Pastor's Page - June

Dear Parish family,

I begin this letter with a note of congratulations to all our people – young and old alike – who celebrate a graduation this month. Well done! Graduations are milestones in our lives that mark a transition from a familiar place to a place that is yet undiscovered. It is as much a moment of excitement and joy as it is a moment of apprehension. Our prayer is that their transition into their new world is a great success.

Our spiritual journeys are also filled with many moments of transition. The Holy Spirit continually calls us to grow and move forward from places that are familiar to places that are new and transformative. And although it sounds good on paper, it is often a great challenge to leave behind that which we have grown accustomed. Change is difficult, but the alternative is worse: stagnation. Without change, our actions toward good can end up just being actions out of routine. Saint Mother Theresa said it beautifully when she wrote:

There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in - that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.

It takes a leap of faith to transition into life’s next steps. The willingness to grow, however, leads to depth of character, it leads to our authentic God created selves, and it leads to a sense of peace knowing we are doing our best to be who He intended.

Speaking of transition, next month our two communities will become one parish. We will be called the Parish of the Blessed Sacrament. Our two worship sites: St. Matthew in Tolland and St. Bernard in Rockville will remain. I love our new name because it reminds us and informs the world that the Eucharist is the center of our lives and community. How can you go wrong with that?!

I know change is challenging but we need to be open to the movement of the Spirit and be receptive to all that we can become instead of what we once were. I like to compare our joining to that of a marriage. Scripture states that the “two shall become one”. After July 1st our resources, talents, time and dreams become one. Each parish has its own unique gifts and we become a stronger body with our joining. We’ve already accomplished many of the things required of a merged community. With Christ, I’m sure our next phase will go just as well. Please keep our parish and her people in your prayers and thank you for your faithfulness.

Peace everyone, and happy transitions.

Fr. Rick

 

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Saturday (Vigil) - 5:00pm
Sunday - 8:30 & 10:30am
Daily Mass - St. Matthew:
(T, Th, F) - 9:00am
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PLEASE NOTE WE WILL BE GOING TO A NEW ONLINE GIVING SYSTEM WITH SIMPLER, MORE ADVANCED FEATURES IN EARLY JULY.  On June 28th, the St. Matthew legacy system will close and you will be able to log into the new system when it is activated.  Until June 28th, you may still log into the legacy system below to make changes. Please Contact Christine Griffin (860-872-0200 x 305) with any questions.
 

 

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