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Entries for June 2017

To view the new Confirmation photos, click on the PHOTOS button on the homepage or CLICK HERE.

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All Church offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th for the Independence Day Holiday. If you need assistance, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. St. Matthew—(860) 872-0200 or St. Bernard—(860) 875-0753  

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July in the Sky - July 5th

Posted on June 27, 2017 in: General News

Join us at St. Bernard to view the fireworks at the best spot in Rockville. Bring your blankets and chairs. Hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, soda, ice cream for sale to support St. Bernard Preschool. Rain date is July 6th.  

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Our community will celebrate a special Mass on July 4th at St. Bernard Cemetery (in the historic section, by the altar) for all those buried in our cemetery and for all deceased members of our parishes. Please note there will be no 9:00am Mass on July 4th. Plan to arrive early and bring your lawn chairs. In the event of rain, Mass will be celebrated at St. Matthew Church.  

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Pastor's Page - June

Posted on June 25, 2017 in: Pastor's Thoughts

Pastor's Page - June
Dear Parish Family, I recently attended my nephew’s graduation from the University of Connecticut.  As I sat through the graduation, I couldn’t help but think about the many young men and women who would be starting a new and exciting chapter in their lives.  I watched their excitement and enthusiasm and wondered what else was going on in their minds and hearts.  Were they anxious or elated about the next step in their lives or perhaps uncertain what the next step would be?    The very nature of change involves a wide range of em...

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Brian Kenny, Business Manager for our Catholic Community of St. Bernard & St. Matthew received a citation from the Connecticut General Assembly for his work establishing Clairvaux House, a temporary shelter for homeless mothers and their children owned by St. Bernard Church and operated by the Cornerstone Foundation.  The citation was introduced by Rep. Michael Winkler, Rep. Tim Ackert and Senator Anthony Guglielmo and was awarded at the Annual Vernon Community Network Luncheon June 2nd .  It reads “In recognition of your outstanding service as Business Manager for St. Bernard Church.  Your atte...

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The Youth Group Meeting will be held in the St. Bernard Youth Room (located behind the Rectory).  

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Save the date -  June 26th-30th for this summer's Vacation Bible School, " Passport to Peru...Discovering God's Gifts".  Contact Kimberly Manganella at 860-875-0753 X 119 for more information. 

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There are more people displaced in the world today than at any time since WWII. How can we respond in a meaningful way to this global refugee crisis? Come learn how the Bible says we are to treat refugees & immigrants.   -  Deacon Mike Berstene will present Catholic social teaching, incorporating a video talk with Pope Francis teaching us 'why the only future worth building includes all of us.' -  Ashley Makar from Connecticut Integrated Refugee & Immigration Services will share experiences of refugee families that have settled in Connecticut. -  Deacon Ron & Carol Free...

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We will be holding our Year-End Picnic on Wednesday, June 14th at 6:00 PM at the home of Tammy Bisson. Bring your favorite dish to share! Please call Tammy - (860) 875-4622 with any questions Hope to see you there!  

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Novena to St. Peregrine Pray together for all those with Cancer June 5 & 13 at 7 pm St. Bernard Church The novena to St. Peregrine is offered for all those whose lives are impacted by cancer. We gather together at a prayer service on the first and ninth day; a booklet provided at either prayer service includes nine days of scripture readings and reflections.  Plan to stay for refreshments after the concluding prayer service on June 13th.  If you would like to have your prayer intentions included a book will be in the both churches the weekend of June 3 & 4.  

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Diocese of Norwich Announcement- As we are aware, the pastoral planning process has been ongoing in the Diocese of Norwich for several years. We began by clustering parishes, and then moved to yoking parishes.  Currently, 65% of all the parishes of the Diocese are yoked, which means they are joined together under the leadership of one pastor.  As the diocese continues to deal with demographic shifts, and a decline in the number of priests available for parish ministry, it is clear that the continued yoking of parishes is neither a sufficient nor effective means of planning for the future.  Currently...

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