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

Just a friendly reminder, when Stafford Public Schools are cancelled due to weather, there will be no morning Mass. If the weather is bad in the evening, use your own discretion.

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.

DAILY LENTEN REFLECTIONS - Enhance your Lenten experience with these daily reflecTIons for your spiritual journey rom the United States Council of Catholic Bishops. May their theme of Reflect, Repent, and Restore guide you as you open your hearts and minds in preparation for Easter.  You can use the link below, pick up a printed copy in church, or request a copy by calling the office at 860-684-2705.  https://www.usccb.org/resources/Lent-2021-calendar_English.pdf
 
 

WELCOME

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK

WELCOME HOME!!!

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

We have implemented 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 TAKE-OUT DINNER - The Knights of Columbus Council 1395 will have a take-out dinner with Linguine with Clam Sauce on Saturday, March 27, starting at 5:00 PM. Dinner will include rolls, a salad and dessert for $8 per person, $20 for families. Please reserve ahead by calling the parish office at 860-684-2705 or email [email protected]

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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]

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

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

2020 STATEMENTS ARE AVAILABLE.  You can call the office at 860-684-2705 or fill out the form below and drop it in the contribution basket.

NAME________________________________________________________

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LENTEN BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP - The St. Clare Fraternity, Secular Franciscans invite you to join us as we read “The Passion and the Cross” by Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI. This will be a Zoom discussion group meeting on Monday evenings beginning Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The book is available on Amazon, either in print or as an ebook. If interested, to be added to the Zoom list, please email Corinne Lorenzet ([email protected]).
 
GET MORE OUT OF MASS! - Join us for a Study of the Sunday Mass Readings. Every Thursday we will open our Bibles, read the coming Sunday's Mass Readings and discuss. Everyone is invited! You do not need to attend every week, please join us when you are able! We will begin meeting virtually on March 4th at 7PM, but as soon as possible we will move to an in-person meeting. Please call Mary in the Church office to give her your email address, then you will receive a Zoom meeting invitation. 
 
FEBRUARY CALENDAR OF EVENTS -  Specific dates are included in Events Calendar category for February.  
 
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REGULATIONS FOR FASTING AND ABSTINENCE DURING LENT
Everyone 14 years of age or older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent* and Good Friday.  Everyone 18 or older, and under 59 years of age, is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, only one full meatless meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.
 
Catholics should not lightly excuse themselves from these prescribed minimal penitential practices. Those that are excused from fast and abstinence outside the age limits include the physically or mentally ill including individuals suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes.  Also excluded are pregnant or nursing women.In all cases, common sense should prevail, and ill persons should not further jeopardize their health by fasting.
 
Mass and Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT DURING LENT!
 
 
Intentions for Lent
Let us pray for:
- The sick, the poor, the hungry, the lonely the homeless, We pray to the Lord.
- In gratitude for the ministries, the service, of our priests, deacons, and those in religious life, We pray to the Lord.
- For the vocations of our seminarians, We pray to the Lord.
- For successful treatment and healing for those in our parish who have the CoronaVirus, We pray to the Lord.
- For those who have died from the CoronaVirus, may they rest in peace in God's loving arms. We pray to the Lord.
- Let us reach out to others with love, support, and concern during these difficult times, We pray to the Lord.
- For all those for whom we have promised to pray, We pray to the Lord.
 
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! 
 
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
 
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.
 

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.

FAITH FORMATION - We are excited to announce that we have a full calendar of events planned for the 2021-2022 school year! We remain hopeful that we will be holding classes and events in person next fall, and we ask that you please join us in praying for God’s blessing on our plans for the program. Thank you to all the students who attended the February Zoom gathering. It was wonderful to see your smiling faces and to hear the contributions you made to our discussion! Our next gathering will be on Sunday, March 7 at 10:30 am. We will be checking in on our progress for Lent, learning about the Stations of the Cross, honoring St. Joseph, and reading a book about St. Patrick.

Monthly Zoom gatherings are being held for students in K-8th grade on the first Sunday of each month. For full participation, please fill out the Diocese video conferencing consent form included in the invitation.  We hope to see you there!

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

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

2021 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL - Thank you for your past support of the Annual Catholic Appeal which provides funds for many of the pastoral, educational, and charitable ministries of the Diocese of Norwich. As we embark on our 2021 ACA, One Faith, One Family, we thank God for the strength and love we have received from him during this past year, when we, relying on our ONE FAITH, have uplifted our brothers and sisters in our ONE FAMILY. The ACA inpew collection will take place in our parish on March 13/14, 2021. Please give prayerful consideration when contemplating your sacrificial gift to the appeal. The future of our ministries depends on it.

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

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