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Weeks of December 10th & 17th Regular Schedule Upcoming Events: Dec 10&11 - Grade 5 Reconciliation during class time Dec 10&11 - Grade 3 - Walk/Run fundraiser during class to benefit Ark of Hope January 5 - CP1 retreat from 3-6pm. Parents & students meet in the Church Hall. Ch...

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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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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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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. Please consult your IRA investment company, tax advisor, or call Brian Kenny, our Business Manager for more information at 8...

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January 12th - Special Second Saturday Faith and Fun Night! Clairvaux House Pasta Dinner at St. Bernard’s.  Tickets on sale December 29th & 30th and January 5th & 6th after all Masses. To join the Youth Group, email Hilary and Bridget at youth@cath-comm.org!  

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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, S...

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  All knitters and crocheters are cordially invited to join the Prayer Shawl Ministry which meets on the second Thursday of each month in the St. Bernard Church Hall. The next meeting is: Thursday, December 13th 9:30am—11:30am in the St. Bernard Church Hall Join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting and fellows...

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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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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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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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Monday, December 24th 4:00pm Christmas Eve Mass Rehearsals: 12/2, 12/16 and 12/23 after the 10:30am Mass at St. Matthew Church. For more information, contact our Music Director Rebecca Urrutia at rebecca.urrutia@stmatthewct.org  

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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...

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Gift cards purchased last weekend will be available for pickup after all Masses. Next Gift Card Sale will be in February 2019.    
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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) Christmas Day, Tuesday, ...

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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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Pastor's Page - December
"To see the miraculous within the ordinary is the mark of highest wisdom." - Ralph Waldo Emerson Dear Parish Family, The birth of the Son of God – was by every worldly standard, “ordinary”.  He came among us as a vulnerable child – born in a place reserved for animals – held in the arm...

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The next Baptism Preparation meeting for those parents who wish to have their children baptized is scheduled for Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Please call the Parish Office (872-0200) to pre-register.

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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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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...

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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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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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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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All mail sent to St. Matthew Church, should be addressed: 111 Tolland Green Tolland, CT 06084 We will be discontinuing the use of our P.O. Box soon.  
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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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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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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! ...

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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 star...

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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. What a...

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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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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, l...

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