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Posted on April 18, 2019 in: General News

Week of April 22nd Regular Schedule Week of April 29th Regular Schedule - Last week of Classes! Upcoming Events: April 22& 23 - Grade 3 - Visits the Reconciliation room during class. April 29 & 30 - Grade 3 - Reconciliation during class. May 4 & 5 - Crowning of Mary at all Masses May 9 - Grade 3 - First Eucharist Rehearsal 6:00pm in the Church. One parent is required to attend. May 11 - Grade 3 - First Eucharist 10:00am & 1:00pm   Easter Basket Update:   A special thank you for the won...

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The next Baptism Preparation meeting for those parents who wish to have their children baptized is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Please call the Parish Office (872-0200) to pre-register.

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Registration has started for the 2019/2020 school year! Our 3 year olds meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45am until 11:45am Our 4 year olds meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:45am until 11:45am We are an accredited Music Together Preschool. Both classes receive a 30 minute structured music class once a week by a certified Music Together teacher. Our 4 year olds also receive an art class once a month from a certified Art teacher. For more information or to schedule a visit please contact Eveline Siebesma by phone at 860-872-0200 Ext 324 by email at preschool@stmatthewct.org   ...

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Both St. Bernard & St. Matthew Churches have ‘hearing devices’ tied into the sound system. If you would like to use one of the hearing devices, you can ask for one before Mass. At St. Matthew in the vesting room by the front doors At St. Bernard in the Sacristy - enter through the door by Mary The hearing devices are small with an ear plug and clean ‘booties’ to use.  

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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 consult your IRA investment company, tax advisor, or call Brian Kenny, our Business Manager for more information at 860-875-0753 x 106.  

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Your bagged donation can be dropped off in Classroom #10 of the St. Matthew Parish Center: Monday through Friday 9:30 to 3:00 or Saturday and Sunday 9:00 to 1:00. Collection does not start until May 4th due to storage restrictions. PLEASE DO NOT leave bags in the Hallway or outside the locked doors. Someone will be there to help you with your donations. Thank you for your donations they are greatly appreciated. If you have questions call Jean Canal at 860-875-2276.  

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The St. Matthew Women’s Guild would like to invite you to our Annual Installation Banquet to be held at Basil's Restaurant. Price: $25.00 Entrée Choices: Chicken Parmigiana with Pasta Veal Marsala with Pasta Baked Scrod with Baked Potato & Vegetable All Entrées are served with Salad, Bread & Butter Dessert with Coffee & Tea will be provided RSVP by Friday, May 3, 2019 to:  Jean Canal at 860-875-2276  

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Application Deadline:  Friday, May 3rd This scholarship is open to any graduating high school senior who is a resident of Tolland or whose family is registered with St. Matthew Parish and who has been accepted by an accredited college or university as a full time student. Applications are now available at the Tolland and East Catholic High School guidance offices and at the St. Matthew Parish Office. Completed applications are due to the Parish Office or the address listed on the application no later than Friday, May 3rd.  

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Seats still available! Saturday April 27, 2019 from 1PM to 3PM (Doors open 12:30PM) $25.00 per person—Limited Seating (Reservations only) 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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New members are always welcome. If you enjoy reading and learning more about our Catholic faith the St. Bernard & St. Matthew Catholic Community book club is made for you! 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. Our next book will be Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis. This simple yet deeply profound classic clearly explains and defends the beliefs that nearly all Christians hold in common. Plan to join us May 6, 20, and June 10.  We will have a morning session (8:...

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Gift cards will be available for purchase after all Masses next weekend. Visit www.shopwithscrip.com to see all the gift cards available for purchase. Pick up will be May 4th & 5th.      

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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 by St. Matthew & St. Bernard parishes, and neighboring parishes are warmly welcome. Join us April 28th!  

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We will resume our Sunday Adoration on Sunday, May 5th at St. Matthew. Starting in October, and for the next eight months, on the 1st Sunday of the month (at St. Matthew Church) & 3rd Sunday of the month (at St. Bernard Church) we will be offering the opportunity for our community to pray for our beloved Church that is in crisis. Please consider joining us as we turn to God in our brokenness and pray for healing. Psalm 134:18 - The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit

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Pastor's Page - April

Posted on April 14, 2019 in: Pastor's Thoughts

Pastor's Page - April
Dear Parish family, The month of April begins in the penitential season of Lent and ends in the joyful season of Easter.  Both seasons are deeply connected since we can’t have an Easter Sunday without first experiencing Good Friday.  I imagine if any outsider entered our Good Friday liturgy they would be confused by the hundreds of people coming forth to reverence the Cross.  Does it make sense that we would want to reverently touch and kiss the instrument of Jesus’ death?  John’s Gospel sheds light on this question when we read, &ld...

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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 860-604-9269

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Divine Mercy brochures are available at the Church entrances for those who would like to pray the Novena to Divine Mercy at home. Traditionally this novena begins Good Friday for the 9 days leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday.  Share Mercy: We have an ample supply of prayer cards and color prints at the entrances to Church. Feel free to take them home to share in any manner you would like.   

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Most Needed Food Items:  Canned Fruit, Fruit Cup Packs, Applesauce, Canned Soup, Jelly & Jam (grape & strawberry), Peanut butter, Pancake Mix, Maple Syrup, Muffin Mix, Graham Crackers, Granola Bars, Canned Vegetables (corn, green beans, peas, carrots), Canned Meat (tuna & chicken), Mayonnaise, Dried or Canned Beans, Baked Beans, Boxed Macaroni & Cheese, Ramen Noodle Packs, Boxed Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Boxed Rice (white and brown), Cold Cereal & Oatmeal, Bottled Juice, & Juice Boxes If you are making a donation to the food pantry by check, please make the check payable to “Tolland Food Pan...

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Question: Lent always seems to help me renew my relationship with God and strengthen my religious practice. Do you have any suggestions as to what I could do to achieve that the rest of the year? Answer: The obvious answer may seem to be to do whatever you do during Lent all year-round. But part of the power of Lent is that we focus as a community on renewing our faith and preparing for Easter. Our Lenten practices have a purpose and a goal. Therein lies the secret. When we focus our efforts on one virtue, try to change one bad habit, or seek to deepen our understanding of one aspect of faith, we focus our efforts...

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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 thru November 1st. Please note LED lights, solar lights & candles are not allowed at any time. If you have questions or concerns, please call Brian Kenny at 860-875-0753 Ext 106.  

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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.  The goal of this program is to provide a sense of community where support is given and received. “New Day” is led by trained facilitators and includes prayer, discussion, and journaling.  Although “New Day” is a faith-based program, it is not restricted to C...

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All mail to St. Matthew Church and staff should be addressed: 111 Tolland Green Tolland, CT  06084  

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Frosty Village Bazaar 2019

Posted on March 13, 2019 in: General News

It's not too early to start thinking about the Frosty Village Bazaar 2019! Do you sew, knit/crochet, or craft? Consider making a few items for the Bazaar. Yarn and fabric are available; call Liz at 860-871-8928 if you are able to help out. Cleaning out? Donations of yarn, quilting fabric (dog, cat, children, and Xmas prints, etc.), buttons, quilt batting, felt, fleece, flannel, ribbon, baskets, Velcro, etc. are greatly appreciated. Leave in the Frosty Village Bazaar box under the coat rack in St. Matthew hall. Your kind donations are much appreciated as they boost our profits!  

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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. March 18th, at 10:30 a.m.. in Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. This is the sixth year that such legislation has been proposed by the General Assembly.  The Catholic Bishops of Connecticut, along with members of the health care and disabi...

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Phishing Scam

Posted on March 11, 2019 in: General News

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 reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. Below is an example of a phishing email where the scammer impersonated Fr. Rick with numerous exchanges between the parties via email before the individual asked for the gift cards. There are some simple ways to ...

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Parish Safety Committee

Posted on March 05, 2019 in: General News

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.  Over the next few months committee members will be conducting safety and security assessments of our Churches and making recommendations for enhancements or additions to supplies, equipment and training that could be helpful in the event of an emergency.  The committee is comprise...

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St. Matthew Sanctuary Lamp

Posted on February 20, 2019 in: General News

The Sanctuary Lamp located near the Tabernacle may be memorialized for a loved one. The donation is $25 and the Lamp will burn from Sunday to Saturday. The name of the deceased person will be mentioned in the bulletin. To have the Sanctuary Lamp burn in memory of someone, please call the Parish Office at (860) 872-0200.  

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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 Sunday February 10th and also published in this month's Four County Catholic.  Please call the Diocese of Norwich Office of Communications at 860-887-3933 with any questions.

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Mattie’s Togs Thrift Shop

Posted on February 06, 2019 in: General News

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. We are open on Saturdays 9am to 1pm. Any questions, please call Billie at 860-871-0260.  

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Mass Intention Guidelines

Posted on January 15, 2019 in: General News

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. 1.  On July 1st of every year, the Mass book for the following calendar year will be open for Mass requests. The Mass book for calendar year 2020 will open Monday, July 1, 2019. 2.  There will be a limit of 6 Masses per household – 3 special individual intentions on...

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Hearing Aids Wanted

Posted on December 11, 2018 in: General News

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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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 these active military members during our Advent Penance service. For security reasons, we no longer publish the names of active military members in our bulletin.  

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Pro-Life Bottle Collection

Posted on October 23, 2018 in: General News

Don’t want the hassle of returning your empty cans, bottles and plastics?  Donate them to the Pro-Life Ministry by dropping them off in the designated trash bins outside the dumpster area.  Please be sure they are returnable and uncrushed.  PLEASE LEAVE BOTTLES AND CANS IN BAGS - they are easier to pick up.  Your generous donations are very much appreciated.  

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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 instructions on how to register, click here.  To access your account from your iPhone after registering, search for and download the FORMED App on your iPhone, and enter the email and password you used to register.

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Online Giving - Instructions

Posted on September 20, 2018 in: General News

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 the service tell us how easy it is to use and manage. For step by step instructions on how to take advantage of this convenient program, click here. Thank you for your consideration - if you have any questions, please call the parish office.  

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Find a Mass on Vacation

Posted on August 14, 2018 in: General News

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

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St. Matthew Mobile App

Posted on July 24, 2018 in: General News

The New Saint Matthew mobile app is now available! The Church you love is now available on your mobile device! With the new Saint Matthew 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! Available for iPhone and Android devices or search for 'St. Matthew Church - CT' on your device.

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Online Giving - What is it?

Posted on June 11, 2018 in: General News

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. What are the advantages of Online Giving? It makes it easy to fulfill stewardship commitments, even when you can't attend church. You never have to bring cash or checks to Church. Giving electronically also helps the Church save money and improve its budget! Is Online Giving risky? ...

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"Called to Protect" Training

Posted on April 04, 2018 in: General News

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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Vatican Guidance on Cremation

Posted on November 06, 2016 in: General News

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, life is changed but not ended, and, when this earthly dwelling turns to dust, an eternal dwelling is made ready for them in heaven”.  By death the soul is separated from the body, but in the resurrection God will give incorruptible life to our body, transformed by reunion with ou...

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