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Women's Guild

Women's Guild
Summer Toy Drive for Bazaar

Please bring your gently used games, puzzles, Legos, dolls, cars and trucks to the Church Hall before and after Mass the weekend of August 22-23.  Contact Kathy Lillis (860-875-8376) with questions.

Women's Guild Back to School

 Women's Guild

August 1st and 2nd & Aug 8th and 9th,  'Back to School' sales start in July so remember those less fortunate. Items needed are: 1 and 2 inch ring binders,  packs of loose leaf paper, notebooks, Pens, #2 pencils, crayons, markers, backpacks (new or gently used).

Collection boxes will be in the church foyers. Contact Pegi Deitz Shea 860-878-7016 with questions.

St. Bernard Church Towers


Please be advised that work will start on a major project refurbishing our tower windows and louvers plus re-gilding the crosses on July 6th.  Work will start with rigging on July 6, then have a large crane blocking St. Bernard Terrace from July 13-17 between 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The work is expected to last 4-6 weeks.  The contractor will complete the remainder of the exterior Church painting next summer.  Please be cautious entering and exiting the Church and parking lots--all the work will be on the front of the Church and there will be adequate detour signage.

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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Message from Father Rick

                                                                                                     August, 2015

Dear St. Bernard and St. Matthew Faith Communities, 

August 1, 2015 marks a new beginning for the parishes of St. Matthew and St. Bernard as the two parishes are officially yoked.  I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to be the pastor of two such dynamic and faithful parishes.  The yoking of our communities has the potential to open doors to new faith opportunities, new friendships, new challenges, new outreach programs and new horizons of growth - as parishes and as individuals.  As we begin this journey, it’s very important to note that the process is one that is meant to evolve over time and develop through prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  "One step at a time" is a philosophy I’m adopting for the yoking and I hope you’ll join me with the same attitude.    

The yoking process is not intended to create identical parishes.  Each parish will retain its own personality, traditions and finances. Diversity adds depth and color to our yoking and it is welcomed, not stifled.  

As we begin this union, I would ask that we all adopt a spirit of charity, patience, and openness.  The Holy Spirit that guides and directs us is an active Spirit that prompts us to transform and be receptive to the possibilities of all that we as a Church can be instead of focusing only on what once was.  God doesn’t close a door without opening a window.  

In advance, I thank you for your cooperation, kindness, spirit and prayers.  I look forward to serving with you.  May God bless this union and help our work bear great fruit.  

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

Small Business Creative

Mass Schedule

New Yoked Mass Schedules

St. Bernard
Mass Schedule

Daily Mass
8:00 AM Monday, 
Wednesday & Friday
NO 8:00 AM Mass
Tuesday or Thursday 

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 
NO 9:00 AM Mass
Monday or Wednesday 

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 


Knights of Columbus Installation of Officers

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


SMB Creative Group