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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March 2, 2014
My Dear Friends in Christ:
I want to give you a brief report on our Annual Collection 2013. We have been taking up this collection in recent years to supplement our offertory. The offertory is the main source of income in running our parish and we have been experiencing a deficit in operating St. Matthew Parish because our offertory giving is down. The Annual Collection has helped us to reduce the shortfall as well as helping with some necessary projects, like our recent purchase of new kneelers and the refurbishment of the doors on the Dunn Hill side of the church. Our goal for this past Annual Collection was $65,000, but we came up short about $8,000. Nevertheless, we did raise $57,221* and we are grateful for those who stepped forward to help us. Thank you all very much! Please note the statistics below. (Letter Concepts of Berlin, CT is the firm that conducts our Annual Collection, the same company which handles the Annual Catholic Appeal for the Norwich Diocese.)
2013 Annual Collection
Church of Saint Matthew
Campaign Statistics as of 1/7/2014 (Final Report)
Total # Parish Households – 1,780
Total # Pledged – 289
% of Participation – 16.24%
Total Amount Pledged - $55,541
Total Amount Paid - $54,781
Average Pledge - $192.18
% of Pledges Collected – 98.63%
*The total of $57,221 reflects donations that came in after this final report.
Thank you very much!
Meet the Parish Council _____________________________ 2012 - 2013
(Click photo to enlarge) (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
More Than Just Donuts! _____________________________
After Sunday Masses
starting March 3, instead of just
eating donuts, try some nutritious foods associated
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
"God knows what sorts of interactions take place within the foods, and we need further research to pinpoint them exactly!
Lenten Schedule 2014 _____________________________ Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5th. 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) _____________________________
Parish Community Conversation _____________________________ Sunday, March 9th
Please join us on Sunday, March 9th from 1:00-3:00 pm in the Parish Hall to discuss the community of St. Matthew Church: "How do you view the mission of a Catholic parish and what do you see as the strengths and weaknesses of our parish in fulfilling this mission?" "Do you have some suggestions on how St. Matthew Parish might improve on its mission?" "What do you like and dislike about our parish?" We will engage in thoughtful conversations about our parish and our shared visions for the future. The purpose is build on our strengths, create opportunities for improvement and find ways to continue to work as a community in Christ. If you cannot make that date, we will have an alternate, shorter meeting on Monday, March 10th from 7-8pm. We need your prayers and support to help our Parish grow; please make every effort to attend.
Preschool 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.
_____________________________ Come explore why we are Catholic
Welcome to our fourth and final year of Why Catholic?
This year, our theme is LIVE: Christian Morality. LIVE:
Christian Morality looks at biblical justice and presents
the principals of Catholic social teaching. The first six
sessions center on the Beatitudes, on our freedom and
responsibility, conscience, virtues, moral law, sin, mercy,
grace, and the Church. The second six sessions focus on
the implications of the Ten Commandments.
Our first six sessions start the week of October
6th. We have small groups meeting evenings and
daytime. Won't you join our small faith communities to share your faith experiences? There is no need to have attended other sessions.
If you would like to experience this faith enriching program, please contact Brenda Falusi at (860) 871-4494.
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 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 Fund":
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!!