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!

Please note that the Church Office will be closed on Thursday, May 14.

PARISH BULLETINS

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MASS TIMES

WEEKDAY (Monday - Friday):
All Saints - 7:00 am
St. Edward - 8:00 am

WEEKEND
Saturday Vigil: All Saints and St. Edward - 4:00 pm
Sunday: St. Edward - 9:00 am and All Saints -11:00 AM

SUMMER WEEKEND MASSES (Memorial Day to, and inclusive of, Labor Day)

Saturday Vigil: All Saints and St. Edward - 5:00 pm
Sunday: St. Edward - 8:00 am and All Saints - 10:00 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.

ELLA LAZZERIN RETIREMENT - After 42 years of service to St. Edward Church, Ella Lazzerin has announced her retirement as parish business manager.  St. Edward has been fortunate to have Ella’s dedicated service since 1973.  Ella will be missed,  but we do wish her the very best in her retirement years.  Please wish Ella Good Luck when you see her at Mass or a parish function. 

Click here to the St. Edward School website.

 
PASTOR'S NOTES 

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK

In lieu of Father Roland's weekly From The Pastor's Desk, a letter from Bishop Cote is attached with respect to the annual Seminarian Education Fund appeal this week.            . 

Click here for Bishop Cote's letter. Select the "From the Pastor's Desk" tab above for past publications.

FUNDRAISING EVENTS

ST. EDWARD SCHOOL FINANCIAL CAMPAIGN

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 as soon as possible.

As of May 4, here is the recap of contributions:

  • 32 have pledged $1,000 for three years.
  • 1 has pledged $1,500 for three years
  • 1 has pledged $500 for three years
  • 1 has pledged $480 for three years
  • 1 has pledged $1,000 for two years
  • $16,000 pledged for 2015/2016 school year
  • $1,210 of one-time cash donations received for 2015/2016 school year

If you are wondering how you can fit it into your budget ($20/week), 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.

ST. EDWARD SCHOOL QUARTER AUCTION

Don’t miss the next Quarter Auction - Friday, May 15th. Doors open at 6:30 P.M., bidding begins at 7:30 P.M. $10.00 fee covers admission, dinner, and one paddle for bidding. Bring your quarters and your friends and enjoy a delicious pasta bar!

STAFF - (see Office Contacts and Hours for administrative information)

OFFICE CONTACTS AND HOURS

ALL SAINTS CHURCH
Phone - 860-749-8625
Monday through Friday - 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Parish Secretary: Nancy Charbonneau
Email: alstchurch@yahoo.com

ALL SAINTS FAITH FORMATION OFFICE
Phone: 860-763-0348
Director: Susan King
alstchurchfformation@yahoo.com

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
Email: stedwardparish@stedward-stafford.org

ST. EDWARD PARISH SCHOOL
25 Church Street
Stafford Springs, CT 06076
Phone: 860-684-2600
Email: stedwards.school@snet.net

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please click on the bulletin link above for the complete announcements for our parishes.
 
THE SAINT FRANCIS COMMUNITY

CATHOLIC STORE

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.

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 andrea@lincon.com.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS AND LECTORS

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS - TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015 AT 6:00-8:00PM IN THE ALL SAINTS CHURCH BASEMENT HALLThe All Saints Liturgical Ministry is hosting a “Mini Retreat” for Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors from both of our parish families - All Saints & St. Edwards.  PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND.  RSVP by April 30, to Michele @ 860-749-4534 or michelemuska@yahoo.com.

MARIAN MOVEMENT OF PRIESTS AREA CENACLE MEETING

SUNDAY, MAY 16, 2015 - ALL SAINTS CHURCH - 9:00am: Holy Hour; 10:00am: Cenacle Meeting; 11:00am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  A light lunch will follow at 12noon in the church basement hall.  Please consider joining us. Watch next weekend’s bulletin for more detailed information.

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 andrea@lincon.com

ALL SAINTS FIRST COMMUNION NOTICES

PARISHIONERS - Please Pray for our first Communicants.  Everyone is invited to take a “pair of hands” from the basket located outside the confessional. These “hands” were made by the parents of our students who will very soon receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist. On each pair of hands is a student’s name. Please pray for this student as he/she readies him/herself to receive the nourishing love of our Lord Jesus Christ for the first time.

ALL LECTORS - DEACONS - USHERS - First Communion students are going to be reading the General Intercessions and bringing up the Offertory Gifts at the 4pm masses on May 2nd & 9th and at the 11am mass on May 3. They have volunteered to help in these areas of the liturgy during their first communion celebrations. Thanks!

ALL SAINTS' MAY CROWNING

Next Sunday, May 10, all First Communicants, (in their special clothes), and American Heritage Girls, (in their uniforms), are invited to participate in the May Crowning, at the 11am mass.  The children will take part in crowning the statue of our Blessed mother as we honor all of our mothers.  The Catholic Daughter will assist the participants.

ALL SAINTS MOTHERS' DAY SPIRITUAL BOUQUET CARDS

Mothers’ Day Spiritual Bouquet Cards are available at the front of the church. These cards offer the opportunity to send your mom the gift of a mass card on Mother’s Day or to have a mass said for the repose of the soul of a mother who has left this earthly life.  The 11am mass on Mother’s Day, May 10, will be offered for all mothers listed on returned envelopes.

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 FIRST COMMUNION

There will be a special Mass for First Communicants and their families on Sunday May 10th at 11:00am. In order to accommodate everyone, we ask that only those making their First Communion, friends and family attend this Mass.

ST. EDWARD SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE AND WRITER'S FAIR

St. Edward School will be conducting an Open House and Writer's Fair on Thursday, May 21, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  The Open House will be held in the School and the Writer's Fair will be held in the Church Hall.  Please join us.

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!

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 THE LAST DAY OF ADORATION IS THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015.

 

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