Friday, November 21, 2014
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News and Announcements
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.

Penance Service

 Penance Service
Sunday, Dec. 14 - 3:00 P.M.
St. Bernard Church

How to go to Confession

Christian Service Bake Sale


The Christian Service Committee will hold a Bake Sale after all Masses Nov. 22 and 23.  Please stop by for some sweets!  Your support is appreciated to help fund our annual community projects.

Breakfast with Santa


Saturday, December 13 with two sittings: 8:00-9:00 AM & 10:00-11;00 AM. Join us for a morning of fun for children of ALL AGES!  Enjoy a good wholesome breakfast with activities while you wait and PRIZES! Bring your camera and take pictures with Santa or have your picture taken by one of our elves.  Adults $6 each, children $5 each.  Sponsored by St. Bernard Parish Community and Knights of Columbus #4122, benefit St. Bernard Preschool. 

St. Bernard Annual Report

Click here for St. Bernard Annual Report, July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014.

Multi-Faith Thanksgiving Service


Our Multi-Faith Thanksgiving Service will be hosted this year by St. John Episcopal Church in Vernon on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 7:00 PM.  Area choirs, including St. Bernard Choir, will be participating.


Message from Father Rick

                                                                                                         November, 2014

Dear Parishioners,

I write this November letter while on retreat at the Sacred Heart’s Retreat Center in Wareham, Massachusetts.  I’ve been coming to this house off and on for nearly twenty years.  The main residence on the property was built in 1910 and is an impressive and stately building.  Like all houses of that era it’s filled with all kinds of architectural beauty but also all kinds of maintenance challenges.  You’re never quite sure what awaits you when you enter the house.  It’s an adventure.  This year I have the entire third floor to myself – not because I’m terribly special but simply because no one else wants to climb the three flights of stairs necessary to get to the rooms.  I don’t mind, and in fact I love the privacy and the evening sounds of the rattling windows as the winds off the Cape Cod Canal do their best to disturb the sleep of the home’s many visitors.  Especially those residing on the top floor!

I love it here and find great peace whenever I enter the complex.  Perhaps it’s because the priests, sisters, brothers and seminarians that live here are so welcoming.  It might be the fact that I have no computer or television to distract me and because of the poor reception, cell phones seldom work!  The peace, I feel might very well come from praying and celebrating Mass with the community or a result from hiking the many beautiful trails traversing the property and shore line.  But the real reason I find peace here is that I slow down my pace long enough to have meaningful conversations with God.  It’s quiet here and I find Him in the stillness.  What a gift awaits us in the stillness of life.

Like all things, however, I know my stay here is short and I need to pack up and get back to reality.  The challenge I face and each one of you face is being able to create the stillness amidst the fast paced, technologically driven, schedule obsessed life we live.  It is difficult but not impossible and we should always strive to set aside time where we can find the quiet that is necessary to have quality conversations with our God.   He’s waiting for us! 

Have a terrific Thanksgiving everyone – you are a true blessing to me. 

Fr. Rick


First American Freedom


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Small Business Creative

Parish Office

Parish Office Closed for the
Thanksgiving Holiday
Thursday and Friday
Nov. 27 & 28

The Parish Office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 27 & 28.

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.

Mass Schedule

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: 
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 

Women's Guild Christmas Bazaar

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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