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Small bookcase needed for one of our classrooms If you can help us, please contact LeeAnn Fritsch at (860) 872-0200 Ext  309 Upcoming Events: October 28 & 29 During Class Grades 4, 5, 6 - Rosary with Parents November 3 12:00pm-7:00pm CONFIRMATION RETREAT! Required for Confirmation Year 2 Students. Will be held in the Church and Hall. Food will be provided. November 4 & 5 During Class Grade 3 - Retreat with Parents November 9 After 5:00pm Mass at St. Matthew Church 2nd Saturday Faith & Fun Nig...

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The next Baptism Preparation meeting for those parents who wish to have their children baptized is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Please call the Parish Office (860) 872-0200 to pre-register.

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Question: God rarely seems to answer my prayers. Is He really listening ? Answer: Throughout Scripture, God promises to answer the prayers of His people. Sometimes things don’t turn out the way we’d hope. God won’t miraculously do evil or fulfill selfish intentions. If we’re praying for something immoral, God isn’t going to answer that prayer for us! Of course, we still have the freedom to make choices, but it isn’t God’s movement. Sometimes we’re not praying for something evil, but our intentions are less than honorable. For example, “Please convert my mother-...

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Sanctuary Lamp Intentions

Posted on October 17, 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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Low-Gluten Host Available

Posted on October 17, 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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We are blessed to have a great bunch of kids who look forward to spending time at our Children’s Liturgy at the 10:30am Mass on Sunday mornings and we are seeking volunteers to continue to support our program. We have a simple format to our celebration that the kids enjoy.  This is a wonderful opportunity for teenagers in the Confirmation Program or who have been newly confirmed.  We also encourage parents of kids who attend our Children’s Liturgy celebrations to consider volunteering.  You’re already there at Mass so why not head on down and share your time.  No prior exper...

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RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It is the process by which adults are gradually initiated into the life and sacraments of the Catholic Church. It is comprised of various steps along the way.  Each transition is marked by a rite or a special ceremony within the public liturgy. Underlying these are the classes where the individual learns the basics of the Catholic faith. Classes are held Tuesdays at 7:00pm in Classroom #2 of the St. Matthew Church Center. If you are interested, please call Denise at (860) 872-0200 Ext 1. Come Join the Family!!!

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Pray for our Military

Posted on October 16, 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 spirituality@cath-com.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, but will be prayed...

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At St. Matthew Church November 22nd, 6-9pm November 23rd, 9am-2:30pm We hope you can join us in November - but we also need your help now: Raffle Items Needed Item(s) are not needed until November 22nd but we need a description of the item(s) to include in the state filing now. If you have something to donate, please contact Debbie Secondo at (860) 428-0997 by October 27th. Volunteers Needed Someone to help with Advertising Volunteers for the Children's Booth Items to Sell We are looking for handcrafted items such as: knit items (scarfs, mittens, baby blankets, etc.), sewing items (dol...

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Following the 8:30am & 10:30am Masses in the St. Matthew Church Hall Cost:  $5 per person, $20 for a family of 4 or more Menu Includes:  Blueberry, M&M, Apple, & Original “Knights” recipe (plain) Pancakes Bacon & Sausage Juice & Coffee and tea Proceeds will be used to start up a NEW K of C fund that will help parishioners in need.  

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Youth Explosion

Posted on October 14, 2019 in: General News

November 2nd 1:00-5:30pm St. Bernard School, Uncasville The Diocese of Norwich invites Grades 6 – 12 to YOUTH EXPLOSION with host and song leader Cooper Ray. Listen to live music, engage with other youth from throughout the Diocese of Norwich, pray with Fr. Mark Sauriol from the Diocese of Providence, and learn how to encounter Christ in your life today! Doors open at 12:30pm and the cost is $25 for the day and includes snack.  Permission slips are available at the St. Matthew Youth Group bulletin board.  For questions, contact Bridget Thurston at: (860) 872-0200  Ext 306 / youth@cath...

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The Knights of Columbus is an international order of Catholic men who are called to lead with faith, protect our families, serve others, and defend values in a busy changing world. Membership Drives  are being held after Masses on the following dates: Our Lady of Fatima Council #4122 - October 19th & 20th at St. Bernard Church Edmund P. Perkins Council #6626 - November 2nd & 3rd at St. Matthew Church Whether you become an individual member or a member of one of our councils you will find that Knights of Columbus membership brings Catholic men together in a powerful way. If you would like to ...

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Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) is accepting new and gently used winter coats, boots, gloves & scarves during the month of October. Please help us keep refugees and immigrants warm this winter! There will be a box marked Winter Clothing Collection/IRIS in both the St. Matthew Church Hall or the St. Bernard Church Hall for your donations. Thank you! "Amen I stay to you, whatever you did for the least of my brethren, you did it for me." (Matt. 25:40)

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Time: 6:30pm Place:  St. Bernard Church Hall Anyone interested in helping plan and implement faith events for Blessed Sacrament Parish are very welcome.  Refreshments at 6:30pm and meeting from 7:00pm-8:00pm What is a Spirituality Ministry Team? We prayerfully work together to provide a wide range of opportunities to enrich our parishioners with spiritual growth and awareness on an individual, group, and communal level.  We work to help our parishioners grow in love for God and knowledge of our Catholic faith. It is a great, no pressure group. Many folks aren't available to attend meetin...

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Adoration Schedule Change

Posted on October 14, 2019 in: General News

Our new schedule is: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:00am at St. Bernard Church Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00am at St. Matthew Church  

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Pastor's Page - October

Posted on October 13, 2019 in: Pastor's Thoughts

Pastor's Page - October
Dear Blessed Sacrament Parish Family, Who doesn’t love the fall?  The oppressive humidity of summer has now been replaced by the dry crisp autumn air that invigorates us.  Fall is the time of year when New Englanders are blessed to view God’s artistic hand transforming the world with brilliant colors ranging from bright yellow and oranges to vibrant reds.  God’s creative spirit is truly amazing, and we are continually blessed with His abundance.  As pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, I know how abundantly we are blessed.  We...

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The next Youth Music Group Mass will be: Sunday, October 20th at 10:30am at St. Matthew Church If you’d like to join us, please email Deirdre Goldsmith at deirdre.goldsm@gmail.com  

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40 Days-For-Life runs from September 25th - November 3rd Peaceful Prayer Vigil Date for Blessed Sacrament Parish:  Friday, October 18th We hope that you will join our parish by praying, fasting, and signing-up to attend the peaceful prayer vigil held outside the Planned Parenthood facility in Norwich. Tables will be set up after all Masses at both of our Churches on October 12th & 13th to sign up to join us in Norwich.

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Registration deadline:  October 8th 10:15am - 11:45am in the St. Matthew Chapel Living through grief is not easy but it does not have to be done alone.  Blessed Sacrament Parish 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. The “New Day” program is led by trained facilitators and includes prayer, discussion, and journaling.  Although “New Day” is a faith-based program, it is not restricted to Cath...

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A parishioner has donated miraculous medals that are in baskets at the front entrance of both of our Churches along with bookmarks on the promises of Mary to those who recite the Rosary. These were a lovely gift - please help yourself while supplies last.

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Augustine Institute Kiosk

Posted on September 30, 2019 in: General News

The Evangelization Ministry is pleased to introduce the Augustine Institute Kiosk to our parish.  It is being piloted at St. Bernard Church and will be located near the elevator.  The kiosk includes books, CDs and pamphlets about our Catholic faith.  The materials are complementary to the electronic content already available on FORMED.org (parish code RMCPGW).  Our intent is to provide these materials to parishioners looking to expand their knowledge of our Catholic faith, as well as to share them with friends and family members. If you take materials from the kiosk, please place the applicable mo...

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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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A bunch of parishioners have stopped me after Mass to express surprise that I wasn't down in Washington again, or to ask when my next semester begins. So I thought I'd take a moment to clarify what is going on with my studies. Bishop Cote has directed me to study canon law in addition to my parish duties. The program of studies that I am in is run out of Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.--it is actually the only school in the U.S. that offers this program. The particular program that I am in meets in person during the summer in Washington, D.C., for four summers and utilizes online classes durin...

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Frosty Village Bazaar 2019

Posted on September 05, 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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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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Mattie’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 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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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 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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