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Entries for September 2017

Are you looking for a fun way to live your faith? Want to make lasting friendships and serve your community? Join the Youth Group! We have lots of fun, faith-filled activities this year: October 14:  Second Saturday at St. Matthew’s featuring Jerusalem Road October 15:  Youth Group hike and outdoor Mass And...

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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, October 18th at 7:30pm in the in the Parish Center (22 School St.) 

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Rosary & Fatima Celebration Friday-October 13th St. Bernard Church Rosary 6:30, followed by Refreshments   Join us as we pray the Rosary together and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Fatima.  This year we will pray together the Glorious Mysteries, with beautiful music and slides. Plan to stay for refreshments afte...

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Click Here for Fr. Rick's letter to Sacred Heart parishioners. 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 ...

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Our Sixth and Final First Saturday Devotion Will Be October 7th at St. Matthew. Our Lady of Fatima asked for the establishment of the Five First Saturdays Devotion. Our Lady promised to assist all who make this devotion at the hour of their death with all the graces necessary for salvation. This devotion can be done on any five consecu...

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Once again the Haitian Ministry is sponsoring our annual toy collection for the children of St. Pierre Parish, Gantier, Haiti.  This year it will be the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 1.  Kids of all ages are invited to bring new, unwrapped toys up to the altar during the masses at both St. Matthew and St. Bernard churches that weeken...

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Diapers will be collected to benefit St. Gerard Center for Life and Birthright Donations can be dropped off at the St. Bernard Church entrances during the weekend of September 30th and October 1st. Thank you and may God Bless you for your generosity!  

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Monday, September 25th 7:00-8:00pm St. Bernard’s School Basement This year’s Soupfest will raise needed funds for the Cornerstone Foundation. Last year, we raised over $12,000! Our theme for 2017 is "The Last Souper" and we are asking clergy to make soups. Fr. Rick has already agreed to participate. Each ...

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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 at St. Ber...

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St. Bernard Church at 9:30am St. Matthew Church at 10:30am You are invited to bring your pets for this special blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint and lover of animals, whose feast day is celebrated in October.

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Pro-Life Program of Prayer & Fasting and Peaceful Prayer Vigil September 27th—November 5th The Norwich 40 Days-For-Life campaign will begin with a Vigil Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Tuesday, September 26th, at 7:00pm. It is hoped that all Parishes will “Adopt-A-Day” and participate by encouraging...

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If you have a loved one who is in the military in harm’s way, please contact the parish office to have your loved one’s name added to the St. Michael the Archangel prayer book. St. Michael is the patron of soldiers and will be regularly asked to intercede for the protection of our loved ones in the military.  Parishion...

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Wednesdays Evenings Starting September 27th    7:00pm - 8:30pm St. Bernard’s Rectory 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 lov...

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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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We are looking to replace 4 long-time volunteers who are moving on. We need: 2 volunteers for a Tuesday team 2 volunteers for a Friday team Teams work once a month at the Cornerstone Soup Kitchen around the corner from St. Bernard. Hours are 4:45pm-6:00pm. Duties include setting-up, serving, clean-up, sweeping and mopping....

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June, 2017   Dear Parishioners, The Joint Pastoral Council of the Catholic Community of Saint Bernard and Saint Matthew has been hard at work this past year.  The role of the Pastoral Council is to “support, advise, assist, and consult with the Pastor in building up the body of Christ in our community.” F...

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Thérèse: The Story of a Soul Sunday, October 1st at 7:30pm St. Matthew Church Thérèse: The Story of a Soul, is a moving, live production performed by actress Audrey Ahern and directed by Patti Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions. The event is sponsored by our Catholic Community of St. Matthew & St. Bernard Church. In this...

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Pastor's Page - September
Dear Parish Family, As a young boy, I clearly remember dreading the month of September.  I loved the summer and was never ready to go back to school.  The Sisters of Mercy didn’t always look too thrilled with the arrival of September either!  Thankfully, it didn’t take too long for teachers and students to ge...

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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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The Most Reverend Bishop has authorized this voluntary collection.  Proceeds from the collection will be donated to Catholic Charities U.S.A., the official domestic relief agency of the United States Catholic Church.

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Eucharistic Holy Hour for Vocations Thursday, September 21st at 6:00pm St. Bernard Church, Rockville Come join in praying with Bishop Cote for those who are called to priestly or consecrated religious life. Pray for our seminarians and those in the process of applying to the Diocese. Join our Diocesan Prayer Team for Vocations by...

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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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The next meeting of the St. Bernard’s Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry will be Thursday, September 14th from 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 Smith at (860) 872-2611 or Kath...

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Our Lady of Fatima Knights of Columbus Mum Sale: The Knights of Columbus Council 4122 will be holding their annual mum sale the weekend of September 9th and 10th after all Masses. The price is $15.00 per plant.

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