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!
SUMMER WEEKEND MASSES (Memorial Day, May 23/24 weekend, to, and inclusive of, Labor Day, September 5/6)
Saturday Vigil: All Saints and St. Edward - 5:00 pm
Sunday: St. Edward - 8:00 am and All Saints - 10:00 am
WEEKDAY (Monday - Friday):
All Saints - 7:00 am
St. Edward - 8:00 am
Saturday Vigil: All Saints and St. Edward - 4:00 pm
Sunday: St. Edward - 9:00 am and All Saints -11:00 AM
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.
The St. Edward Parish Office will be closing Fridays at 1:00pm from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.
Please note that the summer mass schedule is now in effect. See the Mass Schedule above.
FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK
PENTECOST: “Jesus will say of the Spirit: ‘I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled!’ In the form of tongues ‘as of fire,’ the Holy Spirit rest on the disciples on the morning of Pentecost and fills them with himself. The spiritual tradition has retained this symbolism of fire as one of the most expressive images of the Holy Spirit’s actions. ‘Do not quench the Spirit.’” (From the Catholic Catechism, para. 696)
In order for St. Edward School to sustain itself financially, a viable, sustainable source of income is imperative. Pastor Roland sent a letter to parishioners around April 20, 2015 asking for support. One option is a pledge to contribute $1,000 for each of the next three years of sustained income. This will allow us an opportunity to completely launch and solidify the Whole Child Academy, which has been receiving such positive response from the media. Please send in your pledge for whatever amount you can afford as soon as possible and please pray for St. Edward School. Thank you for your support.
As of May 26, here is the recap of contributions. Total pledged for 2015/2016 school year is $73,440.
1 has pledged $5,000 for three years
42 have pledged $1,000 for three years.
1 has pledged $1,500 for three years.
1 has pledged $600 for three years.
4 have pledged $500 for three years.
1 has pledged $480 for three years.
1 has pledged $300 for three years.
1 has pledged $200 for three years.
1 has pledged $150 for three years.
2 have pledged $1,000 for two years.
$15,000 pledged for 2015/2016 school year
$4,660 of one-time cash donations received for 2015/2016 school year
Here is a testimonial from one parishioner: I am on a fixed income of social security only (no pensions) and I am pledging $1,000 for three years.
ALL SAINTS KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FISH FRY- - THIS Friday, MAY 29
Serving will be from 4:30-7:00pm. The menu will offer fish, scallops, shrimp, and chowder. Take out will be available. Orders and reservations can be made by calling 860-763-0199. Entertainment will follow; featuring Acoustic Rick. Join us for a night of food and fun.
STAFF - (see Office Contacts and Hours for administrative information)
ALL SAINTS CHURCH
Phone - 860-749-8625
Monday through Friday - 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Parish Secretary: Nancy Charbonneau
ALL SAINTS FAITH FORMATION OFFICE
Director: Susan King
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
ST. EDWARD PARISH SCHOOL
25 Church Street
Stafford Springs, CT 06076
Please click on the bulletin link above for the complete announcements for our parishes.
THE SAINT FRANCIS COMMUNITY
CONGRATULATIONS FATHER MARTY !
This Thursday, May 28, Father Marty celebrates the 21st anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood.
We give you thanks, Lord, that you have honored us with the ministry and friendship of Father Marty. We pray that you stand beside him as he continues to fulfill his duties of ministry, serve your people, build up your Church, and glorify your name.
God bless you, Father Marty!”
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR FAITH?
Nationally acclaimed video series, “Catholicism,” written and hosted by Father Robert E. Barron will be shown at St. Edward! The 10-part series will be shown in the Cross and Crown meeting room beginning on April 8th and ending on June 10th. We will meet at 7:00PM and if you can’t make it in the evening we will also be meeting at 10:00AM. You will be captivated as Father Barron explains the Catholic faith while taking you around the world to visit sacred sights and view religious artwork that serve as a focal point for his message. You can find out more information about the series at www.wordonfire.org. Any questions call Andrea Broer at 860-265-1800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Members of the Churches of Stafford will host a Vacation Bible School July 12 through the 16th from 5:30 to 8:00PM at the First United Methodist Church. Children entering kindergarten and children leaving the 5th grade in June are invited to attend. We offer dinner, bible stories, music, crafts, games & fun! Registration forms will be at the church entrances. Please contact Andrea Broer of St. Edward Church at 860-265-1800 or email@example.com
ALL SAINTS - YOUTH MINISTRY
YOUR DONATIONS WILL HELP OUR YOUTH MINISTRY . . . we are collecting . . .
1.) Items for our BAG & TAG SALE to take place in June: clothing/outerwear/footwear and accessories, toys/games/puzzles, sporting equipment, bric-a-brac, baskets, linens, jewelry and books/DVD’s/CD’s/videos, clean and in good condition only. PLEASE, NO ELECTRONICS OR APPLIANCES OF ANY KIND
2.) Any returnables (plastic, aluminum and glass). Proceeds will go toward funding the ministry's trips.
You can leave all Bag & Tag Sale items and clean returnables in the church basement. Thank you!
ST. EDWARD CARING CRADLE PROJECT FOR BIRTHRIGHT
St. Edward's “Caring Cradle” project for Birthright begins Mother’s Day weekend, May 10, 2015. Near the Tabernacle, there’s a cradle filled with slips of paper indicating a Birthright need. Please take one of the slips, purchase the article noted, and place it in the cradle by Father’s Day, June 21, 2015. Monetary donations may also be made. This project supports the needs of Birthright. The mothers often cannot afford to buy diapers or other articles of clothing for their babies. Let’s see how we can help them! You’ve been so very generous in the past, and we pray that you will continue to support this Christ-centered mission of Birthright. Thank you for your participation.
ST. EDWARD RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Registration forms and schedule of classes for the 2015-2016 Religious Education school year for students grades 1-8 and the Confirmation program were handed out. Please return forms to the parish office by August 1st, 2015 so the correct number of books and materials can be ordered. After August 1st, 2015, there will be a $20.00 late fee that will need to be included in the registration fee. If you are in need of registrations or schedules, please call the office at 860-684-2705 or stop in and pick them up.
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
MEN’S ACT RETREAT: May 28-31
IMMACULATE RETREAT HOUSE IN WILLIMANTIC, CT SPONSORED BY ST. BERNARD CHURCH IN ROCKVILLE. Catholic men present an ACTS weekend under the guidance of a Catholic guide. This three-day retreat is the perfect way to renew your faith and bring you closer to our Lord.
Want to know more? Call Mark Gadzik @ 860-707-4989, Hal Dufault @ 860-519-9094, or Jim Martucci @ 860-268-9764.