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Martin Luther King, Jr. Break No classes January 20th—22th Grade 7-10 Youth Rooted In Christ Monthly Challenge for January is 30 Days of Prayer. Upcoming Events: Jan 26 10:30am Children's Catechetical Mass Jan 27 During Class Kindergarten - parents invited to class. Jan 27 & 28 During Class Grade 4 - Liturgy & Sacrament Retreat with parents Jan 27 & 29 During Class   Grade 10 - Required parent & student meeting. Please meet in the Church Hall.   Feb 3...

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All Baptism Preparation Classes will now be held in the Chapel at St. Matthew Church.  The next class for registered parents who wish to have their child(ren) baptized is scheduled for: Tuesday, February 4th at 7:00pm in the St. Matthew Chapel Call Denise at 860-872-0200, Ext. 1 to pre-register. Baptisms are scheduled: at St. Bernard Church on the 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sunday of the month at St. Matthew Church on the 2nd, 4th, & 5th Sunday of the month

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Question: The Bible talks a lot about “testifying” or “giving testimony” to our faith. That makes me think of a courtroom. What does testifying to faith look like in everyday life? Answer: The courtroom image isn’t too far off for some Christians. The Church has often been persecuted, and it was especially intense in the early days of the Church, when Acts and the various epistles were being written. For persecuted Christians, it did mean attesting publicly to their faith in Jesus Christ, sometimes before harsh judges. To testify is to bear witness, and this is something we are all ca...

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Please consider volunteering for the St. Matthew Children’s Liturgy of the Word Ministry. We currently have a very small group of volunteers and we need some help. We have a fun group of kids, which makes volunteering very fulfilling. We use a book that guides us through the celebration and we do a good job of scheduling so you know in advance when you’re on. If you can help out once a month (or every other month) - that small commitment of time will go a long way towards ensuring we keep the ministry going for the kids. Join with a friend! If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Stace...

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Youth Group Events

Posted on January 14, 2020 in: General News

2nd Saturday Faith & Fun Night - February 8th Starts with the 5:00pm Mass at St. Matthew Grades 7-10 Parents are welcome More information coming soon Steubenville NYC 2020 - High School Join 3,000 teens from throughout the US for three days of fellowship, faith, the sacraments, and awesome music at Steubenville NYC on Friday July 24 – Sunday July 26, 2020. Begin your faith journey with a sendoff Mass with Bishop Cote, put on your new Diocese of Norwich Steubenville NYC T-Shirt, and head out on the bus for an uplifting event of a lifetime! The event is open to 8th – 12th grade...

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At St. Matthew Preschool: Our students have been busy learning, creating, playing and growing this year! Recent events include: A visit from the Lutz Children’s Museum. Both classes enjoyed learning about animals, tracks, and habitats. During Music Together we played with scarves & egg shakers while moving rhythmically to a variety of cultural music. The children have so much fun during our special music time. It is amazing as teachers to see how music ignites all areas of child development. Our CT certified Art Specialist taught a lesson on Vincent Van Gogh to the four year old class. The st...

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Food Pantry Donations

Posted on January 13, 2020 in: General News

Food Pantry Donations Blessed Sacrament Parish will be using new goldenrod colored envelopes (located at the doors of both Churches) for parishioners who would like to make a monetary donation to either the Tolland Food Pantry or the Cornerstone Cupboard Rockville. These new envelopes allow you to safely donate to either food pantry whenever you would like!  Please be sure to check off which food pantry you would like your donation to go to and make your check payable to Tolland Food Pantry or Cornerstone and place in the collection baskets.   With the use of these new envelopes, St. Matthew Church ...

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6:30pm - 7:30pm 111 Tolland Green, Tolland Classroom 4 Snow date:  Thursday, January 30th Everyone is welcome to join us and take this opportunity to see our classroom, learn about our program, and talk with our teachers. If you cannot make our open house, feel free to contact us to schedule another time to chat and see our classroom. Our 3 year olds meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45 am until 11:45 am Our 4 year olds meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:45 am until 11:45 am We are an accredited Music Together Preschool. Both our 3-year olds and 4-year olds receive a 30 minute st...

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It's Not Too Late to Join! Help Us Spread the Word - Tell a Friend! We WELCOME You Home! Beginning January 13th, the Blessed Sacrament Parish Evangelization Ministry will be hosting a six-week series on Mondays from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in St. Matthew Church Hall to welcome any and all Catholics with open arms back to the Church. You’re Invited… If you are a CATHOLIC who has been AWAY from the CHURCH for a while, this INVITATION is for YOU!  The Blessed Sacrament Parish would like to welcome you back. No Matter How Long… You have been away, or for whatever reason, we invite y...

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Dear Parishioners, We’ve all heard it said that a new year means new opportunity and a fresh start.  I’ve also heard it shared that when we enter the New Year we need to reflect on our past, learn from it and move ahead; stronger, smarter and more determined.  The question I have, however, is what are we moving towards? Words are nice and encouraging and inspiring – but we need more than words – we need a plan and a goal otherwise we’re just talking the talk and not walking the walk.  And let’s face it, the last thing our world needs is another smooth talker that doesn&...

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Pastor's Page - January

Posted on January 12, 2020 in: Pastor's Thoughts

Pastor's Page - January
Dear Blessed Sacrament family, I begin this letter with a thank you to the many people who made our Christmas liturgies dynamic, beautiful, faith filled, motivating and well attended.  Each year I notice that the list of those who are actively involved in our liturgies, young and old, expands.  That is a wonderful thing and I thank God for such an involved parish.  I would like to share with you a personal observation and spiritual gift card I received over these weeks of Christmas.  It occurred at the Vigil Mass of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of...

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Blessed Sacrament Parish Book Club returns in January. New members are always welcome. If you enjoy reading and learning about our Catholic faith then this book club is made for you! Book club will inspire 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 The Lamb’s Supper by Scott Hahn.  Plan to join us Jan 6, 20, and Feb 3.  We will have two sessions: a morning session (8:45am—10:00am) at St. Bernard an evening session(7:00pm—8:15pm) at St. Matt...

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Epiphany Blessing of the Chalk

Posted on December 30, 2019 in: General News

It has been a tradition in the Catholic Church to bless chalk at the Masses for Epiphany then use the blessed chalk as part of blessing one’s home in the New Year. Use the chalk that was blessed at Mass to write the following above a doorway in your home: 20+C+M+B+20 There are 2 meanings for C, M, B Caspar, Melchior, & Balthasar (traditional names for the magi) or Christus Mansionem Benedicat (which in Latin means May Christ Bless This House) The “+” sign represents the cross and 2020 is the year of the blessing   As you are writing, pray the following pra...

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Pray for our Military

Posted on November 25, 2019 in: General News

We are updating our prayer list of deployed military personnel.  If you have a loved one who is in the military in harm’s way, please email their name to spirituality@cath-comm.org or call either Church office. St. Michael is the patron saint of soldiers and will be regularly asked to intercede for the protection of our loved ones in the military. Parishioners can request to add the name of active military personnel to our St. Michael the Archangel Prayer Book at any time and we are encouraging parishioners to let us know so our list is kept current.  Names are no longer published in the bulletin...

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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 or school. The Diocese of Norwich offers two Praesidium programs. Both cover the same material, just in different formats. You can take the on-line program, Armatus, or attend a one-time DVD presentation, Called to Protect. For more information or to enroll, please contact LeeAnn...

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Mattie’s Togs Thrift Shop

Posted on November 14, 2019 in: General News

Our Shop is bursting at the seams with wonderful Summer and Winter clothing for both Boys and Girls— Newborn to Size 20 and larger. We have shoes galore and we continue to carry Baptismal outfits and First Communion and Flower Girl dresses and Boys Sunday Best. Our $5 Bag Sale is ongoing and specially priced items are $3 for $10. We are open all year round Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm and are located in St. Matthew Church on the Dunn Hill Rd side. It is worth the trip! Any questions, please call Billie at 860-871-0260.  

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Haiti Outreach Collection Box

Posted on November 14, 2019 in: General News

The Haiti Outreach Committee has placed a clothing donation box in both the St. Bernard Church Hall and the St. Matthew Church Hall for anyone who wishes to donate clothing. Additional acceptable items for collection are posted on the box, as well. Thank you, in advance, for your continued generosity! St. Matthew/St. Bernard Haiti Outreach Committee  

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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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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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Low-Gluten Host Available

Posted on November 14, 2019 in: General News

Low-gluten Communion Hosts are available for sufferers of Celiac disease at both St. Bernard and St. Matthew. If you need low-gluten Communion Host, please come to the presider’s line (right-center aisle line) during Holy Communion and say you would like a low-gluten Host.  

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Parking at St. Bernard Church

Posted on September 18, 2019 in: General News

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

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Find a Mass on Vacation

Posted on August 21, 2019 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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Pro-Life Bottle Collection

Posted on June 11, 2019 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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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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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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