St. Matthew Church
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:

I am sure you have all noticed our crèche scene that was put out last week in the middle of the sanctuary. There is something special about it. During the first week of Advent our K-6 students participated in an Advent Lesson. The first group learned, through the play, Harold the Herald, that everyone has Good News about Jesus to convey to others. In an exercise, they wrote down on pieces of "hay" the Good News they wanted to tell people during Advent. These were placed in the manger as a soft bed for the baby Jesus. The second group listened to a narrative – A Special Gift. They learned that expensive gifts aren't important; it's showing others how much you love them. In their exercise they wrote down acts of kindness they could do during Advent and placed them in a box which they wrapped and presented to Jesus in the manger. I hope you will take some time after Mass to view this special manger scene which our children helped to create.

As we do every year, we are adding figures to the crèche each weekend. As Advent comes to a close our crèche will be fully decorated for the Christmas season and will be placed to the right of the altar. We won't keep it where it is now, front and center, because it will be part of the decorations that are there to enhance the altar. The crèche is a beautiful depiction of the historical birth of Jesus, but it shouldn't be the dominant symbol and focal point in the church. Our altar is the sacred place where Jesus is born for us each time we celebrate the Eucharist. Our eyes and every other part of our lives should be drawn to it as we anticipate the coming of the Lord again in another Eucharist. Not as a memory of his first coming, but truly alive in our midst in his Body and Blood.


Rev. Msgr. James P. Carini

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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

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Parish Annual Collection 2014

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"),
Download a printable pledge card HERE.

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Preschool Registration
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.

Connecticut Catholic
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:; 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.)

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!!

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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":

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