News

The next Baptism Preparation meeting for those parents who wish to have their children baptized is scheduled for Tuesday, September 3rd 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 Taryn Rainha by phone at 860-872-0200 Ext 324 by email at preschool@stmatthewct.org  

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Frosty Village Bazaar 2019

Posted on August 21, 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 (including 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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Sanctuary Lamp Intentions

Posted on August 21, 2019 in: General News

Both St. Matthew & St. Bernard have a Sanctuary Lamp that is available to memorialize a loved one or for another intention such as healing or thanksgiving. The donation is $25 for the week and the intention will be listed in the bulletin. To reserve the Sanctuary Lamp, please call: For the St. Matthew Sanctuary Lamp: (860) 872-0200 For the St. Bernard Sanctuary Lamp:  (860) 875-0753    

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Question: In some passages of the Bible, Jesus makes it sound like only a few people will be saved. But we talk about hoping for everyone's salvation. So which one is it - will many or few people be saved? Answer: Salvation is a mystery of God's grace. St. Paul encourages us to offer prayers for everyone. He calls it "good and pleasing to God" because God Himself "wills everyone to be saved" (c.f. 1 Tm 2:1-4). The redemption that Jesus offers is held out to all of us. His sacrifice on the cross was already for everyone. Now it is a matter of if and how we accept that salvation in our ow...

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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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Mattieā€™s Togs Thrift Shop

Posted on August 20, 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 on going 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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The Pro-Life Ministry is looking for volunteers to help pick-up and redeem donated bottles and cans that are deposited near the dumpsters located in the St. Matthew Church parking lot. The donations have been overwhelming and additional help is needed. This is a great opportunity for a teenager looking for a community service project or anyone else wanting to help with this worthy fund raiser. To volunteer or request additional information, please contact the St. Matthew Church office or call Peter Lafontaine at 860-872-6348.

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Sponsored by the Haitian Ministry for the children of St. Pierre Parish, Ganthier, Haiti Parishioners of all ages are invited to bring new, unwrapped toys to the altar during Mass at either Church the weekend of September 21st & 22nd. The toys will be shipped to St. Pierre in time to give the kids a truly Merry Christmas. Toys should be small enough to fit into the shipping barrels and should not require batteries (they cannot be replaced) nor include written instruction (they do not read English). This also means no English books. Suggested toys include black dolls, toy cars and trucks, bubbles, jump ropes, ball...

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Blessed Sacrament Parish offertory envelopes have been sent out.  If you use envelopes for your weekly offertory, you should be receiving them soon. The envelopes will begin with the weekend of August 31st/September 1st.

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The NEW St. Matthew ONLINE GIVING system is now on the St. Matthew website!  CLICK HERE TO SIGN IN FOR YOUR NEW ACCOUNT.  Due to the merger, the former Online Giving system was deactivated July 3rd and users must enter their bank/credit card information again for security.  Following the Diocese of Norwich guidance, all St. Matthew donors will receive their donation statement for the first half of 2019 in late July, then their last half of 2019 donations to Blessed Sacrament Parish in January 2020.

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Due to insurance and safety concerns, after over 50 years, we are cleaning out the attic! If there is any Ministry that has items they want to keep, please retrieve them or label them as soon as possible. Otherwise, it will be disposed of. If any Ministry has already cleaned out its portion of the attic, then they are all set. If you have any questions, please call the St. Matthew Church office!  

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Altar Servers Needed!

Posted on August 19, 2019 in: General News

Altar Server Training Saturday, September 14, 21 and 28  St. Bernard Church 9:00am – 10:15am In September we are beginning a new class for altar servers.  All girls and boys in Grade 3 and up are invited to become altar servers at St. Bernard or St. Matthew. Three days of training have been scheduled on September 14, 21 and 28. To join us, CLICK HERE to sign up online or contact the church office via email at rectory@cath-comm.org or by phone at 860-875-0753 x 1.  Thank you for volunteering for this important ministry!

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Pastor's Page - August

Posted on August 18, 2019 in: Pastor's Thoughts

Pastor's Page - August
Dear Blessed Sacrament Parish Family, It seems to me that while we were shoveling and plowing the heavy snows of winter– time seemed to dragggggg by.  Summer, on the other hand, with its warm temperatures and sunny skies – is flying by!  What happened to July?  Perhaps it’s best to simply embrace it as part of the charm of living in New England.  Along with the seasonal changes, I hope your spiritual life is transforming into an even deeper relationship with Christ.  One of the dangers of the beautiful season of summer is tha...

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It’s Not Too Early! Teacher/Aide sign up boards for religious education for the 2019-20 school year are posted on the whiteboards at the entrance to the classroom wing.  If you are being called to teach or aide, please stop in to write in your name for the grade, date and time.  We do provide training!  If you have any questions, please contact: · Cynde Yaconiello (Grades K-6) at cynde.yaconiello@stmatthewct.org or · Bridget Thurston (Grades 7-Confirmation) at bridget.thurston@stmatthewct.org. 

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Low-Gluten Host Available

Posted on August 06, 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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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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Haiti Outreach Collection Box

Posted on July 16, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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