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:

Happy Easter! This is a glorious day on the Christian calendar when Jesus Christ broke the bonds of death and rose to new life. It is an extraordinary celebration of God's love for humankind and it is a day of great hope for all who bear their own crosses. Because we were baptized into Christ we have already died with him and the reality of the end of our physical life no longer has power over us. Fear is replaced by hope because we too will pass through death and rise with Christ. At first, these words may seem unrealistic in today's world where there is an abundance of suffering, turmoil and death. These realities do exist and we are touched by them, but if we believe in Jesus Christ and the power of the resurrection, they will lack the power to control our lives. Many of you come to church this day with your own worries and struggles in our difficult economy and with other burdens. Whatever crosses you are asked to bear at this time of your life know that Jesus has shown you the way. He embraced his cross and trusted in the Father's love for him. He, too, was not spared the human suffering that we endure. He faced death and when all seemed lost, he was snatched from its grasp and rose triumphantly. There is no way around human suffering. Jesus teaches us that the way to new life is to pass through it, trusting that God will be there with us and will not let us lose the battle. Have hope, my friends, Jesus Christ is risen from the dead! We share in his risen life and our crosses will not hold us captive, but will be the way we find new life. God bless you this Easter!


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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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":

Holy Week 2014

(April 13)
5:00pm Vigil (Saturday)

8:30am & 10:30am (Sunday)

(Tueday, April 15)
10:30am, St. Patrick Cathedral, Norwich

(April 17)
Morning Prayer, 9:00am (Chapel)
Liturgy of the Lord's Supper, 7:00pm
Adoration until 11:00pm (Chapel)

(April 18)
Morning Prayer, 9:00am (Chapel)
Liturgy of the Lord's Passion, 3:00pm
(Passion reading, Veneration of the cross, Holy Communion)
Stations of the Cross, 7:00pm
(Veneration of the cross and Confessions afterwards)

(April 19)
Blessing of the Easter Foods,
12:30pm (Church)
Easter Vigil, 8:00pm
-Blessing of fire & Easter candle
(outside on lawn)
-Blessing of Holy Water
-Baptism, Confirmation
-Renewal of baptismal promises
-Eucharistic Liturgy
(This is the Great Vigil and not an ordinary Saturday Vigil Mass. It is usually over two hours in length and the starting time is determined by sunset.)
No 4:00pm Confessions or 5:00pm Vigil

(April 20)
8:00am, 9:45am & 11:30am

-Sprinkling Rite
-Renewal of Baptismal Promises

(April 27)
12:00pm – 1:00pm (Lesson and Chaplet)

Annual Catholic Appeal 2014
"Shine the Light of HOPE"

The Diocese of Norwich is most blessed with a faithful flock of Catholic stewards. Through the ACA, you can help to "Shine the Light of HOPE" on those in darkness by extending Christ's compassion to people in need. ACA supported ministries and programs demonstrate the corporal and spiritual acts of mercy, which serves as cornerstones to our faith. Your donation helps to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and visit the sick. Your gift provides comfort, consolation, education and empowerment.

Please consider making your pledge to the ACA by clicking "Donate Now" belowTHANK YOU!

ACA 2014

Peschool Registration
2014 / 2015 School Year

Preschool registration for the school year 2014/15 is now open for Parish members. The 3's meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45 till 11:45am and the 4's meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:45 till 11:45am.

Registration for everyone else will start on January 7th. Applications are accepted on a first come first served basis. For more information please email Eveline Siebesma or call (860) 872-0200 ext. 357.

More Than Just Donuts!

After Sunday Masses starting March 3, instead of just eating donuts, try some nutritious foods associated with healthy Mediterranean-style eating, like oatmeal, fruits, nuts, carrots & dip, and grape juice. The Mediterranean diet even testifies to God's creation. One expert calls it a "Divine Mix" and notes, "God knows what sorts of interactions take place within the foods, and we need further research to pinpoint them exactly!

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