No Mass on Thursdays.
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am
THANKSGIVING Vigil Mass - Wednesday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m.
THANKSGIVING MASS - Thursday, November 28 at 9:00 a.m.
REMINDER: When school is delayed or closed due to snow, there will be no morning Mass.
ST. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR, STAFFORD
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.
FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK
Father Peter will be away at Convocation from Sunday afternoon, December 1st to Wednesday evening, December 4th. There will be no Masses or funerals on these days.
FINANCIAL STATUS OF THE PARISH - A mailing has gone out to all parishioners regarding the financial status of the Parish and the project to restore the windows on the front of the church. Your prayerful consideration of the requests in the letter is greatly appreciated.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will be conducting its annual collection to benefit Safe Net Ministries. We began this format last year when we raised enough money for Safe Net to purchase 18,000 pounds of food. Through their network, they are able to make a dollar go a lot farther than any of us can. Please consider a generous donation to help those experiencing difficulties feeding their families.
Please make checks payable to Knights of Columbus. There will be envelopes available in the pews and at the church entrances beginning Thanksgiving weekend. Just place your donation in the envelope and drop it in the regular collection basket.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CHRISTMAS CARDS - As part of the Knights "Keep Christ in Christmas" campaign, the Knights will be selling Christmas Cards in the rear vestibule after masses until December 1.
OFFICE CONTACTS AND HOURS
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.
Parish Office closed from Wednesday, November 27 at noon through Friday, November 29th. Office reopens Monday, December 2.
PLEASE STOP IN AT THE PARISH CENTER TO SEE THIS BEAUTIFUL BULLETIN BOARD MADE BY THE FAITH FORMATION COMMITTEE AND STUDENTS.
SAFE NET MINISTRIES is in need of gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please drop off food donations at the ramp entrance of the church in the designated basket.
THANK YOU to our Knights of Columbus and Boy Scouts, Troop 81, for the wonderful job of cleaning up the church grounds on Saturday, November 9th.
ST. EDWARD PRAYER AND PLAYGROUP (Sponsored by the St. Edward Faith Formation Program)- On November 1, the Prayer & Playgroup went to the St. Edward Cemetery with a special mission to clear off grass-covered gravestones and pray for deceased members of our parish. The children were so enthusiastic about removing grass and leaves to "unearth" the name of someone who maybe doesn't have family or friends to remember and pray for them anymore. They discovered so many gravestones almost entirely overgrown with grass that they asked if we could go every Friday in November. Shouts of discovery of a man who served in the Navy, a couple long ago buried, and a boy who passed in his youth were coming from every direction. All of them were happily rediscovered, their name said aloud and a prayer sent to Haven. Thanks to this little band of children, the joy of remembering those who have done before us was renewed, most all for the Moms helping them.
Most Fridays from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (see weekly bulletin for dates) in the Church Hall. Moms, of all ages, and especially Moms of children at home (babies, tots, preschoolers, and homeschooled of all ages) are invited to a Prayer and Play Group. Children can plan while Moms pray with one another, maybe read a book together, or do a rosary. Rain, snow or shine, children can play in the Church Hall gym, the upper parking lot and playground. Come when you can! (Child still napping? Feel free to bring a pack n play, the Hall meeting room will be set aside for napping tots.)
RCIA - The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Program has begun meeting.. 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. If you or someone you know is interested in RCIA, please contact Corinne Lorenzet ([email protected] or 860-684-2666) or call the Parish Office. .
FAITH FORMATION - Mass on Saturday, November 2 was extra special because of a couple dozen children dressed as Saints joined us. The costume party was attended by about 60 people, with so many of our parish children dressed as their favorite Saint . . . St. Brigid, St. George, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. John the Baptist, to name just a few. They played a St. Peter fishing game, "fed animals" for St. Francis, ate pizza and left with bags of candy! Thank you to the Faith Formation Committee members that helped make this such a wonderful event.
You can reach us at the email address: [email protected] Thank you. Please keep the St. Edward Faith Formation Program in your prayers.
BIBLE STUDY - The Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 6:30 in the Parish Hall. We watch videos and then review questions from a workbook. Everyone is welcome, even if you just want to drop in and see what we are studying. Contact Andrea Broer at: [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
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
Readings for the week of December 1, 2019
- Sunday: Is 2:1-5 / Ps 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 [cf. 1] / Rom 13:11-14 / Mt 24:37-44
- Monday: Is 4:2-6 / Ps122:1-2, 3-4b, 4cd-5, 6-7, 8-9 / Mt 8:5-11
- Tuesday: Is 11:1-10 / Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 [cf. 7] / Lk 10:21-24
- Wednesday: Is 25:6-10a / Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 [6cd] / Mt 15:29-37
- Thursday: Is 26:1-6 / Ps 118: 1 and 8-9. 19-21, 25-27a [26a] / Mt 7:21, 24-27
- Friday: Is 29:17-24 / Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 [1a] / Mt 9:27-31
- Saturday: Is 30:19-21, 23-26 / Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 / Mt 9:35—10:1, 5a, 6-8
- Next Sunday: Is 11:1-10 / Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 19 [cf. 7] / Rom 15:4-9 / Mt 3:1-12