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Entries for October 2016

RCIA-Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults * Are you married to a Catholic spouse and were wondering how you could become Catholic? * Have you been thinking about joining a Church and were wondering what it takes to become a Catholic? * Did you stop attending Church as a child and may have missed out on receiving you First Communion or Confirmation? The RCIA program may be your answer to any of these questions. In this program unbaptized or non-Catholic adults can become members of the Catholic Church. Also those Catholic adults who are looking to complete their sacraments of Eucharist or Co...

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Bereavement Group Tuesdays Starting November 1st 6:30pm - 8:30pm St. Bernard’s Youth Room Living through grief is not easy but it does not have to be done alone.  The St. Bernard/St. Matthew Community will offer a 9 week support program, “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. “New Day” is led by trained facilitators and includes prayer, discussion and journaling.  Although “New Day” is a faith-based program, it is not restricted to...

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Cornerstone Foundation Soupfest 2016 Thursday November 3rd 6:00pm - 8:30pm St. Bernard Church Hall Admission is free and the evening's theme is "SOUP-er Responders" featuring soups provided by Vernon, Tolland and Crystal Lake Volunteer fire and ambulance companies. The evening includes soup tasting, teacup raffles and a silent auction. Music provided by Rob Thomas. There will also be a raffle of four Visa Gift Cards ($500, $400, $300, $250) with the winner chosen the night of Soupfest. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at Advanced Kitchens on West Road in Ellington, the night of Soupfest, or ...

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Come join in praying with Bishop Cote and Fr. Rick  for those who are called to priestly or consecrated religious life. Pray for our seminarians and those in the process of applying to the Diocese. Join our Diocesan Prayer Team for Vocations by emailing the vocation office for more information at vocations@norwichdiocese.net and check out our website at god-calls.com!  

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The Catholic Community of Saint Bernard & Saint Matthew YOUTH GROUP HIKE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD 2-4PM Drop off will be at the King Riverside Conservation Area on 55 Dimock Road, Tolland, right off of 195 at 2 PM.  Pick up will be at the River Park Athletic Field parking lot on 461 South River Road in Tolland.  Mass will be held at River Park at the conclusion of our hike.  All participants must complete the Hike permission slip.  Please R.S.V.P. by Oct. 19th.  You may find the permission slip on the Youth Group Buletin Board in the hallway to the parish hall, or download it here.  /Portal...

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Pastor's Page - Picnic Message
Dear Parish family, There are many instances in my priesthood when I reflect on an interaction, a meeting, a liturgy or an event and realize that God’s Grace was flowing in abundance at that moment or in that situation.  I believe in my heart of hearts that our Community Mass and picnic was one of those very powerful moments.  When I reflect on our gathering I can’t help but be moved by the experience of Celebrating Mass in the Dome with six hundred people surrounding the Lord’s Altar.  It was amazing to look out and see such a strong ...

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, St. Matthew's commitment to the people of Haiti has long been very heartfelt and fruitful, and through our contacts there, we have learned of the horrible conditions now facing the Haitian people due to Hurricane Matthew.  Conditions include: extreme lack of food and clean water; crops destroyed; destruction of homes, businesses, municipal services and places of worship; loss of jobs and income; polluted water from animal carcasses; the horrible threat of Cholera; little-to-no hospital support; and many other bad situations.  And the needs will be...

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Knights of Columbus Informational Meeting Wednesday October 19th            7:30pm–8:30pm St. Matthew Church Hall The Tolland Council of the Knights of Columbus invites all Catholic men 18 years of age or older to attend an informational meeting to learn about the Knights of Columbus. Light refreshments will be served. Please contact Mike Rees at 860-871-9597 to learn more.  

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Be at St Bernard parking lot before 8:30am Saturday morning.  Bring a lunch and drink, there is no food service at the shrine. Dress for the weather and comfortable shoes. Events are outdoors.     Click here for complete information    

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Yankee Candle Fundraiser St Matthew Preschool has again partnered with Yankee Candle to raise some funds. Check out the catalog at www.yankeecandlefundraising.com. You can choose from candles, flameless wax warmers, d├ęcor items, wrapping paper and even magazine subscriptions. Order online under group number 990017061 and the items will be shipped directly to you. Orders can be submitted online until October 31st. Thank you for supporting our preschool.  

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Women’s Guild Meeting October 12th at 7:00pm St. Matthew’s Church Hall The program is an Accessory Swap.  Please bring a good, usable item to swap—examples include a scarf, jewelry, pocketbook or a belt.  Questions call Georgette Pollard at 860-875-7869.  This should be fun.   

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40 Days for Life Signup

Posted on October 06, 2016 in: General News

Pro-Life Program of Prayer & Fasting and Peaceful Prayer Vigil September 27th—November 6th The Norwich 40 Days-For-Life campaign will begin with a Vigil Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral this Tuesday, September 27, at 7 PM. Bishop Michael R. Cote will be the Principal Celebrant and Reverend Brian C. Maxwell will be the homilist. Following Mass, 40 Days for Life Team members will be available to answer any questions, sign-up Parishes and individuals, and distribute campaign materials. The 40 Days for Life this year runs from Wednesday, September 28th through November 6th. It is hoped that all Parishes...

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