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Pastor's Page - November
Dear Parish family, This month we remember and pray for the 119 people who passed away last year from our two communities.  Each one of their lives was a precious gift from God that touched lives, raised families, loved enthusiastically and sacrificed willingly.  How different life is without them.  I wonder if our loved...

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Pastor's Page - October
Dear Parish Family, October finds us in the beautiful season of fall.  Before our very eyes, we see our world beautifully transformed into a new season.  We witness fall’s brilliant colors, cool temperatures, pumpkins, apple cider and the little ones all dressed up in their favorite costumes parading through our neighbo...

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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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Pastor's Page - July & August
Dear Parishioners, The long-awaited summer has arrived and we welcome it with open arms!  The warm inviting temperatures and the much-deserved vacation time allows families the opportunity to slow down life’s hectic pace and enjoy time together.   Vacations do much more than afford us an opportunity to travel. ...

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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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Pastor's Page - June
Dear Parish Family, I recently attended my nephew’s graduation from the University of Connecticut.  As I sat through the graduation, I couldn’t help but think about the many young men and women who would be starting a new and exciting chapter in their lives.  I watched their excitement and enthusiasm and wondered ...

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Pastor's Page - May
Dear Parish family, I begin this letter with a sincere sense of gratitude for everyone who was involved in our beautiful celebration of the Easter Triduum.  The three days: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil are meant to open our eyes and hearts to the magnificence of our God and the love He has for us.  The Tri...

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Pastor's Page - April
Dear Parish Family, As I sit at my computer on March 24th I know that we have just entered the season of Spring, – but the snow-covered property, heating bills, gray skies and barren trees inform me that winter is reluctant to let go!  Such is the life of a New Englander!  The month of April not only witnesses the ch...

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Pastor's Page - March
Dear Parish Family, March 1st, Ash Wednesday, begins the holy season of Lent.  It is the time in our Church year where many of our people make a concerted effort to step up their faith game.  It is a time of deeper prayer, fasting and receptivity to God working in our lives.  I love this season and the incredible opportu...

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Pastor's Page - February
Dear Parish family, One evening in the middle of January I found myself driving the now familiar route from Tolland to Rockville.  It was a cold night and somehow the trip seemed different.   About half way home I had an Epiphany moment (aha!) and realized that the many Christmas candles that had illumined the windows we...

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Pastor's Page - January
Dear parish family, On behalf of my staff and brother clergy I would like to wish you and your loved ones a very blessed, healthy and joy filled 2017! At the start of a new year it is customary to make a few resolutions for ourselves.  We are often very good at deciding what we want and need in our lives to make us happier and ...

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Sports and Spirituality: How Do We Balance Both in Today’s World?   Vs.  Who:  Adults, Coaches and Parents When:  January 10, 2017, 7-8:30 pm Where:  Our Lady of Lourdes, Gales Ferry A panel of experts with over 70 years of experience in organized athletics on the college and high school le...

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Pastor's Page - December
Dear Parish family, As a young boy I seem to recall that time often moved at a snail’s pace.  I’m sure my parents have very “fond” memories of our road trips when my two sisters and I continually asked the question from the back seat, “are we there yet?!”   I also recollect that Christ...

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Pastor's Page - November
Dear Parish family, It’s no coincidence that at the end of our Church year we celebrate two feast days that center on the topics of mortality and eternity.  All Souls and All Saints Days are clear reminders that our earthly journey is a temporary one and our true home awaits us.   The contemplation of life, death and...

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Pastor's Page - Picnic Message
Dear Parish family, There are many instances in my priesthood when I reflect on an interaction, a meeting, a liturgy or an event and realize that God’s Grace was flowing in abundance at that moment or in that situation.  I believe in my heart of hearts that our Community Mass and picnic was one of those very powerful moments...

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Pastor's Page - September
Dear Parish Family, We are very aware that January first marks the beginning of our calendar year and that Advent is the beginning of our Church year. From the perspective of many, however, September marks the beginning of a new year too. This month represents a time of new beginnings and getting back on the fast track. The school year...

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Pastor's Page - August
Dear Parish Family, Happy Anniversary everyone!  Believe it or not, August 1st marks our one year anniversary as a yoked community.  Last year at this time I wrote in my August newsletter that, “the yoking of our communities has the potential to open doors to new faith opportunities, new friendships, new challenges, and...

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Pastor's Page - July: New Parochial Vicar
Dear Parishioners, On Saturday, June 25th, Bishop Michael Cote ordained to the Roman Catholic Priesthood four transitional Deacons.  Congratulations Fr. Juan Aguirre, Fr. Jeffrey Ellis, Fr. Thomas Griffin and Fr. Peter Langevin.  We are blessed to have these individual serving the good people of the Diocese of Norwich.  ...

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Pastor's Page - June
Fr. Rick with Amy Blanchard, new Catholic Community Bulletin Editor   Dear Parishioners, June marks our eleventh month since our two beloved parishes were yoked.  It has been a true privilege to make this journey with you and I am often reminded of how blessed I am to Pastor two such faithful, dynamic, cooperative and ...

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Pastor's Page - May
Dear Parishioners, Unless you’re an allergy sufferer, who doesn’t love the month of May?  May is a month where we see our world transformed from dreary shades of brown to the vibrant shades associated with spring. This is a month we continue journeying through the fifty days of Easter, the holiest season of our Church ...

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Pastor's Page - April
Dear Parishioners, The month of April finds us immersed in the beautiful season of Easter.  Easter defines, directs and motivates us into living lives worthy of being called Christian.  How blessed we are to have our Catholic roots deeply rooted in such dynamic and alive parishes.   As I mentioned in my Easter homil...

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Dear Parishioners, Last month during that incredibly frigid weekend, our seminarian Dharen and I were in the car having a conversation about the New England Seasons.  I assured him that they are quite different than Columbia!   I shared with him (through chattering teeth) that we are accustomed to the changes associated ...

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Pastor's Page - February
Dear Parishioners, I saw several commercials a few weeks ago where Oprah Winfrey was encouraging people to get on a particular diet and exercise program in order to make 2016 their healthiest year ever.  Oprah has a huge following and a lot of advertising money so I’m sure people will jump on the band wagon.   W...

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Pastor's Page - January
Dear Parish Family, On behalf of the Staff and Clergy of St. Bernard and St. Matthew Parishes I would like to wish you a blessed, happy and healthy 2016.  A new year always arrives with a spirit of hope, and an excitement for fresh beginnings.  It is also a time when we look back at the previous year and remember those times ...

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Pastor's Page - December
January, 2016 Dear Parish Family, On behalf of the Staff and Clergy of St. Bernard and St. Matthew Parishes I would like to wish you a blessed, happy and healthy 2016.  A new year always arrives with a spirit of hope, and an excitement for fresh beginnings.  It is also a time when we look back at the previous year and reme...

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