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Novena to St Peregrine - January 27 & February 4 at 6:30 St. Bernard Church
Join us in Prayer for those impacted by cancer  To watch the livestream, click here at 6:30pm on January 27th and February 4th. Blessed Sacrament Parish community will begin nine days of prayer for all those impacted by cancer on January 27th. The Novena will conclude on Fe...

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Calling teens in grades 7-12!

Posted on January 20, 2021 in: General News

Calling teens in grades 7-12!
The Youth Group will be sponsoring a Virtual Living Stations of the Cross. If you and your friends would like to participate or if you have questions, please contact Bridget and Hilary at  youth@cath-comm.org. We are in need of many participants to help us with this production. It will requi...

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Blessing of the Throats - January 30th & 31st
In honor of the Feast of St. Blaise (February 3rd) we will bless throats after all Masses at both St. Matthew and St. Bernard next weekend. In order to maintain safe social distancing, we will modify the blessing by having parishioners remain in their seats. Through this blessing we pray for the ...

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Attention High School Seniors

Posted on January 18, 2021 in: General News

Attention High School Seniors
Each year the Knights of Columbus seeks to honor an outstanding youth of the year in the whole state of Connecticut. Our local Tolland Council of the Knights of Columbus would like to nominate a member of the Blessed Sacrament Parish for this award. If you have been a strong student and active in yo...

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Young Adult Ministry Meeting - Sunday, February 7th—6:00pm in the St. Bernard Church Hall
We invite all young adults to join us for a Lenten conversation as we prepare for the important liturgical season. Please join us in learning about how to approach Lent this year in the meeting offered via Zoom or in-person, with a time for Adoration after our discussion. Learn more and RSVP by visi...

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COVID-19 Viral Screen & Antibody Testing Every Tuesday in the St. Bernard Parking Lot
Drive-Thru Testing Only 9:00am to 10:00am Walk-Up Testing Only 10:30am to 11:30am In addition to a viral screen for an active COVID-19 infection, individuals will now have the option to be screened for the antibody to determine prior exposure to the virus. The antibod...

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Taking Care of our Loved Ones at Home with Dementia during these times
Virtual Zoom program With Nicole Matson from Home Helpers and Blessed Sacrament Parish February 9th at 4:00pm Tips on recreational therapy that may help to enrich the lives of you and your loved one  Email Nicole Matson: nmatson@homehelpershomecare.com (Nicole will ...

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Baptism Preparation Class

Posted on January 15, 2021 in: General News

Baptism Preparation Class
The next class for registered parents who wish to have their child(ren) baptized is scheduled for: Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00pm Call Denise at 860-872-0200, Ext. 1 to pre-register. Baptisms are scheduled: at St. Bernard on the 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sunday of the month at St. Matthe...

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February Distribution of the Eucharist for Those Who Cannot Attend Mass
February 14th     1:30pm—2:30pm at St. Bernard Church  February 21st     1:30pm—2:30pm at St. Matthew Church  If due to the pandemic you are not comfortable joining us for the celebration of Mass, we invite you to come receive the B...

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 A Call to Hope and Joy  - A Special Lenten Program of Reflection and Song with Steve Angrisano
Live-streamed - Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:00pm To watch, click here on February 22nd at 7:00pm For more information, about this event click here    

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Weekend Mass Reservations

Posted on January 15, 2021 in: General News

Weekend Mass Reservations
Prior to attending a weekend Mass, please reserve seat(s) online.  If you do not have access to a computer, call the office no later than noon on Friday.  Please do not leave a voicemail after noon on Friday. Our reservation system is in place to ensure we won’t exceed our...

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Catholics Returning Home Series - Registration Deadline: January 11th by Noon
Beginning January 11th, the Evangelization Ministry will be hosting its 2nd annual six-week series on Mondays from 7 pm to 8:30 pm via Zoom to welcome back with open arms those who have been away from the Church. We will not be offering an in-person option this year. Brochures outlining the progr...

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Note from Fr. Rick

Posted on January 04, 2021 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Note from Fr. Rick
Dear Friends, On behalf of the clergy of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, I would like to thank all of you for your many acts of kindness and support over this Christmas season. The cards, gifts, food and sweets were warmly welcomed!   2020 will go down as the Christmas I ate the most Chri...

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Joy to the World! Video

Posted on January 01, 2021 in: General News

Joy to the World! Video
Even though our choirs are not able to sing live at Mass due to the pandemic, we are still hard at work recording music together safely, as well as remotely.  Much of this music was played at our Christmas Masses, and will continue to be played through the Christmas season.  All of our rec...

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Prayer Shawls Available

Posted on January 01, 2021 in: General News

Prayer Shawls Available
The Prayer Shawl Ministry would like you to know that although we cannot have our monthly meetings at church at the present time, we have many beautiful prayer shawls, lap robes, and pocket prayer shawls all blessed, sprinkled with holy water, and ready to be freely given away to those in need of co...

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Pastor's Page - January

Posted on December 30, 2020 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - January
Dear Parish Family, Happy New Year everyone.  Has there ever been a year when we were more excited to see it in the rear-view mirror?!  2020 will go down in history as a year that changed our world, disrupted our lives and burdened us in ways we never expected.  We pray 2021 is a y...

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Epiphany Blessing of Chalk

Posted on December 25, 2020 in: General News

Epiphany Blessing of Chalk
It has been a tradition in the Catholic Church to bless chalk at the Masses for Epiphany then use the blessed chalk as part of blessing one’s home in the New Year. Use the blessed chalk to write the following above a doorway in your home: 20+C+M+B+21 As you are writing, pray the follo...

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New Photos Available - Christmas Decorating and New Granite Cemetery Makers
Click here to view the St. Matthew Christmas Decorating Album Click here to view the St. Bernard Christmas Decorating Album Click here to view the New Granite Cemetery Section Markers Album

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COVID-19 Corner - Vaccine Myths

Posted on December 04, 2020 in: General News

COVID-19 Corner - Vaccine Myths
Making Sense of Bioethics:  COVID-19 Vaccine Myths By Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, PhD Several popular myths about COVID-19 vaccines have been gaining traction on social media in recent months, particularly in regard to messenger RNA (mRNA) vac­cines being developed by Moderna, Sanofi, P...

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Covid Corner

Posted on November 19, 2020 in: General News

Covid Corner
Blessed Sacrament Parish has been receiving requests from parishioners on travel and quarantine guidance especially with family and students returning home as Thanksgiving and Christmas approach. In an effort to provide guidance to all our parishioners, we will include a “Covid-19 Corner&rdquo...

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Amazon Smile Helps Haiti

Posted on November 19, 2020 in: General News

Amazon Smile Helps Haiti
If you, like so many others, are doing your shopping online these days, please consider signing up for Amazon Smile (www.smile.amazon.com) and designating Norwich Diocese Outreach to Haiti as the organization you would like receiving all donations generated from your spending. It is free, and items ...

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2019-2020 Fiscal Year Blessed Sacrament Parish Financial Report
Click here to view the report. Please contact Scott Nai, Finance Council Chair – financecouncil@cath-comm.org

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Reminder from St. Bernard Cemetery

Posted on November 06, 2020 in: General News

Reminder from St. Bernard Cemetery
LED Lights & Candles are never allowed at St. Bernard Cemetery. Burning candles pose a fire risk, especially with falling leaves. Thank you for your cooperation.  

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Need Help Reciting Prayers with Us  at Mass?
We have added the Gloria, Apostle’s Creed, and Nicene Creed to our website! To follow along and recite them with us, click here.    

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Safe Environments in the Diocese of Norwich
Safe Environments Abuse Prevention Training In the Diocese of Norwich, all volunteers who have regular contact with minors, all employees, all clergy, and all religious, are required to complete safe environments training. This training is also available to any parishioner, or parent of a paro...

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Mattie’s Togs Thrift Shop Open by Appointment
Our Shop has been closed since February due to COVID, but we are happy to announce that we will be reopening with safe-distancing and masks to be worn by all parties concerned. To shop at Mattie’s Togs, you must make an appointment with Billie. The hours are more flexible at the present tim...

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Reflections from the Market Place

Posted on September 09, 2020 in: General News

Reflections from the Market Place
Dear Brothers and Sisters of Blessed Sacrament Parish: Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers concerning my surgeries and rehabilitation. Even though I cannot be with you in person now, I want to continue to share some thoughts and reflections on our weekend readings. So, beginning the wee...

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Cell Phone Text Message Scam

Posted on August 02, 2020 in: General News

Cell Phone Text Message Scam
In recent days, some parishioners received text messages to their cell phones, from what appeared to be Fr. Rick, asking for help purchasing gift cards for some purpose. THIS IS A SCAM AND SHOULD BE IGNORED. It appears to be an extension of the email Phishing scam we recently dealt with. The poli...

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Wear a Face Covering to Protect Others
Wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth to help protect others in case you’re infected with COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms Wear a face covering in public settings when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when it may be difficult for you to st...

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Introducing the St. Bernard Tobin, Tierney, Ramsdell Project
What is the project?  In planning for over 12 years, the project is to completely renovate St. Bernard School, demolish the old Parish Center, add a wing to the School, improve traffic flow, and expand parking.  The project will expand the number of ministry and class meeting rooms to 1...

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Online Giving Doubles at Blessed Sacrament!
Due to your great response, our effort to increase our Online Giving to provide a predictable cash flow to our parish, and eliminate the need to mail envelopes has been a great success!  We have now gone from 200 Online Giving participants to 405, more than doubling!  ParishSOFT, the co...

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FORMED. The Catholic Faith. On Demand.
See Catholic movies, videos, programs and much more FOR FREE with FORMED.  Blessed Sacrament Parish has a FORMED subscription so access is FREE for all parishioners.  FORMED now has a new method for signing up for access that no longer requires the parish CODE and we just posted these new ...

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Over 70 ½ and want to lower your taxes?
The federal tax laws have changed. If you are over 70½ and receiving money from an IRA, you can now reduce your taxable income by making your donations to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish directly from your IRA. Please consult your IRA investment company, tax advisor, or call Brian Kenny,...

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Get Our Bulletin Online or By Email
Our bulletin is available on our website, under Resources—Sunday Bulletin Click here to go to our bulletins (blessedsacramentct.org/Resources/Sunday-Bulletin)   You can also sign up to have our publisher email our bulletin to you: 1)  Click on this link https:...

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Blessed Sacrament Parish Prayer Network
To request prayers or join the Prayer Network,  email:  prayer@cath-comm.org or call the parish office at (860) 875-0753 Ext 100.

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