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:

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

Upcoming Calendar Events

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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":

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

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
Call 872-0200


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.

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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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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