St. Matthew Parish Council

The Parish Council is a panel of St. Matthew parishioners who advise the Pastor concerning many different issues which face the church. Membership to the Parish Council is required. Each year around October new Parish Council members are selected during a prayerful selection process as explained in the Parish Council By Laws. Interested individuals must be registered parishioners and must be available for most regularly scheduled meetings (see day and time below) during the selected term. Names may be submitted to the Parish Office, Father Rick or a member of the Parish Council. Contact a current Parish Council member for more details.

Members of the Parish Council should:

  • be willing to pray together and share a little of time and lots of ideas
  • be dedicated to the betterment of the parish community
  • be able to assess situations, contribute to discussions, and make informed decisions with others
  • have a desire to enrich your own faith and a willingness to grow spiritually
  • serve in an advisory role to the pastor
  • serve on at least one committee (Faith Formation, Communications, Community Service, Liturgy, Capitol Improvement, Peace and Justice, Pro-Life, Carnival and Nominating Committees)
  • be able to reach out to others in the parish community
  • reflect on and assess the Parish needs.


Permanent Pastoral Members:

  Reverend Richard J. Ricard, Pastor (860) 872-0200 EMAIL
  Reverend William J. Olesik, Priest in Residence with Pastoral Duties (860) 872-0200 EMAIL
  Deacon Ronald F. Freedman, Permanent Deacon (860) 872-9212 EMAIL

Current Council Membership:

  Brenda Copithorne Welcome Committee (870) 875-1860 EMAIL
  Jim Marie Council Secretary, Carnival (860) 896-1115 EMAIL
  Jacob Marie Youth Ministry (860) 896-1115 EMAIL
  Joan Mathiau Communications (860) 875-9926 EMAIL
  Matt O'Brien Pastoral Planning, Pro-Life (860) 742-1555 EMAIL
  Gina Raymond Liturgy (860) 872-4318 EMAIL
  Debbie Secondo 50th Anniversary, Art & Environment, Pro Life, Council By-Laws (860) 428-0997 EMAIL
  Brenda Falusi   (860) 871-4494 EMAIL