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:

You may or may not have heard about the recent change of pastors in one of our deanery parishes. After twenty-six years of faithful ministry, the Conventual Franciscans have left St. Edward Parish in Stafford Springs. On August 23rd, I was present at a Mass of celebration and thanksgiving for them by the parishioners of St. Edward's. It was a wonderful evening, but mixed with emotions of gratitude and sadness of having to say goodbye to these special religious men. Because of personnel concerns the provincial leadership of the Conventual Franciscans made the decision to consolidate their efforts in parish ministry at St. John Parish, Cromwell and St. Paul Parish, Kensington, a parish of the Archdiocese of Hartford. They will be missed in Stafford Springs and in our Vernon Deanery. To replace Father David Kashen, OFM Conv., as pastor, Bishop Cote appointed Father Roland Cloutier, Pastor of All Saints in Somersville. On September 1st, Father Roland assumed the duties as Pastor of St. Edward's while remaining pastor of All Saints. Because of the lack of priest-personnel in the Diocese, Bishop Cote yoked these two parishes. To assist Father Roland with the pastoral care of these parishes Bishop Cote assigned Father Martin J. Jones as Parochial Vicar. He had recently served at St. Mary Parish in Clinton. Yoking has become more common lately because the Diocese just doesn't have the adequate number of priests available to fill all the parishes. Just recently, after the retirement of Father Victor Chaker at St. Mary, Coventry, Father John Antonelle of St. Thomas Aquinas, Storrs became pastor of St. Mary's and St. Thomas Parishes. I could list other parishes that are presently yoked. In some cases one priest is pastor of three distinct parishes with another priest on staff with him. It isn't getting any easier. It is a difficult situation for Bishop Cote to be in, but it is also difficult for the pastor involved and for the people of the yoked parishes. Please pray for the parishes of our Diocese and for our Bishop and priests. Pray also for more vocations to the priesthood!


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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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":

Religious Education Registration
September, 2014

Online registration for Religious Education begins Sunday, September 14th at 6:00 p.m. and ends on Sunday, September 21st for registered parishioners.

The Faith Formation Office will be closed on September 14th. DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE WITH QUESTIONS UNTIL AFTER YOU HAVE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS as most of your questions may be answered.

If you are not registering online, please Click Here to download a registration form, and Click Here to download an emergency form (not needed if registering for Home Study).

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 register as soon as possible.

Thank you!

Youth Explosion!  Be Fed!
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

The Youth of St. Matthew Church and other Parishes across our Diocese are working to feed children in Haiti with their many Feeding Children Everywhere events. The year long project will have its final packing event on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at St. Bernard's School, Uncasville. Please register to take part in this FUN and FULFILLING event. See Bridget Thurston for forms. Registration fee is $15. We will have a bus for transporting our participants to St. Bernard's School.

We are also encouraging and accepting donations to Feeding Children Everywhere. Please send your donations to Bridget Thurston. We can accept donations until September 20, 2014.

Thank you!

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.

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

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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