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 Church Office will be closed Tuesday, March 31, 2015 so the staff may attend the Chrism Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral in Norwich.
Diocesan Mass of Chrism @ 10:30am (Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich)
WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK (April 1)
Daily Mass at 7:00am - All Saints
Daily Mass at 8:00am - St. Edward
EASTER TRIDUUM - THREE DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
These are the days in which we are given the opportunity to share in the mystery and power of the Father’s love as lived out in the suffering of Jesus, His Son. It is perhaps most helpful to think of these days, not as separate celebrations, but as one continuous remembrance in which we meet and follow Jesus.
HOLY THURSDAY (April 2)
NO 7:00am or 8:00am Daily Mass
Mass of the Lord’s Supper @ 7:00pm AT ST EDWARD CHURCH
GOOD FRIDAY(April 3)
NO 7:00am or 8:00am Daily Mass
Passion of the Lord @ 3:00pm AT ST EDWARD CHURCH
Stations of the Cross @ 3:00pm and 7:00pm AT ST EDWARD CHURCH
HOLY SATURDAY (April 4)
Confessions @ 11:00am -12Noon AT BOTH ALL SAINTS CHURCH AND ST. EDWARD CHURCH
NO 3:00pm Confessions
Easter Vigil Mass @ 8:00pm AT BOTH ALL SAINTS CHURCH AND ST. EDWARD CHURCH
EASTER SUNDAY (April 5)
Mass at 9:00am - ST. EDWARD CHURCH
Mass at 11:00am - ALL SAINTS CHURCH
FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK
In lieu of the weekly From The Pastor's Desk, attached is Bishop Cote's Palm Sunday letter.
Don’t miss out on the fun of our next Quarter Auction, Friday, April 10th. Doors open at 6:30 P.M., bidding starts at 7:30 P.M. $10.00 fee covers admission, dinner and one paddle. Extra paddles may be purchased for $1.00 each. Bring your quarters and your friends for a fun evening and a chance to win great prizes! Please call the school office at 860-684-2600 if you wish to reserve a table. Thank you!
ALL SAINTS - Join us at the Somers Knights of Columbus Hall on Saturday evening, April 11.
Cocktails at 6 p.m. and Dinner at 7 p.m. Parish Raffle Drawing at 9:00 p.m. Reserve your table today for $20 each
Click here to email a request to buy raffle tickets (raffle tickets not sold on line)
ST. EDWARD - KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ROAST BEEF DINNER
The Knights of Columbus will be holding a Roast Beef Dinner on Saturday, April 25th at 5PM. Tickets are $12.00 each. Please join us for food, live music and a 50/50 raffle. For tickets please see any Knight or call Dave Broer at 860-265-1800.
Weekday (Monday - Friday): 7:00 AM
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 PM
Weekday (Monday - Friday): 8:00 AM
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 PM (all year)
Sunday: 9:00 AM
SUMMER WEEKEND MASSES (Memorial Day to, and inclusive of, Labor Day)
Saturday Vigil - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday -10:00 a.m.
Saturday Vigil - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday - 8:00 a.m.
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
Phone - 860-684-2705
Monday thru Friday
8:00 to 1:00 and 2:00 to 4:00
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and major holidays
Parish Secretary: Mary Lucia
Business Manager: Ella Lazzerin
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
As we come to the time of the year for First Communions and Confirmations, please remember that you can make purchases through the Catholic Gift Shop on this website. See the Catholic Gift Shop tab at the top of the website.
Please join us for the Living Stations, Friday, March 27th at 1:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. in St. Edward Church. This beloved tradition is a very moving portrayal of Jesus’ passion, suffering, and death. A thoughtful Lenten tradition. We’d love to see you there!
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.
ALL SAINTS - A NOTE OF THANKS
We express a sincere and heartfelt “thank-you” to Jim Barile. Jim who professionally designed the site, has for the past twenty years, generously provided, and expertly maintained the All Saints Parish website. He was always available for assistance, instruction, and support. The website was a valuable online presence and assisted many in their search for info about the happenings in our parish. Once again, we say: “thank you, Jim, we truly appreciate everything!”
ALL SAINTS - YOUTH MINISTRY
Our YOUTH MINISTRY is still collecting any plastic, aluminum, glass returnables to help fund the ministry’s trips/event. Please leave clean returnables in the church basement. Thank you for your help!
ALL SAINTS - KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 4303 FISH FRY SCHEDULE
Serving from 4:30-7:00pm
March: Friday 27th
April: Good Friday, 3rd
Plus Live Entertainment
ALL SAINTS - ANNUAL "BABYSTEPS" WALK-A-THON
The annual “Babysteps” Walk-a-Thon for First Way Life Center will be held on Saturday, April 18, from 11am - 2pm. Everyone, young and old, is encouraged to participate in this major fundraiser by walking or sponsoring a walker. Look for sponsorship forms in the church soon. Question? Call First Way Life Center at 860-763-2044.
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!
ST. EDWARD - ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is the worship of Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. Our Adoration time is from 12:00 noon until 7:30 p.m. We need two people per hour to commit to one hour a week during the Adoration time. Please call the Parish Office at 860-684-2705 to volunteer for a time or for more information.
Please note there is NO adoration on Thursday, April 2 and adoration ends at 5:00 p.m. on April 9.
DIOCESE OF NORWICH
2015 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL
There is an increased need in our Diocese to help those who struggle financially, emotionally, and/or spiritually. With your participation in the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal, (ACA), we can continue to make inroads in eliminating the struggles of our neighbors. This “Strength through the Holy Spirit” campaign calls upon each and every individual and family to help support our Diocesan ministries continue to enrich the lives of the people in our communities.
OUR LENTEN PROGRAM - What you give up for Lent Changes Lives
For 42 years, Operation Rice Bowl has helped feed the hungry poor. Through Operation Rice Bowl - a program of prayers, fasting, learning, and giving - what you give up for Lent can give hope to the poorest of the poor. Make this Lenten Season one of awareness, compassion, and reflection. Operation Rice Bowl is sponsored by the Catholic Relief Services of the Diocese of Norwich. Details of this program will appear in next weekend’s bulletin.