ALL SAINTS CHURCH, SOMERSVILLE

All Saints Church in Somersville serves Catholics in The Saint Francis Community from our parish home at 25 School Street in Somersville, CT. Click here to send an email to All Saints Church.   We welcome all to our church and ask that if you're new to Somers or Somersville you register with our staff and become an active member of All Saints Church!

 

 

 

 

 



PARISH BULLETINS


  • Sun, Jun 26th
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MASS TIMES

WEEKDAY (Monday - Friday):
All Saints - 7:00 am
St. Edward - 8:00 am

WEEKEND
Saturday Vigil: All Saints and St. Edward - 4:00 pm
Sunday: St. Edward - 9:00 am and All Saints -11:00 AM and 6:00 p.m.

ST. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR, STAFFORD

The Parish Family of St. Edward The Confessor, a Roman Catholic faith community, strives to be the living expression of Christian faith in our worship and in our community by welcoming all who seek to enrich their relationship with our one true God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

For the summer months, the Office will be closed at 1:00 p.m. on Fridays.

Click here to the St. Edward School website.

WELCOME

PASTOR'S NOTES 

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK

From the Pastor June 26, 2016

A Fond Farewell.

This weekend brings me to the last of my pastor’s notes as my tenure here at the Saint Francis community of All Saints and St. Edward the Confessor comes to an end. I do not know if the next pastor will continue with a page all to himself. On some weeks it has been quite a chore to find something to write about and at times finding the time to actually write it.

My good friend, Msgr. Ron, is the one who has done these pastor’s notes for many years while he was still in active ministry and kept urging me to do the same. After coming to All Saints I finally decided to try it and it has been quite a trip. But in the last of my “notes” I wish to reflect on my time at both All Saints and St. Edward.

I came to All Saints almost six years ago and found a faith filled community eager to plan and execute many activities to help bring some of our non-practicing Catholics back to the practice of their Faith. My ‘Pastor’s notes’ reflected that desire and I wrote on the Ten Commandments of the Lord, the seven Commandments of the Church, on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and on a variety of other topics. I have no idea or way of telling if any of it had an effect (good or bad) on any one who read the bulletin.

Almost two years ago I was asked to take on the Parish of St. Edward the Confessor in addition to All Saints. This was not the situation I had anticipated when ordained 50 years ago. Knowing what many of my brother priests were going through pastoring multiple parishes I could not say no to this need the Diocese had at the time and continues to have to a greater extent each day.

I am most gratified and grateful to the many members of both Parishes who stepped up and took seats on the Parish Council and on the many Parish Committees, the Food Pantry, the Choirs and the Religious Ed. Program. At St. Edward I am energized by the many who took up the challenge to save St. Edward School and to make such a center piece for the parish and the local community.

In both Parishes the members of the Knights of Columbus are men who are the backbone of the parish and its ‘mens’ group which I could count on to help when there was a need. The Ladies Guild of St. Edward and the Catholic Daughters of both parishes have been the ‘womens’ group who always volunteer when a need arises. I have been truly blessed with all the help I have received in putting some of my ideas into practice.

Many have asked what I will do in my retirement and where I will live. Shortly after my mother’s death in 1985 I bought a house in Griswold, CT just north of Norwich and I will be residing there. All of my brother priests who have multiple parishes are constantly in need of a priest to come in and take their place for vacations and emergencies. I also continue with Fr. Mark O’Donnell to tend to my bees. I doubt that I will be bored. I assure you I will miss you but not the daily “executive” part of being a Pastor. I will continue to pray for you. Please continue to pray for me.

            A fond farewell. Fr. Roland.

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FUNDRAISING EVENTS

ALL SAINTS YOUTH MINISTRY - Its Annual Bag and Tag Sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 25th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the All Saints Faith Formation Building.  Plan to come . . . We have lots and lots of great items this year . . . something for everyone.  We're still accepting items for this sale.  Please . . . we cannot accept appliances or electronics of any kind.

ST. EDWARD SCHOOL RENT-A-SPACE TAG SALE - Saturday, June 25th - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Rain or shine.  Outside spaces - 20" x 0" - $15 each.  Inside spaces - 20' x 10' - $20 each.  Set up begins at 7:30 a.m.  Please contact school for reservation sheet and payment.  860-684-2600.

STAFF - (see Office Contacts and Hours for administrative information)

OFFICE CONTACTS AND HOURS

ALL SAINTS CHURCH
Phone - 860-749-8625
Monday through Friday - 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Parish Secretary: Nancy Charbonneau
Email: alstchurch@yahoo.com

ALL SAINTS FAITH FORMATION OFFICE
Phone: 860-763-0348
Director: Susan King
alstchurchfformation@yahoo.com

ST. EDWARD CHURCH
Phone - 860-684-2705
Monday thru Friday - 8:00 to 1:00 and 2:00 to 4:00
Parish Secretary: Mary Lucia
Email: stedwardparish@stedward-stafford.org

ST. EDWARD PARISH SCHOOL
25 Church Street
Stafford Springs, CT 06076
Phone: 860-684-2600
Email: stedwards.school@snet.net

ANNOUNCEMENTS


THE SAINT FRANCIS COMMUNITY

PILGRIMAGE TO THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF DIVINE MERCYBecause the number of people interested in taking part in this pilgrimage was very few, it was necessary to cancel this pilgrimage that was scheduled for Saturday, July 23rd.  Although the bus pilgrimage is canceled, we remind you that the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge is one of the designated sites to receive a plenary indulgence for this year of Mercy.  We encourage you to try to visit the shrine.  Information and directions can be found at their website:  the divinemergy.org/shrine.

ALL SAINTS

FOURTH ANNUAL PRO LIFE GOLF TOURNAMENT - The Knights of Columbus All Saints Council #4303 invites everyone to join in the fun of a 9-hole golf tournament and barbecue on Monday, July 25, starting at noon at the Grassmere Country Club in Ellington.

2016-2017 FAITH FORMATION IS UNDERWAY - Faith Formation registration forms have been sent in the mail (look for a bulk mailing, white, 6" x 9" envelope).  Please review and fill out the form(s) - including the student profile on back side - and send back with payment by August 1.  If you should need a new student registration form, please let Susan King know (860-763-0348 - leave a message - or at alstchurchfformation@yahoo.com

The registration fee per student is $50, with a maximum of $150 per family.  IF YOU ARE A CATECHIST, YOU DO NOT NEED TO PAY THE REGISTRATION FEE(S).  Please make sue to calculate your registration fee according to the number of children you are registering and enclose that amount when registering your child for the 2016-2017 year (make checks payable to All Saints Faith Formation).

The Schedule of Class Sessions is as follows:

Grades 1, 3-5:  Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday @ 4:20 - 5:30 pm

Grades 6-8: Tuesday or Wednesday @ 7:00 - 8:15 pm

Year 1 Confirmation (Grade 9):  One-two Mondays per month @ 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Year 2 Confirmation (Grade 10):  Three-Four Mondays before Confirmation @ 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist (Grade 2):  Monday, Wednesday or Thursday at 4:20 - 5:30 p.m.  (NOTE:  These are the only days available for students entering the sacramental grade.)

If you have any questions regarding the 2016-2017 Faith Formation registration, please contact Susan King at Email:  alstchurchfformation@yahoo.com or phone:  860-763-0348.

ALL SAINTS - SEEKING ALTAR SERVERS - There is currently a need for Altar Servers for All Saints weekend masses. To be an altar server you must be at least 9 years of age and have made your First Holy Eucharist. If you are interested in becoming an Altar Server, please contact Jacque Courville at 860-741-7105, or email at jcourville1@cox.net, or after the weekend masses. Thank you!

ST. EDWARD

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR 2016-2017 - The registration fees are:  one child $45; two children $80; three or more children $100.  Please make checks payable to St. Edward Church.  Tuition is waived for children of catechists.  Teacher applicants may email Linda Sendobry at LindaBSend@aol.com or call the Parish Office at 860-684-2705.

Registration forms are due by August 1, 2016.  A late registration fee of $25 will be applied to the registration after August 1st.  Please bring your completed registration form during office  hours or send it by mail to the office address:  St. Edward the Confessor, 6 Benton Street, Stafford Springs, CT  06076.

New Student Information:  Baptismal and First Communion information and a copy of your child's baptismal certificate are required (name of church, city, state, and date).

Click here for CCD registration form.

Click here for 2016-2017 CCD schedule.

STAFFORD COMMUNITY VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - JONAH A WHALE OF A TALE - Join us for Vacation Bible School July 17-21 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Stafford Springs.  Children who are entering kindergarten through 6th grade this Fall are welcome to attend.  Register your child before June 15th, and receive a small token of our appreciation.  Early registration helps us plan meals, crafts and other supplies.  Registration forms are available at the First United Methodist Church Office or by calling 860-265-1800 and requesting one be mailed to you.  If you are interested in volunteering, we need good people to help with games, music, crafts, teaching and decorating.  Many helpers make light work!  Please contact:  Andrew Broer, St. Edward Parishioner, at 860-265-1800 or andrea@lincon.com.  Thank you!

ST. EDWARD SCHOOL FACEBOOK - Be sure to like the Whole Child Academy at St. Edward School and/or the St. Edward School Alumni pages to enjoy lots of great posts on our special school!  A great way to share the good news of St. Edward School.

ST. EDWARD - SEEKING ALTAR SERVERS - We are hoping to recruit several new altar servers for our Parish.  We ask that you consider helping us in this important ministry.  Girls and boys in grade 4 or higher are invited to join us.  Volunteers should have received their First Eucharist.  We will provide training to any volunteers by some of our current servers and some adult volunteers.  Please consider volunteering for this ministry or ask someone who you think would be a good candidate.  Please call Dawn Rudnansky at 860-872-4176 with any questions you have.  Thank you and God Bless! 

DIOCESE OF NORWICH

SPIRITUAL RENEWAL SERVICES, 11 BATH STREET, NORWICH, CT - Rev. Raymond Introvigne and Mrs. Judith Hughes.   Charismatic Prayer Meeting - Every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. - Spiritual Renewal Center.  For more information, contact the Spiritual Renewal Office at 860-887-0705.  For information on all other services we offer, visit www.srsnorwich.org.

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