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Prayer Shawl Ministry

 Prayer Shawl Ministry
Oct . 8, 9:30-11:30 AM
St. Bernard Hall

Join our Prayer Shawl Ministry us for an enjoyable morning of knitting and fellowship. No experience necessary, we will teach you how to create a beautiful prayer shawl.  For more information, call Mary Smith at 860-872-2611 or Kathy Mullin at 860-872-8828.

Diaper Drive

 St. Bernard Church
Diaper Drive

Weekend of Oct. 10-11

To benefit St. Gerard Center for Life and Birthright.  Diapers may be dropped off at the Church entrances.

Religious Gifts and Books

 Religious Book and Gift Sale
After all Masses Oct. 24-25




RCIA is the program adults may attend weekly on Sundays to come back to or become members of the Catholic Church.  The inquiry portion is an opportunity for people of other faith traditions and non-practicing Catholics to learn about the Catholic faith tradition of worship here at St. Bernard Church.  In a relaxed group environment, participants will learn from instructors and each other about their relationship with God.  Who should attend? You always wanted to have faith, but didn't know where to begin or you would like to join a community that really believes in the Love of God and The GOOD NEWS of eternal life.

For more information, contact Anna Osbeck  at 860-558-9910.

Scott Hahn

Evangelizing Catholics
Dr. Scott Hahn

Cathedral of St. Patrick
Oct. 10th 9:30 AM-3:30 PM

"The Bible, the Eucharist, and the New Evangelization".  Registration: $20/person, $10/student, Religious Free (with advanced registration).  Click here to register.

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Parish Retreat


Message from Father Rick

                                                                                                     October, 2015

Dear Parish Family,

I have to admit that lately I’ve been feeling a bit apprehensive as I notice the days getting shorter and the evenings getting cooler.  What happened to the summer?!  But I’m also reminded that New Englanders love the fall.  The humidity of summer has now been replaced by the dry crisp autumn air that invigorates us.  Fall is the time of year when we are blessed to view God’s artistic hand transforming the world with brilliant colors ranging from bright yellow and oranges to vibrant reds.  God’s creative spirit is truly amazing and we are continually blessed with his abundance.  

As pastor of our two parishes, I know how abundantly blessed we are.  We are surrounded by the colors and bounty of one another’s gifts, witness, faith, talent and personalities.  I thank God for your presence in my life and pray that He continues to guide our parish leaders and community on the path that is most pleasing to Him.   

Discerning that path takes prayer, planning and discussions.  Your pastoral councils are and will be working on the goals and objectives that will assist our journey.  Please remember to pray for your councils and for our parishes. 

In his visit to our nation last month, Pope Francis reminded us of the importance of filling our discipleship with joy, hard work and gratitude.  Our Holy Father stated that “the joy of men and women who love God attracts others to Him.  Joy springs from a grateful heart.  Truly we have received much, so many graces, so many blessings, and we rejoice in this.  Let us ask ourselves: are we good at counting our blessings, or have we forgotten them?”  

In his comments on the spirit of hard work Pope Francis shared that “a grateful heart is spontaneously impelled to serve the Lord and find expression in a life of commitment to our work.  Once we come to realize how much God has given us, a life of self-sacrifice, of working for him and for others, becomes a privileged way of responding to his great love.”  

Enjoy this beautiful month everyone. 

With peace,
Fr. Rick


  St. Matthew and St. Bernard Yoked 


Upon the retirement of Msgr. James Carini as Pastor of St. Matthew Church on July 31, Bishop Michael Cote has appointed Fr. Rick Ricard as Pastor of St. Matthew Church and St. Bernard Church assisted by Fr. Bill Olesik, Deacon Michael Berstene and Deacon Ron Freedman.  To learn more, click here  or on a Church above to read Guidelines for Yoked Parishes in the Diocese of Norwich.  

St. Bernard Restoration

St. Bernard Restoration

More photos under "New Photos"


Newly gilded Cross at 150'       Statue of St. Bernard at 80'

First American Freedom

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.

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Parish Office

Parish Office Closed
Monday, October 12
for Columbus Day

Mass Schedule

New Yoked Mass Schedules

St. Bernard
Mass Schedule

Daily Mass
8:00 AM Monday, 
Wednesday & Friday
Tuesday & Thursday 
Mass at St. Matthew 9:00 AM

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 Monday and 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

St. Matthew
Mass Schedule

Daily Mass
9:00 AM Tuesday,
Thursday & Friday 
Monday & Wednesday 
Mass at St. Bernard 8:00 AM

Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday: 5:00 PM 
Sunday: 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM

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


Parish Pictures

New Photos   

Click here to see the latest Picture Albums 


Dedication of New Cemetery Altar Donated by K of C

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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