No Mass on Thursdays.
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am
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
REMINDER - The weekend of January 18 and 19, we will take up a second collection for the church windows as we begin the final push of fund raising. If we can collect over $3,000, Father Peter has agreed to get a haircut.
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 WINTER DINNER - The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a Winter Dinner on Saturday, January 18th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. in our parish hall. We will be serving up homemade meatloaf with potatoes and vegetable. What a great time to get together, relax and begin the new decade while someone else does the cooking this winter. Reservations and advanced ticket purchased are requested but not required. Tickets cost $12.00 with a maximum of $40.00 per family and may be reserved by calling Joe at 860-684-9438 or ask any Knight.
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.
ADULT CONFIRMATION - Classes for adult members of our faith community who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation and are interested in doing so will begin on Monday, February 10, 2020. Please contact Corinne Lorenzet at 860-684-2666 or the Parish Office for more information.
SINGERS NEEDED - Calling all high school and returning college students! We would love to have you join us in the Choir Loft for Midnight Mass to bring our Christ Child to earth. There will be a short practice at 11:00 p.m. on December 24th in the Choir loft. Bring your best singing voice to delight our Midnight congregation. If you can participate, please text Lida Miller at 860-214-1368 so she can prepare enough sets. Your voices add so much t our celebration!
GIVING TREE - Birthright Advent Giving Tree Baby Wish List. Serious Need: Diapers: all sizes (newborn through 5, especially sizes 3, 4, and 5). Baby powder and ointment. Wipes
Need: Newborn gowns; infant gowns; sleepers (girls and boys, 3 and 6 months); onesies (girls and boys. infant and small sizes); outfits (girls and boys - 0 to 3 month, 6, 9, 12, 18 and 24 months); baby socks (newborn to 24 months for boys and girls); bibs, soap, baby wash, baby bath towels and wash cloths; crib sheets and blankets; winter coats for girls and boys (sizes 12 to 24 months); sweaters and jackets for girls and boys (sizes 12 to 24 months); mittens or gloves (3 months to 24 months); boots (12 to 24 months).
Maternity clothes: new or gently worn, monetary donations.
Any questions, please call Anne Stauffer at 860-684-1337, or by email at [email protected] PLEASE NOTE: The needs are ongoing through the year. Any donations, including monetary ,are gratefully accepted at all times. Checks can be made payable to: Windham Birthright. You have truly been a blessing to these women and babies.
ST. EDWARD PRAYER AND PLAYGROUP (Sponsored by the St. Edward Faith Formation Program) 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 - 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 January 12, 2020
- Sunday: Is 42:1-4, 6-7 / Ps 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10 [11b] / Acts 10:34-38 / Mt 3:13-17
- Monday: 1 Sm 1:1-8 / Ps 116:12-13, 14-17, 18-19 [17a] / Mk 1:14-20
- Tuesday: 1 Sm 1:9-20 / 1 Sm 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd [cf. 1] / Mk 1:21-28
- Wednesday: 1 Sm 3:1-10, 19-20 / Ps 40:2 and 5, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10 [8a and 9a] / Mk 1:29-39
- Thursday: 1 Sm 4:1-11 / Ps 44:10-11, 14-15, 24-25 [27b] / Mk 1:40-45
- Friday: 1 Sm 8:4-7, 10-22a / Ps 89:16-17, 18-19  / Mk 2:1-12
- Saturday: 1 Sm 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1a / Ps 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 [2a] / Mk 2:13-17
- Next Sunday: Is 49:3, 5-6 / Ps 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10 [8a, 9a] / 1 Cor 1:1-3 / Jn 1:29-34