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St. Matthew Church
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elcome to the Church of Saint Matthew, a faith-filled community located in Tolland, Connecticut. We are a Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich.

We extend a warm welcome to all who attend our church.  We hope that you will find our parish community a place where your life of faith will be nourished.  We also hope that you will share your special talents within the community.

Your prayers, your presence and your talents are most welcome.  Please introduce yourself after Mass.

May God bless all of us.


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My Dear Friends in Christ:

Next weekend we celebrate the Commemoration of the All the Faithful Departed, more popularly known as All Souls Day. Because it falls on a Sunday this year, it will take precedence over what would have been the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time. At the Saturday Vigil Mass we will hold our annual Memorial Mass for the deceased of our parish. During this 5:00PM Mass we will conduct a special Remembrance Ritual, at which time there will be a solemn reading of the names of the deceased during the Prayers of the Faithful. The names read will be of those who died since All Souls Day 2013 and whose funeral was celebrated at St. Matthew's, with either a Mass of Christian Burial, a funeral home service or cemetery committal service conducted by one of our priests or deacon. As each name is read, a family member or their representative, or one of St. Matthew's ministers will light a candle in front of the altar to honor their memory. For those of you who regularly attend the 5:00PM Vigil Mass you should know that this special memorial Mass will run a bit longer than usual. However, I believe that you will appreciate this Mass and find it comforting and supportive for the families who lost loved ones this past year. I also feel that everyone will find it uplifting and meaningful as we commemorate the deceased of our parish.

Sincerely,

Rev. Msgr. James P. Carini

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Meet the Parish Council
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2012 - 2013



(Photo by Jennifer Grover)
Standing (L to R): Matt O'Brien, Frank Kenney, Connor L., Michael M., Tiffany T., Mike Carroll, Steve Cabaniss, Gary Kozlowski
Seated (L to R): Jim Marie, Linda Romejko, Brenda Falusi, Fr. Bill Olesik, Fr. Jim Carini, Debbie Secondo, Valerie Gilleran
Missing: Deacon Ron Freedman, Ann Nolan, Tom Skinner

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Haiti Mission
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Help a Child in Haiti

The St. Matthew Underwriting Campaign for Haiti Mission gives parishioners the opportunity to help a child go to school. Parishioners who would like to support our mission to St. Pierre School in Ganthier may pick up a flyer on our windowsills or at the entrance to the Parish Center, or download a contribution form here. While these are tough economic times in our country, many children in Haiti have no opportunity for an education and don’t know where their next meal will come from. Help us help them! Now!!


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Haiti Earthquake
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Please Help

For the immediate and desperate needs of the people of Haiti, we recommend direct donations be made online, by mail or by phone to either the Haitian Ministries for the Diocese of Norwich or to Catholic Relief Services by clicking one of the buttons below:

 

For one-time or recurring donations directly through St. Matthew to St. Pierre Parish and School, please click the link below and choose "Haiti Mission Fund":

Preschool Registration
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2014 / 2015 School Year

There are still openings in the 3 and 4 year olds classes for the school year 2014/15.  The 3's meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45 till 11:45am.

Applications are accepted on a first come first served basis. For more information please email Eveline Siebesma or call (860) 872-0200 ext. 357.

Annual Catholic Appeal 2014
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"Shine the Light of HOPE"

The Diocese of Norwich is most blessed with a faithful flock of Catholic stewards. Through the ACA, you can help to "Shine the Light of HOPE" on those in darkness by extending Christ's compassion to people in need. ACA supported ministries and programs demonstrate the corporal and spiritual acts of mercy, which serves as cornerstones to our faith. Your donation helps to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and visit the sick. Your gift provides comfort, consolation, education and empowerment.

Please consider making your pledge to the ACA by clicking "Donate Now" belowTHANK YOU!

ACA 2014

Connecticut Catholic
Legislative Network

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The public policy and advocacy office of the Catholic Bishops in Connecticut

In an effort to face the challenges of the mission of the Church concerning those moral and social issues that confront us in society, the Bishops of Connecticut have created the Connecticut Catholic Legislative Network. Its purpose is two-fold:

1. Inform Catholics on current social issues from a Catholic perspective. It will send out newsletters and maintain a website: www.ctcatholic.org; and
2. Alert members about legislative issues being debated at the State and Federal level of concern to the Catholic community. Action alerts will be sent out with a user-friendly method to directly contact elected officials.

The increased participation of parishioners registering with this Network will go a long way in strengthening the voice of the Church in Connecticut. The Network will keep you informed as state and national issues of interest unfold. Join the Network and watch for informative newsletters and alerts.
(All information is kept confidential and is not shared with any other organization.)
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