MASS TIMES

REGULAR MASS TIMES
Saturday Vigil Mass - 4:00 P.M.
Sunday - 9:00 A.M.
Monday - 8:00 A.M.
Tuesday - 8:00 A.M.
Wednesday - 8:00 A.M.
Thursday- No Morning Mass
Friday - 8:00 A.M.
CONFESSIONS: Saturday, 3:00 - 3:30 P.M. or By Appointment.
ADORATION: Tuesdays, 9 A.M.-12 Noon in the Church. 
CANCELLATION INFORMATION: There is no morning Mass on the days that the Stafford School System cancels school.

Knights of Columbus Council 1395 Christmas Food Drive

This year, like in the past few years, the Knights of Columbus will not be collecting canned or dry goods.  Instead, we will be accepting monetary donations only.  The collection will start Thanksgiving weekend.  The Knights will do a matching funds process matching up to $750 for all the money collected from the parish.  The proceeds will be donated to the SafeNet Ministries Inc. in January.  Marked envelopes are in the pews and can be dropped into any collection basket during mass through the end of December or dropped off at the Parish Office.  To assist us in this process we ask that donations be in cash or checks (made out to “K of C Council 1395”).  The Knights of Columbus thank you in advance for any donation you can make. 

Spiritual Education Opportunities

Reflections on the Little Blue Book

Many use the Little Blue Books for prayer and reflection during Advent.  We invite you to join us in discussing these reflections beginning this coming Monday, November 28th, and continuing each Monday evening throughout Advent.  We will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Hall Meeting Room.

 

Advent Evening of Prayer

Based on the O Antiphons (which form the basis of the hymn O Come Emmanuel) we will hold an evening of prayer on Wednesday, December 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the church.

 

What does the Bible say about the Eucharist?  With Sr. Elissa Rinere, C.P.

For those of you who were unable to join us for this seminar, Sr. Elissa provided us with a link to the recording of this moving and informative presentation.  

This 2-part series covers the importance of the Eucharist from its Scriptural beginnings.

Part 1.  Join Sr. Elissa Rinere, C.P. in the Scripture Seminar about the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

What does the Bible say about the Eucharist? Part 1

Part 2.  Join Sr. Elissa Rinere, C.P. as she discussed how the liturgy bears a resemblance to the Gospel story of the Road to Emmaus.

What does the Bible say about the Eucharist? Part 2

 



The Parish of St. Edward the Confessor is pleased to welcome you to our website. If you need additional information, please call the Church Office at 860-684-2705 or send us an email through "Contacts" and with God's help, we will gladly assist you with all your religious needs!

OUR  MISSION

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.

NOVEMBER INTENTIONS OF POPE FRANCIS

Children Who Suffer
We pray for children who are suffering, especially those who are homeless, orphans, and victims of war; may they be guaranteed access to education and the opportunity to experience family affection.

ST EDWARD CHURCH RAFFLE

St. Edward Parish Council is sponsoring another raffle, just in time for Christmas.

First Prize: $500 worth if fuel oil (local delivery)

Secone Prize: $250 Big Y Gift Card

Tickets are $20 each and only a limited number are being sold.  The drawing will be held December 11th at coffee and donuts after Mass.

Tickets are being sold after Mass, or they can be purchased be calling the Parish Office at (860)684-2705 or Agnes Zabek at (860)684-5946.

Thank you everyone for suporting St. Edward Church.  These much needed proceeds go towrs fuel and urgent maintenance expenses.

NEW ORGANIST

Please join in welcoming our new organist, Mr. John Bundeff! Mr. Bundeff has a strong musical background and has been playing for many years. It is great to hear the organ again in Mass.  Now retired, John and his wife are Stafford residents. Come up to the choir loft and say hello!

Many thanks to those who worked so hard to provide us with the worshipful music while we searched for an organist, especially Nicole Ladd and Judi Parady.

WINTER CLOTHING COLLECTION

MANY THANKS!

 To all who contributed to our Winter Clothing Drive for Cornerstone in Rockville, thank you!  The collected items will be distributed by Cornerstone to those they serve - the homeless, the poor, those trying to get back on their feet.

May God bless you for your generosity and care for the poor.

Prayerfully,

St. Clare Fraternity, Secular Franciscans

OFFICE INFORMATION

ST. EDWARD CHURCH OFFICE
Address: 27 Church Street
Stafford Springs, Connecticut 06076
Phone: 860-684-2705
Monday-Friday, 8:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.
and 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 p.m.
Email: [email protected]
Website Help: stedward-stafford.org

ST.EDWARD PARISH STAFF

WALKING TOGETHER UPDATE

Walking Together Logo

 

Volunteers from the parish have developed a new Parish Mission Statement, based on the comments from the sharing sessions, which has been reviewed and accepted by the Parish Council. The Mission Statement, along with this summary, will be presented to the Parish on the weekend of December 3 & 4, 2022. 

St. Edward the Confessor Parish Mission Statement

 Blessed by the grace of God and nurtured by the Eucharist as we walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, our mission as the Roman Catholic Church of St. Edward the Confessor is to support the spiritual needs of our community.  We engage in outreach guided by the Holy Spirit, using our time, talent, and treasure to serve God's people.

Summary of Walking Together Sharing Sessions

The Parish Council has reviewed the comments from our Walking Together Sharing Sessions and has approved the summary of the findings listed below.  Much greater detail of the findings will be given in a written report to the parish in January 2023.

  • Twelve sharing sessions for adults were held, with sixty parishioners attending. In addition, seventeen people/families submitted comments by mail.
  • Fourteen young people attended sessions held in conjunction with their Faith Formation classes.

The Positive:

  • The People – welcoming, generous, feel sense of belonging and community
  • Feel at home, safe, comfortable and familiar
  • Our tradition and history
  • Beauty of the church and campus

The Challenges:

  • Improve the spirituality of our liturgical celebrations.
  • Strengthen the pastoral and lay leadership of the parish
  • Limited accessibility – office hours not consistently adhered to, making it difficult to get information, set up appointments with the pastor, etc.
  • Need for improved communication – improve our bulletin, improve and make better use of technology
  • Need more formation in the faith for both adults and youth
  • Expand outreach to both parishioners and the wider community
  • Fears for the future – attendance, finances and viability

Visions for the Future:

  • Have the church open during the day
  • Celebrate liturgies that show how much we love our God, that are joyful and involve all so that people make Mass a priority again
  • Be more welcoming to all, especially to those new to the parish, young parishioners and parishioners with young families
  • Improve communication between parishioners, organizations and parish staff
  • Know and love our past but move forward with visionary leadership

We realize that a summary cannot adequately describe the depth of the comments from the sharing sessions.  Again, we will be providing a more expansive narrative of the findings in January 2023.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please see one of the Walking Together committee members. 

We appreciate your involvement in and prayers for our Walking Together initiative to invigorate our parish.  This journey will continue with your help. 

Prayerfully submitted,

The Walking Together Team

Andrea Broer, Sandy Comarella, Joanne Deskus, Zofia Fitzgerald, Corinne Lorenzet, Laurel Stark

 

A concern that came up frequently in our sharing sessions was the need for more spiritual opportunities as well as faith formation for adults.  Many use the Little Blue Books for prayer and reflection during Advent.  We invite you to join us in discussing these reflections beginning this coming Monday, November 28th, and continuing each Monday evening throughout Advent.  We will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Center.

  • We will be offering an Advent Evening of Prayer based on the O Antiphons (which form the basis of the hymn O Come Emmanuel) on Wednesday, December 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the church.
  • Many use the Little Blue Books for prayer and reflection during Advent.  We invite you to join us in discussing these reflections on Monday evenings during Advent (Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12 & 19) at 6:00 p.m. in the Hall Meeting Room.

 

We hope that you will join us for either (or both!) of these opportunities as we enter prayerfully into the Advent season.

Ministries Survey

For your convenience, the Parish Census can still be accessed at:

 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yxqnXCLgLX63L525hb_W3srsNmIF3JXjC1Eah1wA454/edit?chromeless=1

ADVENT PREPARATIONS

On Saturday, November 26th the Knights of Columbus Council 1395 erected the creche in preparation for the coming of the Lord.

 

WELCOME TO OUR PARISH

The Eucharistic Revival- The Eucharist, did you know?

If God is invisible, how do we experience God’s presence?  Perhaps Pope Benedict XVI can be our guide here.  In his encyclical On Christian Love (2005), he explains that while it is true that “no one has ever seen God as God is, yet God is not totally invisible to us; God does not remain completely inaccessible. God has become visible in Jesus.  God is also visible in a number of ways.
 
In the love story recounted by the Bible, God comes towards us and seeks to win our hearts.”  The religion of the Bible is always dominated by the experience, the memory or the hope of the divine presence.  We know about God’s presence with us through the biblical story of salvation - God’s efforts to be with us so that the relationship between God and ourselves that was established at creation, and then broken down through sin, could be restored.  Through this story, we learn of God’s desire for a covenant community in which all who believe and dedicate themselves to God and to God’s ways can live as God wanted from the beginning.
 
Used with permission from God’s Real Presence, by Steve Mueller.
Published by Living with Christ. All rights reserved.
 
 

2022 MASS BOOK IS OPEN:  The 2022 Mass Book is now available for parishioners to schedule memorial Masses.  Please call the Church Office anytime to schedule your Mass(es).  860-684-2705.

A REMINDER  FOR  THOSE  WHO  CANNOT  ATTEND  MASS  IN  PERSON:  Mass is televised daily at 10:00 a.m. on both WCCT-TV (WB20) and WCTX-TV (MyTV9).  Mass is also available throughout the day on EWTN.  Live-stream Mass is also available widely on the Internet, at sites such as Bishop Robert Barron’s “Word on Fire” (www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass).  Most on-line Masses are available to watch at your convenience.


DIOCESE OF NORWICH NEWS AND EVENTS

PROJECT RACHEL ROSARY - Please join the Office of Faith Events staff online the third Tuesday of each month as we pray the Project Rachel Rosary for an end to abortion and healing for those who have been involved in an abortion. Contact Liza Roach at [email protected] to receive a link for the Rosary.


HOPE AND FAITH VIDEO SERIES - Let the Office of Faith Events brighten your Wednesday mornings by signing up for the weekly Hope and Faith video series.  Throughout the year be inspired with varied reflections on Lent, Advent, the Saints, Gratitude and much MORE! There are two easy ways to receive our weekly video… Simply send your e-mail to [email protected] Or have the videos sent right to your cell phone by texting @lentvid to #81010.

Additional events and legal notices are listed under the Diocese Menu Tab.

 

PARISH HAPPENINGS

GARDEN ANGELS NEEDED -  A great big THANK YOU to our gardening Angels Joe & Agnes Zabik, Tony Mitta, and their many Gardening Angels for all their hard work in the multiple flower gardens on the church property.  The garden looked great all summer thanks to you.
We can always use more Volunteers! If interested please call the church office.

 

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS - The Saint Edward Parish Council is seeking nominees for the positions of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and Secretary as well as additional new members. Our next meeting will be November 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. All are welcome to attend. If you are interested in one of these roles or would like additional information, please contact Stephen Kelley at [email protected] or by phone at 860-810-8096. Become a leader in our Parish Community!!


PLEASE ACCESS THE CURRENT LEGAL DOCUMENTS AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT INFORMATION FROM THE DIOCESE OF NORWICH UNDER THEIR MENU ITEM ON THIS WEBSITE.  


RCIA - ARE YOU…OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW…SEEKING to know Jesus better and become a full member of His Church?  LOOKING TO EXPLORE or HAVE QUESTIONS about what this means? Then…    RCIA is for YOU

We also provide instruction for adults who would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. For information please contact Corinne Lorenzet (phone: 860-684-2666 or email: [email protected]) or contact the Parish Office at 860-684-2705.