WEEKDAY (Monday - Friday):
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.
CONFESSIONS: Saturdays, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. or by appointment.
The Church will be open from the conclusion of daily Mass until 3:30 p.m. to give parishioners the opportunity for private prayer in these challenging times.
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
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.
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. NOTE: We have reached our financial goal to restore the windows on the front of the church.
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]
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.
CHURCH OFFICE has moved to its new location at 27 Church Street in the hall.
BIRTHRIGHT CARING CRADLE - The “Caring Cradle” project for Birthright, begins on Mother’s Day weekend, 5/9-5/10, and concludes on Father’s Day weekend, 6/20-6/21. In the cradle are slips of paper which indicate a Birthright need. Please take one of the slips, purchase the item mentioned, and return the article by Father’s Day , 6/21/20. If you prefer, you may make a monetary donation. Last year, Birthright of Windham County in Willimantic, helped over 1,400 women who were experiencing difficult pregnancies. Many of these women Choose Life for their unborn child because Birthright is dedicated to the well-being of both mother and child. At this time we hope to replenish their “Baby Closet”, which supplies needed baby clothes, diapers, ointment, shampoo, and other items. This year, because there are no Masses, there will not be a Cradle near the tabernacle. There is an oval basket with a Birthright label in the back of the Church. The Church is open Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You may drop off any donations in that basket during those hours. If you have any questions, please contact Anne Stauffer at 860-684-1447, or by email at [email protected] We thank you in advance for your generosity. Your support in the past has saved and enriched the lives of many babies. Many blessings to you.
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.
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.
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 May 24, 2020
- Sunday: Ascension: Acts 1:1-11 / Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9  / Eph 1:17-23 / Mt 28:16-20
- 7th Sunday of Easter: Acts 1:12-14 / Ps 27:1, 4, 7-8  / 1 Pt 4:13-16 / Jn 17:1-11a
- Monday: Acts 19:1-8 / Ps 68:2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab [33a] / Jn 16:29-33
- Tuesday: Acts 20:17-27 / Ps 68:10-11, 20-21 [33a] / Jn 17:1-11a
- Wednesday: Acts 20:28-38 / Ps 68:29-30, 33-35a, 35bc-36ab [33a] / Jn 17:11b-19
- Thursday: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 / Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11  / Jn 17:20-26
- Friday: Acts 25:13b-21 / Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab [19a] / Jn 21:15-19
- Saturday: Morning: Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 / Ps 11:4, 5 and 7 [cf. 7b] / Jn 21:20-25
- Next Sunday: Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 or Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b or Ez 37:1-14 or Jl 3:1-5 / Ps 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-28, 29, 30 [cf. 30] / Rom 8:22-27 / Jn 7:37-39. Extended Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 / Ps 33:10-11, 12-13, 14-15 / Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b / Dn 3:52, 53, 55, 56 [52b] or Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 / Ez 37:1-14 / Ps 107:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9  / Jl 3:1-5 / Ps 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-28, 29, 30 [cf. 30] / Rom 8:22-27 / Jn 7:37-39. Day: Acts 2:1-11 / Ps 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 [cf. 30] / 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 / Jn 20:19-23