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Entries for July 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, July 16th 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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Question: I've heard that faith is a theological virtue. What does that mean? Answer: To say a virtue is theological means that it comes as a gift from God. St. Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican monk who crafted the famous arguments for the existence of God, wrote: "This alone is the true knowledge of God: to know that God is beyond knowing." God is transcendent. This word comes from the Latin "transcendere," meaning "to climb beyond." When something is transcendent, it exists beyond our normal range of experience. Philosopher Peter Kreeft put it simply: "God is always more." ...

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Find a Mass on Vacation

Posted on July 10, 2019 in: General News

Going on Vacation? Use the website www.masstimes.org to find the location and Mass times of the Church nearest your destination.  

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Mattie's Togs Thrift Shop

Posted on July 09, 2019 in: General News

Our Shop is bursting at the seams with wonderful Summer and Winter clothing for both Boys and Girls— Newborn to Size 20 and larger. We have shoes galore and we continue to carry Baptismal outfits and First Communion and Flower Girl dresses and Boys Sunday Best. Our $5 Bag Sale is on going and specially priced items are $3 for $10. We are open all year round Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm and are located in St. Matthew Church on the Dunn Hill Rd side. It is worth the trip! Any questions, please call Billie at 860-871-0260.  

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Sanctuary Lamp Intentions

Posted on July 09, 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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We are looking for your once loved Legos, games, puzzles, dolls, cars & trucks and preschool items. Get the kiddos to work cleaning out their toy chests and put those toys they no longer want aside for our bazaar. Please note:  We are not accepting sporting goods or baby gear this year. We do not have the room to store or display it. Questions contact Kathy Lillis (860) 875-8376  

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Annual School Supply Drive

Posted on July 08, 2019 in: General News

Blessed Sacrament Parish is working with local organizations to collect school supplies for children. We are in need of the following items: 1 & 2 inch ring binders             Notebooks               # 2 pencils                 Colored pencils     Calculators                         Packs of loose leaf paper       Glue sticks               Pens       &n...

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· Have you ever struggled with living your faith practically? · Do you want advice on how to live as a Catholic where you are? James is one of the most practical books of the Bible. Its teachings speak loudly to all those who feel torn between the competing demands of this world and their faith. Class dates: Monday 8:45am or Monday 7:00pm Eleven sessions: Aug. 26, Sept. 9,23,30, Oct. 7,21,28, Nov. 11,25, Dec 2,16 Registration Deadline:  Monday, July 22nd Registration/Materials Fee:  $26.00   Click here for the registration form. For more informatio...

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Pastor's Page - July

Posted on July 07, 2019 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - July
Dear Parish family, July must be one of the most loved months of the year.  Brilliant sunlight, warm temperatures, family cookouts, time at the shore, fireworks, and hopefully a slower pace all describe the month of our nation’s birth.  July 2019 is also a historic month for the Churches of St. Matthew, that was consecrated in 1964, and St. Bernard that opened its doors in 1854.   On July 1st, our two parishes, along with our Sacred Heart family, became one.  This July we celebrate the birth of our new Blessed Sacrament Parish.  We wil...

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July in the Sky Fireworks

Posted on July 02, 2019 in: General News

Tuesday, July 2nd  (Rain date July 9th) Join us at St. Bernard to view the fireworks at the best spot in Rockville. Bring your blankets and chairs. Hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, soda, ice cream for sale to support St. Bernard Preschool. We will fire up the grill at 5:00pm - we hope you can join us!  

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Our community will celebrate a special Mass on July 4th 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 Churches. Please note there will be no 9:00am Mass on July 4th. Plan to arrive early and bring your lawn chairs. In the event of rain, Mass will be celebrated at St. Matthew Church.  

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All Church offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4th for the Independence Day Holiday. 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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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 devices are small with an ear plug and clean ‘booties’ to use.

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Low-Gluten Host Available

Posted on July 01, 2019 in: General News

Low-gluten Communion Hosts are available for sufferers of Celiac disease at both St. Bernard and St. Matthew. If you need low-gluten Communion Host, please come to the presider’s line (right-center aisle line) during Holy Communion and say you would like a low-gluten Host.  

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Hosted by the Knights of Columbus Council 6626 Tuesday, July 9th           1:00pm to 6:00pm St. Matthew Church Hall To schedule an appointment, prospective donors should call: 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767) or visit REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG  

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South Windsor Swim & Tennis Club Bus Leaves St. Bernard School at 3:45pm & Returns to St. Bernard School at 7:00pm As a way to show our appreciation for your dedicated service to our two Churches, all Altar Servers from St. Bernard & St. Matthew are invited to our Appreciation Swim Party & Cookout.  Please check your email for details and permission slips. I look forward to seeing you there!!! Peace, Fr. Rick  

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