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St. Matthew Church
W
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 St. Matthew and St. Bernard Faith Communities,

August 1, 2015 marks a new beginning for the parishes of St. Matthew and St. Bernard as the two parishes are officially yoked. I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to be the pastor of two such dynamic and faithful parishes.

The yoking of our communities has the potential to open doors to new faith opportunities, new friendships, new challenges, new outreach programs and new horizons of growth - as parishes and as individuals.

As we begin this journey, it's very important to note that the process is one that is meant to evolve over time and develop through prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. "One step at a time" is a philosophy I'm adopting for the yoking and I hope you'll join me with the same attitude. The yoking process is not intended to create identical parishes. Each parish will retain its own personality, traditions and finances. Diversity adds depth and color to our yoking and it is welcomed, not stifled. As we begin this union, I would ask that we all adopt a spirit of charity, patience, and openness. The Holy Spirit that guides and directs us is an active Spirit that prompts us to transform and be receptive to the possibilities of all that we as a Church can be instead of focusing only on what once was. God doesn't close a door without opening a window.

In advance, I thank you for your cooperation, kindness, spirit and prayers. I look forward to serving with you. May God bless this union and help our work bear great fruit.

Peace, Fr. Rick

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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":

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!

Announcement
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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.
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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
NO CHANGE
Saturday: 5:00pm 
Sunday: 8:30am, 10:30am

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance):
Saturday 4:00pm
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St. Bernard 
Mass Schedule


Daily Mass

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

Weekend Mass Schedule
NO CHANGE
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

Rosary:
Every Wednesday after
the 8:00am Mass

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.



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