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Dear Parish Family,

March 1st, Ash Wednesday, begins the holy season of Lent.  It is the time in our Church year where many of our people make a concerted effort to step up their faith game.  It is a time of deeper prayer, fasting and receptivity to God working in our lives.  I love this season and the incredible opportunity it offers each of us. 

In the past our parishes have provided some very good books and devotional readings to assist your time with the Lord in this holy season of Lent and Easter.  This year we are trying something new, dynamic and family based.  Our two parishes have purchased the digital program FORMED.ORG. for all of our parishioners for two months!   This digital evangelization program is a doorway to learning more about our faith, ourselves and the beauty of our God.  The program, which is easily accessed through our web page, is broken into four areas of interest.  The first area involves programs and presenters of our faith.  There are great speakers like Bishop Barron and his program-  Catholicism, Scott Hahn and his many exciting talks and Dr. Edward Sri.  The second area of opportunity is Audio.  There are many very interesting talks and presentations helping us to live our faith.  These programs can be listened to in your cars, on your phones and other digital devices.  Thirdly, the program offers a variety of movies that your entire family can enjoy.  And finally the last category of the Formed program contains books which you can read on your computers, iPads and Kindles.

I hope this parish gift is one that will bring you and your family much insight into who you are as a Catholic people.  Gifts, however, are only wonderful if they are used by the one who is gifted.  Please make the time to register today and explore this very dynamic program by clicking on the FORMED icon below. 

Thank you for all you do for our combined communities.  Have a wonderful Lent.

Fr. Rick




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Lent 2017

March 31
6:00pm St. Bernard Hall
"Death & Dying" - Fr. Ellis
April 2
Healing Liturgy 3:00pm at St. Bernard
April 7
6:00pm St. Bernard Hall
"The Shroud of Turin" - Fr. Ellis
  April 8
Passion/Palm Sunday Vigil Masses
5:00pm at both St. Matthew & St. Bernard
   April 9
Passion/Palm Sunday Masses
St. Matthew - 8:30am, 10:30am
St. Bernard - 8:00am, 10:00am, Noon
April 11
Chrism Mass 10:30am at Cathedral of St. Patrick, Norwich
  April 13
Holy Thursday
Bus departs St. Bernard starting 6:00pm
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:00pm at St. Matthew
Visits to the Repository after Mass until 10:00pm at St. Matthew
  April 14
Good Friday
Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our Lord 3:00pm at St. Matthew
Youth Group Living Stations of the Cross 7:00pm at St. Matthew
  April 15
Holy Saturday
Blessing of Easter Food & Baskets 11:00am at both St. Matthew & St. Bernard
Bus departs St. Bernard starting at 7:00pm
Easter Vigil 8:00pm at St. Matthew
  April 16
Easter Sunday Masses
St. Matthew - 8:00am, 9:45am, 11:30 am
St. Bernard - 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am

Regular Mass Schedule

Saturday: 5:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 Noon
Children's Liturgy of the Word
at 10:00 AM Mass
Daily Mass - St. Matthew:
(T, Th, F) - 9:00am
Daily Mass - St. Bernard:
(M, W, F) - 8:00am 

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