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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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My Dear Friends in Christ:

This weekend, with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we come to the end of the Christmas season. Each year it seems to go by faster and faster. It is a busy time for everyone as we prepare our homes, our churches, and our hearts to welcome the Christ Child into our lives. I know that it is a difficult time for some, especially those who have lost loved ones. Our prayers and concerns need to go out to those who find the Christmas season an emotional time of sadness and emptiness. I am especially grateful to many in the parish who volunteered to make our liturgies so meaningful. The music was beautiful and the decorations added to this beauty as well. All of our liturgical ministers who served at our six Christmas Masses were generous with their service. The crowds filled St. Matthew Church six times. It is always so good to welcome home our parishioners who may not always be present every weekend and I thank our regular parishioners for their hospitality and kindness toward all of our sisters and brothers. On behalf of Father Bill and myself, I want to thank those w ho greeted us during this holy season with cards, gifts, prayers and well wishes. Now we move into the ordinary time of the Church year and reflect upon the adult Christ who enters his public ministry. As we celebrate his baptism by John, Jesus provides us with the good example to carry on his mission as baptized members of his body, the Church. May he walk with us and give us the strength to continue his ministry in the world.

Sincerely,

Rev. Msgr. James P. Carini

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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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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.

Parish Annual Collection 2014
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We have so much to be grateful for. God has blessed us abundantly.

If you have not yet made your gift to our Annual Collection, please join your fellow parishioners and support your parish at this time.

Please make your commitment to the church that has been such an important part of your life.

Connect to our donation page HERE
(scroll down to "Annual Collection"),
OR
Download a printable pledge card HERE.


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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!

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":



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