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Entries for December 2018

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

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The Music Ministries of St. Bernard and St. Matthew present A Benefit Recital for Haiti Friday, January 11th at 7:00pm Tolland High School Auditorium (Snow Date:  January 18th) Featuring: Ania Muhlhauser, soprano Liz Bologna, soprano Rebecca Urrutia, piano Works by: Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Strauss and more Tickets:  $10 General Admission / $8 Students and Seniors To Reserve Tickets, call (860) 872-0200 or email Rebecca at rebecca.urrutia@stmatthewct.org All proceeds will benefit the St. Matthew Outreach Ministry to Haiti.  

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We hope you can join us at the Youth Group’s Pasta Dinner for the Clairvaux House, January 12th following the 5:00pm Mass at St. Bernard. Tickets are $10 per person, children 12 and under are FREE. Tickets available at the door. Clairvaux House provides temporary housing for moms and their children. Along with a home, we have teams of counselors and job coaches and more to help these moms, who have fallen into struggles, rise up again and support their families. Our Pasta dinner, will help pay for the fuel and utilities of this home.      

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The purpose of the book club is to help participants on our Catholic faith journey to develop a deeper spiritual life, and strengthen our personal relationship with Jesus and with each other. The next book we’ll discuss is by Bishop Barron with John Allen, Jr. and we think you’ll love it! To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in the Secular Age. It is a compelling book, conversational but absolutely jam packed with information. Bishop Barron will help us illuminate how beautiful, intelligent, and relevant our Catholic faith truly is! Click here for a registration forms with additional in...

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Classroom # 1 in the St. Matthew Parish Center Anyone interested in this ministry is cordially invited to attend.  

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Our community will celebrate Mass: Monday, December 31st               Vigil Mass - 7:00pm at St. Bernard Tuesday, January 1st               Mass - 9:00am at St. Matthew    Mass - 7:00pm at St. Bernard  

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All Church offices will be closing at noon on Monday, December 31st for the New Year’s holiday and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2nd. If you need assistance, 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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Pastor's Page - December

Posted on December 23, 2018 in: Pastor's Thoughts

Pastor's Page - December
"To see the miraculous within the ordinary is the mark of highest wisdom." - Ralph Waldo Emerson Dear Parish Family, The birth of the Son of God – was by every worldly standard, “ordinary”.  He came among us as a vulnerable child – born in a place reserved for animals – held in the arms of a woman who few knew.  It was, however, neither an accident nor a mistake that He came to us in such a manner. The humble birth of the King of Kings is a clear message that our salvation is not found in the trappings of the world....

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Monday, December 24th 4:00pm Christmas Eve Mass Rehearsals: 12/2, 12/16 and 12/23 after the 10:30am Mass at St. Matthew Church. For more information, contact our Music Director Rebecca Urrutia at rebecca.urrutia@stmatthewct.org  

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All Church offices will close at Noon on Monday, December 24th for Christmas and reopen onWednesday, December 26th. 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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Christmas Mass Schedule

Posted on December 17, 2018 in: General News

Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th:       St. Matthew           4:00PM (Church), 4:15PM (Hall), 6:00PM & 10:00PM (10:00 PM With Incense)      St. Bernard           4:00PM, 6:00PM & Midnight (Midnight With Incense) Note:  No 8:00am Mass on Christmas Eve Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25th:       St. Matthew - 8:30AM & 10:30AM      St. Bernard - 9:00AM & 11:00AM   Confession Schedule Advent Penance Service at St. Bernard This Sunday, December 9th at 3:00pm...

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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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Haiti Donation Cards

Posted on December 10, 2018 in: General News

Just in time for Christmas - or birthdays, anniversaries, etc. - our beautiful donation cards with a colorful rendition of a Haitian landscape on the front are available at the parish offices. When a donation is made to our Haiti mission - in support of the education of the children of St. Pierre School, Ganthier - as a gift in someone’s name, you will receive one of these cards to give to that person informing them of the donation made in their honor. You can go to either St. Matthew or St. Bernard parish office to make a donation of any amount and receive your card.  Call Sue Gilbertie @ 860-371-1111 or ...

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Blessing of the Crèche and caroling will be after the 5:00pm Mass on Saturday, December 22nd.   Stay for refreshments after in the Parish Hall.  Bring the whole family and enjoy this joyful & faith-filled celebration!

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Gift cards purchased last weekend will be available for pickup after all Masses. Next Gift Card Sale will be in February 2019.    

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Save the Date for this wonderful event! Join the music ministry from St. Bernard & St. Matthew Church for a special Advent Celebration!  Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of scripture and song that dates back to 1918.  In this beautiful service, we listen to nine brief Scripture lessons, which recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Birth of Jesus, the Shepherds, the Wise Men and the Incarnation.  The singing of a carol or a song that highlights the lesson’s message follows each lesson.  You will be singing some of your favorite carols so save the date!  A receptio...

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In the Parish Hall Ladies...take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle! You will create a sweet Christmas ornament to take home for your tree and then reward your creative efforts with a "cookie break". Bring along a plate of one dozen (JUST 12) of your favorite Christmas cookie to share. Coffee & tea will be served along with a generous share of holiday "fellowship"! For more information: Rosemarie 203-313-7573 or Louise 860-875-8753.  

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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 altar during Mass. Please consider gifts for teens like gift certificates to stores such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Bob’s, Dick’s and Rave (Buckland Hills) Cinemas or games for ages 12 & up. Toys and game donations should be NEW & UNWRAPPED. Donations of gift wrap are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your continued generosity! NOTE:  Volunteers needed after the 10:30am Mass on December 9th . Gifts will not be accepted ...

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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 the Tolland Food Pantry.  

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As we begin our Advent journey of anticipation and preparation for the Messiah, I ask that you reserve this date for the Catholic Community of St. Bernard & St. Matthew 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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