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Why Be a Catechist? Shhhh. Listen? Are you being called to teach religious education? Here are 7 good reasons to answer that call: The best way to learn is to teach. Your own faith will come alive. You become an active participant in one of the essential responsibilities of our Church community. You assist in bringing Christ to others. You practice stewardship. You show your own family that you value the Faith. You become a role model. You will never regret saying “yes” to that call. And in responding, you may find you are doing something special for yourself. If you are interested ...

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The next Baptism Preparation meeting for those parents who wish to have their children baptized is scheduled for Monday, July 9th 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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Question: How do you explain "Real Presence" to children? Answer: The first Communion class is filled with excitement to the point of bursting! They are just awestruck by every new thing they learn about Jesus. Their enthusiasm is contagious as they rattle off the names of the things in Church, the vessels and vestments used at Mass, and the names of their pastors and priests. Of course, they know Christ can do anything because he's God. He comes to us in Holy Communion because he loves us so much that he wants to be with us. And he comes to us in the form of bread and wine. We really receive him in ...

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Find a Mass on Vacation

Posted on June 18, 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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The Great Adventure Bible Study, James: Pearls for Wise Living involves reading the letter of James and answering a series of questions that will help you understand and think more deeply about what you have read. Class dates: Monday 8:45am or Monday 7:00pm Eleven sessions: Aug. 26, Sept. 9,23,30, Oct. 7,21,28, Nov. 11,25, Dec 2,16 Register now – space is limited Click here for registration form. For more information, email bkenny@cath-comm.org or contact:         Pat Kenny at 860-875-1809 or         Mary Frances Berstene ...

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Our community will celebrate a special Mass on July 4th at St. Bernard Cemetery (in the historic section, by the altar) for all those buried in our cemetery and for all deceased members of our Churches. Please note there will be no 9:00am Mass on July 4th. Plan to arrive early and bring your lawn chairs. In the event of rain, Mass will be celebrated at St. Matthew Church.

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July in the Sky Fireworks

Posted on June 17, 2019 in: General News

Tuesday, July 2nd  (Rain date July 9th) Join us at St. Bernard to view the fireworks at the best spot in Rockville. Bring your blankets and chairs. Hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, soda, ice cream for sale to support St. Bernard Preschool. We will fire up the grill at 5:00pm - we hope you can join us!

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At the South Windsor Swim & Tennis Club Bus Leaves St. Bernard School at 3:45pm & Returns to St. Bernard School at 7:00pm As a way to show our appreciation for your dedicated service to our two Churches, all Altar Servers from St. Bernard & St. Matthew are invited to our Appreciation Swim Party & Cookout.  Please keep a look out for an email with the details and permission slips. I look forward to seeing you there!!! Peace, Fr. Rick

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The Combined Collection for World Charities is this weekend.  The four causes supported by this collection are: Catholic Relief Services – helps six Catholic agencies provide food to the hungry, support to displaced refugees, and work towards peace and reconciliation among our marginalized brothers and sisters here and around the world. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) – In the United States one in six people lives in poverty.  This collection supports programs that address the causes of poverty and provide a sustainable future for those who are struggling across the country....

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From Our Business Manager, Brian Kenny Effective July 1, 2019, St. Bernard and St. Matthew will be canonically and legally merged into a new parish, Blessed Sacrament Parish, with worship sites at St. Bernard and St. Matthew. While yoked for four years, both St. Bernard and St. Matthew kept their finances separate and had separate finance councils. After the merger, finances will be combined into one corporation and we will have one finance council, “Blessed Sacrament Parish Finance Council”. This new finance council will be comprised of members from St. Matthew & St. Bernard and be responsible for finan...

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Pastor's Page - June

Posted on June 16, 2019 in: Pastor's Thoughts

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 Ho...

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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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Frosty Village Bazaar 2019

Posted on June 11, 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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Low-Gluten Host Available

Posted on June 10, 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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Sanctuary Lamp Intentions

Posted on May 29, 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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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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Bishop Cote has assigned Larry Barile to St. Bernard and St. Matthew parishes for his summer pastoral work this year. Larry is entering his third year of theology this fall and is awaiting the call for orders for Transitional Deacon in the spring of 2020. This is a wonderful period for Larry as he continues his formation for priestly ministry by assisting our parish families. We encourage Larry and ask for remembrance of him and all our seminarians in your prayers. Welcome Larry!  

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Miraculous Medals Available

Posted on May 06, 2019 in: General News

The month of May is dedicated to Our Blessed Mother Mary “The Miraculous Medal” On November 27, 1830, Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Catherine  Labouré, a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. It was during that visit on November 27, that Mary asked Sister Catherine to have a medal made. Mary showed her what the medal should look like—Mary standing on the globe with a snake under her feet and rays extending from rings on her fingers to represent the graces given to us from her Son. She also asked for the words “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to th...

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

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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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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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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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