, March 11th at 7:00pm in the St. Matthew Church Hall Cookbook Bingo Bring a friend - bring a cookbook or two from your collection as prizes. Join us for a fun evening with refreshments. REMINDERS: Taking up a collection for our Guild contribution to the Tolland Food Bank Clothing Drive in May Nominations being accepted for next year's officers Questions, call: Billie Dowgiewicz 860-871-0260 or Jean Canal 860-875-2276  

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St. Matthew Women's Guild Meeting

Posted on February 25, 2020 in: General News

Wednesday, March 11th at 7:00pm in the St. Matthew Church Hall Cookbook Bingo Bring a friend - bring a cookbook or two from your collection as prizes. Join us for a fun evening with refreshments. REMINDERS: Taking up a collection for our Guild contribution to the Tolland Food Bank Clothing Drive in May Nominations being accepted for next year's officers Questions, call: Billie Dowgiewicz 860-871-0260 or Jean Canal 860-875-2276

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Haiti Outreach Committee Meeting

Posted on February 24, 2020 in: General News

Tuesday, March 10th at 6:00pm in the St. Matthew Church Hall All are welcome! Hope to see you there! For questions or for further information call Sue Gilbertie @ 860-371-1111 or Carol Freedman @ 860-872-9212  

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Justice & Peace Committee Meeting

Posted on February 24, 2020 in: General News

Tuesday, March 10th at 4:30pm in the St. Matthew Church Hall All are welcome! Hope to see you there! For questions or for further information call Sue Gilbertie @ 860-371-1111 or Carol Freedman @ 860-872-9212  

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Bulletin Submission Deadlines

Posted on February 24, 2020 in: General News

Due to vacation schedules requests for announcements to be included in the bulletin must be submitted as follows: Bulletin for the weekend of: Announcements due before noon on: March 21/22 Monday, March 9th March 28/29 Monday, March 9th Requests for announcements should be emailed to: bulletin@cath-comm.org.  

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Mondays, March 9, 16, and 23 at 7pm St. Matthew Church, Tolland Join us for Living the Mission. As a Catholic family, we are called by Christ to prayerfully create and nourish a vibrant community centered on the Eucharist and dedicated to service, spirituality, and evangelization. This year’s Lenten Mission is created to inspire us as followers of Christ to put our faith in action in every aspect of our lives.  Join the Catholic family of Blessed Sacrament Parish for three Monday evenings dedicated to Service, Spirituality, and Evangelization. March 9th—Evangelization: Speaker-Bryan Mercier, a...

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Youth Music Group Mass

Posted on February 24, 2020 in: General News

The next Youth Music Group Mass will be Sunday, March 8th at 10:30am at St. Matthew Church. If you’d like to join us, please email Deirdre Goldsmith at deirdre.goldsm@gmail.com  

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Paint Night

Posted on February 24, 2020 in: General News

Sponsored by the St. Bernard Women’s Guild We are having our 2nd paint night on March 6th at 6:00pm in the St. Bernard Church Hall. Please call to save a seat—limited seating is available. The cost is $25 which is payable that night. Call Eileen at (860) 604-9269 if you have any questions and to save your seat. The next meeting of the St. Bernard Women's Guild is March 3rd at 6:00pm in the St. Bernard Church Hall. Wear your "Easter Bonnet", win a prize.  

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St. Bernard Cemetery Clean Up

Posted on February 24, 2020 in: General News

Families are requested to remove all Christmas and winter decorations by March 15th. All unwanted decorations may be placed in or near trash barrels. Families are also reminded to remove all artificial flowers, statuettes, and garden shop figurines of any kind. Artificial flowers are not allowed from March 1st thru November 1st. Please note LED lights, solar lights & candles are not allowed at any time. Also, no edging is allowed unless sunken into & flush with the ground. Shrubs of any kind, as well as,  marble, bricks, rocks & plastic items are not permitted as they can damage the mowers. If you...

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St. Matthew Children’s Choir

Posted on February 24, 2020 in: General News

We will be singing at the 9:45am Mass on Easter Sunday, April 12th. Rehearsals: 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 and 4/5 after the 10:30am Mass at St. Matthew Church. Open to children ages 9-13. To register or for more information, contact our Music Director Rebecca Urrutia at rebecca.urrutia@stmatthewct.org Please register by Sunday, March 1st.  

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February 29th & March 1st Gift cards will be available for purchase after all Masses next weekend at St. Matthew Church. Visit www.shopwithscrip.com to see all the gift cards available for purchase. Pick up will be March 7th & 8th  

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Stations of the Cross

Posted on February 24, 2020 in: General News

Prayerful meditation through the Stations of the Cross is our beautiful tradition during Fridays in Lent. Come, pray, and meditate on the sacrifice Christ made for us. St. Matthew Church St. Bernard Church Fridays at 9:30am Fridays at 7:00pm    

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Pastor's Page - February

Posted on February 23, 2020 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - February
Dear Blessed Sacrament Family, I begin this letter with some very exciting news – on May 28th at 7:00pm seminarian Larry Barile will be ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Michael Cote – and here’s the kicker – in our parish!  I believe this will be the first ordination in either of our Churches.  As you recall, Larry was assigned to our parish last summer.  He was a great addition to our family and served our people very well.  He loved being assigned here and asked if he could be ordained at our parish.  I a...

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Sponsored by the St. Matthew Grade 1 Faith Formation Students February 24th—March 1st The St. Matthew Grade 1 students are conducting a canned food drive in conjunction with their lesson on how our parish helps others. They will be collecting the following canned foods: canned fruit, canned tuna, canned chicken & SPAM. All of the canned goods will be donated to the Tolland Food Pantry. If you would like to help, there will be a bin located under the white boards in the St. Matthew Parish Center foyer to receive your donation. Thank you for your generosity!  

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Palms to Ashes

Posted on February 17, 2020 in: General News

If you have blessed palms at home, please bring them to either St. Bernard or St. Matthew by Monday, February 24th so they may be burned for future Ash Wednesdays. 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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Our community will celebrate Mass with Distribution of Ashes: At St. Bernard: 8:00am At St. Matthew: 7:00pm We will also have the Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Ashes: At St. Bernard: 12:05pm & 4:00pm At St. Matthew: 4:30 pm  

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Mattie's Togs Thrift Shop

Posted on February 13, 2020 in: General News

We have some wonderful clothes for you! Both Summer and Winter, Preemie to size 20 and larger.  The weather has been so unpredictable but there are enough clothes available for any season.  Our $5 a bag sale is always available. One request, please bring your own bag. $5 items with original tags still on them are in abundance.  They are    4 for $10. With 1st Communion coming up we just might be able to help out as we have a beautiful assortment of dresses and boys suits/jackets. We are open all year round Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm and are located in St. Matthew Church on the Dunn Hill Road si...

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Save the Date - Friday, May 22nd More information to follow...  

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St. Matthew Preschool Registration

Posted on February 11, 2020 in: General News

Registration has started for the 2020/2021 school year! · Our 3 year olds meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45am until 11:45am · Our 4 year olds meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:45am until 11:45am We are an accredited Music Together Preschool. Both classes receive a 30 minute structured music class once a week by a certified Music Together teacher. Our 4 year olds also receive an art class once a month from a certified Art teacher. For more information or to schedule a visit please contact Taryn Rainha by phone at 860-872-0200 Ext 324 by email at taryn.rainha@stm...

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One Week Left!  We hope you can join us!  The Blessed Sacrament Parish Evangelization Ministry is hosting a six-week series to welcome any and all Catholics with open arms back to the Church. You’re Invited… If you are a CATHOLIC who has been AWAY from the CHURCH for a while, this INVITATION is for YOU!  The Blessed Sacrament Parish would like to welcome you back. No Matter How Long… You have been away, or for whatever reason, we invite you to CONSIDER renewing your relationship with the Catholic Church. Please join us for informal listening sessions and an update of the...

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Saturday, February 22nd 8:00am – 1:00pm St. Bernard Church Hall Please register at redcrossblood.org or call to 1-800-733-2767 Please do not call rectory - they will not be able to aid you in registering. Thank you for making a blood donation and giving the gift of extended Life! The Knights will be there to assist and will have coffee, Gerry's Donuts and other snacks.  

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The Knights of Columbus Councils 1155, 4122 & 6626 (St. Bernard, St. Matthew, and St. Joseph Knights) with the help of The Ladies Guild are sponsoring a dinner, prayer, and fundraiser on Saturday, February 22nd (snow date:  February 29th) at Blessed Sacrament Parish, St. Bernard Church, Rockville, CT.  All proceeds will go to rebuild the displaced Christian communities destroyed by ISIS. The dinner will be held in the church hall at 6 pm, at $20 per person.  The entrée will be roast pork.  During dinner, there will be a guest speaker on the plight of the Iraqi Christians. Dinner tickets can be pu...

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There will be no morning Mass at St. Matthew Church on Friday, February 21st. If you would like to attend Mass, please join us at 8:00am at St. Bernard Church.  

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All Church offices will be closed Monday, February 17th 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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Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting

Posted on February 03, 2020 in: General News

Our next meeting will be: Thursday, February 13th   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 or Kathy at (860) 872-8828.  

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Haiti Committee Meeting

Posted on February 03, 2020 in: General News

Tuesday, February 11th at 6:00pm St. Matthew Church Hall All are welcome! Hope to see you there! For questions or for further information call         Sue Gilbertie @ 860-371-1111 or         Carol Freedman @ 860-872-9212  

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Justice & Peace Committee Meeting

Posted on February 03, 2020 in: General News

Tuesday, February 11th at 4:30pm St. Matthew Church Hall All are welcome! Hope to see you there! For questions or for further information call Sue Gilbertie @ 860-371-1111 or Carol Freedman @ 860-872-9212  

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Sunday, February 9th St. Matthew Church Hall Following the 8:30am & 10:30am Masses Cost:  $5 per person, $20 for a family of 4 or more Menu Includes:   Blueberry, M&M, Apple, & Original “Knights” recipe (plain) Pancakes Bacon & Sausage Juice, Coffee & Tea Proceeds will go to support our sister parish, St. Pierre Parish, Ganthier, Haiti.   The Tolland Knights of Columbus would like to thank all the parishioners of the Blessed Sacrament Parish for their continuous support of our Pancake Breakfasts and the annual Tootsie Roll drive.

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Gift cards purchased last weekend will be available for pick-up after all Masses at St. Matthew Church. Next sale will be February 29th & March 1st  

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