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News and Announcements
Catholic Young Adults

 Catholic Young Adults
of Eastern Connecticut


Meetings are on Saturdays twice a month.  Please join us!  Click here for more information.

Mitten Tree


Our Mitten Tree is set up in the Church and is awaiting our donations of mittens, gloves, hats and scarves for the annual collection for the needy in our community.  We know you will adorn its branches with many colorful mittens, gloves, and hats again this year, and we thank you for your generous support of this yearly collection!

Publicity Committee

 New Publicity Committee

We are forming a new Publicity Committee to help publicize parish events.  If you are interested in helping on this new committee, please contact the Parish Secretary at 860-875-0753 X 100.

Synod of Bishops


Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod


Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families, too, may be places of communion and  prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel, and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division:  may all who have been hurt or Scandalized find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may the approaching Synod of Bishops make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer.  Amen.


Message from Father Rick

                                                                                    December, 2014
Dear Parishioners,

My first teaching job was at a reservation school in Zuni, New Mexico.  It was a new school district, so in order to fill the many teaching positions, the Reservation did national recruitment.  It made for a very interesting conglomeration of young teachers from across the country.  Since the nearest town was a substantial distance away, the school district provided housing.  We all lived in older mobile homes that were situated on the school playground.  It wasn’t the Ritz - but it was our new home.  My assignment was fifth grade and I absolutely loved my job and the people I worked with.  

As teachers, the biggest hurdle we faced was the absence of our families.  We were all far from home so whenever any parents showed up, it was understood that they had to be shared with everyone!    In my second year in Zuni my Mom and Dad decided to venture out and pay a visit.  I was thrilled and waited with great anticipation for the day I could show them the beauty of New Mexico.  I couldn’t wait to introduce them to my fellow teachers and school staff that had become my new friends and family.  Most of all, however, I wanted them to visit my classroom and meet the students that had taken permanent residence in my heart.  When the day finally came, I dragged my parents everywhere.  They were wonderful ambassadors to everyone of the importance of roots.  In hindsight, I guess there was nothing quite like the 2,000 miles that separated us to make me comprehend what a gift I had in my Mom and Dad.  

I share this story with you because I think the season of Advent is all about the excitement that is associated with the waiting and preparing for someone truly wonderful.  Advent calls us to find the child like excitement we once had as we awaited the gift of Christmas.  We need to watch and enthusiastically keep vigil for the arrival of the One who is at the core of our hearts and lives.  This is the season where we desire nothing more than to share with Him all that we’ve become, and all that we dream to be and do.  This waiting makes the heart fonder – this waiting reminds us of our roots, this season focuses on what is most important in life.  Finally, this season opens our eyes to the greatest gift ever shared with the human race.  

I wish you all a very blessed Advent and Christmas season.  

With peace,
Fr. Rick                                                           

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Parish Office

Parish Office Closed
Christmas Day

The Parish Office will be closed
Thursday, December 25.

Mass Schedule

Christmas Masses
Christmas Eve 4:00 PM 6:00 PM
Midnight (music starts 11:30 PM)
Christmas Day: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM

New Year's Day
Holy Day of Obligation

Mary, Mother of God
Vigil Dec. 31st 5:00 PM
Jan. 1st 9:00 AM

Daily Mass
8:00 AM Monday to Friday

Weekend 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

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: 
No Adoration Christmas Eve
Every Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM with Night Prayer at 7:45 PM 
Friday 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM followed by morning Mass.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance):
Saturday: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Every Wednesday after
the 8:00 AM Mass

Parish Pictures

New Photos

Click here to see the latest Picture Albums 

Vernon Chorale Christmas Concert

Also lots of other Albums: Religious Education Functions, Preschool Activities, 4th of July Fireworks, Parish Retreat, and a variety of Parish activities.  


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