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News and Announcements

 We Invite You  
to Become Catholic

Are you from another faith tradition and interested in learning more about the Catholic faith?  RCIA allows you to learn more in a relaxed group environment.  Starts Sunday, Sept. 28th. Contact Anna Osbeck for more information- 860-558-9910.  

New Driver Blessing

New Driver Blessings
& Blessings of Cars
4:15 P.M. 
Saturday, September 27
St. Bernard Church Parking Lot

Parish Retreat - October 25th


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Knights of Columbus

 Knights of Columbus
Mum Sale

September 20 & 21
After all Masses


Catholic Young Adults

For Young Adults 18-35: Our next meeting is September 20th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Youth Group room in the basement of St. Bernard School.  

Virtual Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Virtual Pilgrimage to Lourdes
St. Bernard Church
October 7, 7:00 PM

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Message from Father Rick

                                                                                   September, 2014

Dear Parishioners,

Not too many years ago, prior to GPS and cell phone technologies, I found myself on a road trip in Pennsylvania.  I prided myself on my ability to use a road map and was traversing the highways and byways with great skill and efficiency.   Or so I thought!  Apparently I had a faulty map because I found myself completely and without any doubt – LOST!  Ego completely deflated, I pulled into a church parking lot that identified itself as Catholic.   Perhaps Divine intervention would help get me pointed in the right direction.  The modern building was quite large and was brilliantly illuminated by floor to ceiling windows.  As I sat praying to St. Anthony, I began to notice that there was nothing in the body of the church that identified it as Catholic.  There were no Stations of the Cross, the Tabernacle was in another room off the main Church, there was no crucifix, no statues of our Lady, and no kneelers.  I couldn’t even find a bingo poster!!!  If being lost wasn’t bad enough, I now found myself in a Church that was suffering from an identity crisis!  

I share this story with you because our homes can suffer a similar crisis.  We need to ask ourselves, if a stranger entered my home, would they know I am a Christian?  Our residences should not only reflect who we are through family portraits and snap shots but also whose we are through the signs, symbols and actions we display.   Do you have a crucifix hanging in your home?  Do the kids know their prayers for grace and bedtime?  Is the Bible visible in your home and being used?  Is anyone in your family doing spiritual reading? 

We live in a world that would prefer God to be silent.  As a Catholic people we need to be proud of our faith and willing to share it with others.  We have a responsibility to explore our faith through reading, communicating, exploring and praying.  Visit a Catholic book store and see what titles or topics interest you and break open the covers and expand your knowledge and love of Christ.  Having said that, I know that it can be difficult to locate and travel to the few Catholic book and religious goods stores in our  area, sooooooo  we decided to bring the stores to you!  

On September 13th and 14th - the Feast day of the Exaltation of the Cross - I invite everyone in our community to bring in their Crucifixes and other religious items and jewelry so that they can be blessed at our Mass.   After the final blessing everyone will be invited downstairs where we have two vendors selling Christian books and religious items including First Communion and Confirmation goods.  And yes, the Knights of Columbus will be serving refreshments while you do some early Christmas shopping! 

Let’s do our best to show the world that we are not suffering from an identity crisis.  We are Christians and we are proud to profess it with our lives.  

With peace,
Fr. Rick

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Special Collection

Special Collection Sept. 27-28
Humanitarian Relief for
Catholics in Middle East

 A special collection will be taken Sept. 27-28 for humanitarian aid to Christians suffering from terrible persecution in the Middle East, "the cradle of Christianity".   The Catholic Bishops Conference said "Our Church mourns the terrible suffering of Christians and other innocent victims of violence in Iraq, Syria, and Gaza who are struggling to survive, to protect their children, and to live with dignity in dire conditions."  Proceeds from this collection will be distributed by Catholic Relief Services and other Catholic agencies working in partnership with the local Church.  These agencies can respond quickly and efficiently to victims in some of the hardest-to-reach areas. 

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 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

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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