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!
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.
FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK
From the Bull on Indiction proclaiming the Year of Mercy by Pope Francis. (continued)
15. In this Holy Year we look forward to the experience of opening our hearts to those living on the outermost fringes of society: fringes modern society itself creates. How many uncertain and painful situations there are in the world today! How many are the wounds borne by the flesh of those who have no voice because their cry is muffled and drowned out by the indifference of the rich!
Click here for the August 30 From The Pastor's Notes. Select the "From the Pastor's Desk" tab above for past publications.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ANNUAL LOBSTERFEST
The K of C All Saints Council #4303 will hold their annual Lobsterfest on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 3:00 pm in their hall on Main Street. The menu will have 3 choices: Lobster and Steak $ 35.00; Double Lobster: $ 35.00; Triple Lobster: $ 42.00. The meals will include homemade clam chowder, baked potato, steamed mussels, and corn on the cob. Cocktails at 3:00pm, serving at 4:00pm. Music will be provided by Jamin Jim and Cathy. Tickets can be purchased at the K of C lounge or by calling 860-763-0199. No tickets will be sold after September 9.
SAFE NET MINISTRIES FUNDRAISING CONCERT
Safe Net Ministries will be conducting a special fundraising concert - a Beatles tribute to Penny Lane - on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 per person. This fundraiser will be held at the Stafford Senior Center, 3 Buckley Highway, Stafford Springs. For more information or tickets, please contact Keith Marin at 860-916-4445 or Safe Net at 860-851-9987.
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
ANNUAL DIOCESAN COLLECTION FOR THE SUPPORT OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
On September 19/20, 2015 the Annual Diocesan Collection for the support of Catholic Schools will take place in all the parishes of the diocese. Bishop Cote has made a few changes on the distribution of the funds for this collection. As of this year, any money collected in a parish with a school will stay in that parish and any money collected in a parish yoked to a parish with a school will also go directly to that school. Therefore, it is important for us at both All Saints and St. Edward to be aware that the donation we make to Catholic Schools in this collection will impact St. Edward School specifically. In the past the monies from this collection went to the Diocesan School Office who dispensed the proceeds according the needs of specific schools. St. Edward has been the beneficiary of that process in the past. We do not know at this time if St. Edward will also get a portion of the collection from the other parishes with no schools. What we do know is that our money will stay here and, therefore, I urge you to be generous to this collection in order to assure the future viability of our school.
ST. EDWARD SCHOOL
With a new school year just around the corner, St. Edward School invites you to explore an education unlike any other! Our Whole Child Academy builds on the great Catholic tradition of educating children in mind and spirit and highlights a uniquely family-centered dynamic with a focus on understanding learning styles, building physical and emotional wellness, recognizing the therapeutic values of art and music - all in an atmosphere rooted in faith and dedicated to academic excellence. All class sizes are under 15 children allowing for each teacher to develop a strong understanding of each child as an individual. Our Pre-K through Grade 8 program offers flexible scheduling for Pre-K/K and before/after school care for all grade levels. For more information, visit our website at saintedwardschool.com or call 860-684-2600 to arrange a tour. Scholarship opportunities are available.
BOOK OF MEMORIES FOR FATHER ROLAND
A parishioner from All Saints Church is creating a “Book of Memories,” in honor of Fr. Roland’s 50th anniversary of ordination. Everyone is invited to be part of this book ... Have shared any good times, special moments, with Father Roland? Has he touched your heart, encouraged you? Do you have a favorite picture celebrating a special occasion with Fr. Roland? Please send them along with the names, date and the occasion. This book is for Fr. Roland only, so please address your messages, pictures or memories to him. You may mail messages, stories or pictures to All Saints Church parish office to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTERGENERATIONAL SUMMER VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL WITH FR. MARTY
Inside: Cross & Crown - Outside: Picnic Tables in Fenced Area;
2:30p.m. to 5:00p.m. - Monday, August 31; Thursday, September 3; Friday, September 4
Format: Simple crafts and acting out the Bible stories beginning with the creation stories in Genesis. While the children continue to play, adults will have their Bible study: What the Catholic Church teaches about creation and creations in using Humani Generis by Pope Pius XII, The Original Unity of Man and Woman by Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Francis New Encyclical Laudete Se`. Children should be accompanied by an adult. To register please call our coordinator Andrea Broer at 860-265-1800.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (R.C.I.A.)
The 2015-2016 Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) begins September 14, 2015. Sessions are held Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Cross & Crown Meeting Room, 6 Benton St., Stafford Springs. The last session is scheduled for June 6, 2016. It is a program for:
those who have not been baptized and who would like to investigate the teachings of the Catholic Church with the possibility of baptism at Easter;
those who have been baptized in another Christian faith but who would like to explore the possibility of entering into a full communion with the Catholic Church.
Catholic Christians who have not completed all their sacraments of initiation and would like to enter into a deeper relationship with God through the Church.
Whom do I contact? Anne B. Stauffer: 860-684-1447; or Parish Office: 860-684-2705; or Deacon Frank Hann, St. Luke’s Parish, Ellington; 860-875-6543.
Please Note: flyers with detailed information, and sign-up forms are available at all Church entrances.
CLASS FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS
Attention All Saints and Saint Edward Parents of Pre-Schoolers: We're excited to announce that a class is being formed to help parents in bringing faith to their pre-school children. Classes will be held in the All Saints Parish Center on Friday morning, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. for a trial period of six weeks. Classes Schedule: September 11, 18 and 25 and October 2, 9, and 16. Lessons will include learning about God, creation, stewardship, choices, love, and music. This would be done by talking, bible stories, music, singing songs, arts and crafts projects, prayer and coloring.
Orientation and Registration: September 4, 2015 at 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (children, of course, may come).
Child must be 3.8 years by September 1, 2015.
- Child must be toilet trained.
- Parents need not be present but must be available for emergencies.
- For the safety of the children, the parent or guardian must bring child into the classroom and pick-up inside.
Think about having your child join this fun group especially geared for these beautiful little ones. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call Barbara Radziewicz @ 860-763-0358 or Andrea Broer @ 860-576-5440.
FAITH FORMATION NEWS - 2015-2016 FAITH FORMATION IS UNDERWAY!
A FRIENDLY REMINDER: Registration forms for the 2015-2016 year have been mailed. Please review and fill out form(s) - including the student profile on back side - and return it with payment. The registration fee per student is $45.00, with a maximum of $135.00 per family. Please make sure to calculate your registration fee according to the number of children you are registering (make checks payable to “All Saints Faith Formation”). If you should need a new student registration form, please let me know.
The schedule of class sessions is as follows:
Grades 1-5: Mon., Tues. or Wed. @ 4:20-5:30pm
Grades 6-8: Tues. or Wed. @ 7:00-8:15pm
Grade 9: One Mon. a month @ 7:00-8:30pm
Grade 10: Three-Four Mondays before Confirmation @ 7:00-8:30pm
If you have any questions, please leave me a message 860-763-0348 or email@example.com.
THANKS! ~Susan L. King ~
ST. EDWARD RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Parents - Remember to send in your registration forms for Religious Education for the fall! The teachers are getting reach to meet with your children again this year, starting September 13, 2015. We are looking into using a different textbook this year and will be ordering books soon so we need to know how many students will be attending our program. The Retreats for this year are scheduled on November 7, 2015 for grades 1-4 and March 12, 2016 for grades 5-8. All the Home-schooled students should attend their grade level Retreat. Also, Confirmation students - this is a great way to earn service hours!!! If you have any question, please contact Linda Sendobry by email at LindaBSend@aol.com or call the church office and left a message.
ST. EDWARD NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE AS RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TEACHERS
Do you have the desire/thought/wish to help out our parish? Why not become a Religious Education Teacher? The program is in serious need of teachers from young students to older students. There is no teaching experience required, and we will help you get started. Come join our team of dedicated teachers who work for form our faith in our children. Contact Linda Sendobry after Mass or at LindaBSend@aol.com or call the church office and leave a message at 860-684-2705.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT - ST. EDWARD
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will resume on Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 12:00 noon to 7:30 p.m. Sign-up sheets are in the entrances of St. Edward Church. Please consider spending some time with our Lord in prayer each week.
HOLY FAMILY PASSIONIST RETREAT
Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford will be holding a men's retreat the weekend of September 25-27. Some parishioners will be attending and Holy Family has sent a certificate for the whole weekend for any man of the parish who has never been on a retreat at Holy Family. This is a great opportunity for any man of the parish who would like to experience such a weekend. Please call the All Saints Parish Office to express your interest. First call gets the certificate.
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
DIOCESAN 2015 NATIONAL COMBINED COLLECTION PROGRAM
Next weekend, September 5/6, a second collection will be taken up for the Diocesan 2015 National Combined Collection Program. This week, you will receive a mailing with detailed information. We thank you in advance for any support your are able to offer.
FORTY DAYS FOR LIFE
This movement began with a group of men and women praying peacefully before an abortion mill in Texas. Babies were saved and soon the abortion site was closed. Since then, the movement spread nationwide with forty days of prayer and fasting being offered up at sites in every state. The Forty Days of Life schedule for the Norwich Diocese is September 30 through October 28. Our day is Wednesday, September 30. Please consider this holy cause and sign up for an hour. The sign-up sheets are on the back wall of All Saints Church.
THE SILVER AND GOLD JUBILEE ANNIVERSARY MASS
Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Patrick. Inviting all couples married 25 and 50 years or a significant anniversary in renewal of your wedding vows at the Pontifical Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael R. Cote. Family members are invited to share in your celebration. A reception follows the Mass. Register through your parish in September.
- Aug 31 2015 2:30 pm - Intergenerational Summer Vacation Bible School - Fr. Marty
- Sep 1 2015 6:00 pm - Knights of Columbus Dinner Meeting
- Sep 2 2015 7:00 pm - Catechist Opening Night of Reflection