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Entries for May 2019

The letter of James offers wisdom for ordinary Christians in everyday life.  It speaks to those of us who feel torn between the competing demands of this world and our faith.  James:  Pearls for Wise Living applies a wealth of practical solutions for handling and even sanctifying everyday circumstances. Join us for the Bible Study James: Pearls for Wise Living. Registration for this Bible study will begin next weekend. 

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Our community will celebrate Mass: St. Matthew Church at 9:00am St. Bernard Church at 7:00pm

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All Church offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. If you need assistance, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Matthew Church—(860) 872-0200 St. Bernard Church—(860) 875-0753

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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, May 21st at 7:30pm in the in the Parish Center (22 School St.) 

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Classes forming NOW for the 2019-20 school year! Faith-Based, Quality Education at Affordable Prices We serve children aged 3-5 years old. Children must turn three by December 31, 2019 and be potty trained to be eligible. We strive to provide our children with: Individualized curriculum for each student to ensure optimal learning experiences Play-based learning that supports children's natural curiosity and creativity Emphasis on social interactions to promote kindergarten readiness If you would like to visit our preschool, please call for an appointment: (860) 875-0753 Ext 114. ...

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Sanctuary Lamp Intentions

Posted on May 15, 2019 in: General News

Both St. Matthew & St. Bernard have a Sanctuary Lamp that is available to memorialize a loved one or for another intention such as healing or thanksgiving. The donation is $25 for the week and the intention will be listed in the bulletin. To reserve the Sanctuary Lamp, please call: For the St. Matthew Sanctuary Lamp: (860) 872-0200 For the St. Bernard Sanctuary Lamp:  (860) 875-0753  

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Question: I've heard of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. What are they, and what's the difference?  Answer: As God has shown us mercy, so too are we called to show mercy to those we encounter. We see mercy throughout the Gospels, but the parable in Matthew 25 forms the foundation for the first set of Works of Mercy. This parable of the last judgment shows each person being asked how well they cared for those around them, and being reminded that this care for those in need is care for God Himself. Each person is asked if they have fed the hungry, given drink to the thirsty, clothed the naked,...

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Rock 'n Roll Benefit Dance

Posted on May 15, 2019 in: General News

Saturday, June 8th 7:00pm - 10:00pm in the St. Bernard Church Hall The Knights of Columbus are proud to announce "Rock for Cornerstone", a dance fundraiser for The Cornerstone Foundation. Come dance to a live band - "Turnabout" - with music from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. Turnabout plays benefit dances and has helped raise funds for Kidsafe CT, Foodshare, Manchester Pantry, and the Alzheimer's Association of CT and many other worthy groups. We are proud to associate with a band that believes in helping our community. Tickets are $10/person or $25/family Reserve tickets b...

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The banquet is being held at Merlot on the Water, Depot Street, Broad Brook Menu choices: Herb Stuffed Chicken Breast (Gluten Free), Baked Scrod with Lemon Wine Butter (Gluten Free), or Beef Tips in Wine Sauce Appetizers, salad, pasta course, coffee and tea included Cash Bar available Cost is $25 per member—Please make checks out to: St Bernard’s Women’s Guild Reservations should be sent by May 24th to : Linda Hahn 122 Tolland Ave. Stafford Springs, 06076  

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7:00pm at St. Bernard Church The Catholic Community of St. Bernard & St. Matthew will offer this liturgy for everyone impacted by cancer. Through our prayers we seek to unite all our suffering to Jesus, who is the source of healing, comfort, and strength. Cancer touches all of us either directly or indirectly through the diagnosis of a loved one. God gave us St. Peregrine, patron saint of cancer patients, as a prayer partner and inspiration for all touched by cancer. St. Peregrine knew firsthand the pain of cancer, the joy of a miracle cure, and he was transformed by his cancer experience to a life of service in ...

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9:00am to 12:00pm St. Bernard Church Hall Come enjoy shopping for some beautiful homemade crafts and other special gifts. We will have gifts for your graduates, end of the year teachers’ gifts, and Father’s Day gifts. Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase. We will also have a raffle for all crafters and customers! Come shop with us!  

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Outreach to Haiti Meeting

Posted on May 14, 2019 in: General News

May 28th at 6:00pm in the St. Matthew Parish Hall All are welcome!

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Justice & Peace Meeting

Posted on May 14, 2019 in: General News

Justice & Peace Meeting May 28th at 4:30pm St. Matthew Parish Hall All are welcome!  

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Dear Parish Family, As Father Rick announced last weekend, the Churches of Saint Bernard and Saint Matthew are In the process of becoming one parish.  While we are retaining the names of our two churches, the diocese has asked us to choose a new name for our combined parish.  The Church of St Matthew and the Church of St Bernard will be churches within the new parish on July 1st. This weekend, we are asking the members of our two Churches to select a name from within five possible names that were selected by the Pastoral Council.  These five names were chosen after a prayerful discernment of the charis...

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Reminder:  Please RSVP by May 20th St. Matthew parishioners who are in St. Bernard ministries are welcome to attend! Calling all St. Bernard Church Adult Ministry Members & Volunteers… Join us for a St. Bernard Church Ministry Appreciation Luau Dinner Friday, May 24, 2019 6:00pm light appetizers / 6:45pm dinner St. Bernard Church adult volunteers (and spouses) are invited  to our parish thank you luau dinner party. *Tickets for purchase for ministry baskets drawings.* ADULTS ONLY, PLEASE! RSVP ASAP!! No later than May 20th RSVP by one of the following: ·...

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Job Announcement

Posted on May 13, 2019 in: General News

St. Bernard Cemetery has an opening for a Summer Intern to help with cemetery work including weed whacking, lawn maintenance, and some heavy lifting. The applicant must be 18, able to work 35 hours/week between 7:00 am and 2:30 pm Monday – Friday. The pay is $12/hour with no benefits. Interested applicants should contact Brian Kenny, Business Manager 860-875-0753 x 106, bkenny@cath-comm.org.

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Our New Seminarian Larry Barile Bishop Cote has assigned Larry Barile to St. Bernard and St. Matthew parishes for his summer pastoral work this year. Larry is entering his third year of theology this fall and is awaiting the call for orders for Transitional Deacon in the spring of 2020. This is a wonderful period for Larry as he continues his formation for priestly ministry by assisting our parish families. We encourage Larry and ask for remembrance of him and all our seminarians in your prayers. Welcome Larry!  

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Memorial Day Mass

Posted on May 13, 2019 in: General News

Monday, May 27th at 10:00am St. Bernard Cemetery Our community will celebrate a special Mass on Memorial Day at St. Bernard Cemetery (in the historic section, by the altar) for all those buried in our cemetery and for all deceased members of our parishes. Mass will be at 10:00 am. Please note there will be no Adoration nor 8:00am Mass on Memorial Day. Plan to arrive early and bring your lawn chairs. In the event of rain, Mass will be celebrated at St. Bernard Church.  

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This will be our last Sunday Adoration of this series. 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 healing. Psalm 134:18 - The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit

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Pastor's Page - May
Dear Parish family, Just when we thought we’d never feel the warm breezes of Spring or see the dormant earth wake up – May arrives and we breathe a great sigh of relief.  Spring’s arrival and the wonder that accompanies it is joyfully welcomed.  Time to tune up the rototiller!  Similarly, we rejoice this month with the arrival of the Easter season.  The contemplative Lenten season of fasting, almsgiving and prayer ends with the celebration of the Lord’s glorious resurrection.  Pope Saint John Paul II often wrote on the imp...

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Piano & Guitar Concert

Posted on May 07, 2019 in: General News

Friday, May 17th at 6:00pm St. Matthew Church Concert:  to benefit St. Pierre School in Ganthier, Haiti. St. Pierre parish is twinned with St. Matthew parish. Performers:  Music Students of Millicent Enders Suggested Donation:  $5 per person or $15 per family Questions:  Sue Gilbertie at (860) 371-1111  

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May 11th and 12th after all Masses The St. Bernard and St. Joseph Knights of Columbus will be holding their annual Mother’s Day hanging plant sale. The price is $20.00 per plant.  

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Miraculous Medals Available

Posted on May 06, 2019 in: General News

The month of May is dedicated to Our Blessed Mother Mary “The Miraculous Medal” On November 27, 1830, Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Catherine  LabourĂ©, a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. It was during that visit on November 27, that Mary asked Sister Catherine to have a medal made. Mary showed her what the medal should look like—Mary standing on the globe with a snake under her feet and rays extending from rings on her fingers to represent the graces given to us from her Son. She also asked for the words “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to th...

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