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Entries for April 2019

The St. Matthew Women’s Guild would like to invite you to our Annual Installation Banquet to be held at Basil's Restaurant. Price: $25.00 Entrée Choices: Chicken Parmigiana with Pasta Veal Marsala with Pasta Baked Scrod with Baked Potato & Vegetable All Entrées are served with Salad, Bread & Butter Dessert with Coffee & Tea will be provided RSVP by Friday, May 3, 2019 to:  Jean Canal at 860-875-2276  

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Gift cards purchased last weekend will be available for pick-up after all Masses this weekend. Visit www.shopwithscrip.com to see all the gift cards available for purchase. Next Sale will be June 1st & 2nd.      

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9:30am—11:30am in the 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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New members are always welcome. If you enjoy reading and learning more about our Catholic faith the St. Bernard & St. Matthew Catholic Community book club is made for you! 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. Our next book will be Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis. This simple yet deeply profound classic clearly explains and defends the beliefs that nearly all Christians hold in common. Plan to join us May 6, 20, and June 10.  We will have a morning session (8:...

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Application Deadline:  Friday, May 3rd This scholarship is open to any graduating high school senior who is a resident of Tolland or whose family is registered with St. Matthew Parish and who has been accepted by an accredited college or university as a full time student. Applications are now available at the Tolland and East Catholic High School guidance offices and at the St. Matthew Parish Office. Completed applications are due to the Parish Office or the address listed on the application no later than Friday, May 3rd.  

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Outreach to Haiti Meeting

Posted on April 22, 2019 in: General News

April 30th @ 6:00pm in the St. Matthew Parish Hall

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Justice & Peace Meeting

Posted on April 22, 2019 in: General News

April 30th @ 4:30pm in the St. Matthew Parish Hall

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Adoration & Benediction 2pm-2:45pm Chaplet to Divine Mercy in Song 3pm Come, sing, and pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Fellowship will follow in the parish hall. This is a combined event by St. Matthew & St. Bernard parishes, and neighboring parishes are warmly welcome. Join us April 28th!  

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Pastor's Page - April

Posted on April 21, 2019 in: Pastor's Thoughts

Pastor's Page - April
Dear Parish family, The month of April begins in the penitential season of Lent and ends in the joyful season of Easter.  Both seasons are deeply connected since we can’t have an Easter Sunday without first experiencing Good Friday.  I imagine if any outsider entered our Good Friday liturgy they would be confused by the hundreds of people coming forth to reverence the Cross.  Does it make sense that we would want to reverently touch and kiss the instrument of Jesus’ death?  John’s Gospel sheds light on this question when we read, &ld...

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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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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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Seats still available! Saturday April 27, 2019 from 1PM to 3PM (Doors open 12:30PM) $25.00 per person—Limited Seating (Reservations only) St. Bernard Church Hall, Rockville, CT Parishioners of both St. Matthew & St. Bernard are welcome! For more information contact: Carol Orlowski @ 860-875-9247 Click here for the reservation form.

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April 22nd 6:30pm in the St. Matthew Parish Hall AFF is being renamed Spirituality Ministries by Fr. Rick and Pastoral Council in order to sharpen our focus and align with the mission statement of our parish. Our next meeting will be a special Easter Rebirth Celebration as we embrace our new name and take the first step as Spirituality Ministries of St. Bernard & St. Matthew.  Everyone interested in helping plan and implement faith events for both St. Matthew and St. Bernard Church are warmly welcome. We recognize people have busy lives and we will remain a very easy going—no pressure group. Give it a ...

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On the Tolland Green Easter lilies, tulips, hydrangea, and other Easter flowers will be sold. All proceeds from this event will benefit local charities.  

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Divine Mercy brochures are available at the Church entrances for those who would like to pray the Novena to Divine Mercy at home. Traditionally this novena begins Good Friday for the 9 days leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday.  Share Mercy: We have an ample supply of prayer cards and color prints at the entrances to Church. Feel free to take them home to share in any manner you would like.   

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Most Needed Food Items:  Canned Fruit, Fruit Cup Packs, Applesauce, Canned Soup, Jelly & Jam (grape & strawberry), Peanut butter, Pancake Mix, Maple Syrup, Muffin Mix, Graham Crackers, Granola Bars, Canned Vegetables (corn, green beans, peas, carrots), Canned Meat (tuna & chicken), Mayonnaise, Dried or Canned Beans, Baked Beans, Boxed Macaroni & Cheese, Ramen Noodle Packs, Boxed Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Boxed Rice (white and brown), Cold Cereal & Oatmeal, Bottled Juice, & Juice Boxes If you are making a donation to the food pantry by check, please make the check payable to “Tolland Food Pan...

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The St. Matthew and St. Bernard Youth Group will present Living Stations of the Cross in St. Matthew Church on Good Friday, April 19th at 7pm.  This is an amazing and prayerful experience where teens from both parishes reenact the passion and death of our Lord. The prayers and reflections are very moving.  Everyone is welcome to come and witness the Stations of the Cross come to life!  

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Holy Week Schedule

Posted on April 08, 2019 in: General News

Monday, April 15th 8:00am Mass at St. Bernard Tuesday, April 16th 9:00am Mass at St. Matthew 10:30am Chrism Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral, Norwich Wednesday, April 17th 8:00am Mass at St. Bernard Holy Thursday, April 18th No morning Mass 9:00am Morning Prayer in St. Matthew Chapel 7:00pm Mass of the Lord's Supper with visits to the Repository until 10:00pm at St. Matthew Good Friday, April 19th No morning Mass 9:00am Morning Prayer in St. ...

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All Church offices will close at Noon on Holy Thursday, April 18th and reopen Monday, April 22nd.. 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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Easter is April 21st. Families are requested to remove all Christmas and winter decorations by March 30th. All unwanted decorations may be placed in or near trash barrels. Families are also reminded to remove all artificial flowers, statuettes, and garden shop figurines of any kind. Artificial flowers are not allowed from March 1st thru November 1st. Please note LED lights, solar lights & candles are not allowed at any time. If you have questions or concerns, please call Brian Kenny at 860-875-0753 Ext 106.  

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6:30-8:30 pm in the St Matthew Church Hall Presented by: Sister Mary Jude, Sagrado Corazon de Jesus Who is the immigrant? How do you come to the decision to risk your life and cross the border? Join us for a look at the immigration experience from the-inside-out. Come “walk a mile” in the steps of an immigrant. All are welcome.  Bring a friend. For more information or to register, please call: Carol Freedman 860-268-0966 or Sue Gilbertie 860-371-1111 Pre-registration not required but preferred. Sponsored by the Justice and Peace Committee of the Catholic Community of St. M...

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To Benefit St. Matthew Preschool April 11th at 6:30pm in the St. Matthew Church Hall Cost:  $35 Bring a friend, unleash your inner artist - come join the fun and support our preschool. We will take care of the wine but feel free to bring a snack or any non alcoholic beverage. Sign up at:  www.paintsipfun.com  

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April 12 at 6 pm - St. Bernard Parish Hall Before Stations of the Cross This is your chance to hear our clergy answer questions about our Catholic faith.  Please submit your questions before Monday, April 8th.  Our clergy will try to answer as many as they can.  Hope to see you there! We will finish in time for Stations at 7:00pm.  

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Wednesdays   April 10th - June 5th 6:30pm - 8:00pm in the St. Matthew Chapel Living through grief is not easy but it does not have to be done alone.  The St. Bernard/St. Matthew Community will offer a 9 week support program called, “New Day”, for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.  The goal of this program is to provide a sense of community where support is given and received. “New Day” is led by trained facilitators and includes prayer, discussion, and journaling.  Although “New Day” is a faith-based program, it is not restricted to C...

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In the St. Matthew Parish Hall BUNDLES FOR BABIES This is the Guild's 4th year collecting for Bundles for Babies. Thank you for your past generosity. This year we are focusing on newborn and up diapers, baby wipes and teething rings. A collection box will be in the Church hall thru the month of April. For more information contact: Maryanne Buccini 860-454-5323 or Barbara Maleski 860-875-4085  

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Order your Easter ham or Kielbasa by APRIL 9th. Click here for the order form

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We are looking forward once again to gathering goodies for our "adopted " social worker, from the CT Dept. of Children & Families. In addition to baskets, we need Easter grass, cellophane wrapping, books, candy, stuffed animals and small seasonal toys. There will be a box labeled "Easter baskets" in the St. Matthew Church Hall for the items. We will be assembling the baskets on April 7th, after the 10:30am Mass at St. Matthew. All are welcome to help! Thank you for helping us continue our tradition of sharing our Easter joy with those less fortunate.

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