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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, April 16th at 7:30pm in the in the Parish Center (22 School St.) 

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Question: Our Catholic grade school is doing a penance service this Lent. Do young children really need to go to Confession? How much sin can they really have?  Answer: Ask any mom about her children, and see how many would say she has a brood of perfect angels! Parents know that kids do things that are wrong and they often ...

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1st Ever St. Bernard Craft Fair Saturday, June 1st  from 9:00am to 12:00pm St. Bernard Church Hall Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase. We will also have a raffle for all crafters and customers! We have space for 30 crafters ($30 a spot). If you would like an application, please call Eileen at 860-604-926...

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St. Bernard Church Hall, Rockville, CT Parishioners of both St. Matthew & St. Bernard are welcome! For more information contact: Carol Orlowski @ 860-875-9247 Click here for the reservation form.  

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6:30-8:30 pm St Matthew Church Hall Presented by: Sister Mary Jude, Sagrado Corazon de Jesus
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April 12 at 6 pm - St. Bernard Parish Hall Before Stations of the Cross Join us for two fun & faith-filled evenings. This is your chance to hear our clergy answer questions about our Catholic faith that you may have always wondered about.  Submit questions in advance by adding them in an envelope in the offertory or b...

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To Benefit St. Matthew Preschool April 11th at 6:30pm in the St. Matthew Church Hall Cost:  $35 Bring a friend, unleash your inner artist - come join the fun and support our preschool. We will take care of the wine but feel free to bring a snack or any non alcoholic beverage. Sign up at:  www.paintsipfun.com ...

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Order your Easter ham or Kielbasa by APRIL 9th Click here for the order form
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Wednesdays   April 10th - June 5th 6:30pm - 8:00pm in the St. Matthew Chapel Living through grief is not easy but it does not have to be done alone.  The St. Bernard/St. Matthew Community will offer a 9 week support program called, “New Day”, for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.  ...

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Easter is April 21st. Families are requested to remove all Christmas and winter decorations by March 30th. 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 thr...

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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...

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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 our 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 Chris...

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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....

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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...

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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 c...

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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....

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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 ...

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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.&nb...

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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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Following the 5:00pm Mass at St. Matthew Sponsored by the 7th - 10th grade Faith Formation Classes and the Youth Group Tickets on sale after all Masses March 2nd/3rd. Please join us for scrumptious soup, great fellowship, and lots of fun!

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Looking for Both Used & New! Do you have pretty costume necklaces, bracelets, or other pieces that are new, or that look new but you just don’t wear? The Youth Group is collecting unwanted jewelry for our Jewelry Boutique that will be at the Lenten Bread & Soup Supper held at St. Matthew Church on March 9th! We...

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St. Matthew Parish Hall Come early, if you can, to help us price Haitian crafts to be sold at the Bread & Soup Supper.
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If you have blessed palms at home, please bring them to either St. Bernard or St. Matthew Church by Monday, March 4th so they may be burned for Ash Wednesday (March 6th). 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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It’s not too late! There are roles for everyone! We are in special need for girls to volunteer. Rehearsals are every Sunday from 6-8 pm at St. Matthew. We also have a dress rehearsal during Holy Week and the final performance is on Good Friday, April 19th. Please prayerfully consider participating this year. To sign up, email youth@...

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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 devi...

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The federal tax laws have changed. If you are over 70½ and receiving money from an IRA, you can now reduce your taxable income by making your donations to St. Bernard or St. Matthew directly from your IRA.  Click here for the Wall Journal Article "The Secret Way Seniors Can Keep Deducting Gifts to Charity". Please...

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Please be generous in making up your Offertory if you missed Mass because of the snow and consider enrolling in ONLINE GIVING on our website.  
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St. Matthew Parish Center —Classroom #1 Please join us as we get the latest update from the team's recent visit to Haiti.
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St. Matthew —Classroom #1 All are welcome!
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February 19th, 7:00pm in the St. Bernard Parish Hall Come for refreshments & fellowship half an hour before the meeting, at 6:30. Anyone interested in helping plan and implement faith events for both St. Matthew and St. Bernard are always welcome. For questions contact Mary Scibelli at 860-798-7529 or scibellifamily@gmail.com...

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All Church offices will be closed Monday, February 18th 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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To read Bishop Cote's letter regarding sexual abuse dated February 7, 2019 please click here.  The names of those clergy in the Diocese of Norwich who have been accused over the past 65 years, since the establishment of the diocese on August 6, 1953 will be posted on the diocease website www.norwichdiocese.org at 2 p.m. on Sun...

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We are in the heart of winter and donations continue to come in regularly! Our $5 Bag is available. Specially priced items are 3 for $10. There are lots of both winter and summer clothing. We have shoes, boots, dress ups for both boys and girls. First Communion is right around the corner and you will always find a surprise or two. W...

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The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be: Thursday, February 14th 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 o...

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Watch the Super Bowl, Have Pizza, Help Others On Super Bowl Sunday, February 3rd, you can enjoy the game, eat great pizza, and help an important mission at the same time! Any time that day, when you purchase pizza at either Willington Pizza or Willington Pizza, Too (take out or eat in), 15% of your purchase will go to the Annunciati...

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In honor of the Feast of St. Blaise (February 3rd) we will bless throats after each Mass at both St. Bernard and St. Matthew this weekend. Through this blessing we pray for the intercession of St. Blaise to protect us from illnesses of the throat and all other illnesses. We pray that both our spiritual and physical bodies will be made ...

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The practice of requesting a Mass to be offered for a loved one – living or deceased – is a beautiful and wonderful part of our Catholic tradition.  Due to the increased number of Mass requests and the desire to allow as many parishioners and friends as possible to schedule Masses, the following guidelines will apply. ...

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DIY Paint and Wine Night For Adults to Benefit St. Bernard Preschool Saturday, February  2nd  7-9 pm in St. Bernard’s Church Hall ALL TALENT LEVELS WELCOME. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Join us for a fun night out including wine, appetizers, raffle prizes and more! Our instructor, Jess, will lead us in t...

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All Church offices will be closed Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. 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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A group from St. Matthew/St. Bernard will again be visiting our neighbors in Haiti January 23 - 29, 2019.  If you have been curious about our twinned parish of St. Pierre, Ganthier, and would like to learn more, why not come and see for yourself the work that is being done there.  You just might loose your heart to the beautiful...

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The Music Ministries of St. Bernard and St. Matthew present A Benefit Recital for Haiti Friday, January 11th at 7:00pm Tolland High School Auditorium (Snow Date:  January 18th) Featuring: Ania Muhlhauser, soprano Liz Bologna, soprano Rebecca Urrutia, piano Works by: Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Stra...

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We hope you can join us at the Youth Group’s Pasta Dinner for the Clairvaux House, January 12th following the 5:00pm Mass at St. Bernard. Tickets are $10 per person, children 12 and under are FREE. Tickets available at the door. Clairvaux House provides temporary housing for moms and their children. Along with a home, we ha...

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The purpose of the book club is to help participants on our Catholic faith journey to develop a deeper spiritual life, and strengthen our personal relationship with Jesus and with each other. The next book we’ll discuss is by Bishop Barron with John Allen, Jr. and we think you’ll love it! To Light a Fire on the Earth: Procl...

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Classroom # 1 in the St. Matthew Parish Center Anyone interested in this ministry is cordially invited to attend.
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Our annual hat & mitten tree is located in the center vestibule. Please remember those less fortune by bringing new or gently used hats & mittens to add to our tree. All gifts will go to the Cornerstone Foundation. The tree will remain through the Christmas season.  

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Our community will celebrate Mass: Monday, December 31st               Vigil Mass - 7:00pm at St. Bernard Tuesday, January 1st               Mass - 9:00am at St. Matthew    Mass - 7:00pm at St. B...

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All Church offices will be closing at noon on Monday, December 31st for the New Year’s holiday and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2nd. 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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Additional parking is available on weekends at the two School Street parking lots on either side of the parking garage behind the Church. These lots are open 24/7. We are asking St. Bernard families to please park in these lots first to allow easier access in the Church parking lot for our elderly and handicapped guests.

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All Church offices will close at Noon on Monday, December 24th for Christmas and reopen onWednesday, December 26th. If you need assistance during this time, 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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Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th:       St. Matthew           4:00PM (Church), 4:15PM (Hall), 6:00PM & 10:00PM (10:00 PM With Incense)      St. Bernard           4:00PM, 6:00PM & Midnight (Midnight With Incense) Note:  No 8:00am Ma...

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Catholic missionaries in Bolivia are requesting used hearing aids. The used hearing aids will be refurbished and refitted for people who suffer from severe hearing loss caused by infections due to the lack of medical care. If you can help, call Mary Scibelli at 860-798-7529. Thank you.  

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Just in time for Christmas - or birthdays, anniversaries, etc. - our beautiful donation cards with a colorful rendition of a Haitian landscape on the front are available at the parish offices. When a donation is made to our Haiti mission - in support of the education of the children of St. Pierre School, Ganthier - as a gift in someone&rs...

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Blessing of the Crèche and caroling will be after the 5:00pm Mass on Saturday, December 22nd.   Stay for refreshments after in the Parish Hall.  Bring the whole family and enjoy this joyful & faith-filled celebration!  

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Save the Date for this wonderful event! Join the music ministry from St. Bernard & St. Matthew Church for a special Advent Celebration!  Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of scripture and song that dates back to 1918.  In this beautiful service, we listen to nine brief Scripture lessons, which recount the Fall, ...

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The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry is: Thursday, December 13th 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) ...

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5:30pm in the St. Bernard Church Hall To our members, just a friendly reminder of our Christmas dinner. The cost is $25.00. Please RSVP to Linda Hahn before December 4th. Come for some fun and a good meal. Thank you Eileen  

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As we begin our Advent journey of anticipation and preparation for the Messiah, I ask that you reserve this date for the Catholic Community of St. Bernard & St. Matthew Reconciliation Service. The service will involve an afternoon of reflection, music, prayer and reconciliation with the Lord. I hope you can set aside this time for ...

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Vernon Chorale Presents Love & Peace December 8th at 7:30pm St. Bernard Church Performing works by both classic and contemporary composers this inspiring music, specially chosen for this holiday season, focuses on what is required to foster hope for a better world. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors & stude...

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Parent's Night Out to benefit St. Bernard's Preschool Who:  Preschool - 5th Grade (must be potty trained) What:  Dinner, movies, snacks, crafts, games, and more When:  December 7th  5:00pm - 9:00pm Where:  St. Bernard Church Hall Registration Fee:  $20 per child, $50 family cap (in...

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We keep the names of active members of the military in our St. Michael the Archangel Prayer Book to keep them in prayer during their service to our country. If you would like to add a family member to the book or if they have returned from service, please contact the Parish Secretary so we may keep the book current. We will be praying for...

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Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Our community will celebrate Mass as follows: Friday, December 7th             Vigil Mass - 7:00pm at St. Matthew Saturday, December 8th             Mass - 9:00am at St. Bernar...

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After All Masses at both St. Matthew & St. Bernard The Youth Group will be selling wreaths they decorated themselves! The cost is $12 per decorated wreath. Buy a wreath & support our youth!

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Due to the Annual Convocation for Priests our schedule for Monday—Wednesday will be: December 3rd Mass at St. Bernard December 4th Communion Service at St. Matthew December 5th Communion Service at St. Bernard

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We are looking for two people to join a Tuesday team. The team works once every 5 weeks. Hours are 4:45pm - 6:00pm. Jobs include setting up, serving the meal, clean-up, wiping tables, sweeping and mopping. The soup kitchen is located around the corner from St. Bernard. We welcome members from either St. Matthew or St. Bernard. If yo...

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Parishioners are invited to bring in food items until Thanksgiving morning. Father Rick will bless the food and volunteers will deliver the food to the Cornerstone Soup Kitchen after Thanksgiving Mass. Your generosity will make a difference in the lives of those who are truly struggling. At St. Bernard, place donations at the entran...

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This year our community will celebrate together at St. Bernard. All who are attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Cornerstone Soup Kitchen in Rockville. During Mass the food items will be brought to the Altar to be blessed.

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All Church offices will close at Noon on Wednesday, November 21st for the Thanksgiving Holiday and reopen Monday, November 26th. If you need assistance during this time, 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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Thank you to the volunteers who have made it possible for this ministry to resume at St. Bernard. We will resume on November 18th at the 10:00am Mass!  
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The Thanksgiving Edition Sunday, November 18th   3pm - 5pm St. Bernard Hall, Rockville Learn more about your faith and share some fellowship with other adult Catholics. Join us for an afternoon of questions and answers about your Faith! A panel of experts, including Bishop Michael Cote, Sr. Elissa Rinere CP, Deacon C...

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Souper Service Groups 6:00pm - 8:00pm St. Bernard Church Hall SoupFest is an evening of soup tasting, fellowship, and raising funds for the Cornerstone Foundation’s ministries. This year the soups will be prepared by the Vernon and Tolland Knights of Columbus, Vernon-Rockville Lion's Club, Rockville Exchange Club and Ve...

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The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be: Thursday, November 15th 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 (...

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St. Matthew Classroom 1 We hope you can join us!
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St. Matthew Classroom 1 In the last few weeks St. Matthew’s Justice and Peace Committee has run comments in the bulletin about small ways we can support immigrants...as our faith calls us to do. Another action to consider is coming to the next Justice and Peace meeting! Our group is involved in everything from the school supply c...

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Our twinned parish, St. Pierre in Haiti is having a critical problem with theft of food and supplies from their complex. They have a wall surrounding the school complex but it is too low and insecure to prevent break-ins and thefts. The cost to raise the wall height and make it secure is $6,500. If you can help with this urgent request...

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All Church offices will be closed on Monday, November 12th in observance of Veteran’s Day. If you need assistance, please leave a message at: (860) 872-0200—St. Matthew or (860) 875-0753—St. Bernard  

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The St. Bernard Women’s Guild Bazaar is coming November 9th & 10th Donations: We are looking for your generous donations again this year. Some of the items we are looking for include:  jewelry, toys and games, houseware items, lamps, picture frames, pictures, books, pots, pans, electric items (as long as they work), C...

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Collection Runs Through the Weekend of October 27th & 28th Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) is accepting new and gently used winter coats, boots, gloves & scarves during the month of October. Please help us keep refugees and immigrants warm this winter! You may bring your winter gear to the St. Matthew Chur...

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Rites, Cremation, Planning, Pre-planning, Cemetery Policies St. Matthew Church, Tolland Registration at 9:00am.  Program from 9:30 to noon Fee: $10 For more information go to www.norwichdiocese.org or call 860-848-2237x203

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Books & Media for everyone in the family! After all Masses October 27 & 28 in the parish hall at both St. Bernard & St. Matthew The Daughters of St. Paul, Catholic Sisters from Boston, who use Media to evangelize will be present after all the masses on the weekend of October 27th & 28th. The Sisters will bring a w...

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Our community will celebrate Mass: 9:00am at St. Matthew 7:00pm at St. Bernard
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After the 8:00am & 10:00am Masses All proceeds will go towards the purchase of wheelchairs. Since 2009, the Knights of Columbus has partnered with the American Wheelchair Mission. The goal of this initiative is to provide aid to those who lack the freedom of mobility in our communities and around the world. Please support the KofC ...

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6:00pm - 8:00pm St. Matthew Church The 177 Project is an initiative to spark a renewal in parishes across the country through the power of spending time in front of the Eucharist and participating in praise and worship music. Come let us worship together with live music and reflection – featuring Jon Niven and Dana Catherin...

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We have renewed our Catholic Community subscription to FORMED.ORG for all parishioners of St. Bernard and St. Matthew.  There is a great amount of new content and you can now use an iPhone App to access your account after you register (Android App coming soon).  To register for your account, click here. For detailed instructi...

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Attention Women’s Guild Members We are having a paint your sweatshirt night on: Thursday, October 18th 6:00pm in the Church Hall If you have a sweatshirt, please let Eileen know at 860-604-9269  

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October 16th at 6:00pm St. Matthew Church Hall We hope you can join us!  
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7:00pm – 8:30pm St. Matthew Church Join us for a conversation with AARP CT and the NCAAA. Family caregivers are the backbone of our health care system and need supports to ensure their loved ones have choices to live safely and independently. Learn tools for navigating and connecting to services. Gain an understanding of how t...

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Saturday, October 20 St. Bernard Parish Hall 9:00am—3:30pm In a world where the news and media is all too discouraging and the hectic pace of modern life leaves little room for recharging, this day of reflection and renewal is just what you need! This year’s retreat promises to be one of our best ever! Fr. Jude Sur...

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All Lectors and Homebound Ministers may pick up their workbooks for the 2019 Liturgical year. At St. Matthew they are located in the Sacristy. Please be sure to write your name stating you have received your book. At. St. Bernard they are located in the Confessional.

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RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It is the process by which adults are gradually initiated into the life and sacraments of the Catholic Church. It is comprised of various steps along the way.  Each transition is marked by a rite or a special ceremony within the public liturgy. Underlying these are the clas...

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September 25th - November 4th As we’ve been praying and fasting for hearts to be moved by God’s Tender Mercy, the Norwich Diocesan 40 Days-For-Life Campaign will draw to completion with a Mass for Life on Sunday, November 4th at St. Andrew’s Church in Colchester at 5 PM. Please join us as we pray - for the Sanctity of...

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The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be Thursday, October 11th from 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 (86...

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Diapers will be collected to benefit St. Gerard Center for Life & Birthright Donations can be dropped off at the entrances to St. Bernard Church the weekend of October 6th & 7th. Thank you and may God Bless you for your generosity! "The life of every human being is sacred as the creation of God, and is of infinite va...

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All Church offices will be closed on Monday, October 8th for the Columbus Day Holiday. If you need assistance, please leave a message at (860) 872-0200—St. Matthew or (860) 875-0753—St. Bernard  

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Feast of the Holy Rosary October 7th at 3:00pm St. Bernard Church 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 and slides. In praying the Rosary we unite with our blessed Mother to love and honor her beloved son, our L...

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St. Bernard Preschool - Faith-Based, Quality Education at Affordable Prices We serve children aged 3-5 years old. Children must turn three by December 31, 2018 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-ba...

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The Haitian Ministry is sponsoring our annual toy collection for the children of St. Pierre Parish, Ganthier, Haiti. Parishioners of all ages are invited to bring new, unwrapped toys up to the altar during Mass at both St. Matthew and St. Bernard Churches that weekend. These toys will be shipped to St. Pierre and distributed to their scho...

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Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women 63rd Annual Convention Saturday, October 6th          9:00am - 2:30pm St. Matthew Church All women in the Diocese of Norwich are cordially invited to attend. Bishop Michael R. Cote will be the main celebrant of the noon Mass. The guest speaker...

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If you have a loved one who is in the military in harm’s way, please contact the parish office to have your loved one’s name added to the St. Michael the Archangel prayer book. St. Michael is the patron of soldiers and will be regularly asked to intercede for the protection of our loved ones in the military.  Parishion...

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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. His feast day is celebrated in October.

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Tuesdays - 10:15am - 11:45am St. Matthew Chapel Living through grief is not easy but it does not have to be done alone.  The St. Bernard/St. Matthew Community 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 sen...

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Click Here for the 2018-19 Religious Education Calendar Before enrolling your child in Religious Education, you must register at St. Bernard Church.  Click Here for a Registration Form The Religious Education office is open from Sunday through Thursday. School Year Hours (September-May):  Sunday: (Sept.-May) 8:00 ...

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Please consider supporting the Catholic Community of St. Bernard & St. Matthew by using our EFT option for one-time and recurring donations. It is a simple and secure process and makes it easier for all our parishioners to support the stewardship mission.  No more envelopes or last-minute check writing! Parishioners who use th...

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Please note that construction for the Route 195 and 74 Realignment at the Tolland Green  has begun and will affect traffic around St. Matthew Church (Dunn Hill Road and Tolland Green in front of the Church). The anticipated completion of the project is October 2019.  

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The Knights of Columbus and ACTS are sponsoring a "Not Just Pasta and Meatballs" Old School Italian Secret Family Recipe pasta dinner St. Bernard's Parish Hall Saturday, September 29th at 6:00 pm Free will offering  

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The cost is $15.00 each or 4 for $50.00. The proceeds benefit Coats for Kids, Breakfast with Santa, financial support for our Seminarian, coffee and donuts, and student scholarships. Questions? Please contact Al Sheridan at 860-454-0930

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To view photos, click on homepage PHOTOS button or click here.   The Catholic Community of St. Bernard and St. Matthew held a Ministries Workshop on September 8, 2018 at Tolland Lodge with all ministries represented to work on service, spirituality, and evangelization centered on the Eucharist.

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The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be Thursday, September 13th from 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 (...

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We have a great selection of Winter and Summer clothing, sizes Preemie to Size 18 and larger for our Youth. We carry First Communion and Flower Girl dresses, Baptismal outfits and Boys Sunday best. We have a few Halloween outfits to choose from and a good selection of winter jackets, and shoes. Our $5 a Bag Sale is always going on and spe...

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7:00-9:00pm St. Bernard Church Hall, Rockville If you are a divorced Catholic who would like to know more about annulments or is considering beginning the annulment process but aren’t quite sure what it is or how to go about doing so, consider attending this informational workshop. A panel of experts from the Diocesan Marriage...

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The next meeting of the Adult Faith Formation committee will be Tuesday, September 11th at 6:30pm at St. Matthew Church in Classroom #1. Come for refreshments at 6:00pm. Anyone interested in helping plan and implement faith events for both St. Matthew and St. Bernard Church are always welcome. Join us!  For questions call ...

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The St Bernard's Women's Guild would like to thank all those who supported our two projects this summer - the school supply drive and the Bazaar Summer Toy drive. We packed up over 55 boxes of toys for the bazaar. If you missed the drive we will gladly accept your toys when we collect Attic Treasures just before the bazaar in Nove...

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All Church offices will be closed on Monday, September 3rd for the Labor 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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During the month of May, 2018, the St. Bernard Cemetery Committee conducted a survey of the four Catholic parishes in Vernon, Tolland, and Ellington (St. Bernard, St. Joseph, St. Luke and St. Matthew) for the purpose of gathering information to assist us in determining a long term plan to upgrade the St. Bernard cemetery property, extend ...

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In the Diocese of Norwich, all volunteers who have regular contact with minors, all employees, all clergy, and all religious, are required to complete safe environments training. This training is also available to any parishioner, or parent of a parochial school child, regardless of whether or not they wish to volunteer at their parish...

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We are looking for: 1 person to join a Tuesday team that works once a month 2 people to join the 3rd Wednesday of each month team. Hours are 4:45pm - 6:00pm. Jobs include setting up, serving the meal, clean-up, wiping tables, sweeping and mopping. The soup kitchen is located around the corner from St. Bernard. We welcome memb...

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My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We are, as one family in Christ, heartsick over what we have learned in recent days and weeks from the Pennsylvania grand jury report and the accusations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.  These revelations have reopened the pain and sorrow of a spiritual crisis sadly not yet fully erad...

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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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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. Questions contact Kathy Lillis at (860) 875-8376  

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Blood Drive Sponsored by Vernon Knights of Columbus Council 4122 Saturday August 25th 8:00am – 1:00pm St Bernard's 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...

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Our community will celebrate Mass as follows:   8:00am at St. Bernard   7:00pm at St. Matthew
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National Night Out Tuesday, August 7th 5:00-8:00pm (Rain Date: August 8th) St. Bernard Church Parking Lot National Night Out is a nationwide event that always takes place on the 1st Tuesday in August. It is a community event held in over 14,000 towns and cities across America. The event’s focus is to: · ...

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Rev. Paul Leon Varuvel, will be speaking at all the Masses at St. Bernard on behalf of the diocese of Kuzhithurai, which is located on the southernmost point of India in the State of Tamil Nadu. Though the diocese is small in territory, it is densely populated. There are about 850,000 people in an area of just 350 square miles. Catholics ...

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St. Matthew & St. Bernard Churches are working with local organizations to collect school supplies for low income kids. We are in need of the following items: 1 & 2 inch ring binders             Notebooks               # 2 pencils        ...

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Altar Server Appreciation Party South Windsor Swim & Tennis Club                         Monday, July 30th                      ...

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Following Christ takes more than simply believing in him or doing what he asks of us. Jesus wants you to be more than just a believer – he wants you to be his disciple and friend.  Follow Me:  Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John is a guide to a personal encounter with Christ. You are invited to experience the joy of a rene...

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From 4:00pm - Closing (9:00pm) at Camille’s Wood Fired Pizza, 23 Fieldstone Commons, Tolland A portion of the proceeds from all sales will be divided between the St. Matthew twinning program and the Fr. Joseph Network in Haiti. Come! Eat pizza and help our Haitian community at the same time!

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August 20th - August 24th 9:00am - 11:30am St. Bernard Church Hall This year's theme:  “Hero Central...Discover Your Strength in God”  Pre-registration ends on July 10th. To pre-register or if you have questions, please call or email Kimberly at: (860) 875-0753 Ext 119 kimberly@saintberna...

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July in the Sky Fireworks July 10th  (Rain date July 11th) 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.  

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LPi, the company we use to print our bulletins, is sponsoring a contest to find the Best Bulletin! Winners will be chosen by the public. Anyone and everyone can vote for their favorite bulletin! The Catholic Community of St. Bernard & St. Matthew submitted bulletins in the following categoreis (names are shown as they are listed on...

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Please join our Clergy and the Perpetual Care Committee in remembering St. Bernard's former pastor, Father John White. The prayer service will be held at Fr. White's grave site in the St. Bernard Cemetery. We look forward to seeing you there!  

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All Church offices will be closed on Wednesday, 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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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 parishes. Please note there will be no 8:00am Mass on July 4th. Plan to arrive early and bring your lawn chairs. In the event of rain, Mass w...

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Some background information on the Online Giving program available at both St. Matthew Church & St. Bernard Church: What is Online Giving? Online Giving is a direct payment program whereby your contribution is debited automatically from your checking, savings, or credit card account into your Church's bank account. W...

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Prayer, Dinner, & Fundraiser Save the Persecuted Christian Friday, June 15th St. Bernard Church Pope Francis has said ”We must not resign ourselves to thinking of the Middle East without Christians”. With the help of The Ladies Guild, the Rockville Knights of Columbus Council 4122 (St. Bernard and St. Joseph...

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The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be Thursday, June 14th from 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) ...

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The next Haiti Outreach meeting is scheduled for: Monday, June 11th at 6:00pm in the St Matthew Church Hall. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Join us this Tuesday for the concluding prayer service for our Novena to St. Peregrine. Prayer booklets will be available for those who were unable to attend the first day.  You can begin on day 9, and pray the other days on your own. Refreshments after the prayer service in the parish hall. Prayer requests may be added to an inte...

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Sacred Heart Parishioners, if you would like to receive St. Bernard envelopes, please contact the Parish Secretary, Stella Jonas, at 860-875-0753 X 100 or rectory@saintbernardchurch.org.   

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St. Bernard Cemetery, located on Kingsbury Avenue on the Tolland/Vernon town line, is the Catholic Cemetery that serves the four parishes of St. Bernard, St. Joseph, St. Luke and St. Matthew Parishes.  This past year the cemetery received a generous donation from the estate of a deceased parishioner. These funds have been used to ins...

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End of Year Banquet June 5th at 5:30pm Cedar Knob Golf Course, Somers Choice of dinner is Prime Rib, Chicken Cordon Blue, Baked Stuffed Shrimp, Eggplant Parmesan, or Pasta Primavera. The cost is $20 and is payable to The Women's Guild. Call Mary Clements to RSVP by May 26th. Then, send your check to:   &nbs...

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Join us this Monday-June 4th at St. Bernard Church as the Catholic Community of St. Bernard & St. Matthew Church will begin nine days of prayer for all those impacted by cancer. We gather together at a prayer service on the first and ninth day and a booklet with scripture readings and reflections will be provided for the nine days of ...

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Memorial Day Mass Monday, May 28th 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...

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All Church offices will be closed on Monday, May 28th 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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Learn how a parish welcomes new members into the Church, and about the rich traditions of this ancient Rite.  Learn how to share your faith with someone who wants to become a Catholic!  Get the answers to the following questions: * How can every parishioner be part of this welcoming process? * Why does this pr...

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Friday, May 25th at 6:00pm RSVP Deadline:  May 21st Please RSVP your name & ministry to our Parish Secretary, Stella, at:   (860) 875-0753 x100 or stella@saintbernardchurch.org All adult members (& spouses) of St. Bernard ministries are invited to attend.      

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Altar Server Training Monday, May 21st 4:30pm – 6:00pm This is a reminder for the 2nd and final day of altar server training.    
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The morning session of the book club will meet Monday, May 21st (8:45am-10am) at St. Bernard The evening session of the book club will meet Monday, May 21st (7pm-8:15pm) at St. Matthew Contact Mary Scibelli with questions: 860-798-7529 or scibellifamily@gmail.com

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Our Lady of Fatima Council 4122 Knights of Columbus Hanging Plant Sale May 12th and 13th 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. Please contact Al Sheridan @ 860-454-0930 with any questions.   ...

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Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women 63rd Annual Convention The Joy of the Gospel Saturday, May 19th from 9:00am - 2:30pm St. Matthew Church  Register Today! All women in the Diocese of Norwich are cordially invited to attend. The guest speaker will be Sr. Elissa Rinere, C.P., J.C.D., Chancellor of the Diocese of...

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May 8th at 6:00pm in the Church Hall We will be electing our new vice president and our new treasurer at the meeting.  
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Friday, May 11th 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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Our community will celebrate Mass as follows: 9:00am at St. Matthew 7:00pm at St. Bernard
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Yard Goats Game Friday, May 4th at 7:05pm Our Lady of Fatima Council 4122, Knights of Columbus of St. Bernard and St. Joseph are sponsoring a trip to see the Yard Goats play the Portland Sea Dogs.  Seats are in section 106, directly behind the 1st base dugout. And there are fireworks after the game! The price is $15.00 per tic...

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Living through grief is not easy but it does not have to be done alone.  The St. Bernard/St. Matthew Community 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. ...

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Ham and Bean Dinner Sponsored by the Youth Group April 22nd Following the Noon Mass at St. Bernard $5 per person or $15 for families of 4 or more Tickets on sale after all weekend Masses ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT CLAIRVAUX HOUSE The Clairvaux House The ‘white house’ owned by St. Bernard Church at 32 School Stre...

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We are looking for Baptismal outfits (1 year and up). With Spring arriving and Summer on its way, stop in at Mattie's Togs for a looksee on Saturdays 9-1. Call Billie at (860) 871-0260 if you have any questions. We are located on the Dunn Hill Road side of St. Matthew Church.

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The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be Thursday, April 19th from 9:30am—11:30am in the Church Hall. This is a change from our usual 2nd Thursday of the month.   Join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting and fellowship. For further information or to request a prayer shawl to ...

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The Catholic Community of St. Matthew and St. Bernard is participating in the invitation to bring a friend to Church next weekend. Please pick up an invitation card at the entrance to the Church and invite a friend or family member who does not normally come to Church—to come with you on April 21st or 22nd.

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If you love to read and want to learn more about our Catholic faith we have good news – St. Bernard & St. Matthew Catholic Community is piloting a book club starting in April! The purpose of the book club is to help participants on our Catholic faith journey to develop a deeper spiritual life, and strengthen our personal relatio...

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Any interested parishioners who would like to complete the Diocese of Norwich's Safe Environments program called "Called to Protect", are invited to call the Faith Formation Office at 860-872-0200 X 309.  Please leave your name and telephone number, and you will be contacted to make arrangements for the training.

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Are you a separated or divorced Catholic in need of support? The Church is here to help! The Catholic Family Services Office is sponsoring a Divorce Healing Program entitled The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide. This is a 12-session DVD ministry program with expertise from Catholic psychologists, theologians and spiritual dir...

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July 20-22 Steubenville NYC Reserve your spot today! To Join the Fun! Email Hilary and Bridget at Youth@cath-comm.org The Youth Group meets on: The 2nd Saturday of the month at St. Matthew beginning with the 5:00pm Mass until 8:00pm The 3rd Sunday of the month at St. Bernard beginning with the noon Mass until 3:00...

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Faith-Based, Quality Education at Affordable Prices Please join us for our Open House on Sunday, April 8th from 10:30am to 12:00pm Classes forming NOW for the 2018-19 school year! We serve children aged 3-5 years old. Children must turn three by December 31, 2018 and be potty trained to be eligible. We strive to provide our ch...

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Adoration & Benediction 2pm-2:45pm Chaplet to Divine Mercy in Song 3pm Come, sing, and pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Fellowship will follow in the parish hall. This is a combined event for both parishes. Neighboring parishes are warmly welcome.   Novena to Divine Mercy Divine Mercy brochures are available at th...

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!Join a Team! We have a spot available on a Tuesday team and a Wednesday team. Teams work once a month from 4:45pm-6:00pm at Cornerstone Soup Kitchen around the corner from St. Bernard Church. Parishioners from either Church are welcome to join. Jobs include set-up, serving the meal, washing tables, sweeping and mopping. If you w...

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The Knights of Columbus are undertaking a canned food drive during Lent. The food will go to Cornerstone Food Pantry in Rockville. There will be boxes at the entrances of the Church to collect the canned food. The Knights ask for your help to support this worthy cause.  

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All Church offices will be closed on Good Friday, March 30th. 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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March 30th at 7:00pm at St. Bernard Church Our Youth Group will present this amazing and prayerful experience. In this presentation, teens from both parishes reenact the passion and death of our Lord. The prayers and reflections are very moving. Everyone is welcome to come witness the Stations of the Cross come to life!

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Operation Rice Bowl: Encounter Lent Lent is a time of opportunity for us to strengthen our faith through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  These practices bring us closer to God and demonstrate our solidarity with those in need at home and around the world.  This Lent make your sacrifices become opportunities to feed the hung...

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Monday, March 26th 8:00am Mass at St. Bernard Tuesday, March 27th  9:00am Mass at St. Matthew 10:30am Chrism Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral, Norwich Wednesday, Match 28th 8:00am Mass at St. Bernard Holy Thursday, March 2...

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Due to the increase in Mass Intentions, Mass Intentions at both parishes may be booked from now until the end of 2018.  
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The joy of Easter is deepened when we embrace the disciplines of Lent. To help us do just that, Fr. Ellis will give six talks aimed at enriching our understanding of our faith. Talks begin at 6pm in St. Bernard parish hall and finish in time to attend 7:00pm Stations of the Cross in the Church.  No registration is r...

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—Monday, March 19th at 7pm— St. Matthew Church-Tolland Several Priests available for private confessions The Lenten Penance Service celebrates God’s mercy with scripture readings, music, and reflections.  Following the prayer service several Priests will be available so you can choose your favorite confesso...

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Notice from St. Bernard Cemetery Easter is April 1st 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 flowe...

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Vernon Knights of Columbus Council 4122 Sponsored Blood Drive Saturday March 10th 8:00am – 1:00pm St. Joseph Church Hall 33 West Street, Rockville Please register at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767 Thank you for making a blood donation and thereby giving the gift of Life. The Knights will be there to pr...

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From the Women’s Guild I would like to thank everyone who volunteered to make soup and bread for our soup supper. So many great soups this year.  It was a great success.  All of the money will be going to the Cornerstone, who we support and are inspired by their great work. I would also like to thank the students who ca...

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Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation —Friday, March 9th— 6:00am to 10:00pm  at  Saint Bernard Church-Rockville Priests from the Vernon Deanery—Confessor Schedule Time  Priest During busiest times of the day, a second confessor will be available....

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Healing Liturgy  March 4th at 3:00pm St. Bernard Church This powerful liturgy is filled with hope and encouragement for anyone with serious or chronic illness. Join us for this sacrament of healing which includes quiet reflection, lovely music, and heartfelt prayer. Through the holy anointing offered in this sacrament we are ...

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Haiti Outreach Meeting Monday, February 26th @ 6:00pm St. Matthew Church Hall We will be sharing our experiences from our recent trip and planning future fundraising activities. All are invited to attend - we hope you can join us!

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Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation Jesus, through the sacrament of reconciliation,  draws us from the darkness of sin into the light of grace During this season of Lent we focus on God’s mercy and love for each of us. What better way to personally experience His love and mercy than to return to the sacrament of re...

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All Church offices will be closed Monday, February 19th 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 or St. Bernard - (860) 875-0753

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The following documents are on our website www.stmatthewct.org. Click on Resources and then Safe Environments. Safe Environments in the Diocese of Norwich Diocese of Norwich : Sexual Abuse & Sexual Misconduct Reporting Procedures 8 Things Children Can Do To Help Create and Maintain Safe Environments at Church and at School ...

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The Knights of Columbus is holding their annual Valentine Dinner on Saturday, February 17th beginning at 6:00 pm at St. Matthew Church.  There will be dinner, raffles and door prizes.  All proceeds will go to support St. Pierre in Ganthier, Haiti, our sister parish and the Cornerstone Foundation in Rockville.  &nb...

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Saturday, February 17th at 6:00pm St. Matthew Church Hall, Tolland The Knights of Columbus Councils 4122 Rockville and 6626 Tolland are sponsoring this event. Funds raised from this dinner will benefit the Outreach to Haiti Ministry and the Cornerstone Foundation. Please get your tickets now, limited seating is available. The eve...

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Ash Wednesday Lenten Soup Supper February 14th   4:30pm - 6:30pm  St. Bernard Church Hall The annual Lenten Soup Supper, sponsored by the St. Bernard Women’s Guild, will take place after the Ashes ceremony on Ash Wednesday. We are looking for donations of meat-free soup and breads. The soups should be brou...

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8:00am - Mass with distribution of Ashes - St. Bernard 12:05pm - Liturgy of the Word with distribution of Ashes - St. Bernard 4:00pm - Liturgy of the Word with distribution of Ashes - St. Bernard 4:30pm - Liturgy of the Word with distribution of Ashes - St. Matthew 7:00pm - Mass with distribution of Ashes - St. ...

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If you have blessed palms at home, please bring them to either St. Bernard or St. Matthew Church by Monday, February 12th so they may be burned for Ash Wednesday (February 14th). 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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Alexsis E. Roach - Ages 11-14 Division Winner Logan Brown - Ages 8-10 Division Winner Noah Brown - Ages 5-7 Division Winner   William Murphy - Ages 8-10 Division Runner Up Victoria Cyr - Ages 5-7 Division Runner Up   The 3 Winners proceed to the state level competition.

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The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be Thursday, February 8th from 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 (86...

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In honor of the Feast of St. Blaise (February 3rd) we will bless throats after each Mass at both St. Bernard and St. Matthew. Through this blessing we pray for the intercession of St. Blaise to protect us from illnesses of the throat and all other illnesses. We pray that both our spiritual and physical bodies will be made pure and heal...

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The Soup Kitchen Ministry is looking for one person to join a Friday team. The team works the 3rd Friday of each month from 4:45-6:00pm at Cornerstone Soup Kitchen around the corner from St. Bernard Church. Parishioners from either Church are welcome to join. Jobs include set-up, serving the meal, washing tables, sweeping and mopping. ...

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Lutz Museum Program at St. Bernard Preschool February 1st at 10:00am In honor of Catholic Schools week (January 28—February 3), St. Bernard Preschool has some special events planned for their preschoolers. The preschool is inviting families, of either parish with children under 5, to join them for one of these events - a pr...

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We are looking for donations of T-Shirts (new and gently used), baseball caps, toiletries (toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap, etc.), medical supplies (band aids, children's ibuprofen and vitamins, antibiotic ointment, etc.), hair supplies (ribbons, elastics, etc.), and so on to take with us to Haiti on our upcoming trip (we leave Janu...

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The next meeting of the Adult Faith Formation committee will be Tuesday, January 16th at 6:30pm in the lower level of the St. Bernard school building. Come early for refreshments at 6:00pm. Anyone interested in helping plan and implement faith events for both St Matthew and St. Bernard are always warmly welcomed. For  more informa...

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All Church offices will be closed Monday, January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. day. If you need assistance, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Matthew  - (860) 872-0200 or St. Bernard - (860) 875-0753

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The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be Thursday, January 11th from 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 (86...

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Our annual hat & mitten tree is located in the center vestibule. Please remember those less fortune by bringing new or gently used hats & mittens to add to our tree. All gifts will go to the Cornerstone Foundation. The tree will remain through the Christmas season.  

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All Church offices will be closed on Monday, January 1st for the New Year Holiday. If you need assistance, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Matthew - (860) 872-0200 or St. Bernard - (860) 875-0753

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Dear Parish Family, On behalf of Fr. Ellis, Fr. Bill,  Dcn. Ron and Dcn. Michael  I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made our Christmas Masses so beautiful, joyful, faith affirming and reverent.  The weather was a challenge but the Spirit was truly present as we raised our voices in song and pray...

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The names of active members of the military are kept in our St. Michael the Angel Prayer Book to keep them in prayer during their service to our country. If you would like your family member added to the book or if they have returned from service, please contact the Parish Secretary so we may keep the book current.  Please note&nb...

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All Church offices will close at noon on Friday, December 22nd for Christmas and will reopen Tuesday, December 26th. If you need assistance during this time, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Matthew - (860) 872-0200 or St. Bernard - (860) 875-0753  

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Christmas Mass Schedule Christmas Eve, Sunday December 24th: 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM, Midnight ADDITIONAL PARKING AVAILABLE IN GARAGE BEHIND CHURCH FOR 4:00 & 6:00 pm Masses Christmas Day, Monday December 25th 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM NOTE NO REGULAR NOON MASS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24TH

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Looking for something special for that hard to shop for person or the one who “has everything”?  Just in time for Christmas or for birthdays, anniversaries, etc., our beautiful donation cards with a colorful rendition of a Haitian landscape on the front are available at the parish offices. When a donation is made to ou...

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St. Bernard's Council 4122 and St. Matthew's Council 6226 Knights of Columbus will be running the following Youth programs: Click on the contest for the form: Citizenship Essay Contest Form Citizenship Essay Contest Letter   Substance (Alcohol &/or Drug) Abuse Poster Contest Substance Abuse Poster Letter ...

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Christmas party December 12th at 6:00pm St. Bernard’s Hall Appetizers at 6:00pm and dinner at 6:30pm Please call Mary Clements @ 860-871-6593 to reserve and pay for this event.
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Blessing of the Crèche and caroling will be after the 5:00pm Mass on Saturday, December 16th. Even if this is not your regular Mass time, you are welcome to gather around the Crèche at 6:00pm to join in joyful Christmas music and stay for festive refreshments in the Hall. Come and enjoy this joyful & faith-filled celebration! &n...

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Christ-centered Stress Reduction - December 15th at 7:00pm  At St. Matthew Church Some days do you think, ‘There has got to be a better way?’ You’re right, there is! Join Daniel E. Offsay, a Licensed Therapist with over ten years in the field and a Master’s Degree in Theology, for an evening of ref...

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The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be Thursday, December 14th from 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 (8...

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Advent Penance Service - Sunday, December 10th at 3:00pm At St. Bernard Church As we begin our Advent journey of anticipation and preparation for the Messiah, I ask that you join us for the Catholic Community of St. Bernard & St. Matthew Reconciliation Service. The service will involve an afternoon of reflection, music, pra...

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2 Sittings:  8am or 10am / St. Bernard Church Hall Admission:  Adults $6.00 per person / Children $5.00 per child (2 and up) No Reservations Needed! A morning of fun for children of ALL ages! Eat a delicious breakfast, visit with Santa, win prizes and MORE! Handmade Crafts at Candy Cane Lane / Gluten Free Waffles Ava...

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Christmas party December 12th at 6:00pm St. Bernard’s Hall Appetizers at 6:00pm and dinner at 6:30pm Please call Mary Clements @ 860-871-6593 to reserve and pay for this event. Bazaar Wrap-Up We would like to thank all who helped and donated to our bazaar. Without your help and donations we would not be so succ...

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Vernon Chorale Presents - A Christmas Rose December 9th at 7:30pm At St. Bernard Church Ehren Brown conducts the Vernon Chorale's winter concert which features Morten Lauridsen's Les Chansons des Roses. The concert also includes seasonal works by Bruckner, Clements, Meader, and Praetorius. Conducting Fellow Liz Bologna, c...

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Youth Group Wreath Sale - December 2nd & 3rd After All Masses At Both St. Matthew & St. Bernard The Youth Group will be selling wreaths they decorated themselves! The cost is $12 per decorated wreath. Buy a wreath & support our youth!

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Our community will celebrate Mass as follows:   8:00am at St. Bernard                    7:00pm at St. Matthew  

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Due to the Annual Convocation for Priests on December 4-6, there will be Mass on Monday, December 4th and Liturgy of the Word on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 5th & 6th.  
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Join the music ministries from St. Bernard & St. Matthew for a special start to our Advent season! The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that was introduced in 1918. In this service, we listen to nine brief Scripture lessons, which recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Birth of Jesus, the S...

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Joining Youth Group is Fun and Easy! Email Hilary and Bridget at Youth@cath-comm.org Let us know your name, your email and a parent or guardian’s name and email. If there is something that you would like to do or explore you can let us know that too! Youth Group meets the 2nd Saturday of the Month at St. Matthew&rsqu...

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After all Masses at St. Matthew Church St. Anne Shrine Gift Shop Religious Books & Gifts Sale You will be impressed by the wide selection of books and treasure trove of Catholic gifts for the entire family. Easy one-stop-shopping for meaningful gifts for Christmas and many other special occasions. This event is a gr...

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The annual Financial Report for St. Bernard is now available.  Please click here for the report.  Contact Bob Harvey, Chairman of the Finance Council, with any questions.pntact
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All Church offices will close at Noon on Wednesday, November 22nd for the Thanksgiving Holidayand reopen Monday, November 27th. If you need assistance during this time, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. (860) 872-0200—St. Matthew or (860) 875-0753—St. Bernard

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Thanksgiving Day Mass November 23rd at 9:00am St. Matthew Church This year our community will celebrate together at St. Matthew. Thanksgiving Food Drive - now until November 23rd Parishioners are invited to bring food items in until Thanksgiving morning. Father Rick will bless the food and volunteers will deliver it to the ...

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Sunday, November 19th 10:00am at St. Bernard Please join Bishop Cote as he celebrates Mass to formally welcome Sacred Heart into our Catholic Community of St. Bernard and St. Matthew. All are welcome!

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The Joint Pastoral Council of the Catholic Community of Saint Bernard and Saint Matthew has completed the following Mission Statement: "As a Catholic famiily, we are called by Christ to prayerfully create and nourish a vibrant community centered on the Eucharist and dedicated to service, spirituality, and evangelization." ...

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Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service November 19th at 4:00pm Rockville United Methodist Church 142 Grove St., Rockville Join Rockville United Methodist Church for a celebration of thanks for all our blessings. Members of St. Matthew and St. Bernard are welcome.  

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Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, we must submit our bulletin early for printing; therefore, announcements need to be submitted as follows: Announcements for the weekend of:          Due No Later Than:                    November 18/19     ...

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Knights of Columbus 4122 Can & Bottle Drive Saturday, November 18th 9:00am - 12:00pm St. Bernard Church parking lot We are collecting redeemable bottles and cans (glass, plastic and cans). Monies raised will go toward the Knights’ charitable outreach. Clean out your pantry and garage and support your local Knights...

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Soupfest 2017 "The Last Souper" November 16th   6:00pm - 8:30pm St. Bernard Church Hall Join us for a night of soup tasting, music, fellowship, teacup raffle and silent auction as we raise much needed funds for The Cornerstone Foundation Soup Kitchen, Food Cupboard, Youth Center, Clothing Bank, Overnight Shelt...

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The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be Thursday, November 16th from 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 Kat...

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All Church offices will be closed on Friday November 10th for the Veterans Day Holiday. If you need assistance, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. (860) 872-0200—St. Matthew or (860) 875-0753—St. Bernard

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The St. Bernard’s Women’s Guild Bazaar & Raffle Friday November 10th, 10am - 2pm Saturday, November 11th, 10am - 2pm Hot Lunch available from 11am - 1pm Join us in the Church Hall for: Our Famous Rosettes and other Baked Goods Arts & Crafts Attic Treasures including: Books Jigsaw Puzzles Toy...

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RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It is the process by which adults are gradually initiated into the life and sacraments of the Catholic Church. It is comprised of various steps along the way.  Each transition is marked by a rite or a special ceremony within the public liturgy. Underlying these are the clas...

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Stop by to find out about the wonderful ministries we have in our Catholic Community of Saint Bernard & Saint Matthew. Representatives from our ministries will be available in the Church Hall after Masses at: St. Bernard - October 28th & 29th St. Matthew - November 4th & 5th  

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Our community will celebrate Mass at: 8:00am at St. Bernard and 7:00pm at St. Matthew  
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Click the PHOTO button on the homepage, or click here to see photos of the Fr. White Scholarship recipients this year, Lily Ryan and Colleen Truman, both attending East Catholic.  The Cemetery improvement photos will continue as the work progresses with final paving expected late October. 

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For Father Rick's letter welcoming Sacred Heart parishioners to St. Bernard, click here.
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Click Here for Fr. Rick's letter to Sacred Heart parishioners. Diocese of Norwich Announcement - As we are aware, the pastoral planning process has been ongoing in the Diocese of Norwich for several years. We began by clustering parishes, and then moved to yoking parishes.  Currently, 65% of all the parishes of the Diocese ...

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We will proudly present the Father John White Scholarship Award to this year’s recipients, Colleen Truman and Lily Ryan, at the 10:00am Mass on this Sunday, October 15th. Two teens are chosen every year and $1,000 is awarded toward their tuition. The teens are freshman who will continue their education at East Catholic this fall....

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Monday, October 9th 7:00-8:00pm St. Bernard’s School Basement This year’s Soupfest will raise needed funds for the Cornerstone Foundation. Last year, we raised over $12,000! Our theme for 2017 is "The Last Souper" and we are asking clergy to make soups. Fr. Rick has already agreed to participate. Each yea...

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Rosary & Fatima Celebration Friday-October 13th St. Bernard Church Rosary 6:30, followed by Refreshments Join us as we pray the Rosary together and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Fatima.  This year we will pray together the Glorious Mysteries, with beautiful music and slides. Plan to stay for refreshments after the pray...

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How about helping out at the parish from time to time?  St. Matthew and St. Bernard are each looking for few volunteers to help with small chores like picking up boxes from the post office, arranging tables and chairs for an event, etc.  For another star on your crown in heaven, contact either Parish Secretary: - Stella...

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Diapers will be collected to benefit St. Gerard Center for Life and Birthright Donations can be dropped off at the St. Bernard Church entrances during the weekend of September 30th and October 1st. Thank you and may God Bless you for your generosity!  

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Once again the Haitian Ministry is sponsoring our annual toy collection for the children of St. Pierre Parish, Gantier, Haiti.  This year it will be the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 1.  Kids of all ages are invited to bring new, unwrapped toys up to the altar during the masses at both St. Matthew and St. Bernard churches that weeken...

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Our Sixth and Final First Saturday Devotion Will Be October 7th at St. Matthew. Our Lady of Fatima asked for the establishment of the Five First Saturdays Devotion. Our Lady promised to assist all who make this devotion at the hour of their death with all the graces necessary for salvation. This devotion can be done on any five consecu...

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June, 2017   Dear Parishioners, The Joint Pastoral Council of the Catholic Community of Saint Bernard and Saint Matthew has been hard at work this past year.  The role of the Pastoral Council is to “support, advise, assist, and consult with the Pastor in building up the body of Christ in our community.” F...

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Thérèse: The Story of a Soul Sunday, October 1st at 7:30pm St. Matthew Church Thérèse: The Story of a Soul, is a moving, live production performed by actress Audrey Ahern and directed by Patti Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions. The event is sponsored by our Catholic Community of St. Matthew & St. Bernard Church. In this...

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St. Bernard Church at 9:30am St. Matthew Church at 10:30am You are invited to bring your pets for this special blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint and lover of animals, whose feast day is celebrated in October.

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Pro-Life Program of Prayer & Fasting and Peaceful Prayer Vigil September 27th—November 5th The mission of this campaign is to bring together the Body of Christ in a Spirit of unity during a focused 40 days of prayer, fasting and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and...

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Wednesdays Evenings Starting September 27th    7:00pm - 8:30pm St. Bernard’s Rectory Living through grief is not easy but it does not have to be done alone.  The St. Bernard/St. Matthew Community will offer a 9 week support program called, “New Day”, for those who have suffered the loss of a lov...

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We are looking to replace 4 long-time volunteers who are moving on. We need: 2 volunteers for a Tuesday team 2 volunteers for a Friday team Teams work once a month at the Cornerstone Soup Kitchen around the corner from St. Bernard. Hours are 4:45pm-6:00pm. Duties include setting-up, serving, clean-up, sweeping and mopping....

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Small Christian Communities (SCC) September is a time for new beginnings and you are invited to join a Small Christian Community.  Come to learn, experience and discern if a SCC is something you want to include in your prayer life. SCCs are small groups of parishioners who gather regularly for prayer and reflection.  These...

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The Most Reverend Bishop has authorized this voluntary collection.  Proceeds from the collection will be donated to Catholic Charities U.S.A., the official domestic relief agency of the United States Catholic Church.

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Eucharistic Holy Hour for Vocations Thursday, September 21st at 6:00pm St. Bernard Church, Rockville Come join in praying with Bishop Cote for those who are called to priestly or consecrated religious life. Pray for our seminarians and those in the process of applying to the Diocese. Join our Diocesan Prayer Team for Vocations by...

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Orientation for enrolled students:  August 31st 6:00pm - 7:00pm First Day of School:  September 6th   Offering programming for children ages 3-5. We strive to provide our children with: · Individualized curriculum for each student to ensure optimal learning experiences · Play-based lea...

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Our Lady of Fatima Knights of Columbus Mum Sale: The Knights of Columbus Council 4122 will be holding their annual mum sale the weekend of September 9th and 10th after all Masses. The price is $15.00 per plant.

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Saint Bernard Women’s Guild Meeting September 5th at 6:00pm St. Bernard Church Hall Our first meeting is September 5th and a light dinner will be provided. Some of our dates will need to be changed on the calendar. The bazaar is going to be first thing on the agenda. (It will be here before you know it.) We need some crafty...

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Annual Summer Toy Drop for the St. Bernard Bazaar We are looking for your once loved Legos/board games/puzzles/dolls and trucks. Get the kiddos to work cleaning out their toy chests and put those toys they no longer want aside for our bazaar. We will hold the toy drive the weekend of Aug 26/27. Bring toys to the Church Hall: &nbs...

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Calling all Bakers & Shoppers: We’re seeking new recruits to update our list of volunteers willing to bake or purchase refreshments for various parish events throughout the year. About a week before an event we email a request and those who would like to contribute respond - so easy & no pressure! Volunteers bring items t...

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Mission Appeal Weekends August 12th & 13th at St. Matthew August 19th & 20th at St. Bernard Fr. Michael Shanahan, ss.cc., will be speaking at all the Masses at St. Matthew and St. Bernard (on their respective Mission Appeal Weekend) on behalf of the missionary work of his community, the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts o...

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The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a blood drive with American Red Cross on Saturday, August 26th from 8:00am to 1:00pm at St. Bernard Hall. Click here to register in advance.
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Haiti Special Guest Movie Night Wednesday, August 16th     7:00pm - 9:30pm St. Matthew Parish Hall We're blessed to have Father Joseph Philippe joining us from Haiti. Father Philippe founded Haiti's Fonkoze micro-lending institution, the Fondwa Peasant’s Association, University of Fondwa, a ch...

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Youth Group - Hartford Yard Goats Game Sunday, August 20th This trip is open to students in grades 7-12 and recently graduated seniors. We will leave St. Bernard's parking lot by bus at 12:30pm and return around 5:30pm. The cost of the trip is $25. Please email Hilary Brady at youth@saintbernardchurch.org to reserve you...

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Soupfest 2017 - "The Last Souper" First Meeting - Monday, August 7th 7:00-8:00pm St. Bernard’s School Basement This year’s Soupfest will raise needed funds for the Cornerstone Foundation. Last year, we raised over $12,000! Our theme for 2017 is "The Last Souper" and we are asking clergy to make ...

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Best Wishes Matthew Aubin! For the past 6 years, Matthew Aubin has shared his musical talents with us at St. Bernard Church. During this time, Matthew has played organ, piano, worked with our cantors and directed our choir when subbing for Norma. August 6th will be Matthew’s last weekend at St. Bernard’s before heading o...

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Annual School Supply Drives St. Matthew & St. Bernard Churches are working with local organizations to collect school supplies for low income kids. We are in need of the following items: 1 & 2 inch ring binders            Notebooks              # 2 pencils &nbs...

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National Night Out Tuesday, August 1st 5:00-8:00pm (Rain Date: August 2nd) St. Bernard Church Parking Lot National Night Out is a nationwide event that always takes place on the 1st Tuesday in August. It is a community event held in over 14,000 towns and cities across America. The event’s focus is to: · ...

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Starting August 28th, registration deadline is July 24th so we can order study materials.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
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Altar Server Appreciation Party Sunday, July 16th South Windsor Swim & Tennis Club As a way to show our appreciation for your dedicated service to our two parishes, all Altar Servers from St. Bernard & St. Matthew are invited to our Appreciation Party. Our adventure begins at 1:15 when we board a sleek, top of the line...

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All Church offices will be closed on Tuesday, 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 or St. Bernard—(860) 875-0753  

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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. Rain Date is July 6th.

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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 parishes. 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 w...

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Brian Kenny, Business Manager for our Catholic Community of St. Bernard & St. Matthew, received a citation from the Connecticut General Assembly for his work establishing Clairvaux House, a temporary shelter for homeless mothers and their children owned by St. Bernard Church and operated by the Cornerstone Foundation.  The cit...

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The Youth Group Meeting will be held in the St. Bernard Youth Room (located behind the Rectory).
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Save the date -  June 26th-30th for this summer's Vacation Bible School, " Passport to Peru...Discovering God's Gifts".  Contact Kimberly Manganella at 860-875-0753 X 119 for more information. 

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Please join our Clergy and the Perpetual Care Committee in remembering St. Bernard's former pastor, Father John White. The prayer service will be held at Fr. White's grave site in the St. Bernard Cemetery. We look forward to seeing you there.  

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There are more people displaced in the world today than at any time since WWII. How can we respond in a meaningful way to this global refugee crisis? Come learn how the Bible says we are to treat refugees & immigrants.   -  Deacon Mike Berstene will present Catholic social teaching, incorporating a video talk with Po...

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Novena to St. Peregrine Pray together for all those with Cancer June 5 & 13 at 7 pm St. Bernard Church The novena to St. Peregrine is offered for all those whose lives are impacted by cancer. We gather together at a prayer service on the first and ninth day; a booklet provided at either prayer service includes nine days of...

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Our parish FORMED subscription will expire on June 6th.  We hope you enjoyed the many digital Catholic programs, movies and talks offered by FORMED during the Easter season.  If you subscribed to the parish account, you will receive a notice from FORMED that our subscription period has ended and you will have the option to conti...

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The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be Thursday, June 8th from 9:30 A.M. —11:30 A.M. in the Church Hall. Join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting and fellowship. For further information or to request a prayer shawl or lap robe, please call Mary Smith at (860) 872-2611 or ...

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Note no 8:00 AM Mass or Adoration.  Please enter parking lot from School St. due to parade detours.
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Louise Mlodzinski bequeaths over $1,000,000 for St. Bernard Cemetery improvements and maintenance. St. Bernard Cemetery, which serves the area Catholic communities of St. Matthew, St. Luke, St. Joseph, St. Maurice, Sacred Heart and St. Bernard, will be undertaking major improvements because of a gift of over $1,000,000 to St. Bernard C...

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Our Lady of Fatima K of C Hanging Plant Sale May 13th and 14th After all Masses The St. Bernard’s K of C Council 4122 will be holding their annual Mother’s Day hanging plant sale. The price is $20.00 per plant. Any questions, contact Lee Maloon @ (860) 871-0694  

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If you are a member of a St. Bernard Ministry or Committee helping St. Bernard in any way, click here for our Ministry Appreciation Luau RSVP form, deadline, May 15th.  The Luau will be on Friday, May 19th at 6:00 PM.

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To view the 2017 Confirmation at St. Bernard photos, click on the homepage PHOTOS button or click here.
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To view photos from our 2017 Tea in the Vineyard, click on the PHOTOS button on the homepagee or click here.
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St. Bernard Church -  Adoration & Benediction 2pm-2:45pm Chaplet to Divine Mercy in Song 3pm Come, sing, and pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The Chaplet in Song is a beautiful way to celebrate Mercy Sunday. Join us for fellowship after in the parish hall. This is a combined event by St. Matthew & St. Bernard parishes.&nb...

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We offer programming for children ages 3-5 with NEW half-day options!  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. Click Here for Tuition and...

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Click the PHOTOS button on the homepage or click here to see the Living Stations of the Cross photos at St. Matthew.
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Bereavement Group Tuesdays Starting April 18th, 10:15am - 11:45am St. Matthew’s Chapel Living through grief is not easy but it does not have to be done alone.  The St. Bernard/St. Matthew Community will offer a 9 week support program called, “New Day”, for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. ...

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St. Bernard Easter Day Masses: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am
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To address overflow parking at St. Matthew on Holy Thursday and the Easter Saturday Vigil, a bus will depart St. Bernard parking lot at 6:00pm Holy Thursday in time for the 7:00 Liturgy and depart St. Bernard on Holy Saturday at 7:00pm in time for the 8:00pm Vigil.

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¨ There will NOT be morning Mass at St. Matthew Tuesday, April 11th or Thursday, April 13th. ¨ There will be Morning Prayers in the St. Matthew Chapel Thursday, April 13th - Saturday, April 15th at 9:00am. Note:  There will be Mass at St. Bernard at 8:00am on Monday April 10th & Wednesday, April 12th. &...

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Come down and purchase some of our delicious baked goods, like our famous Rosettes, or cupcakes, brownies, candy bags and many more options to choose. Don’t forget about the beautiful butter lambs made especially for your Easter dinner. Thank you for your support  

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Healing Liturgy, April 2nd 3:00pm at St. Bernard This lovely liturgy is filled with hope and encouragement for anyone with serious or chronic illness.  Join us for this simple rite with quiet reflection, lovely music, and powerful prayer. Through the holy anointing offered in this sacrament we are reminded that nothing can separat...

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Click the PHOTOS button on the homepage or click here for photos of the Parish Mission with Sr. Elissa.
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The Knights of Columbus are undertaking a canned food drive during Lent. The food will go to Cornerstone Food Pantry in Rockville. There will be boxes at the entrances of the Church to collect the canned food. The Knights ask for your help to support this worthy cause. Please help us make your generous donations go farther. For every 5...

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Our last topic for Lent will be ‘The Shroud of Turin" on April 7th at 6:00pm.   Lent is a special season of spiritual transformation and renewal. Fr. Ellis is offering a series of talks before the 7pm Stations of the Cross at St. Bernard Church on six Fridays in Lent.  Talks and Q&A will finish in plenty o...

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Click on the PHOTOS button on the home page or click here to see photos of the Blessing and Dedication of Clairvaux House on March 19th.  Clairvaux House is owned by St. Bernard and operated by Cornerstone as a temporay home for homeless mothers and their children.

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With Sister Elissa Rinere- Two Nights Two Topics Too Good to miss! The Writings of Pope Francis, St. Matthew Hall March 26th 3:30-5:00pm Pope Francis isn’t available to lead us on our Lenten mission this year, but Sr. Elissa will be bringing us some of his thoughts and writings to help us answer our Lenten call to 'turn aw...

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Our next topic will be ‘Death & Dying March 31st at 6:00pm.   Lent is a special season of spiritual transformation and renewal. Fr. Ellis is offering a series of talks before the 7pm Stations of the Cross at St. Bernard Church on six Fridays in Lent.  Talks and Q&A will finish in plenty of time to attend St...

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Our next topic will be ‘Mary, Full of Grace.’ 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal. Fr. Ellis will help us examine the evidence of this apparition, and show us how our blessed Mother is always actively bringing us closer to our Lord. Lent is a special season of spiritu...

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A Day of Reconciliation Friday, March 24 6AM-10PM. With Priests of the Vernon Deanery hosted @ St. Bernard Church-Rockville.  CLICK HERE FOR THE LISTS OF PRIESTS AND CONFESSION TIMES. During this season of Lent we focus on God’s mercy and love for each of us. What better way to personally experience His love and mercy than t...

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The next meeting of the Adult Faith Formation committee will be Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30pm.  We will meet in Room #6 at St. Matthews.  Anyone interested in helping plan and implement faith events for both St. Matthew and St. Bernard church are always welcome. Join us!       

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Lent is a special season of spiritual transformation and renewal. Fr. Ellis is offering a series of talks before the 7pm Stations of the Cross at St. Bernard Church on six Fridays in Lent.  Talks and Q&A will finish in plenty of time to attend Stations of the Cross. No registration is required and everyone is welcome to attend an...

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Click the PHOTOS button on the website or click here to view photos from the Knights of Columbus Dinner & Dance.
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Join us for Coffee & Doughnuts after the 10:00am Mass! Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 4122. Your donations help us continue to make coffee and doughnuts available.  
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Ash Wednesday Lenten Soup Supper Wednesday, March 1st 4:30pm - 7:00pm St. Bernard’s Church Hall The annual Lenten Soup Supper, sponsored by the St. Bernard’s Women’s Guild, will take place after the Ashes ceremony on Ash Wednesday. We are looking for donations of meat-free soup and breads. The soups sho...

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Palms to Ashes If you have blessed palms at home, please bring them to either St. Bernard or St. Matthew Church by Monday, February 27th so they may be burned for Ash Wednesday (March 1st). At St. Bernard’s containers will be left in the vestibules. At St. Matthew’s a container will be left outside at the entrance to ...

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The Youth Group's performance of the Living Stations of the Cross is in much need of Readers, Actors (speaking and non-speaking roles), Singers, Stage hands.  Please prayerfully consider being part of this wonderful Lenten Journey.  The sharing of your time and talent will mean so very much to our Catholic Community. Rehe...

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The Youth Group will be traveling to Ski Butternut to go snow tubing on February 20, 2017!  We will take a bus from St. Bernard's Church to Ski Butternut at 8 AM and return at 2:30 PM. The cost of the trip is $30 per person.  This trip is open to grades 7 - 12.  Please reserve your spot on the bus TODAY, return your ...

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Knights of Columbus Valentine’s Dinner Saturday, February 18th at 6:00pm Snow Date:  Sunday, February 19th St. Matthew Church Hall, Tolland The Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a Valentine’s dinner to benefit Haiti. The menu includes Chicken Parmesan, Ziti, Salad, Rolls, Coffee, Tea, Soda, Juice and wat...

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Our next meeting will be March 7.  We will be sponsoring the Lenten soup supper on Wed Mar 1 ( Ash Wed) and therefore will  be looking for donations of meatless soup and baked breads. Watch for more details in upcoming emails and bulletins.  April has always been our toddler Mass when we bring new clothes and diapers for Ho...

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Birthright is an emergency pregnancy service offering free pregnancy tests, friendship counseling, and practical support. Our guiding principle: It is the right of every pregnant woman to give birth and the right of every child to be born. We help any pregnant girl or woman who calls us. If you would like to help, please call (860) 290-88...

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The next meeting of the Adult Faith Formation committee will be Tuesday, January 31st at 6:30pm.  We will meet in the lower level of the school, in the Youth Room at St. Bernard Church.  Anyone interested in helping plan and implement special faith events for both St Matthew and St. Bernard will be warmly welcomed. &n...

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We are looking for parishioners who may be interested in exploring an opportunity for prison ministry in the Enfield /Somers area. Presently, Deacon Michael Torres, the chaplain at Cybulski Correction facility, is using a program which brings the word of God to those imprisoned and who are seeking to know more about God. This program woul...

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In honor of the Feast of St. Blaise (February 3rd) we will bless throats after each Mass at both St. Bernard and St. Matthew on Saturday, February 4th and Sunday, February 5th. Through this blessing we pray for the intercession of St. Blaise to protect us from illnesses of the throat and all other illnesses. We pray that both our spiri...

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Coffee & Doughnuts February 5th After the 10:00am Mass Join us for Coffee and Doughnuts after the 10:00am Mass! Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 4122. Your donations help us continue to make coffee and doughnuts available. Upcoming dates:  March 5th & April 2nd.  

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Please join St. Bernard Preschool in our Annual Catholic Schools Week Celebration. This year our special week will kick off on Sunday, January 29th at the 10:00am Mass at St. Bernard Church. The preschoolers invite you to a short concert performance given by the class of 2017 just before the conclusion of Mass. Our action-packed sch...

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Youth Group News Living Stations of the Cross Rehearsals ¨ Open to all students in grades 8 - 12. ¨ Actors, readers, musicians and stage crew needed. ¨ Rehearsals will be held at St. Matthew from 6-8pm on the following dates: January 29, February 5, 12, 19 & 26 Be in the Know!! Sign up f...

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March for Life Bus Trip Thursday, January 26th - Friday, January 27th The Annual March for Life will take place this year on Friday, January 27, 2017, in Washington, D.C., as a way for people to express their opposition to abortion. This year’s event coincides with the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to ...

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Coffee & Doughnuts January 8th Join us for Coffee and Doughnuts after the 10:00am Mass! Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 4122. Your donations help us continue to make coffee and doughnuts available. Upcoming dates: February 5th, March 5th & April 2nd.  

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The New Saint Bernard mobile app is now available! The Church you love is now available on your mobile device! With the new Saint Bernard Church app, you can catch up on messages you've missed, find out what's going on at the Church this week, make donations, and receive important alerts.  Download it today...

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Sports and Spirituality: How Do We Balance Both in Today’s World?   Vs.  Who:  Adults, Coaches and Parents When:  January 10, 2017, 7-8:30 pm Where:  Our Lady of Lourdes, Gales Ferry A panel of experts with over 70 years of experience in organized athletics on the college and high school le...

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Click on the PHOTOS button on the home page to see the new photos or CLICK HERE.
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The Knights of Columbus Advocate "Keep Christ in Christmas!" Our Lady of Fatima Council 4122 has had a busy month. A large contingent set up the St. Bernard's crèche, ready in time for the Parish Christmas Caroling after Immaculate Conception Mass on December 8th. Members from our council also set up the crèche on t...

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St. Bernard Christmas Day Masses 9:00 & 11:00 AM
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Please join us on Sunday, Dec. 18th at 2 PM for the Northeast Connecticut Community Orchestra’s free Christmas Concert at Clark Chapel, Pomfret School, Route 44, Pomfret. The stone church can be seen from Route 44. Nataliya Plesha's husband, Yaroslav Tereshchenko, will conduct the orchestra, which he founded in 2012, for the ...

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Advent Penance Service Sunday, December 11th 3:00pm St. Bernard Church As we begin our Advent journey of anticipation and preparation for the Messiah, I ask that you reserve this date for our Combined Parish (St. Matthew & St. Bernard) Reconciliation Service. The service will involve an afternoon of reflection, music, pray...

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Gifts & Books After all Masses this weekend, December 3 & 4, we will hold a religious books & gift items sale at St Bernard Parish Hall.  Religious articles and Catholic books will be available from two vendors.  You’ll be amazed at the selection of gifts and books available.  Plan to join us! This is a...

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The Youth Group will be coming together on Saturday, December 10th for the 5 PM Mass.  After Mass we will be taking a bus to the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor for their Winterfest and Tunnel of Lights.  The bus will depart from St. Matt's at 6:15 PM and will return approximately 9:00 PM.  The cost is $20 pe...

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Saturday, Dec. 10th with 2 sittings 8am or 10am, no reservations need. A morning of fun for children of ALL ages! Eat a delicious breakfast, visit with Santa, win prizes and MORE!  Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and St. Bernard.  Benefit St. Bernard Preschool, Adults $6, Children $5 (2 and up).   Gluten free waffle...

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2016 Fall Retreat Endless Mercy & Advent With Mother Olga CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY! Saturday, December 3rd 9:00am—3:30pm We are so excited for this year’s retreat speaker — Mother Olga Yaqob, foundress and mother servant of The Daughters of Mary of Nazareth.  Mother Olga was born in Iraq and has ...

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Cornerstone has shared that they have no winter coats in their inventory, so the Girl Scouts are collecting winter coats for Cornerstone on Friday (Black Friday) November 25th from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.  A collection truck will be parked in the St. Bernard Parking Lot for the drop offs. Please help if you are able!   &nbs...

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Click on the PHOTOS button on the homepage or click here to see photos of the Women's Guild Bazaar.
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St. Matthew/St. Bernard Trip to Haiti January 17th - January 23rd Come travel to the sun and the warmth this January! Come join the St. Matthew/St. Bernard trip to Haiti this January 17th to the 23rd and experience for yourself the wonderful people of St. Pierre, Ganthier. See the school we have helped to build and meet the child...

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The Vatican recently issued more definitive guidance on cremation for Catholics.  For the complete document, click here. Summary: Because of Christ, Christian death has a positive meaning.  The Christian vision of death receives privileged expression in the liturgy of the Church: “Indeed for your faithful, Lord...

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It’s that time again, we are looking for items to be donated for the Women’s Guild Christmas Bazaar. We are looking for:  kitchen items, nick knacks, jewelry, outdoor items, crafts, Christmas items, kids toys, books, collectables, any good clean stuff you want to get rid of… Please no clothes, televisions or lar...

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Cornerstone Foundation Soupfest 2016 Thursday November 3rd 6:00pm - 8:30pm St. Bernard Church Hall Admission is free and the evening's theme is "SOUP-er Responders" featuring soups provided by Vernon, Tolland and Crystal Lake Volunteer fire and ambulance companies. The evening includes soup tasting, teacup raffles and a s...

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The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be Thursday, December 8, 2016, from 9:30 A.M.—11:30 A.M. in the church hall. Join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting or crocheting and fellowship. For further information or to request a prayer shawl to give to someone, please call Kathy Mu...

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Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) RCIA is the process by which adults are gradually initiated into the life and sacraments of the Catholic Church. It is comprised of various steps along the way and each transition is marked by a rite, or a special ceremony within the public liturgy. Underlying these are the classes where t...

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Bereavement Group Tuesdays Starting November 1st 6:30pm - 8:30pm St. Bernard’s Youth Room Living through grief is not easy but it does not have to be done alone.  The St. Bernard/St. Matthew Community will offer a 9 week support program, “New Day”, for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.&nbs...

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Come join in praying with Bishop Cote and Fr. Rick for those who are called to priestly or consecrated religious life. Pray for our seminarians and those in the process of applying to the Diocese. Join our Diocesan Prayer Team for Vocations by emailing the vocation office for more information at vocations@norwichdiocese.net and check out ...

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The Catholic Community of Saint Bernard & Saint Matthew YOUTH GROUP HIKE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD 2-4PM Drop off will be at the King Riverside Conservation Area on Dimock Road, Coventry, right off of 195 at 2 PM.  Pick up will be at the River Park Athletic Field parking lot on South River Road in Tolland.  Mass will be held a...

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Parishioners will be available after all Masses this weekend with raffle tickets to support Cornerstone.
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Be at St Bernard parking lot before 8:30am Saturday morning.  Bring a lunch and drink, there is no food service at the shrine. Dress for the weather and comfortable shoes. Events are outdoors.     Click here for complete information

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We will be collecting diapers to benefit St. Gerard Center for Life and Birthright.  Donations can be dropped off in Church vestibules lthe weekend of Oct 8-9.
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Click on the PHOTOS button on the homepage or click here to see new photos of the Blessing of the Animals to celebrate St. Francis' Feast Day.
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Knights of Columbus 4122 Bottle Drive Saturday October 15th  9am—1pm St. Bernard Church parking lot We are collecting redeemable bottles and cans (glass, plastic and cans). Clean out your pantry and garage and support your local Knights of Columbus at the same time!  

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Pro-Life Program of Prayer & Fasting and Peaceful Prayer Vigil September 27th—November 6th The Norwich 40 Days-For-Life campaign will begin with a Vigil Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral this Tuesday, September 27, at 7 PM. Bishop Michael R. Cote will be the Principal Celebrant and Reverend Brian C. Maxwell will be the...

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Join us at Saint Matthew as we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This year we will pray together the Glorious Mysteries, with beautiful music and slides reflecting the Mercy of our God. Plan to stay for refreshments after the prayer service. This is a special Year of Mercy Celebration hosted by the Catholic Community of Sa...

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Dear Parishioners of St. Matthew’s and St. Bernard’s Churches, Star Hill was very pleased to host your event and have you at the facility on September 18th! It was a beautiful day, and we were happy to play a part in such a wonderful occasion! Seeing so many family and friends together, having fun and enjoying each other in ...

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The Knights of Columbus Council 4122 will be holding their annual mum sale the weekend of September 24th and 25th after all Masses. The price is $10.00 per plant.  
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The St. Matthew Haiti Outreach Committee will be speaking at all the Masses at St. Bernard Church the weekend of Sept. 24/25th. It will be our pleasure to share with you the history of our twinning with St. Pierre Parish in Ganthier, Haiti and how this covenant has indelibly touched their lives and our hearts. After Mass we will have c...

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The Catholic Schools collection will be a 2nd collection Sept 24-25, envelopes are available at the Church entrances.
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A Benefit Concert for Cornerstone September 17th at 6:30 at St. Bernard Church.  Tickets $10 in advance $15 at the door Children under 12 free with an adult A Year of Mercy Event hosted by St Matthew & St Bernard Church. Watch for Ticket information coming soon!

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FOR THOSE WHO RSVP'D FOR THE PICNIC TODAY: CATHOLIC COMMUNITY PICNIC INFORMATION Star Hill                                        ...

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**TEEN HELP NEEDED WITH GAMES !! Catholic Community of St. Bernard & St. Matthew- Sunday, Sept. 18th with Noon Mass- (Please note, no Noon Mass at St. Bernard that Sunday)- Star Hill Dome in Tolland- Noon Mass followed by a family picnic, games and lots of fun for everyone! Games & activities include: tug of war, 3 legge...

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The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be on Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 9:30am—11:30am in the Church Hall. Join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting and fellowship. No experience is necessary; we will teach you how to create a beautiful prayer shawl. For further information or to...

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The Knights of Columbus Councils from both parishes are sponsoring a social event to Fenway Park to see the Red Sox play the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday August 30th. Even Yankee fans are welcome! The bus will leave St. Matthew parking lot at 3:45pm sharp. This game is a 7:10pm start. The cost per person is $60.00 each and includes your t...

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"A Biblical Walk Through The Mass", starts Monday, August 29th in St. Bernard Hall - morning session starts at 8:45 am and evening session starts at 7:00 pm.  Please call Pat Kenny 860-875-1809 with any questions.

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Annual Summer Toy Drop for the St. Bernard Bazaar We will be looking for your once loved Legos/ board games/ puzzles/ dolls and trucks . Get the kiddos to work cleaning out their toy chests and put those toys they no longer want aside for our bazaar.  The toy drive will be the weekend of Aug 27/28. Questions contact Kathy Lilli...

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Annual School Supply Drives St. Matthew & St. Bernard Churches are working with local organizations to collect school supplies for low income kids. We are in need of the following items:  new or gently used backpacks, #2 pencils, pens, rulers, markers, colored pencils, notepads, 3 ring binders, looseleaf paper -- college-rule,...

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To view the recent Church renovation project photos, click on the PHOTOS button on the homepage or click here.
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St. Bernard Preschool Open House, Sunday, August 7th, 11am to 1pm Come and see our beautiful classrooms and meet our knowledgeable staff.  Classes are forming now for the 2016-2017 school year.  Don’t miss your chance to join our school community today! We serve children aged 3-5 years old. Children must turn three b...

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Only 18 seats remaining in evening session.  2016 St. Bernard Bible Study - Register Now! “A Biblical Walk Through the Mass” If you’ve ever wondered why we say what we say and do what we do during the Liturgy, this is the study for you. Registration begins next weekend. Click Here to register--deadline July...

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Nataliya Tereshchenko, the wife of our wonderful violinist, Yarek, is suffering a catastrophic illness due to complications of a subdural hematoma.  The family with their young son Dariy is now under severe economic stress and needs our help.  You can contribute to the family directly through the website https://www.gofundme.com...

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For July in the Sky photos, Click on PHOTOS on homepage or click here.
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For new Vacation Bible School photos, please click on the homepage PHOTOS button, or click here.
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As a way to show our appreciation for your dedicated service to our two parishes, we will be having a picnic and swim party on July 17th at the South Windsor Swim and Tennis Club.   Our adventure begins at 1:15 when we board a sleek, top of the line school bus that will be parked in front of St. Bernard School located on 20 Scho...

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From Monday, July 11th to early August, Mass at St. Bernard Church will be held in the air-conditioned Hall on the regular weekend and mid-week schedule. Due to your continued financial support and the generous gift from the estate of Arline Ramsdell, your Building Committee has recommended and the Finance Council has approved major wo...

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Rain date July 7th. 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.

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The theme of this summer's Vacation Bible School from July 11-15 is Cave Quest-Following Jesus the Light of the World! Click here to register your child. Contact Kim at 860-875-0753 x 119  

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Our website provider sent a test eNEWS to our list in error on June 28th with links to another Church. They apologize for the error and have made changes to prevent it from happening again.
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Pray together for all those affected by cancer.  June 6 and 14th, St. Bernard Church 7:00 pm.  The novena to St. Peregrine is offered for those whose lives are impacted by Cancer. We gather together at a prayer service on the first and ninth day; a booklet provided at either prayer service includes nine days of scripture reading...

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Join us for coffee after the 10:00 Mass Sunday, June 19th, Father's Day, and meet the Hartford Yard Goats mascots, Chompers and Chew Chew.  Tickets will be available for the opening game at the new ballpark in Hartford,  a great family outing! Contact Tom Stauffer for more information.

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The American Red Cross and the Vernon Knights of Columbus will be conducting a blood drive on Saturday June 11, 2016 8:30 A.M.– 1:30 P.M.at St. Bernard Church. Register to donate at www.redcrossblood.org or walk-in to give Blood. Your Knights will be on hand to provide assistance and refreshments.  

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Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting St. Bernard Hall, June 9th 9:30 AM The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be on Thursday, June 9th from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. in the Church Hall. Join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting and fellowship.  For further information or to request a prayer...

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The June 7th Banquet will be held at Georgina's Banquet hall in Bolton 5:45 P.M. for cocktails, dinner served at 6:15 P.M. If you wish to attend please contact Mary Clements  (860-871-6593) with your dinner choice by May 24th. Choose one of the three: Chicken francais, Beef with mushroom sauce or Baked Salmon with creamy dill ...

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Click on the PHOTOS button on the homepage to see the Luau photos.
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New Photo Albums for Confirmation and First Communion, click on PHOTOS on website homepage or click here .
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Men's ACTS Retreat Click here for brochure Click here for ACTS website and registration form What is it? An ACTS retreat is a three-day, three-night Catholic lay retreat presented by men who have attended prior ACTS retreats, under the guidance of Spiritual Directors. Retreat activities focus on Adoration, Community, Theol...

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Deadline to RSVP May 16th. St. Bernard Ministry Appreciation Luau Dinner, May 20th 6:00 PM for all adult ministry members and spouses who help at St. Bernard in any capacity.  Click here for details and the form to RSVP.

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Channel 3 NEWS reported on St,. Bernard 8-9th Grade service project to provide 64 blankets for the Channel 3 Kids Camp.  Click the link below to see the report, broadcast 4/27/16: WFSB 3 Connecticut  

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The K of C Council 4122 will be holding their annual Mother's Day hanging plant sale after all Masses the weekend of May 7-8.  The price will be $20/plant.
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On Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 11:00 am  there will be a workshop entitled "Called to Protect for Children and Families" in the Parish Center.   This is offered once a year to all parents and caregivers of children who want to learn  more about the protection of young children from abuse.  Please call Kimberly at...

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NEW PHOTOS! Women's Guild "Tea Party in the Park".  Click on the homepage PHOTOS button or Click here 
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$5/person, $15/family, new pancake recipe and quality sausages!  Sponsored by Knights of Columbus.
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Faith-Based, Quality Education at Affordable Prices!! View our beautiful classrooms and meet our knowledgeable staff.  Classes now forming for the 2016-2017 school year. Serving children 3-5 years old. Can't make the Open House?  Call 860-875-0753 X 113 for an appointment or email Sherry.  

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Our Lady of Fatima K of C hanging plant sale 5/7 and 5/8.  The price is $20/plant.
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Bulletin Editor New Combined Bulletin Catholic Community of St. Bernard & St. Matthew Works under the direction of the Pastor or Business Manager of the Catholic Community of St. Bernard & St. Matthew responsible for providing written parish communication via a combined bulletin in coordination with St. Bernard and St. Mat...

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Vernon Chorale Concert - Dona Nobis Pacem, 7:30 PM with special guest Rockville High School's Vocal Motion.  Suggested donation $15 adults, $10 students and seniors. 
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To see new photos of Easter decorations, Youth Group Living Stations of the Cross, more.... click here
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Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3rd St. Bernard Church 2:00-2:45 PM Adoration and Benediction 3:00 PM Chaplet to Divine Mercy in Song  Come, sing, and pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Fellowship will follow in the parish hall. This is a combined event by St. Matthew & St. Bernard parishes, and neighboring parishes are warml...

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Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting St. Bernard Hall, April 7th 9:30 AM The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be on Thursday, Apriul 7, 2016, from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. in the Church Hall. Join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting and fellowship.  For further information or t...

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What is a Small Christian Community? Information Session-- St. Matthew Chapel, Monday March 29th, 7:00 PM Have you ever wanted to be a part of a small community who reflects on the Gospel on a regular basis?  Small Christian Communities (SCC) are just that, a group of parishioners who gather as a small segment of the larger ch...

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Easter is March 27th. Families are also reminded to remove all artificial flowers, statuettes, and garden shop figurines of  any kind.  Artificial flowers are not allowed from March 1 thru November 1.  Please note LED garden lights & candles are not allowed at any time. Brian Kenny, St. Bernard Cemetery &nbs...

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cath-comm.org” is the new domain name for our  clergy’s email addresses, designating Father Rick,  Father Bill, Deacon Ron and Deacon Mike as clergy for the “Catholic Community of St. Bernard and St. Matthew”.    Their emails for @saintbernardchurch.org and @stmatthewct.org are stil...

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Reconciliation Penance Service St. Matthew Church, Monday, March 7th 7:00 PM During this season of Lent we focus on God’s mercy and love for each of us. What better way to personally experience His love and mercy than to return to the Sacrament of Reconciliation?  Confession, Reconciliation, and Penance are all names give...

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Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting St. Bernard Hall, March 10th 9:30 AM The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be on Thursday, March 10, 2016, from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. in the Church Hall. Join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting and fellowship.  For further information or to reque...

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Healing Liturgy, St. Bernard Church Feb. 28th 3:00 PM During the Holy Year of Mercy, we draw together in a special way to share in the incredible gift of God's unfailing mercy.   All are invited to join together in prayer for those who suffer from any type of illness.  Anointing of the sick will be available for those...

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St. Bernard Bereavement Committee Looking to you for help in offering service to the bereaved families in our parish. The Committee is made up of two different groups. Volunteers in one group contact the family of the deceased (after initial contact by our priests) to offer information on planning the funeral Mass. It sounds overwhe...

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The Light Is On For You Reconciliation available every hour with a different priest from the Vernon Deanery between 8:00 am and 7:00 pm at ST. JOSEPH CHURCH, ROCKVILLE. 
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Click on PHOTOS button above for Parish Mission photos held at St. Matthew Feb. 20th. 
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St Bernard’s and St Matthew’s        Invite you to join us for a Lenten Week of Guided Prayer   PRAYER in PRACTICE for EVERYONE!     Sunday, February 14 – Saturday, February 20, 2016           The Lenten Week of Guided is an ...

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LENTEN MISSION Saturday, Feb. 20th 10:00 am-12:00 pm Saint Matthew Parish Hall Life, with its twists and turns, sorrows and joys, is our spiritual journey, our path to God. We need not search for it in any other place. Especially in this Year of Mercy, let us take some time to look at this journey we are on, and consider how we m...

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The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a bottle drive on Saturday, February 13th from 9 am to noon with drop off at the St. Bernard parking lot.  We'll be collecting cans as well as glass and plastic bottles. Proceeds will benefit your local council's community activities.

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Ash Wednesday     February 10        8:00 am – Mass with Ashes – St. Bernard      10:00 am – Woodlake Nursing Home – Ashes      10:30 am – Fox Hill Nursing Home – Ashes      12:05 pm – Liturgy of the Word w...

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Coffee and Doughnuts this Sunday after the 10:00 am Mass hosted by the Knights of Columbus.
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Ash Wednesday is Feb. 10th and the Women's Guild will be sponsoring the Lenten Soup Supper.  We are looking for donations of Home made  Meatless soup and breads. If you can help please email Kathy Lillis ( Klillis@comcast.net ) or Pegi Deitz- Shea ( pegideitzshea@aol.com )with your offerings.  You may also telephone Ela...

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VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE Saturday, February 13, 2016 7:00pm-11:00pm St. Bernard Church Hall $20/person ($25 at the door) Dancing, light snacks, soda, beer, and wine sponsored by your Knights of Columbus councils 4122 & 6626. For more information contact Jeff.Bachiochi@snet.net or (860) 875-7945.  

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The Women's Guild will meet in the Hall Tuesday, Feb. 2nd at 6:00 PM. 
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Divine Mercy Chaplet First Fridays, 8:30 A.M. During this Holy Year of Mercy, The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed after morning Mass on the First Friday of each  month beginning Feb 5, at St Bernard Church. Chaplet prayer brochures provided.    

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COMBINED PARISH COUNCILS MEET TO PLAN FUTURE The combined Parish Councils of the Catholic Community of St. Bernard and St. Matthew met Saturday, January 16th at Tolland Lodge for a day long retreat and facilitated planning session.  The planning meeting discussed features loved about each parish, key yoking areas of ...

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Knights of Columbus Council 4122 meeting, January 18, 7:00 PM in St. Bernard School basement.
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The next meeting of the St. Bernard's Prayer Shawl Ministry will be on Thursday, January 14th, from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. in the Church hall.  We invite all those who enjoy knitting and/or crocheting to consider joining our Prayer Shawl Ministry.  Instructions for the shawls will be provided, but p...

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Join us after the 10:00am Mass January 10th for Coffee and Doughnuts in the Hall.  Sponsored by Knights of Columbus.
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Parish Family Movie Knight on 1/8 SAVE THE NIGHT!! The Knights of Columbus in Rockville are collaborating with the K of C in Tolland to have a family movie night on Friday Jan. 8 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Matthew's Parish Hall.   Join us for a family movie and popcorn and more!.  

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Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th: St. Bernard - 4:00pm, 6:00pm, Midnight preceeded by Carol sing and Concert at 11:30pm St. Matthew - 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 10:00pm Christmas Day, Dec. 25th:  St. Bernard - 9:00am, 11:00am St. Matthew - 8:30am, 10:30am  

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Please help decorate our Mitten Tree in the Church center vestibule with scarfs and mittens for the needy in our community!
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Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be on Thursday, December 10th, from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. in the Church Hall. For further information or to request a prayer shawl to give to someone, please call Mary Smith at 860-872-2611 or Kathy Mullin at 860-872-8828. ...

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December 12, 2015 Sponsored by St. Bernard Parish Community and Knights of Columbus #4122 A MORNING OF FUN FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES   Enjoy a good wholesome breakfast! Activities while you wait! – PRIZES & More. Bring your camera and take pictures with Santa or have your picture taken by one of our elves. ...

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Christmas Carol Sing Immediately following the 7:00 P.M. Mass on Tuesday, December 8th (Holy Day of Obligation). Refreshments following in Hall.
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Dec. 6, 2015  During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, beginning December 8th, Pope Francis is asking us to practice both the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. The corporal works of mercy are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs; while the spiritual works of mercy are actions that help our neighbor...

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