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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December 14, 2014
My Dear Friends in Christ:
I am sure you have all noticed our
that was put out last week in the middle of the sanctuary.
There is something special about it. During the first
of Advent our K-6 students participated in an Advent
Lesson. The first group learned, through the play,
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
bed for the baby Jesus. The second group listened to a
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
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
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
will be placed to the right of the altar. We won't keep
where it is now, front and center, because it will be
the decorations that are there to enhance the altar. The
crèche is a beautiful depiction of the historical birth
Jesus, but it shouldn't be the dominant symbol and focal
point in the church. Our altar is the sacred place where
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
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
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.
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!
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":