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Entries for November 2016

The Youth Group will be coming together on Saturday, December 10th for the 5 PM Mass.  After Mass we will be taking a bus to the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor for their Winterfest and Tunnel of Lights.  The bus will depart from St. Matt's at 6:15 PM and will return approximately 9:00 PM.  The cost is $20 per person, which includes the entrance fee and bus transportation.  The bus transportation is a first come first serve basis, please register early. You may register with one of the Youth Ministers.  Bridget at bridget.thurston@stmatthewct.org or Hillary at youth@saintbernardch...

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Pastor's Page - November

Posted on November 25, 2016 in: Pastor's Thoughts

Pastor's Page - November
Dear Parish family, It’s no coincidence that at the end of our Church year we celebrate two feast days that center on the topics of mortality and eternity.  All Souls and All Saints Days are clear reminders that our earthly journey is a temporary one and our true home awaits us.   The contemplation of life, death and eternity is a natural, healthy, and spiritually awakening exercise.  The Church, through her sacramental life, teachings and Scripture - educates and encourages her people to broaden their understanding of who we are.  The Holy S...

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2016 Fall Retreat Endless Mercy & Advent With Mother Olga Saturday, December 3rd 9:00am—3:30pm CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY! We are so excited for this year’s retreat speaker — Mother Olga Yaqob, foundress and mother servant of The Daughters of Mary of Nazareth.  Mother Olga was born in Iraq and has lived through four Iraqi wars. She has lost family and friends to war, and experienced first hand persecution for her faith, and yet she has a message filled with hope! Her love and abiding faith in our merciful God is inspiring. She is a dynamic speaker with a powerful message that will encoura...

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Frosty Village Bazaar Nov. 18-19!

Posted on November 10, 2016 in: General News

St. Matthew Church, Tolland,  Friday, Nov. 18th   6-9 PM   Saturday, Nov. 19th   9 AM-2:30 PM Get in the holiday mood with our great selection of hand-crafted items; home-made pies, baked goods, and candies; knit and crochet apparel; hand-made clothing for popular 18” girl dolls; Attic Treasures; raffles and much more.  For the kids, a Kids’ Booth and Photos with Santa!  Home-made Soup and Sandwiches, dessert served throughout.   

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St. Matthew/St. Bernard Trip to Haiti January 17th - January 23rd Come travel to the sun and the warmth this January! Come join the St. Matthew/St. Bernard trip to Haiti this January 17th to the 23rd and experience for yourself the wonderful people of St. Pierre, Ganthier. See the school we have helped to build and meet the children whose education we support. It is a trip you will never forget! For more information or to register call John Bouley at 860-875-4999. Call no later than November 20th as space is limited and tickets must be obtained soon.  

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Saturday, Dec. 10th with 2 sittings 8am or 10am, no reservations need. A morning of fun for children of ALL ages! Eat a delicious breakfast, visit with Santa, win prizes and MORE!  Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and St. Bernard.  Benefit St. Bernard Preschool, Adults $6, Children $5 (2 and up).   Gluten free waffles available on request. Questions, call 860-875-0753 x 115.

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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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Our first Faith and Fun Night for 7th and 8th graders is happening on Saturday, November 12th, beginning with the 5 PM Mass. Some of our students will be proclaiming the Word and the Prayers of the Faithful, and helping in other ways during the Mass.  Our Youth Choir will be singing, if anyone would like to join the group please contact Mrs. Deirdre Goldsmith at deirdre.goldsm@gmail.com. After Mass, we will go down to the hall for a Breakfast Dinner, a service project and of course lots of fun until 8 PM!  Please contact Bridget for more info or if you would like to help out in any way at br...

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