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!
THURSDAY, MAY 5 IS THE FEAST OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD is a Holy Day of Obligation for all Catholics. Masses will be celebrated at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
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 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.
FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK
From the Pastor May 1, 2016
On St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Cemetery - Over the past several months it became quite obvious to me that our cemetery was not doing well financially and that some steps would have to be taken so that the proper maintenance of the cemetery property could be assured for many years to come.
A few months ago I asked a select group of parishioners to look over all of our cemetery affairs and to give me an assessment of what they saw and some possible solutions.
Select the "From the Pastor's Desk" tab above for past publications.
ST. EDWARD LADIES GUILD POLISH DINNER will be held on Saturday, May 7th at 5:30 p.m. at our Parish Hall. The menu includes kielbasa, pieorgis, golabkis, dessert and drinks. Tickets are $12 per person and are available for purchase at All Saints and St. Edward Church offices or by contacting Pat Saunders at 860-306-9419. CELEBRTE YOUR MOTHER WITH A DELICIOUS POLISH DINNER!!!!
ST. EDWARD SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB will be presenting Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Saturday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. or Sunday, May 15 at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. We hope you will be able to join us for this fantastic show. For more information, call St. Edward School at 860-684-2600.
QUARTER AUCTION - ST. EDWARD SCHOOL - The theme of the next Quarter Auction is Neon Glow. It will be held on Friday, May 20. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and the Auction starts at 7:15 p.m.
GOLF CLASSIC - ST. EDWARD SCHOOL - The Annual Golf Classic will be conducted on Friday, June 10, 2016 at Cedar Knob Golf Course, 446 Billings Road, Somers. Registration is at 9:00 a.m. with scramble start at 10:00 a.m. The fee for individual golfers is $125 and includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, lunch and hors d'oeuvres during awards ceremony. Sponsorship opportunities include Corporate Tournament Sponsor ($1,000), Gold Sponsor ($750), Silver Sponsor ($500), Tee Box or Green ($100), and other individual monetary or raffle prize donations. For information, please contact Karen Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-982-5896 or Scott Sfreddo at email@example.com or 860-707-3374. Please join us for this fun-filled day.
ST. EDWARD SCHOOL ALUMNI CHALLENGE - Attention St. Ed's Alumni . . . The Class of 1949 has begun an alumni challenge to benefit St. Edward School's 2016-2017 Annual Appeal. The Class of 1949 so far has put together donations totaling $2,010 and challenges other alum to do the same! If you are interested, please email Karen Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school office at 860-684-2600. Thank you and God bless!
OFFICE CONTACTS AND HOURS
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
THE SAINT FRANCIS COMMUNITY
NEW LIFE IN THE SPIRIT DVD SERIES - Come, be refreshed and renewed as you attend this Life In The Spirit DVD Series. It begins on May 4th, Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in St. Joseph's Church basement in Rockville. Romans 12:2 "Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind so that you may judge what is God's will, what is good, pleasing and perfect."
FATHER ROLAND'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION AND HIS RETIREMENT CELEBRATION - Father Roland will celebrate his 50th Anniversary of Ordination and his Retirement at a joint celebration to take place on June 12, 2016 with a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Mary Church in Norwich at 3:30pm followed by a dinner at 5:30pm at the Port and Starboard Banquet Hall at Ocean Beach Park in New London.
PILGRIMAGE TO THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF DIVINE MERCY - The All Saints, St. Francis and St. Luke Pilgrimage will be on Saturday, July 23, 2016. The coach bus will depart from the back parking lot of All Saints Church on School St. in Somersville, CT at 8:30 am. Please arrive no later than 8:15 am. We will travel directly to the Shrine in Stockbridge MA. Please bring your own lunch, snacks and refreshments as the Shrine does not have a cafeteria. A picnic area with beverage machines is located on the grounds. You are free to experience the sites on the grounds such as the Holy Doors, the Lourdes Grotto and the outdoor Stations of the Cross. The daily schedule for the Shrine is as follows:
Confessions 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Eucharistic Adoration 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Rosary 1:30 p.m.
Holy Mass 2:00 p.m.
Divine Mercy Chaplet 3:00 p.m.
We will depart at 4:00 pm for the return trip directly to All Saints Church. The Pilgrimage fee of $20.00 includes the bus transportation and a tip for the driver. Make checks payable to All Saints Church - Pilgrimage. Fill out the registration form attached below and mail with your check to: Cathy and Tom Chilicki, PO Box 313, Somers CT. 06071. Click here for Pilgrimage registration form.
MAY CROWNING - On Mother's Day, May 8, the Catholic Daughters will honor our Mother Mary, and all mothers, by crowning a statue of the Blessed Mother. All children and young people, especially our First Communicants, are asked to take part. First communicants are invited to wear their special "first communion clothes" for this special tribute to Our Lady. Anyone who would like to participate in the crowning is asked to gather outside the confessional before mass.
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 email@example.com, or after the weekend masses. Thank you!
150TH ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE -The next meeting of the planning committee for our 150th anniversary is on Wednesday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the Cross & Crown. Anyone interested in helping us to plan this joyous occasion is welcome to attend.
THE CARING CRADLE PROJECT for Birthright begins on Mother's Day weekend May 7 and concludes on Father's Day weekend June 19. In the cradle are slips which indicate a Birthright need. Please take one of the slips, purchase the item mentioned, and return the article by Father's Day. If you prefer, you may make a monetary donation. Last year, Birthright of Windham County helped over 1,400 women who were experiencing difficult pregnancies. Many of these women Choose Life for their unborn child because Birthright is dedicated to the well-being of both mother and child. We ask for your support and for volunteers to continue this important Christ-centered mission. At this time we hope to replenish the "Baby Closet", which supplies needed baby clothes, diapers, ointment, shampoo, and other items. If you feel called to serve as a volunteer mentor to these women, or can give some time stocking shelves with incoming items, please contact Anne B. Stauffer at 860-684-1447 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you in advance for your generosity. Your support in the past has saved and enriched the lives of many babies. Many blessings to 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.
GARDENING VOLUNTEERS - Gardening volunteers are needed to spruce up the church gardens. If you are interested, please call the church office at 860-684-2705.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT - ST. EDWARD - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament has resumed; but PLEASE NOTE that the times of Adoration have changed. Adoration will start at the end of morning Mass and continue until 12:00 noon, then will be held in the evening from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. Sign-up sheets for the new hours are posted at each entrance of the church. Please remember in the case of inclement weather, if school is cancelled, delayed or dismissed early, Adoration is cancelled for that day. Please consider spending some time with our Lord in prayer each week.
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.
COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN - 61ST ANNUAL CONVENTION - Saturday, May 14 at St. Andrew Church, 128 Norwich Avenue, Colchester. Keynote speaker will be Father Brian Maxwell who will speak on the topic, Beautiful Mercy. The day begins at 9:00 a.m. with registration and coffee. Mass will be celebrated at noon with a luncheon immediately following. All women of the Diocese are invited to attend. To register or questions call Annette Murphy at 860-426-2397.