No Mass on Thursdays.
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am
REMINDER: When school is delayed or closed due to snow, there will be no morning Mass.
CONFESSIONS: Saturdays, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. or by appointment.
The Church will be open from the conclusion of daily Mass until 3:30 p.m. to give parishioners the opportunity for private prayer in these challenging times.
See Lent schedule of services under WELCOME section of website.
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.
FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK
ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL - Recently many of you received a letter and brochure describing the many programs and ministries of our Diocesan Church that benefit from the Annual Catholic Appeal. (Additional pledge envelopes and brochures are located at the church entrances.) As members of one family of faith, God calls each of us to be generous in thought, word, and deed. Please consider your many blessings and prayerfully respond by returning your gift/pledge in the mail or to our parish NEXT weekend for the 2020 ACA "One Faith, One Family" Commitment Weekend. Your support is much needed and greatly appreciated.
FINANCIAL STATUS OF THE PARISH - A mailing has gone out to all parishioners regarding the financial status of the Parish and the project to restore the windows on the front of the church. Your prayerful consideration of the requests in the letter is greatly appreciated. NOTE: We have reached our financial goal to restore the windows on the front of the church.
- Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord - Vigil Mass, Saturday, April 4 - 4:00 p.m. and Mass, Sunday, April 5 - 9:00 a.m.
- Holy Triduum - Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord's Supper - We remember the institution of the Eucharist, Jesus' example as he washed the feet of his disciples, the beginning of the Lord's Passion - Mass, Thursday, April 9 - 7:00 p.m. Followed by the Repose of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church Hall - Adoration until 11:00 p.m.
- Passion of the Lord - Good Friday - We remember Jesus' Passion, Crucifixion, and Death on the Cross - Friday, April 10 - 3:00 p.m. Living Stations of the Cross - Friday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday: The Easter Vigil - Our celebration of the Good News of the Resurrection - Saturday, April 11 at 8:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday - Alleluia! He is Risen! - In the Resurrection, Jesus destroys death and gives us all promise of eternal life with him. Mass, Sunday, April 12 - 10:00 a.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Saturdays 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
- Sunday Evenings March 8, 15,22, 29 - 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross - Fridays - 7:00 p.m. Join us for a simple soup supper in St. Edward Hall prior to Stations of the Cross - 5:45 p.m.
Living Stations of the Cross - Presented by our Youth on Good Friday, April 10, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.
For information and updates about all parish events, please feel free to call the church office at 860-684-2705.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS TACO DINNER - Last year's taco dinner was such a success that we're doing it again! Join the Knights of Columbus on Saturday, April 18th at 5:15 p.m. for a taco/burrito dinner. We will have plenty of food and a pinata and raffles for the kids. As always, kids 12 and under are free! Email [email protected] or call Matt - 860-306-2339 for tickets.
OFFICE CONTACTS AND HOURS
Phone - 860-684-2705
Monday thru Friday - 8:00 to 1:00 and 2:00 to 4:00
Email: [email protected]
For the safety of everyone, due to the coronavirus, the church office will be closing at noon until further notice. You may mail your weekly offerings to: 27 Church Street, Stafford Springs, CT 06076. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
CHURCH OFFICE has moved to its new location at 27 Church Street in the hall.
ADULT CONFIRMATION - Classes for adult members of our faith community who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation and are interested in doing so will begin on Monday, February 10, 2020. Please contact Corinne Lorenzet at 860-684-2666 or the Parish Office for more information.
EASTER MASS - Calling all children interested in participating in our Easter Mass being held on Sunday, April 12th at 10:00 a.m. We are looking for readers, greeters, gift bearers and butterflies! Please contact Melanie at 860-436-8195 or Sara at 860-490-2538. Thank you.
ST. EDWARD PRAYER AND PLAYGROUP (Sponsored by the St. Edward Faith Formation Program) Most Fridays from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (see weekly bulletin for dates) in the Church Hall. Moms, of all ages, and especially Moms of children at home (babies, tots, preschoolers, and homeschooled of all ages) are invited to a Prayer and Play Group. Children can plan while Moms pray with one another, maybe read a book together, or do a rosary. Rain, snow or shine, children can play in the Church Hall gym, the upper parking lot and playground. Come when you can! (Child still napping? Feel free to bring a pack n play, the Hall meeting room will be set aside for napping tots.)
RCIA - The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Program has begun meeting.. 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. If you or someone you know is interested in RCIA, please contact Corinne Lorenzet ([email protected] or 860-684-2666) or call the Parish Office. .
FAITH FORMATION - You can reach us at the email address: [email protected] Thank you. Please keep the St. Edward Faith Formation Program in your prayers.
BIBLE STUDY - The Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 6:30 in the Parish Hall. We watch videos and then review questions from a workbook. Everyone is welcome, even if you just want to drop in and see what we are studying. Contact Andrea Broer at: [email protected]
CHILDREN'S LITURGY PROGRAM - If your child is interested in participating in the Children's Mass, please contact Melanie Frye at 860-643-8195.
DIOCESE OF NORWICH
10TH ANNUAL NORWICH DIOCESAN WOMEN'S CONFERENCE - Please join us March 28, 2020 at St. Bernard's School in Uncasville for the 10th Annual Norwich Diocesan Women's Conference, "Our Tapestry of Faith: Affirming Feminine Gifts and Strengths". The day will include keynote speaker Danielle Bean, mass with Bishop Cote, vendors, reconciliation, and much more. Lunch is included with registration fee. To print the registration form or register online go to www.norwichdiocese.org and follow the link. Questions, please contact the Office of Faith Events at 860-848-2237 or [email protected]
FAITH SPARKS is a new column in the Four County Catholic newspaper. Last month's column was about everyday blessings, encouraging us to recognize the many blessings in our lives. To read this article and find more prayers, visit: NorwichDiocese.org/FaithSparks
Readings for the week of March 29, 2020
- Sunday: Ez 37:12-14 / Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8  / Rom 8:8-11 / Jn 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45
- Monday: Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41c-62 / Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 [4ab] / Jn 8:1-11
- Tuesday: Nm 21:4-9 / Ps 102:2-3, 16-18, 19-21 / Jn 8:21-30
- Wednesday: Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 / Dn 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56 / Jn 8:31-42
- Thursday: Gn 17:3-9 / Ps 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 [8a] / Jn 8:51-59
- Friday: Jer 20:10-13 / Ps 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 5-6, 7 [cf. 7] / Jn 10:31-42
- Saturday: Ez 37:21-28 / Jer 31:10, 11-12abcd, 13 [cf. 10d] / Jn 11:45-56
- Next Sunday: Mt 21:1-11 / Is 50:4-7 / Ps 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 [2a] / Phil 2:6-11 / Mt 26:14—27:66 or 27:11-54