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 return to weekend Masses, we will prioritize the safety of all parishioners by adhering to Diocesan and State of Connecticut mandates for social distancing and seating capacity.

We will be implementing 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 current fundraising events 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]

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TRANSITUS OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI - The St. Clare Fraternity, OFS, invites you to join us in celebrating the life of St. Francis on Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. St. Edward Church.  We will follow all State of Connecticut and Diocese of Norwich requirements.  Masks must be worn.  Seating will allow for social distancing.  Due to the restrictions, we will not be able to offer hospitality, but hope that you will join us for this time of prayer and reflection.  Click here for flyer.
 
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 12:00 noon in the St. Edward Church parking lot.  Please bring your favorite pet for a special blessing as we celebrate the feast of St. Francis!  We will observe social distancing.  Please wear masks.  "Drive-by" blessings will be available.  Click here for flyer.
 
CONFIRMATION will be conferred on Friday, September 25th. Please pray for our Confirmandi and their families, may the gifts of the Holy Spirit fill them forever.
 
ADORATION will resume on Tuesdays starting on September 1, 2020 from 9-12 noon in the church.We will be resuming use of Lectors in mid September. Please call Sara Kelly at 860-490-2638 if you are interested in resuming this much needed Ministry
 
THE MASS BOOK FOR 2021 is now open.
 

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.

PARISH BUILDINGS AND PROPERTY UPDATES - Due to the ongoing virus problems, we have not been able to update the Parish on our many projects.  I am sure you are aware that the 11 stained glass windows are back and look beautiful.  This is the result of the very successful fundraiser.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU.  We regards to the stained glass windows, a light on a timer has been installed behind the top round window to illuminate at night.  Stop by some night and see it.  Very pretty.

All lights in the school building have been upgraded to LEDs and also the interior lights in the church are now LEDs which is a considerable reduction in the energy bill; much brighter light, bulk life is 10+ years, old lights were 50 watts, new lights are 22 watts.

The project to renovate the school building is progressing.  The design and engineering drawings are complete.  We are in the process of obtaining bids from three contractors to remove the 90' x 18' glass walls on both sides of the building and replace with highly insulated walls that will have 38 standard size windows.  It is our hope to complete this part of the project before the end of the year.  An energy efficient heat and air conditioning system will follow as funds permit.  This will replace a 65-year old furnace that is very inefficient and prone to breakdown.  We will also eliminate the use of the 30+ years old underground oil tank that, per state law, must be removed.

The money to pay for the renovation is expected to come for the sale of the Benton Street office.  Approval for the sale is ongoing.  A sale before winter would be a benefit in that we save on the cost of heat, electricity and snow plowing.

We feel it is important that all members of the parish be informed of what is going on and we will soon be posting a drawing the church of what the school will look like when it is completed.

We have very ambitious plans and ask for your prayers to guide us to completion.

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.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initial of Adults) - Register now for Fall Faith Formation classes! Classes for students in grades K-8 begin the week of September 20. In order to keep our families safe, students will participate in remote learning this year. Kindergartners will receive a monthly hands-on activity packet in the mail, and students in grades 1-8 will be doing a virtual version of the Faith and Life curriculum. This online component includes complete text from the book, interactive games, music, and videos. Students will receive a login and may access the lessons at any time at your convenience. For more information, or to receive a registration form, email us [email protected] call the church office at 860-684-2705.

FAITH FORMATIONFaith Formation for Children in Grades K-8
Register now for Fall Faith Formation classes! Classes for students in grades K-8 begin the week of September 20. In order to keep our families safe, students will participate in remote learning this year. Kindergartners will receive a monthly hands-on activity packet in the mail, and students in grades 1-8 will be doing a virtual version of the Faith and Life curriculum. This online component includes complete text from the book, interactive games, music, and videos. Students will receive a login and may access the lessons at any time at your convenience. For more information, or to receive a registration form, email us [email protected] call the church office at 860-684-2705.
 
Andrea Broer and Nicole Ladd, Coordinators of Faith Formation  [email protected]

CONFIRMATION CLASSES - To register for Confirmation classes, please go to:  To register for 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

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