MASS TIMES

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT EFFECTIVE JULY 4-5, 2020, the Mass Schedule is as follows:

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!!!

Mass Schedule beginning the weekend of July 4/5, 2020:  Saturday Vigil Mass:  4:00 p.m.;  Sundays: 9:00 a.m. AND 5:00 p.m.;  Monday and Wednesday:  8:00 a.m. ;  Tuesday and Friday:  7:00 p.m.  No Mass on Thursdays.

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.

INITIAL GUIDELINES

 As we joyfully return to Mass, we will be following the Diocese of Norwich guidelines for reopening parishes.  We appreciate your cooperation. 

  • Entrance into the church is through the ramp door
  • Please follow directions of ushers and greeters.
  • At this time, church seating capacity is 50 people. Once the church reaches capacity, you will be asked to attend a different Mass.
  • Church doors will open 1/2 hour before Mass begins.
  • You must bring and wear your own mask or you will not be allowed in the church. Children under the age of 5 are not required to wear a mask.
  • Please bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Seating in designated pews only. Two people OR family units of 3 or more may occupy each designated pew.  Individuals in pews who are not family units, should separate as much as possible. (One person on each end)
  • All missals and prayer cards have been removed. There will be no singing during Mass.
  • There will be no Sign of Peace.
  • There will be a change in the order of the Mass regarding the distribution of Holy Communion:
  • Holy Communion will be distributed after the final blessing
  • When coming forward for Holy Communion, please respect the 6 foot indicators on the church floor.
  • Masks must be worn while waiting to receive Holy Communion.
  • Holy Communion will be distributed in the hand only, there will be no distribution of the Precious Blood
  • After receiving the Host, step to the side, lower your mask, consume the Host and raise your mask back into place.
  • A collection basket will be available at the center isle of the church. There will be no passing of the collection baskets.
  • Holy water will not be available in the fonts at the entrance doors. Holy water and bottles are available at the Holy Water dispenser in front of the church.
  • The health and safety of our entire parish family is very important to us. PLEASE, if you are not feeling well, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or are considered high risk due to age or underlying health conditions, we encourage you to stay home.  The obligation to attend Sunday Mass will remain dispensed for all the faithful in the Diocese of Norwich until further notice.

As we move forward these guidelines are likely to change.  We appreciate your patience and flexibility.

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

No current fundraising events planned.

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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]

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

ST. CLARE FRATERNITY OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCANS invites you to join us to celebrate the life of St. Clare on Monday, August 10, 2020 in St. Edward Church beginning at 6:30 p.m.  We will follow all church gathering requirements, including wearing of masks and distancing within pews.  We hope you can join us for this joyous evening.  All are welcome!!!

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS have a limited time offer for new members!  The Supreme Council will pay the first year dues for every many who joins online between now and August 5.  Prospects simply need to visit kofc.org/join us and enter the code MCGIVNEY2020 to take advantage of this special offer.  Come join Council 1395 as we work together to improve our parish and surrounding community!  If you've ever thought of joining, now is the time and you can become a Knight from the comfort and safety of your home.

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) -  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 ([email protected] or 860-684-2666) or call the Parish Office at 860-684-2705.

FAITH FORMATIONFaith Formation for Children in Grades K-8

We are in a period of time marked by a great deal of uncertainty.  COVID-19 has caused disruption and change in most areas of our lives, and Faith Formation classes for 2020-2021 will also be changing.  The safety of our children and volunteer catechists is of the utmost importance;  therefore, we will be offering an online version of our Faith and Life curriculum.  This virtual instruction includes complete text from the book, interactive games, videos, and assessments so that we can track each student’s progress.  We will ensure that students entering second grade will still receive thorough preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

Classes will begin the week of September 14, 2020.  Your child’s online lesson may be accessed any day or time of the week at your convenience.  Registration fee is $30 per child.  To prevent a delay in access to the classes, please register by August 31, 2020.

Our program is committed to supporting families in the vital role of teaching their children in the Catholic Faith and helping them build a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  It is our sincere hope that families grow in faith and love together during this time, and may we all be guided and protected by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Andrea Broer and Nicole Ladd, Coordinators of Faith Formation  [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

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

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