About Our Parish


Our Humble Beginnings

The first Mass in Tariffville was celebrated in 1846 by Father John Brady.
Priests from Hartford, such as Fathers Brady and Peter Walsh, served Tariffville until Father Luke Daly of New Britain assumed this duty in September 1848. In 1850, Father Daly undertook the building of a church on Mountain Road and named it St. Paul’s Chapel.
On December 10, 1856, the Tariffville chapel became a mission of St. Patrick, Collinsville.  In 1876 this church was replaced by a new, larger church and dedicated to St. Bernard on November 23, 1879.  This church was located where the present St. Bernard Cemetery now exists.
On May 1, 1881, St. Bernard was made a parish with Father John Quinn appointed first pastor.  In 1892 the Winthrop Street church mysteriously burned.  Land was purchased on Maple Street across from the present-day cemetery where Bishop Lawrence S. McMahon blessed the cornerstone of a new church on September 25, 1892, later dedicated in 1895.


Our Patron, St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Bernard, the founding abbot of Clairvaux Abbey in Burgundy, was one of the most commanding Church leaders in the first half of the twelfth century as well as one of the greatest spiritual masters of all times and the most powerful propagator of the Cistercian reform.

He was born in Fontaines-les-Dijon in 1090 and entered the Abbey of Citeaux in 1112, bringing thirty of his relatives with him, including five of his brothers– his youngest brother and his widowed father followed later.
After receiving a monastic formation from St. Stephen Harding, he was sent in 1115 to begin a new monastery near Aube: Clairvaux, the Valley of Light. As a young abbot he published a series of sermons on the Annunciation. These marked him not only as a most gifted spiritual writer but also as the “cithara of Mary,” especially noted for his development of Mary’s mediatorial role.




St. Bernard's Church is pleased to welcome Father Collins Ifeanyichukwu Anaeche to our parish community. Fr. Collins, appointed by the Archdiocese of Hartford to serve as our temporary administrator, is one of eight children (six boys and two girls) born in the West African country of Nigeria. He most recently served as administrator at nearby Sacred Heart Church in Bloomfield. 



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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