MASS TIMES

WEEKDAY (Monday - Friday):
8:00 am
No Mass on Thursdays.

WEEKEND
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.

See Lent schedule of services under WELCOME section of website.

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.

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FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK

                                                                                                                                                                          March 19, 2020              

My dear Parish family,

                As many of you already know, due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the Diocese of Norwich has suspended all public celebration of Mass until further notice.

               During this most difficult time, we need to turn to our Lord in prayer and petition.  Although we cannot celebrate Mass as a congregation, our church will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. seven days a week for all those who would like to spend time in private prayer and devotion.  The church will also be open from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings for those who would like to come in after work.  The side door by the ramp will be open for you.  Please use the hand sanitizer when entering and leaving the church, and practice social distancing.  We will continue to make the church available unless the civil authorities place further restrictions on movement (such as a shelter in place).  Also, please note that the Parish Office will be open 8:30 a.m. until noon until the crisis abates.

               Although we cannot physically celebrate Mass together, there are numerous options on both TV and the Internet.  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.

               Throughout the Gospels, Jesus repeatedly tells his disciples “Do not be afraid”.  He tells us also “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1).  In these times of uncertainty, God is our strength and hope.  Let us continue to pray for all those who will contract this disease and for those who will succumb to it.  Pray also for all health care workers and first responders, the poor and all those who livelihoods and sources of income are jeopardized. 

               Please know that you and your families are remembered in prayer daily.  We look forward to the time when we can all come together once again around the table of the Lord to worship in community and receive our Bread of Life in the Eucharist. 

               In 1901-1902, Father O’Neill also closed the church because of a diphtheria epidemic.  Our faith community survived that crisis, just as we will survive this current one.  Faith always prevails!

               In the hope that churches will re-open in time, our Holy Week and Easter schedule is on the reverse side of this letter.  If you have any questions or spiritual needs, please do not hesitate to call the church office at 860-684-2705. 

                                                                                          Yours in Christ,                                                                                                                                                            Father Peter Liszewski

Click here for Holy Week and Easter Schedule

 

ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL - Recently many of you received a letter and brochure describing the many programs and ministries of our Diocesan Church that benefit from the Annual Catholic Appeal.  (Additional pledge envelopes and brochures are located at the church entrances.)  As members of one family of faith, God calls each of us to be generous in thought, word, and deed.  Please consider your many blessings and prayerfully respond by returning your gift/pledge in the mail or to our parish NEXT weekend for the 2020 ACA "One Faith, One Family" Commitment Weekend.  Your support is much needed and greatly appreciated. 

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.

Click here for donation letter and form

LENTEN SERVICE

Holy Week

  • Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord - Vigil Mass, Saturday, April 4 - 4:00 p.m. and Mass, Sunday, April 5 - 9:00 a.m.
  • Holy Triduum - Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord's Supper - We remember the institution of the Eucharist, Jesus' example as he washed the feet of his disciples, the beginning of the Lord's Passion - Mass, Thursday, April 9 - 7:00 p.m.  Followed by the Repose of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church Hall - Adoration until 11:00 p.m.
  • Passion of the Lord - Good Friday - We remember Jesus' Passion, Crucifixion, and Death on the Cross - Friday, April 10 - 3:00 p.m.  Living Stations of the Cross - Friday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday:  The Easter Vigil - Our celebration of the Good News of the Resurrection - Saturday, April 11 at 8:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday - Alleluia!  He is Risen! - In the Resurrection, Jesus destroys death and gives us all promise of eternal life with him.  Mass, Sunday, April 12 - 10:00 a.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

  • Saturdays 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday Evenings March 8, 15,22, 29 - 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Stations of the Cross - Fridays - 7:00 p.m.  Join us for a simple soup supper in St. Edward Hall prior to Stations of the Cross - 5:45 p.m.

Living Stations of the Cross - Presented by our Youth on Good Friday, April 10, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.

For information and updates about all parish events, please feel free to call the church office at 860-684-2705.

Click here for Father Peter's mailing with respect to Lent (Fasting and Abstinence, Prayer, Giving and Its Not Always About Giving Things Up)

FUNDRAISING EVENTS

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS TACO DINNER - Last year's taco dinner was such a success that we're doing it again!  Join the Knights of Columbus on Saturday, April 18th at 5:15 p.m. for a taco/burrito dinner.  We will have plenty of food and a pinata and raffles for the kids.  As always, kids 12 and under are free!  Email [email protected] or call Matt - 860-306-2339 for tickets.

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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. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

CHURCH OFFICE has moved to its new location at 27 Church Street in the hall.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADULT CONFIRMATIONClasses 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.

EASTER MASS - Calling all children interested in participating in our Easter Mass being held on Sunday, April 12th at 10:00 a.m.  We are looking for readers, greeters, gift bearers and butterflies!  Please contact Melanie at 860-436-8195 or Sara at 860-490-2538.  Thank you.

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 FORMATIONYou 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

10TH ANNUAL NORWICH DIOCESAN WOMEN'S CONFERENCE - Please join us March 28, 2020 at St. Bernard's School in Uncasville for the 10th Annual Norwich Diocesan Women's Conference, "Our Tapestry of Faith:  Affirming Feminine Gifts and Strengths".  The day will include keynote speaker Danielle Bean, mass with Bishop Cote, vendors, reconciliation, and much more.  Lunch is included with registration fee.  To print the registration form or register online go to  www.norwichdiocese.org and follow the link.  Questions, please contact the Office of Faith Events at 860-848-2237 or [email protected]

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

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