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Entries for February 2020

Religious Education Update

Posted on February 20, 2020 in: General News

St. Matthew Campus Grades K-6 Parents & Students Don’t forget to bring in your “Rooted In Christ” pictures to place on our board! Grade 7-10 Youth Rooted In Christ Monthly Challenge for February is 28 Days of Compassion. Upcoming Events: Feb 23 10:30am Grade 5 (Tuesdays at 4:30)— Children’s Mass Feb 24 & 25 During Class Grades 3-6 - Lenten Lesson in the Church Feb 26   ASH WEDNESDAY - Grades 7-10 No Classes Please attend either the: 4:30pm Liturgy of the Word 7:00pm Mass ...

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All Baptism Preparation Classes will now be held in the Chapel at St. Matthew Church.  The next class for registered parents who wish to have their child(ren) baptized is scheduled for: Tuesday, February 5th at 7:00pm in the St. Matthew Chapel Call Denise at 860-872-0200, Ext. 1 to pre-register. Baptisms are scheduled: at St. Bernard Church on the 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sunday of the month at St. Matthew Church on the 2nd, 4th, & 5th Sunday of the month

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Question: In Sunday school, the students are studying the Ten Commandments. I know that kids are important in the eyes of God, so I’m just wondering why there isn’t a commandment about honoring children. Answer: Commandments provide EOO-Equal Opportunity for Observance! They are meant for everyone, children as well as adults. There are several assumptions that would make such a commandment a bit redundant. One, children are entrusted to the care of their parents. So, respect, love, and care — as well as teaching them — are assumed to be part of the responsibility of parents. They are the fi...

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Bereavement Support Group

Posted on February 19, 2020 in: General News

The next Bereavement Support Group will run April 28th thru June 23rd. More information coming soon.  

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Instead of collecting CRS Rice Bowls, Blessed Sacrament Parish has opted to use special envelopes for this collection. These envelopes are included with the weekly offertory envelope packets. If you would like to support this collection, use this new envelope or mark any envelope ‘CRS Rice Bowl Collection’ & drop it in the collection basket at Mass.

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Eucharistic Minister Training

Posted on February 19, 2020 in: General News

Attention all Blessed Sacrament Parish Eucharistic Ministers! March 21st 9:00am at St. Matthew March 28th 9:00am at St. Bernard Please save the date for this important training session. You only need to attend one session—it would be best to attend at the Church where you serve.  If you cannot make that date, please attend the other session.

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A Day of Reconciliation

Posted on February 18, 2020 in: General News

Friday, March 20th 6am to 9pm St. Bernard Church Priests from the Vernon Deanery  

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Parish Reconciliation Service

Posted on February 18, 2020 in: General News

Sunday, March 15th at 3pm St. Matthew Church Priests available for private confessions

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Youth Group Events

Posted on February 18, 2020 in: General News

Living Stations of the Cross It's not too late to join! We need many teens to be actors, readers and helpers for this wonderful event. If you are in need of service hours this is the perfect opportunity to build up those hours! Although the presentation is a serious and poignant event – the teens that are involved make great friends and have a whole lot of fun – it truly is a memorable experience. Rehearsals are Sundays at St. Bernard Church from 6-8pm starting February 9th. We also have a dress rehearsal during Holy Week and the final performance is on Good Friday, April 10th at St. Bernar...

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Lenten Bread & Soup Supper

Posted on February 18, 2020 in: General News

Saturday, March 14th after the 5:00pm Mass at St. Matthew Sponsored by the 7th - 10th grade Faith Formation Classes and the Youth Group  We hope you will join us for scrumptious soup, great fellowship, and lots of fun! Bread and Soup Supper Registration ________$5 per person ________$20 for families of 4 or more, please specify how many in family ________Donation (no tickets) To reserve tickets, drop this form with payment (checks payable to Blessed Sacrament Parish) in an envelope marked Attn:  Bridget Thurston in the collection basket at either Church.

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Thursday, March 12th 4:30pm– 6:00pm St. Bernard Church Hall We hope you can join for a presentation by Nicole Matson of the Alzheimer’s Association on the subject of “Understanding Alzheimer’s”.  If you are caring for or know anyone with Alzheimer’s Disease this is an opportunity to come learn more about the illness and have a chance to ask questions. Light refreshments will be served. An RSVP is requested but not mandatory. Please call or email Sue Gilbertie at 860-371-1111/suegilbertie@gmail.com.

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Mondays, March 9, 16, and 23 at 7pm St. Matthew Church, Tolland Join us for Living the Mission. As a Catholic family, we are called by Christ to prayerfully create and nourish a vibrant community centered on the Eucharist and dedicated to service, spirituality, and evangelization. This year’s Lenten Mission is created to inspire us as followers of Christ to put our faith in action in every aspect of our lives.  Join the Catholic family of Blessed Sacrament Parish for three Monday evenings dedicated to Service, Spirituality, and Evangelization. March 9th—Evangelization: Speaker-Bryan Mercier, a...

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Youth Music Group Mass

Posted on February 17, 2020 in: General News

The next Youth Music Group Mass will be Sunday, March 8th at 10:30am at St. Matthew Church. If you’d like to join us, please email Deirdre Goldsmith at deirdre.goldsm@gmail.com

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St. Matthew Children’s Choir

Posted on February 17, 2020 in: General News

We will be singing at the 9:45am Mass on Easter Sunday, April 12th. Rehearsals: 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 and 4/5 after the 10:30am Mass at St. Matthew Church. Open to children ages 9-13. To register or for more information, contact our Music Director Rebecca Urrutia at rebecca.urrutia@stmatthewct.org Please register by Sunday, March 1st.

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Gift Cards on Sale

Posted on February 17, 2020 in: General News

February 29th & March 1st Gift cards will be available for purchase after all Masses next weekend at St. Matthew Church. Visit www.shopwithscrip.com to see all the gift cards available for purchase. Pick up will be March 7th & 8th

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Paint Night

Posted on February 17, 2020 in: General News

Sponsored by the St. Bernard Women’s Guild We are having our 2nd paint night on March 6th at 6:00pm in the St. Bernard Church Hall. Please call to save a seat—limited seating is available. The cost is $25 which is payable that night. Call Eileen at (860) 604-9269 if you have any questions and to save your seat.

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Canned Food Drive

Posted on February 17, 2020 in: General News

Sponsored by the St. Matthew Grade 1 Faith Formation Students February 24th—March 1st The St. Matthew Grade 1 students are conducting a canned food drive in conjunction with their lesson on how our parish helps others. They will be collecting the following canned foods: canned fruit, canned tuna, canned chicken & SPAM. All of the canned goods will be donated to the Tolland Food Pantry. If you would like to help, there will be a bin located under the white boards in the St. Matthew Parish Center foyer to receive your donation. Thank you for your generosity!

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Stations of the Cross

Posted on February 17, 2020 in: General News

Prayerful meditation through the Stations of the Cross is our beautiful tradition during Fridays in Lent. Come, pray, and meditate on the sacrifice Christ made for us. St. Matthew Church St. Bernard Church Fridays at 9:30am Fridays at 7:00pm

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Palms to Ashes

Posted on February 17, 2020 in: General News

If you have blessed palms at home, please bring them to either St. Bernard or St. Matthew by Monday, February 24th so they may be burned for future Ash Wednesdays. At St. Bernard containers will be left in the vestibules. At St. Matthew a container will be left at the entrance to the parish hall.

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Our community will celebrate Mass with Distribution of Ashes: At St. Bernard: 8:00am At St. Matthew: 7:00pm We will also have the Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Ashes: At St. Bernard: 12:05pm & 4:00pm At St. Matthew: 4:30 pm

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Pastor's Page - February

Posted on February 16, 2020 in: Pastor's Thoughts

Pastor's Page - February
Dear Blessed Sacrament Family, I begin this letter with some very exciting news – on May 28th at 7:00pm seminarian Larry Barile will be ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Michael Cote – and here’s the kicker – in our parish!  I believe this will be the first ordination in either of our Churches.  As you recall, Larry was assigned to our parish last summer.  He was a great addition to our family and served our people very well.  He loved being assigned here and asked if he could be ordained at our parish.  I a...

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Mattie’s Togs Thrift Shop

Posted on February 13, 2020 in: General News

We have some wonderful clothes for you! Both Summer and Winter, Preemie to size 20 and larger.  The weather has been so unpredictable but there are enough clothes available for any season.  Our $5 a bag sale is always available. One request, please bring your own bag. $5 items with original tags still on them are in abundance.  They are    4 for $10. With 1st Communion coming up we just might be able to help out as we have a beautiful assortment of dresses and boys suits/jackets. We are open all year round Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm and are located in St. Matthew Church on the Dunn Hill Road si...

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Save the Date - Friday, May 22nd More information to follow...

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St. Matthew Preschool Registration

Posted on February 11, 2020 in: General News

Registration has started for the 2020/2021 school year! · Our 3 year olds meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45am until 11:45am · Our 4 year olds meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:45am until 11:45am We are an accredited Music Together Preschool. Both classes receive a 30 minute structured music class once a week by a certified Music Together teacher. Our 4 year olds also receive an art class once a month from a certified Art teacher. For more information or to schedule a visit please contact Taryn Rainha by phone at 860-872-0200 Ext 324 by email at taryn.rainha@stm...

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One Week Left!  We hope you can join us!  We WELCOME You Home! The Blessed Sacrament Parish Evangelization Ministry is hosting a six-week series to welcome any and all Catholics with open arms back to the Church. You’re Invited… If you are a CATHOLIC who has been AWAY from the CHURCH for a while, this INVITATION is for YOU!  The Blessed Sacrament Parish would like to welcome you back. No Matter How Long… You have been away, or for whatever reason, we invite you to CONSIDER renewing your relationship with the Catholic Church. Please join us for informal listening sessi...

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Saturday, February 22nd 8:00am – 1:00pm St. Bernard Church Hall Please register at redcrossblood.org or call to 1-800-733-2767 Please do not call rectory - they will not be able to aid you in registering. Thank you for making a blood donation and giving the gift of extended Life! The Knights will be there to assist and will have coffee, Gerry's Donuts and other snacks.

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The Knights of Columbus Councils 1155, 4122 & 6626 (St. Bernard, St. Matthew, and St. Joseph Knights) with the help of The Ladies Guild are sponsoring a dinner, prayer, and fundraiser on Saturday, February 22nd (snow date:  February 29th) at Blessed Sacrament Parish, St. Bernard Church, Rockville, CT.  All proceeds will go to rebuild the displaced Christian communities destroyed by ISIS. The dinner will be held in the church hall at 6 pm, at $20 per person.  The entrée will be roast pork.  During dinner, there will be a guest speaker on the plight of the Iraqi Christians. Dinner tickets can be pu...

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There will be no morning Mass at St. Matthew Church on Friday, February 21st. If you would like to attend Mass, please join us at 8:00am at St. Bernard Church.  

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All Church offices will be closed Monday, February 17th in observance of Presidents’ day. 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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Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting

Posted on February 03, 2020 in: General News

Our next meeting will be: Thursday, February 13th   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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Haiti Committee Meeting

Posted on February 03, 2020 in: General News

Tuesday, February 11th at 6:00pm St. Matthew Church Hall All are welcome! Hope to see you there! For questions or for further information call         Sue Gilbertie @ 860-371-1111 or         Carol Freedman @ 860-872-9212

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Justice & Peace Committee Meeting

Posted on February 03, 2020 in: General News

Tuesday, February 11th at 4:30pm St. Matthew Church Hall All are welcome! Hope to see you there! For questions or for further information call Sue Gilbertie @ 860-371-1111 or Carol Freedman @ 860-872-9212

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Sunday, February 9th St. Matthew Church Hall Following the 8:30am & 10:30am Masses 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 & Tea Proceeds will go to support our sister parish, St. Pierre Parish, Ganthier, Haiti.   The Tolland Knights of Columbus would like to thank all the parishioners of the Blessed Sacrament Parish for their continuous support of our Pancake Breakfasts and the annual Tootsie Roll drive.  ...

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Gift cards purchased last weekend will be available for pick-up after all Masses at St. Matthew Church. Next sale will be February 29th & March 1st

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