St. Edward is a faith-filled community serving the people of Stafford Springs, CT since 1868. St. Edward is yoked with All Saints Church, Somersville. Click here to link to the All Saints Church website.
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.
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ST. EDWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS
PARISH OFFICE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY HOURS
The Parish Office will be closed Wednesday November 26 through Friday, November 28. The office will reopen on Monday, December 1.
PARISH BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
Our Parish Book of Remembrance will be placed in the center of the Church throughout November. Please add the names of those beloved deceased whom you would like remembered in the prayers of our parish family.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE
The Knights of Columbus will be conducting its annual food drive beginning the weekend after Thanksgiving. We will have barrels at all three doors of the church for food collection. We distribute Christmas dinner to 25 families. Items needed are: turkeys, potatoes, canned vegetables, stuffing, peanut butter, jelly, etc. We also try to provide breakfast as well to help make the day complete. Please consider making either a non-perishable food donation or a financial donation to help defray some of the cost of the food we have to purchase. Donations can be placed in the collection basket in an envelope marked K of C Food Drive. Our collection will end December 14th so we can deliver on the 21st. If you have any questions or are donating a turkey, please contact Edward Ouellette at 860-487-0588 or Bob Chenard at 860-684-9438. Thank you for your generosity.
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!
THE GIVING TREE TO BENEFIT BIRTHRIGHT
We will have the Giving Tree again this Advent to provide support for girls and women who are pregnant and who have decided to keep their babies or put them up for adoption rather than to abort their babies. We support the Windham Birthright Center in Willimantic in the Diocese of Norwich. Any gift is deeply appreciated including monetary donations which enable Birthright to purchase urgently needed items. Maternity clothes (new or gently worn) are also needed. If you have any questions, please call Anne Stauffer at 860-684-1447 or the Church Office at 860-684-2705.
SERIOUS NEED: diapers all sizes (newborn through 5); baby powder and ointment; and baby wipes.
NEED: newborn and infant gowns; sleepers (3 & 6 months); onesies (0, 3 & 6 months); outfits (0-24 months); baby socks; bibs; soap; baby bath towels and washcloths; crib sheets; blankets; winter coats (12-24 months); and snowsuits (infant to 24 months).
LADIES GUILD POLISH NIGHT DINNER
St. Edward Ladies Guild will serve a Polish dinner on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Homemade peirogies, stuffed cabbage, kielbsa and Polish rye bread will be served, along with assorted homemade desserts. Take out will be available. Come listen to Polish music and buy chances for raffle prizes too. Tickets are $10 per person. Advance tickets are necessary and can be purchased after all masses, starting November 1st and 2nd. Tickets can also be purchased at the Parish Office or by calling Pat Saunders at 860-306-9419.
ANNUAL CONVOCATION FOR PRIESTS
The Annual Convocation for Priests will be held December 1-3, 2014. It will be a time for all priests to gather with their bishop for spiritual renewal, support, education and rest. NO parish, school or institutional activities will be scheduled during these days. Please pray for our priests, as they will be praying for us.
DIOCESAN PRO-LIFE MASS
A Diocesan Pro-Life Mass will be held at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich on Saturday, December 6th at 8:30 a.m. Pease join us and our celebrant Rev. Walter Nagle at Mass as we pray to end abortion and for the healing for those who have had an abortion. Following the Mass, the Rosary will be prayed both at the Cathedral and Planned Parenthood. A brunch in the Cathedral Hall will follow the Rosary this month.
St. Edward Church will hold its annual Craft Fair this December 6 and 7. If you are interested in joining our Craft Fair this year, email Jean Chenard at firstname.lastname@example.org Prices for this year's Craft Fair are $50 for both days and $35 for Saturday only. Spaces fill up fast so either call Jean at 860-684-7418 or email her at the above email address.
UNBOUND: HEALING & FREEDOM CONFERENCE
A Healing & Freedom Conference will be held on Saturday, December 6th, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Spiritual Renewal Center, 11 Bath Street, Norwich. Please call 860-887-0702.
DIOCESAN ADVENT PRAYER MEETING
A Diocesan Advent Prayer Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 9th, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary Church Hall, Portland. Worship music, praise, prayer and inspired teaching. All are invited.
SAFE NET MINISTRIES FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Safe Net will conduct its December Food Cupboard distribution on Saturdays, December 13 and 27 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The distribution will be held at Safe Net Headquarters, 86 Main Street, Stafford Springs.
SAFE NET MINISTRIES BOARD MEETING
Safe Net will conduct its next Board meeting on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Safe Net Headquarters, 86 Main Street, Stafford Springs. The meeting is open to the public.
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. Adoration on December 4 will conclude at 5:00 p.m.
ALL SAINTS ANNOUNCEMENTS
THE LITURGY COMMITTEE - DECORATING CHRISTMAS TREE
This year the Liturgy Committee asks our entire parish family to participate in decorating our Christmas tree. For two weekends, the First Sunday of Advent, November 29/30 and the following weekend, December 6/7, we will have a “Parish Giving Tree” to collect children’s toys. On the next two weekends, December 13/14 and 20/21, we ask that each family place an ornament on the tree. It’s our hope that ALL families will help create a tree decorated with ornaments that have a special meaning to them.
Weekday (Monday - Friday): 8:00 AM
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 PM (all year)
Sunday: 8:00 and 10:15 AM
ST, JOSEPH SUMMER CHAPEL, Staffordville
Saturday Vigil: 5:30 PM (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Weekday (Monday - Friday): 7:00 AM
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 and 10:00 AM
8:00 to 1:00 and 2:00 to 4:00
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and major holidays