Parish Life

The heart of a parish is the Eucharist, but the parish family is the body that makes it a unique and vibrant community with an exciting parish life. Our parish offers a variety of ways to be part of that communal family in addition to the celebration of the sacraments.

Faith formation is a vital element of the Catholic life as we grow in knowledge and understanding of our faith in Jesus Christ and the Church he gave us. A deeper understanding can lead to a more intimate relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and through the Trinity to the Church and our family, friends, neighbors, parish, and community. Such faith formation is not just for children, but for all of us as we grow as Catholics. Our parish has many opportunities for faith formation that we encourage you to explore.

Another way to participate in our parish life are the various parish ministries, including liturgical ministries, such as choir member, lector, altar server, and Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist; social justice ministries, such as visiting the homebound, serving the poor, volunteering at food pantries and the St. Vincent de Paul Society; and others, such as youth ministry, men's and women's groups, and the annual parish bazaar, to name just a few. God calls us to use our gifts and talents to glorify Him and make life better for other people. Please prayerfully consider these opportunities for getting involved in ministry. And if you have an idea for a new parish ministry, please contact us.

With so many ways to be part of parish life, you'll want to stay informed by regularly reading the weekly bulletin, just in case you've misplaced the one you received at Mass. You’ll also want to check the parish calendar for a list of events and mass schedules.

Our parish has a rich history in our town, being founded by people who trusted in the Lord and gathered together under the leadership of our bishop. Who we are today is based on who we were yesterday. Find out more about our spiritual forefathers as you read the history of our parish.

We hope you'll also enjoy viewing photos of our parish, including some of the many enjoyable events and programs we've had over the years.


A Welcoming Community

While St. Bernard's officially serves the communities of Tariffville and East Granby, our registered parishioners represent 10 different towns in the area. Visitors are always welcome.


Welcome to Our New Parish Secretary! - 04/28/2017

Please join us in welcoming Tiffany Davis as our new parish secretary! Read more

A Special Thank You - 04/28/2017

The parish would like to give special thanks to Angela Tollis for serving as our parish secretary! Read more

Archdiocesan Discipleship Award - 06/13/2015

Congratulations to Peter Marzo and Jackie McDougall who received the Archdiocesan Discipleship Award on May 26th in recognition of their 4 year service to the parish as Lectors. Read more

College Student Sought for PT Summer Job - 06/04/2015

St. Bernard's seeks an individual to continue marketing our Sunday Bulletin to clients. All current client information will be provided. Please contact Allyson at the rectory (860) 658-5142 for details.

St. Bernard's Celebrates Our Volunteers - 06/03/2015

See photos from our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Read more

Altar Servers Needed - 05/12/2015

The parish is looking for children interested in becoming Altar Servers. Any child that has made their first communion is eligible to participate. A training session is being planned for early June. Read more

Lectors Needed - 05/07/2015

Anyone who has interest in helping in this capacity can contact Brian Neary. Training is minimal and new volunteers are desperately needed. Thank you for your support! Read more

St. Bernard's Celebrates Sue Alamed - 02/15/2015

St. Bernard's community celebrated the retirement of Sue Alamed after 33 years of service to the parish. Read more

Like Us On Facebook! - 12/25/2014

St. Bernard's is now on Facebook! Like our page so you can keep track of parish news and updates. Read more


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