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Entries for November 2019

Crafts, Cookies & Socks Wednesday, December 11th at 7:00pm  in the St. Matthew Church Hall Ladies of the parish are invited to take a break from the holiday hustle & bustle. Come join us in completing a craft for our 'Care & Share' family and sampling cookies! We ask you to bring a dozen of your favorite baked cookies to share plus some new socks to be donated locally to those in need. For further info: Rosemarie Capuano 203-313-7573.  

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December 7th at 7:30pm at St. Bernard Church We hope you will join us for this night of jazz, contemporary, & traditional songs about the stars & moon. We will link the 1969 moon landing with the spirit of the holiday season as we celebrate the great achievements & potential of humanity. We will perform Eric Whitacre’s “Goodnight Moon” — the first & only choral arrangement based on the text of the children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown that is near & dear to so many of our hearts. Tickets are $20 for adults & $15 for students & seniors. Children under 18 are w...

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The Town of Tolland will be having their annual Christmas Tree Lighting event on the Green on Saturday, December 7th at 4:00pm. Travel around the Tolland Green may be affected. Please keep this in mind if you will be attending the 5:00pm Mass at St. Matthew Church on December 7th.  

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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 go to support Clairvaux House.  

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Wreath Sale - December 7th & 8th

Posted on November 25, 2019 in: General News

After All Masses at both St. Matthew & St. Bernard The Youth Group will be selling wreaths they decorated as a fundraiser for their activities! The cost is $15 per decorated wreath. Buy a wreath & support our youth!

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At St. Matthew Church at all Masses December 7th & 8th Children of all ages have the opportunity to remember babies, children, and teens in need by donating gifts, toys, games, and gift certificates. Gifts will be brought to the sanctuary during Mass. Please consider gifts for teens such as gift certificates to Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Rave Cinemas or games for ages 12 & up. Toys and game donations should be new & unwrapped. Donations of gift wrap are greatly appreciated.  

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Pray for our Military

Posted on November 25, 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 their name to spirituality@cath-comm.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...

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At St. Bernard Church As we begin our Advent journey of anticipation and preparation for the Messiah, I ask that you reserve this date for the Blessed Sacrament Parish Reconciliation Service. The service will involve an afternoon of reflection, music, prayer and reconciliation with the Lord. I hope you can set aside this time for this important component of our Advent Journey of Hope. See you there! Fr. Rick

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Let’s make this the best Advent ever by sharing Mass next weekend with friends or family members who haven’t been to Church in a while. Invitation cards have been pre-printed with the Mass schedules on the back and will be available in the back of both Churches.  Please take a few cards after Mass, share them with anyone over the next two weeks that your heart tells you should be invited, and let the Holy Spirit go to work in their heart. After Sunday Masses, enjoy some refreshments in the Church hall: At St. Bernard, coffee and donuts will be served after all 3 Masses At St. Matthew, the Kni...

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Due to the Annual Convocation for Priests our schedule for Monday, December 2nd—Wednesday, December 4th will be: December 2nd Communion Service at St. Bernard December 3rd Communion Service at St. Matthew December 4th Communion Service at St. Bernard

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In the Diocese of Norwich, all volunteers who have regular contact with minors, all employees, all clergy, and all religious, are required to complete safe environments training. This training is also available to any parishioner, or parent of a parochial school child, regardless of whether or not they wish to volunteer at their parish or school. The Diocese of Norwich offers two Praesidium programs. Both cover the same material, just in different formats. You can take the on-line program, Armatus, or attend a one-time DVD presentation, Called to Protect. For more information or to enroll, please contact LeeAnn...

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Book of Remembrance

Posted on November 18, 2019 in: General News

Our Book of Remembrance for those individuals who are not included in this year’s list of deceased will be available throughout the month of November.   The names that are written in the book will be remembered in prayer throughout the month of November.  

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All Church offices will close at noon on Wednesday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday and reopen Monday, December 2nd.   If you need assistance during this time, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Matthew—(860) 872-0200 St. Bernard—(860) 875-0753

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Thanksgiving Food Drive

Posted on November 18, 2019 in: General News

Now Thru November 28th Parishioners are invited to bring non perishable food items with them to Mass until Thanksgiving morning. At St. Bernard, place donations at the entrance of the Church At St. Matthew, place donations at the entrance to the Church Center This year our parish will celebrate Thanksgiving Day Mass at St. Matthew Church at 9:00am. Thanksgiving morning Father Rick will bless the food at Mass then volunteers will deliver the food to the Cornerstone Soup Kitchen. Your generosity will make a difference in the lives of those who are truly struggling.

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Pastor's Page - November

Posted on November 17, 2019 in: Pastor's Thoughts

Pastor's Page - November
Dear Parish Family, November is the month of thanks and we begin it by remembering the one hundred and five individuals whose funeral liturgies we celebrated here at Blessed Sacrament Parish.   Each one of their lives was a precious gift from God and we give Him thanks for the opportunity we had in knowing and loving them.  In the Gospel of John chapter eleven Jesus says to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.” The gift of faith warmly embraces our hearts with the reminder that we are ...

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Mattie’s Togs Thrift Shop

Posted on November 14, 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 ongoing 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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Haiti Outreach Collection Box

Posted on November 14, 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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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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Reminder from St. Bernard Cemetery

Posted on November 14, 2019 in: General News

LED Lights & Candles are never allowed at St. Bernard Cemetery. Burning candles pose a fire risk, especially with falling leaves. Thank you for your cooperation.

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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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Low-Gluten Host Available

Posted on November 14, 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 will perform at the 4:00pm Christmas Eve Mass - Tuesday, December 24th Rehearsals: 11/17, 11/24, 12/8, 12/15 & 12/22 after the 10:30am Mass at St. Matthew Church. To register or for more information, contact our Music Director Rebecca Urrutia at rebecca.urrutia@stmatthewct.org Register by November 17th.  

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November 22nd, 6-9pm November 23rd, 9am-2:30pm Home Made Soup & Sandwiches available throughout the Bazaar Featuring: Attic Treasures, Country Store, Hand Crafted Christmas Items, Homemade Pies & Pastries, Kids' Booth, Raffles, Photos with Santa Volunteers Needed: Pie Crust Making 11/19 Starting at 7:00pm Pie Baking 11/20 Starting at 9:00am Setup & Working at the Bazaar (adults & teens) 11/22 5:30pm - 9:15pm Working at the Bazaar (adults &teens) 11/23 9:00am - 3:0...

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We hope your kids can join us for our movie night to benefit St. Bernard Preschool! Who: Children (preschool to 5th grade) *** Must be potty trained *** What: Pizza, movies, snacks, crafts, games and more When: Friday, November 22nd from 5pm to 9pm Where: St. Bernard Preschool Cost: $20.00 per child, family cap of $50.00 (Registration fee includes a pizza dinner, popcorn and drinks.) Registration Deadline:  Monday, November 18th Click here for registration form and more information

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Attention Offertory Envelope Users

Posted on November 06, 2019 in: General News

The incorrect Christmas Schedule flyer was inserted into the recent envelope mailing. You will receive a REVISED schedule in the mail soon, please discard the old flyer and replace it with the REVISED flyer.

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If you’d like to join us, please email Deirdre Goldsmith at deirdre.goldsm@gmail.com

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The Soupfest fundraiser for Cornerstone will be held Thursday, November 14th at 6pm in the St. Bernard Church Hall. Doors open at 5:45pm. Free admission! Soups will be provided by The Country Butcher, Craig's Kitchen, Casey's Cafe, and Exchange Club of Rockville. There will be many fabulous silent auction and teacup raffle items. Your support is needed for the annual Cornerstone raffle. The winning tickets will be drawn at 8pm the night of Soupfest 2019. Raffle tickets are $20 each and prizes will be Visa gift cards valued at $500, $400, $300 and $200. Raffle tickets will be sold before and after all Masses a...

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Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting

Posted on November 04, 2019 in: General News

Our next meeting will be: Thursday, November 14th from 9:30am to 11:30am in the St. Bernard Church Hall Join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting and fellowship! Parishioners from both Churches are welcome! For further information or to request a prayer shawl to give to someone, please call Mary at (860) 872-2611 or Kathy at (860) 872-8828.

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St. Matthew Women's Guild Meeting

Posted on November 04, 2019 in: General News

Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00pm in the St. Matthew Church Hall Please join us for a presentation by Deacon Mike giving an introduction to the basic context of the Bible: Mountains, Mediators & Covenant - the blueprint for the Bible that opens for us the big picture of salvation history! Refreshments will be served.  

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Gift cards purchased last weekend will be available for pick up after all Masses at St. Matthew Church this weekend. Next Sale:  November 30th & December 1st We are looking for volunteers to help with this fundraiser after Mass two weekends a month. Proceeds from these sales go toward the teachers salaries at St. Pierre Parish, our sister parish in Haiti. If you can help, please contact: Debbie Secondo at (860) 428-0997    

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Due to the Unsettled and COLD weather forecast for Monday, November 11th, Veteran’s Day, we will NOT be having Mass at St. Bernard Cemetery. Instead, we will remember our veterans at our normal Monday morning Mass at 8:00am at St. Bernard Church.  

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All Church offices will be closed on Monday, November 11th in observance of Veteran’s Day. If you need assistance, please leave a message at (860) 872-0200—St. Matthew Church or (860) 875-0753—St. Bernard Church

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Financial Report

Posted on November 04, 2019 in: General News

Click Here for the Financial Report for the last Fiscal Year. Note for next Fiscal Year starting July 1, 2019, there will be one Financial Report for Blessed Sacrament Parish going forward as the finances were combined then.

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