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Entries for March 2019

This powerful liturgy is filled with hope and encouragement for anyone with illness as well as for those who have been affected emotionally, physically, or spiritually by the recent abuse scandal that has blighted our Church.  Through the holy anointing offered in this sacrament we are reminded that nothing can separate us from Christ and the saving power of His love.  Anointing of the sick will be offered to those who wish to receive this sacrament. Join us as we ask for God's healing grace for all in need of spiritual and physical strength. The Prayer Shawl ministry will have pocket prayer shawls avai...

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Pray More, Pray Better

Posted on March 18, 2019 in: General News

Saturdays, March 16, 23, & 30 at 10-11am   St. Matthew Church -- Tolland, CT Next Saturday will be the final session of the Lenten mornings with Fr. Ellis on improving our prayer life and growing closer in friendship with God.  If you missed the first two, it isn’t too late to just join us for the last session. We hope to see you there!  March 16th:  Take time to Pray: This session will give us a jump start toward a deeper prayer life, including practical advice to avoid common pitfalls and how to set the stage for powerful prayer life.  We will look at what prayer is in i...

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6:00am to 9:00pm St. Bernard Church-Rockville Priests from the Vernon Deanery Click here for the schedule Confession is meant to be a sincere moment of conversion where we experience the tender love and mercy of our Lord.  Below is a brief reflection on the ten commandments to help do an examination of conscience prior to entering the confessional. Go to confession-be brave and be blessed! I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange Gods before me. Have I treated people, events, or things as more important than God? You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. Have my words, activ...

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St. Matthew Church-Tolland Several Priests available for private confessions Confession is meant to be a sincere moment of conversion where we experience the tender love and mercy of our Lord.  Below is a brief reflection on the ten commandments to help do an examination of conscience prior to entering the confessional. Go to confession-be brave and be blessed! I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange Gods before me. Have I treated people, events, or things as more important than God? You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. Have my words, actively or passively, put down God, the...

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Pastor's Page - March

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

Pastor's Page - March
Dear Parish family, The month of March welcomes in the liturgical season of Lent.  Lent is a privileged time when we have the opportunity to take an honest look at ourselves and determine whether we’re on a path that is pleasing to God or one that needs a bit of work.  It’s a time to make changes for the better.  But what is the baseline of our desired change, what is our motivation, and what are the avenues of our conversion?  First the baseline of our lives needs to be Christ.  He is the One we should model when we determine how we ...

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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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Save the Date St. Bernard Ministry & Volunteer Appreciation Luau Dinner Friday, May 24th More information coming in May.  

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St. Matthew Parish Hall All are welcome!  

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St. Matthew Parish Hall All are welcome!

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ACTION NOTICE from Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference The Public Health Committee will be holding a public hearing on H.B. 5898 "An Act Concerning Aid In Dying for Terminally Ill Patients", which  supports the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in Connecticut. The hearing is scheduled for Monday. March 18th, at 10:30 a.m.. in Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. This is the sixth year that such legislation has been proposed by the General Assembly.  The Catholic Bishops of Connecticut, along with members of the health care and disabi...

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Phishing Scam

Posted on March 11, 2019 in: General News

There has recently been a serious increase in the number of phishing scams targeting religious organizations including St. Bernard and St. Matthew staffs with emails appearing to be sent from Fr. Rick.  Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies or persons to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. Below is an example of a phishing email where the scammer impersonated Fr. Rick with numerous exchanges between the parties via email before the individual asked for the gift cards. There are some simple ways to ...

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Parish Safety Committee

Posted on March 05, 2019 in: General News

We are happy to announce that a safety committee has been formed to support The Catholic Community of St. Bernard and St. Matthew.  This committee is charged with enhancing the safety and security of our parishioners and visitors on both campuses through proactively planning and preparing for emergency situations that could occur.  Over the next few months committee members will be conducting safety and security assessments of our Churches and making recommendations for enhancements or additions to supplies, equipment and training that could be helpful in the event of an emergency.  The committee is comprise...

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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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