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Entries for December 2019

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Sponsored by the Youth Group to Benefit Clairvaux House After the 5:00pm Mass at St. Bernard All are welcome! We hope you can join us for food, fellowship and wonderful musical entertainment provided by ECCE Musical Ensemble. Tickets will be sold after all Masses at both St. Bernard & St. Matthew on the weekends of December 28th & 29th and January 4th & 5th.

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Our next meeting will be: Thursday, January 9th   9:30am—11:30am in the St. Bernard Church Hall Join us for an enjoyable morning of knitting and fellowship! 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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Blessed Sacrament Parish Book Club returns in January. New members are always welcome. If you enjoy reading and learning about our Catholic faith then this book club is made for you! Book club will inspire participants on our Catholic faith journey to develop a deeper spiritual life, and strengthen our personal relationship with Jesus and with each other.  Our next book will be The Lamb’s Supper by Scott Hahn.  Plan to join us Jan 6, 20, and Feb 3.  We will have two sessions: a morning session (8:45am—10:00am) at St. Bernard an evening session(7:00pm—8:15pm) at St. Matt...

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Epiphany Blessing of the Chalk

Posted on December 30, 2019 in: General News

It has been a tradition in the Catholic Church to bless chalk at the Masses for Epiphany then use the blessed chalk as part of blessing one’s home in the New Year. Use the chalk that was blessed at Mass to write the following above a doorway in your home: 20+C+M+B+20 There are 2 meanings for C, M, B Caspar, Melchior, & Balthasar (traditional names for the magi) or Christus Mansionem Benedicat (which in Latin means May Christ Bless This House) The “+” sign represents the cross and 2020 is the year of the blessing   As you are writing, pray the following pra...

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Blessed Sacrament Parish will celebrate Masses as follows: Tuesday, December 31st Vigil Mass - 5:00pm at St. Bernard Wednesday, January 1st Mass - 9:00am at St. Matthew  

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Church Offices Closed - January 1st

Posted on December 23, 2019 in: General News

All Church offices will close at noon on Tuesday, December 31st for the New Year's holiday and reopen Thursday, January 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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Pastor's Page - December

Posted on December 22, 2019 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 Blessed Sacrament 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...

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If you want something truly unique and meaningful to give this Christmas, why not consider giving the gift of one of our beautiful Haiti Donation Cards. When a donation is made in someone’s name for the support of the education of the children of St. Pierre School, you will receive a stunning card printed with a Haitian landscape to let them know of the thoughtful gift made in their honor. Cards are available for a donation of any amount at either Church office. Questions - call Sue Gilbertie @ 860-371-1111 or Carol Freedman @ 860-872-9212

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Christmas Mass Schedule

Posted on December 16, 2019 in: General News

Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24th St. Bernard St. Matthew 4:00 PM - Additional parking for this Mass available in the garage on School St.  4:00 PM - Children's Choir at 3:30pm 4:15 PM (in the Church Hall) 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 12:00 Midnight - Carols at 11:30 PM  10:00 PM - Carols at 9:30 PM Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25th   St. Bernard St. Matthew 9:00 AM 8:30 AM 11:00 AM 10:30 AM ...

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All Church offices will close at noon on Tuesday, December 24th for Christmas and reopen Thursday, 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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The Blessed Sacrament Parish Youth Group is sponsoring a bus trip to the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette 2019 Festival of Lights Monday, December 23rd    2:00PM-9:30 PM More than 300,000 Christmas lights over 10 acres! Family and friends are welcome! Children in grades 6 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Cost of the trip is $25 per person with a family max of $100 plus spending money at the shrine’s food court, gift shop, etc. (partial and full financial help available) Permission slips required. If interested, please email Bridget at bridget.thursto...

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Bulletin Submission Deadlines

Posted on December 10, 2019 in: General News

Due to the upcoming holidays, we must submit our bulletin early for printing. Therefore, requests for announcements to be included in the bulletin must be submitted as follows: Bulletin for the weekend of: Announcements due before noon on: December 28/29 Monday, December 16th January 4/5 Monday, December 16th Requests for announcements should be emailed to: bulletin@cath-comm.org.  

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After Masses at St. Matthew Church

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December 15th at 4:00pm St. Matthew Church The combined music ministry from St. Bernard & St. Matthew Church invite you to a lovely candlelit Advent Celebration - the Festival of Lessons and Carols - a traditional liturgy of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century. In this beautiful service, we listen to nine brief Scripture lessons and reflections, each followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson's message and a brief prayer.  You will be singing along to some of your favorite carols. Afterwards plan to stay and enjoy refreshments and fellowship. Join us, bring t...

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December 14th after the 5:00pm Mass at St. Matthew December 15th after the 10:00am Mass at St. Bernard We hope you can join us at one (or both) of these blessings and enjoy this joyful & faith-filled celebration! After the Mass & blessing, at St. Matthew, plan to stay for a cup of cocoa and caroling by the Crèche. at. St. Bernard, join us for donuts in the hall provided by the Knights of Columbus.

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