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.
CONFESSIONS: Saturday, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
or by appointment.
ADORATION: Tuesday from 9 a.m.-12 Noon
in the church. 

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.

 

 

OFFICE INFORMATION

ST. EDWARD CHURCH OFFICE
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: stedward-stafford.org

ST. EDWARD PARISH STAFF

WELCOME TO OUR PARISH

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK

PARISH CENTER UPDATE - It is hard to believe that this is our 11th report. So much has been accomplished by our SUPER contractors in such a short time, especially when you think about all the distractions that they had to navigate - the worst weather ever, shortages of materials, unavailable subcontractors, difficulty in hiring GOOD help, being held up by getting approvals from the Bishop's office, among others we are not aware of.  Inspections of work in progress have been done by the town inspector which will allow closing up of the inside walls. The contractor for heating/air conditioning is in the process of submitting the required info to Eversource that will free up the grant money we discussed in previous reports.  Once the excavating is done outside (scheduled for 9/7), the final electrical work will begin.  I would suggest that everyone take a few minutes to go look at the renovated building.  It is such an improvement -  crisp, clean, modern looking, or maybe I am biased!!!

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.

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

FUNDRAISING EVENTS & EVENTS UPDATES

LADIES GUILD UPDATE - Our Ladies Guild will be having its first post-Covid meeting this coming Thursday, September 16th, 2021 at 6 p.m. in the Church Hall.  If members need a ride, please call Pat Saunders at 860-306-9419.

K-8 FAITH FORMATION SUNDAY CLASSES UPDATE - Just a quick update to let you know that we will not be starting classes on Sunday, September 12 as planned in the calendar.  The work on our Parish Center is nearing completion, but will likely take a few more weeks.We will continue to keep you updated.  We look forward to seeing everyone soon and to having children in the classrooms once again!

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! 

NATIONAL COMBINED COLLECTION - This past weekend (9/12/21) our parish conducted the National Combined Collection. These funds provide the Holy Father with the ability to reach out to people suffering in our world; help religious communities care for aging members; and offer students an excellent university education grounded in Catholic intellectual tradition as well as spread the gospel here and throughout the world. Registered parishioners have received a mailing with more detailed information. If you were not able to bring your gift envelope to Mass this weekend, please do so this coming weekend. Please note that gift envelopes and an informational brochure are also available in the church.

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.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.


FAITH  FORMATION - Please welcome as new chair of The Faith Formation committee, Mrs. Dorothy Triska.  As The Faith Formation Committee, we encourage everyone that has a passion for St. Edwards educational programs to attend. Our next meeting will be September 14th at 6:00pm. Should you have questions in the meantime, please contact Dorothy Triska at: [email protected] 

NEW  COVID GUIDELINES - This week we received updated Covid-19 guidelines from the Diocese for the 2021-22 school year.  In order for our program to be in compliance, we are instating the following policies:
  • Children must wear face masks.
  • Hands will be sanitized upon entering the building.
  • Seating arrangements in the classrooms will allow for social distancing.
  • No food will be permitted.
  • No visitors will be allowed in the building.  Parents must drop off children at the front door.  Staff will be available to help younger children to their classrooms.
  • Dismissal must be staggered; therefore the closing prayer and pickup procedure will also be changing.  More information to come.
  • Classes will not be held if the county Covid infection rate for the preceding week is above 2 percent.  

INTERIM  MUSIC  MINISTER/CHOIR  DIRECTOR  NEEDED - St. Edward is in need of an Interim Music Minister/Choir Director starting in September, 2021. The applicant should be very familiar with Catholic ritual and have an ability, experience and training to enhance and enrich the service with appropriate music as needed. Hymns for services are selected seasonally by the Music Liturgy Committee. As Choral Director this person will be expected to recruit and train cantors, direct an adult choir, recruit and direct a children’s choir and recruit members for the funeral choir. He/she will be working closely with the church’s retiring Director of Music and current organist. For information, please call Father Peter at the church office 860-684-2705.


THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL #1395 is in the process of renewing our calendar of events and we would like your input! As we put together our calendar for the year ahead we are thinking of incorporating some new events in an effort to build community among not only our council but the parish as well. We’ve thought of some new events and would like your input on them as well as the events that we have been running in the past. Please take a moment to .visit the website below https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PXH5BHM


DIOCESE OF NORWICH

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