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 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

 No fundraising events currently 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]

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

May events

CEMETERY SPRING CLEAN UP -  Please remove all winter decorations and unpermitted items by April 18th. All winter decorations will be discarded without notice. 

FUTURE VEGETABLE OR FLOWER GARDEN MINISTRY? -  In 2017 raised growing beds were created near the St. Francis garden just east of the perennial flower garden. Just as the perennial flower garden, they were created by an Eagle Scout from St. Edward’s Scout Troop.   These beds are a resource for our Church Community. No plans have yet been set down for the 2021 growing season and wouldn’t it be wonderful to see plants flourishing there this year?  Are you interested in helping to put these beds into good use? If so, please contact Mary at the Church Office (860-684-2705) or Deb Winicki (860-597-6114) a parishioner and local vegetable and flower grower. An outdoor brainstorming meeting will be arranged in late March/early April.
 
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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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. 
 
APRIL CALENDAR OF EVENTS -  Specific April dates are included in Events Calendar category.
 
 
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 - Congratulations to our second grade class who received the sacrament of First Reconciliation last weekend! Thank you to all students who participated in our Zoom gatherings this year. Our Faith Formation school year is now con-cluded, and we are looking forward to resuming in person classes this fall. Registration forms for next year will be sent out in June, and will also be available on the church website

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 - ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES Classes for adults who have received the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist but have not been confirmed will begin on Monday, April 5, 2021. Classes will meet each Monday evening at 7:00 p.m., and will run through Monday, May 17, 2021. For more information, please contact Corinne Lorenzet at 860-684-2666 or at [email protected] 
 
To register for teen 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

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