Welcome 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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March 22, 2015
My Dear Friends in Christ:
This is Commitment Weekend for the Annual
Catholic Appeal 2015. Every year we have the
opportunity to support the ACA which reaches out to
thousands of people. A pledge or gift to the 2015 ACA will
support our over 25 ministries and programs serving
residents in our diocesan area of Eastern Connecticut,
Fishers Island, NY and Haiti. "Strength through the
Holy Spirit" is this year's theme. It is through your
generous donations that you will be able to provide
strength to our ministries, helping these programs remain
viable. The programs not only help those within our
communities who struggle with the personal hardships of
life, but they also support the educational, spiritual, and
vocational needs of our Diocese. Lent is a time of sacrifice
calling us to give of ourselves for the benefit of others in
need. Pray that we, as a faith-community in the Diocese of
Norwich, may put our faith into action with generous
giving to the 2015 ACA.
I'd like to give you some important figures from
last year's campaign. The diocesan goal in 2014 was
$3,148,775 and the total raised was $3,068,528, that's
97.45% of the goal. St. Matthew's goal last year was
$62,681 and we raised $58,121 that was 92.73% of
our goal. This year's diocesan goal is $3,150,000 and our
parish goal is $61,592. Thank you for your generous
giving! As your pastor, all I ask of you is to do your best
in giving again this year. Let's surprise them and ourselves
by making history and meeting our goal this year!
Rev. Msgr. James P. Carini
Meet the Parish Council _____________________________ 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
Haiti Mission _____________________________ 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!!
Haiti Earthquake _____________________________ 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":
2015 Annual Catholic Appeal _____________________________ "Strength through the Holy Spirit"
Each year our parish and every parish in our Diocese is
responsible for a portion of the financial obligation it
takes to meet the ministry, programs and services of our
Catholic Church. Together, with other parishes in our
Diocese, we are able to reach so many more in need than
our parish could ever reach alone. The 2015 Annual
Catholic Appeal, "Strength through the Holy Spirit," is a
call to each of us to help keep the mission of our over 25
ministries and programs strong. Missions that reach out
to our Diocesan communities…helping those in need to
find strength to overcome their hardships. Sometimes it's
hard to envision how your one gift could make a
difference in an organization the size of our Diocese, but
Lenten Schedule 2015 _____________________________
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18th. There will be two Masses with the blessing and imposition of Ashes after the homily at 9:00am and 7:00pm (both in the main church). There will also be a Liturgy of the Word Service with Ashes at 4:30pm in the church.
Lenten Weekday Masses
9:00am M-F (Chapel)
Stations of the Cross
Fridays after 9:00am Mass (Chapel)
Confession Schedule Saturdays 4:00pm
Other times available by appointment
Preschool Registration _____________________________ 2015 / 2016 School Year
St. Matthew Preschool will be accepting applications for our 3 and 4 year old preschool classes for the 2015-2016 school year. Your child is eligible for these programs if he/she turns 3 or 4 prior to January 1, 2015. 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.
Legislative Network _____________________________ 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.) SIGN UP HERE!