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Are you looking for a fun way to live your faith? Want to make lasting friendships and serve your community? Join the Youth Group! We have lots of fun, faith-filled activities this year: October 14:  Second Saturday at St. Matthew’s featuring Jerusalem Road October 15:  Youth Group hike and outdoor Mass And...

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The next Baptism Preparation meeting for those parents who wish to have their children baptized is scheduled for Tuesday, October 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Please call the Parish Office (872-0200) to pre-register.

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Rosary & Fatima Celebration Friday-October 13th St. Bernard Church Rosary 6:30, followed by Refreshments Join us as we pray the Rosary together and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Fatima.  This year we will pray together the Glorious Mysteries, with beautiful music and slides. Plan to stay for refreshments after the pray...

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Classes Begin the Week of October 2nd: K-6 Program Class Schedule Monday 4:30-5:30pm 5:45-6:45pm Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Tuesday   4:30-5:30pm 5:45-6:45pm Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Grades 1,...

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Our Sixth and Final First Saturday Devotion Will Be October 7th at St. Matthew. Our Lady of Fatima asked for the establishment of the Five First Saturdays Devotion. Our Lady promised to assist all who make this devotion at the hour of their death with all the graces necessary for salvation. This devotion can be done on any five consecu...

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Once again the Haitian Ministry is sponsoring our annual toy collection for the children of St. Pierre Parish, Gantier, Haiti.  This year it will be the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 1.  Kids of all ages are invited to bring new, unwrapped toys up to the altar during the masses at both St. Matthew and St. Bernard churches that weeken...

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Gift cards will be available for purchase after all Masses. Visit www.shopwithscrip.com to see all the gift cards available. Pick up will be October 7th & 8th.    
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How about helping out at the parish from time to time?  St. Matthew and St. Bernard are each looking for few volunteers to help with small chores like picking up boxes from the post office, arranging tables and chairs for an event, etc.  For another star on your crown in heaven, contact either Parish Secretary- Stella at St. Ber...

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St. Bernard Church at 9:30am St. Matthew Church at 10:30am You are invited to bring your pets for this special blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint and lover of animals, whose feast day is celebrated in October.  

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Pro-Life Program of Prayer & Fasting and Peaceful Prayer Vigil September 27th—November 5th The Norwich 40 Days-For-Life campaign will begin with a Vigil Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Tuesday, September 26th, at 7:00pm. It is hoped that all Parishes will “Adopt-A-Day” and participate by encouraging...

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If you have a loved one who is in the military in harm’s way, please contact the parish office to have your loved one’s name added to the St. Michael the Archangel prayer book. St. Michael is the patron of soldiers and will be regularly asked to intercede for the protection of our loved ones in the military.  Parishion...

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Bereavement Group Wednesdays Evenings Starting September 27th    7:00pm - 8:30pm St. Bernard’s Rectory Living through grief is not easy but it does not have to be done alone.  The St. Bernard/St. Matthew Community will offer a 9 week support program called, “New Day”, for those who have suffe...

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RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It is the process by which adults are gradually initiated into the life and sacraments of the Catholic Church. It is comprised of various steps along the way.  Each transition is marked by a rite or a special ceremony within the public liturgy. Underlying these are the clas...

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We are looking to replace 4 long-time volunteers who are moving on. We need: 2 volunteers for a Tuesday team 2 volunteers for a Friday team Teams work once a month at the Cornerstone Soup Kitchen around the corner from St. Bernard. Hours are 4:45pm-6:00pm. Duties include setting-up, serving, clean-up, sweeping and mopping. Paris...

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Dear Parishioners, The Joint Pastoral Council of the Catholic Community of Saint Bernard and Saint Matthew has been hard at work this past year.  The role of the Pastoral Council is to “support, advise, assist, and consult with the Pastor in building up the body of Christ in our community.” Father Rick has identifie...

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Thérèse: The Story of a Soul Sunday, October 1st at 7:30pm St. Matthew Church Thérèse: The Story of a Soul, is a moving, live production performed by actress Audrey Ahern and directed by Patti Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions. The event is sponsored by our Catholic Community of St. Matthew & St. Bernard Church. In this...

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Pastor's Page - September
Dear Parish Family, As a young boy, I clearly remember dreading the month of September.  I loved the summer and was never ready to go back to school.  The Sisters of Mercy didn’t always look too thrilled with the arrival of September either!  Thankfully, it didn’t take too long for teachers and students to ge...

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Small Christian Communities (SCC) September is a time for new beginnings and you are invited to join a Small Christian Community.  Come to learn, experience and discern if a SCC is something you want to include in your prayer life. SCCs are small groups of parishioners who gather regularly for prayer and reflection.  These...

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Monthly Food Collection for the Tolland Food Pantry Most Needed Food Items:  Baking Needs (flour, sugar, oil), Canned Soup, Jelly & Jam, Fruit Cup Packs, Peanut Butter, Pancake Mix, Maple Syrup, Graham Crackers, Granola Bars, Canned Vegetables, Canned Meat (tuna or chicken), Applesauce, Dried or Canned Beans, Boxed Macaroni &a...

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Eucharistic Holy Hour for Vocations Thursday, September 21st at 6:00pm St. Bernard Church, Rockville Come join in praying with Bishop Cote for those who are called to priestly or consecrated religious life. Pray for our seminarians and those in the process of applying to the Diocese. Join our Diocesan Prayer Team for Vocations by...

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Interested in joining our Youth Music Group?  This year we will be singing at the Sunday 10:30am Mass once a month. The Youth Music Group’s first Mass of the school year will be Sunday, September 17th. If you’re considering joining us, please email Deirdre Goldsmith at deirdre.goldsm@gmail.com  

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Registration has started for the 2017/2018 school year! We have openings in both our classes: · 3 year olds meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45 am until 11:45 am · 4 year olds meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:45 am until 11:45 am. We are an accredited Music Together Preschool ·...

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Going on Vacation? Use the website www.masstimes.org to find the location and Mass times of the Church nearest your destination.  
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Calling all Bakers & Shoppers: We’re seeking new recruits to update our list of volunteers willing to bake or purchase refreshments for various parish events throughout the year. About a week before an event we email a request and those who would like to contribute respond - so easy & no pressure! Volunteers bring items t...

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St. Matthew Church is so blessed to have Cynde Yaconiello celebrate her 25th anniversary working in our Faith Formation Office.  Cynde began working on August 15, 1992!  Since that time she has been instrumental in helping to form our Catholic faith in so many of our children.  May God bless her abundantly for all she ha...

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Dear Parishioners, It is with sad hearts that we bid goodbye to Dharen, our seminarian. He has been with our community since the beginning of our yoking 2 years ago. We wish him well during the next phase of his journey at Mount St. Mary.  If you would like to stay in touch with him, his new address will be: Mr. Dharen Brochero...

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To view the new Confirmation photos, click on the PHOTOS button on the homepage or CLICK HERE.
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Please note we recently enhanced our telephone systems to improve communication for you and between St. Matthew and St. Bernard.   In this process, we also changed some telephone extensions which are on the website now and will be in the bulletin starting next week. The new system will allow clergy and staff to receive calls dir...

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PRO-LIFE BOTTLE COLLECTION:  Don’t want the hassle of returning your empty cans, bottles and plastics?  Donate them to the Pro-Life Ministry by dropping them off in the designated trash bins outside the dumpster area.  Please be sure they are returnables, BAGGED, and uncrushed.  Your generous donations are very m...

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Any interested parishioners who would like to complete the Diocese of Norwich's Safe Environments program called "Called to Protect", are invited to call the Faith Formation Office at 860-872-0200 X 319.  Please leave your name and telephone number, and you will be contacted to make arrangements for the training.

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Ministry of Consolation is looking for Volunteers St. Matthew Church has a tremendously wonderful Ministry that provides luncheons after funerals that are held at St. Matthew Church. The Ministry handles all the details from providing the food, to setting up the buffet, to cleaning up afterwards. When a funeral luncheon is requested...

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The Vatican recently issued more definitive guidance on cremation for Catholics.  For the complete document, click here. Summary: Because of Christ, Christian death has a positive meaning.  The Christian vision of death receives privileged expression in the liturgy of the Church: “Indeed for your faithful, Lord, l...

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We are looking for a volunteer to answer phones when Denise, the Parish Secretary, takes a day off or is on vacation. If you are interested, please call the Parish Office at (860) 872-0200, Ext 360 or email parishoffice@stmatthewct.org.         a  

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cath-comm.org” is the new domain name for our  clergy’s email addresses, designating Father Rick,  Father Bill, Deacon Ron and Deacon Mike as clergy for the “Catholic Community of St. Bernard and St. Matthew”.    Their emails for @saintbernardchurch.org and @stmatthewct.org are stil...

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