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News and Announcements
Knights of Columbus Blood Drive

 American Red Cross and
Knights of Columbus Blood Drive
St. Bernard Church
Saturday, May 30
8:30AM to 1:30PM

Register at or walk-in to donate blood.  Stop by and "Give the Gift of Life!"

Novena to St. Peregrine

Novena to St. Peregrine
June 1 & 9 - 7:00 PM
St. Bernard Church

Join us as we pray for those impacted by cancer.  Click here for more information.

Women's Guild


"End of Year" meeting at Lakeview Restauranat on Coventry Lake on Tuesday, June 2.  Cost per member is $15.00.  Please contact Mary Clements at 860-871-6593 by May 25th if you plan to attend.

Summer Vacation Bible School

 Summer Vacation Bible School
Register Today!
July 6-10

Click Here to register.  $30 per child, $60 per family, ages 3-10 (children must be potty trained).  For more information, contact Kimberly Manganella at 860-875-0753 X 119.

Memorial Day Mass

 Memorial Day Mass
St. Bernard Cemetery
Monday, May 25 - 10:00 AM

Please join us as we pray for all deceased members of our parish and all those buried at St. Bernard Cemetery.  Please plan to arrive early and bring your lawn chairs.  In the event of rain, Mass will be at St. Bernard Church.


  St. Matthew and St. Bernard to be 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.  Fr. Brian Maxwell remains on temporary assignment at St. Patrick in East Hampton. To learn more, click on a Church above to read Guidelines for Yoked Parishes in the Diocese of Norwich.  More information will be provided in the coming months.



Message from Father Rick

                                                                                    May, 2015

Dear Parishioners,
The month of May is upon us and it is warmly welcomed.  During this month, we see our physical world being transformed by the new life that burst forth from what appeared to be a barren world.    May is also a wonderful liturgical and spiritual time for us.   We find our Church continuing its journey through the holy season of Easter where we celebrate Christ’s resurrection.  
Many of the readings we hear at our Easter liturgies center on the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist.  Baptism gives us the gift of new life and the Eucharist sustains and nourishes that life.   On May 9th,, twenty eight second  graders will be receiving the Eucharist for the first time. What an exciting time for both our young people and our entire community as we celebrate the heavenly gift they will receive.  As a Catholic people we are sacramental in nature.   The sacraments allow us an interaction with God that is both intimate and communal.  These children are wonderful examples of how special and important this sacramental meal is to everyone who is privileged to receive.  
May is also the month we honor Mary.   The month of new life seems the perfect month to honor the woman who brought the Author of Life into our world and into our lives.   St. John Paul II wrote many beautiful prayers, homilies and papers about Mary.  The following is a short passage he wrote about Mary and the Eucharist.  I thought you would enjoy these beautiful words:
Mary lived her Eucharistic faith even before the institution of the Eucharist, by the very fact that she offered her womb for the Incarnation of God’s Word.  At the Annunciation, Mary conceived the Son of God in the physical reality of his body and blood, thus anticipating within herself what to some degree happens sacramentally in every believer who receives, under the signs of bread and wine, the Lord’s body and blood. 

God bless each of you. 
Fr. Rick

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Parish Office

Parish Office Closed
Memorial Day
Monday, May 25

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 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. Bernard Catholic Bible Study

Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother

Filmed on location in the Holy Land, The course will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of her earthly life, taking you through her joys...and her sorrows. You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her Divine Son. Seeing Mary in this way will change you forever. Mary will become a part of your daily life, and in your daily life, you will become more like Christ.

Click Here to register today!  This exciting eight week course starts Monday, August 31.  Registration fee of $25 per participant due by July 20th in time to order course materials.  

Parish Pictures

New Photos

Click here to see the latest Picture Albums 

First Holy Communion

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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