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 Mass
Friday - 8:00 a.m.
ADDL.LENTEN MASSES - Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
CONFESSIONS: Saturday, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. or by appointment.
ADORATION: Tuesday from 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.

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.


Invigorate

To give life

and energy to

(Merriam-Webster Dictionary)


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

May is the month that is dedicated to Our Lady - Parish of ...

WELCOME TO OUR PARISH

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK -

My dear family,

             Pope Francis in his May letter has expressed that May is "a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family.  The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view... For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May.  This can be done either as a group or individually; you can decide according to your own situations, making the most of both opportunities.  The key to doing this is always simplicity..."

              As the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary has a unique position among the saints, indeed, among all creatures. She is exalted, yet still one of us. The Church honors her as the Mother of God, looks to her as a model of perfect discipleship, and asks for her prayers to God on our behalf. Throughout the centuries, the Church has turned to the Blessed Virgin in order to come closer to Christ. Please plan to attend our May Crowning on May 15th at 9 a.m. Mass.

        The full text of Pope Francis' letter and his special prayers for May devotions are on the Vatican link below:  https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-04/letter-on-the-month-of-may-full-text.html.

             I am very happy to inform you all that Bishop Cote celebrated our Confirmation Mass this past Saturday for 21 of our youth.  Their teachers have worked hard to prepare them for this day.  A special thanks goes to our Confirmation leaders, Erica Bushior and David Szych for all their dedication this past year. Thank you to the members of the St. Edward Ladies Guild for the wonderful reception they hosted. 

         Congratulations to Isabell Chenard, Olivia Ochoa and Ava Friedrich who received their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 8.  On Sunday, May 8, we also welcomed Olivia Ochoa, daughter of Juan Ochoa & Jane Lamorte, into the church through the sacrament of Baptism.

             We will be having a Healing Mass on June 12th at 9 a.m. Mass.  Please contact family members and friends in need of God's healing and bring them with you to Mass that day. 

                Please continue to keep our brothers and sisters in Ukraine in prayer, as well as the rest of the world where famine and poverty still exist.  And, continue to strive to be caring neighbors here as well.  With Mary's help, we will continue to shower Easter joy and mercy on all those we meet.

               The grace of the Risen Christ be with you and your loved ones this Easter season.

                                                         Father Peter Liszewski


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 EVENTS & UPDATES

PARISH  HAPPENINGS!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWLY CONFIRMED MEMBERS OF THE PARISH! Benjamin Agostinucci, Austin Clark, Brendan Cook, Billy Curtin, Mackenzie Delano, Makenna DeNunzio, Cole Hasel, Andrew Levesque, Owen LoVoi, Michael Myron, Jr., Daniel Nicolescu, Gabriella Pelczar, Michael Pippin, Julian Sierra, Lyndsey Sklenka, Loretta Szych, Thomas Tantillo, Andrew Utermarck, Angelo Vella, Demetri Vella, Lorenzo Vella were confirmed by Bishop Cote on Saturday, May 7th.     
FIRST COMMUNION AND BAPTISM - Congratulations to:  Isabell Chenard, Olivia Ochoa and Ava Friedrich who received their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 8.  On Sunday, May 8, we also welcomed Olivia Ochoa, daughter of Juan Ochoa & Jane Lamorte, into the church through the sacrament of Baptism.

SAINT EDWARD LADIES GUILD PASTA DINNER - Take-out only. Saturday, May 21, 2022 with pick up from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Saint Edward Hall. Tickets are $15.00 per person. No tickets will be sold at the door. They must be pre-ordered and paid in advance.  Tickets are available by calling Pat at 860-306-9419 or the Parish Office at 860-684-2705.

PARISH HEALING MASS - The Parish will be having a Healing Mass on Sunday, June 12th, at the 9 a.m. Mass.  If you have members of your family or friends that would benefit, please let them know about it. 

PARISH PICNIC PLANNED - The Knights of Columbus are planning to host a Parish Picnic on June 26th.  More details to come!

STAFFORD CLERGY ASSN. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL- It will be in session July 24th through July 28th at the First United Methodist Church.  Children entering Kindergarten through 5th Grade in the Fall of 2022 are welcome!  The children will be able to enjoy dinner,crafts, stories, music and activities every evening. For more information and registration, please contact [email protected] and watch the Church bulletin for more information.

K-8  FAITH FORMATION UPDATE - Our last class was May 1st. Several of our students will be making their First Communion in May and June.  May Crowning will be on May 15th at 9 a.m. Mass.  Our next K-8 Faith Formation Committee Meeting will be May 3rd at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall Meeting Room. All interested parishioners are welcome to attend!

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY - The Stafford Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the second Monday of each month except July and August in the Stafford Public Library from 2:00 to 3:00pm. The next meeting is Monday, June 13, 2022. We welcome individuals who would like to attend and knit, crochet, or quilt these much needed prayer shawls. (We’ll even teach you to knit or crochet!) Join in a ministry that brings God’s grace, peace, comfort, love, joy and hope to those in need. If you cannot make the meeting but want to make prayer shawls at home, we’ll even pick them up. If you know of anyone who could use a prayer shawl, we’ll arrange for one to be picked up. Please contact Karen at 860-982-5896 or Kathy at 860-684-9484 for information or pick up arrangements. ALL ARE WELCOME!


BOY SCOUT NEWS - Our Boys Scouts activities have resumed.  Please check the calendar, Scouts menu page and with your leaders for updates.


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 held on Tuesday, June 14th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall Conference Room. 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!!


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.