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Entries for September 2019

Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting

Posted on September 30, 2019 in: General News

Our next meeting will be: Thursday, October 10th from 9:30am to 11:30am in the St. Bernard Church Hall Join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting and fellowship! Parishioners from both Churches are welcome! 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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Registration deadline:  October 8th 10:15am - 11:45am in the St. Matthew Chapel Living through grief is not easy but it does not have to be done alone.  Blessed Sacrament Parish will offer a 9 week support program called, “New Day”, for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.  The goal of this program is to provide a sense of community where support is given and received. The “New Day” program is led by trained facilitators and includes prayer, discussion, and journaling.  Although “New Day” is a faith-based program, it is not restricted to Cath...

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A parishioner has donated miraculous medals that are in baskets at the front entrance of both of our Churches along with bookmarks on the promises of Mary to those who recite the Rosary. These were a lovely gift - please help yourself while supplies last.  

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Join us as we pray the Rosary together for all our families, our nation, and our Church. This beautiful and powerful prayer service will include lovely music, slides, and this year religious education students will lead us in reflecting on the Joyful Mysteries. In praying the Rosary we unite with our blessed Mother to love and honor her beloved son, our Lord.  Quiet reflection begins at 6:00pm. Plan to stay for refreshments after the prayer service. During the month of October we are encouraged  to pick up our rosaries and commit to uniting our prayers with our blessed mother. Brochures on how to pray the r...

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Augustine Institute Kiosk

Posted on September 30, 2019 in: General News

The Evangelization Ministry is pleased to introduce the Augustine Institute Kiosk to our parish.  It is being piloted at St. Bernard Church and will be located near the elevator.  The kiosk includes books, CDs and pamphlets about our Catholic faith.  The materials are complementary to the electronic content already available on FORMED.org (parish code RMCPGW).  Our intent is to provide these materials to parishioners looking to expand their knowledge of our Catholic faith, as well as to share them with friends and family members. If you take materials from the kiosk, please place the applicable mo...

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St. Bernard Church at 9:00am St. Matthew Church at 11:00am You are invited to bring your pets for this special blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint & lover of animals, whose feast day is celebrated in October.  

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Saturday, October 5th 8:30am—11:30am St. Bernard Church Hall “Get up, Go Ahead, Do Something, Move” Leading and the Mission  

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Limited Spots Open! First Day - September 3rd 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. Vis...

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Parking at St. Bernard Church

Posted on September 18, 2019 in: General News

Parking at St. Bernard Church While overflow parking at a Church is always thought of as a “good problem to have”, we must ask those parking in access lanes to instead park in the two Town of Vernon lots across School Street.   Parking in the access lanes hinders emergency vehicles that must get to the Church if there is an emergency and prevents other parishioners who may have to leave quickly after Mass or during Mass in the event of a personal emergency. We are working to address the overflow parking at St. Bernard with other solutions, but we ask everyone to be respectful and courteous to...

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This Weekend - September 21st & 22nd at St. Bernard Church The Knights of Columbus Council 4122 will be holding their annual Mum sale after all the Masses on September 21st and 22nd. The price is $10.00 per Mum.  

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The Haiti Committee will be packing the barrels of toys for Ganthier, Haiti, in the St. Matthew Church Hall after the 10:30am Mass on Sunday, September 22nd.  We welcome all would-be “Santas” to come join in the thrill of making Christmas even more joyful for the children of St. Pierre School.  Toys will be gathered after all Masses at both Churches and brought to the St. Matthew Hall for packing.  Call Sue Gilbertie at 860-371-1111 with any questions.  

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Pastor's Page - September

Posted on September 15, 2019 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - September
Dear Blessed Sacrament Parish Family, I must admit that I wasn’t thrilled when our bulletin editor, Amy, gently reminded me that it was time for my September letter.  How is it possible that the summer months are already in our rear-view mirror?  I don’t recall January and February flying by this quickly!  I think I responded to her with a similar sentiment.  She just smiled and pointed to the calendar.  On a positive note, we now enter a month that is filled with opportunity.  September, for most, represents a time of new beg...

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Sponsored by the Haitian Ministry for the children of St. Pierre Parish, Ganthier, Haiti Parishioners of all ages are invited to bring new, unwrapped toys to the altar during Mass at either Church the weekend of September 21st & 22nd. The toys will be shipped to St. Pierre in time to give the kids a truly Merry Christmas. Toys should be small enough to fit into the shipping barrels and should not require batteries (they cannot be replaced) nor include written instruction (they do not read English). This also means no English books. Suggested toys include black dolls, toy cars and trucks, bubbles, jump ropes, ball...

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Pro-Life Ministry Meeting

Posted on September 09, 2019 in: General News

Wednesday, September 18th at 7:00pm St. Matthew Church Classroom #1 Please join us to share ideas as we begin the renewal of the Pro-Life Ministry in our parish! Our ministry hopes to raise awareness and defend the truth that life is a God-given blessing from conception to its natural end. Questions contact Lynn O'Brien (860)508-5149 or lynnobrien57@gmail.com  

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A bunch of parishioners have stopped me after Mass to express surprise that I wasn't down in Washington again, or to ask when my next semester begins. So I thought I'd take a moment to clarify what is going on with my studies. Bishop Cote has directed me to study canon law in addition to my parish duties. The program of studies that I am in is run out of Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.--it is actually the only school in the U.S. that offers this program. The particular program that I am in meets in person during the summer in Washington, D.C., for four summers and utilizes online classes durin...

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Haiti Committee Meeting

Posted on September 02, 2019 in: General News

Tuesday, September 10th at 6:00pm St. Matthew Church Hall Are you curious about our sister parish of St. Pierre in Ganthier, Haiti, and would like to learn more? Maybe you would even like to hear about ways that you can work to make a difference to the school children of St. Pierre. Come join us at the Haiti Committee Meeting and satisfy your curiosity. We welcome the new ideas and enthusiasm of fresh faces and, whether you want to help here with fundraising, packing supplies to be shipped, etc., or whether you are considering joining the next trip to Haiti, we will be delighted to see you there. All are invited. ...

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Justice & Peace Committee Meeting

Posted on September 02, 2019 in: General News

Tuesday, September 10th at 4:30pm St. Matthew Church Hall If you are looking for ways to use your talents while helping people come together, won’t you consider joining us at the next Justice and Peace Committee meeting? Our committee brainstorms matters of social importance and what we can do to make a difference. Some of our efforts have included the school supply collection each August for our local social workers to distribute as needed, toy collections in December, holding informational nights on such varying topics as immigration and refugees to caregiving, and fundraising for organizations that work to h...

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Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting

Posted on September 02, 2019 in: General News

Our next meeting will be: Thursday, September 12th from 9:30am—11:30am in the St. Bernard Church Hall. Join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting and fellowship! Parishioners from both Churches are welcome! 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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Altar Servers Needed!

Posted on September 02, 2019 in: General News

Altar Server Training Saturday, September 14, 21 and 28  St. Bernard Church 9:00am – 10:15am In September we are beginning a new class for altar servers.  All girls and boys in Grade 3 and up are invited to become altar servers at St. Bernard or St. Matthew. Three days of training have been scheduled on September 14, 21 and 28. To join us, CLICK HERE to sign up online or contact the church office via email at rectory@cath-comm.org or by phone at 860-875-0753 x 1.  Thank you for volunteering for this important ministry!          

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