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News and Announcements
Penance Service

 Penance Service
St. Bernard Church
Sunday, Dec. 6th, 3:00 PM

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Christmas Carols

 Christmas Carols
Tuesday, December 8
After 7:00 PM Mass

Join us for Christmas Carols at the creche in front of the Rectory after 7:00 PM Mass on Tuesday, December 8th (Holy Day of Obligation).  Refreshments following in Hall.

Vernon Chorale

 Christmas Concert
Vernon Chorale

Serenade to Music


Saturday, December 12, 7:30 PM, reception following. Suggested donation $15 adults, $10 students and seniors. 


Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 12
2 sittings: 8-9 AM and 10-11 AM

Fun for children of all ages! Enjoy a wholesome breakfast with Santa, activities and prizes, bring your camera or have a photo taken by one of our elves.  Individual adult - $6.00, individual child - $5.00.  Sponsored by St. Bernard Preschool and Knights of Columbus #4122.  


Coffee and Doughnuts

Coffee and Doughnuts
 Dec. 13th after 10:00 AM Mass


Please join us for coffee and doughnuts after the 10:00 am Mass on Sunday, December 13th.

Knights of Columbus Council 4122


Tootsie Roll Collection Fund Raiser to benefit the people with Intellectual Disabilities after all Masses Nov. 28 and 29. 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

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Story on St. Bernard
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Next meeting, Dec. 10
9:30 AM-11:30 AM
St. Bernard Hall 

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Message from Father Rick

                                                                                                      November, 2015

Dear Parish Family,

As I sit at my computer writing this November letter, I find that my attention being drawn away from my work and directed instead to the dramatic transformation of the trees surrounding the Church.  I can’t remember the colors ever being so vibrant and the weather so clear and comfortable.  Dharen, our seminarian, is loving the colors of New England.  He’s not so sure he’s going to love the cold temperatures that will soon follow – but we’re making sure he’s outfitted for the change.  We’ll make a New Englander out of him yet!!    I told him that each season brings with it joys and challenges and it’s up to us which we choose to dwell on.  

Our yoked parishes are entering their fourth month of cooperation and sharing.  I thank everyone for their positive spirit, enthusiasm and support.  When we’re receptive and open to God’s Grace, He can transform us into the people and the Church we’re meant to be.  This month will mark the first time the two Pastoral Councils will gather to share a meal and begin the process of setting goals for our future.  I know that the two groups will work well together.  Please keep us in your prayers.  

A final thought; November is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving.  I love this holiday because it draws our attention away from self and directs it towards others.  We have so many things to be grateful – most especially our God.  Let’s make a concerted effort to remember the people and things that we recognize as true blessings.  

Thank you for all you do for our communities and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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
Thanksgiving Day and
Friday after Thanksgiving

Mass Schedule

New Yoked Mass Schedules

St. Bernard
Mass Schedule

Thanksgiving Day 9:00 AM
Mass at St. Matthew

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 


Women's Guild 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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