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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:

You may have noticed a new item inserted into the back wall to the right of our altar sanctuary. It is an ambry where the holy oils are kept. The original one is located in the back wall behind the sanctuary. It is very small and not large enough to hold the glass chrismatory set that we use. It is also out of sight and the present practice is to have the holy oils visible to the congregation near the sanctuary. We have been talking about installing one for a few years now and we finally have one. We commissioned it from Meyer-Vogelpohl of Cincinnati, Ohio, a church goods and religious art firm that we do business with on occasion. It is made out of cherry wood, with glass shelves, a leaded glass door and a small LED light to illuminate it. It was given in memory of Beverly Numrych by her daughter Sheila and husband, Vaughn. A special plaque for this memorial will be inserted on our Memorial Board at the entrance of the church. I am very pleased that we had it ready to use on Holy Thursday this year when we received the oils blessed by Bishop Cote at the Chrism Mass on March 31st. Our thanks to Sheila and Vaughn for this beautiful gift to St. Matthew Church in memory of Beverly. May she rest in peace!

I also want to thank everyone for the beautiful liturgies during Holy Week. All our ministers did a wonderful job! There was a lot of preparation that went into the week. I am very proud and grateful for all the time and talent that were put into these most sacred days. God bless you all and thank you again!

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":

2015 Annual Catholic Appeal
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"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 it does

Please help the future of our ministries and programs. Visit www.norwichdiocesedevelopment.org to learn more, or click below to go directly to making your pledge.


Annual Catholic Appeal

Preschool Registration
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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.


An Application form may be downloaded HERE.

Parish Annual Collection 2014
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We have so much to be grateful for. God has blessed us abundantly.

If you have not yet made your gift to our Annual Collection, please join your fellow parishioners and support your parish at this time.

Please make your commitment to the church that has been such an important part of your life.

Connect to our donation page HERE
(scroll down to "Annual Collection"),
OR
Download a printable pledge card HERE.


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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.)
SIGN UP HERE!



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