MASS TIMES

Saturday Vigil Mass - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday - 9:00 a.m. AND 5:00 p.m.
Mondays 8:00 AM
Tuesdays 7:00 PM
Wednesdays 8:00 AM
Thursdays-No Mass
Fridays 7:00 PM

PLEASE SEE GUIDELINES FOR ATTENDANCE AT MASS BELOW IN THE WELCOME SECTION.

SEE DIOCESAN TOOLS UNDER ANNOUNCEMENT SECTION BELOW.

CONFESSIONS: Saturdays, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. or by appointment.

ST. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR, STAFFORD

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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.

WELCOME

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK

WELCOME HOME!!!

As we joyfully return to weekend Masses, we will prioritize the safety of all parishioners by adhering to Diocesan and State of Connecticut mandates for social distancing and seating capacity.

We will be implementing the following procedures to ease the return to weekend Masses.

  • Seating capacity per pew varies.  Pews can fit 2 individuals or a family unit of up to 5 (6 in the side pews).  Once all available pews are filled, the users/greeters will ask you to attend a different Mass.
  • If you or your family would like to reserve a space for a particular weekend Mass, please call the Parish Office at 860-684-2705 before 11:00 a.m. on Fridays.  We ask that you call each week, as your family plans may change from weekend to weekend.
  • The users/greeters will have a list of reservations, and will know how many more parishioners we can accommodate for that Mass.  Once that number is reached, you will be asked to attend another Mass.
  • All parishioners attending a Mass are asked to enter through the ramp entrance, and respect social distancing while waiting to enter the church.  Church doors will open a half hour before the beginning of Mass.
  • Ushers/greeters inside the church will assist you in find a pew.  Please following their instructions (it may mean being seated in a pew different than where you usually sit).
  • No standing in the back of the church will be allowed.

Please see the bulletin for other guidelines for Mass attendance.  These are also available at our parish website and Facebook page.

Our "new normal" is certainly a challenge and asked that we adjust how we do things.  We will continue to assess how our procedures are working and make adjustment as the need arises.  We ask for your patience, understanding and cooperation.

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.

As Catholics, we always unite spiritually whenever we watch Mass; recite the Rosary and ask for Our Lady’s special protection and intercession; pray the Stations of the Cross; read the daily readings (available on-line); and say novenas and seek the intercession of the saints.

Father Peter Liszewski

WE ASK THAT EVERYONE CONTINUE PRAYING FOR OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, ALL HEALTHCARE PERSONNEL, ALL THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN INFECTED WITH COVID-19 AND THAT PEOPLE EVERYWHERE STAY CALM AND TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER AS SAFELY AS POSSIBLE.

 

FUNDRAISING EVENTS

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FOOD DRIVE - The Knights will be conducting our Annual Food Drive. This year we will be collecting monetary donations for Safe Net and we will match the combined donations up to $750.  Envelopes will be mailed to parishioners homes and be available in the pews at all Masses. Please make checks payable to Knights of Columbus Council 1395. Thank you for your help!

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

OFFICE CONTACTS AND HOURS

ST. EDWARD CHURCH
Phone - 860-684-2705
Monday thru Friday - 8:00 to 1:00 and 2:00 to 4:00
Email: [email protected]

The Parish office will be closed Wednesday,
November 11, in honor of Veteran’s Day

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 or you may also drop off your envelopes in the white mail box next to the office door.. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

CHURCH OFFICE has moved to its new location at 27 Church Street in the hall.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HOLY HOURS on the SUNDAYS of ADVENT - Advent is a time of patient waiting, and preparing ourselves for the Incarnation, Jesus’ coming into our world at Christmas.  We will have a Holy Hour on the four Sundays of Advent, beginning on Sunday, November 29, 2020. Our Adoration time will begin after the 9:00 a.m. Mass, and last until 11:00 a.m. (Please note that we also have Adoration on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until noon).  We spend a lot of time decorating our homes, buying gifts, sending cards in preparation for Christmas. Please consider joining us for some time to prepare our hearts through prayer and Adoration. 
 
ADVENT WREATH CANDLE LIGHTING - If anyone is interested in lighting the Advent candles before any of the Masses during Advent, please contact Cindy Chmura at [email protected] or 860-965-2225.
 
BIRTHRIGHT - I received a call from the Director of Birthright in Willimantic on 10/22/20, that they were in desperate need of sizes 3,4, & 5 diapers and baby wipes.  If you feel you could in your kindness and generosity help them, it would be greatly appreciated. There is a wicker basket in the back of the Church, near the front entrance, in which you may place your donations. Many blessings and deep gratitude for your help.  Peace and prayers,  Anne B. Stauffer.  If you have any questions, you may call me at 860-684-1447, or email me at: [email protected]
 
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FREE MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITY! - The Knights of Columbus are offering Free Dues and Membership this year in honor of our founder, Father Michael McGivney being beatified. We would welcome any Catholic gentlemen to join us so if you are interested, please visit our Website at kofc1395.org for more information. The complete membership process can now be completed online! 
 
CHILDREN’S LIVE NATIVITY - This year the Children’s Live Nativity will be recorded prior to the Christmas Masses. Dates for the rehearsal and recording are TBD. If your child is interested in participating, please contact Sara Kelley at [email protected] by November 15.2020.
 
ADORATION has resumed on Tuesdays from 9-12 noon in the church.  We have resumed use of Lectors.  Please call Sara Kelly at 860-490-2638 if you are interested in resuming this much needed Ministry
 
THE MASS BOOK FOR 2021 is now open.
 

STAFFORD PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY will not be meeting until further notice due to the current COVID-19 situation. Please contact Karen at 860-982-5896 if you have any questions or if you need a prayer shawl.

PARISH BUILDINGS AND PROPERTY UPDATES - Due to the ongoing virus problems, we have not been able to update the Parish on our many projects.  I am sure you are aware that the 11 stained glass windows are back and look beautiful.  This is the result of the very successful fundraiser.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU.  We regards to the stained glass windows, a light on a timer has been installed behind the top round window to illuminate at night.  Stop by some night and see it.  Very pretty.

All lights in the school building have been upgraded to LEDs and also the interior lights in the church are now LEDs which is a considerable reduction in the energy bill; much brighter light, bulk life is 10+ years, old lights were 50 watts, new lights are 22 watts.

The project to renovate the school building is progressing.  The design and engineering drawings are complete.  We are in the process of obtaining bids from three contractors to remove the 90' x 18' glass walls on both sides of the building and replace with highly insulated walls that will have 38 standard size windows.  It is our hope to complete this part of the project before the end of the year.  An energy efficient heat and air conditioning system will follow as funds permit.  This will replace a 65-year old furnace that is very inefficient and prone to breakdown.  We will also eliminate the use of the 30+ years old underground oil tank that, per state law, must be removed.

The money to pay for the renovation is expected to come for the sale of the Benton Street office.  Approval for the sale is ongoing.  A sale before winter would be a benefit in that we save on the cost of heat, electricity and snow plowing.

We feel it is important that all members of the parish be informed of what is going on and we will soon be posting a drawing the church of what the school will look like when it is completed.

We have very ambitious plans and ask for your prayers to guide us to completion.

VOLUNTEERS TO SANITIZE - We are in need of volunteers to sanitize the church after each Mass.  If you can volunteer your time, call the office for details.  We would also appreciate donations of cleaning supplies such as any bleach-based cleaners, cleaning wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.  Thank you for all you're willing to help us re-open and stay safe.

WEEKLY OFFERINGS - For the safety of everyone, due to the threat of the coronavirus, the church office will be closing at noon until further notice.  You may mail our weekly offerings to:  St. Edward Church, 27 Church Street, Stafford Springs, CT  06076.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initial of Adults) - Register now for Fall Faith Formation classes! Classes for students in grades K-8 begin the week of September 20. In order to keep our families safe, students will participate in remote learning this year. Kindergartners will receive a monthly hands-on activity packet in the mail, and students in grades 1-8 will be doing a virtual version of the Faith and Life curriculum. This online component includes complete text from the book, interactive games, music, and videos. Students will receive a login and may access the lessons at any time at your convenience. For more information, or to receive a registration form, email us [email protected] call the church office at 860-684-2705.

FAITH FORMATION - Our K-8 students have been busy completing weekly online lessons. We have heard that many of the children are enjoying the beautiful sacred art, music, and games that are included. Thank you to the families who joined us for our first monthly Zoom gathering last week! We discussed All Saints Day and All Souls Day, read a story about Thanksgiving, learned about St. Cecilia, talked about the St. Andrew novena, and practiced our prayers.   Next month’s Zoom gathering will be on Sunday, December 6 at 10:30 AM. We will be discussing Advent and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, reading a story about Las Posadas, and learning about St. Lucy and St. Nicholas. We hope to see you there!

For more information, email us [email protected] call the church office at 860-684-2705.Andrea Broer and Nicole Ladd, Coordinators of Faith Formation  [email protected]

CONFIRMATION CLASSES - To register for Confirmation classes, please go to:   https://forms.gle/tJKiGbeS95W45Mj7A or call the church office at 860-684-2705
 
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

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

SAFE ENVIRONMENTS ABUSE PREVENTION TRAINING - In the Diocese of Norwich, all volunteers who have regular contact with minors, all employees, all clergy, and all religious, are required to complete safe environments training. This training is also available to any parishioner, or parent of a parochial school child, regardless of whether or not they wish to volunteer at their parish or school. The Diocese of Norwich offers two Praesidium programs. Both cover the same material, just in different formats. You can take the on-line program, Armatus,or attend a one-time DVD presentation, Called to ProtectDue to the current pandemic, the in person Called to Protect training classes have been postponed. Armatusis available and the preferred training at this time. As soon as in person gatherings are permitted, Called to Protect in person training will resume.  Please contact the Child Advocate at your parish or school office in order to be enrolled, or for more information.  Our children’s safety is the responsibility of all Catholics.

RESOURCES TO RETURN TO CHURCH - The Diocese has created a couple of resources that will be helpful in preparing parishioners to return to church.

Video Link https://vimeo.com/423426373

ARTICLE Linkhttps://www.norwichdiocese.org/Stay-Informed/All-Diocesan-Articles/articleType/ArticleView/articleID/3486

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