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Sacred Heart Parishioners, if you would like to receive St. Bernard envelopes, please contact the Parish Secretary                    Stella Jonas, at 860-875-0753 X 100 or rectory@saintbernardchurch.org  

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Additional parking will be available in the School Street Parking Garage behind the Church on Sundays through the end of the year and cars may also park on weekends at the two town parking lots on either side of the Parking Garage. We are asking St. Bernard families to please park there first to allow easier access in the Church parkin...

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Looking for something special for that hard to shop for person or the one who “has everything”?  Just in time for Christmas or for 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 ou...

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To prepare for your child's Baptism, you must pre-register by calling the Parish Office at 860-875-0753.  The next Baptism Preparation Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13th at 7:30pm in the in the Parish Center (22 School St.) 

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2 Sittings:  8am or 10am / St. Bernard Church Hall Admission:  Adults $6.00 per person / Children $5.00 per child (2 and up) No Reservations Needed! A morning of fun for children of ALL ages! Eat a delicious breakfast, visit with Santa, win prizes and MORE! Handmade Crafts at Candy Cane Lane / Gluten Free Waffles Ava...

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Joining Youth Group is Fun and Easy! Email Hilary and Bridget at Youth@cath-comm.org Let us know your name, your email and a parent or guardian’s name and email. If there is something that you would like to do or explore you can let us know that too! Youth Group meets the 2nd Saturday of the Month at St. Matthew&rsqu...

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The names of active members of the military are kept in our St. Michael the Angel Prayer Book to keep them in prayer during their service to our country. If you would like your family member added to the book or if they have returned from service, please contact the Parish Secretary so we may keep the book current.  We will be pra...

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Christ-centered Stress Reduction - December 15th at 7:00pm  St. Matthew Got a million things on your plate? Trying to juggle too many responsibilities? Overwhelmed by the feverish pace of life these days? Christ has an offer, “My peace I leave with you, My peace I give you.” Join Daniel E. Offsay, a Licensed Ther...

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Advent Penance Service - Sunday, December 10th at 3:00pm St. Bernard Church 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, p...

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Join the music ministries from St. Bernard & St. Matthew for a special start to our Advent season! The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that was introduced in 1918. In this service, we listen to nine brief Scripture lessons, which recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Birth of Jesus, the S...

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Youth Group Wreath Sale - December 2nd & 3rd After All Masses At Both St. Matthew & St. Bernard The Youth Group will be selling wreaths they decorated themselves! The cost is $12 per decorated wreath. Buy a wreath & support our youth!

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After all Masses at St. Matthew Church St. Anne Shrine Gift Shop Religious Books & Gifts Sale You will be impressed by the wide selection of books and treasure trove of Catholic gifts for the entire family. Easy one-stop-shopping for meaningful gifts for Christmas and many other special occasions. This event is a gr...

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Click on the PHOTOS button on the homepage or click here for Soupfest photos.
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Pastor's Page - November
Dear Parish family, This month we remember and pray for the 119 people who passed away last year from our two communities.  Each one of their lives was a precious gift from God that touched lives, raised families, loved enthusiastically and sacrificed willingly.  How different life is without them.  I wonder if our ...

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St. Bernard's Council 4122 and St. Matthew's Council 6226 Knights of Columbus will be running the following Youth programs: Click on the contest for the form: Citizenship Essay Contest Form Citizenship Essay Contest Letter   Substance (Alcohol &/or Drug) Abuse Poster Contest Substance Abuse Poster Letter ...

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The annual Financial Report for St. Bernard is now available.  Please click here for the report.  Contact Bob Harvey, Chairman of the Finance Council, with any questions.pntact
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Click on the PHOTOS button on the homepage or click here to see the latest photos.
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All Church offices will close at Noon on Wednesday, November 22nd for the Thanksgiving Holidayand reopen Monday, November 27th. If you need assistance during this time, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. (860) 872-0200—St. Matthew or (860) 875-0753—St. Bernard

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Thanksgiving Day Mass November 23rd at 9:00am St. Matthew Church This year our community will celebrate together at St. Matthew. Thanksgiving Food Drive - now until November 23rd Parishioners are invited to bring food items in until Thanksgiving morning. Father Rick will bless the food and volunteers will deliver it to the ...

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The Joint Pastoral Council of the Catholic Community of Saint Bernard and Saint Matthew has completed the following Mission Statement: "As a Catholic famiily, we are called by Christ to prayerfully create and nourish a vibrant community centered on the Eucharist and dedicated to service, spirituality, and evangelization." ...

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Click here to see photos of the Mass of Remembrance
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RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It is the process by which adults are gradually initiated into the life and sacraments of the Catholic Church. It is comprised of various steps along the way.  Each transition is marked by a rite or a special ceremony within the public liturgy. Underlying these are the clas...

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Click the PHOTO button on the homepage, or click here to see photos of the Fr. White Scholarship recipients this year, Lily Ryan and Colleen Truman, both attending East Catholic.  The Cemetery improvement photos will continue as the work progresses with final paving expected late October. 

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For Father Rick's letter welcoming Sacred Heart parishioners to St. Bernard, click here.
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Click on the PHOTOS button on the homepage or click here to see the latest photos.
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How about helping out at the parish from time to time?  St. Matthew and St. Bernard are each looking for few volunteers to help with small chores like picking up boxes from the post office, arranging tables and chairs for an event, etc.  For another star on your crown in heaven, contact either Parish Secretary: - Stella...

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Small Christian Communities (SCC) September is a time for new beginnings and you are invited to join a Small Christian Community.  Come to learn, experience and discern if a SCC is something you want to include in your prayer life. SCCs are small groups of parishioners who gather regularly for prayer and reflection.  These...

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Orientation for enrolled students:  August 31st 6:00pm - 7:00pm First Day of School:  September 6th   Offering programming for children ages 3-5. We strive to provide our children with: · Individualized curriculum for each student to ensure optimal learning experiences · Play-based lea...

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Going on Vacation? Use the website www.masstimes.org to find the location and Mass times of the Church nearest your destination.  
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Calling all Bakers & Shoppers: We’re seeking new recruits to update our list of volunteers willing to bake or purchase refreshments for various parish events throughout the year. About a week before an event we email a request and those who would like to contribute respond - so easy & no pressure! Volunteers bring items t...

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Dear Parishioners, It is with sad hearts that we bid goodbye to Dharen, our seminarian. He has been with our community since the beginning of our yoking 2 years ago. We wish him well during the next phase of his journey at Mount St. Mary.  If you would like to stay in touch with him, his new address will be: Mr. Dharen Brochero...

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Any interested parishioners who would like to complete the Diocese of Norwich's Safe Environments program called "Called to Protect", are invited to call the Faith Formation Office at 860-872-0200 X 319.  Please leave your name and telephone number, and you will be contacted to make arrangements for the training.

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The New Saint Bernard mobile app is now available! The Church you love is now available on your mobile device! With the new Saint Bernard Church app, you can catch up on messages you've missed, find out what's going on at the Church this week, make donations, and receive important alerts.  Download it today...

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The Vatican recently issued more definitive guidance on cremation for Catholics.  For the complete document, click here. Summary: Because of Christ, Christian death has a positive meaning.  The Christian vision of death receives privileged expression in the liturgy of the Church: “Indeed for your faithful, Lord...

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cath-comm.org” is the new domain name for our  clergy’s email addresses, designating Father Rick,  Father Bill, Deacon Ron and Deacon Mike as clergy for the “Catholic Community of St. Bernard and St. Matthew”.    Their emails for @saintbernardchurch.org and @stmatthewct.org are stil...

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