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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Dear Parish Family,

As I sit at my computer writing this November letter, I find that my attention being drawn away from my work and directed instead to the dramatic transformation of the trees surrounding the Church. I can't remember the colors ever being so vibrant and the weather so clear and comfortable. Dharen, our seminarian, is loving the colors of New England. He's not so sure he's going to love the cold temperatures that will soon follow – but we're making sure he's outfitted for the change. We'll make a New Englander out of him yet!! I told him that each season brings with it joys and challenges and it's up to us which we choose to dwell on.

Our yoked parishes are entering their fourth month of cooperation and sharing. I thank everyone for their positive spirit, enthusiasm and support. When we're receptive and open to God's Grace, He can transform us into the people and the Church we're meant to be. This month will mark the first time the two Pastoral Councils will gather to share a meal and begin the process of setting goals for our future. I know that the two groups will work well together. Please keep us in your prayers.

A final thought; November is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving. I love this holiday because it draws our attention away from self and directs it towards others. We have so many things to be grateful – most especially our God. Let's make a concerted effort to remember the people and things that we recognize as true blessings.

Thank you for all you do for our communities and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Fr. Rick

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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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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":

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.)

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Frosty Village Bazaar

Friday, November 20th 6:00-9:00pm

Saturday, November 21st 9:00am-2:30pm

St. Matthew Church, Tolland

Religious Education Registration
September, 2015

Online registration has closed. You can download your registration and emergency information forms here.

Forms can be mailed to:

Faith Formation
St. Matthew Church
PO Box 100
Tolland, CT  06084

or you may place the forms in an envelope marked "Faith Formation" and drop it into the mail box located on the outside doors to the Parish Center.

Please remember that registration is first come/first serve and there are no waiting lists, so please register early!

Classes will meet on the following days:
Grades 1, 2, 3 & 6 will meet on Mondays at 4:30 or 5:45pm; or K-6 will meet on Tuesdays at 6:00pm or Grades 1-6 will meet on Wednesdays at 4:30pm; Grades 7-10 will meet on either Sundays at 12:00 noon, Mondays at 7:00pm or Wednesdays at 7:00pm.

Thank you!

St. Matthew and St. Bernard Yoked


Upon the retirement of Msgr. James Carini as Pastor of St. Matthew Church on July 31, Bishop Michael Cote has appointed Fr. Rick Ricard as Pastor of St. Matthew Church and St. Bernard Church assisted by Fr. Bill Olesik, Deacon Michael Berstene and Deacon Ron Freedman. Fr. Brian Maxwell remains on temporary assignment at St. Patrick in East Hampton. To learn more, click here or on a Church above to read Guidelines for Yoked Parishes in the Diocese of Norwich. More information will be provided in the coming months.

Dear St. Matthew and St. Bernard Parish Families,

In the Gospel of St. John chapter 17 there is a very intimate and powerful prayer that Jesus prays to the Father. In the conversation, Jesus asks the Father to watch over and bless His disciples. He prays, "I glorified you on earth Father by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do." I thought of that beautiful prayer when I received word that at the end of July I would be pastoring two of the most dynamic and faith filled parishes in our Diocese. The Holy Spirit is leading the Church into new and virtually uncharted waters. We will be a healthy community as long as we stay open to His guidance and remember, as we heard in the above prayer, that our combined efforts, patience, talents, time, and prayers give great glory to God.

I look forward to our future and know that God will bless us abundantly for our hard work. I kindly ask for your prayers and support as we begin a new chapter in our faith journey.

With Peace,
Fr. Rick

New Yoked Mass Schedules

St. Matthew 
Mass Schedule

Daily Mass

9:00am Tuesday, 
Thursday & Friday 
NO 9:00am Mass
Monday or Wednesday 

Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday: 5:00pm 
Sunday: 8:30am, 10:30am

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance):
Saturday 4:00pm

St. Bernard 
Mass Schedule

Daily Mass

8:00am Monday, 
Wednesday & Friday
NO 8:00am Mass 
Tuesday or Thursday

Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday: 5:00pm 
Sunday: 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00 Noon
Children's Liturgy of the Word 
at 10:00am Mass

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: 
Every Monday and Friday
7:00am to 8:00am followed by morning Mass.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance):

Saturday: 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Every Wednesday after
the 8:00am Mass

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 it does

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

Annual Catholic Appeal

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.

An Application form may be downloaded HERE.

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